Home Tour: A Raleigh, NC home full of Creativity & Love

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a sushi dinner with Rachel Fox Kipphut. We had never met before, but I had always admired her beautiful family, style and photography through Instagram and we were both local to Raleigh. I had the idea of sharing some glimpses into her super cute home on my blog and meeting seemed like a great idea too!

She was warm and friendly and we talked for hours about everything. I got to know more about her (she is a photographer & stylist) and also her sweet family and background. Rachel is very passionate about building a community that supports and advocates for children and individuals with different-abilities and Down syndrome. Their oldest daughter Eva has Down syndrome and they have found a great support system from the Raleigh community which has helped her grow and thrive.

They live and work in an 1800 square ft townhome with three kids and one dog. They make great use of all the space in their home and have really tailored it to their needs, but also to the needs of their young children. As a mom of young kids myself, I know the challenges of trying to keep a house clean and organized but also a fun and safe place for your kids to play, be comfortable and adjust with the always changing stages. Rachel and her husband Scott have done an amazing job of fostering creativity and style into their Raleigh home. Let's take a peek!

Photography by Rachel Fox Kipphut

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Their daughter Eva was a born artist and draws on every surface she can find, so they loaded down their home with removable chalkboard wallpaper! I think I may need to steal this idea as my Zora is known to draw on all the things in our home!

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Their living room is comfy and cozy with lots of vintage and personal touches.

That Everyday Beautiful print from Schoolhouse Electric really speaks to what Rachel and her family are all about: that beauty be inclusive to all looks, shapes, sizes, abilities, nationalities and genders.

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I love the multi-purpose kid's dining/play area. Such a fun and smart idea!

The pops of color in the books, accessories and art against the white walls are so happy and alive! This kid's space feels so fun but also sophisticated and styled so well! And I really want that Rock On print! 

I'm really taking all sorts of inspiration for our playroom from this setup! Isn't the chalkboard wall just so cool? The swing is great for play and balance and helps to strengthen Eva's core muscles. Most children with Down Syndrome need to work harder to build muscle strength due to low or weakened muscle tone.

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This shared room is a dream! Part style but also so much function here! The black and white graphic removable wallpaper adds so much character to the room. And the color choices feel so fresh and modern. By far my favorite space in Rachel's home!

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Thanks so much to the Kipphut family for letting me share their lovely home! I'm so inspired to create more fun and functional spaces in my own home!

 

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A Whimsical & Happy Big Girl Room

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Welcome to the happiest and most playful place in our home – my 3-year-old Zora's big girl room! She loves the following things: princesses, mermaids, castles, the color pink, songs with only girl singers, cupcakes, Peppa Pig and all things...well GIRL (or guurrll as she puts it).

Without covering her room in all things Frozen (because if she had all things her way, it would be a shrine to Elsa), I tried to create a fun and extremely girly space for her to play and (most importantly) sleep! She is a rebellious and head-strong child, but boy oh boy, does she love all things girl. She insists! So, let's take a little tour around her new big girl room:

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I really wanted the room to feel fun and happy, but also a space she could grow into. Call it 'child-like sophistication'. I loved the idea of wallpaper, but nothing too bold or trendy. I wanted a pattern that would be timeless and feel light, fresh and airy. And what is airier than...well clouds and air? This cloud mural from Arenal was a perfect choice! It could really go in any spot in our home and who doesn't love looking at big fluffy clouds all day?

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I needed the area under her window to be multi-functional: one part toy storage, one part seating and one part comfy and cozy! Those linen roman shades from PB Teen worked to add some cozy layers to the window and the sweet pom-pom tassel curtains from Anthroplogie gave just enough of a whimsical and light dressing around the window.

And I'm in love with that custom-made window seat cushion! It's so well-made and luxurious! I found the maker on Etsy and she was wonderful to work with!

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The dresser is an oldie but goodie from Ikea (discontinued, unfortunately!) and the rattan mirror is from Urban Outfitters. Unfortunately, I purchased it a while back and it appears to now be sold out, but here is a similar style from Pottery Barn. The sweet rainbow stacker toy is from Amazon!

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That adorable dollhouse was her Christmas gift from last year and it has been one of the most played with toys of all time in our house. 

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And she adores her Cuddle & Kind mermaid baby doll. I love that they ethically produce hand knit dolls and 1 doll = 10 meals for kids in need. 

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I upgraded her old rocker to this beauty from Article. She still loves to rock at night and read before bed and I love that its petite enough to fit in this little corner of her room. And I can't get enough of those adorable flamingo animal heads from Target!

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That adorable little night light is from Little Belle. Its so unique and beautiful and I love that its made in New Zealand!

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She loves to play, dress-up and read to her babies here and I couldn't be happier that she loves her room! Kids rooms are just SO MUCH FUN to style and design! I need to have more kids so I can create more rooms! (kidding...my husband is a hard stop on 2).

I've rounded up some of the sources if you are into it:

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1. Pendant / 2. Wall mural / 3. Rattan mirror (similar) / 4. Rug / 5. Pink task lamp / 6. Bed / 7. Rocking chair / 8. Bedding / 9. Round pillow / 10. Canopy / 11. Doll / 12. Curtains / 13. Floor light / 14. Night light / 15. Window cushion / 16. Storage unit (2 pushed together) / 17. Woven basket / 18. Striped basket

This post does contain some affiliate links meaning if you purchase something you've clicked on,  I will get a small commission. I only promote the products I truly love though!

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The Magic of White Paint

White paint can do wonders for red (late 80's) brick! The same can be said for 90's oak cabinets. You guys already know this though! There is nothing groundbreaking about painting things white. We've been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. It works though and seeing before's and after's is basically my favorite, so let's dive into some white painting adventures happening in my home!
Take exhibit A:

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That was our fireplace and mantle before we painted it. We didn't even live in the house then and I'm not hating on the previous owner's decor choices, but wanted to show how different just painting that red brick made the room feel.

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Now I know some folks out there are against painting wood and brick white. I get it. They probably have way older homes than we have and way more character in their home. Our home was built in 1989 and while it does have some character, its from the 80's and the changes (big and small) using white paint have made our home feel more happy and modern, which is generally what I'm aiming for. 

Let's look at our kitchen next:

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We were told that our cabinets (90's oak) were very good quality so we lived with them like that for several years. I really kinda hated them, but I tried to convince myself they were sort of 'Scandinavian inspired' lighter wood cabinets. haha.

We paid a company to have them sanded down, sprayed Sherwin Williams Extra White and had the hinges replaced with white ones. I think it cost around $7500, so NOT CHEAP but soooo worth it (in my opinion)! We have a ton of cabinets which is part of the reason for such a costly endeavor. Replacing the cabinets would have cost much, much more so I have no regrets!

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It just feels so much happier in here. Granted, white is harder to keep clean especially with kids and a messy cook (my husband) but we manage. Its not my dream kitchen, but painting those cabinets made such a difference and I'm happy to cook and eat in here everyday!

What do you guys think? Are you over painting everything white or still loving it? Let me know in the comments!

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Feeding my pup only the best stuff with Stella & Chewy's

This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy's. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

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If you have followed me on Instagram for any amount of time, you know that I have a very special place in my heart for my sweet pup, Buster Bear. He is a regular in photographs and is pretty much my shadow, following me everywhere I go every minute of the day. I call him my 'ride or die'.

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  photo by  Stephanie Bryan

A little backstory on Buster: We adopted him last year after our first pup Mollie B passed away. He brought lots of laughter and love into our home and after losing our first dog, it was very much needed (especially for me). It wasn't all rainbows and sunshine though, as we quickly realized he needed a lot of special attention due to his extreme separation anxiety (he had moved around quite a bit as a young pup and was clearly stressed). He also peed and pooped very frequently in the house and seemed to want to chew up everything! Regardless of some of his...ahem...flaws...we all fell in love and knew he would eventually get the hang of things.

When Stella & Chewy's reached out to me to try some of their new Raw Blend kibble, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to feed Buster the very best ingredients and encourage a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle for our young and at times, stressed pup.

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Buster's eating habits weren't necessarily bad during his first few months with us, but he really preferred to steal food off my kid's plates when they weren't looking vs eating his actual dog food! What a rascal!

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When it comes to choosing dog food, I always try to choose the very best, making sure that quality meat is the number one ingredient. I happily discovered that the Raw Blend and the Raw Coated Kibble met all my dog food requirements and then some:

  • meat is the #1 ingredient using responsibly sourced proteins like grass-fed beef,

    lamb and venison, cage-free poultry and pheasant and wild-caught fish

  • no hormones or antibiotics

  • 100% organic fruits and veggies

  • grain-free

  • I've definitely noticed some positive changes in Buster's mood, appetite and overall demeanor. We've been feeding him the Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe and he has been loving it so far. He seems happier and has more pep in his step! Not to mention a more healthy and balanced diet has improved (some) of his old bathroom habits!
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I have been so pleased with Buster's progress and know that feeding him a high-quality raw blend diet will have a meaningful, positive impact on his overall health and well being. Not to mention being a happier and more well-behaved pup! Cheers to that!

If you are interested in learning more about Stella & Chewy's approach to creating high-quality foods for pups and trying it out for yourself, you can save $5 with a printable coupon by signing up here: https://www.stellaandchewys.com/akibbleabove

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A Fun & Graphic Powder Room Reveal

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I'm so excited to share one of my very first client projects! To give you quick re-cap on my blogging and designing journey, I used to be a full time graphic designer up until earlier in 2018 when I decided to pursue my styling and blogging gig full time! So, here I am sharing my first professionally shot space (well, I photographed it but you get the picture!). 

Before I get to more details on this space, here is a quick before:

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My client has a very fresh and modern style and had recently purchased this home which had a mix of modern and traditional finishes. The powder room was her least favorite space and we both knew it would be a good place to start. We only made basic aesthetic changes but boy oh boy, did it make a difference!

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Even though this room has no windows (which makes it very tricky to photograph!), adding that amazing Serena & Lily wall paper immediately brightened it up and made it feel so happy and fun!

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I've had such great luck with pre-made vanities from Wayfair lately, that I sourced this modern one and it did not disappoint! The marble was stunning and the shaker style cabinets were just the right mix of simple and modern. We swapped out the silver hardware for these leather pulls and handles from CB2 and I think that might be my favorite detail. They make the vanity feel way more custom than it actually is! And to me, you can never go wrong using leather. 

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I knew the wallpaper was going to be a STATEMENT (a very good one, but still strong!) and I love how that beautiful Big Sur print from Jenny's Print Shop softens all the graphic angles and grounds things a bit. Pictures of oceans just go in bathrooms, right?!

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And speaking of natural elements, I had my client's husband clip off a large branch of a Japanese Maple tree from their front yard and added that to a vase. It adds impact, life and again softens all those angles. Plus, I never realized that the leaves from a Japanese Maple look like pot leaves!

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The matte black faucet from Delta was soo perfect and soo affordable. I am definitely planning to use one of those in my home! Love the quality! And that awesome rounded corner mirror came from my go-to spot for all things home, Rejuvenation.

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I loved how this little bathroom came together! What do you guys think?

If you are curious about any of the sources, I put together a design board with most of the products: 

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1. Sconce / 2. Wallpaper / 3. Mirror / 4. Print, Frame / 5. Towel Ring / 6. Hand Towel / 7. Vanity / 8. Leather Pull, Leather Handle / 9. Vase / 10. Hand Towel / 11. Faucet / 12. Rug / 13. Hand Soap

This post does contain some affiliate links meaning if you purchase something you've clicked on,  I will get a small commission. I only promote the products I truly love though!

 

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What I'm Into Lately: Self-Care

Self-Care. A very modern state of mind/topic. If I'm being honest (and I am), I'm a very new adopter of this principle. A little bit of a backstory leading up to my new found habit of being kind to myself: As far as I can remember, I always felt like a pretty normal person. I think I'm nice, have honest values and think overall – I'm a good human being. With that said, I've always had incredibly low self-worth, a complete lack of assertiveness, have always doubted myself/my decisions and have found myself apologizing at every turn. But, I've made it through life this far, so for the longest time I just rolled with it and kept everything very private and tucked away.

Over the last couple of years, those feelings have only gotten more intense. When I had kids, it compounded even more to the point that I was angry, crying or sad on a very regular basis. Don't get me wrong - I have amazing kids and a great life, but for whatever reason, I was just...well...clinically depressed as they say. Basically full of sadness and anxiety. 

I could write many more paragraphs on my own personal mental health story, but that could get a bit long....so all that to say that I'm in therapy, take medication and have started to really take self-care very seriously. And there are a ton of ways to take care of yourself, but for me as an (ahem....aging) woman in her late 30's, self-care means pampering myself with baths, re-reruns of The Crown in bed, working out, eating healthier and taking care of my skin. 

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I used to love makeup and beauty products, but after I had my kids I kinda put myself on the back burner and abandoned a lot of my old skincare routines. Big mistake! (for me). I told myself that I had more important things to spend my time and money on. Little did I realize that by putting everyone's needs and happiness over my own, it was affecting my own self-worth. Now, I'm not suggesting folks go out and buy all the expensive beauty products to feel happy/beautiful, but for me – taking the time for myself in that regard has made me feel...well more like me again (in the best way possible). It's like saying to myself: you still matter!

 I hope that makes sense! Ok, now on to some of my favs lately and a few honest reviews:

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Side note: I am not a beauty blogger or an expert. These are just the products I'm using that are currently working for me. 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser
I've been using this for a couple of weeks now (morning and night) and I honestly love it. It lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling very soft and refreshed (and not too dry). I've read very good things about AHAs for ance and aging and those are my pain points!

Trader Joe's Rose Water Toner
This smells so good! And I'm not technically sure what it does, but I spritz it on in the evening and my face feels hydrated and fresh. Mostly for me, its the smell! But its super affordable ($3.99) and is made with real Damask rose water and oil.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer
I have tried many of Glossier's products and really really like them, but this is one of my favs. I am on my second tube of this because it does a great job of hydrating my skin and is super light (I have very oily skin) and fresh!

Dr. Hauschka Eye Cream
Love this eye cream for day and night! Go away fine lines!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
I've only used this a handful of times, but so far – it's awesome! Love how it tingles on your skin and afterward your skin just glows (and for me is a bit red at first but that dissipates after a few minutes).

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA
I put this on after I cleanse/moisturize at night and my skin feels so smooth in the morning! I've also noticed less breakout and smaller pores after using this (in combination with the other products) Plus its $6.50!

Coola SPF 30 Mineral Primer
I've been using this after my morning cleansing and moisturizing routine and I love how it improves the overall texture and appearance of my skin. I have oily skin and at times a yucky pore situation and this really helps both of those issues! Also, it's sunscreen!

Jane Iredale Mineral BB Cream
This is probably my new favorite product to date! It gives better coverage than most of the high-end foundations I have tried and really smooths and evens out my skin! And a little goes a long way with this stuff so I'm hoping it will last a long time. Also, more sunscreen!

Antonym Copper Organic Baked Blush
I just love how natural and healthy this looks on my skin (I have the Peach color). The smell is kinda odd..maybe because it's organic and natural? Either way, it's fantastic!

This post does contain some affiliate links meaning if you purchase something you've clicked on,  I will get a small commission. I only promote the products I truly love though!

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The Easiest (& Most Beautiful) Moodboard Maker You've Ever Seen.

This is a paid advertorial with Corian® Design.

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Have you ever thought about the story behind a well-styled space? I'm talking about the reasons behind the choices. Why one might choose a certain texture, material or color? These are just hypothetical questions, but after I used the new Moodboard Maker from Corian® Design, I started to re-think the roots of one of my own spaces. 

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Our breakfast nook is one of the most used spaces in our home. We eat all our meals there, have morning coffee, occasionally work and my kids love to spread their crafts and legos out on the table and go to town. It's the definition of a multi-functional, family space. I wanted to think beyond the functionality of it (even though that is very important) and get to the concept and vision behind what inspired my design choices. 

This is where the Moodboard Maker comes in. It's a handy little tool that helps you decide a style direction and gives you a myriad of inspirational images to choose from to create your own unique mosaic shape that doubles as an inspiration board. To start, they have 7 different styles ranging from modern, refined, minimal and organic to name a few. You select the style that represents you most and go from there to create your own design. In addition to their selection of imagery, you can also be as creative as you want and upload your own content. I had a tough time choosing one style because there were multiple choices that appealed to me. But in the end, I chose the relaxed style as I'm drawn to a casual, lived-in feel. I have young kids, a husband that loves to cook and a rambunctious dog so there is nothing fussy or fancy about our home. Simple is best in my book. I combined some of their pre-loaded imagery, including some the gorgeous Corian swatches as well as textures from my own space and imagery that inspires me to create my design. I featured Corian® Solid Surface in Limestone Prima in my moodboard because of the light, bright colors, and delicate swirls.

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I've always been drawn to nature for inspiration when it comes to home styling. There is something so beautiful about an organic element like wood or seagrass inside a home. They add a casual and relaxed feel that softens up a space and makes it feel comfortable and happy. And one of my favorite places to take inspiration from is the beach. I got married there and my husband and I dream of owning our very own beach property one day. It made sense that my mood board would have that laid-back, beachy vibe. Nothing too kitschy like seashells everywhere or a Margaritaville explosion (although I do love a margarita!) but simple, breezy with a nod to coastal style. 

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I had so much fun playing around with this awesome tool and I loved how my unique mosaic turned out. It was very easy to use and really opened up the way I thought about decorating my home, taking me back to the roots of why I made the decisions I made in the first place. My unique inspiration board serves a collection of shapes, textures, patterns and materials that tell my space's story, not to mention the end result is a really cool piece of art that I plan to frame and hang in the space. Such a fun and personal story to tell! 

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Go get creative and try it yourself and share with #CorianMoodboardMaker

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Our Outdoor Living Space

Hello and happy Friday! Today, I'm sharing a few glimpses of our deck and our (slightly over grown) backyard space. If I'm being totally honest, this space has probably gotten the least attention and dare I say is slightly neglected. I showed my husband these photos and he was like eek! I should have trimmed those trees! All I can say is real life, people! I'm trying to make the best of what we have! My kids love being out here and its very nice in the evening when the sun is setting. There are a few new pieces (the chairs and the rug) but mostly I have made do with what I already have. We have a TON of trees back there, so this area sees quite a bit of debris and outdoor wear and tear.  I can't really justify spending a lot on improving it until we cut down some of the trees and get the backyard properly landscaped. Its going to happen...someday!

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What do you think of my outdoor sofa hack? LOL. I realized last year that we probably needed to get a bigger outdoor sofa, but given the reasons I mentioned above I decided to try and make do. I pushed the loveseat and the two chairs together to create a larger seating area that fits the space. Dare I say it looks kinda like an airport lounge, but I'm going with it this year! Hell, it works and sometimes that is good enough! That set is from Target, but they no longer make it!

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I did temporarily move our indoor coffee table out here and I think it works pretty well and would probably work as an outdoor one. I like having different pieces that don't all match so it feels more eclectic and collected. And our hydrangeas are in full bloom so I had to pick a couple for the table. Its been very lovely weather this past week with minimal humidity, so I have been enjoying a cup of coffee out here in the mornings. Also, less bugs in the morning so that is a plus! 

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Those white chairs are just the best! I think World Market might be my favorite for outdoor decor lately! The pillow is from West Elm (but again, last year). And that Target rug is so good and so dang affordable! If only I could keep it out here all the time, but those trees would dirty it up in a heartbeat so we move it out here when we entertain or just want to enjoy the space a bit more. Its not that big of a deal to move and store it when needed.

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Here is another angle looking out to our (very old) playhouse that my kids still love. Its a small space but great for entertaining and grilling (our grill is on the opposite site). What do you guys think? Someday, I'd love to get a new deck put in, add a garden, a shed and do some landscaping but until then I'm happy with it. You can check out some of the sources below.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Friday Favorites: Random Edition

Hello and happy Friday, friends! Hope your week has been a good one and you are doing exactly what you want to do this weekend! I'm going to be attending some birthday parties and spending some time at the pool with the kiddos and husband. We are also hoping to have some friends over for a little cook out. Fingers crossed I can get the deck looking decent!

Today I'm sharing some things I've been enjoying lately and its kinda random, but hopefully one person out there gets something out of it! ha!

TULA

I recently started using some of Tula's Probiotic skin care products and I'm just loving them! I have pretty oily skin (and I still get break outs after all of these years...grrr) so their Exfoliating Clay mask has been on regular rotation as it sucks up some of that oil and leaves my skin feeling very fresh and even. I also love their cleanser and moisturizer! And how long does a girl need to keep getting zits before she can get a break already!

Also, you can get 20% off at tula.com using the code SUNNYCIRCLE

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DASH MINI WAFFLE MAKER

Who doesn't love homemade waffles?! Well, my kids are obsessed! And this adorable little waffle maker is super simple to use! It comes with a little recipe book that takes about 5-10 mins to whip up and then it cooks the waffles in about 2 minutes. Oh and they are quite delicious and a perfect size! They ask for them every morning! 

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KEDS SANDALS

I just got these lovely little slide-on sandals from Zappos and they are soo comfy! I'm a big fan of designlovefest and they are part of their collaboration with Keds! Love them!

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INTO THE WATER

I just got this book and started it and its already hooked me immediately! I loved The Girl on the Train (same author) so I'm excited about this one! Plus, I'm trying to read before bed and make that a habit! 

And thats is for today! Hope you all have a marvelous weekend! See you back here next week.

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Summer on the Deck: The Plan

Hello and happy weekend! Its the official start to summer this weekend, so I thought I would share the design plans for our little deck. We aren't doing too much...just mainly some styling updates and tweaks.

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You can see above what it looked like last year and I'm keeping some of the same pieces (the love seat, the umbrella base, the cafe lights). As I look back, I feel like that version definitely needs some more warmth and variation (as it looks so matchy-matchy to me), so I'm adding some new chairs and swapping out the storage ottoman for a tan wicker one I already have. And a slightly bigger rug! Also, the umbrella didn't survive the winter, so I've ordered a fun black and white one (I accidentally kept it open during a winter storm and it snapped!)

One day, we will re-do the entire space (new deck with a pergola, landscaping, the works!) but that isn't in the budget this year. Until then, we can still enjoy a fun space before its get too hot and buggy! Its supposed to rain all weekend, so fingers crossed we can at least get it cleaned and power-sprayed and hopefully set up to enjoy some s'mores out there. I'll share the designed space very soon (weather-permitting)!

Also, both Target and World Market are having 30% sales on their outdoor items and most of the pieces that I have are from there! 

Hope everything has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  

Deck Sources:

Umbrella | Umbrella Base | Cafe Lights | Rug | Ottoman | Chairs | Love Seat | Candle | Geo Pillow | Black and White Striped Pillow | Firepit

This post contains some affiliate links.

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My Shopping and Styling Adventures with Home Centric

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Over the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of shopping and styling with the help of Home Centric and I wanted to recap my entire experience here! 

 Home Centric is a new home decor store in Cary, NC, with a focus on style within reach. They have a ton of inventory in a variety of styles and price points. My own personal style leans pretty classic modern, but with touches of traditional and a heavy dose of Mid-Century.

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I was able to find lots of items to blend seamlessly in with the rest of the decor in my home. I loved that modern tufted chair and the fun grey throw with the chunky tassels. Its comfy and there is plenty of room for snuggles and Netflix binging. 

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I fell in love with their tulips and pretty much used them everywhere I could in my home. They were so well priced and so realistic! Can't say enough good things. They had them in a myriad of colors, but ultimately, I chose white for a classic feel!

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Also, that leather bench! I knew instantly when I saw it that it would be perfect in my home. It’s real leather and has beautiful tufting on it! You can see me above swooning over it in the store!

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I even found something for my son's room. I simply placed two of these storage ottomans (more tufting!) together and styled around them with items I already had. I love how they add a bit of sophistication and texture to the space! Plus storage, of course!

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They had a ton of accessories and smaller items in addition to furniture. I found these pretty, striped bath towels that look great in my bathroom!

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The whole process has been so much fun. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful and I couldn't be happier with the pieces that I got. If you are local, go check ‘em out and don't leave without a bundle of tulips! 

Sound off in the comments with thoughts or questions. Happy shopping!

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Friday Favorites: Sconce Edition

Hello and happy Friday! I've had sconces on the brain lately! I've been sourcing them for a couple of clients with one of them being me! You see I had always wanted to install sconces above our mantle, but was too cheap and lazy to hire an electrician. Eventually I would get to it, but before I could call an electrician I stumbled upon Nesting With Grace's light hack and voila...new sconces installed with no electricity needed! This post is not about the light hack (because you can go and read all about it here) but just to share my new installed beauties from School House Electric!

And seeing that its Friday, I thought I would round up some of my fav sconces below. Enjoy!

 

Sconce Roundup:

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day!

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Zora's big girl room design board

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I've been quietly planning and designing my daughter Zora's big girl bedroom for a while now. I just didn't have everything I needed to pull the trigger (and I still don't have it all, but I'm close). She loves princesses and pink so I'm totally embracing all things sweet and feminine for her room.

My goal is to get her excited about being in the room, playing in there and most importantly going to sleep at night! I think she is going to be SO pumped about that canopy draped over her bed. Kinda like a princess's castle! I will share the full reveal in a week or two, but see below for a little sneak peak and all the sources from the design board are down there too!

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Room Sources:

Wall and Trim Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace  |  Wall Mural  |  Pendant  |  Rattan mirror (similar)  |  Task lamp  |  Rug  |  Bed  |  Rocking chair  |  Bedding  |  Canopy  |  Doll  |  Round pillow  |  Curtains 

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Friday Favorites (on a Saturday)

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I love a good roundup, so I thought I would take the opportunity to curate some of my favorite things from the week and share them here! I had intended (and will, going forward) to post this on Friday but life happened and I didn't get to it. Check back here on Fridays going forward for things that I've purchased for myself or for clients, things on my wish list, inspirational pieces, book suggestions, recipes, music or just people/places/things that I love and am inspired by! 

Now, on to my favorites from this Friday!

1. RETRO STYLE TOASTER I recently got one of these awesome retro toasters from Russell Hobbs. I love the contrast of black in my white kitchen and I'm a sucker for anything reminiscent of the 1950's!

2. SCANDINAVIAN SUNBURST WALLPAPER This beautiful paper from Chasing Paper is amazing! I am currently installing this in my entryway and can't wait to share the full space once its complete. 

3. TERRA COTTA FUNNEL PLANTER The women over at Holistic Habitat know how to curate some amazing pieces! This came in the mail this week and I am so excited to find the perfect plant for this baby! This is just one of many beautiful things in their shop!

4. NAVY DRESS I don't shop for clothing as much as I used and even though I'm a bit older these days, I still go to Modcloth for the occasional dose of retro style in my wardrobe! (I have a collection of about 25 vintage dresses) I have this dress and I can say its so flattering and so incredibly comfortable!

5. BIG SUR PRINT I can't say enough good things about Jenny's Print Shop. They are always adding new pieces and have an amazing collection of very affordable and downloadable art. This one was recently added and I love it!

6. THE MINIMALIST KITCHEN COOKBOOK I have been a fan of Melissa from The Faux Martha for a while now! Her new cookbook is full of gorgeous images, simple, delicious recipes and beautiful design! I also love her step by step approach with each recipe. Can't recommend this book enough!

Thats it for now! Check back every Friday for more favorites! And happy weekend!

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A rug roundup and blogging update!

Happy Monday! I've been doing lots of 'rug research' lately for several projects that I'm working on so I thought I would share some of my favs here on the blog!

But first, a quick update! I'm really trying to update this blog naturally with all the things I'm working on and creating in my day to day - but I'm still new at this, so its an adjustment for me. I know I'm waayy late to the blogging game, but I'm giving it a go so please keep checking back as I make improvements and additions along the way! My goal now is blog once a week, so fingers crossed I can achieve that! And thank you for reading!

Now, on to rugs! I feel like I've been spending hours upon hours looking at beautiful rugs online. Mostly, they are for clients, but one or two inevitably ends up in my cart or home wish list. What can I say...rugs are kinda my jam! 

I will say from looking at all my pins that I am completely on #teamblue (for pretty much everything) and #teamblack&white. Also, I can't get enough of geometric patterns and the beauty of a vintage or vintage-inspired Persian in just that right shade of blue and rust!

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In my family room, I use this black and white rug from West Elm to balance the neutral colors and natural textures of my camel-colored leather sofa and that mid-century modern chair. Throw in a few pastel pillows to soften the room and you've got a cozy space that is both visually stimulating and welcoming. Sadly, this rug is no longer available. However, below you'll find some beautiful pieces that will surely get you thinking about how to incorporate geometry into your everyday living. 

That Serena & Lily rug is one of my favorites. And I think it would do well to hide some of life's messiness with its heavy texture and dark hues.

Pretty much everything McGee & Co. does is spot on! That rug is perfection!

I love the warmth and homeyness that a traditional hand-knotted wool rug adds! That rust colored rug from Chris Love's Julia's office is so lovely as is this one with all those amazing colors!

Shop the look

I've rounded up some of my favorites here for you guys to shop if you are in the market! There is a good mix of high/low prices in styles I love. 

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At home (and very comfortable) in J.Jill!

I spend most days at home and if I’m being honest – my work-from-home, mom wardrobe mainly consists of yoga pants, baggy t-shirts and moccasins. I wouldn’t say my style is necessarily ‘styling’ these days. I’m #teamcomfort and when I got to try on some of J.Jill’s new spring clothing from the April collection, I happily discovered that comfort can be chic at the same time. I will live in these J.Jill Denim Leggings as I can seamlessly take them from lounging to dinner.

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I found everything in the J.Jill April collection to be very stylish and comfortable,
which is what I live for. This cardigan is so figure-flattering, comfy and very light weight. I had to have have it in 2 two colors! Perfect for a sunny 60-degree day at the park – or feeding my pup treats at home while looking very chic!

And can we all just give a giant round of applause for gingham? This dress is giving me youthful hipster in color and pattern, but in an adult shape and that flattering cinch at the waist is all I need!

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This J.Jill Linen Tie-Waist Dress is my absolute favorite from their the April collection. Here: I’m pretty happy fueled by coffee and design!

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These (extremely) comfortable white stretchy jeans are perfect for relaxing in the morning sun! That dog is always looking for a handout even if all I’ve got is a cup of coffee!

Sneakers with a dress? Yes, please! This collection is so fun, stylish and easy-going and have I mentioned the comfort level? I’m loving how it feels right at home (in my home) in my office, in front of my dot wall or enjoying a moment in the kitchen. The perfect intersection of style and comfort. Happy days!

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Welcome to my refreshed monochromatic guest room (on a budget)

Happy Friday, friends! Today, I wanted to share a room I recently refreshed very quickly with some paint, a few (very inexpensive!) purchased items and shopping my house for the rest. Don't get me wrong - as I designer I have the urge to constantly be re-doing and updating and I'd love to always get new things, but my pocketbook won't allow it. I need to save for things like college tuition these days! This room is far from my perfect space, but using what I already had and updating it a bit with a few new purchases is making it a feel little bit more modern, welcoming and guest-ready (it is our guest room after all!)  

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Let's start with a quick before. We have lived in this house for 4 years and I had done nothing to this space. I actually like that happy color, but I just wanted to switch it up a bit and make it a tiny bit more grown-up and sophisticated.

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The bed was actually my husband's as a bachelor! I took the round pieces off of the headboard (one was broken so I kinda had to) and added a picture ledge for some art and color.  And those nightstands are inexpensive Ikea pieces I have had forever. Do I want some new ones? Yes! But, priorities :) Oh and the color is SW Silverpointe in a matte finish. Its a light grey with more cool tones. 

The bedding is all Target with the exception of that amazing throw from West Elm. I love the texture it adds. The lumbar is a beauty from my friend Monika of ZigZag Studio Design and the throw pillow is an oldie but goodie from Anthroplogie. The art is a mix of Kelly Ventura, Jenny's Print Shop, Inaluxe and Home Goods. 

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The one thing I purchased that I feel really adds a finishing touch to this room are those window panels from West Elm. They are actually black out curtains! I love the texture and that pleated look from the drapery clips. Truth be told I need to hem them, but the room is pretty small so from these pictures, you can't really tell!

I had the Target mirror (doesn't everyone?...its a good affordable one!) and the vintage dresser, but I did my little easy trick of adding modern hardware, polishing it up with a bit of Old English and she is as good as new! The table lamp is from World Market. You can mix and match the bases to the shades and get a more custom look. I think I spent $100 total on it!

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The only other piece I purchased for this room was that amazing chair from Target. For the price (I got it for under $200!) it is really, really good. Very well made and pretty easy to assemble. Its low profile, simple and actually comfy! I don't think I talked about the rug yet - but its vintage and came from my parents house. I like how the reds and pinks play off they grays in the room, giving me enough color for it to feel happy and homey!

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So there you have it folks! I think I spent between $400-$500 total for the room. Not bad and I'm loving having a new(ish) space that feels complete (for now..lol). 

Let me know your thoughts and thank you for reading!
 

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A Nugget Giveaway!

Giveaway now closed.

You know those rad kid couches that have taken the interweb and social media by storm? Yep, I'm taking about a Nugget! My kids love em! America is loving em! And I'm teaming up with them today to offer you guys an awesome giveaway!

But first, a little bit about the Nugget and why our family loves it and how we use it! The Nugget is basically a portable couch that is comfy, cool and fun! It comes in a rainbow of awesome, modern colors (and the covers are removable too so you can switch it up..more on that later..). Its for kids of all ages and can be used to play, read or just relax. My kids love to build things with it and jump to their hearts desire. When the kids aren't using it, I can style it to be more grown up and blend with the rest of the decor in my home. So, win win for the whole family!

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You can catch my son Wyatt building a train track or snuggling our pup Buster (who also lounges on the Nugget during the day to people watch).

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Its basically a universally awesome product and fun for hours for my kids! If it were up to my kids, they would have a Nugget in every room!

Which brings me to the giveaway! Nugget is a Durham-based company and I've had the pleasure of getting to know the team and testing out multiple colors in my home. On March 6th, they are launching all the colors available in removable covers. Which means you can interchange the colors seamlessly (and its super easy to remove and wash because I have a 2 year old)!
They are offering my readers a $100 shop credit towards a new Nugget or a cover in the color of their choice!

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Their new modern colors are soo good. The Cactus, Koala and Submarine are some of my favorites and will all be available in the covers too. I also loved testing out the Cantaloupe against more neutral or muted background colors. Its so fun and happy!

The rules for the giveaway are simple:
Tell us your favorite color in the comments and that's it!
We will announce the winner on Sunday, March 4th at 8pm. U.S. residents only.

All the colors will re-stock on March 6th, so head on over and check em out! And thank you so much for reading and following along!
Now, comment away!

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My calm & neutral bedroom

Hello and welcome to my neutral sleeping oasis! One of the most neglected spaces in my home has been my bedroom. I have lived in this house for almost 4 years and have basically done nothing to the space (design-wise) apart from a few accessories here and there and adding a king size bed when we had our second kid. I've spent the better part of this week cleaning and styling this space and I'm pretty happy with it. Its not perfect (what space is?) but I think its achieving the neutral and calm goal that I was going for.

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When we were renovating our master bathroom, I decided to bite the bullet and paint the master bedroom the same color (white). The color is BM Chantilly Lace and its a really awesome color. Its crisp and clean, but also leans a tad warm too. I love how big and open the space feels (and to be fair, it is a pretty bit room). I'm in on white and this is my first foray into painting a room strictly white. I have long admired it in other's homes and I can officially say I'm loving it in mine as well!

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I just got that scandi-style clock from a local shop in Durham and I love it in that spot. Not sure we will actually use it to tell time (hello, phones) but I'm gonna give it a go! And I found it on sale at Rejuvenation today, in case you were into it :)

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And can we talk about this amazing bedding from California Cotton?! Its so incredibly soft and stylish! Not the most practical if seeing dog hair on your beautiful white bedding bothers you, but I still just love it so dang much.

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The room is rather big and open and connects to our master bath. I love this view! The old Erin would have needed more color and pattern, but the older and more mature me digs the white and creams. Color from that amazing Juniper Briggs piece and my fiddle are giving this space life!

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I love mixing the old with the new. I did a post about re-freshing this piece that once belonged to my grandmother with new pulls and a new mirror. I added a few other accessories around it to finish off the space.

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This part of the space is honestly still evolving. I debated on even sharing this part of the room because its just not 100% yet. Its not bad and I enjoy some of the elements like my new rad and modern diffuser from Pilgrim and that hat rack. I really want to get one of those Samsung Frame TVs but for now this will be fine. And I know having this big ol' black box in my zen and calming space is kinda confusing, but I love watching my fav shows in here after the kids go to bed. So, its worth it to me for now.

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I guess I have a thing for brass, family photos and fake plants as side table props!

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So there you have it. I'm pretty happy with it, but I can see adding some more color (or maybe texture) to the walls at some point. Maybe a fun and muted wall paper or some ship lap? One day..... Let me know your thoughts if you got em! And thank you for reading!

Sources: upholstered bed / rug / bedding / wardrobe (similar) / wall lamps / rattan wall mirror (similar) / drapery rods / nightstands (similar) / curtains / candle / planter / Juniper Briggs 'In The Moment' print / Zoe diffuser / round brass frame / white table lamps / round mirror with strap /

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The art in my home (and my fav artists and sources)

One of my favorite parts of home decor is art. I actually went to school for graphic design and I occasionally dabble in painting and drawing, so I have a big appreciation for it. Having beautiful (and personal) pieces of art and photography in your home gives it character & personality and makes it feel..well 'homey'. My favorite type of work is probably abstracts and watercolors as I love their beautiful simplicity and modern feel. Don't get me wrong though - I love a good oil painting (especially a vintage one) just as much! And you can't go wrong with a punchy graphic print too! Basically, I love em all!

I also love adding some photography in as well. That beautiful coastal print by Lauren Marttila is called Peaks and its a new addition to my collection. Its so calm and serene and I love how it pairs next to the other pieces in the room.

That piece in the corner by Kelly Ventura is called Density. Kelly is one of my favorite artists and her work can be found all around my home!

Some of my favorite sources for beautiful (and affordable) art are Minted, Society6, Jenny's Print Shop, Artfullly Walls, and Etsy. I've also had good luck finding some great pieces from Home Goods and The Land of Nod has some wonderful stuff for kids (or the young at heart)!

I still love a good gallery wall!

I recently went very neutral in my bedroom (which I love!) but that pop of teal from this amazing In The Moment print by Juniper Briggs makes my heart sing!

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1 Kelly Ventura / 2 Britt Bass Turner / 3 Clare Elsaesser / 4 Juniper Briggs / 5 Sharlene Kayne / 6 Yao Cheng

What do you guys think? Who is your favorite artist? And where do you shop for art?

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