Fresh Design Trend for 2015

A new year means it’s the perfect time to give your place a little facelift, am I right?? With all the holiday decor put away, I’m seriously craving an infusion of something fresh. But as I started scanning for inspiration, I was truly surprised by what caught my eye! I’ve never met a beige, black or white space I didn’t like, but all of a sudden I’m loving – COLOR. Maybe brightening up my world a bit wouldn’t be so bad…

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The pic above {of designer Diane Bergeron’s Melbourne home should you be interested in more}, is my inspiration. While the mix of multiple hues {red, purple, green, turquoise – oh my!} is a little too over the top and truthfully just too dang feminine for me, the room still draws me in. That’s why I really love the gorgeous apartment below. It showcases how a hit of a signature color can make a major impact. Even an obsessive neutrals devotee such as myself {more proof here!}, might benefit from stretching the color comfort zone a bit.

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The secret to this apartment’s success? The foundation of this space is built on white – obviously a fabulous backdrop for color {can we say art gallery?!}. But I particularly love how all the major pieces remain neutral – a creamy white couch, a natural cane chair, gold accented tables and lamps – even black and white art keep the the rooms anchored. I’d be happy with just those details! But I’m loving the burst of energy and life provided by the deep grass green peppered throughout the space. Be it in accent pillows or a really bold shower curtain, the burst of color feels strong and modern. The other great thing? When you stick to adding color through your accessories, they’re easily interchangeable!

While I doubt I’ll be overhauling the loft in a whole new palette, I’m now thinking about what I can do in the new house to inject some unexpected bursts of color here and there. Curtains perhaps? How about painting a mirror frame. A pendent light? Or maybe I’ll get extra bold and get a big ole bright rug…I feel a new pinning spree coming on!!

But what about you? Are you a color-fan or a color-phobe? Is there a hue you’d add to your house right now? Would love some additional ideas!

image 1 via elecchic // images 2-4 via http://objekt.fastighetsbyran.se/

Marble: So Cool It’s White Hot!

Most home owners can probably attest to falling victim to this dark hole: dreaming of all the things you can’t afford in your new house- like, universally-coveted marble countertops! Oh, what to give to be able to just trot down to the marble yard, point to the vein-iest Carrara slab they have and say, “that one!”…*wakes up from dream.* While highly impractical dream kitchen will have to wait, luckily there are some marvelous marble accessories to keep one satiated…at least, until you scroll through Pinterest and find yourself staring at inspiration that looks like THIS. Oy.

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While marble far as the eye can see might be out of the budget, this marble-esque Clare V. Oversize Metallic Clutch certainly isn’t! Let’s talk about how amazing this super fab marble-topped side table is and let’s talk about the fact that it is ON SALE. Also, if you can’t buy the real thing, we say, faux it with these gorgeously crafted ceramic serving boards. And who else is ob-sessed with this cute gold-plated bar set, atop it’s own adorable marble slab?! Yes, please.

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Even if you can’t cover your house in wall-to-wall Carrara, at least you can marvel at a little mable in your life!

Get Your Shop On:

> Waldorf Side Table {on sale for $299!!}
> Pierre Hardy Marbled Slip-Ons
> Grey Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board 
> Gold and Marble Barware Set 
> Menu Marble and Copper Candle Holder 
> Eduardo Garza Marble Ring Holder 
> Marble Cotton Fabric Bench
> Marble iPhone Case
> Clare V. Oversize Metallic Clutch 
> Marble Light Pendant

 

image 1 via In/Out as seen in Belle Magazine // 2 via here // 3 via Menu // 4 via Arkpad

New House Update: Fixating on Bathroom Fixtures

Now that we’ve shared the big news that we are officially San Francisco home owners {eek!} I’m starting the exciting, anxiety and pressure ridden renovation process! We just got the plans back from our architect {we’ll be sharing them soon!} and they are so much more than I could have ever dreamed up on my own. While the removal of walls and genius layouts make me want to move in yesterday, the real fun is going to be the design process. Even though demo hasn’t started yet, the fear of time flying by and the excitement of finally decorating a place of all our own isn’t letting me sit still. Thankfully, San Francisco is full of great design stores and show rooms to keep me busy!

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The big question keeping me up at night right now is bathroom design. There are so many choices to make in such a small space! Do we do tile or marble, stone or something else {??} on the floors? And what about walls?? What about fixtures? Colors? Textures? Oh my. To center myself and start to focus, I decided to simply start somewhere! You often need that initial nugget of inspiration to give you a direction. So this weekend I ventured into the Ferguson Kitchen and Bath showroom on Valencia Street to begin the daunting task of narrowing things down. Even though my secret Pinterest boards are full of great general inspiration, there really is nothing like going in and seeing a product in person. After all, I’m by no means a professional interior designer so seeing scale and actually feeling things out really helps my frantic brain focus!

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I went in looking for something modern to juxtapose the classic architecture of the house; that I knew. I was immediately super impressed with the DXV by American Standard line. They definitely were the most modern of the showroom. I loved how streamlined and beautiful each piece looked – two key elements to my aesthetic! And I fell in love with their Free Standing Tub! Its sleek shape and clean lines had my name written all over it. Complete with a crazy luxurious floor-mounted faucet, I see many bubble baths in my future!

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Here’s what I’m loving right now for the bathroom:

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 Get Your Shop On:

> Vintage Pendant 3-Arm Chandelier
> Slim Round Shower Head 
> Percy Wall Mounted Vessel Faucet
> Lyndon Free Standing Soaking Tub 
> Aesop Hand Soap
> Dot & Bo Woven Ottoman 

While I might have set my bathroom design direction, count on me to ask for your much-needed opinion in the next couple of months of renovation. I’m going to need everyone to weigh in as much as possible! For now, I’m slowly starting to pull moodboards together for the rest of our rooms. More on those coming soon!

image 1 via Brittany Ambridge Photography // 2 via Atlanta Homes Magazine

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