Thursday, September 15, 2016

Layered Rugs

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen my losing battle to find the perfect living room rug. The struggle is real and it is for a variety of reasons that I can't seem to nail down the perfect option for our family.

Here are the requirements. Husband - No jute or sisal, softness, dark color, pattern or variation/something that hides stains, inexpensive. Yours Truly - Wants natural fiber like jute, sisal or wool, softness if possible, less chemicals for the baby to climb around on, pattern or variation/something that hides stains, light color, inexpensive, quality

So you can see we agree on a couple things! Inexpensive and variation in color/pattern to hide stains. The rest we don't see eye to eye on :) I have had my work cut out for me trying to find a compromise that works for everyone in the house. Ordering 6 different rugs over the past 6 months and I have RETURNED them all like a crazy person. I am pretty sure the customer service desk at Target now knows me by name. I was very close to keeping this Vintage Distressed Rug from Target. I just couldn't get past the chemical smell or the lack of piece of mind with a Nylon rug from a health and well-being standpoint. Uggh this rug is beautiful though! And it was soft, and had nice variation in color and was inexpensive. Checked so many buckets, but not the health bucket unfortunately.

Okay now I was frustrated. In fact I almost went back to the store regretting returning it but I held my ground and continued the hunt. In my heart I really wanted Jute or Sisal but I know that could give Evan rug burn when he starts crawling! And no one really loves the feel since it is the last thing you'd want to lay down and snuggle on. Then I was reading a blog post by Becki Owens and I had a revelation. Layering rugs! Why had I never thought of that - and suddenly an idea came to me. Wool rugs in an 8 x 10 size are too expensive, but an affordable jute rug layered with a smaller 5 x 8 quality wool rug is an more cost effective option.

Images from Becki Owens

I am loving the look in this room and this is similar to my color palette. Plus I am obsessed with Overdyed rugs right now. So I began the hunt.

Here is what I finally ordered:

A Jute Rug with Metallic Accents from Target in a 7 x 10 30% off sale

And I ordered a Navy overdyed rug from PB Teen in a 5 x 7 on 15% off sale:)

Now of course there is a chance that both rugs arrive and I hate them - but I am feeling pretty good about this solution right now and the cost was over $200 less than if I had bought the 8 x 10 version of the Wool Overdyed Rug rug (a whooping $750!). So right now I am feeling happy about the creative solution and optimistic that it will give us the perfect compromise (light colored jute with dark/variation color and softness with real wool).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Buffalo Checks...aren't just for lumbar jacks

You might be noticing that checks and gingham are everywhere (including all over my Instagram posts in my wardrobe and the kids outfits too). I honestly thought this was a trend that came out of no where...but then I started looking at old issues of House Beautiful and Domino and realized this pattern has been a staple for decades, it was never overused though and I guess I ignored it.

I think the difference with the buff checks that are in style right now is that they are bigger and come in modern new colors that have reinvented this classic pattern. Honestly it is hard to tell how long this trend will last, but for now I think investing in a low cost accessory of two will refresh a space like nothing else.

Here are some of my favorites. Happy Shopping :)

Serena and Lily Gingham Duvet

Mark and Graham Gingham Picnic Blanket

Studio Mcgee Pillows - I need these!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Home Improvement Updates

It is astonishing how long I have been away from this blog! So much has happened and I absolutely plan to update you all when I get a chance. For starters, I have a 6 month old new bambino in my life (let's call him Mimi since that is the nickname his big brother has chosen for him - so cute!)

Since I last wrote I have spent (dare I say) years decorating and updating our beautiful fixer upper of a Colonial home which I shared before photos of. I'm really excited to give you all a sneak peek inside my oldest son's room (this shows a first different arrangements we have tried)! Enjoy a few pics here and I will plan on writing posts about each room in coming weeks. Hope everyone is doing well, healthy and enjoying the summer. xo

Walls: Benjamin Moore Gray Mist
Rug: Target
Teepee: Land of Nod
Bench: Ikea with a DIY Cushion
Botanical Prints: Young House Love

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Abstract Artists to Watch

Most rooms on the main level of our home have at least one commissioned abstract piece of art that pulls the colors of each room. I think this really helps energize a space and adds a pop of color in a way that is much harder to accomplish with photography. Here are some of my favorite who are super talented and create beautiful work.

Sarah Swanson
I can't say enough about Sarah! Her $10 art provided the pop of color we needed after painting our living room and she literally provided the jumping off point for the rest of the room as we pulled it all together. Her designs are gorgeous, graphic and simple - and you can choose your own colors.

Niki Parker
I want one of her paintings so bad! Her work is so pretty and I love the playful use of line and texture. She uses every color imaginable and happens to also use my favorite scheme of pink, blue, gold and black.

Amira D. Rahim
I was introduced to Amira on Instagram and fell in love with her work and her sweet personality. She is super nice and paints using the entire spectrum of colors and textures, anything you could ever imagine of need. I bought one of her paintings when I saw her post it on Insta and it fit the room colors for the dining room perfectly!

Jenny Andrews Anderson
In the design world, she has a almost cult like following. Open a Domino magazine and you wil probably flip right to a room featuring one of her paintings - she is that good and that prevalent in the design world. She is also a really cool person and amazing to work with! She designed this piece for my living room when we first moved in. I sent her decor inspiration from around the room she got the aesthetic immediately and painted something perfect for me. I could not be happier with her work and I would buy another of her paintings in a minute.
Jennifer Flannigan
I don't own one of Jennifer's pieces yet, but I will soon! What I love about Jen's work is that she uses colors and textures that I normally decorate with. Her style speaks to my decorating style! Dots, patterns, lines and lots of gold, pinks and a punch of black. Such gorgeous stuff.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Throw Round Up

I am a certifiable throw blanket addict! Any evening, even in the summer (I know I am crazy...but I am not really happy unless I am in 90 degree temperatures at all times) - I can always be found underneath a blanket curled up on the sofa. My blanket of choice is the Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Throw, which is insanely comfy but not very chic:)

I have been on the hunt for a new throw and here are my favorites from some of my go to shopping sites.

Jonathan Adler Striped Nixon Alpaca Throw
Goodness this one is perfect. Stripey & Greek key inspired in my go-to color palette of navy and coral. If I could marry a blanket it would probably be this one:)
Serena and Lily Brahms Mount Herringbone Throw
 It's no surprise this one made my list:) It checks all the boxes (comfy throw, herringbone pattern, coral). I think this one will end up being purchased for my home one day...either for the bedroom of living room I can see it working beautifully. It also comes in a gorgeous Indigo color (or Dove Gray).

Pottery Barn Alphabet Throw
 This one reminds me so much of the Hermes throw I freak out over every time I see it in a design magazine:) You would have to refinance your home to afford the Hermes version - but this copycat version from Pottery Barn is so affordable! At $129 it's a steal.

Jonathan Adler Nixon Alpaca Throw
 I am seriously obsessed with this blanket and as you know...I can never really tire of Greek key inspired patterns. The navy version is the best:) I have a coffee cup from Jonathan Adler in this same pattern and it makes my mornings complete!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Exterior Paint Job

I am ridiculous:) A year ago I basically stopped blogging in favor of Instagram. Lazy? Yes undoubtedly, but you see chasing a 3 year old around the house and decorating the dickens out of this little house has me strapped for time. At least I have been documenting everything to share with you. The bad news is almost every photo has been altered with my favorite filter, Valencia. I LOVE YOU VALENCIA...your washed out magic is perfection.

Anyways, enough about my love of filters, I need a 5 step program to stop that. Now let's talk about my house paint job. Our home is in a historic neighborhood where all the homes used to be white with green shutters. They have since all been painted - well all except one! Our house has been so untouched for like a century, that it was literally the last house on the block with the traditional scheme. Part of me wanted to keep it so I could say "It is original, such rich history" you know so I can pat myself on the back for preserving the past. But truth is - I wanted it to set the stage for what people see on the inside, I wanted it to reflect our style (ahem whoops I mean my style...I have to remind the other half daily that coral is actually NOT pink. It is more orange.)

And here is the AFTER (on a snowy day) :
 I set out to pick paint colors that were uniquely us (me). I spent months pouring over swatches and found the coolest gray.

Benjamin Moore Cos Cob Stonewall

Ah, isn't she pretty? Then I needed a shutter color and I went with a rich black. I am pretty sure it was basic BM Black (but don't quote me on that, I am too lazy to check in the basement).

For the door color I knew I wanted red, but not the same red as everyone else on the street. And I wanted a red that would give a nod to all the coral folks will see inside the house (without being overtly corally).

So, I found this pretty shade called Benjamin Moore Pomegranate. I am obsessed.

The trim I wanted something soft, so I picked Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. This color has basically a cult following and now I understand why. It is a soft sexy, sophisticated white.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dining Room Wall Decisions

Confession time - there are at least a dozen prints leaning against the wall on the first floor of our new house...just waiting for me to decide where to hang them. People, this is what gets me every time:) When it comes to pulling out the drill and making permanent holes in our ancient plaster walls, I buckle under the pressure. I second guess myself - and get a little afraid that I'll make ridiculous holes in the wall that I will regret later:)

This time, I got smarter. I enlisted my friend Photoshop and decided to try out a few options to fill the little space between our dining room windows.

The room colors are gold, mint and pink/orange accents. I'm loving the gin poster, but the watercolors are also awesome because they pull in all the room accent colors! And, I love the tried and true LOVE poster:)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Prints from Etsy

Recently - I picked up a collection of new prints from Etsy (Thanks to my awesome parents who got me an Etsy gift card for Christmas, they know me so well)!

So, without further adieu, here is the lineup for my chosen prints, which will likely end up in a gallery wall I am planning in the dinning room. Right now, I am loving animal prints & graphic inspiration in the form of typography:) Also, my secret is also out - you see by the selections here - I have rekindled my obsession for my wedding colors yet again (gold, coral and mint)!

Flamingo - eastwitching 
Buffalo - leahduncan 
Drink More Gin - OurType
Wear Sequins - AmandaCatherineDes
You Me Forever -  satchelandsage

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Holiday Decor 2013

Since my holiday post was 4 months late last year, I'm giving myself a kick in the pants to share some highlights before the new year arrives! This is our first Christmas in our new home and we decided to focus on the living room as the first project - with the goal to get it painted and prepped just in time for the holiday season. Whenever we plan on entertaining, we typically rearrange furniture so guests can walk freely through the living areas, and this year we pushed the furniture to the perimeter  for that very reason:)

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy, Merry Everything!

From my little family to yours! This year we featured lil man by himself - he is a lot cuter than we are:)

See my leg and arm making a cameo in the background?:) Love that dress, I only wore it once.

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!