Mar
20
2015
The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love Edition 18

Oh yes, it's Friday my friends and I am over the moon in love with so many things on this glorious spring day. Have you seen this fab project floating around the interwebs yet? So good right? Does that table base look a bit familiar to you at all? Well if you have been with us here at TDC for a while, you might recognize it as a larger, more amazing version of our Himmeli Orb! Made by the gorgeous Brittany of brittanyMakes for Home Depot, and and inspired by our DIY Himmeli Orb project, she absolutely knocked this beauty out of the park, did she not? Amazing! And now I want to make seven... Love...

The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love Edition 18

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Feeling inspired by the thought of warmer weather and outdoor entertaining, I am loving these gorgeous goods that would be perfect for ushering in the season of backyard bbq's and poolside lounging. An ottoman in white that will stay white and clean? Yes please... Pretty sure I need that cat mug and I don't even have a cat at the moment.

Happy Friday friends... enjoy the weekend, I will be sending you thoughts of warm weather from out here in the west. It seems warm weather and cloudless skies are something we seem to be getting in abundance - you won't hear one complaint from me - at least until I have to cut my water consumption down (insert frowny face here).

Feb
21
2015
Design Confidential Roundup of Home Decor for It's Friday I'm In Love Footloose Fancy Fringe

I have a major crush on peachy pastels paired with bold black and white. An impressive chameleon, I am pretty certain this pale hue is gorgeous paired with warm bold colors in the fall and equally as fresh come spring when the weather starts to give way just a bit. While it's cold and dreary in many parts of the country right now, I bet many of you are craving a little warmth in your surroundings too. These fabulous pieces are bringing a little excitement to my life right now while I finish out my design planning process for a few new projects. Drooling over them seems to be doing a fabulous job of keeping me warm and cozy while I pretend to wait patiently for Mother Nature to calm the heck down. I mean, fringe on bath towels? Affordable Moroccan inspired pillows and cute magnets for keeping things in order? Yahoo...

Tray / Towels

Design Confidential Roundup of Home Decor for It's Friday I'm In Love Footloose Fancy Fringe Pendant Lights Color Block Magnets Splatter Bedding Moroccan Pillow Peach Abstract Oversized Art Gray Turkish Towel

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Jan
08
2015
The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys and Shower Curtain Basket Towel Starbust Mirror Brass Blue White Shibori

I’m not sure when or even how, but somewhere along the line my tiny baby bird became a much bigger babe and moved right into the glorious age of bath time water sports and other miscellaneous shenanigans. Oh the pride he shows as he helps most of the water out of the bath, oh what an adorable nightmare it is. Naturally, I thought this was a good time to move him into his own bathroom. Of course where there is a new space to be used, there must be style and function in place.

Shower Curtain / Bamboo Bowl / Mirror / Basket / Tank Basket / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Gray

Starburst Mirror Tank Basket Brass Planter Shibori Shower Curtain Tea Towel Hand Towel for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

I knew Target would have everything I needed and I didn’t leave empty handed. Not even close. I think they should make carts that can attach to each other like a train, just in case you do an impromptu redesign and you don’t plan your cart packing as well as you could have.

Mirror / Basket / Tank Basket / Bamboo Bowl / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Gray / Shower Curtain / Gray Marble Towel

Blue Ceramic French Bulldog Cookie Jar Wooden Sphere Hammered Brass Tray Framed Landscape Photography Feather for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

There is a connecting bath between Penn’s room and Blake’s room that they will ultimately share. Until now, neither of them have really used this bath much. With the 5 year age difference between them, they have different needs in this space. My biggest babe is now able to do much of his bathing and bedtime routine himself, but the little babe is not and is still a general hazard where many of the bath time tools are concerned. Storing items like q-tips in containers is a must and the French Bulldog Cookie Jar is perfect for my little animal lovers.

Framed Art / French Bulldog Cookie Jar / Wooden Sphere / Hammered Gold Tray

Basket Towel Holder Throw Blanket Navy Moroccan Pillow Teal Arrow Stripe Rug Gray Chunky Rug Woven Bench Brass Planter Shibori Shower Curtain for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

The floors in this space are tiled so rugs are also an absolute requirement in here, especially with the extra splashing going on these days. There are no towel bars near the actual place where a person might be looking for one, so a basket serves as easy storage with extra towels for those particularly wet and wiggly kiddos of mine.

Arrow Rug Teal / Chunky Rug / Bench / Throw / Pillow / Basket / Wastebasket / Shower Curtain / Hand Towel Gray

Himalayan Salt Lamp Night Light Bamboo Tumbler Toothbrush Holder Framed Landscape Art Bamboo Soap Dispenser and Hand Towel for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

I found these fabulous kitchen towels to use next to their sinks, and love the pattern and interest they add. A big focus on hand washing is always happening in this house so they each have their own soap dispensers and Penn (the littlest) has a bench that can be moved next to the sink so he can reach. When he isn’t washing hands, the bench can be used by Blake for sitting (shocking I know) so he can remove those tricky bits of clothing that love to stump a 7 year old, like socks!

Gray Marble Towel / Salt Lamp / Bath Towel / Hand Towel Mint / Soap Dispenser / Tumbler / Framed Art

Blue Ceramic French Bulldog Cookie Jar Hammered Metal Tray Brass Wooden Sphere Bamboo Soap Dispenser for The Design Confidential New Year New Beginnings // A Shared Bath for the Boys

With both boys wanting to be big boys so very badly, a new space decorated just for them with their particular needs and wants is pretty exciting.

Wooden Sphere / Hammered Gold Tray / French Bulldog Cookie Jar / Tumbler / Soap Dispenser

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Dec
16
2014

The perfect holiday for me is one that is warm, cozy and festive and yet doesn’t add any unnecessary effort or stress to an already chaotic time of year. It should be more about the experience and less about over the top and time consuming décor that gets in the way of memory making and time with my family.

Faux Fur Stool / Snowflake Tall Tumbler / Snowflake Short TumblerMercury Glass Salad Plate / Gold Porcelain Dipping Bowl / Gold Glitter Tree Large / Gold Glitter Tree Small / Polar Bear Figurine

I think achieving this elusive balance is always the goal for me, with our busy lives, large extended family and no less than 16 birthdays between the months of October and January. Of course this is certainly much easier said than done, most of the time. 

White + Gold Candle Holders - In Store Only

This year I have held hard and fast to this notion of an easy and effortless holiday and have decorated with gorgeous holiday décor from my BFF’s at Target. Their holiday collection blends seamlessly with my existing everyday décor and will look amazing well after the holidays are over and I still haven’t managed to take things down. This is of course a crucial component in my plan for less chaos and stress.  

White Small Candle Holder / White Large Candle Holder / Gold Small Candle Holder / Gold Large Candle Holder

If everything I add to my home will look just as good in February as it will in December, then it is a keeper in my book. I have found that the ideal balance between effortless holiday décor and capturing that warm holiday feeling, for me, is in fact a streamlined smattering of festive details and is how I define a modern holiday. My modern holiday is easy and carefree and still looks amazing alongside all of the décor I have worked so hard to create during the rest of the year. 

Bottle Brush Tree Large / Bottle Brush Tree Small / Happy Holidays Glittery Garland / 4.5' Prelit Tree

Sometimes keeping things simple means getting creative with my décor. I like to add a handmade touch to my tree and mantle, but I don’t always have the time to do this. This year I let the folks at Target do the heavy lifting for me, and I added those handmade touches by choosing decorations that are unique and made from natural materials. Glittery paper garlands hung from the mantle and cut into sections to adorn my tree add just the right amount of texture and don’t require any significant time investment on my part. Perhaps semi-homemade is a more appropriate turn of phrase as even some adorable wooden snowflake and tree shaped gift tags I found became the most gorgeous ornaments. Beautiful bottle brush trees grace my hearth and add a bit of that wintery feeling with ease and elegance. I used shimmery tablecloth for a tree skirt and added just the right amount of shine without stealing the show.

 

A cookies and milk station for Santa along with a note from each of my boys is always a holiday favorite in our house. The holiday dinner and barware pieces in this collection make this experience just a bit more special and filled with the type of holiday spirit that I truly adore which is that of gorgeous details and stylish holiday fun.

Faux Fur Stool / Snowflake Tall Tumbler / Snowflake Short Tumbler / Mercury Glass Salad Plate / Gold Porcelain Dipping Bowl / Gold Glitter Tree Large / Gold Glitter Tree Small / Polar Bear Figurine

My home is both festive and carefree with these easy holiday pieces and it has taken much of the thought and effort out of the process. I could not be more glad of that… now that I am finished with most of my holiday chores, I’m off to sit by the fire and watch my boys fight over who gets to redecorate the tree for the eighteenth time. Please tell me your kiddos do this too? It’s a wonder anything ever stays in the same spot longer than a minute. At least if everything coordinates, I suppose it doesn’t matter much if my holiday trimmings end up in a different place every hour on the hour, and it certainly makes things fun for my babes to get involved in dressing our home this time of year.

Faux Fur Throw / Fur Pillow / Bottle Brush Tree / Glittery Garland / Silver Garland / Tablecloth

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

 

Dec
14
2014
The Design Confidential Gifted // Handmade Gift Guide for Spreading the Holiday Cheer

Sometimes it is the people who are not family, that are the hardest to shop for! You know... those folks who you want to give a little something special to, but that you don't necessarily know well enough to give something very personal or personalized to... or those folks who are a family and where the gift needs to suit multiple people, sometimes with a very wide age range and taste. This is where I think spreading some holiday cheer is in order.

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I have rounded up a few of my faves for spreading some happy holiday spirit. This collection of items also happens to be perfect for keeping on hand so that you can reciprocate in kindness for those occasional unexpected gifts and people that surprise you! It would be amazing to have the foresight to buy these early, which I typically don't, or even after the holidays to stock up for the following year! I have a whole series of collections in my shoppe for just such a thing, and an expanded list of holiday cheer in the form of a pinterest board.

I would love to know some of your go-to gifts for spreading holiday cheer! Let's swap ideas!

If you are shopping for the boys, check out My Gift Guide for the Guys, my Gifted // Guys Shoppe collection and Gifted for Guys Pinterest Board

If you are shopping for the girls, check out My Gift Guide for the Gals, my Gifted // Gals Shoppe collection and Gifted for Gals Pinterest Board.

Dec
11
2014
Gifted // Handmade Gift Guide for the Gals

For all of the girls on your list this year... a few of my favorite handmade gifts that I would love to receive (hint, hint to the mister in my house). Many of the items in my shoppe are made by independent makers all over the world, so if you are a last minute shopper then you can simply shop local from the makers in your area. Cool, right?

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I have rounded up dozens of gorgeous goods in my Shoppe that are perfect for the Gals you need to buy for, whether family or friends there is something special for everyone and this list is just the tip of the iceberg babes! For an expanded list of gifted perfection, check out my Gifted for Gals pinterest board. All items are perfect for your most special gal all year round and will help me keep track of what I would love to buy for my fam and friends as well! Yahoo.

Psst... Great.ly is gifting two lucky shoppers their entire order EVERY day through the 16th! So go forth and shop small business and get your girls something handmade and fabulous!

If you are shopping for the boys, check out My Gift Guide for the Guys, my Gifted // Guys Shoppe collection and Gifted for Guys Pinterest Board

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