Sunday, February 16, 2014

Interior Styling Love

I've been making a lot of minor tweaks to the house lately.  I think now that I spend sooo much time here all the little things are starting to drive me crazy.  So I've gone room by room and removed all the old junk that was piling up and replaced it with purposeful, organized items.  My goal is to make it look  more photo-ready.  Now, this basically only applies to things from 3' off the floor and higher.  Anything below that is in a state of permanent upheaval.  Which is fine, that's the way it should be when you have a toddler running around.  I wish my house was perfect and clean all the time, but I've resigned to the fact that it will just be a mess for the next 18 years.  

But I digress, I wanted to just take a moment and share some of the photos floating around on Pinterest that inspired me to 'style' my house.



I'm loving these shelves.  There is such a nice balance of books and objects.  The eye moves around to take it all in, but the organization is cohesive and clean.  Take a look at Amber Interiors for more photos.


This coffee table is so fun.  I love the placement of the candy dishes and spiky object.  The colors really make the table pop.  More from Sadie and Stella here.


This is one of my favorite trends right now...TRAYS!  Using a tray to organize your clutter makes things feel so much less...cluttery.  I just bought a few new ones for my house and I am in love with them.  I couldn't find a source for this pretty image :(.


This bedside style is so pretty.  It's simple and easy.  It kind of feels more like you're staying in a hotel than you're own bedroom...which definitely has some appeal these days.  I love the collage of photos above the table.  They allow you to personalize your side of the bed without cluttering up your table.  Take a peak at Sarah M Dorsey Designs for more images.  


Bar carts are such a hot trend these days, as is styling them.  I love this fun spread.  Makes you want a fruity drink with an umbrella.  See more of this amazing apartment tour from The Everygirl


Last, but not least is this cute little vignette.  Everyone has piles of books and magazines, but when you pop a little jar of colorful candies on top it suddenly looks purposeful.  So cute!  Another good find from The Everygirl.


Hope I've passed on the re-styling bug to you too!  If you're interested, I've pinned a few more images here.  Feel free to take a peak :)

Heather
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Friday, December 6, 2013

FIRST FRIDAY {outfit to room series} The Holidays

Happy Holiday Season friends!  It's here...the most wonderful time of year....or something like that.  I am so excited for this month's edition of Outfit to Room.  Holiday fashion and decor always makes me smile.  I'm not sure what it is...the sparkles, the lights, or just the nostalgia that comes with it all, but every year it just warms a little piece of my soul.  

My decorations are still in a box in the garage, but if all goes to plan we'll be in full on Christmas mode by Sunday.  And in our household that means 24/7 Christmas music and round the clock viewings of Home Alone.  I hope next year we'll be adding in a few new traditions for the little guy too.  

I'm so excited this year because we were invited to so many fabulous holiday parties.  And now that I'm a stay at home mom, I get a bit too overexcited when I get to dress up and go out somewhere nice.  So I was drooling when I came across this Oscar de la Renta shift dress.  I love the nuetral colors and the sparkle.  It says 'I'm here to party', in a sophisticated, I-don't-have-kids kind of way.  So naturally, it seemed like the perfect outfit for me to use as my holiday inspiration.



I put together a board of gorgeous Christmas-y stuff for you guys.  Much like the dress above, I love neutrals when it comes to holiday decor.  It goes with every house, every room, every style, etc.  One of my favorite holiday trends this year is laser cutting.  I've seen trees, houses, animals....like complete villages of laser cut decor.  Its so fun, while still maintaining a sophisticated look.  I'm also a huge fan of the mercury anything...it definitely brings the glamour.  And last but not least, Christmas would not be Christmas without a nutcracker.  And I know my Mom & Grandma would agree :) 


Hope you guys are having fun with your own decor.  If you'd like to see more ideas check out my Pinterest board.  And don't forget to stop by Yana's blog to see her fabulous picks this month.  Enjoy the holiday season and try to go easy on your crazy family members!  


Source List:
1.  Snow Globe from West Elm
2.  Twinkle String Lights from Crate & Barrel
3.  Mercury Glass Bottle Vases from West Elm
4.  Feather Trees from West Elm
5.  Drummer Nutcracker from Crate & Barrel
6.  Laser Cut Village from Crate & Barrel
7.  Boxwood Square Wreath from West Elm
8.  Wiltern Knit Pillow from Ballard Designs
9.  Le Marais 9 Light Tea Light Holder from Ballard Designs

Heather
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

{guest post} How to Design a Contemporary Kitchen

What is great about contemporary design is that it values function without losing sight of aesthetics. Instead of relying on decor it depends on the essentials or structural features to give it a dash of visual interest.


Lay your fears to rest. This method does not come off looking rigid or austere. On the contrary, contemporary bathrooms and kitchens are able to communicate comfort and luxury even without the use of heavy embellishment. In our book, that’s more of a difficult feat to pull off whereas too much d├ęcor teeters dangerously towards the tacky.

Go Modern

Because of this emphasis on what’s only essential, contemporary design offers advantages. The sharp, clean lines, the abundance of light and sleek furnishings, plus a focus on organization make it quite attractive.

The kitchen – one of the busiest areas of the home will certainly benefit from this design. It is light, refreshing, and cozy. Homeowners with limited space for kitchens will prefer this method as it provides ample elbow room while creating an illusion of space.


Getting That Modern Touch

Shelves and Cabinets. Modern kitchens are spacious and to create this lively and cheerful atmosphere, more homeowners are opting for open shelves. It makes sense since cabinets can occupy almost half of the kitchen space.

Cabinets tend to be heavy and eschewing that for shelves, literally opens up the area. If removing the structure is not possible or if cabinets are still preferred, then go for cabinets with clean, straightforward lines, simple hardware, and painted in a neutral color. If possible, choose cabinets with full glass doors.


Lighting. Working in the kitchen can be so pleasant with abundant light. Again, this creates a breezy atmosphere and can be very welcoming particularly if the kitchen is the first room you to go to in the morning.

Natural light is the best source of illumination but we’re aware that this isn’t possible all the time. For this, we recommend installing pendant lights.  Again, go for fixtures with simple patterns and shapes.



Appliances. A contemporary kitchen won’t be complete without the convenience of modern appliances. If undertaking a complete kitchen renovation; then put old appliances for sale and purchase new ones. Go for appliances with sleek, reflective surfaces.

Countertops.  You can still go for granite if laminate or a stainless steel top does not sound so appealing. Only remember to choose tops with a solid color as patterns can clash with the uniformed look of a contemporary kitchen.


Tiles. Glass tiles are definitely the choice here.  They are beautiful, easy to clean, versatile, and are available in different shapes and colors. The possibilities are limitless. There are small, square tiles and there are those in the classic subway style.

Whatever you choose, glass tiles, which are considered highly functional works of art can, add visual interest while also providing protection against grease and grime. In addition, glass tiles also reflect light and if we haven’t stressed it enough, a radiant kitchen is a must in a contemporary home.
There you have it: straight lines, clean layout, and giving it enough space to breathe. That’s the secret to a modern, contemporary kitchen.  Keep these in mid if you’re planning to go on a kitchen remodelling project. Over time, you will have a sleek kitchen fit for a celebrity chef.

Success comes easy to those who work hard – that’s Roberta Madison’s mantra in life. As marketing manager of GlassTileStore.com, she gives more than a hundred percent in her work to produce the best results. The company is a provider of high quality glass tiles, subway tiles, metal tiles and other tile products. Follow GlassTileStore.con on G+.

Photo Credit: 12345
Heather
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Friday, November 1, 2013

First Friday {outfit to room} Thanksgiving

Happy November people!  Can you believe the holidays are here already?  I know, its a scary thought, but before you go into a full on panic, let's take a quick breather to enjoy the fun part of the holidays....entertaining!  I absolutely love entertaining, and this year I'll be cooking 'The Bird' at my house (which reminds me, I better go put my turkey order in).  So, I thought for this month's First Friday, instead of designing a room inspired by fashion, I'd design a table.  Don't forget to check out Nomad Luxuries ideas this month too - Yana never disappoints!


I was so in love with  last month's post, that I found another emerald fashion trend to use as my inspiration this month.  I don't know what it is, but I'm drawn to this shade of green.  I feel like it is the perfect color for a holiday tablescape.  This outfit is classic and simple, just like your table should be for the holidays.  That way your conservative grandmother or your hip friend without kids can both find it inviting.


I am a huge fan of simple dishes with textural accents.  I love this Vera Wang set from Macys paired with natural pinecones and acorns.  It says ease and sophistication at the same time.  I am adore this emerald stemware and velvet trimmed burlap napkins.  Now all I have to do is figure out what to cook!


Sources:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
For more ideas take a peak at my Pinterest board too!

I hope you enjoyed this month's edition of 'Outfit to Room' (or Outfit to Table).  Make sure you check out Nomad Luxuries to see what she's up to this month.  Happy Holiday's everyone :)
Heather
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