Jewel Tones

My sister-in-law is moving into a new apartment, so we’ve been talking a lot about how she wants to decorate it - I know you’re shocked. Tessa gravitates toward jewel tones, so we’re searching for the right throw pillows and art to bring her style into the new space. Here are some of her Pinterest faves…

I’m loving this direction she’s going and can’t wait to put it all together when she moves in!

 

Decorating a Long Wall

My friend Katie – the one with the amazing navy and pink wedding – just moved to Dallas from NYC. She and her new hubby are living it up in an apartment until they figure out exactly what part of Dallas in which they want to settle. Katie’s challenge in this space is a long wall that connects her living room with her dining area. Instead of creating two distinct spaces, she decided to do a gallery wall. She did a beautiful job of layering lots of classic neutrals with rustic-looking items.

And even though the gallery wall flows really well from one space to the next, it’s important to ground each area as well. For instance, the mirrow overlooking her dining table helps define the space without closing it off or looking too separated from the living room. After corresponding with Katie about her design challenge and then seeing it completed, I asked Katie if we could her photos with all of you – thankfully, she agreed! These are great inspiration photos for anyone challenged with decorating a long wall that overlooks multiple “rooms.” Enjoy!

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Chicken Wire Shelf

Chicken Wire Shelf

 

K+P Family Room Decor

K+P Family Room Decor

 

K+P Family Room Decor 2

K+P Family Room Decor 2

 

K+P Dining Area

K+P Dining Area

 

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Arkansas Antiques

How fun is Jill’s new desk chair? It couldn’t be more perfect for that space!

So I mentioned before that last weekend we went to Arkansas for a volleyball tournament. And while we were there, we spent a little time antiquing. Wanted to share some of the goodies we came across.

There were signs galore…

Arkansas Antiques

Arkansas Antiques

I was tempted to pick up one of these babies for my son’s room since it’s all done in vintage vehicles. Love the bright, bold colors. But I just didn’t have anywhere to put them, so they didn’t come home with me.

Bright Signs

Bright Signs

Of course there were loads of galvanized items.

Galvanized

Galvanized

And fun lanterns. If someone had a collection, they would have been in heaven.

Lanterns Galore

Lanterns Galore

I SO wanted this chair. I stared and stared at it trying to figure out where it could go in my home. However, it was $99, which was simply more than I was willing to pay for something I didn’t really need and hadn’t been looking for. I’m thinking Jill’s Craigslist prices are way better!!! It’s a pretty sweet chair though.

Midcentury Modern Chair

Midcentury Modern Chair

What I did end up with was one of these interesting little guys. I stopped to check them out simply because the animals and colors caught my eye (they had the perfect shade of yellow for my family room). I also loved that they had years printed right on them. Then when I noticed that they were actually mugs, I was sold. I’d never seeen them before, so I researched them a bit more. They’re part of the Frankoma collection of pottery. John Frank was a ceramics professor at the University of Oklahoma around the 1930′s, and he ended up opening his own pottery company in 1933. When I looked up the value of the mug that I purchased, it appears that they generally go for about $14. I bought mine for $7.50!

Frankoma Mugs

Frankoma Mugs

I wanted to use mine as a piece of art, so I added him to my shelf. Think he goes perfectly, don’t you?

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Teal, Yellow, and Navy

I totally wanted to show you photos from our antiquing last weekend in Arkansas. But of course I had to take my car in uber early this morning because something’s wrong with it, and I walked out the door without my camera memory card. Soooo, I’ll have to post those this Friday. Sorry! However, I thought I’d post a couple inspiration pics for our friend Molly’s house. As I told you a couple months ago, Jill and I have a close friend who has asked us to help her freshen up her new home. We’ve had so much fun along the way, and we’ll be able to share progress pics next week! Her color scheme in her kitchen and family room are grey, teal, and navy. However, she also wanted to bring in some pops of yellow. So in honor of Molly, here are a couple pics from House of Turquoise showcasing those colors together expertly. Enjoy!

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House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

Dressing Up My Side Table

Last week I showed you our new bedding. Bedding is so personal and can make such a statement, as we all know. When you walk into a room, the most important element is obviously the bed. It’s where we spend a huge amount of time. Well, just as important are the side tables. You use your side tables every night, to set down your phone, to lay extra items you’re too lazy to put away, and to turn on a lamp when you need some extra light. So I decided to spend a little time getting our night stands just right during this bedroom update.

I started by moving our previous ones to the side of the settee – I showed these in this post.

Sitting Room Update

Sitting Room Update

 

They were perfect in our teeny bedroom in St. Louis when we had a 100-year-old bungalow. But they are just too small to go beside our bed now. I also decided that this time I didn’t really want matching pieces, so for my side, I decided to use an estate-sale item that I’d had in my house for about seven years.

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I first got this little beauty when my mother-in-law did estate sales several years ago. It had a light honey stain on it, but on top, someone had painted an apple green color. I actually liked it and thought that was such a fun way to bring color to a piece of furniture without committing the whole thing to it. I had painted it white when I first got it, sanded it a bit to keep it feeling distressed, and kept the green top. It has served as a guest room nightstand, side table, and printer holder in my old home office.

 

Now, it’s been promoted to the master bedroom. The one thing I had to do was repaint the top. The green it used to have was a little too apple-y. So I used one of my mint green test pints to give it a fresh, custom look.

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Then I got new lamps at Home Goods for $45. And finally, my friend Katie (the one who had the beautiful pink and navy wedding), gave all her bridesmaids these adorable elephant ring holders as one of our gifts. I wanted a place to put it on display, so I grabbed one of my grandmother’s old serving plates and set it on top, right next to a bowl I found in the clearance basket at Anthropologie.

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It all feels very personal and comforting right next to me every night. I think more furniture needs to have a fun colored top, don’t you?

 

 

Got Grass?

I can remember vividly – on a volleyball trip to Chicago and I begged my mom to buy me this item…

Faux Wheat Grass Decor

No joke – I wanted some faux wheat grass to decorate my room?!  What 16 year old wants faux wheat grass??  I told you, I have had this ‘love for decor’ problem for a while now.

And I can tell you, that $19.95 was well worth the cost mom, as this little decorative item has been used in every apartment, town home, residence I have lived in since 2000.

Although this may seem silly and very odd since I am not a fan of fake flowers of any sort, but this little rectangle of grass I absolutely adore.

In the future I plan to actually attempt to grow my own REAL wheat grass and reap the health benefits of wheat grass shots but for now my faux wheat grass will do.

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And you can use the wheat grass to decorate for holidays and parties like so…

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And just in time for football season…

Shoot, you can throw anything in the faux grass!

And since I am in high baby time with baby items all around, I love that BOON makes a bottle drying rack that gives the same look and feel…

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Perfection.  Makes having bottles on the counter much more decor friendly.

You can find the drying rack here and pretty much any retailer that has baby items.  I have seen this item at Buy Buy Baby, Target and Wal-Mart to name a few.

OR if you want a wheat grass look to charge your phone I found this

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SO, moral of this story – faux grass can be a fun decorative item, bottle drying rack and electronic charger.  Oh and the real wheat grass is super healthy and I would highly recommend it.  I will get my green thumb up to speed and get some of the real wheat grass soon.

Anyone else love wheat grass?? The faux and real kind?