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Neutral Living Room Rugs

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I’ve had a seagrass rug for about four+ years that I bought from Ballard Designs. Here it is in my previous house,   Seagrass is affordable, versatile and durable and I would absolutely recommend it to you. I have kids and pets and only one living area with high traffic. We’ve spilled a lot of different things on this rug including but not limited to; soda, juice, milk, cat vomit, beer etc. But recently seagrass stumbled and then fell because it met with a big dog with an upset stomach. The seagrass rug was banished to the front porch at 6:00 am one morning with a one way ticket to the trash heap. So we’re left with a very bare and not so cozy wood floor in the living room. We need a new living room rug. And much like Sheet Search, I’ve got some parameters; Ideally 100% wool— but to be…

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9 Perennials to Plant Now

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Now is the time to get yourself outside and get some plants in the ground to acclimate to moderate temperatures and take advantage of more abundant spring rains. Although moderate is quickly giving way to hot, hot heat in NC, we have already seen (and felt) 90–ugh. Whether you are adding to a bed or garden you already have or are starting from scratch, I’ve assembled a little collection of must-plant perennials that thrive in a range of zones around the country. These 9 have worked well for me time and again and I’m pretty sure they’ll do the same for you all. Plant them in raised beds, layered in with the shrubs, add to your flower garden or your edible garden. Figure out your zone and let’s dig. Baptisia- With beautiful, graceful foliage, plentiful blooms and a beautiful purple hue, it’s hard not to love Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis, zones…

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Our Etsy Picks

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  Ella Carty Abstract Painting/ Poppy Seed Living Arrow Dresser/ Brass Paper Towel Holder/ Jazzberry Blue Clockwork Orange print/ Masaya Trading Company Hammock Lounge Chair/ Pigeon Toe Ceramics Horn Jar

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Charlotte Project: A Family Room Design

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As a quick refresher, the Charlotte Project is an interior design consultation for a no-fuss family with New Traditional leanings. We just had a look at the paint color palette that we selected last week. One of the primary objectives for the Charlotte Project was designing a cohesive plan for their family room. You can see my inspiration board for the space here. The family room is important because next to their kitchen, this is where they will spend a lot of time in their home.The clients bought a new traditional brick home and the style and flow of the rooms lent itself well to an updated traditional style. Here’s a look at our choices for the final design.   If you like the look too, you can shop some similar items here! JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

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Weekend

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  Happy Saturday! That’s right, it’s actually the weekend! Sarah will be workin’ on the weekend, running by the Bennett Kitchen to snap a few photos and get some final touches in order. We’re so excited to see this lovely kitchen renovation wrapping up. Betsy is mourning the loss of yet another real estate offer. (That’s now 6 and counting.) She and the dude are considering loosening the lines of the search parameters again before giving up. It’s time to get creative. Sarah is trying to push Betsy in to looking at this fixer, not entire sure Heffe would be in to it. We hope that you find a moment to enjoy a lazy me moment at some point this weekend to soak in a few of the discoveries that we’ve loved this past week. Sarah recently bought a casual pair of pillow covers she had been tracking for a while from Hokoda. She loves…

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Mi Favorito

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Here are some things that are happening and pinteresting right now. I’d like for image 1 and 2 to get together and make a house baby for me. That will happen one day I believe it will. I’m working for that a little everyday. Colorful pocket doors get along swimmingly with charcoal hex tile, You never thought you liked hairpin legs so much…I know I didn’t. I don’t think I will ever get enough of contemporary/modern landscapes, Freakin’ blue doors!

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Sheet Search (Not Totally Unlike Star Search)

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I rotate two sets of sheets on each bed in my house. Kudos to you if you’re rotating more than that but we’re working with two here and one of them got ripped and I needed a replacement. This time around I want great quality and style and that necessitates a search. A Sheet Search. You can read all sorts of articles and read reviews in which people are embroiled in serious debates about thread count vs. types of cotton. I found this article to be helpful and I read other articles like this one too. The new sheets should include these qualities: Egyptian cotton or Pima/Supima Cotton If “100% cotton” was listed as fabric I’d keep searching 300 thread count or above Simple embroidery preferred Under $200.00 Serena & Lily, Pine Cone Hill, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and the list goes on…all of these fine sites had great designs but they were all 100% cotton,…

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Charlotte Project: Paint Color Selection

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I worked briefly with a family in Charlotte, NC who had just moved in to a new home. You might remember the inspiration for their family room design. They had moved a few times over the last few years because of careers and had found that they always moved from an unfinished house. They had ideas and aspirations about what they could do to the houses they’d lived in but never got anything accomplished. They wanted cohesiveness and something they could finally call finished. When they bought the house there were some pretty unattractive paint colors in play, electric blue ceilings and walls, teal and lots of drab tan. They hired a painter and it was time to select colors. The Charlotte family’s home is a traditional five bedroom, three and half bath home with a vaulted ceiling in the entry, formal living and dining rooms and a family room. The client decided…

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Dear TEOT: Affordable Bedroom Curtains

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We recently got a note from a reader, Courtney, who is seeking affordable curtains for her and her boyfriend’s bedroom. Courtney already has woven shades on the window and her boyfriend is complaining that the shades filter the light but don’t block enough and a lot of morning sun is still pouring through. Her budget is ideally less than $60.00. The bed in the room is dressed with this quilt and furniture similar to this. After I sent her some suggestions she wrote back, I like them all!! Thanks for sending this over. I think the first and third are my favorite, just to break it up a bit. My boyfriend was a little worried about the light coming through (he is basically wanting Vegas blackout curtains). While I know these options will not provide that, I think it should still help a little. What do you think? Thanks again for sending these! Here’s…

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Classic Elements

7 Go To Design Picks

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There are design elements and furnishings that I return to time and again. Chances are pretty good that you have one or more of these things in your house because some are standbys and others are part of a group of neo-classics and will work in a whole host of different interiors. Ceramic Gourd Lamps – If you’re looking for a table lamp, you’ve likely considered some iteration of a ceramic gourd lamp and for good reason, they’ll work virtually any where. You can find them at almost any price point. Seagrass Rug –Durable, natural, ready for layering and full of texture…what more do you want in a rug English Roll Arm Sofa – Unlike diamonds which aren’t actually forever, your English roll arm sofa is. Don’t ever get rid of it just keep getting reupholstered when it starts to look rough. Industrial Faucet -I love the bridge faucets as much as the next person but…

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9 Favorite IKEA Hacks

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Don’t you love finding IKEA hacks that are wildly functional and extremely good-looking! Kudos to this group of nine handy people changing things up. I hope I grow up to be just like you.   Smitten Studio’s tarva dresser The Pax free-standing wardrobe hacks are most excellent. I’ve seen them painted black with brass hardware and now Jenna Sue built those in to make a pantry in her custom kitchen reno. Makes you feel excited to put the dishes away. Jenna Sue Design Pax Pantry There’s something about painting metal mint green that makes it instantly fabulous. Style Me Pretty bar cart The Charming Nest blog is putting Hemnes to work in all kinds of situations. Some carpentry skills will take you and Hemnes a long way. I really, really want to make my own beefed up Hemnes sideboard. Get me some reproduction latches and sash pulls and some crown molding…

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Spring Garden Prep

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Do we have any serious gardening readers? I hope so, let’s talk plants. My Mom and I both enjoy gardening. We have a history with plants and flowers–my whole family does. My parents owned and operated a greenhouse business themselves for 20+ years. I grew up in a greenhouse and that’s a great story… for another day. We’ve got to get down to the bidness of talking about spring and plant shopping. We recently paid a visit to one of our favorite garden center spots to stock up for planting window boxes and spring containers at The Garden Supply Company. GSCO always has a great selection and some helpful people working there that can answer all sorts of questions about their inventory. Good trees, good perennials, good annuals, good shrubs, good everything. I snapped some cell phone shots of some of our favorite stuff at GSCO now. They’ve probably already added a…

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Choosing Kitchen Faucets

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If you’ve taken on a kitchen renovation project on your own or just want to make some affordable upgrades the time will come when you have to select a faucet. All of the design details like faucets, hardware and tile join together to make a unique kitchen that is personal and functional. Some homeowners wait until they are prompted by the builder or plumber to get the faucet and are pressed for time while others are prepared and already have all of their fixtures ordered ahead of time. After choosing several for my own projects and some for clients I think I’ve got the process down. First let’s get familiar with the common faucet styles, STYLE CONSIDERATION Not every faucet is created equal and whether you’re remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider the style of the space before you buy just any old faucet. Bridge faucets look just as fantastic in brownstone…

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The House Diaries Kitchen

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I really appreciate the renovation effort in Nicole’s kitchen chronicled in her blog The House Diaries. I’m guessing you’ll like many other spots in Nicole’s house too. Their house underwent the kind of renovation I enjoy–a big one. I like the great vintage scores in the dining nook like the pair of gray chalk painted dressers and the large chalkboard. I also love that Nicole asked the builder to wrap the wall with ship lap, I like that she chose furniture style legs for the cabinets and that they reach for the ceiling and my most favorite choice–the rustic shelves mounted under the cabinets. A beautiful, functional and personal space is what patience and careful planning will get you when renovating. It will come people but it takes time.              

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