Friday I’m in Love – with Laurel Wreath Designs

With the Olympics in full swing, I’m reminded of how much I love laurel wreaths! They’re so beautiful, and can really be included in decor year-round. The green wreaths below on the left are perfect for winter shelving, while the chalkboard sketched wreath on the right offers a bit of patriotism.

{Sources: A Room for Everyone, My 3 Monsters}

Of course, the laurel wreath decals below would be great for larger displays.

{Sources: Attik 72 via Design Sponge, Tweet Heart}

There are some REALLY elegant laurel wreath stationery options though…

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Stacey Meacham, Toast & Laurel, Invitations by Dawn}

Or other paper products! I LOVE the laurel wreath designs on the library book label, personalized logo, and notebook below.

{Sources, clockwise from left: Nancy Nikko Design, Mulberry Design, An April Idea}

My favorite laurel wreaths are on pillows though :) I love all four pillows below, available for purchase…

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Rustic Country Crafts, Dear Lillie, Three Peas, Bohemiennes}

Or if you’d rather try your own hand at making the pillows, there are a couple of great DIY tutorial options below.

{Sources: Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss, Don’t Disturb This Groove}

As for Liz, she likes her laurel wreaths shiny and in jewelry-form :)

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Dani Makes, Jewelrism, Love Your Bling, Dreams by the Sea, Aurora Long, Jewelrism}

Not sure which of the rings, earrings, or necklaces she’d like best — they’re all so sweet!

-Charlie

Friday I’m in Love – with the Summer Olympics!

Sorry to be MIA this week! Liz and Tom have had a crazy week (including an ongoing guest bathroom refinish) — I’ve just been trying to keep up. I am PRETTY excited that today marks the start of the 2012 summer Olympics though!

If you’ll be entertaining anytime in the next two weeks, be sure to check out the amazing Olympics party spreads below…

{Sources: Project Nursery, Hostess with the Mostess, U Create}

I love every single detail from each of these Olympics parties :)

-Charlie

Friday I’m in Love – with Lace Stenciled Floors

Before I start, this is my second-to-last reminder to enter our Amazon gift card giveaway! The giveaway ends tomorrow, and there aren’t a huge number of entries, so your chances are good :)

Now that that’s out of the way (and you’re all entered, of course)… I started this post thinking it would be about painted floors in general. And then I saw a few pictures on Design Sponge. Holy, lace stenciled floors! How have I not seen these photos before?! The floor might be the most beautiful floor I’ve ever seen. And in my opinion, this design would look PERFECT in our little sunroom off of the kitchen. The wood floors in the room are already painted an off-white color, so why not add some lace?! If it were up to me, I’d stencil the whole house in lace :)

And anything that couldn’t be stenciled would get actual lace Mod Podged onto it (like Liz’s lace vase)! But I digress…

Anyways, you can read more about the floor stenciling at Design Amour or My Marrakesh. Or go ahead and buy yourself Skylar’s Lace Floral Stencil from Royal Design Studio (also available from Royal Design’s Etsy shop). While you’re there, you may notice that the stencil even looks great in blue. Gah, so cute…

And $149 well spent! You really could use the stencil for anything, not just floors. I love the tutorial from Urban Comfort, using the stencil to create the awesome placemats below with Inkodye.

For another lace stencil option, check out the sweet floor below — created using Blue Door 17’s lace stencil.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

-Charlie