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Thursday
Feb192015

25 favorite decorative accessories for less than $50

I skipped out on posting a wish list this week, so I thought I'd make it up by posting a bevy of beautiful, budget-friendly home accessories for less than $50, instead! While there are a few things I am totally willing to spend a little more money on, decorative accessories are not one of them.  I'd much rather invest in some custom window treatments, beautiful lighting or a fabulous rug, and since I'm always rearranging most of my surface areas, it is pointless for me to drop a lot of dough on something that may end up in the closet until I find another space for it.  With that being said, there are some things you just can't get out of your head (I don't need another woven demijohn, but I'll buy one if I see it!) and if you love it and can't stop thinking about it, you should TOTALLY buy it! 

Books, ginger jars, small mirrors, faux coral, oversize clam shells, rosemary topiary and lots of blue and white pieces and brass objects are some of my favorite items to accessorize with.  Think fresh flowers in a silver mint julep cup or a fishing float on top of a stack of books. Nothing here will break the piggy bank because everything costs $50 or less and many of the items are on sale, too!

1.  Blue and white ginger jar  2.  Faux coral  3.  Brass anchor  4.  Rosemary topiary

5.  Honeycomb vase  6.  Gold ceramic urchin  7.  Clam shell  8.  Tortoise ice bucket

9.  Mint julep cup  10.  Book of Natural Curiosities  11.  Cable knit throw pillow  12. Fishing float

13.  Captain's mirror  14.  Large gold wishbone  15.  Blue and white ginger jar

16.  Large glass + rope hurricane  17.  Set of 2 glass sputnik orbs  18.  Les Pointelles Print

19.  Nest Beach candle  20.  Cable knit throw  21.  Polished nickel sconce  22.  Black glass vase

23.  Mercury glass votives  24.  Large blue and white bowl  25.  Blue and white tray

What are some of your favorite budget-friendly decorative finds? 

I'm always on the hunt, I'd love to know!

Wednesday
Feb182015

elements of an amazing entry

I've got beautiful entries and foyers on the brain lately; it seems like that's all that keeps popping up on Pinterest as of late and I'm absolutely obsessed with every last detail that have passed through my feed!  Entries are one of my favorite rooms to style not only because it's the first room people see when they enter your home but also because it sets the tone of what's to come in the rest of your house.  Here are a few gorgeous entries that I'm loving lately:

S. Russell Groves

Domino

Jake Eastham Photography

Charlotte Barnes

 

Chango and Co.

Kelly McGuill

Here are a few picks for creating an amazing first impression in your entry.  These are also the same elements I turn to for my clients' foyers as well as my own!

1.  Start with an amazing table to anchor the space.  I love the lines of this Norris console table from Mecox and the whitewashed burlap covering is an unexpected touch that adds so much texture and interest!

2.  A statement mirror or oversize art is a must.  I'm partial to mirrors in an entryway (the bigger the better) but oversize artwork, photography or a series of prints hung in a grid pattern add just the same amount of drama and impact! 

3.  Add beautiful lighting.  A pair of gorgeous lamps, sconces or candle sconces are a must for creating ambience, symmetry and a sculptural element.

4.  Fresh greens are always a good idea!  Topiary, potted orchids, ferns, a vase of fresh blooms or magnolia leaves are one of my favorite ways for bringing a fresh element and a pop of color. 

5.  Don't forget decorative objects!  A stack of books, coral, bowls, trays, framed photographs, candles, seashells found on your last vacation are a great way to personalize your space.

6.  Add an area rug.  Unify your space (especially if you have an open floor plan), add a pop of color and texture, too.  Rugs can be as pretty as they are practical.  I'm loving this handspun jute rug and this navy Surya Smithsonian beauty:

How do you like to style your entry?

Thursday
Feb122015

attic inspiration: tamara kaye honey

We've been dragging our heels about finishing our upstairs bonus room for a while now, but after seeing LA-based interior designer Tamara Kaye Honey's STUNNING attic-turned-master bath remodel in the latest issue of Lonny, I've got stars in my eyes and major motivation to get my butt in gear!

Beautiful brass accents and warm wood pieces look absolutely amazing against crisp white floors and paneled walls, and the oversize Sputnik-style chandelier and campaign-style vanity are sheer perfection.  I love how most of the space is dedicated to the bath, rather than the bedroom itself, and, with all that natural light and cleverly planned use of all the nooks and dormers, there is a major cozy factor here that usually is hard to come by with a bathroom of this size. 

How AMAZING are those brass fixtures??

Placing the shower in the dormer is such a dramatic touch, not to mention a great use of the space.  And those unlacquered brass fixtures are simply divine.  I would NEVER EVER come out of this room, if this were mine:

Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

A fabulous, oversize Sputnik-style chandelier (this one is super affordable!):

A wood and rope chair like this one would add a ton of texture and warmth to an all-white space:

Bamboo pulls in brass, of course:

A big, fluffy sheepskin rug is a must:

A campaign-style dresser like this one would certainly fit in a space this big and be perfect for storing fluffy towels and displaying perfume and jewelry:

And speaking of fluffly white towels, this set from Target is chic, affordable and the texture adds so much interest:

Happy Thursday!

 

Wednesday
Feb112015

wednesday wish list: unconventional valentine's day gifts

Valentine's Day has never really been a big deal around our house; I think the hubby has actually only been home to celebrate three, maybe four times, so it tends to be just another day for us!  But that never stops me from putting together a wish list of lovelies for the occasion! In honor of the day of love, I thought I'd share what I'm loving this week - no pink or flowers here; this week I'm coveting classic shapes, pops of black and white and lots of gold accents, the perfect, albeit unconventional, gift ideas I'd love for Valentine's Day or "just because" for that matter.  Here are my picks this week:

LOVE the size and shape of this mirror from Terrain; at five feet tall, it's definitely a showstopper!

These striped jersey sheets come in a bevy of beautiful color options and are SO incredibly soft!  Come to momma.....

Love the champagne bamboo frame on this sea fan; this would be an easy diy, too!

Target does it again with this gorgeous shiny gold flatware set at such an unbelievably affordable price point!

You can never have enough candles; love this scent.

I'm obsessed with these agate bookends, which were featured last week on One Kings Lane; they aren't available anymore, but if someone finds them elsewhere, please let me know!

I'm such a sucker for anything monogrammed and these "anchored at sea" notecards are giving me serious heart palpitations!

This sweet, gold heart dish is a perfect candy dish or bedside spot for rings.

I actually have these suede ankle boots and absolutely love them! 

Bold black and white chevron stripes with gold velour backing on these throw pillows are a beautiful way to add some drama to an otherwise neutral space!

What are you coveting for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday
Feb102015

chic toy storage 

For someone with MAJOR OCD and overall anal retentiveness when it comes to organization and order, it goes without saying that some things required some major adjustments the moment Lydia came into our lives. Now that baby girl is older, I'm facing a different set of challenges, namely, trying to corral the myriad books, puzzles, stuffed animals, musical instruments and blocks that are usually spread throughout the house as though a hurricane blew through! For me, it comes down to baskets - big, beautiful ones - that "hide" toys, make cleanup a breeze and keep my living room feeling a little bit more "mine" at the end of the day.  I especially like bigger, narrow ones that are tall enough to hide the toys inside. Sticking with natural fibers like seagrass or wicker also adds texture and interest to any space and keeps it feeling "grown up".  Stick a couple under a sofa console or side table, in corners or on bookshelves.  There's just something about sitting with a glass of wine at night and not seeing a single toy, don't you think?  Here are a few of my favorites lately:

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1.  I always find baskets similar to this one in a bunch of different sizes (and much more affordable price tag) at HomeGoods and TJMaxx.

2.  Love the navy and white stripes on this tote from Container Store

3.  The heigh of this modern weave handled basket from West Elm is perfect for hiding toys; place two next to each other under a console for added interest. 

4.  These la Jolla baskets from Serena and Lily are a bright, beachy option and come in pink and yellow, too!

5.  I found two similar to this beachcomber basket from Pottery Barn at TJMaxx and use them in Lydia's closet for dirty clothes and toys that I rotate out regularly for her.

6.  This gray and white striped tote from Land of Nod lends a beachy feel to a playroom or nursery.

7.  These rattan cubes from Ikea are great option for organizing smaller toys and blocks and fit on most bookshelves.

8.  These plastic Mercado baskets are so cheery and fun!

What are some of your favorite ways to corral toys?  I'd love to know!