Clean White Bedrooms

Francois Halard for Vogue
François Halard for Vogue

When you really get down to brass tacks there are a lot of positives to an all white space, particularly when it’s your bedroom. Lots of light, a nice airy feel, and a relaxing ambiance just to name a few. If you’re renting your home chances are you’re already stuck with a blank canvas, so take advantage of it!

Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out
Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out

Not only is white a great backdrop for all of your things (yes, STUFF is okay!), it’s also a fantastic gender neutral option that can result in a surprisingly dramatic vibe. Go all out with white everything or choose to accessorize with your favorite pops of color on the walls, floors, wherever you want to break up the colorless sea.

Elissa Crowe via Apt Therapy
Elissa Crowe via Apartment Therapy

Bring in various textures like quilts and rugs to roughen things up and add some visual appeal. Even if you opt to go with all white it’s important to make your bedroom cozy and appealing, and this is just the way to do it. Textiles will make your room feel less like a hospital room and more like home.

Gaelle LeBoulicaunt for Lonny

White walls give any room a sophisticated art gallery feel. Add a piece statement art or create a gallery wall to take your bedroom to the next level and add more interest, a place for eyes to naturally land in the space. Your room will feel anything but boring as a result.


For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Fall Harvest

I don’t know about you, but summer ended quite suddenly for those of us here in Seattle. I looked out my window the other day and saw crunchy leaves on the ground beneath a maple that had literally changed colors over night! There’s a snap in the air in the mornings and dew on my car. If there’s one color that makes me think of fall, it would be a rusty hue of orange. This harvest-inspired color can be found in all sorts of fashion essentials: a sherpa moto jacket, tweed trench, and corduroy pants. Not only do the silhouettes feel like they are borrowed straight from the closet of your mom in the ‘70s, but the colors do, too… and I simply love it! This is definitely my favorite fall trend by far.


Photo Credit: Sessun found via Honestly WTF


Harvest orange is a simply fantastic color to include in your home, too — and not just for fall! I love this color for home decor year round. But in the interest of making your home extra cozy for the colder months, I suggest warming things up by introducing these harvest-inspired rugs. The patterns vary, but I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that can veer a little bit retro/’70s. I’ve been completely obsessed with this vibe lately and just couldn’t help myself!

Shopping Guide:

Dalyn Lavita rug

Feizy Rugs Coronado rugs

Amer Rug Makamani burnt orange rug

Surya Mandela rug

Surya Robert Langford rug (my personal favorite!)

Origins Sheridan Bennett rug

Safavieh Classic II rug

Oriental Weavers nomad rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Gold in the Kitchen

Pencil & Paper

When you think of metallics in the kitchen you probably gravitate towards stainless steel or brushed nickel, maybe a little copper or bronze if you’re getting creative. But what about gold? While the warm yellow metal is a favorite in nearly every other aspect of life, it seems to get overlooked when it comes to this particular room.

You can use as much or as little as you’d like, but there are plenty of ways to bring this warm material into play. I love the way the floating gold shelves above look against that clean white wall, and they’re definitely unexpected.

Fiona Lynch

At the more extreme end of the spectrum lies these stunning gold upper cabinets. I mean, wow. The key here is how underplayed the rest of the materials are – a few shades of wood, a simple marble countertop, and black sink fixtures allow the those cabinets to really be the star of the space.

via decor pad

On the list of easy-to-install gold touches are fixtures and pulls. Of course put anything against white and it’s sure to pop like no other, but these chunky pulls have such a nice weight to them that their presence definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. The sink fixtures lend an elegant, polished look to this kitchen.

Nicole Davis Interiors

If you’d like to go a more traditional route consider a gold light fixture. Pairing a few together feels more unexpected, and a modern shape can add another level of interest.


For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Breakfast Nooks for Happy Mornings

Having a good breakfast is such an important part of starting the day, and yet it’s so common to skip it altogether. Even if you simply sit down for a few moments to sip your coffee in peace and enjoy a quick bowl of oats or chia pudding, it can really set your day off on the right foot. Why not entice yourself to make the time with a welcoming breakfast nook?

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Design: Pencil & Paper | Photo: Leslee Mitchell | Via: My Design Chic

If you have the space in your kitchen, a round table is a good choice, since it’s easy to maneuver around. Comfy chairs are a must, so I recommend splurging on a set you love (I adore the wishbone chairs shown here) and save on the table (Ikea has great basics). Always seek out the light, and position your breakfast table near a window when possible. Getting some morning sun while sipping coffee is the best!

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The Everygirl

Super tight on space? Seek out a drop-leaf table like the one shown above – it can be pulled out to seat more when friends drop by, and tucks neatly against the wall the rest of the time.

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My Domaine

If you have the room and budget set aside, my favorite breakfast nook solution is a custom banquette, like the swooping version shown here. A banquette is great because tons of people can slide in, and if you get it covered in a stain-resistant fabric, it’s kid-friendly as well.

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The Everygirl

And of course, what good is a breakfast nook without a scrumptious breakfast? Even if you only have time for toast, you can make it extra-special by tracking down the best local bakery for bread or croissants, and treat yourself to a jar of seasonal jam.

For a quick breakfast nook refresh, get comfy with some new pillows. Here are my current favs:

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Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya Charming Key indoor-outdoor pillow in teal and ivory; Surya Arrow Southwest Pillow; Kate Spade New York Embroidered Dot pillow in navy and ivory; Surya Candice Olson Maze pillow in teal, taupe, and brown.

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