Fabulous Wedding Dance Floors….

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I love the idea of renting vintage dressers and creating open shelving so ladies can have a spot to put their heels before hitting the dance floor…
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In conjunction with that, providing flip flops for guest to change shoes for dancing is a cool idea. This is a favor that guest would really get use out of after the wedding…

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While we are on fabulous floors….

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I had to showcase some interiors too….

{Images via Amber Interiors, J Randall Powers, Evars & Anderson, Christopher Stark, Margot Guralnick, Bridal Guide Mag, The Knot, Belle the Mag, Jasmine Star Photography, Matt Blum Photography, Sarah & Ben, & Wish Vintage Rentals}


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Time for fall shopping which means Summer Sales…

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Ever since moving into my condo I have been paying off debt including one student loan (whooohoooo) first so I can save for the down payment to buy it next year. So things like the rec room and landscaping have been on hold. However, I know the best part of home purchases is buying when stores have major discounts. Patio and outdoor furniture have been on sale now for a while but I’m still waiting for some funky retro umbrellas to get marked down.

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I like fringe styles but unsure if that’s what I want for my patio table. I am going back and forth on if I want a solid hot pink or black and white stripes…

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{Jennyk21 via instagram}

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Maybe I should scour Craigslist or Ebay and see what I find. I think something is incredibly nostalgic about seeing retro pieces of patio furniture from our childhood. I’m an 80’s baby and though I don’t want vintage seating, I do like when people mix some of the styles together for their yards. Even if it’s a small nook.

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My fab cousins actually gave me their old patio table and chairs that I will spray paint next year and get new cushions. That will be another post. I know the color scheme I want is black, white and hot pink but I just haven’t decided the colors of the pieces… except the frames which will be pink.

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Scalloped and key like trims are also fun and adds so much personality. Decisions decisions…

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{Lost my sources….but one of the vacay images is via you make fashion}


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Remember when I blogged about…

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…that graphic ceiling and gold chandelier here and then that abstract black and white art/vignette styling here? Well I just discovered from Simplified Bee that those two rooms were part of the San Francisco Decorators Showcase. Here are some other rooms of that home that like.

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Every. Single. Thing in this bathroom is glamorous.

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This is probably the prettiest basin and fixtures ever…

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Funky wallpaper…

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The details….like the acrylic bathtub tray…

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Love the additional seating tucked under the table…

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Cute use of space for a dog or cat…

{Photos & designers by Matthew Millman, David Duncan Livingston Photography, Cristin Bisbee Priest, Eric Rorer, Tineke Triggs & Green Couch Interior Design}


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Summer Weekend Recap No. 6

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Last week Thursday, I headed to the NEWaukee Night Market held downtown with my cousin. We had fun and she bought several things from one jewelry vendor in particular. They had a hip hop DJ in the center that had the crowd into it. My only complaint is there were a bunch of beer vendors but only one wine and no vodka. I wish there was someone selling cold slushy alcoholic drinks. So we ended up at the bar at Applebee’s aka Club Apple. OMG their sweet potato fries off the bar menu was everything. We ordered a second round…

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Go Bucks Go!

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My cat doing something she knows she shouldn’t and that’s laying on my sheets and not staying on the faux fur throw. I bought that DREAM pillow from TJMaxx over the weekend…

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Ate a bagel and had iced coffee from my beloved Dunkin Donuts at the park before running errands…
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I also went to the air show down at the lake with my cousins, mom, brother and niece. That was a ball of a fun. It was good to people watch and car watch as people cruised down Lake Drive. Later that night while having cocktails at my cousin’s house, I was informed that my face got sunburned. Even though I am black, it is still important to wear sunscreen and I did lather some on my exposed body but didn’t put any one my face. I end up very orange. Combined with a highlight and bronzer and you can imagine how I looked. :|I know for next time, lol. Anybody know of a good moisturizer sunscreen combo?

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If you follow on instagram, you were able to see some video footage. Above is my niece and god-daughter. ..

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Some great shots from people on instagram…

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week. It’s almost hump day!


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Yacht and boat wedding decorating ideas…

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I love unconventional wedding ideas and I have searched for two point five days for the right yacht images for this post so I hope you all enjoy. Also please click the links of the sources as there is so much beautiful inspiration for a boat, nautical or beachy wedding, reception, or bridal party.

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If you follow my blog or read my summer bucket list or any of the weekend recaps, you would have noticed a common theme: I love water. I find it incredibly calming to be near water in some capacity. Any body of water is so pretty to me and such a beautiful backdrop for a party. The fact that I am looking into doing a boat ride soon, I started thinking about entertaining afloat. The reflection of the sun or moon would make any boat party that much more magical…
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I think that if you charter a private boat, you should see about decorating it to personalize the space a bit. I find floral garland over the railings a classy look…
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I think having a wedding beachside then boarding a yacht for a seafood dinner cruise is a great alternative to more traditional receptions…

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Have you gone on a private boat party lately or been to a wedding on one?

{Images in no order via Jordan Weiland, Corbin Gurkin, Alison Conklin, Alicia Pyne Photography, Mustard Seed Photography, Stephanie Hunter Photography LVL WEDDINGS & EVENTS, Linda Chaja Photography, blue lane studios, eden yachting, Jonathan Young weddings, carasco photography, luxury travel magazine, wedding wire, everything fab, knotsvilla, sargeant creative, the southern california bride, alegria by design, meghan sepe weddings, the bridal detective & wedding chicks}


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Tiny Tot Thursdays: brown pouffes in nurseries

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While reading Erin’s debate on whether to do a bold or neutral nursery, I noticed something in several of the ones featured and thought I’d search for more. Moroccan poufs are nothing new but I still love them no matter how trendy they are. Seeing different variations of brown designed ottomans and in different textures is a great look for a child’s room or nursery. It gives the right amount of warmth to a room to compliment any brass or gold fixtures and accessories.

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It also looks incredibly chic in a white, cream and neutral palette. Most importantly, it can easily get swapped out of the kids room and get placed in an adult setting.

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To me it’s best to pick furnishings that can truly grow with a child along with something that can easily transition to other rooms should the child grow up to want a Disney themed room. Notice some of the storage baskets and rugs….

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{Images via Summer Thornton Design, me oh my mama, lauren conrad, project nursery, brittany makes}


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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history.  They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

 


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