July 9, 2014

Moroccan Chic

One of my latest style obsessions has been the Moroccan trend. The colors, the patterns, the textures...It's all brilliant! 

Today over at Remodelaholic, I'm sharing how I mix Moroccan influences with more modern pieces to create a style that I like to call Moroccan Chic.


I'd love for you to pop on over to Remodelaholic and read the entire post!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer! 

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June 4, 2014

Cabana Style

Hey lovelies!! Summer is now in full swing over here, and I've been dreaming of relaxing getaways in poolside cabanas.......


.....but sadly with 2 kids in tow its just that, a dream. BUT that doesn't mean you can't bring the resort to you! I'm over at Remodelaholic today sharing some fun ways to bring some Cabana Style to your own backyard and have the ultimate stay-cation this year.


I'd love for you to hop on over to Remodelaholic and read the entire post!

xoxo

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May 7, 2014

Creating a space just for Mom

Hey Moms! Do you ever fantasize about having a space of your very own?! A place where no husbands or kids (or smelly dogs) are allowed?! What would it look like? Where would it be? What would you do in this space? 

I'm over at Remodelaholic today sharing what MY fantasy Mom cave would look like as well as giving you tips and trick on how to turn this dream into a reality! Because all us Moms deserve a small slice of space we can go to retrieve our sanity.



Sending big hugs and kisses to all you Moms (and Moms to be) out there! 
Have a very Happy Mothers Day!


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April 16, 2014

Every Day Design Dilemma: Gallery Walls Part 2 ~ Installing your Gallery Wall

Last week I introduced you to this 3 part series on Gallery Walls, and talked about how to plan your own gallery wall. Hopefully I gave you lots of inspiration to start collecting art and frames to curate your own collection! In case you missed it, click here to get caught up!

This week I'm going to be giving you some tips and tricks on how to install your gallery wall without turning your wall into a piece of swiss cheese. 



First things first; when you have all of your frames ready, lay them out on a section of floor the same size as your wall space where your gallery is going to go. This will help you to easily decide on & tweak your layout. Here's an example of how I laid out mine. You can see that I could easily re-arrange it until I was happy with the layout.




Now that you have your layout figured out, It's time to make a template and transfer it to the wall. Theres a few different ways you can do this. I took out the inserts to my frames (since they were all new) and simply taped them to the wall using masking tape or painters tape. Just keep in mind that depending on the thickness of your frame itself, the insert will be slightly smaller. Most of my frames were fairly thin, so this method worked out fairly well for me.


Alternatively, you could trace your frames with butcher paper via House and Home



 or even newspaper like Adri from  Dream Book Design did. 



Here's some other great ideas form around the web that you can use as well.

April 8, 2014

Everyday Design Dilemma : Gallery Walls Part 1 ~ How to Plan your Gallery Wall

A common problem I see many people fret over is hanging art, especially a gallery of art. Sometimes people miss the mark by creating galleries that are too small, too scattered, or that simply just don't jive. But have no fear! I'm here to help! As I have been planning and installing my own gallery wall, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to address this common design dilemma and walk you through some options to help you plan your own fabulous art installation! I've decided to break it down into 3 parts with the reveal of my finished gallery wall in the final part. 



First things first, you need to decide what kind of gallery wall you would like to have, and what kind of art you are going to frame. Would you like something that is very symmetric with the same frames repeated?



Would you like to have all the same color frames? All white, black, ...




...or gold? What kind of art are you planning on framing? Notice how the black and white photos really pop in the all white frames and mats? If this more symmetrical style is the route you choose, you are better off to frame a series of photos or prints that coordinate nicely, and choose a frame and mat that really accentuate the art being framed.


via BHG


How about an asymmetrical installation? You can really mix and match your frame color, style and art in this type of gallery. You can mix photos with prints,





frame style and color,


via Lonny

or even incorporate unframed art into your gallery.





How about mixing it up with the addition of some mirrors?!


Kate Spade via The Hunted Interior


Hey...this looks familiar!



You could go in a completely different direction and instead of hanging the art to the wall, you could layer frames along some photo ledges. 





 What style is your favorite?! 

Once you have decided what kind of gallery you would like, it's time to go shopping! If all co-ordinating frames are your thing, you can get some really nice affordable pieces from Pottery Barn, West Elm, or even IKEA. Just remember to keep in mind what you are framing. Take the art or photograph with you to the store if possible to get the best frame for your piece.

If a more eclectic mix is what you are after, hunt your local thrift stores and garage sales for some old frames that you can mix in with some new. If the frame is not the right color, a quick boost of spray paint will easily fix that! Since this look is more undefined, it is also a bit more flexible. You can always choose your frames first, then add prints or photos to fit later. 

Any guesses which direction I chose?! Stay tuned for next week as I discuss tips on hanging and installing your gallery!


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