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.

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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 🤔

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.