A Bohemian Update

Hi everyone!  Happy Presidents Day.  While most of you have been enjoying leisurely activities an outdoor adventures with your loved ones this holiday weekend, I have spent mine tweaking my living room.  Call me crazy.

If you have been following the blog for a while, you know that my living room tends to lean toward the traditional.  I have been wanting to give it an eclectic and global influence for a while now.  When I was contact by Kilim Pillow Store and Unique Rug Store, I leaped at the chance to try out their rugs and pillows in my space.

You simply have to check out their sites.  If you want to add a layered, collected look or a global vibe to your home, they are the source!  I could spend hours perusing through their sites.

Here is the overdyed Persian rug I selected in our living room.  I just love the  deep, saturated color.

Here are some of my other favorites from Unique Rugs.

Here is the Kilim Pillow from Kilim Pillow Store.  The one I selected is so vibrant an colorful.  Each pillow is fashioned from an unused Kilim rug that is 30-40 years old.

Here are some other gorgeous options from the Kilim Pillow Store site.

What do you think?  I think even the most traditional room needs something bohemian and eclectic to add some interest and personality to a space.

Head on over to Unique Rug Store and Kilim Pillow Store to see their truly unique products.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

*This is not a sponsored post.  Kilim Pillow Store and Unique Rug Store did provide a pillow and rug for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

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Zebras, Peacocks and Swans, Oh My!

Happy Friday everyone!!  It has been super rainy and dreary in Northern California this last week, so the weekend can’t get here soon enough.  Last weekend I was refreshing the girl’s bathroom with some black and white swan prints (it is actually wrapping paper that cost me $12), when I realized how many animal influences I have in the decor around my home.

Apparently, I am drawn to more exotic animals such as zebras, peacocks and swans.   See how they are peppered throughout our home in little vignettes.

This vibe could easily be created by incorporating animals or birds into art work.  I think all of these beauties would look good in any space.

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What do you think?  Yay or nay?  Have you ever incorporated animals into your decor?  I may have been a peacock in another life!

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Plans for the Master Bedroom

Hi Friends!

I wrote here earlier this month about updating our master bedroom this year as one of my house goals for 2017.  I am glad to report that plans are actually in the works.  We have some behind the scenes work do to such as ordering new doors and moving the electrical, but I have been busy dreaming up the specifics of the space.

On top of it, I found this beauty on Craigslist for only $60. Cue happy dance!!  It will be the new light fixture for the space.  All it needs is a fresh coat of paint and it will definitely add interest and whimsy to my space.  Right now we have an awful ceiling fan, so anything is an improvement!

Here is my tentative plan for the space.

 

For the walls, I have chosen the color Pink Ground by Farrow and Ball.  It is truly the faintest shade of blush.  It is like the color of a ballet slipper.  I think it will pair well with the navy.  The bedding is from Ballard Designs.  I wanted something simple and classic, where I can switch it up by swapping out accent pillows.  I was also offered to try out one of the Unique Rugs Store’s vintage Persian rugs!!  I will let you know all the deets once it has arrived.

For our new bed, I am thinking something like this:

We are FINALLY upgrading to a King.  With two kids and a dog, our queen bed is busting at the seams.  I often find myself moved into my 5 year old’s bed in the middle of the night.  Can anyone else relate?

What do you think?  Do you like it?  If anyone has suggestions for nightstands that are affordable and on the smaller side, please let me know.  Now that we have a King bed, I have to downsize our nightstands.

I can’t wait to see it all come together!

 

 

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Decorating with Birch Logs

Hi Friends!  This time of year, I am all about creating a simple, cozy home.  It must be the weather, but I can’t wait to get home at night and cozy up by the fire.

While they have been popular for a while, I just love the way natural birch logs look in a fireplace or used as part of holiday decor.  They are classic, neutral and pair well with any style.

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I love they way they bring brightness to a dark space, like a fireplace.

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I have been known to scavenge my neighborhood for birch branches after a storm.  So obviously, I was so pleased when HedgeScapes sent me some perfectly cut birch logs to review.

I used them on my holiday porch here.  I have a special place in my heart for my “scavenged” birch branches, but the logs from HedgeScapes were perfectly cut and the exact same size.  The made for a much more polished display.

Hedgescapes has a variety of faux hedges and plants, including my favorite snake plants and fiddle leaf figs.

What do you think?  Have you ever used birch logs in your decor or brought a piece of nature inside to enjoy.

Until next time. . .
 

*This is not a sponsored post.  HedgeScapes did provide a product for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

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Home Goals for 2017

Hi everyone!!  We have done a lot to our home since we bought it in 2015.  We have remodeled a bathroom, done electrical work, and painted almost every room in the house.  Did I ever tell you that when we purchased the home, the City required that we replace a huge chunk of sidewalk on the side of the house??  It cost around $2,500 and definitely not where I wanted to put my home improvement dollars! So, alas, for this year, we have many more projects on the horizon.

Here are my top 4 home goals for 2017.

First, we want to refinish the hardwood floors in our home.  They are beautiful, but looking pretty weathered.  We also found out that the floor in our kitchen are not real hardwood.  So, we are going to be pulling them up and replacing them with wood to match the rest of the house.  I am really tempted to do a fun pattern like this one.

Next up is our garage.  Who am I kidding, I should really call it a storage unit.  Many of the homes in our neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and have very little storage, because well, in the 1920’s, people did not have nearly as much crap as we do.  I find that very few people in our neighborhood actually put cars in their garages. Rather, it is an overflow space used for added storage.

That is what we have been doing and right now our garage is so full of junk you can hardly walk around.  It is where I store extra kids toys, furniture for future DIY projects (my husband loves this), and storage containers.

So, my goal in the new year is to donate or sell the items, so we can use the space in a functional way.  Here is my dream garage, but I will settle for just being able to walk around.

Third, I really really want to redo our master bedroom.  The bedding we have is from our wedding 12 years ago and it is tired and dirty.  When we moved in several years ago, I made do with what we had and paired everything with our existing bedding which was cream and tan.  It is officially the room I like least in our house and that is just a shame considering how much time I spend in it.  I am ready for a big refresh, including painting the walls, new bedding and even maybe a new bed. I am thinking about going with navy and blush as my color scheme, but I also like this navy and green.

Finally, I want to improve the exterior of our home.  I would really love to paint it this spring. However, I am having such a hard time deciding on colors.  Compared to the inside of a home, the paint choice feels so permanent! According to the records on the home, it was not painted that long ago, but there are certain areas that are starting to show wear.  Of course, with this, I would also like to replace window frames and some windows, so that is where things get expensive.

There you have it.  I tried to keep my list to something practical, both time-wise and budget-wise!

Do you set home goals in the new year?  If so, tell me yours in the comments.  I promise to hold you accountable!

xo,

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Top 10 Design Trends for 2017

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!!  I am really jazzed for 2017.  As I looked back and reflected on 2016,  I realized that this little blog of mine was not my priority in 2016.  Between kids, a job, activities and sickness, I definitely put the blog on the back burner this last year.  Well, that is going to change and I hope to be publishing more frequently and will be especially trying to publish meaningful content for you all.  I have thought about giving up writing the blog all together, but I know at the end of the day, that would make me sad, as design is my passion!

So, in that spirit, today I have for you my predictions for the top 10 design trends for 2017.

  • Terracotta.  This is a trend I am loving.  Terracotta is so warm and rustic.  It reminds me of traveling to Italy.  My BFF also had terracotta floors in her kitchen growing up.

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  • NAVY.  Navy is the new black.  Whether you paint an entire room, a bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinets, navy is definitely on trend.  There are so many beautiful navy paint colors out there.  I just painted my long entry hallway navy and I love it.  I am glad to report, that despite the dark tone, it does not make the space feel smaller.

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  • ACRYLIC FURNITURE. It can be modern, but comes in traditional silhouettes.  It is the perfect material for small spaces as it completely opens up a space.

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  • JEWEL TONES.  If any of you saw my Christmas Home Tour, you know that jewel tones are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a trend I can get on board with.

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  • BUTTERFLIES.  Ohh la la.  I so want this in a powder room, like the one featured below.  They are a symbol of spirit and optimism.  Not just for kids rooms anymore!

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  • ARTISINAL OBJECTS.  Apparently, there is a trend toward artisan goods, especially rustic white ones. Apparently, gone are the days of my cheap Target finds!

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  • DARK GREEN.  In line with the jewel toned trend, dark, emerald-green is back in a big way!

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  • ANY GREEN AGAIN.  Yes, you heard that right.  Light green is going to be big as well.  In fact, Pantone’s color of the year is called Greenery.

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  • MARBLED WALLPAPER  I have experimented with framing marbled paper, but wow what a statement marbled wallpaper would make!

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  • OLIVE TREES.  The olive tree is apparently the new house plant of choice.  Don’t tell my Fiddle Leaf Fig that I have managed to keep alive that it is on its way out.

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What do you think of these trends?  For the most part, I love them!  Time will tell and there are trends that hang on for years.  In fact, I read that marble and copper are on their way out, but I think they have a few years of life left in them. 🙂

Until next time, friends!

xo,

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Our Holiday Home with Personal Creations

Hi friends!!  I have one more sneak peek of our holiday home.  We added some personal touches with some photo gifts.  I love the modern look of lucite, so these acrylic photo blocks were the perfect choice to display the holiday photos we had taken of our family.  Having two young girls, giving photo gifts at Christmas are all the rage. Personal Creations has an amazing selection of unique photo gifts.  It is amazing to me what you can put a photo image on these days!

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I love the way it is so simple, chic and modern.  It blends into our holiday decor seamlessly.

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You can see our entire Holiday Home Tour here.

Hope you are getting all that last minute Christmas stuff done!

xoxo,

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Hi everyone!!  I hope you are all doing well.  I have been in major shopping mode this weekend. Getting down to the wire, right?  As the mother of two girls, I have definitely been doing a ton of kid shopping.  Here are some of my favorites for those little boys and girls in your life.   ob-kids-gift-guide-2017

USA Blocks / Cape / Play Food / Book / Sleeping Bag / Doll / Magic Kit / Pop Artsy Beads

Are you done with your shopping?  Please say “No.”  It will make me feel much better.

Also, if  you haven’t had a chance to check out our 2016 Holiday Home Tour, you can check it out here.  You are sure to find something to inspire your holiday decor.

xoxo,

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Our 2016 Holiday Card with Tiny Prints

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to have received our 2016 holiday cards from Tiny Prints.  I am in LOVE with them.

I bit the bullet this year and got professional photographs taken.  I haven’t done that since my girls were 3 and 1. Let me tell you, it was a challenging photo shoot when they were that young, and we truly only got one good shot of all of us.  Shall I say I was a bit too confident this year.  I thought to myself, “This is going to be a breeze now that they are 7 and 5.”  “Wrong,” I say now back to my smug self!

About 5 minutes into the shoot, my girls were lovingly hugging for one of the photos.  Then the photographer says, “Now make a funny face.”  My 5-year old Audrey proceeds to jump up, hitting my 7-year old Charlotte in the jaw, causing her to bust open her lip.  This is blood gushing all over the outfits I painstakingly planned to match but not be to “matchy-matchy”(everyone is as neurotic as me and does this, right?)  Then, to make matters worse, while my husband and I are taking solo shots (to let the bleeding stop, of course), Audrey proceeds to get into my purse and “apply” my lipstick all over her face.  I don’t think I will take professional photos for another two years!

That being said, our photos and our cards still turned out lovely.

This year, I went with a very simple card that speaks for itself.  I really wanted the photo to shine. We went with a personalized gold foil option and it is so chic.  Tiny Prints has an amazing selection of holiday cards, especially unique ones such as personalized foil, glitter and laser cut that are hard to find anywhere else.

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It’s not too late to order cards or personalized gifts from Tiny Prints!.  You can see their entire selection here in their digital catalog.  Now I just need to get to addressing all of mine!

I hope that you and yours are truly enjoying your holiday season so far.

Until next time . . .

xo,

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Our 2016 Holiday Home Tour

Hi everyone!!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our holiday homes decked out in holiday cheer.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.  A huge thank you to Marty for putting this all together.

If you are coming over from Pam at Simple Details– Welcome!  I just love Pam’s chic style and eye for detail, and man can that girl spy a Craigslist find!  If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night! Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So, without further ado, welcome to our home.  Get yourself a hot chocolate and come on in!

I thought it would be fitting to start with the entry to our home.  This is the only place where you will find traditional holiday green and red.  Here, Santa is in his sleigh full of gifts for good girls and boys! I embellished it by adding garland, a poinsettia and some birch accents.

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As you walk into our home we have a small entry table and a long hallway.  This hallway was recently painted and declutterd and we added sconces.  The runners are from Home Decorator’s Collection and they look vintage and a great price.  I get compliments on them all the time.

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Our tree is very similar to last year’s with a few additional ornaments.  I have collected jewel-toned ornaments forever, so while it is tempting to want to go with more traditional colors, it would be expensive to start over.  Maybe one of these years!

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Our jewel-toned tree blends great with our new navy sofa and walls in the hallway.

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I thought I would give our gold faux bamboo mirror its own bling with a magnolia leaf wreath with a few of the leaves painted gold.

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I added some white bottle brush trees from Target to my obelisk collection and voila- instant Christmas decor.

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One thing I did this year was to decorate my daughter’s rooms for the holidays.  I just did a few embellishments based on the colors already in their rooms.  This is my older daughter’s room and I added to already bright decor with pinks and greens.  The wreaths are Smith and Hawkin from Target.

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I used simple craft store tassels and faux gems to dress up the gift packages.

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My younger daughter’s room is much more neutral, so I went with winter white, grey and pink.  I found the fun “Let it Snow” banner on clearance at Homegoods last year after Christmas.

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These are a few of the Eiffel Tower ornaments I have collected over the years.

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This is the first year I have decorated our breakfast nook.  With the new wallpaper, I thought that blue nd white colors would be fitting and I threw in some very pale pink with ribbon and Amaryllis flowers.

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I added tons of wreaths and even put garland on the Chinoiserie chandelier.  Some vintage white peacocks top it off. It makes it look like a birdcage to me!

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I am so glad you stopped by.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I love decorating for the holidays so much.  Now it is time to spend quality time with my family and enjoy the decor and the season.

Make sure to follow along with all the Christmas Tours- starting again tomorrow with Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane. Her classic, cozy style will make you want to come on in and stay a while.  Here is the line up for the entire week:

Monday – Dec 5

Common Ground – Debra

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Decor To Adore – Laura

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Tuesday – Dec 6

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Simple Details – Pam

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Wednesday – Dec 7

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Lynzy & Co. – Lindsay

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Design Post Interiors – Beth

Thursday – Dec 8

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Southern Home – Christy

Setting For Four – Heather

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Fri – Dec 9

Making Home Base – Chelsea

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

The House of Silver Lining – Shauna

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

xoxo,

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