As someone who grew up riding horses, I have a warm place in my heart for all things equestrian. I find the earthy colors of the bedroom below so calming, with just enough refinement in the studded pillow, leather chair, and sleek artwork. Read on for details on each piece!
Happy New Year! My family spent the weekend in gorgeous Santa Barbara and I stopped in an inspiring interior furnishings store called Rooms&Gardens. It was a perfect mix of traditional furnishings, boho textiles, and beachy accents. Their artwork selection consisted of shadowboxes displaying shells, vintage sailboat flags, maps, and impressionist seascapes. They also carry John Robshaw fabrics and had a nice selection of antique (inspired?) table decor.
Below please find my take on a coastal chic living room! Cream colored upholstery is offset by darker woods and a fun mix of blue and white accents.
I recently worked with a client who wanted to improve the flow of traffic at her front door and find a storage solution for things that collected on her existing entry table. We worked with an existing mirror she owned and some inexpensive shoe cabinets from Ikea to create a bright, clean and welcoming entryway. Below you can see my initial rendering, the before photo, and what her space looks like today. Not pictured is a cabinet on the opposite side that has baskets to hold keys, kid’s projects, mail and other things that we all collect throughout the week. This project inspired some tips I’d love to share for an organized entryway. Read on below!
While a super sleek entry table with zero storage might look amazing on Pinterest, you have to be honest with yourself about the types of items that clutter your space. If shoes and mail seem to accumulate throughout the week, an entry console without drawers or cabinets is not going to solve the problem. Really think about the problem you’re facing and what the most practical solution is – not what will necessarily be the prettiest.
Keep It Narrow
In order to maximize the flow of traffic, keep your furniture in this space narrow. In my client’s house, her existing furniture was narrow (~12″) but not narrow enough to really be out of the way. Pay attention to where foot traffic flows in your space and be mindful not to obstruct your walkways with protruding furniture.
Add A Mirror
While art and family photos are a wonderful addition to your walls, a mirror at your entryway is both sleek and practical. Being able to glance at yourself in the mirror before you leave the house is invaluable. Mirrors also increase the light in your house by reflecting natural light from your windows.
Simplicity Is Key
While it’s tempting to showcase 10 million baby photos or your collection of coffee table books, it creates a recipe for organizational disaster. There should always be room to set down your coffee mug while you tie your shoes or set your bag momentarily. It’s hard enough to keep your home tidy during the week, so make it easier on yourself by keeping your surfaces free.
Everything In It’s Place
If your kids tend to put their shoes on at the door, storage ottomans are a great asset to hide shoes and provide a place to sit. Wide drawers are great for mail, and decorative boxes and bowls are great catchalls for your car keys. If everything that usually accumulates on your table has a home, chances are it will always look clean and tidy.
Little Green Notebook recently did an artist spotlight on oil Painter Lynne Miller. I absolutely love her style of painting, especially her dramatic flowers on a black background. Her originals are surprisingly reasonable too! Her website here.
Williams Sonoma Home is a wonderful place to get inspiration for rooms that are both modern and traditional. However, the price tag for their furniture is often out of reach for most people (including myself!) Here I show you how to knock off remake a classic blue and white Williams Sonoma living room for a lot less.
The sofa on the left is $3200 at Williams Sonoma, the sofa on the right is Hewson brand at Gilt, for just $1299.
The beautiful faux shagreen coffee table on the left is $1995 at Williams Sonoma. The marble coffee table on the right, with a similar x design, is only $516 at Joss and Main.
The Rattan chair on the left is $595 at Williams Sonoma, the rattan chair on the right is $399 at Wayfair.
This faux shagreen side table is $895 at Williams Sonoma. The bottom right is also faux shagreen, and only $158 at Overstock.
The bottom left rug is $3295 for the 8×10 size. The right is only $428 from Wayfair for the 7’10″x9’10”.
The blue velvet chair from Williams Sonoma is $2395. The velvet chair on the right is $1495 from One Kings Lane.
Williams Sonoma vases range between $65 and $350. They sell a wide range at Home Goods and Wayfair for closer to $20! The below right is $149 at One Kings Lane.
I love this romantic editorial shot by the legendary Tim Walker. Keys and tassels have always represented romance and mystery to me as well. Below is a living room inspired by the above two photos, with accents in deep green and burgundy. (Check out the amazing marble and tassel lamp!) All items from One Kings Lane.