Aden’s Bedroom Makeover

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I am so excited to show all of you guys Aden’s newly redecorated bedroom! With a little help from Oilo Studio, both Aden and Ariah’s Jack and Jill rooms have recently undergone complete makeovers. I have such a passion for interior design, and so it was especially fun for me to be able to create this special space for my son.

I wanted to design a room that he could really grow up in, and grow in to. The first big decision we made was to put a big boy bed in now (even though it seems like yesterday he was in a crib). We selected a queen size bed because it is going to save us from having to completely rework his bedroom layout in a few years. It seemed to make much more sense to design a space that will work for him now, and as he grows up.

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The room was designed in light blue and gray tones for a couple different reasons. First, these are calming colors, and creating a mellow bedroom environment was important to me. I want my son to feel comfortable and relaxed when he is in his room. Second, using a more muted color pallet allowed me to add more playful textures to the room, without the space becoming too busy. We knew that the room had to be able to accommodate books and toys and hours upon hours of play time, and so this light and cool color pallet was the perfect backdrop.

We also filled up every inch of functional space so that the room has more to offer than just a bed. From bookshelves to toy bins, every corner of his room offers something a little different for him to engage with. My personal favorite touch is the teepee! When I was a kid, my siblings and I loved to make forts. My son is going through this same phase right now, and it is so much fun to see him take his toys into his own private place and play.

Above all else, I wanted his room to be a sanctuary for him —  A private space where he can be creative, feel safe and call his own. I think we did a pretty good job, I absolutely love the way Aden’s room turned out!

Let me know what special touches you have added to your children’s room, I would love to see them!

Xo

Tamera

SHOP THE ROOM

Wallpaper by Serena & Lily | Bedding by Oilo Studio | Queen size bed from wayfair | Book Case in Dark Taupe from wayfair | Pendants (over night stands) from wayfair | Pendant from wayfair | Rug (8×10) from wayfair | Baskets from wayfair | Bench in Gray from wayfair | Nightstands from Candelabra | Teepee from Tnees Tpees | Frames from Framebridge | Window treatments from QDesign | Paint from Sherwin-Williams | Pillows by Oilo Studio | Quilt by Oilo Studio | Artwork by Kellie Holley

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My Interior Design Inspiration

I will admit it, I have become a full-blown interior design junkie! One of my favorite things about Instagram (other than connecting with my page fans, obviously!) is getting my daily dose of design from my favorite interiors accounts. I literally get so excited every day to look at what is new on Instagram from my favorite designers. I am constantly blown away, and so inspired, by the gorgeous home design work that I see on social media. Below are three of my favorite design accounts that give me a ton of amazing ideas for designing my own home!

AMBER INTERIORS

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AMBER INTERIORS, @amberinteriors

I whisper to myself “love that!” about a hundred times every time I scroll through @amberinteriors account. A serious interior designer, Amber has mastered the clean, white aesthetic that I love so much. Even more exciting is that she has her own online store now called The Shoppe!

BECKI OWNES

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BECKI OWENS, @beckiownes

Another amazingly talented interior designer, Becki Owens always has me thinking “I never would have thought to do that!”. Her Instagram feed is beyond stunning, and it usually surprises me a little bit because I find myself loving new colors that I have never gravitated towards before. Becki also has a fantastic website and blog where she has sections like Q+A, How To’s and Get The Look.

STUDIO MCGEE

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STUDIO MCGEE, @studiomcgee

Studio McGee is run by husband and wife design-super-duo Syd and Shea McGee. What I love about scrolling through their account, is that they don’t stick to one specific style of design — They will often showcase various projects they work on that are vastly different! They are also masters of the little details. I love examining their images to notice all the small little touches they include. You can shop their favorite things on their online store, MCGEE & CO!

 

Hope you guys are as inspired as I am by these interior designers! Let me know what your favorite design accounts on Instagram are!

Xx

Tamera

 

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Home Look I Love: Colorful Accent Chairs under $300

As you probably know, I’m all about rustic neutrals and beachy vibes in my home. But I’m also a huge fan of color and using it strategically to create interest in a room. One way to do this? The accent chair…

Accent Chairs under $300

Hayneedle teal armless chair / Joss & Main Gerwin arm chair / Aspiin contemporary arm chair / Joss & Main Nikole club chair / Nate Berkus classic tufted chair / Yuma green accent chair / Wayfair Madison Park arm chair / Wayfair curved arm chair / Threshold upholstered chair

Accent chairs don’t command as much attention as sofas or shelving, yet they add a fun pop of color that can really lighten the mood of a living room. When it comes to choosing an accent chair, you still want to stick with the style you’ve been decorating with – like traditional, mid-century, modern etc – and consider the wood textures and metals when pairing with other furniture. Besides that, it’s all about choosing something that elevates the room, and lately I’ve been loving the idea of adding something like the pink Nate Berkus for Target chair to a bright white space or putting a sunny yellow like this patterned chair in a more traditional sitting room. So many ideas!

The best part is you get the most bang for your buck as far as furniture goes with an accent chair – all of these are under $300! So, if you’re on a major budget but want to transform a room, this is a great place to start. Be sure to click through to your fave styles because some of them come in even more colors ;)

Which one are you eyeing?

Xx,
Tamera

Home Look I Love: Rustic Neutrals

There’s nothing like a finding your perfect neutral shade when it comes to interior design. It anchors the whole space and from there you can build a color palette and design you love. Over the summer I shared my obsession with aqua accents, a tranquil color that looks great in splashes throughout a space. Next up, how to find the perfect neutral to inspire the rest of your décor.

Home Look I Love: Rustic Neutrals

Rustic wood mirror, Gale rustic 2-door console, 1 light pendant in natural, Relax wood sign, Ice crackle vase, Racing stripe pillow covers, Throw pillow, Rustic dinner plates, Wood bench, Distressed candlestick holders, Butler crawford end table

For this edition of Home Look I Love, I decided to go with rustic neutrals. These would be light ‘n bright tones that have a natural feel to them—think woodgrain, driftwood, jute, distressed paint, etc. They also have a coastal twist to them, with blue-grays and minty greens, which, if light enough, can definitely double as a neutral.

3 Tips for Choosing Neutrals

Choose 2-3 shades. You don’t need to stick to one neutral, like white or gray, but you don’t want to get too crazy. For example, if you love the rustic look, try a couple complementary neutrals like gray, ivory, and a pretty lightwood. Give them enough contrast so they don’t clash.

Consider the theme. Think of words that you will want to describe your home with, like rustic, modern, coastal, or even feelings like warm, cozy, chic. The shades you choose will need to evoke those feelings.

Pair with what your own. Unless you are starting from scratch, you probably already have furniture or décor that you plan to keep… Make sure the new color scheme you choose highlights what’s so great about those pieces.

Anyone in the midst of redecorating? Share your progress below!

Xx,
Tamera

10 Ways To Update Your Home Decor for $50 or Less

One of the biggest questions I get asked when it comes to interior design isn’t just how to design a space, but how to do it on a budget. No matter what that budget is, everyone has one – that amount set aside specifically for home projects – and it’s usually important to stick to it. So I wanted to address some of the things you can do when you don’t have a large budget, or you are just trying to save money in this area. Here are 10 ways to refresh and renew your home on a major budget:

How to Switch Up Your Home Decor

1. Add greenery. Fresh flowers/greenery add more to a space than you’d imagine. Instead of spending big bucks at the grocery store on bouquets that aren’t your fave, shop at local farmers markets. There’s more variety and you can get bigger bundles that can be divided among the shelves and tabletops in your home to create an inviting (and beautifully scented) space.

2. Deep clean fabrics and furniture to give it new life. This goes especially for those who have white or light colors throughout your home. Even if a fabric, rug, or surface doesn’t appear dirty to the naked eye, once you give it a deep clean it can actually look brand new again. It’s surprising simple yet effective this is.

3. Add curb appeal. Landscaping and paint projects can be spendy and time consuming, so if it’s curb appeal you’re going for, just focus on something small like the front door. Give it a fresh coat of paint in a new accent color or simply hang a DIY wreath on it to give it that welcoming feel.

4. Rearrange the furniture you already have. An old trick that never ceases to give a space new life, whether it’s your college dorm or first ever house! Let this be one of the first things you try. Often it seems like there aren’t other solutions, when in fact there are tons of ways to switch up a single room. Ask a friend who isn’t there too often for their opinion – you’re probably just too familiar with the current setup to imagine a new layout.  

5. Shop around. Fave shops out of budget? No problem – you can still gather inspiration for the style you love, and try to recreate the look with something in your price range. Like I’ve shared in my High & Low Home Décor series, you can usually find inspiration in one shop, and find a more affordable version in the next.

6. Start small. Accents like knobs, door pulls, and handles are all going to be much more affordable than replacing an entire dresser or cabinetry, and it will give them a whole new look.

7. Craft the décor. Read my post on finding unique artwork for the home to see how we have made or found our own custom décor from photographs and antique finds. 

8. Make your space look bigger with a mirror. When it comes to expanding space without actually knocking down walls, here’s a trick: Add a big mirror rather than artwork to a central wall to expand the depth of the room.

9. Add color and texture. Swap out towels and smaller linens in order to give a space a clean, fresh look without having to replace major items. When it comes to things we wash frequently, colors can fade and fabric can get worn, so swapping them out will actually make a huge difference.

10. Decorate with your kids’ art. Last but not least, find cute ways to display the art your little ones have made for you. Think outside the box – frame those pieces that have just been hanging on the fridge or get prints made in order to make it easier to display.

What do you do when your home décor needs a refresh?

Xx,
Tamera

Ask Tamera: What Are Your Hobbies?

Thanks to everyone who tuned into the Facebook chat I did earlier this summer. It was so fun to try out the live chat and actually get to connect with some of you! There were soo many questions I wanted to answer but didn’t get the chance to. Since I can’t do those chats everyday (as great as that would be), I thought it would be fun to start a new series here on TameraMowry.com called Ask Tamera. That way, I can answer some of the questions that are commented on my site and social media. And of course, I’ll try to do another chat ASAP!

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Matching up some styles for our bedroom.

One question I thought was intriguing was from Facebook user Teressa H. She wanted to know what my hobbies are when I’m not busy running around as a mom or spending time with Adam. Great question!

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A favorite hobby of mine that those of you who have read my site for a while now will know about is interior design! I love to design and decorate. In my opinion, there are few hobbies more special than this because it’s all about making your house a home. Your home is where you spend your most precious moments – the ones with your family – and I don’t take it lightly! I love dreaming up new ways to make this look as special as it feels.

The design part of a house involves things like gathering a moodboard of photos on Pinterest and choosing a color palette. Then there’s picking out specific colors and types of things like paint, flooring, tile – all that fun stuff. And when it comes to home décor, you can REALLY have fun with it. I love that each of the rooms in our home is different and specific to who will spend time in it.

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Aside from home décor, another hobby I’ve recently gotten into is this Fujifilm Polaroid camera. I’m obsessed! You know how I love taking and sharing photos of my kiddos. Now I have a whole new way of collecting them, and I’m creating a keepsake box. If you love taking pictures or printing photos of family and friends, doing a project with the prints is a must.

First of all, just taking photos is a fun hobby. Making something out of it is another way to keep those memories alive. As great as sharing on Instagram is, the process of creating something like a box or a scrapbook is a really therapeutic way to reflect on memories and get crafty. So next time you have an evening to yourself, why not grab a glass of wine, spread out all your photos on the table, and dig in?

Hope you liked this first edition of Ask Tamera! What other questions do you have? And what hobbies fill your precious free moments?

Xx,
Tamera