12 amazing chairs under $300

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I’ve had chairs on my brain lately and I’ve been doing lots and lots of shopping for different clients (and myself..who am I kidding)! Specifically, affordable accent chairs have been the order of the day so I thought I would round up some of the best options I have found that are $300 and under!

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen all of these in person (only a few) so I can’t speak to their quality and construction, but I do make a habit of reading the reviews and paying close attention to the materials while also focusing on the style.

Here are a couple of highlights from my list:

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The grey chair was purchased from Home Centric (a local store) but I sourced a very similar one from All Modern that has all that good tufting as well. Such a fun and sophisticated detail!

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And that Target chair is just so, so good! I have used it in multiple places in my home and suggested it for several clients. The quality, shape and design is very good especially for that price point. Also, the simple and modern shape goes with any style of decor. As of right now, that color (Millbrook Husk) is sold out, but I did find a similar (identical?) one from All Modern.

I rounded up 12 of my favorites below with all the sources linked at the bottom. Are you guys into these types of roundups? Lemme know in the comments if you find them useful and any other ideas you might have!

Happy looking/shopping and thanks for reading!

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A bold & quirky guest room refresh (the plan)

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I’m at it again refreshing my guest room and while I love the neutral and simple vibe happening currently happening in this room, I’m always up for a change!

I recently had the chance to try out some of Chasing Paper’s new collection of removable wall paper with Graduate Hotels that is playfully inspired by the Gradate Hotels’ preppy aesthetic and signature interiors. I was immediately drawn to the vintage art print and thought it would be such a fun statement piece in a bedroom. And I sincerely love changing things up around my home (it’s my own personal canvas, after all).

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I created a mockup of the wall with some of the pieces I’m planning to add in addition to the wallpaper. Its a statement for sure, but I’m kinda digging it! I like getting out of my comfort zone and trying something a bit different. And their wall paper is such great quality and easily removed, so its not a huge commitment.

Lets also talk about the art on the ledge! I’m still honestly debating on whether that wall even needs art, but I’m going to try it since I have already this picture ledge installed. I’m keeping the vintage theme going (because its very fun and I’m obsessed) and adding vintage inspired paintings and a few simple & graphic prints to the ledge. I found some really lovely prints from Artfully Walls that are perfectly full of character and charm and evoke that 1950’s style. I can’t get enough of it!

I’m also still debating the nightstands. I really wanted a campaign style but I can’t seem to find any that I love that aren’t under $350. I feel like that is a lot for nightstands, especially because I need two and that math rounds out to about $700+. Ouch. Target to the rescue! I know that there are probably much better quality night stands out there, but I love the style and the shape (and the color!) of these and I’m ok with going in a more budget-friendly direction.

So that is about it for now! I’m planning on ordering everything and getting to work styling and designing very soon. Come back and see the full reveal with better photos in a few weeks.

If you guys are into it, here is the full wall mockup with the sources below.

Thanks for reading!

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Easy pressed plant art DIY

   Chair   /   Throw     (similar) /   Rug   /   Basket   (similar) /   Ottoman   /   Pillow   /   Curtains   /   Drapery Rod

Chair / Throw (similar) / Rug / Basket (similar) / Ottoman / Pillow / Curtains / Drapery Rod

Happy Friday, folks! I’m dipping my toes into the world of DIY today with a ridiculously easy (and cheap) tutorial using yard clippings as art! I’m really into the botanical art trend these days and I wanted to try my hand at making something inspired by it. I call this a tutorial, but its honestly just a few simple and very practical steps to creating nature-inspired art in your home.
Let’s dive in:

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First off, walk outside and find some cool yard clippings from a tree or shrub! I actually love doing this for adding greenery into my home as well. Its cheap (well, free actually) and brings beauty, character, texture, and good energy into every space. We all need a bit of that!

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The things you will need in addition to your greenery: some heavy books, wax paper and double sided tape. Place your clippings inside of two pieces of wax paper (to protect and absorb moisture) and then press with the books. Ideally, you will want to leave the plants pressed inside (or under) the books for a couple of days to a week, depending on your chosen foliage. I got a little antsy and only did mine for couple of days.

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I used double-sided tape to secure my plant to the glass. In hindsight, I’m wondering if there was something I could have put on to preserve the green color, but I wanted to experiment and try this out so if it browns too much for my taste, I’ll re-think that for the future!

I found these inexpensive vintage-inspired brass floating frames from Michaels and they work nicely for the look I was going for. I could see other frame styles working as well if you wanted a more modern look.

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And that is it! Frame and enjoy! I told you it was easy. I might experiment with a bigger plant and frame in the future or maybe even..dare I say faux plants!

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What do you guys think? This was easy and could be done in about an hour once you press the plants. I made a little infographic tutorial in case you want to try it out this weekend!

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Creating a beautiful, well organized and damage free space with Command™ Brand Metallic Hooks

This post is sponsored by Command™ Brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

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I don't know if you are like me, but when my home is organized so is my mind. A clean and tidy space gives me peace of mind and helps motivate me to complete projects, do yard work, spend more time with my family, read books and even bake cakes (kidding, but I do love to bake)! And when you combine beauty with functionality, you get the best of both worlds.

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I recently got my hands on some of Command's newest product line of metallic hooks and let me tell you - they do not disappoint in either of those above-mentioned categories! I have been a fan of Command® Strips for a while and use them all over my house, mostly for picture hanging. Their new metallic line of hooks was exactly what I was looking for to decorate and organize my vanity area in my bedroom, without doing any damage to my walls! I am a notorious hammer of nails into walls. No kidding, I have SO many holes in my walls behind framed artwork and mirrors. It's pretty ridiculous! I guess you could probably call me lazy and eager to hang things! With these new hooks, I was able to quickly decorate the area and move things around without even creating one single hole!

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The finishes of the hooks include stainless steel, brass, matte black and copper. Naturally, I was drawn to the brass and matte black because I cannot quit them! I love how easy setting up this little area was. I knew I wanted a spot to put some of my scarves, jewelry and I even threw in a quick DIY hanging frame of my kids. I literally got a piece of string and attached it to the frame, so I'm not technically sure it counts as a DIY, but I like the results!

I also created a fun little hat wall with the matte black hooks that took me about 5-10 minutes to install! Cute, simple, convenient and super customizable!

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I had so much fun styling and getting creative with these products! I loved the sophisticated, modern finish of these hooks. Not to mention they look very luxe but are an affordable decorative touch you can add to any area in your home. If you are looking to quickly organize and beautify a space, I highly recommend them! They call it 'damage-free decorating' and I'm totally in on that!

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The perfect personalized and inexpensive gift for any occasion

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I love the idea of sending a friend, loved one or even a colleague or client a little something to show love, kindness and/or gratitude. There is just something so incredibly special about receiving a lovely and unexpected piece of happy mail. Just a little something to say 'I love you', 'happy birthday' or 'thank you' makes all the difference. And as a designer, something that is completely personalized but also very beautiful and well-designed checks all of my boxes. 

When Greetabl reached out to me to see if I would be interested in creating my own personalized gift, I happily jumped at the chance to customize a special gift for my sister who just had her fourth child and also had a birthday coming up! Everyone needs a little love and attention in their life, especially a very busy and sleep-deprived momma!

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Greetabl is an online one-stop-shop for creatively-curated gifts and greetings that are personalized, packaged and sent in just a few clicks. I had a hard time choosing from all of their amazing designs and patterns, not to mention the fabulous selection of gifts to choose from. It was all soo good. I wish I would have known about this company years ago!

I chose a beautiful and colorful botanical print and paired it with some of their adorable birthday imagery. You can also customize the images to your heart's desire, adding personalized photos and graphics to the squares. 

Once you settle on a design, you then go on to choose the gift that will be included in your Greetabl. They had the best selection from amazing candles, beauty products and delicious candies to name just a few. I really had a hard time choosing! 

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Sometimes a card isn't enough and $50 flowers are too much. The price for each Greetabl is around $30 and I love that you can send-the-love without breaking the bank. Such a simple little gesture that makes a really big impact! 

I highly recommend checking them out the next time you need to send a little something to a loved one. These would also be so great to send to a client or colleague! The possibilities are endless!

Use the code sunnycirclestudio to get 15% off your next purchase!

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

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9 amazing faux plants that could pass for the real thing

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Let it be known that I have a love affair with the faux plant. And the real plant too, but I have a tendency to neglect/forget and eventually kill the real ones. Its a total bummer, but thankfully there are lots of folks out there just like me and therefore the market responded and started making some amazing faux versions. Plant killers and lazy homeowners unite!

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I have plants all over my home - both real and fake. I'd say the ratio is about 50/50 at this point. I honestly used to be embarrassed to admit that, but I've gotten over that now since I've decided to dedicate a blog post exclusively on the subject. Lol. To me, the most effective way to use the faux is to the blend with the real, so things feel balanced and believable. This is not necessarily my hard and fast rule, but just a good tip that works for me. 

Some of my favorite faux options for botanicals are the olive branch, cactus, fiddle leaf, tulip and any kind of trailing plant. Those are especially good on shelves and up high so even if they aren't amazing, you can't get close enough to tell. 

One of my go-to places to shop for faux greenery is World Market. Everybody has that incredible 6' fiddle leaf (for good reason) and their faux cactus selection is on-point. Pottery Barn, West Elm and Ikea are also great resources for artificial botanicals. I've also discovered some amazing faux tulips this year from places like Magnolia and Home Centric. Of course, fresh tulips would be ideal, but these fake ones look very convincing and THEY NEVER DIE!

I've rounded up some of my favorite faux options below (some of them I own!):

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1. Olive Branch / 2. Trailing Succulent / 3. Blue Myrtle Cactus / 4. 6' Fiddle / 5. Tulips / 6. Trailing Plant / 7. Large Succulent / 8. Senita Cactus / 9. 5' Fiddle

So what do you guys think about faux botanicals in general? For them? Against them? Mixed feelings? Let me know!

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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Refreshing my bedroom with layers of colorful linen

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To be quite honest, my bedroom has always been a challenge for me to style. It used to be painted a blue-ish grey (which in looking back I actually really liked) and I painted it a crisp and clean white earlier this year. I looove the way white interiors look in other's spaces and I wanted to try it out myself, but I have struggled! The room checks all the boxes: lots of natural light, big and open with lots of windows, but so far all the things I have tried have left the room feeling a bit flat and soulless. 

I think the obvious solution staring me in my face was color! When The Company Store reached out for a potential styling opportunity with all their gorgeous bedding, I knew it was a perfect opportunity to add some much-needed color back into the room. 

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I chose to dress the bed entirely in their Comfort Wash Linen (in Mineral Blue and Creamsicle) as its one of my favorite materials. I love the subtle texture and how light and airy it is. We run hot when we sleep, so linen is a literal dream for us! Another bonus to linen is how casual yet up-scale it feels and it gets softer after every wash.

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How good is that pillow combination?! The bold pop from the blue stripes mixed with texture and tassels in the geometric cream pillows. One can never have enough throw pillows in their collection! 

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I had to add a bit of plaid to the mix and I love the combination of the cozy wool from the throw (that is washable!) with the cool linen. 

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I'm loving the pastel vibe that is happening in here now and how things are feeling a bit more interesting and full of life. Color will do that! 

I think I'll always return to blue when in doubt!

This post is sponsored by The Company Store. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

 

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5 Ways to Add Style & Charm to a 90's Home

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Do you ever look up your home on Zillow or Realtor.com? Every couple of months, I like to check in on current home's value (aka it's 'zestimate') and see the market trends. A fun fact about our particular home when googled is all the old photos of past iterations are still available to see! Here is a glimpse of our living room, circa 1995 (I think):

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A little bit of history on our home situation: she was built in 1989. Not exactly a banner year for home design (in my humble opinion). When we moved to Raleigh, I really wanted an older home with lots of character - think a 1930's Tudor or a Mid-Century Craftsman, but what we ended up with was a spacious and well-built late 80's home with a double porch on a cul-de-sac. We saw lots of potential not to mention this house checked off many of our must-haves. I was determined to interject some charm and character, paying tribute to those older styles I loved so much. The rules of the universe do specify staying true to a home's history but in our case, I have zero interest in embracing floor length ruffle-skirts or 80's brass!

So here are some practical tips for adding some style and charm to a late 80's/early 90's style home (with before and afters thrown in there for good measure): 

1. Neutralize with Paint

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I know this is very obvious. But the right paint colors can modernize and lighten an otherwise outdated space. Our dining room used to be painted red. At the time, this was considered fashionable but it feels so heavy for today's standards. Choosing a light and bright neutral and continuing that color across multiple rooms or floors will keep things feeling cohesive and intentional, not to mention neutrals will stand the test of time.

2. Play with Different Styles

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This is a big one for me. I happen to love many styles ranging from Scandinavian, Traditional, Modern, Coastal, Farmhouse and Mid-Century, but it's very important for my home to feel happy and full of character, no matter what style. Mixing styles is a great way to keep things feeling very collected and casual without committing to one style and making your 80's/90's home feel cookie cutter and personality-less. Home decor is fun and I don't like to take myself or my style too seriously. One thing to note is when mixing, make sure your color palette is somewhat consistent, which leads me to my next tip.

3. Keep your Color Palette Consistent

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As long as you keep things fairly consistent on the color wheel, you can go to town in the style department. My rule of thumb is to start with 1 or 2 colors that you respond to and love, add highlights and lowlights of those colors to the mix (this basically means a darker and lighter tone of one of your main colors), add in some neutrals and don't forget about texture! An interior color palette that is cohesive and flexible will create and stylish and more importantly - timeless look.

4. Keep Things Simple & Classic

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I will use my master bathroom as an example for this one. We renovated that bad boy last year and it was something I had been looking forward to for years! With all the buildup and excitement, I really wanted the space to be a showstopper. However, keeping things classic and as timeless as possible was equally as important. I chose materials like marble, white subway tile and hex tile in black & brass finishes as well as adding warmth with walnut accents. I want to love my choices and design decisions for years to come and choosing classic styles will achieve that effect. 

5. Lighting is Everything

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Another very obvious thing, but seeing is believing! I have added new lighting of all different styles to every corner of my home and it has immediately made an big impact. 

In the end, its really about what makes you happy in your own home! If you love it, go for it! Any additional thoughts on this subject? Tips? Tricks? Let me know in the comments!

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A Big Ol' Removable Wallpaper Roundup

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Over the last year or so, I have found myself dabbling in the world of wallpaper, specifically the removable kind. And nowadays, so many amazing brands are making beautiful, high-quality removable wallpaper and decals! Its like candy for the style addict!

Let's take a look at a few wallpapered areas of my home and see what all the fuss is about!

That retro sunburst print in the entryway perfectly blended with the gray walls and gave just enough pattern and color to make the little space feel happy and finished. It was fairly easy to install but a bit tedious and time-consuming lining up each panel. My advice would be to order extra and take your time! It's incredibly easy to remove and reposition though, making it the perfect item for the fickle stylist and home decor enthusiast (me). It's from Chasing Paper and one of many amazing designs they offer. 

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There are so many fun styles out there but in my experience, I have found that sticking to designs that aren't too bold and in your face fits my aesthetic a bit more. You still get the impact, but a softer and quieter version that blends without demanding all the attention. 

That Anewall cloud mural was the perfect solution for an accent wall in my daughter's big girl room. Its so light and dreamy and really makes the room without demanding all the attention, which sounds a bit like a contradiction but it works! Technically it's a traditional paper, but they make a removable version in that design. 

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I always get so many questions on the 'dot wall' in our bonus room and folks are always surprised (and delighted) to find out those dots are actually decals. It was ridiculously easy to install (and I use that word very lightly) but I made the mistake of not ordering enough (twice)! All in all, I would use those decals again in a heart beat though! You can remove them in a flash and - boy oh boy talk about a graphic impact! I guess I do like a bold choice in the right place!

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I'm obsessed with that chalkboard wallpaper from Rachel's home tour. What a fun and creative way to use removable wallpaper with kids in mind. I love that it functions as part decor and part canvas for her kids to create to their hearts desire. 

Some of my favorite places to shop for removable wallpaper are Chasing Paper, Anthropologie, Anewall, Hygee & West, Wayfair and Urban Walls. I spent some time scouring the internet in search of all my favorite removable wallpaper options and rounded them up here:

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1. Meadowfield Wallpaper | 2. Watercolor Check Wallpaper | 3. Hatch Wallpaper | 4. Logan Wallpaper | 5. Sonora Wallpaper | 6. Lemons Removable Wallpaper | 7. Constellation Map Wallpaper | 8. Atmosphere Peel and Stick Wallpaper | 9. Inked Lines Wallpaper | 10. Aja Wallpaper | 11. Otomi Wallpaper | 12. Irregular Dots Decals | 13. Tangerines in Greens Decals | 14. St. Tropez Wallpaper in Sea Glass Wallpaper | 15. Capri Low Tide Wall Mural | 16. Nuage Mural | 17. Geometric Flower Wallpaper | 18. Shaping Up Wallpaper | 19. Sunburst Wallpaper | 20. Geo Wallpaper | 21. Vintage Art Wallpaper | 22. Floral Cut Out | 23. Prism Silver Wallpaper | 24. Thin Air Wallpaper

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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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