Dining Room + Mother’s Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

This post is in partnership with World Market

Can you believe Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away? What do you have planned? My family loves to make breakfast together, so we quite often make plans to host a brunch during the holidays. We had a family brunch on Easter and we’ll be having another one on Mother’s Day. But we don’t wait for special occasions to have brunch, any ordinary day will do!

We’ve been craving waffles forever, so this past week I seized a carefree morning to dig the waffle maker out from the basement. The girls were over and we didn’t have a big agenda so WOO HOO! it was a great day for pre-Mother’s Day brunch.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The week before, my girls and I had stopped in to World Market to see what was new. I’m so glad we did! They have so many great things right now, but I have to say we were were OBSESSED with all the blue and white linens and table settings! It all spoke to us. So we filled up our cart and brought some of our favorites home. And it was perfect timing, we had so much fun setting the table for our brunch.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The mix of blues, whites and organic elements just feel so right for our table (and our house).

I have to tell you how much I LOVE the dishes!

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The bowls are the perfect size for so many of the meals we make these days (we used them for our yogurt bowls this time, but I know we’ll use them a lot. We love to make rice bowls with avocado, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes and other tasties).

The plates are such a nice weight, I’m kind of picky about plates and I like them to be a bit heavier! These are winners, plus the soft colors and pattern make such a lovely statement on the table.

The wood handles on the silverware, the woven napkin rings, cutting board and centerpiece brought an organic wood vibe that I just love with the blue and white.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Teapot

We found this really neat wood bowl at World Market for the center of the table. They also had some faux succulents and plants that made it so easy to whip a centerpiece together (and yay for plants that don’t die).

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

These adorable little patterned bowls are so fun, they come with tight plastic lids so you can microwave or store them in the fridge.

The juice glasses are my faves! We haven’t had great juice glasses for a long time. Again, it was the heavy glass and pretty details that won me over!

Now, let me tell you why these serving bowls are SUPER special! They aren’t just gorgeous to look at, they are HANDMADE, you guys! I knew they were something extraordinary right when I saw them.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Blue and White Tassel Pillows / Macrame Pillow

I love all of the new throw pillows for the banquette (and two navy velvet ones for the woven chairs).

As many of you have observed, we switched our dining room table and banquette to this side of the room before Thanksgiving.

I’ve shared a few photos of the room here and there, but I haven’t yet officially explained the change.  Our original plan was always to set up the table on this side of the room, just like this. Yet the only wall where our glass doored cabinet fit was on the shiplap wall, so it made sense to leave it there (while it was in the dining room) and move our table near the window for a closer view of the backyard.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

We really liked the cozy feel of the banquet and table under the window, but I still felt like the ideal was to have the table on the other side of the room.

I also had a vision for quite some time of the glass doored cabinet being in our bedroom, to make it feel more cozy library-ish.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

You know how sometimes it’s you might hesitate to try something that is not the norm, because you feel like it might be “wrong” or at just not be the right choice? Well, I finally told myself…”self, stop over-thinking and go with your heart. :)” Just to be safe we measured the cabinet and found it was the perfect size to fill the bedroom wall! And voila! My heart was right. I love it there.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

And so that change opened up the wall space so we could flip the banquette to the other side of the dining room, putting the table in the spot where I originally envisioned it. It’s so nice when your furniture starts to find it’s way to the best spot for it!

Speaking of furniture finding its true home, I’ve been dreaming about ways to rearrange the living room. :)

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Anyway, we had such a great brunch with our family this weekend (and loved setting up a pretty table for it!). We’ll for sure be having another brunch for Mother’s Day in just a couple of weeks! I hope you feel inspired to host a Mother’s Day brunch at your house, too.

Scroll through the links below to find the items we got for for our table (hurry as many pieces were on an awesome sale!).

If you would like more inspiration for gathering people together, you can find my book Simple Gatherings here!

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeThis post is in partnership with World Market 

Have you ever been pampered at a spa? I’ve stayed at spa resorts and I’ve been to spa-inspired salons, but the only time I’ve had an actual “spa” experience was at an outdoor hot springs. While I cannot remember for the life of me where I was (ha! mom? where were we! help! *Answer: Baden Baden, Germany, in the Black Forest!), I do remember it was totally relaxing and dreamy. You know me, though. Even though I so enjoy staying at fancy spa hotels and traveling to lovely destinations, home is where my heart is.

I’m sure an appointment at a spa would be super relaxing and uplifting (can winter be over yet?), but I happen to believe our home is the most important place to experience an atmosphere that nurtures our mind, body and soul. If we cannot relax at home, we need to bring more peace to our surroundings.

Today I have some creative inspiration for designing a spa-like ambience at home!

Relax

Sometimes you need those daily reminders to relax, all spelled out in black and white (ha, see what I did there?). I love pinning up quotes and verses on memo boards throughout the house, or writing inspiring words on a chalkboard. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got a black velvet letter board from World Market. So cute, yes?

The words currently on my board gently remind me to set aside the stresses of the day and even just sit back and relax! It’s super easy to change the words to suit the mood I want to inspire, too. This sign is so portable, it would be adorable in any room of the house.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomePink chenille abstract watercolor pillow / Macrame pillow / Rattan lamp

Nature

Elements in nature are so soothing. One of my favorite garden stores in Seattle has a beautiful indoor cafe with tons of natural light, trees, and even ponds with koi fish! It’s the most spa-like cafe I think I’ve ever been to so I love spending time there.

Even if you can’t create a koi pond in your home (ha, that would be so cool though!), you can get that relaxing vibe by surrounding yourself with plants, textures from nature like wood cutting boards or baskets, pretty flowers in a vase (like my white velvet plum blossoms above!), or even art with natural scenes.

Comfort

What colors or personal comforts make you feel the most at home, relaxed and rejuvenated? Even though many people might consider neutrals or soft tones the most soothing color scheme, that’s the great thing about designing your own spa-ambience. You’re in control!

Maybe this time of year you’d feel most refreshed with a pop of pink on a few throw pillows to bring the hope and joy of spring to your home. Every season or even the day’s weather can inspire you to switch things up for your own wellbeing.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeMy Bedroom SourcesWorld Market Bed and Bath (20% off spa event right now!)

I love my moody bedroom because it really promotes relaxation. It’s so peaceful to have clean sheets, soft lighting, and a fluffy robe.

Check out these bath and bed items for a spa-like atmosphere.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Sounds

When I was heading into the delivery room to have my first baby girl (Kylee), my husband and I had our huge BOOM BOX and a set of cassettes with us so we could listen to nature-inspired sounds and music. I know. All you youngins might laugh at the whole cassette and boom box situation, but hey, we were hip youngsters ourselves back then. That’s what we had. Side note, we had to get a PAGER just in case my husband was in class when the baby decided to arrive. Times have changed, yes?

These days of course we can relax with tunes playing on our cell phone. At our house we put an Echo Show on our kitchen counter (I love it, Norah Jones is one of my personal favorite artists for a relaxing evening!). I even have a diffuser that comes with a setting to play spa-inspired music.

Our house can get so loud with dogs and boys in the house, so when I need a little downtime I like to as everyone to shut off TVs and computers so I can listen to relaxing music instead.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeGlass water bottle with wood lidLarge cutting board

Rejuvenate

Rejuvenate yourself by giving your what your body needs to be healthy! Inspire yourself to feel well by stocking your kitchen with quality nutritious food and making sure you have clear clean water to drink.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Indigo blue tie dye enamel wood salad bowl

Make eating and feeling well as appealing as possible. Buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables (we use a delivery service so food is fresh right from local farms). Keep slices of lemon, lime, or oranges on hand for a delicious fruit infused spa-inspired water bottle.

  How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Copper Tea Kettle

Rituals

Carve out time every day to relax and treat yourself right. What daily rituals sooth you? A cup of tea? A relaxing bath? Enjoying a craft or curling up with a good book? Set an appointment with yourself to wind down by doing the things you love.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Blue and White Tea Set / Large cutting board

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Tea Canister with Cork Lid / Mint Rose Loose Leaf Tea / Ivory Stoneware Mug

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Shop items from this post via the scrolling bar below:

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Be sure to check out the Spa Event and 20% off sale at World Market today!

What are some of your favorite ways to create a rejuvenating ambience in your home?

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
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