Designer Spotlight: Mary McDonald

Hi friends.  I hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  Things have been a little crazy over here trying to keep the kids busy and working.  I am sure the struggle is real for a lot of you out there.

Well, as I was online “stress” shopping the other day, I came across the most beautiful lamp at Bellacor.   It was one of their “Open Box” sales.  I posted here about my new obsession with finding Open Box deals.  In summary, Open Box deals are where someone purchases a products, opens the box and then returns it.  Then the retailer resells it again at a significantly reduced cost.  It is a great way to get the look for less and I have been very successful finding needles in the haystack on sites such as Bellacor.

The lamp I purchased was from a line Mary McDonald did for Robert Abbey.  Isn’t it just gorgeous??  I got an amazing deal on it.

Here is the lamp styled in an office.

 

I was so in love with the lamp, I wanted to know more about its designer, Mary McDonald.  Here are some amazing rooms from her portfolio.  Her style is so chic and glamorous.

There is a peek at the lamp in a different color in the next two phots.

Have you found any new inspiring designer portfolios lately?  Please share with us in the comments.   I swear my idea of a perfect Sunday would be breakfast in bed followed by perusing designer portfolios.  Alas, my Saturday and Sunday mornings are usually filled with carting kids to sporting events!

Until next time . . .

xo,

 

2018 Summer Home Tour

Hi everyone!  If you are joining us from Life Love Larson- Welcome!  Wasn’t Andrea’s tour so vibrant?  Her love of plants definitely came through.  A huge thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this blog hop on.  It’s so full of seasonal decorating ideas each time.

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!

I had big plans for this home tour, much of which did not come to fruition.  We went on vacation the first week of June, only to return with a bout of strep throat for my kids.  The rooms I am sharing here today are honestly the only ones that do not have suitcases and piles of laundry in them.  I am sure some of you can relate!

So, come on in and check out my less than perfect summer home tour.

First up is our entry way. I recently purchased these statement making candles in a vibrant pink.    They are molded out of branches.

In the living room, pillows in blue hues and tons of flowers say summer to me.  Add in some faux coral and poof we feel like we are at the beach.

Up next is our breakfast room.  I often get asked about the bold wallpaper.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted from Walls Republic.  I love it.

These summery butterfly plates were a Homegoods find a few years back.

Nothing says summer like pink to me.  We painted our master bedroom a very pale pink called Pink Ground from Farrow and Ball and I adore it.  Some grocery store orchids add a tropical vibe when combined with the pink.

Finally, is our dining room.  Anyone who has known me for a long time knows my love of collecting seashells.  I wanted this table setting to evoke a relaxed coastal vibe.

As you exit our home, Merle as we call him will greet you.  This planter is the only Spring/Summer gardening I have done all year!

Well that’s a wrap.  Off to go finish unpacking those suitcases.  Next up is Karianne at Thistlewood Farms.  You must go see her tour and read her story.  It is so inspiring! Karianne is a legend in the world of Farmhouse style. The entire week’s lineup is here:

Monday – June 11

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Setting For Four – Heather

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design  – Julia

Southern Hospitality  – Rhoda

Tuesday – June 12

ZDesign At Home  – Bree

 Inspiration For Moms  – Laura

Clean & Scentsible – Jenn

Simple Stylings  – Summer

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Wednesday – June 13

Our Southern Home – Christy

House By Hoff – April

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Decor To Adore  – Laura

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Amber

Thursday – June 14

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Monica Wants It – Monica

Duke Manor Farm – Laura

My Sweet Savannah – Melaine

11 Magnolia Lane – Christy

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Fri –June 15

Decorating Delirium  – Jennifer

Thistlewood Farm – Karianne

Thrifty & Chic  – Alicia

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Starfish Cottage – Kristy

Far Above Rubies – Anita

2018 Spring One Room Challenge

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day.  We had a relaxing day and the my kids tried to fight just a little less.  Has anyone been following Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge?  The reveals were last week.  Here are my favorite rooms from the designers.

I am loving the muted tones in this bohemian French bedroom by Jenna Sue Design Co.

One of my absolute favs is this little boy room by Marcus Design  The navy trim and grass cloth walls are perfection!

I love this multi-functional space by Bisou Design.  Finish your work and then have a relaxing cocktail- yes please!

 

The timeless design of this bedroom by Rambling Renovators hits the mark spot on.

This last room was by a guest participant Cait Waite Designs is so glamorous.

If you followed along, what was your favorite space from the challenge?  Do share in the comments!

Until next time . . .

xo,

 

A New Line at Target: Opalhouse

Target has done it again! They have a new line of furniture and home decor that is very reminiscent of products from Anthropologie and Serena and Lily at a much more affordable price point.

They have furniture, decor, bedding, bath, kitchen and outdoor products.

Here are my favorite furniture pieces.  The bar cart and umbrella are my absolute favorites!

Rattan Console / Love Seat / Bar Cart / Umbrella / Chair / Lamp

Here are my favorite home decor finds.  I purchased the rattan tray and the peacock figurine.

Mirror / Pillow / Chandelier / Basket / Peacock Decor/ Tray

There are so many other good options in the line.  You must go check it out.  Target has been killing it lately.  I shopped the recent Hunter line for Target over the weekend and got some great finds.  Although I heard it sold out really fast!

Has anyone else checked out Opalhouse?  If so, tell us your favorite pieces in the comments.

Have a great day!

xo

2018 Spring 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 Spring. If you are heading over from Vel at Life & Home at 2102 -Welcome! Don’t you just love Vel’s home?  She loves Chinoserie like me and her home is so open and bright.  She has the most amazing windows!

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.  We have had a ton of late rain this spring, so while I would love to show you our outdoor spaces spruced up for Spring, that was not in the cards this year.  So, we will start with our small entry way.  I think it is so important, no matter how large or small, to create some sort of entry space in your home.  This year, I decked ours out in classic sunny daffodils for Spring.

Come on in next to our living room.  I decorated in pastels for spring.  I added flowers, pillows and a fun throw in pastel hues.

The other side of our living room has a conversation area with two chairs.  I added these fun neutral pillows with tassels from Target for a clean Spring look.

In my daughter’s room I added this faux fiddle leaf fig from World Market.  I also added this fun bunny alarm clock from Pottery Barn Kids.  Cautionary tale:  It looks super cute, but is not the best design.  It is so top heavy it constantly falls over.

In our dining room I tried to create a garden Chinoserie vibe.

The pagodas are from Ballard Designs and I adore them.

The fun green trellis tablecloth was a Homegoods find.

The inspiration for the table started with these pagoda accent plates from Pottery Barn.  I added some fern branches and a flower for an added touch.

Every year, I always try and incorporate some Hunter rain boots into my tour.  This year I went for classic black.  Last year it was these purple boots and before that it was these pink boots.   Did you hear that Hunter is coming out with a collaboration with Target this April?  Count me in!

Last up is our breakfast nook.  Pastel eggs and some macarons made it extra special.  The fun bunny plates are from Target.

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your Spring home.  Up next is Summer from Simple Stylings.  Her style is so unique and bohemian.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store.

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

2018 Spring Home Tour 

Monday – March 19

A Stroll Thru Life

Cuckoo4Design 

ZDesign At Home 

11 Magnolia Lane 

Nesting With Grace 

Pink Peppermint Design  

Tuesday – March 20

Clean & Scentsible 

 Inspiration For Moms 

Haneens Haven

Life On Virginia Street 

Setting For Four 

Remodelando La Casa

Wednesday – March 21

House By Hoff

Dimples & Tangles 

Our Southern Home 

Seeking Lavender Lane 

Our Fifth House 

Decor To Adore  

Thursday – March 22 

Life & Home @ 2102 

Decorating Delirium 

Simple Stylings 

Southern Hospitality 

Rain On A Tin Roof

Tidbits & Twine 

Fri –March 23

Duke Manor Farm

Thistlewood Farm 

Hymns & Verses 

Thrifty & Chic 

Far Above Rubies

Common Ground 

Until next time . . .

 

My New Online Shopping Strategy

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday.  I have to share with you a new way to find home decor for a steal.  I am obsessed.  Have you ever heard of “open box sales?”  It is where a customer orders something, decides it is not to their liking and returns it.  The returns department then inspects it to make sure it is in perfect condition and then they turn it around and resell it for a highly reduced price.  So, essentially it is a new, unused item that has just been unboxed.

Open box items are most common with electronics retailers, but many home decor and lighting retailers also have open box items.  Wayfair, Bellacor, and Lumens have open box sales.

Keep in mind this type of bargain hunting is not for the weak of heart.  It is similar to going into a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and taking the time to slowly go thru the racks looking for the diamond in the rough.  When I looked at Bellacor, for instance, they had 86 pages of open box items.  However, if you love the thrill of getting a deep discount, the rush is worth it.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from Bellacor.  I actually ended up purchasing the rug and chair.  They have arrived and they are in perfect condition and are lovely.

First up is this faux bamboo chair.  I bought this to use as my desk chair.  Regular price: $359.  Open Box price: $153.97.

This rug by Loloi is regularly $179.00.  Open Box price: $75.00.
These vases are modern luxe at its best.  The large one is normally $170.  Open Box price: $64.97

 

 

This beautiful vanity light is $186 regular price.  Open Box price: $85.97.

This adorable outdoor light fixture is only $37.87.

What do you think?  Definite steals, right?  Only thing I have found is that the open box price may vary from day-to-day.  So, shop early and shop often.

Do you have any stores where you have found good open box sales?  If so, please let us know your secrets in the comments.

Have a great rest of the day.

Until next time  . . .

Charlotte’s Room Refresh

Hi all!  It has been a long time since I last posted.  Things have been busy busy around here.  Working on a few design projects has sucked up the majority of my free time.  For ages, I have wanted to makeover my 8 year old daughter’s room.  It is the only room in our home that has not been painted since we purchased the house.  I have been indecisive on what to do with it.  I have also been wanting to use wallpaper in another room in our house.  I bit the bullet and wallpapered our breakfast nook and I just adore it.

So, this wall paper from Thibaut was my starting point for the room.

I ordered a sample and it is definitely more fushia pink in person that the online image.  Here is the rest of design board I am using for inspiration.

Only thing holding me back is purchasing the wallpaper.  It is expensive and I need quite a few rolls.  And then I have to pay to have it hung.  No way I am attempting to DIY that one.  Strong is a woman who knows her limits.

What do you guys think?  Wallpaper is such an investment, and I do hope to move to our forever home someday.  But, we might be in our home forever, so I am also thinking seize the day!

Until next time  . . .

 

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