Get The Look

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I’m generally drawn to monochromatic living spaces, full of surprising textures rather than colors and interesting finishes rather than hues. Yet after spotting the above image, I suddenly craved a bit of fun in my own home. It’s just so… happy, dripping with candy-coated sweetness. A gal on a mission, I had to figure out how to recreate the look and began furiously searching online for pieces that might possess a bit of color-filled magic just like this living space.

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Why Don’t You…?

… embrace pattern to the max?

In the above photo, there are no less than three classic patterns competing: polka dots, leopard print and a modern cross-stitch interpretation. So why does it work?

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Why Don’t You…?

…write on your ceiling?

We’ve seen chalkboard walls, chalkboard headboards – even chalkboard dressers! – but never have I seen a chalkboard ceiling. Sure, you’ll have to pencil a lot more dusting time in the family calendar, but still, it’s an inspired look, yes?

I’m imagining a sweet nursery with chalky stars at night and dreamy clouds during the day – perfectly interchangeable, temporary and educational! Tell me, where would you try a chalkboard ceiling? And just what would you write on yours?

Image Credit: Fran Parente via This is Paper

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How to… Pastel

Pastel is a pretty tricky color story to work with when decorating a home, don’t you think? Often times a collection of light-colored hues can make a room feel too feminine and childish. Yet with the right tools and know-how, pastel can turn a variety of spaces into a light-filled and beautiful room. Here are a few tips for making it work in your own home!:

1. Texture.
Pay special attention to texture when decorating with pastels. Rather than opting for light pink throw pillows or buttercup blankets, try incorporating pastel hues into heavier items with a hard texture, such as wooden coffee tables and metal floor lamps. This keeps the look from feeling too “sweet” and mixes in a bit of toughness for the perfect balance!

2. Shape.
Throw in a few angular items to keep the space feeling fresh and modern. The metal desk lamp above adds so much character to this vignette, primarily because of the detailed angles it provides. Other great shapes to try? Prism-inspired end tables, triangular pillows or even geometric-inspired artwork.

3. Layers.
Don’t forget to layer the space with plenty of natural materials like wood, wool and metal. Layers add a great deal of detail to any room and is the perfect place to “weight” down all of those lighter shades!

So what do you think, friends – are you excited to give pastel a go in your home? Any tips you have when using pastel to decorate your space? I’d love to hear!

Image via PLAZA Interior 

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A Beach Hut in Uruguay

As the weather turns cooler here in the states, I find my eye wandering to more… tropical locations. Naturally, this beach hut in Uruguay is making my heart yearn for seaside air, starry nights and endless solitude.

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