Home Decor & Design

THURSDAY THREE: Home Accessories For Fall

Each week I bring to you my “Thursday Three” sharing anything from decor ideas to home improvements, homes for sale to local loves and so much more.  This week I am sharing three things I don’t think your home can live without this fall. I am sure I am not alone in saying that Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate.  It doesn’t take much to clear out those Summer vibes and cozy up your home. The first “must have” is a gold decorative pumpkin. This simple addition is perfect for the Season and can be carried through to Thanksgiving.  This one I found at Target, but you can pick on up just about anywhere this time of year. Second, what better way to cozy up on your couch than with the perfect throw. This gray buffalo check is a great neutral that would coordinate with any color scheme.  Last but not least, no home is complete without a Fall scented candle. This one from Bath & Body Works is proving to be a favorite this year. With this candle, your home will smell sweet and savory with just a hint of pumpkin. Do you have any Fall home decor staples?  I’d love to hear what you can’t live without.

Hampden Industrial Stools

A few months ago I decided to to a DIY Renovation on my kitchen, with plans to re-do my "dining room" months down the road.  Well, once I get an idea in my head I have to bring it to life.  It's how I have been for as long as I can remember.  Once my kitchen was coming together, I measured space in my dining area, drafted my design in my notebook and created a rendering of my vision.  I knew the style I was going for and I instantly fell in love with these bar stools from target (of course.)  They truly make the space and bring everything together.  Want to know how I created this space?  Check out the "how to" on my DIY page!



actual photo of finished bar

actual photo of finished bar

rendering of bar

rendering of bar

Neutrals, and why we love them.

For this post, I teamed up with my great friend Kelly Hieronymus to bring to you the importance of a neutral palette.  These days, you only have one chance at a first impression and usually, it starts online.   When buyers are searching through photos of listings and come across that lime green bedroom or bright yellow kitchen they are likely to skip right past that house because let’s face it, no one enjoys painting.  On the flip side, painting over those lime green walls could get your house from “oh no” to “SOLD.”
Here are some words of advice from Design Consultant, Kelly Hieronymus.

“Choosing a neutral palette doesn’t mean boring.  Use accessories to make your space pop. If you’re color addict, like me, spring for colorful (or plaid! YES, it is making a comeback!) furniture instead of springing for a paint brush.  If you want to add interest to your walls, consider picking up large black frames and ordering posters from Society 6.  A grouping of three 16″ x 20″ frames looks sharp behind a couch or above a mail drop in your foyer.  Also, their prints are inexpensive, so you wont feel so bad if you grow tired of them.  When you do choose to switch them out, you won’t have to worry about changing the wall color, because you will have already selected something that goes with everything!
If you insist on painting your home, pick small areas to paint.  That way if you do choose to bring home a re-finished neon-mint coffee table, changing the wall color is a snap.  And please, please hire a professional!

Colonnade Gray SW7641 from Sherman Williams is one of the best neutral colors out there right now.  It works well with warm woods, and it looks great in cool shady corners.  I have placed this color in traditional homes, as well as super modern… and in my own bedroom! Looks sharp with brushed nickel, and polished brass.”

 Be sure to check Kelly’s work out on houzz. And, in case you missed it, Kelly was featured on smile politely this week.

Her art has been on display at common ground food co-op this month. Come meet Kelly at the Art Reception this Friday, March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 at common ground.  Her talent never ceases to amaze me and I am honored to have such a great friend to collaborate with.