Dec
09
2014
Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

I’m back after a crazy busy weekend to share the story of how four pieces of art transformed two rooms and made one gal a very happy girl.

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

My living room wall began like this... I only showed you a small portion of this wall because the remainder is very vast and was very lonely and sparse feeling.

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

And then it all came together to look like this! Yahoo... I added two gorgeous prints, Inner Light from Kristi Kohut and Sand from Melissa Douglas, and they gave this wall a more modern and youthful look and certainly brought the happy to this space!

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

I made you guys a little animated view so you can see the pieces come together. From start to finish this space now feels full and complete with art that is unique and special. But of course I didn't stop here....

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

Gazing upon this temporary gallery wall bummed me out every single day so I decided to take on the enormous wall I began in my Master Bedroom several months back, and gave this space a bit of special as well.

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

The transformation here is pretty significant, especially in person. I added Marbled Wake by SylvieCeres Designs and Organism 1b by VeryMarta and they make me smile every time I head upstairs. It feels pretty special to have these pieces in this space.

Weekend Wall Challenge Reveal // $500 Sweepstakes and the Domino + Minted Art Collection

The animated version of this cute puzzle is so fun. You guys, it feels so grownup to have real art by real artists on my walls. Everytime I complete a project like this I have that moment of 'why didn't I do this earlier' and I hope that some of you experience this feeling too... So join me in a challenge of your own and get on that lonely little wall you have ignored for far to long! To make it that much more fun, we will be giving one of you lucky folks some art to make a gorgeous gallery wall of your own! Share your adventure with us using the hashtag #dmhappywalls and be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential @dominomag and @minted on instagram as you share your journey toward cute walls.

In honor of the new collection, I’m hosting a $500 giveaway with domino and Minted! Just hop over to check out the 75 new pieces and then comment on this post with an art piece you might choose, should you win. Then click here to enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

 

Nov
11
2014
Details of The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

 

The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

Jackets, scarves, shoes and keys all need a clear and present place to live that feels easy to access and looks out of sight. I prefer not to see clutter and chaos — it makes for a much more welcoming place to come home to at the end of the day or a business trip. I am a creature of habit for the most part, but having a place for Mr. TDC to put his keys and wallet helps him keep track of them so he doesn't spend 20 minutes on the hunt each time he tries to walk out the door. At the moment, I am on the hunt for a small tray and a few vintage hooks to add to this space, and once I source the right pieces, this area will be complete — until I switch things up again, which I am known to do rather frequently.

View of City from Airplane Leaving for Business Trip and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

With the nature of our work, both the Mr. and I see a great many sunrises and sunsets from jet-plane windows. If we aren't traveling as a family, it is a fair guess that I am away for business and he is overwhelmed by all of the little things required to run the household with any sort of sanity. With the rise of smart technology for the home, there are quite a few things I can do from my phone or tablet while I am on the go. Every little bit counts when you are caring for two little boys and trying to work simultaneously, so when I can use an app from abroad to keep our home running smoothly, we are both all the merrier for it. I don’t have to hand over a to-do list a mile long, and our utility bills aren't going to skyrocket with no one manning the controls or remembering to turn things off when they aren't in use.

Coordinating Modern Devices for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App
Lyric Thermostat App in Use for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I recently installed a Lyric Thermostat by Honeywell, makers of the original round thermostat, and it has already earned major brownie points in my book. Not only does it look cute with its gorgeous face and white mirror finish, but I can program it to adjust throughout the day and night automatically and from my mobile devices, which I adore.

Lyric Thermostat in Various States of Use and Functionality for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I can even make changes on the go using the app if we decide to take an impromptu trip somewhere spectacular. Since it lives in our newly styled and organized entryway, which is quite a jaunt downstairs from the master bedroom, being able to sit in bed and turn up the heat when a cold front moves in is nothing short of lovely. No need to drag my cold toes out from under a warm blanket in the middle of the night just to make sure Baby Bird isn't freezing at the other end of the hall. Everyone is happy and most importantly well rested.

View of Sunset over New York City from Airplane Window and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I much prefer to focus on a view like this than worry about missing my plane because I couldn't remember to turn on the porch lights or turn down the thermostat. Being able to travel in comfort is certainly one of life’s little luxuries.

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Lyric Thermostat / Honeywell

Baskets for Shoe Storage / HomeGoods

Copper Planter / Smith + Hawken for Target

Black Candle Holder / Dot + Bo

Vase / Vintage

Table / Vintage

Copper Coat Rack / DIY - coming soon

Accent Rug / HomeGoods

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.

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.

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

Bowl / Applique Pillow / Fur Pillow / Gold Wire and Wood Table / Spotted Ceramic Vase / Chunky Cable-Knit Throw / Stainless Steel Pitcher

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Sep
30
2014
The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art  Lamps Table Art Plants

I had the distinct pleasure of working with and styling for some of the amazing Makers from my Great.ly Boutique and the even more distinct pleasure of getting to see, touch, and feel a few of their pieces in real life. I am completely over the moon for these pretties and utterly blown away by the stellar quality of each and every one of them.

Fiber Art Modern Candle Holder Ceramic Cup and Ceramic Planter for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods with Vintage Fiber Art Hanging Ceramic Crochet Planter Ceramic Cup Candle and Plants
Candy in Ceramic Cup for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Art Prints Pillows and Neon for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

Cloud Planter // Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue // This is My Beetles Poster Print// Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White // Block Cushion Cover Black

The ceramic and crochet Cloud Planter is just amazing, and adds such fabulous interest to this spot. The Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue has a couple of hidden design gems that make this multi-functional cup a total knock-out. As a huge fan of the Beetles, but not such a fan of the traditional band poster, this print is perfect. The Handwoven Petel Pillow has a gorgeous understated pop of neon that you absolutely must see and admire up close, it is to die for, and the bold graphic Block Cushion is just a show stopper... You might have seen these pillows put to good use in my Indoor / Outdoor House Bed Playhouse and Lounge, they have become my new favorite duo. A bit like a pair of styling and decor super heroes... and I kinda love them!

Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter and Vintage Portrait for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Pencils in Ceramic Decorative Cup for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Beatles Print Pillows and Brass for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods
Ceramic and Crochet Hanging Planter for The Design Confidential in Partnership with Great.ly and Styling // Gorgeous Great.ly Gathered Goods

I absolutely love that each and every one of these items is handmade and that the purchase of them supports small businesses and Makers around the world - quite literally. I think this is such an important thing in this day and age of mass production. I hope you will take a gander at what these amazing folks are capable of and how their creative genius manifests. It is just lovely.

Cloud Planter Made by Margie Rahmann of My Very Own Eye Goggles// Emanate Jilly Cup in Blue Made by Jill Rosenwald of Jill Rosenwald Studio // This is My Beetles Poster Print Made by Traci Yau of 45Wall Design // Handwoven Petel Pillow Black + White Made by Ibrahima Wagne of Petel Design // Block Cushion Cover Black Made by Ellie Bradley of Xavier & Me

Sep
23
2014
The Design Confidential in Collaboration with Joss and Main for a Curators Collection Sale with Story and Interview

It is official and my collaboration with Joss and Main is live! They created such a lovely sale using my spaces as inspiration and crafted a fabulous write-up about The Design Confidential. It is such an honor to partner with them in this way, especially since I shop there often, in real life.

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Jul
18
2014
Design Moments in my Kitchen Nook with my Indoor Outdoor Bar Cart

You may have spied one fabulous little bar cart in my Outdoor Oasis Reveal a few days ago, and I'm excited to share the details about this beauty! I think my two favorite things about this cutie are that it's actually meant for outdoor use and that I nabbed it at a serious discount from one of Wayfair's Daily Sales.

Favorite Finds for a Staycation from Wayfair Daily Sales

I have the great outdoors and entertaining on my mind, and I'm determined to find myself every single possible luxury I can for my personal staycation, and I would like to find these things for as few dollars as possible! Of course... 

I am a deal finder by nature. I will research the best deals on something till my scrolling fingers are tired and then start again once I have rested. No joke. I personally scour the Wayfair Daily Sales almost daily because I'm a tad cuckoo like that, but for the rest of you normal things out there, you might like to scan the daily sales headlines to see if something appeals to you and then of course do a happy dance when you find a screamin' deal. My barcart was one of those happy dance inducing items for me and I did indeed gt a screamin' good deal on it! 

Above you can see some of my staycation staples and current faves from the daily sales that are happening right this minute. The individual links for these beauties are further down but most of these items come from the Outdoor Furniture Favorites Sale. If you are looking for some fab stuff at a great price, you are welcome to sign up for the daily sales using the email submit form below! It's a tad addicting, but totally worth taking on a new obsession if you are in the market for anything home related! 

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I was provided with a gift card from Wayfair, all opinions and staycation dreaming are 100% my own! 

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