Painting abstract art is hard…

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I bought some canvases and acrylics and just knew it would be easy to create my own art. Newsflash: it’s not. Something that seems so diy easy and fluid is really a struggle. I have painted over my mistakes and will try to try again at another time. The thing is, abstract isn’t really a mistake. It’s not suppose to make sense or be perfect but I am having a hard time creating that right….look.

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I want just the right colors, a hint of metallics and not necessarily LOOK like I done it myself. I can draw really well but painting isn’t up my alley. I’m going to give it another shot but let us admire some good abstract pieces in the mean time.

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Lucy and Company Portfolio full of color and pattern play

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I came across Lucy and Company portfolio and spent a good 20 minutes admiring the work of that talented team last night and probably another 20 minutes this morning. Every room feels staged but not in a stuffy way. The homes feel comfortable and relaxing. What I like the most is the different uses of texture, color, & patterns. It makes the spaces interesting. You can tell heavy attention was paid to the details like the lighting, hardware and finishes as well as rugs and seating. Here are a few of my favs but you really need to browse their portfolio to see more.

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This emerald chandelier looks amazing amongst the graphic wallpaper…

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The company started when there wasn’t a high end children’s design source in the Charlotte area. After tackling kids rooms, the company progressed to offer services for entire homes…
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I would have a field day playing in their textiles and creating endless combos for upholstery and pillows…

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It’s going to be near 60 degrees today…

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So you know what that means…almost time to start outdoor dining…

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It’s also means it’s time to start airing out our homes and opening windows and doors…

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And rocking trench and lightweight coats!

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You can probably tell how excited I am. I am currently sitting in my car on lunch with the sunroof and windows open and a light jacket on. Spring is near!

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Shark jaws, animal skulls, mineral rocks & fossil decor

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A couple weeks ago I went to a coworker’s house party and one of their relatives collects small animal skulls, artifacts & minerals like geode. Ever since then I’ve been seeing them as decor at places like TJ Maxx and Ashley’s Furniture advertisments. This isn’t anything new but I think I may have to go back and get the mini dino head below.

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I would spray paint it gold or stark white…

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I think these little objects strike up interesting convos as well as create dimension for a vignette…

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Love the agate drawer pulls and lamp…

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Not exactly sure where Jessica bought her faux turtleshell but Nate Berkus used to sell some Target.

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IO Metro sells a variety of animal skulls to pick from….

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Decisions Decisions: what color do I paint my vintage trunk and hardware?

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It all started when I saw the pic below on instagram. I was instantly reminded how I need to paint the cubed trunk I have. Mine was bought at Marshalls years ago but it was covered in animal print craft paper. The hardware was left bronze and rustic. I love it and use it as a side table but I want a fresh new look….

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This above is so vibrant and full of life…
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Over on diy showoff, they painted their freebie find with stripes.
I am really liking the way the blue looks. Maybe I could paint mine cobalt blue with black and white stripes with gold hardware or maybe cobalt blue hardware, white trunk with black stripes. Is that too many colors?

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There are other house plants other than a fiddle leaf…

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I love the design community but often times popular home tours pave the way for a bunch of copy cat designs. Which isn’t a problem however I am sick of seeing the popular fiddle leaf plant that everyone has. Nice plant but there are so many others you can pick too. I personally love agave plants though you mostly see those outdoors. I also really like most cacti and exotic tropical leafy plants like the petticoat palms.

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I like a nice potted floor plant but my cat likes to chew on my faux palm tree so I can’t imagine owning one. If you have pets, you have to be sure the leaves aren’t poisonous…
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{Image via Ryan Street, design sponge, garden life, india hicks, tamara magel, design sponge again, & sarah davidson}

Tuesday’s Tips: make your home feel larger

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I was reading an article on Elle Decor yesterday that had some cool tips to make your space feel larger. It was funny because the post also had more images of the home I posted in this post. You can also see that living room below. So I’m categorizing this in both my Tuesday’s Tips and Remember When tabs. Above they combined panels to form one large massive canvas of DIY art which is genius and critical when hanging art in a home with high ceilings. I’m moving into a condo that has high vaulted ceilings in the living/dining area so I know buying art and wall decor has to be sizeable and to scale. Otherwise it will look silly.

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Another trick is taping rugs together to make one large area rug. That too is a great idea and will possibly save you money as large scale rugs are typically expensive. You can also lay them close together on rug grip pads to prevent them from moving apart or the rugs sliding around. Speaking of rugs….I purchased two for only 96 bucks because Rugs USA had a 75% off with free shipping sale that I couldn’t pass up. One is a white furry shag rug is 5×3 ft and one with a cobalt blue design that’s 5×8. I can’t wait till they arrive. This is not a sponsored post, I am just too happy about that deal and the selection. I will definitely use them for clients.

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Painting walls navy like I did for my client…

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I never thought I’d like the color navy let alone navy walls. If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen my pic of the wall I painted for a teen boy’s room. He wanted a Milwaukee Brewers color scheme for the walls for his sports/video game themed room. I knew orange would be apart of that palette and navy looks gorgeous next to the hue. It’s a dark color but manages to be fresh. This high gloss ceiling is stunning especially with the gold sputnik chandelier…

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I love this wood plank idea for the navy wall. It gives the room texture and a focal point for the bed….

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Whenever a dark wall has the contrast of white molding, it’s always a nice look….

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The navy in this bathroom serves as a muted way to keep the ceiling the focal…
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Some nice navy colors to use are Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Club Nay by Ralph Lauren, Chanson Bleu by Dutch Boy & Naval by Sherwin Williams….

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to save money on double curtain rods…

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We all know how pricey double rods can be but tension rods comes to the rescue yet again. Before we looked at how they can keep your scarves ornganized and pot lids from falling over here but now you can save money with them by putting them over an existing rod.

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{Images via Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Ellie Cullman via Johm Lyle Style}