My Favorite Summer Trends

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know by now that I have a bit of an addiction.  As a visually-inspired person, Pinterest is my favorite social network and down time go-to. I draw a ton of ideas and inspiration from pins, and it’s one way that I stay current on decor and fashion trends. I also have a few magazine-style lifestyle blogs that I like to follow for inspiration, like My Domaine and Glitter Guide.

Mike and I have an ongoing joke about how I don’t read–I only like to look at pictures.  We laugh about it, but the truth is that I do really like pictures! :) So, I wanted to share some pictures with y’all and tell you about the summer trends that I’ve been swooning over.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple has been popping up everywhere, and I can’t get enough of it!  From accent pieces to fabrics, accessorizing with pineapples has been a huge thing this summer.

Decorating with Pineapple

Decorating walls with pineapple art

2. Greek Blue

I’ve always been a fan of bright cobalt blue–especially paired with white.  Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of our 2008 trip to Greece, but this color just makes me happy!

Greek Blue painted dresser

Cobalt blue kitchen

greek blue bedroom decor

3. Word Art

I think this trend may have started with Taylor Swift’s clever little graphic tees, but I’m totally on board. I have a nerdy affinity for typography (see, I do read!) so I love the idea of dressing up my walls with short, pretty messages! Bonus points for music lyrics or movie quotes.

word art wall decor

word graphics for walls

4. Flamingoes

Okay, seriously–aren’t pink flamingoes every little girl’s favorite “animal” at some point? Even at 31, they still put a smile on my face. I would love to decorate our back patio with a flamingo theme… It would never fly with Mister Weaver, but it would be so much fun–black, white, flamingoes!

flamingo wall art

flamingo wallpaper

flamingo bathroom

5. White + Black

Speaking of black and white, I love that this classic color combo is so hot right now.  Ten years ago we were all into the browns, and then we transitioned to grays… and now white and black are the neutral palette of the future.

white and black graphic living roomblack and white bathroom

black and white modern kitchen

 

So, which of these trends are your favorite?  Check back next week to see how I’ve incorporated at least two of them into our master bathroom makeover!

Violent Seas: The Blue Bathroom Nightmare

blue bathroom nightmareWhat started out as a genius plan turned into a blue bathroom nightmare, which we’re now referring to as ‘Violent Seas’.

Our master bathroom is hideous.  I mean, beyond bad.  The best way I can describe it is that it reminds me of a cheap hotel in Mexico. We will definitely remodel it, but that’s at least a year or two away and I’ve seriously lost sleep wondering what in the world I’m going to do with it in the mean time.

Ugly out-dated bathroom

The one almost likable feature is the cobalt blue tiles that accent the insanely tiny (dark!) shower.  So, one day as I was washing my hair I thought, “Maybe I should just embrace the ugliness and work with it, instead of trying to change it.  Maybe I should paint the walls blue!”  Later that day I was at Target and spotted some awesome blue and white towels, and the deal was sealed.  I bought the towels and a few rugs and burst with excitement when I told Mike the news (he, obviously, did not share my excitement.)

I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration and played with about 20 paint chips over the next couple of weeks. I knew it was going to have to be the perfect blue in order for me to pull it off–especially with the heavily textured walls.  I kept going back to this picture, described as Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue:Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue

I went ahead and got a gallon of the color so that we could get the entire main floor painted over Memorial Day weekend.

So, we had gotten almost every room painted in a day—it was getting late but all we had left was the bathroom and an accent wall in the bedroom.  I tackled the bedroom while Mike started the bathroom.  A few minutes in I shouted, “How’s it looking in there, babe?” When his response was “Uh, I don’t know…” I knew something was wrong.

I walked around the corner and my eyes burned as I tried to wrap my head around what I was looking at.

Ugly blue bathroom

It was clearly not covering very well, so Mike tried to make me feel better about it by telling me that it probably just needed a second coat, so I quickly slapped some more paint onto a small section.  Which didn’t help.

Symphony Blue Bathroom

We decided to get the first coat on the entire room (because, why wouldn’t we stop while we were ahead?  We’ve got to get in deep.)

Ugly blue bathroom paint color

Eventually, we called it a night–I needed some time to figure out what to do. I mean, what in the heck was I going to do?!  I hardly slept that night thinking about it.  Whenever Mike went in there he kindly reminded me that he felt like he was in an aquarium. The textured walls sort of gave it a “wave” feeling.

I showed my mom in the morning to see if she had any sage advice, and she was even speechless. I told her that I was going for a calming blue, and she told me, “honey, you’ve got violent seas!”

I spent the entire next day painting it gray.

Before + After: Living Room Lighting

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In my last post, I told y’all about my intense hunt to find new lighting… And I finally get to reveal our first update!

I’ve really gotten into this mid-mod style over the past four years or so,  but I still like for our home to feel modern and cozy.  Full-out retro is a little much for me, but I love mixing in mid-century pieces in a more subtle way.

Our living room is huge! I think it’s like 25 feet long by 19 feet wide, and the ceilings are super, super tall.  It had an ugly ceiling fan when we bought it, and that thing had to go! The challenge was that it needed a big fixture in there to fill the space.

Before photo - Living room Lighting

I’ve been obsessed with the 1954 Sputnik replica lights, and was searching everywhere for one big enough and cheap enough.  We needed something that was at least 32″ in diameter, and the lighting replicas I was finding were only about 12″-16″, and starting at about $399.  My budget was $250. Yikes.

I had found one on Joss and Main for only $150, so I snagged it up and figured I’d put it in the dining room and do something different in the living room.  So I searched and searched for a new idea.

Eventually, I was looking on Amazon for about the tenth time, and found it! This big, chrome beauty! At only $280, I packaged up the other one and shipped it back to Joss and Main.  Mind you, we spent another hundred bucks on light bulbs (WTF.)

It’s a chrome fixture with twenty bulbs, measuring 36-inches in diameter. It’s perfect!

BEfore-After

I am so happy with the way it looks–it’s truly perfect. It’s such a great feeling when your vision becomes a reality.

Shop here: Large 12-Light Chrome Sputnik Hanging Pendant


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Favorite Five: Fabulous Light Fixtures For Less

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One of the easiest, quickest ways to make a dramatic change in your new home is to install new light fixtures.  You’d seriously be surprised at how immediately the entire feel of the room can change!

Nearly every room in my house has an old, generic ceiling fan… even the kitchen and dining room!  The lights that are not ceiling fans are super old and ugly–including the exterior lights–so all of them will be replaced at some point.

Since we’ll need to buy so many, I’ve been searching high and low for some really good deals.  Light fixtures are one of those things that are higher priced than they probably should be, and I happen to also be drawn to things that are enormously out of my budget! It never fails–I’ll finally find exactly what I have envisioned and it’ll be $2,600 instead of $250.  Grrrr.

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(1. Fiess Cadence Polished Nickel Pendant, Eurostyle Lighting. 2. Celestial Galaxy Pendant light, Dot&Bo. 3. Chrome Sputnik replica, Amazon. 4. Sphere Pendent Lamp, Dot&Bo. 5. Dropped Props Hanging Light, Joss and Main. 6. Rio Multi-light Pendant, Lumens.)

So, I’ve already been doing all of this leg work, and it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share my findings!  Here are my Favorite Five places to find fabulous light fixtures at discounted prices:

1. Overstock.com

It might sound like an obvious one, but time after time I’ve had such good luck on Overstock! It’s really hit or miss, but if you’re patient and willing to look through the hundred of items, you’re likely to find your little gem at a ridiculous price.

2. Eurostylelighting.com

This is a new one I found! I’ve been on a mission to find some super cool mid-mod fixtures for both the dining and living rooms, and the selection on this site was unbeatable.  Mind you, they do definitely have some pricier items, Buuuut… I kept surfing the site and ended up getting our exterior fixtures at a lower price than  I had been seeing elsewhere.

3. Jossandmain.com

Have I mentioned yet how much I love Joss & Main? It’s similar to One King’s Lane, but I find the items to be priced better–OKL tends to be a little bit higher end. Plus, I think that the daily shops are a bit more repetitive than on Joss & Main.  When they have their lighting shops, you can find fixtures for half-off!

4. Amazon.com 

Okay, so another no-brainer, but if you haven’t checked it out already, do it!  As always, Amazon is so great at doing a lot of the leg work for you, and pulling in great priced items from around the net.  I ended up finding the perfect light here for my living room, at 60% off retail!

5.  Dotandbo.com

I love everything about this website, and the lighting is no exception! They have such cool mid-century-modern pieces, and at reasonable prices.  If you’re looking for a statement piece, this is where to get it.

Front Porch is the new Quill: Choosing the Perfect Gray Paint

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In my last post I talked about painting my home 50 shades of gray, but what I want you to know is that all grays are not created equal. There’s much more to it than slapping some gray paint on the wall, and depending on the light, you could end up with a color that doesn’t look gray at all!

It’s fun to paint each room a different color (or shade of gray, in my case,) but you need to have one main color for throughout the house–like in hallways, for example. This weekend we’ll be painting most of the house the same color, and then adding variation by painting accent walls and the bedrooms in different colors.  Especially since this color will be used so much, it’s super important that it’s the perfect shade.

In my Denver home, I went with Quill from Valspar which was the ultimate greige.  This time, I wanted to cool it down and go with a true light gray, and landed on Front Porch from Sherwin Williams.  It’s funny how similar they look in person…

Check back next week for photos of the living room!

Tips on Selecting the Perfect Shade of Gray:

1. Paint Chips. Take as many as you can get your hands on! Even if you don’t think you like them in the store because it’s too green or purpley, for example, you may actually  be surprised when you get them home.  They’re free, so don’t be shy!

2. Online Tools. Almost all paint companies like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar all have online tools available to help you visualize. You can upload a photo and see exactly what the room will look like with the color.  It’s pretty neat!

3. Samples.  It’s sort of a pain in the you-know-what, but if you must, go ahead and buy a quart to sample on the wall. They’re about 10 bucks apiece, but it may be worth it if you’re having difficulty deciding.  They annoying part is that you have to paint over your test stripes, so if you end up selecting a shade that’s drastically different it may take some primer or a few coats to cover it up.