What’s New Around Our Home

Hi friends.  Happy Monday.  The weather in California has been heavenly (like 70 degrees), so I have been coming out of my winter hibernation.  I wanted to let you know about a few updates around our home.  Decorating is never done, so I am always tweaking and rearranging, so here a are a few of my recent updates.

If you came on my holiday home tour this year, you may have noticed these beautiful urns from Ballard Designs on my china cabinet.  They are by Suzanne Kasler.   I wasn’t paying that much attention when I ordered them and they are larger than I expected.  I love where I have placed them for now, but they could truly work in any room in the house.  There are 4 different shapes to choose from.

Up next is this abstract art piece from Target.  I had it in this roundup of Target finds and I thought I would try it out.  It was only $65.  Given the size and chic frame of this art, it is such a steal for the impact it provides.  The colors are also very calming and relaxing  I have it above the media table in my bedroom.  Sorry for the ugly TV in the photo!

 

 

Finally, I recently updated the mirror in the girls bathroom with this glossy black pagoda mirror.  I also found this adorable embroidered pagoda hand towel on Etsy.  Now I just have to keep my girls from trying to use it!  As usual, I made more of a project out of it because after I replaced the mirrors, the sconces didn’t look right,  So, new sconces are on the way soon.  My husband loves it when I do this.

 

Have you made any quick updates to your home lately?  I have some bigger projects on the horizon, including replacing some widows, painting the exterior of our home, replacing the flooring in the girls’ bathroom, and if there is a Lord above, doing a refresh of our kitchen.  I have to propose all of these slowly to keep the hubs from having an anxiety attack, even though he knows it all needs to be done!

Have a great week!

xo

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 . . .

Jennifer

Winter Trend: The Danish Art of Hygge

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year.  After waking up from my New Year’s fog, I am finally getting back to writing on the blog.  January is not my favorite month of the year for various reasons and it is challenging to get motivated.  In thinking about my long winter ahead, I am intrigued by the danish art of hygge.

What the —– is hygge you are probably asking.  Hygge is a danish lifestyle trend.  Think of “hygge” (pronounced “HOO-guh”) as a softer, cozier counterpart to feng shui. But instead of rearranging furniture to find harmony between nature and the environment, hygge is more about embracing life’s simple pleasures—like a steaming cup of coffee, toasty blankets, soft lighting, and nights spent around the dinner table with friends.  It is basically how the danish survive their long, cold winters.   While hygge is all about keeping things simple (think Scandi-style interior design), it also encourages people to live a little and say yes to that extra slice of cake.

You can incorporate a hygge vibe into your home by adding a few essential elements, including cozy throws (preferable chunky ones), pillows, candles and a fire.  Don’t the images below make you want to stay in and hibernate all winter??

Although hygge has been around for a while, I plan on incorporating more of it into my home this year to pull myself out of my January/February funk!  Do you have any wintertime traditions that get you through the colder months?  If so, please help us all by sharing in the comments.

Until next time.

xo

 

Gift Guide For Him

Hi everyone!  How is the holiday prep and gift giving going?  I have a manageable amount of shopping left to do, but I am not stressing.  Up today, is a gift guide for him with my picks for the men in you life.

Speaker / Bag / Scarf / Harry’s Gift Set / Multi-Tool / Sneakers

Happy shopping!  Hoping to get out a gift guide for kids soon.  Stay tuned!

xo,

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

Cuckoo4Design

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 . . .

Going Digital with Holiday Cards

Hi everyone!  I’m thinking of taking a different approach for my holiday cards this year.  Does this scenario sound familiar?  Spend way to much money on a photographer to take your family photos.  Wait to the last minute to order the perfect holiday card that seemed reasonably priced until there were ridiculous charges for special card shapes, unique envelope liners and shimmer paper.  The cards arrive and you procrastinate addressing them.  Some never make it to their recipients by December 25th?

Despite my promises every year to, “Be more organized this year,” the same thing happens to me every year.  This year, I have decided to save myself the headache, save some trees, and go digital with a holiday card from Paperless Post.

The process could not be easier.  You simply upload your photo (if you want to use one), customize the card, enter in your recipient email addresses and hit send.  Then if you are type A like me, you add it to your to-do list and then very proudly cross holiday cards off you list.

Here is the card I opted for this year.  I love its simplicity and pop of red.  It is like a present you can’t wait to open.

 

Here are a few other options from Paperless Post I really love.

You likely know of my Greek Key obsession!

This one brings me back to the sleepless nights of having newborns that I thought would never end!

What about you?  Have you ordered your holiday cards this year?  Save yourself the headache and some trees and go digital!

**This post was publish in partnership with Paperless Post.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

xo

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to pop in to say Happy Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for many things in my life, and I am definitely very thankful for all of you who stop by to read the blog.  The fact that you take time from your busy lives to read and encourage the blog is such a blessing.

I am signing off to enjoy the day with my family.  I will be back in full Christmas decorating mode after Thanksgiving.

xo,

Hearth and Hand at Target

Hi everyone!  Have you seen the new exclusive collection at Target called Hearth and Hand by Chip and Joanna Gaines?  If not, you might be living under a rock.  It definitely has that modern farmhouse vibe that they are famous for.  They even have some holiday exclusive.  Here are my favorite picks.

PlacematMirrorCandle HolderDoor Mat / Wood Bowl / Napkins

Do you have a favorite in the collection?  If so, do tell in the comments.  I would love to know.

xo.

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.