Going Country.

I was at CVS the other day and spotted this cover of Country Living and had to pick it up because that room? Hello, totally right up my alley. Country Living isn’t a mag I subscribe to, but now that I’m using Texture, I’m going to be looking at it every month!  There were some great things in this issue, but mostly this house!  It’s like Chip & Joanna Gaines total dream home. :)  I think Fixer Upper has turned us all into a bit of a country fan, no?
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I die for those beams and the overall warm scheme- the layered rugs, the giant basket (which I FOUND- see my “get the look” board below) and the abundance of white, which makes everything feel so warm and lived in.

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The Most Popular Home on the Internet Right Now

Those of you who love design blogs have probably seen the Michigan home of Michelle Adams in House Beautiful a few times in your internet travels, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to post it here too and discuss her charming abode. You must remember Michelle as the editor of Domino, back when Domino was DOMINO- so we all know what a great eye she has from all those dog eared old copies of the magazine.  And if you’ve been following her on Instagram, you know she’s been renovating this house back in her home state of Michigan for a while.  And the final result did not disappoint any of her fans, especially me!  I love the palette, the mix of high and low and the personal charm each space exudes. It’s a great example of what I think a youthful, well designed home should look like.  And at the end of the post, I have lots of sources for finds just like those shown here!

I just die over the marble mantle she brought in to replace her dated one with.  Those graceful, traditional lines in combination with the (replica?) Serge Mouille ceiling fixture is French perfection.
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A Blue Binge.

I have been so all bout bold blues the past few months (perhaps because of the little boy?) and I had so much fun pulling together this cozy bedroom by letting my blue freak flag fly. I started with this amazing block print duvet from Kalyana Textiles and went all out from there. And take note, that amazing blue art comes HUGE. :)
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The Blogger Book Club: Emily Henderson

I’ll admit that I don’t read many blog anymore due to my insane schedule- and like a lot of you probably do- when my work day is over I want to something not work related. But when I do find time, I go right to the long-time partners in the blog trenches whose work I really admire. Emily Henderson is one of those people. I LOVE her. Her sunny smile, disposition, funny voice and amazing talent are what makes her the superstar she is. So I was not surprised when I heard she was doing a book and knew it would be just as awesome as she is. (And she managed not only to release Styled, her fun, fab new book but also give birth to her daughter all in the same time frame!

What I love about design is how different we all do it.  Emily’s colorful, California cool vibe is so different from what I do day-to-day but I adore it.  You know when you look at images of spaces so different from your own and think “Man, I want to live like THAT! I would be so much cooler if my house was like that one!” :)  That’s how I feel about the spaces in Emily’s book.

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And it’s a mix of spaces by different designers that look cohesive due to Emily’s ninja styling skills.  This book is more about styling your space, not top to bottom design.  Basically, how to get your space to look as “done” as those you see in magazines.  I think that last 10% of design (the styling) tends to be the hardest for people to do- which is what makes this book handy!

Having been through the book process I know what it’s like to have to pick certain images to use and others that you have to trash.  It’s painful!  You have all these fantastic shots but for one reason or another some end up on the cutting room floor.  Emily sent over these exclusive outtakes from her book editing process- ones that didn’t make it in but that she still loves.

This one is SO good- can you imagine sitting her with a glass of wine after a long day and looking at a magazine or chatting with friends? DIE.
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Dreaming in Blue

I saw this Manhattan bedroom by designer Kelly Behun in the new Elle Decor and gasped.   The color of this Gracie wallpaper is insanely good (and looks way better in the magazine than in my crappy iPhone snaps!)  I don’t think I will ever tire of this look- ever (except for those crazypants bird/feather lamps- NO NO NO)
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Wouldn’t it be so cheery to wake up to this scene???

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Now, the thing about Gracie paper is MONEY. Lots of it. I quoted some once and one wall alone was going to be over $5,000. So, here’s a way to get this look for much less.  I foudn this paper on Mural Sources and you could either do the whole wall behind your bed or frame two panels in gold frames and hang above each nightstand like I did in my old master bedroom.  I think this came pretty darn close to capturing the look above! Untitled-1

bed // sketch // wallpaper // bedding // mirror // lamps // pillow // faux fur throw // chandelier // dresser // nightstands // rug // side table // chair