Decor Du Jour

Je suis amoureux d’une chaise! Even the silliest of phrases can sound elegant in French, including my profession of love for none other than French bistro chairs. I’ve been spotting them everywhere, and I can barely contain my excitement about sharing all of this chic inspiration with everyone! These woven rattan beauties don’t come cheap, but the style is so classic that they’re worth the splurge. Maybe one day I’ll finally make it to a legit Parisian café but adding a couple of bistro chairs to my breakfast nook will have to suffice until then. Au revoir pour le moment!

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A. Rita Chan Interiors    B. Sasha Adler & Lauren Gold of Nate Berkus Interiors

C. Lemon Stripes             D. House of Harper

E. Serena & Lily               F. Candace Soriano

G. Consort Design           H. Via One Kings Lane

I. Tracy Gilmore             J. Amie Corley

K. Nicole Franzen          L. Waterleaf Interiors

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Full Coverage.

Right now I am smitten with range hood covers (AKA vent covers)! They can easily become a unique focal point of a kitchen and there are endless options for design. Here is a display of 3 basic styles: metal, wood and painted. Metallic options are chic but spendy, wood covers add a rustic touch a la Joanna Gaines and painted moldings blend in seamlessly with your cabinetry. Each style adds a custom, high-end look that elevates the design of the space but doesn’t take away from the basic function of the vent. Basically, they’re win-win!range hood

Sources:

METAL (clockwise from left): Cantley & Company, Fixer Upper, Studio McGee, via Better Homes & Gardens, via Better Homes & Gardens, Nate Berkus 

WOOD (clockwise from left): Sita Montgomery (this whole house is amazing), Fixer Upper, The Lily Pad Cottage, Becki Owens, Rejuvenation, Fixer Upper

PAINTED (clockwise from left): Heidi Piron, Studio Mcgee, Fixer Upper (painted to look like metal!), via My Domaine, via Better Homes & Gardens, via Traditional Home

 

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In Progress.

I wanted to give a sneak peak of the fun remodeling project I’m designing in Lake Oswego. I’m sprucing up this little diamond in the rough and adding in some character and style that it’s clearly lacking. Let’s start with the exterior plan: new roof, fresh paint, adding custom shutters, painting the brick chimney black and the brick planter white, majorly cleaning up the landscaping, replacing both garage doors, getting new windows and adding a chic front door. I’m going for a look that’s cool-cottage-meets-modern-farmhouse. It’s a lot of work, but I’m beyond excited to see the finished product by the end of this summer! I’ll be sharing more photos as we progress, but for now here’s a little update on where we’re at in the planning phase. You can also follow along on my Instagram page for more frequent updates and videos!

before and hopefully after

And here are my exact paint color choices: Alabaster white for the main areas & Black Magic for the trim (both by Sherwin Williams). My painter matched the colors and went with his preferred Behr paint instead.

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My painter recommended I test out Greenblack by Sherwin Williams as well, but Black Magic was just too perfect to pass up. I love that it’s not too harsh and leans more towards charcoal grey or a matte black.

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So that’s my plan for the exterior. Excited to reveal the final result very soon! Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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Rad Plaid.

My client’s home remodeling project is stalled due to a contractor snafu, and it’s given me an opportunity to day dream about future design projects. Right now I’m obsessed with black and white, and buffalo plaid is calling my name left and right! It’s everywhere: clothing, wallpaper, upholstery, curtains, flooring… you name it! Here are some of my favorite takes on this super chic, checkered print.

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A. Magnolia wallpaper

B. The DIY Mommy

C. via Pinterest

D. Studio McGee

E. The Mountain View Cottage

F. The Sartorialist

G. Althouse Restaurant

H. via Pinterest

 

 

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A Bronze Metal Finish.

So I’m in the midst of a little hardware conundrum. I’ve been on the hunt for black lighting fixtures and black hardware for a remodel project I’m designing, and I keep striking out in my search. I have my heart set on finding black schoolhouse pendants, but I can only find them with an oiled bronze or satin nickel finish. I’ve chosen bright white cabinetry and a cool grey wall color, and I just can’t reconcile using oiled bronze hardware with this combination. I love oiled bronze, but personally I feel it’s a better fit for a warm, rustic feel and a perfect match with antique whites and wooden accents. For my current project I think I’ll have to go with my 2nd best choice– satin nickel, but here is my vision for oiled bronze at its finest to keep in mind for future projects.oiled bronze

A. Kelley Designs

B. Tammy Connor Interior Design

C. Steven Gambrel Design

D. Tricia D. Atkinson

E. Fixer Upper

F. Our Vintage Home Love

G. DISC Interiors

H. Candlelight Homes

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Half-Time.

Here’s a how-to on giving a cramped half bath a splash of hotel luxury all with the click of a button. Start with a classic mosaic tile floor that sets the tone for the whole look: white with touches of matte black. If you’re tight on time and money a ready-made, chic vanity with elegant hardware can easily give your sink area a custom look. Top it off with matte black hardware and a cheeky sign and your powder room is quickly on point.easy half bath

A. Margaree 3-Light Vanity Light

B. Printable Bathroom Sign

C. Towel Ring in Mattle Black

D. Polished Chrome Wide Handle Faucet

E. Cup Pull in Matte Black

F. Metro Hex Matte White with Black Dot Mosaic Tile

G. Single Sink Bathroom Vanity

H. Square Beveled Wall Mirror

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Haute Mama.

Summer is coming in hot! With temps about to hit 100 degrees this weekend it’s got me thinking about how uncomfortable I am with showing some skin after a long, pale winter! Also, now that I’m a middle-aged mom I still want to dress hip but in an age-appropriate, flattering way. Here are some suggestions for taking a bit more modest approach to on-trend swimwear for a look that says I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!swim post

a. Watercolor Striped Cut Out 

b. Criss Cross High Waisted Bikini

c. Anne Marie Striped One-Piece

d. Brushed Stripe Keyhole Bandeau

e. ‘Algiers’ High Neck One piece

f. Scarlet High Waisted Cobalt Bikini Set

g. Shoulder-tie one piece

h. Slimming High Waist Bikini

 

 

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It’s Getting Hot in Here.

With the official start of summer only weeks away, I am jumping at the chance to move on from the rainiest year in history! I can’t wait for the return of bright colors, cutoffs, sandals and glowing skin. Here are some hot topics to help us get settled in for a rad summer.

its getting hot in here

A. Oliver Graphic Tee

B. Good Vibes Aviator Sunglasses

C. Colorblock Crochet Bikini Top  & Crochet Bikini Bottom

D. Embroidered Denim Skirt

E. Birkenstock Madrid Sandal

F. Montauk Woven Tote with Pom Pom Charms

G. Brazilliance PLUS + Self-Tanner with Mitt

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Happily Ever After.

With all this talk of us getting settled into our “forever” home, it’s got me thinking about the fun we had updating our last “starter” home. If you love a good Cinderella (dressed in yellow, literally) makeover story as much as I do, let’s take a trip down memory lane together and take a closer look at this sweet ranch-style home that we were lucky to call our own.

front of houseWe replaced the glass and gold doors with a craftsman wood door and took out the overgrown, old bushes in favor of a more symmetrical assortment of greenery to brighten up the front of the house. I placed colorful potted plants around the entryway to make it look more alive and inviting. The exterior had been freshly painted, but had we stayed longer we’d have painted it a more modern color and added some more character around the windows.

kitchenWe ditched the bold yellow paint in favor of a neutral ivory and switched to all stainless steel appliances for an instant upgrade. After painting the cabinets a charcoal grey and adding new hardware, a new faucet, and granite countertops it felt like a brand new kitchen.

family roomThis red accent wall was too aggressive, so we painted it a warm taupe and it made the room feel huge! We instantly modernized the fireplace by painting it from brass to black and by adding floor to ceiling curtains to polish up the room. Mounting a flatscreen to the wall and bringing in a sectional that was proportional to the space made the family room more functional and comfortable.

bedroomOnce again, switching to a neutral paint on all 4 walls immediately brightened, updated and visually enlarged the master bedroom. Adding neutral curtains and changing the placement of the wall art made the room look more pulled together. I styled the room in a more chic, calming palette that made a once dull, mismatched space look much more appealing.

bathroomThe outdated blue countertop and vanity were the first to go! A new vanity, better storage solutions, a brighter light fixture and a cool backsplash added character and style to this small space.

backyardWe really lucked out with our backyard because it had a covered patio, a great lawn and lots of privacy. I staged the patio furniture in a way that was better for entertaining and created a separate seating area with 2 adirondack chairs and several freshly potted plants. Every house needs a perfect spot to enjoy ‘Happy Hour!’

extra roomsI desperately wish I had more ‘before’ photos to show you the journey that we took reinventing the 4 rooms shown above. I love the way that each room has a transitional feel and a similar gray color palette. I’m outnumbered at home, so the styling is more masculine than it was way back when it was just me living alone in a dinky fashionista apartment in the city. The one thing I miss more than anything about this home is the gorgeous Carrara marble countertop that we had installed in my bathroom. It was almost like the second my marble dreams became a reality we put the house up for sale! Now with a toddler around I’m more likely to have quartz than marble in my near future. Either way it was a beautiful home, and I know that the new owner is just as happy as we were!

Hope you enjoyed the tour! All “After” photos by Travis Stanley.

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Name it to claim it.

Since we moved into our new home I’ve struggled to intermix what’s really trending right now– that whole eclectic, mid-century, funky gallery wall, hip, Instagram-worthy style– with my current decor, my own sense of style and my traditional house. I keep buying cool decor and bringing it home only to realize it just doesn’t “go.” So I decided to give myself a crash course from the masters on the secrets to successful decorating. Step 1 has been one of those things that sounds like simple common sense, but it has actually rocked my world.

First, you must define the look you want in combination with the style of home you actually have. For example: I live in a late-90’s 2-story Tudor with a grand staircase, lots of space and great natural light. We do not have an open floor plan or vaulted ceilings or many of the things that I keep pinning onto my “Dream Home” Pinterest board; hence, why I’ve hit some interior decorating snags. However, we do enjoy a nice separation of space between our family room, dining room and living room, and I hope to create a seamless flow between the look of each room. Taking this into account,  I’ve narrowed down my design preferences and have conjured up a definitive style that marries what I like with the true style of my home and the “good bones” I have to work with. I’m calling it: Classic transitional with a California-cool feel and Southwestern undertones. My color palette is neutral and earthy with calming whites and some coastal vibes. I’m into traditional symmetry, a splash of geometric, textured textiles and impactful, but minimalistic wall art. I want each room to have a cohesive, transitional feel that makes sense with not only the framework of the house but also caters to the needs of my family (including our growing toddler and energetic yellow lab).

I’ve composed some inspirational imagery to create a visual guide with which I can refer to when I’m shopping, styling and rearranging. Now I can easily tell what would and wouldn’t work in my dream space without the hassle of buying and returning. This formula I’ve created might not be perfect or foolproof, but so far it’s been tremendously helpful. I’ve been able to redesign each space with such ease, and I’m loving the immediate results. So here’s the road map for my real dream home, and now it’s time to create yours. I’d love to help you name it, claim it and reap the benefits of an inspired, beautiful home as well.

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All of my amazing sources can be found on my Pinterest page under “Dream Home.” Please check them out!

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