Red, White and Ocean Blue

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A Caribbean cruise provides you with a gorgeous palette for Summer style. Take the traditional red, white, and blue, then add a beautiful range of ocean teals and aquas. It’s a classic with a twist. This Spring, Jaime and I took a few of our girlfriends on a Carnival cruise and couldn’t help but think about how we could take some nautical style home with us. If we can’t have our own butler, comedian and bartender, at least we can try to recreate the feeling of our vaca on the high seas with pretty home decor.


1. A life preserver throw pillow from Land of Nod comes to the rescue adding a pop of color to a kid’s room or patio.

2. I miss living where you can leave the door open to enjoy the Summer breeze. Someone who doesn’t live in Texas needs to grab this Mooring Rope Knot Door Stop from Dot & Bo so that I can live vicariously.

3. Let everyone who arrives at your doorstep know that they are welcome to drop an anchor and stay a while with an Anchor Floor Mat from West Elm.


Read on for our favorite picks for your home inspired by our week gazing out at the sea, with the ocean breeze in our hair, from aboard Carnival Glory’s route through the Western Caribbean.


Voutsa’s Under The Sea Melamine Dinner Plates, available at Anthropologie, are not only beautiful but practical enough for the pool or a picnic.

Turn to ETSY for a variety of nautical inspired string art, both ’70s vintage and new.

This chic ceramic whale is a steal at Target.

Since our cruise had two stops in Mexico, we couldn’t resist adding this charming Tulum Side Table from CB2. It’s designed to withstand the elements but beautiful enough to use indoors.

Garnet Hill’s Mini-Print Percale Bedding features charming hand-painted nautical designs printed on soft cotton sheets.
And how about one last DIY to bring it all together. Try out Jaime’s stunning Rope Rug tutorial from our book, Pretty Prudent Home. It’s the perfect nautical inspired project.


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Prudent Steals & Deals

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Guess What Chicken Butt? Jaime and Scarlet are coming to Texas for a Summer visit on Monday and we are toooooo excited! To celebrate, here are a few steals&deals that just scream Summer for me.

Kilim Stripe Beach Towel: $29.99

Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit®, Kaleidoscope: $17.50 with promo code “MAKEIT4015″

Striped tote: $19.99

Girl‘s Cherokee® Honey Sandals – White, Leopard or pink glitter: $30 for 2- BOGO – Buy 1 Get 1 50% off – clothes, shoes and accessories

Tube Maxi Dress: $12

Natural Gem Planter: $14.99

Resort Reviewer Skirt in Sunset: $34.99 Sip Sip Tumbler with Straw: $8.40


Nook With a Book: Scarlet’s Window Box

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Last week we shared Ramona’s Sweet Nest as the first installment of our Nook with a Bookseries. This week we have Jaime’s very own Scarlet sitting high in her Los Angeles window seat. This bay window was transformed from a basic sill into a book nook for Miss S with the addition of velvet cushions in a soothing grass green, tons of pillows, and a whimsical no-sew tassel garland. And in case you are wondering, yes ma’am, many of these DIY projects can be found in our book, Pretty Prudent Home!

Scarlet is at that wonderful age that still loves picture books but is also starting to enjoy chapter books, both on her own and reading with Mom. Here are two of her favorites this Summer.


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.




Toast Tuesday: Ricotta, Honey & Almond

Toast Tuesday | Ricotta, Honey & Almond This week it’s all about a simple, easy breakfast. Start with whole grain toast and spread a layer of ricotta (I have experimented with fat free, but I feel like with ricotta, full fat is the way to go). Drizzle some honey (if you have local honey, you can call this an allergy-fighting food). Finish your toast off with a tablespoon or so of toasted almond slivers. Sweet, creamy, and crunchy – what more could you ask for?