This post is, admittedly, self-serving. We desperately need a new solution for laundry in our house. The current system is strip, put dirty clothes on floor where you stand and on laundry day, make the rounds and pick up 30 different piles to make three sorted piles while the actual (ugly) hamper sits half empty. So which of these is most tempting?Attractive laundry hampers | westofgrey.com 1// Household Essentials Folding Slatted Oak Laundry Sorter 2// Locust Waves Laundry Bag 3// Linen Lined Wire Hamper 4// Bamboo Rim Laundry Hamper 5// Mobile Canvas Bin 6// Grundtal Laundry Bin 7// The Bag Stand Co Double Hamper with Bag 8// Michael Graves Design Combination Laundry Hamper and Bag 9// Threshold Wire Laundry Hamper with Liner 10// Michael Graves Design Triple Laundry Sorter 11// Household Essentials® Antique Bronze Quad Laundry Sorter 12// Katie Laundry Tub 13// Bamboo Laundry Single Hamper – Hamam Stripe

Which is your favorite?

By the way, if you’re a DIY type and have time on your hands, here’s a great tutorial on making these awesome hampers from The Picket Fence!

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Airbnb‘s Top Summer Vacation Destinations after Nashville are New Orleans, Palm Springs and Portland, Maine. You can’t find three more architecturally diverse cities and it would be a blast to visit all three! I’ve been to Palm Springs, but not the other two. If I could go now, I would look up these homes for stylish lodging. west of nol ps port

New Orleans

1// Two Bedroom Creole Cottage in Marigny | $250Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.26.57 PM2// Garden District, DT Views, Comfort | $195Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.23.05 PM3// Heart of NOLA Uptown Getaway! | $225Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.26.00 PM4// Renovated Creole Cottage near FQ | $125Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.28.35 PM5// FANTASTIC FRENCH QUARTER SUITE ! | $246Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.19.54 PMSee all ten of my New Orleans recommendations here!

Palm Springs

1// One-bedroom Flat – Thirteen Palms 3 | $170

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.42.13 PM2// Studio Rooms in the Design District | $143Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.40.48 PM3// Mid-Century Modern Vacation Home | $250Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.47.21 PM4// The Amado – Unit 4 | $175Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.48.02 PM5// Mid Century Modern Alexander Home | $235Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.49.01 PMSee all ten of my recommendations for Palm Springs here!

Portland, ME

1// Charming beach cottage | $225

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.11.56 PM2// Beautiful Coastal Maine Getaway | $190Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.19.11 PM3// Antique chic decor and FREE YOGA! | $95Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.20.36 PM4// Historic House and Artist Studio | $220 Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.21.17 PM5// Peaks Island “Tree House” | $143 Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.23.06 PMSee all ten of my Portland recommendations here!

Are you getting away anywhere this summer? Stay tuned, I’ve got recommendations for Santa Barbara, the Oregon Coast and the Adirondacks next week!

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If you need a getaway and you want to do it right, you must check out the Cottage. This was a project done with love by my good friend Angela of The Painted House. They took this sad little house and made it into a storybook mountain fairy house. We’ve been privileged to stay here several times and every time we feel like celebrities sheltering ourselves from the glare of paparazzi at a private resort. Every detail of this little house was taken into account and you cannot see another person for miles around from the panoramic mountain views. (Naked hot tub time!!) (Just kidding, Angela.) (Not really.) If you are lucky enough to go this time of year, the fireflies light up the surrounding woods and literally surround you with glitter as you soak in the hot tub. It’s family friendly, accessible to the adorable town of Waynesville and only a short drive to Asheville, one of my favorite towns in the country. Go now. Privacy awaits. Cottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comCottage at Plott Creek | westofgrey.comAlso make sure that you check out the tour of Angela’s Loft, in which we’ve also had the pleasure of crashing, and which, unfortunately, has already been sold. But it’s a sight to behold.

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  • JoniJune 23, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    OK – I’m convinced. We need to go there.ReplyCancel

    • AlysaJune 24, 2014 - 9:26 am

      You and Steve need the getaway!ReplyCancel

So far it’s been a week of highs and lows: we are 100% potty trained (high); we drew on the wall with a marker for the first time (low); we got latching onto a bottle finally (high); we can’t seem to remember how to latch each time (low). But here are some more of my highs.

//Pin of the week: I’m dreaming about finally getting around to our master bedroom. These two images are speaking to me. They tie for Pin of the Week.2014-06-20_0001via Pinterest/Inside Out

// Little Greene Paint put out this amazing palette and I can’t stop staring at the combinations. So sophisticated and soft.

// I may be totally doing this to some off-white curtains I own soon. What a visual statement the single stripe makes!

// These Rumba Time Orchard Gloss watches are only $45 and they are a great not-too-casual, not-too-dressy accessory. I can’t decide what color I want. Desktop43//If you live in the LA area, please go check this place out. Amber of Amber Interiors designed Lombardi House and it is drop dead gorgeous. They host events, too. Can we say wedding night?

// Two birthday parties to emulate this week. “Wild and Free” looks a lot like O’s nurseryand “Geometric” could easily be for any age or either gender.

// I’m really longing for a Turkish rug like one of these that Danielle has curated.

// I was not a camp girl. But I would never leave camp if I could stay in this sweet little cabin. Grownup camp. I’m in.

// Rifle Paper Company puts out such awesomeness. And now they have made temporary tattoos. If they had had these when I got married, every one of the girls in my party would have rocked a different one. Only $15 for eight!2014-06-20_0003Hope you have a weekend of all highs and no lows. And buy stock in Magic Eraser. That thing is pure cleaning voodoo magic.

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  • Danielle Hoskins MaynorJune 21, 2014 - 2:39 am

    Loving it! ReplyCancel

One more celebration of seven years of marriage finished – seven of my favorite free wallpaper downloads for your computer! Every time you open your laptop, remind yourself to love better.

wallpapers1// The Weaver House 2// The Weaver House 3// Breanna Rose 4// Fifty Five Hi’s  5// Gwen Bucknell 6// Breanna Rose 7// Brim Papery 

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  • Jana May MilesJune 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Totally yanked one–thanks! And I’d love more of these when you find more 😉 ReplyCancel

    • AlysaJune 24, 2014 - 9:26 am

      I’ll do freebies like this whenever I can! Glad you liked them!ReplyCancel

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