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Gab Loves: Nautical Notes

Gab Loves: Nautical Notes: O&G Windsor Barstools, White Eyelet Skirt , Chloé Faye Bag and Porch Swings

It’s no secret around here that I have an affinity for all things coastal, and it only increases as summer gets closer. I spotted this blue & white life preserver on One Kings Lane last week and it instantly reminded me of this stunning staircase and sent me into a full blown nautical spiral.

I’m picturing a vibe à-la Surf Lodge bar (aren’t these barstools perfection?) where, in an ideal world, I would wear this eyelet duo with these insanely gorgeous raffia ankle-tie sandals and why not—Chloé’s new Faye bag. I would also be sipping a jalapeño margarita on these adorable Shell We Have Another cocktail napkins.

In the meantime, I rediscovered this marina on my new running track in Montreal’s Old Port and it’s making me insanely happy and motivated to run the extra miles (4 to be exact). Whatever works right?

 

SHOP THE LOOK

1950s Blue & White Life Preserver | Clare V Piscine Flat Clutch | Etnia Barcelona WLA Africa Sunglasses | Zinke Eyelet Drew Crop and Quincy Midi Skirt | O&G Wayland Barstool | Chloé Faye Medium Shoulder Bag | J.Crew Raffia Ankle-Tie Sandals | Lele Sadoughi Tulip Tassel Necklace | Shell We have Another Cocktail Napkins | “Looking Up” by Donna Baldassari | Faded Indigo Batik Pillow | Hampton Poch Swing

The Weekender: 05.01.15

Turtle Tuesday is amazing. The Weekender • on @SavvyHome

The One Room Challenge has been going pretty smoothly so far and I’m loving the result! And yet I have this feeling that a couple of items won’t arrive on time and I’ll just have to roll with it. So right now I’m feeling like this turtle trying to cross the finish line. Slowly and steady wins the race right? Speaking of turtles, @asenseofhuber started this Instagram account @TurtleTuesday and it’s my favorite thing on the internet right now (followed closely by #UberPuppies).

These last few weeks have been a little overwhelming while I’m balancing a large number of projects and trying not to drop the ball on anything. My brain feels like some kind of scattered matrix (sounds bad, but it’s really not—it’s kind of fun but exhausting). I’m looking forward to spending a few days in NYC next weekend and completely disconnecting from work. Until then, it’s “focus like a laser” time.

 

WEEKEND SALES

LanceWovens is on sale on One Kings Lane! I’ve been obsessed with their leather woven pillows for years and this weekend they’re at up to 56% off!

Serena & Lily’s Summer Collection is everything. I want it all!

Grab a few must-haves at West Elm all at 20% off!

World Market is having their bi-annual Friends & Family sale this weekend! Save 25% all home furnishings, décor & more wit the code FFWEB.

 

WEEKEND READING

Have you ever flipped through a perfectly styled catalog and thought you should canoe more? You’re not alone. Erin (hilariously) reports.

Gabriela Perezutti Hearst’s dining room in the West Village reminds me of Casa Tua in Miami and it’s kind of blowing my mind.

Inspiring life lessons from the legendary Iris Apfel (can you believe she’s nearly 94 years old)! #LifeGoals

On my to-do list for NYC: visit the Calypso Maison store styled by dabito and Justina Blakeney.

Sixty Hotels is opening its first international hotel in Montreal in 2016! Get excited.

Looking for original and memorable Mother’s Day ideas? Right this way…

Spring cleaning shortcuts for a deep-clean that will last all year.

When you’re almost at the finish line… #OneRoomChallenge

Kiesza shares her beauty routine. Love her so much.

 

Image via @asenseofhuber

3 Memorable Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome

 

Brunch (like Paris) is always a good idea. But in case you’re looking for an extra special way to treat your mom this year, here are a few alternatives.

 

Mother's Day Ideas: Gifts She'll Remember • via @SavvyHome

 

Gifts are nice (“and always welcomed” my mom would say) but the best ones are accompanied by a fun activity or thoughtful gesture. After all, every holiday on the calendar year is really just an excuse to spend quality time with the ones you love—and my mom just happens to be at the top of that list. I know I’m sounding like a total cheese ball at this point, but I don’t care.

We have a long tradition of Mother’s Day brunch in my family, but it’s always nice to shake things up a bit… Here are a few brunch alternatives to treat your mom this year.

 

HAVE A PICNIC

Grab your picnic baskets, blankets and a bottle of rosé and go have a picnic in the park, on the beach or wherever. After all, Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start soaking those rays of sunlight.

Wicker Crossbody Bag | Panama Hat

 

GO OUT TO SEA

Take her out on the ocean, on a lake or a river… If your mom loves being on the water as much as mine does, she’ll be delighted. Go sailing, take a sunset cruise or take a row boat out on a lake. In Montreal, we have a spa on a boat in the Saint-Lawrence river called Bota Bota. It’s a winner.

Newport Silk Scarf | Sailor Tote | Toggle Rope Belt

 

TAKE A STAYCATION

You know that hotel in your own city that you’ve been dying to try? Invite your mom for a staycation and indulge in massages, breakfast in bed and the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.

Foulard Zig Zag Wool Scarf | Provence Straw Satchel

 

Want to get your mom a little something special to go with your Mother’s Day activity? Shop J.McLaughlin’s Exclusive Sale to receive 25% off all full priced orders from April 30 – May 3. PLUS receive an additional 5% off with promo code JMCLSAVVY.

More Mother’s Day Ideas on Pinterest!

Images via Lonny, J.McLaughlin, Kara Rosenlund and Domaine.

Thank you J.McLaughlin for supporting this post.

One Room Challenge: Week No. 5

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: Dresser with Bar and Schoolhouse Electric Lamp

 

It’s the last week before the reveal so we’re going close-ups only to keep the element of surprise!

 

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge: sailboat oil painting and bench

 

I spent most of last week at a conference in Dallas so let’s be honest here: not much progress on the One Room Challenge front. At this point, I’m playing the waiting game… There’s nothing left to do except for praying that everything will arrive on time! So instead of worrying, let’s talk about the floor plan.

To say I had to get creative is the understatement of the year. Here are a few tricks I used to make my tiny space more functional.

 

Gabrielle Savoie's One Room Challenge Floor Plan

 

Double-Duty Living

I’m not a big TV person. In fact, I don’t even own a TV and I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. Most of the time, I’m out doing things, or at home cooking, listening to music or reading books (who am I kidding, I’m reading blogs and mags).

That being said, I do like to binge watch the Mindy Project on Netflix on occasion. So I needed a space to do just that. I have the choice between watching Netflix 11″ Macbook or my 27″ iMac—and the decision is self explanatory. So I placed my sofa across from my desk. And the distance to screen size ratio is spot on.

My current coffee table (which I will replace one day) is a bench that used to be at the foot of my bed in my last apartment. In my new bedroom, I can barely walk around my bed, so the bench moved to the living room. Now I have space to kick my feet up at the end of the day. I call this “successful repurposing”.

 

Creating seating & storage

My desk chair, as I explained before, has to serve both the purpose of full-time office seating, and part time guest seating. So I picked a casual chair with decent back support.

The bookcase that will hopefully one day stand next to my desk will host anything from books and magazines, to entertaining essentials and office paperwork and supplies. All organized in pretty baskets and trays.

 

Dining for two

The dining “area” (if I dare call it that), sits two comfortably. The kitchen island has two bar stools which means I can have a few people over for cocktails, but really only 1-2 people over for a sit down dinner. When the table is not in use (which is always), I use it as a library table and stack piles of decor books on top.

The “buffet” is actually a dresser which houses all of my out of season clothes (shhh don’t tell)—but you’d never know since it’s topped with all things dining and drinking. The Schoolhouse Electric lamp on top is one of my favorite pieces.

 

Tune in next week for the reveal!

 

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A huge thank you to West ElmAll ModernSchoolhouse Electric!

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