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Master Bedroom Refresh Update: Must-have Elements of a Luxurious, Layered Bed

Hello, July and hello, my friends! Now that all of the 4th of July celebrations are officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to refocus my energy [or what’s left of it!] back on our master bedroom. You *might* remember when I first introduced this room project with you and shared my Master Bedroom design board… almost…coughs… 2 months ago. Well, I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring my vision to life and so far, I have one section of the room ready to roll…the bed! Continue reading

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5 Fab Friday Finds [My Fall 2015 One Room Challenge Picks]

Talk about an upswing of beautiful room photos in blogland and across Pinterest last week – have you seen them?!!! I’m talking about the One Room Challenge reveal photos!

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My jaw is still on the ground

No, really. They were that good.

Although I chose to sit this round out [see my Spring ORC reveal here], I have such an admiration for the dedication, creativity and downright skills these bloggers displayed during the fall challenge. 6 weeks and more blood, sweat and tears than I care to recollect! Linda from Calling it Home hosts this phenomenal challenge twice a year and I couldn’t let myself fully getting into holiday decorating mode without absorbing some of this design & décor greatness!

Without further ado, here are just a few of my favorite room reveals!

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If this were my office, I might actually jump out of bed & sprint to work each morning, of course with a quick pit-stop by the coffee maker! I can’t get over all the details – the gold dipped AND gray stripe dresser, the perfectly styled bookshelves and on the other side, the prettiest, bold & blingy metallic curtains. All I can say is, simply stunning!

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This is seriously the most gorgeous tiny space I’ve ever seen? It looks like a luxury boutique hotel, but nope. Its just the newly revamped laundry & linen closets in Blue I Style’s home. The black and white (<3) with pops of green make my heart go pitter patter.

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And this isn’t even half of it! Talk about a little girl’s DREAM room! From the pale pink walls, to that CHAIR and don’t get me started on the gallery wall curated to perfection on the other side of the room above the bed. You must. go see. the rest. NOW!

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I stopped dead in my tracks when I laid eyes on this office. The black, white and gold were singing to me in perfect unison through the computer screen. And that chair! It brought back happy thoughts of my cane chair makeover from earlier this year.  The gallery wall ledges and storage baskets are functional AND fabulous! When it comes down to it, isn’t that what the inside of your home should be?

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And because I couldn’t help but fall for another little girl’s room 🙂 #boymom Isn’t this so lovely? The pillow game is on point and that bedside table! Jenny is a painting extraordinaire so I didn’t expect anything less! The room is light fresh with subtle pops of bright and bold brilliance. I think I’m going a little coo-koo crazy for pink!

Like I said, these are only a small representation of my favorites – if you want to see more One Room Challenge goodies, go here. And I you missed any of the select 20 designer/bloggers rooms revealed last Wednesday, then you must go here, too!
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I hope you enjoyed all of this eye candy as much as I did. Some serious inspiration if you are redoing a room in your home or even just a little minor décor sprucing!

Happy Friday, everyone! Excuse me while I go start planning my Spring 2016 One Room Challenge right quick 🙂 Oooorrr, start holiday décor scheming and Christmas shopping from the couch!

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Playroom Reading Nook: Part 4 [The light]

Oh my goodness! Who would’ve EVER guessed I’d still be working on and posting about this reading nook? I mean…the bookshelves, the “I <3 TO READ” wall, the bench + cushion….what could possibly be left to do?

Normal answer? Nothing.

My answer? Something was missing. Continue reading

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Basement Bar Progress | TIOB Basement Project Update IV

Sheesh! I can’t believe its been over 6 weeks since I last shared what’s goin’ on with the basement! You saw that I finally wrapped up the gold metal & chalkboard label toy bin project this week, so while I was down there photographing the toy storage, I decided it was about time I showed you what was happening everywhere else! or at least the BAR for today!

 Since the basement bathroom progress post, I’ve added hardware, accessories and decor, so my next post in there will be the reveal! I am still working on getting an electrician over here to move my vanity light over… The electrical was wired and the drywall was cut before the vanity was installed. So after that made its way in along with my new gold mirror, I now have to have the light shifted over a good 4 -5 inches in order for it to be centered. The quotes I received so far have been so outrageous!! Times like these, I really wish we could take an electrical project on ourselves. Neither of us are skilled in that area!

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So, lets get to these basement bar shots! I am so very happy with where we’ve come in this space so far. Thankfully, I don’t have any regrets on finishes, fixtures, flooring, etc. Having buyer’s remorse or just a flat-out bad decision in any of these areas would be tough. We spent a chunk of change to make this project happen since we hired out the construction and labor. We just aren’t that handy 😉

Since its been awhile, here is where the basement started
basement insulation 3 IMG_0150 IMG_0919 IMG_2022 IMG_2322 IMG_2329And here is where we are today…
Basement bar industrial barstools modern industrial lights neutral decor baement project progress This is our BlissThe bar sort of butts up to the back of the couch and then from there & left, is the family room area. If you are sitting at the bar, you are front and center of the TV. I’ll be sharing family room progress photos in a separate post.
Basement bar rustic industrial barstools neutral decor basement project progress This is our Bliss Basement bar industrial barstools neutral decor basement project progress This is our Bliss Basement bar rustic industrial barstools stacked stone wall neutral decor basement project progress This is our BlissI’m thrilled with our bar stool selection, but we did have quite an ordeal getting them just right…or should I say…undamaged. They are from overstock and thankfully had a very pleasant customer service experience, but had some major issues with their packaging & shipping. We received cracked barstools, not once, but twice. 3rd shipment arrived in excellent condition. It took every ounce of me not to send them all back and start my hunt again!!
Basement bar modern industrial pendant lights neutral decor basement project progress This is our Bliss Basement bar modern industrial pendant lights stacked stone feature wall neutral decor basement project progress This is our Bliss basement bar - modern industrial bar lights - basement bar project progress - this is our blissThe LIGHTS! I fell in love with these pendant lights the moment I saw them! I had been searching for a clear glass pendant with some sort of metal detail – either bronze or antique brass. These are metal mesh tube inserts and they give off the coolest reflection on the wall when turned on. These, paired with a vintage tube light bulb – be still my heart!
Basement bar rustic industrial barstools stacked stone wall & bar shelves neutral decor basement project progress This is our Bliss Basement bar rustic industrial barstools stacked stone wall & bar shelves 5 oclock bar clock neutral decor basement project progress This is our BlissAnd for the shelves… and the stacked stone feature wall…it really came together just how I envisioned it. I still have to work on the styling a bit (and fill those whiskey decanters!), but here is what it all looks like as of now…before I get the itch to start redoing it all ha!

We’ve entertained down there a couple of times and the boys spend time playing in the basement on a daily basis. Its wide open space with super soft carpet and they love it! Forts, tunnels, books and puzzles – they do it all here!

I will be trying to get the rest of the basement wrapped up and photographed in the coming weeks; I have so much more to share! – the play area, family room, bathroom and sources for all. I will still sprinkle in a few DIY project posts and other tid bits of things going on around the house as the basement progress continues on.

Thanks for being here and have a great day!

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How to add a few simple Fall touches

I don’t go all out and fall-ify my house to the 9’s, but I do like to add a few simple touches. Every house needs a little fall-ification, right?! But it CAN be done quickly, simply & on the cheap. With the exception of my fall entryway with the addition of a large DIY Fall word art piece, I try to use what I already have! I’ll break it down and show you 2 spots in our house where fall is taking on more of a supporting role 😉

Is it me or have we been talking about fall decorating for months now?!
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Formal Living Room

easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our BlissThis little fall vignette was created on the end table next to the couch in our formal living room. I started with 3 dollar tree pumpkins…
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easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our Bliss…and then filled a thrifted vase (which ironically resembles a white pumpkin!) with a small bouquet of fall-colored flowers.
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Mantle

Although I did just style a fall mantel at my parent’s house last week in Arizona, but around here, I don’t really have one. At least one that’s not decked out. I did add a few leaf stems (Pier One) to a mercury glass vase (HomeGoods) I have had for a year or so & plopped a few pumpkins next to it. The metallic ones were from the $1 spot at Target last year and the chevron glitter one, I picked up from Hobby Lobby (50%) a few weeks ago. I used what I had except for spending a few dollars on a fun, glitzy little pump!

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And if you are still over-thinking your fall decor, here is my list for ways to add SIMPLE FALL TOUCHES & not break the bank while doing it:

1 | Toss a fall pillow to the couch (plaid, fall colors, pumpkin, typography, etc.)
2 | Add a throw blanket to a chair (plaid, fall colors, wool, etc.)
3 | Scatter mini pumpkins in various places (pick up a few at your local grocery store – white ones are super neutral & orange pumpkins give you that fall “punch” or pop of color)
4 | Fill a bowl with pumpkins & gourds
5 | Fill a vase with acorns
6 | light a pumpkin scented candle
7 | Hang an autumn wreath on your front door
8 | Fill a large vase with fall-colored flowers as a centerpiece on your table (or split the bouquet up and make 3 smaller arrangements & put in 3 different rooms)
9 | Add a pot of mums to your front porch
10 | Hang a fall dish towel on the outside of your oven door

What simple fall touches do you add to your home around this time of year?
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If you follow me on instagram, then you saw I was away on vacation for the past 9 days. After a lovely trip away with family, I came to the realization I have a bit too many things going on right now around the house and in life in general. Obviously, when life gets busy, that busyness can quickly turn into feelings of stress & anxiety. And no, I don’t want that to happen! So, now that I’m back, I’ve decided my #1 goal is to finish up all of the UNfinished projects I have in the works and start making some big CHECKS on my to-do lists. I’ll be the first to admit, I oftentimes take on too much. Like start 10 new projects while 25 are barely halfway complete. I want to be able to blog about projects I am naturally working on and not feel like I have to create something brand new each and every post. I want to be able to share with you the real things going on over here and also, get back to all of the posts where I have maybe left you hanging…

Did she ever finish that?

What does it look like now?

Whatever happened to this idea?

That sort of thing. I want to simplify a bit and make use of ideas, supplies & décor pieces I already HAVE, without bringing more into the house (or my mind, if I can help that!)

So, I am unfortunately not going to be taking part in the Fall One Room Challenge. I mentioned last week, I was going to make a game-time decision and that decision was a no. It was going to be too much for me to take on right now. I am however, going to be cheering from the sidelines because they are some AMAZING rooms being transformed right now and I can’t wait to see the reveals in week #6. Eek!

So please hang with me. My goal is still to keep this little blog machine running, but circling back to finish up where I left off is going to be my focus for the next few weeks. Please come back and see where things are headed!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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A Fall Mantel [at my parents’ house + how to “shop your house”]

Apparently, I can’t hold back my urge to splash a little fall around the house – even while on vacation. If you follow me on instagram, then you probably know we are visiting my family in Arizona right now. Yay for vacay!

The 4 of us are here at my parent’s house and my husband is facilitating a training class out of his company’s Phoenix office this week – it worked out perfectly to be able to spend some time in the sunshine! My parent’s live in Iowa the majority of the time and typically come down here for 2 – 4 weeks at a time off and on throughout the winter months. We’ve spent spring breaks and winter breaks down here for as long as I remember, since my grandparents and my mom’s 2 sisters have lived in AZ full-time since the late 80’s. It’s like home away from home and now with the my husband’s company recently creating their Southwest corporate location here, its a win for us all!

So back to fall decorating…sorry for the detour! We were at Safeway grocery shopping over the weekend and I spotted several barrels of mini pumpkins near the floral section. I so LOVE mini pumpkins…they are theee cutest little things & can be used in so many ways for fall decorating. I also grabbed some spider mums, a small rose gold vase (couldn’t resist) & the sack of mini pumps.

Thinking I would just sprinkle a few pumpkins around their house and enjoy the flowers this week.

Then this happened…
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My mom & aunt recently scooped these 3 brass candlesticks up from a realtor friend who sold them to her for $10 – they were just sitting in her garage! They are waaaay too pretty to be hiding away in a place like that. My mom then left them in her garage until I came down here and rescued these brass triplets again! I need to figure out how to sneak them home in my suitcase 😉

The sunburst mirror (HomeGoods) is simply leaning on the mantel and creates some dimension – a layering effect. It was swiped off the wall from in between 2 framed photographs in my mom’s hallway – a small wall I styled while I was down here in August helping her decorate this new house (more on that trip soon!).
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"fallThe rose gold vase was $6 in the floral section of the grocery store where I bought the flowers & mini pumpkins.
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The pewter “book” (Ross) was resting on a shelf in a bookcase in my parent’s bedroom. I grabbed it to use to add some height to the right side. A stack of books are great props for styling (see how I use books for nightstand styling & coffee table styling).fall mantle - mantle styling - copper & gold - mini pumpkins - rose gold vase - stacked white pumpkins - fall vignette - fall vignette - This is our Blissfall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - gold sunburst - fall vignette - brass candlesticks - fall vignette 1 - This is our BlissAnother look at the left side…
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold 1 - mini pumpkins - This is our BlissThere it is again – a mixed metals fall mantel almost completely pulled together from shopping the house!

If you aren’t on board with this notion yet, then I highly suggest you start practicing!

If you aren’t familiar – here is what it means to “shop your house”:

  • shifting things around to different spaces or rooms
  • pulling things out of storage to use again after they’ve been packed away because you were tired of it, but didn’t want to get rid of it
  • grouping new & different things together to make it look fresh & appealing
  • using something you already have, but zhushing it up a bit – creating some sort of DIY project to transform what you already own to give it a new look
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Are you a professional or novice when it comes to shopping your house? Do you pull things from other rooms or do you have a stash of décor items to rummage through?! Please share – I love doing this and want to know where my fellow “shop your house” peeps are!

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P.S. I am still unsure about taking the plunge and taking part in the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge as a Linking participant. It starts tomorrow and I am sooooo nervous to commit! I guess we’ll see what I decide tonight – EEEK!

Check out my Spring 2015 One Room Challenge Reveal if you aren’t sure what level of decision I have on my hands at the moment!

Thanks for reading, friends! Please come back soon 🙂

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A Fall Entryway

Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!

If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂

 I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!

Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!

Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissHere are a few shots from the top shelf…
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissIll just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table!
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our BlissThe black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.

When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
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The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissThe sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissAnd here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissThere it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!

Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
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Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway…
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 …by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!

What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!

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How to Mix Patterns | Back to Basics Week #2

Hello & happy Monday! I think I was still recovering from Labor Day weekend at my in-laws up until last Friday and then another weekend away at my parents’ house sure didn’t help cure my tired & unorganized self, but its ok! Its a new day and the start of a brand new week! and Week 2 of our September “Back to Basics” series at that!
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Today I am going to break down my formula for mixing patterns with you all. It’s sort of intimidating, right? I mean…

Does this go with this?

Can I put these together?!

How can I tell if this actually works??!

I’m going to simplify things for you with just a few quick tips!
How to mix patterns - mixing patterns - mix like a boss - back to basics - pattern play - This is our BlissI may not venture too far into the color spectrum when it comes to decorating, but I do love to mix and match patterns. I tend to gravitate more towards a neutral color palette – varying shades of black, white, gray, tan – you know, neutrals. I am totally gaga over gray right now, but black and white will always have my heart. In order to keep things interesting with such basic colors, I’ve had to get bold with the prints & patterns I use throughout our home.

Bold geometrics, subtle floral prints and classic animal print or polka dots are some of my favorites.

If you know me well, then you know pillows are like the window to my soul – I love them so! They are also one of the best styling accessories to introduce pattern into your own space. Once you’ve experimented mixing patterns with a few throw pillows, it’ll be easier to start working pattern into other areas – rugs, furniture, art or even wallpaper. These tend to be pricier purchases, so starting with pillows is the way to go! Once you’ve become comfortable with what types of prints you like together, get creative, go bold and then move on to bigger, more expensive things!

I’m going to break down the process behind choosing these 3 patterns to work together with 4 simple tips!

Guestroom revamp - pattern play pillows - floral - dalmation - hexago - This is our BlissThis is one of my favorite shots of how I used pattern on our guestroom bed. The back print is the headboard, but we can just pretend it is another pillow! This image is a popular one, so I thought it would work well here today as an example. Why reinvent the wheel, right?!

Here we go!

Tip 1 | Match colors, not prints.
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I started with the floral print and built from there. It was the fabric I reupholstered my cane chair with and wanted a splash of it on the bed, too.

Here is the formula I used: 1 multi-color + 2 accent colors from the multi-color

The floral print acts as the “multi-color” and then I selected my accent color 1 as golden yellow and accent color 2 as black.

Next, I’ll tell you how I came up with the pattern choices.

Tip 2 | Vary the size & scale
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Sticking with the guest bed example… The floral print is a medium print, so I knew I needed to add in a large print (yellow hexagon) and a small print (black & ivory Dalmatian) in order to create some variation.

Tip 3 | Similar & Opposite
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2 similar prints + 1 opposite

Use two prints from the same pattern family and then one that is from another. For example, 2 geometric prints (hexagon & circular) and 1 opposite (floral), make up a nice combination. The hexagon and animal print have a very symmetric, predictable pattern, where as the floral pattern is free-flowing and multi-dimensional.

Tip 4 | Be brave & go bold (aka don’t follow too many rules!)
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People typically notice and compliment more often when I mix & match to the extreme versus play it safe. If I’m drawn to a print, I will pair it with another print I am drawn to, while still trying to apply any one of my trusty tips. Again, if you are playing around with pillows, you hopefully don’t have too much invested in the game, so just go for it! If you try something out and don’t like it, return the pillows or stash them away until you find a new home for it 😉 I’m become a professional at pillow hoarding collecting. My…ahem…collection is quite extensive, but I like to switch them around and even try mixing different patterns and colors as the seasons change or as a holiday approaches.

For fun, here is another example!:
how to mix patterns - this is our blissAgain, the multi color has both blue & black, so I chose those colors. Then I decided to go with a large, classic stripe in the blue and then use a small polka dot print as the small. As before, there are 2 geometric prints and one floral. Easy enough, right?!

There are literally a gazillion different pattern combinations one could come up with, so I believe there are definitely lots of right ways to do it! I hope this made sense and was a helpful guide for you!

Try it for yourself and don’t forget tip #4, have fun with it! It doesn’t have to be a permanent decision 😉
How to mix patterns - mixing patterns - mix like a boss - back to basics - pattern play - This is our BlissHow comfortable are you mixing patterns? Do you feel like a boss yet?!

You can go here for my Back to Basics week 1 post where I share my Nightstand styling tips!

Don’t forget to swing by the other fabulous Back to Basics stops and pick up a few more tips today!

11 Magnolia Lane
Being Bianca
House by Hoff
The Heathered Nest
Southern State of Mind
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Basement Project Checklist + Basement Bathroom Progress | TIOB Basement Project Update III

The basement is done, as in, the contractors are done working. But my work is just beginning! Everything (construction & installations) wrapped up the 2nd week of August. The bar countertops were actually installed the day before Henry’s 3rd birthday party, the stacked stone wall went up the first week of August and the glass bar shelves & frameless shower door were installed the 2nd week of August. Things would have definitely wrapped up in June or July had we not decided to extend the bar cabinetry out another 18″ from the wall after the original cabinets were set. We didn’t think it looked right, so decided if we wanted to make a change, we needed to do it now versus look at it every day and not be happy with it. Soooo, that pushed everything back a bit – the countertops had to wait on the last piece of cabinetry, the stacked stone wall had to wait on the counter tops and the glass shelves had to wait on the stone.

Now that everything is set and everyone is outta here, its all on me now! Well, Ted, too. Sort of 😉

Here is what we’ve checked off the original list:

  • Insulation / studs / drywall
  • tape + trim & doors
  • paint
  • electrical + plumbing
  • tile install (bar & bathroom)
  • cabinetry install
  • carpet
  • sconces
  • bar pendant lights
  • bathroom vanity light
  • find bathroom mirror
  • order custom shower door + bar shelves
  • install shower door + bar shelves
  • stacked stone feature wall
  • granite install
  • order beverage cooler
  • order bar stools
  • mount TV
  • move couch down from family room & other piece from storage
  • find media console
  • wall design + décor
  • purchase bookcase / shelving unit for play area
  • determine shelving system for storage closet
  • misc. accessories & furniture

Aaand here are the remaining aspects I’ve been planning & designing over the last 3-4 weeks:

1 | Basement Bar Area:

Order Bar stools
Buy accessories & style bar shelves
find rug (see my options here)
decide on hardware on cabinetry or not
order beverage cooler
wall décor

2 | Family Room:

Hang canvas over couch
find plant
Mount TV
hang frames around TV
Order prints / put photos in
hang floating mirrors
ottoman / coffee table
pillows

find / buy media console

3 | Play space/Open area :

find bench
determine what to put between windows (bookcase, etc.?)
buy floor storage / accessories
buy / put together storage unit for open area
bins for storage unit
chairs for seating area
floating shelf
gallery wall
buy / DIY wall art
Dad’s art
mount TV?
determine closet storage & shelving

4 | Bathroom:

hang vanity light (see my top choices here)
buy mirror (see my top choices here)
rug
wastebasket
guest towels
wall art
bathroom hardware
vanity accessories
shelving?

See how my list grew?… a ridiculous amount…. Why do I do this to myself?!

It was actually easier to break it down into sections & add more detail as the  other list was pretty general. I’ve really gotta get crackin’ or this basement is going to take me until 2016! Since I have been leading you all on for months now and only shared the a couple of progress posts with PICTURES, I owe you one today!

Here is the current state of the basement bathroom. I so love how it looks so far 😉

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So, that’s where we’re at! We went with a modern look with the marble and kept it super light with shades of white & gray – neutral, of course 😉 I plan to add some natural touches throughout – some baskets, greenery, wood shelving & a little bit of gold – a vase, frames, maybe new hardware on the vanity?
I’ve recently picked up a few things for the walls and plan to get them up ASAP!

If you missed any of the past basement bathroom posts, you can get caught up below:
Beginning of the basement project
Basement bathroom inspiration
Basement bathroom design board

And don’t worry, a full reveal post + sources is still on the way!

With school starting next week, we are getting ready to be back on a schedule and figuring out our daily routine. I, too, am working on getting organized & coming up with a schedule for the blog & projects around the house. Henry is starting preschool, so I will have a tiny itty bit more flexibility with just having 1 at home, but that ONE is the busy one! While I am super excited for all that is in store for the blog over the next few months, I am going to make sure I still make plenty of time for my little guy!

I have several collaborations & projects coming up, including a new series kicking off next Monday with a group of amazingly talented bloggers! To say I am thrilled to be a part of this series is an understatement. I can’t WAIT for you all to see what we have coming, so please stay tuned!!

H A P P Y   S E P T E M B E R!
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5 Fab Friday Finds [Round Mirrors]

Its here! Friday! Woo hoo!
These last few weeks have been a bit crazy with my trip to Haven and our mini-vacay in Savannah, then home for Henry’s 3rd birthday and then I left a week later to help my mom decorate their new house in Arizona and just got back this last Tuesday!! I am so looking forward to the weekend at home and hopefully a little normalcy next week. Posts are in progress right now for everything I have been up to! I have so much to share and don’t want you to miss a thing, so please check back soon for new goodies 🙂

As you may know, we’ve been working on our finishing our basement since April! We hired a general contractor to do the construction and his subs did most everything else. I love to DIY, but not in that sort of complex-complicated-putting-up-walls-type-of-way. My kind of DIY consists of an upholstery project (hopefully more to come!), an occasional crafty décor piece (I did a ton of them in Simon’s Nursery) and then lots of lots decorating & accessorizing! 🙂 Maybe someday I will become more advanced. Maybe.
After a couple breaks on their end and a couple trips on our end, the space is really shaping up! I shared a few sneak peaks on instagram recently of our new lights and the stacked stone feature wall in the bar area. I’m trying to crank away at designing the layout for the wall décor, buying things as I see them and then a couple of larger purchases to chip away at, too – bar stools, wine fridge / beverage cooler, media center, play space bookcase or shelving unit and the bathroom mirror. I have an idea of what I want each of these pieces to look like, but haven’t completely narrowed down my findings yet.

I’m sharing my top picks for round mirrors today and would so love & appreciate your opinion!!

Here they are:

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1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5

I’m leaning towards a gold or black mirror between 25″-30″. I probably will stay on the minimalistic side, but couldn’t help but fall in love with #1. Sunburst mirrors are literally everywhere right now and all with their own unique traits. This gold one is from Amazon – can you believe it? I have always been a huge Amazon fan, but still can not get over the variety of items they carry. I mean, isn’t Amazon everyone’s one-stop-shop, especially with the convenience of free 2-day shipping as an Amazon prime member??! ok.. back to mirrors.

I must admit, right now my number one pick is actually mirror #4.

West Elm round gold mirrorI’ve seen it in person in the store and love its simplicity and color, too, of course. It is 30″ round and would fit nicely above our new vanity and under the new vanity lights!
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I really love how love how the vanity & lights look so far in the space. All it needs, is a mirror + a some wall art. Easy enough! Our shower door was installed this week along with glass shelves on the stone wall in the bar. I will have plenty more photos coming as the basement spaces finish up!

I’ll be working down there this weekend, so be sure to follow me on instagram for more sneak peaks!

Have the B E S T weekend!!

What do you think? Go with #4 or one of the others?

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