The Best Summer Lighting for Everyone

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Outdoor lighting can be a little tricky, sometimes you feel like you’re sitting in the dark and other times you feel like your yard is lit up like an airstrip!  With a combination of light from solar, soft LEDs and a twinkling fire, you can cover all of your bases and have the best summer yet.

I prefer layering all types of lighting together for the best effect.

Firelight

A fire off in the corner provides a warm crackle, not to mention a focal point to gather around with skewers in hand!  For a seated dinner, candles on the table keep away bugs and softly light people’s faces.

Solar light

I went through a whole summer one year without ever using my solar lights because I kept forgetting to set them out before evening fell.  Make sure that you integrate solar lanterns or path lights into your everyday patio decor and landscaping so that they’re there when you need them.

Electric light

The best part about the typical plug-in lights is that you don’t have to charge anything, but you also need access to an outlet on your patio.  Go ahead and invest in a nice outdoor extension cord so that your next outdoor dinner party is as easy as plug and done!  Plus, once winter rolls around and you’re breaking out the holiday lights, you’ll be glad you had it.

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Beyond Gorgeous Dutch Home Tour

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I don’t think I’ve ever talked with you guys before about my love for the Netherlands.  I love the Netherlands… Amsterdam, specifically.  I’ve been three times and could go back each year.  At one point I was searching for jobs there and still would be open to a move there if the opportunity presented itself. When I came across the absolutely gorgeous home of Danielle de Lange located outside of Amsterdam, it really pushed me over the edge.  Regardless of location, I would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful home.  This one checks off ALL the boxes for me… White? Check. Rustic? Check. Global? Check. Feminine, Minimal, and Natural? Check, check, check.

I can’t say enough about this place and all of the stunning touches.  It’s clear that Danielle has fabulous taste which also in showcased in her shop, Le Souk. Let’s dive into all of the details.  [Read more…]

Rustic Mid-Century Mash-up

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At the flea market last week, I kept finding myself drawn to mid-century pieces, even though it’s a style that I consistently feel doesn’t really suit me or my house.  I would ask myself if I could envision the item in my home and the answer was always no.  This bothered me, however, because if I liked the pieces themselves, and was drawn to similar shapes and styles over and over, then there must be some common thread between my style and mid-century style, right? So I decided to try a little harder, open up the designer side of my brain and see if I could really make the mid-century vibe work with in my minimal rustic farmhouse. Once I got home (and out of the frenzy mindset of the flea market) I turned to Charish.  I worked to pair a few mid-century pieces with items I already have in my living room, and to my shock, surprise, and delight, I think it works.

A few things helped the pairing of these pieces with my own, mainly, that I stuck to neutrals, I minimized the amount of orangey oak that usually is so prevalent in mid–century pieces, and I focused on clean lines. Now, I’ll have a guide when I’m out and about to know what meshes well with my style and that I can open up to mid-century after all. I know a lot of you are probably already into mid-century, so tell me… How do you mesh it with your style?

The Guide

No. 1 Staredown Wall Art from Minted No. 2 Brass Pendant from Charish No. 3 Vintage Clamshell Rocker from Charish No. 4 La Brisa throw from The Citizentry No. 5 Kilim Square Pillow from Earnest Home co + Tribal Cotton Pillow from One Kings Lane No. 6 Axis Slipcovered Sofa from Crate & Barrel No. 7 Ebonized Dresser from Charish No. 8 Marble Topped Coffee Table from Charish No. 9 Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow – DIY from Earnest Home co.

3 Bookshelf Styling Problems and How to Solve Them

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I hear it over and over again… bookshelf styling is a sore spot for a lot of people. It can get pretty overwhelming, I’ll admit, but I’ve found a few good formulas to use to kick bookshelf anxiety to the curb forever. I’ve used all of these tricks myself since I have a master bedroom with an entire wall of shelving! I started out with sparse shelves then moved into boring shelves then most recently arrived at another problem… a cluttered mess!

I’ve run the gamut on how to avoid these problems and how to take the guess work out of creating beautiful shelf vignettes.  Ready? Let’s go!

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Classic yet Totally Cool West Village Home

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Happy hump day, friends!  Boy, do we have a treat today! Never in my life have I ever found a home that so wonderfully captures the exact esthetic that I look for. This home is the perfect combination of way cool and also true to the bones of a turn-of-the-century home. Living in a victorian home myself, it’s often hard to combine a typically ornate and feminine foundation with a minimal, modern, and slightly rustic feel.  Everything from the artwork to the textiles is perfection.

This home is owned by Ali Cayne and is my new standard for the decor in my home… I think you’ll agree even more after you see this kitchen…  [Read more…]