Monday, January 26, 2015

Kate Spade Saturday at West Elm

Happy Monday, friends! Sorry for the lack of posts last week; unexpected events took me away from blogging. But I’m back now, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue to post all week.

The other day I was browsing through West Elm’s website and discovered something amazing: a product line in collaboration with Kate Spade Saturday! How did I not know about this sooner?! It’s well documented that I love both Kate Spade and West Elm, so I was thrilled to see the two come together. The Saturday line has the spirit and color of the regular Kate Spade collection, just a little more relaxed (hence the Saturday name) and a little more affordable than the parent line. And I’m happy to report that the West Elm/Saturday products are just as great as I would hope. They have it all: bedding, rugs, pillows, lighting, art, and furniture. It’s all great, but below are a few of the items I’m particularly in love with.

"Kate Spade Saturday @ West Elm" by blue11interiors on Polyvore

Zigzag Pillow Cover, $39 // Chambray Diagonal Duvet Cover, $79 for a Queen // Globe Floor Lamp, $349 // Shifting Shapes Pillow Cover, $34 // Good Vibes Wall Art, $159 // Small Scale Maze Dhurrie Rug, $239 for 5’x8’ // Floral Print Anders Chair, $599

What do you think? Would you buy any of these for your home?

Be sure to come back later this week for a sweet Valentine’s Day DIY project!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Favorites 1.16.15

Time for my first Friday Favorites post of 2015! Here are a few things I loved this week and I think you’ll love too.

This Sale

Dwell Pillows

Dwell Studio is having an awesome sale right now. Their pillows are gorgeous but normally pretty expensive ($70-$100), but a bunch of them are on sale now for as low as $31. Slightly more expensive than pillows from Target but so worth it. Click here to see the above pillows and more.

This House Tour

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The folks at Apartment Therapy have done it again. I’m obsessed with their home tours, and Jill and Chris’ Craftsman home is one of my new favorites. It’s so light and bright and airy, which is hard to do in a craftsman. And that chandelier! So jealous. Check out the rest of the tour here.

These Instagrammers

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So. Many. Pretty. Rooms. Instagram is such a great tool for finding inspiration, especially when you follow talented bloggers like cuckoo4design, jhinteriordesign, decoristofficial, and tiffanyleighid.

This Series

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I’m a big fan of Jess Lively and her Life With Intention teachings. Her resources can help you identify what’s really important to you and use those values to guide your actions. I can’t afford to sign up for one of her full classes right now, but I definitely take advantage of her free resources. Right now she’s offering a free mini series of videos about intentions setting. I signed up, and though I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet, I did a mini seminar with her last year and it was fantastic. Click here to sign up.

 

That’s it for this week, friends. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Golden Globes Color Trend: Bold Red

Time for part three of my color trend series inspired by the lovely ladies on the Golden Globes red carpet. This time I’m celebrating the bold red dresses of Allison Williams, Taylor Schilling, and Lena Dunham. Such stunning dresses!

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via Fushion Magazine

Like a red ballgown, a red room can be a tricky feat to pull off. It can read too aggressive and masculine or too dated, or it can conjure images of giant red, overstuffed leather sofas (eek!). But these rooms below use red perfectly.

Lonny Mag via Apartment Therapy

Eclectic and Colorful Condo

Style at Home

Accent Wall in Kids Room, Contemporary, Girl's Room, Benjamin Moore Coral Gables, TTM Development

TTM Development via DecorPad

Elle Décor

Red - Pink-and-red stripes and white paneling and tile in a cheerful bathroom

Lonny Mag

So pretty, don’t you think? If you don’t want to go the way of red walls, a few pieces of red furniture or a couple red accessories can still add a great pop of color to a room.

 

"Red Furniture and Accessories" by blue11interiors on Polyvore

 

Hourglass Dining Chair, Pier 1, $230 // Safavieh Sunbright Table Lamp, Wayfair, $111 // Red Mirror with Gold Detail, World Market, $200 // Red Josephine Desk, World Market, $160 // Artisan Red Garden Stool, Overstock, $135 // Red Piper Pillow, Pier 1, $20 // Safavieh Adirondack Rug, $168 for 8’x10’

 

Thanks for joining me for my color trend series, and if you missed the previous posts you can see canary yellow here and sparkly silver here. Which color was your favorite?

Come back tomorrow to see my favorite links of the week!

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Golden Globes Color Trend: Sparkling Silver

Time for part two of my color trend series inspired by Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet. Today I’m loving silver, just like the fabulous dresses seen below on Dakota Johnson, Reese Witherspoon, and Julianne Moore.

2015 golden globes red carpet dresses fashion silver

via Fushion Magazine

I’m so jealous of their pretty, sparkly dresses! They just look perfect for the awards show.

Sparkly silver can be harder to pull off in the home, but if done well it’s lovely. Use some metallic accents, like lamps or pendant lights, some silver wallpaper, or mirrored furniture to add a glamorous feel to your room.

Here are a few beautiful rooms that figured out how to pull off silver well.

Metallic Wallpaper, Contemporary, girl's room, Natalie Umbert

Natalie Umbert via DecorPad

Gray Kitchen Cabinets, Transitional, kitchen, Benjamin Moore Fieldstone, Sally Wheat Interiors

Sally Wheat Interiors via DécorPad

Purple Bench, Contemporary, bedroom, EJ Interiors

EJ Interiors via DécorPad

Metropolitan Home via Apartment Therapy

Stark Carpet via Apartment Therapy

And here are a few accents you can bring into your home. Try the silver curtains and the mirrored coffee table for a sophisticated living room, or the sequined lamp and beaded pillows for a fun teen girl’s room.

"Silver Accents" by blue11interiors on Polyvore

 

Manzanita Wall Jewelry Branch, West Elm, $99 // Foxed Mirrored Faceted Pendant, West Elm, $120 // Grand Silver Burst Mirror, Pier 1, $60 // Threshold Banded Faux Silk Curtain Panel, Target, $30 // Silver Sequin Table Lamp, Bed Bath & Beyond, $25 // Threshold Metal Accent Table, Target, $60 // Silver Beaded Bloom Pillow, Pier 1, $40 // Moroccan Pouf, Kouvy, $100 // Hayworth Coffee Table, Pier 1, $400

 

I’m dying over that Moroccan pouf, and I love the Target side table; I even used it in my friend’s apartment makeover. Do you have silver in your house?

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my final post of my Golden Globes color trend series!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Golden Globes Color Trend: Canary Yellow

Did you guys watch the Golden Globes Sunday night? I just love awards shows, especially the red carpet. I love seeing celebrities all dolled up in fabulous gowns, giving the rest of us women little hope of ever living up to their high standards of beauty and fashion. Isn’t low self-esteem the best? (I kid…sort of).

There were some pretty obvious color trends this year at the Golden Globes red carpet, and they’ve inspired me to start 2015 with a week-long series inspired by these gorgeous dresses.

First up: canary yellow. It’s a hard color to pull off, but don’t Naomi Watts, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Leslie Mann look stunning?

2015 golden globes red carpet dresses fashion

via Fushion Magazine

Yellow can also be a hard color to pull off in the home, but if done right it’s so lovely and refreshing.

Black and Yellow, I think I will do this in our laundry room. Why not make it a happy room.

Niche Interiors via Apartment Therapy

The Chancellor Suite at The Chancellor Hotel. Yellow & blue living room with pair of canary yellow velvet rolled-arm sofas, peacock blue teal velvet French chairs, brass floor lamps, turquoise blue urn vase and gray moldings.

Tobi Fairley via DecorPad

Melanie Turner Interiors: Gray & yellow dining room with soft gray paneled walls, white curtains with canary ...

Melanie Turner Interiors via DecorPad

DALLAS: SAY HELLO TO CANARY | Luella & June

Luella & June

Yellow Dining Chairs, Transitional, dining room, Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, Martha O'Hara Interiors

Mara O’Hara Interiors via DecorPad

It might be the dreary winter weather, but yellow is looking particularly alluring to me right now. It just adds so much brightness and energy to a room, don’t you think? You don’t have to do a full makeover to bring a little yellow into your home; a few accessories or one statement piece in a bright hue will do the trick. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

yellow accessories

Thomas Paul Dhurrie Rug, AllModern.com, $523 for 5’x8’ // Linework Honeycomb Vase, West Elm, $39 // Threshold Flocked Ogee Lamp Shade, Target, $25 for large // Threshold Fretwork Accent Table, Target, $90 // Willa Yellow Side Chair, Crate & Barrel, $99 // Stockholm Glass Door Cabinet, Ikea, $399 // Camilla 2-Seat Sofa, Crate & Barrel, $1599 // Room Essentials Pillow, Target, $17

 

Do you have any yellow in your home, or are you thinking of adding any? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

P.S. Come back tomorrow to see my next Golden Globes color trend feature!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hello 2015!

I know I’m a little late with this post, as we’re already a whole week in to 2015, but such is life (especially mine). Things are getting back to normal around here after a stressful and busy December. After I declared “I’m back!”, life decided to laugh at my declaration and give us more crap. My mother-in-law had to have a tumor removed from her brain 3 days before Christmas. Thankfully the surgery went very well and she was able to come home the next day, in plenty of time for Christmas.

We spent Christmas day with my husband’s family and then made the long drive back to Illinois to see my family. We had about 24 hours at home before we both got hit with the stomach flu. Not the way you want to spend a weekend back with your family.

Anyway, since 2014 ended on a not so great note, it made me feel like the whole year was a big let-down. Looking back on it though, even though we did have some hard times, we had a really great year. And even though my blog and decorating business are not at the level I dream for them, I did get some amazing opportunities that I’m so thankful for.

Here are a few highlights by the numbers:

Appeared in one television segment for Better KC.

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Attended one fantastic blogger conference and several blogger meetups

Decorated one apartment for my best friend.

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Had one awesome summer staycation with my love

Celebrated one amazing book by attending the release party and reading it for my friends’ book club.

Attended two store openings: West Elm and Ikea

Took two vacations to West Palm Beach and Washington D.C.

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Attended six fantastic concerts: the Sing-Off tour, Backstreet Boys, Ben Folds, Capitol Cities, Justin Timberlake, and Cage the Elephant.

Made it another twelve months with good health, good friends, wonderful family, a loving husband, and a beautiful home. Can’t ask for too much more!

Here’s to an even better 2015!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

The holidays are just the best time of the year, don’t you think? They’re filled with so much gorgeous décor, fun activities, and traditions. I know every family has their own Christmas traditions, whether it’s baking cookies together or going ice skating at a special rink, or just getting together for gifts and games on Christmas.

When Ben and I first moved in together 7 years ago I thought it would be fun to start our own tradition by getting each other a special ornament. It was a way to build our ornament collection and to give each other a personal gift that reflects our interests. I’ve loved searching for the perfect ornament for Ben every Christmas season, but I think he wins for getting me the better ornament each year. Here are the ornaments we’ve exchanged.

2008

Ornaments 2008

A snowman doctor for Ben to celebrate his first year in med school, and a first Christmas photo ornament from Ben to which we added a pic of our new little family (no Finnley yet).

2009

Ornaments 2009

I laughed so much when I opened my ornament and saw that, without planning it, we had gotten each other these mini glass ornaments! We even got them from the same store!

2010

Ornaments 2010

A Mizzou glass for Ben, and a really sweet and whimsical ornament for me.

2011

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We got married in 2011, so without discussing it, we both happened to get each other wedding ornaments. I made a ornament filled with our wedding invitation, and Ben ordered a hand painted ornament from Etsy personalized with our wedding date.

The last two years we decided not to buy each other more ornaments since our tree was getting pretty full and still growing (I worked at a home store in 2012, so I collected a lot of ornaments from them that year, and last year we got a new tree that happened to come with tons of ornaments), but I’m so happy we decided to start this little tradition of ours. I love looking back on the ornaments we’ve given each other; they’re some of my favorite gifts (given and received).

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