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On our walls | at the Cape

After three or four consecutive weekends in the city, we are back at the Cape, enjoying the peace and quiet of the off season.  Since closing on the house here in mid-October, we’ve been down as many weekends as possible.  We’ve made a lot of progress in some areas, but in other areas, maybe not so much… both kids’ rooms sort of look like the second child’s room in this hilarious BuzzFeed post that I can’t stop scrolling through. 

We have some really fun things up on our walls, though, so I figured we could start there. It’s been so fun to start from scratch, building an inexpensive collection of pieces we truly love. I think that’s really the only rule that matters when building an art collection: Buy what you love.

I’ve linked to products when possible, mostly because I think everyone needs at least one of Elizabeth May’s seagulls in their home.  Please note that some links are referral or affiliate links.


on our walls kitchen

The first things to grace our walls were these Elizabeth May seagull prints (Seagull 15 + Seagull 16).  I absolutely love her style, and just saw that she has new Barack Obama and Joe Biden prints for sale in her Etsy shop so…. they will be joining us soon, along with her Maya Angelou and Susan B. Anthony portraits.  

Cool/important people art party at the Cape!

I used these brass matted Target frames throughout the house.  I am obsessed.


living room on our walls

  • Photos of Grace, Nick + Clark,  all taken at the Cape
  • Minted signed print (Mid-summertime by Emily Jeffords) + a photo of Grace birdwatching with “the giant ‘noculars'” at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 

*You can use your Ebates account for cash back at Minted (PSA for those not already using Ebates: sign up for an Ebates account and go to their website when shopping online– by going through them first, you’ll earn cash back at many of the sites you usually shop.  For me, that’s diapers.com, LOFT, Nordstrom, Minted, Athleta, etc.)

CapeAbilities flag

We have this Cape Cod flag, made by Cape Abilities participants, hanging on the wall heading upstairs.  Proceeds from these flags (this size was $35) support the organization, which serves individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod through a range of programs.  If you’re on the Cape, I highly recommend a trip to their farm in Dennis and store in Yarmouth.  They do wonderful work.


guest room on our walls

I normally wouldn’t paint over someone else’s work… but I figured a mass market paint-by-number is fair game, right?  You can find similar vintage paintings at thrift stores and on Etsy or ebay, often with wooden frames, for $20 or so.  I used leftover paint from another project and simply blocked off a third of the image with blue painters tape and added a single coat of paint so that the original painting is still visible up close.


our bedroom on our walls

I hadn’t planned to hang the tapestry and Top Knot print together, or even in the same room… but then I saw them side by side and loved the repetition of those red stripes. The rest of our room is super white and restful, so these pieces punch things up a bit.

The tapestry is from the Pillowfort kids line at Target, but it totally works in a grown-up room.  Kids decor is often less expensive… and more cool.


Grace on our walls

Grace fell in love with this swan (and her tutu), and who could blame her?  The framed print is actually a Valentine’s Day card that cost $3 ($15 including the frame). Framing greeting cards is an easy, low commitment way to add a little something to your walls.


Nick on our walls

One of the artists for Modern Map Art generously sent us this print, which I thought would work perfectly in Nick’s room (I’m going for a mostly navy vibe in there).  There are several options for Boston, all in local team color ways.  My photo doesn’t do the print justice, so I recommend checking out their website to see more detailed shots.  They sell similar prints for cities all over the globe, as well as some really cool ski maps.

I love how major and local streets have been painted over the map in red.  It’s really bold and graphic and I think it pairs well with the anchor tapestry (another kids department find).  

Plus, it’s nice to have a little Southie with us at the Cape. 

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite piece of art or inexpensive decor tip?



Today: Favorite Target finds.

I am fairly certain Target’s bullseye logo has hypnotic powers.  It’s impossible to enter and exit that store having purchased only the Neosporin, Chobani, C2 sports bras (love those) and mouthwash you intended to buy.  Target is where thoughtful shopping lists go to die, and where impulse shopping takes flight.  I am tempted to start an in-store support group for people like me.  It needs to meet as far from the office supply aisle as possible, though.  I am sucker for cute binder clips.  Or really, anything cute.

I recently learned that Target is headquartered in Minneapolis.  When I head to the Twin Cities for HLS in September, I intend to knock on Target’s front door and demand answers to such questions as “How do you make everything so cute?” and “Really, tell the truth.  Did you hypnotize me with your concentric red circles?” and “Can I have some coupons?” I will report back, I promise.  I am nothing if not a lady of the Target shopping people.

A few recent favorite Target finds*

*none of which were on my list when I entered the store, and yes, I still participate in the charade of writing a list before going to Target

3 piece notebook set, $9.99

I found this adorable set of unlined notebooks near the garden section.  I love to doodle and sketch when I need to unwind, and these pages are thick enough that my drawings of majestic French bulldogs don’t bleed through.  They’re packaged perfectly for a gift.

Ceramic French bulldog bank

I have a problem when it comes to Frenchie things.  You know this.  You also now know where my fortune is hidden.

 Memorex patterned CDs and DVDs, $6.99

I’ve been on a quest to organize and back-up six years of photos.  Having somewhere nice-looking to put them helps.

Short paper straws

I like my fresh juice thick (bordering on chewy, sorry if that offends) and the usual straws often can’t handle my kale.  I found these short and stout straws in the Valentine’s Day section a few months ago.  Target knows how to do the holidays.  Seasonal items (which immediately go on sale after the holiday) like these paper goods can often be carried over for showers and parties.

up & up binder clips

I use these for keeping cords coiled (and not a tangled mess), bags closed, pages marked, etc.  As I mentioned before, the office supply area is a danger zone for my debit card.

Graphic wrapping paper

Yes, I stocked up on the Frenchie print.  I love wrapping gifts almost as much as I like giving them.

(Cape Cod) Map print scarf, $14.99

The colors of this scarf were what first caught my attention.  And then I saw that the nautical pattern was, in fact, a map of the Cape (my True North, even though it’s technically south east of Boston).  It pairs great with a white teeshirt and jeans.  And boat shoes.

For the record: This is not a sponsored post.  Target is not aware that I exist.  (As far as I know.)  They do know the way to my heart wallet, however.

Also On Tap for Today:

Which store has you under their spell?




Today: A real Do-It-Yourselfer.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I was flipping through Allure last week and spotted this Sonia Kashuk for Target ad.

My imagination was captured.  I dug through my bathroom draw (contents: moisturizer, nail polish, more moisturizer, more nail polish) and got to work.

After removing my old polish, cleaning, filing and buffing nails, I applied two coats of Revlon Dreamer (pale blue).  Per usual, my impatience got the better of me and I moved on to step 2 (applying those half moon stencil sticker things) too early.  After reapplying two more coats of Dreamer to my pointer finger, I made sure to wait twice as long this time.

Once I was sure the blue polish was dry, I carefully applied the French polish guides.  I recommend doing your non-dominant hand first (which I didn’t do, naturally).  Next came two coats of Nicole by OPI The Next CEO (shimmery gold) above the polish guides, allowing plenty of time for the gold polish to dry.

The guides come off easily, leaving a nice crisp line of gold above the blue polish.  I finished up with two coats of top coat and carefully flipped through the rest Allure while my nails dried.

Could a professional have done better?  You better believe it.

Is it fun to do it yourself every now and then, regardless?  Yes, ma’am.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite DIY project?  Favorite nail polish color?

Today: Beware the space invasion.

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Tomorrow is International Hug a Vegetarian Day, which means I will be hiding in my closet during daylight hours, for fear of being bear-hug-ambushed by strangers.  Nothing strikes terror into the heart of this herbivore quite like a nonsense holiday involving personal contact.  I am a firm believer in personal space and appropriate physical boundaries.  I love a good hug from someone I know, but I can do without being touched by a stranger.

I make two exceptions: qualified massage therapists and the old lady that works at the Target in Dorchester.  You know, the one with the religious paraphernalia displayed on her register?  Right when I think she is going to hand me my receipt, she pulls a sneak move, touches my hand and says “May the angels bless you,” or something similarly nice, but weird.  This scenario has played out so many times in the past year, that my trips to Target  have become synonymous with being blessed by a cashier.  And, I guess, touched by an angel?  I don’t know.  It could be a lot worse, I suppose.

Clark is a notorious Space Invader.

I am no astronaut, but let me tell you, Space Invaders are not on Mars.  They are here on Earth,  working in my office building.  I almost always take the stairs (not because I am an amazing person, but because my office is on the second floor and I am not bold enough to take the elevator up one story), but on rare occasions when I do ride the elevator to the upper floors, my space bubble is almost always invaded.  Same goes for standing in line for a cup of tea the cafe downstairs, or while I am trying to wash my hands in the ladies’ room.  If I can feel your breath on my earlobe, you are standing too close, lady.  Way too close.

I just gave myself the heebie-jeebies.  And the creepy crawlies.  And the willies. Is your skin crawling yet?

Anyway.  Please.  Hug the vegetarians you actually know tomorrow.  Same goes for the carnivores, and the omnivores, and the flexitarians, and the egalitarians, and the librarians.  Hug ’em all, provided they’ve invited you into their personal space.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • More incentive to not hug me: I have a miserable change-of-seasons cold 🙁
  • Baby rhinos are almost as cute as baby hippos, no?
  • Taste-testing various Gus, Chomps, and Bloks

Do you like to hug it out?  Or do you keep people at an arm’s length?