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…]

A New Life for an Old Rug

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If you’re here, you probably have a pretty similar design esthetic to me and would agree that the rug pictured above is wonderful. Look at those shapes!  Those colors! The perfectly worn condition! It looks like you could just plop it in a chic white washed California ranch with rustic minimal decor and you’ve got a winner! While that is definitely what it might look like to an outsider.  To me, it started fairly differently.

This is the story of an old rug and a series of events that lead to it being in my house and lead even further to it being the perfect candidate for my next project. You know when really great things happen just by chance?  Well that is the story of this rug.   [Read more…]

5 Ways to Feel the Spring

5 ways to feel the spring

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In our farmhouse, when we’ve been through a whole winter without much airflow, I am always so ready for spring to come and give us a bit of fresh air. There are a few other ways, however, that I like to really ‘feel’ the spring in my house.

SWEET SCENTS – I swap out all of my heavy, cozy holiday scents for something very herb-y and fresh smelling.  The smell of gardenia makes me think of a fresh spring garden, and the Lafco scents are to die for… they can really infuse a room quickly.

FRESH & GREEN – Green plants and flowers are always the very first thing I think of when spring starts to, well, spring… I’m terrible, however, at keeping houseplants alive, so I’ve opted for a living wreath for the door and a faux plant just to make it look fresh in the house (the scent of the candle will cover for where the fake plant lacks).

CLEAR THE CLUTTER – I have these spring visions of crisp, clear countertops just ready and waiting for all of the bright berries I’ll slice and cocktails I’ll make.  I like to clear off anything old or unused from the counter top and just add back in some white, simple kitchen accessories to help get the vision across.  Plus, a clean marble cake stand is perfect for displaying candles or flowers when not in use for cookies and cakes.  cutting board is $38 in our shop

LET LIGHT IN – the number one way to get more sunlight into the house is to clean the windows.  It’s shocking what a big difference this makes.  I have this on the agenda for today.

GET OUT – Even though it might be muddy out, a nice walk definitely helps to really feel the spring. I like to take the same route throughout the spring so that I really notice when things start blooming and changing.

So, it’s your turn!  Tell me, what are the ways that you get that spring feeling?

Home Office for Two Refresh – The Reveal!

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The big day is finally here!  I get to reveal the space that has me so inspired and I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts and processes to how it ended up the way it did.  I’d like to take a quick moment to thank hayneedle.com for working with me through the whole process, suggesting pieces that went with my inspiration images, and helping to find a desk that was just the right size.  What I had initially wanted they gently veered me in another direction and I’m so thankful they did. Before we get started, let’s take a peek at what the office looked like before.  There is a similar concept going on, but the desk is smaller, coming out of a different wall, and the adjacent walls didn’t have much going for them in terms of storage or workspace.

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My biggest issue overall with the was the space used to be, was that I didn’t have enough room to spread out, get messy, and create. We had a fine table for business, but soon after this photo, I got a large monitor and started docking my laptop which took up more space, plus, that little end of the table wasn’t going to work well for photoshoots, messy projects, or creating prototypes for my shop designs. I had my sewing machine, surging machine, and cricut all in a closet and rarely used them because they were a pain to drag out.  Then when I did drag them out, I had to drag them downstairs to the dining room where I had more space (and outlets).

Today, it’s a totally different story, and I am so so happy you’re here to hear it.  [Read more…]