I know it’s not a popular outlook, but I just love winter. I’m a fan of the snow, wearing boots, bundling up, the skiing, and if we’re very lucky, the bright clear winter sunshine. Now, seeing the sun isn’t so common here in Ohio during the winter months, but when it comes out, it makes all the difference in the world. And what’s more, if the sun comes out while there is a blanket of snow covering the ground, it almost illuminates the house. It’s gorgeous.
Anyway, as I was milking this thought, I came across this gorgeous sunroom surrounded in a winter snow. It’s not the image that pops to mind when most of us think of sunrooms (the kind of sunrooms that has terrible indoor/outdoor carpet and are boarded up during the winter months) but a more permanent, all season room which gets light from every angle. I got to thinking about how a sunroom would look perfect as an addition onto our house (who’s going to help me sell that one to Matt?).
Last week, I’d decided that the cast iron longhorn skull I purchased would definitely make a cool addition to my home – and clearly you all felt the same. Originally, I’d picked up the decorative piece for the new navy blue entryway, but then felt that the entry already had a few cool pieces, and there could be another place in my home that was in need of a bit more ‘cool factor’.
That place, is my dining room. My dining room is always a bit of a blank slate. I posted about it in the house tour a while back, then it’s gone through chair updates, DIY art updates, and now, this funky longhorn.
I think the piece adds a lot of personality, but is still neutral and will work with me through the rest of the decorations in the room (oh, and I also bought this fiddle leaf fig, to add a bit of color during the winter months).
Drumroll, please! After much hard work, we’ve finally completed painting our entryway. I know I just mentioned it to you guys last week when I revealed the cane chair, but I’ve had the paint since September, trying to slot in a weekend to get this done. The reason it took so long is because I wanted to hire a professional, but after getting a couple quotes, I just thought I’d be happier with myself if I just did it myself (because doing it myself was free). I used ‘Naval’ from Sherwin Williams (it’s part of their collaboration with Pottery Barn) and love the way it turned out. I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! The Navy is just the perfect hue – not too royal, it has a very neutral undertone which goes well with both my black and brown accessories.
The color it was before is called ‘River Mud’. I’d painted it back in 2007 when my husband (then boyfriend) and his male roommates lived in the house. It worked well for a while, and was a warm, nice transition for the men to get used to a bit of my female touch. Not that the men didn’t have style, but I thought I’d scare Matt away if I came in with my design guns blazing! I liked the way the khaki walls went with everything (like a good trench coat), but just needed a bit of a funkier change.
It was one of those changes that I kept walking by and thinking, “I really like this”. Matt would walk through on my first coat and chime in how much he loved the change. It makes the white woodwork really pop and even makes the dark walnut floors seem richer and more luxe.
After I painted, I was really excited to decorate the space. The rug and center table stayed, but everything else was swapped out. Keep reading for more photos and close ups of the accessories!
I think gallery walls are easier when you include various different types of art. I included a basket and a decorative tile tray in mine just to break it up. I think I’ll keep adding to it and eventually work it up the stairs. I didn’t want to force it, though, and wanted enough space to pick up some good art here and here. I’d love to get a Hugo Guinness print one day, but they’re so pricey!
The navy travels all of the way up the stairs and into the second floor landing. I love this little telephone table and deer vase that I perched on the halfway point of the landing. Isn’t the vase just fabulous? I just bought it in Steamboat last week and new it would make me smile every time I walk by it.
So… How do you like it?
p.s. I didn’t use the longhorn head in the entry like I was originally thinking, but I DID keep it…. photos to come!
Whether it be the longhorn skull I bought this weekend or the home I posted about last week, you can totally tell that I’m in a mountain sort of mood. Especially after my recent decision on which new car I should pick (if you follow on twitter, you may have been part of that conversation!), I am really feeling the mountain vibe (I went with a Subaru).
There is just something about cozying up to a fire and a few drinks after braving the cold that is so festive and fun. Even if the holidays are over, I don’t think we need to totally disregard the joy of snuggling up!
Here are a few of my more recent favorite ski-inspired decorations. Maybe a night in by the fire – regardless of where you live – is something to put on your short list?
The only ‘mountain fave’ that isn’t included in the above slide are the Mojave Coasters. You can find them at In Haus Press.
My foyer is done being painted and I’m in the process of decorating it for the big reveal! A little secret, I’m actually rushing to get it done because a local magazine is doing a spread on our house and I am trying to get everything ready before they come!
One question for you guys, though. I bought this quite large (14″ x 18″) cast iron longhorn skull for $80 at Home Goods and it was originally over $200 by Broyhill. I kind of love it, but don’t know if it’s bordering on crazy.
What do you guys think? Is it crazy? or is it cool?
There have been a lot of ‘mountain home’ discussions this week between Matt and I as we’re vacationing here in Colorado. We actually used to live here back after we graduated from college, but moved back to Ohio for our careers, so we didn’t get an opportunity to really live the mountain life.
I’ve been creeping around at homes all week dreaming about the day we’ll be able to have a home here and this home concept really jumped out at me. It’s unique because the three different modular buildings are all part of a main home. One building houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Connected by a breezeway to the main building is a master bedroom and bath, and a separate building houses two bedrooms and a bathroom. I kind of love the idea of this layout (if you live in a warmer climate) due to the privacy and the kind of ‘community’ like atmosphere.
The decor is so pretty – simple, breezy, and natural. I love it.
This project has been a long time coming. You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist. I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up! The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!
There were so many potential options for these guys. Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun. I had decided on painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway. I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped. To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.
I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.
It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project. I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun. I think I accomplished just that!
Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon! In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair? A good creation out of a dumpster dive?
I am totally guilty of getting bored with my bedding easily. I just switched over to all-white bedding this past fall, and LOVED the light airy look it gave to my room, but had a little incident with the bedding. I thought ahead about how I would bleach the white bedding when it got dirty, but didn’t anticipate what my 20 year old dryer would do to an all-white set… which was to get rust spots all over the duvet without hope for getting it out. So, I did every trick I found online for getting rust out of dryers, but nothing worked. After getting rust on my clothes, towels, and of course the bedding, I finally gave up and just got a new washer and dryer set. (To my defense, the washer was also leaking, so we just thought it was time to throw in the towel.)
Anyway, back to the issue at hand, I needed to both replace my duvet and for the new year, I wanted a little style refresh for the new year. I love cruising around on Crane & Canopy and I like that they’re beautiful, soft colors would work well with my dark gray walls and colorfully styled bookshelves. I ended up going with the Valencia Dove Gray pin tuck cover to go with some patterned sheets I’d bought from Target a while back, but hadn’t broken out yet until the dryer situation was fixed.
I actually think that I might go with a darker grey (almost black?) in my room this year also, so the lighter grey will work out really well with that change also.
I just love the difference new, fresh bedding makes don’t you? Climbing into a freshly made bed with new linens makes me so happy. It’s the little things, I guess!
Do you all have any plans for bedroom refreshes this year? If so, tell us about it!
Cool comfort is something that I’m consistently looking for in homes. A minimal, fresh, creative space that still looks like you could really live in it. This home in Sussex, UK totally fits the bill. Large, oversized comfy couches, a neutral color scheme, and wide wooden floor boards all contribute to this simple, agrarian style.
There is almost something primitive, or puritan about the style, isn’t there?
My favorite is definitely this dark grayish blue wall with the white trim and dark floor. It looks ALOT like something I’ve got in the works over here (hint hint).
We spent the evening trimming our tree last night, although it didn’t take too much time with the decorations I chose to use this year. Since we were going on vacation and didn’t have too much time with the tree, I didn’t want to go to in great depths with it. I chose to have a simple, rustic type theme this year with no tree ornaments, and just a few minimal, but festive, touches to bring it all together.
My main switch-up this year was to use big colorful bauble lights on the tree instead of my usually white lights with glittery accents. I used a plaid blanket to wrap the bulb of our tree and keep things looking like a rustic woodsy cabin. Very simple accessories like a snow studded wooden star and brass stocking hangers rounded out the simplicity of the look.
Hi, I'm Erin!
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