Goodwill Art Upgrade

We’re almost to the weekend!  🙂  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  Mine has been super productive and I’m so grateful for that!

Back in January, I stopped into Goodwill on Dollar Day (Thursday!) to see if I could find anything that caught my eye.  I have been waiting to find the perfect artwork to put over by our kitchen table since we moved into this house — I mentioned on the blog that I usually don’t go searching for artwork, I wait until it finds me!  And I stumbled upon something good!

Goodwill Art Upgrade {Details Blog}

Goodwill Art Upgrade {Details Blog}

These two “prints” inspired me.  But before I tell you why, let me tell you that I am using the term “prints” very loosely…ha.  These were literally printed off images on cheap computer paper stuffed into two very ill-fitting and flimsy frames, lol.  Nothing fancy here, folks.  I paid 99 cents each for this artwork and knew that my next order of business was finding some good frames.

The reason these pictures spoke to me is because I love making my house smell good with natural stovetop scents, and I’ve written about that on the blog here and here.  These pictures totally reminded me of some of the ingredients I use in my recipes!

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DIY Cleansing Stovetop Scent

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My Favorite Simple Stovetop Scent

The pictures themselves are not very large — about 8″ x 10″ — and the space in our kitchen calls for something pretty substantial.  I was looking for large, neutral frames with a chunky white mat.  A couple of months later, I was perusing HomeGoods, and I found just what I had been picturing in my head.  I love when things work out like that!

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The frames were a bit banged up so I asked for a discount and then repaired them as best I could at home.  They’re not perfect, but nothing in our house is, and I like things that have character.  🙂

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To the left of this is our buffet with our coffee station and a couple of chalkboards above.  I love how this dining area feels like its own separate and defined space now.

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I found this table runner in the Target Dollar section.  I think it’s so cute and perfect for Spring.  The tassels add a fun element to it.  I’m a sucker for anything with tassels, lol.  The metal pail came from there, too.  I plopped in a plant from Trader Joe’s.

Goodwill Art Upgrade {Details Blog}

Goodwill Art Upgrade {Details Blog}

I love stringing lights in our faux trees for a pretty nighttime glow.  It’s my new favorite decorating “trick.”

This was such an inexpensive project and it took some time to complete because I was waiting for things to find me, but it was worth it!  This art wall feels so representative of our little family now.  I love it!  And I hung these up myself, which was a major accomplishment.  I used a level, guys!  Lol…  Greyson is usually the hanger-upper, so I was pretty proud of myself that I got these up on my own.

Have a great rest of your day!

Friday Room Inspiration: Girly Tween Double Bedroom

Happy Friday, friends!  I, for one, am really looking forward to the weekend.  It’s been a whirlwind of a week, that’s for sure.

My little blog has evolved a lot over the years.  In the beginning, I really only posted about interior design inspiration that I found on the internet.  I would pick a theme and post about it — pretty simple.  We lived with my in-laws, I was just starting out in my career (at a rather uninspiring job at that point), and I didn’t have much to share, lol.  But I loved writing, I loved design, and that was my driver.

I started sharing my in-laws’ house a bit after that.  Vignettes I would create, my mom-in-law’s beautiful holiday decorations, table settings…  It’s where I got my creative outlet for sure.  And then we moved into our house!  I’ve shared the whole evolution of our house design on the blog and have especially focused on mostly only original content since the beginning of January.  It’s been fun and I feel proud of the things I’ve created here.  But I’m also itching to bring back some focused interior design posts without compromising my excitement over featuring mostly my own created content.

Mood boards are a great way to hone in on an overall aesthetic for a design plan.  They’re really fun and, in my opinion, it’s important to always start with a collection of ideas — no matter how you create that collection — before you buy anything.  It saves you money in the long-run, and there are a whole bunch of other reasons why I think they are important!  I thought it would be fun to do room inspiration posts on some Fridays for a room concept.  I’m not sure how frequent these posts will be because this one did take kind of a long time to put together, but let’s play it by ear.  😉

Friday Room Inspiration: Girly Tween Double Bedroom {Details Blog}

Friday Room Inspiration: Girly Tween Double Bedroom {Details Blog}

I love a well-designed kids’ room.  I have worked on a couple in the last few years and they were so fun to create — and install!  I was inspired by this adorable twin bed from Serena and Lily, and the rest of the bedroom just moved forward from there.

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Friday Room Inspiration: Girly Tween Double Bedroom {Details Blog}

I don’t like everything to be totally match-y in a bedroom, but I do like to have consistent finishes and a color theme.  I like to go with one color of finish for the case goods (nightstands, dressers, desks) and keep that pretty consistent or select colors that play well together; and then I like to have fun with the upholstery and keep that consistent, too.  It doesn’t all have to be one color, but ideally if you have a poppy color, like the pink above, it should float all around the room.  The best ‘formula’ I have for this is to find ways to use that pop of color on a vertical scale (window treatments / paint / wallcoverings), on a horizontal scale (furniture and accessories), and on the floor (i.e. your rug selection).  You don’t have to be too rigid with this, but I think that consistent finishes and colors and good distribution of color will create a really tailored, expensive-looking space.

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Seriously, people — you cannot have too much.  It’s really all about the texture when it comes to livening up a space.  Especially in kids’ spaces — utilize those baskets!  Serena and Lily have amazing ones (that cost a fortune, but holy gorgeous!) or check HomeGoods.

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For this room, I really fell in love with that branch etagere.  It’s perfectly feminine and just a really fun statement piece.  Also that pink shell chair on casters is a cute little vintage-inspired throwback accent.  I think every room needs at least one quirky, fun, or whimsical piece in it — large or small.  I also think it’s neat how that etagere could look really formal in another room design but in this one it just looks kind of magical.  🙂  It just goes to show you that so much of design is determined by how you mix and match things.

If you have any questions on where anything is sourced, drop me an e-mail or leave it in the comments below.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Spring As a Feeling

Good morning!  It appears that just as swiftly as the “snow” left our valley, we have been blessed with beautifully warm Spring temperatures.  This has me feeling ready for Spring.  Bring on the peonies, outdoor coffee dates, farmer’s markets, and al fresco dining.

Each season, I like to compile a bunch of inspiration photos together to welcome and celebrate its arrival.  Looking over this Spring’s photo collection, it’s clear to me that I am feeling very drawn to soft, subtle colors in lieu of bold patterns, which is kind of new for me!  There are plenty of photos of very neat, organized cabinetry, shelves, and spaces because, well, this time of year is when I especially crave that order.  I am still trying to purge and organize some small areas of our home and then I will be getting on with my Spring cleaning, which is a process that will take me a few months.  Right into Summer!  Which is when we will officially enter into sloth-mode due to the extreme heat — ha!

If you’re living in a part of the world that is still experiencing a very cold Winter, I hope these photos make you feel warm.  😉  Spring will be here before you know it!

This is what Spring feels like to me…

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Emilee Anne

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Beth Webb

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House of Jade Interiors

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Reviving Charm

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Elle Decor

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Rebecca Louise Law

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Kristen Panitch Design / Interiors

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Maddie Hughes Designs

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Anouk Yve

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Sacris Design

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Harlowe James

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Becki Owens

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My Domaine

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Sarah’s House

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CC & Mike Creative

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Brossie Belle

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Camille Styles

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A Burst of Beautiful

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G.P. Schafer Architect

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Kelley Nan

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Decor Gold Designs

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Design Seeds

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Studio McGee

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Ginger Barber

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Glitter Guide

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What Olivia Did

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Nora Murphy Country House

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Saw Nail & Paint

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Z Design At Home

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C Home

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Good morning!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was spent celebrating my brother and his new fiancee.  So excited!  🙂

Each year I post about Pantone’s Color of the Year.  I have to say that in recent years it hasn’t really thrilled me!  But I’m excited about this year’s color — Living Coral.

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It’s a fun color, isn’t it?  I like to post about these yearly colors because they show up in design across the board in big ways — interior design, fashion, graphic design…  I’m not one to really add anything trendy on purpose in our house for the sake of trendiness alone, but it’s still fun to take notice of what is happening in the world of color and design.  This color feels so lively to me and is really a happy color in my book.  I’ll never pass up a good coral!  😉

If you’re looking for simple ways to add this color to your space, pillows, accent rugs, accessories, or even a little artwork will do the trick.  No need to fully commit.

Let the celebration of Living Coral begin!  🙂

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Chango & Co.

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Trendland

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Apartment Therapy

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Veranda

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Traditional Home

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One King’s Lane

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From Luxe With Love

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Katie Ridder

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CitrineLiving

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House Beautiful

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Country Living

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Studio McGee

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Amie Corley Interiors

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Holly Hickey Moore

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Kathryn Davey

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Architectural Digest

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Harper’s Bazaar

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Young House Love

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Frank Roop Design Interiors

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Sally Ward Interiors

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Hey, guys!  Happy Tuesday!  🙂  I hope you’re in the midst of a beautiful and productive week.

I always look forward to blogging about the Pantone Color of the Year.  It’s a little something I wait for in December.  How about you?  I like being introduced to the color, reading up on it, and then looking out for it!  It’s kind of fun bein’ on the hunt.  😉

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Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet {Details Blog}

I have to admit that this year’s color took a little bit of time for me to warm up to it.  It reminded me so much of a cartoon-y purple and I was a little bit disappointed.

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In preparation for this post, I read up on it and the energy put forth behind this color is really awesome.  We’re in a time when we need all the positivity we can get!  And the fact that this color is a color of hope and promise?  I kind of love that.

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Better Homes & Gardens

We’re in luck with this color, too — purple goes with everything!  It’s a universal color, lending itself to whatever else you have in a room.

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Elle Decor

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Style at Home

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Architectural Digest

Ultra violet is all about vibrancy.  I think that is what I do really like about it.  It’s not a flat color — it’s dimensional and full of life.  Slightly neon maybe?

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House Beautiful

It can also be muted, like these chairs.  They’re still punchy, but they’re a little on the subdued side.

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Veranda

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House Beautiful

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Elle Decor

Blues look exceptionally pretty with ultra violet, too.  I love the mix of shades of all of the colors in this living space.  It’s simply a blue and purple color palette thrown a bunch of different ways!  Green is the secret BFF of any purple, though.  They’re always buddies.

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Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design

Playful color, playful application.  🙂

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I mean who wouldn’t want to see this when they arrived home every day?!  I wish I knew the source!  😦

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House Beautiful

A little bit of regency, anybody?  A favorite of mine.

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House Beautiful

Of course, in a large application of ultra violet like this foyer, black and white is a great way to break it up / ground the space.  Black and white’s just good at that.  🙂

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Cottages & Gardens

I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat wondering if ultra violet has found its way into fashion and that answer would be yes!  😉  Admittedly, my daily wardrobe borderlines more with faSHUN than fashion, but here’s some fun eye candy…

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Vogue

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Vogue

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The Telegraph

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Harper’s Bazaar

If you’ve made it this far, whew, thank you!

Will you be using ultra violet somewhere in your home this year?  Pillows and flowers are very non-committal…  Would not suggest the purple carpet.  😉

Cozy Clutter

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.

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HGTV

As temperatures drop and we ease deeper into Fall, I always find myself drawn to rooms with the perfect amount of cozy clutter.  Do you know what I mean by that?

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House & Home

When rooms have textural elements added to them, or big fuzzy throw blankets, or plants galore, I feel cozy and warm inside.  It feels like Fall to me even without a single pumpkin in sight!

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Better Homes & Gardens

These comfy elements are things that tell me…  Someone lives here, and loves being warm and cozy, too.  I love stacks of books and extra pillows, and when decor items are pulled out of storage to fill up a space just a little bit more.

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Kinfolk

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House Beautiful

There’s something so special about a room that looks lived in.  People who like to get cozy in their houses, and listen to Christmas music in November, and bake things in their cozy houses — those are my people.

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Veranda

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Alyssa Rosenheck

Baskets are one of my favorite things to add around the house this time of year.  They provide warmth and lots of texture, and they’re great for holding all sorts of things!  Plants, blankets, books — Kuma even has a big one for all of his toys.  🙂  But that’s a year-round thing.  He likes to have a big toy selection…ha.

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House Beautiful

This is the time of year for piles of big fluffy towels hot out of the dryer, and caddies for your favorite Fall scents and maybe even a flower or two in a small vase.  It’s also the time of year for brass or copper accents — those warm metals add a lot of coziness to a space.

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Southeastern Showhouse

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Architectural Digest

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Dering Hall

Don’t huge collections of books look even better this time of year?  I think so.  🙂  This is the only time of year that I really love a stuffed bookshelf.  Forget breathing room — I want full and warm!

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Elle Decor

Do you collect anything?  Now is the time to bring your collections out and gather them together!  I have small collections of a few things, but the main thing that I love to bring out is my collection of silver.  I use it all over the house this time of the year.

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One Kings Lane

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What kinds of things do you use to cozy up your house for Fall?

I hope you have a great rest of your Monday!

Small Bathrooms That Pack a Punch

When it comes to bathrooms, sometimes the smaller they are, the more fun you can have!  Patterned wallpaper, bold lighting, interesting fixtures — these are all things that make a small bathroom punchy.  Get smart with storage, remember that what reflects in the mirror counts, and show off your design sensibilities and personality in these small spaces!

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Elle Decor

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Houzz

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Architectural Digest

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Architectural Digest

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Domino

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Studio McGee

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Veranda

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BHG

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BHG

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Dering Hall