Cupid Approved Home Accessories

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have rounded up 10 of my favorite accessories that can easily transition into the spring!

These pink agate coasters from Curated Kravet are perfect for Valentines Day. They bring in the color and beauty that symbolizes the Holiday.

I am obsessed with this container from Worlds Away. I imagine a low bunch of roses placed neatly inside!

We all know my love for Jana Bek’s products and this Ginger Jar is no different!

This tray from Global Views is a perfect size to place at your front entry to catch your keys or used as a bread basket on your kitchen counter.

A gold heart made out of feathers by Oliver Gal, need I say more!

I have featured these vases from Accent Decor on Instagram before, but I just cannot get enough of them. They are perfect in size for placing throughout your home.

A Love Crystal Kit from Good Chi. This kit is used to help bring love and compassion into your life plus crystals are so pretty to have around the house!

Forever flowers? Yes please! These porcelain flowers from Bungalow 5 will outlast any bouquet!

Caitlin Wilson has some amazing rugs and I think this is the perfect statement to welcome Valentines Day!

Last, but not least, is this fun vase from Accent Decor appropriately named Cupid Heart Stand.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of Valentines Day accessories that can get you through many seasons!

XOXO,

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Garden Inspired Remodel

I am so excited to reveal this weeks home! I began this project last year for my client who is a Master Gardner. Below is a list of her requests from our first meeting:

  • Add more light
  • Add more storage and organization
  • Open the space up
  • Add a functional space for laundry, mud hall and gardening
  • More counter space
  • French inspired

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The first step in checking off  the list was to change the floor plan. By removing the wall between the kitchen and family room we were able to open up the space, add more storage/organization as well as more counter space.

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The first design decision that was made was the island. I found this old french drapers table at market a few years ago and I knew I wanted to replicate it. We needed the space to be usable, beautiful and to look old. By designing the island with cabinetry, we were able to house the dishwasher, sink, trash, drawers and even left some open space at the ends to showcase some of her beautiful jars and vases.

Lighting was key. This space before was dark and needed to let some light in! We added skylights, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, under cabinet lighting as well as some accent lighting inside certain cabinets. I also had Woodworks Design , the contractor and cabinet makers of this project, create some stunning finishes that felt old, yet light.

Organization was lacking from the old space so we made a spot for everything!.

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All of the windows overlook the beautiful gardens my client has created which meant inspiration was everywhere! Hand carved wooden bees were added to the cabinetry,

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I had a local blacksmith make an iron railing with hooks to hold the watering cans,

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and garden inspired tiles were made for the fireplace.

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Even the kitties fell in love with the new space!

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I hope you enjoyed this reveal and I look forward to sharing the next one!

XOXO,

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Photo Credit: Caitlin Antje

 

 

 

Navy is a Neutral

Lets talk neutrals. You know, the gray’s and whites everyone seems to love, blacks, tans, creams, navy. Yep, I said navy! Who else feels this way? Here is why I love using navy as a neutral.

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Colors contrast beautifully when paired with navy. Yellows seem more vibrant, lavender  seems to have more depth and green becomes more present.

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Its a classic. I mean no one can go wrong with navy and white!

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Layering the different shades of navy allows you to play with texture and pattern.

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It looks terrific in a more modern space.

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Or a more traditional!

If you know me, you know I love to use color, but there are a few guidelines that I follow when designing with neutrals. When designing a space with a neutral palette, texture is essential and always consider animal print and NAVY neutrals!

XOXO,

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Home Office Tips

Ever wonder why you do not feel your most creative or productive in your home office? My dear friend Ashley Kanlic is going to share how she has created her perfect space to help with all of it!

I spend a lot of time in my home office and I need a space that helps aid in productivity and creativity. Here are some of the concepts that help make my office an enjoyable work environment to cultivate and grow my brand:

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Location, location, location! I have claimed the best room in the house for my office space. Don’t tell my husband; because he works from home and might start to take it over (lol). I have what an interior designer might refer to as prime real-estate in our home. It is near the main living areas but, not on top of them. It has great lighting, plenty of space for activities, and much, much more.

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As a formally trained and practicing interior designer it is paramount to have good lighting in every project. It is notably for function, beauty, and of course for GTD “getting things done”. I made sure that my office had plenty of task and natural light to keep me focused on my to do list while also providing plenty of vitamin D. It’s nice and rewarding to feel the sunshine while I’m crossing things off my daily task and various lists.

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Over the past few years I have realized that being home all day makes your crave change and versatility. Which I solved by changing up the scenery each day. I rotate where I work between my expansive desk and large craft table. This way I am able to spread out while I’m in the creative process each day but, not feeling trapped or confined to one area. Daily I also make sure I clear and clean my desk off. There is nothing like a fresh clean and cleared slate to kick start your morning.

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With limited space you must try to stay organized by removing clutter at every turn. Personally, I try to enlist the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method of organization. I try to be 75%-80% paperless, by scanning in documents and removing paper clutter which in turn means I need less physical storage. I also only incorporate items in my space that ‘spark joy’ or are useful. In addition I find it easier to keep things organized by type and color. Please note that utilizing a system that works best for you is the only one that will work long term. These might not work for your office but, feel free to try them out.

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Lastly, I like to incorporate small amounts of natural elements into my office space. Keeping plants and greenery in the spaces you use regularly will help ease stress and create a sense of stability. It is a small thing I do that creates a great impact on my daily function.

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I know ideally not everyone can have the perfect home office. But, I hope that my list Inspires you to consider your space. By address your offices location, lighting, versatility, organization, and natural elements. I trust your home offices will give you the sense of drive you need to achieve your goals in 2019!

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ashley and her tips. Stay warm this weekend!

XOXO,

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Favorite Lamp Line Up

This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite lamps at the moment (this list is ever changing):

 

1- Jules Table Lamp by Currey & Company

2- Ms. Poodle Table Lamp by Currey & Company

3- Sailor’s Knot Floor Lamp by Dunes and Duchess

4- Clover Lamp by Jana Bek

5- Mini Blue Scribble Lamp by Jana Bek

6- Lindsay Table Lamp by Meg Caswell Style for Couture Lamps

Please share your thoughts and some of your favorites as well!

XOXO,

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