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Book Review :: Home Decor Cheat Sheets

How high should you hang a chandelier hang above the dining table? What paint finish should you use a kid’s room? What size rug should go under your bed? When it comes to decorating the questions can be endless, but there are definitely some design dos and don’ts I adhere to. Some of these “rules” are easy to remember, but it’s always nice to have a cheat sheet or illustration to reference. Over time I have pinned, cut-out and dogeared pages in decor books, but have never had one single source. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of a newly released book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets by Jessica Probus that contains 300+ colorful, easy-to-understand images aimed at teaching you everything from furniture placement to bathroom lighting tricks, window styles to  how to make a floor plan. I’m loving the practical nature of this book and is a resource I’m looking forward to using for years to come. Decor lovers, you are going to want a copy of this helpful book. It would also make a perfect housewarming gift!

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Just like the completion of any home, the cheat sheets in this book are meant to be used as a process not to be tackled in one day or even one year, but consulted as needed over time to make the kind of slow, purposeful improvements that turn a few walls and some well-hung curtains into an actual home. – Jessica Probus, Author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets

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Read full story By on July 13, 2016 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks

New Kitchen Inspiration

As many of you know, we purchased a 1940s colonial style fixer upper. We’ve tackled several rooms already including the foyer and master bath. Our next big project is renovating a retro kitchen and opening up several smaller rooms to create an open great room. Over the last several months we’ve been to finalizing the plan and obtaining the building permit. Now we are demoing the space, so there is no going back!

I’d like the kitchen to feel light, modern with natural elements. Here are a few kitchens that I’m drawn to and have helped me hone in on what we want.

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Read full story By on June 7, 2016 in interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, mid-century modern

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 :: Favorites

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. My kids are wrapping up their school year, we have started demoing the kitchen/great room and I’ve starting taking training classes for our puppy (see image below). I’m also quite relieved that the One Room Challenge Spring 2016 edition is complete. The experience was so much fun, yet exhausting. I’m so thankful to have worked with Linda from Calling it Home who created it all and with the generous event sponsors including, allmodernbassett mirrorbellacorcaroline cecil textilescrystoramadecoratorsbestfarrow & balljoss & mainloweslucent light shopluxholdupsminted.comwaiting on martha, and  waterworks.

A huge thank you to you. I’m overwhelmed by the supportive and loving comments, emails, and thumbs up you’ve sent my way. Many thanks!!!

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Did you have an opportunity to check out the other 19 bloggers that participated in the challenge? Again, I was blown away by the talent and gorgeous designs. Here are a few of my favorite ORC transformations…

laundry room // the zhush

Who wouldn’t enjoy doing laundry in this space designed by Sue De Chiara of the The Zhush? My favorite design detail is the fabulous Nuvolette wallpaper by Cole and Sons. Perfection.

living room // clare brody designs // one room challenge

Claire Brody transformed her living room using layers of neutrals. Isn’t it inviting? Love.

office // waiting on martha // one room challenge

Modern, organized and chic – the new office space for the Waiting On Martha team is a fave.

guest bedroom // pencil + paper // one room challenge

The guest suite by pencil and paper blog is one I’d love in my own home. I adore the blush pink walls and chinoiserie touches.

pink girl's bedroom // sketch 42

How sweet is this pink bedroom the Nicole from Sketch 42 designed for her sister? Loving the skirted table in Miles Redd fabric.

colorful den // the pink clutch // one room challenge

Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch transformed her already beautiful den into a colorful oasis. There is so much eye candy in this space from the wallpapered bookcases to the gorgeous upholstery. Love all of the layers.

Here are all the links to the other amazing transformations…

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Read full story By on May 31, 2016 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, contemporary decor, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Living Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Cheerful Girls Bedroom

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Another room that caught my eye in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is the cheerful girl’s bedroom by Annie Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors. “Smoll’s Room Redux” is a modern twist on the designer’s sister’s childhood bedroom. Lowengart takes a classic pink and orange color combination and adds a contemporary, chic twist using playful patterns and unexpected accent colors. However, the modern brass chandelier and colorful, geometric ceiling wallpaper (from the Flavor Paper) steals the show. I’m completely smitten with this bedroom as any little girl would be too!

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With its cheerful palette and bespoke details, this inviting bedroom is perfect for the little girl who will one day live out her dreams as a strong, sophisticated woman. – Annie Lowengart, Interior Designer

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For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit San Francisco Decorator Showcase – tours are available now through May 30, 2016.

*photography credit: david duncan livingston

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Read full story By on May 19, 2016 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, brass, color, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, teen rooms, textiles, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments