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

 

Tried and Tested: An Amazing Source for Designer Pillows

Hi everyone!  Just popping in today to share a wonderful Etsy store for designer pillows.  I first heard about this source from blogger Emily A. Clark.  It wasn’t until I ordered one for myself, that I decided to share it with my lovely readers.  Gotta test the goods, right?

The source is called Sweety Store (cheesy, I know).  They have a wonderful selection of designer pillow covers for VERY affordable prices (starting at about $14.99).  I was worried that they would look or feel cheap or look like knock offs, given the price, but I am pleased to say that they are high quality.

Here is the pillow cover I ordered in Kelly Wearstler’s Channels pattern.

Here are a few other patterns I am swooning over.

The shipping was really fast considering they are coming from China.  If you need pillow inserts, my favorite are these from Ikea.  They are down and only $9.99.

We are heading off on vacation next week, but I still hope to post.  Vacation at last!

xo,

 

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 . . .

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,

Have you tried Framebridge???

I am so excited today to share with you an awesome source for custom online framing.  If you haven’t heard of them, Framebridge offers the most unique and amazing frames and makes the entire process entirely seamless.

We had taken family photos last fall and per usual, I had done nothing with them.  I was excited to try Framebridge as I had heard rave reviews about them from other bloggers.

They make it beyond easy.  First, you pick out your frame.  They have an amazing selection of frames that you can’t find anywhere else.  I chose this gold bamboo frame called “Mandalay “ for my photo.  This frame had me at “hello.” If you have been around here for a while, you know my obsession with faux bamboo!

Next, you either upload a photo or mail in a physical photo or piece of art.  Don’t worry, they send you a secure pre-paid mailer to mail in your piece.  Within days, they mail you your beautifully framed artwork.

Here are the girls holding our framed family photo.

Here is the frame once it made its way to our wall.  Don’t you think it complements my favorite blue and white wallpaper well?

Here are a few other frame choices I really like.  I am really obsessed with this burl wood frame, which is so in right now.  I have a few ideas for things I might frame in this.  I mean, seriously, where else can you get a burl wood frame??

I could not be more pleased with the process, service and craftsmanship at Framebridge.  If you are waiting to frame that perfect piece of art or family photos, or to create that gallery wall, look no further.  And, just for my readers, I have an exclusive promo code for you to save 15% off your first Framebridge purchase.  Just enter decoratingdelirium15 at checkout!

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

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

Our 2017 Spring Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new!  If you are joining me from Simple Stylings – Welcome!  Summer’s home was amazing.  I love her modern, relaxed style.

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 spring.  It might still be a bit cold outside, but get ready for some major spring inspiration.

So, let’s begin the tour.  As you walk in our entry, you are greeted by our beloved bunny Floppy who only makes an appearance in our home this time of year.

Fresh flowers from the farmer’s market make it feel like the perfect spring day!

Moving into our living room, I  added a few decor elements to brighten the room up for spring.

A rose colored tassel throw from Homegoods and some pink graphic pillows do the trick!  I also also added some crystal objects I found a Homegoods.  I have been collecting obelisks for a while and this small one is just right for the coffee table.

Also, if anyone out there is a fellow Gamma Phi Beta, my flower arrangement is in honor of you. Pink carnations are their designated flower, in case you were wondering.  In addition to being full and lush and a nice pop of color, these flowers last FOREVER!

Moving on into our dining room which is decked out for a spring brunch.

The mini tulip wreaths were a Marshall’s find and they are the perfect size to add to the back of a chair.

Also, one frequent question I get here on the blog is where the wallpaper in this room is from.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted and is from Walls Republic. I love this wallpaper and it makes this room one of my favorites in the house.

 

Next up is my daughter’s room.  I don’t typically do much seasonal decorating in the kids’ rooms, but this year, I added a fun print and vases from the Oh Joy line for Target.

I found the print at Homegoods and just had to get it.  Does it look familiar? It is very similar to a photo I took several years ago for a spring home tour.

Finally, I moved my blue and white vase collection out into the entry way for a nice fresh pop of color.  Isn’t it fun to move things around and see how they look in a different space? The daffodils, which are abundant right now in our grocery stores, compliment the blue and white.

I also added some coral pieces this year to my blue and white jars.  For some reason, I love the combination!

I hope you enjoyed my tour.  I am in the process of making over my bedroom, which will be revealed in the weeks ahead.  So, if you would like to follow along, you can follow me on Pinterest here and Instagram here.  If you would like to follow along with the progress of the rest of our home, consider subscribing to email updates which you can do here.

Up next is Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles.  I have been following her blog for years and she has such an eye for color and mixing pattern.  And she is an amazing thrifter and DIY’er to boot!

Don’t miss out.  Here is the full week’s line up of homes:

Monday – Mar 20

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Decor To Adore – Laura

Southern Hospitality – Rhoda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

 

Tuesday – Mar 21

Setting For Four – Heather

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

 Refresh Restyle – Debbie

Haneens Haven -Haneen

Simple Stylings – Summer

 

Wednesday – Mar 22

 Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer 

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Sand & Sisal – Kim

Common Ground – Debra

 

Thursday – Mar 23

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

 Bliss At Home – Kristin

Rain On A Tin Roof -Jenna

ZDesign At Home – Bree

 

Fri – Mar 24

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Making Home Base -Chelsea

Until next time . . .

xo

 

Ballard Designs Spring 2017

Hi friends!  I have to say that after a cold, wet winter here in California, seeing the Spring catalogs appear at my doorstep was a very welcomed sight.

Of particular interest to me were the fun tropical and vibrant hues in the Ballard Designs catalog. Here are my favorite pics from Ballard’s new collection.

Bench / Art Print / Lamp Finials / Bamboo Drapery Clips / Mirror / Pagoda

I really adore the white pagoda and am seriously contemplating getting a pair to go with my collection of blue and white ginger jar.

Also, I adore these two finds for the outdoor.  The patio umbrella is too chic and the garden finials could be used indoors or out.

 

 

What about you?  Has anything in the Spring home decor catalogs caught your eye?

xo,

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.

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!

xoxo