Category Archives: decor

The Yorkshire Soap Co.

One of my favorite spots in our day trip to York was The Yorkshire Soap Co. Just seeing it from the street, I knew it was going to be fabulous! Their use of decor is so unusual and fantastic, I couldn’t help but snap a ton of photos!

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001Disco ball, chandeliers, huge windows, and flowers. What more could you want?!

002THESE are soaps! You would think it was a bakery from first glance!

003LOVE! From the wood floors to the actual soaps themselves, what an amazing space.

004They even used bathtubs for the bath salts & terrariums for the natural soaps.

006This little back area was my favorite! That deer head draped with flowers. OBSESSED!

I could spend days in this place! Check them out here.

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Stained Glass Window

My transom window is finally done! I’ve been so excited to go pick it up & I finally have it! Check it out below!

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The photo is a little dark – I had to put white paper behind it so that you can see the detail!

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The clear glass pieces all have different textures – there’s a “icy crackle” pattern, a “wave” pattern, and a snake-skin like pattern.


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This is my dream home-front! I still have a ways to go to get my house looking like this beauty, but I’m one step closer with my transom window!

The stained wooden door & gas lamps are next on my list :)

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Decorating Brick Walls

A good majority of Baltimore row homes have a lot of exposed brick and wood accents. Whether it’s been renovated or not, these are two design aspects that have seemingly stood the test of time. The brick really does stand as a unique focal point on it’s own. It’s like having wall paper or textured paint, only it’s a structural piece as well!

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The brick wall runs almost the full length of the house & the wood beams are exposed in the living area & kitchen.

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Hanging both these shelves  & the TV  was quite the hassle!

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I have a big empty space of brick wall that doesn’t have any art or interest pieces. I’ve been looking for the right piece for quite a while now, and when I received my Grandin Road catalog the other day, I was immediately sparked with some ideas!

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These “Vintage Gate” pieces are stunning. I love the idea of having the wrought iron and wood up on the brick walls. This would definitely help accent the wooden beams and the wood floors, but since they’re all different types and colors of wood, I think that it would be a unique look!

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I also found these amazing art pieces. I love to read, and in my dream house, I’ll have a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast.  :) However, in my tiny row home, I love the idea of creating that library feel with art!

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I am also really feeling this bold, modern art piece that brings in a splash of color to the space. It also incorporates the gold that I LOVE to use when decorating!

It’s hard to choose! I think they would all look fantastic, but bring a different feel to my living space. What do you think would look best hanging on the brick ?

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Gallery Wall

I’ve been in my house for about a year now, and I’m finding the little spots around the house where I would like to add an accent chair here or wall art there. I have two places in my house where I think that a gallery wall would look really great–I’m having a hard time deciding which one to pick! I’ve also considered creating one for my office! I think the flexibility of being able to swap out prints is amazing! You can completely change up the entire look very easily.

I’ve created a mini vertical gallery in my bedroom with photos that I’ve taken on my international travels.

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I like the idea of incorporating mirrors, greenery, or other graphic pieces into the gallery wall.
This one from Lookie What I Did has so many engaging elements, it’s a mature yet fun look!

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This amazing idea comes from Little Green Notebook. She created a photo rail, which allows for layering.
There are no nail holes for all of your photos here & you can adjust the heights of your photos by just adjusting the string. Love this!

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And this beauty is one of my favorites! This comes from the office of Monika Hibbs, in her interview with Style at Home. I love the gold with the pops of hot pink. In an otherwise very neutral space, this is a really fun corner.

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Monika is one of my favorite bloggers! Her Ikea hack for the gold coffee table was one of my first DIY projects: check it out here!

This post by Mrs. Fancee gives you 100+ free prints! She even sorted them by theme & color. So much amazing inspiration there!

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I’m planning on buying some cheap frames & spray painting them all the same color so that I have different styles & materials, but the consistency of the same color.

I know this is becoming a popular way to decorate – showing off photos & personality with keeping the flexibility of being able to change out your decor.

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Garden Art

As I try to keep my rose bushes alive this summer, I am trying to find an easy-to-care-for plant that will not only look amazing in the house, but also be in a place where my dog won’t tear it up. (aka – that’s what he’s done with 4 of my 6 rosebushes).

Here are some amazing ideas that I’ve seen for indoor planting (and they’re puppy-proof)!

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How amazing are these? And with the copper mirrors behind them!? LOVE.

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Looks so chic!
(Images via Binti Home Blog)
socker-greenhouse-white__0165672_PE308979_S4These cute little Terrariums are perfect for window sills or table tops!
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531781e937258$!600xThis unique terrarium is so cool!
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32532772_007_aThese sphere hanging baskets are so cute!

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Now if only I had the green thumb to keep these suckers alive!

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Office Decor

Those of us who work 40-hour work weeks (or more!) spend almost 1/3 of our time in our offices! With that being said, I think that we should make our office spaces as lovely & comfortable as our homes! Check out some of these incredible office spaces that I’m so envious of! :)

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Image via Best Friends For Frosting 

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Image via Pop Sugar.
This is Khloe Kardashian’s Office! NEVER would have guessed it!

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Image via Little Pink Notebook.
This site is fabulous–she’s a big DIY’er!

Love these! They’re all different, but so chic & functional!

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September Wedding

September Wedding

I may be a little biased because this is the wedding of one of my best friends….but come on. How stunning is this wedding?!
Check out some of my favorite details below! The amazing photography is by Shelby Leigh Photography. She was such a doll! :)

Check out her blog post about the wedding here!

 

 This wedding was just perfection! I was so blessed to be a part of their day :)
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Headboard Dreams

Headboard Dreams

As my sister so lovingly put it, “your room finally looks like a grown-up room!”
I think this headboard goes a LONG way in making my room look polished & “grown up.” :) This is one of my Wayfair purchases.
 
I screamed a little bit when the FedEx guy dropped it off. I am in love with this tufted look!
I was actually expecting it to be a little more beige than gray, but it turns out to match my sheets exactly! 
 
All of my pillows & sheets have a grey color scheme to them, so it really worked out perfectly! You can even see the stencil right above the headboard in these photos. I think it helps to bring the eye right to the stencil detail.
 
Love love love!!
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Dining Time

Dining Time

I’ve been searching for chairs to fit into my dining area. Unfortunately I haven’t come across ones that I’ve fallen in love with yet, but during my excursions, I absolutely fell in love with this over sized clock!
  
It looks a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. The tones in the grey wood & bolts fit in very nicely with the grey/green of my dining table!

  
Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell the right time (Go figure! I would buy a broken clock.)  But I plan on replacing the motor & getting this baby up and running!
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Brasso Power

Brasso Power

Check out my revamped dresser here! It used to be my Dad’s when he was a kid, so it’s over 50 years old. I told him it was “vintage”…he didn’t like that too much :)
When I told him that I was interested in spray painting the handles gold, he suggested just restoring the brass handles to their original color. I trekked out to the hardware store and got myself a bottle of Brasso. Let me tell you…this stuff does wonders!
 
  
After taking off all of the hardware, I soaked it in the Brasso for about 20-30 minutes. I had to put these suckers outside…the fumes smelled like extremely potent hair dye!
After I buffed them & rinsed the hardware off, look at how amazing they turned out!!
 
I put them back on the dresser & it looks even better than if I had spray painted them gold! I am SO ecstatic about the results! 
 

Buffing out the brass hardware was probably a little more work than spray painting would have been, but it’s nice to see the original shine & character that this “vintage” piece has! :)
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