A few years ago I had the opportunity to design a physicians office from the ground up. It was 95% form and function (how big should the exam rooms be, where should the lab go, is it ADA compliant, etc.) and 5% design. After the tedium of determining all of the building specifics, the interior design process was welcomed with arms wide open. It wasn’t the most exciting project since a doctor’s office is expected to be sterile, both literally and figuratively. But, I was able to have a little fun with the fabrics, hardware, and paint colors. Though we went with a mostly neutral palate, we did put an accent wall in each exam room to liven it up a bit. When it came time to chose the accent color, we chose a soothing light blue. Since blue has a calming affect, we thought it would be perfect for patients with white-coat syndrome.
When I came across the above entryway, I felt a similar affect. It’s instantly calming and peaceful. And while the deep greenish blue color is tranquil, the choice of this color in a foyer is bold. Couple the color with the vintage bird prints and the capiz chandelier, and it makes a statement that is both serene and striking. Here’s how to duplicate a similar look:
Rug – This honeycomb rug is reminiscent of the one used in the inspiration photo.
Capiz Pendant – Capiz is perfect for an entry (and any space, if I’m honest).
Planter – This planter brings in a pop of gold which nicely compliments the color scheme.
Chair – This chair is gorgeous (also has a matching ottoman). I should add here that I’m a fan of any and all decor that feature birds. The first piece of decor I bought when I lived on my own was a shower curtain with birds on it. I still have it and refuse to part with it even though I don’t use it.
Bird prints – These are good. Like maybe better than botanical prints good. Also, see above bird comment.
Console table – There’s not a table placed in this entry due to the size of the bird prints, but this would look perfect with smaller prints like the above.
Tray – Because I’m unconvinced you can have too much capiz. Also this would function great to house keys, mail, and miscellaneous other items that you end up carrying into your house but have no idea what to do with (does this only happen to me?).
Well, hi! Sorry to go MIA for the past couple of months. I had some national projects due at work and, given the current political climate within the healthcare industry, it took longer than I anticipated. Couple that with a super active toddler and life has been busier than a beehive to say the least. But like the warm weather, I’m back!
Speaking of warm weather, I’m excited for lake days and dinners al fresco with friends and family. One of my goals at the beginning of the year (my new year’s resolution, if you will) was to have more people over to my house. Community, fellowship, and friendship is something that, as an introvert, I don’t fully foster with those around me. My new neighbors recently had a “sunset appreciation party” where they invited everyone in the neighborhood over for hors d’oeuvres, homebrewed beer, and to get to know one another better while watching the sun set over the lake. We didn’t get to stay long because it was the baby’s bedtime, but it ended up being a really nice time and inspired me to host more events at my house. That’s where I found the catalyst for today’s look. I came across this patio on House Beautiful’s Instragram feed, and was instantly inspired.
Tablecloth – Could this tablecloth be anymore fun and summery? See more options below.
Director’s chair – I’ve only seen director’s chairs used at a dining table a handful of times, but it always look so chill and laid back. I can’t imagine any other chairs looking as good as these do.
Cups – These cups add more color and texture while not competing with the tablecloth.
Napkins – The color is toned down a bit with these napkins. These could easily be used for a more refined party with a pretty navy and white toile tablecloth or the like.
Galvanized tub – These tubs are an essential for backyard parties. Your guests will appreciate having easily accessible drinks. How many times have you had to prop a cooler lid up on your knee while fishing through the various assortment of cans/bottles (when all you really want is a bottle of water) while juggling your flimsy paper plate filled with food? Clearly I never have. *eyeroll*
Hydrangeas! – How do I make the heart eye emoji from my keyboard?? My neighbor’s light blue hydrangeas are beginning to explode and it makes me so happy. Hydrangeas definitely scream summer.
Here are a few more striped tablecloth options. I really like the bottom left hand corner with the ~fringe~.
Ballard Designs living rooms are stylish and timeless. This living room above is a perfect example of Ballard’s mastery at interior design. The mix of bold patterned pillows, light furniture and pops of gold work together to form a posh living space that will be fashionable for years to come. Ballard also runs a wonderful design blog, How To Decorate. You’re probably already reading it, but if not make sure to check it out. It’s a treasure trove of design tips and tricks. Here’s how you can emulate the Ballard Designs living room above:
Sofa // One King’s Lane – As always, we start with a clean and crisp white linen sofa.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow brings a classic leopard pattern into the room.
Print // Bed Bath & Beyond – This print emulates the original frond print. It’s black instead of white, but on Ballard’s How To Decorate blog, they recently did a post on why you should have dark elements in your room to contrast lighter elements. Super interesting read on how the eye moves around the room with the contrasting elements.
Bookshelf // Kohl’s – This simple bookshelf provides plenty of room for books, vases, and plants.
Tray // Bed Bath & Beyond – A gold tray for the coffee table.
Olive tree – These trees are gorgeous and a perfect touch of greenery. They also remind me of topiaries.
Print // Society6 – Another gold leaf art option but this time with a white background. Available in multiple sizes.
Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond – Another pop of gold for the coffee table or bookshelf–wherever you prefer.
Coffee table // Target – This tufted coffee table emulates the one in the Ballard Designs living room.
Pillow // Amazon – I’m totally digging this Greek key pillow! I found it a few weeks ago when I was putting together another room. I ended up going with a different pillow, but hoped I’d have a room I could use it in. Bingo! It would look perfect with the leopard pillow on the linen couch.
Rug // Overstock – I love how soft and light this rug is. It’s not overly bold, but brings the right amount of pattern into the room.
Chandelier // Rejuvenation – I’ll be honest that I wouldn’t have chosen this chandelier for this space. It’s a touch too modern for the room. However, you may like it so what does it matter what I think? 😉 The original Ballard chandelier is currently on sale for about the same price as this one.
See you on Wednesday with a fashion look for less round-up and back again on Friday with another home design post!
Part of me has always wanted to live in an ultra sleek modern apartment complete with sharp lines, minimalist decor, and a cold feel. I wouldn’t mind a view of a city, either. There’s just something so appealing about the monochromatic feel of it. These spaces certainly don’t appear lived in (where is all the stuff?), but they are calming and super cool. And clean. So incredibly clean. You better believe you aren’t allowed to wear shoes in this living room. Here’s how you can emulate this black and white modern living room in your own home:
Couch // Urban Outfitters – A super modern couch defines the space.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow is one of the only items bringing in color and pattern.
Art // Etsy – Abstract art is, obviously, the only type of art allowed here.
Coffee table // Overstock – This diamond coffee table is ideal for contemporary spaces.
Chair // Overstock – This split back chair not only has a modern vibe, it can convert from sitting to lounging for more seating.
Rug // Overstock – Shag rugs are my absolute favorite. They feel so good underfoot. This gray shag rug adds a bit of texture and a touch of warmth to the space.
Snake plant – These plants look so unique. Perfect for a modern setting. Also, they’re hardy and can handle being neglected if you’re one of those who forgets to water your plants (like, ahem, me).
Pillow // Amazon – The bold stripes on these pillows emulate the originals.
Planter // 2Modern – This planter has a modern silhouette and is perfect for a snake plant. It’s also available in several different sizes and colors should you want to add more color to your space.
Floor lamp // Lord & Taylor – This light absolutely belongs in a modern room. In any other setting I’d probably find this lamp to be a bit much, but it’s perfect in this room.
Vases // domino – Decor is minimal in this black and white modern living room. These vases do the job of adding a touch of ornamentation, while also fitting with the overall aesthetic.
I had a lot of fun looking for a floor lamp for this black and white modern living room. There are so many good and funky options out there that, again, would probably only work with a modern style. Here are a few I was drawn to:
Do you recognize this space? If so, then you obviously are a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. If not, well I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t seen at least one episode of the show. In case you are the one person who hasn’t, this homely space belongs to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the adorable hosts of Fixer and Upper. I read recently that HGTV was the third most watched television network in 2016, beating out CNN. Only ESPN and Fox News had more viewers. I attribute that to Chip and Joanna with their charming dynamic and impressive design skills. Living in the south, this shabby chic, rustic style farmhouse vibe is prolific. I’d say 80% of the homes I visit look similar to this (although not as good because no one does this better than Joanna). I’ve rounded up some items to help you emulate the Fixer Upper Farmhouse look in your own home.
Coffee table // Overstock – This distressed reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect jumping off point for a rustic farmhouse room.
Print // Teil Duncan – Teil Duncan is so talented. This is a digital print of her work, so it’s not as expensive as an actual painting (but it’s still signed by her).
Chandelier // Home Depot – I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to do shabby chic without a chandelier.
Pillow // Target – An appropriate pillow for this space.
If you put a water gun to my head and told me to choose one interior designer to design my home I would say–actually, in all likelihood I will sink into the fetal position and refuse to answer since I have design paralysis when it comes to my house. You would then squirt me in the eye for not answering the question, and threaten to squirt my other eye at which point I would yell, “FINE. SUSAN FERRIER!” Susan Ferrier is an insanely skilled interior designer with the magnificent McAlpine House. Truthfully I would let any of the designers from McAlpine House design my home. Susan is just the one I’ve spent the most time stalking. And stalk I have. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I have spent hours studying her work. She is able to capture rustic glamour like no one I have ever seen (and if you held that water gun to my head and told me to chose my style rustic glamour would be my answer). Susan’s spaces are romantic, harmonious, and cultivated, and have been featured in several publications including Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. And when you look at the rustic glam dining room above, is that any surprise? Here’s how you can emulate a similar style in your own home:
Chair // Kohl’s – This black and white striped chair has a similar look to the slip covered originals. Also available in several other prints.
Chandelier // Home Depot – The oversized chandelier is, without a doubt, the most striking feature in this rustic glam dining room. This chandelier echoes the original. See more options below.
Table // Overstock – This table is quite a bit more money than I like to include, although undoubtedly cheaper than the original. Dining room tables are investment pieces, and you’ll probably only buy a few in your lifetime. Here’s a less expensive version.
Urn // Amazon – An urn, like the one above, to set on top of the pedestal.
Topiary Ball // Amazon – I have a few of these in my home and love the way they look. Yes, it’s fake. No, I don’t care. It adds a bit of greenery to spaces that don’t get much natural light (like in an urn in a dining room). And you’ll be happy to know that I have plenty of real plants to offset the fact that this is fake.
Pedestal // Home Depot – I searched everywhere for a moderately priced pedestal. I’m not convinced they exist. I would probably contact a local carpenter and have them build these for you. It would probably take no time and not much money. The saving grace for this one is that it has storage capacity. I also like this set.
Prints (Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower) // Bed Bath & Beyond – This is where your room could get personal. I think it would be neat to take photos of places that are important to you be it favorite vacation spots, meaningful landmarks, or even your own backyard. Then apply a sepia filter, and print and frame them for your dining room. It would be an interesting talking point for dinner guests, and it would look beautiful like it does in this rustic glam dining room. If you’d rather purchase prints, Etsy has all kinds of great sepia selections.
As I mentioned, that chandelier is stunning. If you don’t have the ceilings for an oversized chandelier (I don’t) here are a few other options for a rustic glam dining room:
And one more thing when it comes to chandeliers, once you find the one you like always check eBay to see if you can find a similar one for less money. I’ve done with this with two chandeliers in my own home. It takes some searching and make sure to do due diligence on the seller (see how many reviews they have, how long they’ve been around, etc.), but can sometimes end up saving you a good amount of money. A penny saved is a penny earned, eh?