Skulls in Jars

A spooky name for a spooky bit of Halloween decor, indeed. ¬†ūüôā

Skulls in Jars {Something Decorated}

Showing you a bit more of our Halloween decorations today.  Hope you enjoy!

Skulls in Jars {Something Decorated}

Skulls in Jars {Something Decorated}

All in good fun… ¬†ūüôā

xoxo, Maria

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Spooky Owls

Hey there, it’s been a while! ¬†I have been super swamped with work and haven’t had any time to log onto this little blog of mine. ¬†But as it is the week of Halloween, I figured I should take the next few days to share the Halloween decor around the house! ¬†There is a lot of Fall decor up, too, but since it will be here for the majority of November, I’ve still got time to share. ¬†ūüôā

{Spooky Owls} Something Decorated

I love this little vignette — a pretty pedestal urn filled with moss, branches, and spooky little owls attached to the branches with black ties. ¬†Really simple and really fun. ¬†ūüôā

xoxo, Maria

Blue and White

Hey, there. ¬†ūüôā ¬†It’s a rainy morning here in Arizona and I am in full-on Fall mode with my clothes — tights, a long-sleeved dress, and I am planning on putting some boots on later when I leave the house. ¬†This girl is a happy one!

Blue and white interiors…I love them. ¬†Whether classic or contemporary, this color scheme never has and never will go out of style.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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This is the perfect marriage of traditional and ultra-modern.  Lindsey Adelman and her light fixtures leave me speechless.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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I have loved this bedroom for a really long time — I always come back to it. ¬†The fabrics look so luxurious, I think that’s what draws me to it. ¬†Plus the French furniture.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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How fun is this blue and white restaurant?  The metallic Tolix stools add a nice pop that keep the space interesting and current.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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I don’t know about you, but I would call this a variant of blue… blue-gray, perhaps? ¬†Again with the luscious fabrics. ¬†I love the texture of that scalloped matelasse coverlet. ¬†Plus a bubble chandelier! ¬†Exciting stuff. ¬†ūüôā

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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Expertly done, this room. ¬†There are so many different styles and time periods mixed in here, but somehow, it works. ¬†Don’t even get me started on that wallpaper. ¬†Toile is my favorite. ¬†A black and white zebra-print rug grounds the room because of all of the colors workin’ in here. ¬†And the unexpected pop of green and yellow (chosen in the same chroma as the blue — perfect!) adds the best zing. ¬†A room like this is difficult to do, but it is really wonderful when everything works together, not against one another.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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The statement of this room is obviously the wallpaper — and a beautiful statement it makes. ¬†Keeping everything else white is great when you have a perfect focal point. ¬†There should be one star to the room — everything else needs supporting roles. ¬†The perfect blue was chosen, making this room pop.

Blue and White {Something Decorated}

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Stunning in every way.  The distribution of blue, the birch wood art installation, the furniture silhouettes, and the lucite.  Oh, and the color-coordinated child.  Literally obsessed with this room.

What is your favorite color combination?

xoxo, Maria

 

 

Malcolm Carfrae’s Hamptons Cottage

Hey there, everyone — happy Monday! ¬†I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. ¬†Ours was really nice; there was a party for Greyson’s last day of work on Saturday, which was a blast, and then he and I went out on a date last night. ¬†We saw ‘Gone Girl,’ which is not for those who spook easily, but it was really good! ¬†I read the book several months ago and devoured it, so it was nice to see it turned into a crazy good adaptation. ¬†We went out for sushi afterward — our favorite date night meal. ¬†ūüôā

A few weeks ago I was looking through an old Elle Decor magazine and I stumbled upon a feature of the most beautiful and serene Hamptons cottage I’ve seen in a long time. ¬†It belongs to Malcolm Carfrae, the head of communications of Calvin Klein, and I just had to share it with you today. ¬†It’s super elegant and not at all fussy — my favorite combination. ¬†Let’s take a look inside!

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

I’m in love with this paint color, first of all. ¬†It’s blue-y gray and so reminiscent of the sea without being a typical blue beach house color.

Malcolm Carfae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

Really pretty neutrals in this guest room and plenty of texture.  I also love the added drama with the white lamps and black lampshades.

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

How cute is this kitchen?  I love the mix of old and new, sleek and country-chic.

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

Texture everywhere — the only way to properly do neutrals like this. ¬†Lots to appreciate in this room.

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

Monochromatic and completely relaxed. ¬†I love the little zest of purple with the flowers — just enough to throw your eye around the space in a really interesting way.

Malcolm Carfrae's Hamptons Cottage {Something Decorated}

This is the pool house — and there is a little bit of a different vibe in here. ¬†Slightly rustic-contemporary-and-industrial. ¬†A bit of all of those elements becomes¬†pleasingly eclectic and really comfortable and fun.

What do you think of this house?  Do you have a favorite room?

All images can be found here.

xoxo, Maria

Emily & Meritt

Last week I was at Pottery Barn Kids picking up a baby shower gift for a friend of mine, and I was completely struck by the amazing things that Pottery Barn Teen carries!  Obviously the products at the Kids variety are adorable, too (the kitchen accessories are basically to-die-for), but there was a certain collection at PB Teen that I fell in love with.  I grabbed a handful of the various catalogs as I walked out the door, and when I got home, I scoured the pages for the items I had seen.

The Emily & Meritt Collection was my answer, and the teenager inside of me couldn’t get enough of these glitzy furnishings that make for a super chic statement without being too grown up. ¬†Emily and Meritt are fashion stylists and designers with a very apparent love for edgy and funky pieces with a little bit of rock and roll flair. ¬†I’ll show you some of my favorite items from the collection. ¬†ūüôā

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

Really cute scalloped duvet set in classic black and white.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

I love the metallic stripes and dots on this duvet set.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

Of course, some leopard print is a must for any growing girl with style. ¬†ūüôā ¬†A little bit of glitz keeps the print age-appropriate.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

Some rivet designs — edging things up a little bit with some floral prints in the background. ¬†Love it!

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

And you know that a teen girl needs some sequins in her life. ¬†It’s basically a necessity.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

More gold — Pottery Barn calls this a Liquid Gold Throw. ¬†I love it!

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

Adding a splash of Parisian elegance to the mix.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

A really great gold bookcase — this is one of those Pottery Barn Teen items that I wouldn’t hesitate to use for an adult client (as long as the height was acceptable). ¬†I would love a pair of these bookcases in an office!

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

An adorable ticking stripe chaise. ¬†I really don’t think that anything else needs to be said about it.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

LOVE this pinboard. ¬†Another item that could be used in an adult’s space. ¬†Again, love this for an office or closet to pin fashion inspiration, etc.

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

These are lovely and add a really pretty throwback vintage element to a room. ¬†Don’t they look like “grandmother’s”?

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

Whimsical and super sweet alarm clocks.  A reference to Alice in Wonderland?

Emily & Meritt {Something Decorated}

And finally, perhaps my favorite item in the entire collection — this metallic hide rug. ¬†DYING, I love it so much.

Definitely check out the collection, and if you have a Pottery Barn Teen or Kids near you, I highly advise you to pop in because those stores are pretty magical and sincerely make me long for my childhood all over again. ¬†ūüôā

xoxo, Maria

PS: This is not a sponsored post — I just fell in love with these things and I knew that you would, too!

Statement Artwork

We’re almost to the end of the week, people! ¬†Time to get excited and do the It’s-Almost-Friday Dance. ¬†ūüėČ

A look that I love in almost any interior, any style, is a piece of statement artwork that pops from the wall and does all of the talking. ¬†Like I’ve said before, me personally, I am really in love with neutral spaces; but my job by nature makes me appreciate all kinds of design. ¬†A splash of personality in any interior is usually what makes it go from cookie-cutter-magazine-clipping to hey-someone-actually-lives-here. ¬†Let’s look at some pretty pictures, shall we? ¬†ūüôā

Statement Artwork {Something Decorated}

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Here we have two colorful chinoiserie cabinets that are grounded by a¬†statement¬†piece — the black abstract art. ¬†Black is great to use when you’re introducing bright colors to a space. ¬†Tones it down!

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How fun is this piece? ¬†The room without it would be way too mute and dull. ¬†But with the addition of this dotted canvas, it’s fun, lively, and contemporary.

Statement Artwork {Something Decorated}

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While I don’t find this interior to be incredibly inviting, just look at the amazing contrast here. ¬†The artwork¬†makes¬†it. ¬†The color palette chosen for the piece¬†really sets the mood for the space. ¬†Just think of how different the room would look with something brighter.

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Check out that ceiling! ¬†This definitely counts as artwork. ¬†Speaking of which… I need to go to this cafe pronto.

Statement Artwork {Something Decorated}

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What some would consider a cold interior is warmed up in this entryway with a piece featuring reds, oranges, and bits of blue and purple. ¬†It absolutely draws you forward into the space. ¬†I would like to see more color in the other artwork, though! ¬†Perhaps there is more at some other angles that we can’t see here?

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We’ve got statement wallpaper¬†and¬†statement artwork going on in this dining room, but it works! ¬†The wallpaper is busy and neutral while the art is colorful and simple. ¬†A great way to mix — it looks effortless and chic.

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Statement artwork doesn’t always have to be colorful, sometimes it can just make you laugh. ¬†This piece works well with the monotonous color scheme, yet provides a bit of humor to the space. ¬†This is a piece of art that will be talked about —¬†thus, making a statement.

What kind of statement artwork do you like best?  Colorful?  Wordy?  Black and white?

xoxo, Maria

Pairing High and Low: Part Two

Hey there, happy Wednesday! ¬†This week is flying by. ¬†I posted a couple of weeks ago Part One of my Pairing High and Low series. ¬†This is an easy topic and a fun one to master — pairing high and low furnishing to make everything appear to be luxurious and high-end. ¬†Today we’re going to look at my in-laws’ kitchen. ¬†As you know, most all of these posts (as well as any other home-related posts) will be of my in-laws’ house because we are living here. ¬†But their house doesn’t disappoint, so here we go!

So.  The kitchen.

Pairing High and Low: Part Two

For this post, I’m really concentrating on the items displayed atop the cabinets.

Pairing High and Low: Part Two

A few pieces are from a trip that they took to Italy, and then the rest is filled in with finds from HomeGoods.  And there you have it!

A Few High-End Pieces + Several Lower-End Pieces = An Overall High-End Look — for everything above those cabinets. ¬†Everything looks substantial and expensive.

Pairing High and Low: Part Two

What do you think?  Can you tell the difference?

xoxo, Maria

Bubble Light Fixtures

Hey there! ¬†It’s already Wednesday and I feel like this week is just flying by. ¬†As a sort of continuation of my June post about those super-gorgeous Lindsey Adelman light fixtures, today I’m writing about the also-super-gorgeous bubble light fixtures that I am seeing so much of lately! ¬†You know, these?

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I love these fixtures. ¬†And yes, I am sort of biased because we are going to be installing one in a client’s loft pretty soon, and I just think they’re stunning… ¬†But there’s something so whimsical and delicate about them without it being a frilly or fussy addition to a room.

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Bubble Light Fixtures {Something Decorated}

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Clearly gorgeous over a dining table.  Have I made my point yet?

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Clearly the answer is no.

Bubble Light Fixtures {Something Decorated}

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Really pretty metallic bubbles in this bathroom.  A masculine and feminine juxtaposition all at once.

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Equally lovely in this chic little kitchen!  I love how simple this space is, but it is certainly not lacking in sophistication.

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How about this awesome egg yolk-yellow variation? ¬†To me, this screams, “Put me in an entryway with a high ceiling!” ¬†Would. ¬†Be. ¬†Killer.

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And, here it is, in all its glory…installed. ¬†And it does not disappoint.

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There’s also this fun variation — Sputnik light meets bubble light. ¬†I think it gives the look a little more edge, don’t you?

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Lastly, I’ll leave you with my favorite variation of the bubble light fixture… ¬†If I were to put one in my home, this is the look that suits me. ¬†Super delicate, not too contemporary, and pairs really well with more traditional decor. ¬†Love it!

How about you?  Do you LOVE the bubble light fixture as much as I do?

xoxo, Maria

Pairing High and Low: Part One

Hey there, everyone. ¬†I hope you had a great weekend. ¬†Ours was spent with family, and we even got away on Saturday night to go out for dinner and eat the biggest ice cream sundae I have ever had in my life — it was awesome!

I thought I would start a series that will only be a few posts, but I want to talk about the benefits of pairing both high-end and low-end furnishings; in other words, expensive things with inexpensive things. ¬†I have taken photographs of several areas of my in-laws’ home in order to show this to you all — they are really the masters of this topic. ¬†In their house, though a lot of their decor comes from places like HomeGoods, the fact that they have paired these items with high-quality furniture or accessories gives the appearances that everything is high-end. ¬†I’ll show you Part One’s example.

Pairing High and Low: Part One {Something Decorated}

All right. ¬†In this vignette, you have the fireplace, which is a fixture in the room and is obviously really beautiful. ¬†But on top of the mantel — two DIY centerpieces made from vases, feathers, and twigs (things that you can easily find at your nearest craft store); two prints in decorative, hefty frames; and one very expensive family heirloom clock. ¬†Without the clock, the mantel wouldn’t look as high-end. ¬†Those centerpieces look much more luxurious with the other pieces. ¬†Do you see how it all works together to create a balance of high and low, which all looks high-end when the parts are added up?

We’ll be looking into this more as the next couple of weeks progress. ¬†Pairing high and low is such an easy way to add depth and chicness to your home while only investing in certain pieces. ¬†I hope you enjoy this series!

xoxo, Maria