Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elegant bedrooms for girls

Even though I don't have kids, I often think about how I will eventually choose to decorate their rooms.  It is so tricky to find a balance between babyish and sophistication.  Even though I am forever changing my decor, I would like to think that I wouldn't do that if I were truly happy with the whole scheme of the room.  

1. This room would be great for a young teen or even a little girl.  I really love the material used for the tie curtains and the mix or prints on the bed.  The black and white stripes are so bold and the mix of pink and floral is so girly.  Well done.

 2. This room would be great for a young girl - a desk to do homework at, a stylish set of bins to keep toys or shoes in, and a bulletin board to display all her likes and obsessions of the moment.  I love the area rug and how they use shades of teal to tie everything together.

3.  At one point before I got married, I swore to my husband that I would never want to use wallpaper because it was so dated looking.  I have totally changed my tune.  Although it can be really difficult to get off once you are sick of it, there are so many pretty patterns that can serve as a focal point to any room.  This wallpaper is made up of my two favorite colors - and I love it.  The mirror over the bed could be any second-hand or thrift shop find, spray painted the right color.  Even though the rest of the room is relatively plain, there is a lot that you could do in the room that doesn't overpower what is already there.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Style for less

Everyone is looking to save money and have great home decor at the same time.  Easier said than done.  But, there are tons of ways out there to do little things in your home that pack a big punch of style for less.  Here are a few I have found.

1.  This is such a genius idea.  All different flowers, painted one color, and glued to a canvas or the back of a clear frame.  You can keep it open or put a clear cover over it.  Either way works.  What I love about this is that you can use many different types of flowers but the color gives them a sense of uniformity.  This is such a statement piece.  If you are brazen enough, you could always go to a craft store like Michaels or AC Moore and ask if they have any stem-less flowers that they would be willing to sell to you.  Who knows, it could be a VERY inexpensive craft project!

2.  Crates are a great way to add style to your home and this way makes it very useful as well.  You could do something like this with an old chest as well ... that would look nice and also incorporate a vintage feel into your home.  Just make sure that the wood is treated so that it won't rot or transfer any color onto whatever you put into it.

3.  What a great coffee table idea for an outdoor space or a porch.  I believe they sell these tin containers at Christmas Tree Shop from time to time.  They are usually used to keep drinks cold, but I like this use so much better!  And, if you don't secure the tabletop on, it can also be used for storage as well (maybe for the pillows if this is an outdoor space ... you wouldn't want them to get moldy if it rained).

Monday, August 19, 2013

Navy throw pillow throw-down

Oh, throw pillows.  They are such a great way to add some style to a space in a small but powerful way.  I am loving these navy throw pillows as an alternative to the harsh black that you find in many rooms.  With a colorful couch (or merely one that is not black or brown) these navy pillows would be perfect.  Colorful ones to follow on another post.  Also, check out this shop on Etsy.  It's called The Pillow People and they have an amazing, stylish, and beautiful selection of pillows.  Anything you could ever want!

1.  Love these.  The starfish and seahorse pillows would be great next to one another.  The inverted colors serve as a great contrast, yet they are still cohesive.  These could also be pretty on a color block comforter or on something that already has a saturated, bright color.  This set of three 16x16 pillow covers is ONLY $48.00.  Here is the link...

 2.  Great variety here.  I really love the chevron pillow and the anchor pillow.  And the peacock pillow.  And the coral pillow.  OK, I love them all.  Each 16x16 pillow cover is only $16.00.  These are also all available in different sizes, so if you are looking for something smaller or larger (12x12, 18x18, check out their site). SO affordable.  What I really love about pillow covers is that you can pick the type of pillow you want - hard, soft, etc. and then just put the cover over it.  Fabulous.  Here comes the link...

3.  Love this nautical pillow.  It would be great for a beach house.  Or any house.  I am thinking this pillow, the chevron one below, the starfish pillow, and the seahorse pillow???  Although any of these would be a lovely combination.  This pillow cover is 16x16 and once again, is $16.00.  
Ready for the link...

4.  These are also so pretty.  They would look great on a grey couch or a tan couch.  I love the white showing through in these particular pillows because it serves to brighten up the room, particularly if the colors are a bit dark.  These pillow covers are for 20x20 pillows and the pair is $36.00  Here is the link...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer love

I would die for Lilly Pulitzer clothing.  Or shoes.  Or bags.  You get the idea.  Here are some Lilly dressing rooms that you could draw design inspiration for your home.  The designs are a bit over the top, but you can certainly take a piece of her design and incorporate it into your closet.  Especially if you have his and hers closets, since I'm sure no man would be a fan of this much color!!

1.  What a pretty space to try on clothing.  LOVE the area rug in the middle, which shows up in many of the Lilly dressing rooms.  The teal door is such a pop of solid color.  It really stands out amongst the patterned wallpaper.  And for some reason, this space just works.

 2.  Now these are my colors.  The wallpaper is a bit busy, but I love it nonetheless.  Same rug as the first picture ... LOVE.  The white doors are nice with the wallpaper being so busy.  It serves to show off any piece of clothing hanging on the outside of the door, unlike the doors in the first picture.  

3.  This wall would be so perfect for a feature wall in a baby's room!  I love the cityscape motif and the black racks offset the blue and white colors on the wall.  I'm not exactly sure what is happening on the floor, but who cares.  It's Lilly Pulitzer, and she can do whatever she wants.

4.  Again, the same pretty rug on the floor.  What a unique design on the walls.  I love the blue and white walls mixed with the pink in the area rug.  And the patterned bench, even though it's a very different pattern, is great in the room as well.  Oh, Lilly Pulitzer.  You did it again.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chalkboard bliss

Chalkboards at home are becoming increasingly popular and very DIY-friendly.  There are so many different options for so many different purposes!  This will absolutely not be my last chalkboard post...

1.  I like this idea because you can paint right over it when you don't want it anymore.  It is so easy ... just tape off and paint on the chalkboard paint (which you can even DIY now; there are recipes for it everywhere!).  Personally, I am a Sherwin Williams girl, and they sell awesome chalkboard paint there. Just be sure to ask someone about the particular surface you are putting it on just to make sure it will adhere.  Some surfaces are not meant for chalkboard paint, so you just want to make sure you have all the facts before starting a project.

2.  I really like this idea for a party.  This chalkboard window is great for writing menus on and changing them for dinner parties, kids birthday parties, or whatever other kind of party you may be having.  

3. Love love love love love antique frames.  I have them all over my house, painted in all different colors.  Even this one is not painted, I love it because the gold really makes the black chalkboard pop.  It is definitely a statement piece over a small table or bureau in the dining room.  What a fun way idea.

4.  This chalkboard is much the same as the one before, but it is in a different room.  I like this in the family room because everyone can take part in the chalkboard messages.  It can display a football schedule (as seen here), fun messages from one family member to another, or even rules of the house. Not to mention that it looks fab...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Around the house tips and tricks

There are so many great ideas floating around on the internet that will serve to make your home more organized and useful.  Some of the ideas are so simple but they provide needed organization and more clear, defined spaces that make so much sense!

1.  This is a laundry room that seems small, but it is so cute and well done.  The space is very well utilized and I don't think I could have done it any better myself.  The baskets up top serve as storage for items that are not used often (that a boyfriend/husband need to retrieve) and the sliding cabinets provide needed drying storage for items that you can't put in the dryer.  I love the counter tops here too - nothing fancy, looks like plain laminate, but it surely serves a great purpose.  Love this space!

 2.  When we were selling our house, I always used to heat random things up on the stove to make the house smell pretty ... and it worked!  People always commented on how nice the house smelled, including our realtor!  There are so many different options, but here are a few.  All you have to do is put a few things together on the stove and let it simmer for a while, until the smells resinate through your home (make sure you always keep enough water in the pan so it doesn't burn - that will defeat the purpose of the whole thing!).  Then you just let the mixture cool and throw it in the garbage!  Easy as pie!  I'd love to hear your comments about what you have tried and how it worked!

Potpourri - 1 cut lemon, 1 cut apple, 1 cut orange, 3 cinnamon sticks, water to cover
Holiday Potpourri - 1 cut orange, 1 cut lemon, 1 bay leaf, 2 cinnamon sticks, handful of cloves, water
Spice Potpourri - 2c water, 1/2c sugar, 1c pineapple juice, 1c orange juice, 1 lemon, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1T cloves
Apple Cinnamon Potpourri - 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 cut apple
Lemon Basil - (my personal favorite!)  2 cut lemons, a handful of fresh/dried basil, water
Cider Pumpkin Potpourri - 1 can of pumpkin puree, 4 cinnamon sticks, a handful of cloves, 1 apple, 3 T vanilla, a pinch of nutmeg, apple cidar (I used 4 cups, but you could adjust it any way you want)

 3.  Another great idea.  I always struggle with how to organize my KitchenAid mixer and accessories.  I usually store them in the bowl, but there isn't really enough room to do that, so some end up scattered around the kitchen.  This is such a great idea and you could use Command hooks so you don't ruin the inside of the cabinets.

4. GENIOUS!  Plastic bags are always lose under our sink and it is hard to get them out.  This is a great, organized solution for garbage bag storage.  You could do this in a pantry or under the sink (for kitchen trash bags).  This would also be really useful in the garage for trash cans located there.  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ravishing rugs

I really love a pretty area rug that works to make the room cohesive.  There have been some really pretty rugs floating around on the internet, and if you want to find one it isn't very hard to search for and find one that suits your home-style.

1. This rug is so much fun and provides a fun, colorful pattern in any room that is somewhat monotone or filled with tones of teal.  I love the colors that make up this rug and the contrast of the rug against the dark flooring!  You can find it here...

2. This area rug has a pattern that is very popular, but much more neutral than the first rug.  I like this rug because it has both grey and tan tones and would go well with a color scheme that involves either of those colors.  Very pretty.

3.  I LOVEEE this rug.  It is so bold and aesthetically pleasing.  I love the green and the shapes and the grey (I know, I obsess over the color grey).

4.  I know, more grey.  But I just can't stop.  Another neutral rug with a pretty, but not overwhelming pattern.  I love the zebra pattern and the color-on-color variations.  Here is the site!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Backsplash wonders

 Everyone wants a backsplash that compliments their countertops and adds value and beauty to their kitchen.  BUT, it can be very hard to pick the right backsplash.  Do you want something eclectic that is really funky and different?  Do you want something subtle?  Do you have a relatively plain kitchen and want to add some fun with your backsplash?  The "right backsplash" is probably different for everyone, but here are a few I am loving right now...

1. Love. Love. Love this backsplash.  It is so pretty.  I think the reason that it works so well in this space (although you can only see a small portion of the space) is because the counter tops are so plain and the decor plays off of the white in the tiles.  Grey and blue are my two favorite colors, so this one is a winner for me!

2.  I think a lot of people these days are deciding that a subway tile backsplash is right for them.  It is fairly versatile, particularly because subway tiles come in so many different colors and are pretty plain.  I think the light blue was a good choice for this particular kitchen because it is a nice midtone.  It goes well with the super dark cabinets and the very light countertops.  And don't even get me started on the chalkboard cabinet.  Love built-in chalkboards in the home.

3.  This is another backsplash that I love.  It achieves a very specific look, but I like it because it can be used with virtually any countertop you have.  I think it looks nice with these very light countertops, but it would also provide a great contrast with a very dark countertop.  Here it contrasts the dark cabinets.

4.  This backsplash is a bit more prepster.  It works really well with the plain countertops and brings a bit of playfulness to the kitchen.  This is a perfect backsplash for a kitchen with white cabinets.  I think it would even work with a darker countertop, as long as the cabinets are light.  Pretty!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

At-home jewelry storage

I continually struggle with the best ways to store my jewelry at home.  I have A LOT of jewelry and in the past my storage has been so ineffective that I cannot see, and thus do not wear, most of what I have.  While I am still working on some of it, here are some amazing ideas, one of which is my own!

1.  Although I don't own these bracelet holders, they are very pretty to put on a nightstand or bureau to display jewelry.  It is such a great way to see exactly what you have and also have access to everything in order to choose the piece of wrist-wear that best compliments your outfit.

2. This is actually a picture of my jewelry.  When we were moving, I wracked my brain to figure out how to transport my jewelry from a small jewelry cabinet to our new house ... and I loved it so much that it stuck.  I keep all my necklaces in these plastic cases.  They never get tangled and they are easy to see and access.  The cases are just from Walmart - they are thread organizers for only $3.97.  I also keep my large earrings in these cases as well.  The greatest thing about these cases is that you can configure them in so many different ways just by putting in and taking out the plastic pieces that separate each compartment.   The link is below...

 3. While this is not a picture of my jewelry, I do also have bracelets stored like this on my nightstand.  It only stores a few, but it is pretty, and I did already have the bottle of wine so it didn't cost me anything extra.  There are so many pretty bottles of wine these days and it does look really unique.

4. While this picture includes many things I don't currently have (or know where to buy), it is so pretty. It's a great way to showcase one statement necklace, and boy does this one do the trick.  What a beautiful piece!  Again, the bracelets are nicely displayed, just as they are in the first picture.  But, this person doesn't have a ton of jewelry, or they just chose to display only a small portion of it here.  Nonetheless, it is very appealing way to organize jewels.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Just call me Giuliana

I admit it.  I want to be Giuliana Rancic.  She and Bill are so cute.  I love their home and their style (although I know they have an interior decorator that has done everything for them).  I am so obsessed with every room in their home.  There is nothing I don't like about it.

1. The Rancic living room.  Love the built in around the TV.  Love the couch choice.  Love the letters B&G on the wall.  LOVE the tufted ottomans under the table behind the couch.  Beautiful.


2. Baby Duke's room.  I want those octopus frames behind the couch.  And I love the idea of a couch in a baby's room.  Great for feeding or for someone who is watching the baby that may be a bit older and not able to sit on the ground. 

3. L.O.V.E.  The wallpaper is so pretty (although I told my husband when we first met that I hated wallpaper - I think that may be why he married me ...)  The curtains are so pretty and light and I love the white couches.  I have no idea where they got those coffee tables, but I need to find them.  Are white couches acceptable when you have little ones running around?  Maybe this is a formal living room that Duke is not allowed in...

4. I would die for this closet.  Space for shoes.  Space for shirts.  Space for everything.  So beautiful.

5.  This dining space is very elegant.  The curtains remind me of the ones they have in their living space.  Very pretty chairs and chandelier.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Dining room delights

Dining room tables are the centerpiece for the room.  It seems that most people these days are choosing long rectangular tables that can seat more people.  Many people also don't use their dining rooms if they have an eat in kitchen - which I'm not sure I ever want because I know that would mean I would no longer use my dining room table either!!  Here are some great dining rooms ... tables, decor and all!

1.  Mixing and matching chairs is all the rage these days in dining room settings.  While I am not always a fan (partly because the chairs do not always mesh), these chairs go well together because they tie in the same colors, just in different spots on the chairs.  I also really love the dropped ceiling and the rug compliments the simplicity of the rest of the room really well.  Very nice.

2.  So many nice things about this room.  The first thing that draws my eye is probably the chairs.  Again, they are mix and match, but done well.  Even though they do not contain the same colors, they really do go well together, and since the table and floor are very simple, they serve as a focal point for the room.  The wallpaper on the ceiling is also a darling touch, but in a way that doesn't push the decor over the top.  And let's be honest here, who wouldn't also want a fireplace in their dining room to make it a little more cozy?  Nobody. That's who.

3. Rustic Glam Chic.  I think that would be my diagnostic style assessment of this room.  I am so in love with chandeliers (you will see them frequent my blog) and these are so pretty.  Anyone who is able to design a room with two chandeliers is an A+ in my book!  The chandeliers give the room a touch of sophistication, offset by the large, custom chalkboard on the feature wall that could be multifunctional - menus, stories, notes from guests ... menus (I think that is the most fun idea for the chalkboard in the background!)  Just add some pretty pink flowers and some grey chairs (I LOVE anything grey) and the room is complete.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cheating on home with jewels...

Oh man.  I am already cheating on home decor with jewelry.  BUT, in my defense, I am so obsessed with Etsy and some of the jewelry you can get on there for incredible prices.  I wanted to feature a few items from different shops that are way underpriced and gorgeous!!

1.  This first necklace is one that I have seen all over Pintrest and I actually have it in the pink (a little bit less versatile, but definitely more of a statement!).  So pretty!!  And only $14.00 ... NO, you did not read that wrong!!  I believe it is also a JCrew knock-off.  If I could afford JCrew jewelry, that would be all that would be in my jewelry box.  The link for this item is pasted below ...

2.  This second necklace is also very popular.  I really like the blue color.  So vibrant and such a statement.  Perfect with a very simple or monotone outfit.  Only $16.99!

3.  This third necklace is so fun.  It is really unique and the colors are so pretty.  I believe this is another JCrew-esque necklace.  This sells for $20.99 - which is almost unbelievable.  Such a great deal, even with the shipping of $6.00.  Keep in mind that shipping is only $3.50 if you get two items .... just saying.  Here is the link

Picking a front door color

Picking a color for your front door can be tough.  It's one of the first things people see when they drive up to our home and they certainly notice the color of your door (good or bad).  Personally, I am not a fan of red.  It seems cliche and I think there are a lot of other colors that can really compliment the color of the outside of your house.

1. I love this first front door color because it really pops with the white and beige that surrounds it.  It really offsets the black that is above and on the door as well.  So pretty.  Since the best paint obviously comes from Sherwin Williams, here is a close color to this front door ... SW 6521 Notable Hue

 3. This second front door color is one that I wouldn't necessarily think to put with a brick exterior, but it looks really great.  The knocker, mail slot, and kick plate look great against that pale green.  A similar Sherwin Williams color ... SW 6462 Green Trance

3. This door is a bit more bold, which I like.  Navy is not a color that I feel you see often with front doors.  Red, burgundy, champagne, but not navy.  I like this door for a bit of flair (although I would really spruce up the wreath and add some more decor around the base of the door).  
Sherwin Williams ... SW 6531 Indigo

4. By now I'm sure you can tell that I am completely obsessed with the cool color palette. Grey is definitely my favorite color .. this front door color is very similar to my own current front door color.  When I decide to repaint, I might go a bit more bold like the others.  I like this grey because it is very versatile and goes with many different colors. Sherwin Williams color ... SW 7624 Slate Tile

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lovely home office spaces

My home office space is less than astounding.  Mismatched desks.  Plain office chairs.  Blahhh.  I am thinking of renovating that space and I found a few ideas that would make for a lovely space.

1.  This space is a favorite of mine.  I love the intricacy of the mirror on the wall and the simplicity of the actual desk.  The lamp and flowers.  Perfection.  Target is one of my favorite stores and they have some mirrors that are really pretty statement pieces.  I am pasting the links below.  TJ Maxx (probably my absolute favorite store) also has some fab mirrors too, but it is sometimes hit-or-miss there.  It can't be a one-stop-shop kinda purchase.  You may have to look around for it.

2. I like this second space because of the wonderfully organized shelves above the desk.  I haven't seen shelving in a home office, but I really like how it was done here.  Again, the desk is very simple.  Not the greatest for storage, but still very pretty.

3.  There is a lot that I love about the space below.  This is a very inviting space.  I love the lamps and the colors that were incorporated into this space.  I'm not a huge fan of that chair (I would like something a bit more fancy - an upholstered chair maybe???) but it does fit the current space.