Beautiful Distractions No. 41
Boy oh boy, it has been entirely too long since I’ve written a Beautiful Distractions post. My apologies. Summer got the best of me, but that means we’ve been having fun over here, right? I have been scrolling the interwebs at night and saving fun things that have caught my eye, so here is a huge brain dump of what I’m loving now. Oh, but before we jump in, there are a couple of banger playlists Waiting For Friday and Friday Night Roller Rink Vibes. Definitely hit those up this holiday weekend.
Grandpa’s Pool House
If you’re looking for a Midwestern getaway, look no further than Grandpa’s Pool House just north of Minneapolis / St. Paul in Stanchfield, MN. This place is Mid-Century Modern decor heaven. A real grandpa owned this place. The owner and vision maker of this getaway was his granddaughter, and she began renovating the home in 2020 during quarantine, and she’s outdone herself.
Perfume Discovery Sets
Have you scrolled PerfumeTok? This scented side of TikTok is a thing, and I wish iPhones were scratch and sniff. Until recently, I had no clue that you can order sample kits from perfume companies, and most give you a credit for a full-size bottle. Ummm, genius idea! I purchase discovery kits coming from Henry Rose, Andrea Maack, and Akro. Henry Rose is a name you may recognize as I’ve mentioned them before — Fog is my favorite scent. But I haven’t smelled the full line since 2019 visiting NYC for the Better Homes & Gardens Style Maker event and a few new scents have been released.
Akro is constantly being talked about, but it’s not a brand you can find at Sephora. Hence the discovery set. The last thing I want to do is drop money on a scent that could potentially smell like insect spray – which happened upon sampling Akro’s Awake scent. Some you like (Akro Dark…but only after the vanilla settles, at first, I hated it), others not so much. Another scent I’m curious about is Commodity Book. It’s been brought up monthly by, my favorite TikToker on PerfumeTok, Emma Vernon, and yes, Commodity also has a discovery set. It’s next to buy on my list. BTDubes, Emma has the podcast The Perfume Room, which I also love.
On the DL, the makers of the coveted Bacarrat Rouge also have a discovery set. It’s on the pricier side, but if you’re serious about throwing down for a bottle of BR, I suggest trying the pint-size version first if you can’t find it in a store.
Got A New Coffee Table
I’ve never been completely happy with the coffee tables in my home, but I finally found the perfect one! This wicker beauty arrived the other day, and I’m a smitten kitten. I love how the wicker gives the entire space a softer look and feel. It comes in two sizes and gets two thumbs up from your gal at HOH.
The Sofa Snafu
Speaking of furniture, I recently had a major snafu with my sofa. I’m replacing my Interior Define Caitlyn sofa. The new couch was back ordered for months, and when it finally arrived, only half of the sofa arrived. Back on the delivery truck it went. The Boy, being his very German self, was extra prepared, and had loaded the old sofa into the truck, ready for storage.
It was hot that day, and I was not about to load that sucker back into the house, so off to the storage unit we drove…that is until the cushions flew out of the truck bed and onto the road. Of course, we did not notice the missing pieces until we unloaded the sofa. By this time, my cushions had been hit multiple times by cars, trucks, and semis oh my. In 2 hours, I was not out 1 but 2 sofas.
But then I also love this mohair beauty and this one has a beautifully tailored look to it. I’m also in love with this one from Rove Concept. Do you have one of these sofas? I’d love to hear if you’re happy with the quality. BTDubs, if you’re looking for a new modern sofa, I have a full round-up of favorites here.
Walmart’s Fashion Is Lit
Remember when I told you Walmart’s home decor was lit? (if you missed it, check out how I managed to recreate my living room with Walmart’s decor) Well, they just upped their fashion game too! Have you seen it? Here are a few pieces I’m loving.
Navy Ruffled Midi Dress also in pink
Cream and Navy Belted Cardigan Sweater also in red
And on a high-end level (not at Walmart), how are we feeling about these pleated waist wide-leg jeans? Last year I claimed skinny jeans out of style and broke the internet upon publishing. If the pleats aren’t your jam, I also have a post with trending jeans for fall you might want to peruse.
And how adorable is this MOTHER ALWAYS LIKED YOU BEST sweatshirt? I’m obsessed. If it’s sold out in your size, try this link instead. I did purchase this little ditty, and I’ll report back on the fit if you have questions.
Paint Colors For 2023
Sherwin Williams released its ColorMix forecast for 2023, and I’m delighted to say I’m here for it! It’s very earthy, but there is subtle color. Shiitake (taupe-y beige) was a contender for the living room when I couldn’t look at the DeNimes blue any longer. It’s a gorgeous neutral.
If you’re looking for more up-to-date decor ideas, check out my interior design trends post. There’s some fun stuff in there. And if you’re looking for a bit of humor, check out my new series on TikTok 10 Things That Are Dating Your Home and be sure to run to the comment section. They are some folks who are unpleased with my opinions on wooden farmhouse signs and barn doors.
Last thing – I’m thinking about upgrading my iPhone 11 Pro Max to the iPhone 14. I usually wait a few months, but Zozo needs a new phone too. The thought is she gets my 11, and I buy the upgrade. Would you wait until the bugs are worked out or just buy the new one? Inquiring minds. And that’s all for now! Happy Labor Day weekend!!!!