Jul17 Earthy Boho 2013

I’ve been faithful to my french country decor for some time, but lately I’ve found myself moving towards incorporating more color and texture. I haven’t settled on anything in particular, but I thought I’d share some of the inspiration photos I’ve been gathering. It’s a bit mediterranean (mostly because I love the architecture) and a bit boho (for the color and element of fun), with a side of southwestern (because I’m so drawn to the textiles, and maybe purchased some real antlers for my wall on a recent Texas road trip).

So, maybe it’s earthy boho? Whatever its called, I’m digging it.

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Images from top: Chair via Modern Findings | Antlers via Vim and Vintage | Bed canopy via Menossi Fotografo | Office via Design Sponge | Bedroom via The Marion House Book | Patio via Jan Eleni Interiors | Textiles via Design Sponge | Living room via Bolig

Jul16 Covet Garden 2013

This morning I stumbled upon a really amazing little corner of the internet–obviously I had to share it with you!

Covet Garden is an online magazine baed in Toronto. Each issue focuses on just one couple or individual’s home and lifestyle. House tours, their favorite cocktails, DIY ideas they came up with, on and on. A whole issue dedicated to some brilliantly creative people with killer inspiration for creating your own space.

You can flip through the pages online of every issue they’ve created (32 so far!) AND, many of the cool things in the spaces have been made into clickable links that take you right to where you can buy stuff. Too cute.

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Enjoy browsing!

Sep10 Home Tour: Colorful Chicago Apartment 2012

People, this home tour is ON FIRE. It’s amazing. Do not judge me for my serious inability to cut down on the number of photos I’m including. They were all too good to let go.

Meet Kim and Scott. AKA. Adorable attack. They are serious DIY-ers, have this too cute blog called Yellow Brick Home, and paint pictures of pets. Your pets, their pets, everyone’s pets. No joke.

This is their 700-square foot Chicago abode. It’s everything you’d want from hip, city-dwellers. Complete with a cute dog, obvi. Keep reading below for a fun Q & A with Kim.

As you’ll see, Kim and Scott have art all over their home. It’s fun, unique, and colorful. Love it. Plus, their chalk wall in the entry way is a way steal-able idea.

This is their uhh-mazing studio space. I want to drive all the way to Chicago and steal that peach chair and keep it forever.

About this lovely patio, Kim says it is “a very important part of Chicago living, since it basically expands our small living space by a whole extra “room” during the summers.”

What’s your best advice for first-time nesters?

We live in a small home (less than 700 sq. ft.), and we’re constantly challenged by the size of a room, storage and ways to make our place feel bigger. With that said, we know that every decision we make might not work, but you have to try, right? We’re not afraid to fail (was the wall color a big mistake? Maybe, so try again! It’s just paint!), and we’re very hands on. We think that rather than be paralyzed with fear, just take small steps to make your house feel like you. Gather inspiration from your favorite blogs, magazines and even catalog mailers – there’s no right or wrong way to do something when it comes to your own style! And take your time; it won’t happen overnight, and that’s okay.

What was your biggest purchase for the home? How did you justify the expense?

We wouldn’t say that there is one item in our home that stands out as a splurge, but some items might seem a bit more pricey when put into perspective. For example, Scott couldn’t believe I spent almost $200 on 4 silk curtain panels (for the living room), when we have just as beautiful, crisp white panels from Ikea for $20/ea in other parts of our home! Along the same lines, we’ve just replaced all the venetian blinds in our home for more practical, energy-saving honeycomb shades. While they may not be the most exciting purchase, they’ll save us money in the long run on cooling and heating.

Where is your favorite place to relax in the house?

At the end of every evening, nothings makes us happier than to curl up on our couch and just be. We’ll catch up on Netflix (our current obsession: Breaking Bad), have a glass of wine and sit back with our four-legged kiddos: Jack, Maddie and Libby.

Do you entertain friends? If so, how have you designed your home to accommodate that?

We absolutely love hosting friend gatherings! One of the reasons we fell in love with our home was the open concept kitchen/living area. We have a round coffee table to encourage our friends to gather around, play games and laugh. Scott and I can be in the kitchen – just an arms length away from the living room! – and pour drinks, make sure there’s enough food and still be in the same room with everyone else. On warm nights, we have a small patio to gather and enjoy the Chicago summers.

 

All images shot by Kim, with the exception of the top image from Gooch Too Photography.

Aug31 The Original Pin Board 2012

What did we do before Pinterest allowed us to save every pretty thing we found in a place we could always visit for inspiration? I like to think cork boards were the original homes for such lovelies.

Just take a look at all of these real life inspiration boards. I can’t think of a better way to stay in the mood while working than this!

Images: Apartment Therapy; Decor8 on Flickr; MaeMae Paperie; The Hearth; Design Sponge

Aug20 Outfitted: Palm Beach Hideaway 2012

Take beach style to glamorous new heights with this Palm Beach Hideaway Inspiration Board.

Glitz required, sand optional. 

Clockwise from the top: M.A.S.H. via Pinterest; Shelter via Pinterest; Scarf from J. Crew; Coastal Living; Watch from ASOSEssie’s Tart Deco; Glam Things; Bag, Kate Spade from Nordstrom.