Best Faux Olive Trees — Home Decor

Apr 18, 2021

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Best Faux Olive Trees Home Decor

The news is in. Faux greenery is no longer a faux pas. I’ve written a couple of guides on where to buy faux plants that have been wildly popular, but one link, in particular, is clicked on. Let’s find the best faux olive trees.

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Faux Olive Tree

Yes, I’ve finally stopped ranting about Pinterest because the grass is greener on the decor side of blogging. Today I’m sharing the complete guide to the best faux olive trees. This artificial tree is trending hard with interior designers and a roundup always makes your design life easier. I purchased this one for my home office, and every time I post it, I’m asked what’s the name of the plant in the corner? Is it real or fake? But first thing’s first:

Where I Buy The Best Faux Plants

Before I leap into my favorite faux olive trees, here is a quick reference for where I find the best faux plants in general.

Afloral

Amazon

CB2

Frontgate

Michaels

Nearly Natural

Pottery Barn

Target

West Elm

World Market

Best Faux Olive Trees Home Decor

  1. Faux Potted Olive Tree
  2. Large 6.5′ Faux Olive Tree
  3. Smaller Faux Olive Topiary
  4. Artificial Olive Tree
  5. Faux Olive Tree (basket not included)
  6. 18″ Olive Tree with Vase (Set of 2!)
  7. 5′ Olive Topiary Artificial Faux Tree

Artificial trees can get pricy based on quality and size. A 3′-4′ real olive tree will run you around $100. Because real plants silently scream when I near them, I might as well flush that hundo down the toilet. Routinely watering greenery is not my forte…I blame the ADHD…I forget.

6′ Tall Artificial Olive Tree

The only solution to my green thumb woes is to purchase faux plants. Looking back to when I first started sharing home decor, I repetitively heard, “faux plants are tacky”. Ummm, rude. When working with Decorist on the front room design, I was told no faux palm trees…that rule was not followed, and when they reviewed the imagery, didn’t notice.

Best Faux Olive Trees Home Decor

This faux olive tree might be my favorite. Sparse and minimal.

 

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Find The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Apr 17, 2021

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Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas, you’ve hit the jackpot. I know it feels like March, but April showers bring May flowers which means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Let’s dig in for some unique gift-giving ideas for mom. Oh, and I really don’t think this will happen, but if for some strange reason that special lady in your life has everything in this gift guide, you can always hop on over to the holiday Gifts For Her round-up.

Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Fuzzy Gray Slippers

Rose Colored Glasses Daily Mood Enhancer 

One Hell Of A Lady Motel Keychain

White Water Bottle

Rose & White Ceramic Vase Artificial Floral Arrangement

Bala Bangle Weights

Small Rose Colored Teapot

We Spill The Tea — from my friend Mario

Happy Mama Tee

 

Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas

PoshPeel Pedi Cure Pedicure

Henry Rose Full Collection

Justina Blakeney’s Newest Book

Stress Check Mood Manager

Pajama Set

Modern Black Matte Vase – just fill with florals

Hydrating Eye Masks 

Gah! Out of all the Mother’s Day gift ideas I’ve shared with you today, this might be the most unique. East Olivia has a flower therapy box. Your special gal can decompress, play, and create multiple floral arrangements. The box includes, delphinium, ranunculus, majolica, mayra, phoenix, o’hara, expression, and ruscus, all you need to do is make her a chill playlist.

Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Helping You Find The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’re getting real close to wrapping up this gift guide, so I hope you’ve found a thing or two that has caught your eye. But if you didn’t, please note that gorgeous jade lego ring below. She ain’t cheap, but that beauty is guaranteed to put a smile on mom’s face. I know it would put a smile on mine…hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Gingham Loungewear

Year Of The Women Mug

The Jade Bare Block Ring

Ginger June Candle

8-Pack of the Cutest Face Masks

Capri-Blue Pura Smart Home Diffuser Kit

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven

 

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Best Pajamas To Wear – Comfy Loungewear

Apr 13, 2021

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The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

The quest for the best pajamas to wear for all-day comfort began last April at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then comfy, cozy loungewear has become a staple in my daily wardrobe. Printfresh PJs appeared in my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest feeds a few times, so when they reached out and asked if I wanted to collaborate, I took it as a sign from the pajama gods. Sign me up! Bold, colorful, whimsical prints…but could they be the best pajamas to wear? Let’s add a jammie set to the cart and take them for a test drive, shall we?

The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

There is one major downside to Printfresh PJs, and that is selection. There are entirely too many adorable prints to choose from. So much so that I was almost tempted to mix and match or buy 7 sets. When the jammies arrived, I opened the box and found them packaged in a super cute printed pink bag. Part of me wanted to carry it around the house for the full-on shopping experience. This new normal really has me missing some of the simpler things in life.

Camel's Courtyard Printfresh Pajama Set

I chose the Camel’s Courtyard pajama pants and long sleeve button-down pajama top in Rose…cuz you know #ihavethisthingwithpink. They’re 100% cotton and get this…the jammie pants have pockets! POCKETS! Srsly, my life is complete. BTDubs, while I was pursuing the site, the Bagheera robe in blush might have also fallen into my cart as well, but shhhh, let’s not tell The Boy about that. I’ll share a snap of it momentarily. First, let’s shimmy into these pink pretties and take ’em for a spin.

The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

The Printfresh pajama pants have a drawstring tie which I love since my weight tends to fluctuate, so I like to size up. For me, elastic waist pants can be either too tight to too loose. I sound like Goldilocks when I say it, but these pajama pants fit just right. They also have a mid-rise fit and seem true to size.

Camel's Courtyard Printfresh Pajama Set

Isn’t the contrasting green piping is super cute?

The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

So, are these the best pajamas to wear? Imma say they are right up there. Zoe, my 8-year-old daughter loves them so much that she wants a pair for herself, “so we can be matchy-matchy”. Because of Printfresh’s wide size range, I might actually be able to make that happen. Their sizes range from XXS/P to 4X which is something I really appreciate. Being an in-between gal isn’t easy when it comes to clothes shopping. Side note, 5X and 6X are coming soon.

The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

The first day, I gave these jammies a full run from morning coffee to daytime work to sleepy time. The only time I changed out of these pajamas was to pick the kids up from school and grab the puppers from doggie daycare. Tooling around town in my pink pants just seemed a bit too much even if they are the best pajamas to wear. They are definitely a favorite in my current WFH wardrobe.

Printfresh Bagheera leopard print robe in blush

Oh, and here’s the Bagheera leopard robe in blush that we’re keeping hush-hush from The Boy. Perfect to slip on after the shower. I’ve been wearing it to blow my hair dry every morning and love it because it’s lightweight, and I don’t get overheated and sweaty…cuz that totally defeats the purpose of showering in the first place. This robe is available in multiple different colors and prints. I’ve got my eye on the Tiger Queen robe in cornflower. The other 2 prints I adore are Camel’s Courtyard in Cloud, Queen Lotus, and Unicorn’s Garden (not pink or purple like you might think).

No, I did not just wake up like this, but I have been practically living in these jammies for the last couple of days. They get softer after washing and the colors do not fade. Here’s one last look at me and the best pajamas to wear thanks to Printfresh!

The Best Pajamas to Wear for All Day Comfort

This post is sponsored by Printfresh. All words, thoughts, and photos are my own.

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Beautiful Bedroom Lighting Ideas

Apr 12, 2021

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Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

When it comes to decorating a room, lighting is everything. So to elevate the design in guest bedroom makeover, I headed over to my one-stop-shop for lighting and more, Lamps Plus. They make shopping for lighting easy. The sconces over the small nightstands saved valuable space, so those stayed original to the room, but the rest of the light fixtures are new. Below are all the options that caught my eye: ceiling lighting, flush mount lighting, lamps for the dresser, and floor lamps. Let’s dig into beautiful bedroom lighting ideas.

Bedroom Ceiling Light Fixtures

Although I’d love to install pendant lighting over the bed, the room is just too small. Any guest would most definitely bonk their head. While scoping out flush mount lighting, I stumbled upon semi-flush mount lighting. Hmmmmm, this could be the fix I need.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

  1. 15″ Wide Angle Brass Ceiling Lamp
  2. White Flower Ceiling Lamp
  3. Key West Flush Mount Light
  4. 20″ Semi-Flush Wide Ceiling Lamp
  5. 14″ Black and Brass Ceiling Light
  6. Scalloped Shade Ceiling Light
  7. Amber Detailed Ceiling Light
  8. Cross Bar Brass Ceiling Light
  9. Black Graphite Bronze Flush Mount
  10. Brass Band Ceiling Lamp
  11. Scalloped Brass Flush Mount Light
  12. Black Cube Ceiling Light
  13. Gold Wired Ceiling Rug
  14. Antique Gold Leaf Semi-Flush Mount
  15. Brass Star Ceiling Light

Ultimately, this is what I chose for the lighting over the bed…are you ready for this because it’s literally the first time I’ve shown this much of the space! EEEEEK, so exciting! I say that because I used A LOT of color and really pushed myself to design outside of the box.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

I told you it was a whole lotta color!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

The Boy thought installing this ceiling light would be a rough ride, but he only got poked by a leaf once, so Imma call that a win! Here’s the quick video detailing how we swapped this beauty out for the boring old boob light. If electrical intimidates you, hopefully, this will convince you to give it a go and not get zapped.

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More Bedroom Lighting Ideas — Table Lamps

While shopping for the ceiling light fixtures, I got a few more bedroom lighting ideas. Yes, a beautiful table lamp on the dresser was a no-brainer, but a floor lamp could be layered into the mix as well. IN other words, you can never have too much lighting. It’s the sparkly jewelry of home decor!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

  1. Black Hammered Pot Bronze Table Lamp
  2. Indigo and Gray Brushstrokes Table Lamp
  3. Matte Black and Terracotta Table Lamp
  4. Blue Green Ocean Life Table Lamp
  5. Walnut and Cream Table Lamp
  6. Tricorn Black Table Lamp with Brass Base (comes in multiple colors)
  7. Black and White Tribal Sketch Table Lamp
  8. Black Jar Accent Table Lamp
  9. Vertical Striatic Ceramic Table Lamp
  10. White Urchin Coastal Table Lamp
  11. Crumble Cream and Black Table Lamp
  12. Matte Black Candlestick Table Lamp
  13. Black Terracotta Table Lamp
  14. Ivory and Black Geometric Table Lamp
  15. Rustic Jar Table Lamp
  16. Drippy Bronze Table Lamp
  17. Shell Table Lamp
  18. Matte White Sculptural Table Lamp
  19. Brown Glass Table Lamp
  20. Porcelain Flower Table Lamp

So many pretty kitties to choose from. See why I said Lamps Plus is my one-stop shop? Ultimately I went with this black lamp.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

Floor Lamps For The Bedroom

Now let’s really start to layer lighting by adding in a floor lamp. Here are a few that caught my eye.

 

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

 

  1. Matte Black Banded Shade Floor Lamp
  2. Brown Sculpted Faux Wood Floor Lamp
  3. Antique Brass Floor Lamp
  4. Bronze Finish Floor Lamp
  5. Brass Modern Tripod Floor Lamp
  6. Thin Metal Framed Aged Iron Floor Lamp
  7. White Plaster Base Floor Lamp
  8. Black Metal Tripod Floor Lamp
  9. Bronze Cast Floor Lamp
  10. Bronze Column Floor Lamp with Dome Base Floor Lamp
  11. Black Fishbone Floor Lamp
  12. Contemporary Metal Floor Lamp
  13. White Wash Wood Floor Lamp
  14. Modern Brass and Walnut Floor Lamp
  15. Coal Black Floor Lamp By Kelly Wearstler

This one is holding residence in my heart, but in the end, I chose this floor lamp. Mixing metals is trending hard in home decor right now, and this one ticked all the boxes. The distressed silver leaf is even better in person. And yes, you read that right, it’s silver! Not brass or gold…again pushing myself out of the norm.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

In addition to lighting, Lamps Plus also stocks decorative items for the home. Everything you see styled on the dresser below — the scalloped brass framed mirror, the lady’s head flower pot (plant not included but oh so fun), and the gold coral-shaped bowl is all available on their site!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

This post is sponsored by Lamps Plus. All words, thoughts, and photos are my own.

 

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DIY Closet Reading Nook

Apr 7, 2021

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How I turned a bedroom closet into a reading nook and extra seating

The guest bedroom closet turned into a catchall for junk. While painting, I kept staring at those white sliding doors, wondering if I could purge all the boxes to create a cozy closet reading nook…minus the work of building a built-in bench. Girlfriend ain’t got time for that kinda DIY right now. We’re gonna keep this closet makeover quick and easy.

Easy DIY Closet Reading Nook

The bedroom itself sits empty most of the time and is pint-sized in comparison to the other rooms in the house. If cleaned out, this small space would gain an extra 2′, and the bench originally planned for the end of the bed would fit perfectly inside. Let’s figure out how to turn this closet into a reading nook already and get some extra seating up in here!

How To DIY A Closet Reading Nook

How I turned a bedroom closet into a reading nook and extra seating

While struggling with the door removal, I received a text from The Boy, “is that you making noise upstairs?” Uh, ya, could use a little help friend. Of course, the extra pair of hands required me to explain what the heck I was trying to accomplish, and I thoroughly confused him by saying his dad could sit in the cozy closet if I cleaned it out. Try saying that 5 times fast.

Easy DIY Closet Reading Nook

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Let the purging begin! First up was a box of frames I had packed away from our first move back in 2011. Srsly, I lugged these around for not one but two moves.

The box of random office supplies and bulletin board decor I lugged home on the train from the day I was laid off, and a lot of outdated pre-baby clothes. Ultimately, almost everything photographed in that photo above was donated.

On the surface, the existing shelving seemed silly to replace, but a closer look will illustrate that it was literally held together with twine and shoelaces. Gotta love the messes surprises previous homeowners leave behind. I debated hard on whether or not to purchase a new closet organizer system or add a dresser. In the end, I opted for a plain white closet rod and simple wooden shelf which left more room for the bench.

Chippendale Rosetone by Benjamin Moore - putty pink paint

This shade of putty pink is perfection, although I did toy with the idea of wallpapering the closet. But since the bedroom was already bold AF, I decided not to add yet another color or pattern into the mix. Plus, paint was an easy option. Don’t examine my brush skills too closely because I was too lazy to tape the edges. I wound up painting the ceiling and trim as well to hide fix my mistakes.

Easy DIY Closet Reading Nook

Next time The Boy hears me making noise upstairs, he can find peace and quiet by sitting in this cozy DIY closet reading nook.

I added wicker baskets (these and these) on the shelf for the junk I kept, and guests (ie my parents or The Boy’s parents) can store a suitcase or two under the bench. This is especially useful when Frans and Monika fly in from Germany They need a place to hang clothes and store bags. Now they have plenty of room.

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Couple Of Extra Shopping Sources

The vintage Rorschach test inkblot cards date back to the 1950s and were found at the Elkhorn Flea a couple summers ago. I framed in my favorite black metal frames.

The bedding is from my secret squirrel spot in Chicago for affordable pillows, duvets, sheets, coverlets.

Ceiling lamp and floor lamp.

 

 

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Bedroom Lighting Ideas – Lamps Plus

Apr 4, 2021

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Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

Beautiful Bedroom Lighting Ideas

Find bedroom ceiling lighting, flush mount lighting, lamps for nightstands, and floor lamps.

Beautiful Bedroom Lighting Ideas

When it comes to designing a room, lighting is everything. During my accidental guest bedroom makeover, I chose to keep my existing sconces over the nightstands, but the less than sophisticated ceiling light had to go. Everything was looking shazam until I looked up. Ewe, bye-bye boring boob lamp. The time has come for new bedroom light fixtures, so I headed over to my one-stop-shop for bedroom lighting ideas, Lamps Plus.

Although I’d love to install pendant lighting over the bed, the room is just too small. Any guest would most definitely bonk their head. While scoping out flush mount lighting, I stumbled upon semi-flush mount lighting. Hmmmmm, this could be the fix I need.

Here are the bedroom ceiling light fixtures that caught my eye.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

  1. 15″ Wide Angle Brass Ceiling Lamp
  2. White Flower Ceiling Lamp
  3. Key West Flush Mount Light
  4. 20″ Semi-Flush Wide Ceiling Lamp
  5. 14″ Black and Brass Ceiling Light
  6. Scalloped Shade Ceiling Light
  7. Amber Detailed Ceiling Light
  8. Cross Bar Brass Ceiling Light
  9. Black Graphite Bronze Flush Mount
  10. Brass Band Ceiling Lamp
  11. Scalloped Brass Flush Mount Light
  12. Black Cube Ceiling Light
  13. Gold Wired Ceiling Rug
  14. Antique Gold Leaf Semi-Flush Mount
  15. Brass Star Ceiling Light

Ultimately, this is what I chose for the lighting over the bed…are you ready for this because it’s literally the first time I’ve shown this much of the space! EEEEEK, so exciting! I say that because I used A LOT of color and really pushed myself to design outside of the box.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

I told you it was a whole lotta color!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

Now lemme take a moment to show you how easy it was to install this ceiling light. The Boy thought for sure this would be one of those projects where the install would be rough, but it was super easy! I mean, he only got poked once by a leaf, so Imma call that a win! Here’s the quick video detailing how we swapped this beauty out for the old boring boob light. If electrical intimidates you, hopefully, this will convince you just how easy it is to pop in a new ceiling light and not get zapped.

@houseofhipsters ♬ BODY WHOMP – Archie Thompson

While searching for the ceiling light fixtures, I got a few more bedroom lighting ideas. A table lamp on the dresser is a must, but a floor lamp could be layered into the mix. Cuz let’s be real, you can never have too much lighting. It’s the sparkly jewelry of home decor!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

  1. Black Hammered Pot Bronze Table Lamp
  2. Indigo and Gray Brushstrokes Table Lamp
  3. Matte Black and Terracotta Table Lamp
  4. Blue Green Ocean Life Table Lamp
  5. Walnut and Cream Table Lamp
  6. Tricorn Black Table Lamp with Brass Base (comes in multiple colors)
  7. Black and White Tribal Sketch Table Lamp
  8. Black Jar Accent Table Lamp
  9. Vertical Striatic Ceramic Table Lamp
  10. White Urchin Coastal Table Lamp
  11. Crumble Cream and Black Table Lamp
  12. Matte Black Candlestick Table Lamp
  13. Black Terracotta Table Lamp
  14. Ivory and Black Geometric Table Lamp
  15. Rustic Jar Table Lamp
  16. Drippy Bronze Table Lamp
  17. Shell Table Lamp
  18. Matte White Sculptural Table Lamp
  19. Brown Glass Table Lamp
  20. Porcelain Flower Table Lamp

So many pretty kitties to choose from. See why I said Lamps Plus is my one-stop-shop? Ultimately I went with this black lamp.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

Now it’s time to layer in the floor lamp. Here are a few that caught my eye.

 

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

 

  1. Matte Black Banded Shade Floor Lamp
  2. Brown Sculpted Faux Wood Floor Lamp
  3. Antique Brass Floor Lamp
  4. Bronze Finish Floor Lamp
  5. Brass Modern Tripod Floor Lamp
  6. Thin Metal Framed Aged Iron Floor Lamp
  7. White Plaster Base Floor Lamp
  8. Black Metal Tripod Floor Lamp
  9. Bronze Cast Floor Lamp
  10. Bronze Column Floor Lamp with Dome Base Floor Lamp
  11. Black Fishbone Floor Lamp
  12. Contemporary Metal Floor Lamp
  13. White Wash Wood Floor Lamp
  14. Modern Brass and Walnut Floor Lamp
  15. Coal Black Floor Lamp By Kelly Wearstler

This one is holding residence in my heart, but in the end, I went with this floor lamp. The idea of mixing metals is trending hard in home decor, and this one ticked all the boxes. The distressed silver leaf is even better in person. Plus, it’s silver!!! Not brass or gold…again pushing myself out of the norm.

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

Before I sign off, I want to share one more thing that I didn’t know about Lamps Plus — they stock decorative items for the home too. Everything you see on the dresser below — the scalloped brass framed mirror, the lady’s head flower pot (plant not included but oh so fun), and the gold coral shaped bowl is all available on Lamps Plus!

Bedroom lighting ideas. Find new bedroom light fixtures. Rounding up ceiling lights, table lamps, and floor lamps for a new guest bedroom makeover.

This post is sponsored by Lamps Plus. All words, thoughts, and photos are my own.

 

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Wescover Decor + A Giveaway

Apr 3, 2021

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Win this modern contemporary pendant lamp designed by SEED Design USA and available at Wescover

I recently discovered Wescover — a decor website that brings small artists, designers, and craftsmen together onto one platform so you can easily shop for unique, meaningfully made items. You’ll find everything from furniture, to lighting, to art, to decor, to tableware to renovation material like tiles, sinks, and even hire interior designers and architects.

Win this modern contemporary pendant lamp designed by SEED Design USA and available at Wescover

LEARN HOW TO WIN THIS LAMP FROM SEED DESIGN BELOW

I’m all about supporting independent creators, so when Wescover’s Co-Founder and CEO, Rachely Esman reached out to collab, I was all in. During our chat, she told me Wescover’s back story began with thoughts of supporting small businesses and investing money into pieces that are non-disposable.

While on the site, you’ll find each artist has an individual profile and storefront. Each item is sold by the original creator so you know you’re directly supporting the artists and designers.

Discovered Wescover — a website that brings small artists, designers, and craftsmen together onto one platform so you can easily shop for unique, meaningfully made items.

The Wescover decor website gives added credibility when making pricier purchases and helps independent creators compete with big box stores. This completely resonated with me. Not too long ago I discovered an artist on Instagram and felt slightly nervous when the only form of accepted payment was PayPal or Venmo. You send money and hope for the best. Most times it works out, but it still can be anxiety-inducing all the same. There’s a sense of security when making a large purchase through an e-commerce site.

Drool-Worthy Wescover Unique Decor Favorites

Beautiful Abstract Art by Paula Gasparini-Santos

Modern Ceramic Pendant Lights

Luxury Rug Maker

Incredible Sculpture Artist
I’m coveting this pedestal bowl and this black sculpture

Customizable Modern Lamp
Side note, the clay artist is from Wisconsin and went to UWSP just like me so I’m really feeling this creator.

Modern Leggy Lamp by Kelsie Rudolph
Modern Leggy Lamp by Kelsie Rudolph | Image Credit: Angela Yonke

Minimal Modern Clay Ceramic Vases

Mindblowing Modern Table Lamp
The description says it all, “A luminous body brought down from the heavens, captured in a luxurious golden cradle.”

The Salad Bowl Of All Salad Bowls

The Tutti Frutti Wall Sconce

GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

modern contemporary pendant lamp designed by SEED Design USA and available at Wescover

Want this lamp? It could be yours! One lucky Instagram follower will receive this modern pendant lamp from SEED Design USA (via Wescover) just like the one in my living room. You have to enter on my Instagram, so click here to hop over and follow the details on how to enter!

Oh, and check out how you can swivel the globe!

modern contemporary pendant lamp designed by SEED Design USA and available at Wescover

DON’T SLEEP ON THIS DISCOUNT

In addition to the giveaway, SEED Design is offering 15% off all lighting in their Wescover storefront. This doesn’t happen often, so if something catches your eye, now’s the time to buy.

Drool-Worthy Wescover Unique Furniture Favorites

Beautiful Modern Lounge Chair

SECOLO B 15 Z Lounge Chair available at Wescover
Image Credit SECOLO B 15 Z Lounge Chair available at Wescover

TOMI Armchair by MOJOW

Yomi NEP Armchair by MOJOW
Image Credit MOJOW via Wescover

Leather Pouf with Buckle

Milo Armchair and Milo Bean Ottoman

Modern Magic Daybed

Now you know my favorites, go surf the site and let me know what you’re coveting.

 

 

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Spring Decor — Target Studio McGee

Apr 2, 2021

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Target Studio McGee Spring Decor 2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you already know that the entire Target Studio McGee home decor collection sold out within hours of launching. There were so many amazing pieces that I missed out on, but the snow has melted and the spring decor at Target for Studio McGee has dropped. The outdoor patio furniture and spring 2021 Threshold line is lit, and I’m getting ready to scoop up my favorites. Here’s what I’ve been drooling over.

Spring Decor Target Studio McGee

 

Spring Decor at Target Studio McGee

73″ Faux Eucalyptus Tree In Pot

Cream & Brown Lumbar Throw Pillow

Neutral Plaid Area Rug

Upholstered Bench With Natural Straps

Spring Block Print Throw Pillow With Tassels

18″ Artificial Fern In Pot (click here to find for more faux plants)

Mudcloth Cream Ottoman

Tapered Oval Seagrass Basket

The way Studio McGee uses neutral decor, it fits seamlessly into almost any decor style. In the above roundup, I love how the plaid, mudcloth, and basket play together. The texture is so yummy. And all those artificial plants? Shea McGee, you know the way to this gal’s heart.

Spring Decor Target Studio McGee

Outdoor Furniture and Patio Decor Target Studio McGee Favorites

Wicker Patio Egg Patio Chair

Faux Stone Patio Accent Table

Faux Rattan Patio Ottoman (hello little Franco Albini dupe!)

Turned Drum Patio Accent Table

Faux Grass In Basket

Citronella Candle in Ceramic Vessel

Outdoor Black and White Stripe Rug

Wicker Patio Coffee Table

2 Wicker & Faux Wood Patio Accent Chairs

Spring Decor Target Studio McGee

More Target Favorites

Rustic Weathered Planter

Reversible Gauze Throw Blanket

Terracotta Cross Based Off-White Bowl

Metal Tripod Floor Lamp (in brass or black)

Black & Caning Executive Desk

Woven Throw Black Stripe Blanket

Brown Velvet Drum Ottoman

Upholstered Accent Chair with Wood (in Cream, Light Gray, and Dark Gray)

I expect this collection to sell out fast…because Studio McGee always kills it. What are your favorites? Any that I missed?

Target Studio McGee Spring Decor 2021

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Favorite Spring Home Decor Ideas

Mar 18, 2021

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Favorite home decor ideas

Today’s post is all about favorite spring home decor ideas. Every time this year, I get the itch to throw open the windows and move everything all around. The Boy says I’m coming out of hibernation. The internet has been scoured to find the most inspiring decor to give your home a breath of fresh air! So let’s get shopping with these practical spring decorating ideas.

Favorite home decor ideas

Seagrass Basket – stash cozy throws for crisp spring evenings

Wood Bowls – holds fresh fruit on the kitchen counter

Striped Tea Towels – refresh your old kitchen towels

I’m not calling them farmhouse Weathered Ceramic Jugs

Antique Chinese Stool – the perfect addition for a shelfie zhush

Bird Vases – these scream spring home decor ideas

Modern Black Vessel – this shall be mine

Huckleberry Leaf Sprayfaux greenery

Wavey Vase – love the sculptural element it adds

Modern Black and Cream Planter – I’d of course add a faux plant

Grassy Green Velvet Chair – okay, now I’m just flexing the spring home decor ideas

Black Candle Holders – just add tapers for ambiance

Black Vase – drooling

Favorite home decor ideas

This vignette is everything I want and more. Srsly CB2, you are killing it these days! I especially love the amber-colored hurricane candle holders and will be purchasing both for my living room coffee table. And that waterfall textured console is a mood. There is also a smaller side table version. I do own that ribbed box and it is, even more, shazam in person. Warning, it is oddly heavy…it’s made of concrete. Is your mind full of inspiration to make your home more inviting for spring?

Favorite home decor ideas

Everything shown here is from Bloomist. I’ve been threatening to purchase that wood chain link for my coffee table and I’m not sure I can hold off any longer. FYI it’s also available in black. Which do you like best?

Match Striker

Little Green Vase

Bronze Trinket Dish

Palo Santo – cleanse the energy while playing with your new spring home decor ideas

Grab some new Coffee Table Books

 

Favorite home decor ideas for the bathroom

Anthropologie always says their home decor vibes, but I’m especially loving this rattan mirror.

Ceramic Stool – this color is called LIME, I know, deceiving

Single Bathroom Vanity – there is a double vanity as well

Crochet Basket – cute but maybe a bit too boho?

Add a splash of color with a Vintage Inspired Runner

That’s a wrap. I hope this round-up of gorgeous spring decor gives you some ideas to brighten your home!

 

 

 

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My Life 1 Year Ago

Mar 5, 2021

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A year ago today marks 1 year of quarantine

A year ago today I was in San Fransisco attending the Design Influencers Conference. Life was still normal albeit Covid was the talk of the town. All the attendees packed into rooms sitting shoulder to shoulder listing to Nate Berkus and Young Huh give advice to interior designers and home decor bloggers like myself. A group of us went out to eat together, tried each meal, and shared desserts. We used hand sanitizer and awkwardly danced around should we hug, shake hands, or elbow bump.

The following week I took once last trip to Atlanta to speak at ADAC. I was teaching interior designers how to use Pinterest for business. The flight down, pretty much every passenger wiped their seats down, and there was a heightened sense of awareness. A change from the previous flight only a week prior. I stayed at Hotel Clermont and hung out with my friend Michel Smith Boyd. We had dinner at Tiny Lou’s and of course enjoyed a cold PBR at the notorious Clermont Lounge — the oldest strip club in Atlanta. We grabbed a sweet seat at the bar that was pretty much black duct tape with a bit of padding and got a bit snarky.

life days before the pandemic

life days before the pandemic

I remember getting ready for bed, listening to the local Atlanta news. Schools were being closed. People were getting sick. Coronavirus was legit in Atlanta and spreading fast. Back home, there was one patient recovering in a suburban hospital who had recently traveled to China. Things were getting real in the south.

When I arrived at the conference, hand sanitizer was in abundance. There was even a bottle of Purell sitting next to the fruit plate and pastries. We did our best with what little we knew. The Rona was the hot topic of conversation. Before I flew home, I Ubered over to a few of my favorite vintage shops, including Decades (little did I know it would be my last visit before it shuttered for good), and of course popped into Dixon Rye. The airport was empty. And when I say empty, like, there was no one in the security line…just me and the TSA folks. Do you know how eery that feels? Little did I know the world would come to a screeching halt the day after returning home.

Airport empty in Atlanta security line March Coronavirus covid

The kids were sent home from school. Toilet paper was nowhere to be found. Shelves that used to be stocked were empty.

Shelves at the grocery store bare and no toilet paper

I ran into a friend standing in line at the grocery store. She was in tears because her daughter was sick, and they thought maybe it was covid. The bars closed. The restaurants closed. Days were filled with press conferences held by the governor. Scrolling through TikTok was my way of unplugging from a world that was being turned upside down. Then the giant nake man with the huge penis started popping up in group texts. I do not know who the genius was that created this nonsense, but I tip my hat to you sir. I’m incredibly grateful for this man.

The parents banded together and planned honk and wave parades. A high school classmate gave virtual guitar lessons to the kiddos.

The Boy made homemade bread every morning. The neighbors gathered for disco driveway parties.

Our pets wanted peace and quiet. And all the big companies got the PPP Loans and my little blog went viral when I spoke about it.

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Family game night was in full effect. D-Nice was hosting virtual house parties on Instagram Lives.

I started designing my One Room Challenge work from home office space, doubled down on bloggery land, and made the decision to closed the shop. As a family, we figured out how to have fun together. Life slowed down…way down. No more weekends full of birthday parties, playdates, gymnastics, and soccer games. The quarantine way of life became a new normal. I, unlike many, embraced the quiet. Even with the murder hornets.

If you’ve read this far, I have a few questions for you. What are the activities or places you learned you no longer need in your life? Have you gone back to the gym, or do you have a new routine at home? Will family dinners stay in this new lifestyle, or will you go back to dining out multiple times a week? We’ve been making everything from tacos to chicken pot pie…which reminds me, I really need to share that recipe here. Being in the kitchen, and making food that doesn’t originate from a box…I love it.

Since I spend so much time in front of a screen, I’ve been reading more magazines…things that are tangible…made of paper. I’ve started painting again. My mental health has come to the forefront of my life. Slowing down has bonded me even closer to my children. Covid came with a lot of sadness, but it also gave me time with my kids. Reflecting back and scrolling through last year’s photos has me oddly thankful for coronavirus. We stayed healthy. We stayed home. Things were kinda boring, but there was a whole lotta good in a really awful year.

 

 

 

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Accidental Guest Bedroom Makeover

Feb 16, 2021

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Guest bedroom makeover mood board with bold earthy colors

What started with a new mattress from The Dump turned into an accidental guest bedroom makeover. The new mattress led to a new headboard which led to new pillows which led to new bedding which led to getting legit crazy and letting TikTok pick the paint color for the walls! Complete snowball effect. But I just finished hanging the black textured wallpaper in the primary bedroom so why not keep crankin’? Let’s jump right…in bed!

Before and After - Guest Bedroom Makeover

When we bought this house, I purchased a vintage leather gym mat from Prague (now for sale on Chairish). I loved the headboard, but it never looked perfect in the guest bedroom. It hung on a plain old 2×4 because we couldn’t figure out how else to secure it to the wall and the entire design just fell flat. I wanted a brass bar but didn’t try very hard to source one. The white walls made the bedroom feel cold, and I just couldn’t nail the duvet and pillow combo. Seriously, beds are hard! Especially neutral bedding. The entire room was all around meh, so when I signed up to try out and feature a new mattress, I knew immediately extra zhushing was in order.

Before and After - Guest Bedroom Makeover

I told my ride or die vintage bestie Marianne that I was on the hunt for a new headboard, but this was going to be a guest bedroom budget makeover. There could be no spending dollars.

Homegirl is broke these days. But, you put your desires out into the universe, and good things will come. Marianne immediately texted back, “Plankroad is having a sale on headboards and just posted a boatload of them on Instagram.” Shazam! Covid safe, of course, we met up for a shopping excursion extraordinaire! She introduced me to Jimmy and said anything you can’t find, he’s your guy.

Shopping for the guest Bedroom makeover at Plank Road in Chicago

Not even 10 steps inside, boom, we found this gorgeous velvet headboard. Immediately I was smitten. It was a perfect size, the perfect shade of green, and $200. The price was right. Yo Jimmy! Slap a sold sticker on that bad boy. I might actually be able to pull off this guest bedroom makeover on a budget. BTDubs, if you visit Plankroad and find something you love, do not put it down. This is a must-stop-shopping mecca for local interior designers, and if you put that coverlet down, it’s fair game. Hence the salp a sold sticker on it. That sucka was mine.

After walking around with armloads of pillows and shams and duvets oh my, we started playing with multiple color palettes. One was the green headboard paired with plum mohair pillows and plum and gold patterned pillow, the other was a funky deep teal (yes, those are Kelly Wearstler Graffito pillows) and velvet gray. This was bold and way out of my normal neutral decor wheelhouse, but hey, let’s have fun, right? I wound up filling my entire car and still managed to stay under budget. Plankroad is the home decor outlet shop for Eastern Accents. It’s filled floor to ceiling with discontinued textiles, decor from photoshoots, and pillows prototypes that may have been redesigned with different trim. The headboard I purchased was from a recent shoot.

Shopping for the guest Bedroom makeover at Plank Road in Chicago

My TikTok audience was given a few options for paint…cuz losing complete control was not an option. Deep teal walls, salmon pink, or a safe mushroom greige. Salmon and teal were neck and neck, but ultimately salmon won the race. Finding the perfect shade took a bit of time. Too pink, and it’ll turn bubblegum barbie. Millennial pink was a hard no. That trend has said goodbye. I wanted to push towards coral and rust undertones. After seeing Chippendale Rosetone by Benjamin Moore, I was sold. It has almost a terra cotta look (definitely darker once it dries) and has a chameleon effect in a different light. Here’s a peek at the PURA mattress that started it all. We really like the extra pillowtop. It’s luxurious to sleep in.

PURA Mattress from The Dump with extra pillow top

Guest bedroom makeover mood board with bold earthy colors

The brass sconces were existing and all the textiles and the headboard were outlet prices.

I’m busting at the seams to show you the paint…CHECK OUT THESE PINK WALLS! Part of me wants to paint the ceiling as well.

Before I cliff hang you on this accidental guest bedroom makeover, I’ve gotta share the art I found at Warehouse 55. Marianne was hanging curtains in her new flea parlor booth and needed a helping hand…you should totally check the place out if you live in the Chicagoland area. So many vintage treasures to be found. The vendor next to the flea parlor had this incredible vintage portrait of a woman and the color palette matched the space perfectly! Pops of every earthy color I could have imagined. While holding my hands over my head hanging curtains, I kept sneaking peeks at her. Can we just take a moment for this beauty?

Guest bedroom makeover mood board with bold earthy colors - In progress

Stay tuned because you’re gonna die when you see everything put together! I’m off to pick out some showstopper lighting. Gotta replace that awful plastic $4 flush mount boob light.

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Modern Sofa For The Living Room

Feb 15, 2021

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Rounding Up 21 Beautiful Modern Sofas For The Living Room

Before we get into this roundup of modern sofas, I’d like to ask a question. Do you call it a sofa or a couch? Or maybe if you’re from Wisconsin, you call it a davenport? Whatever you refer to as I’ll bet you have one in your living room. And if you’re on a quest for a new modern sofa like me, you’ve come to the right spot because I’ve rounded up the most beautiful sofas for the living room. Let’s get comfy and check out these pieces for your living space that your buns are gonna love.

21 Beautiful Modern Sofas For The Living Room

Cobern Three Piece Sofa Sectional – I really like the Crypton Nomad Hemp

Solstice Vintage Velvet Modern Sofa – featured in this living room mood board

Luxe Mohair Mink Sofa

First off, pretty much every house needs a sofa, right? But you need to choose the right size sofa for your living room. When we moved into this house, we learned that our existing couch that looked perfect in our former open concept house did not necessarily fit into our new more traditional style home. When we moved this sectional into our tv room, it overtook the entire space. That couch legit ate the entire room. No matter how we configured it, this was a sofa king situation. Almost every piece I’ve rounded up will be a modern sofa for a smaller space living room design.

21 Beautiful Modern Sofas For The Living Room

Hardwood Frame Blue Velvet Modern Sofa

Lagoon Performance Fabric Velvet Sofa

Extra Deep 2-Piece Modern Sofa

Clean Line Modern Couch – made in North Carolina and on sale now

Casual Yet Classic Sofa on antique brass casters

Crypton High-Performance Fabric in Forsythia – A Sarah Sherman Samuels favorite

You may notice I mentioned Crypton a few times. I first discovered Crypton at High Point Furniture Market a few years ago. It’s one of the best high-performance fabrics on the market…a smart fabric if you will. Spill a glass of red wine? No worries, it beads on the fabric. It’s also resistant to odors and moisture. Crypton fabric is also earth-friendy, comes in a ton of colors and patterns, AND if you missed that spilled red wine, only to find a dried and set in stain, all you need is a little warm soapy water to remove it. If you have kids or pets, this upholstery is a must-have when looking for any furniture.

Perfect sofas for your home

 

Mid-Century Modern Inspired Channel Back Velvet Modern Sofa

Green Velvet Sofa with Curved Tufted Back

Customizable Mid-Century Modern Inspired Sofa all available fabrics

Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa – a Kelly Wearstler favorite

Army Green Cotton Canvas Casual Sofa

Hardwood Curved Vintage Inspired Sofa – I also love the navy and black

Imma sign off with this. If you’re shopping for a sofa, measure not once, not twice, but three times a lady. Tape out the measurements on the floor. Measure hallways and doors it might have to travel through to get to the living room. And be sure to find a style that fits your decor style. Look for features like a sofa bed or high-performance fabric, or plugins for tech. It’s the main seating for your home, so triple-check that you love it and it’ll work hard for you and your family’s needs.

Sofa Ideas for A Small Living Room

 

Mid-Century Inspired Sofa with High-Performance Fabric – highly durable and virtually unstainable

Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa – yes, I featured it in blue as well

Certified Hard Wood Curved Back Bench Seat Sofa

A Couch with Clean Lines in menswear-inspired corduroy upholstery

Charcoal Velvet Couch with Hardwood Frame

Williams Grey High-Performance Fabric Couch

And for those of you who answered davenport, Imma take a wild guess and say you’re from the midwest like me. For everyone else scratching their heads asking, “What the heck is a davenport?”, you obviously need a Midwest Voice Translator. Enjoy yer week and tell yer folks I say hi. The Wisconsin accent is in full effect today. I predict some form of creamed soup casserole will be made in the near future.

 

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Modern Living Room Makeover Idea

Feb 1, 2021

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Modern Living Room Decor

My living room needs a makeover. Wait, let me rephrased that. It doesn’t NEED a makeover, rather I’m itching for a change, so I’ve been playing with a mood board for a living room makeover. Yes, I’m still a lover of all things neutral decor and layering texture into a space, but lately, more and more color has been creeping its way into my home. The black textured wallpaper in my primary bedroom was a dramatic departure from the HOH norm, and if you follow me on TikTok, you might have seen the guest bedroom get a major color splash. Now I want to paint all my white walls.

Modern Living Room Makeover Idea

Holy 180 from my past designs, right? I photoshopped a bunch of different paint colors into this mood board, but the dark navy is giving me all the moody vibes. And BTDubs, this is just design #1. More to mood boards follow.

In case you don’t remember, here is the state of the living room now.

Modern Living Room Decor

The two side tables that act as a coffee table have been living in this same exact spot for the last 6 plus years. I’m ready to change them out. The 3 guys may rotate out again…just for a while. They always come back.

Modern Living Room Decor

I do love the color of the velvet curtains, but I think I’d like to add even more color. I’d like to try a mushroom color iteration to baby step away from the white versus a giant leap to navy, but I’ll save that for another post.

Let’s dig into the changes. I pretty much banished vintage from this space. The existing brass etagere is staying, but everything else would go bye-bye. Quarantine brought on serious changes over here. Let’s get into the details.

Navy Paint

Original Abstract Artwork

Vintage Brass Etagere (similar)

Performance Fabric Velvet Sofa in Cider

Rattan Floor Lamp

Birds Of Paradise Faux Plant

Modern Rug

Round Modern Coffee Table

Pair Of Ivory Chairs

Hide Covered Dresser

Modern Table Lamp

Reed Wrapped Pull Up Table

The rug in the before photos is what started this living room makeover idea. We adopted a puppy at the beginning of the year and that distressed suede rug has to go into hiding for a bit until we’re confident he won’t pee all over it. Lord, please tell me why I approved the dog?

Last year I visited Jaipur Living’s booth at the Design Influencers Conference and legit fell in love. One of their Instagram posts popped up in my feed, so I hopped over to check out their Winter 2021 catalog. This modern geometric design gave me all the Kelly Wearstler feels. And this rug with the orange, rust, goldenrod, and teal is drop-dead gorgeous.

Now here’s a question for you. Have you sat on a Maiden Home sofa or really any of their furniture? I wanna hear from you! They keep popping up in my Instagram feed, and the Warren sofa (in the living room makeover mood board above) caught my eye. Total tangent, when you hear the name Warren, does your mind go straight to Warren from Empire Records? No? Only me?

Alrighty, so enough babbling. What do you think of this decor departure? Are you here for it? Do you have navy walls? Do you want to see another mood board? Do you think I’ll actually turn this living room makeover idea into reality? Only time will tell!

 

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Best Of 2020 Review

Jan 13, 2021

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Modern Kitchen Renovation with Bold Island Design

You’re probably like me, and ready to say good riddance 2020. In a nutshell, my biggest bummer turned blessing in disguise was closing my brick and mortar. Sad it closed but so happy I have more time with my family and blogging more. A post about the Small Business PPP Loans literally crashed my site because it received over 5 million unique hits in 4 days. My tiny little blog didn’t know what hit it and that week was completely surreal. But let’s get back to home decor. Before we say goodbye to last year, let’s look back on your favorite home decor posts. Maybe you missed them. Maybe you want to revisit them again. Without further adieu, here’s House Of Hipsters Best of 2020 Review.

Kitchen Renovation Reveal

I started out with a bang in 2020 with my Kitchen Reno Reveal. I teamed up with Cambria Surfaces to create one heck of a kitchen island. It was featured in House Beautiful and also MyDomaine. The design was a skinny makeover…meaning…we kept the existing floor plan. We did not change the positions of gas lines or water pipes, kept the existing floors (although I’d like to update them now), and the perimeter cabinetry was kept as well. Also, the only appliance that was replaced was the cooktop, although I’ve been eyeing this refrigerator. It’s stainless steel and you can change the color, hardware finish, and add a glass door.

Modern Kitchen Makeover Renovation Reveal

Modern Kitchen Makeover Renovation Reveal

Chandelier Over Island

Pendant Lighting Over Table

Brass Cantilever Bar Stools

Brass Cabinet Pulls and Knobs

Island Stone – Clairidge by Cambria

Countertop and Blacksplash Stone – Ironsbridge by Cambria

Tulip Table

Black Art

Matte Black Faucet

Black Quartz Sink

 

My Favorite Interior Design Books

You might like interior design books more than I! This well-read roundup of interior design books was a heavy hitter. And let me tell you, there are some good ones in here. If you missed this gem of a post, go check it out. You won’t regret it.

Favorite Interior Design Books Round Up

 

How To Record Multiple Clips In TikTok

TikTok exploded onto the scene during lockdown and you wanted to know how to record multiple clips. This tutorial was in high demand via Google. I think everyone and their mother visited this post. Curious about you though…is this something you want to see more of? How to’s on social media? I speak at conferences every year about Pinterest, Instagram, and Tiktok, but I forget that may you want to learn more about the platforms and how to grow your following as well. I’d love your feedback on this.

TikTok Tutorial How To Record Multiple Clips

 

Bucktown Home Tour

You really loved my friend’s home tour designed by Jen Talbot. Carrie and I go way back…like 2000 way back. She interviewed me for my second job at a startup dot com right before the big dot-bomb. Carrie hired me for the job back in the day and hired Jen to execute her vision for her Bucktown home. And let me tell you, it’s exquisite! Carrie has amazing taste and a passion for curating rare vintage pieces. She leans into that post-modern look which gives her this modern sophisticated meets the 80s look.

Modern meets 80s home decor. Living Room. Live fearlessly with your home decor.

Ettore Sottsass floor mirror in Modern meets 80s home decor. Living Room. Live fearlessly with your home decor.

 

My Hands Down Favorite Faux Plants

The general public seems to be embracing my love of faux plants. You’ll find everything from the ever trending olive plant to my favorite palm trees, fiddle leaf figs, to monster plants.

Guide to the Best Faux Plants - 25 Artificial Plants, Trees, and Flowers That Don’t Look Fake

 

One Room Challenge Featured Designer

My dreams came true when Linda, who coordinates the One Room Challenge, invited me to be a featured designer. Creating this space during lockdown really was a challenge but also a spectacular distraction. Sourcing home decor during the pandemic when factories were temporarily closed made me think on my feet. There were twists and turns, frustration and tears, but in the end, my home office and non-bro home gym final reveal really captured your heart…and saved my sanity.

Modern eclectic home decor

Best At Home Gym Equipment and Workout Gear

 

The Pink Dining Room Chairs Turned Green

I teamed up with Ultrasuede and reupholstered my beloved vintage Pierre Cardin brass cantilever chairs. Pretty in pink became green with envy. The change made me a bit nervous and pretty much the entire Instagram community told me not to do it, but the color swap definitely leveled up the sophistication in this space. I’m over the moon with how they turned out, AND this Ultrasuede fabric is high performance do I not longer need to worry about spills.

Reupholstered dining chairs in green and brass cantilever chairs by Pierre Cardin in eclectic modern dining room. Modern chandelier and 1950s French marble pastry table used as dining table. Mixing vintage with new.

Reupholstered dining chairs in green and brass cantilever chairs by Pierre Cardin

 

Gold Velvet Curtains

2020 was a big year for me. I slowly started adding color to my very neutral home decor. It started with the primary bedroom mini makeover. The cream headboard with ivory chair needed some oomph, so I took a chance on some incredibly economical curtains in a bold goldenrod color. The look was chic AF, and I loved them so much, I bought a couple more sets for the front room. What an easy way to refresh your space. BTDubs, I made another bold move in the primary bedroom I added black textured wallpaper. I posted it yesterday and it’s a must-see.

Fall Home Decor and Cozy Textiles

Gold Velvet Curtains Color Pop in Living Room Makeover

 

Decorating With Neutrals

Your second favorite roundup was the all neutral home decor ideas. From rugs to lighting to shelving to vases, I handpicked what I thought you’d like, and you agreed.

Decorating With A Neutral Color Palette

 

Shoppable Favorites You Loved In 2020

I also took a peek at what shoppable links you clicked on the most. First and foremost, you love to check out my favorites on Etsy. I try to keep these organized and update each category weekly. If you’ve never been over there, it’s definitely a fun little corner to explore.

You love this Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, and in my opinion, it’s probably the most real looking, best bang for your buck faux plant out there. You chose wisely.

Like I said above, the faux plants are trending. This Faux Monstera Plant came in as the third most clicked shoppable link. He is petite in size (29″ tall) compared to the fiddle fig, but it’s a stunner.

Coming in third place are the Velvet Curtains. They come in 12 different colors and do tend to sell out but are always restocked quickly. I’m digging these lighter blue curtains and think it would pair really well with rust and taupe…might be a new color palette for the front living room refresh I’m planning.

This faux olive tree and this faux snake plant were tied for 5th place.

Studio McGee debuted their new line at target, and it sold out in legit minutes. But don’t fret if you missed it. They released a new collection, and I’m coveting this rattan lamp (only $20), this marble coffee table, this cozy cream sherpa chair and ottoman, and this caned writing desk that would be perfect in an entrance.

This decorative wood chain link caught your eye as well as mine. It’s also available in black. Right now they are offering $25 off any purchase of $125 or more plus free shipping.

And wrapping it up with a surprise to me from my AM Skincare Routine For Women Over 40 post. It was my favorite little tool – the NuFace microcurrent device. Bobby Berke was waxing poetic about this magical tool that diminishes fine lines, sagging, and droopy upper eyelids. You’ll see results pretty much instantly, but it not permanent. If you stop using the device, your face will go back to where it was.

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Black Textured Wallpaper

Jan 12, 2021

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Black Textured Wallpaper

When I gave the primary bedroom a mini makeover, the headboard didn’t pop. And that’s sad because it’s a damn good headboard that should shine. How did I want to proceed with the design? Yes, I could do paint, but I wanted something more luxurious. More texture. Limewashed walls? Venetian plaster? Personally, I didn’t want bright pops of color, so my instincts automatically went to light and neutrals.

Ivory white upholstered headboard in primary bedroom

Kyla, that was not going to pop an ivory headboard, so let’s get bold and crazy and look at black textured wallpaper, shall we?

First things first, I knew I wanted a Phillip Jefferies wallcovering in this space. I ordered samples of grasscloth, cork, and vinyl in all the colors. Once they arrived, I stuck each sample behind the headboard and stepped back. The grasscloth was beautiful, but I was drawn to Broad Strokes in Scraffido Shadow. Since Phillip Jefferies is the Rolls Royce of handcrafted wallpaper products, I knew I had to be 100% on board with this decision. This wallcovering was an investment piece. I went to work in Photoshop mocking it up. Holy moly she’s sexy AF. This bold, dramatic, black textured wallpaper…hello lover. But I think the mirror over the bed has got to go.

Black Textured Wallpaper in the bedroom

I had one more HUGE decision to make. Did I want to wallpaper just the one wall behind the headboard, or did I want to wallpaper the entire space? If I chose one wall only, I needed to decide if the inset should pop or not. This room was an addition that the former owners built in the 90s when TVs were a highlight of the space. If you have a TV inset in your wall, you feel my pain. The snake mirror moved downstairs, but it may slither back up to the bedroom.

Wallpaper arrived. We hired Steven Kaye of Paper Craft Interiors again. He worked on my home office back last year. If you are in the Chicagoland area, Steven is your man. He works with many of the local interior designers here and is a master wallpaper hanger…and I’m not saying that in a joking manner. He’s literally the regional director of the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers.

Steven Kaye Paper Craft Interiors master wallpaper hanger Chicago

I highly advise hiring someone familiar with Phillip Jeffries to hang your wallpaper because each collection is different to install which can make it a bit trickier to install. With an investment like this, you don’t want to be a first-timer.

Steven Kaye Paper Craft Interiors master wallpaper hanger Chicago

Steven was able to knock out the install in 2 days. He was a bit nervous, thinking that I may not have ordered enough. He knew it was going to be tight. I used this yardage calculator, and let me tell you, it was right on the nuts. Because he’s a master of his craft, we had about 8′ leftover, but there was enough to finish the entire room and cover the switchplates and vents.

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Black textured wallpaper in the bedroom with Phillips Jeffries Broad Strokes Scraffido Shadow. Luxury wallpaper in the primary bedroom to create a bold moody statement.

Black textured wallpaper in the bedroom with Phillips Jeffries Broad Strokes Scraffido Shadow. Luxury wallpaper in the primary bedroom to create a bold moody statement.

Now that the wallpaper is installed, it’s time to put the room back together. But a few decor decisions must be made.

  1. There is white trim around a hidden door that leads to the jacuzzi tub on the other side of the wall. It’s tucked away in a corner, but definitely should not be white. In retrospect, I probably should have removed the trim making the entrance invisible. Lessons learned and not a big deal. I’ll be taking my Broad Strokes swatch into the paint store for a matchy-match shade of black and no one will notice.
  2. You’ll notice there are a lot of white doors in this space…which I don’t mind. I think it keeps the room more light and airy, but that brushed nickel hardware needs to go. I’d like to source something more modern…Emtek, I’m looking at you!

3. Artwork! I have one piece hung…that small piece in the corner, but I need to figure out artwork over the bed and the inset. I found a piece at the South Loop Loft warehouse sale, but the existing frame is janky and definitely needs a new wood frame. I also need to sit with this piece for a bit before drilling a hole through my precious. The search is on for the inset.

4. I’m leaning towards possibly replacing the Johnson Carper dresser living in the inset. Yes, it does the job, but I’ve had this piece for almost 10 years and it might be time for something new. This will probably not be an immediate change, but definitely something I’m saving my pennies for. Stay tuned for the dressers I’m eyeing. I’ll be sharing those in the future.

5. The original St. Frank duvet cover I still adore, but it doesn’t exactly work in this space anymore. All that pattern is fighting with the black textured wallpaper. You may have noticed, I popped on a coverlet I found at Plankroak Home Outlet but will be looking for some new linens before giving you the final reveal. Nicholas Cage was looking very judgy at that pattern clash. Also, that sconce in the bathroom has got to go!

6. The vintage brass lamps in the inset will need to be changed out. I really like the black shades, but they get lost, and I don’t like white shades on these brass beauties. Instead, I’m thinking maybe my pink marble lamps would look beautiful here.

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One more thing before signing off. You may have noticed from the first photo to this one, the nightstands changed out. The mirror tables were flashy and fun, but they had no drawers. We needed something more practical. I found these nightstands at an estate sale out in Highland Park. They’re by Brownstone Furniture, and I’m over the moon that I found them. There’s no way I could have afforded them at retail price. They fit the space perfectly. You can also see in the photo below my white trim. Gah!

Black Textured Wallpaper

So, what do you think? Would you go this bold and dramatic in your bedroom? Do you have any opinions on the inset art or lampshades? Would love to hear what you have to say.

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