Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our New Living Room

As some of you know, we are in the middle of renovations - opening up our kitchen, dining, and living room to be one big space.  Since my dear hubby is installing all of the hardwood himself, things are taking a bit longer than expected.  In the meantime, I've been dreaming up plans for what I want to do with the space.

I really like to mix styles - rustic with regency, feminine and masculine, etc.

1.  We already have our paint, Sherwin Williams "Retiring Blue" from the Harmony line.  Zero VOCs means it's safe for baby.  I cannot wait until the flooring is done and I can see this gorgeous color on our walls!

2. A small sectional.  This one is from West Elm.  While I'd love cream or white, no way that is going to happen in a home with a dog that lives on the couch and a little one on the way.

3. Our coffee table.  We can complements on this EVERY time someone walks in the door.  It's from a local artist Scott Alan Ewine (don't worry he sells on Esty - click here to see all of his work!) The wood all has a story and his prices are reasonable!

4. Yeah, I still love sunburst gold mirrors.  This one is from Joss and Main.

5. A gorgeous leather armchair has been on my wishlist for years.  This one is available on Gilt.

6. Gold and glass regency style side tables - I love how these contrast with the wood coffee table. Available at Gilt.

7.  Soft and pretty throw pillows. West Elm

8. Our gorgeous new flooring, cherry oak.

9. Our rug - it's two-sided so we get double the wear.  I purchased this from Joss and Main.

I can't wait until we can start decorating. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be hard!

Small spaces require a different way of thinking but it doesn't have to be difficult.

Living in a small space? Here are 11 great ways to maximize and decorate tiny spaces.

Make items have duel purposes! Storage and seating? Looks like a win win to me!

Make it cozy. There's something about a comfortable space that makes you love it no matter the size.

Utilize every nook and cranny! A closet might be better used as an office instead of storage space.

intentional use of limited space is the core of small space design.

Your decor can be functional! Just because it's something that you use daily, doesn't mean it can be pretty and on a shelf for all to see.

Get creative with the square footage you do have. Make items that can be put away, hidden, or stored but easily accessed.

Dabito's 100-sq-ft living room is fantastic small space design.
via westelm

With small spaces comes less clutter and more function. Don't let it get you down, it's just as much fun to decorate!

Monday, February 23, 2015

A big personal announcement: We are expecting a baby boy!

Chris and I are expecting our first child, a baby boy in early June.  Once our renovations are complete, we won't have much time to get the nursery ready, so I have to know exactly what I want.  We planned on putting him in our master suite with us in the beginning. We only have one extra bedroom and would like to leave it available for guests until he needs his own space.  Here are some nurseries I love:

I'm not crazy about decals, but the wood floors here match what we are installing, and the crib on the top of my list so far looks similar.

I think we will be painting our bedroom a similar color.
2 images above via Pinterest via Love This Pic

Super cute woodland nursery.

via Pinterest  via Little Umbrella

via Pinterest via Christina's Adventures

love this...
via Pinterest via Christina's Adventures

and this...
via Pinterest via Classy Clutter

I have my eye on this West Elm glider too...

via Pinterest via Snapshots and My Thoughts

Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcoming in the warmth

Trying to make it through this last hump of wintery weather with some warm and inviting spaces! I hope you enjoy:

Living Room - The cool blues of this space are quickly warmed up by the bright reds. The corner window enlarges, the cozy cushions invite, and the unique accents lure you to explore their individuality. I am especially in love with the turquoise metal side table and the blue seat with star-shaped wooden back.
via bhg

Hope you all are staying warm!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Some office love

It seems like more and more people are working from home. With a struggling economy it makes sense to cut corners. Not having to commute gives you more billable hours as well as less gas cost. There's also that freedom of being able to live wherever you want, which gives you an option to be in a more affordable area.

With all that savings it gives you a great option to really spend some quality time making your home office everything you wanted it to be.

Say goodbye to that stuffy cubicle and hello to a room you can create just to your liking.

It's like a whole new world of options open up for you and you get to make it an environment for you to excel at your work.

Even if it is only one little corner in a room, it's yours. 

I can see most people working from home in the future and for me it feels like a great way to balance life and work. Instead of being somewhere you don't want to be, you actually get to enjoy being in your own space.

black, white, wood
via vtwonen

I'm curious to know, how many of you work from home or are thinking of making the switch?


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