10 Best Tips to Style Your Home

Choosing the best pieces to style your home to create that final layer can be a timely task but one of the most important! Below are my 10 favorite tips that I use when styling a project!

1. Artwork:

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Artwork can be a very personal item that is selected for a home. One mistake that is often made is hanging artwork too high. My rule is to hang artwork at eye level or 57″ off of the ground.

2. Baskets:

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I love baskets. I often place large baskets throughout a home to store throws in and smaller ones to serve as an attractive “catch-all”.

3. Groupings

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Everyone has heard of the “Rule of Three”, which is a good rule to know, but I love to use groupings more then anything. Grouping are a great way to show off a collection of unique items. Pay attention to height and scale when grouping. Varying heights add interest.

4. Books:

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Books may be the best accessory of all. They add color, interest and height. You can stack vertically, horizontally, or place a vessel or candle on top for a layered look. Speaking of layering:

5. Layering:

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Layering is a trick that many designers use to create a curated look. Using different heights and colors of art, accessories and even pillows is a great way to achieve the layered look.

6. Rugs:

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Rugs can add texture, pattern and color to any space. When purchasing rugs for a seating area, try not to “float” the rug, purchase a rug large enough to cover at least the front legs of your furniture.

7. Necessities:

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We all have to live in our homes so when styling your home, remember to style the necessities as well! This included, soaps, lotions, produce, oils, spices and pet food dishes!

8. Flowers/Plants:

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I have had a blog posts on this topic and feel passionate about how much flowers or plants can transform a space. See How to Incorporate Flowers in Design and Plants in Design by Ashley Moyer .

 

9. Trays:

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Everything looks better in a tray! You can place a tray on your counters, ottomans, beds, tables and bars.

10. Pillows:

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Pillows can add color and texture to any piece of upholstery or bed. Use different shapes and don’t forget to karate chop those square pillows!

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 tips for accessorizing your home. If you are like many others out there and feel this still seems like a daunting task, give me a call and we can set up a consultation (near or far)!

XOXO,

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How to Incorporate Flowers in Design

Today is National Floral Design Day which got me thinking of all the ways flowers can be incorporated into the design of spaces.

The first up is the obvious, actual floral arrangements. Placing flowers throughout your home can give new life to the space. Try using flowers in more places then just your dining table.

A bookcase or built-in is a great place to add flowers. The organic nature of the flowers contrast beautifully with all of the hard surfaces.

A tray placed on your bed, ottoman or cocktail table with a floral arrangement adds a soft touch.

Flowers can also be added through one of my favorite additions to a home…wallpaper!

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As well as in tile designs, cabinet hardware, lighting and…

Rugs!

Flowers are also great for adding dimension to a space which can be done through art and sculptures.

The ceramic flowers on these vases add great detail to the centerpieces that would otherwise fall flat.

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I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas, what are some of your favorite ways to incorporate flowers into your space?

XOXO,

Briarwood Reveal

This week I completed phase one at the Briarwood Project. During this refresh, I took a dark, early 2000’s home and gave it a fresh and airy feel. The palette of purples, blues, soft greens and a touch of pink, definitely gave it a feminine flair.

 

A coat of periwinkle paint, an updated bench and some fun geometric mirrors made this entry way feel brighter and more inviting.

 

The Dining Room had great bones to work with. I kept the wainscoting and gave it a fresh coat of paint as well as keeping the table and drapery rods. This wallpaper may be my favorite addition to this project!

 

Ahhhhh, perhaps my favorite area of the home! I would love to work in this space. By removing the dark feature wall and painting a soft green, this office instantly becomes a bright and cheerful space!

 

Paint. I think that summarizes this space. Paint. Look at what the right colors on the cabinets did to this space!

I also add a quartz counter top, new backsplash and cabinet hardware, but can you believe these are the same cabinets?

Check out some more before and afters below:

 

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Bar off of the Breakfast Room

 

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I hope you enjoyed the reveal of this home! I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about this project.

XOXO,

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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