Modern Rustic Interiors and events…

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I have a thing about rustic design but it has to have a lot of modern and contemporary elements mixed in.

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The lighting in this reception is absolutely stunning & it gives an industrial look to the space. I also like the bails of hay stacked in the background…

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This kitchen space has so much architectural details from the exposed beams to the wood plank ceiling, the arches and the steel windows. There are a lot of textures going on in this open floor plan. I really like the industrial bar stools. You can find similar ones at Target, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus & High fashion home.

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So much natural light floods this space from the steel windows. The wood beams and exposed brick add warmth to the space…

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Such a gorgeous wedding backdrop. It looks is if vows are written and hung on fabric…

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Decorating with benches…

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I purchased a wood bench from TJ Maxx with every intention on using it for dining seating. I love the idea of a dining table with a casual bench side. Then I end up purchasing a bar height curved triangle dining table and 2 bar height curved benches. I was going to return the lower bench but decided to keep it. So now I’m debating where I want to put it and how I want to style it. I don’t need it in the entry way because I already have a console table for that but since moving into my condo last week, I don’t quite yet have a kitchen table or chairs. So to fill up the area in front of the patio doors, I thought it could go there with a furry sheepskin rug on top.

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My bench is a little long but there are so many areas you can squeeze a small bench into. If you don’t have a mudroom, you can always put hooks over a bench and create a resting stop for the entry way to take off shoes or drop your bags…

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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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Tiny Tot Thursdays: tidy storage

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Encourage neatness in their closets by putting wall decals or wallpaper on the back of the wall…

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Depending on the age, you can sort certain things numerically. The older kids will understand specific labels more. You can always use acrylic paint and stencils to label the cloth inside the baskets…

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Go thrifting for old luggage and add 3D stickers from the craft sections of Michael’s to create a “well-traveled” feel. That would be really cute for any bon voyage themed rooms…

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Tuesday’s Tips: curtain panels for bathroom showers

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I am moving in a little over a month and will have three bathrooms to decorate so I’m trying to find inspiring ideas. I have always loved the modern take on the old school curtain look for the shower. Nowadays people are using grommet curtain panels, raising the rod near the ceiling and having panels puddle to the floor. I really love this idea but I think I want to use clips to hold the fabric instead of grommets. For fact, I will have two panels….just need to zero down on fabric.

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Something very enveloping and comforting happens when there are two panels. Simply use a tension rod to hang the liner and move it to one side so you don’t see it. A fabric that blends in with the tile is very chic…

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Painted ornate mirrors…

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So I have always had a thing for old ornate mirrors. I love the details of the wood and really like oompth given to them by paint. I have been looking and looking and hoping to stumble on one while thrifting and I finally did. Keep reading for my very own transformation…

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Using a mirror at a wedding or event and having the seating chart or menu on it, is such a beautiful idea…

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So several weeks ago I found this $14 mirror from the Goodwill. I was so excited because it’s rather large. I used to think I would have a gold mirror but then decided I wanted something bold. So I painted it with Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic craft paint in Indigo and it came out like this….

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First I replaced the art with striped wrapping paper that was suppose to be temporary. Then I decided to keep it and add chalkboard paint on the glass.
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I am in the process of moving so disregard the vase branches behind the frame. I kind of like the messy look of it but I may end up painting all of the glass. Seeing the wrapping paper under the chalkboard is cool to me. I think I will put this over my bar cart for drink recipes or a festive message for company.

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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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Gift Wrapping Ideas…

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I love the sequin stockings and the bright ribbon…

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Pottery Barn Teen’s blog has a lot of cool diy ideas including using old school garland for present toppers…

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Adding photos to the gifts are a nice touch. Instead of using name tags, simply place a pic of the person on the gift…

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Jazz up all of those boxes department stores give you with ribbon….

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This is my personal one: use tissue paper to wrap odd shaped items. It’s much more forgiving than paper which can rip and puncture easily. With tissue paper, you can kind of mold it to the shape of the item…

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