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Friday, July 19, 2019
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
I haven't really blogged about our living room in awhile so I wanted to update you all on some of the furnishings I've brought in and how I've been changing things up around here.

I recently added these rattan trunks to the space. They were supposed to be for a client but after they arrived we knew they wouldn't work so I put them in here as a place to store them but they are growing on me. So much storage and I actually am loving the scale of them. 

Our new lounger and sofa are from Rowe Furniture and I absolutely love them. They are hands down the most comfortable pieces we have ever owned and because they are custom pieces from their Robin Bruce line I was able to choose the fabric I wanted. They are such quality pieces that have that worn in and casual feel that I love so much in my design. 
Our teak caned armchairs from Perigold will always be a favorite of mine. The smooth wood and woven detail in the seat make these chairs timeless and will forever be in our home which I can't always say about all my furniture. But I'm really trying to be thoughtful with how I choose items for my home. I have the amazing opportunity to work with so many incredible companies that I am able to change things out a lot but that can also lead me to feelings of discontent in my design because it doesn't always allow for the curated design I crave. So I'm doing my very best to lean in to what I love more and only allow those pieces in my home that truly spark joy. 
Our chandelier was a recent purchase from CB2 and it took me forever to find exactly the right fixture for this space. The ceilings in our home are only 8ft so its limiting on what I can choose. I love oversized light fixtures but I have to know my limitations and respect the fact that my house isn't made for them. Finding those unique fixtures that still add character to the space is important to me so I was very happy to find this crystal and brass chandelier that had the design detail I was looking for and also worked in our home. 

 This home has been a real labor of love over the past three years and we still continue to put more into her. I just think its fun to keep documenting the progress we have made over the years, not only to share with you all but also as a reminder of how far we have come! I hope you still continue to enjoy following along after all this time!

Friday, May 17, 2019

I just wrote all about my teen girls brand new room that we did for the One Room Challenge and how much we are loving it. It was super fun and of course gave me the opportunity to work with a lot of great companies. When I was presented this challenge, I knew right away the project that I would choose would be my oldest's room because she needed a space that was created just for her. I also knew that with making over her bedroom would come the opportunity to work with The Company Store again and I was super excited for that! 
I've written about The Company Store on the blog multiple times because I just really love this company. The products are top of the line and there is nothing I love more then a well made bed. I was actually laying in bed this morning thinking about how I needed to write this post and how much I love the comfort of the beds in our home. 
We have the most comfortable beds!
Not just because I say so, but because I've been told this by my family and our over night guests over and over. I take it as a huge compliment because the gift of rest is so important and there is nothing I want more, than to have a home that people feel comfortable in.  
A place you can sink into some luxurious sheets, pull the soft blankets up all the way to your chin and snuggle into the deep feather bed for an amazing rest. 
I spoke here before on my recipe for the perfect bed and this one is no different. 
It needed layers of soft, squishy comfort and thats what she got!

And as always, Im here to let you in on their latest sale....
20% off sheets, duvets and more! So go check it out because I'm telling you, you will not be disappointed. Actually, you'll probably end up doing what I did and putting The Company Store on all the beds in your home! 

One Room Challenge Final Reveal

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The day has come where I finally get to reveal the room to you all! Which is kind of funny to say that  because its not like its been done and I've been waiting. We literally pulled the blue tape off the walls last night and pulled everything together at the very last minute. It was a little banana's and for a second I didn't know if we would actually finish on time but we did!
I thought before I show you the final reveal we should recap with with how the room started out.
Remember this mess?
The black floors. the pink bunny wallpaper, the stuffed piled everywhere, oh its all so terrible! Remember the mood board I created for the space.
Well here it is, come to life! 
My oldest really wanted the room to feel a little more grown up then her previous space and she also wanted color. I'm always trying to think of ways to give the girls what they want in their rooms but also create longevity in the design. Asking things like, "will they love it in five years from now?" 
The answer isn't always yes, but I do try to create a space that will grow with them throughout the years. 

Her little stand from Overstock with new sconces from Mitzi at Hudson Valley Lighting. The sconces are slim and our the perfect little added touch to either side of her One Kings Lane bed. 
One of her biggest requests was for this swinging chair from Serena and Lily.  I mean what teen girl wouldn't?! We also worked together to choose the perfect prints from Minted. They are pretty and so personal to her own style. She also picked out this muted rug from Overstock that has a lovely understated color palate. Its so pretty! 
We needed to create a space for homework and drawing and so instead of pairing matching nightstands on either side of her One Kings Lane bed, I added this adorable desk and chair from Overstock to one side and a nightstand with a drawer and cabinet to the other. This allows for the functionality she needs and also creates more storage in her room. 
Adding this brass cat eye mirror from West Elm was a last minute decision but I love how it pops against the Chasing Paper wallpaper and works with the flush mount lighting from Mitzi at Hudson Valley Lighting. Its such a fun light fixture, adding just the right amount of whimsy to the space without feeling to "kiddy" as she says. 
All of her new and gorgeous bedding is from my absolute favorite, The Company Store. 
I also styled the bed just a little more with this amazing lumbar pillow from Juniper Home and fabric I found on Etsy. Using cut yards of fun fabric is a great and inexpensive way to change up your bedding and add in color and texture. 
Well, I hope you all like her big room reveal for the One Room Challenge as much as we all do! 
There are so many more posts to come with a lot more details regarding the products and our design process but for now we are going to sit back and enjoy what we were able to accomplish! 
Thank you all so much for following along, now go and see what all the other contestants have been working on! 

Lighting your home with Hudson Valley Lighting

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
 It's no secret that I have styling my home on repeat. I love our entryway table because it gives me endless opportunities to be creative with different kinds of accessories and lighting.
Recently,  I had the opportunity to partner with Hudson Valley Lighting and use their beautiful line of Troy Lighting Zen table lamps in our home. The super cool concrete like fabrication works so well in our space and the large scale balances so nicely with our console and oversized mirror. 
I love the simplicity of the design and how organic they feel. They are super textural and add a layer of dimension to the vignette. They give off such a warm glow with the way the linen shade filters the outgoing light.

Even though we have overhead ambient lighting in this space I rarely use it because I am such a lover of lamp lighting. You can completely transform any space with the lighting choices you make. I've spoken here before about how important it is to illuminate your spaces properly. You can have the most amazing design in furnishings and decor but if your lighting stinks, it all can be completely ruined. Don't ruin good design with bad lighting. 
Get to know your space. 
Ask yourself some simple questions when choosing the right lighting.
-How much natural light do you have at any given time of day? 
 -How do you live in the space and what kinds of activities take place there? 
-What are you trying to achieve with the design? 
For example, do you want to achieve a feeling of comfort and coziness or do you need lots of light, for a possible workspace?
These are always good questions to ask when choosing your lighting and of course, never forget the overall design. 
My advice is to always use lots of texture and layer it throughout your design,
using similar tones to keep things cohesive. 
For example, I used layers of wood, stone, glass and metal in the vignette above. I kept the tones similar by layering grays in the stone of the lamps, the blanket in the basket and it even shows in the touches of greenery.  Layers of white in the candles, wall color and lamp shades. 
You even see the wood tones of the console repeated in the woven basket and wooden stool.
 I used touches of brass in the candlestick holders and frame of the mirror. The tones consistently repeat themselves while all the textures are different. This creates demension and keeps the overall design from feeling flat.

I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out and its one of my most liked areas of our home on Instagram. It just goes to show, that even the simplest design, done right, can make a huge impact!