paint it black. 

I tend to be non-committal (hence my fear of color), so over the years I noticed I’ve accumulated a lot of plain white things. I love white. Absolutely love, don’t get me wrong. But after moving into a house with white walls that I’m too lazy and overwhelmed to even think about painting a different color, it dawned on me that there is such a thing as too much white. Not to mention, going all white is complicated. It requires the right shades and mixing of textures, and a lot of other things I clearly missed the mark on once I pooled my furniture and accessories together in my new place. It looked like I went mental and spray painted every surface and item I own flat white. It did not look calm and airy or modern,  it looked unfinished, sterile and dingy. I was in desperate need of contrast. I impulsively decided to paint my coffee table, a pair of nesting tables, and two lamps black. I’m actually pleased with the results. Too much of anything is never a good thing right? Well I can think of a few things, but still….The table lamp you see comes from Pottery Barn. The TV remote holder on the coffee table is from Target. The small white and grey vase is World Market. The standing lamp and coffee table were great finds in Roundtop, TX. And the large serving bowl is Juliska Berry & Thread.  

treasure hunting. 

IMG_5213I have this inner hoarder that loves to collect unnecessary little items I think are cute. I must have gotten it from my mom, who has tiny little pairs of all kinds of shoes all over her house. Entryway table, by the kitchen sink, in the powder room, on top of a stack of books – all over the place. I always thought it was totally regular and almost unnoticeable until a friend of mine commented on it one day. So I have a thing for all things cute and tiny obviously, but in particular – little bowls and dishes, and small buddhas. I used to save all my issues of Vanity Fair – I like the way the black and white spines look on a book shelf, but then I saw this episode of Hoarders that scared the sh*t out of me and convinced me that’s where I was heading so I threw them all out. I sort of regret it. So the struggle is real for keeping things uncluttered and displaying collections, but it can be done.  If you love an object I think you should display it. And if you’ve got a thing for something, build your collection. These items are happy makers. And homes need all the happy makers they can get.IMG_5249

Side Note – For accent bowls, trays, and dishes, Anthropologie is pretty much heaven.  Other goldmines I frequent are World Market, Tuesday Morning (I swear they have amazing dishes), West Elm, and various boutiques around Houston.  Definitely not into being pretentious with any decor, but particularly my knick knacks – that’s super lame.

book look. 

So I’m a book lover – big, small, new, and old. I have amassed many over the years, and never plan on stopping. They make me happy, display my interests, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into home design. Not to mention, decorating with books is a super budget friendly way to amp up your decor. Most people probably think in order to be eye catching they must abide by certain rules such as size and color similarity. I disagree. I think they are eye catching no matter what. I do love visual symmetry, but there’s something charming about the imperfect look of all sizes and colors. As you’ll come to find out, I’m sort of afraid of color, so my books serve as that “pop of color” people talk about.  I love the way book covers look, and sometimes I take off the paper cover to see if it looks even cooler uncovered.  Whichever floats my boat more. From living room shelves, coffee tables, fireplaces, side tables, to brightening up your kitchen, books are the best way to add a personal and stylish touch to any room.

Side note – books can be expensive, I know. That’s why I heavily rely on hand me downs, book gifting, and Half Price Books. Half Price Books is the best unkept secret in the world. If you’ve never been, GO. Like, yesterday. I think I could spend 147 hours there just perusing. I swear I’d work there for free just to hang out if they’d let me.

hi, i’m…

 Maggie. I’m obsessed with interior decorating, especially with things I already have and/or items that don’t break the bank – Let’s be real, I can’t go around buying expensive antiques or big, cool art so I have to get creative. Things I’m also obsessed with: books, impulsively  rearranging things, estate sales, diy projects that aren’t too aggressive (power tools? No thank you.), browsing decor on the internet I don’t plan on actually buying, cactus plants, neutral palettes, mixing old and new, photographs, drawing and painting – especially tiny pictures of plants and furniture, peonies and ranunculus, lamps and light fixtures, cool front doors, things that are pretty and/or dainty, and of course tiny succulents. Oh and also my dog, Rory. It’s almost embarrassing. I draw my inspiration from everyday things, nature (and by that I mean my backyard or the local nursery – I do live in Houston after all), books, boutiques and restaurants, houses, and home decorating blogs, to name a few.  But wait – disclaimer: I’m not cool enough to talk about decorating with any sort of authority, nor do I think I am.  Trust me. But I love the idea of an outlet for my creativity and neurosis, and being able to share random things that make me happy along with decor ideas I love.  I think I’m probably relatable to a few people out there in my ongoing struggle with budget and love of decorating (first world problems, I know). Also I’m tired of trying to talk to my poor husband about things like lamp shades, hallway benches, and nesting tables. It’s time to channel it elsewhere.  Cheers!