2017 Fall 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 fall. If you are joining me from Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane- Welcome!  Wasn’t Deb’s tour amazing? She pulls off elegant farmhouse style perfectly!

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!

Full disclosure here. It is still in the mid-90’s where I live and there is not a pumpkin or gourd in site.  So, the fall touches you see will be more of an end-of- summer/ start-of-fall tour.  In addition, right before this tour went up, we had our hardwood floors re-surfaced (you can read about it here), so much of my home was under construction or at least under a layer of dust.  So, the spaces you see here are the salvageable ones.

So, let’s get started with the tour.  As you walk in our home we have a very small entry table that I decided to adorn with this rustic vase I found at an antique fair.  It is brown and wavy.  It is kind of like a tree trunk.  The inside is painted the most beautiful aged gold.  It is a very unique piece and adds the rustic touch I wanted for fall.

The entry leads into our living and dining rooms.  In our dining room, I swapped out some pastel pillows for an animal print bolster.  Reds, oranges, and browns don’t really go with my decor, but I will take an animal print any day!

In our dining room I have touches of fall on a bold tablescape.  The hammered gold vases are from Target and I love them.  They can stand alone on their own or make a lovely vessel for flowers any time of the year.

I opted for simple eucalyptus branches to tone down all the gold.  I used pears in a variety of colors as the centerpiece (no pumpkins remember!!)

I used my favorite fall napkin rings with a gold leaf on them. I purchased them at World Market years ago.

Moving into the breakfast nook, I have a simple flower arrangement next to the soup tureen that has been in our family for years.  Once fall finally arrives in my neck of the woods, homemade soup is definitely on the menu.

No home tour would be complete without a photo of our vintage zebra.  Here I have some velvet pumpkins in jewel tones adorning his feet.  Who needs real pumpkins when you have velvet ones, right?  I have wanted some for years, so I finally but the bullet this year!

I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration for your home.

Up next on the tour is Christy from Our Southern Home.  You have to check out her vintage French Country style!

Here is the entire weeks’ line up.  You have to check out each tour.  There is so much inspiration to be found:

Monday

A Stroll Thru Life | Inspiration for Moms | Cuckoo4Design | Clean & Scentsible | Life On Virginia Street | Decor To Adore

Tuesday

Life Love Larson | Remodelando La Casa | Thrifty and Chic | Seeking Lavender Lane | Decorating Delirium | Our Southern Home

Wednesday

The Chronicles of Home | Erin Spain | Nesting With Grace | 21 Rosemary Lane | Our Fifth House

Thursday

Z Design At Home | Simple Stylings | Life & Home @ 2102 | 11 Magnolia Lane | Rain On A Tin Roof | Hymns & Verses

Friday

Far Above Rubies | Haneen’s Haven | Tidbits & Twine | House By Hoff | Common Ground | Refresh Restyle | Duke Manor Farm

Until next time . . .

Miles Redd for Ballard Designs

Hi everyone!  While my last post was about calming neutrals, I am switching up gears and discussing pure glamour. Famed interior designer Miles Redd has partnered with Ballard Designs to produce a line of amazingly glamourous furniture and accessories with a distinct Hollywood Regency look.  I mean he did write a book called “The Big Book of Chic” after all.  Miles does bright, colorful, unexpected designs and no one room he does is alike.  One look at these photos and I want to ditch neutrals.  The paring of colors, patterns and textures is too much fun.

Here the white mirror, console and chair balances out the wild Chinoiserie wallpaper.  I love the shell console.  I used to collect shells growing up, so anything with a shell motif is nostalgic for me.

 

The glam factor is notched up a bit here.  The bold use of pops of green, the edgy coffee table and leopard print all work together beautifully.

Most of the funiture can be customized in any one of Ballard’s amazing fabrics, like the blue spot fabric below.

I adore this Hollywood Regency-style mirror paired with this lacquered black chest.  The possibilities for using this mirror are endless.

Pattern in the bedroom anyone?

The shape of this waterfall console and its matching bench is so unique and is a definite centerpiece.

I am afraid I would never eat again if I had this black lacquered dining table.  I find the design of the table legs to be particularly beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorite individual pieces from the 28-piece collection.

Console

 

Urn

Lacquered Riser

Mirror

Waterfall Console

The pieces are not terribly priced which makes a high-end designer look affordable to more people. I am considering getting the black lacquered riser featured above to use on my coffee table or in a multitude of spaces in my home.

Have you ever purchased from Ballard Designs?  It truly is catalog decorating at its best!

xo

 

A Classic Home Tour: White Done Right

Hi everyone!  If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you know that I love color.  I am drawn to it and not afraid to use it.  However, every once in a while I want to sell my home, custom build a new one and do EVERYTHING in neutrals.  This beautiful home tour of the home of Sonja of JS Home Design is an example of a home that makes me crave neutrals.  The draw of neutrals is that you can just swap colors out via pillows and decor to get that needed pop of color.

How beautiful and serene is the entry way?  I love the detailed coffered ceilings and paneled walls.  Who needs color or extensive art when you have these?

Oh la la this great room.  It is all neutral, but there is so much texture and different patterns so yo don’t lose interest.

I love the combination of the classic wingback chairs and the Chinese Chippendale chairs in this dining room.

This beaded chandelier is so chic and coastal.  Such a statement piece.

More white is upstairs in the master bedroom.  Very calming and serene.

The master bath just screams “Calgon take me away.”

The final shot is over her amazing outdoor living space that transitions so seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.

I have a serious case of design envy.  This home makes me want to buy a vacation home and decorate in this palate. I think I would tire of it a bit full time.

What do you think?  Do you like the all neutral palate?  Or do you like a bit more color?

We are on vacation this week and soaking up every moment of fun in the sun.  It’s back to reality next week.

xo

Lovely Lattice

Hi friends!  I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July celebrating our great nation with family and friends.   I have been toying with the idea of adding some decorative moulding to some of the walls in our living room when I came across a living room on Pinterest that lattice all over the walls.  I love the idea, although it is a somewhat bold move. Keeping the lattice white helps to downplay the overwhelming pattern.

 

This photo actually inspired the Patio Style Challenge I did for the Home Depot a few years ago.  You can read all about it here.

Lattice is a wonderful way to hid a multitude of since from dinging paint to holes in the walls.  It could also be a stylish solution for a renter.

What do you think?  Have you ever used lattice in your decorating whether it be indoors or out?

Until next time . . .

Red, White and Blue Inspiration For You!

Hi everyone!  In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I thought I would use some red, white and blue interiors for inspiration.  You don’t have to go over the top, in fact, the more subtle rooms are my favorite.

Simon Upton via Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Via Life & Home at 2102

William Albranowicz via Elle Decor

William Albranowicz via Elle Decor

I have a lot of blue and white in my home, but not any red.  It would be a fun addition.  Does your home have patriotic colors or do you just add a pillow or two around the 4th.

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Summer Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new!  If you are joining me from 21 Rosemary Lane – Welcome!  Barbara’s home was amazing.  Her style creates such a fresh, cozy and welcoming home.

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 summer.  If you are new around here, we bought our older home that needed lots of TLC almost two years ago and are fixing it up one room at a time.  We FINALLY finished our master bedroom makeover, which I have a preview of on the tour.

Let’s get started.  As you walk into our home, the first room you see is our living room.  It used to be awful shade of brown, so I added some color with this dreamy blue.

For summer, I switched up some of our accessories adding coral for a beachy vibe.  I also swapped out the pillows on our couch for these fun blew animal pattern pillows.  They are just beautiful and have tassels on each corner.  I found them at Homegoods and they were a steal.

Adjacent to our living room is our formal dining room.  For this room, I was feeling a tropical vibe with bright colors for summer.

Next to our kitchen (which I will not have photos of because it needs major renovation) is our breakfast nook. These beautiful pink and blue hydrangeas were perfect for this space.

I also added a combination of roses and peonies to my collection of blue and white jars.  I wish peonies were in season all year.  They are gone before I blink my eyes.

Up next is a sneak peak at our master bedroom makeover.  I am still waiting on some art and accessories, but it is 95% done.  You may think I am crazy, but I went with this beautiful pale pink color for the walls.

The bedding is from Ballard Designs and the x-benches are just benches from Target that I upholstered.

I added some tassel trim to basic Ikea curtains to give them some interest

The Chinoserie chandelier was a Craigslist find. It even came with the lampshades!

I am loving these burl wood boxes from CB2.  I can think of a hundred ways to use them to style various areas of my home.  I had actually never shopped at CB2, but am really impressed with the quality of the boxes, given their reasonable price.

One of my favorite things in the space are these three-arm sconces from Gabby Home.  They have gold leaf on the inside of the shades and add a glam touch to the room.

I kept the styling on our dresser rather simple.

I also added some touches to our master bathroom to tie it into the master.  First, I finally got rid of my old terrycloth robe and replaced it with this silk beauty.  I found it at Marshall’s one day and it is from high end lingerie designer Natori.  Definitely shoportunities to be had at Marshalls!

Pink accent towels tie in with the walls of the bedroom.

I found this fun vintage lion towel ring on Ebay.  I adore it!

I painted a chipped rattan stool I found at a flea market a glossy black and it totally transformed it.  I am glad to have a place to store our extra towels since before I was keeping them on top of the toilet- ICK!

Next up is Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home.  You are in for a treat.  Jennifer has the balance of modern and traditional down pat and her home is always a breath of fresh air.

Make sure to also follow along all week!  The full line of of home tours is below!

Monday – June 12

A Stroll Thru Life

Pink Peppermint Design

Cuckoo4Design

Nesting With Grace

Life On Virginia Street

Decor to Adore

Tuesday – June 13

Thrifty & Chic

21 Rosemary Lane

Decorating Delirium

The Chronicles of Home

Hymns & Verses

My Sweet Savannah

Wednesday – June 14

Life Love Larson

Making Home Base

Inspiration for Moms

Duke Manor Farm

ZDesign At Home

Our Fifth House

Thursday – June 15

Life & Home @ 2102

It All Started With Paint

Simply Stylings

11 Magnolia Lane

Remodelando La Casa

Southern Hospitality

Fri – June 16

Refresh Restyle

Far Above Rubies

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Haneen’s Haven

Common Ground

Until next time . . .

My New Favorite Source for Treasure Hunting

Hi all!!  If you have been around here for a while, you know that I love a good estate sale.  Some of my favorite finds have come from our local estate sales.  I am on the list for several estate sale companies who send me emails regarding upcoming sales with pictures of the items included.  I am hooked.

That is why I was so excited to discover an online estate sale site.  It is called Everything But The House.  I have been spending hours at night searching this site.  They are in many cities around the United States, although they also ship to you.

Here are some of favorite things on their site this week.  Some items have a bid of only $1.  Crazy, right?

These malachite trinket boxes are such a conversation starter adding a pop of color and interest to any space.

 

This faux bamboo mid-century modern end table is just so glam.

These chairs are such a classic sillhouette.  I imagine them lacquered in a shiny white and upholstered in a few bright pattern.

This umbrella stand is just too chic.  Chinoiserie print combine with Greek key- yes please!

EBTH is an amazing source for vintage rugs.  I am always on the lookout for these.

How fun are these red rattan bistro chairs?  They could work indoors or outside.

EBTH also has jewelry and designer clothing and handbags in addition to home decor.  My only negative is that sometimes shipping can get really high, so expect that if you are bidding on a large item.  If you are local, you can also pick up to avoid shipping costs altogether.

My rule of thumb when it comes to decorating is that it has to look collected. Shopping at estate sales is the perfect way to find those types of unique and collected one-of-a-kind pieces.

Have you every shopped at EBTH?  Are you an estate sale junkie?  If so, let us know in the comments what your favorite treasure has been!

Until next time,

 

 

Favorite Outdoor Pillows

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  It used to be that outdoor pillows were rough and came in very limited color and pattern options. These days, if you can dream it up, you can find it in an outdoor pillow. Want tassels or pom poms? Done!  You really can’t even distinguish today’s outdoor pillows from indoor pillows.  Here are my top picks at all different price points.

Black and White / Honeycomb / Pompom / Diamond / Tape Detail / Trellis

I must have greens and blues on the brain this year.  Colors of the sea I suppose!

I hope you have a wonderful week!  I will be participating in a blogger summer home tour later this month, so I better get decorating.  Stay tuned!

xo

My Favorites From the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge

Hi all.  Have you been following along with the spring One Room Challenge (“ORC”)?  If you have never heard of it, the ORC was started by Linda at Calling It Home.   During the ORC, 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can join in and link up their projects as a guest participant. I participated last spring as a guest participant.  You can see Audrey’s room makeover here.

There was inspiration overload this year.  Some of these spaces belong in the pages of Architectural Digest or House Beautiful.  Here are my top 5 favorites.

Up first is this glam living room by J + J Design Group.  I love the unexpected pairing of the shiplap walls and rustic dining chairs with the glam and modern elements like the chairs and coffee table.

This sitting room from Old Home Love is so layered and rich.  I love the warm yet bold choice for the walls.

The gallery wall of this bedroom by The English Room is perfection.  It can be hard to get gallery walls right, but she nailed it!!  You have to check out her full room.  It is so full of color and pattern.

 

I am swooning over the molding in this living room by Jennifer at Rambling Renovators.  Who needs a ton of color on the walls with detail like that.  The pops of color come through in the furnishings.

The traditional symmetry of the Pink Pagoda’s foyer speaks to me.  She knows how to do blue and white right and also combines modern and traditional so effortlessly.

Oh la la these walls from the House of Brinson had me at hello.  Not to mention the hand painted Gracie wallpaper.

Did you follow along with the ORC?  If so, did you have a favorite room?  I hope to participate again one of these days.  I can’t resist the itch to keep changing up my rooms.

Hope you have a great week.

xo,

Decorating with the Rule of Three

Hi friends!  Have you ever flipped through the pages of a magazine and wondered how a room or vignette looks so perfect and styled?  Can’t put your finger on it ?  Are you at a loss?  Well, the good news is, there is a formula to it.  It is known as the Rule of Three.

The Rule of Three exists due to the fact that an odd number of items looks more natural and less forced than an even-numbered grouping.  Why is this? Well, mostly because too much symmetry makes a room look stale and cold (although, we all know symmetry plays a huge role in design, too). Essentially, there is a balance to be found between symmetry and asymmetry.

Things simply look naturally better when placed in groupings of 3, 5, 7, etc.  It applies to objects, lighting, and even the number of patterns in a space.  It is particularly helpful when creating and styling vignettes.

Famed stylist Emily Henderson puts it best when she says that they key to a perfectly styled vignette includes something vertical, something horizontal, and something sculptural to tie the two together.  See how it works in the photo below.  The horizontal (tray), vertical (flowers), and sculptural (hand sculpture) all work to draw in your eye.

So, if you own a ton of home decor, but don’t know how to put it all together, remember to follow the Rule of Three. If all of your decor is vertical or horizontal, mix it up by purchasing some objects that are sculptural in nature (Homegoods has a million- I have to restrain myself when shopping there!)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I am off trying to finish some master bedroom projects.  The paint is done (I painted our room blush, so stay tuned) and our lighting goes in next week.  Can’t wait.

xoxo,