Monday, February 8, 2016

Designing With A Classic: The Chesterfield

Hi Glam readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy some down time with some of your favorite people.  My Shiloh wasn't feeling well this weekend, so I spent as much time as I possibly could snuggling him and taking care of him.  He seems to be on the upswing, so hopefully he'll be in gear in a day or so.

Today, I thought I would talk about one of my favorite sofas of all time, the Chesterfield.
It is truly a classic and one of the benefits of designing with a classic is that they are timeless.
In my humble opinion, the Chesterfield can be used in just about any design.  It is believed that that first Chesterfield sofa was commissioned and made in the 1700s.  The look has long been associated with class as the Chesterfield has graced palaces.

Let's take a look at this iconic sofa.

It looks amazing regardless of the setting.  This room is mostly traditional in design and beautifully executed throughout.

It's equally as luxurious in blue velvet and even more fun, in my opinion!

The Kelly green is amazing.  It's on my bucket list to someday have a stunning green sofa, or at least design a room with one.

This week, I found a small scale chesterfield that may work with the new living room.
I'm hoping to go take a look at it some time this week.
Cross your fingers for me!  The best part?!  It's even lower in price than the World Market sofa that I shared here on the blog.  Can you believe that?
I'm not 100% sure it will work in the space, but I'm going to find out!  Wish me luck!

How about you?

Do you have a Chesterfield or any other classic furniture pieces in your home?

I would love to hear about them!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Five Under $5!

Hi Glam readers!  Happy Friday :)
I hope you all had a wonderful week.  Please say a prayer for our family, my brother had back surgery earlier this week, he's home and doing fine but we're all praying for a speedy recovery.
Also, my Dad's aunt passed away this morning so please say a prayer for him.

This week has flown by and I have a fun round up for you

I spotted this "don't quit your day dream" mug at Target the other day.  So perfect for this time in my life!  They actually have some signage, a tea towel and a pillow with the same phrase.  I'm always on the hunt for cute coffee cups, though.  This one is just $4.99, although check your local store because some of ours have already gone on sale.

These are available from World Market and they're just $4.99 for a package of 20.  So cute for the upcoming holiday!

These are available from World Market as well, and they're currently on sale for $4.15.
I love these because they're truly a classic look and would even make a great gift for anyone.

This spoon is really beautiful, pretty enough to display, but practical enough for every day use.  This is currently on sale at World Market as well for $4.49.

I love the packaging on this because it's pretty enough to keep on the kitchen counter, or any counter for that matter.  This is another sale item at World Market priced at $4.98.

I think a lot of these items make really great small gifts and with Valentine's Day coming up, you could probably use a few ideas for teacher gifts, friends, etc.

I hope you enjoyed the round up today.

I hope you have something wonderful planned for this weekend!  What are your plans?  I'd love to hear about them!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Decorating Solutions For Small Spaces

Hi Glam readers!
The other day, I shared that we found a home and that the footprint is pretty small.
There are a lot of great ways to make a small space feel larger and today I thought I would share a few with you that I'll be incorporating into our small space.

1.  Hang Your Curtains High

Hanging your curtains high, pulls your eye up and quite literally "lifts" a room.
This, in effect, will automatically make the room feel larger.

2.  Be Clear

Again, part of decorating a small space well is to be able to keep your eye moving throughout the room.  Using lucite furniture is perfect.  Glass is a good solution as well, but if you happen to have kiddos like I do the lucite is a bit safer.  Although, I must say, my kids have lived with all sorts of decor with no problem.  These are at a good price point too, at just $179 for a set of three nesting tables.

3.  Mirror, Mirror

It's no secret that mirrors reflect and bounce light, this makes them perfect for small spaces.  Even though a large mirror takes up a good amount of space, essentially it adds much more than it takes away.

4.  Keep It Light

Light rooms automatically feel larger.  In this case, the window casings and baseboards are all the same colors which also makes it feel larger.

I'll be utilizing all of these remedies and plenty more when we move into our small space next month.

How about you?

Do any of you live in a small space?

Have you found any good solutions for small space living?

I'd love to hear about it!!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Small Scale Sofas...And Some News!

Hi Glam readers!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
I wanted to share a little life update, I've had so many things go on over the last year and I haven't talked very much about it here.  I thought today I would give you all a little life update so I could share a bit about that.  Recently, about six months ago, we made the move to Jacksonville, Florida.
I've been on the hunt for an ideal place to live and I think, thanks to my childhood friend and awesome realtor, I've finally found something.  It needed to have room for my parents, because they are coming to live with us.  They're aging and my Mom has been on dialysis for eleven years.  My Dad has cared for her but is aging himself.  I've been working two jobs as some of you know and moving them with us will make it easier for me to help them and them to help me as well.
Because I work two jobs, I didn't want anything really large, so that it would be easy to maintain.
Our find is a really cute, smaller home so I'll have to work some magic in the main area, design-wise.

As a result of the small scale footprint of the main area, I've been on the hunt for some smaller scale sofas and there are some really great options out there.  Today I thought I would share some of my finds and have you weigh in with your thoughts!

This one is from World Market and is on sale right now for $499.  Not bad for a sofa.  I like the color and the Mid-Century look.  It's not super comfy, but the scale is good and it's a good base to decorate around because of the neutral color

This one is also from World Market and currently on sale for $525.  I tested this one the other day and it's actually pretty comfortable.  It is available in "Teal" and "Fog".  I was hoping that the Fog color would be gray but it leans more toward tan, even though it looks gray online.  I'm actually really loving this deep blue color, I think you could design a really fun room around it!

This one is priced at $888, but the thing I really love about it is that's it's available in over 30 colors!
I'm a girl who love options :)

Those are the sofas I'm currently considering.  If you have any other sources for small scale sofas, please send them my way!

I'll update you on all the progress with the house.  I can't wait to be in a home sharing all my projects, decor and design ideas for my own home with you again soon!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites!

Hi Glam readers!
Happy Friday :)
It's been quite a crazy week around here.  
My car was stolen Monday, thankfully it was recovered by the police yesterday.  It made for a stressful week though, I'm just grateful they found it.  It smells like Cheech and Chong hung out it in it all week, but other than that, it's in good shape.

Today, I thought I would do a round up of Friday Favorites since it's been a while since I've done one.  I've found quite  few wonderful things over the last week that I want to share with you guys.

This artwork is available at World Market and is currently on sale for $79.99.
I happen to love it because it reminds me of some of my favorite Gray Malin artwork at less than one third of the price.

Target has the most adorable selection of clutches right now!  It's hard to choose just one.  They're reasonably priced at just $16.99.  I love the tassel detail on them all!

Target's home decor department is full of great finds right now!  
Love this gilded cattle skull for a gallery wall.

I love these genuine stone pieces as well.  They have a variety of colors but i really love this charcoal color.  I think they would look great style on top of a stack of books on a side table or coffee table.

These book ends are amazing!  I have quite a few pairs of vintage bookends, so I don't need them, but at 24.99 for the pair they're a great find if you need some!

I really like this faux fur throw and I think I may have to pick this up to throw on the back of the vintage wicker chair that's in Gigi's room

This pillow makes my heart go pitter patter.  Love the metallic accents and the faux hide appearance.
Again, I think I'm going to need it in my life.

This wall hanging by Nate Berkas also caught my eye.  I love it because it reminds me of a juju hat, which I've wanted to decorate with for a while!

What about you?

Have you come across any great finds lately?

I would love to hear about them!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Inspiring Girls Rooms for 2016!

Hey Glam readers!  I hope you all are having a wonderful week.
My week has held some surprises...ahem...I'm kind of done with surprises for now.
I really need to give you all a life update soon, things have been a whirlwind.

I hope you're enjoying this little series I've started the year with on inspiring rooms.  I'm hoping you find some inspiration for your own home here, and maybe even find enough to share with a friend.

My little girl, Gianna, whom we lovingly refer to as "Gigi" seems to have my design bug.
She's always talking about new ideas or asking if we can do projects or fix more furniture.
I have to say, I think we're going to make quite a team in the years to come.
Today, in honor of my Gigi, I thought I would share some inspiration for girls rooms.

I love the unexpected touches in this room.  I think our next room might need a pop of cobalt!
I adore the giraffe print as well.

Again, I love the crisp color combo here.  It's fun and feels fresh and different.  How much would a little girl love to crawl up into this little hideaway to read book, play with dolls or rest from a school day?!  I know my little lady would love it.

This room is simple, but has really cute touches.  I especially love the gold pineapple, you already knew that though, right??  

Gigi saw this picture and immediately informed me that she wanted some type of canopy in her room.  I love that she always knows what she wants.  :)
This room is beautifully executed and it's always been a favorite of mine.

How about you?

Do you have a little lady in your life?

Will you be decorating with her this year?

I would love to hear all about it!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Traditional Home

Hi Glam readers!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  A few days ago, I found out some of my very favorite designers have been nominated for Traditional Home's Rising Stars of Design!
Parker Kennedy Living is a talented design duo I've actually gotten the chance to know through social media.  They have an amazing style and are incredibly supportive of other designers and even design bloggers like myself which they've never met.  Truly generous in spirit and it shows in their amazingly beautiful work.  They are absolutely masters at mixing colors and texture and every room is executed in a stunning, unique manner.

You can go here to vote for Lance and can vote once per day now through March 14th!

Happy Monday!