Saturday, August 6, 2011
Another fabulous addition to my Chic Chick series. Meet Erin from Clementine + Olive. She's a stylish, decor lovin' Mamma of twins with a love of textiles & upholstery. You guys are going to love her down-home style & stylishly casual home! Give her blog a spin too, it's chock full of DIY decorating fun.
Living in the Pacific North West, you can imagine how overcast and grey the majority of the year is. Yes, it really does rain 9 months out of the year here, but really I feel like it must be more. If it’s not pouring rain it’s grey. Even though it’s really lame to say this, I designed my home opposite of the weather in the North West, the fact is true. I started with a handful of beautiful furniture that all grey and was not working for me. I sat there staring at my living room and my bedroom always thinking “Why, is this not working?”. For reference you can look in the archives of my blog and see my moderately overcast grey bedroom and living room. I believe at that point I had picked out anything and everything that some how ended up being grey, or white. Seriously? It was obvious what was wrong and why I didn’t like it. I had inadvertently created an overcast decor.One day after observing the details in my inspiration images I realizes this statement: “ I want to live in color!”. I sold all my beautiful grey and white items (which took a few months) and started from scratch.
Living Room Mantel
Coffee TableAt this point Dwell Studio had come out with their new fabric line and I became overwhelmingly obsessed with the coordinating fabrics such as plumes in jade, gate, pyramids and so on. There could not be a better line of fabric that described me perfectly on the inside. From there my obsession with designer fabrics developed.
At the same time I had tackled a few projects with my new staple gun and I realized how much I thoroughly enjoyed taking the cheap, and usually very ugly, to the beautiful and lush. While my boys were napping I painted, glued and stapled to my hearts desire. I created an inventory of things that I knew people would love and named it Clementine + Olive.
Twins' NurseryMy home now reflects a style that is put together, classic and modern. I love the balance between painted items, textiles, metallics and earthy wood.
Dining Room - Table from this post!
I started blogging on my second week of bed rest while I was pregnant with my twin boys. These two, I must add, are the biggest inspiration of all, as you can imagine. Not just with my store, but with everything. I mostly started with reading and blogging about family lifestyle, and then I came across some design blogs (like Copy Cat Chic). A few years ago I didn’t even know that there was a cheaper option, besides DIY. I always thought that the store was my only option. So like many people when I was introduced to Copy Cat Chic blog, I read-and read- and read all of the back archives of all of the budget finds. For example, I was set on buying the $1200 bed at Crate & Barrel and Reichel found a similar one from Urban Home for only $699. Sold! I spent the money I saved and bought my dining room table from Worlds Market.
I also purchased some fun accent acyclic chairs replicating the infamous ghost chair, that I had dreamed of but never knew I could afford. Reichel's blog has opened my eyes up to having that dream home and décor.
Did you enjoy this peek into Erin's home? I know I did, I just love all of those fun graphic fabrics she used everywhere. My favorite piece? The daybed she had reupholstered in Dwell fabric, it makes her living room into a chic lounge!
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