Wednesday Five - 15

It’s Wednesday!!! What, what. And we have five fun things to share.

1. Trend Alert: bust planters. Guys, these quirky beauties were everywhere at the Brimfield Antique Flea Market this month. They sort of remind us of chia pets…but way (WAY) elevated…but the same kind of ridiculous fun. Driven by Decor used one in their One Room Challenge this summer.

 

If you need in on this trend, and we think you do, here’s one from Ballard Designs (currently on sale!).

 
 

2. We recently joined the LiketoKnow.it network. If you don’t know what this is, it’s genius and you need to get on the wagon. It’s an app that let’s you shop images you like on Instagram. First, you take a screen shot of the Instagram image. Next, you open the LiketoKnow.it app. Then, the image automatically opens on the app and gives you all the sources of items in the image. That’s it. A shopping short cut like no other. We love it for home decor. Obviously. We also love it for our favorite fashion influencers.

Like everything else, you can “follow” accounts on LiketoKnow.it. And now, you can follow us! And, going forward, you can screen shot some of our Instagram images to shop them. While we won’t source client projects through LiketoKnow.it, we will source our personal projects. Like this one:

 
Gray Oak Studio - Outerspace neutral nursery
 

3. Sonia has a new obsession: Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Cream. And I get it. I’m one of those people who keeps hand cream in every room, every bag, every drawer and several places in my car. It’s everywhere. What can I say, I have dry hands. And while I'm a faithful L’Occitane devotee, Sonia’s so crazy about this stuff I’m going to give it a whirl. I was especially swayed when I read that it’s “free of Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, EDTA, and Gluten”. Dry skin season is coming…

 
 

4. Chrissy Teigen has a kitchen line coming out at Target!!! Love a good collaboration. And this one is fantastical. She announced it on her social media accounts this past week and I’m so excited. I actually don’t care what the pieces look like. I just love Chrissy Teigen so much that I want to support all her endeavors. But, from the sneak peaks, the color palette is earthy and muted. The bowls and stoneware have a handmade feel. The overall vibe is minimal.

5. I finally finished reading Prep. I mean, when you’re reading 15 pages at a time, 400 pages will take a while. So, yeah, it took a good month, but it was great. A bit heavier than I thought it was going to be - I had thought it was a total beach read about all the drug and sex scandals at boarding school. This is a deeper read. It’s a true turning of age story. Lots of character development (again, it’s 400 pages). I definitely recommend it, just know what you’re getting in to.

So, what am I reading now? I just started When Life Gives You Lululemons. I can already tell (2 chapters in) that this is a beach read. I mean, the title kind of gave it away.

 
Gray Oak Studio - When Life Gives You Lululemons
 

Have a great rest of your week!

- Leah

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Wednesday Five - 14

Happy Wednesday everyone. We have a great round-up of what’s been going on at Gray Oak Studio this past week. It’s been another busy one for us, sending our little ones off to school and beginning so many new and exciting projects.

1. We hit 1,000 followers on Instagram!

 
Gray Oak Studio - 1,000 Instagram Followers
 

2. We had a fun, little photoshoot. Not for any completed project, but for us! Some new headshots for our website and social media accounts. Big shout out and thanks to Callan Photo for taking our photos and pretending like all people are THAT awkward when having their picture taken. If you follow us on Instagram…if you’re one of the 1k…you got to see some of those truly awkward behind the scenes moments. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming weeks.

3. If you don’t follow Copy Cat Chic, you should. It’s a website/social media account that finds the copy cat (less expensive) version of the hottest home furnishings and decor out there. Here’s a great example:

 
Gray Oak Studio - Copy Cat Chic
 

I subscribe and get a daily email of the copy cat of the day, I find it easier than following them on IG because I don’t want to miss a post!

4. Sonia went to the Brimfield Antique Flea Market, which is one of the biggest and bestest flea markets in the region. She saw so many goodies and scored a bunch for our clients! Here are some images from our Instastories:

 
Gray Oak Studio - Brimfield Antique Flea Market - Antique rugs
 
Gray Oak Studio - Brimfield Antique Flea Market - License Plate key chain
Gray Oak Studio - Brimfield Antique Flea Market - Corbels
 
Gray Oak Studio - Brimfield Antique Flea Market - Doors
 

5. And I got a new bag for fall. I love it. I LOVE IT (I just sang that as I wrote). I was really torn on what color to get and ended up going with the camel, which is gorgeous, but I also love the taupe. I’m still in the phase where I need snacks, diapers and wipes with me at all times and this gracefully handles it all. Is there ever a phase when snacks at all times isn’t necessary?

Sorry to be brief this week. The stomach bug crawled its way into my house, despite being firmly told NEVER TO COME BACK - back to school germs have arrived - and my blogging night has been intermittently interrupted by sanitizing sheets and scrubbing everything and questioning whether I’m nauseous or paranoid.

Until next week!

- Leah

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Wednesday Five - 13

It's the 13th edition of Wednesday Five and a lucky one it is! If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you know we had a pretty incredible week. So, let's jump to it.

1. We were featured in the new West Elm catalog!!! Guys. GUYS. Cue confetti. Cue trumpets. Cue extremely high pitch screaming.

We're on page 29. The photo is from our Southend Project where we used two West Elm modern weave storage baskets under a console table.

Gray Oak Studio - West Elm Catalog Cover Fall 2019
Gray Oak Studio Gray Oak Studio Feature

For a growing business like ours, this kind of national feature is truly indescribable. We are just so grateful. And feeling just a little, tiny bit famous.

For other designers and Instagram influencers (and any other curious folks out there) - here's how it happened: About a year ago, when we finished our Southend Project, we posted this photo on our Instagram feed.

Gray Oak Studio Southend Project West Elm Baskets

West Elm commented on the post and asked if they could share our photo on their account. In order to say "yes" we simply had to reply to their comment with the hashtag "#mywestelm". Of course we immediately did so. And then...nothing happened. As far as we're aware, West Elm never shared our photo on their feed. And we forgot about it. Since then we've been asked to "reply yes" by using a hashtag many times by many different brands. We always do and one time our image was even shared by Wayfair on their instastory, which felt pretty major at the time (last fall). All of this is to say, we were never given formal notice (or informal notice for that matter) that our photo would appear in the catalog. Moral of the Story: use those hashtags and look through your catalogs!!!  

 
Gray Oak Studio West Elm Catalog Feature
 

2. Contrary to popular belief, being lazy is a good thing. According to an article on Times.com, being lazy...truly lazy...doing literally nothing...is when our creative juices start flowing and subconscious problem solving skills take flight. Now I just need an excuse for all the hours of Bachelor in Paradise I've been watching. If you find an article to support my habit, please send it along...

3. I bought a light bulb. Not quite as major as being featured in West Elm, but I think worth sharing. I think. So, I wanted to replace an existing bulb because it was way too dim and way too yellow. I wanted more white and more bright, which is basically my personal design preference for all spaces. The bulb also needed to be pretty because it's exposed. 

I started by reading a great article from Young House Love that gives a great breakdown of those light bulb terms that we've heard 1,000 times but still don't understand: watts and lumens. Next I found an article on LifeHacker.com that suggests different lumens for different living spaces (i.e. brighter lights in the bathroom, warmer lights in a bedroom, etc.). 

I did a little searching and review reading and landed on these guys from Amazon

 
Gray Oak Studio - Vintage Edison Light Bulb
 

I'm really happy with the look and the function. 

 
Gray Oak Studio - Baby boy nursery vintage light bulb
 

4. If you're a knitter or crocheter or you want to become either, I have 2 great follows for you. First, you have to check out www.allaboutami.com. It's written by Stephanie (not Ami!) and it's a wonderful. Stephanie creates patterns that are current and wearable, a true feat in the crochet world as so much of crocheting is all about the granny squares and the doilies. Her stuff is truly cool and her patterns are free. Amazing. I'm also obsessed with Purl Soho, which is a brick and mortar store in NYC with an awesome blog. The blog also contains tons of free, gorgeous patterns. 

5. Elle.com has rounded up the nail polish trends currently seen on the runway and here are my favorites.

Dove Gray by Zoya - This might be my favorite

Skinny Dip by Essie - So classic and the sparkle on the tips is amazing

Licorice by Essie - I went through a black nail polish phase about a decade ago (when Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI was suddenly everywhere...including my nails) and I could happily revisit that moment

Gray Oak Studio - Fall 2018 nail polish trends

Have a great rest of your week!

- Leah

 

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