Lilly Pulitzer For Pottery Barn

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to tell you guys about this new collaboration.  Lilly Pulizer has a new bright and preppy line for Pottery Barn.  It includes Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen.  While there are some classic over the top prints, there are also a lot of more subdued decor, such as the bookshelf below.   Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.

Kennedy Bookcase

Polished Palm Tree Chandelier – A steal at $199

Ikat Lumbar Pillow

Big Palm Wallpaper


Lilly Custom Lumbar

Gold Cane Mirror

Rhodes Occasional Chair

Round Shell Mirror

I love the Palm Beach preppy vibe of Lilly Pulitzer style.  I am seriously considering ordering the rattan bookshelf for my daughter’s room.  Time to get rid of our Target bookcase that is falling apart.

Until next time.

My New Online Shopping Strategy

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday.  I have to share with you a new way to find home decor for a steal.  I am obsessed.  Have you ever heard of “open box sales?”  It is where a customer orders something, decides it is not to their liking and returns it.  The returns department then inspects it to make sure it is in perfect condition and then they turn it around and resell it for a highly reduced price.  So, essentially it is a new, unused item that has just been unboxed.

Open box items are most common with electronics retailers, but many home decor and lighting retailers also have open box items.  Wayfair, Bellacor, and Lumens have open box sales.

Keep in mind this type of bargain hunting is not for the weak of heart.  It is similar to going into a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and taking the time to slowly go thru the racks looking for the diamond in the rough.  When I looked at Bellacor, for instance, they had 86 pages of open box items.  However, if you love the thrill of getting a deep discount, the rush is worth it.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from Bellacor.  I actually ended up purchasing the rug and chair.  They have arrived and they are in perfect condition and are lovely.

First up is this faux bamboo chair.  I bought this to use as my desk chair.  Regular price: $359.  Open Box price: $153.97.

This rug by Loloi is regularly $179.00.  Open Box price: $75.00.
These vases are modern luxe at its best.  The large one is normally $170.  Open Box price: $64.97



This beautiful vanity light is $186 regular price.  Open Box price: $85.97.

This adorable outdoor light fixture is only $37.87.

What do you think?  Definite steals, right?  Only thing I have found is that the open box price may vary from day-to-day.  So, shop early and shop often.

Do you have any stores where you have found good open box sales?  If so, please let us know your secrets in the comments.

Have a great rest of the day.

Until next time  . . .

Charlotte’s Room Refresh

Hi all!  It has been a long time since I last posted.  Things have been busy busy around here.  Working on a few design projects has sucked up the majority of my free time.  For ages, I have wanted to makeover my 8 year old daughter’s room.  It is the only room in our home that has not been painted since we purchased the house.  I have been indecisive on what to do with it.  I have also been wanting to use wallpaper in another room in our house.  I bit the bullet and wallpapered our breakfast nook and I just adore it.

So, this wall paper from Thibaut was my starting point for the room.

I ordered a sample and it is definitely more fushia pink in person that the online image.  Here is the rest of design board I am using for inspiration.

Only thing holding me back is purchasing the wallpaper.  It is expensive and I need quite a few rolls.  And then I have to pay to have it hung.  No way I am attempting to DIY that one.  Strong is a woman who knows her limits.

What do you guys think?  Wallpaper is such an investment, and I do hope to move to our forever home someday.  But, we might be in our home forever, so I am also thinking seize the day!

Until next time  . . .


Decorating Trends for 2018

Hey friends!  Happy Saturday.  I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm.  We have been facing a slew of flu bugs here in our house, so we have been laying pretty low these days.

I have been reading up on design trends for 2018 and here are few of my favorites.

Herringbone Patterns

I had to mention this one first, as we recently installed new hardwood floors in our kitchen in a herringbone pattern.  I could not be more pleased and am glad to know that I am “on trend.”  Aren’t these floors just dreamy??

Velvet Furniture

Just as in fashion, velvet is in big time.  While I think it is going to be a quick trend, if you do it in a more neutral color, it could stand the test of time.

Tone on Tone

Just as the image below reveals this trend is about putting two of the same tones together.  Here it is the walls and the furniture.  It gives off a cozy and enveloping vibe.

Large Scale Art

Say adios to the gallery wall.  Apparently, large scale art is up next.  I am kind of glad to see gallery walls go away for a while.  They are a tad trendy and overdone.

Bar Carts

Bar carts have been popular for a few years now, but they are coming onto the design scene big time.  They are so fun to decorate and style.  I have a budget one I purchased at Target a few years back and I am looking to trade up.  Maybe for something vintage?

Bone Inlay

I love this trend and wish I could afford it!  Because the pieces tend to be handmade, they can get pricey.  I have heard of some people finding deals at Homegoods so I will have to keep my eyes out!

Mixed Metals

This trend has been around a while, but I think it is here to stay.  So many people thing everything has to be one metal tone, such as all silver or all brass, but mixing them metals up creates a collected looking space versus matchy matchy.

These are just a few of my favorite predicted trends.  There are many more floating out there.  Do you have a favorite projection.

Until next time . . .


Our 2017 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 Southern Hospitality – Welcome! Don’t you just love Rhoda’s down to earth style and her holiday home tour is no exception.

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 let’s start the tour.  Grab some hot coco and come on in.  On our porch you will find a welcoming scene.  The santa and sleigh were my husband’s grandmothers and we love that it reminds us of her.   This year, I added these holiday pillows made by a local maker called Allie Studio.  We live in an area of our city called East Sacramento and she makes the most amazing holiday pillows.  She does them for all of our city’s neighborhoods and has expanded to cities all over California and beyond.  They could cutomize one for your city!

No tour would be complete without a photo bomb.  I always have my little helpers around when I take photos.

As you enter our home, I added wreaths to our long, narrow hallway and it makes a nice impact.  This year, I opted for red and white on the ribbons.  As you will see, I tried to incorporate a bunch of different themes in my tour.  Classic red, jewel tones and even winter white.

Our tree is mostly jewel tones, and since I am not in the market for all new ornaments, it will probably remain that theme for a few years!

Here are some of my favorite ornaments.  We recently traveled to Bodega Bay and we bought these fun mermaid ornaments for our girls.

This ornament is sentimental as I picked it out right before our first baby was born.

In the dining room I tried to go with a silver and white theme.  My girls loved the fun white snowflakes.

I rarely show our kitchen on the blog as it is need of a major renovation, but we recently redid our hardwood floors in a fun herringbone pattern and got a new runner from Caitlin Wilson Designs that I love, so I thought it was worth a few pics.


My daughter’s room is much softer in calm pastels.

I rarely decorate our bedroom, but opted to this year.  Garland seems like a good idea on the bed until it starts to drop needles!

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your holiay home.  Up next is Doreen with Hymns and Verses.  Her style is so curated and cozy.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store this yer

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life On Virginia Street

Clean & Scentsible

Nesting With Grace


Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home

Life Love Larson

Dimples & Tangles

Remodelando La Casa

Seeking Lavender Lane

Inspiration for Moms

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

Decor to Adore

11 Magnolia Lane

Our Fifth House

Rain On A Tin Roof

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For Four

Life & Home @ 2102

Southern Hospitality

Decorating Delirium

Hymns & Verses

Simple Stylings

Friday – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic

Tidbits & Twine

Far Above Rubies

House By Hoff

Duke Manor Farm

Common Ground

Until next time . . .

It’s All In The Details: Pleated Lampshades

Hi everyone!  I have been in the market for a new lampshade for a lamp in my daughter’s room. While on my search, I was inspired by lamp shades with pleates and patterns.  Done right, I think they add such a chic element to a room.  If done poorly, they look boring and dated.  I think they key is picking a fun pattern with lots of color.

This Ikat pattern in blue and green foots the bill!

This one in white works because of the blue and white pattern on the bedding and walls.  It makes this lamp stand out like a bride in this photo.

How dainty is this red shade on the swing arm sconce?

The pleates on this red shade give an element of texture to this vignette.

This pleated shade has a metallic sheen that I am loving!

I could curl up in bed and read all day with this beauty by my side.

I love these shades in particular on sconces.  It adds such an element of whimsy.

This one had me at hello.  Many of you know my love of navy and blush!

And for the grand finale.  This entire kitchen is swoon-worthy, but the simple pleated black shade combined with brass add such simple touch to this Parisian-inspired kitchen.

What do you think?  Gorgeous or granny?

I hope everyone is doing well.  I am already starting to gear up for the holidays here in blogland. Everything happends a little earlier around here.

Until next time  . . .

Designer Spotlight: Lindsey Coral Harper

Hi friends!  I was looking through an article of House Beautiful the other day and was so impressed by the portfolio of designer Lindsey Coral Harper.  Her bold use of color and traditional with a twist style had me wanting to see more. See some of her inspiring work below.

The very traditional dining room is offset by a modern and whimsical chandelier.

I love the color combination of blue and coral.  Such a lovely paring.  I also love the extended use of the pattern on the drapes and bed skirt.

Wow purple is a bold color choice, but it certainly works here.  Since everything is the same hue it appears so saturated.

A traditional sitting room with a modern and glamorous mirror.

Oh la la lacquer.  I love the floor to ceiling shine that envelopes this hallway. The moulding isn’t bad either!

I could sit an read all day in this jewel-toned library.

Images via Francesco Lagnese

If you like to stick to neutrals, Lindsey Coral Harper sure shows you what you are missing!

Until next time.

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:


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


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


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


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


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

Until next time . . .

New Floors in the Kitchen

Hi everyone!  I am sorry I have been MIA lately.  We went from vacation, to back-to-school craziness, to back-to-school bugs!  Both the kids were sick and staying home by the second week of school.  Whew!! Not much extra time for blogging.

I posted here here about wanting to install new hardwood flooring in our kitchen and breakfast nook area.  Well, after 5 days of dust and debris, we have new floors.  I went with a herringbone pattern and could not be more pleased.

Here are the results:

The old laminate faux hardwood floor was raised higher than the current floor, so now we need to paint the baseboards.  I swear the projects never end.

Also, next we will be refinishing all of the hardwood floors throughout our home.  So not looking forward to the chaos that comes with moving all the furniture.  At least, I will have the use of our kitchen again.

I will keep you posted!  Off to clean more dust of of every surface in our home 🙂


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.




Lacquered Riser


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!