Spring dreaming: fresh styling ideas for your patio

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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.

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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!

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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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My 2018 holiday cards with Basic Invite + a special offer!

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Do you send out holiday cards each year? We started doing it after we had kids and have made it a tradition to get our family pictures taken each year for our cards (as so many do).

This year, I had the opportunity to test out Basic Invite and was so pleased to discover a new brand putting out beautiful and customizable holiday cards online. They have a ton of lovely design options and I was really pleased with the printing quality and attention to detail.

I chose this simple + modern design and added the raised metallic foil which is such a nice touch! You can also customize the color, the font and add the address capturing feature (which I did). I was able to link from my address book and import all my contacts, which saved me a bunch of time when it came to mailing them.

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They also included that personalized ornament to display on our tree! I really appreciate details like that!

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There is still time to get them for the holidays! I got super quick shipping and they had really great customer service on a question I had while placing my order. I’m excited to have found a new affordable option for custom cards and stationary!

You can use the code holi30 for 30% off their site!

And happy holidays from my family to yours! We wish you a Merry EVERYTHING.

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My modern & organic holiday tablescape

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Happy Monday, friends!

Well, I’m officially ready for Christmas! kidding… but my dining table is definitely ready to host a party! I’m excited to share my simple little dining room table set up, all ready to host a big family meal around the Holidays! I am actually doing that this year, so this was a great exercise in getting everything set up and party-ready! My husband is happily doing all the cooking (except for the pie, which I will take care of) so all I need is a glass of wine and some music and I’m ready to go! (full disclosure…that is not true and it will likely be a crazy day but a girl can dream, right?)

Let’s get into the details of my little Holiday spread!

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I tried to incorporate vintage & modern elements and mix them with organic objects (like the pears/orange garland/fresh flowers). I’m not quite sure how to describe the style, but it feels very warm and inviting and that feels perfectly seasonal to me!

The dinnerware set really sets the tone for the whole scene! It’s the Grace Gray dinnerware set from Unison and I love that artisan hand-made quality of each piece.

I also got those amazing linen napkins to add subtle texture and warmth to the table. Linen is quickly becoming my go-to for all textiles! I debated on whether I wanted to use fresh garland or even placemats but settled on that simple striped table runner and I think its the perfect amount of yummy soft texture. I feel like Unison doesn’t get as much attention as other brands, but they are killing it in that oh-so-coveted organic/modern/artisan category! I want all the things!

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The vintage comes in with those brass candlesticks. I think I paid $5 each at a local flea market! You can’t beat that patina and worn-in feeling! And I took some notes from my oh-so-talented friend Erin and made her DIY orange garland and love the color and organic texture it adds. It’s simple, easy and best of all very affordable (cost of an orange!).

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Most of the other items on the table are things I already had, like that fantastic pitcher/vase from Target (unfortunately no longer available) and my brass flatware from CB2. The wine glasses are random ones from around my kitchen cabinets and the tumblers are awesome target finds!

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The pear bowl is something I’ve had for years - a gift from my sister and I still love it to this day. She got it from a local ceramist while she and her husband were traveling. And aren’t pears the best table props? So painterly!

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And I can’t leave out this amazing new rug from Rifle Paper Co. If I’m being honest, I got a 6x9 and should have purchased an 8x10 but I still love it so much. Especially for the colder months as its so soft and has that moody vibe!

That about wraps things up for now! What do you guys think? Tell me the first descriptive word that pops into your head in the comments (if you have actually read to this point…ha!)

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ROOM TOUR: A bold & quirky bedroom

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Hello and happy weekend! Whew! What a week! I’m fairly new to the blogging world and Holiday season is no joke, ya’ll! I = busy (the busiest I’ve ever been)!

Anyways, I’m happy to share another fun room reveal today – our guest bedroom! You might remember I gave this room a quick and dirty face-lift earlier in the year, but the room felt a little soul-less to me and needed some personality (or lots of personalities!). As my styling/designing skills have evolved and changed over the years, I’ve come to realize that (for me) every room needs something vintage and a bit of color/texture.

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Let’s start things off with that incredibly fun wallpaper from Chasing Paper. I’m a huge fan of their products - the papers are so well made and the designs are equally amazing. And this is not sponsored! This particular style is called Vintage Art and its from their capsule collection with Graduate Hotels. I love the playfulness and the way it really does make this room feel like a boutique hotel, which I am here for!

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ART FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 70’s short haired lady / gentleman with a pipe / balding man / 70’s blue dress lady / lady with round glasses / lady in an orange dress / lady with red earrings

My husband thought it was strange that I was hanging pictures of faces on top of other faces, but I told him to just wait and go with it…and…I kinda love it! The art is part vintage (from this and this shop) and part vintage-inspired. All of the new pieces are by artist Janet Hill, who has this very thoughtful and nostalgic style that I adore! She has several pieces for sale on Artfully Walls.

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I also got a new upholstered platform bed from Poly & Bark. I love the modern, low-profile style and the tufting adds a touch of sophistication. We did end up selling all the old things we replaced, including the bed frame, lamps and nightstands so that made this update feel a bit more intentional.

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Also, let’s talk about the nightstands and the table lamps! The nightstand is a really good one from my old pal, Target. No assembly required and it seems pretty darn well-made for the price! I was also super impressed with the cuteness of those table lamps from Anthro! I love the subtle and unexpected pattern and texture on them.

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Moving on to the other side of the room is my little reading/scrolling Instagram corner! (ha). I have been eyeing/stalking that Rattan chair from Serena & Lily for years and I finally pounced when they had their Black Friday sale this year. I looooove it and it looks great in all rooms! I may get another one for my own bedroom!

And that little zig-zag accent table from Target is awesome! I have used it in several places as well and it works with so many decor styles!

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I swapped out the light for this simple + modern beauty from School House (which I already had) and kept surfaces pretty simple with books and that amazing candle from Otherland. I’m obsessed with their branding and packaging too and the candle has the freshest scent!

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Here’s a more pulled back view from the door. It feels eclectic but still modern and simple at the same time. That’s the goal, anyways!

What do you guys think? I’d love to know your thoughts!

I’ve rounded up most of the sources below!

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2018 holiday gift guide: for him

Happy Cyber Monday, folks!

I thought it was better late than never to share a little gift guide I put together for the menfolk in your lives. I mainly just shopped for my husband (and bought several of these things) but I think most of these items could work for men of all ages.

Snag up those good deals while they last!

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My 2018 Black Friday picks

Hello and happy Black Friday! I spent some time researching (shopping) this week and pulled together some things that I want, or have already purchased from brands that I love, all on sale of course. I included a little bit of everything ranging from fashion, beauty/wellness to home decor, naturally. I hope you enjoy!

And a bunch of my fav brands are all having sales:

UrbanWalls: 25% off sitewide with code TREATYOSELF

Serena & Lily: 20% off everything with code GATHER

McGee & Co : 20% off EVERYTHING with code THANKYOU

Madewell: 25% off purchase with code DEALWITHIT

J.Crew: 40% off purchase with code TOGETHER

Lulu & Georgia: 25% off everything with code BESTEVER

World Market: Save 40% on all furniture with code FURNDEAL

West Elm: Buy more save more up tp 30% with code SAVEMORE

Rejuvenation: Buy more save more up to 25% + free shipping with code FREESHIP

CB2: 15% off with code SAVE15

Anthropologie: 30% off everything

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My soft & cozy holiday look with the UGG Home Collection from Bed Bath & Beyond

This post is sponsored by Carusele for #UGGatBBB at Bed Bath & Beyond. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

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Man, I love the holidays. I’m that person who puts up their Christmas tree in mid-July and watches re-runs of Elf for a whole weekend. Well, to be fair I did that once, but I really do love this time of year! I love all the delish treats, the Elvis Christmas album, Home Alone 2, egg nog and seeing the excitement on my kid’s faces as the big day approaches! And I really love the decorations, specifically for the tree!

And speaking of lovely holiday decor, I was lucky enough to get to test out some of the soft and cozy holiday pieces from the UGG Home Collection at Bed Bath & Beyond this year. And my tree (and living room) are very happy about it.

Let’s dive into the details!

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My tree is classically decked out in all the soft texture! It’s basically wearing a fur coat! I chose to stick to simple neutral tones but with pops of color in the form of that festive red hue! I’m not one to go for a lot of red, but I love it in small doses as it has a lot of impact. This year, I’m going with a palette of redwood and snow. The yummy texture and color from the Layne Chunky Knit Button Throw Pillow paired with the Classic Cable Knit Christmas Tree Ornaments and garland on the tree is the perfect balance in this room. I also paired the Talia Christmas Tree Skirt with a woven tree collar and I love the mix of textures. The Talia Christmas Tree Skirt is plush, snow colored faux fur. It is so luxe under the tree!

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And speaking of cable knit. I filled my tree with these soft and cozy neutral cable knit ornaments and amped up the coziness even more with layers of the Wren Holiday Garland. I don’t think a tree has ever been so ready for the snow!

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And if things couldn’t get more cozy, let’s throw (no pun intended) this amazingly soft and luxurious Poppy Throw Blanket into the mix for good measure! It is light weight with a chic long trim and is perfect for gift giving. My dog has already tried to claim it as his bed and my kids have already wrapped themselves up in it for movie night. We are blanket people in this house and I’m determined to keep this as my own! (ha).

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To tie it all together, I made a TJ’s run and grabbed some festive flowers to play off of the reds in the decor. Flowers, cozy texture and twinkle lights forever!

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What do you guys think? I loved how the simple pops of colors and textures from these pieces gave this room just enough holiday cheer without going full Clark Griswold (who I love, by the way).

This collection is really good, folks especially if you are into cozy and happy and who isn’t? Check out the entire UGG Home Collection here or stop by Bed Bath & Beyond!

Wishing you all very happy holidays!

I was asked by Carusele to participate in this campaign, sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

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2018 Holiday gift guide: for the kiddos

I’m joining in on all the blogger fun and sharing some gift guides this year in hopes that it might help some folks out there looking for cute things for their loved ones!

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First up, the littles! Specifically I chose items for kids in the younger ages (3-7). Since becoming a mother, shopping for my kids (ages 6 and 3) around the holidays has become my main priority (sorry friends and other family members..lol). Not to say I don’t purchase for others, but the kids LOVE this time of year and get so excited, so naturally I’m going to start with their needs first!

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Full disclaimer…I chose lots of really cute and artisan-type items in my gift guide (not a lot of plastic and character stuff) which is not to say my kids don’t love that and want all that crap! They totally do want all the Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Lego Batman in the world, but since this is a style and design-y type space, I’m going with the cute stuff!

Hope you enjoy! Come back tomorrow for all my favs for the women in your life!

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The happy Nola home: the living room

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Rug / Coffee table / Chair / Table lamp base / Table lamp shade / Side table / Picture ledge / Fiddle leaf fig tree / Throw / Kiln pillow (similar) / Lady art / Grey felt pillow / Blue geometric pillow

Welcome to the happiest of living/dining rooms in all of New Orleans! I’m so excited to share this space with you guys! It’s all the things I love in a room: bright, cheery, modern with a side of vintage! Before we get into all the details, let’s take a peek at how the room started out during the renovation state:

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This space originally started out as 2 smaller bedrooms, but my clients tore some walls down and converted it to this glorious open space! Isn’t that just the best view, ever (below)?

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The main goal throughout the whole house was to keep the finishes and the decor cohesive with a good flow and maintain a modern and happy vibe. My clients didn’t want a lot of stuff cluttering up the place, but they did want their home to feel warm and inviting and lived-in.

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The magic of white walls (all painted BM Chantilly Lace) with pops of beautiful color make the place feel so special and full of life. We included a bunch of rugs and textiles from New Orleans artist Alysestudios and they were just perfect in this home, providing color, texture and that vintage charm and character. You guys know I love West Elm (and so did my clients) so we turned to them for a lot of the furniture you see throughout the house. I love the fresh & modern aesthetic and I’m obsessed with that Roar + Rabbit swivel chair!

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Rug / Console / Metallic poufs / Botanical print / Number poster / New Orleans Shotgun print

When I arrived at the house, that wall (pictured above) was empty apart from the TV and the media console. We kinda scratched our heads as to what to do with it since it was quite large and a bit awkward. Decorating around a black box is tricky and did I mention the 13’ ceilings? I’ve always found a gallery wall to be a good solution for a TV area, so it was all systems go designing and curating that bad boy.

I don’t remember how many hours we spent trying to carefully plan it out (it was many and gallery walls aren’t easy in my opinion) but I feel pretty good about how it all turned out. We used a bunch of Jenny’s Print Shop prints (what a great resource for affordable and downloadable art!) as well as a few pieces I brought from home and some my client had on hand. We wanted to capture some of the Nola spirit in the art, so we made sure to use a few local pieces as well like the Soul Rebels poster and the Grove Street Press New Orleans shotgun print.

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The whole experience in New Orleans was so great and I love the way the house turned out! My clients are happy too, which is the icing on the cake!

As usual, I’ve rounded up a bunch of the sources with all the links below!

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My new TV watching situation

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Console / TV / Light wood TV frame / Mirror / Planter / Terrazzo bowl / Book / Wood garland

Happy Saturday, friends! I made a few updates in my bedroom, specifically centered around beautiful design and TV! Yes, they can go hand in hand! And yes, I have a TV in my bedroom! No shame, please! It’s my little mom getaway space and what I love to do after a long day, so I’m going to own it and love it!

Now, let’s get into some details on this little corner!

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In addition to my glorious new TV, I can’t gloss over that amazing new Dunmore Cane Credenza from Society Social! It’s a new piece in their collection and its awesome! So well made and completely customizable! I chose to paint mine SW Contented in a matte finish and I love the subtle, yet still bright and happy color it adds to this wall.

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I love the simplicity of this console and all the storage potential! I put baskets on both sides and filled them my socks, bras/undies and other small things (like my nail supplies that are peeking out).

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I kept the styling pretty simple with some books, a plant and a few neutral vases and vessels. I also moved my floor mirror to this little corner and shuffled around some graphic art that I already had. Clean and simple – just the way I like it!

And my honest review of the TV (I paid for it myself) is its amazing and I want 2 more for the other rooms in our home with TVs! I love that it is literally a piece of art that lays flat against your wall! No more black boxes for me! Yay technology!

If you are into this look, I’ve rounded up the sources below (some are similar as the rug and chair are vintage):

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The versatility of a neutral rug + a roundup!

My love for a good rug runs deep. Clearly, because I write about rugs a lot in this space (here and here and here)! To be fair, I do a lot of rug research in my day to day and test out different ones in my home, so it only seems natural that I should become somewhat of a rug expert/connoisseur.

A good rug will really pull a room together and make it feel like home. Cozy, comfortable and lived-in. This is not anything new to most of you, but finding the right rug for your home can be tricky. Take our living room (pictured above): It’s long and a bit narrow and capturing the light can be a challenge at times. I painted the room SW Sea Salt years ago and I actually still love that color. It’s bright and neutral but still has some color in the form of subtle blues and greens, depending on the time of day. Finding the right rug to compliment this specific room has been a challenge for me because there is already so much color and texture happening, not to mention the tricky sunlight situation. After trying many different iterations in here, I have found that a neutral (specifically black & white) rug works the best. And really, the beauty of black and white is it goes with pretty much anything!

This rug in particular is amazing! Its soo soft and cozy and once I put it down, my kids camped out on the floor to watch a movie and both feel asleep (true story). They lay on it as if its a bed! Its also very very affordable and there is no shedding!

In the happy Nola home, we found a similar style rug that worked perfectly paired with that stunning floral accent wall. That rug in particular was under $400 for an 8x10 and it was really, really great in person! Both of these rugs are made from Polypropylene (machine-made), which sounds kinda scary but I have been very pleased with the quality, especially for the price and the added benefit of no shedding! Give me soft and cozy with a side of tassels any day!

Now that you have seen some photographic evidence of the versatility of the black & white rug, here are 12 beauties that I have rounded up from some of my favorite sources:

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The happy Nola home: the entry/foyer

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Rug / Ottoman / Chair / Throw / Side table / Mirror (similar) / Art / Pillow / Floor lamp

Welcome to another happy reveal from New Orleans! Today, I’m sharing the entryway/foyer and its extra colorful and happy! Before we get into the details, let’s check out a few before shots:

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This part of the house mainly got a facelift with paint, new windows, 10” baseboards and those amazing refinished pine floors. We aren’t sure if the mantle is original to 1914, but the owners liked it (and so did I) so we kept it. What is vintage is that beautiful brick which adds a nice dose of texture to the space.

Now, let’s get into the newness:

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This multi-purpose room acts as part entryway, part sitting/reading area and part office. Its small but mighty and makes a great first impression when you walk through the door! We painted the entire house BM Chantilly Lace and pulled color in from all the accessories and furnishings. My clients really wanted to channel the happy New Orleans energy with lots of color and plants but still wanted the space to feel modern and clean.

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Since this is a weekend house and the owners aren’t there full time, we chose a few faux plants to add some greenery that wouldn’t die. I’ve mentioned before, but New Orleans has a tropical vibe and we wanted the house is feel very alive. The palm is super hearty and will survive but we knew a fiddle leaf fig would not. We grabbed that faux fiddle branch from West Elm and it works perfectly (and looks very realistic!)

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We used more of that Cypress to create a little storage area with hooks as you walk in and borrowed some INCREDIBLY beautiful vintage rugs from Alyse Studios (who is also local to New Orleans) to bring in more yummy color.

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Here is the hallway to the front door with another one of Alyse’s amazing rugs. I’m still kicking myself for not buying it but it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase. It was so very beautiful in person!

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Desk / Chair / Throw / Print / Table lamp base / Lamp shade / Woven trays

That desk was the perfect choice for the room! There is just enough storage and space for a laptop, books, art and accessories. Nothing too fussy, but just enough to give this corner some character. I would love to work at this desk for a day with that morning sun and a delicious cup of coffee at the ready!

What do you guys think? I just love this home and seeing the pictures just brings all the smiles. I’ve gathered most of the sources below with links if you are into it!

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My cozy finds for fall

Isn’t fall the best? The crispness in the air, the crunch of the leaves underfoot and all the warm colors make me want to snuggle up with my kiddos by a warm fire and drink mulled wine. I guess that is considered more of a holiday thing, but I’ve never been one to stick to traditions.

As much as I love fall, I’m not one to go too crazy with seasonal decor but I do appreciate warmer colors, yummy textures and neutral tones in the colder months. Truth be told, I’m just a bit lazy when it comes to seasonal decor, but there is nothing easier than going outside and clipping a branch off of a tree with some fall color. Pair that with some warm and muted decor, cozy texture and call it a day!

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite cozy fall finds below. Cuddle up and enjoy!

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1. Those amazing handmade ceramic mugs would be perfect for a nice cup of hot coffee, tea or even dare I say…some of that mulled wine! I’ve been a fan of that speckled ceramic look for a while now and I love the color!

2. Baskets are wonderful for storage and adding texture. I love this one from H&M and its a decent size for $25!

3. I have a pair of these speckled lamps from West Elm and they are wonderful! I think I’ve had them for 3 years now and I still love them (plus they are very well made!)

4. I really, really want this chair for our family room! Its the definition of cozy!

5. I LOVE my braided throw from Ohhio! Its cozy and so, so beautiful. Perfect for snuggling up!

6. This rug is in my shopping cart! The colors (and price) are amazing!

7. Serena & Lily is one of my all-time favorite places to shop and I love this classic windowpane patterned pillow from their new collection!

8. This golden velvet pillow is so pretty!

9. Another really cute and affordable storage bin from H&M. Love the texture!

10. This candle is my all-time favorite! I’ve been buying it for YEARS. The scent (Aloha Orchard) is happy and warm and feels like home to me.

11. I love this vintage-inspired brass bud vase!

12. Another Serena & Lily find – flannel sheets for ultimate comfy and cozy snoozing.

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The happy Nola home: the guest room

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Palm front decals / Pink throw / Grey striped pillow / Blue stripe pillow / Nightstand / Sconce

Welcome to the happiest and sunniest guest room this side of the Mississippi! We named this room the ‘palm room’ for very obvious reasons and its a simple and minimal nod to the tropical vibes of New Orleans!

Greenery is literally everywhere in the city and we wanted to tap into that without going full scale jungle in this room (plus, this is a weekend house and they needed the greenery to stay alive during the week). Before we get into the details, let’s take a look at the room before any styling was added and it was basically a blank canvas:

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The bones were there – those amazing pine floors, the 10” baseboards, new windows and 13’ ceilings and all it needed was some layers of style (and furniture, obviously).

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As you have seen here and here, this house is so incredibly open and filled with all the sunlight. It’s just the happiest place! My clients didn’t want to fill this room (or any of the rooms, really) with too much clutter and stuff, but still wanted it to feel homey and styled with the right balance of decor and textiles. They also wanted to pay tribute to New Orleans with the decor. We toyed with the idea of wallpaper, but in the end we decided on decals! Again! And what is more tropical and green than palm fronds?

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Did I mention the ceilings are 13 ft tall? We covered that entire accent wall from top to bottom with the decals (we chose a light green and dark green to add interesting contrast to the wall). We wanted that wall to be the star and the rest of the decor to support, not dominate so we kept things simple and minimal.

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To balance out all the newness in the room, we wanted to find something vintage and sourced locally so we turned to The Green Project in New Orleans. They carry all sorts of old things like windows, doors, cabinets. light fixtures and furniture among many other items. We found that amazing vintage door and my client had the brilliant idea to turn it into a headboard for the king size bed! Genius! I love adding in unexpected pieces of vintage decor.

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We kept the linens crisp and simple with mainly white bedding and added some coordinating color and pattern in with throw pillows. I love using strips especially when paired with a more busy pattern (like the palm fronds on the wall). They add a good amount of contrast and balance things out in the room. We also found that pink chunky throw which gave the bed a dose of cozy texture.

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Since this is technically a guest room, we wanted to add some storage to the room. Personally, I’m a big fan of hooks when I stay at a hotel or AirBnB and these simple wooden ones were perfect for sweaters, hats and bags. We also added that blue velvet bench as a place to sit and tie or your shoes or store your larger bags.

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Having spent hours installing those decals, it is so rewarding sitting back and looking at the finished space! And what a fun guest room to sleep in! I can’t want to get back down to Nola!

What do you guys think? Have I convinced you to get on the decal train yet?

As always, I’ve pulled together many of the sources in this room with links below:

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