Fall Home Tour 2015

Happy ‘Official” Fall, Ya’ll!

Even though today is the first official day of Autumn, last week really brought some fall-like weather for us here in the South, and I’m loving it!

I’ve kept my fall decor to a minimum, mainly due to the (still) curious little hands that love to touch everything.  I just know he’d see one of my many ceramic pumpkins and think, “BALL!”- no bueno!  So only a few pumpkins are on display this year, mostly out of toddler reach, but strategically placed to be noticed.

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Switching out my light+bright area rug for a dark grey shag that really grounds the room (cost = $0 as I swapped it out from underneath our master bed), has proven to be the most impactful update to the room.

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I added a few fur toss pillows to the seating areas- fur is my ALL-TIME fave texture for fall and winter!

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Adding pops of aubergine throughout the room has really transformed it from the spring/summer look I had with tulips and layers of Pool Blue, to a much more romantic feeling.

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Another of my current favorite is this driftwood log.  I used it all summer to add a nautical feel in our navy blue dining room, but I love it paired with the deep purples, too!

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My sweet sidekick, worn out from following me around all day while photographing 🙂

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Stylish Elements for a Dazzling Easter Table

Tulips!

To me, Easter just isn’t Easter without the presence of tulips!  Matter of fact, they’re my momma’s favorite flower- so they’re pretty much a staple around our homes.  I keep several faux tulip arrangements throughout my home year round- I think they just exude a special happiness in a space (and they act as subtle reminders of my favorite lady back home).

Easter Tablescape

via Everyday Cheer

Tulips & Ice bucket, I have to bring my favorites back for Spring!

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love this for a wedding; homeinterior @ Home Interior Ideas

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A Walk in the Countryside: DIY Mercury Glass–A Pottery Barn Knockoff

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Greenery!

From wheat grass to moss , including greenery in your Spring and Easter tablescapes can definitely add that touch of renewed life and dimension to an otherwise flat grouping.

Easter table-scape. MpM: when I've used real grass for an Easter display, I plant the grass seed ~3 weeks before Easter. Planting and watering grass seed is a wonderful project to share with your grand children. :-)

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baby shower

via Kevin Chin

Moss table runner!  flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth cut in strips, adhesive spray dried sheet moss to the flannel side.  Add clumps of live moss, mushrooms, tree branches for dimension.

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DESIGNER’S TIP: For a truly unique tablescape, try incorporating real grass.  Check out this tutorial by Miss Kopy Kat on how to grown your own at home- or this one from Simple Sister!


 

Carrots + Bunnies + Eggs, Oh My!

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Dear Lillie: Readers Chalkboards... awesome Easter tablescape!!

via Dear Lillie

Natural eggs under cloche-always a great look! StoneGable: SPRING BRIDAL SHOWER

via Stone Gable

Easter Table Decorating Ideas - Modern Magazin - Art, design, DIY projects, architecture, fashion, food and drinks

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Pretty non-pastel Easter Tablescape

via Houzz

Our pink Threshold glass dishes, pastel table linens, white dinnerware and adorable bunny accessories—all the elements of a classic-meets-modern Easter brunch.

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Happy Easter, ya’ll!

Simple Ways to Brighten Up Your Home

I can’t think of anything I’ve waited for more, come lately, than the long-overdue-arrival of Spring!  I swear I can hear angels singing!

Come the new year, I start getting the itch to brighten up my home, add pops of cheerful color and tune into the lighter side of what’s coming in nature.  This means ditching the dark, drab and oh-so-over-it muted neutrals I use all winter.

Some of the easiest, and most cost effective ways, to achieve this is by swapping out your throw pillows.

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Pillow with a zipper easy tutorial // how to sew a pillow with a zipper

via my girl, Jennifer at Dimples & Tangles

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elegant eclectic living room by Cuckoo4Design

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**Check it out- my Pierre Sofa from ZGallerie, above, in GREEN aka Cannes Autumn Mist!  What a showstopper!

 


DESIGNER’S TIP:  You’ve probably never noticed, but all of my pillows stay the same size and shape- they just change colors and patterns.  I keep my pillow investment low by simply buying new covers.  I reuse the same inserts over and over again!  Plus, being able to fold your off-season covers and store them neatly in a closet is way easier than trying to stash a bunch of cumbersome pillows. 


 

Another easy and inexpensive room brightener can be quickly put together by updating your ottoman/coffee table display!  I love to use trays (I HEART a great serving tray!) to display knickknacks and floral arrangements both on my tables and cocktail ottomans.

 

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Coffee Table Luxe Addition

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Spring-Inspired Coffee Table

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Fall coffee table styling Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours | Fall Home Tour

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@Danielle Lampert Moss Chicago Home Tour // living room // side table // Parker & Rain lucite tray // fresh slowers //  photography by Stoffer Photography

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And don’t restrict your pillow love to your sofa and side chairs.  Swap out toss pillows on your bed for a fun, cheerful update, too!

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luv the fluff and pop of purple

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via my gal pal, Bethany at Dwellings By Devore

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Happy Spring, ya’ll!  Let’s get {color} poppin’!

Look4Less- Pendant Lighting

Lighting plays such a huge role in your overall room design- it can really make or break a great space!  Just think of all of those cruddy, outdated fixtures you’ve come across in your house hunting adventures.  Or, sometimes even worse- those brand-spanking new shiny ones in new construction that just SCREAMMMM, “I am Builder Grade and every single one of your neighbors will feel your pain, because they all have the exact same lighting as you”. UGH!

Lighting can also be one of your higher ticket items that you’ll encounter in a remodel or new construction- but, it doesn’t have to be.  There are so many online sources for great discounted lighting, as well as an amazing volume of look-a-like options- you can surely find a reasonable alternative to those $1,200 pendants that you just have to have above that new kitchen island.

RH vs Overstock

 

Restoration Hardware’s Benson Pendant: $379
VS.
Quoizel’s Emery 1-Light Pendant (Overstock.com): $169.99

 

Regina Andrew vs Overstock

Regina Andrew Scalloped Wood Bead Chandelier: $1,247.50
VS.
Sonoma Natural Beaded 8-Light Chandelier (Overstock): $228.99

 

 

Stewart 1-light- overstock

 

Stewart 1-Light Mini Pendant (Overstock): $53.99

Robert Abbey vs Overstock

 

Robert Abbey Bling Chandelier: $1,157.20
VS.
Antique Copper Crystal Drop Chandelier (Overstock.com): $224.09

 

The discounted lighting list goes on and on.  Moral of the story- don’t blow your budget on lighting before doing some research- a little web surfing can save you THOUSANDS!

Cheers ya’ll!

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Incorporating Grey + Greige

Gray is so hot right now. Everyone wants it in their interiors.
It’s been called the new brown + the new black, but I think it’s even better! It’s neutral + it’s timeless.
I chose to break free of the browns + tans about five years ago when we bought our last house in our home state. I wanted something brand new- something out of the box. I chose grey.

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*I have to disclose, though, that I went ALL in on this idea. We sold every piece of furniture from our last home, along with anything that had even a hint of brown in it. Seriously! I started from scratch- buying all new grey furniture pieces + decor.
Now, I’m not suggesting you sell off all of your existing items + start over. Matter of fact, I’m telling you NOT to!

But how do you go grey after being tan or beige for all these years?
How do you take your warm colored house that has brown or gold in it and introduce the shades of grey?

Well, there is such a thing as a warm grey, so don’t dismiss this neutral as always being cold.
And, you’ll know, as soon as you hold up most swatches of light grey to a beige item, if it’s No Bueno! Most light greys rarely compliment beige- because they tend to tilt on the cool, silver-y side.
The easiest way of making grey coordinate well with the yellow undertones in tan (or beige) is by choosing a Dark Grey! D.A.R.K GREY.

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How have you incorporated grey into your existing decor?

Some of my favorite warm, dark greys:
BM Galveston Gray AC-27
BM Winter Gates AC-30
BM Bear Creek

And some lighter greys/greiges:
BM Stonington Gray HC-170
BM Revere Pewter HC-172
BM Smoke Embers AC-28

Craft Room Crush

After finally weeding through the remnants of our move that have been shoved aside to our 3rd floor bedroom, I can at last see my crafty little room coming together.
I love looking through photos of great work spaces- something about the blending of amazing organization schemes + fabulous decor just gets my juices flowing!
Here are just a few of my favorite craft room crushes…
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Kate Spade inspired craft room

Kate Spade inspired craft room

Pink shades
lampsplus.com

Circle mirror
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Home wall decor
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Fabric home decor
$73 – chapters.indigo.ca

Pink accent pillow
$93 – heals.co.uk

Kate Spade small item storage
$100 – selfridges.com

Kate Spade white candle
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