Colors Today, Design Board, Inspiration, Uncategorized

Rust and Blush Living Room

Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend we visited cousins and their babies in Cleveland. (If you caught my insta-stories you know what I’m talking about) Cleveland has so much amazing architecture, culture, and things to do. We had a great time!

Today’s board features a rust and blush color harmony. This is a classic pair that I talked about a little bit here. When paired with white walls, black accents, and a minimalist style these colors really shine and feel very warm and cozy! The style of this room is modern and contemporary.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

Sadie and Mark live in a Seattle apartment. They’ve softened the busy city with cozy colors and an open living space. Mark works at an architecture firm and Sadie was just hired as the social media director for a start-up. They have had their dopey chocolate lab, Duke for almost 6 years and he has spent every day barking at anything outside that moves. They are both crazy about card games, which are anything but subdued! Game nights at their place are legendary. Mark has always wanted to learn to cook and Sadie has always hated cooking so together they are learning how. In their free time they rewatch The Office, visit Sadie’s grandmother, and walk in the park, rain or no rain.


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My favorite part of this room is the large rust-colored chair from Crate and Barrel. It looks like you could just sink into it forever… Second favorite would have the be that vintage planter from Chairish! Its floral, and slightly out of place with the modern style of everything but its a great little accent. Third favorite is that check rug from Loloi Rugs! Its got the perfect amount of color, texture, and pattern. I will definitely be using it again.

Rug, Basket, Lounge Chair, Art, Art, Tree, Planter, Console Table, Curtains, Pillow, Pillow, Chair, Lamp



Design Board, Inspiration, Shopping, Tips

8 Go-To’s for Online Shopping

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that! The flu had me down for a full week (Literally – I could barely lift my head!) It has settled into a lovely hacking-cough. Fellow survivors of this hell tell me it doesn’t go away for a loooong time. *sigh. But enough complaining! (I have felt like such a complainer lately!) Time for shopping!

When I am putzing around on the internet I tend to gravitate towards a few reliable sources. These aren’t the cheapest options (that is another post for another day!) but they have reliable collections and great aesthetics! Today I have pulled together (in no particular order) some of my favorites and why.

World Market:

One of the things I love most about World Market is their range! They have almost everything decor related that you could think of, and all in a very reasonable price range. As the name might suggest they have a lot in the Global and Boho styles which are great for layering into pretty much every other style!

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Sofa Rug Ottoman Plant Art Bookshelf Basket Chair Vases Wardrobe


CB2 is definitely one of my favorites overall. Their aesthetic is clean, modern, and high end with a hint of drama. While some of their prices for things like dining chairs are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, most of it is very reasonably priced. Almost everything I design has something from them. When I think about CB2 the first thing I think is: not boring.

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Dining Table Curtain Chair Art Plant Dishes Napkin Silverware


Article is most known for their incredible sofas but the rest of their products are stellar too! They are experts in MCM and sell high end furniture. The prices are in the mid to high range. (the art is from OKL, Article doesn’t have any wall art)

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Bed Bench Rug Sconce Floor Lamp Pouf Planter Side Table Pillow


Rejuvenation has a really reliable collection of traditional and high end products and it is my favorite place to go for mirrors, hardware, lighting, and art. Their art game is phenomenal if you are looking for something traditional but still on trend. The price tags are on the higher end and for good reason! Rejuvenation’s products have an incredible range. They can be focal pieces or supporting characters.

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Faucet Sink Rug Pendant Towel Bowl Art Art Plant


For a while I felt kind of foolish for not knowing that H&M had a home goods section. I was always a fan of their clothes (still am!) but I was utterly blown away by their collection and especially by the price! They haven’t moved into any big furniture but their textiles and accessories are killer! They have a soft, Scandinavian quality with lots of pops of black and fun, modern, patterns. I cannot stress this enough: the price is unbeatable. Luckily they are always adding to their collection, so there is always something new!

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Basket, Mirror, Bathrobe, Towel, Curtain, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Vase, Vase, Vase, Candle, FrameCandlesticks, Salt and Pepper Dish, Egg Stand, Bowl, Glass, Salad Server, Plate, Teacup


Chairish is really special because it is an online resource for one-of-a-kind vintage finds! This solves the problem of online design – heart. Because most designers will tell you that having something vintage in a room gives a sense of history and soul. As with most vintage, the price range is extremely varied. Some things are dirt cheap and others are astronomical. This is a great place to go for something eclectic or zany!

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Sofa, Art, Bar Cart, Chair, Art, Rug, Coffee Table, Vintage Helicopter (plants ar

Blu Dot:

Blu Dot is a contemporary home decor company that provides truly stunning original designs. They have a modern, airy aesthetic, and a high price range. Their products are stellar and they are the perfect place to go for a sleek statement.

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Art, RugLamp, Side Table, Sofa, Pillow, ChairCandlesticks


Ikea had to be included on this list. We all know Ikea! It is very familiar, reliable, and incredibly affordable. What I love about their style is that they don’t carry any items that are loud focal points. Their pieces are all supporting characters that can take center stage, but mostly help along other pieces. That doesn’t mean they are boring! The “filler” pieces are really beautiful and delicate as is characteristic of scandi design.

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Bed, Side Table, Table Lamp, Dresser, Pendant, Art, Plant, Rug, Chair, Rug, Vases, Lantern, Candle, Blanket

Obviously I shop at a lot more places than just this, but these are some of my go-to places where I know I will find what I need. I am always looking to expand my list of sources so please comment with your favorite online shop!




Design Board, Inspiration

Boho Industrial Studio

Hello everyone! Today is our first day back to the grind after our LA adventure, of which you can learn all about here, and watch in my highlights here! The trip was the perfect balance between funwork and play! Stay tuned for a post letting you know everywhere we went, everything we did, and – most importantly – everything we ate!!

In the meantime, here is some global industrial inspiration! This loft feels really young and colorful. My Favorite piece by far is the concrete pendant from Serena and Lily.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

A young couple’s first apartment together. Ethan and Olivia moved to this Tulsa Studio apartment 6 months ago and, even though they stumble through the beginnings of adulthood, they revel in their “ownership” of the 850 sq. ft. studio. Their styles, mercifully, are very similar to one another’s, which curtails arguments on THAT score. Both favoring global and industrial elements with modern touches and an eclectic atmosphere. Ethan is a barista by day and stand-up comedian by night. He has big blue eyes and is obsessed with anything coconut flavored. Olivia is a part-time student of marketing with a social media concentration and part-time dog-walker. She has long, blond, hair and likes to tie it back with a green strip of linen. Olivia likes to experiment with different flavors of homemade hummus, using Ethan as a taste tester. Somehow she can never get it right. What she doesn’t know, and what Ethan doesn’t have the heart to tell her is that he doesn’t really like hummus all that much.



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Sofa | Art | Plant | Pouf | Rug | Chairs | Basket | Pendant | Pillows | Table