What’s everyone up to? Last week was my grandma’s funeral in Ohio. While the occasion was certainly not a happy one, it was nice to spend some time with my family for a few days. As soon as I arrived back in Alabama, Chet had to leave for a work conference. Now we’re settling back in to routines after a hectic stretch of days, and welcoming the little glimpses of Spring. The sun has finally returned after what felt like weeks of rain (seriously, our yard looked like a little lake!) and Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Have a great Wednesday, and for your reading pleasure, a dozen links…
Beautiful bohemian interiors that are perfect inspo for a spring home decor refresh.
How a recipe goes viral on Instagram.
Students are going on strike to demand action on climate change, in a movement led almost entirely by teenage girls.
This llama tote makes me smile.
The Art of Leaving sounds like an amazing memoir.
Show them what crazy dreams can do.
Great advice: no more zero days.
How people spent sudden financial windfalls.
Living and working in 350 square feet. Love how light and feminine this space is!
Raffi is singing new songs and fighting new fascists. (Remember ‘Baby Beluga’?!)
Have you tried the 20/20/20?
How an internet obsession resurrected a long-lost Sesame Street cartoon.
P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Five Great Graphic Novels and 6 Reasons You Should Be Sleeping More.
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Where do you focus your design-energy in your home? There are the obvious spaces — like creating a zen-like bathroom or a kitchen that feels cozy enough for guests to gather around the table. But lately, I’ve been feeling inspired to add a little of my aesthetic to our new entryway. As I mentioned in this post, it’s the first design project I’d like to tackle in our new abode. After all, it’s the first thing folks see when they walk in your house!
So far, I’ve got these hooks hung and a runner rug laid out. (Shout out to my mom for choosing the rug!) I took to Amazon to track down some other pieces that are now wish listed for the project …
This shelf, sitting long-ways, can display my bits and bobs, but also offers a storage solution by tucking a basket or two in the bottom cubbies.
A director floor lamp to cast an inviting glow.
I could add texture by sticking an oversized plant in the mix and housing it in one of these mid-century modern planters.
Ya gotta have a mirror so you can check your look before leaving.
And maybe a large print in a gold frame for the DRAMA.
Finally, I’d like to add this piece to my bar cart (which is what you see as you walk down my self-created entryway) because I’ve considered tons of small wine racks and I always land back at this one.
For little touches – I’m all about a giant candle with sweet matches at the ready, succulents nestled in terra cotta pots, and maybe a thrifted crate to house muddy shoes.
How have you decorated your entryway? Tell me in the comments!
P.S. Since we’re renting this home, I’m following these tips.
Ol’ Punxsatawney Phil just predicted 6 more weeks of Winter. Yikes! But down here in South Florida it’s the perfect temperature to lounge outside. In the Summer months, it’s way too hot to think about hanging out on our balcony. But now that the days are getting longer, and there are more hours of sunlight to take advantage of, it’s the perfect place to be. I guess you could say Phil’s decree is a GOOD THING for us. (Sorry guys!) Bring on the additional balcony weather!
In honor of this auspicious Groundhog’s Day, I thought I’d do some make-believe interior decorating. I’d love to give our outdoor space a makeover in a Rustic Bohemian Style. Our balcony is narrow, but runs the whole length of our apartment, and is completely screened in (no bugs!). The view is mostly of other buildings but when the sun sets, there’s still lots of colorful sky to behold. Oh, and of course palm trees a’plenty!
Here’s what I’d add to give the space a boho reboot with a touch of rustic charm…
A terra cotta and brass moon to hang on the wall and watch over us.
A set of roman shades to keep the afternoon sun out of our eyes (and nosy neighbors out of our business).
A wooden bowl to store a stack of limes for evening gin & tonics.
A throw pillow or two to make furniture feel like a cozy oasis.
A couple of planters shaped like cubes to house our plant friends.
A thrift-store-find side table that we can “antique” with a coat of paint and a few squares of sandpaper.
A gaggle of colorful tealight holders to really set the mood.
And an outdoor sectional that’s just as comfy as a living room couch (with a much better breeze!).
What styles or spaces are inspiring YOUR interior design daydreams? I’d love to hear!
[IN THE MOOD FOR MORE MAKE-BELIEVE? A PALM LEAF PRINT INSPIRED BEDROOM!]
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Today is super dreary and we’re bracing for an endless string of days with thunderstorms in the forecast. So, to cheer myself up, I’m gonna do a little make-believe interior decorating! Palm Leaf Print seems to be everywhere at the moment. (Seriously, check out Pinterest.)
While I’m going for a more beachy vibe in my current bedroom (with light blues and greens and calming touches), I can see loving this decor in a future home. Maybe one where we don’t have NATURE’S palm leaf print right outside our bedroom window. 😉
Until then, commence the daydream interior design:
A palm leaf duvet cover serves as the anchor for the room and is perfect for cuddling up in on less-than-tropical mornings.
A wallpaper to create the illusion of an exposed brick accent wall.
A pair of round bedside tables to flank the palm leaf-ed bed.
A zig-zag wall shelf as the perfect place for plants to live.
A lamp for the dresser on copper tripod legs.
A sunburst mirror to make a bold statement.
A marble ring dish and agate boxes for storing tiny treasures.
A bright hamper to keep dirty clothes off the floor.
And a metal basket stows extra, cozy blankets and a stash of just-for-fun magazines.
What elements or prints are inspiring YOUR interior design daydreams? I’d love to hear! xoxo
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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!
What are you up to today? I have some errands to run (including getting my hair cut which I’ve been putting off for ages) but I’m feeling a little mid-week lazy. Can’t I just drink coffee and read books every day??? I hope everyone had a fun Halloween however you chose to celebrate. I was pretty pleased with my last-minute farmer costume. (Overalls!) Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and here are a few links I’ve gathered for your reading pleasure…
The Dakota Access Pipeline protest is unprecedented and 150 years in the making.
How a poster in a bar restroom cleverly combats sexual assault.
“I dressed like Rachel Green for a week and here’s what happened.”
What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?
House Tour: An art-filled Nashville home.
How to host a dinner party in a small space.
Our financial errors vary by age.
Lady Gaga does carpool karaoke.
Why American and European cities are dramatically different.
Why is Election Day on Tuesday, November 8?
Humans of New York and the cavalier consumption of others.
The feminist power of female ghosts.
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?
There’s something about a guest room that feels particularly “adult-ing” to me. Friends rolling through town? Not a problem! Family dropping by for the holiday? Mi casa es su casa and all that. While our space for guests is technically Chet’s office that doesn’t stop me searching for inspiration amidst my favorite home decor corners of the internet. Here are a few of my top picks…
via All Things Thrifty
via Studio McGee
via The Daily Nest
via Miss Alice Designs
via Dear Lillie
via Style Your Senses
What do you think? Which room would you like to lay your precious head?
After a recent apartment refresh (new couch! score!), I’ve been feeling especially design inclined. “What other updates should we make to our space?” I asked myself. So, I took to Etsy and descended down the rabbit hole on a variety of decorative elements. What struck me most were all the beautiful posters! And they’re all so affordable! Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites…
The Breakfast Club
Good Vibes Only
Which would YOU choose? Do you have any tips for tracking down affordable art? Let me know below!
Are you a bath person or a shower person? I’ve always preferred showers. I tend to think of baths as soaking in my own filth. (Is that gross? It’s not that I’m THAT dirty…but still.) When we moved into our new apartment I was super stoked to see a stand alone shower in the en suite bathroom…and not one of those mega tiny, glass door showers either. It’s not cramped at all! And I love that it’s made of white tiles– a new decor obsession of mine. So, I guess you could say I’m a shower girl. HOWEVER! These tubs could cause me to change my tune. Aren’t they pretty? Maybe if I could shower FIRST, I would hop in for a luxuriously long soak! Complete with candles and a novel of course. Which would YOU choose?
(From Frenchy Fancy)
(From Apartment Therapy)
(From My Domaine)
What about you? #TeamShower or #TeamBath? Would beautiful tubs like these be a big selling point when seeking a place to live?
(Top photo from Cargo Collective)