Winter Mantle 4 Ways

Happy Monday Y’all! I had a super productive weekend so I’m feeling very fresh and inspired this morning! I was able to sell a few pieces of leftover furniture to make way for our new buffet, set to arrive this week! For now, I want to chat mantles. One of the pieces that sold me on our new brownstone is the fireplace and oversized mantle – I just love it so much! But once I took all of the Christmas decorations down, it immediately felt so bare & empty! Now, y’all probably know that I’m a less-is-more type of gal and I crave simplicity, especially in home design. Here are 4 simple, tasteful, charming ways I’ve styled our mantle. Given that it’s winter, I stuck to neutrals – white, gold, gray – and some wood + greenery to help warm it up a bit. As you will see, I kept the eucalyptus in every option as we need the height (16′ ceilings) and I just love it!

Option 1:

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Option 3:

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Now that you’ve seen all four options, help me decide which one should stay.

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10 Gorgeous Holiday Mantles

With Christmas only one week away, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite mantles. Whether you’re hosting Christmas day, throwing a holiday party, or simply enjoying the comfort of your own home, mantle decor is a fun way to switch things up. I’m constantly redecorating mine and adding new pieces. Hopefully this will inspire you:

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Which is your favorite?!

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Can y’all even believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Insane! Given all that we have going on right now (moving, new job for T, etc) we are pleased to be attending a Thanksgiving feast at our dear friends’ home in Newport, Rhode Island. Hopefully we will have a large dining room of our own in upcoming years and be able to host our own Thanksgiving day celebration for family & friends. So for my future reference, and for all of you wonderful host expecting a crowd, I’ve put together some tablescape inspiration for you:

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So many pretty options to be inspired from! I’ve put together a mock table setting myself and hopefully it will inspire you even more! If I were hosting this year, here’s what my table would look a little something like:

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{napkins / chargers / plates / greenery / glasses / vase / napkin holders / place cards / runner / candle holders + candles}

Who’s hosting Thanksgiving this year? Is your table ready?!

5 Ways to Successfully Sell Furniture Online

Now I’m not expert but for those of you who move often (like I do) or want to do a little Spring cleaning (totally needed in fall too!), I’ve got a few pointers for you. We’re moving in less than 3 weeks (eek!) and within the last two weeks I’ve listed 19 pieces, sold 12 and have people coming to view 4 more today. Pretty good success rate if you ask me! Best part? I’ve sold almost everything for equal or more than I paid for it. Here’s how:

How to Successfully Sell Furniture Online

First and foremost, you have to know your audience. Lucky for me, Boston is a hodgepodge and really covers all demographics – we’ve got college students, young professionals, families, etc. However, if you’re in a college town, for example, you will quickly realize that people want inexpensive items that they can transport easily. For those of you in big cities, people likely want pieces that can fit into small spaces. The suburban areas may want better quality, larger pieces to fill their home. You get the idea!

Once you know your audience you should plan to cross sell on multiple sites that are geared toward your audience and your city. Given where I live, I’m selling pieces on Facebook Marketplace (college kids), Craigslist (older/suburban) and Next Door (local neighborhood/urban). Each avenue targets a different buyer so I’m hitting a wide variety of people, which of course increases my chance on selling.

Probably the most common mistake people make when selling their furniture is that they get lazy and don’t style it pretty. Trust me when I say, if you want top dollar – this is key! Take an extra ten minutes to clean your item, style it how it’s meant to be used (i.e. set the table, add books & a lamp to your nightstand) and take various pictures at multiple angles (in good sunlight, of course!). I am always horrified when I see an old dresser with crap thrown over it and drawers open with clothes hanging out. Ew – who wants to buy that?! #notme

Of course, we can’t overlook the fact that it’s critical to price your item correctly. That use Ikea nightstand? Yea, not worth $200. But a vintage, excellent quality chair that can be easily reupholstered? Sure – it may be worth that. Pricing can be tricky because you want to price at a number low enough to intrigue buyers, but high enough that you feel good about the sale. People tend to become emotional with furniture, but all that matters is the quality of the piece. Don’t forget – everything is negotiable so you should expect buyers to haggle price a bit. I suggest pricing 10-20% higher than you want so that you can negotiate down to your true goal price.

Lastly, unless you’re in a major rush to sell your pieces, it’s important to remain patient. Odds are, you’re not going to sell everything at the price you want within the first day. Give it a week or so and if you haven’t had any interest, consider lowering the price or taking some more photos. If people are inquiring often, it’s only a matter of time until you find the right buyer.

So there are my 5 key rules for successfully selling your furniture online. What’s your biggest tip?

 

Our New Master Bedroom

If you’ve been reading along, you know that we are moving in a few short weeks. I revealed details of our new living room in last Monday’s post and while we’re keeping a few main pieces, I’m adding some new pillows, art and decor pieces. One of the best parts about moving is that you get to totally refresh your space! Our master bedroom  has needed a makeover for a long time but I was waiting to move because we are upgrading to a king bed (finally!). I’m still on the search for a new mattress but have been narrowing down the rest. In fact, I’m torn between two design options so I would love your input!

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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As you can see there area  few similar pieces but a lot that is different. We have set of grey campaign nightstands that I want to keep – they’re simple, versatile and functional. I also want to use this round mirror that we have – it’s heavy & really pretty in person.

For the bed, I’m debating between a classic upholstered cream bed and this wood upholstered beauty. Either way I will stick with all white bedding but add some color in with the pillows.  I’ll likely do some gray, white and blush.

One main piece that we definitely need is  a new dresser. We’ll have one long, big wall across from our bed that will hold this piece – one large enough to fit two sets of clothes (lucky for us we have a huge walk in closet as well). I’ll either go classic white – with a muted gold hardware – or a light grayish-brown RH lookalike.

The room has a lot on natural light from two large bow windows and an overhead lights, so I’ll stick with two simple lamps – either mercury glass ones that I have or a ceramic white. Not going crazy on lighting here, if you can’t tell.

Whichever design I choose will dictate my rug choice as well, but I’ll keep it relatively neutral either way. I am leaning towards this silver faded fringe, this gray & white Moroccan trellis and this jute braided rug.

Okay, so now that you’ve seen my options…what’s your vote: 1 or 2?!

Our New Living Room

I hinted at some exciting news on Friday and here it is…South End Style is moving! We’re not going far but we are headed back into a through-floor brownstone in the heart of the South End, my favorite neighborhood of Boston. We’ll be a few short blocks from all of my favorite local spots, including Picco, Hudson & Blackbird Donuts. I can’t wait!

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the adorable front staircase at our new home!

So with moving comes…you guessed it, redecorating! I’m actually selling a LOT of items so you local folks be sure to check it out (armoire, tufted bed, wood bed, tripod lamp, kitchen table, kitchen cart, gold side table, set of lamps, round mirror & nightstand)

We will be keeping some of our current living room furniture, selling a few pieces and adding a few to the mix. Our new living room has beautiful 13′ ceilings with detailed crown molding, a large fireplace, three huge windows & a whole lot of opportunity.  I’ll share more about our master bedroom & back deck (finally!) later but for now here is my design board for our new living room:

I’ll be keeping our current setup with this sofa, these two chairs, this coffee table & my new favorite rug (mine is similar and a killer Safavieh steal from Homegoods!). I’ll be switching out our current ivory/tan/gray pillows for a pair of velvet navy + some contrasting blush pillows for a little more color. I’ve also got a great neutral faux fur blanket that I’ll add just in time for cold weather. A gold + glass accent table will go in between the two accent chairs for additional surface space.

Our TV will be mounted on the wall (not above the mantle) so I’m still debating putting a thin, white console table to balance the space. Above the mantle I’ll likely style this round, gold mirror with a pretty vase and some eucalyptus branches to add some color. I’ll fill in with various white, wood & marble pieces.

To the right of the fireplace is a pretty large alcove (about 6’X13′) where I’d like to put a bar cabinet. I’m not sure which one yet but I’m liking this midcentury modern piece, this green glam piece and this classic, natural piece. Atop the cabinet, I’ll style with a pair of lamps and some bar accessories, like this mixer set. Above the cabinet, I’m debating between an oversized framed fabric piece or a light aerial beach print (I have one framed in white – will decide once I pick a cabinet).

So what do you think? Any suggestions for bar cabinets?

Baby Boy Nursery

Lately, I’ve been helping a couple design the nursery for their third child – a sweet baby boy. You may remember my gender “neutral nursery design” post or my “one nursery, three ways” design (<<– I still love this design SO much, I’m going to be stealing these ideas in the future for myself!). While both of those rooms were gorgeous, this one is going to be a bit different. I’ve actually helped this couple with their entry way, living space, and dining room so I’m very familiar with their style. The home has a lot of charm and the interiors are mainly monochromatic – classic with a twist, if you will.

Here are a few inspirational spaces that we pulled – take note of the color pallet, patterns, key furniture pieces & overall style.

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animal prints + neutral color pallet

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From these images, we had a few key takeaways for baby boy’s new nursery: a color scheme of gray/navy/brown (the crib & dresser are ones they already had & wanted to use again), a rustic/natural feel (rope, wood, etc) and a few nods to animals and patterns (hence the artwork and bedding). Here is the design board I presented:

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{ accent paint / main paint / ottoman / mirror / bedding / animal prints / glider / pillows }

What do you think?!

I’ll be sure to share more pictures as the room is installed.