Saturday, October 21, 2017

Front Porch Fall Decorating With White Pumpkins, Wood And Metal

 With the weather still warmer than usual around here I took a trip to the pumpkin patch in search of white pumpkins.  I have been seeing them in front of beautifully decorated front porches on Instagram and Pinterest.  Here is how I incorporated them into my front porch decor.  


I also added a few wood boxes I picked up at Ross.  I like how they give height to my pumpkins so it visually looks fuller!



I did a different arrangement for my side entrance.  I had a little fun with a two story metal container I picked up at Steinmart.  

 A few potted plants in a fun pink hue give the porch area a happy vibe!  I picked them up a few years ago and just switch out the plants!  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Simple Door Wreath You Can Make For Instant Autumn Style

 Make this simple door wreath for very little cost! 



HOW TO MAKE IT:





READY TO BE HUNG ON YOUR DOOR FOR INSTANT AUTUMN STYLE


*I added corn I picked up from a pumpkin patch and used the jute to tie it to the wreath

















Thursday, October 12, 2017

JUST ANNOUNCED! The Color of the Year Selections for 2018

Exciting news!  Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams announced its Color of the Year for 2018!   I am a lover of both paint companies and think their bold decisions in hue are fantastic!  I can't wait to see what everyone does with both colors.  


Caliente AF-290

This bold red works great with gray tones and weathered woods, two design trends homeowners are still crazy about.

 

Sherwin Williams also announced their Color of The Year for 2018.  Oceanside SW 6496.  Its a jewel tone that has been predicted to be hot!  I love the way they describe it as  '
bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what's old and new.'

Friday, October 6, 2017

SIX Ways To Make Your Home Inviting Before Holiday Guests Stay Over

The Fall season is the start of Halloween, Thanksgiving and the festive winter holidays.  If you host one of these holidays, now is the perfect opportunity to make home improvements to get ready for all those guests coming over.   

I wrote this post because I recently had a lot of family stay over.  I wanted them to feel comfortable and for my home to be inviting so I spruced it up a bit and thought I would share these few ideas to 're new' my home sweet home before they arrived.  I included other beautiful people's photos to inspire!


Buy multiple matching towels and ditch the mismatched.  
Before you realize you need to hand your Aunt Betty a beach towel because you can't find any bathroom shower towels, go out and buy all new matching towels that can be used by you every day, and your guests so you don't run out of the 'nice towels'.


ALSO Try a linen closet makeover! I love this idea of buying all neutral towels and organizing them in a closet so you or your guests can easily grab one or two, along with plenty of toilet paper!  Pinterest has a lot of creative ideas.  These tagged baskets make it easy for anyone to find more soap or a hair dryer in a pinch!



Look for new bedding.  
There is nothing better than fresh new sheets and a soft comforter/duvet.  Take count of the bed sizes you have before purchasing, and put a smile on your guests' face when they see their sleeping quarters.


Give your sofa a fresh look with new plump pillows.  
It is always amazing to me how an old sofa can look good again by simply changing out old pillows.  Its not only fun to bring in new color and pattern but yeah, it may be time to retire those flat pillows.


Don't overlook throw blankets.  
Its always nice to have a throw blanket on or near a sofa, and these days you can find so many designer looking ones that you can leave it in a ball on your furniture and it will still look inviting!


Head to your local home store and pick up an oversized basket.  You will be able to fit multiple throw blankets in one.  Makes it easy to reach for a blanket and easy to store!


Give guests a comfortable seat! 
Don't worry about your dining table; look at your chairs.  Give your dining table an overhaul by simply changing out the chairs that surround it.  Remember, you sit at a table, BUT you sit on a chair so make sure they are not wobbly, damaged or uncomfortable.  


Pick up new serving dishes now.  
You may want to have snacks out for surprise guests or need extra dinner serving plates.  You can never have enough variety and makes displaying and serving whatever food or dessert a breeze!  A mix of woods, marble and metal pieces all work well together and can be found in most box stores.  By the way, Jessica from Fantabulosity has some great ideas and recipes for parties, and every day tips.



 Have fun this Fall and enjoy any guests that come to visit. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Velvet is This Falls BIG Home Decorating Trend

Have you walked into a hand bag, clothing or shoe store lately and thought 'wow, there's a lot of velvet here?'  Designers are having fun with incorporating this soft and sexy fabric, and I for one am a very happy consumer!


Now we are starting to see it in home decor, and I bet it will be an ongoing trend!  Can you imagine cozying up to this plush warming fabric?

Here are some easy ways to update a room's look with velvet!


Bedroom 


We love using soft pinks with velvet.  This color is another home decor trend!  Try Benjamin Moore's Paisley Pink as a soft muted blush pink color that blends velvets and antique finishes beautifully!

Dining Room or Office

These velvet dining chairs from Anthropologie are candy for the eye!  The jewel tones to choose from are vivid in color.  Use as head chairs in a dining room, or try just one in your office!  

Take a piece of furniture you own already and reupholster it in velvet.   Make an old dining chair new again with a bold plush seat.

Do it yourself!
  
Living Room

This new sofa from Crate&Barrel comes in a luxurious velvet, AND can be bought in the color mustard!  That's right, the rich golden trend worthy color  that just puts a smile on my face.  Place it in a room painted in Sherwin William Poised Taupe.  The warm fabric color paired with the cool paint color is a great combination.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What Is Your Backyard Home Decorating Style?

Summer is in full swing.  Besides a good game of Bottle Bash, the biggest trend is to set up the backyard as an extension of the inside of the home.   Here are some fun styles and colors.  Which one matches your own personal style?

*scroll to the bottom to click on the link to watch us talk about this on TV!

Boho Punk
For those not afraid of color, take on the trend of adding bold hues. Match weathered a teak table with fuchsia painted seating.   The traditional pedestal dining table you would see in a dining room is now outdoors!  The backyard is another fun room to decorate. If you add color through chairs and accessories like pads and decor, its easier and budget friendly to change out in the future!

Natural And Rustic
We are seeing natural materials inside the home and outside spaces as well!  Outdoor covered porches with distressed wood ceilings and beams.  Stone is very popular also.  The use of rattan and teak lend to this look as well.  Hang a candle chandelier with vintage worn elements.  Be prepared for your outdoor pieces to develop a weather gray look over time.  

Coastal Cool Hue
Layers of ivory and soft blues lend to a relaxing vibe whether indoors or outdoors.  Textures are the key to this look.  Woven sisal rugs work well with this look.

Parisian Blue
A sweet classic for indoor or outdoor dining.  Pieces to include would be full of sophistication that include elaborate details, an old world sense of vintage, and mixing pieces as shown below.

Beach Chic
Who doesn't love a Hamptons feel?  Worn, vintage and has a sophisticated relaxed color scheme.  Bring this look to your own backyard by adding muted color tones, tall lanterns, rattan and wood furniture.  Comfort and a mix of lots of creamy white is key!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wednesday Is Backyard Decorating Day


What is your backyard decorating style?  I have been enjoying looking at so many photos of backyard spaces online to see where the trends are at.  This Wednesday at 8:50 am on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise I will share FIVE styles that one can be inspired by, and implement easily!  

After the show we will have a post about the television segment, and have a link to view it as well.  

In the meantime CHECK OUT HOUSE BEAUTIFUL's 85 Ways to Make Your Patio or Outdoor Space Look Incredible.

-Shosh :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jewel Toned Bedroom Sitting Room


Happy Friday!  I finished such a fun project that I had to share a part of it with you.  I worked with a client on her master bedroom and her inspiration was India.  I love global influenced rooms so we had a good time infusing jewel tones, sumptuous layers of texture, and ornate patterns.  

We decided to remove all the white from the room so it would really encompass that worldly vibe.  All the doors and trim work was painted a deep dark brown.  It made a huge difference in the overall look.  Easy tip to get this look.

We started with grass cloth wallpaper on the back wall.  the jewel toned frames and all the other metal tones had a bigger impact with the textural paper behind them.  

The moorish patterned rug lifted color and pattern from the floor up.  This is a great fix for underwhelming carpet - add a large yummy rug.

Indian inspired block printed fabric is my personal favorite.  Hanging it from a golden jewel tone rod finishes the look.
Indian textiles include colorful silks.  We used two luxurious silk pillows that were given to my client as a gift from India.  

Time to put your feet up and have a glass of wine!  Its Friday!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Small Home Bar Renovation Is Finished

Happy Fourth of July!  If you are chillin' today waiting for the fireworks to start why not check out the photos from this home renovation we completed recently.  

This is a true little gem of a space!  Its five feet wide by ten feet long with cabinetry on two walls that face each other. 




BEFORE                                                                 AFTER

After removing the current back splash, appliances and counter top, we brought in a painter to spray all the stained wood.  
We used Benjamin Moore's Dove White (OC 17) on all the wood and Benjamin Moore's Sea Star (2123 30) for the ceiling and the back wall of all glass cabinets.

We replaced the small sink with a larger 15" undermounted stainless steel sink.  We also installed a new glass front refrigerator and ice maker.  The counter top is quartz and called Detnal Azul Iran Pentel with an eased edge.

 
The arabesque glass back splash tiles are from Glazzio.  We used three different colors of blue and arranged them on the floor so the tiler would know the design we wanted.  We did not want a specific pattern; more free forming.  This was very helpful for the contractor!  I recommend it.

 Behind the bar there is floor to ceiling built in cabinetry.  We had the cabinets spray painted Benjamin Moore's Dove White (OC 17) like the bar and Benjamin Moore's Sea Star (2123 30) the back wall of all glass cabinets.  This was a very tricky project for the painter but they did a great job!  

We also filled in the holes of the original cabinet knobs and replaced them with larger satin gold toned pulls.