Moving On Up

Family, interior design, organization

We’ve officially been in our new apartment for about 3 weeks, and it’s really starting to feel like home. Many boxes are unpacked, we’ve started getting some art up on the wall, and the place looks a little less like a fire hazard. 

What’s your first priority when you move in somewhere? For us it was clothes and the kitchen. Those we had up and away in a hot minute. I gotta admit, I just unpacked the majority of our bathroom stuff today. Why do we own so many products when we only use a few? Life’s questions. 

Here’s a few photos of what we started out with. I can’t wait to share what we do with this place long term. 




I love all the windows in this place. The gray brings a calming effect and some instant atmosphere that we adore. It feels like home already.

It’s time for the Honeymoon: Year 2!

His and Hers, but mostly Hers

Bedroom Design, interior design, styling

Recently a friend asked me if my bedroom is how I would have pictured it being five years ago. While the question threw me for a loop, I had to conclude that it’s not. For one, I can’t say my mental design scheme originally included my husband’s style. He’s drawn to sleek and modern whereas I’m a little more traditional. As we hadn’t met 5 years ago, I can safely say I would have pictured my space going a totally different direction.

If I had drawn it out way back when, I would have to say I would picture my bedroom ending up somewhere more like this: 


I am definitely not afraid of color and I just adore this watercolor inspired rug. Plus, think what an awesome job that would do at hiding nail polish spills. Bonus points.

I am a sucker for a good chandelier (and I can promise you, Chris and I are destined for many discussions over light fixtures because our tastes couldn’t be more polar opposite). This chandelier is fun, flirty, but has enough subtlety not to overpower the relaxing purpose of a bedroom. 

So here I am with this flirty and feminine bedroom design and a husband who just quirks a brow and gives me a “Look.”

What’s a girl to do?

Friday Five

Family, Finally Friday, interior design, organization

Another week has gone by and it just doesn’t seem real that September is halfway over. Is fall here yet? It surely doesn’t feel like it. 

1) I have a public service announcement for y’all. From me to you. When painting, be very, very careful to not mix up your drink with your paint water. Share to save a life. And keep your tongue from turning blue. Labels save lives people. 

2)  This week we actually stayed near 80 degrees for awhile. It was like the briefest glimpse of respite, to be snatched away oh so quickly. I’ve never gotten used to the idea that the leaves can change while you can still roast an egg on the sidewalk. Madness.

3) I spent a lot of time this week planning and plotting for things for Moqqup Studios and I am so excited for what’s coming. However, with that excitement also comes intimidation and maybe some panic. Who says we can do this? What if our plans don’t go through? When I shared my thoughts with my sister, she sent me this and I have to say, one of my favorite reads this year. I love this. I encourage you all to read this post by Bower Power Blog and remember that there is no such thing as a picture perfect life and that yes, dust is a real thing.

4) Speaking of perfect spaces and potential, I am in full house hunting mode. Does Trulia suck anyone else in on a routine basis? Just me? Oops. That’s been my stress relief this week. Comes highly recommended.

5) I have never seen a puppy so devoted to someone as our dog is to my husband. The sun rises and sets on this man to her. He went out to run errands this week and Bella lay by the doorway pretty much the whole time waiting on him to come back to her. It was cute and sad all at one time. 

Do you know how many photos we have of Bella waiting on Chris to come home? Countless. Bless her.

Devotion in its truest form



She brought her blanket to this one.


How can you say ‘no’ to those eyes? I’m honestly not sure how he leaves the house. I’m weak.

Enjoy your weekends, everyone!

Labor Day Goals

interior design

I hope you all are enjoying your Labor Day weekends and have had a chance to relax at least a little. All I want to do is kick back with family, friends, and maybe a something hot off the grill. What do you think of these cozy looking spaces?
Look at this gorgeous home by Geschke Group Architecture out of Texas. If this doesn’t make you want to host a party I don’t know what will!

I just want to basque in the beauty that is this home

This Napa Valley Home on Lake Travis has my heart

 

Those sofas are such a buttery soft leather, you could just sink right in

I love the views you get from every room


Look at all that prep space

Ok I’m done drooling. Maybe. For now.

Happy Labor Day All! 

May the rest of your week be fabulous!

It’s Finally Friday!

Family, interior design, organization, planning

Finally Friday and I’m just oh so excited! My day is going to be spent catching up on life before a busy weekend starts. 

Here’s my five takeaways from this week:

1) This Sunday I got to visit my niece. She is still adorable, in case you wondered and is a champion sleeper. 

Can’t even handle the cuteness


2) Last week I lopped off and donate 12″ of hair. While I originally intended to use Wigs For Kids, upon further examination they don’t accept colored hair. We decided instead to use Children With Hair Loss

I have to say the change definitely keeps striking me at random times. My hair hasn’t been this short in at least 5 years, possibly ever. My entire hair styling world is thrown for a loop. 

How is it that hair feels so much more cooperative when it’s not attached to your head anymore?

3) I killed my plant. This wasn’t the exciting part; I’m actually fairly disappointed that I am such a black thumb. BUT I did already get a new, supposedly hardy option that I’m hoping will be just fabulous and make me feel like I am a master gardener. We’ll see how long that lasts!

Ignore our classy baggies to catch excess water. We need to hit Home Depot to grab more trays

4) Instagram and I have really been bonding lately. I’ve recently started exploring all the different designers and bloggers in that world and I am beyond excited to immerse myself in this world. 

5) I’m extremely grateful for empty days on the calendar. It feels like the past few weeks have been nonstop from every angle. As I type, I’m mentally prepping to spend the next three hours doing art. Do you know how long it’s been since this was a thing? Far too long. Eek! I can’t wait to share some of the results. 

Happy Friday, friends! May your day be filled with joy, laughter, and lots of productivity.

Whale-come to the Nursery

Baby, Children, Family, interior design, planning, styling

It’s feel like 2016 is just zipping right by. It’s a year of changes for my family and friends. My sister is expecting her first child, a baby girl. To say everyone is thrilled is an understatement.

Most of this summer has revolved around preparing for the upcoming baby, in one way or another. Recently, I spent a weekend at my sister’s home plotting and shopping for baby. Starting with a blank slate, we came up with ideas for a theme and started creating a nursery.

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So many options

Rebecca wanted a nursery that was fairly gender neutral  and would grow along with the child
(and any future children). We talked about a variety of themes, but landed on whales and the ocean. Whales are popular right now, would be easy to find and aren’t specific to a baby girl or boy.

We put together a mood board with ideas of how she pictures the nursery and tried to break it down into specific shopping elements.

Who wouldn’t want this nursery?

Furniture wise, the goal was traditional. Rebecca chose to reuse the changing table from when we were kids. It needed a little love though. The drawers were painted a deep blue, the base was its natural maple and the knobs are little baseballs, from my brothers childhood bedroom. For my niece, we updated a bit. My brother in law painted the base white and used an ombré effect on the drawers. We’re still on the hunt for some fun knobs; really, the options are endless!

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I am just in love with this updated look 

They chose a traditional crib in the Jenny Lind style and wanted a comfy rocker to settle into for late night feedings. Other than a bookshelf and a lamp, that covered layout  covered, furniture-wise. Now for the fun stuff: accessories and storage. We trolled brick-and-mortar stores as well as the Internet to find inspiration.

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So many options


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So many options


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So many options

We found so many adorable ideas it was hard to narrow it down. Some I can’t even publish yet because I would hate to spoil surprises. More photos to come showing all projects for baby.

I can’t wait to share how this nautical nursery turns out!

Bathtub Envy

interior design

Day one of the new year, and I feel like the season rushed right by me. Lights, gifts, baking, decorating, not to mention work and wedding planning… I’ve got to say, I’m in the mood to just press ‘pause’ and escape. Does anyone else just need to stop time for a bit? To distract myself from new year organization goals, I’ve been trolling for my dream bathroom. So far I’ve discovered that I have a problem… I love them all!

Take a look at these truly drool-worthy spaces and tell me you don’t want to run away from home too.

 

Fenwick Company Interior Design

I mean really? Who wouldn’t want to spend all day soaking while surrounded by that gorgeous tile?

Evens Architecture

That view though… need I say more?

Stephen U Olsen Jr – Stine

This bathroom really just makes me feel like a character from a Jane Austen novel. I picture Lizzy Bennet hopping into one of these in her new home at Pemberly.

Winn Wittman Architecture

I’m pretty sure I’d never leave my bathroom. Can we add a mini fridge and my iPad? See y’all in 2017.

Saint Dizier Design

I’m really not sure I have words for this tub. I just want to sigh when I look at this space.

To sum up: I’m having some major green-eyed monster issues to kick off my new year. Sure, resolutions were made, a major cleaning spree is on the horizon, a New Years kiss was had, but mostly… I just want a bubble bath.

Happy New Year everyone!

Layer, layer, layer

interior design, layering, pattern, texture

As the seasons change and move into colder months, we start the habitual dig for extra scarves and sweaters. This same concept of layering is important in your home. The way to create a dynamic space is to give a blend of textures and materials. Mix your woods with metals. Don’t be afraid to put a stripe next to floral or ikat. Your home will be more interesting and versatile for it.

This beautiful living room by Andrew Flesher at www.andrewflesher.com looks lush and cozy

This beautiful living room by Andrew Flesher at http://www.andrewflesher.com looks lush and cozy

(Added bonus: mixing textures, colors, and materials makes it easier to later reuse pieces in other places. That pillow from the living room looks more natural in the bedroom…great! When your pieces are already eclectic, you have mixing options.)

The rules for layering patterns and textures in your home are similar to those for your body. Everyone channel your inner Stacy London and Clinton Kelly (shout-out to ya’ll for teaching me to dress myself). Remember The Rules? When mixing patterns, keep the colors similar, though they don’t have to match exactly.

Color layers on color with this Kim Armstrong space at www.kimarmstronginteriordesign.com

Color layers on color with this Kim Armstrong space at http://www.kimarmstronginteriordesign.com

Consider scale. Small scale patterns such as clustered polka dots placed next to another small scale pattern like pinstripes will likely be too busy for your eye and lose appeal. Try pairing small scale with medium or large.

Next, pair organic with inorganic to add interest. Too much floral is not what anyone wants. Your house is not a garden. Geometric patterns can be friends with floral. Have fun with design and with pattern; don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!

Your home will thank you for it.

Dress Your Dining Room… Literally

fashion, interior design, styling
Dress Your Dining Room by Moqqup Studios

Dress Your Dining Room by Moqqup Studios

Ever find yourself at a dead-end trying to design a space? It’s a common thing, no worries. One good way to help inspire yourself is to step into your closet. Go pull out your favorite outfit. The one that fills you with confidence, makes you feel absolutely yourself. That’s your style. Your fashion sense is applicable to your home also. Welcome to your personal design palette.

-Side note: If you don’t have a full outfit you’re willing to dress your space in: don’t panic. Pick out your favorite pieces. Belt, blouse, dress, ring, whatever. Find your common elements. you tend to keep picking pieces with lots of detail, lots of color? You love black and white? You’re very comfort-oriented? Find your main squeeze and go forth!-

I’ve made a sample collage here. This girl (let’s name her Lucy) loves her black lace cocktail dress and her Christian Louboutin’s. That bracelet is her pride and joy. I’d say her style is very classic with vintage elements. She likes the bold and labels are important to her. The line and shape of a piece is just as important as the pattern for Lucy.

For her dining room, I stuck with bold jewel tones with metallics. The table has sleek modern lines but is paired with a traditional chandelier.  Lucy’s dining room makes a statement, as does every piece in it. Individually, and as a whole, these pieces are showstoppers. Paired with luscious raw silk draperies, a metallic painted ceiling and a dramatic patterned wallpaper, Lucy’s dress comes to life and starts hosting its’ own dinner parties.

Which well-loved outfits do you have waiting to inspire your own dream home design?