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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pulling It All Together-Gold and Stripes

Sometimes when we are renting, it is really easy to just sort of make-do and not really create a "home".  Not at all what Emily @ Gold & Stripes did.  She has turned her rental into a showplace that definitley highlights her style and her many talents.  You are in for such a treat, I think she is fabulous and love, love, love her home and her style.

 Hi, everyone! I'm Emily from Gold & Stripes. I love to blog about my home, DIY projects, and shiny things. I am so delighted to be here today sharing my favorite room in my house. I love reading Marty's blog and was thrilled when she asked me to guest post for a day.

We're currently renting a town home and although renting can be limiting, we're loving all the natural light and neutral colors of our home. It's really allowed us the freedom to decorate how we like! My favorite room at the moment is our living room. It's so bright with two large sliding glass doors and tons of light coming through the windows. This is definitely our cozy space :)

My method for pulling it all together is less of a "method" and more of a "buy what you love and throw it all together" I'm all about searching for things that truly reflect my style and can stand the test of time in my home. Buying trendy accessories and small items is great and I do it frequently. But when it comes to large items, I really try to stick to that method.

I do have a couple rules for every space I decorate. I like to keep the walls neutral colors which has worked out since we're not really able to paint them at the moment. I also try to keep my large furniture purchases neutral colors and I allow the accessories and fabrics to do the talking. I have been crushing hard on purple hues this year and I've always got to have a little bit of pink :) The great thing about this room, is that if I grow tired of the color scheme, it's a matter of changing out some art and pillows. 

The gold framed gallery wall was a project I just finished recently. Decorating around a large television on a big blank wall is tricky, but incorporating a gallery wall helped to take the focus away from the less aesthetically pleasing things (aka giant TV) ! I wanted the gallery wall to reflect my personality - eclectic and colorful. But I also wanted a cohesive look so I scoured thrift stores for gold frames.

I want my home to feel cozy and "lived in" and I try to reflect that through thoughtful accessories. My daughter collects seashells every time we go to the beach so we keep a bowl of all her shells on our coffee table and we use candle holders to store our remotes and playing cards. I also keep a glass jug of all our wine corks. It's taking surprisingly long to fill this baby up, but don't let that fool you. We love our wine!

I love color and bold patterns! And I'm a huge fan of bringing in texture through indoor plants, warm metallics, and textiles. 

Thank you Marty for allowing me to steal your blog for a day :) 

Was I right?  This place is gorgeous and she just seems to do it all so effortlessly.  You know how much I love to accessorize and she has mastered this art.  There is tons of inspiration everywhere you look.  Now if you don't follow her already, by all means, run on over and click that button.  You don't want to miss a single post. 

Thanks so much Emily, I have loved being able to feature you this week.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Leopard At The Dollar Store

I am always amazed at how you find the perfect things when you aren't even looking and the Dollar Tree always surprises me.  They just seem to come up with some really fun things.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When You Don't Have An Entry

My home is so typical of a lot of smaller builder basics.  You just walk right into the living room.  

  The only thing that indicates an entry is a small section of tile instead of carpet.  Not very decorative or inviting.   There really isn't much of a space for decorating.    The living/dining area is all one room.  The china cabinet is on this entry wall across from the dining table.   It is narrow against the wall and doesn't impede the walkway through the living area to the familyroom/kitchen area of the house.  That's the only place it would fit since the dining area has a huge window.  This would be the perfect wall for a fabulous console and a wonderful vignette, however, I love the china cabinet, so it won out and occupies this space.

I've been trying to come up with a few new ideas for this area under the window ---

I absolutely love the classic look of an umbrella stand and boots at the door.  So traditional and old world elegance.  Living in the desert, this would definitely be truly decorative, we rarely use an umbrella, however I do have a fabulous pair of boots that would look wonderful.  I even have a great pair of zebra rain boots.  I may have to think about this idea.

I also thought about using a stack of baskets, that could really be fun and I love the texture.

Or maybe a stack of old suitcases.

  I had a plant stand with a fern in front of the window, but everyone felt like they were going to hit it every time they walked in the door, so I replaced it with this little burlwood chest.  It's low, but still gives a sense of something in the entry.

Maybe I need to figure out something fabulous for the window itself.  Any ideas on how to make this space more interesting?

Do you have a fabulous entry or is yours a non-entry too?

You can still link up to Inspire Me.  So much to see so check a few things out.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

239th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 239th Inspire Me Tuesday.   There was so many fabulous links last week where you guys shared the most inspirational Fall and Halloween Decor.  Wow, you always impress me.

Home Is Where The Boat Is has the most amazing little shed.  I totally adore how she decorated the inside, but now I am in love with the outside too.  Isn't this the cutest ever.  You have to go see her pumpkin bicycle.

Doesn't this just scream "cozy fall" .  I love this breakfast area of Creative Country Mom's kitchen.  Just looking at it I can smell the coffee and apple pie.  Be sure to go see all her fall decor, so pretty.

I love a beautifully designed tablescape and this one by Designs by Pinky is gorgeous.  She shows a step by step for creating the centerpiece and how to layer your dishes and linens.  So pretty.

I love, love, love this wonderful tea party that Fabby's Living put together for her Grand-daughters.  Look at those fabulous masks they are wearing.  You really need to go see everything, she always sets the most amazing tables.

Aren't these the cutest ghosts you've ever seen.  I love this idea and Surroundings by Debi shares a complete tutorial.  How fun is this.

Debbie-Dabble's decor and imagination would rival the most talented person around.  Love her halloween decor, just look at this fabulous skeleton.  Isn't she elegant.

Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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