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:

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Until next time . . .

Labor Day Sale Roundup

Hi all!  I don’t know about you, but I love getting a great deal.

Here are some amazing Labor Day home decor deals. If you know of other sales, leave a note in the comments!

 

 

  • Framebridge: 15% off any order with code LDW2017, valid 8/31 to 9/4

 

  • Pottery Barn: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+, 30% off $3000+ with code SAVEMORE

 

  • Target: Up to 30% off home items

 

  • West Elm: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+, 30% off $3000+ with code HUGESALE

 

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 🙂

xo,

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.

Console

 

Urn

Lacquered Riser

Mirror

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!

xo

 

A Classic Home Tour: White Done Right

Hi everyone!  If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you know that I love color.  I am drawn to it and not afraid to use it.  However, every once in a while I want to sell my home, custom build a new one and do EVERYTHING in neutrals.  This beautiful home tour of the home of Sonja of JS Home Design is an example of a home that makes me crave neutrals.  The draw of neutrals is that you can just swap colors out via pillows and decor to get that needed pop of color.

How beautiful and serene is the entry way?  I love the detailed coffered ceilings and paneled walls.  Who needs color or extensive art when you have these?

Oh la la this great room.  It is all neutral, but there is so much texture and different patterns so yo don’t lose interest.

I love the combination of the classic wingback chairs and the Chinese Chippendale chairs in this dining room.

This beaded chandelier is so chic and coastal.  Such a statement piece.

More white is upstairs in the master bedroom.  Very calming and serene.

The master bath just screams “Calgon take me away.”

The final shot is over her amazing outdoor living space that transitions so seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.

I have a serious case of design envy.  This home makes me want to buy a vacation home and decorate in this palate. I think I would tire of it a bit full time.

What do you think?  Do you like the all neutral palate?  Or do you like a bit more color?

We are on vacation this week and soaking up every moment of fun in the sun.  It’s back to reality next week.

xo

Tried and Tested: An Amazing Source for Designer Pillows

Hi everyone!  Just popping in today to share a wonderful Etsy store for designer pillows.  I first heard about this source from blogger Emily A. Clark.  It wasn’t until I ordered one for myself, that I decided to share it with my lovely readers.  Gotta test the goods, right?

The source is called Sweety Store (cheesy, I know).  They have a wonderful selection of designer pillow covers for VERY affordable prices (starting at about $14.99).  I was worried that they would look or feel cheap or look like knock offs, given the price, but I am pleased to say that they are high quality.

Here is the pillow cover I ordered in Kelly Wearstler’s Channels pattern.

Here are a few other patterns I am swooning over.

The shipping was really fast considering they are coming from China.  If you need pillow inserts, my favorite are these from Ikea.  They are down and only $9.99.

We are heading off on vacation next week, but I still hope to post.  Vacation at last!

xo,

 

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.

Simon Upton via Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Via Life & Home at 2102

William Albranowicz via Elle Decor

William Albranowicz via Elle Decor

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.

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 . . .