Abstract Art via ETSY

Etsy is a wonderful, yet overwhelming, place to purchase home goods – especially textiles, unique decorative pieces, and art. It’s hard to know what’s good quality when it comes to e-commerce sites, but luckily art is one of those things that is completely subjective and comes with a “if you like it, but it” mentality.

Now, I’ll start by saying that I am lucky – I have a very talented cousin who is an artist and who I am trying to convince to open her own Etsy (or Minted) shop so that art lovers an enjoy her pieces like I do:

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{how amazing, right?! This was a special engagement present}

So while I work on getting her set up, I’ll share a few similar favorites that I’ve found.

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What are your favorite Etsy art shops?!

Painted Staircases

Happy Monday y’all! Well, it would be way happier if our Bulldogs won against Tennessee this past weekend (insert heartbreak emoji)…ugh, the worst.

In better news, today is my mama’s birthday. How fabulous is she?!

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We were actually discussing a home project this weekend and turns out, we’re stumped! I’d love some feedback and input from y’all…so my parents house has hardwoods throughout, including the main staircase. As part of the renovation/updates, they’re painting the front risers of the stairs & the spindles on the staircase white. However; we’re leaving the railing itself wood (to provide contrast and some aesthetic appeal).

The million dollar question is…do we leave the banisters wood, or paint them white?

Below are a few inspiration photos of each:

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So, feedback PLEASE: do we leave the banisters wood, or paint them white?

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Powder Room Makeover

When I was back in Atlanta a few weeks ago, my mom & I were discussing what upcoming fall projects she wants to do around the house. One room that is driving her nuts is her main hall powder room. It’s the go-to powder room that all guests use, so it’s definitely seen on a regular basis. The room is currently painted red with a {somewhat new} ivory tile floor, a granite vanity top & gold hardware. It was a room that she experimented with in the early 2000’s and she is O-V-E-R it. It’s dated and begging for an update. While a full renovation isn’t in the books, there’s no reason we can’t change a few key pieces and totally modernize this space!

One thing we both agreed on is that the bathroom is a great place to take design risks. It’s small, with minimal lighting, but we want to go bold. Why not? Enter Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. I just LOVE this color. It’s like a lightened midnight blue with a grey undertone. I’ve pulled some examples of this color in various bathrooms so you can see it in all light:

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How fabulous is this shade of navy?! I cannot wait to see it in the room. It has the perfect amount of “pop” against the white molding & gold toned hardware…

So without further adieu, here is the design plan I’ve created for her. I opted for an infinity mirror to avoid too much hardware. I think with the light fixture, current gold faucet & hardware, it’s enough gold. Also, I really want to enlarge a few of my parents’ own photographs into these frames. They’ve traveled the world & have some seriously gorgeous nature photos. (Side note: I’ve decided to omit a decorative rug, as a 2×3 is all that can fit and I worry that it makes the space look too busy.)

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{paint color // mirror // towels // lighting // hardware // frames // soap }

Bonus: This entire update is under $500 ~ is that amazing or what?!?!

Well, what do you think?! Feedback welcome 🙂

Bedroom Accent Wall

Thanks for the response on my Isla Grande post. If you’re thinking of heading to Panama, or want more info just email me and we can chat 🙂

So I’m working on an exciting new project that I want to share a piece from. I’ve got a client who is currently located on the East Coast, but is moving to Palo Alto in two weeks to start his job as an exec with a pretty awesome company (yup, it’s the one you’re thinking of!). He is going to be renting in a high end condo complex for about 12 months until he decides if/where he wants to buy. The key here is that while we are decorating a rental property, he wants nice furniture that can be moved into his future home.

* We’ve purchased about 75% of the furniture so I’ll have a future post sharing the plan*

For now….we’re debating on a bedroom accent wall. The complex will have any of the walls professionally painted for you (sweet bonus!), but because we haven’t seen the place in person, we are basing a lot off of pictures, floor plan, word of mouth, etc.

He’s really a huge lover of color. The main area is quite neutral, but we’re working with this blue wall color in the bedroom:

{BM Danube Blue & BM Gentlemen’s Gray}

We’re debating between painting the whole room vs accenting one wall. I’m about 99% sure which way I lean, but I thought I’d share some inspiration photos and get your opinion!  FYI: We’ve already ordered a low profile bed and dresser.

Let’s take a look…

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Which do you vote…paint all walls or accent wall?!

Etsy Shop: Color WaterColor

Back in late July, I was searching for some artwork for my home (remember this post!?) Well, after much consideration (price / size / style)… I found this fabulous Etsy shop & fell in love with these two prints:

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 These are hand painted water colors and they are stunning in person. Joanna’s shop is located in Poland, but the paintings came quicker than I expected & packaged safely! She was a delight to work with and I highly recommend her shop if you’re in the market for some new artwork.

I mounted & framed them using this gold frame and wah-la! Beautiful artwork for above the nightstands:

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Aren’t they just perfect?! I love the sophistication + the femininity + the softness + the pop of color!

Do you love them as much as I do?!

You can find Joanna’s website here.

Ultramarine.

When I was back in Atlanta last week, I was flipping through one of my mom’s House Beautiful magazine (yup…she loves interior design too- like mother, like daughter!) and came across this gorgeous picture:

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It’s no secret that I love blue sofas, but I am l-o-v-i-n-g this wall color! The dark wall + dark shelves + dark desk totally works with this neutral rug & pop of color with the chair. Now, I know that not all of us have the space to make this work (I’m picturing high ceilings & a lot of natural light), but we can use Ultramarine in other ways. Ultramarine is the perfect mix of navy and royal blue. It’s classic & neutral, yet exciting & colorful.

Here are some more beautiful rooms with Ultramarine as a focal point:

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Inspired yet? Here are some real-life pics for you in this beautiful hue:

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{ paint swatch // office chair // pillow // side table // wallpaper // scallop plate // blanket}

What is your opinion on Ultramarine?!

From a rental to a home.

Renting.

There truly are many positives about renting:

– there’s no long term commitment

– you can experience multiple areas of town

– you can live in different styles homes

Of course, we all know renting has its downfalls. Aside from the financial aspect, one of the biggest challenges of renting, to me, is not having the ability to make the changes needed to turn this house into a home. For example, I cannot rip out the honey oak cabinets and gray speckled faux-granite. I can’t replace the blue (seriously, blue) shower door. I can’t mount the tv or build a deck off the back. My rental will never look like this:

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Or this…

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Or have this…

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So after must [internal] debating, I’ve made a list of my top 3 changes that we, as renters, can do to make our house feel as much like “ours” as we can:

1. Paint

Obviously, this is #1. It’s inexpensive, it’s quick and it’s temporary. (Check out these paint tips here and here). Think outside the box here- many apartments allow you to paint walls, doors, even cabinets! And, WOW, what a difference a coat of paint makes- check out these “before & afters”

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2. Hardware

Hardware can be a total game changer. Not only will an easy switch in hardware turn a typical IKEA dresser into a unique pieces, but some cabinet knobs/pulls can transform a kitchen or bathroom or vanity.

Paint + Knobs = Furniture Hack

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Some great sources for hardware are Anthropologie (<– my go to!), Restoration Hardware, House of Antique Hardware, My Knobs dot com & Urban Archeology, to name a few.

3. Window Treatments

Lucky, for me, my place came with brand new windows AND the thick wooden blinds. However; if you’re not as lucky, consider asking your landlord if they’ll reimburse you if you will buy & install new blinds. If not, it may be worth perusing craigslist or see if you can snag some on sale!

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Another way to hide ugly windows is, of course, add some treatments! A valance or roman shades or set of panels can lead the eye away & enhance your place. Bonus: window treatments can add perceived height to any window/room. For some helpful tips on how to best hang treatments, see this, this or this.

What’s your favorite way to transform your rental into a home?!