Four Super Chic Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Yea it’s that time of year again! Halloween is hands down one of my favorites. We are gearing up to carve pumpkins this week. We are going with the classic carving technique. My five year old has never done it this way before and it’s so much fun to scoop out the pumpkin mess. I love all the beautifully chic ideas that pop up on Pinterest. One of these days I’m going to venture out and try a more designer pumpkin. Right now I just love to Pinterrst scan the pumpkin eye candy of these fun ideas. They are so lovely I would hate to throw them away.

Happy Halloween All!

Xo, Annie

Sprinkled Donut Pumpkins via red tricycle

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Marbled Indigo Pumpkins via alice & lois

 

 

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Glam Ikat Pumpkin via a blissful nest

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Wrapping Paper Pumpkin via babble

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Xo, Annie

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Rifle Paper Co. Fabric Inspired Nursery!

I finally started designing the nursery for our second little lady on the way. Time is flying by and it hit me I better get to work. I didn’t have any ideas of how I wanted the space to look. It’s always so much easier to design for my clients vs. myself. I can be kind of a indecisive client to myself.  With my daughter Nora’s nursery we went for a more vintage/bohemian look. I wanted something a little different this time around. I know both of these girls will be special in their own way and their rooms need to reflect that. While combing Pinterest I saw a nursery with a lovely floral Rifle Paper Co. framed art print. I thought art would be a great place to start. Then I discovered Rifle Paper Co. has fabric! I was instantly inspired after seeing their lovely floral textiles. Both Nora’s bedroom and the future baby room have window seats that need fabric. Rifle Paper Co. florals are just what my little gals need. Once I found these fabrics the designs fell into place. The fabrics just arrived today and I can’t wait to dive into my Sherwin Williams paint deck to find wall colors.

The baby nursery fabric is on the left and big sister Nora get’s the floral on the right. See all the lovely fabrics at Rifle Paper Co.

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Here is the nursery vision. The plan is to paint a vintage French dresser I have dark blue. This will function as the changing table. I will definitely share with you how that project turns out. The recycled denim rug I already have, so I thought why not try and use it?

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Here is the inspiration for big sister Nora’s window seat. The pillows I discovered at World Market.

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I can’t wait to share the finished product with you. I have a d.i.y window seat cushion idea that I will be giving you the play by play on. Alright, now off to pick paint colors.

Xo, Annie

For The Walls :: Creating Perfect Engineered Prints

How awesome are these engineered prints?! At first glance I would have thought they were taken with a pro camera and printed using the best photo printer. Guess what? They were taken on a basic camera and then printed on a plotter. A plotter is what designers use to print their architectural or CAD drawings on. This can be done at your local Fedex store and at a very thrifty price. The trick is to crop them in an artsy way ( like the photos below). Then turn them into black and whites before printing. See the full tutorial via the blog Chris Love Julia.

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Xo, Annie

Floored :: Genius Vintage Stair Runner Tutorial

One of my favorite blogs is Wit & Delight. If you don’t have Kate Arends on your instagram feed yet stop what your doing and add her. I have been thinking about the boring beige carpet on my stairs for a long time. I want to give them an update with wood and a runner. I was so excited to see this idea to take mix and match vintage rugs and turn them into a stair runner. It’s brilliant! I instantly pinned this to my hidden home Pinterest board to create my dream stairs someday. The vintage runner on these craftsman stairs is so dreamy. The mix and match of vintage rugs really creates a cozy and worldly vibe.  See the full tutorial via Wit & Delight.

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Xo, Annie

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photos via Wit & Delight

D.I.Y Monday :: Quick & Easy Patriotic Bolster Pillows

I’m always looking for ways to make my outdoor space a bit more festive come Fourth of July weekend. I love this idea via Martha Stewart to take red and blue striped fouta towels to make bolster pillows. Simply use an existing bolster pillow or purchase an insert at your local fabric store. Tie the towel around the bolster with fringes on the ends for a patriotic style pillow. When your done using it as a pillow you can take the towel to to the beach,pool or use as a tablecloth. Search for affordable fouta towels on Etsy.com.

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Xo, Annie

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Planned Space :: My Favorite Furniture Layouts

 

There are a few things I always try to do when space planning furniture. Here are my five favorites.

#1 A Super Comfy Sectional. I always try to make this happen in a family room. This is the place to snuggle up for a movie with lots of fluffy pillows. image via amber interiors

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#2 Four Chairs Around a Table. Weather it’s for a Living Room, Outdoor Fire or Sitting Room I love this arrangement. image via elegant adobe

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#3 Corner Swing. This is always fun in a teen bedroom or beach living toom. I’m a sucker for a rattan swing. via one kings lane

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#4 Two Cuddle Chairs Facing. This is my favorite in a master bedroom or sitting room off the kitchen. It promotes relaxing with your coffee while waking up. It calls for putting up your feet to get lost in a book. image via calling it home.

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#5 Double Twin Beds. In a child’s bedroom there is nothing I love more than double twin beds. If I see a double twin bedroom on Pinterest I almost always pin it. image via amber interiors

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DIY Tuesday :: Travel Memorabilia with Style

If your like me you have maps, matchbooks, cocktail napkins and ticket stubs saved from favorite trips. When I travel I keep things from a favorite restaurant, hotel or museum. My intention has always been to do something artistic with it. Maybe a framed college from our trips to Italy, Greece, London and Paris. Well this has never happened. These things sit in drawers and boxes. Not anymore. I love this idea of painting wooden boxes to hold this special memorabilia. It’s much easier than creating a scrap book or work of art. Plus this way you can easily take down the box to touch and hold these memories. The bonus is it adds to your well layered and accessorized bookshelf. A simple visit to the craft store and you will be on our way to vaca memory organizational bliss!

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Xo, Annie

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photo via apartment therapy