Powder room refresh ~ vision boards

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the kind comments on Friday’s post.  I had so many friends and acquaintances reach out to me saying that they feel the same way.  If the post resonated with you in any way, I am so glad.  My goal with this blog is not only to document my creative journey, but also to share some of my personal experiences as well.  Thanks for the kind words and for following along!

On to the post of the day…

Last week I introduced a new undertaking…refreshing my boyfriend’s powder room.

Here’s a quick recap ~

Positives: He has extra tall ceilings and a nice white pedestal sink, which is staying.

Changes: Adding fun, removable wallpaper | incorporating a masculine touch | including some personal photos in the form of a small gallery wall | adding darker, painted molding on the bottom half of the walls | adding a new mirror, lighting and accessories | putting some shelves above the toilet.

Musts: This bathroom must be durable enough to survive his four kids and large family.  Most importantly, I want him to love it!

A few days ago, I ordered three wallpaper samples from a store on Etsy and I’m looking forward to their arrival.  In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to put together a few vision boards using each pattern ordered.

~ VISION BOARD #1 ~

Neutral with a southwestern vibe.  I added a wooden mirror and shelves to balance out the black and white, and the gold lighting and frames warm the space up a bit.

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~ VISION BOARD #2 ~

A modern herringbone with black molding.  For this board, I incorporated a brass mirror but chose black and brass lights to balance the white background of the wallpaper.  I included two mirrors on the board since I couldn’t decide which I liked best [round or oval].  Gallery wall frames would be a rustic brown.

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~ VISION BOARD #3 ~

Gray and white trellis paper with gold and white accents.  The gold mirror and shelving would add some glam to the room.  The lighting fixtures would be placed on each side of the mirror and the white frames would be used for the gallery wall.  For this paper I would go with dark gray lower molding rather than black.  Out of the three, this one is his least favorite.

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Right now it looks as if number 1 is in the lead, but you never can tell until the samples arrive and they are viewed in the space.  What is your favorite?  I’ll keep you updated as we go along!  Have a great Monday!

It’s the simple things ~ Fresh flowers

Sometimes even the simplest things can take ordinary life and elevate it into something better.  For me, a bouquet of fresh flowers makes all the difference.

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Locally we have a produce and fresh flower market and they sell everything from veggies and fruits to all kinds of flowers including orchids and foliage.  Throughout the year they have seasonal items such as pumpkins and mums in the fall and greens for holiday decorating.  They also have an amazing selection of fresh cut flowers.  It’s a cash only place and super cheap.

One of my all time favorite things to do is to take a trip there on a weekend morning to see what they got in for the week.  Quoting Forest Gump, “it’s like a box of chocolate and you never know what you are going to get.”  There is something so relaxing and exciting [to me] about seeing all the buckets teeming with bright, beautiful flowers at the most amazing prices.  I love it!

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I almost always have fresh flowers sitting on my dining room table.  For this week, I went with blush roses tinted with a touch of lime green.  I like the simplistic feeling of light colored flowers after the new year because they are a clean and fresh take after the holiday’s vast amounts of decorations and lights.

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Like I said, sometimes the simplest things can brighten up an otherwise lack luster day.  An effortless bunch of flowers in a pretty vase might make all the difference.

Pantone’s Color ~ Ultra Violet

Pantone’s Color ~ Ultra Violet

Have you seen Pantone’s color of the year yet?  The infamous color lab recently revealed their star for 2018 to be Ultra Violet, a vibrant purple-blue hue which is anything but dull.

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To give you a little inspiration on how to incorporate Ultra Violet into your daily life, I rounded up a few images that feature the punchy hue.  Some ideas are an easy mix, but others may have a harder time slithering into a normal lifestyle.

HAIR

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Photo Source: Kayla Boyer

CLOTHING

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Photo source: People.com

WALL COLOR

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Photo source: Elle Decor

MAKEUP

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Photo source: Taaz

JEWELRY

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Photo source: Etsy.com

EVEN DOG ACCESSORIES

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Photo source: LA Dog Store

So how have I incorporated Ultra Violet into my home?  Simply, a few throw pillows on my bed does the trick for me.

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What do you think? Ultra Violet for the win?

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One table, Three ways

One table, Three ways

When I first moved into my home, I knew that there was a specific way the furniture had to be arranged to make the most out of my space. One of the first purchases I made was a tan sectional that has served me so well.  It’s neutral color is the perfect background for any color scheme I want to incorporate.  The other purchase I made shortly after the sofa was this coffee table.

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Ideally it was made as an end table, but for what I needed, it was perfect.  And to top it off, it was a thrift store find.  The glass was in great condition and all it needed was a few coats of gold spray paint.  I love it and I don’t see me switching it out any time soon.  Bonus, everyone sitting around it has a spot for their wine [drink].

I am a huge fan of changing up my color scheme in my home regularly and the coffee table decor is no different.  So in honor of adding some color to an otherwise dull winter, I styled my coffee table three different ways.

One ~

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Two ~

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Three ~

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Let’s talk about a few rules that I usually keep in mind when styling tables.

Trays. I always have some sort of a tray on my table.  As you will see, I have two hexagonal shaped trays in two different colors.  That specific shape works very well on this table.

Greens. Live or faux, greenery adds a layer of dimension and fresh take on a tabletop.  The orchid is faux, but the succulent is not.

Books. I love my coffee table books, especially the ones with the pretty covers.  They are the perfect layering piece for the lower shelf.  I’ve gotten a few as gifts, some I found at Home Goods, and others I have ordered.  I know they say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I do.  Another tip – take a book and cover it [old school style] using pretty wrapping paper. This helps you further create the look you want and gives your table a personal touch.

Some of my favorite books to showcase are:

Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman (both of them)

Elements of Style by Erin Gray (her black and white striped spine is the best)

Domino books (both of them with covers that are so beautiful)

Places to Go People to See by Kate Spade

Allegra Hicks: An Eye for Design (another cover to die for)

Napkins.  This may be just me, but I like to have my little brass holder filled with colorful cocktail napkins year round.  Many of my dinners are eaten in this space, so having napkins readily available makes it extra functional.

Candles. I love a great candle. Usually I keep one burning on my stove, but once in a while I like to place one in the living room.  Candles especially add some atmosphere and pretty lighting.

Coasters. Wine glasses don’t necessarily need coasters, but other glasses do. So when I am not grabbing one of my cocktail napkins, I use my coasters.  The marble and gold set is an old Target find and my daughter and I made the lettered ones from a thrifted Scrabble game a few years back.

Funky accent piece. I love a good conversation piece on a coffee table.  Whether it is a thrifted wooden vase or a brass figurine, a fun object can bring a rather boring coffee table up a few notches.  I also keep a pretty deck of cards around for an impromptu game of solitaire.  These black and white ones I found a few years ago at the J. Crew outlet.

One Table, Three Ways: 

Vignette #1 was meant to be very simple and is currently the state of my coffee table now.  I like to start January with a fresh and clean slate and this style fit the bill.

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Vignette #2 boosts a little more color with the orchid and a whimsical touch with the coasters.

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Vignette #3 includes my favorite black and gold tray and that book cover/wrapping paper trick.

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As you can see, my coffee table is not large so I can’t have oodles of items crowding the top.  Using my rules above and things I have around the house, I can easily intermix items and have a freshly styled coffee table all year round.  I hope this post inspires you to shop around your own home to create new coffee table vignettes in your space!

dining room chandelier

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Light has been shed in my dining room. The two and a half years of eating under an old, dimly lit flush mount has finally come to an end. They say to always take your time when choosing items for the home and for me, I just couldn’t find the right chandelier for the space.

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I was so happy when I found this one on Overstock.  Even better, it was on an amazing sale over the holiday.  With a quick picture text to my mom for backup, she told me that it had my name written all over it. With that, I promptly hit the Place Order button, and it was mine.

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On a side note – a strange thing happened the night it was delivered. It was three days before Christmas and I was sitting on my couch in my robe. I heard the UPS truck pull up and waited for the knock on the door.  As the driver handed me the box, he said that his partner fell and was laying on my driveway.  To make a long story short, the poor man fell and hit his head, was totally out of it, the ambulance and police were on their way, and I was still in my robe, Uggs and parka talking to the nice driver in front of my house.  Lights were flashing and sirens were blaring.  Nothing like a little action on a Friday night. Continue reading “dining room chandelier”