Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Little Loves 10.28.14

It's FINALLY feeling like fall in Napa. Took long enough.. Fall colors are amaze, but I'm not talking about the changing leaves. The flowers and the home decor are my favorite. Everything gets dark, moody and just gorg. 

My anniversary roses from Matt are perfect fall beauties. Usually, I'm 100% against yellow roses (give them to your grandma, not your girlfriend) but the combination of blush, deep red and canary really blows my skirt up. 

Real Simple magazine published "The Ultimate Holiday Planner" and it's pretty spectacular. I love all the little tips. 

 Matt & I have a tradition of picking out Papyrus cards for each other for all occasions but they're my go to for everyone else as well. If you're going to give a cheesy greeting card it better be cute and the cards from Papyrus are frame worthy.

 Some of my favorite packages come from Anthropologie. I mentioned these Eiffel Tower drawer pulls in this post, they're suuuuper on sale still. I can't wait to reveal the project I'm working on with these pretties.
Matt & I became fur baby parents this week :) Meet Rory. She has already completely stolen our hearts and I'm sure she will be the center of many more posts as I share how introducing a puppy into your home changes literally everything. I had a blast picking out her toys and her beds, and they're all color coordinated, obviously. That face though... 
We're over the moon with happiness about our spoiled little baby. 

Happy fall!

xx, M

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The White Trend

Alright, dolls... have you noticed all the white decor recently? My favorite bloggers and companies all have one major thing in common: white, white and more white. The pictures are beautiful and the spaces are so trendy but is painting your whole home white realistic?

I was raised in such a colorful home. My mom is a serious jewel tone lover...  I wonder where I get that from? We had red walls up the wazoo and everything was warm and so homey, but there is a real beauty to these white walled homes and work spaces. The color accents are brighter, the gold just looks AMAZE (gold is everything...) and a white work space encourages such an inspired state of mind every day.

Now, lets get something straight, color makes my world go round. The perfect jewel tone color can completely turn my day around. BUT, being able to change which color blows my skirt up whenever I want to really works for me.

Balance is everything: in life, in home decorating, in... everything. So, I think the right amount of white is an amazing thing to add to your home. Who doesn't want a clean slate every morning? Add your favorite bright and beautiful colors to a white based room and BAM, the perfect living space because there is nothing but what inspires you.

This grog living room is a house-tour on The Every Girl. The entire home is amazing. 

This adorable shelf display is courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Look at that flower garland... I die. The Every Girl is perfect. 

That gold though. I would have a sequin pillow in every room if I could. The Life Styled has this adorable look down. 

So what do you think? Is the white trend for you? Do tell..

xx, M

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mondays Are Better With Sales

1. These gold votive candle holders would look amazing anywhere in your home. Gold accents make everything better... write that down.

2. If I could make my apartment a zoo I probably would. There's animals everywhere... maybe because I would give my right leg for a dog. Who knows? Anyway... this quirky deer vase is too cute. It's the perfect sunshine to sit on your desk or bookshelf. 

3. Yet another pretty vase... but can you really put a limit on places to put vases and flowers in your home? My favorite part about using blue to decorate? It works all year long. 

4. I bought these Crate & Barrel blue glasses forever ago at full price... of course. Buuuut now I get to share them with you and they're a steal! Mine live on my bar tray, the blues are just too pretty! 

5. I was serious about the previous zoo statement. This elephant pillow would be adorable in a reading nook, on your bed or on your couch. The navy is neutral enough to go with almost anything but elephants are cute and therefore, not boring. :)

6. How pretty would this framed shelf be in your bathroom? It could be extra storage space if you have a shared medicine cabinet like me or just adorable decoration.

7. I almost died when I saw these Eiffel Tower drawer pulls. They're going to star in a soon-to-be restoration. Stay tuned...

8. If you're not ready to commit to a full-on wine rack, this one would be perfect on your counter. Having a couple bottles of wine on hand is always a good hostess trick so you're not scrambling for refreshments. 

9. These cute little glasses also live on my bar tray. What better way to serve a gin and tonic than in one of these?

The C.Wonder and Crate & Barrel glasses on my own wine rack and bar tray at home. I have a thing for mixing gold and copper.

xx, M

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Side Table Restoration & Styling

Annie Sloan is my girlfriend... but really though. Chalk paint is the best thing EVER and restoring furniture is totally therapeutic for me.

This side table I found in Consignment Warehouse wasn't awful by any means, but it wasn't what I wanted for my apartment color-wise and the previous paint job on it was a little sloppy. Just a side note, when you restore furniture, paint the INSIDE of the drawers too.

I kept the hardware, it was too cute to get rid of. Although, I am usually all for replacing the hardware on restoration pieces. It gives them a whole new life.

I had the perfect custom purple chalk paint color mixed at Embellish and Restore in Visalia, CA. It's an adorable little shop that offers Annie Sloan paint workshops, pre-restored, gorg furniture, wedding furniture rentals, and mini shops featuring local artists.

Shop my side table decor:

Gold Honeycomb Vase- Home Goods [[ Their gold accents are amaze right now! ]]
Antique-ish Frame- I found this one on a Paper Source shopping spree :)
Tea cup, my most favorite lamp of all time (the happy little penguin) and the Capri Blue Volcano Candle are all from Anthropologie

Personal and livable touches are SO important in my home decorating. There's been a recent trend away from having personal pictures around the home but you couldn't pay me enough to take mine and Matt's pictures down. Always do what feels right in your home!

Happy decorating!

xx, M

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Part 1

Happy October! Fall is the best time of the year, now if it would only cool down up here in Napa. We were nice and cool all summer and now that October is here we are in the 90s... Anywho, I die for fall but the scary crap for Halloween doesn't really do it for me. 

For me, Halloween is an excuse to have unreal amount of candles lit at all times, wear black, like all the time, and have as many metallic accents in your home as possible. What's new right? 

1. My most favorite accessory for any holiday: a tissue tassel garland. Fingers crossed that this trend is here to stay. This Spooky Sparkle Tassel Garland is from the tassel queen herself, Studio Mucci.

2. I love love love trick-or-treaters, so I NEED the perfect candy bowl. The gold studded look just does it for me and it is so easily reusable for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

3. Like I said, the scary part of Halloween isn't really for me, but skulls stopped being scary when they became a fashion statement a couple years ago. These skull candles are totally witchy lady-esque.

4. Changing all the pillows on your couch is completely unrealistic for every holiday, so pick a spooky accent pillow to add to your collection. Bovine skulls are kind of a thing right now so instead of taking the hang a skull in your apartment approach, this pillow is the perfect halloween touch.

5. It's my personal opinion that big fluffy wreaths are over-done. This Boo Wreath from a cute little Etsy shop is the perfect welcome into your spooky little apartment. Bonus points if you get crafty and make it yourself :)

6. Add some cute striped paper straws to your bar area. After all, it's the little accents that count. These would be purrrrfect for those witchy cocktails you'll be shaking up while watching Hocus Pocus.

7. These pillar and taper candles from ZGallerie are amaze. Can you imagine a little set up of the skull candles and these? Spooky perfection.

xx, M