Favorites Of The Week {a little of this & a little of that}

This is going to be an exciting (and stressful) weekend.  My brother is going to be setting up all of our electronic and computer stuff today (which always results in a few new gadgets) and we’ve got a little more packing to do.  And tomorrow the movers come to move all our furniture.  As of Monday we’ll officially be in our new house and the unpacking will begin.

Even though I didn’t manage to do a lot of blogging this week, I did find some down time to round-up my favorites of the week.

 Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Enjoy a few of my favorite links from the week…

Maybe the most gorgeous laundry room I’ve ever seen.

A great tutorial on How to Style Flat Lay Photographs.  And don’t forget to pre-order KariAnn’s new book, So Close To Amazing. It’s fabulous!

Here’s a great design portfolio that will have you swooning.  So many ideas!

It’s never to early to start Christmas shopping so check out all the goodies in this sale.  I just ordered these and this.

A gorgeous dutch door.

Great tips for hanging wallpaper in a bathroom.

Are you ready for fall?  This beautiful fall tablescape and fall decor might get you in the mood.

I just discovered this new online store which has everything from home decor to fashion.

 

Shopping For Your Home: 4th of July Sales

Is there anything better than a long weekend?  I’m looking forward to getting caught up on my magazine stack, celebrating the 4th and watching the fireworks.  I’m also  looking forward to doing some shopping and taking advantage of some of the great sales that are going on this weekend.  If you’re in the market for new decor for your home, here’s a roundup of my top 4th of July sale events.  Happy shopping and cheers to the weekend!

4TH OF JULY HOME DECOR SALES

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Save 20% off site wide at Serena & Lily including sale items.

 

Take an additional 30% off sales items at Anthropologie.

 

Up to 70% off at H and M Home.  This cute bird candleholder is on sale for $7.99.

 

Save up to 30% off on home, patio and furniture at Target. Plus clothing and accessories are on sale too!

 

Mega End-Of-Season Sale Up to 70% off at Pottery Barn.

 

Extra 30% off Summer Clearance at Williams Sonoma Home.

 

20% off furniture and an additional 20% off sale items at West Elm.

 

15% off at World Market and an extra 10% off already reduced sale items atGallerie.


 

Up to 60% off Outdoor Furniture at World Market.  

 

Save 20% off at Joss and Main.

 

The already great prices at RugsUSA are reduced even further with an additional 20% off sale + free shipping.

And while you’re shopping, you might want to check out Dillard’s for their annual 4th of July sale– additional 30% off sale prices!

Favorites Of The Week {a random mix of great stuff}


Whew! What a week it has been.  I’ve been running in 50 different directions sourcing products, working on projects and trying to wrangle the paperwork on my desk.

 I wish I could say this was going to be a low-key weekend but it’s not.  I’m spending all day tomorrow in meeting with the non-profit agency I work with then I’m doing some major house cleaning.  We do have a fun outing planned for Sunday morning but the rest of the day will be spent working and preparing for the busy week ahead.  Oh, I am planning to shut things down so I can watch the Oscars!

I hope you can find some downtime to enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS:

This interior designers home is beautiful and the property is breathtaking.

I loved this interview with interior designer Danielle Colding and her answer to the question ‘what does success mean?’.

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FAVORITE PINS:

The image below is from one of my new, favorite Instagram feeds–@erinkestenbaum.

This is a gorgeous living room designed by one of my favorite designers.

I can tell this bedroom is really beautiful just from this photo.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

These pastel teaspoons are perfect for spring.

Loving this market tote!  It’s on sale and I also spotted a similar design in stores on clearance for $17.99.

If you’re looking for a stylish rug in a neutral color, check out the Farrah rug.

Loving this emerald green soap dispenser from H and M Home. This glass cup and this glass jar are also part of the collection.

For all you fashionistas out there, there’s a postage stamp made just for you!

Speaking of fashion, I’m totally in smitten with the pom pom sneaker trim.  These are the cheapest I’ve seen so far but this brand does not fit my foot. I’m thinking a DIY might be in order. You can buy shoe clips here and a pom pom making tool here. {affiliate links}

Enjoy your weekend!

Behind The Blog: Erika Ward Interiors

Today I’ve got another edition of my Behind The Blog series.  This time around I talking with my friend and fellow-designer, Erika Ward of Erika Ward Interiors and BluLabelBungalow blog.

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I’ve been a big fan of Erika and her design work for years and have been honored to contribute articles to her successful blog, on several occasions.

Erika’s career as a designer started after years of working for a design-build firm and she eventually made the leap and started building her independent design business, Erika Ward Interiors.

In addition to her blossoming design career which includes features in national publications and brand partnerships, Erika is a wife and mother to 5 adorable kids. I’m continually in awe of how she does it all.

I posed few questions to Erika to learn more about her design philosophy, where here inspiration comes from and how she does it all.

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How did you get into the interior design profession and when did you start Erika Ward Interiors?

I began my career as an accountant managing multi-million dollar construction budgets for an internationally known design-build firm. In 2006, while still working in a corporate setting, I bravely started Erika Ward Interiors to satisfy my creative side and brought my business acumen and professionalism to the residential market. After three years of performing this balancing act I decided to fully commit to building Erika Ward Interiors and never looked back.

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  What do you love most about being an interior designer?

I love the newness of each project and working closely with individuals. Getting to know them and their family intimately helps me feel like we have a more authentic relationship.

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 We’d love to learn more about your design philosophy so tell us what design elements you think every home needs?

Every home needs a combination of something old and something new otherwise each room feels like a furniture showroom. That’s not exactly the look I want to bring. While I certainly want the room to feel polished, it also has to feel livable and approachable.

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Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration in client’s stories (career, travel, family history etc) and how they live in their home. I’m also fascinated with learning about different cultures. It’s important to me that we open our minds and even “try on” a few of their customs. I bring more depth and richness into our own lives.

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 How would you describe your personal design style?

The foundation of my personal style is very traditional. I love classic silhouettes paired with bright color or pattern on upholstery. Mix this with clean lines and a few organic elements like teak, woven textures, or weathered wood and I’m sold.

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 What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

My late grandparents were incredibly business savvy. I admire them both for establishing themselves during a time where it was much more difficult for African-Americans. They always stressed the economic importance of time and money, I’ve written about this on my own blog, and they always encouraged me to work as I’m working for Christ himself and not men.

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In addition to Erika Ward Interiors, you also have a popular design blog, BluLabelBungalow.  Tell us how you came up with that name and what readers can expect from your blog post.

I came up with the name after purchasing our first house, a Cape Cod style bungalow in 2005. In the beginning I wrote about the intersection of fashion and interior design and was obsessed with Ralph Lauren’s Blue Label collection. I pretty much dropped the e, combined the two words and added bungalow.

The blog has evolved since then to show before and after makeovers from my client projects, trend reports, decorating advice, travel features, and most recently started a series called “Devotions for the Decorator.”

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You’re a mom of 5, a wife and a business owner—can you share 3 pieces of advice for other working moms out there?

Yes!!

Create a village of people who love your family and support your journey. We have caregivers who love our children so much which gives my husband and I a piece of mind. We can work without the worry.

Make time for self-care. I’ve recently lost 55lbs in an effort to preserve my health and no longer take it for granted. The physical transformation also came with great, unexpected mental and emotional benefits too. I’m not only healthier but I’m certain it has made me an even better wife and mother.

Pray everyday, several times a day. This helps you stay connected to your purpose, stay grateful, remain humble, and provides you with the strength you need to handle life’s toughest issues.

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 If you could lunch with any famous woman, who would it be and what burning question would you want to ask them?

I’d love to have lunch with Ivanka Trump. I admire the balance she strikes between career and motherhood as well as her presence as a wife. On a superficial level, she’s always very poised, polished, and modestly dressed.

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 What 5 thing you can’t you live without?

My faith in Jesus Christ

My husband

My five children

Quiet Time

Travel / Exploration

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What’s your favorite way to unwind?  

Sitting in a quiet room with a hot cup of something.

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 I always like to throw a quirky question into the mix so tell us about your favorite things…

Favorite Book: Currently reading (again) the Five Love Languages

  Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias

    Favorite Food: Mexican Cuisine

    Favorite Store:  Amazon Prime

Favorite Color: Blue

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Thank you Erika for sharing a little bit about your life and style with all of us!

View more of Erika’s design work here , follow her blog here and join her on Instagram here.

And join Erika and I at the Atlanta Tastemaker Summit next month for a day of design inspiration and  learning.

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The Inspired Room Coloring Book

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You all know I love the whole adult coloring book trend which I talked about here and here.   And that I’m really excited that there are several coloring books coming out that are designed for home decor fans.  Well, just last week I was thrilled to receive a package in the mail from Melissa of The Inspired Room.   Inside the package was an advanced copy of her new home decor coloring book. (thanks Melissa).  #happymail

When I talked about The Inspired Room Coloring Book on the blog before, I had only seen images online and the description on Amazon.  I knew the book was going to be good but it is even better in person.

Unlike many other coloring books, Melissa designed the pages with images only on one side of the paper which makes the pages ideal for framing.  And each page is perforated so that it can easily be torn out and hung on a bulletin board or used for a creative projects.  The paper is thick which reduces he chance of ink bleeding through so you can use my favorite markers just as easily as pencils to color the images.

I’ve spent several evenings unwinding by coloring in the book and I have to tell you it’s addictive and relaxing.

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The image below gave me the opportunity to envision what an emerald green secretary would look like.  I’m hoping to score one at an antique store and paint it green.

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Isn’t this page of chair designs fun?

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I used one of the pages to play around with a color story I’m working on for a design client.  I pulled one of the fabric swatches we’re considering and created an accessory plan using this accessory page from the coloring book.

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If you’re looking for a great girlfriend gift under $10.00, this is it.  Although the official release date isn’t until July 1st, you can buy a copy on Amazon today.

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image via The Inspired Room

 

If you want to see more pages from the book, follow the hashtag #TIRcoloringbook on Instagram.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide {from my favorite shops}

All that I am..

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and treating my mom to something special is the least I can do for all the wisdom she has shared with me,  all the support she’s given me, the thousands of hugs she surrounded me with and for all the love she’s shown me each and every day of my life.

When it come to giving you mom a mother’s day gift, there’s not right or wrong as long as it come from the heart and is given with love.  But in case you need a little help finding the perfect gift, I’ve pulled together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide with items from my favorite on-line or brick and mortar stores.

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Guest Bath Update with Cutting Edge Stencils

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I’ve got a sneak peek of a project I’ve been working on to share with you today.  I’ve been wanting to make some decorative changes to our guest bath, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money doing it. I gave myself a small budget to purchase new artwork and a few accessories and I also put my DIY skills to work making a new shower curtain using a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

If you’ve never given stenciling a try, I highly recommend it. It’s an inexpensive way to decorate walls, fabrics, floors and even ceilings and makes updating your home decor quick and easy.

After looking through all of the Cutting Edge Stencil designs (so many great stencil designs), I choose the Drifting Arrows pattern.

Drifting Arrows Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils

What I like about the Drifting Arrows pattern is the classic yet modern feel that it has–the style I wanted for the bathroom.

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To create the shower curtain, I used a plain white shower curtain ($14.00) and paint I had in the garage.  The paint is Clark and Kensington and the color is Ace of Spades, in a semi-gloss finish.

Before I began stenciling I read all of the how to stencil info on  the Cutting Edge website and also watched some of the stencil how-to videos.  In my book, stenciling on a large piece of fabric is a bit more challenging than stenciling on a wall so here are a few tips I used that made the job easier:

1)  Iron your fabric before stenciling to ensure a smooth, wrinkle-free surface.

2)  Lay the fabric out on a hard, smooth surface.  I placed a drop cloth down and then placed a large piece of cardboard between the shower curtain and drop cloth.  The cardboard gave me a smooth surface and allowed the roller to move smoothly over the fabric.

3) Securely tape your stencil down using painters tape.  Because my stencil was fairly large, I made sure to tape the edges as well as the corners.

4)  Use a gentle hand when rolling on the paint.  This will reduce paint seepage under the stencil design.

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It took me about 4 hours to paint the entire shower curtain and I love the way it turned out.  Now that the shower curtain is finished, the rest of the details for the bathroom are coming together.

Here’s a little sneak peek…

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If the idea of a stencil project appeals to you, check out the Cutting Edge Stencil blog for more design ideas.

I’ll be back tomorrow to reveal the completed bathroom update so stay tuned.   And, I’ll have a giveaway too!

The great folks at Cutting Edge Stencils are giving you a chance to win a stencil of your choice, with a value up to $50!  So check out the incredible array of stencils at www.cuttingedgestencils.com  and come back tomorrow to enter to win!  (contest open to US residents only)

Shelly

This is a product review for Royal Design Stencils. All opinions are 100% mine.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home

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Welcome to the first installment of the 2014 ConfettiStyle Holiday Gift Guide.  

Today I’m bringing you some of my top home decor gift suggestions.  All of the items on the list are items that I know anyone would love find under the tree on Christmas morning.  While several of the items are from holiday collections, every item is versatile enough to be used as year-round decor.  And the fact that all but one items is priced under $65, theses are the perfect gifts in my book!

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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