Looking Ahead to Thanksgiving

Whether you’re hosting dinner at home or have cordially accepted an invitation out, Thanksgiving is a big holiday for many families, with lots of details to coordinate.

No matter which role you’re taking on this year, I’m here to help.

Dinner at home

For those of you hosting friends and family at your home, I have a few tips for setting a Thanksgiving table that stands out from the rest of the year’s dinner parties.

The secret is an attention to detail.

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Simple design ideas for this year’s Halloween party

Because it is relatively untethered to religious affiliations or gift-giving pressures, Halloween feels like a “free” holiday. It can be anything you want it to be – an excuse to wear something wacky at work, to cuddle up and watch a scary movie, to host a party, or to ignore altogether. If you are the party-hosting type, that freedom goes for your decorations too.

I’m always looking for new ideas for Halloween decorations that take the day beyond the harsh black and orange color palette and jack o’ lanterns on the mantle. I recently came across this blog post showing a Halloween party designed by Michelle Rogers Styling that I really loved, and I wanted to share it with you.

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Cleaning through transitions to Fall

We’ve made it to September, or as I like to call it…
“Mom gets her house back month.”
We often think of springtime as a time to cleanse and refresh, but fall is also a natural time of transitions and resetting. With the kids back to school, it can be a great opportunity to do another deep clean of your house and it can feel so good to get everything organized again after the frenzy of August and summertime.

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Design tips to make summer last forever

August can be a weird month. It’s basically the peak of summer, but it doesn’t have that hopeful expectancy that June does. As the last full month of summer, it can also feel like the last chance to get in as many lake days and popsicles as possible, before it’s too late.

The good news, at least as far as interior design goes, is there are simple ways to maintain that summer energy in your home all year long. Here are two ideas keep summer alive, at least on the inside, until next June.

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Fourth of July decoration ideas

I love the Fourth of July, but I secretly grimace at a lot of the decorations I see.

As you will know if you visit my boutique in Barkley Village, I’m all about simplicity and understated accenting to decorate for holidays or seasons. The 4th feels no different. Here are three simple ways to dress up your house in red, white and blue that will keep your space elegant and welcoming.

Use Accent Pillows

Especially in outdoor seating areas where people might be gathering for a barbecue or to chill next to a friendly game of croquet, adding some pastel blue throw pillows to the furniture is a great way to decorate for the 4th.

We have some really lovely light blue cushions from Walter G in the store right now that would fit the bill.

Walter G pillows - Urban Collective Bellingham Boutique
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Spring House Spruce

As the weather clears, it finally feels like there’s a natural desire to embrace the sunshine and the rebirth happening outside. Inside your home, there are so many easy ways to clear away the stagnation of winter and get your spaces back to feeling healthy and alive.

Here are three simple ways to invite springtime into your home that won’t break the bank.

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It’s all about Galentine’s Day.

Before I get started, I just have to get one thing out of the way: I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I loathe the weird pressure around giving gifts and dressing up – though I don’t hate dressing up. Then there’s the horrible awkwardness between single and dating friends, and the even weirder awkwardness between unofficial couples. I just want to throw the whole thing out and order Thai food. But it’s not all bad.

I know we can’t totally skip Valentine’s day, but this year you can catch me on February 13th celebrating Galentine’s. It’s a day for women, by women, and it’s our choice how to celebrate it. (Thanks, Leslie Knope.)

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her, and a Little Something for Yourself

galentines gift giving
Urban Collective Finds

I found the inspiration for my store treasure-hunting through antique stores growing up. I want everyone to have that feeling while searching through the shelves at Urban. While wandering the store, cleanse your mind of the red and pink, and just look with your eyes. You are sure to find a heartwarming gift for your special someone, and maybe something for yourself, too.

Home Decor

Urban Collective is stocked with items that bring me joy from table linens and candle sticks, to pillows and rugs, and so many other fun rotating items. All over the shop, there are hidden gems at every price point.

Sweet Treats

What better day to treat yourself than Galentine’s Day? This time of year especially, I tuck gummy treats and candies around every corner. Don’t forget to grab something to feed your sweet tooth.

Girl Meets Dirt

One of my all-time favorite brands, these artisan bitters and preserves cover my shelves. Each fruit comes from a small orchard, grown in the salty breeze of the San Juan Islands. They are an absolute treat, and I’m not just saying that.

Olio Flowers

bouquet with mixed flowers roses dried berries

You know what kind of flowers you like; you don’t need any one shopping for you. On the way out of Urban Collective, visit Olio Flowers for a gorgeous bouquet or baby house plant. You can even call or email to order a custom floral arrangement.

Okay, so maybe we can’t shrug off Valentine’s Day like last winter’s sweater. But we can make it a little better. Whether or not you’re shopping for someone else, don’t forget to treat yourself. February 13th is for us gals.


It’s Time to Redecorate After the Holidays

The holidays are officially over and the house feels strangely empty. The tree is bare and the menorah has long since been put away. It’s time to wrap up the tinsel and the lights, but the house looks bare without them. Without the happy screams of children and the family banter into the night, everything seems too quiet. Even the leftovers are starting to run out.

We know how to warm up the house for the holidays, but how do we make the adjustment afterward? Sometimes the house needs a special something to chase out the holiday blues. Browse the collection at our local Bellingham store for the perfect addition to your home.

Post-Holiday Home Furnishing Finds

Dining Room

With the pie and candy gone, it’s time to take back the healthy kitchen aesthetic. Spring scents and colors set the tone for the new year. Matching mugs and glasses make way for tea and protein shakes. Find the decor that means renewal to you.

Living Room

Without the lights and decorations, the living room is often left feeling empty. To bring in new flair, it may need a new theme or centerpiece. Browse our extensive collection of accent pillows and throw blankets for a new living room look. The space may also be craving a new table, rug, or potted plant to bring it all together.

Home Office

After a long vacation, it may be tough to come back to the same old office. Try bringing in a little character. The addition could be small like a mug or a figurine, or large like a new lamp or chair. As you browse the shelves, think about what might breathe life into your office space.

Bedroom

Bed with linens.

Sometimes we need a change just for ourselves. A new set of throw pillows can change up the entire mood of the room. Find a piece of decor that brings out the light of the room. Get lost in the array of choices: subtle and bold, familiar and unique. You are certain to find the perfect item to bring home.

Ready to refresh yourself after the holidays? Come visit us at 2955 Newmarket St.