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We were shopping the last day of the Anthropologie Extra 40% off Clearance Sale, and well, there's just too much great stuff to not share. Amazing rugs, fun decor for your home and some super cute gifts that might make you start your Christmas shopping early. I know, right? We say that every year, but THIS year, it's for real. Act quick, sale ends 7/29!! Oh, and FYI, extra discount doesn't apply to furniture.
You know that place you love to go to have a glass of wine with your friends? It has a relaxing vibe, eclectic decor that is totally different than you home, furniture that is both chic and comfortable and has neither cup holders or queso stains from last year's Super Bowl. Well, one of our recent clients wanted one of those exact kind of spaces in her own home to entertain, lounge and well, just be a grown up! Since her formal dining room was not frequently used, we transformed it in to a chic lounge that rivals the swankiest of hotel bars. "Waiter, another prosecco, please!"
Even though there was decent natural light coming in to the room, it was sucked up by the dark walls and ceiling. By replacing the wallpaper and painting the ceiling, we immediately brightened up the room.
Pale gray club chairs from Wayfair form the main seating area. We added mirrored panels from Wisteria on wall opposite the window to reflect the light and make the room even brighter.
We used a deep cobalt blue as an accent color on the neutral palette with this lacquered sideboard from All Modern. The Pottery Barn drapes are customized with the addition of a blue Greek key design tape and our favorite DIY dot painting also adds blue accents. Artwork over sideboard is from Virginia artist Juniper Briggs.
I think this girl has found her happy place. What about you? Do you have a space in your home that needs a refresh? We'd love to help you create your own happy place. Contact us for more info.
We were shopping for counter stools for a couple clients last week and well, Shauna hit the mother load. In many cases, we keep files of our favorite pieces and they hang out in the folder waiting for the perfect project. But since there were multiple clients we were looking for, she started the shopping from scratch. And well, after an hour or so she had found so many great bar and counter stool options we just had to share them with you. Most of these are available in both bar and counter height so can work in any kitchen, and a few of them are a super deal in a set of 2. Happy shopping!
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Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about Back to School? If you have a new college kid, know that even with our cool closet hacks, all of their stuff will not fit in the closet. Or in the drawers. If they are anything like my kid, half the stuff they take to school they will never wear but good luck convincing them not to take all 37 pairs of shoes. We've put together some of our favorite dorm room hacks as well as dorm essentials that will make your student's life a bit easier, and maybe even more organized.
Dorm Room Essentials
Modular, stackable drawers can be configured in multiple ways and are easier to move in and out than one big unit. When roomie keeps the lights on until the wee hours, a sleep mask with earplugs will be a lifesaver. There are a thousand laundry hampers out there but we've found that one that can both store AND transport laundry is the most convenient. Speaking of too many shoes, this over the door shoe storage bag holds more shoes than any we've found. And it's way better than the pocket style in accommodating larger shoes. Shower totes are also a dime a dozen but the multiple compartments and nylon mesh construction make this our fave. Lastly, slim flocked hangers will allow for maximum capacity in your closet.
Dorm Room Hacks
Beds that can be popped up on risers give you an amazing amount of storage underneath. To keep things looking neat, install a tension bar between the legs of the bed frame and hang short cafe curtains to cover up the storage bins, chest of drawers or fridge.
Decorating the walls can be tricky without the use of nails. Command strips will be your best friend, regardless of what you hang, but you can have some fun with these ideas. Hanging a tapestry not only covers a large portion of ugly dorm room walls it can also be hung behind the bed as a mock headboard.
Fancy string light photo holders like this one can be pricey. DIY your own with a strand of indoor lights and binder clips or mini clothes pins. Paint with metallic spray paint and you have the same idea for half the price.
If you haven't heard of Washi Tape, don't feel bad. I hadn't either. Super dorm wall friendly, it sticks and peels easily and comes in a thousand colors and patterns. Use to frame photos, posters or create your very own art installation.
Did I mention that the closets are small? This little double hanging rod gadget saved our lives and meant that I didn't have to take half of my daughter's clothes back home with me.
So, good luck with move-in. Congrats on your little bird leaving the nest. It's amazing to watch them fly.
Yesterday we were all excited to share some Amazon Prime Day favorite picks with all of you when well, you probably know if your browser was anywhere close to Amazon.com. So, plan B came to the rescue when we learned about the Target One-Day Sale. If you haven't checked out their home line, Opalhouse, there are some pretty fantastic finds at great prices. AND today only, all at 30% off. Happy Shopping!
A few weeks ago we shared with you a little bit of the Lakehouse project we were working on. Well, we were back in Athens yesterday to finish up and OMG, y'all. It. Is. Gorgeous! The clients were such a joy to work with and super thrilled with everything we did. Kinda scary going in to a project where you have free reign to do whatever you want. I mean, we have some wacky ideas sometimes. But, it all came together beautifully. We hope they enjoy many happy family weekends in this amazing home!
Swivel chairs: All Modern
Console table: Wisteria
Coffee table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Sideboard: All Modern
Bed: West Elm
Bedding: Rebecca Atwood
Lamps: Pottery Barn
Print Rug: Anthropologie
Jute Rug: Houzz
It's probably no surprise that we love bathroom makeovers. Powder rooms especially are the perfect space to exercise your creativity. The enclosed space means it doesn't have to "flow" with the rest of the house so your options for color and style are wide open. And while you might want to exercise a bit of restraint when it comes to full baths (but really, why?), it should be a space that makes you happy and excited to get up in the morning! We love wallpaper in bathrooms because there are so many amazing patterns that well, just make us happy. Our top 5 bathroom makeovers range from a sleek spa inspired space to whimsical and colorful.
In this bathroom refresh we painted the cabinets and updated the space with new artwork, light fixtures and this amazing mirror from Pottery Barn!
Paint: Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams
Mirror: Pottery Barn
Rug: Serena & Lily
Bathmat and artwork: Anthropologie
Light fixtures: Rejuvenation
Even though there is a lot of pattern going on in this spa-inspired bathroom, it works because everything is neutral. The tub and shower are both behind a glass wall to create a wet area. The brass accents are my favorite!
Wall tile: Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks
Wood table: Homegoods
Vanity wallpaper: Schumacher
Cabinet paint: Broadway by Sherwin-Williams
Vanity chair: Homegoods
Light fixtures: Candelabra
So, speaking of bold wallpaper, this whimsical print makes an all white bath just pop. Add some cool mirrors and faux fur accents and maybe a wine fridge and why would you ever leave?
Wallpaper: Hygge & West
Mirrors and vanity stool: CB2
Light fixture: West Elm
Our last two powder rooms show you how much fun you can have with wallpaper. We loved the pattern so much, we used it in two different colorways! Keeping cabinets and counter tops fairly simple makes it easy to change things up if when you find your next favorite wallpaper.
Wallpaper: Serena & Lily
A color we seem to be crushing on lately is coral. I think the rug in this Spanish-inspired bedroom may have kicked it off, but now it seems we can't get enough of it. It brings such a warm accent to any room without screaming, "Hey! Look at me!"
These lamps we used in the Lakehouse project are from Candelabra and just work so perfectly in this space.
So, naturally when we crush, we crush hard, and our design team was challenged to find their top coral picks to share. Accessories like pillows and lamps are super easy to add as color pops to your room. Pillows are in washed linen from Annie Selke or faux fur from World Market. Ceramic lamp from Wisteria and indoor/outdoor rug from Anthropologie.
If you are ready for a bigger commitment, we love these wallpapers for an accent wall or powder room. Jungle leaves from Katie Kime, and Tivoli Floral and New Leaf prints from Anthropologie.
As we were digging for coral, we came across this amazing chair and ottoman from Kathy Kuo Home. Can't wait to add these to an upcoming project!
Do you have a love of coral? How have you incorporated it in to your home? Email us and your photos might be used in an upcoming blog!
One of our latest projects was a bedroom refresh for a 4 year old boy and 7 year old girl. You remember when you got your "big kid room" and how exciting that was? Mine was a suite of white wicker furniture, Pepto-bismol pink walls and a patchwork print bedding set that probably came from Sears. I loved that room. Little girls' love of pink hasn't changed much in 40ish years so we made sure to add some pink pops to this adorable room redo.
Girl's Room Before
Girl's Room After
Tufted Velvet Bed: PB Teen
Egg Chair: PB Teen
Rug: Rugs USA
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Lamps: Stray Dog Designs
In the boy's room, we painted the existing furniture to brighten up the room and re-purposed the bedding. Isn't amazing what a coat of paint can do?
Boy's Room Before
Boy's Room After