Deck the Blogs: A Christmas Tour

Every year I look forward to the holidays-the togetherness of family, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, tasteful food, and of course the gathering and preparing for guests. Making a home feel festive during Christmas is one of my favorite ways to express the holiday. I’ve posted a few photos below, to show you how easy it is to add a festive touch to your existing decor. Drop by the other homes on the tour as well, simply follow the links below. So grab a cozy blanket, curl up with your favorite holiday drink and browse some beautiful homes!

Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

Arataria Home

The Tatterted Pew

Dreaming of Homemaking

Rustic Meadows Home

Crisp Collective

Allie Cecil Blog

Bless This Nest

Cali girl in a southern world

Plum Pretty Decor & Design

She gave it a Go

The Little White Farmhouse

Fireplace Trends & Inspiration 

The fireplace is often the focal point of a room. There so many different options to dress up your fireplace -whether it’s tile, stone or cement, to name a few. Below I’ve gathered a few of my favorites. Whichever you choose always keep in mind that not only can a fireplace be a conversation piece, but also a family space that you often gather around. If only I had enough rooms to place all these gorgeous fireplaces in! 

                                                    TILE 

                                                 Image Via: 

                               http://www.homebunch.com

                                              Image Via: 

              http://flourishdesignandstyle.blogspot.com/2013/.  04/new-house-files-good-things-are.html?m=1

                                             Image Via: 

                          https://www.studio-mcgee.com
                                 

                                       CEMENT /STONE

                                               Image Via: 

                                           Modern Living


                                                 Image Via: 

                                       Luxe Interior Design
                                

                               LIMESTONE SURROUND

                                              Image Via:

                               Donald Lococo Architects


                                            Image Via: 

                                             Pinterest 

Coastal Farmhouse Dining Room

Keeping things light and neutral makes a more cohesive space, and adding touches of brass warms the room up. I like to keep larger pieces such as tables and chairs traditional,while using your accents-lighting, table runners, chargers, rugs and decor to bring a modern flair to the room. All items sourced below- Click the links to shop!

1.sunburst reclaimed mirror
2.flax dining chair
3.linear pendant
4.https://www.potterybarn.com/products/tuscan-urns-cachepot-white/?pkey=e%7Cvase%7C52%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C11&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH similar
5.https://www.potterybarn.com/products/pb-comfort-square-arm-slipcovered-sc-dining-chairs/?pkey=e%7Cslip%2Bcovered%2Bdining%2Bchair%7C2%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH
6.https://www.pier1.com/bradding-natural-stonewash-84%22-dining-table/2992565.html
7.https://www.potterybarn.com/products/sculpted-rug-gray/?pkey=cpremier-event%7Cpremier-event-rugs-windows&isx=0.4.78727

Fall Into Our Homes-Fall Blog Hop 2017

Can you feel the crisp air? Fall is here! This is one of my favorite times of the year, Today I have teamed up with some talented designers, and together we are sharing the -Fall Into Our Homes Blog Hop. All of the gorgeous homes are linked below, so don’t forget to tour them all. I have shared some peeks into my home for fall below.This year I’ve been keeping things neutral, adding pops of color here and there. I love the simplicity of the season. So grab a cup of warm apple cider or a latte and get lost in some beautful homes. One last thing-feel free to comment below what your favorite part of the season is! 

ENTRYWAY/SUNROOMS

I love using vintage crocks to blend new fall colors. This season is always easy to blend so many colors into your everyday decor.

PLACE SETTING- have a seat and take glance at all the warm whites of the season. Blending in greens and blues for a pop of color.

Mix in succulents and wild flowers for that fresh feel.

Change up your table setting by replacing your napkins with a pattern.

BEDROOM/GUEST ROOM

FALL SEATING/ENTRY

Thanks for stopping by! Please check out these amazing homes below: 

Patterned Tile 

 Pattern tile has become increasingly popular in homes this past year-I’ve shared a few of my favorites above. Choosing classic colors, such as black and white gives a classic look to a room. Try adding in wood tones throughout the room, such as a chandelier or a wooden stool next to a soaking tub to add warmth. Don’t just put pattern tile in your bathroom either, think of other rooms such as your laundry room, office, or a playroom. 

1. Merola Vintage Ruzafa 8.29/sq. ft http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Vintage-Ruzafa-9-3-4-in-x-9-3-4-in-Porcelain-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-10-76-sq-ft-case-FCD10VTR/206406044
2.Moroccan Rissani $23.56/sq. ft https://www.wayfair.com/Moroccan-Mosaic-Rissani-8-x-8-Cement-Field-Tile-in-White-Black-MMTH1233.html
3. Lafayette $82.80/5.28 sq. ft http://www.cementtileshop.com/in-stock-encaustic-cement-tile/Lafayette.html
4. Evening Star $93.50/per sheet http://www.cementtileshop.com/in-stock-encaustic-cement-tile/Lafayette.html
5.Twenties Petal $3.59/ .42sq ft http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Twenties-Petal-7-3-4-in-x-7-3-4-in-Ceramic-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-FRC8TWEP/205316714
6.Tulum $82.80/box http://www.cementtileshop.com/collection/Tulum.html
7.Merola Twenties Diamond $2.33/ per.42 sq ft http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Twenties-Diamond-7-3-4-in-x-7-3-4-in-Ceramic-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-FRC8TWED/205316710
8. Evangeline Marble Tile $49.50/sheet http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Twenties-Diamond-7-3-4-in-x-7-3-4-in-Ceramic-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-FRC8TWED/205316710

Brass Bathroom Faucet Picks

I have rounded up some top picks for brass faucets in the bathroom. Brass is a big trend now, mixing this metal into your bathroom can change the way the space feels dramatically.
1. Delta Cassidy Faucet https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3597LF-CZMPU
2. Rejuvenation West Slope Faucet https://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/collections/west-slope-faucet
3. Newport Brass https://www.build.com/newport-brass-2040-bathroom-faucet/s114277?uid=1343642
4. Delta Trinsic https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3559-CZMPU-DST
5. Brizo https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=3559-CZMPU-DST
6. Delta Single Handle https://www.efaucets.com/detail-v2.asp?product_id=559LF-CZMPU
7. Tolson Wall Mount https://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/collections/tolson-wall-mount-faucet
8. Kohler Purist https://www.build.com/kohler-k-t14413-4-bathroom-faucet/s567511?uid=1561767&source=gg-gba-pla_1561767____49842551959&s_kwcid=AL!4215!3!49842551959!!!s!3

Countertops-Marble Alternatives 

When considering countertops for your kitchen or bath, consider some alternatives to carra marble. While Carrara marble adds beauty, sophistication and value to your home-it can be very pricey and high matinenace.  Let’s just be realistic for a moment-your little one spills red juice all over your beautiful marble counter tops-you rush to clean it up. Regular marble countertops need proper cleaning, polishing and sealing to protect it often. Below I have listed some beautiful, affordable and durable alternatives ( psssst check out the  new laminate calaccatta marble countertops!!! My favorite! ) 

1. Cambria Quartz Torquay 
This is a beautiful alternative to marble, but is made of quartz. 


2. Helix Silestone -quartz 


Photo cred. Silestone USA

While there are a few other Silestone counter tops- this one caught my eye the most.

3. Princess White Granite ( actually quartzite) 


Lastly my favorite and least expensive is…laminate ( yes, I really did just say laminate!) This stuff has come a long ways – and one company does a great job- 

3. Formica Calacatta Marble – you can’t even really tell its laminate until you touch it! Did I mention it’s basically maintenance free and very durable! 

Rustic Loft Living

Recently I was contacted to style and decorate a space for my sister-in-law. She recently moved to a small loft apartment in a big city. Below is a peek at the design board I worked on. Keeping in mind her small space living and style I designed a home she could live, work and entertain in. Using features such as-folding wall scones, storage ottomans, wall shelves, nesting side tables, and a neat adjustable height desk that turns into a dining room table for entertaining.

Sources:

jute rug by overstock
brown scroll bedding by joss & main
wall scones by overstock
nesting table by pottery barn
wall shelf hidden by pottery barn
swing away wall scone by potteyr barn
hide rug by serena & lily
charcoal sofa by joss & main
gold hammered coffee table by world market
tile gray pillow by joss & main
grey scroll pillow by joss & main
fiddle leaf fig tree by wayfair
wall shelf wine rack by pottery barn
nesting tables by wayfair
adjustable desk by world market
charcoal side chair/set of 2 by wayfair
turtle pillow by hayneedle
grey pillow cover by wayfair
cream throw by wayfair
storage ottoman by joss & main
wall shelf by world market
tile pillow by pottery barn
metal mirror w/ shelf by wayfair
industrial table lamp by wayfair
underbed storage by pottery barn
galvanized bins by pottery barn
sheet set- white by wayfair
mohair throw by pottery barn
cable knit pillow by joss & main
stay while by pottery barn
wood mirrors by wayfair
wall clock by wayfair
ultiltiy basket by pottery barn
galvanized wall letter by pottery barn
tub chair by amazon
magnolia stem by wayfair
wood vase set by wayfair
glass jug by wayfair
pillow inserts/set of 4 by wayfair
natural linen drape by wayfair

Modern Luxe Living 

One of my favorite metals to mix in is brass. I’ve pulled together a luxe living space that evokes both a feminum and masculine feel. It brings together timeless pieces and mixes in modern ones as well. Sources listed below. Vintage Green

1. Wall paint: SW simple white

2. Chandelier: Candelabra

3. Sofa: Joss & Main

4. Ottoman: LuLu & Georgia

5. Side chairs: Williams Sonoma Home

6. Floor Lamps: Williams Sonoma Home

7. Throw pillows: Williams Sonoma Home

8. Side Table: Lulu & Georgia

9. Lamp: Candelabra

10. Area Rug: Williams Sonoma Home

Tablescape Trends

With Easter ahead, I’ve thought about the table settings for the holiday. Easter has so many spring colors it’s easy to pull together a little color. Grab your favorite flowers ( fresh or faux ) and a favorite vase-perhaps a heirloom handed down to give a traditional feel. Don’t be afraid to mix colors and add in some raw elements as well. Next week I will talk about some napkin folding and place setting examples. I hope everyone is enjoying spring! I’ve been busy working on the store and new design ideas and tips.