Friday, February 28, 2014

baby girl >>> nursery

my babe of a sister is currently 6 months pregnant with baby #3!!

and it's a girl <3

so excited for her arrival! I am helping my sister get the nursery together--
she wants black + white with accents of pink + gold...adorable!

this is what I am thinking...

gold pillow // pink heart pillow
print one // print two
pink tassel garland

woohoo so excited you baby girl!!

image via pinterest

something I am trying to work on....sometimes I find myself loosing patience over the most nominal things-- trying to find more joy in the common things of our daily lives

happy weekend babes!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

i n t e r i o r doors

as I have mentioned before in a post--- when you paint interior doors black, it really makes them look more sophisticated and gives the space a fresh and dramatic look.
the other day I was glancing at dimples & tangles blog and I came across a post where she has painted most of the interior doors in her home from white to black and I think it makes a world of difference and they look ahhh-mazing!

here's a peek-- click here to see the entire post

image source: dimples & tangles blog

another idea that's fun is to paint or stencil on the interior of a bedroom door-- whether it's your master or something funky for the kids!
here are a few ideas:

source: one / two / three / four

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

currently craving >>> n u d e

did the title make you wonder what in the world I was posting about today..? 
sounds a little more dirty than what it actually is haha ;)

I am loving all things nude [as in the color]-- take a look at some of my favorite pieces for the home and for you!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

trending in the kitchen...

happy tuesday babes!

today I wanted to share some upcoming design trends for the  k i t c h e n
I am still in love with the allmighty all white kitchen, which is still [and may always be] classic, timeless and good design. however, I have been seeing a push towards warm brass/gold metals, patterned & colored back splash, and incorporating more natural materials/elements.

here are some inspiration images so you can better understand what I'm talking about--- what do you think? do you love or hate any of these trending ideas? what is your favorite for the kitchen?

source: one / two / three

source: one / two / three

source: one / two / three

Monday, February 24, 2014

affordable sunburst mirrors

needing a statement piece above your bed, over the sofa, or on that empty wall?
a sunburst mirror is the perfect solution
there are many different styles out there and they are just enough style and personality without being over the top. I love all of these and think I might be grabbing one for above my bed.

here are a few affordable options I found--- :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

feel good friday

It's been a crazy week around here-- baby has had the flu [probably the saddest thing ever] :( so not much sleep or sanity for either of us.
I am excited for the weekend, time to spend with the hubs and get out and do something now that baby is finally feeling better. plus the weather if supposed to be nice finally.

I found this quote just puroozing --wait, is that a word? if not I think it def should be. 
 I was just puroozing [aka browsing] pinterest, saw this and it really stuck with me.

sometimes I feel a little self-conscious and inexperienced when it comes to my design ideas and advice. like somehow what I write about people don't see as good design taste.
that's what makes design so unique and fun. that not everyone has the same style, not everyone loves the same decor, colors, patterns, furniture, etc. 
and you shouldn't feel like you have  to like something just because you saw some "big name designer" who does, or your neighbor, or whoever!
I try really hard to find and post things I myself would enjoy reading and items I would buy. and things I don't love, I don't post about.
thanks for following along and being a part of this journey with me, and don't feel stupid if you have different taste than others!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

7 floor lamps under 70 buckoroos

I have to admit, I started this search for myself because we are in need of a new floor lamp.

we had this lamp in our living room that had a paper shade from pretty much floor to the top of lamp, until a couple weeks ago when our little curious george explorer baby pulled it down and cut a huge hole in the shade. [my husband was watching him when this happened.....not pointing any fingers though...]

so needless to say we have this awesome pole with a few light bulbs on it [not cool] so we are so in need of a new lamp. I am happy to report that some of my favorite ones are at an affordable price!! 
check out these 7 floor lamps I found ALL UNDER $70.

one *clearance // two // three // four // five // six // seven


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5 fresh trends for 2014

as I have been looking through pinterest and the internet in general, I have come across some trends I feel will truly emerge and shine in 2014. 
these 5 trends I absolutely love and think I could easily incorporate into my own home.

take a look and tell me what you think about these upcoming trends

1. brass is back

brass is gold's sister and just like gold, it can go terribly tacky and wrong if executed poorly. when done right- brass looks so timeless and classy. brass will look awesome in the kitchen, bath, and ornamental/accessory pieces throughout the home.
images via pinterest

2. light colored wood

dark woods are classic and have been ever so popular the last decade but light, honey color wood could be the look this year. fresh and light design.
image via lisainspiredby // domus

3. ethnic inspired prints

ethnic upholstery, fabric, and prints used in a variety of ways this year. adding that exotic touch to break up otherwise bland interior spaces. bring some culture and authenticity into your home with a pillow, cushion or covering.
image via tumblr // littlebluedeer

4. hair on high

hide no longer only resides on the floor-- it is now promoted to chairs, tables, cushions, sofas and more. faux is the way to go so we aren't harming any animals out there.
images via pinterest

5. rainbow hues of blue

it's all about the blue-- from home to fashion and every shade of blue along the way. turquoise and navy are on the top of the list, but basically every shade of blue is trending. use blue in accessories, furnishings, on walls, in the kitchen-- it is being seen in every room of the home.
image via hardtofind // housetohome

Monday, February 17, 2014

president's day deals

happy president's day lovelies!
some of you may be lucky enough to get this day off from work and are able to take advantage of this day to snag awesome deals!!
for those of you who aren't as lucky-- you can still shop online, and most sales end tonight at midnight :)

here are some 10 of the best places to score today---happy shopping

1. macys // extra 15-20% off items store wide

2. overstock // 10% off bedding, kitchen, bath, home decor, dining, and furniture; 15% off area rugs. ends 2/24

3. west elm // extra 15% off markdowns+ free shipping on most items, ends tonight

4. wayfair // up to 70% off finds for every room in the home, ends 2/22

5. pottery barn // save up to 60% off including new markdowns + free shipping on most items, ends tonight

6. serena and lily // free shipping on  e v e r y t h i n g, ends 2/18

7. pier 1 // 20% off your purchase + free shipping site wide, ends tonight

8. z gallerie // 15% off furniture, art, & accessories, ends tonight

9. restoration hardware // save $100 on every $500 on all full-priced items, ends tonight

10. sears // 35% off kenmore appliances + free delivery, 50-60% off mattresses, 30% off TV's & electronics, up to 50% off craftsman tools

happy deals!

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy love day + diy weekend project

image via pinterest

happy valentines day to all you babes out there!
I hope you all can spend today with the one you love [or hope to love ;)]
it sure is an amazing feeling to have a soulmate- one who knows us sometimes better than we know ourselves. loves us at our weakest and roots us on at our strongest.
I feel so truly lucky to have a love, best friend and better half like that.

just in case you are looking for a weekend DIY project--- I got one for ya, and it's a good one!
these totally classy and beautiful diy  n o  s e w  greek key curtain panels from view along the way blog. 
check out the full tutorial here

Thursday, February 13, 2014

where are the deals at

check out all the deals happening online right now!! now is the time to snag that piece of furniture you've had your eye on.

happy home shopping

 cb2-- shop their modern upholstery 15% off now through feb. 17

 crate & barrel-- save 20% on bedding on bath now through feb. 17

 west elm-- they currently have  t h r e e  awesome sales going on 
15% off sofas & sectionals now through monday
20% off lighting
extra 15% off already marked downed items!! use code:xtrasake now through monday

 pottery barn kids-- save up to 60% off baby + kids bedding

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

deceiving room decor

when we hear the word deceiving we usually think = bad.
but in this case, i am using deceiving in a good way--- how to make your home look glamorous, extravagant + expensive
and doing it all from items you bought at............. a yard sale.

yes, I'm serious.

this post + images are from view along the way blog [click to check out entire post]
I just had to share her knowledge and beautiful design style, here is what she has to say about what to look for at yards sales--

1. books // chunky, vintage, cute covers

2. goblets, bowls, vases, holders-of-things // milk glass, solid ceramics, or glass vases in pretty shapes

3. picture frames // spray paint is your best friend, find the right size/shape

4. plates // plate display?

5. decorative knick-knacks // 'nough said

6. furniture // repaint & reupholster if needed

7. mirrors // there is no limit to the number of mirrors you can hoard


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

my picks >>> valentines

to all the hubby's out there....these are things us women are wishing for on valentine's day, right?
[at least this women ;)] 
here is my valentine gift list-- free to pick and choose from, I'm not demanding all of these gifts of course. can you imagine?...that'd be christmas!

Monday, February 10, 2014

the perfect combo >>> b+w

I happened to run across this first image of the entry & staircase last night which triggered the rest if the images to follow.
black + white inspiration for the home.

there is just something about the simplistic drama of back + white.
no matter what design style you gravitate toward-- traditional, modern, eclectic and so on, this timeless combo pleases all.

classic, eye catching, beautiful and always in style.

via inthralld // via decor pad

via douban // via here

Friday, February 7, 2014

happy friday

happy friday babes!
I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend-- it's supposed to snow like crazy here so just relaxing and hanging inside is probably what we'll be doing...maybe get a project or two done :)

I saw this amazing diy accent wall from sarah m. dorsey designs and had to share!
thinking I want to do this to a guest room one day. this is the perfect solution to living in a rental or temporary home-- this is separate from the wall so you can take it with you when you go!
love love love this.

check out the full tutorial here on eastcoast creative blog.



patience is a virtue right?! set goals and steps toward your goals every day.
don't worry- nothing happens overnight, it takes time.
but you'll get there!