dining rooms with natural + dark accents

Loving these minimal dining rooms with natural and dark accents!

Chalkboard painted walls/canvases/ panels, are not only practical but also an inexpensive solution to create a dramatic effect in kitchens and dining rooms. Add reclaimed aged wood tables, industrial-style chairs and lighting and give your dining room a stylish makeover.


thomas murphy | the brick house


Two weeks to NY Fashion Week, the countdown has begun! I’m starting to worry if I will be able to focus on anything else from now until then. I mean, what am I going to WEAR? Fourteen days to figure it all out!!

Flipping through Resort 2013 galleries on style.com, I remembered how much I loved ODLR making gingham look super sexy!

The sleeveless day-dresses, flirty hemlines, feminine silhouettes, I love Oscar’s vision of dressing the modern woman. Checkered skirts with sporty tees = hello casual Fridays!!

Ps: WANTING those crimson and white strappy lace up sandals!!

images: style.com | oscar de la renta



Dip Dye: Round Up

As we hit the end of Summer I felt a round-up of my favorite dip dye projects was in order. I often wonder how long a trend will stick around before it fades out. I love seeing this trend evolve and extend beyond staining fabrics to wood, paper, metals, plastics, canvas and even hair!




Remember this from my Spring tablescape 101 over at Bright.Bazaar? I had so much fun making these fuscia ombre napkins.

did you try dip dying? how did it turn out?

images: via| design sponge | bright.bazaar | martha stewart | style me pretty | ideas to steal

guest post: beautiful bedrooms

Putting together this guest post has me wanting to crawl back into bed! Whether you are in the process of a bedroom makeover or not, these beautiful bedrooms are sure to get you in the mood for one!

Sprucing up your bedroom doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; with just a few well-chosen enhancements you could give your boudoir a whole new look.

One of the most important factors to consider when planning your bedroom is the bed.  This is the biggest piece of furniture in the room and can set the tone and mood for other furnishings. Whether you go for a sleigh bed, a painted wooden bed, something with storage or a luxurious king-size, comfort is key. For those in the UK, you’ll find a great selection of beds at www.time4sleep.co.uk

Next, plan out a color palette that you feel relaxed and comfortable with. Remember, this is a space to relax and unwind, so bold reds and orange walls might not work too well. Instead, use these colors in smaller pieces such as accent pillows or throws.

Canopy beds or drapes around the bed not only create a luxurious feel, but also keep the bright daylight out for late sleepers.

Layering the bed with soft bedding in graphic patterns adds visual interest and inviting feel to the room.

Art pieces on walls livens the space. Hang a large piece above the bed or a few pieces above the nightstands. Nightstands with drawers hide  essential bedside items and keep the surface looking clutter-free. Remember, clutter is a major hinderance to relaxation.

images: via house beautiful | lonny | Elle Decor | desire to inspire | bd interiors
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