Monday, May 1, 2017

May Finds

There is something about May that always has me itching to give my home decor a refresh. Most people start their Spring cleaning in April. Which usually means you get rid of a crap load of stuff that has been cluttering up your home for far too long! Am I the only one who actually physically feels better when you get rid of all of your old stuff?! There something so satisfying about dropping off bags of clothes and old knickknacks at the Good Will. Once the purge is out of the way... its time pick out some new goodies to get your home ready for Spring! I've always had a deep obsession with anything scalloped and pink. So I'm always trying to find subtle ways to add those soft feminine touches to my home without making it over girly. Mixed with white and washed woods these pieces become more elegant rather than "trendy." Speaking of trendy, I've totally jumped on the neutral home bandwagon. I'll admit I was scared to go all white at first with 3 little ones but there is just something so relaxing about coming home to a light & airy space. There are so many ways to mix things up each season if you keep with a mostly neutral backdrop. The shell ginger jar below has been in my shopping cart at Alice Lane for far too long and I'm happy to report that I just treated myself to this beauty and the scalloped bowl to finish off my kitchen. decor! I hope you all enjoy this beautiful weekend and don't spend to much time inside online shopping ;) Thanks for reading! 

Ring/Blush Beads/Colorblock Vase/Pink Abstract/Footed Bowl/Lotus Bowl/Wood Board/ Ginger Jar/ White Lamp

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to add a little Spring to your Home

Happy Easter Monday! Is it just me or does Spring Break take way too long to get here and then whiz by way too fast?! I fell off the blogging radar this past month... interior design school tends to take over my life sometimes. But I am happy to report that I am counting down the days until graduation in 4 weeks. After that I will officially become an Interior Designer. I swear I get butterflies every time I say that!! The past 3 years have been a journey to say the least, and I am so thankful for my sweet family, friends and neighbors who have helped me with kids and just life in general when it all gets to be too much. Which is atleast every other month! It really does take a village:) I feel like I have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up and I'm so thankful to be able to share that with all of you on this little corner of the internet! So until my design projects start this summer, I want to  keep sharing more updates on my greatest project to date, my home. These are snippets of our life lately as we wrap up the finishing details on our renovation. I hope you can find some inspiration to bring a little bit spring style into your home as well. Basically I just bought a bunch of blooms, books and bunnies. Be sure to check out more of my latest Spring Home finds below. Thanks for reading!!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Marble vs Quartz Part 2

Hello loves! I have been getting a ton of questions on Instagram lately about my countertops and it reminds me that I never did a follow up on my Marble vs Quartz debate (you can read Part 1 of the great debate here). I decided to go with honed Volakas marble from In Home Stone with a Dupont edge. We have been living with it for close to 2 months now and you know what? I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! You CAN live happily with marble... even with three little ones. I swear I had at least 18 different people tell me that I was crazy for wanting marble when I was designing our kitchen. Most of them were fellow design students or contractors. I was so conflicted. I knew I would never be able to recreate the natural beauty of marble with the manufactured quartz. I was just so worried that I would be a freaking psycho about the countertops if we went with Marble. I am happy to report that this has not been the case whatsoever!! Yes I have had my moments, like the time when my husband left the wet bottle of Dawn soap on the counter over night, I might of had some choice words for him the next morning ;) But for the most part even if there is a blemish or a spot on the counters I just wipe it up with warm soapy water and the spot completely fades once it is dry. Not sure if thats the sealant working its magic or if marbles really isn't as fussy as everyone makes her out to be. But its kind of cool to watch the watermarks magically disappear.  I do have two rings by the sink but I swear you only notice the if you bent down just right and squint. Not a big deal, right? Here are my tips for taking care of your marble countertops. They really not as scary as some might think.

1. Don't leave wet soap out on the countertops overnight. Like my dear husband. That WILL leave a  mark. But DO use warm soapy water to wipe down countertops. I usually just do this with a non-abrasive towel and then dry them off before I set anything on top of them again.


2. Wipe up as you cook. Call me OCD but I actually like cleaning as I cook. The kids usually go crazy after dinner so if I leave a mess behind before we sit down and eat its usually a few hours before I get around to cleaning. The less time wet or acidic things rest on your marble the less likely they will leave a mark. So clean as you go!

3. Decorate your heart out. This is a big one for me. So many people think that just because you have marble you can't put anything on your counters. This is so NOT true! My marble makes the perfect backdrop for all of my decorative pieces. And with the whiter background its easy to mix and match other colors as your accent colors. My color of the moment is blush, obviously:)

4. Make sure to seal your marble every 6 months. This might be the one that sets off your high maintenance alarm, but your marble should be resealed every 6 months. I like to compare it to a good carpet cleaning.  I don't think twice about getting our carpets professionally cleaned every couple of months, so why not do the same with your marble? Do most people actually do this? Probably not. Will I? Ask me again in 6 months...

5. Take lots of pictures and enjoy this natural beauty! I am so glad we decided to go with marble over quartz. I was definitely nervous about marble's fussy reputation at first.  Once we started living in our kitchen and it didn't betray me like everyone promised it would, I can honestly say I have no regrets. Plus we saved thousands of dollars using this marble instead of other man-made quartz options.




Further proof that marble is totally comparable with small children. Naked bootys and all!! I hope this follow up helped anyone who might be on the fence on whether they should go with marble! I swear I have been taking more pictures of my kitchen than my own children lately. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more sneak peeks of my latest design projects. And hopefully a full before and after reveal... we are just a few projects away! Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

London's Love Fest

This week I wanted to share a little party I threw for my youngest, London. She is turning 3 next week and since February is such a crazy month for us, I decided to combine her  birthday party with Valentines Day. Target had so many cute decorations this year that it really came together pretty quickly! I already had most of the Valentines decorations up (you can read that post here) so all that was left to do was put together a kid friendly menu and set up the cookie decorating station. Since I knew there would be a few little ones attending, I decided to clear to playroom so they had room to roll and get diapers changed:) Plus it was the perfect floor space for the short lived hot potato game we attempted! The big kids had fun taking pictures with our silly photo props, decorating heart cookies and consuming way too much sugar. All pictures were taken during the quiet before the storm by the lovely Tracy Marshall... and when I say storm I really mean fire! I swear every year we have something catastrophic happen at a birthday party. And this year takes the cake... we actually had a mini house fire when all the guest were arriving! A hand towel in the bathroom had fallen into a candle that I had lit on the sink.  The whole entire turkish towel was burnt to a crisp by the time I ran in with the fire extinguisher. Luckily no one was hurt or too spooked by it so we aired out the house and kept the party rolling. It just goes to show that all the party planning in the world is never enough when it comes to throwing kid parties. So please enjoy all the pretty pictures below knowing that my life is and always will be complete chaos. But as long as the kids are happy I'm not complaining:) Thanks for reading and Happy 3rd Birthday to London Joan!





















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Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to add a little Love to your Home

Love is in the air!! How is it already Valentines Day this week? I swear I just put the Christmas tree decorations away. This Valentines Day I went a little overboard. With our kitchen remodel happening right smack dab in the middle of Christmas I feel like I was robbed of my decorating bliss. Literally we only had a tree.  Plus  February is extra special this year. The love of my life is turning 30, we are finally on the other side of the trenches of motherhood (my baby is turning 3) and my house is 90% finished. So much to be giddy about. So I thought I'd share a little love with my readers and give you some tips on infusing some Valentines Day Style into your home! Here are my go to tips this Valentines Day :

1. Add color with some sweet treats
We all love buying hearts and flowers for Valentines Day so why not incorporate them into  your home decor? Candy hearts and other sweets are a simple and cheap way to tie together accent colors. Warning: the cookies do not last long so snap a picture ASAP!



2. Faux florals are your best friend. My husband is a grower so we always joke that if it weren't for him all of our plants would never have a shot at life. So if you're like me and have a black thumb, investing $20 on a faux floral garland or wreath goes a long way! A.C Moore has a great selection this year. Another faux floral shop I am dying to try here.





3. Pops of Pink
Its no secret that I am a fan of pink. Blush pink in particular. It just so happens that blush pink made color of the year in 2016 so its super easy to find lots of accessories in this soft shade. My home is still in the finishing stages of remodeling but I have been sneaking in as many accessories as I can. Grocery store flowers are my guilty pleasure... I swear Wholefoods has better blooms than some florist. But lately I have been loving blush glassware and soft velvets. My Willa Skye Pillows came just in time! Find my Anthro glasses from linked below.




Be sure to check out my favorite picks for the kitchen... Still working on the big reveal so be sure to check back later this month for all the kitchen details!

I hope you and yours have a lovely week. Thanks for reading and happy decorating!





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Creating your Dream Closet with Arhaus


Have you ever thought about what your dream closet would look like? I mean really thought about what it would be at the core before all the beautiful clothes and shoes have arrived? I know it sounds crazy to think about a dream closet with out the dream wardrobe, so when Arhaus reached out to me and asked me this same question it got my design juices buzzing. 

A dream closet is so much more than a place to get ready in the morning. It is every woman ultimate escape from reality, into a world thats truly our own. Where we are surrounded by beauty and style. Every closet needs more than just clothes. In my dream closet I would be surrounded by beautiful lighting. I have a personal obsession with chandeliers so naturally that would be my go to for illuminating the perfect light in my space. Pendant lights are another  great option when selecting lighting to add a touch of glamour. Arhaus currently has a great collection of pendant lighting that would look glamorous in any room!

Next I would need that perfect place to sit and kick off my shoes (Louboutins of course).  Here is where I am a little torn, do I do bold and fabulous or soft and femme for seating? Either way I would need an accent bench for my little people to gather around while Mommy gets ready. Is it just me or is it way more fun picking out an outfit when you have a two year old picking out accessories for you? I linked some of my favorite seating options on my Pinterest here.

Now its time for storage. Oh my storage makes me happy in some strange sort of way. I would obviously have to have custom floor to ceiling built ins just for shoes. The back of the shelves would have some fantastic wallpaper or venetian mirrors to reflect light. Because whats a dream closet without tons of natural light? My clothing racks would be color coded because Im OCD like that. Tops on top, skirts then pants... you get the picture. Then I would have to have an accent piece of furniture to store  all my diamonds (because this is a dream closet remember?) My accent piece would also have other fun accessories like trays to house my shades and vases for fresh blooms.



Sources: Rachel Parcell closet design by Alice Lane Home



Above: Emily Jacksons closet designed by Alice Lane Home


All photos from Alice Lane Home 
Image via Anthropologie

Pulling from those images as my inspiration, I created two looks for my dream closet with Arhaus. My first look is for those whose style leans towards Modern Glamour. I love the Parisian influences in the antiqued mirror and crystal chandelier. While the plush velvets paired with this showstopper rug add a dose of bohemian rhapsody. The brass details of the chair legs in their geometric form can stand strong alone but create more drama as a pair. Especially with that gorgeous pop of jade in between.

Get the Look: Mirrors, Chandelier, Armchair, Bench, Rug, Tray

My second look goes out to the ladies who just ooze elegance. The sweet simplicity of the French Art Deco chandelier paired with the super femme sheepskin chair set an ethereal tone. This gold gilt mirror takes the cake for best vanity mirror in my book. Add warm wood tones, soft shags and a tufted ottoman and you could get lost for days in this closet.




Get the Look: Lighting, Mirror, Lamps, Rug, Chairs, Dresser, Artwork1, Artwork2, Artwork3


I hope you all enjoyed reading about my DREAM CLOSET as much as I enjoyed fantasizing about it. Thank you to Arhaus for giving me good reason to day dream about my two favorite things, great design and great clothes! If you haven't checked out an Arhaus store yet be sure to stop by next time you are in Annapolis.  Thanks for reading!

 

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