September 30, 2013

urn + gourds

Celebrating the seasons with a bit of decor makes me happy, as long as the elements are natural and feel timeless. The autumn pairing of an urn and pumpkins/gourds, whether indoors or out, is one combo I really adore. It is simple to do, feels classic, and looks effortlessly elegant.


dear lillie



In honor of fall's arrival, I put together a little vignette of my own (in about 5 minutes with the urn we use as a Christmas tree stand!) much like the one in the first image on our front steps. Please excuse the half-painted front porch—clearly what I should have been doing instead of playing with pumpkins! Have you decorated for fall yet?

September 25, 2013

drink it in

the inspired room

Is anyone else totally inspired by/completely envious of the Inspired Room's coffee bar? This is certainly where my kitchen thoughts turn in the fall—toward a piping hot drink and the indulgence of taking a little longer to linger over it. This sweet station has all the elements that would make that ritual so inviting. I simply love everything about this spot: the rich gray cabinets, the single open shelf, the subway tiles, the unique sconce, the antique tray, the pretty cups, and of course the fancy schmancy espresso machine of my dreams. It feels both organized and fun, restrained and colorful. Balanced. As I imagine that cappucino might taste.

I'd like to upgrade our coffee station. It might make getting up in the morning that much more welcoming! Here are some other coffee bars worth admiring, and with ideas worth borrowing.

rue magazine



living pretty

hi sugarplum

September 19, 2013

customizing bamboo shades

ashley putman | lonny

You already know I'm such a fan of bamboo shades for just about every room I've ever come across. That is no joke—I use them everywhere! They're versatile and warm and textural. Well, this project by Eddie Ross in October's Better Homes and Gardens got me even more excited about bamboo shades, if that's possible. See, I had almost forgotten how easy it is to get a really custom look with bamboo shades too.

This wasn't the first bamboo shade transformation Eddie Ross had done. You can paint them, with a pattern, a motif, anything.

You can add your own decorative tapes using a little fabric glue or hot glue and some beautiful ribbon.

You can paint decorative tapes too.

emily a clark

And finally, maybe a not-so-easy project, but incredibly beautiful. You can add ribbon or fabric trim and a lined backing that reveals the fabric when the blind is rolled up. Gorgeous!

via dering hall

I have a glue gun and some ribbon. I am tempted. Would you customize your bamboo shades?

September 18, 2013

and now, coming back down to earth

We are married! And we had such a wonderful wedding weekend with our families, it's hard to get back to reality. I'll apologize right here and now for having no pictures yet. We are dying for them too! I promise when I get them I'll dedicate a post to our lovely little wedding. The weather was gorgeous, spirits were high, and life was GOOD.

the remains of the bouquet

And now it's time to get my head out of the clouds. Hard to do. It's been helping me to make to-do lists, and boy are those lists long. I really should not bore you with every last detail, but there is some interesting client work coming up I will be sharing with you.

One is a living room, and here's some inspiration...

lauren liess interiors

And another is a guest bath and a master bath. The rooms are not nearly this grand, but we are looking for a warmer color scheme, not all white and gray, and this palette feels perfect to me right now.

geoff chick & associates architects

I'll also, I hope, be doing a shared boys' room, which is something new for me. If I could translate this space into a room for two, it would be perfect. The bold stripe, the wood wall, the industrial light, the simple but eye-catching wall decor are all just right.

pinterest (anyone know original source?)

The other big projects around here are outdoors at our house. I have yard cleanup, lawn reseeding, and some deck staining going on. Now that fall is here and our wedding is over, I'm coming back to earth and starting to feel grounded. As exhilarating as our special day was, it's nice too to come home and start settling in again. Just how you're supposed to feel when autumn rolls around. Hope you all are enjoying some quiet but productive time at home too—and that little chill in the air. I'm happy to be back!
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