April 2014 archive

7 Decor Items Your Home Can’t Live Without

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Okay, I admit, the title might be a bit of an exaggeration, but these versatile items are true workhorses of any home and help create a cozy, lived-in space.

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1. Hurricane Vase

A hurricane vase is a great addition to any room with its simple shape and delicate glass. These vases are so versatile and can be used for fresh flowers, candles, dressed up for the holidays, or even left empty to speak for themselves!

 

 

2. A Great Table Lamp

Ambient lighting is so important to creating a sense of warmth in a room. A great lamp that looks beautiful during the day and provides cozy light in the evening is a win-win for any home.  To read more about creating texture with lighting, read {this post}.

 

3. A Fabulous Accent Chair

Admittedly, I have a love of chairs, but an accent chair is more than just an additional seat when company arrives. A great chair is not only comfortable, but also tells a story about your style, personality, and taste.

 

4. A Lush Plant

I am a true believer that no room is complete without the addition of a plant. Plants – whether flowers or foliage – bring a bit of the outdoors in and add an organic feel to our homes.

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5. A Versatile Tray

A hard-working, versatile tray is one thing I can’t do without! Whether corralling dishes for a buffet, bringing snacks to the kids, containing decor on the coffee table, or just looking stylish in the home, a tray is one of those items from which you’ll get your money’s worth.

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6. A Great Basket

Like a tray, a basket’s functionality allows it to serve many different purposes, but above all, it adds texture and an organic touch to any room.

 

 

 7. Beautiful Books

Aside from their literary function, books also create great “filler” in vignettes and work well to add height to other objects.  Plus, they can bring in color and/or texture with their covers and well-loved pages.

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Are there other decor items your home can’t live without?  Let me know!
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Small Baths with Big Impact

Having a small bathroom, whether it’s a powder room or a full bath, doesn’t mean you have to forgo a space that feels luxurious and elegant, it just means you have to get creative!  In fact, one of my all-time favorite sink consoles is actually designed for use in small spaces.  To me, the Parisian pedestal is an elegant statement piece, but still simplistic enough to not overpower a small space.

 

Less is More!

The key to creating a big impact in a small space is to create a unified look with just one “wow” factor, while the other elements play a supporting role.  Okay, so maybe you can’t have a fabulous clawfoot tub, spacious shower and oodles of storage in a small bath, but the rooms below prove that when it comes to creating a beautiful space, size doesn’t matter.  Here are 5 ways to make a statement in your small bath!

 

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1. Wall Coverings

A bold wall covering adds instant drama and is often, unexpected in a small space.  And a small wall covered with tile from floor to ceiling adds elegance.

 

 

*You can find similar mirrored subway tiles via this aff. link: Abolos Echo Subway Tile

 

 

2. Lighting

Think outside the typical bathroom light fixtures!  While the lighting around the mirror is important {especially if overnight guests will be using the space to apply makeup}, you can still look for more decorative options like chandeliers and sconces.  Sometimes, even a small table lamp on the counter that creates a bit of ambiance makes all the difference!

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3. Wainscoting

Often times, small bathrooms are small square or rectangular rooms void of architectural details.  A simple wainscoting  – whether beaded, raised, flat or recessed – adds a bit of sophistication and interest to the space.

 

 

4. Furniture-Style Vanities

Free-standing furniture style vanities can add a lot of character and charm, giving a small space a big personality.

 

5. Floating Vanities

A pedestal sink is great for small spaces since it has a small footprint, but it doesn’t provide much usable space on the countertop.  An alternative is a floating vanity, which gives the illusion of more space but still offers storage both on and below.

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Spring Staycation and My DSLR

This week is Spring vacation for my kids and we are celebrating with a very low-key staycation.  I spent the first couple of days unwinding, sleeping, and catching up on my favorite British dramas (hence no post on Monday!)  I’m also using this time at home with my kids to improve my photography skills and learn how to use more of the settings on my DSLR.  I use a Nikon D7000 with a 300mm lens.  When shooting indoors, I always shoot on manual, but when outdoors, I tend to use auto.  Here’s a look at what I’ve captured from Spring break so far.

Our time started off with dog sitting two of the smartest, and most adorable Shih-tzu Yorkie-Poo’s.  The sister puppies were a wonderful addition to our house and the kids had a blast playing with the girls while their owners were away.  The day that the two dogs left, we picked up a Golden Retriever from another friend who was going away.  Here’s a look at sweet Lucy hanging out in our front yard.

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With the various dogs visiting at our house, we’ve spent a lot of time in the backyard recently.  A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Facebook of our first bloom of the season…

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…but now we have many other blooms in the yard, including the white Iceberg roses that fill our front yard.

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The container on my front porch is finally starting to fill in and I even have my first bloom on my calibrachoa!

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My kids’ school is adjacent to country roads and there is am amazing view of the hills and pastures from the school parking lot.  This time of year, the hills are green and covered with patches of yellow mustard.  I noticed how pretty the hills were last week and so stopped by this week for a quick photo.

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When not lounging, the kids are participating in a cooking camp.  Tuesday was the first day and they made chicken and cookies!  I probably should have stayed to watch so that I could learn a thing or two… :)

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We are a swim team family and so spend a lot of time at the pool.  There’s no practice this week, just fun!

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My daughter and I are also using this week to work on her birthday party preparations.  She has chosen to have a Minion party and I’m so hoping hubby will dress as Gru!

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And last but not least, hubby captured Monday night’s blood moon by attaching our DSLR to his telescope {post here}.  Despite the layer or clouds, it’s a beautiful sight!

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The remainder of the week will consist of more dog sitting, more cooking classes, more swimming and lots of rest.  Happy Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week!
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