Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Blue Room

There is something about the change in seasons that makes me (and probably lots of other people) want to spruce up my wardrobe.  It is especially bad in fall, possibly because I love all the sweaters and boots I am going to be wearing soon.  Or maybe it's the novelty of cooler weather.  Here in the southeast of Georgia it is really kind of summer for 8 months out of the year.

That being said I have been doing more clothes shopping than usual lately and as I was looking at everything in my closet I realized I have a fixation on blue clothing.  And as I was thinking about that I realized I tend to decorate with a lot of blue as well.  Which made me wonder if I had internalized something I read a long time ago, I think in House Beautiful, where a designer had mentioned that you should always do your rooms in colors that look good on you so you will always look your best in your home.  Maybe there's a connection.  Who knows, but I do know that there is a lot of blue in my house and my wardrobe!

On that note, some blue spaces that I especially like:

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All I know is these rooms sure don't make me blue!



Monday, October 16, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Home with Heart

One of the downsides to working in real estate is the constant comparison of my home to others, but one of the upsides is near constant inspiration.  We have tons of historic homes here and I love looking to them for ideas because they are so full of charm and character.  Recently I came across one in an historic district that really spoke to me.  The serene colors, the moldings, the high ceilings, the built-ins all combine to make a beautiful home, and it has been decorated very appropriately for its age and stature.  Way outside my price range of course, but still. . . . .

All photos courtesy of Zillow.









































I know that a house doesn't make a person, that a person makes a home, and all of that, but man, I feel like I could be my very best self right there!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Back to Bed

This day had my head spinning by 8:15!  I'm going back to bed!


Also missing Cottage Living a lot lately. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sitting Out the One Room Challenge

So, the One Room Challenge started for all the participants yesterday and for all the guest participants today, and if this year were like the past 2 we would be announcing the space we were making over.  The hubs and I decided we were going to sit this one out since we are super busy with work and kids sports, etc, and didn't want the added stress.  I sure am glad of that decision now because our son broke his arm Tuesday night playing soccer.  The added stress of the ORC would have totally overshadowed the fun of it this time around I think.

But in the spirit of the ORC I have rounded up some of my favorite reveals for today and can't wait to follow along with everyone!

I have loved every single challenge that Emily at Chez V has taken part in but I loved her master bedroom the most!


Following along with the dark walls theme is Abby Manchesky's bathroom.



Another great bathroom by Little Black Door.



One more bathroom, this time by Jenna Sue Design.



A kitchen makeover by Design Manifest.


Greige Design's laundry makeover.


And Stephanie Kraus' dreamy bedroom.



I can't wait to see what is done this time around!  Both by the featured designers and the linking participants!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Morning Chaos

Monday already?  I know I didn't leave my kitchen looking this nice this morning, but maybe I would be less stressed about the week ahead if I had!

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Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Calming Spaces

When I first had children I remember thinking how much easier it would get as they grew, they would sleep more, they would be able to tell me what was wrong, they would sleep more, the food choices would grow, they would sleep more.  And while most of that is true, they do sleep more, I didn't really think about the fact that they would also do more things as they got older.  Like soccer, and ballet, and birthday parties, and parent/teacher conferences, etc. etc.  So, really at this point in time, I feel busier than ever, we have extracurricular activities occurring every night this week!  And I am, by nature, a homebody.  All of this running around stresses me out a little.  I think this is why, as I have gotten older and busier, I have begun to gravitate more towards calm, tonal spaces and simplicity in design.  I still love some color, and I know the hubs thinks too much neutral is boring, but I am really digging the white on cream on ivory schemes.  And although I really like the white, bright Cali style all over Instagram and Pinterest, I know that I am most comfortable living with a more cottage style.

Two blogs I am constantly turning to for inspiration these days are Jenny Steffens Hobick and Julie Blanner.  There spaces are uncluttered but not austere, and there are no jarring color combinations.  The pattern play is good but not distracting and everything seems purposeful.  Loving it.

The first group are all from Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick.










Julie Blanner's home is the epitome of calm as well.








I am beginning to figure out that our lives may never get less crazy than they are now but our home (even as a work in progress) can be just the sanctuary we need.