Storefront Dreaming & Scheming

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Before we all get carried away, please know that (so far) the store front is just a mere idea.  I first told you all about it last week so I’ve had about 7 days to let my mind expand upon the thought.  Although I did schedule two meetings next week with a couple of friends who own shops, my personal steps toward brick and mortar space is only evident on my Pinterest board. Yes, I started a shop pinterest board.

So, if you want to travel the path of this dream (any possible future reality?) with me, let’s start here.

Firstly, we all know that I currently design a collection online called Grandiflora Home + Decor.  I’ve focused on simple, minimal, natural elements that are sophisticated, but certainly not stuffy.  I sell my designs online and also in a handful of other shops around the country (three to be exact!).  I’m proud of how far we’ve come in a year to selling two separate collections to selling in three stockists, but I’d like to see if I can expand business by having a retail location.

Secondly, aside from running Grandiflora, I write this blog, and I do wedding flowers.  I see opportunity to expand both of those businesses if I had another space.  For the blog, I’d love to do workshops, DIYs, and events.  For the flowers, having a space would he helpful, especially when meeting with brides and showcasing designs and style.  Plus, doing high volume flowers from home is messy and difficult, but I still love it, so I take a few weddings each year.

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You can see that, aside from my business concept, I have some very specific design concepts!  The store would ideally be a ‘Home + Garden’ type vibe – mixing home decor and botanical. Finishes would be a clean black and white palette, but with some raw, worn details and materials. I love how the first photo still has a classic traditional vibe and isn’t TOO rustic.

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It aligns pretty tightly with my basic blog esthetic too.  I don’t think these inspirational images are surprising anyone!

How do you guys feel about the concept?  What are your thoughts on blog workshops? I’d love to hear your feedback!

 

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p.s.  I also contribute to the Bali blog!  I have shared an all natural DIY window cleaner today – perfect for letting that fall sunshine in!  Check it out here!

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Neutral Cool Master Bedroom Re-Design

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I told you guys last week in my ‘things that are making me nervous’ post about how I need to revamp my master bedroom – and quickly!  We ordered a new king mattress from Tuft & Needle (upgrade from our current queen!) and although it was a bit of a quick decision at the time, I then got to thinking about all of the things that must be updated along with the mattress.

Our current bed has a grey, white, and lemony yellow theme and I really like it, but am a little excited about the opportunity to change things up a bit and get closer to my overall design vision for the home.  I want to add more rustic indie feeling with the worn, aged neutrals and a very neutral theme.  The photo above from Decor Pad really stood out at me as a great representation of what I’d like to achieve. So here is my plan:

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BED  Our current bed is a headboard with a metal frame.  The headboard was a fun and easy DIY, so I know that I can take a stab at making another one.  This time, however, I’m going to tuft it and also try to upholster a whole bed so that a bedskirt isn’t needed. I am going to cover the bed in a natural linen that really stands out from our dark gray bedroom walls.

DUVET I’ve talked before about my love for all white bedding and although I’ve loved the Crane & Canopy Dove Gray pintuck that I’ve had for the past year, I’m going with all white this time around.

SHEETS  I love pairing patterned sheets with a solid duvet.  Mostly because I don’t like big patterns and think the solid duvet calms pattern so that it doesn’t overwhelm my small bedroom.  I love these reverse dot sheets from West Elm in a camel color that will tie back to the headboard and add a warm level to the otherwise black and white design.

SHAMS adding in a different pattern or color through shams is always a good idea.  I love these block print border euro shams from Dwell Studio because they are a classic border design, but still have an Indian flair with the block print design.

RUG I’ve been wanting a place to use my Asta Rug in our home!  I think this will be a great opportunity since the floor will be cleared out.  Plus, the easy black and white pattern enforces the global theme without being too much pattern.

THROW PILLOWS the throw pillows are really going to be the thing that ties the whole look together.  Varying neutrals in global, but minimal patterns bring together the essence of the look. I’m mixing brown, navy, black, and cream in various textures.  I am leaning toward a grey/brown sheepskin, a stark black and white geo, a grey/brown basket weave, and a turkish kilim pillow in blue and black.

How do you guys like it?  It’s definitely a change from my current bedroom, but still holds a lot of the design elements that I use throughout the rest of the house! I’m excited to get started on the tufted bed this weekend!

 

Custom, Handmade, & Natural Fall touches

Uncommon Goods - earthy elements  Uncommon Goods-map pillow  Uncommon Goods-decor glass

Fall decor inspiration can strike anywhere and it’s not just about pumpkins and spice and everything nice (although, those are all things I love).  Earthy, natural elements made me automatically think of natural crisp fall days.

A small change in your home decor can make a significant change to the feeling inside your home for holidays.  You don’t just need to think seasonal decor – think more everyday! The natural elements in this bathroom in the Cote d’Azure would lend itself well to this teak mirror as well.  The mirror and more home decor are from this source.

I love the look of antique maps and something about the aged, faded look of them reminded me of the aging and fading of this time of year.  This giant map in a worn, rustic entry has been on my inspiration board for so long! I was so excited to find the look of an old map in a customized pillow.  Check out more customized gifts here.

Lastly, I can’t get enough of the recycled glass look, but vases can get old, so I am particularly leaning toward the lamps shown in this living room and these recycled stemless wine glasses. (These and more handmade pieces here)

I just love pairing a room look I love with a piece that exemplifies the feeling of the room.

What feelings are you going for this fall – I’m Earthy, Casual, and Custom.  What would your three adjectives be?

 

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Cozy Fall Decor with Lulu & Georgia

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Fall decorating is kind of my jam year round. I love neutrals all the time, but feel like they’re especially comforting and cozy during the fall and winter seasons.  One of my absolutely favorite go-to shops is Lulu & Georgia and I actually have to try and restrain myself from including them in every friday faves.  It got to the point where I had so many items bookmarked, that a whole post is definitely in order!

Dimmer nights

For the nights when the sun starts to set a bit early, stylish lighting is always in order.  The Stump light is elegant, rustic, and neutral, perfect for someone whose style is classic with an edge.

Burnt Orange

I’m cheating here!  Burnt orange is basically brown, but I love that it’s a rich, caramel-y brown that goes nicely with white, black, and navy.  This ‘X marks the spot’ rug is easy to style and creates a sense of warmth while still adding a bit of pop to an otherwise neutral palette.

Levels of Brown

Pick one hue and do tons of levels of it for a lot of dimension without a ton of color. This tip is one of my go-to’s! An off-kilter herringbone pillow in cream and brown would be a perfect starting point!

Black furniture

With too many neutrals in once space, everything can feel a bit washed out and run together.  Black furniture has visual weight that grounds a space nicely.  This Lovisa black bench is nice because it sits low to the ground, still allowing for tons of open, airy, visual space above it.

Even if you’re not color-phobic like me, I’m sure there are some tips you can use!  How is your autumnal decorating coming along?

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Flea Market Find: Brass & Bamboo

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It’s kind of a weekend tradition for Me and Matt to sit in bed drinking coffee and watching HGTV until we’re both inspired enough to get off our buns and do something productive.  This past sunday, we were recovering from a rather exhausting Saturday night of eating take-out Chinese and binge-watching Scandal, so we stayed in bed a little later than usual watching Flea Market Flip.  I’m not gonna lie, I had never seen the show before, but I was hooked.  I loved the competition aspect of the show and was immediately inspired to head to our yearly flea market in town which just happened to be that day (coincidence?).

Anyway, at the very first tent, there were tables of random old-lady things and I spotted this brass bamboo detailed tray right away.  Armed with the new bartering tactics I’d learned from a morning of flea market watching, I asked how much it was and she said, “one dollar”.  I was so shocked I just yelled, “sold!”

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It was a bit tarnished and dirty, so I brought it home, scrubbed it with my secret weapon. [Read more…]