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All in the details…

Laundry Room

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Our laundry room is one of the last spaces in the house largely untouched by my crafting neurosis. We’ve got some attractive organization, a DIY embellished curtain (please forgive my HORRIBLE photography skills way back when) and some lackluster artwork, but that’s it. Suffice it to say that it could use a little something more. Thankfully, this well styled laundry room could just be the inspiration that I need to GET. ON. IT.

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1…First and foremost, the metallic pattern on the back wall makes a major difference. It distracts from the utilitarian washing machine and dryer, and adds just the right touch of feminine character. I hate to sound so traditional, but I feel like a laundry room is OFTEN a lady’s domain, so why not play that up with distinctly girly colors, patterns and accents?

2…Sure, this particular homeowner got a little help from the big guys when it came to styling, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Who wouldn’t want their detergent powder stored in oversized glass gars and their rags tucked neatly away in wicker baskets? I know I would.

3…The floor here is another great DIY project that we could all try tackling at home. A simple painted navy and white stripe takes it, again, from utilitarian to stylish in a single afternoon of hands-and-knees labor. I’m jotting all of this down on my to-do list as we speak.

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All in the details…

Courtyard Pool

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Continuing with this week’s travel theme, I couldn’t help but chat about the fun, energetic poolside image above. While our own rented courtyard pool for the week isn’t quite as glamorous as this one, I wanted (nay, NEEDED) to spend a little time imagining the possibilities.

Let’s talk details…

1…I know our next house will never include such a decadent outdoor eating area, but that doesn’t mean that this girl can’t dream! Potted palms, a dining table that seats 10 and cushioned corners for reading in the shade make this the be-all and end-all of outdoor living.

2…I’ve never been well-versed in architecture, but thanks to being an avid reader and subscriber to Dwell magazine, I DO know how dramatic an extensive overhang can be. This one is a great example, with its dark stained boards and massive industrial windows underneath. The shade there on that upper deck must be hugely tempting come afternoon. Plus, can we please take a moment to admire the gorgeous curvy white detailing on the railings?

3…Who knew glass blocks would come back into style?? This patio is flanked on either side by what looks like twin glass feature walls. I can only imagine how gorgeous the lower INDOOR living area is with the natural light shining through the frosted surface of the glass.

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All in the details…

Home Depot Patio

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I’ve recently become an avid fan of the Home Depot blog, The Apron – Specifically obsessing over their outdoor Style Challenge series. I think the series has come to a close, but feel free to click that link to see all of the posts in one place. Essentially, the idea is that The Home Depot contacted a number of bloggers throughout the community and asked them to review different collections from their outdoor furniture lines. While I really enjoyed the reviews (and am now hard core coveting new patio furniture), My favorite part was getting to know some new voices in the blogging industry. There is so much talent out there – I wish I had 8 hours in the day JUST to read blogs.

But anyway, let’s talk details about this particular outdoor Style Challenge space

1…As I’ve mentioned before, I have quite a black thumb when it comes to gardening. Flowers almost NEVER take up residence at our house, at least not for long. Plain greenery is far more likely to stick around just because of its hardy nature in general, but there’s nothing very fun about greenery. And yet…One tip I’ve snagged from this space is the idea of color blocked gardening containers. I can have my color AND my live plants too by parking them in pretty neon striped pots like the ones shown here. Adding this to my (growing) list of things to do this season!

2…I recently wrote an article for Central Virginia Home Magazine (for the summer issue, out soon) all about indoor/outdoor fabrics, and ever since finishing up my research I’ve been obsessed with the idea. Modern weather resistant fabrics and rugs have come SUCH a long way, featuring tons of gorgeous, vibrant color and pattern. You can hardly tell the difference between patio pillows and living room pillows anymore – Sort of like these colorful beauties shown under the sunshine. Makes me wish, yet again, that we had a patio to speak of…

3…5 years ago, you would totally think that this punchy pink rug was pulled from the living room just for styling the photograph, only to be pulled to safety as soon as they got the shot – But that’s not the case anymore. This beautiful rug is likely one of the new polypropelene blends. UV resistant, bleach resistant and water resistant, these accessories can survive a hurricane – And look GREAT doing it.

What are your favorite details?

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P.S. In case you missed it, I wanted to shout out to a DIY I published over on the Le Papier Studio blog. It’s a tutorial for watercolored DIY Silhouette Mother’s Day cards – If you’re running low on time and ideas, this could be the perfect solution!

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All in the details…

YHL Guest Bath

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Bathrooms are kind of fickle rooms to style and design, don’t you think? Too much, and it looks like you’re trying too hard to distract from the fact that it’s a bathroom. But too little, and it looks like a public facility at a rest stop. To get it juuuuuust right takes a little finesse and more than a little trial and error. This little space, a la Young House Love, hits the nail on the head – wouldn’t you agree? (P.S. Is anyone else dumbfounded that they sprung a move on us?? Go them…)

Let’s talk details…

1…Probably my favorite thing about this space styling wise, is the little monogramed turkish towel. I love the stripes, I love the fringe, I love the big graphic letter – That one magical piece brings the whole room together for me. Is there a different piece that brings it together for you?

2…When it comes to styling a bathroom, you don’t have too many options to play with. You can get fun towels (see point #1), you can play with the art, you can add rugs and maybe a curtain or two and, finally, you can add nice soap. Since the soap is going to be a star player in the functionality of your bathroom, give it a little more thought than just tossing whatever is cheapest into your cart at the grocery store. These savvy homeowners chose a yellow liquid soap to match the vintage tile, and the label itself is a little cleaner and more interesting than your average store brand bottle. Heck, even the black pump plays nicely with the other black and gray accents in the space! It’s the little things…

3…Speaking of that vintage tile, I love how the industrial 50’s sink helps to give the space an intentionally mid-century vibe. If you can’t (or don’t want to) change out the big pieces in your own inhereted bathroom, don’t fight them. In my opinion, you can make just about anything work as long as you find a way to make it feel intentional with colors and textures.

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All in the details…

lake cottage bedroom

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That headboard! Seriously, need I say more? I’ve always loved brass bed frames – The curvy details, the antique cottage feel and that tell tale gold sheen. But this redo of the same look in a shiny red finish is too tempting to ignore.

Let’s talk details…

1…Okay, there’s ONE other thing that made me develop a little crush on this room – The nightstand. You knew I’d be drawn to the mid-century silhouette, but I’m also loving the sky blue paint job! It all comes back to that big debate, huh?

2…The third piece that makes this room a slam dunk for me is the painting above the bed. It’s huge! And that wide expanse of green color really adds a nice layer to the room. Don’t you just love how the whole bedroom looks like it was curated from a thrift store or flea market? We could all easily throw together a similar room with a couple hundred bucks and a Saturday morning bouncing from one second hand store (or booth) to the next. Is that a challenge? Take it as you will.

3…Here’s another great example of mixing patterns successfully. Although I’ve heard so many times that mixing small patterns with other small patterns is a “no no,” this collection of linens kicks that rule to the curb. It’s eclectic, colorful and oh so cozy…

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All in the details…

Pink kitchen

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I guess I’m feeling bold this morning! A hot pink kitchen isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I love that SOMEONE went ahead and did it. You must click through to the original source on this one for more shots of the space. It is truly a show stopper – Maybe even the definition of one. Whether you love it or hate it, I think we can all appreciate the POWER of this room.

Let’s talk details…

1…Thank goodness for white. If this room was ALL color, I’d be running in the opposite direction. But since the color is limited almost entirely to the cabinets, I took a second look and briefly considered the uncharted possibilities. When playing with a bold color, it’s no secret that BALANCE is of the utmost importance. The white countertops, backsplash and appliances seem to gleam next to those fuchsia cabinets.

2…Yeah…I can’t get over that color. All things considered, it’s probably the most neutral pink there is. It’s definitely not neon, and it’s definitely not dark. There’s a lot of gray in this color, which helps it to feel rich rather than overbearing. It just goes to show how important the right SHADE is when choosing a bold color.

3…The other thing I love about this space is the retro vibe. That old style oven is calling my name. Again, you should definitely click through to see the retro-meets-mod stainless steel farmhouse sink.

What are your favorite details?

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P.S. Thank you everyone for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday, and for the support on my Better Homes and Gardens shoot (happening tomorrow!!). Love you guys to the moon and back!

All in the details…

Red Coffee Table

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Almost as soon as I pinned that image above, I got an email saying that someone had commented on it – After clicking through, I found that my mom had left an enthusiastic “This is SOO you” reply. And I have to say that she couldn’t be more right! I know I say this about practically every room I feature as an “All in the details” space, but I truly wouldn’t change a thing about this living room. Not a THING.

Let’s talk details…

1…You know I’m all about pointing out the DIY-able projects in these professionally shot rooms, and we’re in luck today. If you wanted to recreate that fun graphic pillow, all you’d need is a removable pillow cover in a basic solid, some fabric paint and number stencils. Use it to commemorate a favorite number, special date or your house numbers.

2…The styling on this side table is ace and, again, oh so easy to do in our own homes. Take a tour of your house and grab a stack of books, a lamp, framed poster, candle and a jar of flowers. Done and done!

3…One of the things that really makes this room successful is the coffee table. Without that POP of red, the room would be a little neutral for my tastes, but with it the room has personality and a focal point really worth admiring. And this is yet another simple project we can tackle at home – Pick up a clean lined coffee table from your nearest thrift store, spray paint it a glossy red all over and you’ll be wowing your guests in no time.

What are your favorite details?

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