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?

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?!

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”?

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.

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016

Believe it or now, Thanksgiving is only 17 days away! If you haven’t started thinking about your plans, now is the time. And if you’re hosting, now is also the time to have your tablescape in mind. I like to have an idea of the color scheme, style & feel that I want so that I can scoop up pieces whenever when I’m shopping around. While I’m not hosting a huge gathering, my parents are coming up the weekend prior so we will be celebrating the 4 of us! Hey, any excuse to host #amiright?!

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{Inspiration 1,2,3,4}

As usual, I’m sticking with a mainly neutral color scheme- mainly ivory, gold, green and hints of purple. I’ll have a variety of textures and materials, using ceramic white, clear glass & wood. Here’s a vision board I’ve put together of a classic & easy tablescape. I’ll likely do something very similar:

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{charger // dough bowl or box <– found mine at HomeGoods for $30! //  flatware // table runner // scalloped bowl <– I just picked one up last week & I’m obsessed! // monogrammed napkin // wine glasses // floral arrangement}

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 }