How to Design a Glamorous Interior with AphroChic

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Written for Pottery Barn by Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason 
(Photography by Patrick Cline, as seen on ElleDecor.com)

We had just moved into a 1,200 square foot, pre-war apartment in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. From the moment we stepped inside, we were inspired by the wonderful details of the architecture — tall ceilings, classic trim, bay windows. More than anything else, these structural bones are what inspired the design of the space. It was all so elegant, and when it came to furnishing the space, we didn’t know where to begin, but the theme was already in place: Brooklyn glamour. We would design an upscale space filled with art, classic furnishings, and a mix of colorful textiles — all the things we love. If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your own interior, here’s a few of our favorite tips to get you on your way.

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Create Areas Of Visual Interest

Every side table and console provides room for vignettes that will add visual interest to your space. Think of them as the subtext that will lend depth and meaning to your space. From a more practical perspective, these surfaces are the ideal places to display family heirlooms, travel finds, photos and other significant pieces. In our entryway, the console table became the perfect stage for art books like, The Gift, featuring photographs by our friend Delphine Diallo, a Bushwick-based photographer. And every Sunday morning the console become our DJ station, where we play our favorite family heirlooms — a collection of jazz albums passed down from Bryan’s great-grandmother.
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Accessorize With Art

When thinking accessories, we like to go beyond the usual suspects like cushions and vases, and instead start with art as a primary accessory. We chose pieces that complemented the black and white color palette of our living room. Neutral but classic, framed black and white prints became an essential part of our color story and a key building block for the style we wanted to represent.

Seen above: Leona Console Table, Pottery Barn art

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Feature Classic Silhouettes

Pay attention to the lines and silhouettes of furnishings. They can absolutely add to your design aesthetic by evoking a period or even a part of the world. For a home with so many historic details, we chose pieces with beautiful lines, curves and hand-carved appeal to add to the design. In our dining nook, a solid wood pedestal table makes a big impact with its classic round shape — a perfect place for working, enjoying an intimate dinner or just having a long look out the window.

Seen above: Leona Cube Tables, Dawson Pedestal Table

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Mix In Unique Finishes

Glamorous spaces with large rooms are a great chance for you to have fun with a mix of finishes. Dark woods, light woods, brass, silver, they can all come together and work seamlessly within the right interior. We are always game to bring home a little bit of bling, so a mix of brass and deep, dark woods creates warmth in our black and white space.

Seen above: Dawson Pedestal Table

7 Essential Entertaining Pieces

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You’ve just moved into your first official “It’s all mine!” place — now what? The couch was delivered, the frames are hung and all the pillows are placed in their appropriate spots; it must be time for a party! (And the perfect excuse to stock up on all your entertaining must-haves.)

Don’t know where to start? No problem — we searched our site high and low to help you out. These 7 essential entertaining pieces help you host in style while you make memories with friends and family.

Top Entertaining Essentials 

1. Cheese Board
Nothing goes with a glass of chardonnay quite like a block of brie. Since charcuterie is a staple appetizer for any and all kinds of entertaining, you’ll need a cheese board for all the fixings. Our Marble Cheese Board is one of those simple, classic, serving pieces that goes with everything, and makes any kind of food look good.

2. Barware
Sometimes a party needs more than just wine. When that’s the case, sip on some whisky or mix up a mojito to serve in the Schott Zweisel Barware set. Made of shatter-resistant glass, the Highball and Double-Old Fashioned styles bring casual appeal to entertaining. (PS: You can get them monogrammed, too!)

3. Cocktail Shaker
It’s easy to shake off the day and make a bunch of martinis for friends when you have the right tools. The Harrison Cocktail Shaker is a piece that’s pretty and functional. Party on!

4. Chip and Dip Platter
Sometimes happiness is as simple as chips and dip (or veggies and dip for all you health nuts). That’s why something like this Rhodes platter is a definite necessity when it comes to entertaining

5. Serving Platter
Design tip to remember: Basics are best — especially when you’re buying for a new home! And shopping for basics is even better when they’re as beautiful as our Napoli Oval Serving Platter. It’s perfect for propping up a turkey at Thanksgiving or serving loads of bruschetta at a backyard bash.

6. The Perfect Bar
You’ll add an extra dash of grandiose to every cocktail hour when the Ludlow Trunk Cabinet is the star. Bar carts are trendy and adorable — but when it comes to your first home, a sophisticated, classic, durable and (most importantly) well-stocked bar will never go out of style.

7. Snack Bowls
So much of our focus on food for parties goes to the main meal. It’s important to keep guests happy with little bites to nibble on before the big dish, which means snack bowls are essential to keeping the peace. These Antique Silver Finish Snack Bowls with memorable messages are beautiful gifts to any hostess with the mostest.

See more essential items for moving in and making memories on our Pinterest board Your First Home.

 

How to Makeover Your Gallery Wall with Zio & Sons

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“Anyone can hang a picture, right?” That’s usually the first thought someone has before tackling a gallery wall on their own. Most of us have had to learn the hard way — it’s a lot more difficult than it looks.

This season, we want to make it a bit easier on you. We worked with the talented team at Zio & Sons — a New York City based creative company, specializing in all things visual — to get founder Anthony D’Argenzio’s expert take on how to create a gallery wall that suits your style perfectly. The result is fresh, fun and personal — we love how he used some of our favorite new wall art and accessories. (How gorgeous is that mirror?)

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Read on to get Anthony’s top tricks for pulling off the perfect gallery wall, and shop his picks from this gorgeous shoot, below.

(Seen above: Leona Console Table, Sheepskin Rug, Paloma Round Mirror, Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames, Wood Gallery Oversize Mat Frames, Architect’s Smart Technology Table Lamp, Gold Leaf Feather Wall Art, Behind the Trees Wall Art)

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1. Pick Your Focus 
Pick a statement piece of furniture as an anchor before composing your gallery around it. We chose a narrow brass console that nestles nicely against the wall, leaving plenty of empty space to work with.

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2. Tell a Story 
Your wall should tell a interesting story. We found these vintage flower prints at a flea market in Paris and paired them with Pottery Barn’s modern white frames for a perfect mix of old and new. We also added antique oil paintings and framed personal photos to offset Pottery Barn’s contemporary art.

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3. Add the Unexpected 
We picked up this hand-woven hat on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. It gives the wall a sense of character and an extra personal touch.

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4. Mirrors Are Your Friends 
A mirror adds a fresh level of dimension and makes the space appear larger. Bonus points for one with unique details — we love this mirror’s thick leather strap for easy hanging.

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5. Style It Up 
Once your wall is fully decorated, spruce up the surrounding area with plants and other accent items like this modern lamp, wicker chair, and cozy shearling hide.

See more of our gallery wall guides here. 

Entryway Makeover Tips & Tricks with Camille Styles

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It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny urban apartment or a spacious suburban home (or somewhere in-between!), your entryway is the first thing you and your guests see when you walk in the door. So, you want it to make the right statement — a statement about you and your home — whether it’s spacious and grand, or small and efficient.

This season, we worked with the amazing Camille Styles to pull off an entryway makeover that shows exactly how to take advantage of every inch in this hardworking space. Read on to take a look at how Camille revamped this beautiful entry using some of our favorite organization and decorating must-haves for the entryway, and get her amazing tips and tricks to help makeover your entryway!

Photography by Jessica Pages

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1. Get Personal
So your place doesn’t have a bonafide mudroom or elegant foyer? Don’t despair — with just a stretch of empty wall space, it’s easy to create an entryway that’s both functional and an expression of your personal style. Start by finding a bit of square footage by your front or back door, then determine what’s needed to make the space work for your lifestyle.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBarclay SconceBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerPB Found Dough BowlRustic LadderOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella StandBlacksmith Row of HooksFramed Chalkboard

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2. Hang Loose
The golden rule of entryway design is no secret: create hanging space. Hats, coats, dog leashes and grocery bags will easily find a home on a row of hooks, and there’s no better way to efficiently make use of that vertical real estate.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBlacksmith Row of Hooks, Vintage Kilim Pillow

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3. See the Light
Whether it’s for a cozy reading nook or next to your bed, lighting matters. And in the case of your home’s entry, mounting a sconce by the front door is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Use an industrial design like this one to keep a light on for loved ones or house guests at night, and let it act as a striking metallic accent during the day.

Seen above: Barclay SconceBlacksmith Row of Hooks

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4. The Straight and Narrow
Not only does an umbrella stand come in handy on a rainy day, but it’s also a great place to store long, narrow items like rolls of wrapping paper, sports equipment and even a yoga mat. Set one by your front door for a storage solution that takes up little space but packs a major decorative punch.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella Stand

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5. Cut a Rug
Kick your old doormat to the curb, and instead, opt for a runner that’s equally as functional and a lot prettier to look at. Since this area of your home gets the most foot traffic, choose a durable, low pile one for easy cleaning and to avoid tripping. Best of all? There’s no better way to add color, pattern and natural texture to your space than with a gorgeous, eye-catching rug.

Seen above: Cornwall Stripe Kilim Runner

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6. Sit Back and Relax
You can never have too much seating, and even though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your entryway’s functionality, you won’t believe how useful a bench can be. Top yours with a cushion and patterned pillows for an inviting, comfortable place that’s perfect for tying up your laces or fastening Fido’s leash.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

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7. Neat and Tidy
For all those items you’re constantly bringing in and out of the house — mail, library books, scarves, cameras — set up a convenient place that makes them easy to grab on the fly. The cubbies built into this bench create ample storage space, ensuring you’ll never leave anything important behind.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

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8. Hideaway
To contain clutter or simply conceal any unsightly belongings, look to woven baskets as a universal solution. Slide yours into a cubby or perch them on a shelf for an easy, stylish way to stash sports equipment and those other loose items that always tend to pile up.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketOlivia Bench

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9. The Bare Necessities
Perhaps the most important tip for designing a hardworking entryway is to provide a space that’s designated as a catch-all for out-the-door necessities. Here, a handmade dough bowl is used as a convenient vessel for receiving keys, wallets, phones, and anything else you wouldn’t dare leave the house without.

Seen above: PB Found Dough Bowl

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10. Sound Off
Since this is one area of the house that every family member is destined to pass through, consider mounting a chalkboard, dry erase board, or large notepad to the wall for easy messaging. More inclined to text one another? Use the surface to display words of encouragement, important reminders, or countdown to an exciting event.

Seen above: Framed Chalkboard

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See more of Camille’s tips and tricks on CamilleStyles.com, and check out more of our favorite entryway must-haves here.

Black Radish Salad and Honey Gin Fizz Recipe from Sunday Suppers

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Did you catch see our dinner party with Karen of Sunday Suppers? If you haven’t, check it out here ASAP. Okay, ready? Good. Now, time to stop drooling over those amazing food photos, and tackle some of those recipes yourself. 036_2L0A07442L0A0744

BLACK RADISH SALAD
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Black Radish Salad
serves 2-4

3 to 4 small to medium black radishes
1/3 cup of walnuts, coarsely chopped
Olive oil
6-8 sprigs of fresh tarragon
Flaky sea salt
Cracked black pepper

Wash and dry black radishes and trim the ends. Starting with the wide, trimmed end, use a mandoline with a guard to carefully slice each radish into thin rounds, about 1-2mm thick.

On a family style platter, arrange the radish slices in an overlapping pattern of choice. Scatter with chopped walnuts and drizzle with good olive oil. Garnish with roughly torn fresh tarragon, freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste.

Enjoy!

Recipe | adapted from Sunday Suppers, Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai

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HONEY + SAGE GIN FIZZ
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For the Cocktail |
3 ounces gin
1/2 – 1 ounce honey sage syrup
Juice from 1 lime
5 ounces club soda
fresh sage leaves for garnish

Honey sage syrup |
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
5-6 fresh sage leaves

To make the syrup, combine the honey, water and sage leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until all of the honey has dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Remove sage leaves from the saucepan and discard.

Pour enough pink salt onto a small plate to cover it (remaining salt can always be poured back into it’s container). Run the cut side of a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim into the salt on the plate so that it adheres to the glass.

Fill the glass with a few sage leaves and ice cubes, then add gin, 1/2 ounce of syrup and lime juice, stirring well. Pour in club soda, stirring a bit more, then taste and determine if the drink has enough sweetness. If not, add a bit more. Garnish with an extra sage leaf and serve. Enjoy!

Simple & Rustic Dinner Party with Sunday Suppers

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A great dinner party doesn’t require many ingredients. Good food, delicious drinks, a perfect playlist and a comfortable atmosphere are all you really need to ensure a successful night. Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers, is an expert on simple living and entertaining. That’s why we worked with her to host a rustic and food-focused dinner party with some of our favorite dinnerware and serveware.
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karen headshotKaren’s love for fresh ingredients is reflected throughout her work, including her book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. We love how she serves bold, seasonal ingredients on our favorite white dinnerware so the color of each grape, papaya and piece of prosciutto truly pops.
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Rustic White Fall DinnerBlack Radish Salad 2Ready to host your own simple and rustic dinner party? We have everything you need to get started. Read on for Karen’s favorite decor, music, and more:

1. Karen’s Dinner Decor Must-Haves: Keep it simple. White dinnerware never goes out of style!

TIP: Choose something colorful for your main dish — white dishes will make brightly colored recipes extra Instagram-worthy.

• Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
• Rhodes Ceramic Drink Dispenser Stand
• Rhodes Ceramic Crock
• PB Classic Belgian Flax Linen Tablecloth
• Salerno Stemless Wine Glass
• Great White Oval Platter
• Great White Coupe Serving Bowls
• Marble Cheese Board
• Tivoli Flatware
• Great White Cake Stand
• Colorful Cafe Glassware
• Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestal
• PB Classic Drink Dispenser

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TIP: Searching for cheese platter perfection? Choose a variety of flavor profiles and textures so there’s something for everyone — sweet, soft, salty, savory.
Branzino Dinner for FallMood-Setting Party Playlist: Your playlist will do wonders to help set the tone for the evening!

TIP: Choose music that’s upbeat, but is best suited for background noise rather than an all-out dance party (at least until you’ve cleared the dishes).

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Want the recipes? Stay tuned! We’ll share Karen’s cocktail and dinner recipes from this beautiful dinner later this week.

DIY Herb Bundle: Rather than go with traditional flowers, Karen composed a simple bundle of seasonal greens and herbs for a fresh, fragrant addition to the table setting. As the meal prepared was Mediterranean in theme, she chose to include the following: Eucalyptus branches, olive branches, and rosemary sprigs

TIP: Don’t be afraid to forage in a nearby field or forest should either be accessible to you. The beauty of this bundle is its malleability to the seasons and environment.

To assemble, simple arrange the leaves and branches as you would like, so that there is a balance amidst the assortment, and cinch the base of the branches together in your hand. Then, using fishing wire or strong twine, tie this base together tightly so that the base is secure but the leaves still have room to breathe at the top. Then, using a thick white rope, tie a tight double noose knot around the base of the bundle, leaving plenty of lax rope available for hanging. Finally, using a ladder, find an appropriate hook or fixture from which to hang the bundle, the height of which can be adjusted to your preferences.

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Simple and Beautiful Fall Dinner Setting

Rustic and Linen Fall Dinner Party

Ready for more? We’ll share Karen’s Mediterranean-themed entree and fresh citrus cocktail recipes later this week. For now, see more of Karen’s work at Sunday Suppers.

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#MyPotteryBarn: Celebrating the Little Moments in Life

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Life’s little moments are often the most meaningful. Whether it’s holding your daughter in your favorite leather chair, cuddling with the kids on the couch during a thunderstorm, or hosting an impromptu get-together with friends in the backyard, it’s the the everyday memories that make a house a home.

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We celebrate the idea that each item in our homes is more than the item itself — it’s a collection of the memories and moments we experience with it.

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This summer, we want to hear your stories and memories. What makes your house a home? What home memories do you cherish most? Take a photo of your favorite Pottery Barn item and share your memory with #mypotterybarn and #mypbstory — we’ll feature our favorites here and on Instagram all month long!

Here’s a few faves so far:

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We love Nicole’s beautiful #mypotterybarn moment: “Remember as a kid waiting for dad at the window to come home from work? Our Pottery Barn Carlisle Sofa provides the perfect waiting spot. There’s nothing like hearing the squeals and seeing the smiles when the car pulls up to the driveway and dad comes home. These are the moments that will be etched in daddy’s heart forever.”

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@twinks74 knew exactly what she needed to create memories in her soon-to-be new home — “the table”: “When the hubs and I started our house hunting journey, we really didn’t have that many must haves. The only thing we both wanted was a home with a dining room big enough for ‘the table’ — a table that would accommodate plenty of family and friends. As we went through the house hunting process, I told our realtor: We are not seeing homes with the ideal dining room for ‘the table.’ Our realtor asked, ‘How big is this table?’ Turns out, we didn’t have the table just yet — but I had a perfect picture of it in my head! When I walked into Pottery Barn and saw the Benchwright table, I knew the search was over. So here it is: ‘the table,’ which has witnessed plenty of good food and wine, silly late night conversations, my brothers annoying our mother, laughter, lots of joy and unforgettable memories.”

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Janine‘s new pillow is just one of many finishing touches that transformed her new house into her dream home: “I’ll let you in on a secret, my husband chose our home without me! I was so busy trying to sell our house in Seattle while taking care of two little ones and watching over my senior age parents. So, he bought our current house in Northern California without me! I guess we have similar taste in most everything, so it worked out fine. We have made a lot of changes and after painting walls, bumping out walls and adding some great touches (like this Home pillow from Pottery Barn), I’m feeling like our home is now a cozy one.”

Share and see more of our favorite stories on Instagram and our #mypotterybarn gallery.

Laundry Room Organization with The NEAT Method

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Laundry is one of life’s necessary evils. But with the right space, it can feel like less of a chore. That’s why we recruited the talented gals behind The NEAT Method — using our Gabrielle Organization System and some of our other favorite accessories, this dream design duo added serious style and smart organization ideas to create one super gorgeous (who would’ve thought?) yet practical laundry room.

Read on to see the rest of the space and learn The NEAT Method’s top professional laundry room organization tips.

Photography by Michelle Drewes
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TIP: Save the lower shelves for the products you are reaching for most often.

TIP: Create neatly labeled bins to separate your cleaning supplies from your garment care.

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TIP: Purchase products to use that make you want to be in the space — laundry is a task, so it’s best to incorporate things that make it fun.

TIP: Keep the countertops clear so you have plenty of room to fold.

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TIP: Make sure you have a conveniently located waste bin for lint and/or dryer sheets.

TIP: Commit a tray or jar for the items you find left in pockets.

TIP: Sorting saves time — incorporate hampers that allow you to separate colors from whites before laundry time.

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TIP: Invest in pretty baskets that are functional and also aesthetically pleasing.

TIP: Incorporate a framed family photo, piece of artwork or fresh flowers that’ll make spending your time folding a little less of a chore.

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TIP: Store powdered laundry detergent in clear glass jars and liquid detergent in a glass beverage dispenser!

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TIP: A rug can make a typically cold laundry room feel warm and inviting.

TIP: Use the door to the room as a place to keep laundry room necessities.

On the hunt for more organization ideas? See some of our favorite tips and tricks here.

Before and After: Jana Bek’s Amazing Great Room Makeover

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(Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek)

I recently refreshed two spaces in our home, and I’m excited to share them with you today!

Our great room and adjoining breakfast nook were long overdue for a makeover — they had some good foundation pieces but they did not flow with the light and airy aesthetic of the rest of our home. When refreshing these spaces, I really wanted to work with as many existing elements as I could, doing so enabled me to stretch my budget without compromising the designs. I hope my tips will help you to do the same in your own home!

First, let’s look at some before photos:

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Painting is one of the most affordable ways to refresh any room. Our spaces were a sad shade of yellow, but this soft white brightened up the rooms beautifully.

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Accent Pillows

Our sofa is a heavy chenille, and not the greatest shade of green, but patterned accent pillows in fresh shades of green, gave the sofa a new lease on life. If your master bedroom is feeling dated, new bedding and accent pillows will have the same effect!

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Flowers and Fauna

Adding greenery to a room instantly adds life, makes the space look lived in, and in turn inviting. I fell in love with these happy faux broad leaf palms as soon as I saw them. Adding them atop our mantle added interest and height. An added bonus is I don’t have to worry about watering them.

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Reimagining Items

The bookshelf in the great room looked too formal and again heavy for the aesthetic I was after – removing the glass doors instantly lightened them up. In our breakfast nook, between the chair and table legs, the space looked busy, a tablecloth was a simple solve.

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Rug to the Rescue

I’ve never been a fan of the tile in our breakfast nook but was not up for retiling. This round jute rug added the beach vibe I was after and draws attention to the dining area and away from the tile. If retiling isn’t in your budget, a rug can be a wonderful solution.

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Save vs. Spend

In our breakfast nook, the light fixture and chairs had to go. I found the vintage bamboo chairs at a local thrift store and painted them a fresh coat of white. Saving in this way enabled me to splurge on the jaw dropping Pottery Barn chandelier. It’s become quite the focal point and as we have an open floor plan it can be enjoyed from multiple rooms.

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The rooms are much more inviting and we love spending time in them more than ever before. I hope my insights & tips find a place in your home!

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5 Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

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Are you ready for the 4th of July? This year, we’re hitting the beach with an all-American celebration. Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers helped us put together one seriously amazing beach bash to celebrate Independence Day. It’s hard to pick out a favorite part in this beautiful shoot, but if we had to, we’d gush over all of the easy trips, tricks and ideas that can be put into use at any 4th of July party! Read on to get some of our favorites.

Plus, see the full party here. 

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1. Keep your food light, fresh and easy. When you’re in the midst of July heat, there’s no need to overdo it on food. Stick to something simple — fresh fruit, grilled veggies and sausages are a great place to start.

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2. Come up with a playful cocktail. Summer fruit provides all the cocktail inspiration you need. We love this Watermelon Mojito recipe — use this to add flavor, color and fun to your spread.

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3. Don’t go overboard with decor. There’s no need to do the full red-white-and-blue treatment on everything in sight. Blue and white (or red and white) flowers in a beautiful basket will bring a fresh breath of summer air to your set up.

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4. Make sure your bar’s fully stocked. Have something for everyone! We love how KJP and Sarah made sure that every guest had an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink of choice at their party.

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5. Keep it casual. The best part of summer entertaining is that it’s no fuss, no muss. That’s what makes a 4th of July picnic so perfect — finger foods, an easy-to-wash table linen and bottled drinks (no cups to wash!) make for less clean up and more time to enjoy the sunshine.

Ready for your own 4th of July party? Enter for a chance to win some of our summer party favorites, here.

Don’t forget to check out the full 4th of July party from KJP and Sarah here.