Saturday, October 25, 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.

 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove ,
                  The Charm of Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,
                                        Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors

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  1. You put things together good. Your home is gorgeous!!!

  2. I love the TV stand and adore the tulip painting. I'm not brave when it comes to mixing patterns but love how it looks.

  3. Beautiful job with this room. I love the idea of using candle holders for the remotes! Hmmm, it doesn't take us any time at all to fill up our cork jar. Hmmm.

  4. I love the gold accents it looks very fresh and clean. A nice way to update without a major makeover! Great post!

  5. What a beautiful room! I love how, although it's a rental, it's home :-)

  6. Such a beautiful home! Emily did a fantastic job with turning her rental house into a home.

  7. Very lovely job. Blessings, Catherine

  8. Great tips Marty! I really love your living room and the gold accents. They are very nice in your home.

  9. she did a wonderful job turning the rental house into a such a warm and cozy home. thanks for sharing Marty!

  10. What a beautiful home. Love the gold decor elements. Thank you for sharing, now her newest follower!
    ~Tami @ Curb Alert!

  11. Isn't this beautiful? I love the polka dots, too, and the gold. Thanks for the inspiration. My living room is next to be painted. Linda Crafts a la Mode