We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!
I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.
Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.
Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!
Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!
I think one of the greatest places to shop online is Etsy! I can literally spend hours browsing unique items for my home, for gifts, or for my children on there. I think it is so brilliant that people from anywhere can showcase their talent, and sell their custom creations. I especially love to browse on there this time of year to get inspired and plan ahead for holiday gifts.
Last month, I was particularly excited because I bought things from two different Etsy stores, and both items turned out so incredible! I had to share with you guys because both things I got are great for either your own home, or would make fantastic personalized gifts.
The first thing I ordered was this floral letter ‘A’ for Ariah’s room. Right now, we are in the process of transitioning her room from a nursery to a big girl room, and I wanted to add a few new touches to her décor. Viva from VivasFlowerShop made me the most beautiful floral letter! I was able to customize whatever colors I wanted (Ariah loves pink), and it arrived looking even better than her Etsy shop photos (and her photos look good). When I took the letter out of box, I was seriously blow away at how amazing it looked. The quality and attention to detail on the letter were absolutely perfect.
My second order was this custom welcome mat for our front door from BlackButterflySigns. I ended up ordering a few of them so that we could have some at our home up in Northern California as well. They turned out amazing! I was so excited when they arrived and I saw how well-made they were. BlackButterflySigns will put anything you want on the mat, and they offer a lot of ideas on how you can customize yours. The quality of the custom lettering is gorgeous, and I get so many compliments on them from everyone who comes through our door!
If you guys are looking for unique gift ideas, I highly recommend hitting Etsy, and checking out these two stores for lovely and unique gift ideas!
What great things have you guys ordered on Etsy? Let me know if there is an amazing product I should check out!
Living in Southern California means that we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy our backyard almost all year around. Recently, I decided to update my yard a little bit, and I am so excited to share the photos with you guys!
My family and I love spending as much time as we can outside, and so I really wanted to make some décor updates to the space for us to make it as cozy and inviting as possible. These small changes have made a huge difference! Proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, or do a major renovation to update a space.
With help from my amazing designer Shalena Smith (who I can always count on to bring my vision to life), I wanted to make sure that the yard was beautiful, and was also functional for casual hangouts and entertaining. The largest portion of my patio is taken up with a large outdoor sectional, and I so added new pillows and throw blankets to it so that it is truly someplace you can put your feet up and relax.
We also installed a beautiful little fountain (which my children love), to enhance the landscape of the yard, and blend in seamlessly with the foliage already growing along the fence. To maximize our space, on the smallest portion of the patio we added a high-top bar table for four which gives us the option of eating at the table, or around the sofa. To make entertaining a breeze, I created a little bar / serving table that is perfect for setting up food and drinks, and so that we can keep the coffee table clear.
Finally, I made sure to add little touches like lanterns, candles, succulents, and serving trays to really tie the space together, and give it a relaxed So-Cal vibe.
How have you guys used small décor changes to change a space? Comment below, I would love to know your ideas!
Interior design is a big passion of mine, and I especially love to take on new design projects around my home. One of my projects that seems to keep evolving is my gallery wall. When my husband Adam gave me an amazing wood plaque that was engraved with dates, names and places that were special to us, I knew that I had to do something other than just hang it on the wall. Instead, I decided to make it the focal point of my gallery wall!
Hanging a gallery wall can be challenging, but with a little planning, you can get an amazing result that looks very polished. After my own trial and error, I wanted to share with you guys the tips and tricks that I learned to create this beautiful look at home.
- Choose the right location: Pick a wall that is large enough, and where the gallery will be the focal point in the room. I have mine on a big wall at the top of my stairs so it’s the first thing you see as you walk up.
- Pick a look: I like a clean white look for my gallery walls — Don’t get me wrong, eclectic gallery walls look lovely too, but I prefer simple and neutral tones in my home.
- Go for frames that have a matte: Frames that have nice big mattes give much more of a polished vibe.
- Make sure each side of the wall is balanced: You don’t want one side to be more frame intense than the other side. However, in design there is what they call ‘the rule of thirds’ that applies very well when you are hanging art. Apartment Therapy has a great explanation on how to decorate using this rule.
- Repeat each frame size at least once: To create a cohesive feel with your gallery wall, make sure that you use each frame size at least once to create some consistency.
- Make sure your frames are evenly spaced: Even if you decide to have a misshapen gallery wall (which also looks awesome), ensure that your frames are all a relatively equal distance apart.
- Select photos that are hold meaningful memories: I personally like to have every photo on my gallery wall be a special memory. That way, each picture has its own little story.
- Add in something personal: I chose to make the amazing wood plaque the focal point of my gallery wall. I love the idea of the wall being very unique and personal to my family.
- Use paper to plan out your wall: If you aren’t totally sure where you want each frame to go, try using pieces of paper first to map out exactly where you will place everything. This also prevents making unnecessary holes in your wall.
- Use Pinterest for ideas: Pinterest is one of the best resources for getting ideas for designing a gallery wall, you can find a ton of different tips for layouts (like in the graphic below).
What are your design tips for creating an at-home gallery wall? Let me know in the comments below!
Pinterest image via pulptastic.com
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary! We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so they should be a place that makes you feel peaceful. It’s also the one room in your home that should be totally devoted just to you (a large feat if you have children!).
For me, my bedroom is a place where I recharge both mentally and physically. After a long day, I feel so good walking into my bedroom knowing that I can unwind and relax in there. And in the morning, I wake up inspired to start my day. Making sure that my bedroom was a sanctuary was a very deliberate effort. I added design and décor touches that both looked good, and made me feel calm and relaxed! These little décor additions don’t have to be elaborate or overly expensive to make your room feel like an oasis.
Here are my tips on transforming your bedroom into a very dreamy space:
- Keep the colors neutral and light — Bold colors can be way too stimulating and do not promote a relaxing vibe! If you do add color, make sure that it is in little doses. A new paint color can do wonders for changing the tone of your bedroom.
- Add throw pillows — I will admit, having so many throw pillows on the bed is little bit of extra work to take off at night and then put on again each morning — But they make all the difference in creating a space that is visually appealing!
- Make sure there are lots of soft things — Ideally, your sheets and bedding should be super soft and comfortable! I also like adding additional texture to my room by having a fur blanket draped over the end of my bed. It’s nice to cozy up with, and it also adds depth and balance to the design of the room.
- Select artwork and photos that make you happy — I have one wall of my bedroom full of pictures that hold really special memories for me. Each time I look at the photos, they make me feel happy and blessed! I like to place my photos and artwork in matching frames that complement the décor of the room.
- Invest in furniture — There are so many amazing furniture options out there these days! Even Amazon sells some pretty awesome pieces. Invest in a proper headboard and night tables. These pieces anchor the room, and will instantly elevate the design.
- Add flowers — Fresh or faux, flowers are one of those little design touches that really brighten up a room. I make it a habit to always keep fresh flowers in my bedroom because they make me smile every time I look at them.
- Pick a calming scent — Candles create ambiance! Pick a scent that is relaxing and that you can’t get enough. I love that my bedroom has signature scent.
- Add a couple of decorative objects — You don’t want to go overboard here, but by adding a couple decorative home décor objects, you will add personality and individuality to your room! A mirrored tray is a great place to start if you aren’t sure what to add because it is functional (I place perfume on mine), and looks beautiful sitting on top of my dresser.
How do you guys make your room a sanctuary?
Lamps, Safavieh Lighting Black Tie Crystal Table Lamps | Candle, diptyque Paris candle in Baies / Berries | Pillow, Hensen Moroccan Design Beaded Throw Pillow | Frame, Artcare Photography Matted Picture Frame | Throw, Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White | Artwork, Minted for west elm, Island Time | Crown, Lark Manor™ Decorative Crown Figurine | End Table, Suzette 1 Drawer End Table
My bedroom was designed with the help of the very talented Shalena Smith
Yesterday I showed you guys Aden’s newly redecorated bedroom, and now I am so excited to show you Ariah’s bedroom makeover! I worked with Oilo Studio to design this very special space for my daughter.
My daughter is a little lady who knows what she likes (watch out world!), and she adores anything pink. We wanted to create a room for her that she would automatically gravitate towards, and enjoy spending time in. This meant using her favorite color, and then offsetting it with lots of light and soft textures to create a calming space. Adding in the faux fur rug and stool were two ways that I could help to make the room feel safe and happy for her — She absolutely loves the plushness of these two pieces, and goes right to them every time she walks in her room.
Designing Ariah’s room was different than Aden’s room because she is younger, and still sleeping in a crib. The big challenge was to create a beautiful space that was inviting for her, was functional for me and my husband and that could be easily updated. The room had to be designed around the idea that it would need to be updated from a nursery to a big kid room. For example, where the crib sits now, we have already measured out exactly where her first big girl bed will fit in a few years. We also know that she will need a book shelf and toy storage, and so we have already designated the space where the changing table currently sits for those items.
This room was all about creating some elements to stay for a long time, and creating other elements that are functional now, but that are temporary. One piece of this room that was designed to last is the wallpaper. I fell in love with the print, and it makes for a beautiful focal point that is bold, but not too busy. As Ariah gets older and her bedroom needs change, we plan on keeping the same look and feel to the room, and just updating a few things. Even the decorative crib pillows we selected are functional accents that can easily be placed on her big girl bed once we are ready for it. Designing her room was all about thinking ahead, and planning for change!
I loved designing this room for my daughter, and I can’t wait to see how she will continue to use it and make it her own as she grows up!
How have you guys transitioned a nursery into a big kid room? I would love to hear your tips!
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Wallpaper by Anewalldecor | Crib by Newport Cottages | Sheepskin Rug (4×6) from Homegoods | Dresser from Wisteria | Glider by Oilo | Bedding by Oilo Studio | Light by Oilo Studio | La Mae Rug by Lulu & Georgia | Fur Stool by CB2 | End Table from wayfair | Mirror from Neiman Marcus | Window Treatments & Hardware by Q Design | Paint from Sherwin-Williams | Pillows by Oilo Studio | Blush Blanket by Oilo Studio