Style Board Series: Living Room

The living room. It’s one of the most important rooms in the house. Especially since it’s connected to the kitchen, dining room, breakfast nook and entry way. It’s called an open floor plan. And they can be tricky to design and decorate. Getting the rooms to flow together, but still have a little somthin’ somthin’ of their own is a tad tricky for me. Especially in the paint department.

I thought I had it all figured out, I really did, and then a color named gray happened. I was going to go all soft and creamy, but then I kept seeing inspirational pictures of rooms with gray paint (a faint gray color) and I’m rather enjoying it. My problem is that the kitchen is connected to the living room. And I don’t particularly want gray in the kitchen. Our cabinets are a dark chocolate color and I’m not sure how that would look with gray. Know what I mean? See my dilemma?

Here’s what I’ve came up with:

I really love it. The fun accessories, the bright pops of blue paired with the sweet hints of yellow. It’s too pretty. And cheerful! And the thought of mixing patterns and textures is completely exciting! It’s just the paint color that has become the challenge.  And not even really in the living room, but the kitchen.

Here’s what I mean:

Here’s the living room. The breakfast nook is to the top right, which is connected to the kitchen.

The kitchen, looking from the living room. It’s all one.

Sure, it’s completely possible that I just paint the wall behind the cabinets a different color. That would probably solve my problem. Seeing the cabinets in person would probably be extremely beneficial too. Fact of the matter is, I am wanting a more “seamless” look, if you will. All in good time.

Until then, feast your eyes upon these gorgeous living rooms:

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Beautiful rooms, eh? I am completely loving the look of sectionals, mixed patterns, textures and bamboo roman shades with drapery. It’s big. And I am firm believer in the saying: “Decorate with what you love”!

Source Information:

Sectional- American Furniture Warehouse

Hardwood Flooring- Home  Depot

Coffee Table- Home Decorators Collection

Wall Mirror- Amazon

Trunk- Target

White Drapes- Target

Armless Chair- Target

Grey & White Pattern Pillow- Home Decorators Collection

Aqua Pillow- Fabric Junkie Etsy Shop

Grey & White Floral Pillow- Fabric Junkie Etsy Shop

Turquoise Glass Vases- Horchow

Pattern Rug- Horchow

Swing Arm Floor Lamp- World Market Cost Plus

Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

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What about you? Has anything made you re-think you decorating ideas? Any paint color picking woes? Feel free to share!

Style Board Series: Master Patio

I can honestly say that the master patio style board has been one of the funnest to create thus far. I’ve had a difficult time choosing a couple of the items, just because there are so many awesome things to pick from. Luckily, our patio is quite large and because of that I am able to divide it into two different sections, if you will. On the side of the master bedroom I am planning on expanding the stamped concrete with stone pavers. As an added bonus to the property that we bought, the previous owner left behind a ton of stone pavers, which threw me for a loop in the beginning. I had no clue how we could reuse them, but I was adamant that we keep them. I have found a new place for several of them and I can’t wait to see how they look and “divide” the space from the rest of the patio.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

See that gorgeous pergola included in my style board? Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to have the hubby start on that project! It will totally make this space. Because the master patio will be connected to the rest of the back patio, as well as the back yard and landscaping, these projects will take the longest since we are starting from the ground up. Talk about a blank slate!

Remember this:

Can you see all of that potential? It’s definitely there!

Wanna see my inspiration? Sure thing!

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Source Information:

Fabric- Calico Corners

Aqua Fabric- Calico Corners

Rock Paver- Home Depot

Outdoor Furniture- Home Depot

Green Garden Stool- Pier One

Glass Lantern- Cost Plus World Market

Arches Lantern- Pottery Barn

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Who’s ready to see this space come together? Me too! Me too! But patience is the name of the game in this situation! Completely blank slate, remember?

Up next is the living room! Woot Woot!

Style Board Series: Master Closet

I’m pretty sure that I have closet envy. Yes, it’s possible. And yes, it’s serious. Right now the hubby and I share a small closet. He has half and I have half. Or he has a 1/3 and I have the rest. Whatever. However you look at it, we’ve crammed that baby full and the sad thing is, it’s only housing half of our winter clothes. No summerness is involved yet. Let me just say that a walk in closet will provide the much needed therapy to get me over my “wecan’tfitanotherthinginthiscloset” phobia.  Look it up, you’ll find that listed as a phobia. I’m certain.

With the house progressing (I’ll have an update on that soon. I promise.) it’s becoming a wee bit easier to visualize the finished result. It could be because we’ve basically picked all the fixtures and know how we want it to look, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I have finally made my mind up with the rooms and their style. I actually walked into several of the rooms yesterday and knew how I wanted to arrange the furniture. YES! Does this mean that I’ve finally made my mind up and chose one of the 156 decorating ideas in my head? Def, Def, Definitely!

The closet, unlike the master bathroom, has been the easiest room thus far. It’s known from the beginning how it wants to look and has even give itself the middle name of organized. It’s like the two of us were meant for each other. And because we both agree (the closet and I), we’re giving this room a fresh coat of colorful paint.

Check it out:

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Because of Pinterest, I am completely giddy over several new organizing ideas and can’t wait to implement them into my own space. Look at this smartness:

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And these closets are completely stunning and chock full of inspiration!

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The top closet image is the closest to what I’m imagining for our space. It has plenty of room to hang clothes, but the shelving storage is fabulous too. Because we’re on a budget and can’t afford to have a completely designed closet system, I’ve created a drawing for our builder to mimic. We won’t have any drawers, which is where the canvas bins come into play. Their functionality and storage space will be wonderful for housing things like socks, undies, swimsuits, cami’s, etc. Easy as pie!

Source Information:

Chandelier- Ikea

Fabric Totes- Amazon

Laundry Sorter- Amazon

Inspirational Chair- Centsational Girl

Ikat Fabric- Spoonflower

Paint Color- Benjamin Moore- Tranquility

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What have you been up to lately? Any closet revamps or remodels?

Next up we’ll have the master patio area. This is one spot I can’t wait to get to work on! Spring fever has definitely arrived in full bloom!

Style Board Series: Master Bathroom

Hey there!

I’m back with another Style Board Series Post! Today’s focus is on the master bathroom. I can’t even describe how crazily excited I am over this room. Like many aspects of our new home, I’ve never actually had a spacious master bath that has a shower and a tub. Which are separate. Know what I mean? They’ve always been combined, but not this time! We have a totally separate bathtub from the shower… It’s almost too surreal!

First, let me say that the master bathroom has been the hardest room to make decisions on. I have no idea what I ultimately want the final outcome to be. That’s kinda the problem.  There are so many different “looks” that interest me, making it hard to pick something and run with it.

Add that the master bathroom and bedroom are um… connected… and we have the second problem. They need to flow together, which means that I can’t go all uber soft, relaxing and traditional in the master bedroom and then go contemporary and bold in the master bath. They’ll conflict and possibly confuse.

With that said, I like all of the elements that I’ve put together, but it’s missing a little something, something. I’ve yet to find what that is.

Let’s look at what I’ve put together:

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Here’s my inspiration. It’s pure as gold!

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It’s all so pretty!

But, like I said before, I’m having conflicting ideas for this space. Either way it will be great, it’s just deciding on the general atmosphere of the space. We’ve actually already made some serious progress. Cabinets have been ordered, which are a dark chocolate, the tile has been picked and the lighting and faucets have been purchased. I would definitely call that progress! And it feels amazing to have those decisions out of the way! Amazing, I tell you!

Source Information:

White towels- Overstock

Tile- Home Depot

Apothecary Glass Jar Canister- Amazon

Shower Curtain- Lowes

Shower Curtain Hooks- Lowes

Vanity- Home Decorators Collection

White Tray- Amazon

Stacking Tables- Joss & Main

Vanity Light- Home Depot

Vanity Mirror- Home Depot

Faucet- Home Depot

Mirror- Home Decorators Collection

Paint Color- Benjamin Moore- First Crush

Paint Color- Restoration Hardware- Silver Sage

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So, what about you? Do you have any conflicting decorating ideas? Honestly, I’m leaning heavily to the more traditional aspect of the scale. We shall see how it comes together!

Next up is the master closet, which also happens to be connected to the master bathroom. Should pose a fun third problem. Just keeping it real!

Oh beautiful closet, how I love thee…

Style Board Series- Master Bedroom

Heya!! Happy Friday to everyone and welcome to another post in the Home Inspiration Style Board Series!

Last week we talked about the design for my future office (which I’m still loving, but have thought of more ideas) and today the focus is all about the master bedroom.

These days it’s all about a soothing environment, and since words are the best way to describe how you want a room to look, I decided to put together a little list that fits the image in my head. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Soft
  • Soothing
  • Comforting
  • Relaxing
  • Luxurious
  • Welcoming
  • Bright
  • Layered
  • Cheerful

While picking out items to match up to my descriptions, I kept seeing images of luxury hotel bedrooms pop into my head. Rooms with thick, plush, white bedding, luxury feather pillows and soft sheets paired with cozy sitting areas, proper lighting and a lush breezy patio area. It’s like the ultimate retreat!

But, I also want to add my own spin with a few pops of color and patterns. It’s what makes the world go round!

This is what I have come up with:

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I’m particularly enjoying the combination of the wingback furniture with the contemporary patterns and the contrast of the aqua and gray. It’s becoming quite the serious infatuation. I’ve also discovered something substantial about myself… I have a huge obsession with bedding! I mean, I could probably change the comforter/ duvet set daily. And that can get expensive… So I’m going with the most recent crush, which is white bedding. And white bedding is flexible. It’s a color with many friends. Plus, it looks soooooo pretty! I can’t be alone in this, right?

Take a look at these seriously gorgeous bedrooms.

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Aren’t these images stunning and oh so inspiring? I just want to soak up every single detail and add it to my memory bank! I simply can’t wait to design this room on a budget.

Here Goes!

Source Information:

Wingback Queen Bed- American Furniture Warehouse

Bedroom Chair- American Furniture Warehouse

Upholstered Storage Bench- Home Decorators

Wingback Chair- American Furniture Warehouse

Table Top Lamps- Ikea

Wicker Nightstands- Hobby Lobby, can’t find link.

White Bedding- West Elm

Teal Blanket- West Elm

Pattern Pillow- West Elm

Chevron Pillow- Etsy Shop

Aqua Pattern Pillow- Etsy Shop

Mirror- American Furniture Warehouse

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Well, what do you think of white bedding? Are you as completely obsessed as me?

Next up, we’re going to focus on the master bathroom, followed by the master patio area. It’ll be lots of fun! And inspiring. We can’t forget inspiring!

Office Inspiration & A New Series

It’s amazing the things we take advantage of. Like a home office, for instance. Before we sold our house and moved, I spent so much time in our office. Between the bills, filing and working from home time to time, my office got a lot of use. Looking back on it today, I realize that it’s the simple things in life life that make me happy. Who would have thought that filing bills would have been fun, or heaven forbid, brought me joy. But now, oh ya. I crave office organization. Something fierce, really. Living out of a suitcase isn’t for the faint of heart. And cramming an entire office into expandable pocket folders is about to make my organizing lovin’ soul go mad. Seriously.

Because I also love to spend time in the room of my future office (much like my recently admitted dining room addiction), I figured I would dedicate an entire post to a space that will get my daily use and abuse. I CAN’T WAIT TO ORGANIZE! (Sorry for screaming that at you. It slipped.)

With that idea, a new series idea popped into my head. Why not do an inspiration post for every room in the house, complete with a style board? Once we’re all moved in, I’ll compare the inspiration board to the actual room. Could be kinda fun to see how the room sways me from my original ideas and inspiration.

It’ll need a name. Let’s call it:

Totally original, I know.

Without knowing it, I already kicked off the series with my post on the dining room.

Let’s dive into the second post, my office!

Here’s the plan:

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Here are a few of my favorite inspirational photo’s.

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Because it’s basically been a year since I have been able to file a document in the right folder, let alone organize and re-organize the space like I loved to do, I really want the future office to pack a storage punch! I haven’t even unpacked a single box and I already have hives. I can only imagine how un-organized everything is, especially with documents from the last year floating between homes.

My plan is to create a soothing & cheerful space that I will enjoy spending time in. I already have a good idea of the amount of hours that I’ll need to dedicate to this room. It needs to be a happy space, one that will inspire creativity. Since it will double as a home/ part time working office and a craft/ sewing room, it needs to have plenty of storage. And labels. Lots of labels.

Here’s to the office of my dreams! Hello budget!

Source Information:

Floor Lamp- World Market

White Desk- American Furniture Warehouse

Grey Chairs- Joss & Main

Birdhouse Hooks- Pier One

Green Storage Box- Amazon

White Frames- Pier One

Poppy Picture- Ballard Designs

White Credenza- American Furniture Warehouse

Blue Damask Pillows- Joss & Main

Grass Charging Station- Amazon

Stripe Painted Curtains- DIY painted curtains- picture/ inspiration from here

Table Glass Lamp- Pier One

Collapsible Seagrass Baskets- World Market

Wire Basket- Amazon

White Office Chair- American Furniture Warehouse- Can’t find… sad day.

White Filing Cabinet- American Furniture Warehouse

Chevron Painted Rug- DIY rug- picture/ inspiration from here

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Well, what do you think? Are you as excited to see these rooms come together as I am? Heck to the yes!

The next post of the series will be about our Master Bedroom! Lots of work and researching to do before then! I better get busy.

Dining Room Inspiration

I’ve never had a formal dining room before. Sure, I’ve had the type of eating area that’s connected to the kitchen, but never a formal dining room. It’s always been something that I’ve wanted. Just the idea of having a formal dining room excites me. My husband thinks I’m weird, but I think it’s cool to have a specific room to gather and enjoy memorable times with food and family. When we were picking out our floor plan I was adamant on having a formal dining room. He wanted to turn the space into another bedroom or an office. I wasn’t sold on the idea. I mean, the space practically begged to be a dining room. Why my hubby couldn’t see that I’ll never know.

Lately I’ve been in the “Dining Room” mood. In all honesty I don’t have a clue what that means either. I just happen to love spending time in the space. It’s like it wants to get to know me. To feel me out. To make sure I’m worthy or something. I’m rather sweet on it too. And when you’re sweet on something you want to show it a little TLC. Dining rooms included. So, I created an inspiration board with all of my jumbled thoughts in one organized place. Am I positive that I will use all the items on my “board”? Heck to the no. I like everything that’s included (obviously, cause I picked it) but I just don’t know if that’s how she will want to look yet. We’re still getting acquainted. I could find something that I like better. But I had to have some sort of finished image in my head.

So far, this is what I have come up with.

I’ve already started gathering up a few of the items. The dining room table, chairs and sideboard are still waiting for me to buy them. Honestly, I would have bought them months ago, but our garage turned storage unit is filled to the brim of all of our other stuff. There’s simply no room for anything else. I’ve now reverted to praying that these items are still available when we’re ready to make the purchase. I have to ask myself if I’m feeling lucky?

Because today is dedicated to all things dining room, here are a few of my favorite inspirational pictures. They practically make my dining room lovin’ heart sing.

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See what I mean? They’re just pretty. And oh so motivating! I could stare at pictures like this for hours. All of the small details really make a huge impact.

I’m also running into a problem… it’s called “I can’t remember all of our belongings because they’ve been in a box for 9 months”. It’s kind of putting a damper on my creativity. Unpacking really will be like Christmas morning as a child, but probably cooler. If you can even image that.

See below for the source list details on my inspiration board.

-Dining Room light: Home Depot

-Dining Room Table- American Furniture Warehouse

-Sideboard: American Furniture Warehouse

-Wicker Chairs: Pottery Barn

-Drapes: Ballard Designs

-Rug: Ikea

-Wall Sconces: Ikea

-Silver Leaf Lamp: DIY from Goodwill Lamp (tutorial coming) Image from Centsational Girl

-Glass Cloche: Can’t remember… My bad!

-Fabric: Habitat by Michele D’Amore

I can’t wait to see how this room comes together. I’m sure it will be better than I could have ever imagined!

Inspiring Inspiration

Inspiration can be found in many different places. The internet, Pinterest, magazines, books, etc. are all terrific places to find a variety of images that will motivate and inspire. This may be shocking news, but building a new home requires hours and hours of searching for inspiration. The amount of decisions that are required throughout the entire process can be a tad overwhelming at times. I’ve probably looked at our contractor at least a dozen times throughout the building process with a bewildered “deer in the headlight” sort of look. If  your anything like me, quick decisions don’t work. And you have to see visual images. Sure, I can picture in my head how things will look, but seeing a picture of the finished product is way better. I’m a visual kind of gal. Especially when every decision in the building process will lead to the outcome of your future home of 30- 40 + years. With that said, I think it’s absolutely imperative to search and search some more for home and room inspiration.

My favorite source for inspiration is definitely Pinterest. If you’re unfamiliar, you really must take a look around. It offers an amazing amount and variety of inspiration. From recipes to photography to home inspiration, Pinterest ensures a certain level of satisfaction. Some of my favorite inspiring images are:

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Pretty Incredible right?

There are so many wonderful pictures all with great inspiration for decorating, organizing, crafting, cooking, etc. I can’t even express my love for Pinterest. And probably the best part: all of these glorious images are in one place. ONE place! No more bookmarking a page or saving it to your desktop! YES! Oh so organized!

It’s made the process of building and designing a home so much easier! Absolutely Brilliant! And seriously addicting!

Check it out! But be ready to spend about 48 hours straight pinning awesome images. Who needs sleep?

But seriously, consider this a fair warning!