i know i am late to the game on this one. the other day i read about the "rule of 3" on apartment therapy and i can't help but like the common thread it weaves through an area. if you're like me and new to design guidelines the gist is that an accent color should be used three times so it looks on purpose and balanced.
big yellow painting? surround it with yellow stools and lemons to tie it all together.
now i can't stop noticing it in rooms that had already caught my eye - like these.
pic sources: design luxury ideas, desire to inspire
can you guess which books are mine and which are the boy's?
a tired puppy
whew - it was a hot one here in chicago and i have a nice tan/sunburn to prove it. made lots of improvements to the apartment, picked up some pretty new necklaces and hit up the farmers market. i've got lots and lots of tomatoes just begging to be baked into this delicious dish. perhaps tonight.
it's hard to think about sweaters and any type of hat besides a panama hat when the sun is shining and ac blasting. that's why i usually hate when retailers push their fall merchandise before i've even gotten to enjoy the sweet taste of summer. but when i discovered this delicious outfit from j.crew, complete with a gorgeous, fuzzy fur purse, i didn't mind one bit.
today i am happy to share part 2 of house to home series (check out mackenzie's tips from last week here). renee from eat.live.shop is always sharing lovely recipes, design ideas and inspiration at her blog and i am really happy to have her here at a lovely escape today with some tips on making a place your home.
1. buy pieces you love and don't worry so much about them fitting in perfectly with the rest of your furniture and accessories. when you surround yourself with pieces you love, you create a space that is truly all about you. when you love something it always has a way working in the space!
2. keep an eye out for vintage furniture pieces. most vintage pieces are made out of solid wood and have interesting silhouettes. all you need is a couple coats of paint, new hardware and you'll have a brand new piece that is completely unique.
3. have fun when putting together your space and don't take things too seriously. add bright bursts of colour and quirky elements that make you smile.
pic sources: apartment therapy, my photos (flickr audreymarie), unknown
usually the home items from anthropologie's catalogue end up pinned to my inspiration board instead of actually in my apartment. but this weekend i found something i loved that also worked with my budget during an impromptu visit to the store to check out hardware to update my dressers. can't wait to see how this console fits into our new home.
ps - i love the chalkboard walls anthro's stylists used in the home shoot and trying to decide how i can work it into our place... maybe the bedroom?
while moving into my new place i was looking for small touches that would make the space feel more like a home. not big projects and new furniture but little things that make a space homier. so i turned to a couple of my favorite design bloggers for their tips. today, i'm super excited to introduce you all to mackenzie from design darling. her blog is overflowing with inspiration and i'm so happy she's sharing some of her tips here today.
hi, everyone! i am so happy to be sharing my decorating tips on a lovely escape today. when audrey asked me to share a few things i use to make a new place feel like home, i immediately thought of personal touches like candles, flowers, pictures, tea towels, and throw pillows. and who better to address those needs than my summer employer, jonathanadler? all of these finds are under $100 and will definitely do the trick when it comes to putting your stamp on a new place.
bringing candles into your home is an opportunity to fill your space with a favorite scent and universally flattering candlelight — in other words, an opportunity not to be missed! i love these candles, named after vacation destinations, for adding exotic appeal without breaking the bank.
whether peonies for spring or hydrangea for summer, fresh flowers never fail to cheer me up. all you need to complete the look is the right vase. i love the quirky appeal of this banana vase but there's nothing wrong with the classic hurricane shape either.
tea towels are a fun way to introduce color into the standard white kitchen or to spruce up a lackluster tabletop when entertaining guests. employ them as dish towels for everyday use and as cloth napkins for your next party!
throw pillows have the power to transform a white-walled room full of neutral furnishings. use them to bring in your favorite colors or swap them out seasonally (linen for summer and velvet for winter, for instance) to completely change the feel of your room every few months.
thank you, audrey, for having me here today and congratulations on your new place! i'm sure you'll have it feeling like home in no time.
the new place is slowly (very slowly) coming together. a big weekend of painting lies ahead and i am desperately shopping for a TV console as its currently teetering on an old night stand, but the boxes are unpacked and perfumes in place.