Friday, July 14, 2017

Creating Cohesion, Part 2

Creating a color palette for your home can be overwhelming, especially if you have a large home. But this is a fun, creative project, so feel free to let loose a little and play around with online tools to help you visualize.

Starting the process can be a bit daunting, so to ease you into the process, I'll share a few of my favorites in the image below. Following these steps and the selections below will get you started.

The trend cycle of neutrals can change, but they tend to last longer than colors. My best advice to to consider what type of environment you want to create and the architectural style of your home. Warm tones (A, B, and C below) tend to work well in spaces that are traditional, primitive, transitional, arts and crafts, Asian, country, French, and Mediterranean. Cool tones (D, E, and F below) are more popular in art deco, coastal, contemporary, eclectic, mid-century modern, modern, and shabby chic.

Once you choose your neutral, this will be considered your field color and you will paint all walls this color, with the exception of your accent walls. The next step is for those with painted trim and doors. You have a couple options here as well, and again you will want to consider your style. Contemporary homes typically have white trim, but it is also increasingly popular to opt for a taupe (see G, H, and I). If you decide to choose taupe, your selection should contrast your field color.  Go two steps down on your paint deck. If you selected a cool tone field color also move a couple of strips to the warmer shades. If you selected a warm tone, move a couple of strips towards the cooler shades. This helps to really neutralize the color and add contrast. If you tend toward an eclectic style, skip selecting a trim color and go for one of your accent colors. It should be colors that are almost black, like midnight blue, forest green, oxblood (see J and K below). This will add a lot of interest and look super unique. For modern, art deco, and mid-century modern black or very dark gray will accentuate the lines of your home (see L and M below)

a/ Sherwin Williams Macadamia b/ Sherwin Williams Softer Tan c/ Sherwin Williams Panda White d/ Sherwin Williams Passive e/ Sherwin Williams Gray Matters f/ Sherwin Williams Argos g/ Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls h/ PPG Winter Mood i/ PPG Shadow Taupe j/ Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive k/ Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue l/ PPG Phantom Mist m/ Sherwin Williams Inkwell n/ PPG Aria o/ Sherwin Williams Ceiling Bright White

Next is the fun part, choosing accent colors. This will really be your preference, but I do have a couple of tips to steer you in the right direction. Unless you want your entire house to be very light and pastel, select your colors from the middle of the paint deck strips. The colors here will be saturated but not so dark that your colors all look alike. The number of accent colors depends on your personal taste and how big your home is. The bigger the house the more physical space for more colors. My home has eight rooms total and I selected eight colors but only plan to use four for paint colors. I can use these extra colors as inspiration for other decor like pillows, art, and rugs. Also, if I get tired of a color, I already have a batch of accent colors to choose from.

Last but not least, ceiling color is incredibly important! Unless you have an interesting architectural element that you want painted your trim color, I encourage you to opt for a cool white. Even if your walls and accent colors are warm, you don't want your ceiling to come across dingy and dirty. A bright and cool tone of white will keep your space from feeling enclosed.

For reference, my home is mid-century modern but I do tend to bring in a lot of eclectic elements. My doors and trim are all wood, so I don't have a trim color. If you're not sure what your style is, head over to Havenly and take their style quiz. It's fun because it's short and scary accurate!

If you missed the first part of Creating Cohesion, click here!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beat the H E A T

Pool float - Flamingo or Swan preferred.
Keep your ice from melting in a pretty seafoam version of the best cup ever.
In 20+ years your face will thank you from protecting it from UV rays.
Constantly smell like summer with notes of bergamot, amber, coconut, vanilla, and mandarin. Yasssss!
I've blogged about this bronzer so many times you're probably sick of it. Let me force it down your throat some more.
Every shop everywhere has tassel earrings. Get you some so you're not left out.
Because it keeps the mosquito's away and when you forget to put it on, it clears up the bites in a snap.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Creating Cohesion, Part 1

Happy Friday my dear friends. Even though we have summer showers in our forecast today, I'm patiently waiting for my clock to hit 5:00 so I can start my weekend. It's my second long weekend in a row and I'm looking forward to keeping it low-key and spontaneous. That's the best way to spend summer weekends!

Today I wanted to kick off a new series on the blog to address a topic I think many lust after: creating cohesion in their space. Over the next several months there will be all kinds of insider tips to taking your home to the next level. So many of my friends are in the same boat: they still have some of those college furniture pieces that have definitely seen better days but they also have some great things they have invested in. How do you mix and match those pieces and still make your space seem "finished" or "adult" and not a hot mess? So far, I have a list of my favorite five things you can do to tidy up the loose ends in your home and feel confident about your space, including my favorite, selecting a color palette.

To start us off though, I'm keeping things really simple. The first step of any project is to clear out the clutter. Did you buy that vase just to take up space? Get rid of it. Has that rug been a hand-me-down for a couple years? Pitch it. To make it super simple for you, here is an easy checklist to follow.

1. Did you buy it?
2. Did you buy it because you love it?
3. Was it gifted to you by someone special?
4. Does it work (if it's an appliance or electronic)?
5. Does it evoke memories or happy feelings?
6. Is it appropriate for some room or space in your home?

Comb through your shelves, drawers, and hiding places. If the items you find don't meet most of these, I strongly encourage you to donate it or sell it in a garage sale. Do not keep things that you feel obligated to keep. If something doesn't fit your style but is still in great shape, offer it up to a friend who may love it. (But don't make them feel obligated to take it either! No one likes an instigator.) More often than not, your home is filled with place holders - impulse purchases or "this wall needs something" purchases that have little purpose or meaning.

Clearing out the clutter will make you feel lighter and less stressed. It's proven that not having a focal point, a place for your eyes to rest, can increase anxiety levels. Isn't it bizarre that the one place we are meant to feel most relaxed could actually be stressing us out?! So this is the first step. Lighten your load, then come back to see part two.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Feelin' all the patriotic feels today. So much so I may just buy me a dog to carry around in a tote. That might be a little much though, so instead I'll dress in some stripes and eat cold, themed foods. Like the rest of America. ;)

Friday, June 30, 2017

5 Things

It's the end of another month and I still haven't started on my New Year's Resolutions. Let's call it a fail an move on, shall we? One of these days I'll be able to put my foot behind my head. Just kidding, that's not it.... kinda.

June has been pretty okay to me, including bringing these five stars into my daily routine. First, the new Stella & Dot engravable bangles have me wanting a dozen to stack on my arm, each with a different message. These puppies hold a whooping 45 characters in various fonts and even some cute symbol options. Allllll the bangles, please.

Kate Somerville's AntiBac miracously made it into the top five after a rough start. Note to self: READ THE DIRECTIONS.  My rash from May hung out for a week on my cheeks, but after starting a second time, I'm proud to say all those little milia bumps around my eyes are goners.

In an attempt to change up our metabolism and try something new for our personal health, KJB and I switched to low-carb. After a week of that -ish, I realized I needed some bread and my hunny was begging for biscuits. Enter the most delicious almond flour by Bob's Red Mill. Everything I've made with it has been satisfying and wonderful.

After adding some fun color to my hair (picture here), I needed to find a good shampoo and conditioner that is color safe but also helps out my dry scalp. This Kenra conditioner literally smells like heaven. Ok, I'm not sure how heaven smells, but I hope it's like this. Oh, and no complaints with the shampoo either.

These mirrored sunnies actually found their way to my heart earlier in the year, but I've been popping these on erryday in June because SO. MUCH. SUNSHINE. I love the pinky-purple and the shape really suits me, if I do say so myself.

Tell me your stand out favorite from June in the comments!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer '17 Tunes

With a glance at my music app, anyone would know I have quite a wide taste of music. Throughout my life my favorites have evolved but also stuck with me along the way. A love of classic rock started when I was young, then came the pop diva's of the mid-90's, followed by boy band swooning (including my first *NSYNC concert and a dozen after that). Late in high school and all throughout college it was country, country, country, along with a little hip hop and rap since I had to know the beats when going out to the club (i.e. a dirty little college bar where your feet stuck to the floor). Country music stuck with me for quite awhile and I still don't mind it too much. But within the last five years I've grasped onto contemporary Christian and 90's hip hop, which is probably a bizarre combination to most. Now, I find myself listening to a little of everything, with the exception of heavy metal, which has never really been my jam.

So for the summer I put together an ultimate summer 2017 playlist. I've linked my actual Spotify playlist here to make it super easy for you. Some upbeat, some dreamy, some old, and some new. All good.

If you prefer to look them up and add some variety to your own summer playlist, here's my list of songs:

Words by Daya
What U Workin' With? by Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake
Say My Name by Destiny's Child
Start a Fire by John Legend
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something
Starving by Hailee Steinfeld, Grey, Zedd
Ain't My Fault by Zara Larsson
We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez
Complicated by Avril Lavigne
Diamonds and Dreams by Castro
Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett
Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
Runnin' Down a Dream by Tom Petty
Where the Party At by Jagged Edge and Nelly
The Cure by Lady Gaga
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See by Busta Rhymes
The Monster by Rihanna and Eminem
Slow Hands by Niall Horan
There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes and NOTD
Fantasy by Mariah Carey
Lookin' Out the Window by Stevie Ray Vaughan