Thursday, June 26, 2014

Outdoor Window Treatment Inspiration -I-

Sometimes all it takes a little extra something to create an eye catching exterior. Since windows are a major part of the homes exterior look, I wanted to give you some good examples to liven them up a little...or just dream!

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Adding some simple window boxes and beautiful flowers can drawer your attention to the gorgeous windows.
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A pop of color with the shutters makes these stand out, as well as them not being the typical shutters you'd find. I love the simplicity of it.

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Adding an arbor and some great lighting can drawer you attention in. I also love that these shutters are the same size as the windows and doors!

Elegant Exterior Space You Should Apply for Your Home: Fancy Deck Area ~ Exterior Designs Inspiration
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It could even be as simple as painting the trim a contrasting color to make them stand out! Get outside and get creative with your outdoor windows. Find a way to make your home stand out from the rest. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wall Art and Wall Decals -I-

My first response to a wall decal is that they are perfect for kids rooms and nurseries! Since kids are constantly changing what they love it's a great way to decorate a room that's not permanent but also doesn't require you to repaint and accessories their rooms multiple times!

A great modern living room. The wall pattern was created with square wall decals! Square/Diamond wall decals from

But I will say I am pretty impressed with some of the options I've found that aren't necessarily just meant for children! Wall Decals are a great option for those who are renting and can't paint their walls as well as for people who just aren't interested in painting!

Simple and elegant love wall decal featuring a heart detail from Cozy Wall Art.

Quotes are a common when it comes to wall decals but sometimes you can find that perfect one that fits your style and gives your wall a touch of personality.

Love with this dahlia inspired, modern wall decal. The flower wall decal would be a great faux headboard. Wall sticker at

My favorite wall decals are ones that look like artwork and not even like decal at all! This is a great option instead of spending a pricey amount on a piece of wall art. You can find these great decals at Cozy Wall Art.

A simple and elegant cherry blossom branch wall decal. Elegant wall art for your home decor. Vinyl wall sticker from

I love that this one makes a statement piece for a headboard. It looks as though it could be one major art piece as a headboard instead of just a wall decal!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Unique and gorgeous - throw pillows from RedBubble -I-

If you are tired of seeing the same old throw pillows everywhere in the same old patterns or obnoxiously over used sayings, then do I have a find for you!  Redbubble is expanding it's offering of interior design canvases to offer throw pillows.  Read below:

"Tired of the same chevron and stripes? Showcase your unique individuality with original artwork on your sofa, bed or chairs! Redbubble’s vast collection of more than 10 million unique pieces of art means you’re sure to find a design that speaks to you - whether it feature books, pandas, bikes or almost anything else! The pillow covers, available in 3 square sizes and made from soft yet durable 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, can be purchased with or without the 100% recycled polyester fiber insert and feature the selected design on both sides."

Calling these pillows unique is an understatement!  I was lucky enough to snag one and not only does it fit into my existing pillow scheme perfectly, it dons a beautiful work of art and is a piece I don't have to worry about seeing featured on every other blog and in every other house tour.

Here are a few other favs I from Redbubble...

Likey?  Go to Redbubble to see more!

disclosure: I received a throw pillow as a sample

Friday, June 20, 2014

Crisp and bright rooms -I-

We had a bit of a heatwave here in Maryland this week so I thought a little cool off was in order.  The rooms below are perfect for hot summer days because they are light and airy, just like a crisp cotton sun dress!

Love the spotty drapes.

I always have my eye out for a large floor mirror for a good price.  A mirror like this can throw enough light around a room it's like having another window.

Sometimes greenery can be just as pretty (and unexpected) as flowers.

Crushing on that coffee table!!
all images via Adore Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Luxurious Showers -I-

What a great way to start the day than with a shower that would definitely wake me up and put in the right mood for the rest of the day... there is also nothing better than a shower after a hard day working at the farm!

Luxury shower

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If only I had the space! Had to include this one even though it is not a possibility in my bathroom renos
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No matter what your design style is, a luxury shower can fit right in! What would you want in yours? Windows, raining shower heads, a bench?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What are the carpet trends for 2014? -I-

Flooring was often seen as a secondary element of a home’s interior design. Home owners tended to give more importance to the other elements of a room, such as the furniture and accessories, and used a carpet simply as a floor covering. However, the trend is now to make it more of a focal point for a room rather than hiding it away behind neutral shades.

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Carpets had been losing popularity, as more people opted for wood flooring and other hard coverings. Over the past few years, though, carpeting has started to make a comeback as home owners remember the warmth and luxury feel you can only get with a softer floor covering. The new generation fibers are also much easier to care for these days. Designers are now incorporating much bolder colors and elaborate designs into their carpet patterns, as we move away from cream and beige. This year’s trends are showing a mixture of patterns and textures to give the carpet a different look and feel.

Pastel Tones

Having a carpet in cooler shades doesn't have to mean choosing from the bland neutral colors. Carpet shops still have a great selection of coverings in softer pastel shades. These can give a room a sophisticated but low-key look, where other elements are allowed to shine. They offer a subtler finish than some of the other designs that are available. This year sees an increased use of chalky colors, in varying shades of greens, yellows, pinks and purples. These more subtle tones allows for modern styling and sophisticated furnishing.

Richer Hues

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If you want to create a feeling of luxury and elegance within a room, then you should choose from one of the richer carpet colors that are available. These dark colors, with variants of black, navy, grey and burgundy, will give the room a more dramatic finish as well as a warm and inviting atmosphere. They are the perfect choice for living and dining areas, and dark blues especially work well with metal and wood. By choosing a darker color for your carpet, you’re making it the key element of the room. In order to complete the look, you need to use minimalist furniture and decorations, so as not to take away from the effect of the carpet.

Bold Graphics

Love the different shade of Blues and white mixed together for a classy elegant look!
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Not everyone wants to use a carpet in just one color, and often a combination of two or more in a distinctive pattern can be the perfect finishing point for a room. This type of carpet is making a true style statement and is only for those who want their flooring to be the talking point for guests. 2014 sees a range of patterned designs come on to the market and often these have been combined with bold colors. This type of carpet works best in contemporary homes, where the furniture is clean and simple. Both large print checks and stripes are popular choices; striped carpets also have the effect of lengthening rooms.

When you’re choosing your next carpet, it’s useful to look through a number of carpet shops to ensure you get the right one for your room. Take away some samples and see what works best with your interior design ideas and existing furniture. 

Comfort Textures

The under-foot comfort that comes with a thick and luxurious carpet is undoubtedly worth paying the money for a quality carpet with underlay and perfect fitting. A plush carpet for the bedroom floor where there is a low level of traffic will be perfect for that warm and cozy feel. Over-sized loop piles and thick loop twists are at the forefront of luxury textures for a new trend in carpeting giving that quality under-foot feeling.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Photographer portfolio Bethany Lynn Nauert - Gorgeous, livable spaces -I-

The wedding was wonderful and we are back from our honeymoon!  It was all wonderful.  Before I start sharing the details with you we have a lot of loose ends to tie up and thank you notes to write.  In the meantime, enjoy the stunning rooms below...

Love the gray velvet...

Can't wait to get hardwood throughout my whole house!

See more gorgeous photos at Bethany Lynn Nauert.  All photos property of Bethany Lynn Nauert.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

More from Greece: Interiors, Exteriors, and the Views -I-

More of the beauty that is Greece, where Chris and I are honeymooning.  Enjoy!

Beautiful, beautiful of the beaches in Crete we're visiting. 

A hotel in Mykonos

Amazing monasteries perched atop rock formations.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Glamorous, gorgeous, and unexpected spaces -I-

Those blues and that pink?  Genius
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Less is more when you have a home with such amazing bones
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I would never pick that wallpaper, and I do not like zebra rugs, but all of these elements together are so pretty.

Brick wall and an unashamedly girly bed? Love it.
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