Wednesday, August 16, 2017

~neutral rug favorites~

Rugs are such a hard thing, for me at least, to pull the plug on.
Especially when buying them online.
But I have bought several neutral rugs online that I love, so I thought I'd share those with you, plus a few more that I have my eyes on!

I have a few of these, they are gorgeous. They are great layered on top of other rugs, or even used as a table cover as I did here!
{think outside the box!}

I also just got this rug for our living room.
I will be sharing a photo soon!

I am still searching high and low for a good rug for our dining room, it's been tough!
Here are some contenders.
This rug could be kind of fun.

This one looks like it would be comfy underfoot:

I could play it safe and go with this one:

I have also had my eye on this one for a while and I see it is now on sale.

If you had to choose from these for my dining space, which one would it be?
Or, none, and go to plan B?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

~the best mushroom paint colors~{and 2018 trends)

Mushroom paint colors are big this year.
Here are some of the best according to Country Living Magazine!

I have personally never used any of these colors, but I have used these and love them:

Country Grey by Annie Sloan:

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore:

I have also used these colors and they are all good.

Now, for 2018, it looks like we have some trends starting....

Resourceful: This palette is made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at it.”
Verdure: Vegetal colors like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette. 
Playful: Think "Minions." Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all other things fun come together for this color scheme. "People need to stop and smile," said Eiseman. 
Discretion: Playful's alter ego. Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose offer a new sense of strength. "Pink has developed more power than ever before," said Eiseman.
Far-fetched: With warm, earthy hues such as Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette "reaches out and embraces many different cultures," said Eiseman. 
Intricacy: A palette of neutral metallics (aka, the "new neutrals") with accents of dramatic Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur. 
Intensity: This is an eclectic mix of colors that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold. 
TECH-nique: Bright turquoise, pink and purple colors anchored with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond nod to technology. This palette is all about hues "that seem to shine from within," said Eiseman.

Things are looking pretty bright to me!


Monday, August 14, 2017

~interior wood piles, a good or bad idea?~

Probably for about the past year I have become obsessed with the look of interior wood piles.
They have a modern rustic look to them, are functional and stylish at the same time.
I would love to replicate this look BUT, we have a gas fireplace, so it would be more for looks and not functional at all. I don't know if I am willing to give up valuable space for this.
Also, bugs? I don't want to bring a bunch of critters into the house.
What are your thoughts on this?
I really love how The Ranch Uncommon displays theirs:

This takes my breath away:

Who knew a log pile could look so sleek and modern?

Doesn't this just look so cozy?

I have actually had this pinned and printed out because I swore I'd make one someday.

And then theres this photo that makes me want to run to the woods and start chopping trees down, haha.

So what do you think? Do you like the look, or is it really not practical with a gas fireplace?
I think I already know your answer....... 


Friday, August 11, 2017

~a home with high contrast~

I am a lover of contrast, a lover of black and white.
Dark and light, deep with airy.

I stumbled upon this home and it captured all those things to me.
If you like this style too, you will love this home!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

~what I would add or subtract from this space~

My mother in law, as I have mentioned before, lives in Mexico most of the year in a darling condo overlooking the ocean.

She's in the mood to spruce things up a bit, so she sent me this photo and asked for my help.

So here is what I am suggesting.
I love the love seat and chair. The rattan adds the perfect amount of texture and the cream is a good neutral.
I think punching up the love seat and chair with some more colorful pillows would look great. The ones on there now are fine, but they are kind of scratchy, so I would get rid of those altogether or use them on the patio.
I love the different tones in the glass balls on the coffee table. I want to see more of those colors in the room.

I would add 3 of these sailor blue pillows with down inserts, 2 on the love seat and one on the chair.

Then on the love seat I would add a lumbar pillow in the middle.

I love this one:

I would do a different arrangement on the coffee table as well. 
I would gather everything in a large rectangular tray for starters.
Something dark to tie in the wicker of the furniture frames.
I think the glass balls would look great either floating in the tray with a gorgeous candle in the center.

And I'd add a stack of a few fun books for a pop of color, something to do with being in a tropical place.

I think filling up the bottom shelf of the coffee table with stacks of hardcover books is a great idea!

For the side table I'd opt for a lighter brighter lamp with a drum shade.

I like the height of this one.

And a linen shade or something with texture:

She could do a small flower arrangement on this table as well, or just simply add some coasters.

And finally, I would do a nice simple gallery wall with just a few pieces above the love seat, positioned lower than the piece that is there now.

I love the blues in this piece. 

And the colors in this! They all tie into the glass balls!

And a horizontal piece to finish it out.

I'd maybe add in one or two smaller pieces depending how it looks once up on the wall.

The other side of the love seat, not shown in this photo, I would add a big basket with a huge tall tropical plant in it!

And even though she didn't ask, I would paint those walls white! 

There's my 2 cents, I hope she likes it!

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