Do you still have gifts to purchase? Maybe I’m slightly biased, but I don’t know anyone that doesn’t appreciate a great gift for the home. So for this winter round-up, I’m sharing my top six homey gifts perfect for anyone on your list!
This colorful playroom was probably one of the most fun projects I’ve done in our home yet…even though it took me a good six months to complete. There’s two reasons for that; one I have two kids under the age of five, and two those built-ins took four coats of paint!
We are very fortunate to have a space in our home totally designated to the kids. When we first moved in, this room was serving as part office, part “I don’t know where to put this random object” type of room. You know exactly the type of room I’m talking about…clutter city.
Since I work from home quite often, I struggled with the decision of making it an office for myself or a playroom for the kids. However, having toys dispersed all throughout the house helped us make that decision fairly quickly.VIEW POST
When styling our bedrooms, we need to be aware of the role that they play in our homes. It’s a place to seek romance, refuge, and relaxation. We all know that a good night’s rest is a key component to a successful start to our day. Yet, so many of us just plop under the blankets, turn on the television, or scroll endlessly through cell phone data.
Source: Pottery Barn
Currently, I’m participating in Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation experience. In one of his lessons, Deepak explains that biologically sleep provides healing time for our body and mind. We now know, “that during sleep, the brain clears chemical debris and waste product in specific ways.” He further explains that meditation, or inward time, “is possibly the second most powerful healing time after sleep.”
Investing in a few key pieces for the bedroom is one of the simplest things we can do. Ease into sleep by quieting your mind, reflecting on a few things you are grateful for and what your intentions are for the next day. It truly is one of the best gifts we can give to our own self.
We live in a world today where we feel things need to be perfect. We must have the perfect house, career, family, car, and vacations. Just do a search on Pinterest for ‘home decor’ and you’ll find there is no shortage of what home perfection looks like. That constant flow of imagery gets hammered into our heads, reminding us that perfection looks like this and that your’s is not good enough. I can guarantee you those same images have laundry baskets, kids toys, and piles of shoes thrown about behind the photographers tripod.
This picture captures beautifully how the ‘perfect home’ appears to most of us. However, if you look closely, it only offers a glimpse of real life behind the gates.
It’s September, and that means fall home styling and decor has arrived! I think fall is a favorite for so many, because the outside temps are just right. Warm summer-like days, leading into cool fall nights are the perfect way to end the evening around a fire pit with a warm cozy sweater or blanket.
The fall season is a great time to freshen up our homes and switch out the decor. It’s about keeping it cozy, so style your home so it’s warm and inviting.
With Halloween right around the corner, decor options can get a little overwhelming. But, if you’re not ready for skulls and pumpkin everything, you can still bring fall into your home naturally.
There are some amazing kitchen color trends happening on the design scene today. You guys know I’m a sucker for a white and grey marbled cooking retreat, so I’m not saying neutral kitchens are going away any time soon. However, these colorful trends for the kitchen are worthy of sharing.
A mini design may just be what you’re looking for. In fact, one of the first questions I’m asked when meeting with new potential clients is, “How does the design process work?”
Well, one of those ways is a mini design. This option is great for those who have an idea of what they want, but lack the know-how to pull it all together. More so, it’s a great option for those that have a limited budget, because a mini design will allow you to implement at your own pace.
Ah…the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea. There’s something about being near the coast that literally soothes my soul! Don’t you just wish you could bottle that up and take it home with you?
My family and I just go back from vacationing in sunny Naples, Florida. It is one of my favorite destinations for so many reasons. One, we used to live there and have many close friends and memories that I hold very close to my heart. Second, the houses there are GORGEOUS! There is so much design inspiration that I find myself saying, “oh, look at that one! And that one!” and on and on that dialog goes.
There’s a lot to love about coastal design, but it can get a little tricky when you don’t live so close to the water. Clients often tell me they like this style, but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into their homes. Here are three mini designs to help envision coastal decor in a not so coastal home.VIEW POST
I cannot believe we are just one week away from the 4th of July! Although this summer has been great thus far, it’s going way too fast! I love soaking up the Pittsburgh sun, and more importantly having as much fun as possible. I do most of my home projects in the spring and fall, so the warmer months are left for fun times with the little’s. If I do start any projects, I keep it simple. Ideally, something that takes no more than a weekend. Here are a few ideas…
“Don’t be afraid of colors. Colors have been around for centuries. Stay true to your colors and your lifestyle will shine your soul of colors.” ~ Jeffrey Johnson
I’m always looking for unique ways to incorporate more color into our home. I’m typically drawn to everything black and white, so adding pops of color where I can is essential. One way to set the tone for your home is to paint your front door a color other than factory grade white or almond. I know when I see colored doors, they kind of make me smile a bit, and have me curious about their owners. I speculate what their design taste is on the inside, and I’m pretty sure they have unique personalities.
You certainly can paint your door whatever color you like, but did you know that some colors actually have meaning behind them?VIEW POST