Style Steal #5: Boho Living Room

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stylist and art director Paige Morse's Dallas home is full of gorgeous eclectic furniture and accents with a distinct bohemian vibe.  I'm over the moon for her dhurrie kilim love seat and beaded chandelier.  See how to steal her style below:
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Style Steal #4: Vintage Eclectic Bedroom

Monday, August 18, 2014

Creative director Nathalie Bouchard and stylist Annie Horth are the duo behind Creative Flats, a company offering jazzed up and gorgeously styled residential rental properties in Montreal.  The below bedroom from one of their lofts in a historic telegraph building has an eclectic mix of vintage accents and a stand out fashion print by photographer Malina Corpadean.  See how to steal the style below:   
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Best of Ikea: Storage

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's face it.  Decorating your home can wind up being an expensive endeavor.  When I was first furnishing my apartment, I was on a tight budget (and still am).  I scoured flea markets, craigslist, and hit Ikea to get the things I needed at a decent price.  The great thing about places like Ikea (and let's face it, there is no other place like it) is that if you chose carefully, no one need know that you're harboring inexpensive MDF furniture.  The trick to decorating with Ikea is to choose pieces that are simple and classic, and blend them in with vintage and other unique furniture and decor.  To make it easy on you, I've rounded up my favorite Ikea pieces, and will be sharing them with you throughout the coming weeks.  First up is the best of Ikea storage pieces:
1. Malm chest - this versatile chest of drawers can be used as a dresser or nightstand, and comes in a variety of colors.  I'm a fan of the peacock blue.  Jazz it up by adding DIY leather drawer pulls or other hardware.
2. Sveio chest - the mid century lines and clean white hue make this dresser a stylish addition to any room.
3. Vittsjo shelf - open shelving that comes in several sizes.  Check out these ikea hacks for the shelf.  My favorite is the white spray paint with wood shelves.
4. Stenstorp kitchen cart - great storage for your kitchen.  Keep a variety of things on these shelves like extra pots and pans, serving pieces, baking supplies, etc., and use the surface for extra cooking space.
5. Stockholm cabinet - I love the bright color of this modern cabinet; it's a great piece for a dining room or bar.
6. Fabrikor cabinet - A ready-made cabinet that echoes the structure of vintage medical cabinets makes great storage for a bathroom or kitchen.
7. Fjalkinge shelf - Another clean white classic that works just as well in a living room as it does in the kitchen.
8. Stockholm sideboard - With mid-century lines and a white and wood combo, you can't go wrong with this as a buffet or TV console.

Style Steal 3: Mid Century Living Room

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio routinely shares progress on her beautiful home renovation project.  See how to get the look of this cute mid century corner in her home below:
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Everyday Essentials: How to Style your Entryway

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Liv Tyler via One Kings Lane
There are a few components necessary to achieve a well-styled entryway that's both functional and welcoming.  Depending on your style and habits, different formulas may work best for you, but these are my go to essentials for creating a stylish entryway in your home.
via Chatterfox Blog
1) Surface.  Notice I didn't say 'table'.  Not every entryway can accommodate a table - get creative and use a wall shelf or a plant stand for narrow spaces.  If you've got the space, a console works great, or even a bench or dresser.  Focus on finding a piece that fits your needs; ie. a dresser with drawers if you need extra storage.
via Style by Emily Henderson
2) Lighting.  Your entryway is where you throw down keys, phone, mail, etc.  You need to be able to see when you get in the door.  If you don't have space for a table lamp, think about a wall sconce.
via Show and Tell
3) Hooks.  If you're ditching your coat, bag, scarfs, etc. at the door, you'll need a place to hang them.  If you're short on space, add hooks to the back of the door.
4) Door mat or rug.  For smaller spaces, a door mat will be your best option.  If you have room though, a larger runner can help to define the space and create a proper entryway.
via Lonny Mag
5) Catch all bowl.  Get in the habit of leaving your keys, phone, etc. at the door so you won't go crazy looking for them.
via Style by Emily Henderson
6) Letter organizer.  This is a personal problem for me - I often come in and throw mail anywhere and wind up not opening important letters.  Don't let your mail get the best of you.  Rather than leaving mail all over the place, make a station for yourself in your entry.  Keep envelopes, stamps, and your check book so you can easily take care of bills in one slot, any mail you're not ready to deal with in another, and outgoing mail in your last slot.  I also like to keep a basket for recycling junk mail on the spot.
via Chatterfox Blog
7) Tray.  Corral your mail station, catch all bowl, sunglasses, etc. in a tray to stay organized.  I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many trays - they are beyond useful and a quick way to make accessories and general "stuff" look intentional.
via Smitten Studio
8) Mirror.  While not necessarily a true 'essential', if you have the room, mirrors are great for last minute touch ups as you're heading out the door.  They have the added bonus of making rooms appear larger and also reflect light to brighten up your space.

Other great additions are plants, artwork, baskets, stools, decor accessories like books, candles, jars, and other miscellany.  How do you style your entryway?

Inspiring Spaces: The Dining Room

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Let's talk about dining rooms.  While not everyone may have a proper dining room, you certainly have a dining nook if nothing else.  I do wind up eating more meals at my coffee table, but I've vowed to change that habit and put my dining nook to proper use.  Below are some beautiful dining rooms that have me feeling inspired:

This bright and airy space was designed by Orlando Soria, Creative Director at Homepolish and blogger of Hommemaker, for Fashion Toast's Rumi Neely.  My favorite elements of this room are the modern chairs and beautiful framed textile from St. Frank.  The light wood tones and furry throws make this dining space warm and inviting, and contrast well with the deeply saturated cowhide rug.
via Hommemaker
This dramatic space has one spectacular element - the arctic pear chandelier by Ochre.  An eye-catching chandelier is essential in any dining space, and particularly useful in open floor plans to help define the space, as in this kitchen/dining room.  The beauty of the live edge wood dining table and rich caramel leather eiffel chairs contrast and warm the 'colder' materials of cement, glass, brick, and tile that are a prominent feature in the room.
via Kitchenware Area
 Less is more in this open plan dining space of Athena Calderon, designer and blogger behind Eye Swoon.  Bold black accents in the mid century chairs, medieval chandelier, modern sconce, and beautiful antique credenza are prominent yet not overpowering, creating a cohesive, relaxed rustic feel.
via House to Home
The design of this rustic modern space is enhanced with the raw elements of the room: hardwood floors and an exposed ceiling.  I love the mix of styles in this room as well: the farmhouse plank table, mid century Paul McCobb chairs, and modern Patrick Townsend Orbit chandelier.
via Anne Street Studio
 While the gilded mirror and china display aren't really my cup of tea, those beautiful brass Cidue Vicenca cantilever chairs, kilim rug, and farmhouse table are something out of my wildest design dreams.  It's really those brass chairs that get me.  I am officially on the hunt for these babies.
via Design Sponge
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