Smart Home Security With Geenie

Hi friends! Over the holidays we had a few issues with packages getting stolen on our porch. In an effort to avoid this in the future we opted to look into a security camera for our front porch. When Geeni offered me to try one of their cameras I jumped at the offer. I opted for their smart vision camera in 1080p resolution. The camera allows users to record and playback quality video to monitor home delivery whenever and wherever they want.   It is equipped with sensor monitoring and motion alerts to always to what is happening in your home.

Set up was a breeze. All you have to do is pop batteries into the camera, download the app and you are set. The app controls all of genies smart home devices. When there is motion detected, the app sends you an alert.  Another perk is that one app you download controls all of Geeni’s smart home products. 

I have used the camera for a few weeks now and it does exactly what it claims it does. My only concern is that sometimes it is overly sensitive and will send us a alerts when it is very windy outside, etc. However I would rather have it be overly sensitive than not and miss something.   The only other negative is that my husband now knows every time we have a package delivered. No hiding those away!

Do you use a security camera or system such as Geeni?  Let me know your experience in the comments.

**A camera was provided by Geeni for me to review.  All opinions, as always are my own.

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

 

8 Drop Dead Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Tablescapes

Hi Friends!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So far this February has been filled with a broken wrist, sick kids, and sick me.  My broken wrist is my right hand and I am right handed so I can literally do nothing. It’s driving me to drink and I can’t even open up a bottle of wine!! Given our current state, I highly doubt a beautiful Valentine’s Day dinner will be taking place around our home. So, I will just have to live vicariously through these beautiful tablescapes created by people much more inspired and mobile than I.  Enjoy!

 

Pizzazzerie

Arin Solange

Style Me Pretty

Randi Garrett Design

Fashionable Hostess

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I think it is funny that all of the posts I found with these tablescapes were about hosting a Galentine’s party.  Such a funny trend.  What about you?  Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day plans?

Until next time . . .

Large Scale Art

Hi friends!  Over the holidays, I purchased the print below to go on a wall in our living room.   It is large and makes quite an impact.  It got me thinking at what an easy way it is to create a focal point and impact using large scale art.

Large scale art, like in the rooms below can be a designer trick anyone can use.  I wouldn’t  mind sleeping in the the little girls room below.

You could even DIY a large piece of abstract art.  Just purchase a large canvas from an art supply store and Google DIY abstract art.

Most of the pieces in this post are super high-end, but with a little creativity you can find or DIY your own.  Have you ever tried to DIY a piece of artwork?  If so, please share your experience in the comments.

Until next time . . .

Skirted Table for the Breakfast Room

Hi friends!  I have been going over a list of home projects I have in mind for 2019.  On the top of my list is a quick fix for our breakfast room table.  After 10 years of “love” by our adorable girls, our parquet table has seen better days.  Rather than get a new table, I have been toying around with making a skirted table like below to hide the multitude of sins on our table.  At least it would buy us a little time until we have to by another one.

Shelley Johnstone Design

In looking at my inspiration pic above I realized how much I love the chairs.  They would go so well with my wallpaper in the room.  Don’t projects always start out like that?  One cheap solution turns into a room redo!

I also found these chairs on Amazon of all places!  They are pretty reasonably priced, but I am going to keep an eye on them as prices fluctuate so much on Amazon.

 

What do you guys think? I posted about this on social media and got positive feedback but I would love your input!  I think it is a great way to extend the life of our table and maybe even create some extra storage?  Always thinking about that #smallspaceliving!

Hope your weekend if off to a great start!

xo

Wallpaper In The Powder Room

Hi friends!  Happy Monday.  It is back to reality this week.  Kids are back in school and I am back to my first full workweek in quite a while.  I have a feeling it is going to be a LONG week!

I was speaking to a friend the other day about incorporating wallpaper into her new home.  Many people are afraid to try wallpaper because it seems like there a a million options out there (just like paint) and it seems like such a big commitment.  If you are wanting to try out wallpaper, a great place to get your feet wet is to wallpaper a small bathroom or powder room.  Because powder rooms tend to be small and not used very often, it is not such a huge commitment.  In addition, it is the perfect place to use a bold pattern and it costs less because you need to use less paper than other rooms in the home.

I adore the way bold wallpaper has transformed the small powder rooms below.  I love them all.  I couldn’t even choose a favorite.

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I am gearing up in 2019 to redo the girls’ bathroom.  I would love to use wallpaper, but am a bit concerned about the durability in a bathroom that is used all of the time with the humidity, etc.  Anyone out there have experience using wallpaper in a bathroom?  If so, how has it held up?

Until next time . . .

 

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Happy New Year Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I think 2019 is going to be a great year.  To kick things off here on the blog, I thought I would introduce Pantone’s Color of the Year.  Pantone (THE authority on anything color from clothes to home design to cosmetics) has named “Living Coral” the Color of the Year.  It is a punchy pop of fun color that is for sure.  I am channeling more of a  Simply White vibe this January, but I could see myself incorporating some pops of this fun hue come spring.

You don’t have to paint all of your walls this bright color.  Rather, you could opt for a few decorative accents such as trims or pillows.

I love how it is used as an accent in the chandelier and curtains here.

You could go bold and paint a wall in the hue.  I would keep the other design elements rather simple, as in the decor below.

Or you could just go ALL IN.

Swapping out bedding is an affordable and fun way to decorate with a new color like Living Coral.

I have a major crush on this wallpaper, but I especially like it in this colorway!

Coral pairs beautifully with hues of blue, especially darker ones like royal or navy blue.

Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start.  I am in the process of creating a list of home projects for 2019.  Stay tuned!

xo,

2018 Holiday Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for the holidays. If you are heading over from Anita at Far Above Rubies – Welcome!  Isn’t Anita’s vintage bohemian style amazing?

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!

Let’s start the tour.  Come on in.  Here is a little sneak peak of the living room.

My favorite vignette this year is our tree.  In the past I have done a “Merry and Bright” jewel-toned theme, but last year, I bought all new ornaments at post-Christmas sales and went with a Parisian Blue theme.

Here she is with the lights on at night.  Such a cool effect!

I was lucky to snag some magnolia that I spray painted gold for the top of the tree.

 

I bit the bullet and ordered two luxurious trims from Frontgate and Balsam Hill.  I love the fringed look of the gold trim from Frontgate.

The ornaments are from Frontgate and these photos do not do them justice.  The are of such high quality and are so beautiful.

 

My other favorite space this year is our breakfast room.  That is because for the first time ever we have a second tree in there.  I hosted an event for our daughter’s school and live Christmas trees were donated and I was able to bring one home.  I went with a simple silver theme.  We are a little cramped in the space, but who cares, it is beautiful.

My daughter’s room has a simple pink, gray and white theme.

Adding a little garland around our bed made the bedroom feel a bit more dressed up for the holidays.

Last but not least, I decided to play up our zebra centerpiece and go with a zebra tablescape.

I found these fun zebra appetizer plates at H & M of all places!

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Up next is Jennifer at Dimples and Tangles.  I adore her colorful and fun style.  You are in for such a treat!

The entire line up is below.  You must check them all out!

Monday, Dec. 3  

 

Wednesday, Dec. 5

 

Thursday, Dec. 6

 

Friday, Dec. 7

 

Got Guests?

Hi friends!  Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the bend.  I don’t know about you, but for us that means holiday guests.  We have a small home, so making room for guests is a challenge.  Being an excellent host or hostess requires providing your guests with all of the comforts of home away from home.  We do not have a designated guest room, so having guests usually means making our existing rooms that will house guests more comfortable.

Space-saving tricks such as a trundle bed or other small comforts such as a cozy throw and a candle can do the trick.  If you have the space, adding a reading nook with a chair and reading light is a definitely plus.  Another finishing touch is a bedside water carafe for your guests.  Nothing is worse being up in the middle of the night searching in someone’s kitchen for a glass of water!

Online retailer Joss and Main has everything you could possibly need for your home, including finds for the guest room.  You can shop my guest room essentials below.


Chunky Throw
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Lap Tray
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Quilt Set
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Throw Pillow
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Writing Desk
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Desk Lamp
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Armchair
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Carafe Set
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Candle
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Daybed with Trundle
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Turkish Hand Towel Set
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Turkish Hand Towel
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Vanity Tray
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Luggage Rack
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Sheepskin Rug
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Laundry Hamper
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Alarm Clock
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Blackout Curtains
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Personalized Soap
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Faux Floral Arrangement
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Having these essentials in place can make the holidays go much smoother.  Do you have any tips for hosting guests for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.  Happy Holidays!!

xo

Best Interior Design Sales: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Hi Friends!  Happy Thanksgiving.  Here in Northern California we have been devastated by wildfires that have caused loss of life and homes.  What I am thankful for today is my family and having a home to be cozy in and cook in.  I as well as many others are very thankful for the rain we just received that has helped clear the smoke out of our air.

That being said, I am also very thankful for the amazing sales going on right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are a few of my favorite sales.

Serena and Lily:  Take 20 percent off of everything with code: GATHER

West Elm:  Take 15 percent off $100; Take 20 percent off $500; Take 25 percent off $1,00; Take 30 percent off $3,000.  Use code: SAVEMORE

Wayfair:  Take 60 percent off kids furniture and nursery furniture; Take 70 percent off living room furniture, bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture, kitchen and dining furniture, and office furniture

Lulu & Georgia:  Take 25 percent off everything with code BESTEVER

Crane and Canopy:  Take 20 percent off everything with code: CHEER

Pottery Barn:  Take 20 percent off regular-priced orders with code HOLIDAY; Take up to 50 percent off furniture

Rejuvenation:  Take 15 percent off orders of $100 or more; Take 20 percent off orders of $500 or more; Take 25 percent off orders of $1,500 or more

Speaking of sales, I was just reading an article discussing the psychology behind email marketing campaigns and it is fascinating. These days we are bombarded with emails from companies advertising the benefits of their product and their sales.  I don’t sell products on my site, but have often thought about it, so this topic is of interest.  One strategy marketers use is called the “sunk cost effect.”  The theory is that since we have already spent time, energy or money on something, we become determined to make it work.  We have all seen those message at the bottom of an email suggesting other items we may want to complete the set or that compliment what we have purchased.

Another example is with respect to subscription-based services where you are already committed to spend a sum of money.  The article I read highlights that retailer Dollar Shave Club has done this brilliantly with their “toss more in” email campaign.  So when they present this message allowing them to “toss more in,” it can dramatically increase average order value. It does this by reminding folks they’ve already ordered and highlighting how small the extra sum required would be to “complete the set,” which plays on our inherent desire to complete collections.

Another strategy highlighted by Emma, an email marketing service, suggests creating a VIP program or widening your existing program.  Programs can be widened by asking existing VIP’s to share invitations and offers to friends.  It is called the “entourage effect” and Emma explains it as:

“In life, being a VIP is all about social recognition, right? So if no one in your social circle can participate in your VIP status, it won’t actually mean that much to you. Here’s the deal…

VIPs don’t want to be lonely.  They want public visibility of their social position.  They want to be able to share their resources with others.  They want to create a feeling of indebtedness

That’s why widening VIP treatment doesn’t dilute its value – it amplifies it. If a brand wants to make a VIP feel really special, it should adapt its existing program to let his or her peers get in on the action.”

So much psychology behind the marketing emails we receive.  I may have been bombarded with so many emails I missed some sales.  If you have others you are shopping, share away in the comments.

Until next time . . .

 

Favorite Interior Design Books

Hi Friends!  Sorry I have been absent lately.  The hecticness of life has just taken over.  I am hoping to post a bit more frequently in the coming months.  I have a holiday home tour I am working on behind the scenes, so stay tuned for a holiday home tour!  I the meantime, I thought I would post a roundup of my favorite interior design books.  These make wonderful coffee table books or gifts for the design lover in your life.

First up is new book published this  year by blogger turned interior designer Paloma Contreras.  She is seriously my design girl crush.  She demonstrates that it is possible to quit your day job and pursue your passion.  Paloma used to be a high school Spanish teacher!  Her new book Dream, Design , Live is chalk full of inspiration and practical advice.

Who does not love black and white as a classic combination?

The king of blue and white Mark D. Sikes.

This book is just so lovely and also gives very interesting detail on Aerin and her relationship with Estee

Interior designer and blogger Erin Gates first book is a must have.

This beautiful and elegant book is on my coffee table right now!

This book is photographed in vignettes all over Pinterest.

The first book by the editors of Domino magazine is part eye candy and part practical advice.  It is a must read.

These are a few of my favorites.  Any you have on your list?  Luckily, new design books come out all the time.  Hello Amazon wish list.

Have a great week and safe travels if you are traveling for Thanksgiving.

xo,