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5 Ways to Refresh for Spring

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Spring is finally here! The weather has been unpredictable, but we seem to have finally turned a corner and you know what that means. Spring cleaning and making a few small changes to give your space a refresh.

1. Add Greenery

This is the first thing I do in my own home, and all it takes is a trip to the local nursery. But what’s maybe even more fun is gathering vessels to plant your new green babies in. Think outside the box and reach for flea market finds that you normally wouldn’t think of as planters. I like to group the majority of my greenery in the room with the best light, the dining room in my home, and then spread a few others throughout for a fresh vibe.

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2. Rearrange Your Tables

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Swap out the lamps on your nightstands, rotate out the books on your coffee table, add some fresh flowers to both. It’s super easy to grab different things from around the house and made your tables feel bright and fresh and renewed.

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3. DIY a Piece of Large Scale Art

Gather some inspiration and roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get busy creating. A statement piece hanging over your sofa or acting as an alternative headboard can change up the entire room for a fraction of the cost of buying one. Plus, when someone asks who the artist is you get to take all of the credit!

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4. Add a Mirror

Want to make your space feel bigger or give it some new dimension? A mirror is your answer. Whether you want to change up the one over the bathroom sink or add a floor length piece to your foyer you won’t regret it.

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5. Use a Bold Color

Maybe it’s not a brand new blue couch, but a brand new bold color is sure to make your space feel refreshed. A new pouf, floor rug, or piece of art would have the same effect for a smaller chunk of your pocketbook. The point is to create a new spot in the room for your eyes to gravitate towards.

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

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Mood Board to Room: Paris in the Spring

Strolling along the Seine, searching for the perfect antique treasures in the brocantes, eating croissants in a little cafe, admiring the abundant bouquets at the flower stalls … who wouldn’t love Paris in the springtime? Travel can provide some of the best decorating inspiration around, and Paris is simply a natural when it comes to style of all kinds. In this post, I will walk you through the process of creating a Paris mood board, and translating that to concrete ideas you can use in your own home. Ready? Let’s go to Paris!


Photos: The Paris Print Shop

In the inspiration board shown above, I have pulled together some of the most charming elements you might find while walking around the city streets of Paris: a smattering of pastel colored cafe tables, towering stacks of vintage books, bouquets of pink ranunculus, wrought iron balconies, plush antiques, and of course, the striking figure of la Tour Eiffel in the background. Le sigh.

So, how to begin pulling this inspiration together into something that you can actually use in your own home, even though you are likely thousands of miles away from grand Paris? Start by identifying some of the features that are easy to replicate at home: fresh bouquets of flowers, bistro-style chairs, and a print or map of Paris would be easy enough to track down, and will add lots of charm on a dime.


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To take your inspiration a bit further, it helps to take a peek inside an actual Paris apartment, like the gorgeous one shown above. The first thing you might notice is that the French are not afraid to mix things up – a stately tufted velvet sofa and classical flowing drapes stand happily alongside a modernist coffee table and unique artwork. But look a little closer, and you will notice there is something of a formula at work here: the classical “bones” of the apartment, including crisp white walls, subtle carpeting, and a few big classic pieces of furniture set the stage for the more eclectic accents.

Tips for decorating, Parisian style:

- Start with a clean, crisp white paint on the walls (tip: try Oxford White or Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore)

- Roll out a subtle + super-soft rug in pale blue or white

- Embrace luxurious textures like velvet and taffeta

- Have fun hunting for antiques at the flea market to add character

- Mix things up with a few very modern pieces

- Integrate small flashes of bold color (like pink) in accessories + artwork


Photo: French By Design

To pull it all together, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces that would work very well together in a chic, eclectic Paris-style living room. Begin with a few coats of crisp white paint on the walls, add in an antique gold-framed mirror above the mantle, a tufted velvet sofa, and a modern chair. Add a soft, Moroccan-style rug on the floor, toss a few hot pink pillows on the couch, and hang a vintage-reproduction map of Paris on your wall. Then all you need to do is buy yourself a baguette, and cue up the Edith Piaf on the gramophone!

Shopping Guide: Surya Morrocan Ogree pillow in Magenta; Safavieh Barcelona Shag in White and Silver; 1890 Guilmin Map of Paris.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Fashion Translation: Bohemian Stripes

Stripes. Often preppy and nautical, stripes are like your favorite button down shirt — always there for you, always the answer when you don’t know what to wear… and something that is an eternal classic. While my style feels more boho than preppy, I still embrace stripes. There’s so much to be said for them: their bold, graphic quality, their casual, un-fussy simplicity, and the many, many, MANY color combos. Today though, I’m taking my stripes to a more bohemian place thanks to one key color: crimson.


Photo Credit: Ace & Jig Spring/Summer 2016 collection

Neutrals are always a key element when it comes to picking a rug, but they are especially crucial when selecting a stripe. It’s allllll about balance, a good mix of positive and negative space. Then color: shades of crimson and burgundy feel really boho and fresh to me. While they aren’t traditional spring colors, I’ve been incorporating these hues into my wardrobe and home. For this round up, I also added in a few fun rugs that go with the rest… because mixing and matching striped rugs is SO much fun. See that lower left guy? He’s definitely the star in my mind. Which striped rug are you loving?

Shopping Guide:

Safavieh Montauk black and white stripe rug

Momeni Veranda rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores Cape Cod rug

Oriental Weavers Meridian red and blue rug

Kaleen Escape red and ivory rug

Artistic Weavers Holden rug

Artistic Weavers City Park silver and ivory stripe

Surya Colton rug

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

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Pretty In Pink

I’m gonna put it all out there. I love pink (ok, and Molly Ringwald too), but hands down it’s one of my favorite colors. Every single shade from blush to bubblegum to hot pink to coral to deep dark magenta, pink makes me squeal with delight. Lucky for me, Pantone announced Rose Quartz as color of the year, so pink is trending – especially in home decor. No longer is pink only for Barbie and her Malibu dream house. No way José. This color is simple, modern, and beautiful.

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There are so many ways to celebrate this fantastic color in your own home. You can be bold and make a statement with bright splashes or keep it subtle with hits of soothing bashful blush. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Woah, she’s crazy. Pink is soooooo not versatile”, but i beg to differ. Let’s look as some of my favorite pink color combinations, shall we?

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See, I told you pink wasn’t just for little girls and grandmas. Pink can be sophisticated, glam, or romantic.

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Another thing to keep in mind when decorating with pink is that you don’t have to stick to one shade. Experiment a bit by mixing fuschia with blush for balance. You want to be impactful, not distracting.

Have I convinced you to add in some pink to your home decor? Where would you put it? In the bedroom? Living room? Dining room? I presently have pink and navy in my bedroom and am gearing up to decorate my dining room with the same color pairing. Here are a few of my favorite rugs that will make pink shine in your room and give your space that “Wow” factor.

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1 Surya – Zahra – Magenta, Teal, Eggplant

2 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Blush, Ivory

3 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Pink, Purple

4 Jaipur Rugs – Ann – Raggedy – Red

5 Oriental Weavers – Kaleidoscope – Pink, Navy 

6 Surya – Luna – Coral, Sea Foam, Lemon, Violet

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