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.

dream home

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

Hair Do.

As someone who is perpetually discontent with their current hairstyle (see exhibit A), I am always on the lookout for the latest hair trends. Current mood: the modern shag! It’s a little bit of everything: bangs, layers, but still a longer length in back. It’s like a super chic mullet, if you will. To style you could probably just spritz on some texturizing spray and head out the door. While I sit and ponder why the grass is always greener, check out these shagadellic do’s from my favorite stylists.

shaggy layers

a. Anh Cotran is the hairstylist of my dreams. Follow him on Insta immediately!

b. & f. Sal Salcedo is the master of the modern shag (and much more)!

c. Thomas Taft says life is too short to have boring hair. Can I get an Amen?

d. Stephanie Lieblich works magic on curls!

e. Tim Duenas has that ‘cool girl from L.A.’ look on lock.

Fresh Air.

There is too much fashion goodness happening right now to wait any longer for a weekly fashion recap! To see the 6 best-dressed collaged together makes me realize that right now we need to embrace volume. My eyes, and frankly my soul, just can’t take looking at one more cut-out dress. To see designers adding to the silhouette, instead of literally taking away, is breathing life back into fashion. Trends are cyclical, and I hope that embracing bold shapes (instead of just showing off skinny bodies) is here to stay for awhile. Let’s all breathe in a collective sigh of relief and enjoy the following style success stories.

 

*PREMIUM-EXCLUSIVE* Michelle Obama goes sightseeing in MontalcinoMichelle Obama’s Tuscan tourist style is so fashion-forward. There are many more chic outfits you must see from her trip because this pink top by Teija is just an appetizer.  celine dion dress 1Celine Dion killed it in this Stephane Rolland dress at the Billboard Music Awards. I love how edgy her style has become over the past year. Her stylist Law Roach pushes the boundaries and this time it paid off.

giovanna battagliaGiovanna Engelbert is still holding it down as the darling of the high fashion scene. I will always bow down to bat_gio.

beyonceThe Queen B continues to showcase her flawless, cool style on Instagram. ‘Nuff said.

kendall jenner cannesKendall Jenner super-modeled this Giambattista Valli mini-gown to perfection at the Cannes Film Festival. Granted she is a model, but she still deserves all the credit for wearing this dress (and not letting it wear her). Indulge in more Cannes-do’s here.

stacy londonMan Repeller flipped the script and gave style-guru Stacy London a makeover. The results are incredible. She looks fresh, young and cool. Sign me up for one too!

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the remainder of this week!

Pinterested.

So I have 99 problems, and here are 2 of them: not enough dollar bills and a bare naked wall that greets me every time I walk in the front door. It’s a terrible combination for a woman who’s obsessed with interior design; however, thanks to Pinterest, a walk in the woods and $17 worth of yarn my worries are no longer! I don’t often DIY anything, but this was so easy and fun. Follow along for a peak at my process!wall hanging post 4 yarnswall hanging post cut each piecewall hanging post hanging branchwoven wall hanging knotswall hanging good startadd in 2 colorsmasking tapeso many knotsmade it to the other sidevoilafinal photo wall hanging

Mission accomplished. Now it’s your turn!

Tangled Up In Blue.

One thing I love about my husband is that he has great, unfussy, consistent style in everything; however, his classic sensibilities are a huge buzzkill for my trendy, hipster compulsions. If it was all up to me our house would currently be covered in shiplap, wallpaper & barn doors (all of which repulse him). In our new home we have the exciting opportunity to give our kitchen a face lift. We agree on most everything thus far, but again he won’t budge on any trendy design choices. So file the following under one more amazing trend that will never be in my home: navy blue cabinetry (especially with gold hardware)! I feel it is my duty to pass on this inspiration so that I can live vicariously through someone else who’s willing to take this risk! Enjoy a slice of my blue heaven and onto the next trend I shall go…

navy cabinetry

A. Kitchen by deVol Kitchens

B. Bathroom by Kirsten Marie

C. Laundry Room by Brepurposed

D. Kitchen by Wendy Word Design

E. Office by Studio McGee

F. Kitchen Cabinetry by Charlie Kingham

G. Kitchen by Stone Textile

H. Laundry Room by Studio McGee

I. Kitchen by Nicole Franzen

Heavily Armed.

With warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to think about what we’ll be wearing once puffy coats are no longer required. Celebrate the changing seasons by embracing your inner Carmen Miranda in a power sleeve blouse! Here are my favorites with a modern take on this frilly silhouette. Take your pick and let’s go Chica Chica Boom Chic!

a. Wide Open Neck with Puffy Sleeves Top, ZARA

b. Crop Gingham Jacket, Topshop

c. Ruffle One-Shoulder Blouse, Vince Camuto

d. Pink Top with Pearl Buttons, ZARA

e. Embroidered Flounce Shirt, ZARA

f. Top with Tiered Sleeves, H&M

g. Blue Blouse with Frills, ZARA

h. ‘So Obvious’ Solid Top, Free People

i. Gingham Top With Sleeve Detail, Free People

j. Floral Mess Yoke Blouse, Vince Camuto

k. Eyelet Layer Sleeve Tshirt, Topshop

l. Blue Off the Shoulder Top, ZARA

 

 

Black Magic.

black is the new black

During a recent episode of OMG I need to demo my house and buy all-new-everything Fixer Upper, it dawned on me that what’s really missing from my home is some more industrial touches of black iron. Whether it be in a light fixture, a picture frame, a railing or kitchen hardware, it’s time to mix in some matte black elements in with my bright whites. Here is some inspo conjured up from my lightbulb moment to help you also get back to black. The bottom line: In small doses, matte black is the new black. Time to bust out the spray paint. Thanks as always, Joanna Gaines!

a: Amber Interiors

b, c, e & i: Magnolia Market Blog (Fixer Upper)

f: Becki Owens

g: Liz Marie Blog

h: Lexi Grace

Slip & Slide.

jeans and slides inspo

Getting dressed just got easier! As we head into spring, the perfect transitional ensemble is one that’s quite easy to master. Step 1: slip into a pair of cool, cropped jeans. Step 2: put on some chic slides. Voila! Love the look but can’t afford the Gucci version? No worries, I have a plan! For further instructions, see the following guide:

style trial jeans and slides

a. BCBGeneration ‘Lori’
b. Vince Union Slouch
c. Aldo ‘Adeinia’
d. Steven ‘Fume’
e. AG ‘Phoebe’ Vintage Patchwork Jean
f. Birkenstock ‘Boston’
g. 7 For All Mankind Cropped Bootcut Jean
h. Rag & Bone High-Waist Flare Cropped Jeans
i. Steven ‘Razzi’
j. Hudson ‘Mia’ Crop Flare Jeans
k. Dolce Vita ‘Baz’
l. Louise et Cie ‘Finay’
m. Chiara Ferragni X Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans
n. Steven ‘Ferrin’

 

 

Fresh Perspective.

Now that spring has sprung, I can’t help but crave a fresh start on my surroundings. If you are also looking to hit the reset button on your living space, check out these modern quick fixes that will instantly update any room. If you’re hibernating to avoid the April showers, these on-trend and affordable pieces will update your interiors and provide a chic indoor view.

Happy home Styling!

style trial spring interior

[1] These Framed abstract blue prints 2-pack are a perfectly balanced pair and so cool.

[2] These mudcloth-inspired throw pillows available here and here are so neutral yet they provide the perfect amount of ‘pop’ when tossed onto a sofa.

[3] This mid-century inspired plant stand is a fraction of the cost of the real deal. I got sucked into a black hole of DIY versions, and it would be a lot easier to just buy this pot instead.

[4] This vintage wool kilim runner adds texture and exudes all the bohemian feels.

[5] J.K. Adams Chopping Board  [6] Rachel Ray Chopping Board. Add a rustic touch to your kitchen and keep these chic cutting boards propped up on display.

[7] I love to mix in metals. Can’t go wrong with this gold mid-century tripod lamp.

 

Oh baby.

Photo by Shannon Hager.

{ Photo by Shannon Hager }

I have the best excuse ever for yet another delay in posts! My husband and I both survived 40 weeks of me complaining about being tired/more tired/most tired and pulling a total Princess Kate before the arrival of our baby bundle of joy!

One thing I was capable of doing (in between sprints to the bathroom) was search endlessly for nursery inspiration online. Woah, baby. There is another world of high society nurseries that are the most chic spaces I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t wait to piece together my own more attainable version.  I skipped posh/kinda boring mainstream staples like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn Kids** and got creative with an IKEA dresser and a gently used rocker from a bestie. I found Etsy to be both friend and foe with their organic, on-trend baby everything so I basically favorited everything and then got super overwhelmed and purchased next to nothing. My biggest nursery styling challenge was finding the perfect statement art to go above the crib. Oversized paintings and prints either cost a bajillion dollars or don’t exist… then I finally discovered printed tapestries and BOOM total game changer! Also, I camouflaged necessities like wipes, diapers and hand sanitizer in cute storage bins and trays from The Mother Ship that is Home Goods.

By the time we brought baby home I was confident I had curated a space that was calm, clean, well-lit and blended with the decor in the rest of our home. I knew the room would  promptly become cluttered up with all of the functional stuff, but that’s another story. Baby steps…

{ Ice, Ice Baby }

1. Society6 Alaska Wilderness Tapestry by Leah Flores

2. Z Gallerie Ram Head

3. Southwestern Baja Blanket

4. Delta Children ‘Manhattan’ 3-in-1 Crib

5. Meraki And Co. Ombre Mobile

6. IKEA Faux Sheepskin Rug

7. Magical Thinking Southwestern Rug

** Update: a Labor Day sale meant a style splurge on the Zachary Collection, obvs.