September 29, 2011

sculptural, simple

I love this sculptural vignette from West Elm--perfectly simple styling!
Best part, the lamp is on sale.

September 28, 2011

at s + s: favorite room


Hop on over to sadie + stella today--I'm sharing my (current) favorite room in my house.
Hint :)

September 27, 2011

mis-matchy

My nightstands now match, but they didn't use to. We had a small espresso-brown wicker dresser on one side and a taller blonde wood dresser on the other. I didn't mind the mis-match--even though I've switched back to matching dressers, I think mismatching is really bold!

For just a little interest, you can use the same shape of nighstand but try a different finish on each.

Or use different pieces with the same finish.

You can also go totally wild and use completely mismatched nightstands. It can look great!

Do you like the mis-matched look, or does it throw you off?
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September 26, 2011

20 ideas for above-the-bed art:

 One of my biggest decorating challenges is coming up with something to fill big wall spaces. It's especially tough if the furniture isn't very tall, like many beds. Here are 20 unique ideas and new takes on old favorites you could use to fill the wall space above the bed--or anywhere else!

1. Old Doors

 
2. Empty Windows

 3. Garland

 3. Sheet Music

 4. Trophies or Plaques

5. Split Photo
6. Framed Wallpaper

 7. Hats

 8. BIG Artwork

9. Extra-small Artwork

 10. A Seat Cushion

11. Multiple Mirrors

 
12. Chalkboard
 13. Antlers

14. Your Name

15. Wreaths

16. Plates

 17. Maps

18. Reclaimed Wood

19. Layered Empty Frames

20. Nothing--which is perfect sometimes!

I hope some of these ideas sparked your imagination--
What's above your bed?
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September 22, 2011

navy and natural living room design

This design is for the living room of my parent's house. My mom loved the cover of this June's House Beautiful magazine and the design is inspired by it: with navy, medium tone woods, lots of white/natural, woven storage, a hide rug, and a pretty fiddle leaf fig!


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September 20, 2011

anthropologie's "five decorating tips to live by"

If you're on Anthropologie's email list, you got this little gem in your inbox last week. Anthro's styling is lauded here, there, and everywhere, so who wouldn't want a little decorating advice from them? Here are their "Five Decorating Tips to Live By:"

1. Big pieces are a big investment: choose solid upholstery to keep your furniture flexible within an ever-changing decor scheme.

2. Color-- whether in paint, pillow, or print form-- is the most impactful element in any room.

3. Curtains can loom large (in the best way) when they're boldy hued or patterned. 


4. Distinctive, seen-nowhere-else pieces are what make your home truly yours.

5. Stay focused (and sane) by honing in on a single room.

I think that's pretty solid advice!
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September 19, 2011

leaf + storm


I remember sitting in a late-afternoon design class in college and staring out the window at the trees and the soon-to-be-stormy sky. I thought it was the most beautiful color combination in the world--and I still do!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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September 16, 2011

and the e-design giveaway winner is:

I can't wait to help you decorate your new home!
(email me and we'll get started)

I'm sorry I couldn't pick everyone to win, you are all so wonderful and supportive.
I'd love to work with you-- email me if your interested in my e-design services!

September 15, 2011

this year on roost

It has been a whole year since I started ROOST! It has been a great year. Thank you to each and every one of you for reading and making this so much fun!

Here are some of my favorite posts from the last 12 months:

My favorite project this year was definitely my DIY Draper Chests. They took a lot of work, but I am still totally obsessed with them.



I found an easy and accurate way to hang a gallery wall using strips of wax paper.


I took some personal style advice from J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons and translated it into interior decorating advice.

I posted quite a few design boards. This bright and colorful dining room design was one of my favorites!

I organized and decorated our study, all for about $100. I made the no-sew curtains and hung them using 3M Command Hooks!

And of course, the most exciting part of the entire year was officially opening my business last week!

Don't forget to enter the eDesign giveaway, it ends at midnight!
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September 13, 2011

keys to equestrian style

One of my favorite, never-fail styles is equestrian. It is classic, preppy, warm, and very "Fall." Here are five common elements of equestrian style to help you get ready for next season!


1. Horsey Art
Photos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, saddles... anything that reminds you of actual horses.

2. Leather
From the horses they ride to the boots they wear, equestrian style is all about leather. It is warm, luxurious, and masculine. Cowhide (or zebra, for a fun twist) is also great.

3. Tartan
Nothing is as traditional as a good plaid (or gingham, or buffalo check). A warm wool throw is just the thing for a warming up after a ride on a cool day.

4. Monograms
Is there anything more preppy than a monogram? It fits in perfectly with equestrian style.

5. Brass & Gold Accents
Nailheads, brass lamps, frames and good hardware are must-haves. I love unexpected metallic pops, like the inside of this lampshade.

6. Lush colors
Deep green, pure red, navy blue, regal purple, dark browns, mustard and off-blacks. If Ralph Lauren would do it, you're on the right track.

One of the best applications of equestrian style is in the Kentucky home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. It is equestrian through-and-through, but very tasteful, masculine, and classic. You can view the entire house at Elle Decor.

 Love it!
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