Color Combination Crush: Navy and Blush

Hi everyone!  I have been adding some new accessories to our home over the last few weeks.  I am noticing a pattern with my color choices.  We recently purchased two navy sofas and I needed new accent pillows to go with them.  I just received these pillows from Etsy and I love them.  They are linen and look and feel very high-end.

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If you have been reading for a while, you may have seen that I recently wallpapered my breakfast nook in a fun indigo pattern.  However, the room looked unfinished and had too much blue. This abstract print from One Kings Lane was just the fix.  Now I just have to get the hubs to help me hang it!!

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Here it is in my breakfast room (leaning of course!)

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I love how the color combo is used in the spaces below.  The navy balances out the feminine pink.

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Even raspberry tones pair well with navy.

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What do you think of this color combo?  Yay or nay?  I am loving it right now, but I change my mind every 6 months when it comes to my own home.  I know many of you can relate!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Ours is filled with a back-to-school picnic, couples date night out, and a brunch.  I also have to go pickup a new find I found on Chairish.  Details to come! See you next week!

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The 5 Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Hi friends!  I have been lucky to decorate my home with a lot of vintage finds that I found various places. The key to having a collected home is to mix the old with the new.  As tempting as it is to order an entire room from Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, such rooms look off and lack character and charm. Adding a few vintage elements to a space help to tell your story and give the space a collected feel. Here are my top 5 sources for finding those unique finds.

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Craigslist:  If you are willing to wait, search hard for what you want, and even travel, Craigslist is a great source for decor and antiques for a steal.  First, ensure you are using the proper search terms to find what you are looking for.  Also, if it is a very general category, such as a rug, you may want to specify a color or country of origin, or use the term “vintage” to help you narrow the search results.  Second, always use the “gallery” mode when viewing your search results. Craigslist gives you the option of a list, thumb or gallery in the top left hand corner of your results. The gallery mode lets you see the pictures before you click on the item, so you can easily scroll and eliminate items that you are not interested. Third, in the top right hand corner you can “save search.”  If you select this, Craigslist will email you every time a new item that meets your search criteria is posted. It is important that your search is as specific as possible because if you just search for “rug” you are going to get 100 emails from Craigslist every day.  Finally, be willing to travel.  I create my Craigslist searches so that it also searches areas nearby my city.  One of my favorite finds to date is this vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror that I traveled to San Francisco to pick up.

Gold Faux Bamboo Mirror Ebay:  Ebay is a wonderful source for vintage items and antiques.  The selection is unparalleled. I found a brass planter at an antique faire a few months ago.  I decided I would love a matching set to plant some snake plants in.  Ebay to the rescue.  I searched for “round brass planter” and found a match.  You can save searches and favorite sellers.  For most items you can bid auction style or “buy it now.”  Ebay is especially great if you are shopping for a collection.  For instance, if you want to start a collection of Majolica ceramics, Ebay would be a great source, due to the sheer volume and selection on the site.

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Chairish:  Chairish is like Ebay for the design lover.  Since larger furniture items can be very expensive to ship, I like to narrow my search results by city so that I can opt for local pickup which costs you nada! You can search by category or design style, so there is something for everyone. I also follow a couple of local dealers and I am sent email updates when they have new items.  I was recently able to score a set of mongolian fur pillows that were in like-new condition for about half the price.

Estate Sales:  In my local neighborhood, estate sales can be a gold mine.  One of my main tips is to get on the email list for the various estate sale companies in your neighborhood.  Most send out e-mails about dates, times, locations, and photos of the items.  Seeing the items in advance can help you decide if it is worth your while and if you want to show up super early to snag a certain item.  Next, be prepared to wait in line.  At some of the sales in my neighborhood, a line starts to form hours before the sale starts.  I am starting to find that many of the local thrift and vintage boutiques shop these sales and arrive the night before to ensure they get the items on their list.  Also, get a babysitter and leave the kids behind. Many sales do not allow children and even if they do, you want to take your time going through the items.  You don’t want to feel rushed or distracted.  You can also try local garage sales, but to be honest, I have rarely found anything good at these sales.

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Antique Faires:  These can be such a wonderful source for treasured antiques.  They also make the perfect Sunday date or girls day.  I am fortunate that here in Sacramento, we have a large Antique faire the second Sunday of every month.  I usually go every month, except if it is really cold!  The key to going to these, similar to estate sales, is to not have anything specific in mind. Also, while some vendors accept credit cards, it is best to have cash.  Finally, prepare to negotiate. Most vendors will accept fair offers, so bust out those negotiation skills.

I am always trying to add new sources for antiques to my source book.  I recently stumbled upon a site called Invaluable.  They are an online auction platform that connects people anywhere in the world to auctions occurring in real-time.  Apparently, they do this by partnering with thousands of auction houses globally.  So, if you don’t have a large selection for antiques locally, Invaluable might be a great resource. They have a blog where they just posed about the best U.S towns for summer antiquing, so head on over to see if your town is on the list.

Right now, I am looking for a vintage crystal chandelier like this one.

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They are so beautiful and make such an impact.  It is the perfect piece to try and mix in with more modern elements or to top off a traditional room.  The key to shopping for antiques and vintage items is to be patient.  Always have the items in the back your mind and if you are patient and keep searching, your treasure will eventually turn up.  That is part of the fun, right?

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques and vintage items?  Please share your sources in the comments!!

xoxo,

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A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.

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What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.

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I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

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All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Home Decor from Minted

Hi friends!  I have long been a fan of the online retailer Minted for their paper products, invitations and art work.  I recently discovered that they are now selling one-of-a-kind home decor items, such as pillows, curtains and lampshades.  The designs are created by independent artists so you are sure to find something you won’t find anything else.  The other nice feature is that each design comes in each type of decor so you can match your curtains to your pillows if you want no fail decorating or want to be super matchy-matchy.  On top of it all, the pieces are affordable!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love the idea of creating a custom look!  Kind of like finding a prom dress that not everyone else will have, right?

Later in the week, I hope to show you a fun paint project I did on some thrifted mirrors.  The best news is I hired a handyman to hang them, so they did not sit propped up against the wall like so many mirrors before them :)

Hope you are having a great week.

xoxo,

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DIY Lucite Towel Bar and a Giveaway Winner!!!

Hi all!  Just popping in to show you a quick DIY project I did over the weekend and announce the winner of the Delta In2ition showerhead.

First things first.  Stephanie Grant who followed Decorating Delirium on Pinterest is our lucky winner. Stephanie, I have sent you an e-mail with details.  My 3 year blogging anniversary is in September, so mark your calendars for another exciting giveaway!

So, if you are a long time reader, you may recall that I made DIY Lucite Curtain Rod last year. The lovely company,  Nationwide Plastics, who custom-made the curtain rods, shipped the excess lucite that had to be cut off.  What was left was the perfect amount for a towel bar.  When we remodeled our master bath, I knew that eventually I would use the leftover lucite to make a towel bar.  6 months later, I finally got around to doing it.

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The process could not have been easier.  I simply used a saw (yes, a saw) to cut the lucite to appropriate length and then used an electric sander to buff out the rough edges.  I used the same hardware to mount the rod as I did for my curtains.

I am loving the modern edge it is giving our bathroom and it cost me basically nothing! Gotta love an almost free DIY.  I have a little bit more left over, so you may be seeing lucite door pulls in the works.

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The Versatile Saarinen Tulip Table

Hi lovelies!  Over the weekend, I was asked for some design advice about a solution for a dining table for a breakfast nook.  I couldn’t get the idea of a tulip table out of my head.  I love their clean lines and they work perfect in a small space such as a breakfast nook.  Standing alone, they are not 100% my style, but when paired with more traditional chairs or elements, the tulip table definitely works for me.

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I think my favorite combination is when the table is used in a banquette as in the photo above. Perfection!  Can you believe how many different types of chairs this table can be paired with?

You can find knockoffs at all different price  points.  You can even find them in different colors and with marble tops.

This one from Ikea is only $179!

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What do you think?  Too versatile or too modern?

Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can enter to win a Delta Intuition showerhead here.  Perfect time to upgrade your bathroom!

Until next time . . .

xoxo,

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Our New Delta In2ition Showerhead + a Giveaway!!

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I am just now feeling recovered from the 4th of July!

As some of you may know, we recently remodeled our master bathroom, and went with a black, white and brass theme.

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All of the fixtures were from the Delta Trinsic line, so I was thrilled when Delta wanted to partner with me to upgrade the shower head in our other bathroom.  They sent me the amazing Delta In2ition to try out.  It is exclusive to the Home Depot and you can find it here.

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I love the traditional look of our guest bath, but the shower head left much to be desired.

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How wimpy and sad does this little shower head look?

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I cannot say enough about how easy the installation of this shower head was.  I mean, like two minutes. I am embarrassed to say that I had my Dad come over in case I needed help, and I was able to do it myself really fast. Voila!  For a two-in-one shower head, the installation was effortless.

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The shower head has a detachable handheld head.  I have to say that after taking a shower using the hand shower mechanism, I am hooked.  Calgon take me away! What a luxury and my kids love it too.   The flow I used was a medium spray, but it also offers three heavier spray patterns, including a thumping massage—and with that long hose, it’s easy to reach down to massage sore feet or legs.  The hand shower—like most hand showers—also features a temporary-shutoff button, a necessity when rinsing off kids or pets.

My hair has never looked so good.  Does anyone remember that Seinfeld episode where their building replaced all the shower head with low-flow heads and everyone had terrible hair?  In addition to benefitting my hair, this shower head is water-efficient as well.  By controlling the speed, movement and droplet size of the water, this showerhead creates the feeling of more water while actually using less.

Want to try one out for yourself?  Delta has generously offered to provide a Delta In2ition showerhead to one lucky reader!  This baby is valued at around $100.  All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  Good Luck!

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

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4th of July Inspiration

Hi all!  We are gearing up for the 4th over here.  That means I have run to the store about 4 times in a 24-hour period!  We are going to a local parade in our neighborhood that I have gone to since I was a baby, and the barbecuing and swimming with friends.  I thought I would share some fun red, white and blue inspired tables settings.  Maybe you can whip something up tomorrow or file this one away until next year.

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Hope you have a safe, fun and festive 4th!

xo,

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Lutyens Love

Hi friends!!  Over the weekend I made a fun purchase and it is a knockoff of the bench in the image below.  This style of bench is called a Lutyens bench in honor of Sir Edwin Lutyens.  He was a famous British architect who created the style of the bench.  My best friend growing up had them at her home, and I have loved them ever since.  They just scream elegant English garden, right?

They can be very pricey from places like Restoration Hardware, but as you will see below, I found a smaller version for a very reasonable price.  The lines are so beautiful, it looks great in black, white, or even natural teak.  It is so pretty you could even use it indoors.

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If you need one more reason to love the Lutyens bench, I think I found one!  This must be from a Polo ad, right?  I will take it!

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I purchased this one from Hayneedle and it was on sale for only $250!  Such a great price.  I heard about it from my blogging friend Pam over at Simple Details (that girl knows how to find a deal!)  It is the perfect size for this small covered spot I have on my porch.

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This beauty is from Walmart and it is only $129.  Talk about getting the look for less.

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What do you think?  Timeless or too traditional?  As soon as mine arrives, I will snap some shots to share with you.

Stay tuned because later in the week, I have an awesome giveaway for you.  You won’t want to miss it.

xo,

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Kitchen Trend: Tuxedo Kitchens

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I made a trip to San Francisco with my kids and picked up a major Craigslist score!  More details to come.  It made the long day at the Exploratorium with five kids worth it!

You may have not heard of the term “tuxedo kitchen,” but you have likely seen the color-blocked images. The style is relatively simple, usually with white on the top, and a darker color such as black or dark gray on the bottom of the kitchen.  I am a huge fan of black and white and we recently renovated one of our bathrooms using that design scheme.  So obviously this trend in two-toned tuxedo kitchens is right up my alley.

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One of these days, we hope to renovate our kitchen and I am Pinning these tuxedo designs left and right. I love the simplicity of the plain white subway tile and cabinets on top and black on the bottom.

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My favorite spot in this space is the black cabinet.  Love how it looks open and with the white dishes. The beautiful black and brass stove is not too hard on the eyes either!  It is like a piece of art.

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I love the slight pop of gold in this space on the inside of the pendants.  The natural wood stools balance out the glam vibe of he black and gold.

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So elegant, simple and balanced.  Even the clock is black and white.

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The artwork and accessories work to keep this space feeling interesting.

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The vintage rug adds just the right amount of color, interest and texture to this space.

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The brass and marble combination- enough said!

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What do you think?  Simple and elegant or too basic?

Until next time . . .

xo,

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