A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report


So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we've been for almost the last Read more

Shopping for Home Decor: Finding That Statement Piece


Hello all. I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm not. The weather is terrible here in Maryland. It is barely 50 degrees, cloudy, windy and rainy. The Read more

Ikat! And other Tribal Prints: Fabric Inspiration


Hello Lovelies! Happy Thursday! Question? Is it super cold where you all live? It has been cold and windy every other day in Maryland. Not very spring like at Read more

Revisiting The Old Living Room vs. The New Family Room


Hello, Kah here! It's been a long year and a half! Glad to be back. You may have noticed that we started blogging again.Correction, Milla started blogging again. This Read more

Inspiration

The Ugliest Mirror of Them All

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping | 8 Comments

I haven’t been to the thrift stores in a few weeks when I usually stop in a three times a week. I guess it was my way of trying to save money and I was sick of thrift stores because all of the shopping we did for our birthday party. I went to the Goodwill on Thursday intending to buy a brass lamp for my bedroom and it is probably a good thing that I didn’t find one since I have too many lamps in the house to begin with. While I didn’t find the lamp I was looking for, I did find this hideous mirror.


…and yes I did buy it! I think even Breeze was perplexed with all the details on it. When I showed it to Milla, her first question was: “Kah, is that fruit?” Sigh, yes Milla it is and pine cones. My intention is to spray paint it a lovely shade of teal. Spray paint can cover all evils. The mirror only set me back $12 so it won’t be a complete waste if I don’t like it.

I have a feeling I’ll love it though. When I convinced myself to purchase it, this is what I envisioned. Can you spot the fruit?

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Dress Form Decor: Creepy or Cute?

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Inspiration | 9 Comments

Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything related to my bedroom, which by the way looks nothing like this anymore.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking because I think I’m crazy too! I definitely need to make up my mind! My room has evolved about a 100 times. I’ll give a quick rundown of what you’ll expect once I finally complete the makeover. My walls are no longer light gray, but white and I don’t mean kinda white, I mean bright white! I thought I would never actually paint my walls white but I love it! My room looks so much brighter! Even on those days where the sun hides from my one lonely window.

Here’s a peek at the walls painted white. I still have to paint the baseboard and vacuum the carpet. Did I ever mention how much I loathe carpet? My dream home will have hardwood floors in every room.
dress form homegoods
You may have noticed that large figure in the picture. It’s my recently purchased dress form from HomeGoods. I have been on the hunt for one for months and I was happy to see one there. And even happier that Milla didn’t talk me out of it. She’s such a great sister. The dress form was originally $59.99, but the manager discounted it down to $35 because the base was unstable. I didn’t care, I was sure I could find a way to repair it and I did (well Milla’s boyfriend did but I found the parts).

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Houzz Guest Post: Creative Ways to Display Family Photos

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration | 8 Comments

We are ecstatic to have Houzz guest posting on our site today. If you’re not familiar with Houzz you definitely need to head over there and check out all the amazing inspiration.

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Kahli and Milla for having me!

Today I thought I’d share a few unexpected ways to show off your favorite photographs. While gallery walls, collages, and a hodge-podge of photographs on the refrigerator are all just great, you may be looking for some fresh ways to turn your favorite shots into something more artful. Here are three creative ways to turn your photographs into art.

Living Room / Dining Room. contemporary living room

Create a triptych. While gallery walls are wonderful, the simplicity of three black and white photographs in a row is a great way to show off your kids in the living room or family room. Send your photos to a site like canvaspress.com and they’ll have them printed on canvas for you.

Decor Demons Loft eclectic living room

Go beyond big. This giant photograph is of the homeowner’s parents back when they were a new couple. Head down to your local camera shop, film processing spot or Kinkos and they’ll be able to help you accomplish this with your own photos. Older photos in black and white or sepia tones pack a great design punch.

Slobproof Interiors contemporary family room

Have your family done up Warhol style. You can shoot a photo over to sites like Photowow.com or AllPopArt.com and have them transformed into a brightly colored pop portrait. There are even sites that specialize in Warholing the family pets, like popartpet.com.

Are you sharing your favorite family shots in a creative way? Please share it with us in the comments section!

Find more clever ideas for family photos from interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

Obsession: Vintage Blue Mason Jars

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping, Vintage | 8 Comments

As the title states, I love mason jars, especially the blue Ball Perfect Mason brand. I’ve been looking at mason jar decor lately on Pinterest after purchasing three jars from the thrift store. This is one of my favorite photos. The pink peonies are just so vibrant against the blue tinted jars.

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So needless to say my mason jar collection has expanded from three jars to 9. I’ve decided to display 8 jars on my window ledge. Would it be overwhelming to put flowers in each jar in my window?

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Light’s Camera Action : Director’s Chair Makeover

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, Color Palette Inspiration, DIY, fabric, Inspiration, Upholstery Projects | Leave a comment

It’s Friday! And I have a spur of the moment makeover to share with you. I forgot to take a before picture in my haste to get started. The chair pictured has been living in the trunk of our car along with other miscellaneous items for the past few months waiting to be worked on. Of course it didn’t have this pretty fabric on it, but a mustard yellow fabric with an airbrushed design.

Isn’t the chartreuse fabric lovely? We purchased the fabric from a fabric warehouse in Baltimore for $6.50 a yard.Yes we snatched up all 5 yards!  This project didn’t even use half a yard, but we have intentions for the rest. I’ve recently discovered the manufacturer of this fabric, which is Schumacher and you know that means $$$. The Konaha Leaf in Chartreuse retails for over $130 per yard, but I found it listed here  for $94/yd. Yikes! Also there’s a listing on ebay in the red colorway, 13 yards for $104, if red is your thing I say go for it. Read more

Run to your nearest Target!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Shopping | 6 Comments

I know I’m late, but have any of you been to Target lately! I was stunned by the selection of new decor they have in stock. I’m talking about some very stylish pieces. I spent about a good hour in Target cramming things into my cart, but I did manage to put a few things back even though it was difficult. Try to hold onto your wallet a little better than I did. I’m going to share with you all the lovely items that now reside in our home.

pink chevron and floral target pillows
Isn’t this pink chevron pillow a beauty!? I just knew they would be the perfect accent to Milla’s navy and turquoise bedroom and they’re only $19.99. Hurry, they are going fast and are already sold out online.

You didn’t think I could just leave the turquoise one there on the shelf, now did you? I didn’t purchase the gold lamp shade because I had no use for it, but it could really liven up a neutral room for $19.99. However, I did leave with two lampshades that were a good fit for the dining room. Read more

Design Shuffle-Guest Post: 8 Living Room Lamps

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration | 2 Comments

Today’s post is brought to you by Design Shuffle.

Hi, I’m Joanna, a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a premier online portfolio and home design site for interior designers. I blog daily about beautiful rooms for sites such as Design Par Deux. Thanks for letting me share my take on living room lamps today! Great lamps not only give light, they can balance a room’s design elements such as size, color and shape. From stately floor lamps to whimsical table lamps, the following lights will surely inspire quite a few decorating ideas. Which is your favorite?

Living Room Lamps

An eclectic mix of modern and traditional in this living room provides the perfect setting for a tall brass floor lamp. The lamp adds height to the left side of the room which is balanced with the three ceiling lamps. Read more

One Down…25 More to Go

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration | 1 Comment

Hello, lovely readers! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your time spent with loved ones. Milla and I weren’t really in the Christmas spirit when we woke up due to lingering sickness, but we somehow managed to cook a large dinner for the family. While it was a last minute decision, it did come out nice.

We didn’t have the chance to decorate for the holidays due to the lack of space to store the decorations afterwards. I couldn’t imagine where we’d put a Christmas tree, other than taking it to our parents’ attic. And our allergies dislike pine trees and Breeze loves to climb the trees and torture the ornaments. The only Christmas decoration we have is a white ceramic figurine that was given to Milla as a gift last year.

Speaking of Christmas gifts…we gave Breeze the best gift of all. A self-portrait on the gallery wall and it looks like he loves it! He was very impressed when we unrolled it and voiced his approval with a meow. Sadly, we still have to fill up about 25 frames.

Anyway, Milla and I have been debating the placement of our turquoise bookcase. Milla likes it behind the sofa. Please forgive this outdated picture! Just act like you don’t see the missing lampshade…

While, I like it here as part of the gallery wall. I think Breeze is on my team! We plan to fill the bookcase with white ceramics at some point.

A Peek into Kahli’s Closet-Sized Bedroom (UPDATED)

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Inspiration, Mood Boards | 11 Comments

The title of this post may be confusing to some of you at the moment, but let me explain. In a nutshell, my bedroom is really small (9×10 or something), it’s not as small as a closet unless we’re talking about a walk-in closet. A bedroom of this size doesn’t leave too much room for items other than a bed, dresser and maybe a nightstand or two, but I’ve managed to fit a lovely chair in the corner.

As mentioned in the last post, I’ve been working on a moodboard to hopefully help me stay on task. This is what I have so far.

Of course, in true indecisive fashion, I’m not sure about any of these items other than what I already own. Wait I lied, I own most if not all of these items in a similar style other than the chevron vase, watercolor fashion print, fuchsia pillows and the floral pillow.  The artwork is my main concern because I want a large size and that print is $76.00 for a 16×20, which would make it the most expensive purchase in my room. Time to get out some tutorials and work on my drawing and painting skills or lack thereof. Does anyone know where to purchase fuchsia pink velvet pillows? Do they not exist for a reasonable price? The ones pictured are $115 a piece and…yeah, no!

And just because I love to ask for the assistance of our lovely readers, I’ve included a sneak peek of what my room looks like as of now. Read more

Inspire Me Art: Watercolor Fashion Illustrations

Posted on by Kahli Posted in art, Decor Inspiration, Inspiration | 2 Comments

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! I’ve spent most of my weekend, sewing some pillows to dress up my bed, working on a moodboard for my bedroom, and finding artwork for my bedroom. I’ve been loving the look of watercolor illustrations lately, especially fashion illustrations. I believe a stylish, fashion illustration will look great with the classic look the black and white stripes create in my bedroom. There’s no better place to find original art than on Etsy. I fell in love with so many, but I especially love the illustrations by Jessica Durrant of Jessica Illustrations. The colors are so vibrant I can’t even chose a favorite! However, I really like the line work in the first one.

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