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Chic Femme Bedroom Moodboard

I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately, but life has been busy around these parts lately and my other project has kept me glued to my computer. Besides working on Covered Style, I’ve also been having fun helping a friend with her house remodel. She has beautiful taste and her house is going to be gorgeous. I honestly can’t wait to show you all of the rooms that we’re designed and put together. Enter the chic femme bedroom and a whole house full of gorgeous rooms!

Unfortunately, the house is still very much under construction, like the flooring and cabinets aren’t installed yet, so I thought that I’d post some of the moodboards that I put together. My client wanted her bedroom to be modern, yet feminine so we’re balancing the crisp clean feel of the black and white look while still keeping it soft, light, and chic.

As a warning, this is not some gorgeous moodboard where everything is completely in place and proportionally correct- it’s just a general feel of the room. I promise that once we get everything set up and styled, I will post

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Lamps, Nightstands, Bed, Bedding, Art, Rug (Fun Rug), Curtains, Blush pillow (cheaper option), Gold pillows, X Bench, Dresser

So what’s your favorite piece? Do you love the more stark, modern look or do you lean more towards a warmer, cozier bedroom?

You know I’d love to hear our thoughts!

-Katy


The Best Deal on Curtains

West Elm Curtains

I’ve been searching for curtains online and came across these for only $19 instead of $89. It’s an insane deal and if they fit into my design I would scoop them up in a heartbeat. Since they don’t, I thought that I’d share them with all of my lovely readers! Happy Shopping!

-Katy


Dramatic Black and White

I have always loved rooms that have a black and white theme with just a hint of an accent color. Back in high school (over a decade ago :/) I loved black and white paired with red but over the past several years I’ve really fallen for rooms that combine the dramatic pair with metallics, especially gold. The red was beautiful but it can scream “look at me” when you’re wanting the black and white to really take center stage. I’ve included a couple black and white rooms that I’ve loved for awhile to show how the same theme can look very different depending on style and space.

Black and White Room

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Black and White Dining

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While I would love to have a living or dining room become a monochromatic paradise, I’m not sure how well it would work with the flow of our new house and most of pieces I already have and love. So I’m working on creating that  black and white space in the new guest room. I’ve been looking for a few pieces to add and thought that I’d share some of my favorite finds.

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As cheesy as it may be, I love the amour pillow (it’s under $20 too!) and I’m thinking it might have to come and live at my house. Any of them that you love?

-Katy


Decorating Inspired by Our Furry Friends: Dog Decor

Water Color Dog Print

While I’m still finding my bearings in the new place and trying to begin the process of unpacking, I thought I’d jump online and chat about two things I love: Dogs and Decor. I’m mildly obsessed with my pup (and pretty much all dogs) and I’ve always loved the idea of having a few canine related pieces in my home. Usually when I (and most people) think of dog art and decor, I think of cheesy posters with sayings like “Wipe yer paws” or “Dog lives here” or something like that. But since moving into the new place, I see all of this empty wall space that’s screaming for some beautiful art or shelving that could use some pretty styling pieces and I’ve thought that I could definitely stand to have more canine inspiration. There’s actually a lot of pretty stuff out there if you know where to look. So I thought I’d share with you all some of my favorite finds.

Dog Figurine Target

 

Modern Dog Figurine

Greyhound Bookends

Greyhound Bookends

Bulldog Decor

Bulldog Treat Jar (less than $20)

Dog Print Etsy

Original Etsy Art

Dog Statue

Statue

So we’re pretty much in agreement at this point that dog decor can be pretty, modern, or even very sophisticated, right? I think that I need that first watercolor sketch for my office (which you can find here, by the way). So, am I crazy for wanting some more canine inspiration? Are you a dog person as well, or do you prefer feline friends?

-Katy


Introducing Our New House!

New House

So here she is, the new house! We closed last week and couldn’t be more thrilled! Built at the end of the 60’s she’s a beaut but she absolutely needs some TLC and elbow grease and I’ll be sharing more as time goes on. I’m still compiling an extensive list of all the things that need to be done (think ripping out 50 year old intercom systems, etc) but I thought that I’d give you a glimpse of what we plan on doing with the exterior.

We just went to London last Fall and fell in love with so many of the row homes in Chelsea. Even though we’re right in the heart of Texas, we want to give it that old world, British feel. Here’s what we’re looking to somewhat emulate:

Chelsea White Row Homes

To give you (and our HOA) an idea of what we want to do with the outside, I had the listing image photoshopped to show how much better it’d look painted white.

 Austin White House

Don’t you think it looks SO much better? I feel like the brick and wood being the same color helps it feel less choppy and more like the 2,000 sq foot home that it is. While the white paint is definitely the biggest change to exterior that we hope to make, we also have a few other purchases that will help it feel little more London-y and give it that cool black and white look.

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So what do you think about our plans? We couldn’t wait any longer and already put up our door knocker (we got ours in London and it’s fab) and hopefully we’ll get the other bits done soon! Wish us luck with the HOA!


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

Bathroom Re Design 1

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Option 2

Bathroom Re Design 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!


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?