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Old Trends Coming Back: Avocado and Spongeware

I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads a ton of home design and decor blogs, magazines, books and has HGTV on whenever possible. If anyone else out there is paying attention, you’ll notice that some trends that people swore up and down would never come back are actually coming back. The two biggest shockers for me are spongeware or “spatterware” and avocado (as a color- the fruit never really went out :).

Spatterware

 

For those of you who try to forget all things 80’s, this pitcher is a prime example of spongeware. This design was actually created as a cheap method of dish design in the early 1800’s and saw a resurgence in interest and manufacturing in the era of shoulder pads and huge hair. Now that about 3 decades have past (where does the time go?) people are staring to fall in love with it again. Tory Burch just created a line of spongeware and even Pottery Barn even has a dish set. You know it’s pretty main stream when ol’ PB has it. My blog hero and amazing designer Elements of Style recently wrote a post on it, entitled “Grandma Chic” but to me it just screams grandma. Am I alone in this?

The color Avocado was so popular in the 60’s and 70’s that it pretty much took over. Everyone has seen one of these before, right?

Avocado Kitchen

 

Totally gross- I mean, I found this image on the site Ugly House Photos. Avocado is just that bad. Or is it? What if I told you that you could use avocado in a modern and socially acceptable way? Still not totally sure? Take a look at this absolutely beautiful room:

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Stunningly simple and modern and the avocado color fits perfectly. I’ll be the first to admit that I was extremely hesitant when I heard that avocado would re-emerge in 2015 and really shine in 2016 but after seeing it so well executed in a few spaces, I’m pretty much sold. So what do you think? Would you entertain with spongeware plates or design your home with avocado? Anyone love or hate either (or both)?

And last but not least, the winner of the Kate Spade giveaway is Tiffany Austin! Tiffany- Leave a comment with your email so I can send it your way!


Foolproof Flower Arrangement

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I was putting together a flower arrangement the other day and thought I’d share with you my go-to foolproof design. The pictures are pretty self explanatory but I thought I’d write out some tips for each step for those of you who love lists like I do!

1. Collect your supplies and make sure to buy one bouquet “vase filler” and bouquet of the flower of your choice.

2. Cut the vase filler so that it will still be tall enough to hang over the sides quite a bit.

3. Arrange in a star pattern. I didn’t end up having that many individual stems but if you do, once you’re created the star pattern, go ahead and fill in the sides with more filler.

4. Take all the leaves off your flowers and cut them just a bit shorter than your filler.

5. Add your flowers in the middle of the arrangement- this doesn’t need to be overly complicated, just make sure that the center of the arrangement is filled and even.

6. Take your 5-minute arrangement and place it somewhere lovely!

I love how easy this arrangement is and it’s crazy versatile. You can create endless combinations with different filler, flowers, and vases. It’s easy and it take almost no thought which makes it perfect for me! Anyone else have a foolproof arrangement that they swear by? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

-Katy

P.S. You can still enter the Kate Spade Giveaway here!


Vote: Two Bathroom Redesign Options

It’s less than a week until I get the keys to my new house and I absolutely cannot wait any longer to share some spaces with you. I actually really like most of the rooms in our new home and it could easily be considered move-in ready but I have to put my stamp on every room. So here’s a picture of our downstairs powder room from the listing:

New House Bathroom

 

It’s not terrible but it definitely is in need of an update. There are some things that will stay like the mirror and the sconces. They’re original to the house and are great quality. The towel bar is also gorgeous and has great details so it’ll probably stay as well. But everything else is subject to change. The problem is that I can’t quite make up my mind as to the overall look and feel that I want for this room. So I thought that I’d put together a couple of mood boards and and have you all give me your input.

Option 1

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Option 2

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Many of the pieces are pretty similar but the finished look would be much different. Option 1 is moody and has more of a modern feel while still incorporating the vintage pieces. It feels a little more masculine as well- which isn’t a bad thing considering my husband will live there too.

Option 2 is much more light and airy. I think that it also has more of a peaceful feel with a hint of glam as well. There’s a subtle bird theme which makes it kind of fun and I love the little ceramic love birds-they’re actually wedding cake toppers but I think they’d be beautiful in any room.

So which one do you like? My husband said that he couldn’t really decide which one he liked better which is surprising because I thought that he’d immediately pick the first. It was only after he realized that option 2 had a bird theme that he decided he wanted to go with option 1. He thinks birds are creepy, I think he’s strange.

Leave a comment letting me know which one you like best! Thanks!


Having Humor in Your Home

Funny Anniversary GiftThis past weekend was my 6th anniversary and let me tell you, after a few years it’s hard to be as original when it comes to gifts. So I found this picture, laughed heartily in the antique store, and bought for my husband to celebrate our love. It’s ridiculous but it’s “us” and I know we’ll giggle every time we see it.

I love seeing humorous or odd art in people’s homes because it give a little sneak peek into their personalities. The best way I’ve seen it done is having the art tucked into a powder room, hallway or office. That way, your art doesn’t come on too strong and only the people who are paying attention will get to enjoy the added bonus.

Funny Art BathroomSo after scouring the web, I’ve found some funny/quirky prints that I think would be great in most any home.

Funny Etsy Print

I’d love to have this hanging in my bedroom for laughs and the husband thought it was pretty spot on.

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This print combines my husband’s obsessions with all things burgers and all things space. More on the quirky than funny side but would still be a great surprise addition to a hallway or office.

Funny Bathroom ArtThis last print would be great in any bathroom but especially a kid’s bathroom. It’s just a wee bit cheeky and is great for those little spots in your bathrooms that need something on the wall.  Any of you have something funny hanging up on your walls? I’m getting really excited to move into the new house and get our antique art up in the office!

 

 

 


Target 10 under $20

I’m sure that you can tell that I’ve been doing a ton of online window shopping while I’m not so patiently waiting for closing date on my new house. I’m also feeling a little light in the pocket book because, well, buying a house is expensive. So while I’ve been perusing around the web, I’ve been saving links for items that I consider perfect touches that are also on sale. Target is one of my favorite places for just about everything and they did not disappoint this time. I thought I’d share some of my favorites that are all under $20.

Target 10 Under $20

 

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I’m thinking that the cream throw and the acacia bowl might have to come and live at my new house and the bulldog cookie jar needs to go to two or three friends who love their wrinkly pooches. The metallic pillows are fab as well and would absolutely go on my bed right this minute if the Mr didn’t use his veto power against them. Won’t someone take them home and love and care them like beautiful, shiny pillows deserve?

**Don’t forget to use your Target Card for free shipping- it’ll save you a trundle!


Have You Heard of Bezar?

So, have you heard of Bezar before? It’s like Etsy except for beautifully curated, modern and with a gorgeous design (sorry Etsy). I stumbled upon them today and I’ll admit that I’ve spent WAAAAY too much time looking through the different shops and trying talk myself out of buying too much.

Bezar Picks

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One thing I love and hate about the site is that there are new products every day but shops and their items only last for 7 days. It’s great for inspiration each day but also it means you have to buy something you love pretty much when you see it otherwise you run the risk of forgetting about it and losing your chance.

Like many new decor/deal sites, it’s member-only but sign up is free and they promise not to spam you. Take a look at Bezar (it’s linked to the sign up page) and let me know if you found anything that you love!  Did you love or hate any of the things I’ve put in my shopping bag?

 


Lucite Entry Table

We’re closing on our new house in less than two weeks which means I should be packing up boxes, going through miscellaneous items, and all of the other boring moving stuff. But I’m not. I’m scouring the Internet for new furniture for our new digs and I don’t even feel bad about it. I like to think of it as “prepping” for new space. And the past few days I’ve been spending my “prep time” looking at gorgeous entries. Ours will be small but it doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting.

Since space is limited, I’ve pretty much decided on a lucite entry table to keep things visually clean while giving the space something solid to throw keys on. Look how pretty this one is:

Lucite Table Entry 1 Don’t you love how it defines the space without breaking it up all at the same time? Lucite is pretty much magic. Beautiful, beautiful magic. So in order to “prep” a little more (it’s always good to be prepared, right?), I thought that I’d make a mood board for how I see it styled in our new house.

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I’m planning on painting the walls a soft bluish gray which I think will look gorgeous with the rug and art and help tie everything together since we’re pairing modern and traditional pieces.

So tell me, are you a fan of the lucite table or is it too modern for your taste? Would you pair with only modern touches for a cohesive look or try to balance it with more traditional pieces?


Mid Century Modern Finds from Target

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Every single time I search through Target’s online selection, I’m straight up impressed. I found so many awesome mid century pieces that I thought I’d put together some awesome combinations. Check them them out in greater detail by clicking on the numbers below and don’t forget to use your red card to save 5%! Don’t have one? Don’t worry, click HERE to sign up for their awesome debit card. I love seeing the amount I save on the bottom of each receipt add up throughout the year. My husband on the other hand usually looks in horror as he realizes exactly how much we’ve spent there.

So other Target lovers, what’s your favorite pieces? Weirdly enough, I kinda really want that fox lamp!

If you want to check out more Target mid century finds, check out my other post.


A Peek at My Dining Room

Peony Dining Room

Lately I’ve been really frustrated about the paint color on my walls. Like really frustrated. Why are they still painting walls beige??  But the other day, I was walking out the door and caught a glimpse of my dining room and thought “this room is still beautiful.” Even when conditions are less than perfect,which is real life (especially for renters), you can still create a gorgeous space that reflects your style. Here’s a break down of some of my favorite pieces in my dining room:

 

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So what do you love or hate about my dining room decor? Anyone else living with beige? If so, how are you dealing with it? Are you embracing the earth tones or decorating around it like me?


To Paint Or Not To Paint?

A couple of weeks ago I scored this great antique marble topped table for $30 off of Craigslist. It’s a perfect little side table and I love the lines. But…

Antique Marble Side TableMy big problem is the wood. To be honest, the finish on the wood is actually not that bad, especially considering its age. I really do believe that antique wooden pieces are being haphazardly painted all the time and that future generations will look back on us (and our painting ways) and shake their heads. BUT, this little guy needs to fit in better in his home- our guest room- which means something needs to change. Here’s what’s currently going on style-wise in that room:

Guest Room Style

We’ve got a lot of black and white on the walls, silver/gray bedding, and gold and goldish accent pieces. See that kneeling guy in the top right corner? He’s an original art deco piece from my grandma and the inspiration for getting a table with more deco-y lines. I really love the marble with everything but the wood stands out like a 45 year old at frat party. It’s just bad.

I’m thinking about painting the base black to help it fit in more and feel more cohesive. This inspiration below is a different type of table but it highlights the contrast that I think I want for this little guy.

White marble table inspiration

 

Don’t you just love that shiny black against the white and gray marble? What’s your vote? I’d love to hear what you think- paint or no paint??