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Quick Tip for Shelf Styling

styling with books

Tips on shelf styling are one of the things that I get the most questions about.  In so many styling guides, I use books stacked horizontally  to give shelves some variation (like in the above photo).  Mixing up the look of books lined up regularly and books used in other ways is a great way to start, but if your collection of coffee table books isn’t extensive, here is a great solution!

Using a plate display stand, just prop up one of your favorite books (facing outward) to show off the gorgeous cover and take up lots of negative space with just one book. The best part about this strategy is that it’s so easy to inject color by doing this.  Look at the pop of green I get from facing out my Scandinavian Design book.

bookshelf styling with books one book styling

This is one of my favorite little tips for you on this Monday!

Have a fabulous week!


No-Fail Recipe for Fall Decorating


Fall Palette

When fall rolls around each year, I’m so inspired by the change in seasons and the breathtaking colors it brings that I often want to go pretty over-the-top with my fall decorating.  Between the uptrending oxblood and fall’s ever popular orange, I just can’t get enough.  Although it’s pretty easy to get carried away by the autumnal palette and cozy textures, your home will look a lot more pulled together using a few easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Here are my top five tips:  Continue Reading…


On My Radar: Map Walls


Vintage maps aren’t new on the decor scene, but recently, I’ve been seeing them used as full statement walls, which I LOVE.    I’ve seen my fair share of brightly colored walls and designer wallpapers, and although I am quite fond of a lot of those, they may not be for everyone.

map wall statement

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Vintage maps do lend a more casual, rustic vibe than a lot of statement walls that I see and in all of my scouring, Wallpapered has the best selection of maps that I’ve seen out there on the interwebs. I think that this is an awesome solution for the biggest home decor question I get from people. Continue Reading…


Cane Chair Revival

pair of cane chairs
I don’t know if you guys have ever snatched something off the side of the road, but this was a first for me.  A few weeks ago, I was driving home from work and saw a set of four chippendale cane chairs sitting out with someone’s trash.  At first I drove by, processing what I’d seen, but then, about 2 miles later, I decided I wanted them.  I’d been inspired by the gold cane chair that Carmel had painted, and the image of that entry popped right into my head.

When I pulled into the driveway of the house that had thrown away such beauties, the woman of the house was outside.  I walked up and asked her if she’d mind if I took a pair of the set of chairs out of her trash. She seemed so happy that I wanted them.  She had kept them for years, hoping to revive them herself, but just didn’t do it.

Well, I’m here to give these girls a new life.

Now, restoring furniture isn’t my favorite thing to do.  I enjoy it more than say, sewing, but it takes a lot of patience, and patience is something that I’m working on.  Looks like these chairs are just the beauties to give me a little practice.

I know I want to paint the frames gold.  Similar to my inspiration, I know the gold will pop right off the navy walls I’m planning in my entry. The seats are a different story.  They’re currently (broken) cane, but I have thought about switching them to upholstery to get a little pattern into my life. The whole scheme of my entry will be navy, white, black, and brown (not your average combo, but you’ll see…), so something in a simple black and white is what I’m after – if the gold came doesn’t win out…

cane chair options

There are several different styles in here, I know.  Classic, quirky, sweet, and tribal… but I really like all of these fabrics and can image them on a golden frame of cane!  I’m leaning heavily toward two (plus the gold cane) so three… but I’m putting this up for a vote.

I will finish this chair in whatever you guys pick out. I repeat – I will go with a reader’s choice on this one! Keep reading to vote for your favorite, Continue Reading…


Fashion or Forever

fashion or forever

When sorting through a CB2 catalogue the other night, I spotted a pink couch for just under a grand that was just darling.  It quickly got me to thinking about the idea of ‘fashion furniture’ and why we separate it so starkly from fashion clothing.

I see tons of women with shoes and bags – all of which won’t be worn for more than a year or two – that ring in at well over a grand.  This season’s booties or ‘it’ bag can quickly make a home in our closets.  But why is it that furniture seems to be something we are fixated on needing to use forever.

I love the idea of a pop colored sofa or a really quirky chair, but when it comes to actually putting cash to counter, purchasing a piece that I love right now, I stop short.  I ask myself, Continue Reading…


This week’s flowers – four ways

flowers four ways - fall

It’s probably no surprise that I have fresh flowers in my house at all times.  Working with flowers for weddings and events so often, I just cannot be without a bouquet divvied up around the house. People always comment that keeping blooms around would get expensive, but it doesn’t at all if you follow my plan.

Every other week, I purchase one BIG mixed bouquet from Trader Joe’s (which costs just $9) and another smaller bouquet of just one type of flower (sunflowers in this case).  I take the big bouquet apart and make four arrangements.  Two small ones (in mini bottles) for the bedside and the bathroom, one medium sized one (in a drinking glass) for my kitchen island, and one larger one (tutorial here) for my entryway.

flowers 4 ways - fall
fall flowers four ways

As you can see, not all of the arrangements have a sunflower, the bathroom arrangement just has some simple greens and a trimming off the mums.  The bedside and kitchen bouquets just have one of the sunflowers and then the big arrangement gets the balance sunflowers and the rest of the big bouquet.

Choosing bouquets with mums, flowering greens, sunflowers, peruvian lilies, daisies will ensure that your bouquet lasts almost the full two weeks.  If you like more delicate flowers, just ensure to remove any leaves that fall below the water line and change water often (every 3-4 days).

It will seem like you’ve always got fresh flowers sitting around and for the cost of a trip to Starbucks (for two)!

Any tips you use to keep your flowers going?


p.s. The pumpkin candle from illume is fantastic – not to spicy, not to sweet, just very pumpkin-y.


Vintage Oil Painting with Humor

vintage framed oil painting

I had a painting commissioned a few years ago for Matt’s birthday to celebrate his two favorite dogs, our Miniature Schnauzer, Perry, and our (now passed) English Mastiff, Zeus.  I thought it would be hilarious to have a very serious historic painting rendered with the faces of our two furry children.

The painting sat, rolled in a tube, for a few years because I had no clue how to handle an unwrapped canvas. Then came a long an opportunity for me to test out the custom framing at my local Michaels store.  I jumped at the opportunity to have my painting framed.  I’d always envisioned it to have a very traditional, almost vintage treatment to go along with the style of the painting (minus the two animals).

custom framed oil painting

michaels framed oil painting

I was really happy with how the framing turned out.  I would have never thought to do an inner and outer frame with the matting in between, but it was suggested by Rob (my friendly neighborhood framing expert at Michaels) and I love the double strips of gold.

Soon, I’ll have the absolute perfect spot to feature such an ironic work of art.  We’ve got changes in the Souder house coming down the pipeline that will make a lovely home for this piece.

Do you love the juxtaposition of serious and humorous? I understand it’s not for everyone!

disclosure: I am being gifted the frame mentioned by the lovely people at Michaels for my honest feedback on their framing service. All expressed opinions are my own.


Custom Framing for a Vintage Look

vintage portrait2

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about kitchen storage and ever since then, I’ve been thinking back to the vintage portrait in this rustic white kitchen.  I really loved the balance between modern rustic and the classical style painting.

Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for vintage style portraits in more modern homes for inspiration for my own home. We have a commissioned painting still rolled up in a tube that I’d given Matty for his birthday two years ago, and I thought this portrait style piece of art was a good place to start.  The framing, however, boggled my mind.  Hence the 2 year wait to do something about it.

vintage portraits 3

Always a DIYer, I was super hesitant to actually have our piece framed (couldn’t I just do it?) but the rolled up canvas still had me flummoxed. Enough was enough, however, and with the walls of my entry getting a makeover soon, it was high time I bit the bullet and got this taken care of. Enter, custom framing at the Michaels down the street.  I had received so many of those mailers about whatever percent off they were offering that week, but never quite jumped.  I went in last weekend, however, and had the most amazing experience.

michaels framing 4

I basically played with all of the stuff for a good hour.  They had a computer program which showed the art on a background of color from various paint suppliers to get a feel for what the mat and frame look like off my (soon to be) very dark walls. You can see the mess I made of the framing department.   Continue Reading…


A bohemian choice

light and dark

I’m a big fan of the boho influence in everything from interiors to fashion.  Although I definitely take more of a classic approach, there is always a little boho thrown in there.

That aspect is what initially attracted me to both of these rooms.  A mix of cool and comfortable furniture, beautifully colored rugs, and a fair bit of natural elements keeps them cohesive, but there is one very big difference.

Where does your preference lie when it comes to these two boho spaces?  Dark? or Light?


photo source: dark, light


Fall’s Perfect Purples

amethyst to oxblood

This weekend, I bought a beautiful succulent with just a tinge of amethyst on the tips.  It got me thinking about how I’ve seen purple everywhere this season and how many different iterations there are (all that I love).  Although I’ve completed designing my holiday collection for Grandiflora (which I’m ECSTATIC to show you) I’ve already moved to designing my spring collection as well and I’m using a ton of different levels of purple.  I’m really obsessed with all things plum, amethyst, eggplant, wine, and violet at the moment.

amethyst to oxblood.fall colors

What are your thoughts?  People usually have such strong feelings about purple – one way or the other way.  What’s your way?


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