everything and the kitchen sink. 

For the most part I like kitchens clean, white, grey, stainless steel and bare. It’s chic looking and also the most functional. Plus I need lots of surface space to mess up recipes. So countertop-wise, I have essentials – coffee maker, knife block, mail tray, stove utensils, cutting board, and kitchen aid mixer (yes, very essential. Plus it’s heavy as sh*t and annoying to move). But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some personal touches and decor to the kitchen space.  If you have shelves, do ’em up with photos, pretty dishes or cookbooks. If you have space between the cabinets and ceilings, put cool vases or bowls up there. They won’t be in the way and they’ll give the room a decorated feel. My favorite place to add my little happy makers is the kitchen window. Succulents, obviously. But if I’m out of them, I also like lemons for a fun color pop. Makes standing in front of the sink happier, which is good because that usually means you’re doing or ignoring dishes, both of which suck.  I need something fun to look at – I don’t roll up the shade that often because my view is our outdoor a/c unit that’s in the driveway and a really sad looking former garden that I swore I’d fix up when we moved in…oops. Gorgeous, I know. The only junk I like on the counter are the cooking ingredients I use frequently – olive oil, salt, pepper. They need to be easily accessible in my opinion. You can make it look more organized by putting them on a great tray or round wooden cheese board like I have. I’ve tried to achieve a look that is decorated and inviting, yet minimal and open. The kitchen should be a place where people can and want to hang out. 

Side note – the wooden cheese board and salt holder are from crate and barrel. Also, I put my dish soap in an olive oil container (that you can buy literally anywhere) because it’s cuter than a plastic bottle that says “Dawn”. Speaking of olive oil, if you live in Texas or happen to drive through, stop at Weikel’s Bakery in La Grange and buy their parmesan basil olive oil. It’s bomb. They also have other amazing things like kolaches and seasoned pasta noodles and Texas themed key chains with your name on them. If you’re lucky. 

master of the house. 

I wanted the bed in master bedroom to feel like a cloud and look like a piece of dollhouse furniture. It’s the only room I can make unapologetically dainty and feminine. But still, I didn’t want to take it too far, it’s my husband’s room too after all, so I tried to keep the palette extremely neutral with whites and earthy tones. I researched expensive beds I could try and copy for months and months, until I found this perfect knock-off (for lack of a better word) of exactly what I envisioned on Joss & Main. I’m usually afraid to order big things off the internet, but it did not disappoint. The upholstery is relaxed and soothing, and the trim is the perfect color  contrast. Totally hit the jackpot. I wanted to go more uniform than eclectic with my  bedding, so I chose this classic, neutral euro sham and duvet pattern.  Then all I had to do was add a million unnecessary pillows (can’t help it), and a throw blanket for the foot, and I had myself a grown up bed!  It’s a bit of a diversion from the style of the rest of my house, but it feels calm and soothing and very serene, which is exactly what I need in a bedroom. And the bed is so dollhouse. 

Side note – Bedding is from Pottery Barn. Throw blanket is West Elm. And the mattress is a Casper – one of those less expensive ones you hear ads for all the time on podcasts and the radio. AWESOME choice. Recommend. It’s really comfortable, way cheaper than most mattresses, and you order it online so you don’t have to deal with those aggressive mattress store employees. Is it me or are they pushier than car salesmen? Woof.

art goals – basquiat. 

My sister and I visited the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta last year, and it was incredible.  Starting as a graffiti artist in the early 1980s, Basquiat parlayed his letters and symbols into art that blends language and image. The childlike simplicity of the images blended with the lyrical elements is interesting and somewhat haunting, given that his work is largely comprised of a social commentary, attacks on power structures, and suggestive dichotomies, such as wealth vs. poverty and integration vs. segregation. One of my favorites, which I have in my living room, is one of his earliest works Cadillac Moon, 1981. I love how spare and linear it is. To me it feels like he’s bringing the outside in[to the world of fine art] with his unfinished lines, quirky symbols and primitive language. He is undoubtedly interesting, whether it’s your taste in art or not. The exhibit of his work felt like a fascinating peek into the short life of a revolutionary artist. To me it is abstract genius – de Kooning meets street graffiti or something. It realky stuck with me and is definitely worth seeing if you get the opportunity. 

Side note – Um, fun fact – did you know he dated Madonna ??  Yep, in like 1983 or something, just before her career took off. Bizarre 🤔

entryway elegance in three simple ways. 

I stress about entryway tabletop displays big time. It’s the first thing people see when they walk in your house, and in a way, it sets the tone and mood of the whole place. I want my space to feel clean, subtle, and uncluttered, so I need an entryway that reflects those things. My canvas is a simple chest I painted white that I found in my aunt and uncles storage unit. Gotta love hand me downs. And relatives. First priority for me was a good looking lamp that’s not too big or small for the chest (I got this at a consignment shop for $30, swear to god).  And since I can’t resist displaying a book, I chose one with a very sleek and minimalist cover (also it helps that it’s called simplicity haha). A small painting offsets the lamp and adds some balance and symmetry. An absolute must is my favorite candle of course which is Nest in “Bamboo”. It’s the perfect scent. Not to flowery, not too musty, not too strong, but just right. There’s nothing worse than a strong candle in a scent that can easily offend…eww. The final touch is the flexible one – any object, depending on the season and my mood. The photos below are my entryway done three ways, swapping only one item. Minimal effort, achieveing three very different looks. How easy is that?

First I chose a succulent mix (duh) which gives things a little color splash and a lively vibe. Next I arranged a tall vase with long sticks. I love bringing the outdoors in, especially in this case – it feels big and rustic and natural, but it doesn’t take over, and isn’t too distracting. The most sleek and safest of all would probably be a good looking glass vase, this one is Juliska Berry & Thread. It’s timeless, simple, and elegant. Clean, classic, calm, vibes. That’s the impression I’d like to give. Probably because in reality I’m messy and full of anxiety….🤷🏼‍♀️.

Side note – I told you I have way too much bright white happening everywhere.

throw pillow party. 

Throw pillows can instantly make even the most blah piece of furniture or room look stylish, fun, and more alive. I put them anywhere I can. I love mixing colors, textures, solids, and patterns. I’m admittedly more of a plain Jane so I tend to gravitate toward pillows that aren’t super bright or busy, even though I love them. I’m working on it though! I’m constantly rearranging my pillows, from the sofas, chairs, the bench, and anywhere else I can get away with it. It’s pretty much a constant rotation depending on my mood, and it’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. So gather all your pillows in a pile and play around with different mixes and options. Have a super fugly pillow? Get a plain cover in a good neutral color and mix it in with some more detailed ones. Simple solids tend to ground and offset the chaos of differing patterns and textures,  which instantly makes the room look a little calmer, in my opinion. 

Side note – for cute pillows on the affordable side try the Nate Berkus line at Target. Lots of fun patterns and textures in neutral and natural palettes. Home Goods also has rows and rows of every variety and color. If you are feeling wild and want to splurge, try Furbish Studio or Biscuit Home. They are basically throw pillow heaven.

stool style. 

Stools are the greatest. They are so versatile. They can be the perfect small accent to a bigger piece of furniture or a room that’s missing a little something. Oh and I guess you can also sit on them. This stool pictured used to be in my bathroom so I could sit and blow dry my hair and read magazines (lazy girl tricks) and then push it under my sink when I’m not using it. I decided to convert it to a side table. It’s the perfect size to offset any furniture without being too overwhelming. Also the perfect size for a small vase of peonies!  So next time you’re in the market for a small side table, don’t forget about these little guys – plus, often times they are cheaper than tables, which rules. The one pictured is from Target, my ride or die for everything in my life, and the ceramic vase is Pottery Barn

Side note – this means I have to blow dry my hair standing up now, so we will see how long I will stand for that before taking it back to my bathroom…