I was in Italy all last week, attending Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. It was a fantastic trip, which I will share more about soon. In the midst of the trip, we visited some beautiful places where the architecture spoke for itself. I mean, it’s Italy.
This sunroom with it’s gorgeous tile work reminds me of the places that we visited. I’m sure this tile is handmade. It’s definitely not under appreciated!
Spaces like this don’t need a lot of fluff to create something beautiful. Less is more and less can be beautiful.
Image: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer There’s nothing quite like a well-executed gallery wall to really pull a space together. Combining that magical mix of polished yet slightly haphazard, these carefully curated art collections have a way of making a room feel refined and unfussy all at the same time. They’re also the perfect way to display your own personal style and showcase those valued pieces you’ve collected over the years. But even if these galleries often appear to be casually thrown together, the process can start to feel a bit more intimidating when it’s time to hammer that first nail into the wall. To make things a little easier, I’ve outlined a few helpful hints below.
Image: Studio McGee If you’re stumped about finding the right spot for your gallery, the living room is always a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Combining art prints with photographs and various frame styles lends an eclectic, laid back vibe and is sure to be a guaranteed conversation starter.
For a cleaner look, opt for frames in the same color palette. Just be sure to vary the sizes of your pieces so the collection doesn’t feel too rigid or matchy. And if the wall layout seems daunting, a good rule of thumb is to situate the gallery on the floor before hanging it up.
Image: Elle Decoration If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an unconventional spot for your collection, such as below a staircase. This is a great use of space and a sure-fire way to bring tons of interest to an otherwise overlooked area of your home.
Image: Salt Studio NYC Gallery walls don’t have to be grand. Sometimes a small group of prints in neutral colored frames adds just the right touch. Incorporating other objects besides artwork is also a great way to up the appeal of your collection.
Image: Line Klein via My Scandinavian Home And, if the idea of carefully placing and hanging frames still seems overwhelming, there’s always the option of using floating shelves to display your artwork. Not only is this method simpler and less time consuming, it also gives you the flexibility to change up your gallery whenever you like.
Who doesn’t love art and need art in their homes. Art is what shoes are to an outfit. Incomplete without them. That’s why I love Minted. Minted’s new photography prints are the perfect fit for any home. Through the Lens challenge is the first photography-only competition hosted by the independent artist marketplace. “Through the Lens” was the 2nd largest challenge ever for Minted, with almost 5,000 submissions, 459 new pieces selected and 248 total artists represented. Using Minted, I created a small photography gallery wall in my assistant Janna’s dining room. Janna and I both love to travel, so I chose pictures that represented faraway and gorgeous destinations.
Remember this bathroom renovation from a few months ago? Those same awesome clients redid their laundry room and let me tell you, it’s a MAJOR makeover! The before picture gives me the chills……
Amazing, right?? After they started tackling this room, I helped brainstorm flooring ideas with them. In the end we chose Pergo. Pergo is completely DIY friendly, which lends itself to this particular project. You will see on the video below that I got my hands dirty in the installation. Pergo is super easy and quick to install. The main reasons as to why I chose Pergo was because of the great price, the livability and the color choices. In the end I chose Whiteside Pine. It’s modern and whitewashed, which looks fantastic in this modern farmhouse laundry room. It’s clean and fresh….everything I love!
The entire installation process took only an hour, with another few hours spent cutting the flooring and trim. And let me tell you, Pergo is very budget friendly. This entire project cost under a $100! Which is crazy to think considering Pergo floors have twice the wear and twice the durability than ordinary laminate floors. It really is a great product that I am happy to promote! Shop Pergo here.
Watch the video below to see me install the flooring and possibly do some push ups at the end.
Image: The Brick House Accent walls seem to be one of those trends that just won’t quit and it’s easy to see why. For those of us with commitment issues when it comes to painting a room, accent walls can add a dramatic punch of color, while simultaneously providing a point of visual interest within a space. WIN-WIN! Not to mention the fact that this type of project is low investment when it comes to both time and money. And let’s not forget that the addition of an accent wall can actually make a small space feel larger. So what are you waiting for? Time to get painting!
When it comes to color choice, you can never go wrong with dark, saturated neutrals like this charcoal gray, especially when contrasted by bright whites. This gives the room a clean, modern feeling, while also providing big impact.
Accent colors can also be used to “divide” one space from another. This can be super helpful in an open floor plan if, for example, you wanted show separation between two areas like a kitchen and dining room.
Paint’s not your thing? Consider using wallpaper instead! The options and patterns out there are endless, and they even make temporary versions that are easily removed if you feel like changing things up in the future.
Well…this is a topic that I don’t normally talk about but it’s one of those home topics that needs to be addressed. I can’t begin to tell you how many clients and friends are super frustrated with their popcorn ceilings, also known as cottage cheese ceiling or a Stucco ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American residential construction. It was a standard usually only for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings. Saying all that, a lot of homes in America still deal with popcorn ceilings. It’s an annoying detail that people are slowly finding solutions for.
The biggest debate is whether or not to scrape the ceiling completely clean or cover it up. Covering up can save you lots of time, money and energy. AND there are so many great cover up options! Adding planks or tiles to your ceiling gives the perfect amount of texture to your space. It also adds personality and character to an otherwise dull space.
Kind of like this guy. He found an easy solution to an ugly problem. First, everything look disheveled and a mess. Then, with the help of Armstrong Residential Ceilings, the room and scene gets a lot better. Who else knows a guy who would do this?
Armstrong Residential Ceilings has a product to fit every cover up project. They have made it really easy with the Easy Up® Installation System. You can cover popcorn ceilings in a simple 3-step process. Whether you’re putting up a new ceiling or renovating an existing one, the Easy Up installation system makes installing a ceiling super duper simple!
Remember this bathroom that I designed with Kohler this past winter? I snapped some new pictures for my portfolio and thought I would share. You can see the stellar wooden ceiling in these images. And you can see more of the floor, which I still adore.
If you ever hear me teaching design, I am always preaching about good lighting. Lighting can make or BREAK a space. I am so thankful for sites like Bellacor.com, who carry large varieties of lighting that fit in any home AND any budget. Above is a collage of some of my favorite options straight from Bellacor. I would have each and every one of these lights in my own home.
Right now, Bellacor is celebrating their 15 year anniversary and in celebration, they are giving away a $500 merchandise credit to anything on Bellacor.com. HELLO! You could grab a sputnik for your dining room with that credit! All you need to do is enter below and you will immediately be in the drawing. I really hope you win!
I am SO EXCITED to show you this most recent bathroom project that I designed for clients who are straight from heaven. Seriously, they are amazing and have become personal friends, so this bathroom makes me even more happy. Together with Kohler, we created a modern, clean bathroom.
My favorite item in the bathroom is the matte black faucet. IT’S PERFECTION! It’s one of those items that could be in a room full of stuff and still shine like a star. My client had a mid-century dresser that was used in another room. She wanted to use it as the vanity, so we topped it with marble and used the Verticyl undermount sink in white. For the vanity lighting, we chose the Isaac 1 Light Pendant from Schoolhouse Electric. The room has the perfect amount of natural light during the day but at night they rely on recessed lighting and the two pendants.
A classic yet transitional option for flooring is a herringbone pattern in marble with white grout. It’s the perfect compliment for this space. The tiling around the tub and two main walls are square white tiles with white grout. The tub is the Parity under-mount in white with the square tiles surrounding the entire tub. We wanted simple hooks for towels. The Stillness robe hooks were perfect options!
I love pairing vintage with clean and simple. The Ronglan mirror from Ikea looks awesome next to the mid-century dresser.
I have been following Kera Thompsons journey with Interwoven for the last few years now. She created Interwoven because fabric makes her happy. She finds her pieces from all over the globe. Kera believes in making every effort to ensure that your purchase is helping to empower the talented craftspeople, artisans, and designers that she works with.
A brand new batch of fabulous kanthas is available at Interwoven and they need to be snatched up!! Shop the entire collection here.
I sometimes don’t know what I think when celebrities launch home decor lines. BUT I was pleasantly surprised when I saw CB2’s collaboration with Lenny Kravitz and Kravitz Design. The entire collection is inspired by the California music scene in the 70s with lots of lush textiles and gold details. There are some perfect accessories for YOUR home! The collaborations hits stores on 10/1, but a sneak peek will be available next week by signing up here.
Calvin Klein Home is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! The bedding collection, Acacia, is one of Calvin Klein Home’s most popular beds. First designed in 2008, its been recolored in gray tones to celebrate the anniversary. I love that Calvin Klein has taken a design and modernized it with a simple color change. And of course the quality is spot on! I especially love how it looks in my own personal bedroom. It’s a very transitional set that can compliment many design styles. Shop Acacia here.
For the next round of #simplystyleyourspace on Simply Grove’s Instagram, we are showing how we decorate using plants. I am the biggest advocate of plants. They change spaces almost immediately. There are many plant options to choose from and so many shades of green to use. Be inspired my these spaces that got a nice boost of life simply by using a plant.
Some of you inquired about my office floors so I thought I would share more about them. When we first moved into this space, we were working with some really old carpet tiles. We ripped them out immediately and started brainstorming for the perfect solution. I wanted something light and whitewashed. I also wanted something that cleans easy and that won’t hardly need any upkeep. Right away I found these Whiteside Pine Embossed Laminate Wood Planks from Pergo at Lowes. The ScratchGuard Advanced surface protection provides twice the wear resistance as well as scratch and scuff protection. The floors also have a lifetime limited residential and 5-year limited light commercial warranty. And if you are installing them yourself, they have SecureLock® joint with premium attached underlayment, which provides fast and easy installation and more secure joints
Bedrooms have come along way from the matching furniture sets and 7 piece duvet sets that include ruffled bedskirts. All of that may still work somewhere but it’s not a necessity anymore. Bedrooms need to be serene and a refuge after a long days work, so naturally less is best. Which leads me to my main point…….you don’t need a headboard! Headboards are awesome but no pressure to have one because not having a headboard is more awesome! There are many things that can replace headboards, like accent walls, windows and large pieces of art. Be inspired by these lovely headboardless bedrooms!