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My Dream Living Room in 10 Easy Steps

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You know how when Oprah was touting The Secret, she told us we could turn our dreams into reality through the power of vision boards? Yeah? Well, sometimes I log onto Polyvore.com and next thing I know “OOPS!” several hours have passed and I tell myself…“You did it for Future-Beth’s dream home, kid. Someday she’ll thank you!” 
With that in mind, here’s my latest living room VISION BOARD. Peacock blue + neutrals + mid-century modern + mixed metals and woods. A dream room which, through 10 “easy” steps, could easily be turned into a home decor reality…

1. Dramatic, floor-length curtains.

I love these affordable panels from Target in a slate grey.

2. Over-sized prints – framed and hung prominently.

Something about pairing a raw, black & white photograph with a more ethereal and colorful, Impressionist-inspired painting makes me feel like the room is balanced.

3. Pretty details to create added interest.

Wouldn’t this botanical print from Refinery Paper Co. look sweet hanging by a brass binder clip? And wouldn’t it be fun to DIY a decoupage ampersand? Yes and yes!

4. Long sofa for streeeeetching out.

A three-seat sofa in a pretty peacock blue, please and thank you.

5. Upright lamp to shed light on the situation.

I like tall lamps with a long arm to create some depth. I also like not having to rely on harsh ceiling lights when I’m trying to get cozy with a good book.

6. A side table aka landing pad for morning cups of coffee and evening cocktails.

The pattern created by the metalwork on this side table mimics the interlaced fingers in the black & white photograph and that’s no accident. Drawing coordination inspiration from elements other than color is a favorite decorating tip of mine!

7. Funky armchair.

Normally asymmetry would drive me bonkers…but this chair has so much personality!

8. Geometric rug, featuring colors to tie it all together.

The gentle blue wave pattern adds a relaxing element.

9. Flickering candles and potted plants for added ambiance.

I love these simple lanterns with cut-out stars and succulents in a small copper planter.

10. A stunning marble coffee table.

Because I really hope marble never goes out of style!

Do you ever lose hours on Polyvore or Pinterest planning out your dream home? Would any of these 10 elements find themselves featured in your dream living room? Got any great resources for home decor inspiration? SHARE BELOW!!!

P.S. Cool Poster Round-Up! Cute Guest Room Round-Up!

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Dress up your nightstand!

Nightstand.

1. Reclaimed wood and lacquer nightstand. (West Elm, $349)

2. Sweet fig amber glass candle. (Brooklyn Candle Studio, $34)

3. Banker’s clock in holly. (Anthropologie, $168)

4. “Private Lake” art plate in stoneware. (Etsy, $42)

5. “So many books, so little time” on vintage book page canvas. (Etsy, $30) — along with a stack of books, of course! 

6. Agate table light. (Graham and Green, £95)

7. Mint bloom phone vase. (Brika, $32)

 

I love the little details you can incorporate in a beautifully curated nightstand, don’t you? Makes me want to upgrade from my current collection of electronics that are permanently on top of mine! What do you keep on your nightstand? 

Brighten your living space with these style accents.

Take a room from white to bright!

Are you daydreaming of updating your living space? I’ve recently found myself ogling brightly colored furniture pieces on, Chairish, a website which specializes in curating a vast collection of vintage decor. Design lovers could find themselves scrolling through pages of fabulous accent chairs for hours! Now that we’re moved in to our brand new apartment, I’ve definitely got the decorating itch. The white walls and tiles feel like a blank canvas just waiting for broad strokes of color from cozy throw blankets, colorful art prints, and furry rugs. Well, if you’re in the same boat, here are 7 eye-popping pieces to take any room from white to BRIGHT!

  1. Accent chair duo
  2. Triple wick candle
  3. Copper and marble clock
  4. Striped throw blanket
  5. Geometric watercolor print
  6. Copper pablo balls
  7. Table lamps

Must-haves for sleeping in the heat.

Summer is upon us…and all the merciless heat and humidity that comes with it. Since slumber should be your one true respite from all the annoyances of ANY day (not just the hot ones), your bedroom and nighttime routine are worthy recipients of a refresh during these warmer months. With just a quick change of sheet texture, a cool breeze, and a good read; I think I’ve found the keys to honing in on some cool vibes. Here are my tips for a “chillaxed” night of sleep that will HOPEFULLY keep you from running to the freezer at 3 in the morning to toss ice cubes down your drawers….
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-A lightweight, cool to the touch set of sheets is my TOP must have for the summer months. These deliciously soft Egyptian cotton sheets from Parachute come in at under $100 for queen size and the website promises they’ll get even softer with age! If you’re feeling like splurging, the linen duvet cover set in “Sea” is airy and light-colored with a truly beachy vibe perfect for summer.
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-If you have a ceiling fan, count yourself lucky and turn that sucker on! If not, a personal fan on your nightstand or dresser is a worthy (and affordable) purchase. Be sure to turn on your fan an hour or so before bed time to get the air circulating and the temperature down.
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-No matter the month, you can never go wrong with a sound conditioner. However, in the summer they are just the ticket for drowning out cicadas and early morning disturbances (for the Country Mice), as well as, late night traffic and extended sunlight revelry (for the City Mice).
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-Lately, I’ve been absolutely OBSESSED with this coconut water toner. Gently spraying your face at night, rather than lathering on goopy moisturizer and diligently working it into your skin, is so much more conducive to the hot weather. And your skin will thank you! It needs a little hydration too after a long day in the heat. Pop it in the fridge before spritzing if you’re feeling really scandalous.
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-Calm your mind by getting a little distracted before bedtime. Quiet the fast-paced social media world and the glaring Netflix binge screens and tuck into a good book. Need a recommendation? Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead is freaking fantastic. It is brilliantly written and while I’m somewhat biased towards it’s Balletic plot-line, I think it would be entertaining for just about anyone.
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-And finally, scent can be a handy tool when needing to float away to the Land of Nod. Give your landing pad a quick once-over with a lavender scented pillow spray before nuzzling down for the night. ZZZZzzzzz

STAY COOL AND SLEEP WELL! 

Dwelling Envy.

While the snow we got a couple nights ago was beautiful and all, I’m starting to feel the effects of Winter. The early dusk, less than favorable temperatures and general cold, wet, dreariness has resulted in a lot of time cooped up indoors. Namely, in my little one bedroom apartment. More than just a sense of going stir cray, I’m getting sick of looking at it. And binge watching all the HGTV shows the Gods recently decided to pop onto Netflix hasn’t helped either. I just want to completely DEMO, RENO and DECO (that last one’s a bit of a stretch but go with it) the shit out of this place. Here are some apartments I’ve been ogling on one of my fave internet time-sucks, Apartment Therapy. They have me turning green with “dwelling envy” but are fabulous for a bit of design INSPO (ok I’m done, sorry). Take a look!

The Chicago Apartment. 

Chicago Apartment 1

Chicago Apartment 2

Chicago Apartment 3

Chicago Apartment 4

The Vancouver Apartment. 

Vancouver Apartment 1

Vancouver Apartment 2

Vancouver Apartment 3

Vancouver Apartment 4

The Paris Apartment. 

Paris Apartment 1

Paris Apartment 2

Paris Apartment 3

Paris Apartment 4

I love the sophisticated vintage vibe of the first, the ethereal simplicity of the second, and the Scandinavian retro aesthetic of the last. It’s so hard to pick a favorite! Which would YOU choose?

 

My Old Kentucky Home (Bar)

My Old Kentucky Bar
 
 
 
 
 
 
Because I’ve never lived in very large abodes, my design aesthetic works within the restrictions of doing more with less.  I love pieces that can be re-purposed into multiple uses. I love smaller elements that can work together to create an over-arching theme or feeling. And I love building unique spaces within my home from the stepping stone of one great source of inspiration. Enter the fantastic website Chairish. This site allows lovers of home decor, like myself, to buy and sell used furnishings in a super easy way. Everything in their online store is curator-approved and there’s literally something for every taste, price point and home. I think it would be fabulous to pick one killer piece of vintage furniture as your starting point in a space and draw in other (cheaper) elements to build on the look. To show you how, I’ve chosen these vintage, wicker back bar stools as the foundation and pricier statement piece for my dream Kentucky Bourbon Bar. I then pulled inspiration from the likes of Etsy, Target and my local liquor store to find frugal-friendly elements to round out the look. Of course, not many of us have a dedicated room for a bar in our houses or apartments–I think this look would work great in an apartment where a counter serves as the divider for kitchen and living room or even in a studio (just throw the stools up against the wall for some easy added seating for entertaining)! This will make your space feel bigger because it will add the feeling of having an additional room within what was once just two, or even one. And honestly, having a little home bar is the quickest way to making your space feel chic and grown up. Even in the smallest, dorm room-iest of apartments put a little bar cart in the corner and your space is screaming metropolitan and classy to me. Just check out these studios. And these homes.
 
 
Alright, wanna take a closer peek at a few of the items?
 

Bourbon rocks glasses. Simple and to the point.

Horse bottle opener. A hat tip to horse country.

“Sun shines bright” Kentucky print. Gives meaning to the bright yellows and blues.

Firefly lantern lights. Would look great twinkling along the counter, on the wall or around a window.
 
 
If it’s in the budget, I also love this ceramic cocktail set because it looks like a classy take on a Moonshine jug and this bamboo bar cart because it calls to mind Derby parties of yester-year. And of course, the bar would be fully stocked with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Corsair gin and wine from the Old 502 Winery.
If you’re looking for a fantastic statement piece for your home, I highly recommend clicking on over to Chairish.com. (I’m also loving this teal mirror, this minimalist desk, this brass elephant, and this whimsical bookcase.) I’m certain it will spark some design inspiration inside of you!