ballard designs

These are a few of my favorite things

I've had this little number for years and I can't stress enough how perfect it is to wear during cold, rainy or snowy days when all you want to be is both comfy and stylish
 

You can buy it here.
(looks like the dress sold out - send the shop owner Emily an email ... she may be able to whip one up!)
Leaving the house? Throw on your fancy boots:)

Designing a bedroom for a sassy little gal who just started walking!! I'm thinking about framing a pretty little paper dress ....
 
 
Killer, right? you can find it here.
 
Ordered two of these storage ottomans for a client today with
 brass nailheads.


Ballard Designs

They're a perfect size and super stylish to pull up next to your coffee table  for extra seating!
 

Just ordered one of my all time favorite wallcoverings for a client today.
What a great wallpaper for a powder room.
How chic is she gonna be checking her lipstick surrounded by this?


It's the little red dress of powder rooms:)
 
Can't figure out what to do with those messy, disturbingly mis-matched bookshelves?

Well, buy yourself some coordinating wrapping paper and start re-covering your books ... old school style.
 
 via pinterest

Yep, that just happened.

Last but not least I will leave you with the most loveliest of images.


 You can thank me next time.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

Design bits and pieces!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments regarding my one room challenge breakfast room. If you have no idea what I'm referring to you can go here.
 
So the other day I walked into a client's house and in her garage I spy this.
 

Ballard Designs
 
 
Now I have seen these in entries and mudrooms but in the garage?Genius!

It's perfect for all of us who don't have a functional mudroom but have a garage that leads into your home --- you can buy this one from Ballard Designs and place in your garage and catch all sporting equipment, heavy coats, muddy shoes and smelly cleat's before they enter your home.

Hot for Hardware?
I am!

 
I'm using this version on built-ins with antique-mirrored backed shelves ... can you even stand it?


swoon....


Yep, it's Sweater Weather

Even a sofa or chair needs a cozy warm sweater ...


Click here.... courtesy of the Pink Pagoda throws for under $100.

Last but not least loving these...


CB 2 and under $15!! wow~

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

 
 

Deals and steals in home design and a pink flamingo miracle!

In my pursuit of a well-designed home I sometimes stumble upon some great home design pieces that are both beautiful and inexpensive so I'd like to share them with you.

But you'll have to bare with me a bit so I can share something of a decorator moment with you:)
 
So I was charged with a new project.



 

 
Now I ask you how am I going to improve upon this girly perfection?

 
 
I mean, really?

 
 
So I added these bedside lamps.
 
Land of Nod
 
Cute, but it's still not rocking my world and I'm feelin' the pressure because this little gal I'm designing this room for is such a fashionista. AND...  when I came over to chat about her room we automatically hit it off. We were instant BFF's. And I happen to know the other plastics in her posse Audrey S and Ella S. And I swear if I were 3 again (and I most certainly am not) this would be my posse. I imagine we would play dress up, Barbies and swoon over Sophia the First..

So you can feel my pressure  ... right?
 
So I hit the marketplace on a rainy gloomy day to see if I could create a show stopper in the room by reinventing this piece.

 
And then this happened.
 

 
BAM!
 
Hand to God as I was standing in the showroom and this fabric magically appeared on that gray gloomy day the sun came out, the rain stopped and I swear I heard a faint hallelujah in the background.


 
 Flamingo Fabric on ottoman
Pink on chair with white piping.

Perfectly in sync with wall art and window treatments (trust me on this)
Now that's a happy ending any Disney princess would be proud of!
 
Some of my favorite inexpensive go-to's in home décor
 
Kitchen and Mudroom Rug
 
You know that spot in your kitchen near the sink or that area where your dog and kids track in mud?
 
This is the perfect rug it's bold, modern and fun and there's not a lot of white space in the rug so it hides dirt and stains and if it were to stain? It's indoor outdoor and you just hose it down.
 
Dash & Albert
Black and white diamond indoor/outdoor rug
GREAT for all those white kitchens!
 
 I have it in my house under the sink and I swear I haven't touched it in almost a year!
 
Small flushmount
 
Have a long narrow hallway, small mudroom or entry?
 
These are clean and modern ... and they come with a chain so you can use as a pendant!

 
Shades of Light
$149
Source -- can't remember where I got this picture anyone?


Console Table

Need a long, narrow console table? Maybe to anchor a TV or to put behind a large sofa? I read about this table somewhere (can't remember) and have used it bc it has a depth of only 12".



Here it is in distressed black



 
$349


Pillows
  Please Pottery barn I beg of you never to discontinue these
I know a lot of you know about these but they're great pillows to fill in amongst your designer pillows. Love the jute braiding to add just a bit of texture.
 
Pottery Barn
from $19.99 
 
 Okay this was just a sampling I promise to try and add a great find to each and every post. So stay tuned!!

oh yea -- two more things I had to share....

Beautiful faucet of the day


Beautiful office of the day



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Mirror mirror on the wall... my top 12 favorite mirrors in home design!

We're using a huge mirror over a client's fireplace that I absolutely love and it got me thinking how much I love mirrors in home design.
 
Mirrors can enlarge a space and add drama 
 
 
They can reflect a beautiful chandelier and are perfect placed opposite a window
 
 
 
They can add oomph to a hallway
 
Spice up a large wall
 
 


 
 

Liven up your entry



And spark up your fireplace



All images via pinterest

Here are some of my favorite mirrors ...

Let's add some color!
oomph
$$


 
Bungalow 5
$698


Stay Gold

Candelabra
$530


 
Arteriors
$$
 
 
 
Z Gallerie
$599
 
I'm Floored
Nieman Marcus
$629


West Elm
$424


Simple, Clean lines

Wisteria
$220
 


Convex
Ballard Designs
$49 and up


Layla Grace
$145



 
 
$468
 
 
Sunburst

Home Depot
yep, home depot
$35
 I actually have WAY more than 12 faves and every room calls for a different style mirror but I hope this gave you a few ideas to reflect on!
 Thanks for reading!! xoxo
P.S. If you received a crazy email from me saying I needed money and am in the Philippines my email was hacked. sorry. All is well and I'm right here in good ole PA.

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