When you enter Sheri and Travis's house, you are greeted with a formal dining room and a hallway that leads to the kitchen and family room. Sheri wanted to make the formal dining room into a sitting area, a place where she can sit and enjoy her coffee in the morning and her wine at night. Their sweet little dog likes to hang out in here too. So, course we needed to make it a cozy spot.
It's not a large space, but big enough to fit a small sectional (that was the only requirement--the sofa had to stay). The light was way too big, and the space was basically being used as a place for unwanted furniture. The floors were beautiful and the window let in tons of natural light. I knew we could transform this room into the dream space it was intended to be.
Here is the Before.
And here is After.
After talking with Sheri and listening to what she liked, I went back to my office (AKA the kitchen counter at my house) and began putting together an idea board. I started with the rug, then pillow, coffee table, drapes, etc. After a little while the room starts to come together on its own. One night a few days later I woke up in the middle of the night and whispered (to no one) "we need to paint the back wall navy blue.
And so we did. And we also moved to sofa to back wall because it made more sense.
I wanted to incorporate some earthy, Texas elements, so that's where the print and antlers came into play.
And look at that chandelier! I love the modern industrial look of it.
Side wall Before and After
Sheri already owned the burled wood chest and wanted to keep it to store games and books and other things you don't necessarily want to leave out.
The entry was an easy fix. Sheri and Travis already had this gorgeous orange chinoiserie table they bought locally. It just needed some styling and accessories and it was good to go!
Entryway Before and After
I love this shot!
The only thing missing from the room is a lamp that showed up with a bent lampshade, and a chair that is apparently backordered forever.
We are moving on to Phase 2, the kitchen and dining area. The fun continues!
Here are the links to the products/accessories:
Round Mirror: CB2
White Lamps: West Elm
Basket: West Elm
Rug in Entry: Anthropologie
Folding Chair in Entry: Anthropologie
Cactus Artwork: Society6
Throw Blanket on Sofa: CB2
Black and White Longhorn Print: CC & Mike
Large Rug in Sitting Room: AllModern
Coffee Table: Wisteria
Drapes and Hardware in Sitting Room: West Elm
Drum Side Table: Target
Faux Sheepskin Rug: Wayfair
If you have any specific questions about the space or anything you see here, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Thank you, Sheri and Travis, for trusting me! Now let's go spend some more of your money.
A question I get a lot is How Do You Know What to Put on Shelves?
I admit, at first it can't be a daunting, seemingly impossible task. It might even cause you to panic. But don't. It's easier than you think to put together a fabulous photo-worthy bookshelf.
First. You need books. Because what is a bookshelf without them? Just another shelf. The books can be about anything, but it would be nice if they reflected your personality. Books on travel, historical figures, interior design, artists, musicians, great places to visit...and so on. A good resource for finding books to style with are garage sales and used bookstores. Remember to shop your house too! Who knows what treasures await you.
Here is a bookshelf I recently styled. I started off with a few books on each shelf.
Then I added ceramic vase as a bookend, and a small vase and a glass bird. I used a teapot and three espresso cups on the next shelf, along with a vintage jar and some vases from Guatemala. On the bottom shelf I found a bowl, added some lemons I bought at Target, and some vintage decanters that were my grandparents. My son made the turtle and cat sculptures. Of course I'm going to use those!
Lastly, I added greenery. Whether it's real or fake, use it. It adds texture and dimension to the shelves, and really makes it feel finished. Plants also make the space feel more organic.
Need more inspiration? Check out these other shelf styling projects. No two are alike, and I think that's what makes them so fun to do.
Now get out there and style those shelves!
When Valerie hired me last month to help her with a few home design projects, I was excited to see she had made a couple of great starts. The walls were freshly painted and the flooring was new--a wood tile laid in a herringbone pattern. It is light and modern and the perfect neutral anchor for the dining room and kitchen. She has orange and white trellis wallpaper from Thibaut in the front entry way. It's the first thing you see when you enter her home. I immediately thought, this is great, but it needs to make sense. I knew then we would need to carry over the orange into the dining room, which is to the right of the entry.
In the dining room Valerie had a square table that was beautiful, but not the right shape for the narrow space. She wanted to keep the chandelier and the painting. Valerie loves color and the beach, so it became important to find a way to incorporate both of those elements. I liked the sideboard so I kept it in the design.
When I began working on the design, I chose a colorful bold rug from Rugs USA--it has orange and hot pink and black and blue--almost like the most beautiful coral reef you've ever seen. The table, from AllModern, has a live edge with a simple metal base. The shell chairs in white were the perfect complement, plus they're super comfortable and affordable. I wanted something beachy for the hostess chairs, so I went with the Shore Dining Chairs from Serena & Lily. The cushions were white and I wanted to elevate them just a bit, so I chose an orange and white buffalo check fabric to reupholster them in. We finished the chairs with the hot pink with orange Eva tassel pillows, also from Serena & Lily.
From there it was just the little things. We added new orange lamps, vases and succulents from West Elm, a gorgeous print from Juniper Briggs, and table-top accessories like place mats, chargers, plates, napkins, and a bowl full of oranges. The white chairs on either side of the sideboard were Valerie's old dining chairs, so we kept them and added black and white pillows from World Market. We bought white drapes from IKEA and added a fun orange and pink trim tape from Duralee. Do you love those gold sea urchin looking thingys on top of each plate? I do, and I found them at Hobby Lobby. They're meant to hang on the wall, but they're a great addition to a beach-themed dining room.
I have to brag on Valerie for a minute. She's an artist and painter, and I found this piece hiding in her bedroom. I immediately pointed out that it fit into the design and WE HAD TO USE IT. It's an old, heavy table top, so we just leaned it against the opposite wall and added a mid-century turned leg planter from West Elm next to it. I think it's AMAZING. I told her if she didn't want to keep the painting I would happily take it home with me. I think it's staying right here.
Now when you walk in the front door, you see this fun and funky and COLORFUL earthy space and you think, I could totally hang out in here. Now pass the wine!
This was such a fun project and now we're moving on to the living room! Updates on Valerie's house coming soon.
Place mats: Serena & Lily
Table runner: World Market
Charger plates: Hobby Lobby
Salad plates: Anthropologie
Pink bowl (with oranges): Anthropologie
Shell chairs: AllModern
Black & White tray (on sideboard): Aelfie
Vases and turquoise bowl: West Elm
I've never been one to carry a briefcase or laptop bag. I mean I have, but it didn't excite me. Up to now, a laptop bag has been purely utilitarian--something I needed, but not necessarily loved.
Then last weekend at the Dallas Farmers Market I met Caroline with VerverWerks.
I noticed the bags right away and was immediately drawn to the colorful straps and fabric inside the bag. After talking with Caroline (who is adorable, by the way) I told her I had never seen anything like this before. She went on to explain that she started designing and making messenger bags and cross body bags after spending time in South America and appreciating the local culture and textile handicrafts. She wondered how she could incorporate the craft into every day use. This is what she came up with. I love that you're able to mix and match straps with bags, and add fun bag charms. You should probably stop reading right now and go to her website to get the full picture, but come right back because I have exciting news at the end of this post.
Long story short, I fell in love with Caroline and her story and her spirit right away, and the bags are MAGNIFICENT.
Each bag comes with two (TWO) straps--one patterned, colorful one, and a solid leather one. This way, if you need to seem more professional or you're not in the mood for pattern, you have options. My thought is HOW COULD YOU NOT BE IN THE MOOD FOR PATTERN, AM I RIGHT?
Options, you have them.
Now I'm teaming up with Caroline and VerverWerks to offer you an amazing deal AND a chance to win a mini bag of your choice. Through February 28th you can get a 10% discount on anything on her site (except for custom-made bags) if you use the code FRIENDS10. And if you click on the tab on her website that says SG Design you can enter to WIN A FREE BAG. You seriously need to stop what you're doing and enter the contest. And also tell your friends. If you happen to be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area you should go by her booth at the Dallas Farmers Market. Tell her Shauna sent you. You'll love her and her story and her bags as much as I do.
Don't forget THE DISCOUNT CODE FRIENDS10 and click on the form to ENTER TO WIN A FREE MINI BAG!
I don't know about you, but I love the beginning of each new year.
I make all kinds of promises to myself...I'll eat better and lose the love handles (even though I've grown quite attached to them!), I'll read more books, I'll purge my closet, and on and on. The feelings last about halfway through January and then I'm pretty much back to my old ways. I would be a terrible motivational speaker.
One thing I especially love about the new year is learning about the new trends in home design, decor, and fashion. Okay, if I'm honest, I'm more home fashionable than I am clothes fashionable. In fact, my husband is way more stylish than me. He's one of those guys who can go into a store and try on jeans and a shirt and jacket and you would swear they used his exact measurements to make the clothes. It's quite disgusting. I'm the opposite to shop for--a disaster! Nothing fits quite like it's supposed to and everything has to be hemmed. This is not at all what shopping is like for Jeff.
So when JORD reached out to me and said, "hey, we want to send your husband a watch," I was like, "of course you do, he will look AMAZING in one of your watches."
Seriously, you guys, he's a stud.
I love this watch so much. It's this dark, rich ebony wood with the coolest turqouise face. It's from their Sawyer collection. It's crazy hot. Jeff loves it too. He didn't want to take it off for me to photograph, but I promised to give it right back.
You probably don't want to hear this yet because we all just got through Christmas, but Valentine's Day is next month. Don't you think your boyfriend, spouse, dad, brother, neighbor would love a watch like this? Well, maybe not your neighbor. I mean, yes, he would like it, but why are you buying your neighbor a watch for Valentine's Day? Is your neighbor Ryan Gosling? Because then I would totally understand.
Anyway...a watch from JORD is EXACTLY what the man in your life needs. Seriously.
The best part of this whole post is that I've teamed up with JORD to offer you a discount. All you have to do is fill out this entry form for a chance to win $100 gift code on the JORD site. One person will win the $100 gift code, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25.00 at the end of the contest!
Go on over to the JORD website and check out their AMAZING watches. They have women's watches too. You will love them, I promise.
Happy New Year
I can't believe there are only a few days left until Christmas.
How's your shopping list going? Are you finished buying gifts? Are you one of those people who waits until the very last possible second? Are you stumped on what to get the women in your life?
Fear not, my friends.
I have scoured the internet and come up with nine fabulous gifts. And the best part? They are each under $100.
Let's get started.
These Roar & Rabbit pots from West Elm are super cute. $12-$19
I'm totally digging this beanie from Anthropologie. It comes in this yummy orange color, plus navy and teal. Don't you love the pompom on top? $38
My daughter, Riley, first turned me on to this mascara from Too faced. It's called Better Than Sex and well, I kind of agree. Kind of. It's fabulous and goes on so smoothly. Totally worth $23.00
There's this artist I love named Leslee Mitchell. She does this whole series of Matchbox Cars that I find suprisingly thrilling and beautiful. My son, Ethan, loves that I'm obsessed with photos of Matchbox cars. I've already bought one and asked for another for Christmas. I hope Santa got my letter! Unframed 11x14, $75.00
These hobnail glasses from Anthropologie really caught my attention. I think I'm weird but every time I see them I think of a porcupine. Am I losing my mind? Anyway, the white one is my favorite but you can't go wrong with any of them. $12 each
How cute is this inital necklace from Kate Spade?! I just love its simplicity. It's so delicate and charming too. On the back it reads One in a Million. Isn't that the truth? So cute. $58
This papier mache love bird from Stray Dog Designs is probably the most adorable thing I've ever seen. There are oodles of colors to choose from and it would make the perfect statement on your bookshelf or coffee table. Only $38
You know record players are back in style, right? They are better than ever too. Time to get your old record collection out of the attic. Are you ready to rock to Fleetwood Mac or Foreigner on this bad boy from Urban Outfitters? ONLY $99!
Another favorite thing from Anthropologie. This super fuzzy soft throw blanket is calling my name. Look at it. You know you want to cuddle up in this thing. $98
And there you have it! But wait! You want a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card towards one of your favorite things? Leave a comment telling Santa what you want for Christmas. One lucky person will be selected at random and WIN A $50 VISA GIFT CARD. Contest ends Friday, December 16, at 6PM central. The winner will be contacted via email.
Good luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I can't believe it's the holiday season already. It seems this year has disappeared in the blink of an eye. It's also our second Christmas in our forever house. Time goes by so quickly the older I get. There are still kids living at home, and now the addition of two grandchildren. They love the house at Christmastime. I could lie and say I do it for them, but we all know the truth.
I love decorating for Christmas. It's safe to say I go WAY OVERBOARD with the holiday decor. And while I don't decorate every square inch of the house, I seem to add a space or a room every year. We need a storage unit just to house all the decorations. I wish I was joking. So does Jeff. He's a good sport though. He puts up with the 3-day green and red tornado that takes over the house while I try and decide what goes where.
Bringing in bin after bin after bin is overwhelming. I start unwrapping everything and have no idea where to start. I feel my chest tighten as I begin to breathe rapidly to point of almost hyperventilating. Once I place that first ceramic Santa Clause on the shelf I seem to calm down a bit. Something happens shortly after that--I go into a weird elf-like trance--and six hours later I stand back and see a house transformed to a sort of Santa's Workshop.
Want the tour?
And that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our Holiday Home. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I hope your holidays are filled with abundant JOY.
When we built our house it seemed like every room made a colorful statement that screamed BAM! The only room in our entire house (well, except maybe Jeff's office--it's mostly brown) that didn't look like I scribbled it with a bag of melted Skittles was our master bathroom. I loved its calmness. I loved that it was white. It felt good and it looked even better.
So why did I recently feel like scrapping it and making it over?
There was nothing wrong with it. I think the problem was me. I love taking a perfectly good space and kicking it up a notch. It's a modern, more chic version of insanity.
I thought about adding Moroccan tile to the walls surrounding the tub, but was quickly freaked out by the cost and the intensive labor to rip down sheetrock and add hardie board. It was Jeff who suggested I find a wallpaper I loved instead. Then our wires got crossed a little. When he went out of town on business I had the entire room prepped for wallpaper. When he returned home he told me he thought I was only wallpapering around the tub. Oops. Too late, babe, we're DOING IT ALL. He mumbled something under his breath and I reminded him it was his idea in the first place.
I fell in love with the Otomi-inspired wallpaper on the Hygge & West website. It is amazing and I knew the second I saw it I HAD TO HAVE IT.
The day of the installation I was confident, yet nervous about my selection. It's a busy pattern, y'all. But after the first roll went up, I knew it was a home run.
And you won't believe how much it changed the look of the room. It's UNBELIEVABLE.
Doesn't it make you want to cry?! Seriously, I can't stay out of here. It's so pretty.
Besides adding wallpaper, I changed out the chandelier to a more modern one from West Elm.
The round rug is from Serena & Lily.
The table next to the tub and the smaller round mirrors are from Urban Outfitters.
The sheepskin vanity stool is from CB2.
The large round mirror is from Hobby Lobby.
The basket next to the tub is from Target.
The two black and white abstract paintings I made myself, both for under $100.
I'm so happy with the transformation. I love my bathroom more than I did before, even though I didn't know that was possible. And surprisingly, Jeff likes it too. He's not sure about the addition of all the gold. He told me gold was out of style. I guess I need to let him in on the secret.
At the top of the stairs we have a landing spot that plays host to a large bookcase and seating area. The bookcase is monstrous and traditional. I use it to house all my many books and some of my favorite framed photos.
Side note about hard-bound books versus e-readers. I prefer books. I love the smell of the paper and the sound it makes when you first crack it open. I love turning the pages and the weight of it in my hands. Call me old-fashioned, but it's still the way I roll. E-readers are great for traveling (my carry on bag can get pretty heavy if I have more than one book in it!) but for the most part I don't use one.
When we first moved in a year ago the room looked like this.
I loved the general idea of the space. It's a great place to read put together a puzzle. The Moroccan rug was soft and shaggy, but it shed like crazy. I can't tell you how many times it clogged up the vacuum cleaner. The two leopard print chairs were OK, but I kind of felt like they were put there because I had nowhere else to put them. The reproduction Barcelona chairs are two of my very favorite things. They're not going anywhere.
It wasn't until I was looking online for chairs for a client that I found my next newest favorite thing. It's a settee from Wisteria and it's TO DIE FOR.
I had to have it, so I immediately sold everything in the space (except for the Barcelona chairs, of course). Seriously, I'm one of those people who obsesses over something to the point of losing sleep.
After deciding on the settee the rest of the room fell into shape. I found the red/hot pink rug at Rugs USA. The faux animal hide is from Wayfair. The waterfall coffee table is also from Wisteria, and the accessories and side table are from West Elm.
Here is how the room looks now. Yes, that's a phone booth in the background. It's a reproduction that we bought several years ago. It's a great conversation piece.
See that artwork? It was painted by yours truly. I wanted another red element in the room to balance out the Otomi prints, the chandelier, and the rug. Speaking of the four framed Otomi prints. It was originally a table runner that I cut and framed. I love repurposing things I already have into something new.
Overall, the room before was fine, but now? It's totally RAD-diculous.
When we moved into our house I had a general idea how I wanted the guest/college kid room to look. Neural walls, Moroccan rug, white bedding, fun curtains, colorful side tables.
It looked like this.
Cute enough, right? The drapes and rug are from Anthropologie, the side tables are from Wisteria, the lamps are from West Elm, and the mid-century chest was my grandparents. Side note: the college kids think the chest is ugly and dated, but I highly disagree. I love this piece so much and well, they can go back to school for all I care.
Getting back to the room. It's cute, but it's nothing to put on the cover of a magazine.
After a few months I realized white bedding with guests and pets and all that entails wasn't going to cut it. I found a gorgeous Indian Sari-inspired duvet cover at Pottery Barn.
Next up, I replaced the deer head above the bed with a fabulous mid-century mirror that was in my grandparents' house. Upon further investigation it was discovered to be a piece by the late Sebet Silverman. Super cool.
The adjacent wall was a big, blank canvas. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and came up with a pretty fun and whimsical gallery.
I had a couple of paintings from my grandparents' house to hang, but wasn't sure where to put them until a few days ago. The guest room needed something to give it the WOW factor I'd been missing. I was inspired when I realized the paintings would look great in there. Plus, I really wanted the TV to disappear off the wall. What better way to make something go away than to attract attention elsewhere? That snowballed into me re-painting the red mirror with black milk paint, and adding books and accessories to the top of the chest, plus new knobs. Instead of one long pull I opted for single pulls. I love the way the room turned out.
Did you notice the jar of Gummi Bears? I keep jars of candy throughout the house. That's what makes me Fun Mom.
I think the room turned out great. It doesn't take much to completely transform a ho-hum space into a showstopper. It's eclectic with a bohemian vibe, kind of like me.