This house tour is deeply rooted in scandinavian design. The simple neutral tones and textures throughout this home create a relaxing yet stylish space. And I love all of the simple art and pattern choices!
See the entire house tour here.
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I am working on a bathroom reno right now. The homeowners are good friends of mine that live in a 1920’s farmhouse on the outskirts of Boise. It’s an amazing amazing home that deserves a super cool bathroom. Large hexagon tiles have been on my mind a lot lately! Specifically black tiles with white grout. There is something so classy yet modern about these tiles. And mixed with the traditional subway tile…heaven.
Some other bathroom trends that are taking over right now?
Image: Blood & Champagne
1. Round Mirrors. Forget the normal rectangular mirrors and opt for a round mirror. Ikea has my favorite option right now! Shop it here.
2. Dark grout. It’s everywhere right now! And who wouldn’t love dark grout?? It hides dirt!
Image: Unfinished Home
3. Floating vanities. It’s like they are floating in the air. You can’t get more classy than this!
Image: Jacquelyn Clark
4. Brass Accents. I couldn’t leave this one out. Don’t think of brass as your grandmothers brass. Think of it as a rediscovered material that is back and is being done right this time.
Image: Decor 8
Because the house that we are moving into is a downsize for us, I am all about studying the art of decorating small spaces. For some it can be overwhelming and for others it can be refreshing. For us, it’s refreshing. I’ve already given away bags and bags and boxes of STUFF. Stuff that I didn’t even know that I owned. It’s amazing what you can accumulate over time. Like who needs 4 sets of measuring cups?? No one!
Here are a few tips and tricks when decorating a small space.
1. Want to know a quick tip on what to keep and what to give away? If you haven’t used it in 6 months, you will most likely NEVER use it. Unless of course it’s a holiday item or a recreational item. But if it’s supposed to be an everyday or every week item and you haven’t even touched it in 6 months, give it to someone who will appreciate it. One mans trash is truly another mans treasure…right???
Image: The Style Files
2. Wall space becomes very important in small spaces. You can’t waist an inch of wall space. Think outside of the box and use wall space for your advantage. For instance, the bathroom above probably needed more storage space for towels. A fantastic ladder became a towel rack and extra towel storage in one. Floating shelves and wall shelves are also an answer to prayer for small spaces. Just remember, don’t over decorate or over use shelves. It will add chaos to the room.
3. Lighting is everything! Lighting can make or break a room. Especially a small room! Use lighting to create a nice backdrop. When you enter an art gallery, you always walk into a strikingly beautiful space. Yes, the art attributes to that beauty, but the lighting is what defines the art and brings life to the art. Use that same rule in your home. The style of light can also make a tremendous impact to your room. Don’t limit yourself to a boring bulb just because you are focusing on a smaller room. Savoy House lighting can make it easy for you to pick some brilliant lights, add a subtle ceiling fan, a modern looking flush mount light, or even a chandelier. Additionally, it’s easy to shop by price, weight, finish, and a number of other factors. Look around and see what best fits your personal taste and aesthetic preferences.
It’s FUN to decorate a small space!! Think outside of the box and keep things light and bright.
BTW- the winner of the Rugs Direct giveaway is Christine Hughes! Congrats Christine!!!
I’m over on The Interior Collective talking about house plants in the bathroom, using vibrant pillows and other fun topics. Check it all out here.
BTW, I’m a little MIA right now and it’s all for good reasons. I’m finishing up some great design projects that I cannot wait to show all of you. Until then, I’ll be choppy over here but I’ll still slam you periodically with some interior inspiration!
I am so thrilled to be featuring Cori Magee’s apartment on Simply Grove. Cori Magee is an amazing graphic designer who has an eye for everything cool and stylish. Her scandinavian design inspired space feels so comfortable yet so put together. Cori’s space is also relatable and doesn’t feel stuffy nor too proper. I asked Cori a few questions. Enjoy below.
What inspires you when decorating your space?
I find so much design inspiration on-line, both digital-magazines and design blogs. I also enjoy a handful of printed mags, like Dwell, Living Etc., El Mueble, Elle Decoration UK and Habitania) Also, museums, restaurants, the sidewalk….inspiration is everywhere.
How would you describe your interior aesthetic?
Not an easy question to answer. I pull my ideas from so many places and then I decide what works for me and the way I live. Ultimately I think I enjoy a modern aesthetic mixed with old and new, warm wood finishes mixed with a black and white palette… Modern Merger? Can that be a thing? Sort of like personal labels, I think interiors should just be what they want to be, typically it won’t just be one singular style, but a combination. And no matter which styles are combined, it should always represent your personality.
What are your favorite home decor shops/websites?
Visit Cori’s awesome blog here. Thank you, Cori!!
Photography by Alyssa Ratowski.
Can I start by saying that when I first saw a glimpse of Capree Kimball’s bathroom redo on instagram, I about passed out! I love EVERYTHING about it! She did a fantastic job mixing patterns and materials effortlessly. And because I love who Capree is as a person, I am so SO happy that she now gets to live in this gem. See more over on Curbly.
Image: The Design Files
I’ve been seeing a lot of awesome bathrooms on Pinterest lately. What makes these bathrooms so awesome is the unique character that each one has. Between the modern bathroom vanities, different materials blended and natural light shining in, each bathroom gets two thumbs up for being amazing!
Image: The Design Files
Image: New Zealand Design Blog
I think it’s cute when people tell me that they are scared to introduce black into their space. Mostly because black is as timeless as it gets. You might want to frightened to add salmon or coral or even plum to your entire home. But black? It really is harmless AND can be paired with any other color. To be honest, black and white is a color palette that has always had me at hello. Of course I tend to introduce color to my space, but dream of a second home with a consistent palette of B&W. Emilie Bédard and Maria Rosa Di Ioia turned a 1910’s triplex situated in Montreal, Canada into a modern masterpiece. They did a breathtaking job at keeping the space monochromatic. And that bathroom is stupid cool! It shows that you can definitely mix black and white with wood tones. And they mixed chrome with brass which also works well together. We can see that they are not afraid of mixing material and textures.
To keep a space like this from feeling sterile and cold, incorporate light and dark wood tones. Another important detail is lighting. Your lighting can make or break your space. Sites like Homeclick offer a plethora of lighting options to create a cozy yet modern space. If you have a lot of chrome and silver in your home, incorporate a little brass here and there to warm your space up. Also, introduce warm textures like wool and fur to keep your home from feeling cold.
See more of this home here.
I’m super into large, bold floral patterns right now. So when I saw Emily Schuman’s powder room, designed by Amber Lewis, I quickly fell in love! Besides this wallpaper being the bomb, the combo of the paper and gold lighting is epic. See more here and here.
Have you checked out the Serai Collection from Tabula Rasa yet? It’s pretty awesome and colorful if I don’t say so myself. You’ll find a great variety of pillows, towels and other textiles. Shop the entire collection here.
April and May
Lately I can’t get enough of the look and feel of exposed shower heads. The openness and simplicity of a bathroom with this style shower head always catches my eye. It gives a vintage appeal that I adore. Pair this space saver of a shower with a white backdrop and it will be timeless.
La Dolce Vita
There are some bathrooms that shine brighter than others and this one is so stunning and easily attainable. Often we become so focused with the rest of our house we forget that the bathroom can make a statement too. Loving this powder room? Get the look…
1 West Elm Side Table 2 Shft Wallpaper 3 Restoration Sconce 4 Etsy Basket 5 Hayneedle Mirror
A post full of bathroom goodies and inspiration is long overdue. I know I’m always dreaming and drooling (figuratively) over great bathroom design and have put together some of my favorites from all around the web.
Here are a few thoughts and tips as you read on:
1. Simplicity is key, you don’t want to add elements to a bathroom remodel that will be out of style in a short time period, keep the design neutral and timeless. 2. If possible keep as much natural light coming into your bathroom, it gives what is typically a small room a sense of openness and extra light. 3. Open shelving allows you to add decor and bathroom necessities together to create style. This is the best way to keep from having drawers full of stuff. 4. Don’t feel like you have to buy an expensive vanity, a vintage dresser or cabinet works perfectly and adds character. Flash sale websites like Gilt, HushHush and Hayneedle are great for picking up a bargain on furniture like this. 5. Adding a gallery wall to very small powder room will not only make it feel larger, but is a way to add design without bulky decor.
Be careful what you get yourself into when enjoying these perfectly executed potties, they may send you into a remodeling mindset…
The latest issue of Est Magazine is out and it’s GOOD! Packed full of creativity, you’ll find lots of visual goodies throughout. Check out some of my favorite spaces from this latest issue.
This pretty bathroom has mixed some pretty great tiles and textures to create an effortless space. I’m a fan of that shower and of course the wallpaper mixed with the subway tiles.
When redesigning your bathroom, it is recommended that you hire a company that will meet all of your needs. In some cases, you might require the services of an interior designer, an architect, and a builder, so having access to companies that specialize in each of these aspects can make your job much easier. There are services available that will put you in touch with companies that can provide exactly what you want. This will save you time and money, since you will not have to pre-screen contractors or spend hours searching through the hundreds of builders that work in a particular area.
See more of Stacey Kouros Design here.