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Fearless Home Features – October

This month I’m going to skip mention of what month it is, because I’m in denial (and trying to sustain that denial as long as possible) that winter is coming. Whether or not you watch Game of Thrones, it’s still true. If you’re in the northern hemisphere anyway. But I digress…suffice it to say that whatever month it is, it’s time for a round-up of October features from the #fearless home Instagram feed.

To bring any newcomers up-to-speed, #fearlesshome is an Instagram hashtag I host along with some very of talented bloggers–Arielle of Scotch & Nonsense, Cassie of Cassie Bustamante, Kimberly of Swoon Worthy, and Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof. The purpose of the tag is to showcase the bold, different, weird, and wonderful things you guys are doing in their homes. Put briefly, I like to think this feed is an crash course in decorating with panache. Bright and moody, color, pattern, texture, planty-crazy, gallery-walls galore–you can find it all (and much, much more) in the #fearlesshome feed. I highly recommend you check it out yourself! Here are a few of my favorites from last month.

This oh-so-chic vignette from Natasha (@natasha_habermann) includes a Craigslist score that her mom made even more amazing with a coat of blue paint. The black/white/blue combo is sooo killer! Natasha is one of my favorite Instagrammers, and I guess this just goes to show fabulousness is at least partly genetic.


Even from this tiniest of sneak peeks, I am SO intrigued by Ashley’s (@biggerthanthethreeofus) new dining room wallpaper. Going all out for a shibori-print wallpaper is wayyyy bold, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Ashley rocks the whole design.


Just to be clear that fearlessness comes in all shapes, sizes, and quantities, I submit to you this wonderful entryway vignette by Nicole (@dezaarinteriors). Just one item can make such an impact! And if you have a piece of yellow furniture of any variety, you definitely get #fearlesshome cred from me.


I know how tempting it is to go neutral in an area like the kitchen, but I absolutely love how Michelle (@michellecgage) amped it up with her multi-colored backsplash. The use of different colored tile creates so much interest, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s in one of my very favorite color palettes.


Thanks so much to everyone who shared this month! I found myself thinking of this feed and all of you as I faced the prospect of painting my fireplace. Paint doesn’t make me nervous too often, but given the permanence of paint on brick, I don’t mind telling you I was SCARED. I really did actively think about all the great design I see in #fearlesshome and reminded myself–you have to take a chance. Hopefully I’ll get around to sharing the end result soon, and when I do, you will find it right there in #fearlesshome feed. I hope to see you there!

Click the links below to visit the other hosts for more of last month’s features!

Scotch & Nonsense button


Swoon Worthy button

Rain on a Tin Roof button

5 Easy Tips for Styling a Desk

Principles of No-Fail Desk Styling

Hello all! Welcome to a grand 2-day blog hop/EVENT that will give you plenty o’ tips for styling any table you come across. Kicking off day one is yours truly, and I’m here to talk to you about DESKS.

Most of us have at least a couple pieces of furniture in our homes that are mostly just aesthetic–a console table or book case that is only used to display favorite objects. But a desk isn’t usually one of those pieces. A desk really has to serve the dual-duty of looking good and providing functional workspace.

Today I’m going to share with you my 5 principles for putting together a desk space that is easy on the eyes and helps create a pleasant space for taking on sometimes unpleasant work (mmm, paying bills, anyone?).

All you have to do is think SMALL:

S – Storage

M – Movement

A – Art / Accessories

L – Layering

L – Lighting

A desk is just a horizontal space, so in many ways, styling a desk is no different than styling a shelf, console, or table top. Because of this, M for movement and L for layering are just applying basic shelf styling tips to your desk area. Let’s talk about what each of these letters means.

  • Storage – Storage is part of what makes your desk a functional space and can take many forms. A glass jar or small vase can store pens and pencils. A decorative canister can hide supplies or organize small tools. A tray can corral bills and paperwork you may not want to put out-of-sight in a drawer.
  • Movement – You can create movement through styling in a lot of different ways. Incorporating objects of different heights and varying colors, patterns, and shapes are just a couple examples of how you can keep the eye moving through all the elements in your vignette.
  • Art and/or Accessories – Art and accessories look nice for styling, but they also give you something to look at and enjoy while you’re working. There’s a reason why desks in front of windows seem so logical and office cubes seem so deadening. Humans crave visual stimulation! Art and other accessories can also do a lot of heavy lifting in the movement/layering aspects of the styling equation, and smartly chosen accessories double as storage as well..
  • Layering – Layering objects in any vignette creates interest. It provides depth within a horizontal surface and adds interesting tension between what is concealed and revealed. You can layer objects literally on top of one another (like leaning one piece of art on another) or simply by arranging objects at different depths front-to-back so that they appear layered.
  • Lighting – You need to see when you’re working, right? A light is functional necessity for a desk, but it can also help add height and bring in color, texture, or a sculptural element, depending on the type of lamp you choose.

Here are three different examples that show these principles in action.

Desk Setup 1


You guys may remember this vignette from the New Year, New Room reveal. I’m going to let you in on the secret that this is probably my favorite of today’s three examples. I just love everything in it, especially the paint-by-numbers and the vintage tin (+ storage!). This has clearly got all 5 principles going on, but my best tip here is that some items can double to cover more than  one category. For example, I used a vintage brass canister as a pencil-holder. I couldn’t fit the lid on it, but it was interesting enough that I was able to use it as an accessory in its own right.

Desk Setup 2


Setup 2 uses a big piece of art that fills the space and unifies the other, smaller accessories. A bulletin board would also serve this purpose well (and could be used for storage/organization). In lieu of art, you could also do a wallpapered or stenciled wall (or canvas, for less commitment) to provide visual interest. It’s not always possible (or preferable) to keep your papers away and out-of-sight, but here’s a tip if using a tray for random stacks of paper–use a small (and preferably heavier) art object on top to distract from your mess. Vintage ashtrays are cheap and plentiful in flea markets, and they make great paperweights. Sometimes they can function as coasters, too!

Desk Setup 3


Clearly I am a fan of mirrors in this (or really any) styling equation. At a desk you can look up and recite positive affirmations while talking yourself out of sending a really nasty email. 😉 Mirrors are a great alternative to art, though, and are often more cost effective for their size. Another tip — don’t forget to include some greenery in any good desk setup. Sanseveria and ZZ plants are super easy-care plants that will grow nearly anywhere (the plant in the yellow pot in pic 2 is a Sanseveria), but fake plants can work well if you want to avoid the hassle. For fresh plants, flowers are lovely on occasion, but simple branches off of small trees or shrubs will last longer and dry out less conspicuously.

Think you would try out any of these tips for your desk situation? Let me know in the comments!

Now, hop on over to Up to Date Interiors and visit Kathy for some sofa table styling tips! And PS, come back tomorrow for even more goodies!

Day One Bloggers

Britt Kingery – Desk Styling

Up To Date Interiors – Sofa Table Styling

Pretty Practical Home – Console Table Styling

Domicile 37 – Bar Cart Styling

Casa Watkins – Coffee Table Styling

Day Two Bloggers:

Monica Wants It – End Table Styling

Shabby Grace Blog – Buffet Table Styling

Vintage Romance Style – Round Coffee Table Styling

This Is Our Bliss – Mantel Top Styling