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Home Decorators Doubletake

Upon arrival in my household, usually the Home Decorators catalog does directly into the recycle bin.  Think cheesy doctors’ office
waiting room furniture. 

However, after seeing a few promising items on design blogs recently, I leafed through my catalog over the weekend.  And wow!  Great stuff and prices.  They are collaborating with Martha and must be under new creative direction! 
Check it:

{Garden Side Chair, Home Decorators, $99}

{Reflections Storage Shelf, Home Decorators, $349}

{Martha Stewart Fretwork All Weather Rug, Home Decorators, $34-$257}

{Emily Side Table, Home Decorators, $169}

{French Side Chairs, Home Decorators, $169}

{Ainsworth Beveled Mirror, Home Decorators, $299}

{Distressed Cain Candleholders, Home Decorators, $17-$29}

Keep up the good work, Home Decorators!

P.S. If you haven’t checked out the new High Gloss Magazine, grab your beverage of choice and devour it.  Kudos to Paloma, Erin and the whole team!  My fave spread is Jamie Meares‘ house – gorgeous.

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The Big Reveal: Hallway Update!

Thanks for bearing with me for the 5+ months it took to “complete” this upstairs hallway update.  It was my New Years Prezzie-lution.  I am so thrilled with the way it has turned out!  For your reference, here is the before shot with the terrible builder-grade light fixture, an old rug and my lonely mobile:

And here is the after, TAH DAH:

Now, for a few of the details.  I love the butterfly prints that hang on either side of the console table.  Thanks to a great post by Jenny at Little Green Notebook, I found these for free while searching the New York Public Library’s digital catalog.  I printed them on my little ole HP desktop and popped them into $20 Target gallery frames.

I found these adorable foo dogs at Homegoods for $7.99 each.  Love these guys! 

The tray holding my travel guides on the console was a $10.48 red-tag Target find!

I am madly in love with this artichoke table lamp from Shades of Light.  It’s perfectly framed by the long dormer and I adore looking at it each time I go down the stairs.

To be honest, the rug selection was the hardest part of this project.  I wanted something fabulously neutral, so it would not compete with the gallery wall, colorful lamps and bright foo dogs!  After a few tries, I settled on this seagrass rug from Ballard Designs. 

I like the way the color of the seagrass almost melts into the color of the hardwood floors and the green band complements the runner on the steps, as well as the rug in the front hall and the fabric on the pelmet box in the dormer.  Don’t be alarmed, the white ball of fur on the step is Annie, the sleeping dog!

Things I Learned During the Hallway Update :

1. While I love looking at perfectly styled tables and spaces in glossy pictures, for me, a clear tabletop is a clear mind.  I tried “styling up” the console and the little dormer table with items that I loved such as little vases with greenery or little picture frames, but it just didn’t feel like me.  It felt cluttered and suffocating.  The books and foo dogs were just right, and I didn’t want anything to detract from that lovely artichoke lamp!

2. Items with lots of contrast and texture are not neutrals.  I originally bought this jute rug from Ballard Designs for the hallway. 

I loved it and mistakenly thought that it would provide a great neutral feel to the space.  When I laid it down, the contrast and texture competed too much with the rest of the space.  Which leads me to my two next lessons:

3. Rugs do not have to “steal the show.”  I am a rug person and love for the rug to be the centerpiece of every space.  Due to the runner on the steps and the colorful composition of the space, the rug had to be neutral.  But neutral does not have to mean boring — the seagrass rug is perfect!

4. If you don’t love something, don’t keep it.  I almost just kept the jute rug because it was only $79, a pain to ship it back and an additional $8.95 in shipping to return.  But, the more I lived with the rug, I realized that it was not right for the space and I didn’t love it.  It “stole the show” from the items that I DID love.  So, back to Ballard it went.   And it was the right decision.

Source Info:

Paint — Benjamin Moore, American White
Console — Chloe Console Table, Pottery Barn, $299  
Stained Glass Lamps — Sundance Catalog, circa 2003
Artichoke Lamp — Shades of Light (similar), $175
Dormer Table — Antique
Ceiling Lights — Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture, Overstock, $74.99 each
Area Rug — Seagrass Rug, Ballard Designs, $89
Stairway Runner — Custom, Carey Burke
Foo Dogs — Homegoods, $7.99 each
Gallery Frames — Target, $15 – $30 each
Mobile — Gift, similar
Tray — Target, similar, $19.48

I love that the space can grow with me.  I will be adding to the gallery walls and may search for two chairs to paint and recover for each side of the console.  I would also love change out the gold door knobs throughout the upstairs to brushed nickel lever handles. 

Soooo, what do you think?

Stay tune for my next project: conversion from nursery to big girl room!

Random Things I Am Liking Lately

It’s been a while since my last random likings post, so here’s what’s on my radar these days:

The Lily Mirror from  Ballard Designs would look great above a dresser in a girl’s room (or my room, whatever!):

I am looking for any excuse to purchase one of these amazing Bogart Flat Weave Wool Rugs from Garnet Hill.  Using one of these as a runner in a hallway would be perfect.

Currently coveting this amazing Scallop Trim Coat from Boden for the transition to Spring.

I am head-over-heels in love with these Nest and Egg Prints from Wisteria.  I could design an entire nursery around these babies. 

This clean-lined Apex Bookcase from West Elm would fit perfectly against a short wall that would otherwise be wasted space.

These quatrefoil design Firenze Embroidered Panels from Ballard Designs are gorgeous.

Imagine the vignettes you could create on mantels, consoles and bookshelves with these adorable Hear No, See No, Speak No Owls from At West End.

These fresh and feminine desk accessories from PB Teen would look fabulous in both my daughter’s play room and my home office!

Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

 

A Modern Family Room

My sister lives in Atlanta and is beginning the process of revamping her family room.  She and her husband live in a really fabulous turn-of-the-century house in a quaint Atlanta neighborhood.  She has just hired a decorator to help her with the “heavy lifting” and she and I have been bantering ideas back and forth about the aesthetic of the room.

She is looking for a modern, comfortable, easy, clean vibe that can accomodate evenings with her toddler, as well as after-dinner drinks with friends.

Here are my quick thoughts:

For paint, they have chosen amazing gray by Sherwin Williams.  They saw that cool bird’s nest pendant (upper left corner) over the weekend (as found here from Lightology) and fell in love.  I also really like the industrial vibe of the iron lantern from Shades of Light (upper right corner). 

Because of the shape of the room, which is a large square, my sister and I agree that a sectional is going to be the best choice for seating.  I love the idea of a simple brown or black leather sectional.  The one pictured above in the middle is from Pottery Barn

To balance out the gray and brown, I chose a bright yellow, cheery rug from Anthropologie (pictured bottom left), and some fun yellow and gray pillows from Etsy (floral on left and damask on right above). 

To complement the modern light fixture, I chose some sleek stainless steel side and coffee tables from Crate and Barrel.

My sister made her own inspiration board and we exchanged them only to find out that we chose the exact same rug, except her choice was in the red color palate! 

What do you think?  I will keep you posted as things shape up down there in Hotlanta.  Good luck, sissy!

The Ubiquitous Peacock

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Are peacocks popping up everywhere you look?  From rugs to lamps to pillows and chairs and clothes, oh my!  Here are some fun peacock finds:

I just love this Round Peacock Rug from Urban Outfitters, and it’s only $58!  Wouldn’t it look great in a front hall or a library? 

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Isn’t this peacock wastebasket ($50) from Layla Grace adorable? 

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This peacock snowglobe ($29) from West Elm is fabulous — it would look perfect perched on a bookcase this winter!

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Wouldn’t these peacock glasses from Z Gallerie ($27.80 for a set of 4) look lovely on your Thanksgiving table? 

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A pair of these elegant peacock glass ball lamp ($249) from Shades of Light would be a lovely addition to any living room.

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I die for these amazing peacock menagerie boxes from (of course) Jonathan Adler ($68).  Aren’t they delightful?

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This cool peacock tote ($164) from Layla Grace is described as an “un-diaper bag” for the one-mom-does-all lifestyle.  Yes please.

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Ahhhh, I love these sketched peacock plates from Anthropologie.  Wouldn’t dessert be that much yummier served on one of these?

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And this stately little fella from West Elm is no longer available, but I just had to share him with you, isn’t he fab?

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I think that pretty peacocks provide such a whimsical extravagance!  What do you think?

 P.S. This is the LAST DAY to enter the Lexy Lu hat GIVEAWAY!  Don’t forget!  🙂

Guest Blog — Buy This, Not That!

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Happy Monday, y’all!  I am blog-squatting again today over at one of my fave blogs – My Little Happy Place.  I prepared a “Buy This, Not That” featuring accessories for her 2 year old’s “big girl room”.

Please CLICK HERE to check it out!

As a companion to the post, check out these other great finds that I discovered while putting it together.  I had so much fun!

This feminine and sparkly mirror from Ballard Designs would be perfect in a little girls room hanging over a dresser with a pretty vintage brush and comb set.

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I love this neutral, but not at all boring, textured Garden Party Rug from PB Teen.  It would look great just about anywhere.

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I *heart* this mirror!  It is from Pottery Barn and on sale right now for $249.99.  Isn’t the curvy shape so sexy and striking?

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This irresistibly sweet lamp from the Land of Nod is perfect proportion for a bedside table or a bathroom light.  This would look great in a kitchen or eating nook too.  Adorable!

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Bargain alert!  This fun pillow from Pier 1 is a mere $22.  It looks like an artist’s doodles on a newspaper.

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I love this darling pillow from — wait for it — Target!  I especially like her swing coat and oversized handbag slung over her shoulder.  Too cute.

targetpillowAnd finally, these head-turning beauties may find their way into my home office.  Who doesn’t love this chic, leggy, blonde gal next door?

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Thanks again to Alison from My Little Happy Place for hostessing me for the day!

More Photos of My New Flame….

You all know about my recent passion for the bright, amber-hued color sandwiched between red and yellow on the color wheel.  Gorgeous orange has been catching my eye all over the place.  I just added two orange picture frames to my spartan mantle and they really pop!  Check out how this color has been striking my fancy lately….

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I am in LOVE!

1. Rattan Floor Screen, Layla Grace

2. Tie Dye Pillow, CB2

3. Moorish Chest, Wisteria

4. Printed Scroll Outdoor Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home

5. Orange Ovals Mug, Starbucks

6. Panton Junior (kids chair), Design Within Reach

7. Classical Symmetry Print, Crate and Barrel

8. Isola Bella Rug, Anthropologie

9. Apostrophe Chair and Ottoman, Urban Outfitters

10. Spiral Rimmed Plate, Crate and Barrel

11. Atlas Tapestry, Urban Outfitters

12. Chihuly Chandelier, Chihuly