Category Archives: Decorating

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!

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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)

Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues? 

5 Brilliant Before and Afters: Our Top Pottery Barn Home Makeovers

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Whether it’s Pretty in Pink or Extreme Home Makeover, everyone loves a good before and after — including us! We love getting inspired by home makeovers — it’s amazing to see what elbow grease, paint, and great taste can accomplish. Take a look at 5 of our favorite home makeovers and before and afters, below.

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1. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

TIP: Want to spice up your neutral color palette? Mix and match patterns to make things interesting without having to repaint any walls.

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2. Before and After: Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

TIP: Make the most of awkward spaces. Sarah didn’t let her entryway’s sloped ceiling get in the way of storage — these built-ins maximize square footage.

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3. Before and After: Jonathan Stiers’ Breezeway Refresh

TIP: Don’t be afraid of giving an outdoor space the same luxuries — curtains, fluffy pillows and rugs — that you would give an indoor space. When you purchase the right materials, it’ll last you for many summer seasons to come!

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4. A Family Room Makeover Fit for Chic Fun

TIP: If you have a thing for white sofas, slipcovers are the way to go. Just wash them when the spaghetti sauce strikes! Plus, we love the way they look extra shabby-chic as they wear.

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5. Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation

TIP: Having open shelves were high on Jonathan’s priority list, so he used an over-sized clock to break up all of the lines in the space.

 See more of our favorite spaces here. 

New Year’s Resolutions: How To Organize Your Home Room by Room

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Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round. Read on to get their tips!

(PS: You can see more of the entryway makeover pictured below here.)

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1. Stay Organized: How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

TIP: “Agreements we make with ourselves are easy to fudge: Find someone to commit to your decluttering goal with, whether it’s one person or a group,” says Professional Organizer Jennifer Phelps. “Everyone should set a goal — whether it’s a similar or different project — and hold each other accountable. Encourage each other, confess when you fall behind, and share rewards and celebrations!”

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2. Refresh, Renovate and Organize Your Living Room

TIP: “Often, I recommend clients remove everything from the room that isn’t essential, like the couch or TV,” says Professional Organizer Liz Jenkins. “Then, they can group together the decorative items, and donate or discard anything that doesn’t really speak to them or their current style and ‘shop’ from what’s left. Once things are back in place, you can identify holes in your décor and purchase accordingly.”

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3. How to Organize Your Bathroom (and Actually Keep It Clean!)

TIP: Define problem areas. Under the vanity, drawers, medicine cabinets and bathroom shelving become automatic dumping grounds in many bathrooms. Take the time to sort through each space. “I recommend completely emptying the whole area, sorting what you have and then grouping like with like,” says Liz Jenkins. “You may find you have 8 bottles of hair spray but you didn’t realize it because they were scattered around in different spots.”

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4. 8 Ways to Organize and Refresh Your Home Office

TIP: Paper is the biggest issue in home offices. Think about going digital as much as possible, but if you’d rather stick to hard copies, you’ll have to get organized. “Rarely does anyone enjoy filing and sorting through paper. But it’s a necessary evil,” Professional Organizer Amy Trager says. “Create paper systems that are realistic and reasonable. Don’t make a system that needs to be kept up on a daily basis if you know you won’t get to it more than once a week.”

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5. Welcome Your Guests With an Impeccably Organized Entryway

TIP: Are you someone who leaves their mail to pile up for days, weeks or even months on the entry console? Try this trick: Put all of your (non-urgent) mail in a pretty basket in your entryway. Instead of stressing about it during the week, save it for a lazy weekend morning, when you can sort through it over a cup of coffee.

Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

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New year, new look! January is all about fresh starts, and this January we want to help all of our fans and followers reimagine their home for a new year. We’ll be sharing our expert design tips and tricks, top helpful links from around the web, and exclusive makeovers from some of our favorite bloggers and designers.

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Let’s kick off this week with one seriously stunning bedroom makeover from Erin Gates, featuring some of our favorite bedding: Our Morgan Duvet and our Caramel Ombre Faux Fur Throw.

 

Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.

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Take a look at the full bedroom makeover details (including before and afters) on Erin’s blog, Elements of Style.

(Photos by Sarah Winchester

DIY: Fresh Flower Arrangements from Tulipina

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At the peak of winter weather (Rain, sleet, snow — the works) we often find ourselves craving fresh, clean and colorful style.

Kiana Underwood of Tulipina’s work certainly fits the bill. We’re big fans of her work (see here, here and here for some of our favorites), and these brilliantly hued centerpieces suit our blue Cambria Serving Bowls beautifully.

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Take a look at her refreshing take on DIY flower arrangements for winter, here:
(written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood)

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I am always a fan of bucking tradition (in general), and especially when it comes to holiday flower arrangements. There is so much variety to be had outside of red, green, gold, and silver for the holidays. With this in mind, I created a couple of DIY designs that are a bit outside of the norm in terms of both flowers and colors for the season.

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This time of year here in Northern California, camellias are in season in all sorts of shapes and colors. So, I thought they would make a lovely addition to this holiday centerpiece. In my opinion, they are just as beautiful as roses.

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The color combination, along with the lovely bowls, makes for a vibrant and cheery centerpiece. The arrangement inside the lighter blue bowl is intended as a corner piece, hence it has more height and variation to it. With each design, there is just enough to tie each distinctly to the holiday season without looking like every other department store or holiday table arrangement.

I hope you have a lovely holiday season!

Floral design and styling by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Southern California Winter Wedding Reception Inspiration

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When you live in Southern California, there’s never an inappropriate season for outdoor entertaining. This feminine, cozy get-together from Anna Delores Photography, Stella Bloom Designs and Vanessa Noel Events does the perfect job of embracing the gorgeous great outdoors in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Despite the warm weather, this talented team still gave the setting some festive, seasonal flair with chunky knits, sparkle, and a touch of leather and fur.

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See the full feature on Style Me Pretty!

Most Wonderful Time Sign, Metal Lantern, Wooden Lantern, Red Blanket, and Pillows: Pottery Barn
Photography: Anna Delores Photography 
Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs 
Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch 
Jewelry: 31 Bits 
Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie 
Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes 
Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen 
Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events

Non-Traditional Holiday Decor: A Stunning Floral Arrangement That Goes Beyond Red & Green

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Written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photographed by Nathan Underwood Photography

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I take any and every opportunity to use non-traditional holiday decor in my home — I tend to stay away from the traditional looks and color palettes for floral arrangements. Not everything must be gold, red, and green, and if you enjoy a more natural and neutral color palate, there is no reason not to create just that for your holiday centerpiece.

 

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This wine trough is simply lovely. I love the natural look of the wood and I think it could give a new twist to any holiday entertaining, and be used as either a centerpiece or just an arrangement for a buffet table. I used a few of these at a cocktail party which was held at a woodworker’s shop, and it turned out perfectly!

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For the palette, I chose more subtle colors as well as decided to use some tomato vines from my garden which complemented the natural look I had in mind.

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Flowers: peony, ranunculus, anemone, rose, porcelain berry vine, tomato vine, privet,
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Note: To ensure that you don’t have any water leakage, you will need to line the insert for this trough. In general, unless you are sure that a vessel is watertight, always do a quick fill test to determine if any lining may be necessary.