Perfect Plaids

by Lauren Setum

Classic plaid. It won me over last night when I saw that J Crew was offering 40% off their sale prices. These shoes were calling my name, and I answered. They’re scheduled to be delivered in 3-6 business days!

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Etta Plaid Jeweled-Toe Pumps

Plaid really is a timeless pattern and a great addition to any wardrobe. Who doesn’t love a pop of pattern? I selected a few other plaid items to share with you today as well. Enjoy!

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Snow is on the ground now, but pretty soon April showers will bring May flowers. You’ll be more than ready with this umbrella from Madewell.

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J Crew’s Colorblock Shetland wool jacket is stunning (and currently 40% off). If it was still available in my size, I’d probably have added it to my shopping cart last night, too!

 

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This backpack from ASOS is a steal at $30; great for casual weekend errands.

Decisions, decisions…

by Lauren Setum

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m going to delve back into the Guest Bedroom design right away today. You’ll remember from last week’s post that the Guest Bedroom paint color is Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore:

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My friend really loved the gold end table in the photo below, and so do I. In this case, end tables would be a great DIY project so I didn’t make any retail selections for those pieces.

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I did, however, come up with some options for lamps, bedding and rugs. Take a peek; which do you like best?

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Option 1: A fun lamp with some mid-century flair. This option could be great with a colored lamp shade.

Option 2: A little more traditional, but still a little funky. Check it out up close here.

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Option 1: This duvet from Urban Outfitters features, well, the world! Great for those who love to travel (aka the homeowners).

Option 2: A basic but beautiful option from Restoration Hardware (in Flax).

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Option 1: A solid rug in a warm color, like this one from Capel Rugs, allows other elements in the room to be the center of attention.

Option 2: A fun pattern on the floor would pair nicely with simpler bedding. This rug is from Surya.

A Cardinal That Rolled in Ketchup…

by Lauren Setum

Signing papers for a new house can seem scary and overwhelming. Then you get to the ‘let’s pick out new paint colors’ stage, and signing those loan documents seems like the easy part. Yikes! Selecting colors…no, make that selecting the right colors…really isn’t easy. Page through a paint deck, and you’ll notice just how many subtle variations there are between paint chips; choosing the right one can even be a challenge for professional designers sometimes. A couple things to consider:

  • Have you looked at your paint sample in the room that you’ll be painting? If not, you should. Lighting makes all the difference, and each space is a little different. You see a sample at its ‘truest’ color during the day when it’s light out.
  • Have a favorite color? Awesome. There are a couple common mistakes people make when it comes to colors they love. Let’s say your favorite color is red:

1) Just because you like red does not mean that you should go out in search of the bloodiest, I’m a cardinal that rolled in ketchup red. I mean seriously. While there may be situations where that type of red is appropriate, more often than not, that color probably isn’t going to translate into what you had in mind.

2) Just because it’s your favorite color doesn’t mean it belongs on your walls. Consider whether it might be more appropriate to use ‘red’ as an accent color. Think POPS of color.

Alright, now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk about some recent paint selections my friend and I made for her new home. Today, I’m going to share the Master Bedroom paint color. It is….

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Cedar Ridge by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is a great, high quality paint. The company offers a wider range of color selections than most paint vendors, which is also a big plus. The mood board below shows how a few layers of fabrics, art and accessories work with the paint color to create a lovely Master Bedroom:

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Note: My friend and her fiancee have existing dark wood furniture that will be used in the space.

Abstract floral rug from Surya: With the paint color being a little lighter, this rug, with some deeper tones, does a great job of grounding the room and defining the space. Plus, since it’s 100% wool, it’s durable and will last much longer.

Duvet cover from Restoration Hardware (in Prairie)Since the rug utilizes a large scale pattern, there was no need for pattern on the bedding. The Prairie colorway is just right because it’s slightly deeper than the walls and therefore adds a little depth without being too busy.

Pillow sham fabric by Christopher Farr Cloth (in Natural)Since this fabric is sold by the yard, the shams would need to be custom made. Getting shams made is easier than you think though (especially if you know an interior designer!). In this case, I feel it’s the best solution because this fabric is what pulls the room together. If you click on the link and zoom in on the fabric, you’ll see that it has all the colors used in the room. This is key in making a space feel cohesive. Plus, bed-in-a-bags drive me crazy…way too matchy matchy and not very personal. Combining these shams with the duvet from Restoration Hardware yields a much more unique look. Finally, since the scale of the pattern is considerably smaller than that of the rug, the two work together well.

Gold throw by West Elm (on sale!) & To the Moon pillow by Red EnvelopeAccessories add color, texture and personality to a space.

Lamp is vintage from findfurnish in MinneapolisThis textured lamp is so fabulous. Since my friend’s new home was built in the 50s, the lamp is definitely era-appropriate. Don’t shy away from these pieces; something as simple as a new lamp shade can give them a whole new life!

Egypt print from Zazzle: Framing inexpensive prints is a great way to get something on your walls without breaking the bank. Since my friend and her fiancee have been to Egypt, I thought this would be perfect for them.

Last but not least, a second option. The space, with a few small changes could work with this rug from Surya, too. Which do you like best?

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Stocking Stuffers

by Lauren Setum

St. Nick‘s is less than three weeks away! I didn’t realize until moving to the Twin Cities that not everyone celebrates St. Nick’s day like southeastern Wisconsin does. For those of you who don’t know about this particular tradition, St. Nick is the one who fills up your Christmas stockings, not on Christmas Eve, but on the evening of December 5th. Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the upcoming holiday!

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Brown leather gloves from Max Studio; the perfect accessory for 3/4 sleeve jackets.

Pattern by Tricia Guild on Amazon; if you love color and pattern, this coffee table book is for you. Also check out Tricia’s fabric line at Designers Guild

Plaid clutch purse from Zara; I absolutely love the combo of plaid and studs…sassy!

Mom and Me Soy Candles; the scents are scrumptious, AND they’re made locally here in the Twin Cities by a mother/daughter duo!

Pink Packer tee for your pup from Athletic Pets (Pippa would look great in this!)

Silver metallic flats from Zara; who doesn’t love a great tassel?!