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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Tiny Tot Thursday: Bohemian Nurseries

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When decorating nurseries, there should always be some sophisticated pieces of furniture purchased for the room. The dresser and chairs don’t always have to be pint sized. I also prefer designs with wood or white finishes for the furniture leaving color for the decor and accessories.

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Enter bohemian designs. When I think of that style, I think of lots of textures and aztec patterns, Persian and oriental rugs, sunset hues, arrows, feathers, dreamcatchers, yarn and woven elements, mid-century and sleek lines, an explosion of color, layers of rugs, tassles, canopies and teepees, nothing too matchy matchy and an eclectic mix of fabric and pillows that somehow works.

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Bohemian rooms don’t have to be colorful though, as this mint and beige room is executed perfectly…

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The key is to prevent things from feeling too new. So strive to incorporate retro and vintage toys and items for a room that feels collected over time. You will want some pieces that feel like they have some history in the family or at the least, a neat story behind it.

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You can still include the usual baby room suspects like animals and woodland themed tree wall decals. Having real branches and plants keeps it lively…

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Autumn is upon us…

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It’s that time. The only reason I get a little sad when fall arrives is because Milwaukee’s brutal winters are right around the corner. So far it’s been in the 70’s so I can deal for now…

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There are so many fun things to do in the next couple months. Apple picking is one of them and I will be doing that this Saturday. It’s tradition for me and my cousins…

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Then we make apple nachos, caramel apples and apple pies…

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Everything gets cozier in the fall. You can now light firelaces and lots of candles….

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We can start using more spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and frink the fun new flavored coffees …

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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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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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Transom windows…

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I was watching HGTV last night on dvr and learned something new. The architectural horizontal window above other windows and doors are called transom windows. Usually there is some sort of beam between them. Some offer extra ventilation while keeping the room/home secure since they are so high up and small, one wouldn’t be able to get in from outside. Others offer extra light and sometimes you will see stain glass or ornate decorative window panes for the transom window…

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Now when it comes to drapery, I like the idea of hanging the rod under the transom window to allow privacy…

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Some people put sheer valances on that part of the window…

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If you have transoms over room entrances, you can always hide them…

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Do you like this added characteristic of a home?

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to live with dated bathrooms

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There are often times budgets and circumstances doesn’t allow us to do exactly what we want. If you rent, you’re limited what you can do but there are ways to live with awful bathrooms for a little money. Using wall and cabinet paint, adding new knobs, placing a larger shower nozzle, hanging decorative mirrors or mirror trim (window casing trim) are some quick fixes.

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Sometimes it’s simply about accessories and styling and faking the funk to to take the eye away from eyesores. If you style a bathroom right, people will notice the things you styled it with, the décor, the details like the packaging of pretty hand soaps or the smells of decorative soaps.

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Treat yourself to higher end quality products instead of the  usual because it will make you feel like you’re in a spa setting. I really like the assortment of soaps and bath products that places like homegoods, Tjmaxx, & Marshalls sell. I am a sucker for packaging and they have the nicest smelling items and prettiest labels to go with any color scheme.
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You can also shy away from colors and go with a basic set of soap/lotion sets that looks like something you would get at a high end hotel. Speaking of, think about how hotel products look. They are all so nicely packaged and setting them on pretty trays really makes a world of difference.

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You can also re-glaze outdated colors like blush pink and pea green for the tub and sinks if they are in good condition..
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Painting tile is another easy way to go. Swapping out hardware and adding decorative knobs are things you can take with you when you move but the add so much personality to doors.
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Taking the time to replace blown light bulbs can a world of a difference. There are many times I see fixtures in people’s homes be it the bathroom or kitchen or ceiling fans and they look so unattractive when there are missing or blown out light bulbs. Taking  the time to stock up ensures you can replace right away and you will see the difference it makes, especially the bathroom.
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Another thing you can benefit from is displaying only towels that complement the look of the bathroom. Far too often you see people’s bathroom selfies and they have the most raggedy towels hanging up. Most are just thrown to dry any sort of way and it’s so tacky and just looks…..nasty. Even if you aren’t, mismatched towels with threads tearing off is not attractive at all. You owe it to yourself to buy and keep nice towels.
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You don’t have to spend a lot, but moving old towels to the rag stash will make a difference. For guest, keep white towels within reach and rolled up nicely like hotels so they don’t have to ask. Keep more wash towels on hand too as most people use a different one for the face than the body. If you can squeeze it, also have a small laundry basket for towels so they don’t have to have a cluttered pile on the floor. If white towels aren’t your thing, just make sure the ones on display match the bathroom. I always noticed how my cousin always had their whole family (husband and 5 kids) towels on different racks and they all matched. It was such a nice cohesive look.
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I cannot stress more than to have enough paper towels on hand for guest. Nothing irks my soul than to use the rest room in someone’s house and they only have their bath towels hanging up. I’m not  using your bath towels that you wiped your @$$ with to dry my hands!!!!! So do your friends and family a favor and keep a roll of paper towels there. You shouldn’t even WANT your guest to wipe their hands on your towels. Some people don’t wash their hands properly as it is………………but that’s another story lol.
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Also while we’re at it….you may want to toss that idea of having toilet lid carpet and toilet rugs to the side. It’s really not sanitary at all when you think about it. A bathroom rug by the sink and tub is really the only rugs you need. Jazz up the rug too, you don’t have to use the basic old school carpet rug.
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😂 So many style options are available in fluffy piles, shags, and designs. You can even use a runner if you like (esp in an apartment styled bathroom where it’s typically long and narrow).

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If the floor is leveled and decent you can top it with stickable vinyl tile. They offer some that are made to look like slate and stone and others made to look like wood and this could be a really easy cost effective fix for a bathroom you don’t want to spend lots of money on. Personally I love high end updates to bathrooms because the area is small and you can really get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the floor. However everyone can’t hire contractors or want to do it themselves and deal with grout so peelable vinyl is an alternative. Keep in mind that if you have kids or bad pipes or just plain clumsy and prone to getting a ton of water on the floor, this option may not be for you.

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If all fails, simply embrace what you have. if you’re renting, you won’t always live there but you want to at least enjoy the space you have for the time you’re there and if you’re really on a budget and funds are tight, you can still do small things to make you at ease in your own space. My very first apartment had mosaic tile on the floor in an odd green color. I hated it. I hated that entire bathroom but it was my first spot. I made do with what I could. I had a fish theme and got the boldest aquatic shower curtain I could find, the prettiest turquoise glass soap dish accessories from Pier 1 and a metal fish candle holder from pier 1. I bought a pretty woven laundry basket that had blues on the outside as well as the liner and filled the space with candles and shell stuff. I simply used the color of the tile and decorated with it versus against it. In the end, the way I decorated it made me like the bathroom. The tile no longer became an eyesore to me, instead it matched. So try your best to find a color scheme that compliments the dated colors or use classic black and white. That will make almost anything look fly. Happy Decorating!

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My semi done DIY computer table turned bar cart

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Over the weekend my client canceled so I was able to start a project around the house. That project is my old computer desk that has rollers. I figured some adhesive marble paper and gold paint could give it new life. Before I moved last month, I put the marble on the top and keyboard tray area. I really like how the metallic gold looks now with everything

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I still have to finish the bottom obviously but once I do, I will do a post about it. I also have to style it better. This is a “mean time” sorta display. I am having company over Saturday and plan to have it all finished!

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Of course, bottles of vodka and wine will be present soon. Right now they are cooling in the ‘fridge. 🍷 I will keep you posted when it’s finished.


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Coffee corners of the home…

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l can always depend on coffee. One of my coworkers was so nice and bought me a Keurig maker (something I’ve always wanted) plus an assortment of K-cups and the drawer to store all of them. Now I want to create a cute corner on my counter of everything I need. You see, it’s functional but some of my traveler cups are too large to go under the keurig dispenser. So I end up grabbing a mug only to pour it in my travelers cup to head to work. That’s not really functional because most times I end up spilling hot coffee on my hands in the process. I need some sort of a funnel LOL.

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I need cute jars to store my different creamers so I can easily see when I need to replenish.  I also would want some sort of canister that can pour sugar. In the morning when I’m ready to walk out of the door, I don’t want to open additional drawers and pull out spoons and then rinse spoons off etc. I want to simply pour.  I need a cute tray to group all of these things so it doesn’t seem cluttered. I need a chrome frame so I can swap out the print seen here. All of my appliances and the backsplash has stainless steel and chrome finishes. I would like to place that by the coffee area instead of my office.
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Then I can get even fancier and put cinnamon and other garnishes in salt and pepper shakers. I think I will want a jar of coffee beans so in the morning on weekends, I can open the jar to give out that fresh aroma smell that I don’t really get with the Keurig maker.

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I think if you take the time to really jazz up an area of your home that you really love, you may even avoid spending money elsewhere. By having a station set up at home with everything you need, you may want to make it at home versus spending time in someone’s line and giving money away.

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What is your drink of choice in the morning? I do believe I need to start upping my smoothie intake. I bought some chia seeds for them but for you coffee lovers, here is a post on repurposing bar carts and making coffee stations.


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My DIY collabo with MagnaMagic magnetic paints

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I recently collaborated with USA manufactured MagnaMagic to jazz up a piece of furniture my client had. Some may know but since January I’ve been working with an old client on her new home. It will be a 6 month project and multiple rooms. So far I’ve completed the little girls room which I will share soon and the teen boy’s room. We’ve made progress in living room purchases and finally got the rec room in order but I’m not quite finished with the rec room. There are some odd areas that expose some unsightly things like water heaters, etc that I want to hide. The rec room will be used  by the kids primarily and I wanted to inject color without painting the walls. This is where fabric choices and décor comes in play. When my client showed me this picture frame divider, she asked me was there anything I could use it for. I knew I was going to paint it so when MagnaMagic reached out to me, I was thrilled.
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I used regular acrylic paints for the different colors of the frame but I used MagnaMagic’s magnetic primer paint for the frame inserts. I figured the kids could post things and write stuff on it as opposed of having actual pictures. Plus the divider will act as a way of closing off one of those eyesores.

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My honest opinion of the paint is it’s definitely great quality. I could tell because I used cheap acrylics to paint the frame and had a difficult time having a decent coat when using some colors. However the magnetic chalkboard paint was rich and creamy. It almost has a clay like texture when going on if that makes sense. It coated the areas very easily and thick. I could tell when I used less of the primer paint, because some of the magnets didn’t stick to those but majority of them stuck. I guess I would suggest ensuring you use the exact same coats on all surfaces. Also the paint did not have much of a stench at all. I didn’t even need to open the door to keep the room ventilated (though I did just to be on the safe side). The paints are low odor and non-toxic and completely safe for kids.

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I still have a lot of paint leftover and plan to show u another project with it later on. It’s for my own home and I feel my idea is so clever so I can’t wait to share that one soon. In the mean time, check out their DIY project gallery of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
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I recieved a complimentary can of MagnaMagic magnetic chalkboard paint but all opinions are honest. I will continue to support this brand especially because it was made here in he U.S. Thank you for supporting brands that help me run this blog.


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