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 . . .

Money Pit Update: New Floors for the Kitchen

Hi everyone! Happy weekend.  I have home projects swirling around my head these days.  We really need want a total kitchen renovation, however right now that is not in the budget.  We are however, going to start the process by replacing the floors.  Right now the floors are laminate faux wood flooring and it has seen better days.  We pulled up a portion of the floor hoping it had real hardwood floors underneath like the rest of our house, but found nothing but sub-floor. It was a  bit of a bummer because instead of just refinishing the floor, we have to completely replace it, which is much more expensive.

On the positive side, that means I get to choose what I want to put in.  Rather than doing basic hardwood floors I want to do a pattern to add some interest.   Of course, the bid was double the price of regular hardwood floors and my husband rolled his eyes at me.  Doesn’t he know me by now??  How fun is this pattern below?

I love the patterns in the images below as well.

Gorgeous, right?

We have the installation scheduled for August and then we will refinish the floors in the rest of our house, which will be a serious pain to move the furniture.  Stay tuned!

Do you have hardwood floors in your kitchen?  What are the pros/cons?

Until next time.

Jennifer

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.

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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.

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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 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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