Kelly Christakos Stivers


minted art

I've used Minted for our Christmas cards for years; the photo quality and weight of the paper just can't be beat and the price is so affordable.  I'm still getting compliments on Lydia's beautiful birth announcements so I know I'll be ordering birthday invites for years to come, as well!  Besides beautiful cards and stationery, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Minted is also a great source for artwork, with a pretty impressive collection of limited edition art prints from independent artists.  Each piece comes in a variety of sizes and matting and framing options and prices are so affordable, I had to do a double take! Most can even be printed up to 4 feet, for some serious drama for your walls!  Here are some pieces that caught my eye:

They've got quite an adorable selection of children's art, too!  Love these personalized options for babies - they would make a great baby or birthday gift:

I'm especially enamored with this Moby Dick quote; the oversize version would look adorable in a nursery:

Have you bought any artwork from Minted?  I'd love to know what you think!


fab fall finds for $75 or less

Yesterday marked the start of fall and, much to my surprise, the temperature never made it above 65, so I'm finally very excited for the change in seasons!  I emptied all of my summer pots and got them ready for some mums, cabbage, kale and ornamental grasses and am chomping at the bit to pull out my faux fur throws, riding boots and puffer vests!  My way of decorating for fall is to just add a bunch of cozy and natural elements, candles and, of course, lots of texture and fresh greenery.  Here are a few of my favorite items that will get your home ready for fall without breaking the bank; every one is $75 or less! West Elm, High Street Market, Mark and Graham, C Wonder and Nordstrom are chock full of beautiful, affordable decorative items; here are a few things I'm loving lately:

Animal print makes the most impact in small doses and this chenille leopard print pillow is the perfect accessory for the bed, sofa or chair!

Add a preserved boxwood wreath to your front door for a pop of fresh color that will last from fall throughout the holiday season!

Pop some kindling, firewood or birch logs in this modern weave handled basket for an instant fall feel!

A monogrammed wood cheese board is a personal, rustic touch.

This agate platter with gold leaf edge is art all on its own!

I have this raffia table runner and I love it!  It's one of my favorite ways to add a little texture and interest to my white dinnerware and serving dishes.

These stemless gold rimmed water and wine glasses are elegant but practical enough for every day use (and make great gifts, too!)

I love the gold tone on these woodblock print napkins; such a beautiful compliment to a fall table setting!

Horn coasters are a beautiful, easy way to add a natural element.

Love this silvered chisel votive (it's just as lovely as a bud vase!)

Jo Malone's wood sage and sea salt candle is worth the hype; it smells absolutely divine!

What are you loving for fall?  I'd love to know!


chic (and colorful) in nantucket

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know it's no secret I have a slight crush on designer/architect extraordinaire Steven Gambrel.  If you've ever perused his portfolio, it's not hard to see why.  While all of his work is absolutely amazing, I have always been drawn most to how beautifully he pairs a cool blue color palette with lots of texture - so much so, in fact, that it's become the aesthetic to which I've used as reference to decorate my own home.  So, it came as a complete surprise that I would fall head over heels for a bright, colorful Nantucket hideaway he designed and recently added to his portfolio.  This little gem is full of saturated color and bold pattern and textiles while still adhering to Gambrel's signature style by layering lots of texture (those grasscloth walls and seagrass chairs in the dining room are heavenly!) and mixing classic pieces with both modern and antique finds.  It has an undoubtedly fun, fresh feel while still being elegant and sophisticated and THAT, my friends, is what makes the man a design genius! 

The dining room is spectacular....grasscloth walls, millwork painted a soft blue, those fabulous curtain panels, a brass chandelier and those amazing dining chairs paired with a more traditional table is layering at its best:

Colorful curtain panels and a mix of comfy furniture is surprisingly soothing in the living room:

I love, love, LOVE the subtle hints of coral and aqua in a guest bedroom; the grasscloth warms up the space and that coral trim line coordinates perfectly with the striped bedding and headboard.

An impressive array of hydrangeas are a beautiful compliment to a navy blue painted ceiling, a hanging lantern, coral cushions and a driftwood table on the back porch.  Another reminder that I desperately need to make up my mind on patio furniture so I can enjoy the Fall weather we will eventually be getting!

What do you think?  Do you prefer a cool, neutral color palette or a bright and bold one?

 To see more of this gorgeous home, check out Gambrel's portfolio.


shop the manor + save 30%

A few weeks ago, on a particularly difficult night in the throws of teething (and somewhere around eight or nine wakeups), I had just gotten Baby Girl back to sleep and, unable to sleep myself at that point, resorted to Instagram (naturally) when a gorgeous champagne and cream sequined chevron table runner caught my eye.  A few clicks later and I discovered that one of my oldest friends had launched an online boutique a few weeks back!  I may be a day late in learning this exciting news, but I'm certainly not a dollar short...I'm thrilled to introduce you to Manor, home to some of the chicest home decorative accessories, lighting, fabulous accent furniture pieces, luxe pillows, cozy throws and much, much more! 

Owner Beth DeLozier has been making homes pretty all over Houston for years and now she's not only curated an online collection of some smashing home wares, but she's also offering readers 30% off ANYTHING IN THE STORE!  Just enter code BUNGALOWBLUE30 today through this Friday, 19 September.  Brass accents, a pale blue lacquer lamp and a cowhide bench pieced together in a subway tile pattern are just a few of the goodies that have me swooning!  Here are a few of the many favorites I'm loving from Manor:

Blue Carlsbad Accent Lamp / Greek Key Lamp / Asha pillow cover / Puzzle Chandelier

Gold Antlers / Nixon Alpaca Throw / Carpathia Bench / La Pearla Stool

Happy Shopping!!


obsessed: kristen dowd of gypsy soul

I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram these days; one click leads to another and you know how it goes, you stumble onto someone's feed with no idea how you got there in the first place and if you don't "follow" or "like" one of their pictures, they're gone forever!  This has happened to me on more than one occasion so when I stumbled upon the bathroom reno below, I not only fell in love with that gorgeous abstract painting hanging in all its glory, but I was overjoyed to see the link to artist @gypsysoulint.  Turns out Kristen Dowd of Gypsy Soul Interiors is also an incredibly talented artist; her paintings are so good, I have a feeling you'll be drooling by the end of this post!  I especially love their size (most are 36 by 48 inches) and how she uses simple gold frames for a clean, modern feel.  Look how beautiful her work looks in each space - truly the star of the show!

I'm obsessed with this beauty; I have a large, empty wall in my dining room just begging for something stunning like this to grace it:

Here are some of my favorite commissions she's posted; of course, I tend to gravitate to the blues, but I would happily take either one of these:

Moody blues are always a good idea:

How amazing would this combo of pink, peach and coral look in a baby or little girl's room??

Those gold frames are the perfect finishing touch:

Emerald green loveliness; can you imagine how fabulous this would be flanked by brass sconces? 

To see more of Kristen's work, check out her Instagram (@gypsysoulint) and for more information on commissions and pricing, shoot her an email