Year of the Dog

February 16, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year of the Dog.  While the calendar days vary every lunar new year, you were born in the year of the dog if your birth year is: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006.

“A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work.  Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They are also good at helping others find and fix their bad habits.  Despite how they act, they are worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this stop them. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it.”  (Source)

Foo Dogs have been an It Item in design for awhile now, so we decided to start the year off with a look at chic rooms that incorporate the trendy foo dogs.  Happy New Year!


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Lighting Pairings – Chandeliers and Pendants

February 15, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Image courtesy of MyDomaine.com

I love amazing lighting.  I think that lighting should make a statement and one of my favorite parts of any project is choosing the light fixtures, especially the hanging fixtures.  Lucky for me, there are many rooms that call for more than one fixture in a space.  For example, in an eat-in kitchen, the layout often requires a chandelier and pendant lighting.

I think there is an art to choosing fixtures that pair well together without being too matchy-matchy.  I like to make sure that the metal, the shape, and the style match, but not much else.

I am working on a project that requires multiple hanging fixtures, specifically, a chandelier and pendant lighting.  As I started putting together a lighting presentation for my client, I realized that it was worth creating a more inclusive list of some of my favorites.  Obviously, this group barely scratches the surface of the amazing combinations that exist, but here are a few of my favorite chandelier and pendant combinations.

Venetian Two-Tier Chandelier

Darlana Two-Tier Chandelier

Small Hicks Pendant

Katie Globe Pendant

Robinson Pendant

Camille Chandelier

Goodman Small Hanging Lamp

Robinson Pendant

Odyssey 4 Chandelier

Luna Pendant 

Bistro Small Round Chandelier

Mobile Chandelier

Dallas Chandelier

Languedoc Pendant

Darlana Linear Lantern

Morris Small Lantern




Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Roses and chocolates are nice, but as design lovers, we’re thinking of our favorite blush decorating pieces this Valentine’s Day.  Hope yours is spent with loved ones.

shopping list:

  1. Blush Throw
  2. Blush & Gold Pillows
  3. Blush Basket
  4. Pink Rug
  5. Blush Chevron Credenza
  6. Blush Velvet Chair
  7. Rose Velvet Settee
  8. Rose Quartz Table


Wonderful Wall Treatments

February 13, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Full Scale Wainscoting

Image courtesy of Reverbsf

I am working on a project that calls for a feature wall.  Of course we could use paint to create a focal point, and we always love wallpaper (see our past posts here, here, and here), but there are so many amazing wall treatments out there that I don’t want to limit our options.  From shiplap, to brick, to moulding to wainscoting, the choices are limitless.  I have been considering many, many options and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.


Shiplap Painted White

Image courtesy of Homedit

Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines, when we hear wall treatment one of the first thing that comes to mind is shiplap.  Most people outside of Texas had never heard of shiplap before our favorite Waco residents came along.  But, in the right setting – think farmhouse chic – shiplap is an amazing choice.  I especially like it when painted and combined with rustic beams.

Vertical Paneling By Studio McGee

Image courtesy of Studio McGee

I am not sure if the paneling above is actually shiplap, but it looks a lot like it.  I think that hanging the panels vertically draws your eye up, making the space feel more spacious.  I also think that hanging the panels vertically makes the material feel more modern.

Reclaimed Shiplap

Image courtesy of Stikwood

If you want to go full farmhouse, then weathered shiplap is the way to go.  The gray hue above is beautiful and the white trim helps to give the shiplap a bit of sophistication.

Painted Brick

Painted Brick

Image courtesy of CocoCozy

I remember when exposed brick was a thing.  Everyone wanted to tear the plaster off of the walls of their townhouses or lofts and expose the brick underneath.  And, if you didn’t have brick under your walls, there were faux options to consider.  While I still think red brick is beautiful in the right setting, I really love that painted brick has made a comeback.  I remember it from my childhood in the ’70s, but I think that the current trend of painting brick with a matte hue makes it feel more modern.  The gray above is a perfect example.

Full-Height Mouldings / Wainscoting

Chevron Wall Moulding

Image courtesy of UnskinnyBoppy

Wainscoting always feels a bit more traditional to me.  But, as you can see in the photo above, you can create a modern feeling by hanging this traditional material in non-traditional way.  I would imagine that creating the wall above was fairly labor-intensive, but I think the result is well worth it.  The chevron pattern is absolutely gorgeous.

Square Wainscotting

For a slightly more traditional look, the squares created above are a great choice.  The pattern is sure to stand the test of time and, while I love the white, I would consider playing around with the color to make a bold statement.

Full Scale Wainscotting by Caitlin Wilson

Image courtesy of Caitlin Wilson

I love the traditional, full height wainscoting in the image above.  (If the floors were a vintage chevron pattern, this room would be absolutely perfect.)  I think the this style of moulding will stand the test of time; it is classic without feeling too old.  When paired with more modern furnishings (like the lucite-footed sofa and fuschia pillow above), the space feels current and vibrant.

I don’t know about you but I am inspired.  With so amazing wall treatment choices, it will be difficult to choose just one.

Getting Cozy With Beautiful Quilts

February 9, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Image courtesy of Bob Gally Photography

As I am writing this on Thursday night, we are expecting a lot of snow in Chicago.  My kids’ school has already alerted us that it will be cancelled on Friday, so we have lots of winter fun planned.  Sledding, maybe ice skating, and snow ball fights are at the top of our list.  But, after all of that chilly fun, it seems like it will also be the perfect day to snuggle up, drink hot chocolate, and watch a movie.

As I think about snuggling up, I cannot help wishing that I had an amazing quilt for the occasion.  Whenever I set up a bed, I start with a white linen duvet cover.  The white makes the perfect backdrop for any color scheme and a good linen duvet gets better with every wash.  I love including a quilt or coverlet to add pattern and texture to a bedroom, but I haven’t gotten around to it in my own bedroom.  So, I decided to take this opportunity to take a look around.  Here are some of my favorite patterned quilts that are available right now.

Serena & Lily Larkspur Quilt

Larkspur Quilt

Found By Maja Navy & Gold Coverlet

Navy / Gold Diamond Coverlet

John Robshaw Lapis Quilt

Lapis Quilt

John Robshaw Tarati Quilt

Tarati Quilt

Varela Quilt

Varela Quilt

If you simple want to add texture, or an extra layer to a bed, these options would do nicely.     The Bristol quileted coverlet, and the Essential quilt are the most basic options.  They add another layer without adding any visual clutter.

Bristol Quilted Coverlet

Bristol Quilted Coverlet

Parachute Essential Quilt

Essential Quilt (fog)

I love the quilt below for adding a bit more texture.  The poms add dimension to the quilt without being overwhelming.  I also love mixing whites and creams in a bedroom.  The result is a rich look with more depth than just whilte alone.

Pommed Kimbra Quilt

Pommed Kimbra Quilt  

I think the Kimbra quilt below is the epitome of textured bedding.  The cream hue is sophisticated but the fringe and diamond pattern is playful without being too juvenile.  I think this choice would be beautiful in a master bedroom or guest room.  And, it looks just cozy enough for a snowy day spent indoors.

Aldalora Quilt

Aldalora Quilt

It looks like there are some amazing quilt choices out there.  It seems like I had better make a decision before the snow melts.  Luckily, my weather app says there are plenty of snowy days in our future.  Happy snow day!