A Pink & Green Holiday- Holiday Prep

Good Morning All! Happy Wednesday, Happy December, Happy Hanukkah and happy all things that make the holidays magical! Just wanted to pop in because I have been dreaming of a pink and green Christmas and have found some amazing inspiration photos to share with you. I have been tweaking my holiday decor and purchased more bottle brush trees for my collection. I couldn’t pass them up from the $1 bin at Target and love how they look paired with sparkly candles and poinsettias.  Simple groupings of colors give such a fun holiday feel (p.s. I feel like that was such a Buddy the Elf comment)!  A little holiday prep is perfect in my dining room with its blue and white curtains and pink punchy rug.

Here are the fun pics I found to inspire you to add a little holiday prep to your home- ‘Tis the Season!

First up, beautiful table decor using multi-colored votives and ornaments. Mix and match colors to coordinate with your place settings.

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Next, some pink and navy perfection with a pop of gold for a colorful mantle display.

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I love the blue and white collection, along with stocking initials to create added interest.

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A light and bright table display with bold pops of color and metallic accents.

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And I would be remiss not to include bottle brush trees in all their glory!

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This beautiful layered wreath with ornaments, greenery and a bold pink bow.

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These adorable preppy “Hunter” rain boot Christmas tree ornaments from Lemon House Design via Etsy would ensure such a colorful tree!

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This mantle is sure to make you smile with its bold use of “organized” color groupings. Swoon!

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Lastly, to decorate your packages with a little holiday prep, check out these adorable gift tags from Southern Hospitality Company….they have many options to choose from!

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Happy Holiday Prep All!

Best,

Kelly

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A Neutral Noel- Decking the halls with a natural holiday decor palette

Happy Friday All! ‘Tis the season of the To Do Lists (yes that’s lists plural). Meal planning lists, holiday shopping lists, and client project lists et al. Let’s.Do.This! Oh how said lists make me simultaneously overwhelmed and happy. This year I am changing things up and slowly decorating for the holidays before Thanksgiving (gasp)! My thinking is that if I deck the halls earlier, I will be able to attend holiday parties, school pageants and the like, and return home to relax and enjoy my own home throughout the season. Bottom line…if it gives me more time to enjoy all the sparkle of the season…it’s a win in my book.

As the annual parade of decorations come down from the attic, I gleefully unpack each item and have realized this year that while there are pieces I continually use as tradition (that the kids always look forward to), I also find the need to change it up by adding a few new items into the mix (I know shocker!). In dreaming up some new holiday decor ideas for our home, I have pulled together a Neutral Noel design board that is comprised of soft metallics, a neutral palette, and just exudes holiday warmth.

Here are some inspiration pics for a Neutral Noel:

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And here is my design board with some fun items to create your own Neutral Noel, each under $100:

Neutral holiday color palette

L to R: Ornaments, Plates, Birch Candles, Truck ornament, Burlap ribbon, Star ornaments, Shearling stockings, Snowflake pillow, Flocked Tree

Happy Holiday Season Kickoff All!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. In my last post I included my top five fav podcasts… As I was listening to them yesterday I realized that I didn’t share with you that if you listen at 1.5 speed you get more info in a speedier manner….leaving more time to tackle those To Do Lists:) YES!

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Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year

Hi All! So it’s been a hot minute since I have been here! Holy guacamole time flies! I have been meaning to write a quick post about Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Metropolitan (AF-690), since it was released last month.  One of my fav color combos is gray and navy because it is soooo easy to add pops of color to that combo to make the room feel fresh, without doing a complete overhaul. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is one of my go to navy paint choices, and it looks fabulous paired with the company’s color of the year.   As you may know, the struggle is real to find that perfect gray that will work with various lighting in a room, but Metropolitan is a gorg gray that hits the mark.

Here is a design board I put together with some of my favorite pieces:

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year 2019

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Ok, so here we are in the last quarter of 2018.  After getting a podcast kick in the pants from the likes of Tony Robbins and Rachel Hollis, I finally set goals for myself with the blog.  Guys, I LOVE writing and of course all.things.design.  So I am going to set out a schedule for the days I will be writing so that there is 1) consistency- hello! ; and 2) so you will know what days to grab a coffee and join me. Lots of new projects and endeavors on the horizon for 2019, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. I have been obsessed with podcasts for some time now because while driving to and fro to complete the million errands that need to happen everyday, I can be learning something new! My current top five podcast favs are as follows, in no particular order- Enjoy!

  1. Oprah’s Masterclass  for interesting life stories from celebs- so far my favorite has been Cindy Crawford;
  2. How I Built This for fascinating entrepreneurial tales of how they came to be- the Barbara Corcoran episode is sooo good;
  3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin because who cannot use some more happy and Episode 172 discusses tossing unnecessary papers- upcoming resolution anyone?;
  4. Young House Love Has a Podcast with John & Sherry, Episode #90 asks what to do when a project starts to suck- anyone who has done a home renovation can relate!
  5. Diane Rehm have loved her thought provoking interviews since tuning in on NPR. She  recently did a terrific podcast on John Grisham and 30 years of legal thrillers.

 

 

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Weekend Reading- Fall Fashion Roundup (and some picks for Home too!)

Hello and Happy Long Weekend All! Woo Hoo! I am so excited to get things done and done this weekend, however the rain has put a damper on some of my outdoor plans.  Sigh. In the interim, I am  planning out the fun upcoming events we have happening at our house (so I am not back on my heels, per the usual).  My daughter and I both have October birthdays, and hubs and I are headed to Nantucket in September.

We are looking forward to all of these celebrations, so I definitely need to address the current lack of wardrobe options.  Enter in the Labor Day sales, no longer just for appliances!  Below are some of my fav “add to cart” items, along with links to a myriad of deals to be had!  If you are like me you get excited, add to cart, and then obsessively mull over items before finally checking out at the stroke of midnight so as not to miss “the deal.”  OK, maybe that is just me….Nevertheless it is time for some fall updates and the siren song of coupon codes in my email box is calling to me so away.we.go!

First up, clothing: I am feeling a little meh about some of the newer styles and trends, so I am planning on stocking up on the classics, specifically blazers, because when paired with jeans, completes my fall uniform. One can never have enough blazers (IMHO):

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Also loving these d’Orsay animal print flats!

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And this versatile gingham women’s button down looks so fresh with white jeans…which YES! can and should be worn after Labor Day!

 

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Deals around the web:

J.Crew Factory, up to 50%off + additional 20% with code SALEAWAY

J.Crew, 40% off purchase with code BIGSALE

Banana Republic, 40% almost everything (no code required and P.S. if you use Ebates * its 8% cash back!)

Ann Taylor, 40% off with code LONGWEEKEND

Nordstrom, up to 40% off, no code needed

Next up, home decor: As I ponder fall decorating in 80+degree heat, here are some fun finds I sourced from around the web, including this adorable ceramic pumpkin:

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I thought these pinecone topiaries were great and can be used right through the holidays. They come in two different sizes, 15″ 3/4 and 19″ 3/4 tall, and if you prefer, the collection also has a pinecone wreath and garland available.

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And here is a desk accessory for pencils and pens, but I think it would be an amazing vase for fall flowers. You could group several on a table, or use on its own for a nightstand arrangement, and psssst its’ only $7.99.

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Deals for your Digs:

Ballard Designs, up to 30% off

Pottery Barn, up to 30% off, use code SAVEMORE

World Market, 10% off and free ship, use code FALLSAVE10

Target, up to 30% on most home decor, plus extra 15% on most furniture and bedding (coupon codes in cart)

Happy Shopping All!

Best,

Kelly

*I have no affiliation with Ebates, but do use it and enjoy the savings! If you are interested in signing up I provided a link to which I will receive a referral bonus:) If you create an account and link to yours you can get referrals also. Extra shopping money! Bonus!

 

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Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year and How to Use it for Fall

Morning and HAPPY Thursday All! I know all of you have been holding your collective breath with great anticipation…what, pray tell will be thee 2019 Color of the Year? All kidding aside, in the world of all things design, it’s a thing.  And….drumroll please….. Behr has chosen a beautiful, calming blue, called Blueprint S470-5.  Per their release, Behr states that Blueprint, “... is an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints that builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life. Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own reimagined life-—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action”.  That seems like a lot of pressure to put on a color, but nevertheless it is a shade that can work with many different styles to create a stunning result.

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Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint

Whenever new colors are released I start playing with the tones to find products and fabrics it could be paired with.  In this case, I gravitated toward a more neutral fall color palette, using this stunning shade of blue as an accent color like the photo above.  Below are some fun pieces to bring in a little bit of the Blueprint feel for fall.

Animal print pillow | Khaki pillows with orange trim | Herringbone throw   | Rug | Lamp |

Photo of bookshelf: Helen Green Design

I hope this inspires you to try new colors at home…or at least help to get you in the mood for a little fall decorating.  I have been procrastinating on this front, but with a long weekend ahead there are beacoup projects planned, including bringing the bins labeled “FOR FALL” down from storage. I may be most excited that they are labeled, sorted and can actually be found this year thanks to my ongoing operation organization (read: days spent in the hot attic this summer….sorting, sorting and sorting). Onward and upward friends! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Best,

Kelly

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Favorite Home Decor Trends and Finds for Fall- Most under $100!

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Happy Sunday All! I hope you had a lovely weekend packed with summer memories and projects galore.  At our house,  the notices and schedules for upcoming back to school events have been flooding in, and while I love the fall season, I am not quite ready to let summer go.  I have been reluctant to embrace the quicker pace that comes with school activities, sports schedules, and completing client projects before the snow flies. So…. in a coordinated effort to save myself a lot of angst, I have spent an inordinate (though apparently necessary) amount of time “organizing” myself.  I am a sucker for school supplies so I picked up some fun printed file folders, notepads and various other organizational items to get myself ready for the onslaught of fourth quarter projects #letsdothis!

In planning ahead, and as part of  “Operation Cleanout” that began earlier this year, I went through all my seasonal decor big and small and only kept the things I loved.  In addition I labeled them so gasp, I should will be able to find what I want to use to decorate for the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned.  Nevertheless, to get me in the fall spirit, I rounded up my favorite home decor finds in each trend category below.

The Natural Textures Trend: One of the big trends for fall is bringing in warm tones with natural textures, wood and metallics. Think baskets, wooden bowls and warm metallic lanterns. I love this room as inspiration for the natural textures trend because although it is predominately white, the textured sofa, wooden stools and woven chairs create a warm and inviting ambiance.

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Design and photo credit: Brian Paquette Interiors

To try this look at home:

1) This beautiful bowl hits the trend trifecta with its gorgeous warm neutral color, and  copper with wood fabrication.  I can totally picture it filled with small white pumpkins paired some magnolia leaves or olive branches for a beautiful fall centerpiece. Note to self… add to cart soon!

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2) This decorative woven accent would look beautiful leaning on a fireplace mantel paired with a natural arrangement, or as the focal point of a tablescape mixing brass lanterns with pumpkins and gourds. With so many uses, at $24.99 it is the perfect on trend choice.

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3) To bring in nature on a budget, this small cutting board can be layered with others of varying shapes and sizes to bring warmth into the kitchen.  It is 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 and a whopping $5.99. I am hoping to use these as individual serving plates for a tapas party…bring on holiday entertaining!

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All Things Navy: While navy has never been out (especially for those of us that gravitate toward preppy) it is continuing its hot streak as a color du jour.  For fall, navy is being paired with both metallics and jewel tones alike and I am loving this look.

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Design and Photo credit: Lillian August via The Evans Edit

Here are some beautiful pieces to bring navy and gold into your own home:

1) This desk is slightly over $100, but would make a gorgeous statement in a foyer or office.

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2) These lamps are also slightly over $100, but if you consider that you are getting the pair WITH shades it is a great way to implement the look on a budget.

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3) With its gold hardware and lacquered finish, this tray is not only on trend but also under $100.

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Animal Print Fashion Crossover: Animal print, and in particular leopard print, is everywhere in fashion again this fall and has transcended into home decor as that quintessential neutral..and this girl is thrilled! Now, we have definitely all witnessed this trend go very wrong, a little goes a long way, but when done correctly it is oh.so.right! I am so inspired by this front entry in which the layering of pattern makes it feel warm and welcoming.

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Design and photo credit: House of Harper

My favs to bring this trend into your own home:

1) Pick up this pillow (or better yet a pair) and add it to your sofa or bed for a pop of warmth and print.

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2) Another way to sneak in a little animal print is with these adorable leopard accent plates. I am considering mixing them with some Tartan plates for the Christmas holiday, but until then they would be perfect for fall entertaining with orange or red accents.

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3) And while this coir mat is an interpretation of leopard print, it is the perfect accent for your fall front porch decorating.  Fall is the season in which we entertain the most at our house and this mat will be both practical and stylish to welcome friends and family.

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Velvet Delight: The addition of velvet is not a new trend per se, but it is showing up in a big way on pillows and furniture alike. After all, velvet = soft and warm= all the feels of fall! This living room has stuck with me since I first saw it over a year ago. That green velvet sofa is amazing against the detailed moody wall behind. Just.So.Inviting.

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Design and Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Here are a few options to introduce velvet (on a budget) into your home:

1) These washed velvet pillow covers are 20″ square and come in a large variety of warm colors making it hard to choose just one!

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2) This inexpensive bench with tufted velvet cushion adds both style and practicality to an entryway or as seating for a vanity. (Note the extra credit styling with the metallic x base).

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3) I looooove these velvet pumpkins for fall! They are available in a ton of colors and several sizes and will work well in any of your fall vignettes. P.S. The photos in this Etsy store make shopping easy and fun, so I had to use more than one pic because I could not choose!

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So whatever Fall trend (or trends) you choose to implement in your home this season, I hope these budget friendly picks will help inspire you to try something new.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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Five Organization Tips to Prep for Back to School

Morning All and Happy Wednesday! I have been MIA from the blog this Summer which, in truth, has been amazing in that it has given us much needed time for family adventures. And now, as we move into the latter half of August, I am still in denial that Fall is lurking,  despite the IG feeds and blog posts harkening its arrival with plans for Fall decor, Fall Style and everything back to school!

Nevertheless, it is time to look ahead and get ready. Full disclosure- that means finally sorting through what came home from the locker at the end of the year, as that pile still remains. Sigh. So here are some great organizational tips and hacks if you find yourself needing a slight overhaul but don’t want to use the last moments of Summer to do it!

#1: Create a Homework or Project Center

Having everything in one place can save minimize many headaches… I do realize that you may have everything ready and in one place, but you still have to get them to do the homework!

This fabulous Art Cart from Fun with Mama can be modified to hold whatever kids need for their grade level so that all supplies can be found in.one.place, just wheel it over and voila!

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I love this gorgeous project area featuring Caitlin Wilson wallpaper- clean, organized, perfection!

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Here is a fabulous DIY homework caddy from Paint Yourself a Smile, that can travel with you if you don’t have an entire area or room to designate for school projects.

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#2.  Organize Outfits to Get Out of the House on Time

Now take this one with a grain of salt. I have tried this, but I have two girls…. so inevitably if I pick out Outfit A for Monday, they will want to wear Outfit C. It’s Murphy’s law. So if it works for you to designate certain outfits for certain days and the kids actually wear what you choose- winner winner chicken dinner! But, if like me, they require ahem options, then perhaps just creating organized drawers and closets leads to the gold star.

Here are some awesome days of the week free printable tags from Making Life Lovely to affix to hangers with outfits for each day:

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Just being able to see things to pull together outfits, like in this closet from I Heart Organizing, will save precious time in the morning:

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Here is another layout option from Beneath My Heart (check out the “before” as well). The point is to be able to see everything at a glance, match it up, and go!

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#3. Up Your Snack Game

So if your kids are like mine, Summer has been a blur of never ending snacks, snacks and more snacks…and I am fooling myself if I think for one moment that our snack quotient will decrease. Don’t forget- the “snack after school” is actually either the lunch replacement because, “I was too busy to eat, Mom”, or is just the fourth meal of the day….naturally.  Moreover, I have a sickness when it comes to my LOVE of organized pantries, so I will share you some of my favs…you know because the snacks need look amazing:

From Eleven Gables:

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and from Bright on the Day:

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#4.  Car Organization

OMG, my achilles heal. I live in my car during the school year schlepping to a myriad of activities, and will find myself needing a Thank you note, a bandaid and a ziplock at a moments notice on the fly (true story).  So I have taken to leaving the aforementioned things my car, along with stamps and gum and half my medicine cabinet because hey, you just.never.know.  As a result of the aforementioned confession of the stuff I lug around, I will not be using my own car for organizational inspiration as it is, shall we say, a work in progress.  Here are some cool items I found to help you get.it.done!

First, a space for the cell phone that ends up under the seat when I brake too quickly:)

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And I definitely need this for back seat organization!

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And this trunk organizer just might be big enough to tackle the sports equipment:

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**All items sourced above are from New Chic. I am not affiliated, just wanted to share these items with you!

#5.  Paper Organization

Now this one is less about the kids, and more for your own sanity.  I debated whether an organized coffee station or even a well appointed bar should be included, but having a solution for all the paper that comes into my house actually trumps both of those.  It is an immense amount that needs to be sorted, shredded and recycled daily. If it doesn’t get done, and I let my guard down for one hot second, it all multiples during the night and forms crazy piles on the dining room table….the center of our house that I have to walk past millions of times on a given day. So long story short…sort, shred, recycle the moment it crosses the threshold- you will thank me later:)

I love theses set-ups to accomplish this seemingly mundane task because they elevate it by making it beautiful and functional such as hiding your shredder in a basket like See Jane Work:

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Or incorporating everything into a family command center with a shredder from Houzz:

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And Studio Dearborn  created this beautiful desk area near the kitchen to shred, sort and store…

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Good Luck with all your back to school prep! I hope these five quick tips help you get organized  as we march toward Fall and Back to School!

Best,
Kelly

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Mid-Week Musings and the Dandelion Effect

Hi All! This post was originally started two weeks ago and titled Monday Musings, but here we are midweek, a fortnight later and I am just now sitting down to sum up my thoughts.  I have been MIA  finishing up some client projects, getting over a cold, enjoying a family wedding weekend, and racing toward the end of the school year with the kids.  How are we mid-June already!?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the psychology of design and space planning (warning: wordy post ahead).  I have witnessed how a beautiful, functional space can literally change a client’s perspective of their home or office, but getting to that point in the road is not without its challenges.  Enter the dandelion effect.  This is what I call the design issue(s) when one project cannot get done because it hinges on another… and when you tackle one issue, another pops up to slow you down.  And then as a result, frustration sets in and nothing.moves.forward.

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There are several things that have not been addressed in the nine years I have lived in my house due to the dandelion effect.  A small, yet apt example of my own current ongoing dandelion challenge has been attempting to create an area with great adequate lighting where I can apply my make-up, do my hair etc.- a space out of the way of other family members. Doesn’t sound particularly challenging right? Let’s review how we got here.

When my kids were born I began implementing the “get ready out of a bag” technique because I was home with them, and at that point as a Mom you are in whatever room they are in, so I would just drag my makeup etc. with me to be applied wherever I found myself (let’s be honest it was more like chapstick, a hair tie and an extra shirt for when I was spit-up on, but it was a “ready bag” nevertheless).  Now as the kids get older, due to the sheer amount of time I spend in the car, this concept of the ever ready bag enables me to address self care rituals at stop lights and while waiting to pick up/drop off. Classy.  So in an effort to stop this nonsense I have been wanting to create an area for myself to get ready in the morning. Easy enough.  Except for the damn dandelion effect that has enabled the “get ready out of a bag” insanity to go on for nine years.

Here is how it works.  I have wanted to delineate this prep area for myself for years, except there is one bathroom upstairs where everyone needs to get ready.  We are putting in a Master Bath within a years time (for the sanity of our entire family), but until then I am challenging myself to find another solution.  My first thought was to carve out a spot for a vanity table and chair in my bedroom, but then quickly realized the outlets I would need for the blow dryer are in another area of the room so I would need to relocate them…totally reasonable (insert sarcasm here) because they would all be temporary and torn out when the Master Bath goes in.  Then I started using the downstairs bathroom because hey, all my stuff was in a bag anyway, but the small vanity top did not afford me the space I was looking for to layout my new Sephora haul sooooo….. I could just redo the downstairs bath sink area while awaiting the new Master Bath install. Another perfectly reasonable solution.   And round and round it goes…

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So this is the point in which I am going to get out of the weeds (ha ha) and implement the “progress over perfect” concept that is all the rage.  As a Type A this is a challenging concept to accept, but I am tired of schlepping that bag about, as now it has become a symbol of a lack of effort to carve out space for myself  in my own home (Sidebar: Naturally, I did try to make the bag fancier, more organized etc. in an attempt to quell my frustration, but it did not solve the problem per se).

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So here is the plan (with rules of course)… accountability photos to follow next week: 1) I will implement an organized space for the morning routine of hair/makeup etc. (most likely with a damn extension cord to solve the outlet problem…progress, not perfect); 2) I will use existing furniture as I have been cleaning out the attic for days and cannot bring myself to buy anything new when I have a myriad of options in storage; and 3) It will be functional, organized and pretty and may even double as jewelry storage so I actually know what I have- imagine!

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Now to come full circle to the psychology of design I mentioned above.  Will implementing this area for myself lead to other things…greater self care- ooooh maybe I’ll even get to the gym more! LOL. Listen, I have realistic expectations, but I am wondering if just eliminating the “get ready bag” will make me feel more invested in myself.  Now then, taking that to the next level, perhaps updating annoyances in my kitchen will lead to healthier eating…and will creating an at home office space make me feel like I accomplished more when I use it, not to mention better organized? I am not sure, but I cannot wait to find out:). Perhaps in doing these things my dandelion effect with become a dandelion affect…in a positive way.

Ok, so I challenge you to identify something that has been bugging you in your own home, but due to the dandelion effect you have not taken on.  Make a reasonable plan for yourself and take steps forward toward your goal.  Progress over perfect my friends.

Good Luck!
Best,

Kelly

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Outdoor Updates

Good Morning!  I hope all the Mothers out there had an amazing Mother’s Day and were pampered and celebrated!  My crew and I enjoyed a quick overnight getaway because with kiddos all you really need is a hotel pool:)  They swam, we ate at some really fun restaurants, they swam some more, and we took them shopping for much needed summer clothes (they grew out of everything all at once)!

My loves- Mother's Day 2018
My loves- Mother’s Day 2018

And here we are in Mid-May… marching toward the end of the school year.  With unbridled optimism for a relaxing Summer, I totally want to spruce up the backyard and make it more lounge-worthy.  When we bought the house nine years ago the size of our back deck was a major selling feature, and since that time we have been very fortunate to host many parties and family gatherings there.  Now, the deck needs a little extra TLC because the wear and tear of long winters is definitely showing.  Boards need to be replaced, the annual cleaning and staining are definitely due, and some plants and flowers would go a long way….

Last year I added a polypropylene rug to our outdoor dining set-up and love how it added dimension to the space to make it feel more indoor/outdoor.  This year I am eyeing a new umbrella and maybe even some outdoor curtains to provide more privacy…

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Here are some fun finds I wanted to share in case you are looking to up your game in your own outdoor space:

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Sources: Black & White  One| Two| Three| Four| Five| Six

Have a great week all!
Best,

Kelly

 

 

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I made it!!! Week 6 of the One Room Challenge! It’s reveal time!

Hi All!  I made it to week 6 of the One Room Challenge and am happy to report the office makeover is complete!  I cannot wait to show you the transformation.  Admittedly the before was sad…really sad.  How could we have possibly lived with it like this for soooo long?  It was just one of those cases where life was too busy and I never had time to tackle the project… but then enter the One Room Challenge… and a deadline… and I was off and running and getting.things.done!  I am so elated to have this one crossed off the To Do List, but more importantly my hubby, who spends mucho time in this office, is happy with the result.

The challenge in this room that unfortunately could not be changed (due to time, logistics and budget) was its size.  It is a small room, 9 x 6,  that had to continue being used during this entire process.  That meant working diligently on the weekends and moving things in and out so it could be a “functioning” office during the week.

Let me remind you of the before…eeeeeek a dark cluttered space with old ceiling tiles, dark trim and paneling, and “it had seen better days” wallpaper:

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Sara Langley Designs| gray office with dark gray focal wall
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The room feels so much larger now with no lower paneling, light gray walls, and a fresh white trim and ceiling:

Sara Langley Designs | gray office interior
AFTER

 

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BEFORE

and I am so excited with how the focal wall turned out, the perfect backdrop for the compass:

Sara Langley Designs|panel focal wall, millwork, gray accent
AFTER

and another view before:IMG_7973

and from a similar angle after:

Sara Langley Designs |gray office interior, red console

I am so happy that I was able to finesse two desks into the space.  They look great and will make the room much more user friendly.  I held my breath when we brought them in because I forgot to account for the depth of the new focal wall when measuring how much space I had but thankfully they fit seamlessly…almost like I planned it that way- phew!

Sara Langley Designs |two office desks, mid century chairs, gray office

So here is hubby’s new view, and I suppose, as an extension of this office makeover, some landscaping outside the office windows is overdue as well.

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Thank you to everyone who has been following along on this crazy adventure of mine.  You can view the  other completed projects of both featured and guest designers here.  Thank you to Linda at the One Room Challenge for creating this wonderful setting to inspire us to get things done!

Best,

Kelly

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