Get the look for less on Khloe’s home…

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When I posted a few favorite rooms from Khloe and Kourtney’s homes yesterday, I immediately thought of some of my favorite stores (Pier 1 and World Market) and how they have merchandise full of global and cultural furniture and décor. You can create a similar look with exotic finds by shopping the links below. I sourced other affordable items from AtHome, ZGallerie, High Fashion Home, Lamps Plus, Rugs USA, & Kirklands as well. Purchase vases with metallic sheens, mother-of-pearl and mosaic details. This will add some oomph to a white room…

{Sources: 95″ sheer curtains, tufted ottoman, white lanterns, ivory wall mirror, flower lanterns, lattice aluminum garden stool, chrome and crystal lantern, crystal light pendant}

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Create a neutral color scheme by making it interesting with different textures like faux furs, tweed, velvet, plush microfibers in the pillows and throws…

{Sources: timber end table, hide pillow, corseca pillow, chaise, metallic pouf, crystal sconce, white throw}

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Use patterns like ikat in fabric choices and rugs. Also incorporate high piled shag rugs for a luxe feel…

{Sources: rug, nesting tables, moroccan coffee table, velvet pillow, leather pillow, nailhead ottoman, pattern ottoman, carved wall plaques, hurricane pendant light, carved floor vase, urn vase, mosaic platter}


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Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian’s homes in Architectural Digest…

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I always say Khloe is my favorite and her new home shows some of the reasons why. I’ve blogged about her gym closet recently here. However this new home of hers has some rooms I don’t ever get a glimpse of on KUWTK. I love Moroccan architecture with the ornate details and arches galore and designer to the stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard gave her home a contemporary spin on that…

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It’s more airy and neutral versus being rich in jeweled toned colors but the Turkish, Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences are there in the mirrors, lanterns, and side tables. The room I love the most is this tented living room that feels like a lounge area of an over the top wedding reception. I love that look because it’s definitely dramatic but airy and light. I created a GET THE LOOK that I will post tomorrow on achieving the same style for a budget with some of my favorite stores.

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Martyn included a lot of his collaborations like some fabric selections. He is very known for eclectic and bold room designs with a lot of pattern. He used his Schumacher wallpaper that covered the 5th wall of Khloe’s family room, creating more visual interest to play along with the ceiling beams. I love the rug and how it ties in the cream and white palate. Speaking of, using cream and off whites create more of a cozy feeling than the contrast of bright whites and black. I find this color combination more attainable to live with than bright whites, especially for a sofa.

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Love the outdoor lounge space…

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This is Kourtney’s living room which is vast different from her colorful bold last home. It’s modern but comfortable for the kids…

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I am actually looking to create this same look behind my bedroom nightstand and side table. Placing mirrors behind lamps helps to bounce light around so a room can feel brighter…

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You can see the rest of their home over on Architectural Digest or in store by picking up their Celeb Home Edition.

{Photos beautiful captured by Roger Davies Photography}


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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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Happy 1st Monday of the Year!

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My Monday didn’t get off to a great start. However I was determined to not let that ruin my day and I feel great now. Sometimes you just have to change your mindset….

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Nothing says motivation like a well designed work space…

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I like the use of this space. Not sure of the room’s square footage but you can take a page out of their book if you have a narrow area of a home and need a functional home office…

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When you have sloped ceilings, you can still have a space that can be used simply by pulling furniture away from walls. Please get out of the mentality that every piece has to have a back against a wall. You will see how much better the room feels when you create conversation areas and position furniture in different ways.

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How are you feeling this Monday?


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Target’s wooden ski ornaments…

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I noticed a lot of instagrammers are using the wooden ski ornaments in their Christmas decor found in Target’s dollar section. I have it too and this is how I styled mine.
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Others from aeound the web…

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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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Design Takeaways from recent pins…

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Nothing is better than double doors opening to something magnificent…

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You may be looking at the floor but I am looking at that velvet and gold booth. That deep peacock teal hue is so regal…

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I am one of those people that approve of painting wood trim, door, and built-ins. So naturally I would approve of a metallic gold paint for molding. If you don’t want to commit to something like this on the walls, try it on closet doors or a credenza….

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Now is the time to layer the home with cozy textures and sheepskin rugs are probably one of the most cost effective ways to do so. You can layer them on chairs, sofas, benches and rugs. However I am starting to like the skunk look. Maybe this is a diy waiting to happen. I wonder if hair chalk would work for shag rugs that aren’t going to be stepped or sat on…

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I think this marble slab wall or wallpaper in the home of Nate Berkus would be so nice if it were a bit more subtle. I really like the lighter gray veins versus darker ones….

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Beautiful floors and foyer…

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I know this isn’t an Ikea table but adding studs to a staple with sleek lines would be a cool revamp…

{Images via Cosmopolitan Home mag 2015 home of the year, Michigan. J. Peterson Homes, Visbeen Architects and Francesca Owings Interior Design. Ashely Avila photo, wallpaper, Architectural Digest}


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A Parisian apartment filled with gold…

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This Parisian apartment is designed by Jean-Louis Deniot and here are a few jaw dropping rooms starting with the kitchen. I wish there was a frontal view of that gas hood.

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See the full tour over on Elle Decor here.

{Images by Simon Upton}


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