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?!

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.

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?!

Home Decor Must Have for pet owners

Happy Monday y’all! How was everyone’s weekend?

The Northeast has been pounded with some snow the past few days (not the fun kind, the annoying kind) and I’m going stir crazy! One of the worst parts about the snowstorm is having to take the pup in & out. She’s a total diva and hates the cold but does like playing in (and eating) the snow.

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As a pet owner, I’m constantly aware of the impact she has on our home. Dogs come with smells, toys, blankets, etc. For me, it’s important to know that someone could walk into our home and not even know we have a dog. Here’s how I do it:

Stylish Storage

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Similar to kids toys, dog toys aren’t cute or aesthetically appealing. I keep all of Mela’s toys in a small woven basket, tucked away into the corner (easy to hide when company comes over). I also keep a basket in the hall closet with all of her necessities (extra bags, leashes, bandanas, etc). Cute baskets are so easy & inexpensive! A few I like are this, this and this.

Tip: I like to keep a blanket on each sofa that she sits on, to avoid getting a mess of dog hair all over. She like them & knows those are her spots.

Candles

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As pet owners, we often become unaware that our beloved 4 legged friend has a certain scent to others. Let’s all get a quick wake up call, do a favor to our guests and stock up on some good smelling candles. A few favorites include this, these and this.

Clean Often

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This isn’t fun, but it’s needed. Part of the territory with pets is that you’ve got to clean often. I sweep and/or vacuum pretty much every day. For those of us with shedding dogs, it’s a necessary evil! Spend 10 minutes a day and I promise you’ll notice a difference. This vacuum is one I recommend!

What are you favorite tips & tricks to keep your dog friendly home looking sharp?!

Friday Pinterest Inspiration

Hi friends! Firstly, thank you SO much for all of the California road trip recommendations! I really appreciate them all and definitely have some research to do- here’s to hoping we can fit everything in!

This weekend is a fun one- we’re hosting my parents in Boston for a few days! Our time will be spent perusing the Isabella Stewart Garner museum, exploring Harvard & BC (walked on the football field yesterday- so fun!), experiencing the North End and South End dining culture, and watching the Fanueil Hall Christmas tree lighting. Throw in some Mike’s Pastry cannolis, a few good workouts &  an early Thanksgiving dinner and we’ve got the perfect weekend plan!

That said, I’ve got to get to work! So here’s some Friday Pinterest inspiration for you…

I’ve been begging a friend/client to let me install grasscloth backing on her built-ins & after this picture, I think she will be sold…

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Midcentury modern done right in this gorgeous bathroom…

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White cabinets mixed with a black island and abundant light makes this kitchen so stunning…

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White shiplap + a buffalo check bench make for the perfect details in this farmhouse bath…

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p.s. anyone checked out the new Pinterest “home” section? I’m liking the new format- makes it easier to search!

Entry way e-design

The entry way is one area I love to design. There are SO many options for storage (buffet, table, open/closed storage), seating (benches, chairs, ottomans) & decor (mirror, art, lamps, sconces) that it’s fun to create! Also, the entry way gives the first impression of your home- especially when within a large foyer- so it’s important to have this area designed to a tee!

Recently I’ve been dreaming of re-doing our entry way. It’s more of a hallway area but it definitely is the first spot you see & sets the tone for our space. We’ve got room for 1 overhead light and about 5 feet wide to play with. Of course, this space needs to be functional (area for keys, mail, shoes, etc). Take a look at what I’ve come up with…

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Well, what do you think?! Do y’all love it as much as I do?!

{console table / mirror / runner / ottomans / paint color / orchid (although I would buy real) / chandelier / tray / basket}

Hip Cali Bungalow

One of my favorite parts of the My Domaine website is the home tour section. I love seeing home styles all around the country, especially those so different than where I live. Seeing as Boston and California aren’t similar at all in terms of architecture, structure, design, etc it was really fun to check out this home. I’m already a fan of Amber Interiors, so I knew I’d fall hard for this space. It’s so hip and chic and everything you’d imagine for a cool California home…

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Which room is your favorite?!