Friday, January 20, 2017

~this weeks reading list~

I have a couple new books for you!

In The New Bohemians, LA-based designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes located primarily on the East and West coasts. Exclusive interviews with the owners, 12 DIY projects created by Blakeney and inspired by objects found in the homes, and a "Plant-O-Pedia" offer insight into achieving this aesthetic. In addition, each home is accompanied by an Adopt-an-Idea section that offers general decor, styling, and shopping tips for easy duplication in your own home.

Segreto Vignettes is an invaluable guide to the world of creative finishes. Thousands of ideas, beautifully photographed, bring design trends to life in this stunning collection of rooms adorned with finishes by Segreto. This indispensable guide is loaded with inspirational ideas, advice from experts and unique interiors. It not only charts popular color and finish treatments but also illustrates the latest trends in furniture, lighting, architecture, flooring and surfaces - all of which are sourced for you.

I just finished reading this one after I read this one and I think this author is amazing!

And next up I will be reading this. There is a movie coming out in March so I have until then!

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.  

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

As always, I would love any recommendations you might have!
Please leave them in the comments.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

~pet friendly home designs I use~

Those of you with pets can relate to this post.
I grew up with dogs, chickens, cats, and rabbits.
I have never known a time in my life that an animal has not been in it.
A huge animal lover I am, as well as my husband and kids.
If it were up to my husband, we would have 14 dogs.

But for now we have 2 labs, a English white lab named Oakley, and a American yellow lab named Harley. You can read about Harley's incredible journey here.

Anyway, with 2 big dogs and a rather smallish house, I thought I would share a little bit about how we live with dogs and offer a few stylish solutions.

One question I get asked a lot, is how we keep our dogs off the furniture.
Well, they didn't always used to stay off the furniture.

If your pets are allowed on the furniture, I highly recommend slipcovers. 
Our couch has covers that come off easily and can be thrown in the wash.
Some people like to cover their couches with blankets for pet paws, but I personally don't like this look in my own home. I would say if you are going to cover your couch in blankets, use the same color as your couch so it blends in nicely.

Now, I will say that after a while I got tired of shooing the dogs off the couch, and them jumping on it with muddy paws. So, since they are on an invisible fence unit outdoors, I purchased a indoor unit that is portable.
Basically you put this disc anywhere you don't want them. You can set the radius to however big you want it. I have one under our couch and they don't even come near the area now.
Once they have been trained not to go on the couch, I will move the unit to other rooms, say under the bed, then they get trained not to jump on the bed.
I suppose this is the lazy mans way of training, but hey, it works for us! They make outdoor units too which we have placed in our outdoor kitchen area for example.
Hands down, best purchase ever.
If you don't have invisible fence, here is a link to another brand on Amazon, I just have only had experience with the Invisible Fence brand.

When we have dinner parties or guests over and don't want the dogs underfoot, they go to their room.
And by their room, I mean this spacious area I created for them under the stairs in our basement.
It is a huge area, yet still cozy, dogs love cozy spaces. I have it filled with these throw beds, my dogs are spoiled.
They actually love it in there. I will find them napping in there during the day with the door open.
To see the rest of this room, click here.

Artwork for the pups is another fun thing to do.
Here I framed a vintage flashcard and hung it over the "entry"

I also created these silhouettes of them. 

Here is some other pet related artwork:

Consider having a pet portrait created.
This one of our dog Harley was painted by Lesli Devito and is a treasure we will cherish forever. There are many options on etsy too.

Try creating something yourself!
I made this out of leftover wood from a project and painted on my dogs silhouette in a contrasting color.

If painting isn't your thing, how about adding an appliqué of your pets silhouette to a pillow cover.
This is a plain pillow cover I purchased at Ikea. Cut our your pets silhouette onto a fabric of your choice and attach using fabric glue~no sewing required!

And finally, don't think you are stuck with pet feeders from the pet supply store.
 I purchased these to blend in more with our home rather than stick out like a sore thumb.
They are just the right size and the chargers underneath catch any spills.
I found these at Target in with all their other dishes.

See, you can live with pets in a stylish way.
After all, they are family members!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

~peppermint bliss sugar cookies~

I had a ton of leftover candy canes from the holiday season so I decided to put them to use to make these cute pink peppermint cookies. 
They are so easy to make. You could even cut them out in heart shapes for Valentines day.

Enjoy friends!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

~blue & white at Target~

I found some great blue and white, surprisingly at Target!
Like this cute little ginger jar.

This pair of lamps:

I've always loved stripes:

Gotta love the versatility of a garden stool:

I love this lumbar pillow:

And these navy barstools are a favorite of mine:

So many great items at this superstore!

Monday, January 16, 2017

~William Mclure~

If you haven't seen the work of William Mclure, you are in for a treat.

Makes me want to redo everything!

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