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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Color Combination Crush: Navy and Blush

Hi everyone!  I have been adding some new accessories to our home over the last few weeks.  I am noticing a pattern with my color choices.  We recently purchased two navy sofas and I needed new accent pillows to go with them.  I just received these pillows from Etsy and I love them.  They are linen and look and feel very high-end.

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If you have been reading for a while, you may have seen that I recently wallpapered my breakfast nook in a fun indigo pattern.  However, the room looked unfinished and had too much blue. This abstract print from One Kings Lane was just the fix.  Now I just have to get the hubs to help me hang it!!

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Here it is in my breakfast room (leaning of course!)

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I love how the color combo is used in the spaces below.  The navy balances out the feminine pink.

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Even raspberry tones pair well with navy.

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What do you think of this color combo?  Yay or nay?  I am loving it right now, but I change my mind every 6 months when it comes to my own home.  I know many of you can relate!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Ours is filled with a back-to-school picnic, couples date night out, and a brunch.  I also have to go pickup a new find I found on Chairish.  Details to come! See you next week!

xoxo,

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The Versatile Saarinen Tulip Table

Hi lovelies!  Over the weekend, I was asked for some design advice about a solution for a dining table for a breakfast nook.  I couldn’t get the idea of a tulip table out of my head.  I love their clean lines and they work perfect in a small space such as a breakfast nook.  Standing alone, they are not 100% my style, but when paired with more traditional chairs or elements, the tulip table definitely works for me.

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I think my favorite combination is when the table is used in a banquette as in the photo above. Perfection!  Can you believe how many different types of chairs this table can be paired with?

You can find knockoffs at all different price  points.  You can even find them in different colors and with marble tops.

This one from Ikea is only $179!

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What do you think?  Too versatile or too modern?

Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can enter to win a Delta Intuition showerhead here.  Perfect time to upgrade your bathroom!

Until next time . . .

xoxo,

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Kitchen Trend: Tuxedo Kitchens

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I made a trip to San Francisco with my kids and picked up a major Craigslist score!  More details to come.  It made the long day at the Exploratorium with five kids worth it!

You may have not heard of the term “tuxedo kitchen,” but you have likely seen the color-blocked images. The style is relatively simple, usually with white on the top, and a darker color such as black or dark gray on the bottom of the kitchen.  I am a huge fan of black and white and we recently renovated one of our bathrooms using that design scheme.  So obviously this trend in two-toned tuxedo kitchens is right up my alley.

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One of these days, we hope to renovate our kitchen and I am Pinning these tuxedo designs left and right. I love the simplicity of the plain white subway tile and cabinets on top and black on the bottom.

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My favorite spot in this space is the black cabinet.  Love how it looks open and with the white dishes. The beautiful black and brass stove is not too hard on the eyes either!  It is like a piece of art.

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I love the slight pop of gold in this space on the inside of the pendants.  The natural wood stools balance out the glam vibe of he black and gold.

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So elegant, simple and balanced.  Even the clock is black and white.

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The artwork and accessories work to keep this space feeling interesting.

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The vintage rug adds just the right amount of color, interest and texture to this space.

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The brass and marble combination- enough said!

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What do you think?  Simple and elegant or too basic?

Until next time . . .

xo,

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Summer Home Tour 2016

Hi everyone!  It must be summer, because it is summer home tour time.  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our summer homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.

If you are coming over from Our Fifth House- Welcome!  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.  Come on in!

There have been many transformations in our home over the last few months, but one of my favorites has been using wallpaper in our breakfast room.  It is the perfect small space to experiment with a fun pattern.

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I love my collection of blue and white jars, they are so versatile.  You can use them so many ways in so many spaces.  Some are vintage and some are Ross and Homegoods finds!

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I found these prints at an antique fair intending to use them just for the frames, but when I put them against this wallpaper, I fell in love.

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We also recently renovated our master bathroom.  I went with black, white and brass fixtures and love the simplicity.  We added some interest with pattern in the subway tiles and dark grout for a graphic punch.

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Why must we have light switches, or cords for that matter???  The design nerd in me cringes at the switches in this photo.

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My cousin, who is an artist, painted the swan print.  My first piece of commissioned art- I feel so grown up!

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We FINALLY got new sofas for our living room.  Our old sofas were my husbands before we got married, so about 14 years old!!  We ended up going with two Kendall sofas from World Market in Midnight Blue. They were super affordable and the style I wanted.  Since they were not a splurge, I will not bite my 6 and 4 year olds’ heads off if they spill something on them.  In a few years, I will splurge on higher-end sofas.  For now they work!

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I love the combination of blue and orange, and when I found fun napkins embroidered in orange, I had the colors for my summer table.

We recently painted our dining room a deep shade of purple, almost and eggplant color. It was a bold move, but I love it.

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I found the napkins at Marshall’s, the flatware is from Target and the tumblers are vintage.

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Finally, I recently made over my daughter’s room for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge.  You can see the entire transformation here.

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For summer, I wanted to add these fun flamingos I found at an antique fair.  I thought they went well with her new pale pink curtains!

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I hope you enjoyed my tour.  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 on the tour is Kris from Driven By Decor, who will not disappoint.  Her classic, elegant style is a winner every time and her master bedroom reveal in the past One Room Challenge was one of my favorites!!

Here is the full weeks’ line-up, so stop by and see all of the summer decorating inspiration.

Monday – June 6th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life on Virginia Street

Remodelando La Casa

Thrifty and Chic

Rain On A Tin Roof

Duke Manor Farms

Tuesday – June 7th

Life Love Larson

Haneens Haven

Claire Brody Designs

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – June 8th

Dimples & Tangles

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Decor To Adore

A Thoughtful Place

 21 Rosemary Lane

Thursday, June 9th

Our Fifth House

Decorating Delirium

Driven By Decor

Making Home Base

Simple Stylings

Cuckoo4Design

Friday- June 10th

Refresh Restyle

Splendor Styling

Monica Wants It

Life and Home @ 2102

 It All Started With Paint

Far Above Rubies

 

xoxo,

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Favorites from the One Room Challenge

Hi friends!  Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  Finally, I have my top 5 picks of the designers featured in the One Room Challenge.  I think the reason this post took me forever to do is that I would go onto these designer’s blogs and get sucked in my all of the beautiful spaces on their sites. The creativity is endless.

First up, is Kristin at the Hunted Interior’s serene master bedroom.  The blue tones of the room are so soothing and there is enough pattern and texture to keep it sophisticated and interesting.  And don’t forget the chandelier!!

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Next up is a room that is the complete opposite by the Pink Clutch.  It is saturated with color and vintage accessories at every turn.  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I adore Chinoiserie and this room feeds my fix.

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Next, is a simple room, but it makes quite a statement with bold wallpaper.  I don’t know about you, but I could get lost (and actually, maybe enjoy) doing laundry in this space by The Zhush.

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I love the modern and feminine space created by Megan at Honey We’re Home.  The color palette is so fresh and soft.

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Last but not least, is this dream bathroom by the Simplified Bee.  The mosaic marble floors- swoon!

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So there you have it.  Head on over to Calling it Home to check out all the designer’s reveals.

xoxo,

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Design Trend: Moody Florals

Hi friends!!  I apologize for the radio silence around here, but I have been a little burnt out after the One Room Challenge reveal.  Speaking of the ORC, did you have a chance to check out the featured designers?  Their spaces were amazing.  In case you missed it, I plan to have posts featuring my favorite ORC rooms.

One of the rooms in the challenge by Madeline over at Teal and Gray got me thinking about using some moody floral fabric on a window treatment in one of my black and white bathrooms.  If you don’t know what moody florals are, take a look at the images below.  Think dark, large-scale and oh so chic!

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One obvious way to incorporate moody florals is to use wallpaper or a mural.  Another, subtler way, is to use pillows with the pattern. Fabric could also be used to create window treatments as well.

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I am thinking about doing some custom roman shades in a moody floral like Madeline did in her ORC space below. Although, I might have a hard time convincing the hubs, as our current window treatments are fairly new.  Good thing his opinion really doesn’t count when it comes to the design details of our home 🙂   Doesn’t he know that design is never done??

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I hope to post again real soon and get back on my regular posting schedule.  I am really looking forward to a 3-day weekend.  I am loooong overdue for some spring cleaning 🙂

Until next time.

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