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Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

November 14, 2019

Holiday Decor Tips and Tricks

Are the holidays your favorite time of year? They are for us because Christmas is a time when you can go all out with your decorating. The more holiday decor the merrier and it’s all about adding festive touches to every part of your home, no matter how small.

The easy way to get started on your holiday decorating is to look at it one room and one surface at a time. Are there ways to keep you existing decor and simply add a little holiday sparkle? Or should you swap out your regular decor and pop in some new holiday pieces? Here are some ideas on how to refresh your decor for the holidays.

Read more on how Cottage & Bungalow uses Mud Pie to decorate for the holidays here! And check out our 5 tips below:

1. Showstopping Decor

It’s important to make a statement from the second someone steps foot into your house this holiday season!  Add in decor pieces that will truly make people’s heads turn at the front door, entryway and through out the house. We even recommend adding a little something extra to the guest bathrooms.

Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

2. Cheers!

Everyone loves to entertain during the holidays and it’s always fun to give a little goodie bag at the end. Put together some of our spreaders, bottle openers or towels to give to guests when they head home for the night.

Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

3. Keepin’ it Fresh

There is no need to nail holes into the wall that will be seen when the Christmas decorations come down. Spruce up the pieces you already have in the house by adding wreaths, greenery, ornaments and more!

Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

4. Easy Peasy Decorating

We are strong believers in easy decorating and this means we pay attention to the small details. Changing out pillows, picture frames or throws & blankets can get your living room cozy and cute for the holidays.

Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

5. Staying Organized During a Busy Season

Cottage & Bungalows makes it super easy to stay organized when decorating your home this holiday season. Download their checklist here & then head over to www.mudpie.com to pick out the perfect pieces to fill every room inside and outside of the house with!

Cottages & Bungalows Partners with Mud Pie on Refreshing your Holiday Decor

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VIDEO: More Ways in Mud Pie – Dressing Up and Down our Fall Women’s Collection

October 11, 2019

Running Around Town this fall

From running errands around town to brunch with the girls, Mud Pie has your cozy but put-together fall outfits. If its dressing up our basics or adding layers to our must-have maxis, these outfits are closet staples for any season.  Click the video to see how Mud Pie dresses on-the-go.

Mud Pie’s favorite fashion tips:

1. Be comfortable. Looking cute can be cool and cozy

2. Flowy for fall. The temperature can be very random in the fall. Pick a flowy maxi and then layer on for cooler days

3. Don’t be afraid of animal (prints). Step out in this seasons most trendy prints!

Work to Weekend

We are all about versatility. Our Fall collection makes it easy to go straight from work to the weekend. Whether it is adding a layer, or taking one off, our pieces are perfect for any event. Click the video to see how Mud Pie goes from desk to date night!

Mud Pie’s favorite fashion tips:

1. Accessories are key! Add a hat, jewelry or even a jacket to dress up your office wardrobe and wear it to an outside event.

2.  It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Add an extra detail to your dress with our best-selling ruffle bomber jacket!

3. Outwear is key. This season, we have a huge variety of outerwear. Change your layering piece and viola! The entire outfit feels different.

Special Occasion

The holiday season brings cheer and parties! Dress your best and get dancing. Mud Pie has the perfect outfit for all ages. Click the video to see how Mud Pie dresses for the holidays.

Mud Pie’s favorite fashion tips:

1. Wearing your hair up? Add statement earrings that will make heads turn.

2. Change it up with a jumpsuit!

3. Ruffle sleeves are everything. This special detail will have everyone asking where your dress is from.

Let us know

What is your Mud Pie closet go-to this season?

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Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

September 20, 2019

The Ivy Lane Boutique

For this month’s retailer spotlight, we’re going back to our roots! This boutique may be familiar to Georgia natives, and is a homegrown favorite, just down the street from our corporate headquarters! Are you in need of the perfect hostess gift, baby shower present, date night ensemble or wedding guest dress? Since opening its doors in April of 2013, The Ivy Lane boutique is a one stop local shop for gifts and more!

Upon entering Ivy Lane, you’re greeted by a large selection of women’s clothing items, from everyday outfits to show stopping event pieces! With tops, dresses, denim and shoes, the various brands available make this boutique one-of-a-kind. Ivy Lane’s collection of accessories is not to be missed, featuring specialized jewelry items from top designer brands to popular local artisans.

 Beautiful displays of home decor and seasonal goods are at every turn throughout Ivy Lane. Every season is unique, with a winter wonderland feel during the holiday season, and bright pops of color during the Summer months. Need help or advice on how to style a space in your home? Just ask one of the store associates who happens to double as an interior designer! With a mixture of trendy, classic, and farmhouse style, there is something that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

We sat down with store owner, Julie Turner, as she shares holiday decorating tips, retail advice, and more!

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

Question and Answer

What makes Ivy Lane unique?

We appeal to so many different people, audience wise! Women of all ages shop in the store, and we even have men shopping for women! We have such a large variety of products and hundreds of product lines!

What is the store’s atmosphere like?

The atmosphere is fun and upbeat! We have a lot of knowledgeable employees that are able to help customers. The employees try to assist every customer and what they are looking for. We have a lot of fun events with Sip and Shop Saturday, Ladies Night Out, and school spirit nights. We host a ton of spirit nights during the spring and holiday time, usually twelve to fourteen a year!

What inspired you to open your own store?

My husband, Doug, thought it was a great idea to have a family business. My girls and I loved shopping and boutiques so when the space became available we decided to make it a fun, boutique shopping experience. My girls inspired me to set up a boutique with clothing instead of the card store that was there originally. My inspiration was to show my family the small business kind of operation and I really loved the store that was there. It was needed in our community and no one else was doing it at the time. I wanted to be the first to step in!

What ignites your passion for retail?

Retail is just something that you kind of catch and it’s in your blood, you enjoy it and you don’t let the spark go out! It is also great to help customers and I love helping people. I love seeing the positive reactions when people enjoy products. I want to keep the community together and have more involvement. My friend’s daughter came in looking for a freshman dance dress, and I knew the perfect one for her! I pulled the dress from the back, she tried it on, and it looked perfect on her. Her face was beaming and it was such a joy! Seeing her look good made me feel great that she found what she envisioned herself in. I helped another lady who came in randomly looking for a new wardrobe after losing weight. She was so excited and loved the one on one styling and I loved seeing her face when she looked good in the clothing.

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

How has Ivy Lane grown over the years?

I think it has grown method wise, by capitalizing on some of the products we have and are currently growing. Mud Pie is on trend every season, so we promote the brand a lot! I try to keep it very well stocked in the store. Using nationally recognized brands like Free People, Kendra Scott, and Brighton helps with advertising and it gets customers in the door because they are interested in those products. Also using local brands like Enewton and InspireDesigns helps because of their home grown audience. When they grow as brands, we as a retailer grow along with them. Ivy Lane has grown so much by mixing national brands with strong local brands and using social media to do contests, promotions, and print mailers.

What is your Mud Pie closet staple?

Any of the sweaters or pullovers! The Ramsey Ruffle Sleeve sweater is my favorite piece! I have it in every color!

Let’s talk about gift giving! What are your Mud Pie picks for…

Top hostess gift? Any cutting board, initial or not! They are such great gifts and great price points. They usually have such a cute spreader with them and are so nice when going to someone’s house. All of the serving utensils and spoons are always great paired with a tea towel.

Those are always my go to gifts!

Women’s fashion gift? Mud Pie always has really nice sweaters and they are great price points that are always on trend. I also love their spring dresses and prints, their patterns are always so cute!

Baby shower gift? I love Mud Pie’s blankets and woobies! The layette gift sets are such a perfect gift as well!   

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

What are you looking forward to as we approach the season?

I love decorating the store for the holidays and designing our trees! It reminds me of how special Christmas is and what the season is about. I love that I see all of my customers at that time of the year. I love getting to visit with them. There are so many friendly people in the community and I love helping them pick out gifts. I have been in my community for 21 years. I love doing school spirit nights and seeing everyone bring their kids. It is really fun to get to see all of the friendly, familiar faces. I even enjoy some of the girls night out events with them too!

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

Aside from providing delightful products and service, Ivy Lane is a big contributor to their community. They host an annual fashion show fundraiser for suicide prevention in East Cobb high schools. Raising and donating 20-30 thousand dollars a year from this amazing event, Ivy Lane showcases their most popular brands, Mud Pie included!

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

The Ivy Lane Boutique has been a part of the Mud Pie family since opening, six years ago. With a large selection of Mud Pie products, ranging from the best-selling Circa serving collection, to women’s fashion & nursery decor, this one stop shop has inspiring giftables and items for everyone. Fall in love with Ivy lane today!

Retailer Spotlight: The Ivy Lane Boutique

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How to Decorate your Nursery with Mud Pie

August 29, 2019

Designing your nursery can feel like an overwhelming task, but here at Mud Pie we have some great tips and tricks

to make your nursery feel like home for you and your new baby! From mobiles to storage bins, here are all the ways

you can truly optimize your space! We have five tips & tricks to inspire your nursery dreams! Watch our video above to get more in-depth ideas!

5 Tips for Decorating Your Nursery

1. Start with hanging wall decor like our wool animal wall mounts and plaques!

We have so many darling characters such as unicorns, swans, and elephants

for any theme that makes you feel at home.

2. Whimsical Mobiles!

Hang our whimsical hand-crafted mobiles with a hook or fishing wire.

3. Storage is Key!

Our baskets are perfect for blankets, pillows, books, or extra diapers for maximizing

the most amount of space in your nursery.

4. Darling Stuffed Animals!

When your baby isn’t in the crib, fill the crib with stuffed animals and pillows to sweeten up your space.

Mud Pie has a variety of darling plush animals to choose from!

5. Blankets for a Pop of Color!

Add blankets to your nursery that your baby will love on for a pop of color!

How are you decorating your little one’s space with Mud Pie? We would love tips and tricks from you!

Find out more of our tips & tricks for your nursery from our video above!

Tag us in a photo on Instagram (@mudpiegift) so we can see you decorate your nursery with Mud Pie.

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VIDEO: Many Generations of Mud Pie

July 30, 2019

Many Generations of Mud Pie

There are many generations that fill the desks at Mud Pie. These Mud Pie employees have more than just one job. After the last report is pulled, the final email sent and the last box is shipped for the day, these moms and dads clock out of their day job and in to their biggest task of all: PARENTHOOD. Here at Mud Pie, every day is a gift. From big to small, we celebrate all of life’s sparkling moments. We sat down with Mud Pie families and asked them what parenthood advice they would pass along. Grab your tissues.

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These darling Mud Pie families were dressed head to toe in Mud Pie! Shop their looks and all home decor on our website, NOW!

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Best Dressed Guest – Upgrade your Wedding Wardrobe

June 26, 2019

It’s the season for weddings and we want you to look your best because you’re the guest! From jumpsuits to maxis, Mud Pie has a sweet style for everyone!

The Beach Wedding

The off-the-shoulder trend is heating up and we are head over heels for this best-selling jumpsuit. add a clutch for a pop of color and make a splash by adding light weight earrings.

Best Dressed Guest - Upgrade your Wedding Wardrobe

Jasmine Jumper | Stripe Straw Envelope Clutch | Raffia Pom Pom Hoop Earrings

More outfits for the guest >

The Outdoor Wedding

To have and to hold and make your future bold. We are in love with this perfect pop of color and flirty flounce hem. The dress will have heads turning, so no need to add much more. Grab your sidekick clutch and neutral earrings to make a simple statement.

Best Dressed Guest - Upgrade your Wedding Wardrobe

Lindsey Flounce Dress |Grosgrain Seagrass Clutch | Raffia Tassel Hoop Earrings

More outfits for the guest >

The Evening Wedding

First comes love, then comes this must-have maxi. Show a little leg while still keeping it classy. Hold onto a statement clutch that is anything but ordinary and throw on a pair of chic earrings to complete the look.

Best Dressed Guest - Upgrade your Wedding Wardrobe

Gina Maxi Dress | Hand-Loomed Woven Fringe Clutch | Pave Hoop Earrings

More outfits for the guest >

Gifts from the guest for the Bride and Groom

Giving the perfect gift can be hard, but Mud Pie makes it easy! Our wedding collection is perfect for any newlyweds OR check out or home decor section for the couple moving into a new home! Check out Mud Pie’s Wedding Shop for ideas and inspiration on what to get the love birds!

National #OOTD Day GIVEAWAY!

National #ootd day is on 6/30 & we’re celebrating with a GIVEAWAY! Now through 6/30, post a photo of your Mud Pie style with hashtag #MPootd for a chance to win $100 Mud Pie dollars!

Let us know

How are you celebrating wedding season with Mud Pie?

Tag us in a photo on Instagram (@mudpiegift) so we can see how you won ‘best dressed guest!’

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Happy First Day of Summer from Mud Pie!

June 21, 2019

It’s the FIRST DAY of SUMMER!

F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! Happy first day of summer! It is officially here and we are so excited. Summer means longer days out on the lake, weekends spent with friends and family at the beach and week night grill outs at the pool. From kid’s swimsuits to women’s cover ups and beach/lake decor, Mud Pie has everything you need to make this summer the BEST one yet!

KIDS | HOME | WOMEN

First day of Summer with Mud Pie!

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How are you celebrating summer with Mud Pie?

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Happy Father’s Day from Mud Pie!

June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy, happy Father’s Day! To all the men in our lives who have showed us how to be strong and determined, who have showed us how to work hard and love harder, and have showed us how to be great role models for generations to follow. Thank you for guiding us and reminding us how important it is to celebrate the little things!

 From all of our Mud Pie families to yours, Happy Father’s Day!

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Serving in Style with Mud Pie Spring/Summer 2019

June 14, 2019

Serving in Style with Mud Pie Spring/Summer 2019

Entertaining guests this summer? Here are our top 5 tips and tricks:

Last week, we gave you tips and tricks on how to decorate the perfect table for your summer soiree! This week, were dishing out our top 5 must-dos when serving at your soiree!

1. Fun serving pieces

Ok, you know at Mud Pie we go above and beyond when it comes to fun serving pieces for entertaining. From quirky sayings, to stunning styles, Mud Pie is your one-stop shop to creating a summer party everyone will remember.

2. Say cheese

Everyone loves a good cheese plate! Whether its for just a few people (the Cheese Please Wood Board and Brass Market Set is a perfect, smaller option) or many (we recommend the French Fine Wine Wood and Copper Paddle Board) everyone loves a little meat and cheese!

3. When i dip, you dip, we dip

Running a little late and have too much to do before friends and family come over? Scoop up a pre-made dip from your local grocery store and put it in a Mud Pie bowl. No one has to know you didn’t make it yourself! Extra tip: Add a little garnish or melted cheese on top to make it look super homemade!

4. Pick me ups

Sometimes, the appetizers are more important than the food. Having fun and outside of the box appetizers give your guests something to talk about even after the party is over (especially if you put in on a creative circa platter)!

5. Color, color, COLOR!

Flowers are always a great way to brighten up your decor. Adding in pops of color here and there with home decor is also key! Our table runners bring a little extra texture and brightness for your summer nights!

Let us know

How are you celebrating summer with Mud Pie? We want tips and tricks from you!

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Easy Tips for Summer Entertaining with Mud Pie!

May 30, 2019

Summer Entertaining Tips

It is officially HOT down here in Atlanta and we are getting out our bathing suits, floats and summer entertaining pieces to enjoy the warm weather. From days spent out on the water to nights spent in the backyard with friends and family, we are so excited that school is out and summer is in! Here are a few tips and tricks to hosting a summer soiree and entertaining friends and family all season long.

5 steps for your summer soiree

1. Add some color

Summer is the chance to go wild with color and make things pop. We are crushing on blue hues and centered our tablescape around different shades of blue throughout.

2. Light it up

The lovely thing about summer is the fact that the sun stays out longer. Worried your dinner party will go way past sundown? Add lanterns and candles throughout the table (ps – Citronella Candles are a great way to keep the bugs away!)

3. Give it height

This is definitely a tip we have taken and ran with. A flat table can be very boring. Make sure you add pieces that bring in different height to the table! This will make it much more appealing to the eye + make products stand out more.

4. Make it fresh

We love mixing our faux botanicals with a little something fresh! Don’t be afraid to over do it in the center, but keep it simple and light in the smaller vases.

5. Simple and sweet

Some people think you need a bunch of ‘stuff’ on the table to make it feel like a party. But we agree that less is more. Let the platters and food cover the table and keep the decor simple and sweet!

Let us know

How are you celebrating summer with Mud Pie? We want tips and tricks from you!

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