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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Best of 2017

Fave Picks, Fall FashionAnneke McConnellComment

Hooray! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public and I'm excited to guide you through the MASSIVE number of pages that makes up this epic sale. I'll be on Facebook LIVE to announce the $100 giveaway winner, share items I bought personally, and answer your questions there LIVE. Join by clicking below!

****Update! Here is the Facebook LIVE video!

If you're unfamiliar, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale happens every July and Nordstrom stocks new pre-season arrivals and makes them available for up to 40% off (or more sometimes). Craziness! It's the perfect time to stock up on staple clothing items, shoes, handbags, jackets, jewelry, gifts, and more.

I've created a drop-down current menu at the top of my blog for convenient "boutique-style" browsing by category, but am excited to share a detailed round up here for you guys.  




You can CLICK THE TITLE of each section to take you to ALL of my picks for that category, but these are the best of the best in my opinion. ;-)

Let's get to it! 


I suggest going through shoes, denim, and jackets FIRST as they sell out quickly, not to mention my fave staple leggings



I hope this helps you guys navigate the sale a lot faster!! There are so many great items selling out quickly, it's hard to keep up, but I'll do my best!  I'd like to invite you to join me on Facebook to chat LIVE about style, furniture painting, book reviews, etc.  Click below to follow along there - it's so fun to interact with you ladies!

Some other AMAZING sales you'll want to check out this weekend:


FREE PEOPLE - 50% off select Summer styles like this comfy casual TEE in tons of gorgeous colors.

Goodnight Macaroon - 40% off ALL Full-Priced items with code ANNIVERSARY, click below.

Sole Society - up to 60% off the Endless Summer Event, they have such cute and affordable shoes and handbags

Neiman Marcus - up to 75% off regular prices....that's crazy talk! Like this summer tote now just $55.20 (orig. $138!)

Wayfair - up to 70% off rugs, dorm room decor and furniture, and bedroom items.

Pottery Barn - 20% off full-priced orders, including furniture. Also up to 50% off select chandeliers (they're lighting is gorgeous!).

Serena & Lily - up to 30% off all lighting! This beaded chandelier is my absolute favorite!

Williams & Sonoma - 20% off Family & Friends sale (New Arrivals just released!)

World Market - up to 50% off all home decor and home office. I can't believe this desk is only $99.99!


Other than all these wonderful summer sales, we've been soaking up time together as a family.  I feel like I've figured out a pretty good system to find that motherhood/work balance even as life ebbs and flows. Thank YOU for joining me on this journey and allowing me to share with you!


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Coastal Style Outdoor Sconces

Coastal Interiors, House FeatureAnneke McConnell


Hey friends! It's that time of year that we tend to focus on those outdoor projects, and if updating your lighting is on the list, I've rounded up a variety of coastal style outdoor sconces for you. Below are my top 10 favorites from today's post (because choosing only 5 was too tough!).

When it come to choosing outdoor wall sconces (or outdoor lighting of any kind), there are several things to keep in mind before choosing a winning fixture.  Ask yourself these questions when looking around?

1. Are you in need of statement lighting (usually more lights and larger) or integral lighting (more of a subdued sconce with indirect functional lighting)?

2. What finish do you prefer? Black, antique brass, stainless steel, or even a pop of color with red, blue, or yellow like these >>> click here.

3. What's your preference for seeing or not seeing the bulb(s)?  If choosing a sconce with glass, consider whether you prefer clear, frosted, seeded glass, or another decorative glass finish.  If you can see the bulb, what type of bulb do you prefer? This depends of the type of light needed, so always be sure to check that first! Edison bulbs are a great option

4. Also when choosing outdoor sconces, consider whether you would like them to be dimmable and if not, what "brightness" you are looking for. The lower the watts the lower the light output.  Most bulbs can be found with the same wattage, but different "color" as well, meaning more warmth/yellow versus cool and white.

5. Last, but not least, consider the "cleanability" factor and ease of changing a bulb. If you hire someone to maintain your overall house needs, this may not be a factor. However if it's on you or another person in your household to change the bulbs, the ease of changing them out should at least be recognized and considered.  

I hope this helps you to find that perfect outdoor sconce for your home. They really can change and complete the look of your home!


Scroll down past the photos below for more outdoor sconces OR click below.

Outdoor Sconces


***Click on any photo featured below and it will take you to their original source.




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Sea Fan Wall Decor

Coastal Interiors, Styling Tips, Interiors, Home DecorAnneke McConnell

One of the best ways to add a coastal feel to your home is to include natural elements.  Whether that's in the form of driftwood (see this post), seashells, coral, or sisal/jute rugs, it's easy to achieve a cohesive, fuss-free look.

One coastal home decor item every beach loving person can easily include in their home is sea fan wall art. It makes a BEAUTIFUL statement piece and is easy to incorporate anywhere with (typically) just a few colors within the art.

Unframed options are a great affordable option as well.

I LOVE this beautiful sea fan a family member got for me on an overseas vacation trip and put it in a dark stained shadow box. It's such a special piece in our little beach house. :-)

Sea Fan Wall Decor for Beach House style
Sea Fan Wall Decor and Beach Home style
Sea Fan Wall Decor and Beach House style
Sea Fan Wall Decor and Beach House style
Coastal Bathroom with Sea Fan
Coastal Bathroom with Tile and Sea Fan Wall Decor
Turquoise and Teal Coastal Bedroom
Oversize Sea Fan Wall Decor, striped rug, and blue ceiling
DIY Black Sea Fan Art
Large Framed Sea Fan Art with Oars and Shiplap
Open Concept Coastal Living and Dining Room with sea fan art
Coastal Master Bedroom with Sea Fan art
Sea Fan Wall Decor
Coastal Dining Room with Sea Fan wall art


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Goose Rocks Beach Cottage by Whitten Architects

Home Decor, Home Blog Posts, Coastal Interiors, House FeatureAnneke McConnell


Often times when we jump into decorating our homes, we debate and research and wait, completely overanalzying and second guessing our decisions.  Today's beach cottage home feature via Whitten Architects is proof that keeping things simple and uniform can be a beautiful recipe for success - making a house feel calm, cohesive and welcoming. 

***To view more photos from today's home feature, and to see further details, resources, and collaborators, head to Whitten Architects' website HERE.

This elevated Goose Rocks Beach Cottage is located in Kennebunkport, Maine, on a beautiful dune with views of the Atlantic Ocean.  With seagulls blue, beach sand neutrals, and casual lifestyle textures, this home is suited for entertaining and well as an active family lifestyle. 

I absolutely LOVE the mix of contemporary elements with clean lines, yet the coziness of multiple nook spaces balances everything so well. I'm pretty sure our kiddos would be found in these built in bench spaces OFTEN!

The open concept between the kitchen, dining, and living room flows really well.  As a family who lives in a smaller beach home, I can't help but notice the sleek integration of storage from the kitchen to the built in benches, above the fireplace as well as the furniture.

Even with a cohesive color palette of turquoise / teal, tans, whites, grays, etc., there is a wide variety of textures used which adds TONS of interest to the beach cottage.  You have both wood and tile flooring, plenty of beautiful white planked walls (never met a shiplap wall I didn't love!), metal railing, mixed metals between hardware (drawer pulls, doorknobs, etc.) and lighting (this sconce is a coastal FAVE), etc.

I love how the shiplap extends to the ceiling here with those beautiful natural wood beams. What a FUN game room with those blue acrylic bar stools, built in benches, nautical sconces, and ping pong table!

When it comes to the master bedroom, again, all of the planked walls are just beautiful, and the choice of bed of patio furniture really allow you to take in the view without any obstructions.  Some people may prefer roller shades or curtains for privacy or blocking light, but what a gorgeous view to wake up to!

And no beach house is complete without a fire pit!  For a long time we had a gas fire pit, but living in the Seattle area (Pacific Northwest) just really lends itself to needing a wood burning fire pit.  It typically gives off much more heat and of course is best for s'mores (my husband has a thing for making s'mores with reeses peanut butter cups - anyone else?). ;-)

I hope you've enjoyed today's featured cottage and found inspiration for your own home.  Remember, making a house a home takes time. Enjoy the moment and be thankful with what you have and where you are today! :-)


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