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Vintage Rattan Settee 3 Ways

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It all starts with our vintage rattan settee. Not sure where to go from there? Allow us…here are three suggestions to jump start you in to creating your own look with our settee. Source it out below.     Modern Calypso St. Barth Sheepskin/Kaya Kilims Menay/The Estate of Things white African mudcloth pillow/ The Estate of Things black African mudcloth pillow/ Serena & Lily Cooper Stool / Crate & Barrel Rex Floor Lamp Bohemian Chic Maroc Tribal Carpets Beni Ourain/ The Estate of Things Indigo Mudcloth Pillows/ Tshaj Hmong Stripe Pillow/ The Estate of Things Hmong Lumbar Pillow/ Jayson Soud Cloth/ Anthropologie Marble Top Table/ Crate & Barrel Lapel Floor Lamp Feminine Traditional Ballard Designs Seagrass Rug/ SparkModern Peter Dunham Rajmata pillow/ Whitlock & Co. spring botanical pillow/ Lulu & Georgia Nautine throw/ WS Home Cane Garden Seat/ Dwell Studio Albert Floor Lamp

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White Place: A pocket neighborhood?

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In the late 1800s, S.R. White platted 38 acres of what would become White Place in Bloomington, Illinois. Why is this interesting? Well… because when we stumbled upon White Place off University Avenue I immediately thought– pocket neighborhood and I’m fascinated with pocket neighborhoods. I recently visited Bloomington IL, a moderately sized midwestern town but certainly bigger than my own southern home. A two and half hour ride from Chicago, Bloomington is home to State Farm, Illionois State University, Illinois Wesleyan and had he not been assassinated maybe Abraham Lincoln’s post-presidential home. The downtown area of Bloomington is a renovator/house flipper’s Graceland. Prices stay low (for now), the streets are lush and green (for now) and the potential is high. The streets are lined with Queen Annes, craftsman bungalows and prairie style houses. I’m not sure why anyone would want to live anywhere else in Bloomington but in a downtown…

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A Quick Paint Fix

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A little cottage dining room recently required some quick updating.. Getting rid of the dated paint colors was first and foremost on the list and what resulted is just further confirmation that paint will go a long way. Tan walls be gone, We used Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue to brighten up the dining room. We also replaced the existing light fixture with an easy Allen + Roth drum pendant from Lowe’s. How fresh is that?! We also sent pouty Laney to the pool, so we don’t have to hear “Mom I don’t want to go see any more houses”

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Spring Hill Project: Gallery Wall

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It’s been a while since I shared anything about the Spring Hill Project but that’s only because the kitchen renovation was delayed. Things are still happening just at a relatively slow pace. Though recently, I put together a little gallery wall for the living area. Since the beginning I thought that one of Jennifer Ament’s prints would be fitting for the space and the client’s style. Here’s how I chose the artwork for the complimentary gallery wall.     Art is subjective right but I wanted to bring in some elements that can be taken and translated in to your own combination of art. The key elements I used in this grouping are: A print or work with words, a phrase or some kind of typeface, Pretty Chic Love A landscape, Yao Cheng Forest in Indigo An abstract, Clare Elsaesser Decisions Flora in black and white, Domino Botanical Sumi Ink Fauna…

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Serge Mouille Lighting

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It’s that damn light fixture and I still want one. The Serge Mouille 3 Arm Ceiling Lamp which is probably the most recognizable of their offerings is what I have a yearning for. Serge Mouille began designing light fixtures in 1953 and is known for his black painted metal, discrete and sculptural designs that people loved then and still do today. Production of Mouille’s original fixtures stopped in 1961 but reproductions of the original designs are available. I’m guessing your first reaction is, oh that’s so modern and yeah it is. But maybe I’ll surprise you a little if you see it in some more traditional interiors for the ultimate mix up. It’s iconic, artful and can transform a space in a flash.     Serge, persian and french chairs,   light your art collection with more art,   minimalist and classic,           in a nursery? well hell yes,…

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Pipe Down

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There are many trends that I am absolutely, whole heartedly in support of and I’m really carrying the torch for. This post is not about those, this is about my distaste for pipe furniture. I think I’ve had my fill of furniture built from pipes. There are other ways in which we can express our love of modern, industrial style. Those ways are not as obvious as metal piping and while I’m at it… factory cart wheels. Instead, let’s explore a mix of light fixtures, upholstery, furniture and accessories that embody the industrial age — without screaming it. Let’s avoid being Captain Obvious, in decorating, and in life. Some examples of pipe furniture that should take the long nap, take the final exit, buy the farm, push daisies, fall off the perch…  and some examples of the industrial vibe that we can dig! Round Iron Mirror with Leather Strap  |  Nautical mini-pendant  | Rustic Industrial Coffee Table…

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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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