5 Ways to Bring Spring into your Home

First, congratulations to all of you who completed the Boston Marathon yesterday! It was a beautiful 70 and sunny day – we watched for hours and were consistently inspired by all of the runners, especially those running with disabilities. Those who ran with guides, the push-rim division, those with prosthetic legs, etc…what unbelievable athletes!

Now…let’s talk decorating for Spring! With longer days & warmer temps in full effect, it’s time to make sure your home is ready as well. I’ve put together 5 simple, effective ways to bring Spring into your home:

 1. Swap out some white accessories…vases, pitchers, potters, books…white accessories are fresh, clean & perfect for sunnier days.

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2. Go for fresh flowers…cherry blossoms, tulips & hydrangeas all scream spring. I currently have pink tulips in the kitchen, yellow & white tulips in the den and hydrangeas in the master. You seriously can’t go wrong!

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3. Trade out the textiles…I have a ton of different blankets, pillow covers, etc that I keep on hand and like to swap out! For spring, think light colors, floral patterns & palms. Now’s a good put away the faux fur throws & the heavy fabrics.

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4. Get fruity…fruit is an inexpensive, colorful, practical way to bring spring into your kitchen& dining room. I like using lemons, limes, oranges, apples, etc & displaying them in either clear apothecary jars or an oversized bowl. Odds are, you’ll eat these yummy treats so simply replace when you head to the grocery store!

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5. Tidy up! Really this should be number one, as I believe it’s the most effective way to make any space look fresh. Spend a day purging your closets, junk drawers & everyday spaces. Trust me, there’s no better way to feel like you’re officially in a new season.

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What’s your best tip for bringing Spring into your home?!

Rustic + Modern Dining Room e-design

Happy Friday y’all! This post is a little late and it’s going to be short, but I had to share this recent e-design I sent to a client! She & her husband are recent 1st time home owners (yay!) and they moved in with nothing more than a dining room table.

Because the dining are is open to the den, she wanted to keep things minimal & light. The home has a rustic feel but she wanted to incorporate a few modern pieces to keep it from looking too rustic (I agreed with her- mixing styles is always a good idea!). You’ll see the table below is pretty versatile. I threw in some upholstered chairs (ends will have arm chair versions of these), a modern (STUNNING) piece of art via Minted that I’m obsessed with, a more modern chandelier and some classics, such as the jute rug & boxwood topiary. The whole space has a light & airy vibe and is very welcoming to host her first dinner party.

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 {dining tablerug | chandelier | art | topiary | chair}

Do you like it?!

What are your thoughts on mixing & matching design styles?!

Entry Table Styled 5 Ways

Happy Monday folks! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was working a conference all day Saturday so it felt like a super short weekend, but I tried to get as much accomplished as I could on Sunday. If you saw my Instagram recently, or follow me on Snapchat (@alexisf19), you’ll notice that I’ve been doing some entry table styling!

Your entry table is so important because it’s usually the first thing people see when they walk into your home. It totally sets the tone for decor & the rest of your home. Given that this is our mail collection spot/key holder/boot drop off/last mirror on the way out the door area, it needs to have a design that is functional, versatile & pretty!

Due to the fact that we are on a very strict wedding budget, I wanted a refresh without spending any money! So I collected all of our table top items in the living room:

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and was left with a blank slate:

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{white lacquer table & gold mirror via CB2 | side note: after seeing this picture, I’m in a vigorous attempt to either remove or paint those hideous outlets!)

From this, I tried to get creative and create 5 different style options for our entry table. When styling a surface area (coffee table, nightstand, vignette, etc) it’s important to incorporate high/low items, a natural item (think plants & flowers) and practical items – for an entry table, this means a catch-all for keys, chapstick, etc. Also, when in doubt, think in groups of 3 (it’s most aesthetically appealing!)

Here are the 5 entry table decor options that I came up with:

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Before I reveal which I decided on (hint: it’s a combination of two), I want to know- which is your favorite?!

How to Decorate with Pastels

Happy Friday y’all!

With Spring in full force and Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to talk pastels. These soft, pretty colors are appealing, yet can often look very youthful and childish when poorly executed. Let’s be honest- nobody wants to walk into an adult living room and see baby pink splattered everywhere #amiright?!

So…I’ve broken this post down into 4 sections, where I’ll be giving you some examples of beautifully decorated spaces in pastel blue, green pink & yellow. Then I’ll help you pick some pieces to get started, if you’re interested in sprucing your space up in a mature, stylish way. Let’s get started…

Pastel Blue

I find blue to be one of the easiest colors to incorporate into a home- it’s versatile, well liked & there are so many wonderful shades. For example, you can mix pastel blue with white, cream, navy & green. It’s also the perfect compliment to any finish- gold, bronze, silver, etc. Blue can be used via textiles, decorative pieces (such as vases & ginger jars), books, lamps, etc. I’m also loving the blue in the kitchen trend!

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Pastel Green

Okay, so green is kind of a polarizing design color. I find that most of my clients either love it or hate it. If you’re the latter, I’m here to change your mind! Soft green, when used in doses, can be such a lovely pop of color. One of my favorite ways to use pastel (or “mint”) green is in all white kitchens! A green cake stand, pitcher, or serving bowl is subtle, yet effective. If you’re feeling bolder, try a green paint or wallpaper in a small space, such as a bathroom or laundry room.

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Pastel Pink

Ahh, pink. It’s a beautiful color, but please use it sparingly so that your home doesn’t look like a 5 year old girl’s room. Front doors painted light pink are a warm, welcoming, fun way to treat your exterior. It’s such a charming touch! Also, a pink chair or sofa, when used in conjunction with other mature, classic pieces, can be an excellent choice.

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Pastel Yellow

Textiles and flowers are the perfect way to introduce yellow- they’re subtle & with yellow, a little goes a long way. Pair yellow with whites, creams, grays & other neutrals to keep the space from looking too loud.

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{yellow bedding | green blanket | cake stand | blue-green pillow | pink teapot | pink vase}

What’s your take on using pastels in home design/decorating?!

First Day of Spring & Vase Roundup

Happy first day of Spring y’all! I don’t know about you, but I am THRILLED that winter is *almost* over and warm weather & sunshine is on our horizon! To me, Spring signifies fresh blooms! Hence, my Instagram picture this morning:

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While we’re on the topic of flowers, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite vases! I love finding unique vases, as I think a $5 bouquet from Trader Joe’s can go a really long way when styled properly. Flowers truly are the best accessory! So while I’m a fan of classic glass vases (I have about 5 myself- tall, short, round, square, low, etc), it’s fun to have a few funky ones on hand to mix things up. Here are a few I’m currently loving:

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Which one is your favorite?!

Green Inspired Interiors

Happy St Patrick’s Day Y’all!

Whether you’re part Irish (like me!) or just enjoy celebrating fun holidays (me also!), I hope you have an enjoyable day full of green beer & minimal pinching (y’all know what I’m talking about, right!?)

Green is HUGE in design this year and I am loving it. While I’ve always loved greenery (hence my wedding tablescape post), I’ve never had too much greenery in my designs. I tent to lean towards bring the color green in via plants and flowers. However, lately there is some green decor that’s really catching my eye. Take a look at these 3 green inspired rooms:

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Not overly green but it works, right?! I’m leaning towards the darker shades of green, for a more mature look, mixed in with neutrals. If you want to dabble in green as well, here are some current finds to help you get started and incorporate this versatile color into your home:

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{ottoman | vase (<– get 3 various sizes to use as a trio)| pillow | art | headboard}

Home “Cloffice” E-Design

Ahh, the home “cl-office”…I know y’all know what I’m talking about. It’s the room that so many use as their closet + office. If you live in an older home (like me!) or don’t have enough extra bedrooms (me again!), then you likely have a cloffice. The key is to gather versatile pieces that can be used in multiple ways. For example: a modern, neutral bookcase can be used to store books & magazines, or to display shoes & purses. Woven baskets can be used to store blueprints or scarves. You get this idea…

Let’s take a look at what I’ve put together:

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{Rug // Art // Desk // Basket // Bookshelves // Chair // Paint}

Do you have a “cloffice”?