Sep
18
2014
Home Decor Roundup of Fall Essentials for It's Friday I'm In Love // Fall Into Autumn Edition

I have been reluctant, to say the least, to even consider the idea of fall as being welcome thing around here. I feel like each time I let go of summer it means a trade-off for the beginning of the hectic holiday season and a new school year and all that comes with that. It will soon mark another year gone by as my boys seem to get older by the second, which makes me sad, since as parents we only get a limited number of years with them anyhow. And, I very much dislike the rain. But...

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Sep
08
2014
Poolside Oasis with Outdoor Hammock for Dream Home // Home Tech + Creature Comforts that Make Life Better

This post is brought to you by Dyson... makers of a thing that makes my 'functionality obsessed' heart sing with joy.

Today we are going to do something a bit different here at the house of TDC, and we are going chat about our hopes and dreams - kind of. But more importantly we are going to give you amazing folks the chance to win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum!

Dream Home // 10 Home Tech + Creature Comforts that Make Life Better 1 - 5

1 a / b / c / d // 2 a / b // 3 // 4 a / b // 5

I am sharing a roundup of 10 items I think would make life better / easier / more beautiful and would perhaps save me money / time / frustration from the inevitable stuff. 

There are certain unavoidable things in life, so making those things bearable by making them pretty or uber-functional is a great way to give them less of a negative impact on me. 

But, Let us be real for a minute... I despise cleaning of any variety. Organizing on the other hand, now that is my jam. But keeping things hygienic and clean? Ugh, not so much. But, in a life with kids and dogs, cleaning up messes and disasters around the house is an everyday thing and a necessary evil of the most violent variety. Well maybe not violent, that might be a slight exaggeration, but certainly an attack on my personal well-being, which is basically the same thing, right?

Having a cordless, super powerful, handheld vacuum that can be quickly adjusted for length and purpose, and then hung back up on the wall out of sight to recharge and store? Well that my friends almost makes the task of cleaning up debris and collateral damage just a bit more tolerable. Thank you to the fine folks at Dyson for creating the Dyson DC59 Motorhead - I think I love you! I'm sure it's mutual right? And not creepy in any way? Just say yes. I'm a mom of two boys with dogs (who are boys) and a husband and I'm entirely outnumbered over here in the ways of cleanliness and harmony. I could use a little love sent my way!

Urban Oasis on Waterfront with Glass Walls for Dream Home // Home Tech + Creature Comforts

One thing my Dream Space would have, that is missing from my life right this minute - is water. I am a water baby at heart and everything good in this world of mine, at least in my imagination, happens near the water. And of course where there is a beach, there is mad sand, and where there is sand... there is a crazed lunatic mom with a vacuum in hand. Might as well make this less of a thing, am I right? Who wants to be the crazy person running around wildly and shouting at her kids? Not I... that is for sure.

Dream Home // 10 Must Have Home Tech Items+ Creature Comforts 6 - 10

6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

But first, before I cry myself to sleep over all of these things that I do not have, let me go soak in my large bathtub and watch a little Bravo reality tv on my amazing vanity mirror tv - it is built right into the mirror for goodness' sake (or perhaps it is the mirror?), while I tune out the sound of crashing and breaking going on in the other room (sob).

WANT TO WIN A DYSON DC59 MOTORHEAD? OH YOU DO? YAAA, YOU DO... HIGH FIVES!

SO HERE'S THE SKINNY ON HOW TO ENTER:

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Giveaway from The Design Confidential and Dream Home Tech Creature Comforts to make your Life Easier

1. Simply click here or on the image above, to visit the Dyson DC59 Motorhead page and check out the deets. No signups or anything - just check out the details and come back here and move on to the next step!

2. Then, come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me A). what defines your dream space and B). which feature you love most about this cordless connoisseur - the Dyson DC59 Motorhead! 

The winner will be selected randomly from the comments on September 24th and will be contacted directly via email. Please make sure you use your regular everyday email. The winner will have 5 days to respond with a mailing address in order to claim their prize! 

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Aug
22
2014
Gathered Home Decor Goods Art Rug Coasters Yoyo Tray from Great.ly Makers in Blue and Cool Tones for The Design Confidential Feature It's Friday I'm In Love // Edition 13

With the heat still fairly intense most days, out here in the hills of California, I find myself unable to stay away from the bold watery hues of blue and indigo. I want to surround myself with both dark and light shades that fall on the cooler end of the spectrum and can't help but wish that Mother Nature would join me in my hopeful celebration of milder temps.

Celebrate 
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Aug
13
2014
Outdoor Tents for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

Hi all! A big hello to all of you wonderful TDC readers! I’m Heidi and it is such a blessing to be visiting here from my blog, Brave Wild and Free (formerly My Beautiful Mess).

Luxury Camping Items for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

1 // S'mores Kit 2 // Big One Travel Mug 3 // Southwestern Story Dress 4 // Duluth Backpack 5 // Women's Luscher Omni Heat Rain Boot 6 // Chrome Lantern 7 // Pendleton Glacier 5th Ave Wool Blanket 8 // Copper + Leather Stool 9 // Boo Fire Basket 10 // 16ft Lotus Belle Tent

Just imagine sitting on your soft leather sling chair in front of your canvas tent with an enameled mug of craft coffee in your hand and a Pendleton blanket in your lap.  You hear the camp cook (not you, of course) ring the bell for breakfast and you slip on your cozy Columbia boots and make your way to the crackling campfire to eat free range eggs and locally grown veggies.  You spend the day wandering the wooded trails and enjoying the fresh air and tuck yourself into your feather bed at night – belly full of smores and microbrews - completely and totally at peace.

Inside Layout of a Yurt for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

I’ve always thought this place existed only in my imagination, but then glamping resorts started popping up all over the place. Of course, you could get your own canvas tent and haul in your queen feather bed, bedroom furniture and claw-footed bathtub...  Or you could just visit any of these amazing resorts and campgrounds: 

Washington State // Lakedale Resort , San Juan Islands / Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Yakima

Oregon // Brews with Views, Rogue River (Rafting, glamping and local craft beers.  Does it get any better?)

California // Autocamp, Santa Barbara (San Fransisco & LA coming soon)

Inside an Airstream for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

Utah // Moab Under Canvas, Moab (also available at Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks) / Shooting Star RV Resort, Escalante

Montana // The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough 

Wyoming // Fireside Resort, Wilson

Colorado // Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores

Sitting Around the Campfire for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

New York // Camp Orenda, Johnsburg

Texas // Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Wimberley

Nationwide // Shelter Co., Based out of California, New York & Texas – Pop-up Glamping

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Vintage Refurbished Airstream for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

September is the perfect time to head out glamping.  The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to change and the rates are low.  It’s cool enough in the mornings for your fall sweaters but still nice enough to hike in comfort.  It doesn’t get any better. 

So, who is going glamping this fall?

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Jul
30
2014
Blue Retro Beachy Comfortable Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Close Up of Blue Retro Room for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials items for this space // Nesting tables / Scholar lamps / Mug

For this look I channeled my global granny self, added a bit of that hipster handmade vibe with a dash of Copacabana thrown in, for a Beachy Brazilian touch. Yep, totally random, but oh how happy I would be in this space.

We will call the gal who lives here “Babs,” and she is a veritable 'Girl from Ipanema' (World Famous Brazilian Bossa Nova song)and boy she has lived quite the life. She loves to reminisce about all of the memories she has made along the way and throughout her travels. She could sure tell you a tale or two about her go-go dancing days, but your mother probably wouldn’t like that much. But now she is settling down a bit and prefers to stay closer to home where she can sip her hot cocoa in her big cozy chair and knit blankets for her grandkids – or the new neighbors down the street.

Black and White 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

I channeled my inner 80’s glam girl self, with a punch of black lacquer and brass, and then threw in some beachy natural texture to the mix for the perfect 'Barbie and the Rockers' goes to Big Sur design moment. Ya, I kinda love a look that is equal parts chic and yet still totally weird.

Close Up of 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items //  Nesting tables / Bathroom tray / Desktop Storage 

I call this gal Gemma and she is a true downtown girl who loves the art scene and can be found at every hip new spot in the city. From art gallery openings to coffee shops, she is constantly on the move and never stays in one place too long. She wears black like it’s her uniform and loves the way her red lipstick pops against her pale skin, especially when her hair is pulled back in a sleek low slung ponytail. 

Red Orange Yellow Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Meet Zoe, my inner flower child babe with a quirky fun loving outlook on life. This gal is a bit more feminine, and fresh out of college with her first real world job. She loves to hit up the flea market when she isn’t driving down to visit her parents in Connecticut, for the weekend.

Close Up for Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items // Nesting tables / 3x4" candles / 3x6" vanilla candles / Embroidered Pillow / Wire bins / iPhone dock / Kitchen towels / Bubble tumbler / Dinner Plate 

She’s a single gal who loves her nephews and can’t wait to start a family of her own one day. For now she is content with her two cats, though she thinks she may have over done it in the mothering department, since they are a bit on the bratty side. They absolutely never do as they are told. Zoe loves to listen to music and sing along with the broom handle as her microphone, but of course she always sounds better in the shower… who doesn’t?

So which look resonates with you most? Are you more of a downtown girl or a flea market vintage loving gal? Maybe you love to knit and travel is your favorite pastime! 

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.

Jul
14
2014
Curently Crushing on Classic Geometry and Target Room Essentials Favorite Decor and Furniture Items

 It’s no secret that I have something of an eclectic style. I love a mix of old and new, both vintage and modern, and I of course I can’t help but interject a bit of handmade wherever possible. I might even go so far as to say I have a slight obsession with the hunt that comes with finding the perfect unique pieces that fit together like beautifully choreographed moves in a dance.

My Master Bedroom with Target Room Essentials Decor

Let’s not forget the importance of function. If you haven’t provided the functional staples your inhabitant needs to get through the day and night comfortably, then that cute person will inevitably take the room apart every time life happens. That is a constant battle I don’t care to partake in so I do my best to include a place for everything that is easy to use and helps keep the space looking good all the livelong day. I choose bedding that is easily washable yet bold, storage bins and bags for toys or laundry that make a statement all on their own, and accessories that are both stylish and serve a purpose or sit well out of the way of the actual living area in use.

If I can choose these stylish functional staples to be budget friendly and bold with a bit of classic geometry to liven up the place while grounding it to pull the look together, I’m a happy gal.

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.

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