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.

 

 

 

 

Blue, White & Gray Sunroom

Ahh, the thought of sunnier days. Given that it’s pretty cold & dreary here in Boston, designing a sunroom has me dreaming of warmer days. I’m working with some newlyweds who are moving into their first home. We’ve already knocked down walls, demolished old bathrooms/cabinetry, re-wired for new lighting, and painted the entire home. The major reno stages are over and now we’re planning room layouts, purchasing furniture, eyeing decor, etc. This week starts install and I can’t wait to see the first pieces come in!

When envisioning a sunroom, this is exactly what I was picturing in my head:

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 {via, original here}

This couple has the exact same amount of oversized windows & natural light. We’re sticking to the same color scheme throughout the house- ivory/cream, blues, natural wood, gray. It’s a monochromatic classic with a touch of rustic.

Here’s the sunroom game plan:

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{Sofa // Rug // Pouf // Butterfly chairs // Side table // Candles // Solid & Striped pillow}

I really wanted to keep it neutral but bring in pops of color with blue accessories and plants/greenery. It’s more of a rectangle shape so opposing the sofa will be a big buffet/bar cabinet, with the tv mounted over. I think they’re going to enjoy spending time in this room, watching football games, and hosting family & friends.

Thoughts?!