Can we give a round of applause for this home?

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This is very similar to my bedroom inspiration. A bedroom that has so many textures and creates a moody, modern, relaxing atmosphere with some glam and edge. Velvet, Moroccan wedding blankets, a plush rug, mirrored and chrome details are all elements I have and want for my bedroom retreat. It’s monochromatic but isn’t boring because it’s layered with textures to keep it interesting.

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That’s not where it ends. Check out this living room space. The coffee table is a piece of art and the palette is calming and warm.

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Although I hate the infamous hand chair, this room reminds me of something Kelly Wearstler would approve of.  I wish I had another angle of the banquette because it looks beautiful. I especially like how gold plays off the grays and the gunmetal chain drapes gives it edge. You can see the rest here.

{Photography: Tony Soluri
Architect: Patrick Fortelka, Charles Vincent George Architects
Interior Designer: Aimee Wertepny and Lauren Warnock, Project Interiors
Home Builder: Dave Knecht and Mike Zalud, Northridge Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Eric A. Tharp, Premier}


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Tiny Tot Thursday: Marquee Letters for nurseries

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While in a black hole of design browsing on Instagram, I came across this beautiful rustic nursery. You know I love marquee signs and letters so I think adding those to a kid’s room would be fun. It’s also a stylish alternative to night lights if there is just one small letter on the wall or shelf.

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Ever mentally have a To Buy Item and then…

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You score a great deal on one when you weren’t looking? Funny how that works. I went into TJMaxx to get 2 bar stools for my basement when I spotted it. Before me was a plush, deep tufted  chair with curvy lines. It stopped short of being the chaise I always wanted but for $149, I knew I couldn’t beat the price.

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I have always loved this chair so I immediately decided against the bar stools and purchased that instead. It barely fit in my car…

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Above is my gray chair. It’s nice to have a different outdoor view and room perspective.

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I also bought Straight Outta Compton, the director’s cut.

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I rounded up a few options from various stores  in case you’re looking for one too..

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I think I selected the hotel I want to stay in…

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Annually my bestie and I travel somewhere for our bdays. We go either around hers or mine or somewhere in between as our birthdays fall within a month of one another. This year, we’re heading to New Orleans. I have only been once and that was as a kid. I don’t remember much so I can’t wait to go back…

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The Saint Hotel is located blocks away from Bourban Street and has a really funky design. I can’t stay somewhere that doesn’t have a nice designed interior. We won’t be staying in the Presidential suite but the Lucifer room (red) is gorgeous and is my favorite…

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Tuesday’s Tips: one way to spice up a room

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Stunning work by Spruce Interior Design over on Apartment Therapy. I like the symmetry by the fireplace. I also like the modern way of furnishing a conversation area. Let’s get outside of thinking about furniture sets and create more interesting spaces mixing styles and pieces. If that isn’t in the budget then think about incorporating different tables. Swap out side tables between rooms in your home to avoid everything being too matchy.

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Beautiful stairwell. Head over to Apt Therapy to see more of the home.


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Operation masculine rustic sexiness for my rec room…

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I know. That’s a lot of styles for one area but I have made up my mind and I want the basement area to have all of that. I want to stir away from any girly items that you will find elsewhere in my home. I want it to feel moody and regal, sexy like a cocktail lounge, but edited and purposeful like a modern bachelor pad. I want there to be rustic elements and raw materials like wood and metal. I want pieces I would put in a loft present. Again, that’s a lot but that’s what I want.

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I have black leather sofas in the living room that’ll eventually make their way to the rec room…

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I have recessed lighting down there but I do like the caged pendant look. You can never have too many light sources…

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This is really the only area I want wood items in my home. I bought a studded wood framed mirror from AtHome that I will eventually hang. The wood matches perfectly with a floating ledge I bought at Menards. I also will keep an eye out for some metal and wood bar stools for bar.

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I have a trunk that I was going to paint and place in my office but have decided to use it in the rec room as a side table…

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One wall is a deeper blue hue which will likely get changed. I haven’t given much thought about paint. I know I want it to feel modern but not too dark. Gray is always a good choice for that…

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Have you priced pool tables lately? I didn’t realize how expensive the are. I want one but no time soon.. .

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I like decorating in 3s for a really modern look….

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I know I used this image before but I have been keeping eyes open for cushions. I flipped two bookstands on their sides to use as seating in the mean time. I just want to place some long cushions on top. I would love some camel hued seating somewhere down there.

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As far as rugs, apart of me wants something very plush and another part of me wants a faux cowhide like the ones at Z Gallerie but I’m undecided.


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Retail Therapy: Pier 1 lamp score

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Sorry in advance for the horrible lighting but Pier 1 had a sale over the weekend on floor display lighting and I scored this lamp originally priced at $99 for only $24. I couldn’t believe it. It’s chrome with an acrylic platform at the bottom, silver foil inside the shade and a metallic sheen on the outside. It looks gorgeous in my bedroom…

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So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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