From Traditional to Beachy Modern: More Progress on my Sister's Beach House!

From Traditional to Beachy Modern: More Progress on my Sister's Beach House!

I made some more progress on my sister’s beach house makeover! This time we also made some minor changes to her dining room that made a BIG impact! I love how just by updating a light + adding an area rug, you can totally transform the look of a room!

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Cozy California Modern Inspired Living Room Makeover

I’m so excited to share that my sister asked me to help her give her beach house living room a more cozy, laid-back California style makeover! Obviously this style is right up my alley!! I also always feel way flattered when my sister asks for my help because she totally has great style all on her own! This makeover is going to completed quickly because they plan to go down in two weeks, and then probably not again until summer. The before photos aren’t that great, I just quickly took a few last time I was down there— before she even asked for my help (I like to always be prepared haha).

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BEFORE PHOTOS:

this was taken from standing in the dining room

this was taken from standing in the dining room

out that doorway, to the right is the front door

out that doorway, to the right is the front door

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Brand new  chaise lounge chair  for the updated space.

Brand new chaise lounge chair for the updated space.

They bought this house in October of 2014 and it’s an awesome space! It has plenty of space to host friends and family, and is a short walk to the beach. It’s a split level, and most of the time we tend to all hangout in the lower den. My sister and brother-in-law have been wanting to make this living room feel less formal and turn it into a cozy space for everyone to hangout in.

They’re going to keep the sofa, but they got rid of the two chairs. They purchased two new side chairs, as well as the chaise lounge chair in the last ‘before’ photo. Without having the measurements, it’s hard for me to create a layout that I can say will definitely work. However, I think the room is big enough that we’ll be able to try several different layouts if needed.

I created a very simple floor plan, so you can get an idea of the flow of the first floor and how I plan to try and arrange the living room furniture.

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And here are my plans…

this is the view of the living after you walk in the front door and look in the doorway to the living room

this is the view of the living after you walk in the front door and look in the doorway to the living room

this would be the view if you were standing in the dining room

this would be the view if you were standing in the dining room

on the other side of this wall is the entry hallway and front door

on the other side of this wall is the entry hallway and front door

this view would be standing with your back towards the living room window, looking into the dining room

this view would be standing with your back towards the living room window, looking into the dining room

I’ll be heading out there in a couple of weeks to help style and take photos, hopefully I’ll have another update for you all soon!!

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Update On My Parent's Living Room Makeover

My parent’s living room makeover is so close to being complete! I went over this past weekend with my box of styling accessories to try out some different console table styling. I really just need to finalize the styling, pick some wall art, and find a side table for between the two chairs.

You can catch up on my first two posts about it here & here.

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

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We’re all very happy with how it’s all coming together! It feels comfortable and like the whole room is being utilized now, versus just the far side of it. Wall decor is definitely something that’s always been a challenge to me, but I have a couple ideas for this room that I’ve been mulling over.

The first idea I have is a grid of black and white photos on either side of the big window, with sconces above on each side:

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My second idea is a more random, eclectic style gallery wall on both sides with two sconces. I’d keep it to 4-5 pieces of medium to large sized art so that it fills the space without feeling too busy:

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We’re going to hopefully go check out a vintage store near me that has a ton of gorgeous mid-century modern paintings, so maybe we’ll find the perfect pieces there! I’ve been taking my time with this room, really trying to make sure I pick the right pieces. Hopefully the next update I post will be the completed room!

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My Favorite Shelf Styling Decor from McGee & Co.

I’ve been a huge fan of Syd & Shea McGee of Studio McGee for a while now. They have a bright and airy aesthetic that makes all of their designs stunning! They’re also amazing at mixing different materials, textures, and styles to create beautifully, curated rooms.
I’ve always known that they had a store (McGee & Co) where they sell various home goods- but I always just assumed that it was out of my price range. I decided to take a look at it the other day for inspiration, and was surprised to find that they actually offer a ton of reasonably priced decor! Before I get into the decor, I’ll show you a few of the many amazing shelf styling shots that they designed.

You’ll be able to spot many different pieces throughout their designs that they sell. I think that’s so awesome because it gives you the chance to buy what they really use and almost feel like you can create and live in a “Studio McGee” designed house. So I’ve put together some of my favorite decorative items I found for under $50! You can find the links to everything under the collage!
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KITCHEN STYLING 101

Since I painted our backsplash and I actually like our kitchen now, I've been researching the best way to style counters to make it look even better!  I put together some of my favorite tips and ideas -- you should save your counter space for a combo of items you use on a daily basis and also your prettiest kitchenware!


1.) LEAN ART, RECIPE BOOKS, OR CUTTING BOARDS.
I love leaning wood cutting boards against backsplash - they're beautiful and functional!  Art is an unexpected touch in the kitchen- and it doesn't have to be a picture of spoons or something kitchen related! Recipe books - especially ones with fun covers - look great stacked or leaning against backsplash!
2.) GROUP RELATED ITEMS ON TRAY OR CAKE STAND.
Grouping smaller items together helps your counter from looking cluttered.  I personally have my most used spices + cooking oils grouped together on a small cake stand.
3.) STICK TO A COLOR PALETTE.
Sticking to a color palette of 2-3 colors not only makes it easier for you to decide what to use, but it's easier on the eye.  Texture and different materials will add interest- ie: woven baskets, wood accents, and greenery.
4.) PUT EVERYDAY ITEMS INTO GLASS CONTAINERS.
If there's something you use a lot, like flour or pasta, empty it into different sized glass containers and label them!  We used to have ugly bright orange baby formula containers out because of how much we use it - I emptied it into a glass container from IKEA and now it's decor!
5.) WHEN IN DOUBT - KEEP IT SIMPLE!
You shouldn't have every square inch of your counters covered with stuff.  Put some space in between your decor to give it room to shine!  Nothing is worse than a cluttered looking kitchen!

via Studio McGee

via Studio McGee

CHAIR & TABLE COMBOS

If you’re like me, and can’t really narrow down your interior design tastes to just one style- that’s OK!  I think mixing styles gives homes a beautiful, unique feel.  In my dining room for example, I have a farmhouse style light fixture, modern table, and traditional chairs.  Dining rooms and kitchens are great places to mix together your favorite styles.  I’m showing you some of my favorite chair + table combos below and then I put together some of my own examples and added in some light fixtures I love!

via Studio McGee

via Studio McGee

via  Lonny

via Lonny

INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES | MID-CENTURY MODERN

Mid-century modern style furniture has become increasingly more popular in the last few years.  It is one of my personal favorites because of it's clean lines and uncomplicated feel.  I love that it's not too stuffy or serious.  Mid-century modern furniture has a 'less is more' type of look.  Common materials include: teak, walnut, plywood, and plastic.  Skinny, tapered legs are frequently found on chairs and tables.  Almost every home and furniture store offers plenty of options in this style- some more popular stores are West Elm and Target's new Project 62 line.  I like to combine this style with others in order to keep my house from looking like the set of Mad Men - it's easy to get carried away!  When I was creating the collage for this post, I could have went on and on with adding things!  Keep scrolling for some great inspiration of how to incorporate this style while still remaining current.

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3 UNIQUE WAYS TO STYLE YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away (what??!!) I thought I'd do a post about table settings.  I found three beautiful and unique settings to hopefully get you feeling inspired!  Along with each picture, I included how you can get the look on your own!

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I love this beautiful, neutral table setting.  The muted tones of the heirloom pumpkins and bay leaves combined with mixing gold and copper metals gives off a romantic vibe.  I included a link to a pre-made garland, but you could just as easily purchase some stems of any greenery and lay them out yourself.  I'm in love with the ruffle detail on the table cloth I found below!

Via Coco Kelley

Via Coco Kelley

This look doesn't require a lot of different pieces, but it still packs a big punch.  The dark table cloth and plates allow the floral centerpiece to be the star of the show.  Instead of splurging on a pre-made centerpiece, I love getting a few bouquets from my local grocery store and reconstructing them to look the way I want.  The wood plate chargers here are also a beautiful touch.

This last setting has more of a fun, whimsical feeling.  The plates are mismatched- but all in gold, white, and black to keep them coordinating.  I love the unexpected pop of color in the rich, purple napkins.  The centerpiece is mostly greenery, which is a lot less expensive to recreate!  I would mix some orange, deep purple, and a little bit of pink flowers into the greenery then add some white pillar candles to finish off this centerpiece.

DESIGN INSPIRATION | Living Rooms

Today I'm sharing some living room inspiration from some of my favorite designers.  Do yourselves a favor-- check out their websites + follow them on instagram!  They are full of beautiful and creative designs that will make you want to re-do your entire house!!

SHELF STYLING 101

Styling shelves is probably one of my favorite things to do.  I love taking everything off, gathering other accessories from around the house and starting fresh.  I always look to Pinterest or some of my favorite designers for inspiration – I’m including some images that inspire me below.  Also, keep scrolling for some pointers on creating your own beautiful shelf!

Design by  Amber Interiors

Design by Amber Interiors

Design by  Amber Interiors

Design by Amber Interiors

Design by  Emily Henderson

Design by Emily Henderson

Design by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

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HOW TO HANG CURTAINS

Hanging curtains is one easy way to transform a room.  When done properly, it can make your windows appear larger and open up the whole room. However if you hang them wrong, you can close off the window and make the room darker and feel more cramped.  I'm listing some simple guidelines to help take the guess work out of hanging curtains!

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1. Always, always, always make sure the rod is long enough!! It should extend 3-6 inches beyond the sides of the window frame.  This not only lets in the maximum amount of natural light, but it will make your windows appear wider.

2. Hang the rod about 6 inches above the window frame - or you can split the difference between the ceiling and the window frame.  This helps create the illusion of taller ceilings.  I always hang mine right at the top, close to the ceiling.  In my opinion, the higher the better!

3. Your curtains should be long enough to touch the floor.  This can be a tough one because curtains come in so many different lengths - I've made the mistake of seeing ones that I like and completely forgetting to look at the length.  My favorite place to get curtains is IKEA because all of theirs are 98" long, which is perfect for me.

4. Choose the right size panel width.  If you plan to close your curtains at times, they should still have a bunched up look - not lay completely flat.

Those are all my tips for making sure your curtains look beautiful!