Sister Bedrooms – Ages 3 & 5

We’re in full demo mode down in Atlanta at #proejctwatershineway. The homeowners move in about mid-September and in the mean time we are replacing flooring, adding a mudroom, renovating the master bath, painting the entire interior/exterior and getting the nursery ready for child #3, due a mere 6 weeks post-move in. Are we crazy yet?! HA!

This lovely family has two beautiful girls, ages 3 & 5. As most sisters that age are, they are the best of friends and want to do everything together. They are also in the stage of “I want what she’s having” so when one says she wants pink walls, the other wants more pink walls…you get what I’m saying. So in order to keep the rooms “separate yet equal”, we’ve decided to not have any overlapping colors. This way there is no room for comparison and they can each have a darling space, individual to them.

Additionally, the parents wanted a space that the girls could grow into a little bit. You’ll notice that neither is overly-girly or overly-baby. They’ve got some key pieces that can be mixed & matched in between the two rooms, as well as bedding & art that can be updated as the girls grow. All in all, I’m really pleased with how these design plans turned out and I can’t wait until 6 short weeks from now when it’s all installed!

Sloan, Age 5

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We decided on a gray/white/purple theme here in the 5 year old’s room. She’s getting a “big girl bed” so this adorable gray wooden full bed from PB Kids did the trick (comes in 4 colors!). Her walls will be a light purple with a deep purple accent wall where the bed is. She’s got fun, ruffled purple & silver bedding and a giant polka dotted bean bag to round out the space.

{ bed | paint + accent paintart | rug | bean bag }

Brooklyn, Age 3

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The 3 year old’s room is a little more playful & girly. We’re opting for a very, very light blue on the walls (almost a faint robin’s egg blue) with an accent wall of fun gold polka dots. Her ivory bed will be covered with a pinch pleat blush comforter and some cute elephant print accent pillows in blue & pink (mama is an Alabama fan, after all!). She’ll have some cute canvas bins for her toys and some cute, personalized art on the wall.

{ paint | bedding | pillow | gold dots | mirror | art }

Since the two share a Jack & Jill style bathroom in between their bedrooms, we’ll be sure to incorporate pink and purple into it so that it really feels like a mix of the two.

What do you think?!

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Life Lately, Vol. 13

Happy Friday y’all! I’ve got one thing on the agenda this weekend and it is b-e-a-c-h! We’re headed to the NJ shore (not that one – no Snookie’s here) to take the puppy home to grandmas (where we’ll leave her for the next month due to lots of travel), to meet two new babies in our friend group (!!) and to hopefully work on my end-of-the-summer tan. Is summer really coming to an end? WAH. I can’t even think about it.

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The most charming front door in South End neighborhood

Reading: Some tips for combining finances when married. I’m sure everyone has their own way of doing things but we’re trying to find what works best for us. Whether that means combining 100%, only partially, or none at all. We’re in the “research” phase. I found a few good articles here, here and here. Any advice?

Inspired: by THIS home tour! I swear, every home tour in AD just gets better and better. I’m not sure what I love more – her stunning, HUGE lawn, the cool color pallet & incredible light that’s in her bigger than my apartment double living room or her absolutely perfect master bedroom. I would never leave the house.

Shopping: for some new fall booties! My absolute favorite pair of light brown booties are on their last leg (no pun intended) so I need to snag some before all of the good ones are gone! I purchased these Rag & Bone ones during the #nsale but they were too narrow. Also I apparently don’t have any black booties (maybe I lost them?) so I need those too! I am loving these cognac Madewell,  these Sole Society in mushroom suede & these black ones. Who has a great pair that they’re willing to share?

ICYMI

An exciting Tufts 10K announcement

Iceland: What to pack

Life Lately: Vol. 12

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Perfection.

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?

Bridesmaid & Groomsmen Gift Ideas

With the wedding less than 6 weeks away (we are in the homestretch, people!), we’re dotting our “i”s and crossing our “t”s. One thing we recently finalized were our wedding party gifts. Now, I’m not going to share which we chose (want it to be a surprise) but I had a lot of fun looking into ideas. These range from $15-$150 per gift, so there are quite a few options at every price point.

For your bridesmaids

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{monogrammed tote | floral robes | bar necklace |spa gift basket | makeup bag|candle| earrings}

*If a tangible gift isn’t your style, think about treating your bridesmaids to a spa day or mani/pedi together on the big day. Sometimes time spent together is the best gift of all!

For your groomsmen

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{leather flask | wedding day socks | overnight bag | dopp kit | bottle of liquor}

*As mentioned above, if a tangible gift isn’t your style, how about treating your guys to a round of golf the day before the wedding, or a professional barber shave?!

 

All you brides out there, what are you getting your girls? What is the best gift you’ve ever received as a bridesmaid?

Current Favorites: Anthro Home Sale

Wow! How is it already Thursday?! I’ve been out of town for work all week (also my reasoning for being MIA all week) so I’ve been spending the majority of today playing catch up. This post will be quick but I had to share- some awesome Anthropologie home favorites are currently 20% off. While I think some of their items are a bit overpriced (I’m looking at you, $2,000 rug)… I do think they’re mostly unique, exciting pieces that are worth a little splurge, especially when on sale!

Happy shopping…

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All pictures via Anthropologie website.

Fall Blanket Roundup

Happy “official” first day of fall, y’all!

So if you follow me on snap (alexisf19) or Instagram (southendstyle) you probably noticed the new plaid blanket that was peeking out behind my coffee table sunflowers. I picked up another one for my desk chair & a few more fall accessories last weekend at HG. Needless to say, it’s definitely feeling like fall around here!

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If you’re like me and you can’t get fall off the brain, I’ve got you covered. I rounded up my 7 current favorite fall blankets. Yes, most of them are neutral. Yes, most of them are plaid. But they’re all versatile in use (throw over the arm of a sofa, lay on the end of the bed, toss over the back of a chair) and they’re all great fall gift ideas also! If you need a housewarming, birthday or dinner party gift idea, I would truly recommend any of these. Note: I gave various price points for those of us wanting to splurge or save!

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And while we’re on the topic of fall plaid blankets, we can’t forget the need for a blanket SCARF! This one is only $15 and comes in 13 colors. I’m obsessed!!!

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Have you purchased a fall blanket yet?! Who else wants this scarf!?

 

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