Monday, January 31, 2011

Small Offices, Big Style

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I am definitely on a major home office kick and I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I am trying to improve my own home office. I envy those who have smaller home offices since it must have been so easy to figure out where to place things and how to decorate it well. That's not to say that I've got this huge space as my home office, but I have to say that an office closet (or office nook) would have taken me very little time to furnish and decorate - I think at least.

Now, just cause we're talking smaller spaces doesn't mean they're small on style. These are some of the office closets, nooks, and secretaries that I thought were small on space but big on style. Hopefully, I can create my home office to have big style just as these small offices do.

*Don't worry, once I get the office all dolled up I'll post pictures of it soon.

Heath & the B.L.T. boys'

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Real Living

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Desire to Inspire via Decor Pad

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Salt for the Snow

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We've got reservations tonight at Salt Tavern in Baltimore for restaurant week and I am ready to chow down now. Especially with the snow we've been getting, all I want to do is eat and eat and eat. Two things that make this a real treat for me is: 1) I've only heard good things about Salt, and 2) love going to Baltimore. It's especially a big treat since we'll be going with Andrew and Trisha (my brother & sister-in-law) who we haven't seen in awhile and love to hang out with.

Going out to dinner means I ask myself the dreaded question, "what am I going to wear??" It wouldn't be such a dread to dress myself if it was 80 degrees outside since that would mean I could wear some kind of flowy dress, but alas it's 33 degrees which means I've got to pile on the layers just to stay somewhat warm. BUT, if my dressing room was say, like the one above, oh I suppose I might just find myself enjoying the idea of figuring out what to wear tonight.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Home Office Needs Some New Shades

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Wow, has it really been a year since I last wrote about our home office? I feel terrible that I've not only let you guys down by not finishing the room properly, but also neglecting the room to the point where it really is not pretty at the moment. It became our storage room throughout the year since neither my husband nor I used it for it's original purpose. BUT, I am happy to say that I am gearing up to restore it to it's full glory.

I've been working in the office for the past week and while it's not exactly in tip-top shape, I wanted to get a feel for how I would use the space before deciding how I think the space should be filled & decorated. It's actually been really nice working in here (I feel sort of silly not having used this space for the whole year!) especially since I can belt out tunes without having to worry about disturbing my husband. No but seriously, I've been taking my time figuring out where I want things to be placed in order to better serve my needs efficiently. And of course I've also thought about the aesthetics too. Can't leave that out, since that's my favorite part about decorating a space.

To start off, I know for sure that I want to add more color to the room and I've decided that I want to add window treatments that bring color to the room since the wall color is quite neutral. To get some ideas, I've gathered these images to get me motivated and inspired. Which is your favorite?

Elle Decor

Playful yet polished windows that could definitely translate to an adult space.

Better Homes and Gardens

Obviously, this doesn't make sense for an office but I just thought it was so darling.

My Home Ideas

Pelmet boxes are looking like my fav choice for the office. A fellow blogger, Jenny from Little Green Notebook who I think is absolutely genius, has step-by-step instructions on how to make your own easy pelmet boxes - I know what my weekend project is.

Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates

Even though this is a kid's room, I would still rock that fabric in my office.

My Home Ideas

Absolutely love the clean and elegant look of these shades.

My Home Ideas

Chevron stripes that I need to have in my house somewhere.

Elle Decor

What's not to like about anything in this photo?

Monday, January 24, 2011

One More Reason to Shop at HomeGoods

Home Goods Nautical Upholstered Stool 1

What a weekend. I won't go into too much detail since it's too depressing of a thought but I had to work both days this past weekend. While that's not such a terrible thing in the grand scheme of things, I LIVE for the weekends so it was a pretty tough blow to deal with. Anyways, after working on Sunday, I decided I needed to do something that would pick-me-up. And yes, retail therapy is what I'm talking about. I wanted to get more picture frames, so I thought the best places to find inexpensive (and fun) ones would be at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and HomeGoods. Yes, I really went to all 3 yesterday after work - I told you I needed a pick-me-up.

Well, at my final destination (HomeGoods), I picked up a few frames and while walking over to the bedding section I noticed this fabulous upholstered stool. My shopping instincts took over and I immediately snatched it up without thinking whether or not it was an item on our priority list. It was just too good to let go, so after calling my husband (with the sweetest voice possible) to convince him how much we needed this unique find, I brought it home.

Everything about this stool won me over. The fact that it's upholstered is a plus, and then to have it in this amazing nautical print is just icing on the cake. Ooh, and don't get me started on the nail-heads. That alone would've made me bring it home. But seriously, if you ever come across a find like this, don't hesitate, cause the next person to come across it won't. What do you guys think about it?

Home Goods Nautical Upholstered Stool 4

Home Goods Nautical Upholstered Stool 3

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bulletin Board: Sara Tuttle


If you are a die-hard Domino magazine fan, then Sara Tuttle needs no introduction. However, if you are like me and did not become a Domino magazine reader until after they stopped publishing, then I am happy to tell you that she is a Washington, DC based interior designer who's fresh and classic style are what I aspire to attain.

Her color choices are something I wouldn't think of yet they work beautifully. Wish I could think outside the box when it comes to color. I'm curious, are her choices something you would go for?










{Photo Credit: Sara Tuttle}

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DIY Wall Art


I'm sorry for such a delayed post! I've been quite busy these past few weeks at work, which means less time to write to you all. But even with all of the craziness at work, I have been able to work on a very small project at home. We've got so many blank walls and it drives me crazy not to see anything interesting on them. Soooo, I decided to go with an inexpensive way to dress them up.

My sweet husband bought me these Kate Spade books for Christmas and within each book, there are illustrations that I think are the loveliest things I've ever seen. Well, I figured why not photocopy the illustrations, print them out on matte photo paper, and frame them. And although it included a trip to Office Depot to get photo paper, and a quick stop at Pottery Barn to pick up matted picture frames, it all took less than a day to get done!

You can use anything for this project, a favorite calendar that is out of date or an art book with unique illustrations. The thing I love about this DIY project is that whatever images you choose, the chances that other people will have them in their own home will be slim-to-none. I'm all about having hard-to-find art in my house and this is a great way to ensure that. I'd have to say that this is quickly becoming one of my favorite DIY projects.



Friday, January 14, 2011

I Long for Apartment Living

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Somedays, I really miss apartment living. There's public transportation (love taking the bus), quick trips to the grocery store via walking (miss doing that the most), impromptu get-togethers with friends, and the most obvious (since I write a home decor blog) is a smaller space to furnish. Somehow, filling our townhouse with furniture and decorative accessories has been an ongoing process, and while I absolutely love our house, I wish it was furnished with the main pieces already!

Smaller spaces seem to be so much easier to fill (and cheaper) and have a innate coziness to them that a large house just doesn't easily attain. And don't get me started on the charming architectural details that you only find in older buildings. Crown molding, high ceilings, little nooks & crannies, and classic layouts are what get me going. But it's the overall way of city living that I miss and hopefully one day I'll be able to enjoy it once more. Miss you DC!

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This is the reason why I love apartment living.

Southern Living

It's all in the wallpaper.

House and Home via Decor Pad

The way the plates are arranged add such charm to a very dated kitchen.

Lonny Mag

If I was a bachelor, this would be my dream bathroom. Masculine, sexy, and polished.

Apartment Therapy

The way this room is setup and decorated is perfection.


Apartment Therapy

A great way to showcase (and conceal) your boudoir.

Design*Sponge via Apartment Therapy

What a great entryway to walk into!

Canadian House and Home via Apartment Therapy

Having your essentials be a part of the decor is absolutely brilliant.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Trip to Ikea Definitely Impresses

#3 and #8 are what I own already and have to say I absolutely love them! The bar stools are what I use everyday - I am sitting on one right now as I write this post. And #8 is displayed in our powder room and linen closet. I got them in both red and cream. I need to go back for more!

A few nights ago, I somehow managed to drag my husband to Ikea (a cheap meal reeled him in) with the goal of picking up some frames for photos that I got printed. There is a major lack of family photos (seriously, I think we only have 1 family photo up) and I decided that enough was enough and something would have to be done about it. We were able to get a good amount of frames on the cheap (11 frames of differing sizes under $80!) but didn't get frames for all of the photos since it's good to have diversity even among photo frames. *On a side note, to add even more variety to the ones we bought, I'll be painting a few of the frames to better complement the photos chosen for them.

Well, I couldn't help but peruse other aisles besides the frame aisle and am I glad I did. I was able to find some hidden gems that I never would've thought to get at Ikea. These are just a few of the ones I made a mental note of for future shopping trips and a few that I just had to buy on the fly!

{Photo Credit: 1) KRISTALLER Chandelier, 2) SVEJE Rug, 3) HENRIKSDAL Bar stool, 4) LEVANGER Mirror, 5) LINGO Clothes box, 6) KULLA Floor lamp, 7) NÄRHET Red wine glass, and 8) NOSTALGISK Box with lid. }

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fresh Fabric Finds

One of my New Year's resolutions is to save money to actually get some reupholstering jobs done, so that I can enjoy these fresh and fun fabrics in my house. Here are just a few of my favorite fabrics that I think might easily become yours too.


{Photo Credit: 1) Yellow & Black Leaf Stripe, 2) Large Blue & Brown Floral, 3) Green Lattice, 4) Keyboard Cotton Fabric, , 5) Large Peony Floral Red, 6) Tulip and Chains, 7) Anchor Collection.}

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Linen Closets Need Love Too

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Not a closet per se, but a linen armoire. Same function though and enviously organized.

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, I've never once done anything to our linen closet. Meaning, I just cram all of our towels, sheets, and bath rugs in there praying that it all fits. Granted, it's so small that I really can't do much to it but I think it's time I gave it some love and organized its contents properly.

I won't show you what it looks like until I've completely done it up (it looks horrid at the moment), but to help me (and possibly you) get motivated for this big task I thought I'd hunt for some organized (and chic!) linen closets that I want ours to look like.

Martha Stewart

Drawers in a linen closet? To die for.

Martha Stewart

How does one keep sheet sets in order? Slip each sheet set into one of its own pillowcases and you're sure to keep things orderly. Thanks Martha!

Martha Stewart

Labeling is going to be key in getting my closet in order.

Style at Home

Having dividers on each shelf help keep the contents from becoming messy.

Organized By Evelin

I love how everything has a place in the closet. Including toilet paper!

Martha Stewart

I love me some bins - I'm definitely going to have fun shopping for bins.

Family Circle

Our linen closet is smaller than this, can you believe that??

Better Homes & Gardens

Brilliant idea having towel bars installed on the inside of the door.

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