Outside In

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I know it’s not a popular outlook, but I just love winter.  I’m a fan of the snow, wearing boots, bundling up, the skiing, and if we’re very lucky, the bright clear winter sunshine.  Now, seeing the sun isn’t so common here in Ohio during the winter months, but when it comes out, it makes all the difference in the world.  And what’s more, if the sun comes out while there is a blanket of snow covering the ground, it almost illuminates the house. It’s gorgeous.

Anyway, as I was milking this thought, I came across this gorgeous sunroom surrounded in a winter snow. It’s not the image that pops to mind when most of us think of sunrooms (the kind of sunrooms that has terrible indoor/outdoor carpet and are boarded up during the winter months) but a more permanent, all season room which gets light from every angle. I got to thinking about how a sunroom would look perfect as an addition onto our house (who’s going to help me sell that one to Matt?).

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Longhorn Living

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Last week, I’d decided that the cast iron longhorn skull I purchased would definitely make a cool addition to my home – and clearly you all felt the same.  Originally, I’d picked up the decorative piece for the new navy blue entryway, but then felt that the entry already had a few cool pieces, and there could be another place in my home that was in need of a bit more ‘cool factor’.

That place, is my dining room.  My dining room is always a bit of a blank slate.  I posted about it in the house tour a while back, then it’s gone through chair updates, DIY art updates, and now, this funky longhorn.

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I think the piece adds a lot of personality, but is still neutral and will work with me through the rest of the decorations in the room (oh, and I also bought this fiddle leaf fig, to add a bit of color during the winter months).

How do you like the addition?

 

Before & After: A Navy Blue Entryway

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Drumroll, please!  After much hard work, we’ve finally completed painting our entryway.  I know I just mentioned it to you guys last week when I revealed the cane chair, but I’ve had the paint since September, trying to slot in a weekend to get this done.  The reason it took so long is because I wanted to hire a professional, but after getting a couple quotes, I just thought I’d be happier with myself if I just did it myself (because doing it myself was free).   I used ‘Naval’ from Sherwin Williams (it’s part of their collaboration with Pottery Barn) and love the way it turned out.  I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner!  The Navy is just the perfect hue – not too royal, it has a very neutral undertone which goes well with both my black and brown accessories.

The color it was before is called ‘River Mud’.  I’d painted it back in 2007 when my husband (then boyfriend) and his male roommates lived in the house.  It worked well for a while, and was a warm, nice transition for the men to get used to a bit of my female touch.  Not that the men didn’t have style, but I thought I’d scare Matt away if I came in with my design guns blazing!  I liked the way the khaki walls went with everything (like a good trench coat), but just needed a bit of a funkier change.

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It was one of those changes that I kept walking by and thinking, “I really like this”.  Matt would walk through on my first coat and chime in how much he loved the change.  It makes the white woodwork really pop and even makes the dark walnut floors seem richer and more luxe.

After I painted, I was really excited to decorate the space.  The rug and center table stayed, but everything else was swapped out.  Keep reading for more photos and close ups of the accessories!

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I think gallery walls are easier when you include various different types of art.  I included a basket and a decorative tile tray in mine just to break it up.  I think I’ll keep adding to it and eventually work it up the stairs.  I didn’t want to force it, though, and wanted enough space to pick up some good art here and here.  I’d love to get a Hugo Guinness print one day, but they’re so pricey!

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Navy Entryway Walls deer antler vase

The navy travels all of the way up the stairs and into the second floor landing.  I love this little telephone table and deer vase that I perched on the halfway point of the landing.  Isn’t the vase just fabulous?  I just bought it in Steamboat last week and new it would make me smile every time I walk by it.

So… How do you like it?

 

p.s.  I didn’t use the longhorn head in the entry like I was originally thinking, but I DID keep it…. photos to come!

In an Apres kind of mood

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Whether it be the longhorn skull I bought this weekend or the home I posted about last week, you can totally tell that I’m in a mountain sort of mood.  Especially after my recent decision on which new car I should pick (if you follow on twitter, you may have been part of that conversation!), I am really feeling the mountain vibe (I went with a Subaru).

There is just something about cozying up to a fire and a few drinks after braving the cold that is so festive and fun.  Even if the holidays are over, I don’t think we need to totally disregard the joy of snuggling up!

Here are a few of my more recent favorite ski-inspired decorations. Maybe a night in by the fire – regardless of where you live – is something to put on your short list?

The only ‘mountain fave’ that isn’t included in the above slide are the Mojave Coasters. You can find them at In Haus Press.

Have a fabulously cozy Tuesday everyone!

Crazy or Cool?

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My foyer is done being painted and I’m in the process of decorating it for the big reveal!  A little secret, I’m actually rushing to get it done because a local magazine is doing a spread on our house and I am trying to get everything ready before they come!

One question for you guys, though.  I bought this quite large (14″ x 18″) cast iron longhorn skull for $80 at Home Goods and it was originally over $200 by Broyhill.  I kind of love it, but don’t know if it’s bordering on crazy.

What do you guys think?  Is it crazy?  or is it cool?