For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door. The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use. I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy. Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!
With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with. I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared. I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.
Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint. A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!
It’s that time! I know we still haven’t had Thanksgiving and I’m usually very very strict about posting Christmas ideas until after Turkey day, but I just can’t resist this year. Partially because I’m so excited about my theme and partially because I may have already decorated some (guilty!) and am just too excited to wait.
You all know that I have a somewhat historic home. It’s historic in the sense that it was built forever ago, but with all of the generations of updates and upgrades, it can hardly be considered in historic shape. I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to decorate the nineteenth century home in a way that doesn’t feel, well, old. For this reason, I’ve always stuck with a neutral and sparkly decor palette. There is something about the neutral palette at Christmas, however, that can seem underwhelming. When ‘Good King Wenceslas’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ wafts over the speakers, I wish my home was decked with everything decedent and richly colored with bountiful cakes and sugared fruits adorning my table and mulled wine drunk from pewter. Isn’t it funny how just a song can put you in a certain frame of mind?
So, this year, I’ve decided to succumb to the deep rooted desire of my home to be dressed in old world holiday cheer. And where else would I look for inspiration that to Colonial Williamsburg. You know how I absolutely loved my trip there this fall and I was so intrigued by their holiday traditions, that I wanted to use the colonial decor as my framework.
I had a general idea for how I wanted to take the decorations, but I wanted more information on the how and why behind style, so I reached out to Liza Gusler, the licensing manger for Colonial Williamsburg’s product line, who was so welcoming and informative during our trip in October. I am using her guidance and advice as the basis for our decor, and I was shocked by some of her insights! We asked her some of the burning questions we had about the history of the holiday in Colonial times and loved hearing her insights! It’s a long-ish interview, but it will definitely frame how we decorate and give a little insight into some of our current traditions! Continue Reading…
Before we all get carried away, please know that (so far) the store front is just a mere idea. I first told you all about it last week so I’ve had about 7 days to let my mind expand upon the thought. Although I did schedule two meetings next week with a couple of friends who own shops, my personal steps toward brick and mortar space is only evident on my Pinterest board. Yes, I started a shop pinterest board.
So, if you want to travel the path of this dream (any possible future reality?) with me, let’s start here.
Firstly, we all know that I currently design a collection online called Grandiflora Home + Decor. I’ve focused on simple, minimal, natural elements that are sophisticated, but certainly not stuffy. I sell my designs online and also in a handful of other shops around the country (three to be exact!). I’m proud of how far we’ve come in a year to selling two separate collections to selling in three stockists, but I’d like to see if I can expand business by having a retail location.
Secondly, aside from running Grandiflora, I write this blog, and I do wedding flowers. I see opportunity to expand both of those businesses if I had another space. For the blog, I’d love to do workshops, DIYs, and events. For the flowers, having a space would he helpful, especially when meeting with brides and showcasing designs and style. Plus, doing high volume flowers from home is messy and difficult, but I still love it, so I take a few weddings each year.
You can see that, aside from my business concept, I have some very specific design concepts! The store would ideally be a ‘Home + Garden’ type vibe – mixing home decor and botanical. Finishes would be a clean black and white palette, but with some raw, worn details and materials. I love how the first photo still has a classic traditional vibe and isn’t TOO rustic.
It aligns pretty tightly with my basic blog esthetic too. I don’t think these inspirational images are surprising anyone!
How do you guys feel about the concept? What are your thoughts on blog workshops? I’d love to hear your feedback!
I told you guys last week in my ‘things that are making me nervous’ post about how I need to revamp my master bedroom – and quickly! We ordered a new king mattress from Tuft & Needle (upgrade from our current queen!) and although it was a bit of a quick decision at the time, I then got to thinking about all of the things that must be updated along with the mattress.
Our current bed has a grey, white, and lemony yellow theme and I really like it, but am a little excited about the opportunity to change things up a bit and get closer to my overall design vision for the home. I want to add more rustic indie feeling with the worn, aged neutrals and a very neutral theme. The photo above from Decor Pad really stood out at me as a great representation of what I’d like to achieve. So here is my plan:
BED Our current bed is a headboard with a metal frame. The headboard was a fun and easy DIY, so I know that I can take a stab at making another one. This time, however, I’m going to tuft it and also try to upholster a whole bed so that a bedskirt isn’t needed. I am going to cover the bed in a natural linen that really stands out from our dark gray bedroom walls.
DUVET I’ve talked before about my love for all white bedding and although I’ve loved the Crane & Canopy Dove Gray pintuck that I’ve had for the past year, I’m going with all white this time around.
SHEETS I love pairing patterned sheets with a solid duvet. Mostly because I don’t like big patterns and think the solid duvet calms pattern so that it doesn’t overwhelm my small bedroom. I love these reverse dot sheets from West Elm in a camel color that will tie back to the headboard and add a warm level to the otherwise black and white design.
SHAMS adding in a different pattern or color through shams is always a good idea. I love these block print border euro shams from Dwell Studio because they are a classic border design, but still have an Indian flair with the block print design.
RUG I’ve been wanting a place to use my Asta Rug in our home! I think this will be a great opportunity since the floor will be cleared out. Plus, the easy black and white pattern enforces the global theme without being too much pattern.
How do you guys like it? It’s definitely a change from my current bedroom, but still holds a lot of the design elements that I use throughout the rest of the house! I’m excited to get started on the tufted bed this weekend!
Fall decor inspiration can strike anywhere and it’s not just about pumpkins and spice and everything nice (although, those are all things I love). Earthy, natural elements made me automatically think of natural crisp fall days.
A small change in your home decor can make a significant change to the feeling inside your home for holidays. You don’t just need to think seasonal decor – think more everyday! The natural elements in this bathroom in the Cote d’Azure would lend itself well to this teak mirror as well. The mirror and more home decor are from this source.
I love the look of antique maps and something about the aged, faded look of them reminded me of the aging and fading of this time of year. This giant map in a worn, rustic entry has been on my inspiration board for so long! I was so excited to find the look of an old map in a customized pillow. Check out more customized gifts here.
I just love pairing a room look I love with a piece that exemplifies the feeling of the room.
What feelings are you going for this fall – I’m Earthy, Casual, and Custom. What would your three adjectives be?
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Fall decorating is kind of my jam year round. I love neutrals all the time, but feel like they’re especially comforting and cozy during the fall and winter seasons. One of my absolutely favorite go-to shops is Lulu & Georgia and I actually have to try and restrain myself from including them in every friday faves. It got to the point where I had so many items bookmarked, that a whole post is definitely in order!
For the nights when the sun starts to set a bit early, stylish lighting is always in order. The Stump light is elegant, rustic, and neutral, perfect for someone whose style is classic with an edge.
I’m cheating here! Burnt orange is basically brown, but I love that it’s a rich, caramel-y brown that goes nicely with white, black, and navy. This ‘X marks the spot’ rug is easy to style and creates a sense of warmth while still adding a bit of pop to an otherwise neutral palette.
Levels of Brown
Pick one hue and do tons of levels of it for a lot of dimension without a ton of color. This tip is one of my go-to’s! An off-kilter herringbone pillow in cream and brown would be a perfect starting point!
With too many neutrals in once space, everything can feel a bit washed out and run together. Black furniture has visual weight that grounds a space nicely. This Lovisa black bench is nice because it sits low to the ground, still allowing for tons of open, airy, visual space above it.
Even if you’re not color-phobic like me, I’m sure there are some tips you can use! How is your autumnal decorating coming along?
It’s kind of a weekend tradition for Me and Matt to sit in bed drinking coffee and watching HGTV until we’re both inspired enough to get off our buns and do something productive. This past sunday, we were recovering from a rather exhausting Saturday night of eating take-out Chinese and binge-watching Scandal, so we stayed in bed a little later than usual watching Flea Market Flip. I’m not gonna lie, I had never seen the show before, but I was hooked. I loved the competition aspect of the show and was immediately inspired to head to our yearly flea market in town which just happened to be that day (coincidence?).
Anyway, at the very first tent, there were tables of random old-lady things and I spotted this brass bamboo detailed tray right away. Armed with the new bartering tactics I’d learned from a morning of flea market watching, I asked how much it was and she said, “one dollar”. I was so shocked I just yelled, “sold!”
It was a bit tarnished and dirty, so I brought it home, scrubbed it with my secret weapon. Continue Reading…
I was first attracted to the bathroom floor tile in this home, pinned the photo, and didn’t think much more about it. But then, I clicked through to the main site because I wanted to see if the article mentioned the tile manufacturer and saw that the rest of the home was just as breathtaking as that bathroom tile. Maybe even more so.
The home was originally a 1930’s church that was renovated into this amazingly stylish living space by HSH Interiors. I think it’s the perfect mixture of luxury and raw craftsmanship. I can honestly say this is one of my most favorite homes that I’ve seen in a long long time. Keep reading for loads more photos and my favorite part of the home – the butler’s pantry! No, wait! The bathroom tile! No, the exterior! Ok, so I love it all! Continue Reading…
Yesterday, instead of doing the post I originally had planned for today, I instead got to playing with the new Indian chopping bowls that I got in the store. I wanted to make myself an impactful centerpiece for fall – of course using the colors I’d shared on Monday. I think I could put anything in this bowl and it would look good, but I used a few things I had lying around the house – a big candle, some twigs, a couple of antlers, and some harvest vegetables and we’ve got ourselves a nice centerpiece!
Here is the best part about it, once Christmas rolls around, this bowl will be filled with evergreen branches, cranberries, pinecones, what-have-you. Can you see it? I’ll probably get our styled photos up and running in a couple of weeks for our holiday product and I can’t wait to style these bowls!
But, until then, we have fall and I’m loving every minute of it!
The shift from summer into fall is always a little bitter-sweet. We love summer (right?!) but fall is just so fabulous. You guys know that fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, but I don’t like to jump all in. Especially this year, because the fall seems to be coming pretty early.
I have several methods for the seasonal transitions, but it always starts with a color scheme. Some of my favorite summer colors – sea green and rich berry hues – look so beautiful when toned down into a duller version for the cooler weather.
In my fall decor (and fashion!) palette, I’ve dulled down green, pink, and fuchsia and added in some rustic grey and brown. I love the addition of worn brass (instead of gold) for fall as well. I gathered some of the decor I’ve started to collect for this fall and photoed it all together above. Doesn’t it work well together?
You can tell this was also the direction I followed for the fall Grandiflora collection! The colors that I worked with Hillary Butler on for this piece is derived from the same summer into fall palette and the worn whitewashed woods I used for this piece mirrors (haha) the same dull grey/brown as we have in our color scheme. When it comes to fashion, I am loving this coat right now which is a great example of using light pink into fall!
Of course, to design into the fall Grandiflora season, I had to come up with my palette almost a year ago (no kidding), so I am happy that these colors are still pretty on-point months later! That is always a big challenge when it comes to designing into the future!
How do you guys feel about the palette? Do you have any favorite colors that you’re loving for the summer-fall transition?
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