Purple & cheetah upholstery, zebra wallpaper in a nursery…

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That rhymed and I wasn’t trying. Summer Thornton has a few designs that caught my eye while browsing Marcus Design. Usually I shy away from heavy wood but the purple and cheetah fabric makes it too good to resist. Taking a look that is traditional and pairing with modern up to date patterns and colors can prevent any older home from feeling old-timey or stuffy…

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What I like about this room is the headboard, the layering of pillows, the bedding and the coral pops of color. Usually you see benches in front of beds but I like the chairs and small table as a nice spot to take in some coffee or catch the news…

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Then there is this….a nicely designed nursery with furniture pieces that will grow with the child. You can easily put everything minus the crib in other areas of the home and it’ll work. Despite using such adult pieces, the room doesn’t lack any of the cutesy elements that baby rooms have. The popular zebra wallpaper can go along with any animal themed room. Using rustic fall hues and blue is more of a modern room palatte. Durable leather poufs and velvet upholstery is soft for the baby but still very stylish.

Celeb Homes: CNN’s Alina Cho pink & glam space

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I’m not even into pink like that but I find Alina’s home glam yet comfortable, staged yet livable with tons of character and stories behind her art & decor pieces…

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I still love me some zebra print regardless what animal’s fur pattern is of the moment. Would you believe she repurposed a bookshelf to create a tufted bench? Yep. I nees her upholsterer in my life…

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Dark chocolate walls brings drama to the entry but pink chairs and delicate chandeliers keeps it feminine…

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The art is what I like about this captured shot….

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Monday Morning Inspiration 3.19.12 + some color blocking decor…

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{AD España}

So amazingly beautiful. The bright art is right on time with the color blocking trend. When I stumbled upon this image, I liked it so much I made it my phone’s wallpaper. I am in dire need of color in my life and home. Anyone who knows me knows black is my favorite color. Continue reading

Just some interiors I’m loving + space saving solutions while getting more seating…

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I love the gallery wall. Just a nice cluster of mirrors and black and white photography. Even with the combination of black and bronze frames, it works. The second thing I love most is the mixture of pillows which is by far the easiest way to help inject texture and color to a space. And they’re so cost effective too that you can almost go crazy. Pillows help hide worn out sofas or stains etc. Play with the sizes and fabric. Adding a scarf is always a nice touch to keep things pulled together and not appear sloppy. Design Tip: Use branches from the outdoors to add to a vase with faux floral stems. Sometimes you can spend a pretty penny if you buy enough floral stems to get a full look especially when they go from $6 and up per stem. So adding branches (free) adds a nice effect. Spray paint them to look like these.

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I like the usage of space. If you’re dealing with a smaller scaled apartment or living room, don’t feel as though you have to have a full 3 piece set. As a matter of fact, try to avoid buying sets if you can. I know most times it’s cheaper. I know it’s easier. But if you can swap out that last chair for a different, style, color or textile, you’ll make the space more interesting. Nothing worse than a room looking as if it was all bought from (insert store catalogue here). Maybe put that extra chair in the bedroom to create a reading area. Maybe the love seat is better served elsewhere like the basement for his man cave. If you don’t have room, consider ottomons instead. They take up minimum space. Or use directors chairs as seen HERE. These are options that allows you adequate seating without the bulk….
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Love the tribal textiles and mixing of patterns

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Another space saver solution that I love is ottomons, or cushion seats tucked neatly under a coffee table. More seating, no additional square footage needed. The tiger print is fabulous but I actually like everything about Cathy Triant Buxton’s living room…

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Such a nice seating hallway area. If this is an entryway it’s definitely setting the right tone for the home. Do you play up your hallways or abandon them? What are your feelings on furniture pieces vs sets? How do you incorporate seating in a small space? I’d love to hear your thoughts :-).

{Images via Made By Girl & Focal Point Styling}

Before and Afters: Painting Furniture Edition…

Haven’t done a before and after in a while. That’s primarily because I haven’t come across any. But I have three I feel are worthy of their own post…

One of my favorite before and afters yet. This has been updated with a classic palette that gives it a modern flair. The detailing in the wood to me stands out much better painted. Painting the base and top helps balance the black and looks beauitful in THIS room…

A nice craiglist find transforms into a stylish stool via

Below some inexpensive side tables were turned into something funky and bright and the hardware detailing gives it some character & edge. Love the colbalt blue hue. Get the tutorial HERE.

Color Schemes: Navy, Camel & Animal Print…

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This color scheme is so masculine and looks good paired together in fashion as well as interiors. It reminds me of THIS except navy is more safe than black…

 I know this doesn’t have any animal print but the hues is the same. And that funky textural chair keeps the visual interest…

{other images via HGTV, Pinterest, Houzz}

iWant: a Zebra bench…

{via Life Grace Blog}

Y’all know how much I love me some zebra prints and for me, it’s best when done in smaller increments. A zebra bench would be the perfect addition to my apt. Now talk about inspiring work spaces. This home office is quite lovely and the pops of colors is sure to ignite some energy. The arched bookcases, CHECKERBOARD marble floor & hot pink tufted wingback chair gets the thumbs up from me…

{designed by Jennifer Ferreira}

This bench serves double duty as a table. Design Tip: if you have limited room and need extra seating, you’re going to get an ottoman with enough cushion for comfort. But in order to have it function as a table, simply use Trays. They keep everything sturdy…

This velvet sofa screams “lounge on me”. Maybe iWant that too :-).

{other images via my Pinterest}