For the Love of pattern

I feel like the 90s are really making a comeback. Brass, wallpaper, and fun patterns are replacing the minimalism of the 2000s. I never thought wallpaper went out, especially a fun pattern in a powder room. I had a friend at work a few years ago sneer as I checked out wallpaper samples on a lunch break. He was a guy, after all!

I really love pattern play and when the theme takes over a room. I remember the first time I saw pattern play in my own home when my Mom re-did my bedroom when I was a teenager. Green check bedspread, pink and green floral curtains and a matching solid ottoman for the desk. I loved it! 

My mom’s house has always had an English country theme and they are the masters of the stripe, floral, check in a coordinating or matching colorway. 

I’m also loving the way designers are using the same pattern for the wallpaper, bedspread, and curtains. Mark D. Sikes and Mario Buatta come to mind. Do you like repeating patterns in a room? 

Mari Buatta used this technique in this phot from Architectural Digest in Pat Atschul’s bedroom. 

I also looove this amazing red dining room from Mark D. Sikes! The curtains, contrasting sizes of buffalo check, and framed wallpaper panels are just so good! 

There are also ways to repeat with a little less intensity😊. 

*Images via Pinterest


Guest Room Inspiration

The only room I haven’t shown in my house tour is the guest room. The reason? It’s the least loved room in the house! I know a lot of people focus on that room first, especially if they have guests coming to stay. Well – we’ve lived here three years and are just now getting around to it!

We’ve finally purchased and rug and are still finalizing the concept.

This is what it looks like today… twin beds, striped coverlets and a seagrass rug. I love the faux bamboo mirror that I got for my birthday!

I like the idea of a totally blue and white room. Part of me does wonder if it’s a little trendy? I love blue and white and think it’s timeless but it’s definitely having a moment right now.  If you know me, the word “trend” makes me run far, far away. However, I’ve purchased other trendy things – the fiddle leaf fig comes to mind.

I usually have to warm up to trends (whether it be in clothes or home décor or hairstyles) and by the time I go through with it, it’s no longer trendy. Which is perfectly fine with me!

So while blue and white is having a moment for friends, décor enthusiasts like myself and interior designers….I’ll likely still be having a moment with it in 10 years :).

Here’s some inspiration photos that I’m thinking about. Got any I haven’t pinned or ideas I haven’t considered? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂

Want to see more of my house? Take the tour here — Living Room Part One – The Before… The wrong shade of green?  The Foyer  The Kitchen  Bedroom Part One – Desk/Vanity Nook   Bedroom Part Deux – The Other Nooks  Gigi’s Room Tour  Master Bedroom Finale  Home Tour -The Porch

*Inspiration photos via Pinterest. 


Friday Insta Faves – Summer colors editon

I looked at my saved category and saw a lot of light, summery colors so let’s go with that as a theme! 🏖

@alexandrawooddesign love this gorgeous blue and white and banquette situation

This post on @honeyandfitz about training your drapes is really cool!

Love this colorful post from @ballarddesigns about their latest podcast? Have you checked it out?!

Next, cathykindcaidinteriors posted this cool foyer shot. I love the bamboo looking light fixture!

You know I’m a sucker for a green theme dining room like this one from @alexandrawooddesigns

Thought the little girls room with the teepee was so cute @sonkisdhomeddesign

Also love this beachy living room posted by Dunes and Duchess!

@ballarddesigns showed off my favorite new chandelier in this shot! 

I liked this bright neutral living room and love the frames over the sofa! @sullivanjamesinteriors

Chatsworth posted these beautiful flowers!

#blueandwhiteforever from @juliocesarlimaudia

And another cool blue and white display from Veranda!

Hope y’all have a great weekend!!

Design Crush – Mark D. Sikes

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably knew this was coming 😊.

I love blue and white and nothing says #blueandwhiteforever like Mark D. Sikes.

His rooms are so beautiful and give off a traditional vibe but with some California flair.

His own home is amazing, as well. Have you seen the tour on YouTube? He even uses his garden area for photo shoots for his products.

Mark has a cool story – he started as a blogger too! His website, Mark D. Sikes, is as cool a blog as I have ever seen! He was a creative executive at Banana Republic and decorated his own house in California that was photographed for House Beautiful.  From there, he focused on interior design and has amazing celebrity clients, a huge Instagram following, and product lines for Herendon and many others, along with his own clothing line – even worn by Rach Parcell!

But, I first found Mark on Instgram through my love for his blue and white designs. He doesn’t just do blue and white – but he does it the best, I think!

My friend, Elizabeth from Blue and White Home, did a great post yesterday on the linens used in the below picture. It’s definitely one of my favorite rooms of his!

I thought I would share some of my favorite rooms of his. Enjoy!!

When you’re stuck…

What do you do when you’re stuck in a room or have to stop?

Maybe you’ve only budgeted a certain amount per month and you’re out for the month. Or maybe the one thing you need to do is expensive and you just can’t justify spending that right now.


Hello, chaise-lounge-I-ve-been-quoted-hundreds-to-recover.

Or maybe you just don’t know what to do and are out of ideas?

My favorite things to do when I reach one or all of these points is to take a break first. I’ll take a few days or a week off of thinking about that project and then re-evaluate.

I’ll think about that while maybe it isn’t design perfect, does it function well? If not, I’ll prioritize fixing that problem first.


If it functions, but just isn’t pretty – can I fix it by changing the styling or using inexpensive upgrades like accesories or pillows. I also love to shop my house first and think of new ways I can use things!

Add flowers/plants!


  • Paint
  • Buy the fabric and then either save up or look for alternatives for recovering/making custom items
  • Upcycle what you have by adding trim
  • Dream- read blogs, Instagram, Pinterest and you might find new ideas that are different than what you wanted in the first place.
  • Prioritize

Look back on all you’ve done!

I keep a notebook with a page for each room and love to look back on all I’ve accomplished during the year.

Bottom line, things like the One Room Challenge and kitchen makeovers that happen in 30 days are super fun to watch but just aren’t mine or everyone’s life. And that’s ok. Because for me- my house won’t ever be finished. I’ll always be looking for a new pillow, new update, new fun seasonal style. That’s what I love about decorating! There’s always a project to tackle and the fun is in the process.


What about you? What do you do when you get stuck?

A little Ikea Haul

For me, it’s not a trip to Charlotte without a trip to Ikea! It’s our closest one and I love going there to see what treasures I can find and what diy projects I can start!

I went in for picture frames and curtains and came out with a cartfull of awesome stuff! 

I got the Ribba frames for my above the couch project. 

Their fake and real plants were so good this time! The real plant I had to google- is a bird of paradise plant. How cool!

I got a few pairs of curtains for some projects coming up- more on those later! 

And we had lunch and chocolate cake. What a fun shopping trip with my favorite buddy! 

Hope you had a great long weekend! 

Dream Living Room

It’s always fun to dream…don’t you think? I thought it would be fun to think about what my dream living room would look like.

I went into the design with a blank slate and a blank checkbook (since this is a dream – hahaha) and was surprised with what I came up with. Hope you like it :).

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I started building  my room with a gorgeous sofa from Arhaus. Hubby has always wanted a chaise lounge sofa so I made sure to give him one. Next, I put some of that gorgeous abstract art that I posted about earlier this week. If you’re looking to update your living room, definitely start with the Arhaus living room page and go from there! Their rooms will give you some great inspiration to start planning!

Love the ottomans, as well from Arhaus! Their Outerbanks collection (along with their other upholstered items) is made in North Carolina, using wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Next, the bone inlay side tables, also from Arhaus are amazing! I’ve always wanted one of those pieces so I went for it!

The pillows and rug are from Ballard, along with the pineapple sconces.

That killer oyster chandelier is also Ballard. How coastal chic is that?

I finished off this side of the room with some traditional wingback chairs with modern navy/white stripe upholstery from One Kings Lane. And the garden stool is perfect for a drink or magazine.  The cute dog bed looks like it’s no longer available but I bet I could find a similar one on Etsy.

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The other side of the room is framed by a window. I went with a cool waterfall Lucite table and a reverse navy/white for the roman shade hung with brass hardware.

The bust is pretty cool. Erin Gates puts jewelry on hers. Maybe she needs a fun necklace or a Santa hat at Christmas? A few styling pieces and the room is complete.  A fun rug underneath completes the look. You could also style this as a bar for a gathering with friends. So many choices with this look!

This was a really fun project to do and got me thinking more about my style. I’m still definitely Traditional but I think its fun to pattern mix and throw in some cool art and lucite to really shake things up. Every piece has traditional elements and is styled around an open room with conversation groupings at the sofa and the wingback chairs. I can imagine myself  grabbing a drink at the lucite bar and kicking back on the chaise lounge with those awesome buffalo check and pom pom pillows!

I used all items that you could buy yourself, no to-the-trade items, so I feel like this look could be accomplished at any budget. Maybe that would be a fun part two? 🙂

Be sure to follow Arhaus on Instagram as well as Pinterest for more dream room inspiration!

How would you design your dream living room?



Friday Insta Faves – Memorial Day Edition! 

Happy Friyay! I’m excited to celebrate Memorial Day with my family this weekend! And maybe enjoy some cooler weather and new things to Instagram😊. 

Memorial Day definitely means something to me as Hubby has been deployed 4 times. Those were some hard years for us but I’m so proud of him and we remember those who didn’t make it back. 

Hope you have a great weekend and let’s get to those #FridayInstaFaves! 

@amylberry – gorgeous green dining room featured in Southern Living!

@plantersinnchs reminded me it’s Spoleto time in Charleston! Such cool events!

@theglampad a beautiful blue & white formal room. 

Next, Connor would die for this little doggy fort & bed. So cute from @coastalinteriors

Mark D. Sikes was on the How to Decorate podcast so I had to shout it out to all my friends! 💙

Traditional Home is in Russia and snapping some amazing pictures of this huge light fixture. 

@johnrosselliassociates never does us wrong!

@caitlinwilsondesign love that chair & the wallpaper

Gorgeous bedroom inspo from Pinterest posted by Caitlin Wilson Design

This blue & white living room looks like it would fit perfectly in my house @tnesom

@rebeccaatwooddesigns posted this beautiful shot from Sarah Richardson. Love!

And last but not least, this stairway shot from @juliesheartandhome. The design lover in me is like -DIE -marble steps. And the mom in me is like -Ahh! But the baby!! 😋

I love a Bookshelf

I think kitchens and bookshelves are some of the most pinned things I see on Pinterest. There are so many ways to style a bookshelf depending on what style you like – minimalist or large display, modern, traditional, monotone, rainbow – I could go on and on.

I thought I’d do a post on bookshelves my way. I’m definitely not an expert but bookshelves are one of the things I love most to style and re-style. I even have a whole Pinterest board devoted to bookshelves!

I do mostly books, with a few objects and pictures thrown in there.

I think sets of books – think antique series books, childhood favorites, even encyclopedias- broken up look great grouped together.

There are tons of bookshelf tutorials but the bottom line for me is start with the things that I know I want to include and fuss with it until it looks right. I try not to group like items together or even mirroring each other on another shelf. I don’t like it to look super matchy-matchy or like I tried too hard to perfect it. I want it to look put together and thoughtful, but still lived-in. Know what I mean?

Another great tip is to alter the direction of the books on the shelf. This saves you buying a ton of bookends and adds to the collected look. In my living room, I also grouped books by color and thought it made the whole thing look more cohesive. 

Books on their sides are great bookend substitutes and often as I use that for a little shelf for an item I want to display – maybe a commemorative plate from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation?
In my bedroom, I mirrored stripes on both sides as well as lots of pictures of my baby!

The best place to get books is Goodwill! If you are looking for books of a particular color for a shelf, don’t pay attention the title or subject matter, just look for the cover/spine color. Especially if you are doing a neutral room or a room with dark colors, look for hardbacks with spines in that same color. Your friends won’t notice the 7 Danielle Steele novels in a row, but they’ll notice that they are all cream :).

I’ve also seen where if someone is going for a monochromatic look, they’ll turn the spines around you so just see the pages. Not my style but a cool look if you’re going for a totally neutral room.

Often if I am reworking a shelf, I find it most helpful to take everything out. Then start putting back things I know I want to include first.

I also like to alternate symmetry and asymmetry. I don’t like it to look so perfect – we do live here and read books after all. I want my shelves, like my home, to look collected but not fussy. You want to be able to find your Jane Austen, your Twilight book, and that picture of you on your honeymoon without a lot of effort.

In my foyer bookcase, I knew I wanted to display some of my canton plates, along with mostly books.

In a bedroom, I think you can get away with more pictures so that’s what I’ve done here. I’ve also done less color groups and more by size or even genre of book. The whole top shelf of one bookcase is all of my royal books. It’s shameful how many there are! 

There are a few other bookshelf looks I’d love to try. I love it when designers hang a picture between the shelves – that looks so cool. I’ve hung art to the back of the shelf with a picture hanger, but never hanging off of the shelf itself.

I also think the rainbow shelves are so cute in a child’s room, a playroom, or even a colorful living room.

*image via Pinterest

My friend, Elizabeth did an awesome post on bookshelves! Blue and White Home

Here’s a few photos that I’ve loved from Pinterest.

We’ve all seen this gorgeous one from Emily Henderson’s house that just sold!

And Bunny can style it up like nobody’s business! 

Do you love bookshelves? What’s your favorite bookshelf style? 

What’s in my bag -work edition! 

I love to read these types of posts so I thought I would try it out. It’s fun to peek into someone else’s life and see how they keep organized

To be honest, I’m always struggling to organize something. My car, a drawer, the toy explosion – whatever🙂. You’d think the bigger the bag, the bigger the mess. But ever since I got this bag for my birthday, I’m finally able to carry everything I need in one bag and feel much more organized. 

Here’s what it looked like yesterday in my cube. This photo is not styled! I always style up my photos for Insta and my blog but that is not the point of this post! 

It also holds my laptop for work too. 

First, I took my makeup to work to put it on in the bathroom because #reallife.  Love that Tarte makeup bag I got for free from Ulta. 

Also in my bag, my wallet and 6 key pouch. The key pouch functions as a mini wallet with all my keys and debit cards and license. That wallet was my mom’s and is about 20 years old. I love it and it just shows the LV quality!

The little pouch came with my bag and holds powder and lipstick. Which I have good intentions but never remember to apply. 

 Next, are thank you notes & stamps for Gigi’s birthdat thank yous! Gotta get those out this week!

Love that honest hand sanitizer spray. It smells so good. I also found change, earrings, and an iphone adapter &a crumpled Starbucks napkin. 

I keep a little notebook for Gigi to write in in the car. She writes “songs”, practices letters, and it keeps her occupied for a while if we are running errands. 

I also keep binder clips for my clip system. I follow Dave Ramsey/Rachel Cruze cash system so I separate my cash categories with clips. 

Next, I have Gigi’s dance pictures form, my Target sunglasses and a case from TJ Maxx. 

Lastly, I have my Simplified planner and mini notebook. I loooove my Simplified planner! I use it everyday to write down meetings, reminders, and chores. 

I use the mini notebook for house project ideas. Each page has a room. It’s nice to have that when I am out and see something I like. 

Hope you enjoyed this littke peek into my bag! What do you carry with you everyday?