My dream closet essentials…

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I was browsing Compass, a site that has thousands of real estate listings that makes the process of buying and selling a home seamless when it got me thinking. Sometimes I think homeowners put themselves at a disadvantage by not letting potential buyers realize what they could do with a space. Closets with only one rod and one shelf may make a buyer think they wouldn’t have enough room for storage. Just add another shelf or spend a little money and buy organizers to really utilize vertical space. It got me thinking about my own closet, which is functional. I even just bought legs for a table top to display my jewelry. But how cool would it be to have one big room for it all?
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Here are my dream closet essentials. First I have to have a luggage bellman cart. I think they are incredibly stylish for having a weeks worth of outfits on display. The slack drawer would be great even for jeans and I would be able to see my pants at a glance. At first I thought sock drawer organizers were silly but they save you time. When I’m looking for my dress black socks, especially the ones that fit a certain way with certain booties and loafers, I think I could save more time seeing them all than having them all piled on top of each other.
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I love coordinated storage bins in cloth materials and stores like Marshalls and Homegoods, TJ Maxx & Tuesday Morning all have really pretty ones in a huge variety of sizes and some are even at the $12-$20 price point. Below is a picture of mine…
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I use them for laundry but you can use smaller ones for belts, socks, scarves etc…

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I would have a super giant circular velvet tufted ottoman in the middle on top of a furry rug. I would need a large floor mirror. I would like to display necklaces on velvet stands like this because some baubles are too pretty to hide. For the ones that can get tucked away, I think I would line the drawers with leopard and maybe even have cheetah carpeting.

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I think a few doors with mirrored and ornate detailing would be pretty as if I was in a Parisian parlour.
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I’d need a few sparkly chandeliers and wall sconces too…

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I like the idea of having fashion magazines on a table to be able to browse through for inspiration. I would use the Container Store’s items to organize earrings by metal and color. I like the foam inserts because they will keep the earrings in place as I open and close them. I like that the acrylic case allows you to see inside without wasting time opening the wrong drawers.

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I’d like some sort of backlight on the shoe display and skylights or windows in an area by the vanity for natural light. Nothing irks me more than stepping outside and realizing you have on two different blacks. So natural light is essential. What are your must haves for a closet of your dreams?

{Images via house of jade interiors, Red Rock Contractors and Angelica Henry Design, homr stratophere, gracegul order, fresh american style, Lisa Adams for LA Closet Design, Chatherine Kwong Design & the Container Store}


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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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Tiny Tot Thursdays: Reclining Gliders…

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Today’s rocking chairs are stylish and nothing like your grandmother’s. Some of them have hidden rockers so they look just like regular chairs. I created a list of some that are modern and some that are traditional to outfit your baby’s room.

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nursery rocking chair

{Images via Emerald Kate Spade Nursery, Black, White & Gold Nursery, Style Me Pretty & Gracie Blue}


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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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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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Tuesday’s Tips: keep living furniture interesting and avoid buying sets

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I know it’s more cost effective to buy a set of furniture as they tend to have better deals. However if you want to have a super interesting space, try to avoid sets. You can still have a cohesive look by keeping with the same design style or color scheme. You can also do a monochromatic palette and have slight variations of hues for the furniture. This living room above is fun even though the sofas are two completely different styles. They work because they bring out the burnt orange and ivory tones from the artwork and rug…

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These half donut shaped sofas and chairs are a good pairing even though they are different…

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The beige and camel sofas look wonderful together and really bring out the bronze and gold accents of the room. You have two different styles of seating with one armless and the other with armrests so they can appeal to all guests. You can always buy the same type of throw pillows to place on the different seating options as well to unify the look…

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If you stick with a neutral sofa that can transition over time with different color schemes, maybe select a bold hue for the chairs. I actually like when there are two matching chairs in replace of a loveseat. Using the same color as the accent chairs,  place a throw and pillows on the sofa to tie it all in…

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I love the look of the matching chairs…

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Consider using ottomans and benches for smaller scale conversation areas…

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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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