Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween at Home

I always want to do a family costume theme that we all participate in - it never works out that way though! This year I tried to talk Brendan into being a dragon and Matt into being Drogo...but they had other ideas:) Other ideas like a Storm Trooper and Dead Pool for starters:) And their costumes came out awesome so of course I didn't complain.

But I still wanted my Game of Thrones theme and I knew the second I saw this Dragon costume on Etsy how it was going to come together. Mother of Dragon (baby)!

I wanted to keep it really simple though and had a vision of that beautiful ivory dress she wore on her wedding day. This dress from ASOS has perfect. Then I considered braiding my own hair, but quickly realized my hair is too dark (sigh) and too thin (uggh) to pull it off. After some searching online I found a Khaleesi wig that was perfect, complete with braids.

Full disclosure though, we only just started watching Game of Thrones and are only on the second season! I do like it. Honestly though - some days we watch it and I really want to throw in the towel and wimp out (no joke I am a baby when it comes to violence and there is a lot in this show). But, the one character who keeps me coming back for more is Khaleesi. There is so much appeal to her (she is strong, beautiful, gentle, calm, takes no nonsense and has that long flowing blonde hair. And those braids...they get me every time!)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mark Sikes Inspired

I ordered a copy of Mark Sikes book a couple weeks back and I can't put it down! It's one of those books that I keep picking up to read again and again because his design style is so sophisticated and layered - it takes some time to process :) He is far more refined in his design style than I am today and I love that his approach is so classic. His rooms will look current forever and that is a really sustainable way to decorate. The older I get the more I want to begin decorating like this. Sure it's fun to buy decorative accents based on trends, but of course I know things like faux taxidermy and chevron (both of which I have in my home) will eventually go out of style. I feel like Mark's rooms will never ever look dated...which is a good thing in my opinion:)

In perusing the pages of his book I came up with a list of design advice to create a look like Mark's signature style:

1) Leather (use on ottomans and make sure it is brown or camel)
2) White and blue ceramic (as accents everywhere!)
3) Sisal or jute rugs (sometimes layered with a vintage rug on top)
4) Skirted Tables (with border trim)
5) Rattan (on accent furniture especially chairs and side tabless)
6) Framed Chinoiserie panels (think Degournay wallpaper)
7) Coral (white coral as decorative objects) on tables
8) Bamboo shades instead of curtains in most cases
9) Stripes (but not bold ones...only subtle pinstripes)
10) Tailored Furniture (refined in shape, but comfortable too)

One of my favorite of his rooms is shown here above. I will post more examples when I have more time!

To recreate a Mark Sikes inspired space, I designed a little mood board to spark some decorating ideas. I think those bird panels add so much to the composition of the room. But I know what you are going to say when you click on them! Yes...those panels are insane crazy expensive (still though they are pretty!)

Don't get discouraged - if you love the look and spend some time shopping you can find vintage bird art on Etsy that is affordable and could be grouped in a gallery wall to create a similar look for less.


Mark Sikes Inspired Room

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Toddler Safe Coffee Tables

If you are anything like me (or my sister) you put the coffee table in the attic at the first signs of your little nugget pulling up on furniture to avoid any scraps or worse (trips to the ER).

My coffee table is one of my favorite Craigslist finds ever. It is oval, marble and I love it...but unfortunately it won't be coming back down stairs until Evan is much older. How I miss you marble coffee table!

When it comes to this kind of stuff - my philosophy is "better safe than sorry"! If I am being honest though we have no coffee table right now and while it's great for Evan to have room to roll's pretty terrible functionally:) Here is what happens. We always lose the remote, all sorts of stuff ends up in the sofa cushions, Matt's beer bottles ends up on the mantle for days, I put my coffee cup on the floor (just asking to get kicked over)!

Eventually I want a soft table that Evan can fall over on and not injure himself and I have started looking at some designs for inspiration.

Andros Sliding Trunk
Okay maybe not the softest place to face plant for a toddler, but not the worst either:) Great for hiding toys and you can slide it opened without having to take everything off the ottoman (which solves the biggest problem I have with storage ottoman functionality). This is a great design.

Nala Bench
I have shared this one before. What I love is that is it narrow and works with a layout with two sofas across from eachother. The chinoiserie lines are awesome. I love it in the blush color or this pattern below.

Serena and Lily Rattan Coffee Table

This one is awesome. Round, rattan, not too expensive.

Robertson Ottoman
Obviously I had to include some animal print options after seeing Erin gates new ottoman on Instagram.

Or this one gets me every time Emporium Home is incredible. Some day when I win the lottery I am buying this.

Leather Ottoman
While leather might not be the best baby material, this West Elm Leather Ottoman is soft and casual in a way that is perfect for kid friendly spaces.

Octavia Ottoman
You might have to refinance your house to buy this - but it is so pretty I had to share. I might considering DIYing this project with the Parsons game table I have in the basement.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Feminine Patterned Duvets

I have a white silk quilt on my bed that is totally stained since Evan was born. It is gross you guys:)

Eventually when he is done the nursing and spitting up phase I plan to get a new duvet for the bedroom and lately I am really inspired by some of the designs I have seen this fall. Florals in light colors, almost watercolor like and so girly but not in an annoying way are they feminine. I think these are duvets that a men can get comfortable with because the colors are more neutral. A fresh take on floral.

This Printed Chrysanthemum Duvet From William Sonoma is amazing! It reads as an abstract pattern from a distance and up close it has stunning detail.

The Dwell Studio Peacock Duvet in Dove (pretty pretty)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ballard Designs Finds

I was flipping through the new Ballard Designs catalog this weekend and found some really nice inspiration for fall. Some of my favorite items are below and they have a big sale right now.

Lately I have really wanted to find a tablecloth for my round dining table - just to use for special occasions since our table was a $75 Craigslist find and isn't in the best shape. The brush stroke look of this Teigen Tablecoth is awesome.

I love the idea of a banquette in the dining room and this Coventry bench is sized small enough for the daintiest of dining rooms (mine is miniscule so this would be perfect to put the table along the side of the room so it doesn't take up the entire middle of the room).

So in love with this Nala Bench! The chinoiserie lines make it unique. I love it in the blush color or this pattern below.

You know I am into plaid and checks right now. Well it is starting to get cliche guys, but I still really like this blanket. Is is classic looking and neutral.

This wall desk is such a creative space saver. I am thinking about getting something similar for our dining room since we have no entry way and need a space to go through mail and pay bills so paperwork doesn't end up all over the dining room table.

I love how a cute vanity stool can be tucked underneath!