Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery! It’s that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut. Now it’s just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.
The ones listed above are all under $500. I just ordered two of the Rialto Bonded Leather chairs for an office room I’m helping with decorating. They look so good and comfortable to sit in. Now we just need a rug and decorating accessories.
Guest Bathroom: Before + After. We bought our southern house about two years ago from a builder. It was a spec home, which means it was a new build but not custom (we couldn’t pick any of the finishes out) and everything inside was builder grade. We have been slowly making changing throughout the house, especially with the light fixtures. The house was all brown when we bought it–outside, inside and all the details. As my Dad would say…’cum on builders! Get with the program! And I would finish that off with…that’s SO 1998. Well, first thing we did was paint the entire house a soft gray, switching out the brown paint color. It did take quite a long time, that it would probably have been done a lot faster if we got help from professional painters in Portland, Oregon (for example) to help us out. But we got through it eventually. We added wallpaper to many rooms. One was the guest bathroom. And we just finally switched out the light fixture and mirror in the guest bathroom.
Here are the before “progressing” pictures. I didn’t get a picture of the bathroom right after we moved in without the wallpaper, but you get the idea. We never painted this room but instead just added wallpaper.
Get the look:
Happy Friday! I am swooning over Anthropologie’s new House and Home pieces. Lacquer and acrylic are a trend I am loving right now. Anthropologie does a good job mixing traditional with modern pieces.
I love that oriental rugs are back in style, and I’m wishing I held on to some of my old ones instead of craigslist them. A couple weeks ago I posted some of my favorite inexpensive tribal rugs. I wanted to do the same with oriental rugs because it is such a trend especially as runners in white kitchens and master bathrooms. But I will say that vintage oriental rugs cost a small fortune, and you have to do a lot of searching for the perfect color combo. Quite often, oriental rugs also require a little bit of TLC so it’s good to know that there are people like the Oriental rug cleaners in Miami on hand to help with this. Remember to avoid rugs that look like something you might find at grandma’s house. Also it’s okay to mix up modern with traditional. Some of my favorite sites to search for one-of-a-kind vintage persian/oriental rugs are ebay, etsy and eSalerugs. I’ve noticed a lot of my friends opting for vintage rugs recently. They are definitely in right now!
Here is #9 styled as a runner. It add the best color to the otherwise black and white floor.
Also great places to search for vintage oriental rugs are flea markets, antique and estate sales.
I’ve been on the hunt for a tribal, southwestern rug that adds some color to my house, but complements the neutral style. Most of the tribal rugs I have found are out of my piece range. But I’m feel like I am getting closer with a rug I like. I listed a few of my favorites above. I think Kate Marker Interiors got it so right with the entryway image below. The bright pink and indigo tribal vintage runner plays up the gold and white accent furniture pieces so well.
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. No seriously…I am. I am missing all that white fluffy stuff…snow! And I take back all the times I cursed under my breath about how I hated the cold and snow while leaving in the northeast. Well…okay I’m taking it a little too far. But when I think of the holidays, a white Christmas always seemed to happened or was not far behind. I have so many fond memories of ski, boarding, sledding, ice skating, making angels. All the wonderful things that snow brings. So this year, after some Christmas tree failures, we decided to get a flocked tree to bring a little winter white Christmas into our home. And I think this is the most beautiful tree we’ve had so far.
You can see some of our other Christmas decorations previously posted.
I am so excited and honored that Style Me Pretty: Living featured the complete room tour of Stella’s tween girl bedroom!! You can see more details and pictures on their site.