throw pillow refresh.

A couple weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the throw pillows in my living room and that it was time for a refresh. Pillow covers can range from super cheap to incredibly expensive. Because I like to change mine out every couple years, I try to seek out a good bargain and wanted to share what I found.

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’ve been really inspired by kilim style textiles that have recently come back en vogue. I wanted at least one of the pillow covers to be a kilim textile, but, they can be incredibly expensive. Last year I purchased a vintage area rug on Etsy and so I was aware of their vast inventory of vintage goods. I took my search to Etsy once again and was not disappointed. After scrolling through many options, I settled on a 20×20 inch Turkish Kilim pillow from orcunshop. The price was very reasonable ($40) and the shipping was incredibly fast.

Because the Etsy cover was fairly ornate, I though the second pillow should probably feel a bit more neutral and understated. Last year H&M launched a home decor line and I’ve been really impressed by their overall aesthetic — plus their products are always extremely affordable. The pillow I bought their doesn’t appear to be on their website (perhaps it’s an in-store only item?) but it was very reasonably priced at $17.00.

I’ve shared a couple photos of both pillows below. If you’re ever looking for an affordable throw pillow refresh, Etsy and H&M are highly recommended resources 🙂

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rooms with lucite furniture.

Lucite furniture seems to be having a moment. For a couple of years now I’ve noticed this modern material appearing all over design magazines and blogs. Though lucite furniture can be found in a variety of colors, it’s the clear glass-looking items that I’ve seen popping up in the portfolios of designers and stylists. In its transparent form, lucite reads as a neutral and can add a glamorous and modern feel to a space. Below, I’ve collected some of my favorite examples of lucite furniture from around the web. Enjoy!

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design chic


beckiowens
Becki Owens


drivenbydecor
Driven by Decor


homepolish
Homepolish


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Katie Klime


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Katie Klime


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My Domain


OKL
One Kings Lane


ruemag
Rue Magazine


styleathome
style at home


styleyoursenses_ig
Design by Ceres | instagram


TEG
The Everygirl

 

bits of inspiration – #65.

Looks like it’s time to go out and buy that Powerball ticket! This 4,000 sq ft. penthouse condo in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood has officially gone on the market and the renderings are truly incredible. As I’ve written before on this blog, the combination of modern and vintage styles are really my favorite aesthetic and it looks like the architects/designers on this project have executed this remarkably well. Check out more photos on the official property listing here.

photo courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty


photo courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty


photo courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

pairing modern chairs with vintage tables.

Last summer I upcycled a small table that my aunt had in storage. The table has two leaves that fold out so that it can comfortable seat 4 but can also be used as a buffet table when the leaves are down. Here’s a photo for reference:

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When I moved a month ago I had big plans for using this table (leaves out) as a little dining table in our new apartment. I spent a lot of time thinking about what chairs should accompany it and I was really excited for the opportunity to execute one of my favorite styles – pairing vintage and modern pieces. In the end, the table didn’t quite fit in the space the way I had hoped so this dream will have to be shelved for our next move. In the process of trying to decide on the right set of dining chairs I collected a bunch of images for inspiration that I thought I’d share anyway. Scroll down to see some of my favorite examples of modern chairs paired with vintage-style tables from around the web.

admag
Architectural Digest Russia


Afflante
Afflante


crushculddesac
Crush Cul de Sac


decorista
The Decorista


designsponge
Design Sponge


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Design Sponge


indulgy
Indulgy


rue
Rue Magazine


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Rue Magazine


thenletitbe
Her New Tribe

rooms with illustrated wallpaper.

As a renter, the very idea of wallpapering a room is a far off dream for me. That hasn’t stopped me from from keeping an eye on the wallpaper trends that I’ve seen popping up around the design community as of late. One of my favorite trends of the moment is the use of illustrated wallpaper patterns. The hand-drawn feeling of these designs can really lend a more modern or whimsical feeling to a room. Check out some of my favorites below..

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Emily Hendersen


Arch_digest
Architectural Digest


cb2
CB2


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coco + kelley


Arch_digest2
Architectural Digest


onekingslane1
One Kings Lane


onekingslane2
One Kings Lane


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Rue Magazine


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Rue Magazine

decorating with portraiture.

I’ve always been drawn to images of people. For as long as I can remember, images that capture something truly human an intimate about an individual have always been infinitely more interesting to me than fruit on tables or anything else really. As a college senior, when it came to choosing a subject matter for my thesis show I naturally chose to paint a series of portraits depicting my closest friends and family. When portraits of any medium are present in a room, they have they effect of feeling like real presence in your home – they become characters that you live with. Below I’ve put together a few examples of decorating with portraiture from some of my favorite design inspiration sites. Enjoy!

apartmenttherapy
Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


architecturaldigest
Architectural Digest


blissathome
Bliss at Home


homepolish1
Homepolish


homepolish2
Homepolish


onekingslane1
One Kings Lane


onekingslane2
One Kings Lane


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One Kings Lane

rooms with monochromatic molding.

I find myself really loving the idea of monochromatic rooms lately. One trend that I’ve seen popping up around some of my favorite design sites and blogs recently is this painting of crown molding to match the walls of a room. There’s something so elegant and bold at the same time about this look that I find really satisfying. Sharing some of my favorites below – enjoy!

black-bedroom
Cote de Texas


blue-diningroom
Your Decor NYC


cobalt-livingroom
Cote de Texas


coolgrey-bedroom
houzz


darkgrey-livingroom
apartment therapy


green-foyer
Your Decor NYC


grey sofa
#MCULT


grey-bedroom
grey-bedroom1
remodelista


navy-livingroom
#MCULT


teal-parlor
#MCULT


yellow-livingroom
Fawn Chang