Inspiration: Self Care

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The end of 2016 was hectic in so many ways and blogging was one of the casualties. As we start this new year, my resolution is to take better care of myself.  For me that includes healthier eating in the form of more whole, less refined foods.  This also means scheduling time for things I enjoy from going to a gallery, to having coffee with a friend or my personal favorite, going to the flea market.  It’s incredible how little time we carve out for things that nurture our souls and hearts, when every day commitments start to pile up.  Finally, for me this also means taking better care of my body.  I mentioned before that I don’t love exercise, but I did take some positive steps forward last year, literally.  Walking became a more regular part of my routine along with occasional higher impact stuff.  But this year, I want to kick it up a notch. I’m not saying a want to run a marathon, I just want to increase the frequency and intensity.   That’s it for my 2017 resolution of loving myself more.

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Retail Therapy: Modern Eclectic Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Now that the election is over, let’s regroup.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it’s about getting together with loved ones, hanging out, talking, cooking, eating, etc.  I couldn’t be happier that Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Let’s sit together, let’s talk, let’s heal.

One of the things I enjoy most is setting the table.  I’ve pulled together three different modern looks, a modern eclectic look, a modern rustic look and a clean modern look.  For me, the main ingredients include: texture, color palette and natural elements.

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To dress up the table and make it feel more special, I love to add placecards. Last year I put together a super simple DIY, see here.  I also create a super easy banner printable, see here.  Time to plan the menu.

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Before and After: Relaxing Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

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For me, bedrooms are all about sleeping in or curling up with a good book.  Relaxation is always paramount, so that was my primary consideration for the master bedroom at the Farmhaus. I’m pretty happy to say that we feel super relaxed in this bedroom, but it took time and a good amount of sweat to get it there.

As a reminder this is where we started.

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Super dark and dingy.  The first order of business was to brighten it up with natural light.  So what did we do?  We closed a window.  Say what? Yep, we closed a window that provided virtually no light and opted instead to put in a patio door that gives the bedroom direct access to the deck.  Go here to see the dirty progress.  The patio door not only gives us a view, but because it is south facing gives the room the most light throughout the day.  Closing up a window can be controversial see here, but sometimes it’s the right move.

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I stayed quite true to my original mood board, but when a friend decided that the runner she had bought didn’t really work in her house I put it to good use and added a touch of blue to the room.

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Recognize those black and brass sconces from the round up I did a few months ago?  I love them!  Also, we like to think that the framed black and white photograph is an hommage to the the window that once was. I found the bedside tables at auction. Because the room isn’t large I knew I couldn’t fit a dresser, so decided to optimize my space with bedside tables with drawers. They’re clean, midcentury but show their age. I wasn’t sure if I was going to refinish them to their pristine state, but the more I lived with them, the more I grew to love their imperfection.

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Instead of putting the bench right at the foot of the bench, I opted instead to put it against the wall to allow for better traffic flow. The hooks above it allow me to use the vertical space, plus clothes don’t end up in a pile, they end up hanging, which seems ever so slightly more tidy.

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All in all, it’s a mix of vintage finds and savvy shopping. You can find similar items here: grey upholstered bed, brass and black sconces, brass flushmount, white cotton pintuck linens,  nightstand with drawers, black rattan basket, midcentury bench, shaker wall hooks, blue cotton blanket.

Hope you like.  We LOVE it!

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Celebrate: Chic DIY Halloween for Adults

When it comes to Halloween, I’m really not into the black, orange and purple decor that tends to dominate.  Even if it’s a party for kids I like to keep things clean and modern.  I also love to personalize gatherings with DIY touches that make things feel special, but I don’t love DIY projects that are overly complicated and super time consuming.

With that in mind, I pulled together some easy, chic DIY ideas for a modern Halloween celebration perfect for an adult get together. We love our kids, but not every party has to be about them. Am I right?

The easiest project here is the mask, which is simply a printable. Pair it with with an all black outfit and you’re done. I am also totally in love with the mud cloth inspired pumpkins.  How cool are they? What about the spiders on the drinks and the bats in the window?  A little can go a long way to setting the mood.

Wishing you and yours a fun and safe Halloween.

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INSPIRATION: Wood Paneling

My recent Farmhaus Dining Room Reveal made great use of wood paneling.  I choose to add the shiplap paneling in the entire Farmhaus because the walls and ceilings are textured. I wanted to draw the eye away from the texture through the use of lines.  If you didn’t know this before, your eye will naturally gravitate to lines, especially when they are repeated.  This got me thinking about wood paneling and how it can be used to great effect to add interest to any room.

To some wood paneling may sound retro or rustic, but it is far more versatile than you might think. Check out how it can be used whether your style is New Traditional, Modern, Scandinavian, Rustic Modern, or Original.

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Whether stained or painted these examples of new traditional wood panels feel fresh. Repetition, geometry and modern paint selection help bring these rooms out of the 19th century and into today. Many of the examples above use low profile molding to create details on the wall that blend seamlessly with a home’s more traditional architecture.

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If your decor style is modern, wood paneling can add interesting textures and patterns.  That’s where I was going with my choice of a clean shiplap look.  But don’t you love the look of the gray stained plywood? It’s moody and modern. I hope I can use this look in a future project.  So, I’m not one of those chevron loving people, but I do love a chevron or herringbone pattern with wood. Maybe it’s because the oak floors I grew up with in Paris were chevron. Either way, I think it works well with wood, either on the floor or on the wall because the effect of the pattern is subtle.

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If you want to go for a clean, simple, yet warm aesthetic, nothing beats the Scandinavian look.  In this case, I think what really captures the spirit of this style is the spare design and the use of simple, functional materials. In fact, you can take a utilitarian sheet of plywood and transform your home into your own version of a Stockholm apartment.

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Recently, however, reclaimed wood has really been on trend (read hipster bars and restaurants all feature this material) What’s nice about reclaimed wood is that it’s a recycled material and the patina of the wood gives it its charm. If this is the look for you, you can easily replicated it using a product like Stikwood which comes in many finishes and literally sticks on the your wall. No tools needed. But if you want to go for a modern rustic look, reclaimed wood isn’t the only way to go.  Board and batten can be super rustic modern, as can shiplap or vertical planks.

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But why stop there?  You can create your own original pattern, add greater depth, mix materials, etc.  Heck, the only limit is your imagination. Just make sure it works in your particular space.  One of the best most, original wood panel wall treatments I’ve seen is from Vintage Revivals. A multicolored hex wall may not be for everyone, but in her space it is absolutely brilliant.

If you want to try some of these looks for yourself, you can find DIY tutorials for some of these looks here:

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