Design Quick Tip :: Making A Fire Brighter

January 28th, 2015

The tile and mantel on your fireplace should be special. Often times we move into homes where the fireplace tile matches the travertine floors. If your going to remove one builder grade selection from your home focus on the fireplace. After all it usually is the focal point of the room. No fancy or ornate mill work is required. In fact less is more. Here is some inspiration and tips to make your fire a little brighter.

Xo, Annie

Tip #1 :: Less is more. A simply Spanish tile with reclaimed wood mantel goes a long way. via style files


Tip #2 :: Painted brick can really brighten a space to help art and other organic elements pop. via jessica helgerson


Tip #3 :: Cover boring drywall with wood panels for a rustic and organic look. via kates creative space


DIY Tuesday :: Soaring Height Wall Murals

January 27th, 2015

I occasionally spot an adorable mountain wall mural on Pinterest. I love it for a girl or boys bedroom. It looks fairly simply to paint and tape off. Any color works great whether it be green, blue, pink or a more gender neutral tone on tone. Well…. I flipped when I saw Emily Henderson’s version for Oh Joy’s nursery. Leave it to these two uber creative gals to take the mountain wall to soaring heights. The blog post includes a tutorial so take a look see. Here is a round-up of my favorite mountains!

Which one do you like best? Would you do this in your child’s bedroom?

Xo, Annie

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via apartment therapy


via emily henderson


via poppy talk


via apartment therapy


via lay baby lay


In The Details :: Four Design Tips For Renters

January 26th, 2015

Rentals don’t need to lack your personal style. There are plenty of things you can do to make your temporary pad a little bit more you. Here four things smart renters should do immediately when moving in.

#1 Update and tweak lighting.

Cover an ugly existing light fixtures. You can do this with a basket or lamp shade. See basket tutorial here.


 Hang plug in wall mount lighting next to your bed or even in the kitchen.

Long Made Co Articulating Industrial Wall lamp, Remodelista

#2 Hang removable wallpaper. It will give the space a custom look and you can simply peel it off when you move out. Spoonflower has some great patterns.



#3 Hang Plants. They will take a home from cold to cozy. Here are some tips.


#4 Pillows, art, poufs and rugs go a long way. Gallery walls with art will bring in your style and color. Add printed pillows, rugs and poufs for comfort and pattern. image via apartment therapy


Design Quick Tip :: DIY Leather Pulls

January 22nd, 2015

I really love leather cabinet pulls. It’s details like hardware that take a space from just o.k. to super chic. That’s why I flipped when I saw the One Kings Lane blog d.i.y. It looks pretty simple right?  I may need to try this on my next Ikea hack? See the full tutorial and video HERE.

Xo, Annie



Product Love :: Etsy Lighting Round-Up

January 21st, 2015

I love the lighting I see on Etsy. The options and possibilities are endless.  Before you head to that big chain lighting store think of Etsy. You can have a handmade product from an artisan and support a small business. It’s a win, win! Here is a round-up of some of my favorites on Etsy.

Xo, Annie



Cage Chandelier via HangOutLighting


Sputnik Chandelier via Sazerac Stitches


Beaded Pendant Light Via OhrNaeh

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Clay Pendant Light via claycafe



Recycled Lighting via Triple7Recycled 

D.I.Y Tuesday :: Desert Planting With Style

January 20th, 2015

Do you have a corner looking a little bare? How about a shelf or window sill that needs some love? The answer to your empty spot is desert plants. Desert plants like cactus and succulents are not only a major design trend, but super easy to care for. Here is some inspiration to get you potting your way to a greener home.

Xo, Annie

With a glass bowl, painted pots or teacups you can create a lovely centerpiece or window…..


via love this crazy life


via myingeniosos

Homes & Gardens Mag

via marie nichols


via pb teen blog


Fill larger corners with a collection of cactus and succulents for a modern and oh so stylish look. photo 1/photo 2


“Stick With Love” – MLK

January 19th, 2015

Always choose Love! Happy MLK Day all.

Xo, Annie



free printable via pear mama

Friday Five Things!

January 16th, 2015

Happy Friday all! Here is your five things to try….

Xo, Annie

#1 Treat yourself to something from the new Nate Berkus collection. Here are the Lonny picks! Nate took inspiration from California’s PCH.



#2 Look at your desk lamp in a whole new “light” with this history lesson via honestly wtf.


#3 Get a little Bev Hills in your neck of the woods with this inspired One Kings Lane collection.


#4 Beautify your bookcase Emily Henderson style!


#5 Dress up your bath with these tips from Domaine.