One vintage dresser, two different styles

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My love of vintage furniture is no secret. Especially the Mid-Century Modern variety. All that warm teak goodness, the clean lines and the beautiful simplicity just makes my little heart flutter. I love a good estate sale, vintage/antique stores and of course thrifting for treasures in person but I had not done much online shopping for vintage, apart from Craigslist and Facebook. Until now. Enter Sotheby’s Home, which is an online consignment marketplace offering timeless pieces and the best selection of vintage and antique furniture, decorative objects, lighting, contemporary art, prints, accessories and more.

I had the chance to team up with them to style this amazing Nils Jonsson highboy dresser in two different ways. Let’s get into it!

Classic + Casual Style

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I wanted this version to feel classic but also fresh and current so I paired the dresser with that amazing ornate vintage portrait and balanced that with clean and modern accessories like the ladder, books, vase and my mid-century inspired table lamp.

Minimal + Scandi Style

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For the second look, I wanted to channel some Scandinavian vibes with lots of white accents and clean lines. The black and white print mixed with the simple round mirror and cascading greens are a nice contrast to the warm wood from the dresser.

I love how versatile the dresser is! I feel like I could style it in a million different ways and by the way – it’s also constructed beautifully and in impeccable shape! They don’t make them like they used to!

Consignment is a stylish way to recycle and consigning furniture lengthens its life and maintains its value over time beyond its first (or even second) owner. Sotheby’s Home believes mixing old with new and re-purposing beautifully crafted pieces gives character and depth to any space. I can totally get behind that movement!

This post is sponsored by Sotheby’s Home. 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 coastal charm to your landlocked bedroom

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Even though I live 2+ hours from the beach and visit a few times per year, I am always trying to channel the coastal vibes at home, regardless of the lack of sand and water in my backyard. It’s such a peaceful and happy place to be and one that I also draw lots of design inspiration from.

And it’s easy to understand why coastal style is so popular – the natural textures, soft blues and greens and casual breezy vibes can help make your space feel like a vacation home. And who doesn’t want that?!

After falling hard over the Drew Barrymore home collection a few months back, I had the chance to team up again with the lovely folks at Walmart to add some coastal charm to my bedroom. Walmart has really stepped up their design game this year so I had no trouble finding beautiful and affordable pieces from their home line.

I thought it might be fun to share my ‘coastal design process’ with a few quick and easy tips. Let’s get into it!

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1 / Incorporate natural textures

Coastal decor would be incomplete without the texture of natural fiber. Whether it’s jute, sea grass, bamboo or rattan, mixing in woven materials connects the indoors with the outdoors and brings a casual and easy breezy feel to the room. 

2 / Play with patterns

For an eclectic and collected look, don’t be afraid to mix things up with your rug, duvet, curtains and soft textiles. The trick is to stick with the patterns in the same color family—blue is an obvious choice for a coastal vibe—and layer geometrics, florals, or stripes of similar weights and tones.

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3 / Choose a calm and cool color palette

To keep your bedroom feeling fuss-free, light, and airy use plenty of white (or a light neutral) on your walls, ceilings and furniture and accent with different shades of blue and grey to break things up a bit and add depth and visual interest.

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4 / Keep it classy with nautical-inspired accessories

Opt for a beautiful piece of statement art, some driftwood on top of a stack of surf-inspired books, sea glass beads or sea grass storage baskets to add that textural charm without going too kitchy.

5 / Let the light in

Natural light is pretty much the best interior accessory you can add! Choose sheer curtains to get that light-filled, airy vibe we all love in coastal homes.

I do very much enjoy coastal design but I also love to mix styles up so I say choose things that you love and make your heart sing!

I rounded up some of my favs, all available from walmart.com!

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A cozy, collected living room in the heart of Raleigh, NC

One of my favorite things about this job is being able to help people love their homes more. And it doesn’t have to take a long time or be overly complicated or expensive (although it can be a more elaborate process). Take this latest living room I recently got to style. The house is in a gorgeous historic neighborhood in downtown Raleigh just dripping with charm so half of my job was already done! The home owners were hosting an event and reached out to me to help spruce up the living room for the party. It really wasn’t bad but just needed a few layers of style and a good dose of editing.

Here is what the room looked like when we arrived:

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The room was kind of a hodge-podge of sorts. The owners are really cool and interesting people with great taste in art and literature and had tons of quirky treasures from their travels and life in other cities. We kept a bunch of their pieces and added a few new things to create a eclectic mix of styles that cohesively live together.

Let’s take a little tour!

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Gah, I’m a sucker for built-ins! Especially ones like this that have so much charm. We pulled everything off the shelves and started fresh, adding back in the books (we color coordinated them for a more streamlined look), family photos, art and then layered in all of their amazing treasures and added the greens and flowers for a finishing touch. It’s really all about the edit when it comes to shelves as things can get cluttered quick!

pro tip: remove your book covers for a visually cleaner look on surfaces and styled in book shelves

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The biggest impact, style-wise came from that amazing rug! My client wanted more color and as soon as we rolled it out, it was like kismet in that room – the perfect blend of color and pattern that really complimented the space. Rugs are pretty much everything in my design book!

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They already had a ton of vintage pieces (that mirror!!) so we added those modern chairs for a nice balance of old and new. I already had a pair in storage and have loved styling them in my own home as they are so versatile, stylish and affordable!

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Project like these are so much fun! And I love when clients trust me and let me do my thang! Find the things, style the things and then take all the pictures to document the things so I can share them with you guys here!

What do you guys think? My client was thrilled and so happy (which is just THE BEST) and really so was I so it was a win-win!

I rounded up a bunch of the sources below in case ya dig it and want to shop it!

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Roundup: 30 amazing vintage portraits all available on Etsy!

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There has been a real surge in popularity over vintage portraits in the last couple of years and I have most definitely fallen in love with this trend! And honestly, I hesitate to use that word (trend) because it implies a fleeting sense of popularity. I think vintage art in general is classic and automatically gives a room soul and character. And plus you really do get lots of ‘character’ from these paintings since they are all of random people of all ages from various decades in the 20th century. Total conversation starters!

Here are some fantastic examples of others using vintage art:

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image via Gray Benko

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image via Francois et Moi

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image via sfgirlbybay

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image via Emily Henderson

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I spent a couple of hours scouring Etsy for all of the vintage treasures and I found quite a bit. There is a TON from Ukraine (not sure why) and other places but it’s all vintage and all available to buy now!

Enjoy these 30 options!

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Design Crush: monochromatic rugs

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There is something so dreamy and well..delicious about a monochromatic design situation. It’s oh so chic, tonal, relaxed yet sophisticated and calming to the eyes. It also just feels so warm and inviting! Multiple layers and varied textures of one color can add depth and dimension and give the room soul! And don’t we all want that?!

While I am a big fan of the overall monochromatic look, today, I’m talking specifically about rugs. I have found that in my living room, I like to air on the side of a more neutral rug to really ground the space and chill things out. I have tried many rug iterations in years past and the subtle hues and tonal patterns just feel right. Plus I have a good bit going on in here, not to mention this is the room that we spend the most time in so it needs to feel calm.. sorta. I had the chance to team up with Ben Solemani and test out one of their gorgeous rugs in my living room and it made friends very easily!

I chose the Performance Double Diamond Moroccan in the silver/fog colorway and it’s just the dreamiest and softest rug! It looks like an antique Moroccan carpet but is made of hand-knotted high-performance fibers that look and feel like wool but resist stains and moisture. (and no shedding too..yay!)

Ben Solemani had SO MANY beautiful options to choose from that it was hard to narrow it down! Just for fun, I rounded up all of the ones I almost ordered below!

Enjoy that monochromatic goodness!

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A bold + classic + whimsical + coastal + modern powder room

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vanity (similar) / matte black pulls / storage basket / floor tile / wall tile / faucet / hand soap / towel ring / mirror / sconce / art / wallpaper / hand towel

Lots of adjectives flying around today! ha!

So truth be told…I love designing bathrooms and I especially love designing powder rooms! You can make a big impact in a relatively short time period because it’s a small and manageable space. For our particular powder room, we didn’t make any changes to the footprint, but just stripped the dated tile, pedestal sink and old toilet in favor of graphic (& amazing) wallpaper, classic and modern design finishes, lots of matte black and a little bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

I had the chance to team up with the lovely folks at Build.com to dream up this happy little powder room and bring it to life! Build.com has a fantastic selection of home improvement products including trending and traditional styles, unique finishes, and new technologies at really competitive prices all in one place!

Before we get into the good stuff, let’s see the before pics:

It’s not that bad but just not my style and I really wanted some storage in the vanity. And also a new toilet that didn’t always need to be plunged…(my kids looooove toilet paper) ..

The space is a tiny little 5’ x 5’ dark square (with no window) so I felt it was my responsibility as a designer to spruce her up a bit and add some style and excitement! ha

So, now let’s get into a few details!

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The Vanity

I knew I wanted to keep all the elements clean and modern so I chose that simple white 24” vanity* with a marble top (I’m always forever your girl when it comes to marble) and paired it with the coolest (and sexiest) matte black faucet you ever did see! I got the chance to tour the head quarters of Delta Faucet last year and see that matte black beauty in person and knew I had to use it for a project! I also swapped out the pulls that came with the vanity for a modern, rectangular and you guessed… matte black option from Emtek to compliment the faucet. Matte black is what’s good!

I love the clean lines and also that extra bit of storage that I was lacking with my old pedestal sink really makes a difference in this small space.

*Unfortunately they seemed to discontinue selling this vanity right after I ordered it :( Build.com has a ton of other options so I found this or this or this that could also work nicely.

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The Tile

In keeping with my theme of modern and classic, I chose a timeless hex marble tile (with white grout) and paired it with a 2 x 8 subway tile in a more modern vertical stack design (grout is Excel whisper grey). I love how it feels old and new at the same time!

The Wallpaper

I have actually loved and admired that wallpaper (and all of the things Farrow & Ball are doing) for many years now and was thrilled to be able to use it in my own home! The paper itself is stunning – so high quality with this amazing subtle texture that gives the room dimension and most importantly, style and character! And I love the playful and somewhat eclectic pattern..some people see waves (me), some see trees, some see cupcakes (my daughter)…what do you see?

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The brass accents

I have mentioned my love of matte black (which is fairly recent) and would be remiss to not mix in some brass (OG love) in the design. Because matte black and brass go together like bacon and eggs! The brass in the gorgeous oversized sconce, the rounded mirror and the frame on the naked lady art add a layer of warmth and soul to this tiny space.

So that about wraps things up! I truly love how it all turned out and I hope you guys do too! I rounded up all the sources below in a handy little graphic in case you are interested!

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

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Design crush: Unison Home

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striped rug / wall paper / console table / mirror / basket / striped bowl / pendant / dining chairs / table lamp / round mirror

Today I want to introduce you to one of my go-to favs for beautiful modern design: Unison. They have a beautifully curated collection of modern and high quality products for the home – things ranging from bedding, amazing case goods, textiles, ceramics and dinnerware. It’s like a modern artisanal home decor lover’s treasure trove!.

To celebrate my love, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favs from their collection styled in my own home and finish it off with a round up of sorts. Plus, there is a little 20% off coupon code at the end of the post in case you wanna do some shopping. :)

Now, let’s get into it!

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chairs / rug / chandelier / tulip table

One of my fav things I own in this world are those chairs! Is that sad? …maybe. They make me feel like I’m sitting in a charming Parisian bistro sipping on a cappuccino with a fresh croissant, reading the paper and enjoying life! ha. But seriously, they are amazing, wonderfully well made and have really held up beautifully against my messy family! I could not recommend enough if you are in the market!

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Their dining category is pretty amazing and chalked full of so much warm and modern style. I love the simple shape and artisanal feel of the Hasami gloss tea pot and their mugs are my fav for morning coffee! Other standouts include these simple + elegant soup bowls, stoneware dinner set and these adorable little glass tumblers.

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Scenes from my holiday table last year…all the warm and cozy!

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Now let’s talk about that bench! The wood tones, the modern lines, the soft close doors and leather pulls…it has it all! And I’ve got my eye on the other pieces in that collection too! It’s all SO GOOD.

Trust me when I say you will want to check them out and if you happen to see something you like (you will) can you use the code SCS20 to get 20% off site wide!
(excludes sale items and gift cards. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Ends 7/31/19)

I’ve also rounded up my favorites from above in addition to some more goodies in a handy lil’ graphic below!

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6 simple tips to add curb appeal

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Today I’m talking about that very important (and at times overlooked) thing called curb appeal. It’s the first impression of your home which can go along way especially if you are selling (we are not, just taking pride in our home). We spent a couple of weekends this spring sprucing up the exterior of our home. Nothing major – just lots of mulch, fresh flowers and shrubs, a lot of power washing, weeding and shit ton of sweat and mosquito bites (no joke..I had 40 on just my legs). And also some simple + modern decor to top things off! Well, because I’m a designer and I have to decorate all the things!

I’ve teamed up with my friends at Home Centric to share 6 simple+easy+maybe slightly obvious (ha) tips to level up your curb appeal. Let’s get into it!

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1 / Clean it up

And power wash that sucker! We are hanging on to very dated and slightly damaged masonite siding that I would love to upgrade (one day), but you would be amazed at what some power washing can do to brighten and freshen! I hired a local company to do it and it was so worth it – like a brand new, freshly-painted house at a fraction of the cost!

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2 / Get pruning & mulching

Trimming back shrubs and over grown trees, pulling weeds and laying mulch (like a ton of it) will transform your yard and take your curb appeal to the next level! It’s relatively cheap but hard work so get ready to sweat!

3 / Dust off the gardening tools and get planting

Plants and flowers add contrast, layers of texture and give off all the welcoming vibes. They can also highlight and accentuate exterior features like a walkway or seating area and frame visual points like windows, porches and entryways. We framed the front of our house with simple boxwoods and azalea bushes because they are easy and hardy! And remember to choose plants and flowers based on how much sun light your home gets as you want to make sure your new friends are happy and healthy!

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4 / Dress up your porch

The front entry is the focal point to your home’s curb appeal and should also reflect the home's interior, so choose pieces that represent your personal style. I like to keep things fairly simple decor-wise on my front porch – nothing too fussy or overdone but still very warm and welcoming. I already had the rockers (similar style) but found that lovely organic coffee table from Home Centric and layered in some softness with a couple of striped throw pillows and a breezy throw (also from Home Centric) for cooler evenings. Simple and easy!

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5 / Don’t forget the details

Upgrading elements like your door hardware, lighting, planters, door bell and house numbers will add lots of style and interest to your home's exterior. These little changes make a huge impact and give off all of the welcoming + happy vibes. And speaking of welcoming, don’t forget to freshen up the mat! I love layering color and pattern on top of texture and those outdoor rugs I found from Home Centric are just the right mix!

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copper planter / rocker (similar) / coffee table / striped pillow

6 / Add window planters for extra charm

This is more or less another detail (see tip #5), but deserves an extra call out! Technically I have deck planters but it’s the same idea and I absolutely love the charm these natural baskets add and we are lucky enough to have a double porch for double the impact! We filled them with sun-loving plants and flowers like petunias, sweet potato vine and creeping jenny. And yes, I do water them regularly but I love them so much that I don’t mind the extra work!

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Now sit back, relax and enjoy the view from all of your hard work!

And in case you forgot, here’s a quick graphical re-cap to save and pin if you are into it!

Happy summer, friends!

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A lush and modern summer patio space built for relaxing

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umbrella / steel chairs / coffee table / rug / sofa / wood stump table / pillows / throw / copper planter / string lights / tray / stoneware planter

Turn on the twinkle lights, pour yourself a glass of Rosé and come take a little tour of my refreshed patio space! If you saw the post from last year, not that much has changed from a stylistic perspective. Still the same greys, blues and whites but I made subtle improvements in the form of more modern and durable furniture and more life in the form of plants (like a ton of plants!)

In all honesty, I’d love to start fresh back here one day. Rip down the 30+ year old deck that we painted grey a few years back. Cut down some trees (they are HUGE and produce a ton of mess and debris) and potentially build an entertainer’s dream outdoor space! I’m thinking some really cool tile, a built-in grilling and dining area, plenty of space to relax and of course a pool! That last part ain’t happening as my husband does not want a pool of any kind so maybe i’ll instead put in a stock tank pool and call it a day. haha. the dream continues…

My philosophy has always been to make the best of what you got (and can afford) so I’ll continue to dream about an amazing outdoor space and in the meantime, enjoy the space I currently have!

Let’s dive into the details!

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The space isn’t all that big (about 13’ x 13’) so we’ve always just used it as a seating/grilling area. It’s nothing too fancy, but it suits us! I love love those powder coated steel chairs from Blu Dot that we added! They are super lightweight and comfy, perfectly modern and most importantly will withstand the outdoor elements! There are a ton of old trees in our backyard that love to sprinkle their leaves and sap all over everything! boo

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Just a little cutie, her daddy and some grilling hot dogs…

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Let’s talk outdoor rugs. Are you for ‘em? Against ‘em? Think they are pointless? haha. I’m really torn! I love the warmth and character they add, but it is a major pain in the arse to move them around constantly depending on weather patterns. But I love this one from All Modern, as its super lightweight and easy to clean and fold up. Plus differing shades of blue and textures mixed with stripes will always have my design heart!

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Technically that gorgeous little bebe coffee table from Blu Dot is not ‘outdoor’ but I just loved the simple design so much and knew it would be perfect in the space! It’s petite and extremely well made with a real marble top. I’m here for anything marble, friends! It’s design magic. I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to store it out here but it’s just so good that I’ll make a special case for it outside. The bottom is powder coated steel so that counts a bit, right?

My favorite part about the deck/patio/outdoor space is our new modular sofa from Outer! It’s pretty much the coolest, most beautiful, well-made piece of furniture that I own to date! Plus the design is smart and has built-in covers to protect the sofa against those pesky elements! And you know I got em based on this whole blog post! ha.

Here is the sofa with the covers on:

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How cool is that?!

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The one other thing I did differently this year was add lots and lots of plant babies and a bunch of string lights! Gives the space so much life and charm and the combination of all of these little updates makes me very excited to have Rosé and grilled hot dogs out here all summer long! haha (but, seriously)

I hope you enjoyed this little space and if you are curious to any of the sources, I got ya covered below!

Happy summer, ya’ll!

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My newly refreshed and reorganized pantry!

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glass canisters / mesh drawers / can storage / wire baskets with wood handle / clear storage bins / wire stackable basket

Man, I love organization! It’s the key to family happiness in my book. Well, maybe not the key but in my opinion – it ranks high. When a space is clean and organized, you are damn straight that sparks joy! And I’m not the biggest fan of the process of getting there (I’m extremely impulsive at times and want it to be beautiful right away) but I love the after and the sense of calm and peace I get.

I recently made some changes in our kitchen to make the space more functional, simplified and organized. I’m trying to be more intentional about how I live in my home, while also making minor updates to the aesthetic of it all. Because, style matters! Our pantry was a good place to start - from both a form and function perspective. It was a bit dingy and my previous attempts at organization from a few years back had quickly fallen into shambles because..well…life! Here is the way it looked about 4 weeks ago:

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We didn’t change much structurally – mainly we tore out the shelves that were already there and added tile, an electrical outlet for my baby microwave and white oak shelves. My husband thought it was silly to tile a space that essentially stayed closed off for most of the time, but I love the added detail and surprise you get when you open those doors.

And if you are wondering if I love having the microwave tucked away in the pantry, then the answer is yes! I did worry slightly that it might be inconvenient to downsize and move it farther from the main kitchen area, but so far it’s been really great! I only use the microwave to heat up coffee and the occasional frozen meal so it ended up being the perfect solution! And no issue with smell either! I highly recommend this setup if you have the right space and need for it!

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As always, Buster is sniffing around and in the way while I’m trying to shoot one specific space. lol

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My goal was for the pantry to feel like an extension of the kitchen with timeless finishes and simplicity. (more on my kitchen refresh soon!) In addition to changing the way it looked, I paired down and tossed out old and expired food and corralled all of our staples into their own containers (as much as possible). The goal was to create an accessible and organized system for all the things we use on a regular basis.

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I also wanted the pantry to be organized in a way that I could realistically manage it. When I tackled it back in 2015, I purchased so many glass and plastic containers and put all the things in containers. Many of them went unused or became stale (I never have luck storing cereal in containers…maybe I have the wrong containers…) so I wanted this version to be more livable and accessible. Nothing too fussy or perfect!

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mmmm…Topo Chicos! (the best and fizziest mineral water ever if you have not tried one!)

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That is one clean and sparkly pantry, don’t ya think?! I love the way it turned out and will likely continue to tweak the designs and arrangement to our needs.

Come back later in the week for some organization tips on getting your own pantry to spark joy!

And, if you are curious about sources, I’ve rounded everything up below!

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A big ol' roundup of goodness from Serena & Lily

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If you follow me or know me, you know I heart the beach. Like I could live there (and wish I was there right now) and dream of one day owning a home there (maybe an Airbnb rental…that is probably the only way I could afford it..lol). In this dream scenario, the house would be a calm and peaceful sanctuary complete with ocean views, a pool (of course!) and fully furnished + styled with S+L!

A girl can dream!

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And I love what Serena & Lily stands for… ‘living well begins at home’ and I whole-heartedly agree! I’ve been a loyal customer for years and I come back again and again for their style, quality and timelessness even before I started this styling and blogging adventure!

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Until the day comes that I’m ready to make my beach house dreaming a reality, I have loved incorporating their beautiful and timeless pieces in my own suburban home (and client’s homes!) to channel those above mentioned beach-y vibes! Things like lighting, bedding, pillows, wallpaper and all of the rattan I can handle and recently beach towels! Like the softest, thickest and most luxurious beach towels that are making my bathroom feel like a coastal vacation, all in land-locked Raleigh, NC!

I love it all (I really do) but I narrowed it down to 18 of my favorites below.

Happy shopping, friends!

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15 pieces of caned furniture that will make your heart sing

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If you love love love caned furniture, this post is for you! I’m pretty much obsessed! Like I want to buy all of it and just hoard it! It’s timeless, casual, light, airy and so very very charming and I’m pumped that I keep seeing more and more of it pop up!

credenza | frame tv | planter | floor mirror

For a quick history lesson: Caned furniture has been around for a long time (like centuries) but it became especially popular thanks to Thonet. His No. 14 chair from 1859 revolutionized the furniture industry by creating a light and airy design that was both inexpensive to produce and transport. It’s been well-loved ever since!

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counter stools | round table | rug | vase | caned chairs | chandelier

Enough of my amateur-hour history less and on to some modern and amazing caned furniture! I rounded up a mix of price points and styles from various online retailers and styles all with that beautiful caned goodness!

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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

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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!

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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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