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,

Plans for the Master Bedroom

Hi Friends!

I wrote here earlier this month about updating our master bedroom this year as one of my house goals for 2017.  I am glad to report that plans are actually in the works.  We have some behind the scenes work do to such as ordering new doors and moving the electrical, but I have been busy dreaming up the specifics of the space.

On top of it, I found this beauty on Craigslist for only $60. Cue happy dance!!  It will be the new light fixture for the space.  All it needs is a fresh coat of paint and it will definitely add interest and whimsy to my space.  Right now we have an awful ceiling fan, so anything is an improvement!

Here is my tentative plan for the space.

 

For the walls, I have chosen the color Pink Ground by Farrow and Ball.  It is truly the faintest shade of blush.  It is like the color of a ballet slipper.  I think it will pair well with the navy.  The bedding is from Ballard Designs.  I wanted something simple and classic, where I can switch it up by swapping out accent pillows.  I was also offered to try out one of the Unique Rugs Store’s vintage Persian rugs!!  I will let you know all the deets once it has arrived.

For our new bed, I am thinking something like this:

We are FINALLY upgrading to a King.  With two kids and a dog, our queen bed is busting at the seams.  I often find myself moved into my 5 year old’s bed in the middle of the night.  Can anyone else relate?

What do you think?  Do you like it?  If anyone has suggestions for nightstands that are affordable and on the smaller side, please let me know.  Now that we have a King bed, I have to downsize our nightstands.

I can’t wait to see it all come together!

 

 

Home Goals for 2017

Hi everyone!!  We have done a lot to our home since we bought it in 2015.  We have remodeled a bathroom, done electrical work, and painted almost every room in the house.  Did I ever tell you that when we purchased the home, the City required that we replace a huge chunk of sidewalk on the side of the house??  It cost around $2,500 and definitely not where I wanted to put my home improvement dollars! So, alas, for this year, we have many more projects on the horizon.

Here are my top 4 home goals for 2017.

First, we want to refinish the hardwood floors in our home.  They are beautiful, but looking pretty weathered.  We also found out that the floor in our kitchen are not real hardwood.  So, we are going to be pulling them up and replacing them with wood to match the rest of the house.  I am really tempted to do a fun pattern like this one.

Next up is our garage.  Who am I kidding, I should really call it a storage unit.  Many of the homes in our neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and have very little storage, because well, in the 1920’s, people did not have nearly as much crap as we do.  I find that very few people in our neighborhood actually put cars in their garages. Rather, it is an overflow space used for added storage.

That is what we have been doing and right now our garage is so full of junk you can hardly walk around.  It is where I store extra kids toys, furniture for future DIY projects (my husband loves this), and storage containers.

So, my goal in the new year is to donate or sell the items, so we can use the space in a functional way.  Here is my dream garage, but I will settle for just being able to walk around.

Third, I really really want to redo our master bedroom.  The bedding we have is from our wedding 12 years ago and it is tired and dirty.  When we moved in several years ago, I made do with what we had and paired everything with our existing bedding which was cream and tan.  It is officially the room I like least in our house and that is just a shame considering how much time I spend in it.  I am ready for a big refresh, including painting the walls, new bedding and even maybe a new bed. I am thinking about going with navy and blush as my color scheme, but I also like this navy and green.

Finally, I want to improve the exterior of our home.  I would really love to paint it this spring. However, I am having such a hard time deciding on colors.  Compared to the inside of a home, the paint choice feels so permanent! According to the records on the home, it was not painted that long ago, but there are certain areas that are starting to show wear.  Of course, with this, I would also like to replace window frames and some windows, so that is where things get expensive.

There you have it.  I tried to keep my list to something practical, both time-wise and budget-wise!

Do you set home goals in the new year?  If so, tell me yours in the comments.  I promise to hold you accountable!

xo,

Top 10 Design Trends for 2017

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!!  I am really jazzed for 2017.  As I looked back and reflected on 2016,  I realized that this little blog of mine was not my priority in 2016.  Between kids, a job, activities and sickness, I definitely put the blog on the back burner this last year.  Well, that is going to change and I hope to be publishing more frequently and will be especially trying to publish meaningful content for you all.  I have thought about giving up writing the blog all together, but I know at the end of the day, that would make me sad, as design is my passion!

So, in that spirit, today I have for you my predictions for the top 10 design trends for 2017.

  • Terracotta.  This is a trend I am loving.  Terracotta is so warm and rustic.  It reminds me of traveling to Italy.  My BFF also had terracotta floors in her kitchen growing up.

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  • NAVY.  Navy is the new black.  Whether you paint an entire room, a bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinets, navy is definitely on trend.  There are so many beautiful navy paint colors out there.  I just painted my long entry hallway navy and I love it.  I am glad to report, that despite the dark tone, it does not make the space feel smaller.

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  • ACRYLIC FURNITURE. It can be modern, but comes in traditional silhouettes.  It is the perfect material for small spaces as it completely opens up a space.

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  • JEWEL TONES.  If any of you saw my Christmas Home Tour, you know that jewel tones are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a trend I can get on board with.

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  • BUTTERFLIES.  Ohh la la.  I so want this in a powder room, like the one featured below.  They are a symbol of spirit and optimism.  Not just for kids rooms anymore!

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  • ARTISINAL OBJECTS.  Apparently, there is a trend toward artisan goods, especially rustic white ones. Apparently, gone are the days of my cheap Target finds!

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  • DARK GREEN.  In line with the jewel toned trend, dark, emerald-green is back in a big way!

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  • ANY GREEN AGAIN.  Yes, you heard that right.  Light green is going to be big as well.  In fact, Pantone’s color of the year is called Greenery.

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  • MARBLED WALLPAPER  I have experimented with framing marbled paper, but wow what a statement marbled wallpaper would make!

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  • OLIVE TREES.  The olive tree is apparently the new house plant of choice.  Don’t tell my Fiddle Leaf Fig that I have managed to keep alive that it is on its way out.

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What do you think of these trends?  For the most part, I love them!  Time will tell and there are trends that hang on for years.  In fact, I read that marble and copper are on their way out, but I think they have a few years of life left in them. 🙂

Until next time, friends!

xo,

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Visual Comfort Basil Flush Mount

Hi friends!!  I have a new decor crush and I am so excited to share it.  I have been on the look out for new flush mount lights for our entry hallway.  Since we bought our house a year ago, I have painted our entry, rid the walls of clutter and added sconces.  The final change was getting rid of the outdated flush mount lights.

Flush mount lighting, or what I call “boob” lighting is not my favorite.  See what I mean?

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Visual Comfort’s flush mounts are like the Rolls Royce of flush mounts (is there such a thing??)

The Basil flush mount reminds me of a four leaf clover!!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.  For me, these are on the pricey side, but once I saw it in person, it was so worth it.  Here is how it looks in some different spaces.

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Gorgeous, right?  I am hoping to decorate my entry hall for my Christmas Home Tour, so stay posted!!

Hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

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Currently Coveting: Burl Wood

Hi all!!  I have been a bad blogger.  I am sorry I have been MIA on the blog these days, but life has gotten the best of me.  Since school started in August we have had every kind of sickness possible. I am just now getting over a 3 week cold that required antibiotics to get over!  But enough complaining, today I am here to talk about burl wood.  I know, you might be thinking “Burl what?” You may know it when you see it.  The cabinet in this photo is burl wood.  The patterns in the wood just make me swoon!

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Burl wood actually wood from a tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner..  How can something considered deformed has such a beautiful end result??  In my opinion, it is classic and modern at the same time.  It is such a showstopper in any room.  I really want to get my hands on a piece, but it can be super pricey, so it may have to take the form of an accessory or mirror.

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An entire island of burl wood?  Yes, please!!

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I love the octagon shape of the mirror below paired with the burl wood.

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Here are some ideas of products for bringing some burl into your life.

This burl wood mirror from Wisteria is simple, yet elegant.
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If you have some extra dinero lying around, you may consider this burl wood console from Zinc Door.

Well, there you have it.  My current obsession.  It has been a trend for a while, but I can’t get it out of my head. What do you think?  Too busy or mesmerizing?

Hoping to pop in more next month to share some fall decorating tips!

xo

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Fall Home Tour 2016

Hi everyone!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our fall homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration. I have to admit that I don’t decorate our home a ton for fall.  I am not a huge fan of the typical fall colors.  Going into a craft store in fall is enough to make me pass out with all the orange, yellow and brown!   Coupled with the fact that it is still 90 degrees where I live, this tour will be filled with small touches that make our home feel cozy this time of year.

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If you are coming over from Life On Virginia Street– Welcome!  I just love Sarah’s style and her clean and neutral decorating.  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!

Welcome to our home.  Get yourself a pumpkin spice latte and come on in!

We recently painted our main living room this color blue.  The walls were DARK brown before, so I am loving the lighter look.  The gold mirror was a Craigslist score.  Had to travel about an hour to pick it up, but sooo worth it!

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As I said, I don’t do typical fall colors, but I do love gold.  Hence the gold mirror and candle pot.

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One of the few fall touches I have added are new pillows in a blush and rose color and a plaid throw.   fall-home-tour-2016-6

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I also like to decorate our fireplace with baskets of wood for fall.  If you are going to copy a similar look, I recommend going with birch logs (the beauty queen of wood!)

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I added these small green mums to my floral arrangement.  While I am not a fan of typical mums, these smaller green ones are compact and look more modern and fresh.

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Fall is a great time to bring in your more natural elements.  I brought out this trinket box made of natural stone.

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I recently moved some furniture around and my collection of obelisks.  Here is where they currently reside.  I actually have two more obelisks I added to my collection since these photos were taken.  Homegoods has had some recently for amazing prices!!

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I hosted a small event earlier this month and I created a table runner made entirely of eucalyptus branches.  It was beautiful and even cascaded over the sides of the table.  I added in some cream roses for more interest.

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We recently painted our dining room a deep purple, almost eggplant color.  I added a purple orchid and candles to compliment it.  I think deep purple or amethyst is a lovely alternative color for fall.

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Classic sunflowers adorn our breakfast nook.  I like the way it pairs with the blue and white wallpaper.

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What tour would be complete without a glimpse of the bar cart? I added some simple hand towels in a beautiful persimmon color from World Market to give a touch of fall.

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration to use in your home.  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.  Or you can find me on Instagram or Pinterest!

Up next is Kristin from Bliss at Home.  I have followed her blog for years and she is an amazing designer, stylist and photographer.  She is kind of my blogging idol!  You must go see what she has in store.

Below is the full-week’s line up.  Make sure to stop by to see all of the fall inspiration.

Monday – Sept 12

A Stroll Thru Life

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Remodelando La Casa

Cuckoo4Design

21 Rosemary Lane

Decor To Adore

Tuesday – Sept 13

Haneens Haven

Pink Peppermint Design

Lynzy & Co.

Thrifty and Chic

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – Sept 14

Life on Virginia Street

Decorating Delirium

Bliss @ Home

Simple Details

Duke Manor Farms

A Thoughtful Place

Thursday – Sept 15

Rain On A Tin Roof

Setting For Four

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting With Grace

Life and Home @ 2102

 Refresh Restyle

Fri – Sept 16

Simple Stylings

Our Fifth House

Making Home Base

 It All Started With Paint

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

6 Ways To Use Trendy Tropical Prints in Your Home

Hi all!  Happy Friday.  I don’t know about you, but for me, this was the longest 4-day week EVER!!

Call it palm print or banana leaf print, but this trend has been around for a while and is still going strong.  No need to book a tropical vacation when you can have a taste of the tropics all year round. This tropical print is bold, but you can incorporate it in smaller doses with smaller decor items such as a pillow or a print, as in the photo below.

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A powder room is the perfect space to experiment with bold wallpaper.

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Incorporate a pillow, or two, or three!

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Why stop at a pillow when you can deck out your entire bed in this bold pattern.

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What a pop of color the print adds to this neutral space.

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The trend goes preppy when patterned with pink and white.  I adore this space!!

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Custom upholstered headboard, anyone??

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If you are looking to add a dash of this trend to your space, here are my picks for home decor options:

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Round Towel / Wallpaper / Pillow / Shower Curtain / Tray / Clock

What do you think?  Too trendy or a new classic?  You can definitely go bold with this fun print.

Have an amazing weekend friends!

xo

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Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

OB-Ikea 2017 Chaise / Pendant /  Bamboo Pendant / Basket / Chair / Side Table / Cloche /  Rocking Chair

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

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