Be Squared – Gingham

Gingham is quite possibly the most popular pattern in fashion, well, that and stripes. It’s timeless which is probably one of the reasons why I love it so much. You can wear it year round, you can decorate your home with this pattern, and you can even eat off of adorable gingham plates, monogrammed if you so desire.  I simply love gingham. I love the fact that it’s also so simple, too.  It’s an incredibly wearable pattern for women and men of all ages. You can literally wear it from the time you’re a baby to the time your 92. You’ll find this pattern in so many rich colors, which is what makes it fun. Besides the gingham clothing my family and I wear, we recovered some bamboo chairs in a cranberry, yellow, green and gold gingham pattern 4 years ago. These chairs are just happy, preppy chairs in our living room. To this day, I never tire of them. So, whether or not you want to wear gingham, decorate with it or even tote the pattern around town, know it will never go out of style.





All above images via

 Here are just a few things in gingham that I’m loving right now. Do you love this pattern? What are your favorite gingham pieces these days?

 Giselle Gingham Top


This top is amazing. It’s a little bit dressier than a classic button up, which is a nice change. I love the 3/4 sleeve length. This top would look great with white jeans in the summer or a cute pair of shorts, too.

The St. Anne Tote


Barrington Gift totes are my favorite. This gingham print is new for Summer. I have the St. Anne Axis diaper bag tote, and it holds everything we need very well. This new navy, gingham tote just might have to be added to my collection.

 Melamine Monogram Salad Plates


Have you seen the “Preppy Paper Girl” shop on Etsy? Everything in her shop is incredibly chic. If you need a gift for someone preppy, this is the only place you need to shop. These salad plates come in so many beautiful colors, and would look great for everyday or if you’re hosting a party. These plates would make a great hostess gift too.

Staffordshire Folded Notecards


 Another great pick from the Preppy Paper Girl shop. Call me old fashioned, but I am a big fan of snail mail. I was raised to write handwritten thank you notes. I will be instilling this same tradition in my children, too. These gingham notecards make writing your thank you notes so much more fun in my opinion.

Office Artwork

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am redesigning my office space at home. Part of the redesign is adding pretty artwork. I am planning on dedicating one wall to be a “gallery wall.”


At my old job, I had a gallery wall of pinterest photos printed out all over my office. Literally, every space was covered. I loved coming into work and working in such a happy space. We had great color printers (one of the perks of working in Marketing), and I would change a few prints out to new ones every few Fridays. Every single image I had hanging in my office inspired me. It was so much better than having plain, grey cube walls. For a creative trying to work, grey cube walls is sheer torture. Trust me.

So, I plan to recreate that kind of space at my home office.

I love the idea of mixing & matching picture frames as well. I plan for some to be clean, crisp white frames, and some prints will be in gold frames.

Now’s the fun part, picking out the prints to go in the frames for my gallery wall. I imagine I will probably change them out with something new every so often, which I look forward to…

I am turning to Etsy to help me build my gallery wall because I know I can get some really great prints at reasonable prices, and I can do the framing myself. Here are a few prints that I am currently loving:

English Springer Spaniel Print


English Springer Spaniel Silhouette Print


Blue and White Vase with Peonies Print


Make It Happen Gold Foil Print


More Issues Than Vogue Print


Pineapple Print


Love You Forever Print


 Do you love gallery walls? It’s a bit intimidating at first to build, but now that I have these great prints to inspire me, I think I can do it! Do you have a gallery wall at home?


Let’s chat about Etsy…

We have a large family (which is wonderful by the way), but between the birthdays and the holidays it gets hard to find things for everyone that are truly unique gifts. Problem solved: Etsy. Sign up today, if you don’t already have an account. I don’t like to buy gift cards unless I’m completely clueless about what to buy someone. I really do love to find that perfect gift every time, and I always know it when I see it.  Typically, I will think on gift ideas for a few days and then once I have an idea, I go on the treasure of hunt for each person. Well, lately, I have been doing a lot of hunting on Etsy. There are so many kinds of fun gift ideas that you can get for those hard to buy for people in your family. And, the best part, it’s affordable, you can personalize the gifts if you want to, and you’re supporting small businesses. What’s not to love about those three things? And, there’s honestly something for everyone on Etsy.

Below are just a few gift ideas I am loving lately. What’s your go-to shop for gifts items? Have you had a lot of luck with Etsy?

Monogram Wreath Mugs


These are really pretty mugs, and you won’t mix up coffee mugs ever again.

Greek Key Initial Pad


I don’t know about you, but besides these being super cute, who couldn’t use another note pad? I’m always looking for a notepad to jot something down on…

Beaded Tassel Bracelets


I cannot stop thinking about these tassel bracelets. They just scream “fun!”

Children’s Name Signs


This sign couldn’t be more perfect for a little one like a niece or nephew. I had one when I was a child (carved in the shape of a bunny rabbit). I still have mine, and I plan to hang mine in my laundry room today.

 Monogram Letters


Monogram letters…adorable on a door, over a headboard or just hanging on a wall in a kitchen or den. You can order them unpainted, and paint it yourself, if you want to. It also makes a fun art/craft project for kids. My Mom and niece painted her initials over Christmas time together.

Art Prints


Who doesn’t want to be inspired everyday? These prints are colorful and have happy messages that are good reminders for your loved ones.

 All images via individual boutiques