Living for Less / A Casual Gray Bedroom

Living for Less - Warm and Cozy Gray Bedroom

It’s time for another installment of Living for Less!  I wanted to do something that involved a little more DIY this time.  This cozy bedroom from Better Homes & Gardens would make a beautiful and homey guestroom.  Fresh flowers and a clock on the bright orange nightstand make the room so inviting.  I would also add a carafe of fresh water and some clean towels on the dresser.

The key to this look for me is the layers of linens on the bed.  Floral patterned sheets, a clean solid white quilt, an antique quilt at the foot of the bed and lots of pillows make it look lush and warm.  Love this wall color.  We used the exact shade listed below in our office and it’s the perfect smokey gray to pair with white.  The nightstand is a steal, and with a coat of paint it really pops.

Here are my picks…

  1. TARVA Nightstand from Ikea  –  $39.99
  2. Knockout Orange Paint from Sherwin Williams  –  For nightstand (1)
  3. FORMAT Chrome Lamp from Ikea  –  $19.99
  4. Mint Ceramic Vase from Amazon  –  $12.13
  5. Silver Clock from Target  –  $39.99
  6. Ozark Shadows Paint from Benjamin Moore  –  For walls
  7. LEIRVIK Bed Frame from Ikea  –  $99.99
  8. Antique Dresden Circle Quilt from Prairie Vintage Finds  –  $85.00
  9. French Tile Queen Quilt in White from Wayfair  –  $80.43
  10. Linen Striped Sham from Pottery Barn  –  $29.99
  11. Scoop Wire Basket from Amazon  –  $9.99
  12. Blue Toile Pillow Sham from Townhouse Linens  –  $25.99

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Living for Less / A Historic Living Room

Living for Less - A Historic Living RoomI’m back!  And I have a new installment to my Living for Less series, where I take magazine ready spaces and try to make them attainable and affordable for the masses.  As usual, I tried to pick a space that didn’t rely heavily on unique architecture and will include one semi-splurge item that really sets the tone.

This living space was featured in the July/August online issue of Lonny.  The living room is in the kid-friendly vacation rental, the Whitfield Road Residence in Accord, New York.  Though the house was built in the 1730’s and has stunning floors, I still believe the casual and cozy look can be achieved in just about any home.

The big splurge came in the form of the Grasshopper Floor Lamp which was designed by Greta M. Grossman in 1947 and is an iconic piece of design.  It’s not cheap, but there really isn’t much that is comparable, and it’s on sale (I was born with my mom’s gift of finding a way to justify just about any purchase)!  The Ikea chairs have a similar shape and character for a fraction of the cost.  We actually have one of these in the living room as seen in my feature in Ikea Family Live.  I love the original pouf, but the Target version is about half the price.  The look is rounded out with an unfinished portrait of George Washington and a ton of candles.

  1. Kilim Square Pouf from Target  /  $69.99
  2. ‘George Washington’ Print by Gilbert Stuart from Art.com  /  $29.99
  3. STRANDMON Wing-back Chair from Ikea  /  $279.00
  4. Medallion Throw Pillow from Overstock  /  $25.46
  5. Grasshopper Floor Lamp from France & Son  /  $268.00
  6. Mercury Glass Candlesticks from Michael’s  /  $12.99
  7. Lantern Candle Holder from Amazon  /  $20.30
  8. Root ‘ Juniper Rosewood’ Scented Candle from Amazon  /  $15.97

Living for Less / A Sunny Office Space

Living for Less - Office with a Pop of YellowI’ve decided to go back to my roots in interior design and start a new series.  Introducing ‘Living for Less’, a blog series where I will take amazing magazine inspiration and help you build the look in your own home for a fraction of the cost.  I plan to do my best to use inspiration images that don’t rely on architecture and “good bones” so that the look can be achieved in almost any home.

This week’s ‘Living for Less” is inspired by this beautiful office designed by Doherty Design Studio (as featured in EST Magazine) in Melbourne.  The palette is pretty simple featuring a base of white, wood and black.  It’s the addition of the sunny yellow that really makes it sing.  It’s a perfectly clean and sunny look.

The chair is still a little bit of a splurge, but since the original chair costs $1200+ (check it out here) it’s a pretty good replacement and is a real statement piece.  For the desk, I’d pick up a simple white desk top from Ikea and some legs for one side.  The other side would rest on top of this gorgeous yellow filing cabinet.  I wish I could find a deal on that stunning herringbone floor, but this rug is a lovely substitution for smaller budgets.  Accessorize the shelf and desk with simple simple framed prints (Bonus Tip:  Society 6 sells cards for cheap.  Frame one and keep the rest to send thank you notes), boxes to stash office supplies and some fresh potted plants.

Here are my picks…

  1. Bisley Filing Cabinet in Yellow from Container Store  /  $199.00
  2. RANARP Pendant Light from Ikea  /  $24.99
  3. Safavieh Bandelier Chair from Lowes  /  $300.38
  4. RIBBA Frame from Ikea  /  $1.99
  5. ‘The Artist’ Print by 1100 Illustrations  /  $24.00
  6. ‘People’ Photo Print by Anne Staub  /  $19.76+
  7. Kensington Rug from Target  /  $129.99+
  8. White Storage Box from Amazon  /  $9.69
  9. Matte Black Ceramic Planter by eGardenStudio  /  $13.50
  10. RISKORN Pot from Ikea  /  $5.99

Whale of a Tale / Etsy Round-Up

Whale of a Tale - Etsy Whale Round-Up on Lost and Fawned

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be heading home in just 2 weeks to spend 10 days with my family.  A good chunk of that time will be spent at the coast.  The last time we went to visit we got to catch the beginning on the winter whale migration and could see spouts from the deck of the house.  If you are ever given the opportunity to go whale watching, don’t hesitate.  One of my fondest memories is seeing whales up close and personal in their natural environment.  They are such beautiful creatures.

Here is a collection via the craftsmen and shopkeepers on etsy inspired by the beauty and power of whales.  Enjoy!

Covet / Creature Comforts by Ez Pudewa

Swan Print by Creature Comforts on Society 6

Creature Comforts on Society 6

Creatue Comforts Elephant Card on Society 6

Fishing Dog Print by Creatur Comforts on Society 6

Creature Comforts Art and Prints on Society 6

This week’s Covet is the Creature Comforts collection on Society 6 by Ez Pudewa.  Ez is a lifestyle blogger, illustrator and photographer.  The soft palette of her work is inspiring.  And I’m obsessing over this Pineapple Print.  Pineapples are traditionally a symbol of hospitality and welcoming.  A framed copy of this print would be perfectly at home in a bright and sunny foyer.

For more Creature Comforts, visit Ez on her Blog, Shop or on Society 6.   Or follow her on Twitter of Facebook for news and updates.  Happy Thursday!

Great Gifts for Dads

Fathers Day Ideas - Lost and Fawned

Father’s Day is just around the corner.  If you need a last minute gift for the best dad in the world, here is a list of some awesome ideas to get you started.  How about a hatchet for the woodsy type (this is the one we take camping and it’s amazing)?  Or a subscription box to try new products on that beautiful beard?  Whatever your favorite dad is into, we have you covered…

  1. Remix Wooden Spoon Set  /  $12.99
  2. BERN Watts EPS Summer Matte Helmet in Grey  /  $49.99
  3. Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet  /  $29.69
  4. Izola Cocktail Shaker  /  $34.79
  5. Shark Socks  /  $9.00
  6. Cork Watch  /  $50.00
  7. Birchbox Men’s Subscription  /  $60 for 3 months
  8. Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Striper CVO  /  $64.95
  9. The Sriracha Cookbook  /  $9.60

Awesome Apps / Makr

Makr App for Easy Branding

After I posted about the shower I’m planning this summer, a few people inquired about the invitations.  So I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce this super useful ipad app.

If you are like me, you probably have an eye for design but don’t always have the time to sit in front of a computer and painstakingly design something original.  Makr is great.  It is a free ipad app that is loaded with pre-designed templates for all kinds of events and businesses.  You can edit them easily to adjust the color, fonts, design elements, images and logos and then you have the option to either have Makr print them for you, or to purchase a printable .pdf file that you can print on your home printer (for $1.99 per file).  Since this shower really crept up on us and I need to get the invites out shortly, this app really came in handy for me.

Makr App for Small BusinessesEach design set comes with a variety of coordinating elements.  Take the business set pictured above.  It includes business cards, labels, tags, reward cards, stickers, address labels and more.  All of them are perfectly coordinated and ready to customize.  It’s a great option for a new company that might not be able to invest in something custom quite yet.

Makr App for DIY Weddings

Their wedding and party sets are gorgeous.  I used one for the shower invitations and have also created a matching registry info card and favor sticker for the shower.  It took me about 30 minutes to get everything customized to my specifications and information.  All I have left to do is download the .pdf’s and print them.

They are constantly adding new design sets.  It’s a great tool to keep in your arsenal in case you are in a situation like mine.  Have you tried Makr?

My Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Textiles and Fabrics by Ever So Splendidon SpoonflowerI’ve been a busy bee this month.  I’m finally getting to work on a long-time dream of mine, to create a collection of fabrics (and someday design a line for a major manufacturer).  I have a small collection of florals now available in my little Spoonflower Shop.  I’ll be adding more as I digitize all my sketches.  The process is time consuming, so I can’t quite keep up with my ideas.  For more information, check out my post on Ever So Splendid.  If you have questions or color suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Be sure to follow me on Spoonflower for updates and new patterns.  Thanks!

Trend Guide | Dark Florals for Spring

Dark Florals - Spring 2014 Inspiration

As always, Spring means florals.  But there is a trend that started to emerge last year and is going strong for spring and summer.  Dark florals are trending in fashion, home decor and of course in floral design.  Pastels have never been very flattering for my skin, so this trend really sings to me.  Plus I have always been attracted to anything William Morris ever designed.  Colors always seem to be more vibrant against a dark background, like how chromatic and bright the trees and flowers look after a summer storm.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite dark florals in dresses, accessories, fabric yardage (for you DIYers), home and gifts.

above:  1. Hermes Spring/Summer 2014  |  2. H&M from Spring/Summer 2013  |  3. Elie Cashman Wallpaper  |  4. Last But Won Floral Tee  |  5. Givenchy Jacket  |  6. Saipua Bouquet

Dark Floral Dresses - Spring 2014above from left to right:  One Floral, All for One Dress $139.99  |  Bursting with Blossoms Dress $112.99  |  Retreat to the Rose Garden Dress $52.99

 

Dark Floral Accessories - Spring 2014above:  1. Rayban Wayfarers in Texture Surf – $112.58  |  2. Beautiful Botany Scarf – $22.99  |  3. Garden Party Getaway Bag – $84.99  |  4. Cheekster Panty in Dark Floral – $9.50  |  5. Friendly Ballet Flat – $29.99  |  6. Sophisticated Stroll Heel – $118.99  |  7. After You Flat in Navy – $44.99

 

Dark Floral Fabrics - Spring 2014above:  1. Vintage Floral Cotton Voile  |  2. Liberty of London ‘ Strawberry Thief’ Cotton  |  3. Black Floral Silk  |  4. Grant Park Navy Floral Cotton  |  5. Black Floral Design Japanese Fabric  |  6. Black Floral Cotton  |  7. Coventry Court Cotton

 

Dark Florals for Gifts and Home - Spring 2014above:  1. Rifle Paper Rosa Case – $34  |  2. William Morris Textiles Book – $38.49  |  3. Floral Curtains – $29.99  |  4. William Morris Umbrella – $60  |  5. Linen Cushion Cover – $17.95  |  6. William Morris Journal - $12.82  |  7. Rifle Paper Midnight Garden Tin – $34

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Covet // Submicrocosm

Submicrocosm Triangles Planter

Submicrocosm Geometric Print

Geometric Garland by Submicrocosm

Set of Postcards by Submicrocosm

Goblets by Submicrocosm

Handmade in France, Submicrocosm is a collection of minimal geometric patterned home goods in a beautiful palette of colors.  The porcelain tea goblets and  mugs are my personal favorites.  Marine’s background in design can easily be seen in the restraint of each piece. This beautiful planter would make a gorgeous Valentines gift with a fern or cactus in it, or as a vase with some fresh flowers.   Or give “diamonds” with this Geometric Print in rosy pink.

For more information and purchasing, visit  Submicrocosm on Etsy or visit her website.  You can also get updates via Twitter and Facebook.

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