Oct
16
2014
Essentials from Target for The Design Confidential Feeling Fall // Essentials for Creating a Cozy Mantel

We had a brief moment last week, where the temperatures dropped slightly and it was rainy and overcast. It was glorious and just a taste of what is to come. It left me wanting nothing more than to sit by the fire and snuggle in with my boys. So naturally, my mantel is the first area of my home to get a seasonal update.

My favorite way to usher in any new season is to add a few easy pieces to my fireplace mantel that have the feel and color palette I am craving.  No major sweeping changes, just a smattering of new details to create the perfect ambiance. Target is my first stop when I need change in my home, and I never leave empty handed, or without an overflowing cart full of gorgeous décor. My recent field trip there to find some fabulous fall accessories for a seasonal update was no exception. I found so many amazing pieces to help me set the mood for the coming months.

This fall I am coveting simple and pared back decor with natural elements and warm subdued brassy touches. I always adore a timeless black and white look, and this season I am giving this classic a fresh take by adding neutral and natural decor, graphic geometric lines, and warm brassy metallic accessories.

Light Sparkle and Natural Elements from Target for The Design Confidential Feeling Fall // Essentials for Creating a Cozy Mantel

Must Have Essentials for bringing a warm and cozy feel to your Mantel //

Light / As the days begin to grow shorter and a the temperatures begin to drop, having more light and warmth in your home is necessary. I add a bit of both by lighting a fire in my fireplace. When a fire isn’t possible, I love to add an extra light fixture or two to my space. Since I love to do something unexpected, adding a lamp or pair of lamps to my mantel is one of my favorite ways to spice things up and add a bit more functionality to my room.

Subdued Sparkle / Since the Winter Holidays tend to require an overabundance of sparkle, by nature, I like to get my feet wet by adding a bit of warm subdued sparkle to my home during fall. Muted gold and brass is a great way to amp up that cozy feeling I am craving this time of year. The beautiful and unassuming ceramic bowl on the mantel provides just a hint of what's inside with it's gorgeous gold rimmed edge. 

Natural Elements / Nothing says fall to me like changing leaves and sparse branches so I love to add natural elements to my mantle, and bring a bit of the outdoors in. This creates the perfect textural layer to my decor.

Comfort and Simplicity from Target for The Design Confidential Feeling Fall // Essentials for Creating a Cozy Mantel

Comfort / As a family, we spend quite a bit of time on the floor. I suppose that comes with the territory when you have young children, especially boys. The boys are mesmerized by a nice fire in the fireplace, so adding a plush rug in front of the hearth and having a soft chunky cable-knit throw and several throw pillows within reach is the ideal way to entice the adults to join in and gather around to spend some quality time unplugged and enjoying each other.

Simplicity / With the chaos that is typical during the summer months, the Fall is when I want nothing more than simple uncluttered décor and life to move a slower pace. This time of year is my calm before the storm of the winter months, so unfussy surroundings that are easy to maintain and enjoy, bring me great pleasure.

Taste of Fall from Target for The Design Confidential Feeling Fall // Essentials for Creating a Cozy Mantel

Taste / We are a home filled entirely with boys, with the exception of me, so naturally food is something of a large focus here. The fall just happens to bring all of the flavors that I love most, from apple to pumpkin spice to every fall-inspired drink and baked good in between. These things provide a taste of the season that is so very welcome after the blistering summer months here. I always have healthy and easy to prepare food in my home, but during the fall this is one area where I love to do away with convenience and take the time to make and bake from scratch. It’s actually the only time of year I tend to do this so I try to keep these flavors close at hand and a cute accent table near the hearth is ideal for this. A well placed pitcher and ice bucket take an otherwise standard daily ritual to the next level and make it a bit more special. There is something magical about picking apples and choosing pumpkins as a family, and then making those fall fresh things into a sweet treat. It forces me to slow down and focus on nothing more than the task at hand and that is nearly impossible to do otherwise.

Are you excited to celebrate the cooler months? Do you have any family traditions that you are excited to rekindle once the fall season begins? How will you add a taste of fall to your home this season? I am a summertime loving gal, but it never fails that the soft metallics and natural elements of fall always pull me in. Bring on the gorgeous hues of changing leaves and a fire in the fireplace… I am finally ready.

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Oct
10
2014
Gathered Home Decor Goods Accessories Photography Horses Blanket Lighting Pillow from Great.ly Makers in Green and Yellow Fall Tones for The Design Confidential Feature It's Friday I'm In Love // Green with Envy

We had rain! Two weeks ago now, and since then we have had temperatures in the upper 90's. Ugh. I am green with envy of those places that have cooled at least slightly. While I love my summertime, more than most, I am truly a tad tired of the heat. Sunshine I welcome any day of the week, but seriously it has been a bit more than even I care to indulge in. It seems we are stuck in limbo with leaves that want to change with the season but plants that are confused and have blossomed again. It is nothing if not odd. So while I lament the absence of lovely autumn inspired greens we typically see take over the otherwise golden rolling hills of El Dorado, and the gorgeous cool mornings with beautiful fall colors hanging on the trees... I will celebrate these long lost hues by loving on some gorgeous photography in foggy tones, indoor planters with an earthy feel, and lovely accessories in all the colors I seem to be lacking.

1 // Pampa Horse Black + White Prints 2 // Sweatshirt Plaid Green Blanket3 // Walnut and Beech Double Stripe Snack Bowls 4 // Ombre Yellow Striped Coasters 5 // Light Block 6 // Hand Woven Pillow 7 // Walsh Firewood Carrier 8 // Concrete Planters

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... it turns out I dislike severe drought even more, because then I can't afford to use my huge blow up pool to float around in, while I get my sunburn on. Womp Womp.. I told you I was a water baby... it was no lie my friends. The words endless summer sound like a fairy tale that I would love to star in, as long as that doesn't mean 100+ degree temps day in and day out like we have here in the golden hills of Northern California - which happen to be burning to a crisp as we speak, eek!

So I have apparently turned a new leaf and find myself a bit excited for rain and fall weather. I plan to spend as much time as I can soaking in the youth and excitement of my boys, for all of the festivities that happen this time of year. Bring it Mother Nature, this little mama is ready for you... as long as you don't overdo it, mmmkay?

To celebrate or perhaps as a bit of a fall themed rain dance of sorts, I plan to usher in the season by giving my home a bit of a autumn update and I am currently loving on this roundup of items. From fall hued art to soft furry hides, this group of gorgeous decor covers all of my emotional and aesthetic bases for when this cooler weather, and my insane desire to bake, actually take hold! And, since all of these pretties are from Handmade-Artists, I will be supporting small business and my fellow Makers out there - win win - no?

1 // Out of Her Loop VII 2 // Luna B&B Plate 3 // White / Orange Adjustable Light Curtain 4 // Coat Range 5 // Adventure Spoon 6 // Yellow Shibori Tea Towel 7 // Dark Sami Reindeer Hide

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!

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

What do you think? Crazy good, right? So keep on reading friends... deets for the giveaway are at the bottom!

My Dream Space... Where everything is beautiful, utterly functional, and so full of amazing features and conveniences that leaving is never quite as welcome as staying. In a perfect world, every single item in my home would clean itself and have a place where it can be put away when not in use. Maybe the items I have would make life easier somehow or help me make decisions about what to have prepare in the way of meals that is both healthy and made from things we already have. There would be no waste that is not necessary and anything left over from consumption would automatically be put to use somewhere else without having to think twice about it.

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! 

Images via: here and here

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.  The older I get, the more I realize that while I do indeed adore the sunshine and summertime activities, that I find the extremes of this time of year a bit debilitating and a definite hindrance to anything exciting happening after the lunchtime hour when the heat is on. It's funny, but I don't remember feeling this way as a youngster, and I don't imagine that there is anything much that is different about the climate here, so I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Oh to be young, carefree and unconcerned with the weather once again... that is the life, isn't it? 

This gorgeous work of art above has watery goodness written all over it and I'll be damned if these fabulous coasters don't shout for a nice frosty beverage, and potentially a blended one at that. With an umbrella... definitely an umbrella.

Of course these hand-painted cocktail napkins, would be a gorgeous way to spice up your fiesta and throw caution to the wind when you use them as the most magnificent 'mobile coasters' (totally a thing, right?) or part napkin and part coaster, to help you hang on tight to your ice cold drink while you mix and mingle...

This beautiful handmade yo-yo brings a bit of nostalgia to the table and might be a fabulous take away slash conversation starter gift for your guests at your next soiree. A friendly game of who can do the 'Walk the Dog' yo-yo trick the best (or at all) would be the perfect silly ice breaker, no?

While we are on the subject of hand-tooled leather (you know... from the coasters above), let's ogle this amazing handcrafted leather tray while we run our toes over this fabulously textured rug. Oh a gal can dream can't she... 

What favorite finds are you craving as the summer winds to a close? Click over to see my previous Friday I'm in Love articles and what I covet throughout the year!

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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). I have adored Rayan’s eclectic style and eye for design for such a long time - not to mention that I got to meet her adorable self in person AND eat Mexican food with her, which made me love her all the more! For those of you who don’t know me (most of you), let me introduce myself.  I’m a wife and a mom (of three) from the Pacific Northwest.  I love coffee, Toms, books and solitude.   I have always enjoyed the peacefulness of the great outdoors – and here in the northwest it is GREAT.  But, if I’m honest, I don’t love the grittiness of the outdoors. 

Give me a trail to a waterfall and I’ll hike it. Give me an “I think this used to be the trail but watch out for the poison oak and ticks” and I’ll stay in the car with my Sunset Magazine and NPR podcast.  As much as I love hiking and camping, there is a limit to the ruggedness I can take. And this, my new friends, is where glamping starts to call me.  Solitude AND comfort…it’s like they were thinking of me when they created it.  

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

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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