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January 24, 2013

cheap chic: hugo guinness-inspired prints

Jenny of Little Green Notebook posted a shot of some Hugo Guinness art to her Instagram last week and I immediately went on the hunt for some prints. I found them at John Derian... starting at $440. Ouch, not what I had in mind. But thanks to some great Etsy artists, you can get the look of Guinness' cheeky, lino-cut art for much less.

Ampersand: Danielle Tiedman
Three Ferns, Christmas Fern: Coffee in Bed
Bicycle, Popsicle, Fork and Knife, Pirate Ship, Octopus, Compass: the big harumph.
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January 22, 2013

$0 redecorating

Ever had the urge to sell every single thing in your house and start over? Me too.

Luckily, it's pretty easy to trick yourself into feeling like you have this great, fresh space without buying a single thing. Here are three things I've done around my house lately that have made a big difference:

1. Hang stuff at the right height

Proper "gallery height" is to center pieces at 57" above the ground. I tend to hang things too high because I'm tall, but even though it's at my eye level, it looks weird. So I re-hung everything (except above tall furniture) at gallery height and it looks great!

I'm lucky to have tall ceilings, but hanging the curtains high makes my apartment bedroom a little grander. If your curtains are hanging right above the window box, get up this minute and hang them higher (mine are 3-4" below the ceiling). You'll love it!


2. Audit furniture

I had this console behind my sofa. It was supposed to be a place to collect keys and mail, but no keys or mail ever made it all the way into the living room. And it blocked the traffic pattern a little bit. It wasn't performing its intended function AND it was in my way. So I moved it to the entry (duh) and it's working much better.

Think about how you use your rooms, and whether your current furniture/layouts are optimal. If you think it could be better, move things around. Try a new arrangement, swap pieces room to room, or take things out altogether.


3. Take out the accessories and start over

I've decorated my bedroom a little bit, but it still felt very unfinished. I decided to take the rug and curtains from my living room and move them to my bedroom. I thing the rug looks awesome (that's now 4 animal prints in one room, whoops) and doubling the number of curtain panels made a huge difference.

Here's before:


And after:

Still a work in progress, but much better!

Take inventory of your stuff: decide what works best for each room and divide up the pieces. Switch things around, experiment with different vignettes, and edit--by leaving a few pieces out of rotation for a while, they'll seem like new when you pull them out again.

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January 21, 2013

SIX new home collections at Target!

Target is really killing it with their home lines lately. Nate Berkus' line from a few months back = stellar. And there are SIX other new collections online!

Here you go:

Too by Blu Dot

Happy Shopping!
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January 11, 2013

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January 7, 2013

cheap chic: botanical charts


When (and why) did classroom props stop being this pretty?
I love both of these vintage-inspired botanical charts-- they're a little different in size and style, but majorly different in price.

L: The Evolution Store's Botanical Poster | R: White x White's Fleurs Botanical Chart

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January 3, 2013

favorite pattern, new way

I love finding inspiration for new ways to use my favorite things! I've only ever seen my favorite pattern on fabric... I knew it came in wallpaper, but I'd never seen it used. This is my favorite colorway of the six available because it has so many great colors in it-- you can easily see the taupes and greens and dusty pink in pictures, but it also has burgundy and flame and a dark blue that falls somewhere between navy and peacock.



It's a little chaotic for an entire bedroom wall, at least for my taste. But it's gorgeous around a fireplace! 
Or maybe an entry... or a powder room... or a mud room... or a laundry room...

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January 2, 2013

forever 21 home?

I was looking at Forever 21's new arrivals (guilty pleasure!) and saw something I don't remember seeing before-- home stuff. Pillows mostly, but also a sheet set, trash cans, and towels. Other inexpensive clothing stores like Zara and Urban Outfitters have home lines, I wonder if Forever 21 is next? 

I think they could do great knockoffs of designer prints--Designer's Guild's "Orangerie" would be perfect. 
Hey, I'm not above using knock-offs sometimes--especially something trendy at a Forever 21 price!

January 1, 2013

what we'll see in 2013

I read somewhere that it's been hard to pin down specific fashion trends for the past few seasons because fashion has become so democratized. I think the same is true of decorating-- all the 2013 trend reports say different things! I think that's great, there's something for everyone. 

Here's what I've seen and liked:

Emerald
Pantone says this is the color of the year. I'm still loving 2012's color, too.


Bob Hiemstra | House Beautiful
Camouflage
I'm intrigued by this one. The trend is a sort of painterly take on camo, much softer than the army variety.
trend via


Gregory Mellor via
Brass
This trend is in full swing and I'm glad it's projected to stick around! Both sleek, shiny brass and antiqued brass with a nice patina are very "in."
trend via
Louis Style
18th Century French style is my favorite--Louis XVI, if you're curious.
trend via
Femme Fatale Style
The designer who made this prediction described it as "feminine, but not girly. A throwback to 1940s Hollywood with soft, curvy lines and pops of pink and purple." So basically, Hollywood Regency influences with strong colors.
trend via


At Home in Arkansas via
Saturated Neutrals with Splashes of Bold Color
Calm, but with spice.
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What do you like for this year?