An “Adult” Living Space Under $4,000

When I moved in with my fiancee husband (<– still SO weird to say!), we went through the typical “combining of pieces”. This meant his frat-house looking dark green sofa would be adjacent to my cute, tufted cream colored sofa. The dart board got the boot, but the surfing picture stayed. Compromises were made, but now that we’ve been in the space for well over 12 months, I am o-v-e-r it. As in, every time I walk into the living room & see that damn green sofa I get a serious case of the skeevies. Old stained sofa be gone!

So, we are currently plotting how to redecorate our space while (a) keeping it gender neutral (b) purchasing spaces that we can repurpose in the future and (c) stay within budget. Here’s what I’m thinking:

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Put together by these pieces…

 

Of course, we’ll keep a few art pieces we have (especially this one and these frames with our black & white Paris pictures) as well as my favorite candle, ginger jar & pillow. Add in a few good coffee table books (this, this & this) and we’re done!

{rug | sofa | chairs | lamp | coffee table | mirror | vases}

What are your tips for redecorating a space while staying within budget & gender neutral?! Any amazing pieces out there right now for the living room?!

Blue Dining Room


Happy Friday Folks!

Today I’m sharing a really fun post with you. I was recently inspired by Arhaus with an interesting challenge that I couldn’t refuse. The task? To create a design board based on one of their seven different Color Guide graphics in hopes to inspire others on how to design a dream room around their favorite shades. Since we all know color is key when it comes to design (and I usually choose neutrals!), I thought this would be fun! They provided me with seven color guides:

 

At first, I was tempted to go with black (I still may do another one – bathroom with black walls…could be ah-mazing!) But for this go around, I chose the blue. I consider blue to practically be a neutral (we all know my love for BM’s Hale Navy) and it’s a real calm, serene, gender neutral color that’s versatile in practically any room.

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For some reason, I was drawn to designing a dining room (though I came real close to choosing a master bedroom). Maybe it’s because we’ve been unwrapping gift after gift from Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel and we have no place to put it. Basically, I’m dying to host a dinner party in a new non-existent dining room.

Nonetheless, here’s what I came up with:

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What do you think? I am IN LOVE with it all – the classic chairs & rug, mixed with the abstract art and that KILLER chandlier (I know y’all have seen it before – it’s a show stopper!) Tie it all together with this moody blue wall paint by Farrow & Ball and I just can’t even handle it. Someone let me bring this vision to life in your home please! Check out more dining room furniture here.

{ paint | rug | dining table | chandelier |art | chairs }

Your turn! Which color would you choose? What’s your favorite way to incorporate blue into home design?

The Power of Built Ins

One of my favorite design elements in any home is built-ins. They are one of the most effective, biggest bang-for-your-buck, practical (and functional) things you can do in your home. They’re so versatile & work in a home office, living space, hallway, bedroom or mudroom. Can you tell I’m a huge built-in fan? I’ve pulled together some inspirational pictures & areas in your home that built-ins can make a huge impact.

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Who has built-ins? They really are worth the investment, y’all!

Using Wallpaper in a Nursery

I hope everyone y’all a great weekend & were able to spend some time celebrating all of the awesome dads out there. Even though I wasn’t able to celebrate in person, I did facetime with my dad which was better than nothing. Thank goodness for modern technology.

Onto interior design…

I’m in the middle of a nursery project (more on that to come in upcoming weeks!) and while we opted not to go with wallpaper, I was really loving a lot of the wallpaper I was finding. I like the idea of only doing one wall (perhaps the one the crib is on) because it gives the room some pattern & color, but isn’t too loud or busy. After all, we want to create a calm, serene space for the babies, no?! Let’s take a look…

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{Ellie Cashman wallpaper via Inspired by This}

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{Anewall “Jolie” wallpaper via Monica Hibbs}

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{Rebel Walls “Bellewood” paper via Emily Henderson}

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{Susan Harter Muralpaper via Erin Gates}

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All of these are so beautiful! I especially love Monica’s wallpaper, though I’d prefer it in a toned down shade. Overall, I am loving this trend and think that wallpapering one nursery wall is a great way to give some “umph” to the space, while not overwhelming it. Plus, it’s more cost effective since you’re only doing one wall. Side note – how adorable are these animal prints? I’ve used them before in nursery design & we may use them again. They’re just so adorable.

What are your thoughts? Which one is your favorite wallpaper?!

Kitchen Style: White cabinets + Navy Island

So I was watching Bravo last week (obviously) and the Cyrus vs Cyrus show came on. While I wasn’t too crazy about the style I saw, I ended up watching the entire episode and having one good take away. Other than these amazing beams that were installed into this vaulted ceiling (seriously stunning!), I really loved the kitchen cabinet style they did – white cabinets (both upper & lower) with a navy island. Because the kitchen is so large, the gray really warmed up the space and kept it from feeling too sterile. They ended up changing the color last minute to gray but I actually prefer the navy…

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the original proposal – they ended up with all white cabinets & gray island

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{pics via Bravo}

I found some real-life spaces with a similar cabinet color style. Again, the white cabinetry mixed with dark island color provides contrast, warmth & brings some character to the space. Just make sure the counters are the same (or complimentary) and keep all finishes/hardware identical. The key is having a smooth flow in the space.

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Wow, aren’t they all so stunning? I lean towards polished chrome finishes versus gold (think it looks more classic/less trendy) so the first picture is my favorite one.

Which is your favorite?

Rattan Roundup

Happy Monday y’all! How was your weekend? Mine was full of wedding planning (including a delicious BBQ tasting…details to come!), outdoor drinks with friends & squeezing in a workout or two (which was beyond necessary after that bbq!).

Right now is the perfect time to get your sunroom and porch spruced up and looking sharp for summer. After all, Memorial Day is right around the corner! Depending on your price point and weather conditions, you’ve got quite a few material options when shopping for outdoor furniture: teak, bamboo, iron, rattan & more. Rattan gives a bit more of a garden/beachy look but I think when used properly, it can be a great option.

Here are a few of my favorite spaces with rattan:

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Rattan pieces are just perfect for outdoor spaces & screened in porches! I’ve helped you get started by pulling a few great pieces that are currently for sale…

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{chair // bar cart // chair // mirror // bench // sofa}

Abstract Art via ETSY

Etsy is a wonderful, yet overwhelming, place to purchase home goods – especially textiles, unique decorative pieces, and art. It’s hard to know what’s good quality when it comes to e-commerce sites, but luckily art is one of those things that is completely subjective and comes with a “if you like it, but it” mentality.

Now, I’ll start by saying that I am lucky – I have a very talented cousin who is an artist and who I am trying to convince to open her own Etsy (or Minted) shop so that art lovers an enjoy her pieces like I do:

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{how amazing, right?! This was a special engagement present}

So while I work on getting her set up, I’ll share a few similar favorites that I’ve found.

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What are your favorite Etsy art shops?!