Atlanta’s Designer Showhouse Tour

Take a peak in this beautiful Atlanta Designer Showhouse.

Take the House Tour

Have a great weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Jessica

 

 

Vintage South Development

Hello, friends and family, hope you all are well and ready for the weekend.

Today, I wanted to share a development company based out of Nashville, it’s Vintage South Development.  Founded by Nathan Lyons, the homes are beautiful and the designs are simple, yet timeless.  If you go to their website and check out their portfolio you can scroll through the houses and you’ll see why I had to share.   Below are a few of my favorites rooms and details.  I think you’ll agree these are amazing homes and if you’re in the Nashville area check them out.

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A spacious living room with fabulous lighting.

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French doors, the built ins, and the floors are beautiful.

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The black marble shower is definitely the focal point in this room.  You can’t go wrong with black and white, it’s classic.

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Beautiful double doors lead you to this amazing entry.

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The marble fireplace surround is unique, yet beautifully done. The exposed beams in the dining area and distressed wood on the island make this home a visual treat, with all the different textures.

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I’ve always wanted a white kitchen with Carrara marble and white subway tile, but this backsplash is the prettiest I’ve ever seen.  The contrast between marble the white cabinets is gorgeous.

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A very welcoming southern style front porch.

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Notice the details; the painted ceiling, recessed lights, and most importantly the ceiling fans.  All it needs is a few more rockers and a porch swing.

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Another timeless bathroom, with a beautiful herringbone tile floor.

It was hard to choose from all the beautiful rooms, I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek.  If you’re like me you have already pictured yourself in one or two of them.  Check out their site for more beautiful pictures and inspiration at http://www.vintagesouthdevelopment.com.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Jessica

Happy Summer Colors

This picture made me think of summer, all the fun fruity colors, the amazing fabrics!

Happy First day of summer friends!

Make A Big Impact With Dark Walls

Hello friends, I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather.  Not sure if I’m ready for the heat and humidity that’s fast approaching the island. I’m curious to see how it’s going to compare to summers back home in Alabama.

My last home decor post was about white walls and bold accents, this week let’s look at bold walls and neutral accents.  This, I must admit is a bit more intimidating, but the end result can make such a beautiful, bold statement.  Black is also a timeless, elegant color, giving a room a more formal feel.  Depending on the size of the room or amount of light, an accent wall may be all you need, as seen in a few of the pictures below.  But if you have a large room with a lot of natural light, dark walls can make the room look and feel cozy.

dark 1via www.blog.thenest.com Dark walls can make your artwork pop or if you have interesting architectural features the contrast will highlight the details.

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via www.drivenbydecor.com Notice how the wall seems to disappear and the artwork on this gallery wall becomes the center of attention.

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via www.huntedinterior.com  Paint color can help bring the ceiling down, fooling the eye into thinking the room is smaller and more intimate.  Painting high ceilings can warm up the space and make it feel cozy instead of cold or impersonal.

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via www.domino.com  A dark bedroom feels cozy and relaxing.

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via www.littlegreennotebook.blogspot.ca  Chalkboard paint is a great option for the kids room, endless entertainment.

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black 6via www.lonny.com  A beautiful little office space with plenty of natural light.

black 7 via www.apartmenttherapy.com  Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, this water closet looks amazing.  The dark walls disappear and the artwork grabs your attention.

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black 9via www.homeadore.com  This painted accent wall is a perfect way to display your artwork.

dark 2via www.apartmenttherapy.com  A small little powder room, full of drama, from one simple paint color.

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via www.blue11interiors.blogspot.jp  This library is the perfect cozy spot for a book and warm fire.

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www.kinfolk.com Notice how the details in the crown molding and trim work pop against the dark paint color.

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via www.carlaaston.com  I couldn’t help but post this lovely bathroom, a bold choice, but totally worth it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out a few of my favorite dark rooms and seeing what an impact color can make.  Though very different from the white walls, it’s equally beautiful and even more dramatic.

Thanks again for checking out my blog! Please share with your friend and don’t forget to subscribe.  Have a wonderful week!

White Walls, No Worries

Hi friends, as always I hope your week is going great.  We are all doing well, glad to have Cole back home, and the kids are staying busy with school activities.  We’ve been here five months now, hard to believe how fast time flies.

This blog post is about what challenges many of us with each move into a new home, it’s the white walls. After ten moves over the last twelve years, I’ve grown tired of painting and repainting.  It doesn’t matter if you’re in a rental, base housing, or a newly built home, many of us are afraid to take the first step.  Paint isn’t your only option, don’t worry if the commitment of wallpaper scares you, there are many options at your fingertips that are less frightening.  One of the most current trends is a clean white room and using bold accessories to add  life to the space.

Let’s start with this lovely entryway.  If you notice, the bones are the white walls, hardwood flooring, and the wooden door.  The accessories with all the bright colors and textures draw your eye in and you don’t notice the walls anymore.  The first thing I notice is the Aztec patterned rug, which is on my wish list.  The next key element is the mirrors, it’s like adding another window to the space, bringing in light and color.  The linen curtains and last but not least the beautiful fresh-cut flowers finish off the space.   These four key elements can be easily changed or removed without breaking the bank.

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via www.decorpad.com  Another white room taken to another level with two colors you wouldn’t think to put together, green and gray. The rug, bedding, and curtains are the three key pieces to accomplish this look.

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via www.kishaniperera.com One of my favorite rooms of all time, I’ve shared this beauty in a previous post.  This once white room looks so soothing and comfortable with an eclectic mix of different patterns, colors, and textures.

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via www.kishaniperera.com Love the simplicity of this dining room,  designed by the very talented and one of my favorites, Kishani Perera (check out her website to see more of her amazing work).  This Aztec rug is the centerpiece and makes the room.

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via www.jenlangston.com How about this neutral room with a purple couch,  this piece adds life to the space. When using such a bold color, you want to keep the accessories to a minimum to avoid looking cluttered.

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www.pinterest.com Go bold with striped curtains!  Your curtains can make the room, these most definitely do.  Curtains are one of the first and most important key elements to a room, they add warmth and give the room a finished touch.

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www.pinterest.com  This room is full of bold colors in the bedding and rug, perfect for any little princess.

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via www.houseofturquoise.com  Another white room with small splashes of color, it’s easy to change this look with the seasons or if you grow tired of the original details.  You’re not breaking the bank by changing a few pillows and your curtains.

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via www.theeverygirl.com  Bold doesn’t always have to be bright colors, try black and white with and few small splashes of color spread around the room, an equally beautiful and timeless look.

See, white walls aren’t as intimidating as you thought, just start with a favorite colorful piece and work off of that.  The white walls are a blank canvas for you to create something beautiful.  You don’t have to decorate the entire space all at once, buy a piece, see how you feel about it and step-by-step build on the key pieces.  If you get stuck or need a little nudge in the right direction just shoot me a picture of your space on my “Contact” page or on Facebook.

I also wanted to share a nice website I stumbled upon the other day, www.DecorPad.com,  this site is strictly design ideas from designers and decorators, the photos are categorized by rooms. It’s easy to navigate,  but be careful, it’s a rabbit hole that you may fall into and take an hour or two to get out of.

Hope this post gave you few ideas to get started on your design dilemma!  Have a great weekend!

Jessica

 

Color Me Red

Happy Valentines to you all, I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones.  Today’s blog post is about two bold beautiful colors that go hand in hand with this holiday of love, red and pink.  Here are a few of my favorite finds that I thought I would share with you for Valentines.

red 1This rich red and gold combination and the framed silk pajamas look beautiful together.

red 2 If you are in the market for an exterior update, how about this red front door, warm and welcoming. (source House Beautiful) This particular red is by Benjamin Moore, Heritage Red.

red 3This is a unique Asian inspired vanity, check out the hardware and basins, very nice.  The red is what draws you in and crabs your attention.

red 4This room is simply decorated with the focal point being the gallery wall and the red upholstered headboard.  The red livens the room and can easily be slipcovered or reupholstered with season. This is a very affordable option for anyone looking to update a bedroom.

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Painting the inside of your cabinetry or piece of furniture really showcases the contents and is an easy DIY project.

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The red trim is a bold statement, not sure I’d be brave enough to try this, but I think it looks amazing. (via www.homeadore.com)

pink 1This is a lovely bathroom with the neutral gray and white wallpaper, add a few pink accents and it livens up the space.

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Small doses are all you need without being over powering and sending your husband running for the hills!  The rug and the green and pink combo. look amazing. (via www.brit.co)

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This tile is a huge commitment, but it looks amazing and would be loved by any little girl. (via www.hgtv.com)

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How about a combination of both red and pink? (via www.hgtv.com)

I hope you enjoyed the red and pink design ideas.   Don’t eat too many chocolates!  Thank-you all again for following my blog and showing your support.

Jessica

Asian Inspired Bedroom

Asian Inspired Bedroom

Black floor lamp
lightsonline.com

Tree wall art
$205 – etsy.com

Square throw pillow
atchisonhome.com

Blue throw pillow
overstock.com

Angel statue
orientalfurniture.com

Starburst mirror
wayfair.com

Throw pillow
$27 – zanui.com.au

King size headboard
lampsplus.com

The Local Antique Shop

Hello friends, hope you all are well and enjoying the new year.

Today’s blog post features pictures from a local Chinese antique store, The Oriental Place, that a friend and I visited last week.  This local shop has been in business since 1999, and offers original antiques from China.  The prices were reasonable, they carry anything from one of a kind porcelain, small unique gifts, up to large furniture pieces.   For the ladies stationed on the island they will open their shop for coffees or business meetings, and offer information about their beautiful Chinese antiques.

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imageHope you enjoyed taking a look at this lovely Antique store, all the intricate carving and colorful painted furniture are amazing.  The brushes you saw in a few pictures that look like old shaving cream brushes are caligraphy brushes, they are a great affordable gift idea, I’d never seen these until moving here.  If you are in the area it’s definitely worth checking out.   They also offer gift cards, perfect for a friend or family member, they are available starting at $25.  Their website is www.orientalplaceokinawa.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orientalplaceokinawa.

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Thank-you for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Jessica

Traditional Christmas Decor

Happy Holidays friends!  Just a little more than a week until Christmas. Cole gets home this week from Guam and the kiddos finish up school on Friday.  I hope you all have completed your shopping and are enjoying your holiday parties and time with family.

Last week my blog post was about using gold Christmas decor, this week I wanted to show you a few of my favorite traditional red and green decor picks.

via www.southernliving.com  This wreath is a lovely way to greet your guests for the holidays.

via www.pinterest.com/pin/76420524900985729/  In keeping with the holly theme, this is a simple arrangement but when in an oversized container in a group of three it’s a show stopper!

via www.tginteriors.blogspot.jp If you aren’t able to get your hands on any holly, cedar or pine trimmings are a beautiful festive option to add to your Christmas decor.

via www.countryliving.com Branches with ornaments for those of you who may not have the space or access to a Christmas tree.

via www.southernliving.com Cranberries and magnolia leaves, a beautiful combination.
via www.marthastewart.com A cute alternative to displaying your Christmas cards.

via www.atlantahomesmag.com This trio is also a lovely welcome for guests, made of pinecones, blue spruce and a deep green velvet ribbon.

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via  http://room-galleries.myhomeideas.com  A beautiful entrance to this home using fruit, boxwood and blue spruce trimmings, accented with touches of red.

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via  www.megduerksen.typepad.com Click this picture for more details.  I love the vintage Christmas ornaments and crystal mixed with the silver trees.

via www.auntpeaches.com Another simple and affordable idea for your chandelier.

via www.ext.homedepot.com  If you don’t have a chandelier, create your own focal point. This wreath hung with ribbon is a beautiful alternative.

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via www.potterybarn.com/ Nostalgic Christmas Tree

via www.traditionalhome.com This is my favorite tree mixed all types of ornaments, no specific theme.

via www.marthastewart.com   Keep your holiday cards organized and on display.  Click the picture for step-by-step instructions.

via www.southernliving.com For all my friends who have these hanging in their living rooms, sure to put a smile on your guests face.

via www.bhg.com Pomegranate and holly berries.

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Hope you enjoyed taking a look at a few of my favorite Christmas decor ideas.  Click the pictures for sources and more information.  Enjoy your holiday and remember the reason for the season!

Take Care,

Jessica

Golden Christmas

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.  We are doing well in Okinawa, we’ve had a few cooler evenings, it’s finally feeling like fall.  Just got our last package mailed off, my Christmas shopping is almost complete, now I’m ready to enjoy the season.

This post is about choosing your Christmas decor.  The options are endless, if you are looking to change it up a bit this year I have found a few options that are affordable DIY projects.  Other than traditional red and green, gold would be my choice for Christmas decor.  The gold tones will go well with any color home decor and has a bit more of a formal look.  With all the wonderful metallic paints available this look is easy to accomplish.  No worries if you’ve already got your Christmas decor up for the season, plan ahead for next year, hit the after Christmas sales and stock up on all things gold.  Check out a few of the lovely trees and DIY projects below for a little inspiration.

via www.potterybarn.com  Love this tree topper.

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via www.maureenstevens.com Branches sprayed with metallic paint, these could be used as a tree topper or as an arrangement.

via www.thesweetestoccasion.com Check out this site for step-by-step instruction on how to make this beautiful garland.  Drape this from your mantel or around your tree.

via www.MarthaStewart.com  Click the picture for step-by-step instructions on to create these lovely gilded pinecones.

via www.homedit.com  Artificial greenery come to life with gold metallic spray paint,  add candles for a beautiful glow.  Live greenery also works great, I’ve used this to help the tree look fuller, it looks beautiful with the lights reflecting off the gold.

via  www.weheartit.com Use artificial fruit from the dollar store and glitter to create a centerpiece or add to your tree.

via www.anightowlblog.com Another option for your artificial fruit.

via www.williamsburgmarketplace.com Bay leaves, magnolia leaves, or even a pine wreath completely covered or just adding a light coat of metallic paint. This would look great on your front door or above your mantel.

via www.yournestdesign.blogspot  This combination is beautiful.

via www.pinterest.com Simple magnolia leaf wreath with gold ribbon.

via www.marthastewart.com Click the picture for more Christmas wreath ideas from MarthaStewart.com.  The wide satin ribbon tied in a loose knot make the wreath.

via www.MarthaStewart.com  Gold magnolia leaf garland draped with wide satin ribbon.  Click the picture for how-to instructions.

via www.lowes.com I have used Rustoleum for several of my projects and have read several reviews, this seems to be the top choice.

via www.krylon.com  This spray comes in a rainbow of colors, much easier than the glue and glitter technique from back in the day.

via www.pinterest.com If you decide to go with the gold theme or another of your favorite metallic tones don’t forget the gift wrap.

via www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com

All the pictures above have clickable links for more info.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, happy decorating!  Next post, traditional red and green decor.  Don’t forget to subscribe and please share with your friends.  Have a wonderful week and take time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

Jessica

 

 

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