An Alternative to the Bar Cart

Now don’t get me wrong – I love a good bar cart setup. In fact, I had one in my last apartment. They’re a practical, functional solution to a small space and they’re pretty perfect for apartment living when you don’t have an actual dining space. However, I also they’re they are incredibly overdone, too trendy and a bit too predictable. Here are a few  examples of bar setups that I really like that are not bar carts:


I love the masculine, rustic look of this bar cabinet


This DIY Ikea hack via Brittany Makes is so modern & functional!


Obsessed with this gorgeous laquer cabinet that Bree has styled so perfectly!


This organized & stylish bar cabinet is practical yet mature


Another masculine bar cabinet via Frontgate – love how sleek it is

So when I was looking for a solution for where to put all of our wine / booze / bar items, I quickly ruled out the bar cart. I decided to go with a bar cabinet. It’s kind of the bridge between bar cart and dining hutch. Think of a classic buffet like your grandma has, but with modern design & trendy decor. I had my eye on this piece (this one too) but it was a bit too pricey so I opted for this one. The piece is scheduled to be delivered next week and I’m on the hunt for a new abstract art piece to go above it. I can’t wait to have it in our home so I can finally empty these last few boxes of booze and style this piece. Stay tuned for some updated pictures to come!

What’s your preference – bar cart of bar cabinet?!


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.


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?

Easter Tablescape Inspiration

Happy Thursday y’all….if your week has been like mine, you are counting down the seconds until the weekend is here! We quickly went from no Easter plans to hosting dinner for 6 (maybe 8) overnight, so my mind is going into planning mode!

So, what’s on our menu?

Appetizers & Nibbles:

Deviled eggs & Mediterranean platter

Jelly beans & Jordan almonds

Main Menu:

Baked ham

Chilled asparagus,  roasted brussel sprouts & scalloped red potatoes

Spinach, fruit, walnut & goat cheese salad


Homemade brownies, coconut macaroons & strawberry shortcake

Yummy, right? We’re in charge of the ham, salad, apps & desserts. Our guests will be bringing sides and of course, lots of wine!


{marble + wood cutting board / textured bowls / long wood bowl / wood + ceramic dip bowls}

One of my favorite parts about hosting is of course the table setting…however, living in a small 900sq ft apartment with no dining table proves to be a challenge. Luckily we have a 6′ folding table that fits directly over our coffee table so we’ll just move the sofa out back & place some chairs around it. Hey, you gotta work with what you have!


Easter Easter Table Decor with White Hydrangeas and Tulips Cente



How beautiful are those tablescapes? Whether you have the space or not, here are a few pieces to help you build a classic, pretty table for your guests:

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{table runner / gold flatware / wine glasses / white dinner plate/

gold salad plate / cake stand}

What’s on your Easter menu?!

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?!

Blue & White Home Tour

Happy Home Tour Tuesday!

This week I was browsing Pinterest (shocker) and came across this tour of Ruth Chancellor, via Maria Killam’s website. Two very talented ladies, to say the least!

I’m really loving the blue, gray & white color scheme. This color pallet is visible throughout the entire home, but utilized in different ways to keep things interesting. I’m particularly fond of the navy blue island (and hood!), the gray wood furniture & the blue grasscloth wallpaper in that master bath. Oh, and who doesn’t love a few good placements of ginger jars?! Here are a few of my favorite rooms:


You can find the entire tour here.

Dining Room Chandeliers

Let’s talk lighting. Dining room lighting. Chandeliers, in specific. Lighting is so fun and exciting to pick out but SUCH a big decision! The style you go with can totally transform a room- hopefully in a positive way!





Current situation: I’m working on a dining room that is basically a blank slate. All that’s staying is a basic, 4 leg, dark wood table. Easy, right? Eh, not so much. I’m having a hard time deciding which chandelier looks best. Here’s the design plan of the space (each shown with a different style chandy). Help me decide!!

Option 1…

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Option 2…

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Option 3…

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Option 4…

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Option 5…

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Which is your favorite?!

Round Table Roundup

So I know that technically today is “Super Tuesday”, but I prefer to stay far away from  politics…so instead we’ll call today “Round Table Tuesday”. Kapeesh?!


Bahaha…had to!

Recently, I had a friend looking for the perfect pedestal table to fit in her dining nook. Round tables are wonderful because they’re so versatile- they can be used in banquettes or small nooks, can be casual or formal, and are so much better for conversation! Let’s take a look…

Round Tables- Banquette Style




Round Tables- Small Nook Style




Round Tables- Casual Dining Room




Round Tables- Formal Dining Room




If you’re in the market for a round table, below are a select few that I really like, at all price points:


{round white / distressed graywash / natural / dark gray / glass top / marble tulip}

Which style is your favorite?!