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Adding Warmth to a Room

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I don’t think it is any secret that I love neutrals, particularly cold neutrals.  Grey, navy, white, and more grey.  So a while back when my girl Emily Henderson told me that every room needs to be balanced with some warmth, I was like well crap.  What do I do with my grey, blue, and white furniture that I just bought.  Luckily I figured out that just a little bit of warmth goes a long way, and here are some of my favorite ways to add it.

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So I used to hate wood furniture.  I wanted to paint everything because I thought wood was old and ugly looking.  Obviously I was being stupid, because a nice piece of wood furniture can really warm up a room.  I love finding used antique pieces so it doesn’t look like I just bought my whole room from Target (although you know I love me some Target.)

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Obviously I’m obsessed with gold.  Every room needs a little glamour.  A little goes a long way here.  Notice how just a couple of small pieces lighten up the whole room.

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I typically am more drawn to neutral rugs because they are kind of a large purchase and get scared that I will get sick of a super colorful one but a vibrant rug in a neutral room is maybe one of my favorite things.

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This is absolutely the easiest and cheapest way to bring in some color.  It’s amazing what some art or pretty books can add.  Even if you don’t have a bookcase, grab some colorful books and stack them under some candles or even lamp.  Instant gratification.

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It’s a snow (actually ice) day here in Charlotte so I hope everyone stays safe out there!!

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A Touch of Pink

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I was scrolling through my Pinterest boards last night and started to notice a theme.  Even though I don’t typically decorate (or wear) all that much pink, I kept finding little bits of pink in some of my favorite images.  A little hint of color in an otherwise neutral room seems to really help bring some interest and contrast.  Add in some weird art or simple stripes and you’ve really got my attention.  Do you guys ever add little bits of pink?  Or go full on with pink furniture?

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Anatomy of a Perfect Laundry Room

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Laundry is one of those things that I’m not particularly good at.  I’m not particularly bad at it either, but I can never seem to get the towels as clean as I want them to be.  And sometimes our workout clothes still smell after we wash them.  But I shouldn’t have told you that.  I think part of the problem is that our washer and dryer are approximately 30 years old.  Our washer sounds like the house is going to explode and the dryer takes three cycles to get the clothes dry.  So when I got (my first ever!) bonus for passing the PE exam, a new washer and dryer was the perfectly adult (read: boring) way to spend the money.  I’m actually pretty excited about it.  They are being delivered on Saturday and I can’t wait to wash all of the things.  I just know this will be my ticket to fluffy white towels.  Since I’m going to be making over my smelly clothes, I figured this would be the perfect time to give the laundry closet a makeover because it is ugly and dirty and quite frankly embarrassing.  Time to learn from the experts.

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I think the thing that makes the perfect laundry room is sophisticated simplicity.  Functional but good looking storage.  Pretty containers that I will probably never fill and will just sit there pretending to be useful.  A pretty paint color or if you want to spend the cash, but a backsplash really kicks things up a notch.  It will just be paint for me.  Finally, a hanging rack would be terribly helpful so I don’t just throw the wet delicates on the floor and forget to hang them.  I am bad about that.

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This image is actually the one I am using as inspiration (read: copying).  I am literally going to go buy the same shelving unit and drying rack from Ikea that are shown in the picture.  Because Southern Living knows what’s up.  Do you guys have any other good laundry room tips?

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