A calming sophisticated home by SmithBoyd Interiors

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Michael Boyd creates a functional, sophisticated, liveable-luxe home in calming color palettes and rich in texture with tailored furniture and interesting lighting designs. The elegance is there but done in a timeless and tasteful approach. I am such of fan of this man’s design work. He really makes homes feel inviting…

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I love this sitting area especially the lacquered octagon table. The creamy tone is more of a softened spin on black and white but still classic…

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Such a pretty light chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Speaking of….I found out they closed down the only Milwaukee location. Shameful. You can see more of the home’s beauty over on Atlanta Homes.

{Photos by Erica George Dines}

Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of it all. It is the type of design I crave when staying in a new city. They have two locations in New York and here are my favorite rooms. This aerial view and that velvet sofa is my computer’s wallpaper now…

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Remember this was the suite Kim K stayed in during the Humphries era while filming Kim & Kourt take New York…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: black and white nurseries

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Here is a color combination you don’t see often in kids rooms: black and white. Is this too adult for you or do you like it with a punch of color?

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Keeping rugs and some decor or furniture adult friendly can help when the child transitions to older ages…

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Changing pillowcovers are easy and affordable ways to change a look without breaking the bank…

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Adding color to the wall will make the nursery more gender specific while keeping the main items and decor gender neutral…

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Wall decals are easy to use and removable when the room takes on a new theme or color scheme…

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Using graphic patterns and designs can make the space fun for a child and not too serious….

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You can soften the palette by adding gray to the mix…

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Black rugs can hide unsightly stains that you may not have time to promptly clean…

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{Images via project nursery, Photography by Monica Wang & Annawithlove, design sponge, love and lace blog, creating really awesome free things and style me pretty}

My DIY art idea using a pillowcase

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Over the weekend I finally decided to put to use some picture frames I bought at JoAnn Fabric. I knew I wanted to take up some wall space in my bedroom and since it has a slight Moroccan influence, I figured I could use a beaded pillowcase I bought from Summerfest as art. Below is the simple tutorial…

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First I cut the fabric slightly larger than needed so that I could tape the excess on the back of the mat….

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Tiny Tot Thursday: fun playroom ideas

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Have a magnetic wall spot designated for alphabets…

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Place a mirror against a wall, add a curtain rod or hooks and hang costumes to create a dress up corner. See my other post about using old Halloween costumes for a dress up area here

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Any curtains and a rug anchoring a microphone can create the stage you need….

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Another fun idea is using an inflattable pool to store balls or cut swim noodles for a diy ball pit. What are your playroom must haves?

{Images via sunshine on the inside, a cup of jo, yellow bliss road, real simple}

Eastside NY townhouse with beautiful molding and details…

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The hardwood floors and molding is what stands out for me in this gorgeous space.  The lighting selected, lacquered painted walls and calming color palette makes it very inviting…

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The pattern at the edge of the wooden floors are some of the design elements that makes the spaces pop. This arched entry and ornate details gives the townhome character….

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Lovely runner on the stairs….

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See more of this space designed by Blair Harris here.

{Photography: Nick Johnson, Source: Blair Harris Interior Design}

Tuesday’s Tips: renting a room? Keep it neutral…

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I’m baaack. I needed that week off from blogging. Anwyay I like to browse airbnb.com and look at homes you can rent and I’m always amazed at the design styles of people. Personally, if I were using a room or a home as a rental, I would keep it as neutral as possible and try to take cues from hotels. Maybe it’s the designer in me but I’ve come across way too many homes with dark busy bedding which would make me think of dirt. I even prefer hotels that at least have all white sheets. Dark and busy patterns is a way to hide dirt and spots. I think it doesn’t mean you have to be boring just stick with lighter shades and light patterns or maybe add some funky pillows to the mix. I simply think the less taste specific, the better in guest or rental rooms.

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{Last image via Summer House Style}