Monday, June 30, 2014

Moodboard Monday

Today's Moodboard is inspired by a few things all mixed together.  For starters, I pinned this BEAUTIFUL kitchen from House Beautiful last week and I fell in love with the tones of brown and mixed wood within the space. Second, I can't get enough iced coffee in these hot summer days. It definitely gets me through the day! I also love my iced coffee with mocha instead of sugar {fun fact about me}

What do all of these things have to do with today's moldboard??? Well, they're all brown of course! Happy Monday!!
House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This or That

Looking for something to finish up the look of your living room, or just want to achieve a fresh new look with your space but not re-do the entire thing? The easiest way to achieve either of these is to focus on a smaller space within a room. Working with smaller spaces is great for people like me who are a little on the impatient side and love the immediate satisfaction. {instant gratification is great, yes?}
Thinking about the living room specifically - a perfect example is to focus on a singular side table and accent chair.  This can be of any style and color. The best way to start this would be to find the large pieces {i.e., side table and chair} and bring in your accessories around those. This will ensure that you're accessories will mix well and bring everything together. Note to self: if you already have these two items, say... they're passed down or you found them while at a consignment shop and you think they might not work together, go with it. I bet depending on the smaller items you bring in it'll all come together.

When in doubt - grab a table lamp, artwork or a mirror to hang, stack a few books and place a candle on top of them for an effortlessly styled look! Now, here are two looks I have created that are very similar but give off a different feel with the end result.
1. Hints of blues and a slightly nautical look
2. Hints of gold giving an easily antiqued look

This or That: Styled Side Table

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So what do you think? This or that?? Let me know which one you would pick!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trending Tuesday: Exposed

Let's chat about apartments today... Specifically industrial style apartments. I have a slight weakness for industrial apartment lofts that have exposed brick walls. I don't know how to describe it but there's something about the exposed brick and exposed duct work that makes the entire feel of those type of apartments.

Most everyone of my friends right now are living the apartment lifestyle so I'm sure most of my readers can relate to this post in some way shape or form also.  Apartment living can be quite the adjustment from good ole' mom and dads house.  A cozy, comfortable house with all the furniture already provided for you. Now you're on to paying rent and buying furniture - Decisions, decisions...

If I have one advice for picking an apartment or making living arrangement decisions - Go with you're gut. Make a decision based on what will make you happy. After all, it is going to be your home over the next 12 or so months! I know, I know, budget has to come into play somewhere in there but enough about my advice giving abilities - Let me show you all about those exposed brick apartments I've been swooning over.

Badass Bedrooms

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Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Apartment Therapy


What are your thoughts on the exposed brick trend? Do you live in an apartment or home with exposed brick? I'd love to hear some thoughts on this style!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Moodboard Monday

Monday Monday Monday... I started sharing moodboards on Mondays not only because it sounded catchy, but because living the post grad life, living a grown up life, and even life in school or on an internship lets face it - Most everyone dreads Mondays. I love sharing a little splash of color or pattern inspiration to help brighten up your day and bring a little smile to that dreadful Monday morning!

Hows it working? Have you been following along each monday?
Either way - here's a little dose of turquoise to brighten your day!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is ready for the heat wave we're about to get here in Charlotte! If you're not from the Queen City, then wherever you are I hope it is beautiful there. If you're somewhere tropical like Hawaii - Then I'm jealous and wish I got an invite! Here's my favorite pins from this week! Don't forget to follow along with me on Pinterest!

Pinterest | A Beautiful Mess
{this adorable little nook}

Pinterest | Cheer Up Lisa
 {this layered white bedroom}

Pinterest | Style Me Pretty
{this refreshing drink display} 

Pinterest | & Other Things {DIY}
{these succulent planters}

Pinterest | Waiting on Martha
 {this styled chair and ottoman - travel tips in link^}

Pinterest | Decor Pad
{this neutral kitchen}

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Look For Less

Bungalow Blue Interiors | Atlanta Homes Magazine

This week's look for less is so simple and sophisticated I can't even handle it. Mixing different shades of one color and layering textures with it is on trend right now! If you love the trend of doing just that but are afraid you won't be able to pull it off this Look for Less will show you just how to do it.  And I promise you there's no better color tone to do it with than Neutrals.

Neutrals are so easy to find in wooden accents, rattan furniture, rugs, decor, anything really! Mix in some added touches of gold and you are good to go - I was so inspired by this image from Bungalow Blue Interiors, I couldn't help but recreate it with my own little touch! Here is today's look for less with the perfect use of neutrals:

Look for Less: Neutral Notions

This is the perfect example of using Ikea products wisely and mixing pieces in with other brands to complete the look. This creates a high end feel within the space, rather than using all Ikea products which can often give off the look of a college apartment... You all know what I'm talking about.

I also saw the perfect opportunity to use this gold starburst mirror and I pounced on it without thinking twice. I've been swooning over for a month or so now... but seriously, it's been in my "shopping basket" for that long.

The Look:
Chairs: Ikea | $30 each
Coffee Table: CB2 | $349
Side Table: Target | $59
Table Lamp: Target | $25
Mirror: Target | $35
Pillow: H&M | $14 {cover only}
White Vase: Target | $20
Black Vase: Target | $15
Flowers: Target | $13
Paint: Benjamin Moore | Horizon Gray

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wish List Wednesday: Ikea Finds

I'm sure you all know by now my weird love for ikea products. I'm a true believer that there is something there for everyone and you can always find something that you could use in your home.  The best shopping trips to ikea are when you find the hidden gem in an ikea hack...and it works.

If you are brave enough to venture into the never ending maze they call ikea, but you might not be super confident on your handy skills, then here is a great selection of items that speak for themselves.  These Bold Ikea finds are great just the way they are:

Bold Ikea Finds

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