A clean, rustic, eclectic space for a relaxed family

I was honored to put together two designs for a client who wanted a light, bright, and kid-friendly space. Their love of saddle-colored leather was the main starting point, with layers of texture and details that come in the form of plants and interesting artwork.

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One of my favorite coffee table alternatives is a large, leather ottoman, totally kid-friendly, and wears so gorgeously over time. I especially love pieces that look better with wear than they did new.

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A Whole Room of Furniture a Little at a Time

I am often asked at my job – what is best way to choose when purchasing a whole room of furniture that can’t be afforded right away. It certainly is an intimidating proposal, and with an open floor plan, a whole living room layout, dining room layout, and entry, that is a lot of expensive pieces to buy and it feels like you need them all at once.

The secret is being intentional and asking yourself how you use each of your rooms and what you would actually use most. But don’t forget that your home is the place that you live and love, and for me, work, so don’t forget to find pieces and details that bring you joy every time you see them.

Buy first what you would use right away

If there is something that you would use every day that you can afford first, definitely make it a priority. In our new home, the first piece of furniture we splurged on with our new budget was a more expensive, new bed for our master bedroom. It was worth the splurge and it makes us feel spoiled every single night or anytime we relax in bed. The second large purchase was our live-edge dining table. We love having people over and often sit down for casual lunches or larger dinners, so as soon as we received our table we started planning. Having our dining table comes with the added bonus of also filling our home with our favorite people.

Something we don’t have quite yet is the nice coffee table that we are currently saving for. This is something that would definitely be nice to have and we would use often, but isn’t necessary to enjoy watching TV together, having people over to sit on our sectional, or for the main purpose of our room. For you, though, a coffee table may be necessary! As you think through these things, be honest with yourself about what may be worth waiting and little to get exactly what would last you years and years.

Buy second what you want the most

It’s totally cool with getting super excited about certain things and specific furniture pieces! The thing that makes your home – your home are the things you see everyday and are pretty much obsessed with. For me, it’s my big prints of my husband’s photography and a high-end essential oil diffuser. Seeing these things will keep you excited about your future purchases and especially if they are little things, filling your walls or shelves with a little decor you love is affordable and inspiring. A few fake plants, a cool, industrial lamp you can see from your desk, or a chair for your reading corner that really makes your home feel like you are worth prioritizing too!

Buy last the things you still need

As you have been living with your space for the period of time that it takes to save for the first two steps, I am sure you have come up with many things you would like and use! Living with your space is the best way to figure out what you need best for your family. Keep a single list in one place in your phone or home, and prioritize it after writing things on your list for a while so you don’t make any compulsive purchases. I always prefer chatting with my husband about these decisions, since he has a steadying presence and logical thought process, so I don’t get swayed by anything that only I want on more surface level and we can really have what we need as a family in every room.

Fourth: Don’t buy anything in addition

The secret to saving money in your home is not about what you buy, but more about buying only what you could use and what you really, really love.  Simple right! Nope, in reality, this is the hardest part. But our responsibility to our environment and our pocketbooks means figuring out where to say no and how to stay happy with what you have are really the most important things we can do in this process.

Winter Whites

Since I read the most in the winter, a cozy corner to turn pages and admire the snow out the window is a necessary addition for my intimate home spaces. The glowing white of the snow out the window and the soft sound of flipping pages bring add a different feel to winter.

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I absolutely love the feel of monochromatic spaces. It allows you to focus on texture, quality, and subtle differences without too much contrast. It is such a calming and peaceful sense to be in a space totally surrounded by a single color in unnamed shades,

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Curl up with hot cocoa and keep reading! 👇💮

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Pillows of the Week #6

Mongolian Lamb Pillow CoverIn parallel with the Autumn Blues that are inspiring me this week, these pillows bring in the season without stereotypical reds and yellows.

Deep, mysterious, and atmospheric, deep blue can add beautiful layers to a neutral couch needing some autumn love. Especially if you like something a little more unique!

Deep, Dark, Autumn Blues

 

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  1. Layla Grayce / 24 x 24″ / Square Feathers Velvet Dark Blue Throw Pillow
  2. The Oliver Gal Artist Co. / 14 x 20″ / Dreaming About You Geode Pillow
  3. Lumbar Pillow / Navy Blue
  4. Pier1 Imports / Taylor Navy Pillow / Magnolia Home Collection
  5. West Elm / Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover / Copper / Square

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Fall Colors – Autumn Blues

Autumn is the season of warm sweaters, burning fires, and deep natural woods. Warm tones are found absolutely everywhere, and autumn leaves burn the colors of the sun.

I love the fall! Since it is my favorite season, I go all out. I want my clients to feel the season as much as I do!

Blue may feel like an unexpected color for autumn, but the deep sea of Autumn blue washes a space in encompassing color without feeling fully winter. Cozy materials, and natural accents add to the feeling with reminders of the warm tones you typically think of when autumn crosses your mind.

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Deep, midnight blue fill the evening sky on fall nights, and gray skies are washed with swaths of cool gray. Also, any warm colors stand out incredibly well against the strong background of peacock blue. And neutrals just add to the calming effects of calming, romantic, deep blue.

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More Cool Autumn below  ⬇☄️💙🍂🍁

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Combining Styles

Jason and I have probably the most different styles that we could possibly have. Jason would prefer a studio apartment penthouse with minimal furniture. He has a dark industrial aesthetic and likes simple materials, with natural accents, and like a little bit of lodge too! My favorite combination of colors of gray and gold, and I love feminine touches, vintage accents, and lots of architectural detail.

At least we both prefer neutrals right…

 

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As we think about owning a home sometime in the future – I want something historic and adorable, of course – we want to both feel like we belong, and can spend tons of time here, together. But as most homeowners know, combining styles is difficult and time consuming.

It’s important to me that even though my job is interior design, my personal style doesn’t take over our space. Because it’s ours together!

Read more about how we did it! ⤵️

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Pillows of the Week #5

Here are some pastel pretties for you! I am hanging on to summer as long as I can, before I run full on into Autumn.

For now, here are some pastel pillows for you, inspired by floral colors and modern artwork.

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  1. World Market / 18 x 18″ / Lavender Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw Pillow
  2. Society 6 / 17 x 12″ / Calcutta Marble / Rectangular Pillow Small
  3. Zinc Door / 13 x 19″ / Surya Crescent Lines Blush Lumbar Pillow
  4. Etsy / studioRS / 14 x 20″ / ‘Blue Gesture 1’ Pillow
  5. Society 6 / 16 x 16″ / Pretty Succulents by Nature Magick

A balance of pastel purple, blush pink, and sky blue bring similar tones all together while being united by a calming succulent pillow. A modern marble pillow keeps the updated shapes and materials connected, while bringing neutral black and white, while bringing in metallic gold.

Summer Pastels – Luxury Lilac

I’m going to share a secret with you – two of my favorite things in the world are the color purple, and bunny rabbits!

 

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Architectural Digest / Jamie Drake

 

I have always said purple was my favorite color, but it wasn’t until recently that I really accepted that fully and started reaching for purple things in my life first. In my opinion, purple in interior design is definitely harder to include than almost any other color. It holds a very specific emotion in the space, and adds a reminder of the classic, formal history it holds.

 

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One King’s Lane / Natalie Morales Living Room Makeover

 

More lovely lilac – more lucious lavender ⤵️

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Summer Pastels – Ice, Ice, Baby Blue

Guess what! It’s not May anymore (it’s actually July, shh don’t tell!) – but I want to continue my pastel trio I started – just because I want to. I love the easy, breezy, spring colors which bring so much peace and personality to a space. I also love the nostalgic feeling I get while being reminded of my youth a few years ago when everything in my life was full of Tumblr pastels and easter brights.

Here is the blue which reminds us of summer, lightens our days, and energizes our homes.

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And then there’s more! 👇

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Summer Pastels – Blush Pink

Can you believe it’s May already! It is my favorite month – not only because it’s my birthday month, but because it ushers in the wonder of spring both outside and inside the home as well. This month’s color theme is: spring pastels in honor of my lifelong obsession with the pastels of tumblr, and the wonderful new florals and tones of spring!

Our first week is all about blush pink and its sultry tones, and how (and why) to include it in your home.

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All blush pink, all love 💗 👇

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