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Wednesday
Jul162014

fabric by the yard: lewis and sheron

Atlanta-based fabric by the yard company Lewis and Sheron is one of my absolute, all-time favorites.  They have such a fantastic variety of colors and patterns at super reasonable price points and the customer service cannot be beat!  Right now they are running a 15% off sale for the month of July by entering the code FABRICFEVER at checkout, so, if you're looking to add some summer color with throw pillows or some new curtain panels, it's definitely worth checking them out!  Here are some fabrics I'm loving right now; while I ALWAYS gravitate to the blues, I tried to mix it up this time:

Bindi comes in a bunch of colors, but, I have to say, I'm OBSESSED with the emerald and navy colorway.  Sand and cobalt are close seconds:

Evolution, Chelsea, Kedara:

 Cap Deluca, Links OD and Mandha would look adorable in a beach house:

Gandhali, Trouseau, Barossa:

What fabrics are you loving lately?

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday
Jul152014

get the look: an oldie but goodie

There are some interiors that are just so good, so timeless, so perfectly executed, that whenever you come across them, whether by flipping through old magazines or browsing Pinterest, you just have to stop to admire all over again all the things that made you love the space in the first place.  For me, this living room, designed by Nate Berkus Design duo Lauren Gold and Sasha Adler, is one of these design gems that will forever be etched in the corner of my mind (and all over my Pinterest page!)  I know you've all seen the pictures before, but I thought it was worth revisiting again for a little eye candy this morning. 

There is so much to love about this space - the mix of high end and elegant pieces like the French gilt mirror, limestone mantle and tufted Chesterfield sofa with more casual items like a bold black and white dhurrie rug, seagrass daybed and linen throw pillows.  Brass accents and gorgeous pops of emerald green turn the glam factor up a notch.  It's chic and laid back, warm and inviting all at once, making it one of my all-time favorite living spaces:

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

tufted sofa / Frenc gilt mirror / seagrass tray / coral / linen pillow / black and white striped rug

brass sconce / seagrass daybed

Monday
Jul142014

house tour: california cool

Pardon the silence on the blog the last week or so; we've been busy celebrating a very special baby girl's half birthday, as well as her daddy's return from deployment!  It's been a whirlwind of excitement around here lately, but I'm back to blogging and what better way to kick off the week than with a fabulous house tour!

Erin May Shedarowich was one of the first people I followed on Instagram; I have no idea how I stumbled onto her feed, but, aside from all the adorable pictures of her beautiful littles, what I've enjoyed most has been all the teeny tiny glimpses into her gorgeous California abode.  I am beside myself with excitement that those tiny glimpses have now turned into a full house tour, thanks to her designer and pal, the very talented Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors!  The house is the perfect combination of California cool and bohemian chic with just a touch of glam.  It's light, bright, airy and so inviting; bold and beautiful patterned textiles really pop against a white backdrop, giving the whole house a fresh feel. I love the mix of modern and traditional elements and the subtle beach accents throughout-layered rugs, lots of texture, colorful pattern, amazing artwork and bold pops of color are so fun and fresh.  The house is a testament to the fact that you can have a beautiful family home without sacrificing style:

I love a well-styled bookshelf:

Those bone inlay chests are to die for!

I am OBSESSED with this dining room!  Peter Dunham fig leaf curtain panels look amazing against black grasscloth paper and aqua accents:

All-white is hard to get right, but this entryway is perfection, thanks to a planked ceiling and wainscoting with a pop of bold black from triple hanging lanterns:

The Caroline Wright print is a favorite:

Love the wall of books and spindle bed in sweet Rowan's big boy room:

More beautiful, muted color and pattern:

Such a comfy breakfast area - love the Circa pendant.  Oh, and I covet that Philip Barlowe painting!

Such a sweet playroom - now that I have my own little, I can truly appreciate the convenience of having a designated room for books and toys.  I love how this room is personalized with an oversize picture of Erin's little guy.  You can kind of see the Hygge and West wallpapered ceiling in the corner.  Such a fun, functional space:

This little family is on the move to their next home; I can't wait to see how Amber works her magic in that one!  To see more before and after shots of this house, check out her website here.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday
Jul022014

a new mirror for the entryway + a HomeGoods score

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of the framed sea life book pages in my entryway to my Instagram account (@bungalowblue) and mentioned how they were going to soon be relocating to another room in the house.  There were quite a few comments on the perfect hang job and how it was a shame I was taking them down, and normally I would be in total agreement (it did take a while to get all 12 of them up there), HOWEVER, I'm just as excited with what will be taking their place:

If you've ever been on the hunt for an oversize round mirror at a reasonable price, you know it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack...close to impossible.  So, when I spotted a gorgeous, almost 40-incher at Home Goods a few weeks ago for less than $200, it was a no brainer - I had to have it!

There's just something about mirrors in entryways, don't you think?  They're classic, make small spaces like entryways live larger and help bounce natural light around.  With its generous size, this one is going to look amazing in my entry:

The finish is gold-ish and brown, a very bad faux paint job, but that's easily fixable.  Right now, I'm trying to decide whether I'll give it a "zinc" finish like another mirror I've refinished:

...or, the weathered wood finish I posted about last week.  (I'm kind of obsessed with this one lately and want to do it to EVERYTHING):

What do you think?  Which finish should I go with?

Tuesday
Jul012014

a little outdoor slice of heaven

If there's anything I love more than a beautifully weathered, shingle-style chic cottage, it's an equally beautiful porch or patio in which to enjoy said cottage.  I'm sure by now you've all seen Chris Burch's Southampton home tour that was featured in Architectural Digest a while back, but Mackenzie Horan's personal photos of the exterior of his house on a recent trip to the Hamptons had me drooling all over my laptop!  The shot below is deceiving - the house is actually huge, but this side view makes it look quaint and so, so charming - cedar shakes, crisp white trim, that second floor balcony overlooking the pool, climbing roses and boxwoods, boxwoods and more boxwoods.  Just perfection:

Following Friday's post, I think a Lutyens bench would look fabulous in this outdoor space so I went with it and added some navy blue, stripes, string lights, a metal garden orb and, of course, topiary for table tops!  Here is how I would bring an outdoor space together if this were my home:

bench / chippendale planter / monogram pillow / garden orb / stripe pillow

knot mat / topiary / string lights

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you're having a great week!