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There’s really no place like home for the holidays. I’ve always loved the magic of Christmas, but it feels more meaningful than ever this year. My girls are healthy, happy, and most important, home. Getting to be together, and making our home feel cozy and festive for the girls – there’s nothing better. I’ve shared some photos on instagram, lots of gift guides, and how to hang garland and wreaths. Today, I want to show you all of our Christmas decor.
There are a few designers on board, so it’s all coming together, but it’s not 100% set in stone, which is why I hadn’t said anything until now.We did not purchase the home for our family but if we don’t sell it right away, one of us might have to move in. I would obviously not hate that. But this house is an investment property and passion project.
I’ve always dreamed of having an olive tree but didn’t think it was an option. Where does one find an olive tree? Even I know that they need a lot of sun which Chicago doesn’t have half the year, and plants never do well in my care. I was lucky enough to come across Vagabond in Western Springs, and they ordered the most beautiful and perfect olive tree for our living room, and told me everything we all need to know about keeping an olive tree alive, too.
This is one of my most-read posts so it’s time I gave it an update since we added a soft, braided jute to our living room. Here’s a look back at the jute rugs I’ve owned since moving to Chicago almost ten years ago. Many of you are on the hunt for the perfect jute rug and I am here to help you with some inspiration! Hopefully this somewhat narrows your search down!
The darker the room, the better the nap, and I like a good nap. I finally came up with a solution that doesn’t compromise the ability to bring light into our 7 month old’s room when she’s awake, but that also leaves the room pitch black for naps and bedtime. I decided to order shades that would function a little better. We can open them during the day, they don’t hang below the shades, and they’re a true blackout – and zero light filters through.
I will be the first to admit that I went a little crazy with the baskets. But these just so happened to fit the shelves perfectly, and I thought they’d be ideal for organizing everything by type. In this blog post I go very in depth about how I organized my pantry and offer lots of organization tips and tricks!
Our bedroom is one of those rooms that’s felt sort of finished. It’s fine enough but a bit sterile and incomplete. Since we spend so much of our time (you know, all of it) at home and are gearing up for another cold, isolated winter, it’s been my mission to make our house feel warm, inviting, and complete. I will be sharing how to add warmth to a white bedroom!
Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, I bring in some blue and find myself gravitating toward woven accents. I always love making little updates and bringing in new design elements – they can make a space feel new and refreshed. With that being said, here are the best home decor gifts to help someone refresh their space!
We have a vision for the house, so hiring a designer doesn’t make sense for us. I’m excited to decorate, but have never done anything this custom before (having beds upholstered, floor to ceiling wallpaper etc). There are so many big decisions to make, and I want to do it right. Here’s some design inspiration, pieces we are looking at, and a little more on the design process.
English design is both timeless and traditional, all while invoking a style that didn’t exactly start here. But it just…works. The patterns, the block print, and the warmth, texture, and tones. Neutrals and soft colors, and sometimes, the addition of a deeper tones make this style so inviting. Classic British design works anywhere. Even the US.
When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form and function. I love when a piece of furniture offers me a chance to style a vignette and gives me the things I need, like a place to store toys. A console can be one of the most important and functional pieces in a room. Today, I’m going to talk about how to style a console table for the living room, and share a few console tables I love.
Coffee table books are seen by everyone and are not only decor or a statement, but they serve as entertainment and inspiration, too. Want to know what designers or styles inspire someone? Check out their coffee table book selection. Here are my favorites that are not only beautiful, but are actually enjoyable to read, too.
When we bought our house, there were some updates we wanted to make so it would feel more like our home. It mostly came down to paint, lighting, and window treatments, but the bathrooms needed a little work. Having a home that reflects our style is something that was important to both of us. I saw this black and white floral bathroom wallpaper which served as my inspiration for this remodel.
I love a neutral palette. When it comes to decorating with white (and other neutrals), I’ve gravitated toward neutral pieces with woven accents. But the addition of a few ginger jars and then, blue and white pillows, changed the tone of our living room. Blue and white is classic and timeless – a color scheme that will never go out of style, and one works in every room.
Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue chambray cover. Any time I look through Serena and Lily’s website, I find myself wishing I had a house in Santa Barbara or The Hamptons where everything is blue, white, woven, and linen. I’m rounding up my favorite furniture, decor, and bedding from Serena and Lily.
You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are that you’re overwhelmed. It’s hard, especially when the room has multiple functions like ours does. Designing a space that feels warm, functional, and one that has that natural flow isn’t always easy. I’m going to share how we designed a family-friendly living room. It’s centered around both the fireplace and TV, with space for our kids to play.
I was lucky enough to come across Vagabond in Western Springs, and they ordered the most beautiful tree. We chose an Arbequina olive tree for our living room. And they told me everything we all need to know about keeping an olive tree alive, too. Here’s how to care for an indoor olive tree. If you struggle to keep plants alive, here are some faux options.
Over a year after moving into our house, I snapped a photo of the entry and it was then that I realized how empty it looked. I decided that a gallery wall was the answer to our empty entryway problems and Conor was on board, so we got to work. This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be written. But I think it might be one of the most helpful, because committing to hanging a gallery wall is the hardest part.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the furniture and decor sources in our home, so I wanted to put together a post for easy reference. This project is different from anything else I’ve done because I’m going custom with some upholstery and window treatments. It feels like a forever home, and I can’t imagine ever leaving.
Gallery walls are a great way to make a space feel warm and complete. Since a collection of photos and art adds interest to white walls, gallery walls are great for rentals. They’re a good way to mix new pieces and vintage finds, too. And creating a beautiful gallery wall isn’t as hard as you might think, and wall decor doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find art and frames at an affordable price.