9.26.2013

instagram updates

Oh so many things have been happening around here.
Last week I got the opportunity to volunteer with Dwell With Dignity and help paint for their upcoming Thrift Studio!
 Found these awesome fabric elephants while I was waiting to pick Toby up from the groomer.
Went to a lovely backyard rehearsal dinner for my brother-in-law and brand new sister-in-law!
Her fab wedding table decorations.
Their first dance. Aren't they the cutest? Also, please notice my handsome hubs strumming the guitar in the background ;)
I snuck this sweet picture of my in-laws during the reception.
 And I can't share pictures without putting up one of this guy...

I'm almost finished with an e-design project that I'm excited to share. Stay tuned!

9.24.2013

on my radar: fall interiors

If you're anything like me (and every other person according to instagram/twitter updates and pinterest posts) the chill in the air has put you in the mood to light a pumpkin-scented candle and decorate for fall. My favorite thing to do to update my home for the chilly weather is to pull out the faux fur throws and trade out my bright sofa pillows for more neutral tones.
Source: Style Me Pretty | Photography: Julien Fernandez
Source: Elle Decor October 2011 | Photography: Simon Upton

When I used to live at home, we even changed out our bedding for the fall and winter. I haven't done that in ages, but I'm thinking a nice plaid blanket might be in order for the foot of our bed. What do you do to get your home ready for fall? I'd love to hear!

9.19.2013

ceiling fixtures with character under $100

Lately I've been on the search for an affordable light fixture to go in our guest bedroom. I want something simple, and I don't want to spend a lot of money since we're not going to live here for much longer. Finding a light fixture that has character for less than $100 can be quite challenging, but here are some of my favorites:

Which one is your favorite? Do you have a go-to source for affordable lighting? If so, please share!

9.17.2013

pantone top five

I always get excited when the top Pantone colors are revealed, but I can't get enough of the choices for Spring 2014 . I think they all work especially well together, but I'm finding myself drawn to the top five colors over and over again.  

Dazzling Blue 18-3949
Source: Nuevo Estilo

 Violet Tulip - 16-3823
Source: Elle Decor / Designer: John Saladino / Photographer: Antoine Bootz

Radiant Orchid 18-3224
Designer: Emily Henderson

Celosia Orange 17-1360

Freesia 14-0852
What do you think of the Spring 2014 colors? Do you have a favorite?


9.13.2013

laundry room reveal

Our laundry room design has been revealed!
Hop on over to Hillary Thomas' blog to see the rest!

9.12.2013

on my radar: color and pattern combinations

Last week I talked about how I'm being drawn simple, neutral interiors for the fall.  Designer Miles Redd is completely opposite of the neutral trend, but I still can't get enough of his fearless color and pattern combinations.
 Source: New York Magazine // Photography: Thomas Loof
 Source: House Beautiful // Photography: James Merrell
Source: Veranda // Photography: Melanie Acevedo
 Source: Elle Decor // Photography: William Waldron
Source: House Beautiful // Photography: James Merrell
I could stare at these rooms forever taking in all of the different elements and how they work so well together. I have a thing or two to learn from Mr. Redd!

9.11.2013

homegoods finds

I stopped by HomeGoods yesterday, and found some good stuff for a dining room design I've been working on. 
This settee is exactly what we've been looking for, and at a crazy good price.
I'm thinking a collage of rope mirrors for this dining room as well.
 Fell in love with this chinoiserie lamp, but unfortunately I don't have a place for him.
They had a ton of these huge chalkboards for only $30! Still debating if I should go back for this one...
Love these in a dining room or entryway.

9.09.2013

four decorating tips that work in every space

Today I'm sharing with you my four go-to items in every space I design. They work well in almost any decor situation, so any time someone asks me for advice, these are my favorite tips to give...
1) Lighting: Lighting in a space is so important, yet so many people don't use it correctly. I find that a lot of people have lamps that are way out of proportion to their space. Make sure to have a good, tall lamp that hits right about eye level to where you will be seated. For years, my go-to lamp has been the Robert Abbey Delta Lamp. They come in pretty much any color you could ever want and are perfectly sized. Not too high or low, and I like the width on the base and shade.

2) Plants: I've said it before and I'll say it again... plants make any space look better. If you're worried about kids or animals coming into contact with them, try hanging them from the wall where they are out of reach like I did here. What you put your plant in is just as important to the decor as the plant itself. You can't go wrong with these white plant pots from Ikea. They come in four designs and a ton of sizes ranging from $1.49 to $14.99 making them super affordable. I have almost every plant in my home in these!

3) Rugs: Please, I'm begging you to buy the right-sized rug for your space! I'm guilty of buying a size smaller in the past to save money, but it just doesn't work. Ever. This video by Emily Henderson explains it better than I ever could. So watch and learn, friends. If you really love a rug that is too expensive in the larger size, I suggest buying an affordable seagrass or jute rug that is large enough for the room, and then layer the smaller rug over it. I've done this in my own living room and you can see it done well here. Also, seagrass rugs are lovely by themselves...

4) Faux Sheepskin: Last but not least, my favorite decorating trick is to throw a (faux) sheepskin on it. These work everywhere: draped over chairs in the dining room, on either side of the bed, thrown onto the sofa or draped over a pouf... They instantly make a space look cozier and more put-together.

What do you think? Do you have any favorites to add?

9.05.2013

on my rader: neutral interiors

We all know I love a good pop of color, but right now I'm being drawn to simple, neutral interiors. Here are some of my favorites:
Source: Design Sponge // Photography: Sweet Thing
 Source: Design Sponge // Photography: Sweet Thing
Source: Simply Grove
As soon as I think I'm finished decorating my home I always seem to find a new style to love and want to start over completely with my decor. For the sake of my marriage, I won't be doing anything drastic :) I still love color, but I'm dying to design someone's home in this color scheme!


9.04.2013

bedroom reveal

I can finally check our bedroom off the to-do list! It's pretty similar to our room in our last apartment, but I added a few more details like a sitting area, pom-pom curtains, and a new bookshelf.
Remember when I was deciding on a ceiling fan? I love the one we chose.
These curtains might just be my favorite thing in here. My wonderful mother-in-law helped me put these together.
We added some colorful knobs to update our Ikea dresser. We're eventually going to replace this, but I'm waiting to find something I really love.
I used this mirror to try to hide an ugly breaker box. I've never seen one of these in the bedroom, especially in the middle of a wall! #designprobs
I added a cute little bookshelf to fill in this open space, and it also gave me a spot to display some of our pretties.
Our laundry room is also complete and will be revealed on Hillary Thomas' blog soon!





9.03.2013

instagram updates

I had four days off for labor day, and I used a ton of the time finally getting our house ready. My schedule is about to get pretty crazy, so I knew if I didn't finish the projects now, they would have to be put on hold for a few months.
Our laundry room makeover is finished. My favorite part is this hanging planter. The number one piece of decorating advice I give to people is when in doubt about what to do with a space, add a plant! It always makes the space look better. Seriously, try it.
I also finished our bedroom this week. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the full reveal.
While out shopping for school supplies I couldn't help but fall in love with this coated polka dot fabric. I'm imagining it on the table for a wedding/baby shower or maybe even as a fun, photo booth backdrop for parties!

9.02.2013

labor day finds

 I hope you're having a relaxing labor day. I've been spending the long weekend catching up on work and taking advantage of all of the wonderful sales. One item I wish I could be purchasing is this amazing blue dining table from Anthropologie. I've had my eye on this table forever, and now that they have an extra 25% off their home items, it's a complete steal! It would be mine if we hadn't just purchased a new dining table a few months ago. 
I think it would be fabulous styled up with these black and apple green cafe chairs from Crate and Barrel (also on sale!)

If that's a little too much color for you, these tolix style chairs would also look amazing. And you guessed it... they are also on sale this weekend!