Styling with the new (and very good) Flower Home collection from Drew Barrymore

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So truth be told that I am a huge Drew Barrymore fan since the E.T. days and I feel like we could be friends IRL… haha…I wish. In addition to all of her amazing films, she has always had this warm personality and effortless style that I have always admired. And it makes total sense that she would also be a great designer! Now this is not a post about my love and affection for Drew, but rather a post about her new amazing Flower Home line available at Walmart! Yes, I said Walmart!

I had the chance to test out a few of my favorite pieces from the new collection and it’s very, very good. And affordable! And well made! All the good things! So with my seal of written approval, let’s walk through some of the decor items I purchased and (very easily) integrated into my home.

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I think the star of the collection is the art and all the color! And artwork can be tricky but I have found it’s one of the best ways to add style and personality to a room and that hilarious Human Dog print takes the cake! Talk about personality! And it’s big and already framed! I also debated on the Spotted Love Dog print as well and kinda think I might still get it! I love the sweet quirkiness!

I really love velvet but don’t have enough of it in my life so I decided to grab that gorgeous ceramic table lamp with the velvet shade. It’s soo pretty and I love that delicious velvety pink against the white walls in our bedroom!

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I love adding pops of pink (clearly) and that English Rose Abstract Wall Art had my name all over it! I literally hung it all over my house trying to find the right spot and it worked everywhere! I just love it!

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Moving into my office, let’s discuss that amazing (and very very study) Wood Leaner Mirror! It’s beautiful and well-made and just classically beautiful. I’m actually always looking for good floor mirrors and this one was the perfect mix of clean + simple style and affordability! Honestly, I would have thought the price point ($198) would have been much more for the quality!

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The final piece I purchased was the lovely little Vintage Palm Decorative Vase. I love all the color and details and it has that artisan hand-made vibe going on which I am VERY INTO!

All in all, the collection is very very good! It’s warm, sweet and high quality (just like I imagine Drew to be!) Since I couldn’t get everything (lol), I rounded up some of my fav pieces from the collection that are all available to purchase from Walmart!

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Head on over walmart.com and shop the whole Flower Home Collection – it’s all very lovely, well-made and best of all affordable! And there’s free shipping on orders over $35!

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

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5 tips and tricks to style open shelving

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sconce / mortar & pestle (similar) / copper colander (similar) / cereal bowls / soup plates / turkish towel / cabinet knobs / toaster / framed art / tall tumblers / salt & pepper grinders / shelf brackets

Ah, open kitchen shelving…dreamy, right? (I think so). Open shelving can make a kitchen feel bigger, more open and add a layer of style and personality that upper cabinets just can’t do (don’t get me wrong..I also love beautiful cabinets too). We just finished installing ours and it was the biggest hurdle convincing my husband that they could be practical, functional and also beautiful. That’s the magic unicorn right there! To be fair, it’s kinda intimidating displaying all of your kitchen stuff loud and proud (especially because we all have ugly crap in those cabinets…looking at you, old tupperware containers….) and there is also the issue of dust and grime (these are all things I considered). Ultimately though, it is possible to achieve beautiful open shelf design without sacrificing storage and I’m so glad I made the switch in our kitchen!

I teamed up with the lovely folks at Home Centric to bring you 5 tips to create shelves that looked pulled together and stylish, yet also practical and usable:

1 / Organize & style with functionality in mind

Yes, open shelves are a design statement but they should also be functional (at least in my kitchen). Everyday essentials like plates, bowls and cups should be at arm’s reach, while the more decorative pretty items (and less used) can be placed on the top shelves.

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2 / Balance is key

Just like anything decor-related in your home, balance is vital to achieving good design. You don’t want your shelves to feel too cluttered and heavy, so make sure you keep your color palette consistent and group things together (usually in sets of 3) so your eye gets a chance to rest and relax. I love how those copper colanders take up a good amount of real estate without being too busy. And don’t forget to vary the scale of your objects for visual impact!

3 / Mix it up

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and again..lol) – good design is all about the mix! Don’t be afraid to mix metals and bring in natural wood tones for an effortless and collected look.

4 / Layer in accent pieces

Once you have your everyday items in place, use the rest of the shelf space to add a bit of style and personality. Try leaning a beautiful piece of art or adding a few cookbooks to the mix. And you can never go wrong including some life onto your shelves in the form of flowers or a pretty plant with lots of movement.

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5 / Play with color + neutrals

Open shelving setups are usually at their best when grounded in soothing neutrals like warm whites, natural woods and subtle textures. I found that teak mortar & pestle at Home Centric and I love the organic shape and texture it brings to the mix. But don’t forget the color! Try adding pops of color from decor accents or even fruit in a pretty bowl! This will help to create balance and make the neutrals stand out a bit!

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sconce / mortar & pestle (similar) / copper colander / cereal bowls / soup plates / turkish towel / cabinet knobs / toaster / framed art / tall tumblers / salt & pepper grinders / marble style bowl / shelf brackets

So that about wraps it up for today. Nothing ground breaking here, but I hope you found my tips helpful especially if you are stumped with how to style your shelves. Just remember to keep it simple above all else and have fun with it!

In case you need a handy little graphic guide, I got ya covered below!

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

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Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019

Mother’s Day is exactly 1 week away so call this a last minute gift guide in case you are looking for cool and design friendly gifts for the mama’s in your life! These are all things I either own, want to own or am buying for others and just make really nice and thoughtful gifts. I rounded up 16 lovely little items and highly stand behind them as excellent gifts. Or, treat yourself!

1 / That crossbody bag is just about everything and officially the cutest!

2 / I have this coconut milk bath and use it regularly when I soak in the tub. It smells good enough to eat!

3 / The happiest little floral still life.

4 / A wonderful book celebrating incredibly talented women.

5 / Love these delicate floral earrings

6 / This hat would be excellent for a day at the beach!

7 / I’m always a sucker for polka dots and love this silk bandana

8 / I’m a huge Glossier fan and this soothing body cream has the most heavenly scent!

9 / I just bought this lovely dried floral wreath for my front door. Love the colors!

10 / Cute brass key fob!

11 / Love the message on this tote bag

12 / Forever in love with pom pom throws

13 / I have several plant babies from The Sill and this Monstera planter combo is my favorite!

14 / Cute ‘mama’ themed brass script ring

15 / I have been eyeing this modern vase for a while now. Love the shape!

16 / I can never have enough marble inspired items in my kitchen. Love these mixing bowls.

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9 large & affordable vintage rugs

Rug (similar) / Bar Cart / Dining Chairs / Round Mirror / Planter / Table Lamps / Curtain Panels

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is where is the rug from?? And it’s usually in reference to the vintage (or vintage inspired) ones. They are trendy and yet traditional and more importantly, timeless in the most spectacular ways! They tell a story and and give a room ‘soul’. I’m slowly amassing a collection and I ain’t one bit mad about it!

There is one tricky thing about them though, and it’s their sticker shock. They are an investment! Especially the larger ones which can carry a price tag into the thousands. And I totally understand the fluctuation of prices is dependent on a lot of factors like color, size, age and wear. Typically the newer the rug (says from the 1960’s or 70’s) the cheaper.

You can find a mix of prices if you look hard enough though and it just so happens that I have been on the hunt! I specifically searched (mostly on Etsy) for larger vintage rugs that were around $500 and I found a couple of great options!

So to keep brevity in mind (because who reads?? lol) I have rounded up 9 options for vintage rugs on the larger and more affordable side.

E N J O Y !

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A happy and very comfortable outdoor oasis in the heart of Nola

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Well guys, I’m back in New Orleans! Well, technically I was last month but today I’m excited to share this very fun outdoor space I designed for my favorite New Orleans people, Nola Happy Home. In case you were wondering..it’s their backyard.

We partnered with the lovely folks at Article to transform their deck and backyard into a place you can relax, sip morning coffee, hang out with friends and just enjoy the beauty that is New Orleans! If you aren’t familiar with Article – they make and deliver beautifully designed furniture with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail at fair prices.

Before we get into the details, let’s take a quick look at the space before:

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It was a blank canvas with good bones, but just needed some layers of design goodness to match the interior of the home. Plus, New Orleans is lovely in the spring and my clients wanted to have an outdoor space for their enjoyment as well as that of their Airbnb guests. Makes sense to me!

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We wanted the space to feel modern and lux, but also relaxed and easy because you are in New Orleans baby! We started with those glorious Aeri wicker lounge chairs as they are the perfect marriage between modern and boho. Also, they are very, very comfy! My client and I enjoyed many cups of coffee and glasses of wine curled up in them in the mornings and the evenings.

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We paired the chairs with that incredible Urba Sectional which is so well made and beautiful. I love the texture on the arm mixed with the warm tone in the wood legs. This sectional is serving me a perfect mix of styles! None of the piece we chose necessarily match, but they coordinate and are happy together, which is my ultimate goal when designing spaces.

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We added the amazing (and very sturdy) Tana Stool for an additional place to put your beverage. I love the shape and the tones in the wood are stunning! Rounding out the pack is that clean and simple Nebu Coffee Table for a sleek modern pop. It’s low profile and easy to move for cleaning purposes (or re-arranging purposes) which was another bonus!

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The backyard was small and covered in a lot of wood from the deck so we wanted to bring in some greens and flowers to give the space some charm and tropical atmosphere. New Orleans is very lush and green and we wanted to tap into that!

And speaking of atmosphere, we draped cafe lights and outdoor sails over top of the lounge area to give a bit of shade as well as charm and style. Remember…lots of layers!

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It’s just a space you want to be in (and drink in)! I feel like the pictures speak louder than my words so I hope you enjoyed a couple of extra angles in lieu of lots of explanations!

As always, I’ve rounded up the sources below to get the look!

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A playful and pattern-filled pre-teen's bedroom

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RUG / ART / PINK QUILT / FIDDLE LEAF FIG / THROW / CURTAINS / SCONCE / WALL MURAL

I’ll just say it, I like to play with pattern. Like, a lot. In all spaces, but especially in a kid’s room where you can break some rules and generally just have fun. I recently had the opportunity to design and style this bedroom, belonging to an 11 year old girl, who wanted a more grown up space to better reflect her own style and personality. As you can see, she is creative, musical and a very cool young lady!

We had a small budget for this and used a good bit of the pieces that she already, with the goal to re-think and re-style the space with mainly color and textiles and accessories. Before we go through, let’s take a peek at the room in it’s ‘before’ state:

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And this is how the room looks today:

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We re-purposed most of the furniture and just added in layers of style with rugs, textiles, affordable lighting, accessories and that amazing wall treatment. My client wanted her daughter to have a new space but didn’t want to invest a ton in expensive home decor because…well…kids. lol They still deserve all of the cuteness though, so let’s get into the details.

The Rug

We chose that gorgeous Scandi-inspired shag rug from one of my go-to’s for affordable and high quality rugs, Boutique Rugs and layered it over the existing neutral carpet. It’s so soft under foot and does not shed!

The Wall Treatment

I went back to my friends at Urban Walls and found that beautiful indigo brush stroke pattern, which perfectly carries that wall without anything else. Its stunning and impactful and it’s decals! Yep, essentially stickers that we installed in a couple of hours! I can’t say enough good things!

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Lighting

Good lighting goes a long way and can make a big impact in the styling department. We installed those amazingly affordable plug-in sconces on each side of the bed in under an hour and it immediately elevated the room. They are beautiful and incredibly well made especially for being $49.99!

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And that PB Teen task lamp had us all wanting to steal it! It’s really really good and looks so elegant on her desk. Also, did I mention its USB compatible!

Bedding & Textiles

We found that soft and dreamy quilt from PB Teen and paired it with those black and white sheets for a little unexpected pop of pattern when you climb into bed. I love the softness from the pink paired with the graphical elements in the room. Pinks + blues forever and ever!

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Details, details!

Don’t underestimate the power of the accessory! I’m not talking a ton of tchotchkes, but a tasteful amount of interesting and personal decor items to really give a room some character. Take for instance the knobs on the Ikea credenza (which my client has had for 15+ years!). We swapped out the ones that came standard for those playful wooden pulls found at Hobby Lobby for under $5 each.

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This is a very musical family, so incorporating her guitar was a nice way to add character and personal style to the room. And also, how cute is it?! I want a pink guitar in my bedroom!

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Isn’t it amazing what few little pieces of decor can do to lighten, brighten and add easy style to a room?! I love how it came out as did my client who was so excited to have this very cool space to call her own.

If you are curious to the sources, I got ya covered below!

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My favs from The Container Store

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There is something so satisfying, calming and oh so beautiful about a well-organized space (or even a drawer or cabinet). I’ve touched on this before here and I feel very passionate about this subject. When my home is clean(ish) and organized, I feel like I can take on the world and really focus! It’s the best!

And is there a better place to go to find all of the beautiful, functional and well-made storage pieces than The Container Store? The answer is nope! And by the way, this post is 100% not sponsored (I wish…I tried…and they said no but I’m not hating) ha!

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This place is like crack to me! And the bad news for me and good news for them is that there is one right down the street from me. Yikes! Give me ALLLL of the gorgeous canisters, baskets, office supplies, closet stuff, cleaning stuff…..

I could go on and on but instead of being too long-winded about my passion for this brand, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below (and I had to pare this list way down). I think I might actually own most of these items, so you are getting raw and honest feedback!

To get a direct link, hover over the item.

1 / I love how this has different levels for different fruits (or whatever you use it for). I’m thinking about those onions and bananas!

2 / The cutest, most playful hooks! I bought one for my son’s room.

3 / These baskets are so elegant and well-made!

4 / The cleanest and best smelling stuff to wipe down any surface. I’m on my second bottle!

5 / I’m eyeing these for my pantry makeover that started today!

6 / There are many of these cuties in my spice cabinet.

7 / Love the Scandi style! I use these to store small garments and socks!

8 / These are wonderful to hide ugly bottles and packaging in your pantry. (keeping it real!)

9 / Love the pops of color from the tops and these make great storage for smaller dry goods.

10 / Have this and love it for organizing my spices!

11 / I love this to keep up with my weekly tasks! It’s old school but I have found using it to be very effective!

12 / The cutest little pouch to store your biz cards! I have the copper color.

13 / I used these on my son’s bookshelves and they are super roomy and well made!

14 / Raise your hand if you love a good writing pen??! (hands way up in the air) These babies are awesome.

15 / My under sink storage never looked so good!

16 / I’m in on anything with leather pulls!

A bold, playful and out of this world kid's room

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Nightstand / Flip Clock / Bed / Rug / Bedding / Sconce / Pillows / National Parks Print / Do Your Best Pennant / Peace Sign Print

I’ve been so excited to share this room and the day is finally here when I can say its done! Welcome to the coolest room in the galaxy! (keep scrolling to get this reference if you don’t already know). This space (haha..another pun) belongs to my son Wyatt, who just recently turned 7. He is VERY INTO Star Wars and outer space for that matter so I had to pay tribute to that in my own stylistic way.

Before I get into the details, let’s take a look at his room before (which for the record isn’t bad but just kinda put together quickly when we moved in and he was age 3):

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And now that same view today:

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All about the blues

We originally started with a very light gray color in here, but I honestly didn’t love it and it also read a bit purple. No bueno. So, I took a chance and went to the dark side and I’m so happy I did! The color is the ever famous Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball (in their Estate Emulsion finish) and its perfect moody, yet happy shade of inky navy that sings in this naturally bright room.

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The gallery wall

I can’t seem to quit them even though they can be downright challenging and time consuming! I won’t admit to how many hours I spent tweaking this particular one, but it was a very healthy amount! Lots and lots of trial and error! I used a mix of art – some of it new, some vintage and some repurposed in different frames I had on hand. My goal was to keep the color palette generally consistent and mix in different styles for a collected look and feel.

Pro tip: mix in a few simple and minimalist pieces (like black and white line art) to more traditional and dominant mediums for balance. This reduces some of the visual clutter and gives your eyes a break.

I found the peace sign print and the cycling dino skeleton on Etsy, downloaded them and printed at home. Easy and budget-friendly!

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Kid’s Guitar / Wooden Hand / Wooden Storage Bins / Striped Bins / Bookends / Roman Shades / Rug

A place for storage

We added that amazing Parsons Tower from West Elm to the space between the windows. Its huge and incredibly well-made and houses a lot of legos and toys! In fact, most of all those bins are full of legos! I’m fairly certain I need several of these for my future studio!

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The Wallpaper

I found that amazing Constellation wallpaper last year (it’s Chasing Paper for West Elm) and knew that would be the inspiration for this room. And as an added bonus, it blends seamlessly with the paint color so the entire space has a nice flow! I layered in a few additional pieces including that super fun moon light (which doubles as a little night light and is the coolest thing), the incandescent string lights and the solar system mobile.

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Mirror / Dresser / Pulls / Piggy Bank (similar) / Table Lamp / Laundry Basket / Wall Hooks

The Magic of a Round Mirror

The other side of his room I kept pretty clean and simple with clothing storage in mind. We used his existing Ikea dresser (a hold out since birth) and added some simple matte black pulls to freshen it up a bit. Even a tiny little change like pulls can do wonders! That beautiful (and heavy) floating wooden mirror from West Elm is built to last and makes the space feel bigger and more open.

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And that about wraps it up! This room is just fun to be in (and sleep in)! He has a new Lull mattress and it is to die for comfy! I just love this room and I hope my Wyatt will for years to come!

As always, I did my best to round up most of the sources (if they aren’t listed then they are either discontinued or vintage). Check out the graphic with 30 links below.

Cheers!

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5 tips to refresh your small entryway

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Oval Mirror / Matte Black Pulls / Essential Oil Diffuser / Rug / Dining Chairs / Table Lamp / Round Mirror

Spring is in the air (especially in NC where things are already starting to bloom) and I will take any opportunity to freshen up a space to reflect a warmer and sunnier vibe! Our entryway is a small little nook directly to the left when you walk into the house. And while it is certainly not a grand foyer, I still believe it’s important to set a warm and welcoming tone when you first walk in, even in the smallest of spaces.

Today I’m teaming up with Home Centric to share a few tips for styling an entry space on the smaller side. Let’s dive in!

1 / Add a small console table

First consider (and measure) the space you have to work with and choose your entryway table style based on that. I found that great little traditional table at Home Centric and I knew it would be perfect size for the space. I loved the shape and stye but wanted to break up the white and give it a little bit of pizazz so I painted the drawers that dreamy blue color (De Nimes by Farrow & Ball) and added simple black pulls. I love it! You could also go with a small bench for extra seating too!

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2 / Bring in some life

Add a plant or some fresh flowers and pair them with a pretty vase! You could even use faux if that is simpler – just make sure you have a bit of color and organic texture in the mix. I found those amazing Scandi-inspired vases at Home Centric and they are the perfect tulip vessel!

Pro Tip: Tulips are one of my go-to affordable and elegant options for fresh flowers! Check your local grocery store for the tulip bin – you can typically get a bunch for around $4.99.

3 / Incorporate storage

Anytime you can add some extra storage, I say go for it! I can’t tell you how many baskets I have in my home! I love the practical aspect of them but also the texture they can add (especially to white furniture) The little basket tray corrals my keys and sunglasses while the bigger basket houses umbrellas, shoes and extra bags (and the carefully styled blanket peeking out…lol)

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4 / Hang a mirror or some art

A mirror is lovely in a smaller space as it bounces and reflects light and makes the room feel a bit bigger. You can also hang your favorite piece of art to add some of your own personality and style to the mix.

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5 / Accessorize with simplicity in mind

Layer in things like books, textiles and small decor pieces to add personality and texture. Remember the the rule of three – objects look better in a group of three. And keep balance and space in mind when choosing items for the table top.

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And that’s it! I put together a handy little graphic to summarize it all up below.

Happy Styling!

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

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A cozy and rustic Colorado retreat (that you can visit!)

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Rug / Green Stool (similar) / Chair / Pillow / Throw / Art (similar)

A few months back, I had the pleasure of flying out to Denver to style a mountain home that was recently purchased by my dear friend-turned-client. From Denver, we traveled about an hour into the Rocky Mountains to the town of Winter Park. It was a literal winter wonderland when we arrived (and this was in early December). Snow-covered trees, super friendly folks, lots of delicious treats. I just love Denver and Colorado in general - such a cool and progressive place that I could totally picture myself living and thriving in!

Anyways…back to the house and a little bit about their story. It’s a large A-frame cabin built in 1965. They purchased it as part investment property and part family mountain home. My client and I go pretty far back and had always shared a love of design and style in our 20’s, so when the opportunity arose for us to work together in our..ahem…late 30’s, I was totally on board!

Let’s take a quick look at the pictures of the home when they got the keys. Kinda dated, a bit dark and very rustic! Scroll through to see!

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My clients didn’t want to spend a ton on new furniture and decor, but did want to put a little love into the house. They painted several rooms with a fresh coat of white (one of my faves: Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) and picked up a few new pieces from places like AllModern, Target, World Market, Home Goods and West Elm. On top of all of that, we layered in staples like modern art pieces, rugs, throw pillows and accessories to create a welcoming and cozy retreat for them and their guests! They wanted the home to feel comfortable and modern with touches of rustic.

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Chairs / Plaid Pillow / Coffee Table / Planter / Wooden Hand / Globe / Bookshelf

We added fresh pops of color via textiles, accessories, plants and small pieces of furniture to bring a modern balance to all of the brown and beige from the ceilings and floors.

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The house has amazing 360-degree mountain views, is in a great location on 5 private acres less than 10 minutes from downtown Winter Park, and has a ton of design potential that they may one day tackle. In the meantime, they are enjoying using it in the evenings after a day on the slopes. They also have a killer saltwater hot tub and a massive kitchen that can accommodate a large crowd.

If you are interested in visiting this cabin and the amazing area (both in the summer and winter), go here and book a weekend!

And, as always, I pulled together the sources (or similar options) in my handy little graphic below.

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Home Tour: A classically happy New Orleans suite + giveaway!

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Sofa / Rug / Floor Lamp / Mirror / Ottoman (similar)

Hello and welcome to this comfy little slice of New Orleans heaven! This recently renovated classic Creole cottage is the little sister to the Nola Happy project I shared on the blog last year. This one bedroom and 1 bath suite is wonderfully comfortable and cozy and makes use of all it’s 400 sq ft with a full kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. The owners wanted to create a stylish, private and comfortable place for family and friends to stay when they are in town visiting, and they also rent it when available.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

In honor of Mardi Gras, I’m teaming up with the folks at Nola Happy Home to give away a 2 night stay in this amazing space! You can find more details and how to enter here.

Now, let’s take a little tour:

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The space is small but has an amazing flow that makes it seem spacious (I should know as I stayed there for almost a week!). It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway to explore New Orleans. The home was thoughtfully styled by Matthew Birmingham with a little help from yours truly in a few areas (I will always love a good throw blanket across a sofa).

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Isn’t that bathroom so fun?! I worked with the owners to select the tile, finishes and accessories. We chose classic subway and hex tiles and added a playful edge with the floor design. Its such a bright and happy spot to get ready in the morning!

The kitchen is the brainchild of local designer Angela Murtagh. She worked with the owners to design the layout and utilize the tiny space in the most clever ways!

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Sconce / Rug (similar) / Bed / Throw / Pillow (similar)

Trust me when I say that it’s a very comfortable and chic little space to enjoy your downtime in! You can find more info and book a weekend getaway here.

And as always, I’ve rounded up the sources to get the look below:

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Style code: plaid is rad

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You could say that I have a thing for plaid. Its casual, a bit traditional (depending on how it’s styled) and yet also modern and I love the pop from the patterns and colors. It just looks good. damn good. I love a plaid dress or a cool men’s shirt with a fun Western plaid pattern…hell, I have even bought a buffalo check dog bed! The love runs deep and has been a style staple for me for almost 10 years!

I’m also furnishing my home with it (naturally). I recently added a pair of amazing plaid statement chairs from the new Palette collection from One Kings Lane and it has me inspired, big time. I’m calling this plaid, but its also buffalo plaid or buffalo check. Also, gingham.

I rounded up some gorgeous plaid goodness from some of my fav brands below including that amazing chair, just for fun! I hope you like!

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ROOM TOUR: A happy & boho girl's retreat

Who doesn’t love a picture of a cute dog?? Pictured above is the sweetest 16 year old Lakeland Terrier, Poppy, making another appearance in one of my projects. Her cuteness and lovability is pure gold!   WALL MURAL  /  BEDDING  /  NIGHTSTAND  /  THROW  /  RUG  /  LUMBAR PILLOW  /  PINK PILLOW  /  SCONCE  /  EUCALYPTUS PLANT  /  BASKET

Who doesn’t love a picture of a cute dog?? Pictured above is the sweetest 16 year old Lakeland Terrier, Poppy, making another appearance in one of my projects. Her cuteness and lovability is pure gold!

WALL MURAL / BEDDING / NIGHTSTAND / THROW / RUG / LUMBAR PILLOW / PINK PILLOW / SCONCE / EUCALYPTUS PLANT / BASKET

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – kid’s rooms are my favorite rooms to style and design! You can throw the ‘rules’ out of the window, let loose and just have fun with the design.

I teamed up again this year with my clients and now friends from Nola Happy Home to create a very special (and extra happy) space for their daughter, June (9). She has the sweetest and most thoughtful personality and was an angel of a client to work with. I mean – she welcomed me into her space and pretty much loved everything I suggested and even gave me a special thank you gift with a hand written note. Her mama raised her right!

Before we dive into all of the photos, let’s take a quick peek at what her room looked like before:

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And after…

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Amazing what a little paint, some wallpaper and a rug can do, right? We painted the walls BM Chantilly Lace (my go-to white) and layered a fun shag rug on top of the carpet. I love the texture and warmth it adds!

And how incredible is that succulent mural from Anewall?! They have a whole selection of beauties, but the playful softness of that one really spoke to me and set the tone for the room. We kept her bed, but replaced everything else with affordable and kid-friendly decor and furniture. The goal was to keep things fun and playful, but with a polished and stylish edge. A room she can grow into, if you will.

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In addition to all things pretty and cozy, we wanted to make sure she had a place to do homework, draw and be creative in general. We found that desk from Target and its the perfect size for a kid! It’s also very affordable and well-made and the clean lines pair nicely with many different styles. June is a bit of a free spirit, so we wanted to make sure to add lots of texture and bits of boho like that Rattan chair (also, from Target!) into the mix!

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One of my personal favorite details in the room is that pegboard! I love how modern and sturdy, yet playful it feels! It’s from Made Mod and was customized to fit the space! We added pieces from a 1950’s era tea set from Germany her mom played with as a child and that June has played with as well, along with a book inscribed by Johnny & June Carter Cash to June’s grandparents.

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We picked that bench up from Home Goods and it was such a steal! I loved it so much that I moved it around the room, trying different set-ups. Also, that amazing Sable grid lumbar pillow from Juniper Studio would look good in any spot as I moved that lady around quite a bit too!

June plays several instruments including the violin and ukulele, and we gave her ukulele a beautiful place to live as well with a simple and affordable wall mount we grabbed on Amazon.

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June is also an avid reader, so having storage for her books and personal items was very much needed. The bookshelf served as a nice neutral canvas to layer all her beautiful books and accessories on. We also added a few new pieces to the mix including those fun Origami string lights from PB Teen.

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This project was so much fun and the look on her face (and the happy screams!) when we revealed the whole thing was absolutely priceless and worth all the effort!

If you are curious about any of the sources, I’ve got a round up below complete with links!

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Spring dreaming: fresh styling ideas for your patio

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Rug (similar) / Umbrella (similar) / Pillow (similar) / Chair (similar) / Loveseat (similar)

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

Yes, I know we are still in the dead of January, but its never too late to start thinking about spring and being outside! I know I’m ready and seeing this shot from May of last year has me excited for fresh flowers and temps in the 70’s!

I had the chance to team up with The Home Depot and (virtually) style out some of their new patio sets. I found this simple + modern 4-piece set and styled it in two different ways using nothing but accessories and decor from The Home Depot. And it’s all very good!

As far as the styling goes, I can’t and never will quit blue so you can bet there will be elements of that mixed with clean lines and a bit of black thrown in for good measure.

Let’s take a look at what I came up with:

I was immediately drawn to the shape and simplicity of the chairs and the modern contrast of the black and white. Give me all the matte black in 2019 and beyond! In addition to the very large selection of styles and price points in the outdoor furniture, The Home Depot also had a really nice collection of outdoor rugs! I was naturally drawn to this blue Moroccan-inspired beauty, but I saved at least 6 options that could have worked!

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The other design element I can never quit is stripes! They are universally awesome and go with all different styles. I love the idea of a pergola in my ‘dream modern European lake house in Italy’ so I had to explore this fantasy. In addition to the clean lines and simple modern shape, the set that I chose has CushionGuard fabric which is stain, spill and fade resistant and only at The Home Depot!

This was such a fun exercise and has me very excited for spring! If you are curious to any of the sources, I got you covered below! Hover on each element to get the link!

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5 tips to easily organize your spice cabinet

Just like the rest of the world, I’ve caught the ‘tidying’ and organizing bug this year! To call it a ‘bug’ makes it sound bad, but on the contrary - its a very, very good thing (for me, my sanity and the happiness of my family unit). ha! Having a clean, organized and visually appealing space is so refreshing! You can breath, focus and actually stay on task and speaking from someone who works from home - it really does work!

I’m on an organizing and de-cluttering journey this year, but my strategy is to start small and tackle projects around my home bit by bit as I have a tendency to get overwhelmed easily! First up - the kitchen! The place that gets the most traffic and mess in all the land! But i’m breaking things down drawer by drawer and cabinet by cabinet instead of the whole she-bang. Today, we are tackling the spice cabinet!

Let’s check out the sad, cluttered and dirty before:

In all honesty, I don’t love sharing this angle of my kitchen for more reasons that the embarrassing (and real) state of my disorganized cabinets. The yucky microwave is big and old and too close to the (old and gross) stove, but we have lived with it for years and will live with it for a couple more months (lots of fun kitchen changes happening soon!)

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To a nerd like me, this sparks massive amounts of joy! And it was super easy and fairly quick! In the spirit of sharing style + joy, I’ve come up with 5 tips to easily spruce up your spice cabinet on a sunny Sunday afternoon:

1 / CLEAN & TOSS

This is actually just common sense, but you have to start somewhere! I took all the things out of the cabinet, vacuumed the shelves and wiped everything down. Then I took inventory of what we actually used, consolidated and tossed the rest. We had duplicates of several things like salt and baking powder and lots of outdated items stuck in the back.

2 / ORGANIZE YOUR SPICES INTO GLASS JARS

I realize it may seem silly to dump your perfectly good bottle of McCormicks cumin into a plain glass container, but it really does help to simply and de-clutter! I found this very affordable set (I bought 2) on Amazon and I am super happy with the quality and style!

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3 / GET THIS LABEL MAKER & LABEL ALL THE THINGS

ha! But seriously, in addition to my Dyson this lil’ label maker is my new favorite thing! I love the timeless simplicity of the black and white letters and the labels are super durable and stick to the glass nicely!

4 / ORGANIZE AND CATEGORIZE

I found these really great bamboo expanding spice shelves at The Container Store (that place is like crack to me) and I love how they make use of both the vertical and horizontal cabinet space. I organized by how often I used the spice (the ones on the front row are the most used) and grouped by size and section (for example: I needed a bigger container for baking soda and so on).

5 / CORRAL THE REMINDER INTO BINS

I did think to try and remove all of the brand labels off of the bottles of vinegar and hot sauce and replace with my labeling system, but that just seemed way too time consuming and tedious! Instead I found these really cute stackable storage bins and put all the left over bottles of various sauces, vinegars and so on into those and stacked them on the top shelf. I can easily access them with my step stool as needed and they are all neatly organized together!

I can’t tell you how much happiness this brings me as well as the drive to keep going in other areas of my home! I can relax and thrive in a tidy home and my goal is to not only organize but maintain!

Check back next month as I tackle another small area in my home with more simple organizational tips and tricks! I’ve also rounded up the sources for this little project below:

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NEW PROJECT ALERT: Wyatt's classically cool big kid room (the plan)

Hello friends! I swear I’m going to get back into 2 blog posts a week, but I can’t seem to get my s**t together these days for even one! ha! In all honesty, I really do love what I do but I have trouble saying no (but I’m working on that as well as being more organized!) so my plate gets full very quickly!

Anyways, I’m here today talking about the plans for my soon-to-be seven year old’s big kid bedroom. I’m very excited about this one (and so is he)! After finishing Zora’s room last year, he was very (very) eager for his turn and I can’t wait to finally make that happen in the next month or so.

Before I talk about the general direction and inspiration, I wanted to share what his room currently looks like now. Its not terrible, but it feels a bit too youthful for him at this stage so my goal is to create a fresh and more mature space for him to grow into.

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Clearly I’m loving the starry night theme! (I moved that picture around so many times). Also, this room feels like an older version of my style, so I’m excited to try a more grown-up direction (while still keeping it fun and happy - of course)!

I’ve also been scouring the pages of Pinterest for inspiration over the last few months. Here are a couple of dreamy options that stood out:

Since Wyatt is almost 7 and has a clear sense of what he likes, I wanted to make sure to get his feedback and suggestions for the style direction. I’m not huge on themes in general, but he wanted his room to be a giant solar system so I’m putting my spin on that idea! He also loves Star Wars, dinosaurs, legos (still haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate that but I’m working on it) and requested a bigger bed.

I think the thing he is most excited about is getting his own desk (or his own “office” as he called it). The room is getting a fresh coat of white paint (still undecided on the actual color), linen roman shades (these are a really great ready-made option) and that very cool constellation map wall paper to name a few.

I can’t wait to see this all come together! I’ve included all the sources on the graphic below in case you are curious! Stay tuned for the full reveal in the next couple of weeks to a month!

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Buster's adoption story and a special initiative with Stella + Chewy's

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It’s no secret we are big fans our pup, Buster (in real life and online)! He is the sweetest (and equally devilish) most loving dog you ever did meet (unless you are the UPS driver or mail carrier). ha. He is as loyal as they come and very (very) affectionate to those he loves, especially to my son Wyatt.

We adopted Buster about a year and half ago after loosing our first pup, Mollie B (who was also equally loved and adopted too). We decided to adopt again because we knew there were so many pups out there who needed homes and plus he was too cute to pass up! He was 1 when we got him and still had many puppy tendencies (like pooping in the house and chewing on EVERYTHING). I’m happy to say that he has grown up quite a bit over the last year and has settled in nicely to family life in Raleigh.

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I was so happy to discover Stella & Chewy’s and work together with them to regulate Buster’s diet and get him feeling (and looking) healthy and happy! We have been feeding him their raw coated kibble for about 6 months now and he loves it! I see improvements in his bathroom habits as well as his behavior and his coat is always extra shiny! He is basically living his best life and loving every moment and that brings me joy to know he is loved and cared for by his family.

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In addition to the Buster-approved food offerings and amazing ingredients, I also love what Stella + Chewy’s is all about: having a meaningful + positive impact on a dog’s life and also giving back to the rescue community.

Both Stella and Chewy were adopted as adult rescues by the founder Marie Moody so adult and senior pet adoption is very meaningful and important to them. Adults and seniors are less likely to be adopted and Stella + Chewy’s wanted to support senior and adult rescues while also driving awareness about the awesomeness of adult and senior pet adoption. As part of giving back, they’re donating a meal to senior rescues for every bag of Stella and Chewy's purchased as part of their Journey Home Fund initiative.

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I’m so happy to have found and adopted my sweet Buster and we can’t imagine life without him!

To find out more about the Journey Home Fund and help support a senior pet in need, head here for all the details.

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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ROOM TOUR: A cozy, collected and deliciously moody living room in the Pacific Northwest

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Hello and welcome 2019! I took a little hiatus on the blog over the holidays, but now I’m ready to share lots of new and awesome content with you guys this year, starting with this lovely little sitting/living room in the Pacific Northwest!

This room and home belong to my little sister Jen, who as you can tell is very stylish in her own right! She is a busy mom of 4 but also manages to make time to write (she is currently a budding children’s book writer!)

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Isn’t she cute! And those pups are her mini-schnauzers, Dagny and Ruby. They live right outside of Seattle in an adorable little house on a quiet street. Did I mention she has 4 kids? And they are all under the age of 7 so that lady is BUSY. She still manages to have a very lovely and well put together home that is so uniquely her own. There are plenty of toys and kid’s art but she also manages to combine many different styles + tons of vintage furnishings and decor for a very charming and collected feel.

In the midst of 6 young kids running around, cooking and family time over Thanksgiving last year, I managed to snap a few photos of her front sitting room. I love the moody colors and all those vintage pieces give the room so much character! Jen has always had a very unique (and beautiful) style, drawn to old things with a story. And she can just magically make everything go together! It’s all perfectly eclectic and I am here for it!

In addition to being an amazing mom and human, she is also a very talented writer and is going to be helping me out as a contributor on the blog this year! Very excited about this little partnership!

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I’d love to curl up in this room with a good book and a cup of tea any day! Its the perfect mix of cozy and collected! Most of the pieces in this room are vintage, but I rounded up some similar items below:

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4 simple, affordable and organic holiday styling tips

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You can never go wrong with keeping things simple, especially when it comes to home decor. And I find that my favorite type of holiday decor falls into that category – soft, cozy and warm with organic elements like greenery, fruit and wood accents.

I spent a few hours over at my client’s home, styling her shelves and adding some simple and festive holiday pieces to her living room. I used found objects in her home as well as a few of my own things and several fun pieces from Home Centric.

Let’s dive in with a couple tips for decorating on the simple side with a nod to natural elements:

Wood Accents

I found those super cute wooden trees from HomeCentric and I love the simple shape and texture they add. This family has young children and these trees are the perfect dose of whimsical simplicity and compliment so many different styles.

Cozy texture

A soft throw or a couple of cozy pillows will add warmth and texture, which always feels very festive to me.

Twinkling lights

I want to put fairy lights everywhere! They are magical and add that amazing soft & delicate glow. I found several really awesome sets from Home Centric that worked perfectly on these darker shelves.

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Greenery

Whether its a bit of mistletoe or some fresh (or faux) garland, greenery is my favorite way to decorate for the holidays and you can’t beat the affordability factor!

And apart from the garland, you can keep a lot of these things up year round! I find that organic textures and greenery are so versatile and everyone needs a bit of warm & cozy in their home, right?

As if I couldn’t make this post any more simpler, here is a fun little graphic for reference!

Happy holidays!

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

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2018 gift guide: under $50

We are about half way through December and I don’t know about you guys, but I have not finished all of my holiday shopping! And also, wasn’t it just Halloween?? Luckily most places have expedited shipping these days..so whew!

One of my favorite types of gifts to give are small and thoughtful things to friends and family. By small, I mean under $50 but not lacking in style or substance! I’ve rounded up 15 really cool gifts for all different ages and genders, all under $50 (and I own or am gifting about half of these things).

Happiest of holidays to you!

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