Spring Pillow Roundup

Earlier today I was removing all of our pillow covers to throw in the wash (a must do, when you have a black shedding puppy & white pillows!) and I got an itch to grab some new ones. I have about 10 different pillows that I rotate throughout the house (master, guest bedroom, living room, etc). but haven’t purchased new ones in so long!

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{gray pillow / patterned via HG}

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{green pillow sold out, similar}

As I got to shopping around, I thought I would share some of my findings with y’all. After all, pillow covers are an easy & effective way to switch things up, especially if you keep a similar color pallet throughout your home, making each cover even more versatile. I prefer a thicker, better quality fabric on most pillows; however, if you have children or pets & want to remain a bit more budget friendly, I’ve included a variety of price points.

Tip: Be sure to have your inserts larger than the covers, to keep ’em looking real full! i.e. if you have a 20×20 pillow cover, get a 22×22 insert!

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{X pillow | white tassel | pink diamond | blue floral | light blue |nautical stripe | gray floral | playful flowers}

Neutral + Glam Guest Bedroom

If you read Mondays post, you saw the sunroom design plan for my newlywed clients. Their home is a large ranch with an open floorplan, wide planked hardwood, endless natural lighting, and the perfect flow for entertaining. We’ve got sconces & furniture being installed this week and one of the first rooms on the agenda is the guest bedroom. She had a gray upholstered headboard that she wanted to use in the room, so we based the space around it. This is their main guest bedroom, so they wanted a serene, calm room that was gender neutral with a hint of glam.

Check out what I put together:

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{Headboard // Bedding // Throw Pillows// Nightstand // Lamps // Vases // Mirror}

Can you picture it?

The walls are a light gray, the hardwoods a warm medium brown and the room has two big windows. Also, there’s a super fun chandelier hanging, so I think their guests will feel special & spoiled!

I’ll be sure to share pictures once everything is installed.

 

 

 

 

Little Girls Room

Any mamas to little girls in the house? I’ve got quite a few good friends who have little ones that are entering that kindergarten stage where they’re wanting to update from the toddler to “little girl” bedroom. I’ve been helping a few with redecorating, so I figured I’d share on here as well!

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My biggest tip to these friends is to find furniture that can be re-purposed in another room or at another time. Just because we’re decorating a girls room doesn’t mean we need to have it throwing up pink. Am I right?!

I love the neutral, soft, feminine color pallet in this bedroom…

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This bright, whimsical wallpaper provides such a fun vibe to this room…

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Again, the fun wallpaper! Also really like this idea of a nook for some pre-bedtime reading…

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This bedroom has to be the most chic fabulous little girls room I’ve seen. Well done, Randi!…

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The goal of this bedroom is to create a neutral, calming bedroom with some pops of fun! I envision this being a room that she can grow into, throughout her elementary school years. Keep in mind that pillows, rugs & lamps can always be upgraded a few years down the road when a change is needed. Note: For this room, I’m recommending the grasscloth wallpaper on the top 1/2 of the room, as there’s molding on the bottom 1/2…

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Who else is adoring this e-design?!

{diamond, polka dot & pink pillow // bed // dresser // mirror // chandelier // patterned & sheepskin rug // wallpaper }

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday y’all! I’ve been stuck in a work conference the past three days for about 10+ hours each day, but luckily we’ve had some down time so I’ve been on Pinterest a LOT! (Follow me @southendstyle) . The below pictures are especially fabulous, if I do say so myself! Enjoy friends…

White tile walls + black tile floors + touches of wood = my dream bathroom! So timeless…

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While I definitely love round mirrors & this white console, these wood panels are what stole the show- how fabulous are these?! A nice alternative to the ever popular white shiplap…

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This bathroom is so bold, what a risk that paid off! I’m loving the cobalt vanity and the roman shades with matching lining (roman shades are always a win in bathrooms!)…

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A bright, white boho chic bedroom by the talented Amber…

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This is the kind of cozy, chic, stylish nook I could spend hours in…

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Have a great weekend 🙂

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What to splurge on while renting

Having been in 4 rentals (in 2 states!) the past 5 years, I totally get that it’s not always worth splurging on home items. With moving comes scratches, stains, broken pieces, etc. With renting comes small spaces, odd shaped rooms, and the need for specific pieces to make the room “work”. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an entire paycheck on a sofa that doesn’t even fit in your living room 5 months from now when you move. Ugh, renting woes. However; it’s equally no fun to feel like you’re living out of an IKEA catalog. Let’s find the happy medium…
Candles & Soaps
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Ahh, the smells. I have this Anthropologie candle burning year round. And I can confidently say that our apt always smells good. Also, it’s time to ditch the $2 plastic target hand soap and spend a few more dollars on a nicer one. Ex: (hint: often times you can find this style at HG!)
 Start Collecting Art
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The past two years I’ve collected two awesome art pieces – this one via OKL and another through a lucky Craigslist score! (similar to this). Also, I’m including good quality mirrors in this “art” category, as they’re so versatile. (Ex: I used this one in an entry way and in a bathroom design).  I’ve found that these professionally framed pieces really help transform my space from “rental” to home. These pieces are going to grow with you in any space and you’ll be glad you bought them.
 Purchase Higher End Textiles
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Blankets, towels & pillows are the key to making your home feel luxe for less! These are transferable between any space. I’ve said this before but swap these items out seasonally & update when you can. (Hint: H&M home has cute, inexpensive pillow covers for under $20 if you want to swap often but not spend a fortune!) Think luxurious spa/hotel feel!
Invest in your Bed
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I’m talking both the mattress and the bedding. There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. Nothing. And considering we spend over 30% of our life in bed, I’d say it’s worth the splurge. You can often find higher end sheets on sale at HG. For those living in a high rise or tight space, give Casper a try.

If you’re ready to make your rental feel a bit more luxurious, some shopping sources Id recommend are West Elm, One Kings Lane, Wisteria, Anthropologie, and of course HomeGoods!

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White Bedding Under $100

Happy Monday y’all! Thanks for the awesome feedback on Fridays post– I had so many positive comments on Instagram so it’s a wonderful feeling to know that y’all are loving the same style spaces I am. That bedroom photo (pic #1) really inspired me- I actually picked up two huge frames at HomeGoods & developed a couple of 8×10 pics from our recent trip to Europe. Once they’re framed & up, I’ll share them! Oversized art (often coupled together) is still one of my favorite ways to decorate empty wall space.

As for today, I’m sticking to one of my all-time favorite topics…white bedding! I live and die by white bedding (no excuses- I have a black, shedding dog who jumps up on the bed all too often!).

Want to know why I love white bedding so much? Here’s why:

  1. White bedding always, always, ALWAYS looks clean, crisp & new.

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2.You can swap out decorative pillows often to change style & feel of the room.

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3. It’s easy to clean. Bleach that baby and it’s brand new.

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4. It’s easy to mix & match fabrics and create texture via layering whites.

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5. It gives your bedroom that luxurious, zen hotel feel that makes going to be the best.

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Trust me on this. If you’re looking to change out any bedding, give white bedding a shot. To help convince you more, I’ve put together some fantastic options under $100:

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Who else loves white bedding as much as I do?!

 

Friday Favorites: Master Bedrooms

Happy Friday y’all! I hope that you had a productive, enjoyable week. I’m definitely ready for the weekend. Another local weekend on the agenda, filled with some crossfit, a surprise birthday party, watching my Dawgs play (and hopefully win!), and some apple picking, if the weather is right!

For this week’s edition of “Friday Favorites”is bedroom specific. Fall seems to be a time when people want to give a little refresh to their main spaces. Stay tuned for more tutorials & styling tips in upcoming weeks. For now, let me help you get inspired…

Great example of mixing fabric textures to create warmth – all monochromatic with a hint of glam in the chandelier & statement art on the walls (when in doubt, go bigger vs smaller)…

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This stunning ceiling speaks for itself! I like how the rest of the room has natural, off-white tones to compliment the ceiling’s nature feel…

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The detailed molding is a fantastic way to transform a blank wall when art isn’t the route you want to go. It’s minimalist & simple, yet interesting & relaxing…

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I’ve shown this bedroom before, but there are a few specific things I love, especially the layering of the rug (damn you, carpet!), the oversized full length mirror & balancing set of 4 framed art. They clearly turned this room from drab to fab…

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Firstly, I love the color of the wood floors and the hallway shiplap (that appears to go into the closets!). Love the symmetry of this space with the grand four poster bed & that chandelier! A bold move, but it totally works…

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FYI: an informative piece when confused when what size rug to get for your bedroom.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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