Inspiration: Sophisticated Relaxing Modern Living Room

I’m working on a plan to redesign our living room. In fact, I’m planning to redo much of the main floor of our home (see here for our floorplans).  You’re thinking to yourself, “Didn’t you just design it?”  If for you three years is equivalent to “just”, then yes.  But if like me, three years is a long time and your needs change, then you don’t just live with what’s there, you redesign to suit your new needs.  For us the big change has arisen from our kids getting bigger. We no longer need a playroom within close proximity to the kitchen.  Our boys are now 5 and 9 and usually play in their rooms or in the family room.  The playroom sees no action.

I’ve decided to move the baby grand piano out of the living room and into the playroom.  The playroom will get renamed the music room.  However, once you move a huge item like a piano, everything changes. To maintain flow and balance, everything needs to be rethought.  So, I’ve been pulling some inspiration photos for our new living room and this is what I’ve come up with.  I’m dubbing it sophisticated, relaxing, modern living room.

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Celebrate: Fiesta Time

With the Holidays just over most of us aren’t thinking of celebrating and entertaining, we just want to ease into the New Year.  But when a good friend is turning 50 you rally to help make it a memorable occasion.  I suggested a Fiesta theme because the family had recently returned from a dreamy vacation in Tulum. I thought a Fiesta would bring back to the vacation vibes and put everyone in a good mood.  Margaritas don’t hurt either.  Here are some ideas I pulled together for a fun, festive and modern Mexican Fiesta, but the ideas could just as easily be applied to a Cinqo de Mayo celebration, or a Dia de los Muertes party.


The colors are so vibrant that you can’t help but be happy.  The key to the decor is the papel picado decorations, which fortunately, are readily available from many sources.  If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed a bright DIY project underway.  No surprises there, it’s for this Fiesta.  Now, it’s time to start putting all the pieces together.

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Inspiration: Self Care


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



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


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.


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.


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.

Here are more views of the room.master-bedroom-relaxing-modern-scandinavian-farmhouse-3

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.


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.


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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