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Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Fall 2016

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Today I’m excited to be sharing my fall home tour as part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. I have enjoyed following Lindsay’s series for a while now, so it is really a thrill to get to participate this time around, and with so many other talented ladies.

If this is your first visit here, welcome! I’m Brittany, and I live in Springfield, Missouri, with my husband and three chihuahuas. We’ve lived in our 1921 bungalow for about a year and a half and while we still have a lot of work to do, we’ve come a long way, too. You can see the before and afters so far in our house tour. My design aesthetic is extremely eclectic. I like a bit of everything–from farmhouse to midcentury, bohemian to traditional. In short, I enjoy the art of the mix! The vast majority of stuff in my house has been thrifted (or in some cases pulled from the trash!), but if you want to know where something came from, I am happy to share.

I don’t honestly consider myself to be much of a seasonal decorator per se, but I do like to bring in simple touches to reflect the time of year. To me, fall is about richness and coziness. While I have a colorful house to begin with, this year I decided to decorate for fall with a subtle emphasis on greens, reds, and purples, with a few seasonal flowers.

I think this may be the first time I have ever shown the front of my house on the blog. We need to put some work into the exterior of our house and have not gotten around to much of it yet. However, we did recently paint our somewhat abused front porch, and I put a fresh coat of paint on the waiting-to-be-replaced door, so it seems like as good a time as any to share a bit of our outdoor space.

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The potted croton is usually an indoor plant and not actually part of my fall decor, but it has done so well on the porch this summer that I’m trying to let it stay outside as long as possible. So far we’ve had warm enough weather that I’ve barely had to bring it inside at all.

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These two pups are Pepper (closest to me) and Fatty.

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Come in and have a look!

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I wanted a simple and inexpensive wreath for the door, so made this one with a twig wreath and a few berry sprigs you can find at most craft stores. I just tucked the sprigs in between the twigs and used the wire from the berries to anchor. It took some adjusting but in the end it was a pretty easy DIY.

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Those of you who are familiar with my house might notice that my white and blue dining chairs are absent from these pictures. They aren’t gone gone, just put away for now. I was craving something simpler around table, and I think these old, imperfect chairs actually fit really well for fall.

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I spotted this pepper plant at my local nursery and thought it was so beautiful. My husband loves spicy things, so I thought it would be fun to use this as my fall centerpiece and then mayyybe just maybe eat some of the peppers later on. The description at the nursery said the peppers were a medium heat. Well, my younger brother was the first intrepid soul to try out one of these babies, and no sooner had he popped it into his mouth than he was running for a glass of milk…as it turns out, they are 5x hotter than jalapenos! The plant is called a Loco pepper–I guess that should have been our first clue. 🙂

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After searching and searching for some old windsor chairs, I found all three of these on the same morning, in the same small town about 20 minutes away, at three different stores. Originally I thought I would paint them, but I love them just as they are. Even the chippy pink one is perfect, and not at all something I would have come up with myself.

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I’ve said a number of times that I’m not exactly an avid cook, but the same doesn’t go for baking. I love to bake, probably because I love to eat baked goods. I make no secret of the fact that I baked this bread for and during the course of this shoot, or that I ate most of it single-handedly in about two days. There’s definitely something about a good fall bread that is just one of life’s simple pleasures.

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Compared to other spaces in the house, our bedroom is pretty pared down and subdued (not counting the rug, of course). I typically don’t change the furnishings or decor much throughout the year. In truth, I also find the red to be a bit limiting when it comes to other color parings. Red with almost anything seems to stand for something (red+blue=America, red+green=Christmas, I could go on, trust me). Anyhow, I decided to ignore the red completely and just stick with a few simple changes in the pillows and the addition of some fall flowers.

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Jellybeans is actually on the bed because she and I were in a dispute over who is the rightful owner of that green pillow, and she came to guard her territory. Shortly after this photo was taken, I tried to zhush one of the other pillows, and she ran all over everything and fully trounced the whole bed. And shortly after that, the green pillow was put in the closet, not to be heard of again for a long, long time. And the rest of us lived happily ever after.

And that’s a wrap on our fall home tour–thanks so much for coming along! To close us out, here are a couple from the blooper reel.

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Continue on with the tour by heading over to check out Jennifer’s post at Dimples and Tangles. Jennifer is a color-and-pattern loving lady after my own heart, and I think you will love her home!

You can also catch up with the tours from earlier this week at the links below. Thanks so much to Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this wonderful event!

Monday
The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Cassie Bustamante
The House of Silver Lining
The Inspired Room
Cuckoo4Design

Tuesday
Life on Virginia Street
Place of my Taste
The Chronicles of Home
Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Jennifer Rizzo

Wednesday
Britt Kingery (hello!)
Dimples and Tangles
Shannon Claire
Simple Stylings

A Spankin’ New Dining Room Light (That Works!) with LexMod

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For this post I received a product to review from LexMod. All opinions (and tales of DIY gone awry) are entirely my own.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught mention several weeks ago that we accidentally broke our dining room light. It was one of those classic I broke the thing I was trying to fix situations that a lot of DIY enthusiasts out there experience at some point or another (please tell me it’s not just us!). The how part of how it happened isn’t really important, but suffice it to say we started out trying to adjust the length of the light and ended up with a light that would no longer turn on. I say we even though I wasn’t involved in the actual breaking–Justin did that–but I was in the room watching, so my role is kind of unclear. I was either a bystander or an accomplice, depending on how you want to look at it.

This was our previous light. You may remember it. It wasn’t anything super fancy–the shade was from Ikea and the cord/ceiling mount was from Home Depot. BUT, it looked pretty good and was getting the job done. Until it wasn’t.

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In truth, I was already kind of looking to move on from this light when we broke it. So instead of running to grab another cord from Home Depot, I thought, maybe accident = opportunity. I didn’t have anything really picked out, though, and I’m a very slow shopper. I wanted something kind of different, so even though my first thought was BRASS!!!!!! my second, more reasoned thought was not brass. A light had actually caught my eye on Design*Sponge a few months earlier. Well, the whole house caught my eye, but the light stayed with me. It was this one from Nina van der Goor’s tour (you should visit it, it’s amazing).

I found a similar light online from LexMod for an extremely reasonable price–less than $100 for the 16″ version and less than $200 for the 24″ version. Being the slow shopper that I am, I didn’t buy it immediately; however, when LexMod reached out about a collaboration, it was a serendipitously perfect match.

We have our new light now installed, and I’m so happy with the experience. The light came quickly and packaged well and was very easy to install. The cord was plenty long (nearly 5 ft), so it would work with even a really high ceiling. And most importantly, the light is great quality and super cool.

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If you’re not familiar with LexMod, it’s an online retailer that carries a great selection of mid-century and contemporary styled furniture and accessories, perfect if you love those clean lines or if you, like me, love an eclectic mix of just about everything. They source and sell directly so that their prices are good, and they are. This 24″ spool light retails for $181, and for the size it’s hard to find anything that really compares.

Justin thinks the light is sexy (especially at night), I think it’s whimsical, in a different space it could be retro or contemporary–clearly this is a light that can be all things to all people. So even thought I’m not necessarily happy that we messed up and broke our previous light (it would be bad to admit that, right?), I definitely think that as home improvement accidents go, this one turned out pretty well.

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Introducing #fearlesshome

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I’m exciting to be teaming up with some fabulous bloggers to introduce #fearlesshome, a new Instagram hashtag and series across our blogs. Today I want to explain what this series is all about, how it works, and give you a peek into the fearless homes of my stylish cohosts: Arielle from Scotch and Nonesense, Kimberly from Swoon Worthy, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, and Cassie from Primitive & Proper.

The purpose of #fearlesshome is to celebrate spaces that don’t shy away from a bold gesture. Color, pattern, style mixing, you name it–we are looking to share design that shows how taking a risk (large or small) can help create something interesting, unusual, wonderful, and most importantly personal.

We really hope you will join us on Instagram by tagging your own photos with #fearlesshome. We will be sharing some favorites regularly on Instagram as well as here on our blogs the first Wednesday of every month. I can’t wait to see all the inspiring spaces that are out there!

You can find each of the hosts on Instagram here:

Now let’s spend a few minutes visiting each of the cohosts! Pretty pictures this way ——>>

Arielle from Scotch and Nonsense

Arielle lives in a beautiful historic home, and she has only enhanced its appeal with bold, moody paint choices, sculptural furniture and unique, often bright accessories. Just a few minutes perusing her photos, and you will want to paint your library a deep hue and restock your bar ASAP.

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Even her dogs are perfectly sophisticated!

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Check out more of Arielle’s home on her blog here.

Kimberly from Swoon Worthy

Kimberly rocks a boho glam aesthetic that says “yes, please” to color, pattern, metallics, bold art, and more–and it all works like gangbusters. If you’ve ever wondered how to flawlessly employ a wallpaper accent wall, Kimberly must have all the answers because she nails it EVERY time.

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Check out more of Kimberly’s house here.

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

Jenna believes in flying your freak flag, and it shows in her totally fearless approach to decorating. Carpet on a wall–yep, she’s done it. In fact, I really believe that she might just try anything AND pull it off. If you need the push to commit to your next project, a few minutes visiting her 70s Landing Pad will almost definitely convince you to GO FOR IT.

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Check out more of Jenna’s home here.

Cassie from Primitive & Proper

Cassie’s business, Sweet Clover, has the slogan “No Rules, Just Passion,” and that completely epitomizes her effortless, eclectic style. Cassie is a mix-MASTER. Pieces of every era and style mingle in harmony in her house because they are just so very HER, and the result is sublime!

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Check out more of Cassie’s home here.

You can visit each one of these talented ladies today by clicking the buttons below! We hope to see you soon on Instagram!

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Restoring the Entryway to its Former Glory

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Today I’m excited to share the full top-to-bottom makeover of our entry way. This is a project that took about 5 months to complete and then sat in draft mode for at least another month while I tried to figure out how to distill 5 months of somewhat tedious work into a not-totally-tedious but still informative post for you guys. This is my attempt.

Let’s start off with a look back at the entry way when we moved in. It was beige.

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You get the picture. As I’ve said before, the theme of our renovation is to try to make things look closer to how they looked originally. We aren’t aiming for “historical society” type precision, but where there are original elements that can be salvaged or exposed, we’d like to give it a shot.

So while the entry way was totally functional, I did want to get rid of the builder-grade tile and the carpet on the stairs. Especially because the original wood flooring was under both! I also wanted to create a space that made an impact. Naturally you want someone to walk into your house and say “WOW!”. Beige is the opposite of “WOW” in most cases. In fact, that’s why a lot of people choose beige–to blend in and be unassuming. I say, why not assume. 😉

Here’s what the project entailed:

  • Remove carpet and refinish stairs.
  • Paint the stair risers.
  • Remove tile and refinish floors.
  • Scrape the popcorn ceiling.
  • Paint the walls.
  • New baseboards and window trim.

As anyone who has remodeled or watched more than 30 minutes of HGTV knows, every remodel comes with a snag. Sometimes it makes you want to roll your eyes at home improvement TV shows because “the snag” is a set piece and some shows are better than others at making it seem organic and legit as opposed to “produced” and predictable. At the same time, I can’t roll my eyes too hard because the truth is that there is always a snag.

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The problem with this is a couple of things: 1) You basically have to have boards from somewhere else in the house in order for it to blend seamlessly, and 2) There is no subfloor under the original wood, which means you either have to have a board long enough to span the joists OR you have to build supports between the joists that you can nail shorter boards to.

This is where I hope I’m not going to absolutely put you to sleep. What we ended up doing, in short, was that Justin took a span of boards from upstairs (where we were going to paint anyway) and patched them in in a natural pattern where the random boards had been. This is what took a while, because chiseling out floor boards by hand is pretty laborious work. You can also clearly see the “no subfloors” thing in the picture below from the fact that in one spot you can see directly in to the basement.

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Justin did a really tremendous job with the floors. You can see the patch below because the boards from upstairs were not quite as dirty but now that the floors are refinished, you really cannot tell unless you know exactly what to look for. While Justin was working on the floor I took care of the stairs, which involved a heck of a lot of pulling tiny staples from various carpet applications (one of which popped me right in the vein and sent blood squirting) and then patching those 10,000 tiny staple holes. I also primed and repainted the spindles, which had been done in a high-gloss paint. High-gloss paint is extremely durable, but man is it a pain to paint over.

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The stair treads were pretty worn, but its amazing what a little sanding and a medium tone stain can take care of. Here’s how it all turned out.

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What do you think–does it have the “WOW” factor now?

I was looking for a place to do a dark paint color and I think it’s absolutely perfect here. The windows in there stairwell are both west-facing, so this space is dark for most of the day, and it feels very dramatic. Then, when the late-afternoon light comes pouring in, it’s equally dramatic, but in a different way. I considered doing the green on the lower half of the wall up the stairs, and while I think that could have looked cool, the contrast between the dark entry and the bright stairway is everything to me. I call it the Stairway to Heaven because it is SO bright in the afternoons and because I am cheesy like that.

All in all, this makeover was way more about putting the time in than spending money. I didn’t keep tabs on the costs because they were spread out over a long period and there just weren’t many of them. The main cost was renting the sander to refinish the floors. Aside from that, baseboards/trim and paint were the only real expenses. I’d estimate we spent around $200 all told. It would have been more costly for sure if we’d had to hire out the floor repair, but thankfully I have an intrepid husband, and he has access to the This Old House YouTube channel. That made all the difference.

I hadn’t seen the before photos in quite a while before putting together this post, but looking at them now was definitely a nice reminder of how far we came!

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Framed Graphic Prints for Under $10

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It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for another addition the It’s So Ugly It’s Cool Challenge hosted by Jess at Domicile 37. This challenge about revamping secondhand finds and to fit your style. You can participate in the challenge on Instagram using the tag #itssouglyitscool to share your handiwork!

This month I did a super quick and easy update of some thrift store frames I had hanging out in my frame stash. I think everyone agrees that frames are one of the all-around best things to buy second-hand because they can cost so much new but are plentiful and in many cases cheap in flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, etc.

The one caveat to that is that it is sometimes harder to find really good, attractive, well priced frames with glass, mattes, and other stuff, that–if missing–could quickly eat up your cost savings to replace. So when you find those frames that hit the trifecta, you buy them, even if they’re not perfect–yet.

Enter this set of red metal frames that Justin picked up last summer for something like $4.

FrameBeforeThey are good solid frames, nice glass, clean white mattes with a standard sized opening. All in all hard to pass up. The only problem is that I kind of hate red. This was also initially the problem with our bedroom rug, which I ended up loving, but that was the one exception. Why even attempt living with something you kind of hate when fixing it is so easy?

All these frames really needed was a coat of spray paint. I chose gold. There are actually quite a few good articles out there about the best gold spray paints (here and here are two) but I didn’t read any of them until I was in the spray paint aisle at Home Depot, and Home Depot only carries Rustoleum, so what kind of spray paint do you think I got?

I ended up using Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in Pure Gold, and in truth I was kind of so-so on it. Come to find out, it only has a 2 star rating on the Home Depot website, so it’s not all that surprising. I am hereby guilty of winging it on the “picking a spray paint” front. It’s definitely more brass than gold, but that’s okay because in general I was just hoping it wouldn’t turn out orange, and it didn’t.

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I will say I give huge props to people who use spray paint on everything. Just yesterday my friend Maggie posted a project where she spray painted some nightstands, and they are the height of fabulousness (seriously, click the link right now). I know spray paint is supposed to be a pretty rudimentary crafting skill, but it seems like every time I do it something turns out wrong. I don’t spray the thing evenly or it gets stuck to something while drying, but usually both. We all have unique skills and I suppose lack of skills, too. I am uniquely unskilled at spray painting.

Thankfully these frames were hard to get too wrong. I didn’t have any art that I was waiting to hang, but I did conveniently have some beautiful samples of the Farrow and Ball Aranami wallpaper. I’m considering putting it in our upstairs hallways in a third color, but these two samples go perfectly with the colors in our dining room. This is really gorgeous wallpaper, and even in the small sample size, the graphic impact is striking. These particular wallpaper samples were free (although some companies do charge a small fee), so the total cost was about $10 between the frames and the spray paint. Not bad to add a little pattern punch to this previously blank space.

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Now head on over to the other participants for more makeover goodness!

Casa Watkins // Up To Date Interiors // This is Our Bliss // Vintage Romance Style // Domicile 37

Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Rug Buying

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Vintage rugs are one of my favorite accessories and are generally a hot commodity in design right now. Over the course of a few years we have collected several vintage handmade rugs that have become some of my most prized possessions, as well as a few new, vintage-style rugs. This guide is meant to offer tips for starting out in your rug search.

Why would I want a vintage rug?

Vintage rugs are very popular right now, and maybe you’re wondering what the big deal is. I think there are quite a few reasons that the vintage rug market has become so hot, but some of the fundamental factors are that old rugs are unique, beautiful, practical, and durable. Our dining room rug, for example, is probably at least 80 years old, and with reasonable care it should still look great in another 80 years.

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Our dining room rug, a handmade Iranian rug, is between about 80-100 years old and still very vibrant.

What should I look for in a vintage rug?

The most important thing to look for in a rug is simply a design and color palette that appeals to you. Secondly, keep condition in mind. Old rugs can vary a lot in condition, and what kind of imperfections you are willing to accept is mostly up to personal preference. You may want to be aware of missing fringe, unraveling selvedge (the non-fringed borders of the rug), areas of wear that expose the rug base, fading, and patching. These can impact the value of a rug, but unless you are a serious collector (in which case you probably don’t need my advice), they shouldn’t necessarily affect your ability to display and enjoy the rug in your home. Imperfections often enhance the character of a rug and add to the vintage appeal.

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The left and right edges of our kitchen rug have begun to unravel. While we take care not to fray them further, the rug is still very functional.

How much should I pay for a vintage rug?

As with most vintage items, there are a lot of factors that go into the value of a particular piece. The condition, rarity, age, and the market in your area can all play a part in how much you should expect to pay. Legitimate vintage rugs in good condition can easily cost hundreds and thousands of dollars, depending on the size. While this may sound like a lot, keep in mind that these rugs will basically never wear out, and as long as they are taken care of will generally hold their value quite well. So as long as you are buying from a reputable seller and the cost is within your budget, you can consider your rug an investment piece.

If you are buying from a Craigslist seller or from somewhere else and you’re not sure if the item is legit, it pays to educate yourself a little bit about how to identify a true handmade (hand-tufted) rug versus a machine-made rug. There are quite a few short but educational videos on YouTube to help you do just that, but here and here are a couple quick ones that cover the basics.

There is nothing wrong with buying a machine-made rug (my living room rug is one of my favorites and it is machine-made), but naturally you want to be able to evaluate the claims a seller makes and know exactly what you’re getting. Handmade rugs are typically more valuable and therefore more costly.

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Our living room rug is machine-made, but I still love it for color palette and design. We bought it on Craigslist and knew that it is not handmade.

Where can I buy a vintage rug for cheap?

Flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, Craigslist, and eBay are good places to find a deal on a vintage rug. However, don’t expect to walk into the first flea market you find and hit the jackpot. Finding a real score on a rug takes CONSTANT VIGILANCE (for you Harry Potter fans).

Where can I buy a vintage rug online?

There are a lot of great places to buy beautiful vintage rugs online. Here are a few sources you may want to check out:

Frances Loom

Semikah Textiles

The Woven Home

Greenbody+Greenhome

Canary Lane

Kaya Kilims

The Vintage Rug Shop

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If you are seriously in the market, I highly recommend following these and other textile dealers you’re interested in on Instagram. It’s a great place to see new inventory from multiple sources as soon as it’s available.

Where can I buy a new vintage-style rug?

Because of the popularity of vintage rugs, many rug manufacturers are offer products that mimic the design of vintage rugs. RugsUSA, Wayfair, Overstock, and Ikea are just a few places where you can buy new rugs with vintage-style designs. When buying a new rug, just be aware of the material the rug is made out of. Whereas most vintage rugs are wool (high-end rugs may also be silk), new vintage-style rugs can be made out of a variety of materials and may be synthetic, so you want to verify that the rug is 100% wool if having a natural fiber rug is important to you.

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I bought this rug on Craigslist, but it originally came from Overstock. It is a new 100% wool rug.

Other questions, tips, or suggestions from your own rug buying experience? I’d love to hear about them!

Choosing Accessories for Every Style

I received complimentary products as compensation for this post (thank you Lamps Plus and Minted!). All thoughts, opinions, and stylin’ ideas are my own.

Welcome back to the final week of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. It’s an exciting week with another round of room reveals from half participants, and more tips and tricks from those of us who revealed last week.

Today, I want to talk a little bit about choosing accessories for your home style, whatever that is. Given the choice, I think we would all live in homes with plenty of character and charm, but in real life, we are often tasked with enlivening sometimes unexciting spaces and making them feel like home and like us. Luckily, furnishings and accessories can go a long way to making that happen!

As you know, we worked with a number of generous sponsors during this challenged, and I’m very grateful to have partnered with Minted and Lamps Plus. I’m so, so pleased with what the art and lamps they provided added to my room.

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One of keys to successfully choosing accessories is to choose pieces that create a certain vibe. A unified color scheme and cohesive mix of materials is also important, of course, but that also factors into how a decor feels in a space. A mix of different styles can work well if used to create a singular vision. So let’s break a few examples down!

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I would not usually describe my style as “country” overall, but given the herd of cattle I put on my wall, it’s time to concede on this one. The white lamp with an organic shape jives well with the country feel, but the sleek glass base and streamlined shade keeps it modern.

Double Gourd Lamp / Land of Infinity by Debra Butler

Fun and Feminine

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This gorgeous mid-century sofa from Lamps Plus (yes, they do furniture, too!) is elegant but not too serious. Accessorized with colorful art and lamps in pastel shades, the vibe is fun, happy, and little bit girly.

Christen Bard Mid-Century SofaOvo Table Lamp / Gold Now by Nell Waters Bernegger

Cool and Contemporary

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Lots of white and cool metals always contribute to a contemporary feel. A clean-lined console and retro arc lamp work together because they both feel slightly futuristic. The art, which has the look of both a photograph and a painting, is contemporary but also brings an organic element.

Whitaker Modern Console / Basque Steel and Nickel Floor Lamp / Going for a Swim by Whitney Deal

 Bold and Glam

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Bold, saturated colors and luxurious materials (this is another Lamps Plus sofa!) like velvet and satin pump up the drama. A traditionally shaped gets an irreverent twist from a fresh color and mingles perfectly with an abstract art piece.

Namora Plush Teal Sofa / Apothecary Table Lamp / The Mountains Before Us by Mande

Fresh and Mod

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A retro shaped lamp and shades of green and blue give a mod feel. The abstract pillow continues the geometric theme and fresh color palette while keeping the decor feeling very current.

Emily Blue Ceramic Table Lamp / Waiting Pillow by Amelia Allen / Horizon Series by Jennifer Morehead

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Colors, materials, and subject matter all give these accessories an organic feel. The ceramic lamp that mimics weaving links together the fantastic nature photograph and the pillow with a traditional Southwestern tile pattern.

Diamond White Woven Ceramic Table Lamp / Southwestern Tile pillow by Hooray Creative / Earthly Gradients by Elena Kulikova

Thanks for following along on this challenge! It’s was tons of fun. Make sure to head over and check out the rest of the participants for some fabulous reveals!

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New Year, New Room Refresh Reveal!

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It’s reveal day for the New Year, New Room challenge. I have to say a special thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge. It’s been really fun and refreshing for both me and my room to do a smaller-scale makeover that doesn’t require blowing up the whole house. My guest room definitely looks more inviting today than it did three weeks ago when I shared a plan to bring together a serene palette of greens, blues and yellows together with art from Minted and new lamps from Lamps Plus. I think I followed through with that vision pretty well.

But first, remember the before? It was a disorganized mess that had a wild dog living in it (those who know Jellybeans can attest that this is only kind of a joke).

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And now the after!

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I picked up this “pillow to the side” technique from the One Room Challenge reveal of fellow NYNR refresher Sharon of Pretty Practical Home. It also happens to be the same pillow, but that’s a coincidence!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this room was that it felt different from what I have done in the past, mostly I think because the desk is a different style of furniture than pretty much anything else I own. I’m always looking to mix up my look, though, and I still think the outcome is still very “me.”

The biggest challenge in this room was to keep the design in balance even though I moved the bed to one side of the room to make enough space for the desk. I was a little worried that placing the largest piece of furniture and art both off-center would look strange, but using an eye-catching piece of furniture (the desk), other symmetrical elements (the lamps), and an anchoring piece (the rugs), I managed to make the visual balance work.

As for the “rug,” I actually decided to use a blanket for that function. I’ve seen blankets used for rugs before, and it’s honestly something I’ve skeptical about. But since this was kind of an irregular sized space as far as rugs go and I had this blanket on hand, I thought why not? Here’s my verdict about the rug-as-blanket approach–it can be done effectively, IF:

  • The blanket has the appropriate weight. This one is wool. Something with an open weave definitely would not work.
  • You use a rug pad. I had a small piece of rug pad that I used, and that definitely made a difference to how well it stayed put.
  • You use it in a low traffic area. This is not for your living room or any other area that is in the flow of traffic. Rug pad or no, you would be folding down the corners fifty times a day.

Cozy Eclectic Guest Bedroom

That’s my reveal! Due to the crazy weather conditions over the last week for many of the blog hop participants, we are splitting our reveals between this week and next week. What this means for you is that you can get great refresh-related content AND reveals from everybody two weeks in a row. So head over to the other participants and see what goodies they have ready for you. And don’t forget to check back next week–lots more to look forward to!

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And again, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Minted and Lamps Plus for their contributions to my design!

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New Year, New Room Week 2 – Choosing Art

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Minted provided the art featured in this post (thank you!). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s week 2 of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge. In case you missed the introduction, you can see week 1 here. Even though I haven’t accomplished all that much in the room since last week, I feel like my vision and plans are a lot clearer. I’m excited for everything to come together in the next week.

Today I want to talk a little bit about choosing art. Obviously there is a lot to consider when picking art for a room–for example style and scale, which could each easily take up an entire post–but for now I want to focus on choosing art as part of an overall color scheme for your space.

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Like other accessories, art can “match” the colors in a room, or it can play off them for contrast. Art that shares roughly the same color palette can make a room feel cohesive; art that brings in a contrasting color can make a room feel dynamic. You can’t go wrong with either approach because really, adding art is always a good thing.

As I mentioned last week, we are partnering with Minted for this challenge, and I am including Debra Butler’s awesome Land of Infinity photograph in my room design. It was a tough choice because Minted has an amazing selection, and after I “narrowed it down” I was still left with at least about eighteen choices. BUT, I’m so so happy with my selection. I opted for the Whitewashed French Farmhouse frame, too, and love how it complements the subject matter.

Since I’m working with this print right now, I want to use it as an example of how you can choose either matching or contrasting colors with a piece of art. I’m calling them safe and creative options, which kind of sounds like one is better than the other (because we all obviously want to be creative), but I don’t mean it that way. The safe options are simply taken directly from the colors in the photograph, whereas the creative options play off the colors using roughly analogous or complementary color schemes.Art Colors5

Top row, L-R: BM Smoke, BM Crystal Springs, BM Summer Nights, BM Treasure Trove
Bottom row, L-R: BM Seaweed, BM Raisin Torte, BM Exotic Red, BM Dusty Pink

It’s easy enough to see how the safe choices work with the photograph, but let’s talk just for a second about why you might ever consider using purple with a piece of art like this. (You may want to peep a color wheel during this chat. You can see one here). The dominant colors in the photograph are a light blue and a golden yellow. Green works with both these colors in an analogous color scheme (colors next to each other on the color wheel). Purple is an analogous color to blue and the complementary color (across on the color wheel) of yellow. Red together with yellow and blue forms a triadic color scheme (three colors equadistant from each other on the color wheetl) and pink is a take on this same scheme. Incidentally I do think the pink perhaps works the least well, though it could still be pretty in the right setting.

When thinking about an actual room design, I doubt you would want to use this photograph only with the creative color choices I picked, but I think mixing some safe options and creative options in an overall scheme with the photo would give you a result that both makes visual sense and provides a twist on the expected.

That’s what I’m trying to do in my guest room, which I’m refreshing in this challenge. I have blue on the walls and yellow on the desk, but I’m using an emerald green throw, and plan to bring in dark coral and other warmer tones through additional art and textiles.

IMG_8664Yes, I hanged my beautiful new photo on an existing picture hanger where it looks totally wrong. It will be moving before next week! Since I moved the furniture arrangement off-center to accommodate the desk, I plan to put up some other art in kind of a loose gallery to balance the look on the wall.IMG_8669The matching chair was just a little too much with the desk, so I brought this rattan chair out of the basement. I have a pair of these, and they’ve been in about every room in my house at some point. They are good everywhere!IMG_8673Some of the other art I’m planning to use. I’m thinking the different colors in these accents will bring variety and also tie a few of the elements together.

My Lamps Plus Color Plus lamps should be here today, and I’m excited to see what they bring to the space. As a reminder, I’m using the Double Gourd table lamp in West Highland White.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the plan for this room before the reveal next week:

  • Install new baseboards (Justin still plans to do this. The room needs it, but I’m fine even if it doesn’t happen this week).
  • Accessorize bed with an actual duvet, real covered pillows, etc.
  • Find additional rug/floor covering.
  • Hang art.
  • Hang curtains (I have a stash, all from Ikea, that together probably cost less than one curtain panel from somewhere else).
  • More plant power.
  • Style it up!

Now, don’t forget to hop over to visit the other great bloggers participating in this challenge. There’s a ton of variety in the spaces they are taking on, and you don’t want to miss a single one.

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Finally, thanks again to our sponsors for providing decor for this challenge!

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See you next week!

Master Makeover – ORC Reveal!

Hi everybody! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and that means it’s REVEAL day. This was a project with plenty of challenges along the way, and you can catch up with every bit of it here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5. Things had only just started to come together last week, and then I got the stomach flu over the weekend and had to do a lot of work in small bursts between longer periods laying on the couch. We made it, though, and I’m thrilled to show you the results. Have a look!

Before > > >

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After > > >

Eclectic, loft-like master bedroom makeover.

Glam neutral bedding.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage modern bedroom makeover with a loft-like feel.

Vintage modern master bedroom.

Vintage modern master bedroom styling.

Vintage inspired dresser styling with masculine elements.

Vintage Turner Manufacturing mirror

Layered bedroom makeover

Layered bedroom makeover

Vintage modern bedroom makeover

DIY jewlery organizer

Vintage bohemian bedroom makeover

And since the bedroom is also prominently a room enjoyed at night, here’s a shot of the ambiance when the sun goes down.

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After spending a full five weeks doing the labor on this room, it felt pretty surprising to us how well and quickly the design came together and everything worked out at the end. Once the trim was all installed and we started bringing in the furniture, we were kind of walking around saying “wow” to everything. We’re really crazy about how it looks and feels. It’s so inviting, serene, and cozy, and we’re definitely looking forward to “moving in” (because I basically haven’t let anyone use the room yet). It’s been nice just admiring it too, though. 🙂

If you followed this room from the beginning, you know that the design plan started out with an accident–I bought the red rug thinking it was rust colored, and I kind of freaked out when it arrived because I hate decorating with red. So I formed a plan to balance the vibrant color with elements that felt more me. My exact vision was based on this photo and was pair the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements. Though my original plan for this Hygge & West wallpaper fell by the wayside (that’s the sample framed on my nightstand), and we did not succeed in restoring the finish of the wood floors, I still stuck pretty much exactly with the essence of my design inspiration, and the result did not disappoint. And if you’re wondering how I feel about the red rug now–well, it’s #ruglove. I honestly barely notice that the rug is red anymore, but I think the bright color and middle eastern pattern bring the perfect unexpected element give the room a little bit of edge.

I can’t close this out without giving a tremendous shout out to my husband, Justin. He did an incredible amount of work on this room that I didn’t even cover in these posts. Tedious, hard, unglamorous work like scribing every baseboard to the lowest point on its wall so that we had even height trim and no gaps between the uneven floors. He’s the hero of this renovation, and I’m so thankful for his support whenever I say I want to do something really hard in a crazy amount of time.

Thank you all, too, for your support, interest, and feedback throughout this challenge. Your amazing optimism kept me going through the tough times. And last but not least, thank you Linda for hosting this wonderful event that brings us all together.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the many other hardworking participants’ reveals. I can’t wait to go through them all over the next few weeks!

Sources: Bed | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow (similar) | String Lights | Task Lamps | Floor Lamp | Globe Wall Lamp | Curtains | Throw Pillow | Throw Pillow

Dresser set, nightstands, rattan chair, wicker stool, both decorative mirrors, poster, and trunk are all vintage. The black bench was DIYed.

Photos by Britt and Justin Kingery.