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image credit: interior design by Tobi Fairley
Monika is sharing a full tour of her gorgeous home this week, which you can check out on her blog!
The grey patterned pillow is available here.
photography by Tracey Ayton
Whenever I pick up an issue of InStyle Magazine, I always first flip to the back for the Life Etc. section. Any of you guys do that as well? I get excited when they feature something related to interior design, as was the case in this month’s issue which gave us a look inside Naya Rivera’s beautiful hillside home designed by Angelo Surmelis. I love that it is so light, open and airy, and incorporates a harmonious mix of traditional and modern:
photography by Dean Kaufman for Instyle Magazine
Summery classic blue and white is one of my favorite combos. If you love these spaces, check out my post from earlier today on La Dolce Vita for more inspiration and a round-up of pieces to create the look.
image sources: 1 – Mary McDonald; 2 – Schumacher; 3 – Architectural Digest; 4 - Serena and Lily; 5 – Architectural Digest; 6 – via Cote de Texas; 7 – Tory Burch; 8-original source unknown, found here; 9 – design by Victoria Hagan, photo by Michael Mundy, via Elle Decor
I’m excited to be heading out tomorrow morning for a little weekend getaway with my husband for our 8 year anniversary of being together. It will be the first weekend in awhile in which I’ll truly be taking two full days off (no laptop to sneak in an hour of work here and there). We’ll be touring the Hearst Castle and exploring the nearby surroundings. From what I hear, it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ll probably be instagramming a few photos in case you want to follow me along!
Have a great one!
This long weekend, I’m excited to put together our bedroom. Here’s what I have planned for the decor:
As much as I’d love to get everything new, we aren’t starting from scratch – the majority of items are carried over from our previous apartment. The rug we previously had in our old bedroom, and the side tables and lamps are the ones we previously had in our old living room.
The main things that will make this bedroom look different than our last, will be the paint color and the bedding – both of which I think make a significant impact. For the wall color, we went with navy on the the two main walls, and a light grey on other two walls to keep it from feeling too dark. As for the bedding we’ve chosen a beautiful grey border duvet from Crane and Canopy and two new decorative pillows from my shop. I’ll be posting peeks on Instagram – I hope you’ll follow along!
When I first saw this photo at a quick glance, I thought, what a pretty kitchen with such a lovely view. Upon looking at it more closely though, I realized that what was above the stove was actually a large framed photograph giving the illusion of a window. Such a smart and creative idea for making a small space feel brighter, more spacious and serene.
image credit: Melissa Kaseman
Most of the big stuff is in place in our living room (mostly carried over from our last home) but I’m still deciding on the details – that is, what new accessories I want to bring in and how I want to style them. So I’ve been collecting inspiration and in the process have found these beautiful spaces:
Love the color palette…and how insane is that headboard?
Cozy – blue and white
Mini fig leaf!
Diggin’ the pop of blue pattern
Deborah Needleman’s living room has always been one of my favorites
love that blue ikat chair
Image sources: 1- designed by tom scheerer, 2- found via bhg, 3- original source unknown, 4- elle decor, 5- photography by melanie acevedo, 6- designed by jill litner kaplan, 7- jauregui architect
Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita with a post on decorating with the colors sea mist and greige. Read the full post here.
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa - Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows - Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork - commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman - Target, round gold mirrored tray - World Market, large white tray - West Elm, coasters - Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug - Overstock, sunburst mirror - Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps - Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit - Ikea - customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box - Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light - Lamps Plus, white round tulip table - Ikea, clear acrylic chairs - Ikea, gold flatware - West Elm, black and white placemats - Serena and Lily, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps - Ikea, white duvet cover - Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set - BlissLiving Home, pillows - Arianna Belle, silver frames - Target, patterned fabric boxes - Blissliving Home, white shag rug - Rugs USA, benches - Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors - Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow - Arianna Belle, shelving unit - Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror - Target, artwork - Parima Studio, turquoise binders - Office Depot, orange tray - West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun