Monday, September 28, 2015

{artist: Eli Helman}

Just sharing with y'all my latest artist obsession. I'm always on the lookout for unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. So when I saw Eli Helman's work I had to document it. Helman creates the most beautiful maximalist pen and ink drawings. I'm especially intrigued by his tree subjects. While they  are lacking any true color; they have so much texture, pattern, and interest they are anything but boring. I could look at them for days. 

They feel slightly wimsical- like you might see these in a children's story book. How fun would it be to design a nursery around one of these?! 

Here you can check out more of his work:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

things i'm lovin'

Things I've been lovin' lately....super duper random so prepare yourself.


My Yeti Rambler. Mr. Cattlebuyer treated me to this a few weeks ago and I gotta say, I love it. I'm officially on the Yeti bandwagon! :) 


The bolster pillow detail. obsessed. beauty is 


Bracelet love. Ordered this as a little treat to myself :) A girl can never have enough bracelets. Amen?! This one was from Etsy and was even on sale!  Something tells me this won't be the last time I order from this shop. 


Trying to hunt down this particular fringe sweater after I spotted it on Pinterest. But of course there are no links :( 

Totally going to make this munchy mix soon! Tis' the season for candy corn... yummy! I'm going to add some peanuts too because I love sweet+salty 

Candy Corn Peanut Butter Munch

Peanut butter filled pretzels and candy corn all coated in white chocolate. Sweet and salty and perfect for Halloween!


12 ounces white melting candy (like Wilton's or Ghirardelli)
6 cups peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets
1 cup mellowcreme pumpkins
1 cup candy corn
optional: sprinkles


Melt the white candy according to the directions on the package.
Add the pretzels to a large bowl. Pour the melted candy over top and stir to coat the pretzels well.
Add the candy corn and pumpkins, gently stir to coat.
Spread mixture out on a non-stick surface (like a silicone mat or parchment paper) and allow to cool until candy has hardened. Add sprinkles before hardened if desired.


Last but not least, we visited an apple orchard over the weekend. It was a fun family adventure and the weather was just beautiful. My big boy did all the apple pickin' himself. He was so careful to examine the apples completely before pickin to be sure not to pick an apple with any boo-boos. 
He loved it. Highly reccommend. 

That's all for now. Be back again soon! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

{blue and green fabric}

Happy Thursday Friends! 

Just sharing with you some of my favorites blue+green designer fabrics lately. I could look a fabric samples every day for the rest of my'd never get old. Maybe I will be a textile rep in my next life ;) 

Monday, September 14, 2015

{design trend: colored trim}

Hey Friends!

I've been wanting to talk about painted (colored) trim for some time now. The concept is opposite what we see so often (colored walls with white/off-white trim). I first went looking for inspiration when we started re-doing our powder bath. I considered painting the trim a fun color and then going white on the walls however I ended up going a different direction because the tiny room really needed more color. However, I'm still loving this look. Hopefully I can use this somewhere in our home- thinking possibly the upstairs bathroom or maybe even the kitchen! :)

Basically you paint your trim the "color" and then go with a simple white (light netural) or wallpapered walls.  It adds interest and especially helps if you want your architectural details (trim, doors, stairs, window frames) to be the focal point of the room. Here are some of my favorite images below demonstrating this look. I predict this look will continue to flourish in the design world in the upcoming years.

Do y'all love this look as much as I do?!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

{my paint colors}

Hope y'all had a wonderful labor day weekend! We went on a little road trip as a family and it was lovely to get away one last time before summer is officially over for 2015. 

I've been wanting to put together a little paint color post for some time now. I finally got two of the (biggest) rooms of our house painted in the past few weeks so I figured now is a good time. I love seeing what paint colors other designers use in their own home- so I am sharing mine as well. As you can see- I love me some neutral walls. :) 

When it comes to picking a paint color- I really think it depends on the specific room. While it'd be easy to just slap the same color up in every room of our/your house and call it good- it wouldn't be the BEST.  Every room gets varying amounts of different light, possibly different woodwork/trim color, different furniture/fabrics/accessories, and different flooring. Unless your house is entirely uniform, you probably will need varying different paint colors. Even though many of these colors are "neutrals" they read so much different to the eye. Using varying colors also helps define and create different moods for different spaces. However, I am a firm believer that all the colors in your home need to "blend" to some extent. You can't be putting saturated yellow room, next to saturated red room, next to saturated green room or you will have a visual mess. I like selecting colors that are all about the same tone on the color chart (usually a color that falls somewhere in the middle of the paint strip). 

These are just a few of the main colors I've used in our own home. If I start listing some of my favorite colors I've used on client projects, well my list would be quite long! :) I have about as many favorite colors as I do favorite fabrics. Selecting paint colors is one of my favorite things to do in the design process, there is just nothin' better than a fresh new color on your walls. It makes such a big difference for very little investment. If you need help with paint colors and are local- give me a call or email, I'd love to help!

Speaking of- if you are local, I got a new cell phone number over the summer and lost all my contacts.  So please send me an email and I will make sure you have my new number :) 

Happy painting! 

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