I Just Can’t Seem to Help Myself

Being a total girly-girl, my house has a lot of pink and purple. My powder room is bright pink, the dining room has a pink chandelier, the breakfast nook is pink with green accents, the living room color scheme is pink and orange and my duvet in my bedroom is purple. So, when I was deciding on a color scheme for the office, I thought it would be fun needed to shy away from my usual girly colors and do something different.

Other rooms avoid pink and purple as well, the family room and guest room and the patios, but that’s pretty much it. Before I moved in, I knew I wanted to have one room with navy blue walls. My desk is brown, along with the sofa table I bought to match it, so I decided the office color scheme would be blue, white and brown. I’ve had fun looking for blue and white furniture and accents, and the room is coming along, but I realized a few weeks ago that it needs some excitement. And then I came across the most ridiculous/crazy wall art ever—in pink—and I decided that this room will have pink accents in it as well.

I’ve been putting a full-court press on getting this room ready the last few weeks. I ordered the wall piece, ottomans for under the sofa table and have been buying art for a gallery wall. I also received a fun pink lamp from family friends as a housewarming gift. My goal is to have the office completed before I leave for the beach in just over two weeks. We’ll see!

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This sleeper love seat from Ikea is the main piece of furniture in the room. I like how it has both light and navy blue, so when it comes to art and other accessories, there are lots of options. I will be sure to take some before and after pictures to share as I finally get this room off my to-do list!

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Delays

If there is anything that I’ve learned from this whole house process it’s that you should expect for and plan for delays. Sofa? Came 3.5 weeks late. Patio furniture? Still hasn’t arrived, 2 months later. Small odd jobs, like hanging curtains, large mirrors, mounting the TV? And bigger ones like painting and fixing the microwave situation? Delayed a few weeks by the handyman’s previous projects taking longer than planned. So basically, I’m still living in complete chaos.

I haven’t really been in a huge rush to get everything together, because I know that means I will need to get myself in gear and finally get the unpacking and organizing done. And, I haven’t had much time to dedicate. But now, I’m beyond ready. With a guest in town who will be in and out for the next three weeks, and two more guests coming in two weeks, I want things to be comfortable for them and as finished as I can picture them in my head.

Trying to look at the positive, I’ve at least had enough time to be ready and have my list prepared for when the work begins.

Tick tock.

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Carefully selected paint colors

Identity

Oh, the blog. I’ve struggled with exactly what I’ve wanted this blog to be, content wise. At first, I thought it would be a travel and interior design blog, but then I started posting on a wide variety of things. Next I thought it might be a lifestyle blog, like so many out there (I’m sure you could quickly name 5 or 10), but lately I’ve been realizing I want it to be what it is, unlabeled. That means there will be times of lots of posting, and sporadic posting, posts on recipes, trips, dreams, hardships, design, books, family, everything.

I would guess that blogs that stick to specific topics are most appealing, as readers know exactly what they are going to get, but there is also something about the randomness. Thinking of my favorite blogs, they don’t have an outfit post on Monday, tutorial on Tuesday, etc. The writer lets it flow and mixes it up.

So that’s what you can expect to see here, the unexpected.

Patio D.I.Y.

I’ve been holding out on blogging about a D.I.Y. project my  mom and I worked on last summer, because one key element was missing. But more on that later. After arriving in Denver and getting our patio set up, I realized it wasn’t quite my style. The bamboo bistro set had been with me for years, a great deal found at Kohl’s in the summer of 2008. And the bench a castoff of my uncle’s when he moved into a new place. Priced right, yes, but my ideal summer lounging spot, no.

After finding a gorgeous red bench with a black cushion and white piping, I decided to spend the time and the money to revamp the whole space. The bench went off to my parents’ house, and my mom and I decided to paint the bistro set black, and give the patio a red, white and black theme.

The “before”

Ready to prime and paint

Primed and ready to go (and getting some help from my parents’ dog)

The project was a lot of fun and it only took us two morning to complete– including drying time. We also painted a chestnut pedestal table I found at Home Goods. While the pieces don’t look as perfect as they would if they were manufactured to be black, I will consider painting my own furniture again in the future. Stay tuned for the “after” pics coming soon.

Work It

There’s nothing better for productivity than an inspiring workspace. I decided to share some of my favorite images after Design Darling blogged a gorgeous space the same week that my new office at work finally came together. Though I’m in a corporate office and don’t have as much freedom to create a space like the ones below, I’ve been incorporating fun elements such as Missoni file folders, travel-inspired photos and personal mementos to make my home away from home feel more welcoming.

Love the chalkboard

Speechless

 Simple and chic

Perfect for taking meetings and collaborating

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Which of the above is your favorite? If you have a favorite workspace, please share! I’d love to see it.

Lilly Pulitizer Home

Who doesn’t love the beachy, preppy, Nantucket-y look of Lilly Pulitizer’s pieces? Well, the company now has a line of home furnishings that would completely fit in a Nantucket prepsters beach house.

Of course, mixed in with other colors and pieces, Lilly’s collection could be incorporated into homes across the country as well. My favorite look is definitely the first: I love the pink chair, trellis wall paper and the leaning floor mirror. Which look is your favorite?

(all images via horchow.com)

New Obsession

Have you discovered Houzz yet? It’s a site with photos of beautiful homes from around the country and Canada, and you can sort by style (contemporary, modern), space (bedroom, kitchen) or metro area. I really like it because they are real rooms and exteriors, not “House Beautiful” magazine style homes, making them seem a bit more attainable. You can also create a Ideabook to store all of your favorites. Here are a few of my favorite photos.

There are plenty more that I’ve added to my Ideabook, which you can see by clicking here. There you will also be able to see the designers of each room.

The Master

A few weeks ago I blogged about the master bedroom reno. Well, it is almost done. I’m waiting until one final mirror is hung to post pictures, but I will let you in on some of the textiles, fabrics and furniture I used.

The Lamp (a tabletop lamp for me, a standing lamp for Luke’s side)

The Bedding

The Tray: Missoni for Target

The Jewelry Armoire

The Frames

Stay tuned for the actual pictures of the room soon!

Decor Dilemma: What to Do With All of This Green?

When I left roommate life behind and moved into my own apartment in L.A. in June 2009, I had a lot of shopping to do. I had a lot of great bedroom furniture, but nothing to put in the living room. Seeing as my tiny apartment had a green accent wall, it seemed logical at the time to get everything to match that wall. Over time, I acquired a few furniture staples, such as a black love seat, black and white striped ottoman (my obsession), two bookshelves and a side table. To match the green, I also purchased a green and white chair, green pillows, green throw blankets, green vases, candles, you get the idea.

Upon our arrival in Denver, one of the first things we needed to get was a full-sized couch. We looked around for a bit, and our favorite ended up being a deep-red suede couch. It was affordable, complemented the love seat, ottoman and bookcases, so we got it.  But… it doesn’t go with any of the green, which I have invested a lot of money in. So, I am trying to figure out what do with all of my great green pieces. Any ideas?

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