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Comfortable Minimalism

12 May

What is minimalism? Essentially, minimalism is about promoting what you value and the purging of all else. The ideology pertains not only to your physical space, but to the way you choose to spend your time and how you spend your money. It’s really about seeking a lifestyle of authenticity by living more simply.

This month for the Kitsap Sun, I expanded on this idea and outlined some practical tips for making the move toward living minimally in your home. You’ll also find a list of resources to get started with minimalism. I think that it is possible to live more minimally, with only the things you truly love, whilst not forsaking any of your creature comforts.

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The air plant rests on top of a special collection of rocks collected on family beach walks. Not only do I love the look of the natural colors and textures, but the memories they invoke make me smile each time I pass by. 

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California Style

28 May

Whenever I see a California home featured in a magazine, I always think to myself, ” I want to live there.” Since it doesn’t seem we will be moving to the golden state anytime soon, can’t I just inject a bit of that sunny, eclectic and welcoming vibe into my home right now? Why yes I can! I think it’s just what I need to get me in the mood for summer. Here are a few ways I plan on mixing in some bohemian California design right here at home. Most of these changes are going to happen in my dining room. Also, check out my Pinterest board called Cali Style, for inspiration!

1. Mix patterns! I already do this in my living room, but the dining room has always felt a tad stale. I plan on making a cushion for my dining bench out of this large-scale paisley pattern, and adding a few pillows in various other ethnic feeling prints.

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2. Add in a happy accent color. I’m going to get myself a paint sprayer and coat my dining chairs in a warm, tomato red-orange to highlight the many happy moments that already occur at our dining table. I’m also going to do a chalk paint treatment in a deep lagoon blue, on this desk in my entry area.

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3. Mid-century lines. This is a harder one, since most of my furniture verges on the traditional side. I think that by painting the bookcases in the dining room white and adding some retro knobs, they’ll at least feel fresher and more contemporary.

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4. Create a slightly beachy vibe with texture. I’m planning on refinishing my dining table in a pickled oak, like I did with Lucy’s dresser, to really draw out the beautiful grain of the wood.

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5. Bring in the outdoors. I’d LOVE to get a giant fiddle leaf fig plant for the living room. It would be a statement piece and look beautiful. They are sort of pricey though! For sure, I’ll be adding some herbs in pots for my kitchen window sill and a few little succulents in the dining room.

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Image from Apartment Therapy.

Whew! That’s a lot of projects.  Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as my to-do list goes. I  do hope to get all of these things done before summer truly hits, so I can head outside for some more self-imposed DIY punishment!

 

Bling for Your Kitchen?

8 Jul

Yes please! I just love the new trend of using antique mirror as a kitchen back splash. I think it adds just a hint of sophistication and loads of old world charm, without looking dated. Pair it with modern appliances and sleek cabinets to up the modern-rustic quotient, and I think you’ve got a winning combo. Equally suited for white caesar stone as honed black granite or polished concrete, an aged mirror back splash adds texture and warmth. This glass tile is difficult to source, but Ann Sacks  offers a couple of colorways in their Versailles collection.

Here are a few images that have inspired me.  If I was renovating my kitchen right this moment, I would be right on top of this trend!

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Sneak Peek: Chalkboard Photo Wall

31 Jan

I’ve been too busy for words lately, so here are a few photos of what I have done so far with the chalkboard wall in my office. I have plans to write captions with the photos and draw frames and designs too. I’m pleased with how cozy and intimate the room feels now with all of these familiar faces to look up at, and I like the texture and age that the chalk paint provides.

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Zig Zags Please!

22 Jun

They are everywhere! Zig zag and chevron patterns are the new ikat for home accessories! Here are a few of the prettiest fabric options I could find online. Use for curtains for major drama, on a pillow for just a splash of style, or recover a dated chair for a statement piece.  Any way you apply them, zig zags will definitely bring your decor into the “current” category!

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Pink and White: East Village by Rubie Green.

Gray and Citron: Spoonflower.

Peacock and White, and the other two multi-color prints were found on fabric.com.

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