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Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

I’ll admit, I have a love-hate relationship with IKEA. One one hand, IKEA is a great source for affordable accessories and great rug and pillow options, but anyone that’s assembled some IKEA furniture knows that it’s not always worth the inexpensive price tag. I have been pretty impressed with IKEA lately though. Last year’s boho line, the currently trending STOCKHOLM chair, and now IKEA’s summer collection, inspired by entertaining and relaxing at home, is on point.

IKEA’s Summer Collection Faves

IKEA summer collection

This award-winning outdoor sofa has me VERY excited! I love its lines and minimalistic metal frame. I’m really considering waiting for IKEA’s summer launch to finish my back patio so that I can have this sofa.

Emphasizing backyard lounging, neighborhood cookouts and warm summer nights under the stars, IKEA’s summer line is all about casual and effortless entertaining at home. The line includes solar-powered lighting options, outdoor pendants, pillow covers in vibrant summer hues, minimal stoneware dishes, several new planter models and of course, some show-stopping outdoor furniture.

Despite my feelings about IKEA, it’s summer catalog is chock full of inspiration and some innovative pieces.… Read more

Mastering the Guest Welcome Tray

Mastering the Guest Welcome Tray

I love the idea of putting together a guest welcome tray in the guest bedroom. Why not bring a little hotel hospitality into the home? It’s a great way to greet your guests with a warm welcome and you can even personalize it for an extra special touch. I styled a guest welcome tray for my guest bedroom reveal, and I’d love to revisit that and share some ideas for what to include on a welcome tray.

guest welcome tray

Guest Welcome Tray Ideas

I definitely think there are some things that should always be included on a guest welcome tray. Flowers and a water carafe for sure. From there you can add items such as spa slippers, extra toothbrushes (bonus points if they’re cute like these bamboo ones), hand lotion, a bar of soap, shampoo & conditioner, a candle, a match striker, a folded robe, a sweet treat of some kind or even a bottle of wine and wine glasses.



You can also add a little welcome note or tag, similar to the examples above. If you opt for a note or tag, including the wifi password is a good idea.… Read more

Lulu and Georgia Rug Sale

Lulu and Georgia Rug Sale

One of my fave online shops, Lulu and Georgia is having a big rug sale and every single rug is 20% off with no exclusions! Not a bad deal! The sale starts today and runs through 1/29. Use the code YESPLEASE.

Here are some of my faves:

 Justina Blakeney Folklore rug / Mina rug Halette rug / Rosabel rug / Anjali rug / Portia rugSwiss dot rug / Mowra rug

lulu and georgia rug sale

Head over to Lulu and Georgia and peruse their wide selection of rugs while they’re on sale! They also have great furniture, pillows, art and lighting. If you plan to shop around, sign up for their mailing list for 10% off your first order.


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Cardboard Furniture?

Cardboard Furniture?

Yup. You read that right. Cardboard furniture. KARTON is thinking outside the box and created a 100% recyclable product that fits easily into the urban lifestyle and complements it: affordable yet stylish, low maintenance but entirely functional. Beds, dressers, tables, they have it all. Get this – it can be assembled in minutes without tools. The company claims its high-grade corrugated paperboard means its products are super strong. You can even paint it.

Who would have thought?

cardboard furniture by KARTON

cardboard furniture

cardboard furnitureYou can get a bed for $199. A nightstand for $59.

KARTON cardboard furniture


All of KARTON’s products are made in Berlin from 100-percent-recyclable cardboard and can last for 10 years or more the company claims, and everything can be disassembled and rebuilt easily.




Move over IKEA, there’s a new affordable, easy-to-assemble furniture maker in town.… Read more

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year

Did you guys hear about the new Pantone color of the year for 2018? Ultra violet it is!

color of the year

There is a whole backstory on Pantone’s selection their yearly color. And lots of people have thoughts on what it means – like this interesting, albeit slightly political take from Refinery 29. Ingenuity, unity, feminism – whether or not you are into the analysis of the color “ultra violet” and it’s meaning, one thing is for sure, we’ll be seeing a lot more of this color. Pantone’s color of the year typically manifests in fashion, decor and wedding trends.

I’ll be honest, I’m not too sure about this year’s Pantone color of the year. I’m not really a purple person but I am intrigued to see how people are going to use it. I think subtle accents is the best way to use this vibrant shade. I’ve rounded up a few ways I’ve seen purple used in home decor that I think work and a few home decor accents that feature the 2018 Pantone color of the year.

This slab is super unique and has subtle shades of purple in the veining.… Read more

Modern Farmhouse Holiday Porch Decor

Modern Farmhouse Holiday Porch Decor

Can you believe Christmas is almost here!?! These last few months have really flown by. I was very reluctant to throw out my pumpkins and put away the fall decor (I waited until December 1st) but I finally decked the halls a little bit around here and put out some holiday porch decor. We’re traveling over the holidays this year so we did not buy a big tree or decorate inside, but I do like to keep our porch current with seasonal decor, especially since we’ve done so much to improve the look of the exterior of the house. So, here’s how we decorated our modern farmhouse exterior with some holiday porch decor 🙂

Holiday Porch Decor

I kept it very simple. I picked up a couple of real wreaths from the Christmas tree tent for our main entry and tied bows using black and white plaid ribbon. I also grabbed a couple poinsettias – I’m not typically a poinsettia fan but since our rug has some red and maroon tones I thought it would work. I think it’s imperative that you take the poinsettias out of the cheesy plastic wrap they come in and put them in a different container.… Read more

Semihandmade Launches New Line of Custom Cabinet Doors

Semihandmade Launches New Line of Custom Cabinet Doors

Everyone has heard of IKEA, but have you heard of Semihandmade? Semihandmade is a company that makes custom cabinet doors to fit IKEA cabinets allowing you to have the look of a custom kitchen at a lower price point. Semihandmade’s newest line of custom cabinet doors was designed by blogger, designer and product creator extraordinaire, Sarah Sherman Samuel. She’s also the designer behind some pretty awesome wallpapers!

Inspired by classic beadboard because of its versatility, Sarah created a modern beadboard look. I love the detail the clean lines give the cabinets, while still looking fresh and sleek.

They come in 8 colors! 

And if the new custom cabinet doors were not enough, Sarah designed a line of brushed brass drawer and door pulls to go along with it!

Pretty awesome, huh?

I can. not. wait. to design my new kitchen!! If you or someone you know is about to tackle a kitchen reno, IKEA cabinets with semihandmade door fronts are an option to consider!… Read more

Black Friday + Cyber Week Sales

Black Friday + Cyber Week Sales

Tis’ the season of turkey, pumpkin pie and shopping! Here are some deets on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales going down.

Lulu and Georgia is having a great sale for Black Friday and Cyber Week.

11/23-11/27 get 25% off everything with code GOGOGO.

11/27-12/3 get 20% off everything for Cyber Week with code CYBER.

11-24-11/28 Black Friday sale:

15% off of orders $250 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY15. 20% off orders $500 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY20. 25% off orders $1000 and higher with code BLACKFRIYAY25.


World Market is doing site-wide 25% off sale 11/21-11/22 using code HOLIDAY25

Cyber Monday (11/27) Up to 40% off + Free Shipping on $50+. Use code CYBERSALE

Free Shipping on $100+ (11/23-12/24) with code SHIPJOY


Le Creuset has a few different deals going on including free shipping on everything this season.

The Mine

20% off orders over $199 for cyber week using code CYBER20 + free shipping and free returns.


Wayfair has lots of sales going on and One Kings Lane is offering 20% off site-wide.

Sur la Table is offering $50 off all full-size Vitamix blenders until 1/7!… Read more

Hanging Chair Roundup & Styling Ideas

Hanging Chair Roundup & Styling Ideas

I’m working on a design for an interesting room for a client -a yoga room! How often does one get to design an in-home yoga room? It’s been a fun space to work on and I’m so glad my client loved the idea of putting a woven hanging chair in there! You guys, I love woven chairs and hanging woven chairs are even better. They are fun, versatile and add a unique element to a space. You can use them inside or out. Just imagine them with a couple throw pillows and a fluffy blanket.  Since the hanging chair we originally chose for my client’s yoga room was on backorder for like ever, I had to find a replacement. I was scouring lots of hanging chairs so I figured I’d round some of my faves up for you guys. Hanging chairs come in different shapes, sizes and colors. You can even find double chairs that seat 2 as well (#8 below) as woven hanging benches (#10 below)!

Hanging Chair Options

hanging chair

1. Hanging Rattan Chair / 2. White Hanging Chair / 3.… Read more

Vibrant Peruvian Home Decor from Keeka Collection

Vibrant Peruvian Home Decor from Keeka Collection

Yesterday I shared all the cool stuff we brought home from Peru and today I’m sharing a great source for getting your own vibrant Peruvian home decor. Allow me to introduce, Keeka Collection.

Peruvian Home Decor

Check out this awesome resource for Peruvian home decor as well as other global textiles, Keeka Collection, a curated collection of home accessories from around the world by Katharine Harlow. I actually connected with Katharine via Instagram while we were in Peru (the power of social media). She saw that I was there and was kind enough to suggest a few not-to-miss places for us to work into our itinerary. She was in the middle of one of her shopping trips, which she does a few times a year, how amazing is that?! Be sure to follow Katharine and her adventures on Instagram and check out her awesome online shop filled with colorful textiles and home goods! If you’re interested in purchasing anything, get in touch because there’s a special offer for my readers 🙂

Remember the frazadas rugs/blankets that are often made into pillows I mentioned yesterday?… Read more