Our front stoop was looking pretty sad and droopy. I hadn’t really done much with it since we moved in, so I figured it was time to give a lil sprucing up for the holidays! It was about time to make a good first impression. My old doormat was in definite need of a replacement and I feel like it’s not the holidays until a wreath is hanging on the front door, am I right? 🙂
I can’t believe that I’m doing this you guys…but yes, the first home tour of our new house that I’m posting is a No Makeup Home Tour. No staged, professionally photographed glamour shots in this post. But I guess it makes for good “before” pictures, right? When Kyla first invited me to take part, I had no idea we’d be moving a few weeks later!
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.
Master BedroomI 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.
Well I don’t know if you noticed but one of his spaces was featured in the first issue of Lonny Mag (starting on page 85). His career is taking off and it’s no wonder, I just love his bold sense of design. It’s so sophisticated and chic. One of my clients wanted an office that is similar to the office space on page 94. I just hope I can do it justice!
All images from www.RonMarvin.com.
Looks pretty similar to West Elm’s Nailhead Upholstered Headboard…King size = $449.
This is an easy and cheap way to get a headboard that looks like Williams Sonoma Home’s Fairfax Bed with out the pocket emptying cost!