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4 Unique Accent Wall Trends

4 Unique Accent Wall Trends

If it feels as if it has been weeks since we've last chatted, it's because it has! I'm a one woman show over here and that means I'm being kept very busy with clients when I'm not being Mom and wife :) So for now I'm going to cut back a bit on how much you hear from me but don't worry, I'm always thinking of things I want to share with you all. So, remember last time I talked about the Fifth Wall? I can't stop dreaming about our upstairs bathroom and what I could do to that ceiling. I hope you found at least one thing to try! This time I want to talk about an Accent Wall. I have come across some really fun and unique products and styles that I just have to share. So hopefully you've got a wall in mind because you are going to want to do this next! And since everyone loves a list, here goes:

Get the Look for Less

This week I wanted to talk about different ways to get the look for less. What look, you ask? Well, any look I suppose. It could be a new rustic farm table, an Edison style lamp or even a simple picture ledge. Whatever piece or collection you've been drooling over in the new Pottery Barn catalog, there may be a way to get that same thing for less. These are tips that I use myself when shopping for clients and for ME!

18 Things I Love for Guest Bath Remodels

Here is a fact about me: I love traveling. Whether it's gallivanting across Europe or going to Chicago for the weekend, there is a certain thrill about leaving home behind and experiencing something new. And to be honest, one of my favorite parts is staying in a hotel. I know I'm not the only one who immediately plops on the bed and lets out a relaxed sigh of contentment. And then I do what everyone does next, check out the bathroom! The fixtures, the counters, the amenities! Seriously! I know you do it too :)  So how do you get that excited feeling in your own home? If you want to make sure your guests feel this way when they visit, or even yourself, pick from this list to make sure it feels like a hotel, not a hostel.

7 Blogs I Follow (and you should too!)

It feels so good to be back after the busyness of the Holidays. I hope you were able to take time to relax, enjoy your families and get excited for what 2016 is going to bring! I sure did! I've been working on some fun projects this fall/winter and I am so excited to show you the before and after transformations. Not to mention some projects just starting! Gah, I'm so excited! As a designer, I am constantly looking for new ideas and concepts to incorporate into my own designs and one way I do this is follow other blogs! I'm not able to read every post, every day but I like having a few places to go that I can browse ideas when I'm looking for the perfect resolution for a design hiccup. Plus a couple of these blogs have cute craft ideas, recipes and style guides too! Here are my top 7 blogs I follow and think you should too!

New ways to organize in 2016

In just a few short days, Christmas will be over and we will start the counting down of days til the new year. 2016. I almost can't believe it. I am so geeked to see what the next year brings. (Can it top this year? Starting my dream job!)

January is always a welcome friend for giving motivation to start something new. Try something new. Do something new. No matter your resolution and will to do it, I find being organized is at the forefront. When things are de-cluttered and in place, it's so much easier to focus on other things, at least for me! Remember my suggestion on this book? And here's another book I recently found that I'm excited to read! So may I make a suggestion? Try one or two of these quick and easy ways to organize and see if that wasn't resolution enough.

Top 5 Interior Decorating Trends for 2016

How did this happen?! It's nearly 2016 and it snuck up on me like it does every year. Does this happen with anyone else? I'm still over here trying to cross things off my Summer to do list and some people already have their Christmas shopping done! If you're one of them, I commend you. I however, I am not.  Before we know it, we'll all be counting backwards from 10 and vowing to swear off sweets once and for all. Could I give you a different kind of resolution to consider for the new year? I'm going to list 5 Trends in Home Interior Design for 2016 and I challenge you to pick one, just one!--and incorporate it into one room. Doesn't that sound easy? So read below, pick out your favorite, and comment with what you're going to do. This way I can check in for an update on progress and remind you of your goal! Or you know I can help you with it too!

6 Quick Ways To Bring The Outdoors In This Fall

I’ve actually been looking forward to the change in seasons this fall, because I absolutely LOVE sweatshirt weather.  Hands down, fall is my favorite time of year.  It’s full of football games, going back to school, new clothes, a refreshed spirit, a still-tanned face, pulling out the fall brown shoes, boots, leggings and cardigans, and getting as reprieve from the hot weather.  It’s also the time of year I start bringing in my front porch cushions, the hoses, trimming down my lilies, and generally preparing for cooler nights.  Even though all my flowers have stopped blooming, it doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop enjoying the outdoors yet!  There will be plenty of time for that once the snow comes.