Black and White Modern Living Room

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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:

  1. Couch // Urban Outfitters – A super modern couch defines the space.
  2. Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow is one of the only items bringing in color and pattern.
  3. Art // Etsy – Abstract art is, obviously, the only type of art allowed here.
  4. Coffee table // Overstock – This diamond coffee table is ideal for contemporary spaces.
  5. Chair // Overstock – This split back chair not only has a modern vibe, it can convert from sitting to lounging for more seating.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. Pillow // Amazon – The bold stripes on these pillows emulate the originals.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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:

Modern Floor Lamp Round Up »

Home Depot  //  Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Kohl’s

Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Target  //  Amazon


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Fixer Upper Farmhouse

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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.

  1. Coffee table // Overstock – This distressed reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect jumping off point for a rustic farmhouse room.
  2. 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).
  3. Chandelier // Home Depot – I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to do shabby chic without a chandelier.
  4. Pillow // Target – An appropriate pillow for this space.
  5. Dining room table // domino – This vintage style table emulates Joanna’s original.
  6. Rug // Amazon – A neutral jute rug keeps with the rustic vibe of the space.
  7. Chairs // Kohl’s – These metal chairs bring an industrial vibe to the room(s).
  8. Wire basket // Amazon – This basket also has an industrial look.  I like how functional these are, too.  I’d probably need 12 for all of my random bits of mail/magazines/receipts.
  9. Trays // Amazon – These weathered trays are perfect for the coffee or dining table.
  10. Super Market sign // Amazon – This needs no explanation.
  11. Pillow // Target – This pillow is adorable.  Totally and completely shabby chic.  It’s probably in every house within 25 square miles of me.
  12. Pendant // Home Depot – This barn light pendant emulates the ones hanging over Joanna’s island.  And you know she loves her kitchen islands (along with her shiplap and cased openings).
  13. Scale // Target – An antique style scale complements the rustic look.

Shabby chic decor is so charming.  Here a few other accent pieces that will help you achieve the Fixer Upper Farmhouse vibe:

Farmhouse Decor Round-up »

Target  //  Amazon  //  Target

Amazon  //  Target  //  Target



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Rustic Glam Dining Room

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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:

  1. Chair // Kohl’s – This black and white striped chair has a similar look to the slip covered originals.  Also available in several other prints.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Urn // Amazon – An urn, like the one above, to set on top of the pedestal.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:

Rustic Glam Chandelier Round Up »

Gilt  //  Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Home Decorators Collection

Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Home Depot  //  Home Depot

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?

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Nate Berkus Gray Layered Living Room

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When I first came across this living room, I immediately had hearts in my eyes.  The differing layers, mixtures of elements, and convergences of several different design styles were evidence of an extremely skilled designer.  It reminded me of another beautifully executed eclectic living room that I featured recently.  As I dug into a few articles looking for the designer, I chuckled to myself whenever I came across the mastermind behind this room.  It was none other than Nate Berkus.  I can’t tell you how many times I have come across a stunningly designed space only to see that Nate Berkus was the creator of it.  Don’t even get me started on his line for Target………..and I just spent 15 minutes in the middle of writing this post to drool over all of the pieces in that collection.  Don’t click that link if you want to be a productive member of society today.  Here are a round-up of items that can help you pretend you are a mastermind, too.

  1. Couch // Overstock – I’m digging the style of this couch and that it only has two back cushions.
  2. Joshua Tree // Etsy – The most dramatic part of this room is definitely the Joshua Tree prints.  This link is a digital download for $6.  Have Office Depot or Staples print it for you for a few more bucks.  Then pop it in a frame and voila.  Drama for your walls on the cheap.
  3. Coffee table // Overstock – This table adds a modern touch to the room.  See more options below.
  4. Orbs // One Kings Lane – Fitting decor for the coffee table, or any where you please.
  5. Chair // Target – This chair looks so cozy and elegant.  Interesting juxtaposition next to two large pictures of the desert.
  6. Pillows // Home Depot – Simple brown pillows to complement the decor.
  7. Rug // Overstock – I have A Thing for striped rugs.  Specifically black and white or gray and white striped rugs.  I WANT IT.  Nate Berkus brilliantly layers it over a larger jute rug for more warmth.
  8. Pig // Amazon – And the winner of the most unexpected item in this room goes to this ham.
  9. Chairs // Kohl’s – I’m trying not to use the word ‘love’ as much since in every post I basically ‘love’ everything.  But, I seriously love these chairs.  I promise I won’t love anything else in this post (even though I love it all which is why I did this round-up!).
  10. Lamp // Kohl’s – A pretty floor lamp that works well with all of the differing styles in the room.
  11. Pillow // Wayfair – Introducing a scrolling motif pattern into the room with this pillow.
  12. Binoculars // World Market – Interesting decor to mix into the eclectic room.  These are just cool.  Period.
  13. Round table // Target – I like that this room is broken into different sections.  This table serves as a slightly separate area, and keeps with the eclectic vibe.
  14. Ottoman // Bed Bath & Beyond – This stylish little ottoman emulates the originals.

Per usual, I fell down a rabbit hole when it came to looking at gold and brass tables.  Here are some more options if you like looking at them too.  *fist bump*

Gold Coffee Table Round Up »

Overstock //  One Kings Lane  //  One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane  //  Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Overstock

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Affordable Otomi Decor

Otomi Bedroom


Otomi Bedroom


Otomi Couch


Mexican otomi embroidery, or tenango, is a textile I’ve admired for quite some time.  Otomi is not only beautiful to look at it, but it represents the history of the Otomi people indigenous to central Mexico.  This material only become known outside of Mexico when the Otomi brought it to market in the 1960s.  A severe drought ruined their agricultural enterprise, so they turned to manufacturing textiles.  Not only that, the animals depicted in most otomi embroidery are said to be based on ancient cave drawings.  And so ends today’s history lesson.

Because of the nature of otomi (handmade by Mexican artisans), it’s hard to find decor that won’t break the bank.  I searched high and low to gather some pieces that either are true otomi, or inspired by this traditional textile.  The colorful variations of this design are whimsical and fanciful.  While the more muted variations appear modern, elegant, and graceful.  It’s truly a multifaceted fabric.Affordable Otomi Decor

  1. Pillow // Etsy – I might as well go ahead and apologize now for the amount of pillows in this round-up.  It’s the easiest way to bring this bright fabric into your decor.  And there are just so many good options!
  2. Lamp shade // Esty – This lamp shade is made to order and is thus available in multiple shapes and sizes.
  3. Quilt set // HSN – This three piece set is currently on sale and available for only $40 (omg).
  4. Pillow // Wayfair – I may or may not have gasped when I came across this pillow.  It’s available in seven different colors and they’re all this good.
  5. Lumbar pillow // Amazon – While the colorful otomi is absolutely beautiful and bohemian, there’s just something about the muted versions that speak to me.
  6. Canvas // Children Inspire Design – This would be perfect in an office or playroom.
  7. Lucite tray // domino – This tray would bring a pop of otomi and color to a coffee table.
  8. Stencil // Amazon – An absolutely stunning alternative to wallpaper.  An accent wall done with this stencil would look killer in any room.
  9. Pom pom throw // Amazon – Pom poms are included on lots of otomi products.  This throw complements otomi decor while also dialing down the color.
  10. Pillow // Amazon – I came across this pillow after I had all but finished this post.  I had to squeeze it in because this is one of the more unique versions of otomi that I’ve seen.
  11. Digital download // Etsy – This comes available in eight different colors.  Perfect for any wall.  And it’s $5 so easy on the wallet.
  12. Table cloth // Etsy – The makes me wish my dining room table was round.  A linen table cloth layered underneath this would look brilliant.
  13. Pillow // Lulu & Georgia – I spy everything from a bull to an opossum to a rooster on this beautiful pillow.  In what other medium can an opossum appear beautiful??
  14. Blanket // HSN – These are part of Sabrina Soto’s line and are currently on sale for $15 (another omg).
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