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

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Fall Fashion

Happy Friday, everyone!  I am really looking forward to the weekend — it has been a busy week!

So, everyone knows that the best part about Fall is the fashion…right?!  Maybe I am biased, but I think this is especially true in Arizona.  We (impatiently) wait through a hot hot hot summer in order to slip into our mild Fall and Winter weather patterns and pretend like the gorgeous boots and coats are necessary.  There are places in AZ where temperatures actually require these things, but where I live, not so much.  I just pulled out some of my Fall clothes from storage and am willing the cooler temperatures to come with their presence in my closet.  This probably won’t happen for another month or so, but in the meantime, I will be ready!  😉

Over the course of the past few years, I have adopted a pretty conservative/classic style.  Oh, how I wish I could pull off a lot of the super edgy looks that are out there right now, but I’m more comfortable in my, well, comfort zone and really prefer easy outfits that basically look good on just about anyone.  So for Fall fashion inspiration, I’m seeing (for myself) a lot of cozy knits, boots, the occasional faux-fur outerwear, and tights.  These are the styles that I am planning to implement into my wardrobe in the coming months…

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Leather pants.  Or, in my case, faux leather pants.  I want to sooo bad…  I have been in the process of losing a bunch of weight (something I will share about eventually here on this blog) and I feel like I am *almost* at the point that I could do this.  Cute chunky sweater, pretty and slightly edgy handbag, and killer shoes.  This should be easy.

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A trench, jeans, and ballet flats.  You don’t get much more French-inspired than that.  I need a trench coat this year…  A timeless style and a good investment.  Loving those Salvatore Ferragamo flats, too.

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I love this outfit for something dressy.  Christmas Eve dinner?  A fancy night out with my hubby?  Clearly Kate Middleton always looks effortless, but there’s something so put-together about this and yet it is not the least bit fussy.

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Very cute for a casual day out running errands.  Another need: a tweed jacket of some sort.  That metallic trim detailing is what makes the ensemble, in my opinion.  Boyfriend jeans…  What do we think of these?  I like that the ones Bethenny is wearing are not super baggy.  These are really flattering and are still feminine without being saggy.  Pink Hermes bag.  Yeah, I want that.

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Navy and black…what do we think of this, people?  I read somewhere a couple of weeks ago that this is a thing now and that you are allowed to pair them, so perhaps I will try this at some point.  Flawless Chanel bag.  Need that too, for obvious reasons.

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All black.  I can get behind this look because there is a lot of texture here.

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Another effortless ensemble.  And another tweed-looking jacket.  Do you see why these are a necessity?  Instantly adding an element of tailored chicness to any outfit.  This is the year I find one of these.

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Jacket makes it.  Can’t stand the pretty.

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Now this is fun!  Easy striped long-sleeve with a fun leather skirt.  Fun heels to transition from warmer to cooler temperatures.  It’s conservative but at the same time a little edgy because of the material of the skirt and the sandals.

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I think that this may be my favorite Fall outfit…ever.  Killer Louboutin boots, the most perfect jacket in existence (in my opinion), all black, plus a pop of color with the handbag.  LOVE LOVE LOVE…could not love more.

What is a must for your Fall wardrobe this year? Clearly I am jacket-obsessed.  😉  Someone help me.

xoxo, Maria

September 11th

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Just like every other American in our country who was alive on September 11th, 2001, and those from far away who remember it with us, that day is still so alive in my brain.  I was young… Thirteen, to be exact.  I don’t remember a lot of things from that year, my first year of middle school, but I do remember this day.

My dad shook me awake earlier than usual that morning, and he had the Today Show on TV in the living room.  He told me that two planes had hit the World Trade Center.  The first words that came out of my mouth were, “On accident?”

There is an element of innocence that was taken away from so many of us on that day.  Our country suffered a huge loss as so many people died at the hands of this tragic event, and more lives were lost as the war waged on throughout the many years since.  But on that day, and the days after, there was a sense of unity that even a thirteen-year-old girl could feel.  I wish every day we as humans could remember to love our neighbors as strongly as we did that day.  Sometimes I feel like there is a huge sense of compassion missing from the outside world, and while there are days that it makes me sad and angry, there are other days it makes me smile and try that much harder.

It just makes sense to take a day from blogging about the beautiful things in the world, and instead reflect on the beauty in human connection and the hearts that we extend outside of our own bodies for others.  Let’s never forget the pride that we have in our country, and the love that we have for our fellow humankind, not just today, but every day.  A smile, a hug, a thank you, an I love you can go such a long way.  Let us be reminded of that.

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

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Clearly the answer is no.

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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

Happy September!

Hi there, friends.  I hope you have had a Happy Sunday.  We spent ours with family, as usual.  My baby nephew was present and he is so cute and growing so fast.  There was plenty of good food and plenty of football.  Which got me thinking…

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To me, the beginning of Fall is an absolute state of mind — it starts when you say it does.  This season is my absolutely favorite, and now that we have been thrust into September, I’m finding myself slowing down more, enjoying the slight changes in day-to-day weather, and really letting myself dwell in the start of this season.

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I know that, for some, it is way too early to even be thinking about this new season.  After all, Labor Day was just last weekend.  But for me, I am there and reveling in it.  I’m thinking about our first nippy morning, my annual taste of a piping hot Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Halloween with a baby in the family, and Thanksgiving with my Aunt who is traveling all the way from Holland to be here this year.  That’s a lot of happy in a few months’ time; and I, for one, am so ready.

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Although I don’t have my own house to decorate for the season this year, I’m looking forward to seeing what my mother-in-law has up her sleeve.  I will obviously share all of the various decor with you all, too!  I am going to miss having a space of my own to make pretty, but I think this will be the year that I focus on more than just the decorating aspect, you know?  Sometimes I feel like it’s easy to get lost in that and miss out on all of the memories being made while things are messy or in transition.

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So, as the year wraps itself up, my goal for these next months is to be present.  Spend as much time as possible with both of our families, snuggle with my gorgeous husband as often as I can, and enjoy, cherish, and smile every day.

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I hope you don’t mind the occasional Fall post around here as we enter these wonderful months.  October will be more Halloween-dedicated when seasonal posts are written; but I’ll reserve November for lots of Fall posting.  Until then, I hope you’ll join me in reveling in the start of this season.  This is the most wonderful time of the year…. the beginning.  🙂

xoxo, Maria

 

The Laundry Room

Hey there, friends.  Happy Wednesday!

I was doing some work on Pinterest this morning, and I saw quite a few laundry rooms that were really pretty.  Someday I will have a laundry room of my own that actually makes me want to do laundry.  🙂  There’s so much you can do to customize the space for what you use it for, too.  I’ve seen some with gift wrapping stations, some with computers, some with reading chairs — I love it!  Make the space work for what you use it for; that is the best way to design, anyway.  Let’s look at some pretty pictures!

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This laundry room also doubles as a pantry, or at least a place where an overflow of kitchen essentials are stored.  A very clever idea!  I love the farmhouse vibe that is mixed with more contemporary finishes.

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The dark cabinetry in this room is so pretty.  I love the globe light fixture and the storage bins underneath the appliances.  And aren’t those little metal buckets on the top shelf cute?  I wonder what’s in those…

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This laundry room proves that your space doesn’t have to be large to be lovely.  First of all, the lighting is perfect.  Industrial, while still working beautifully in this rustic design scheme.  The little faucet is adorable, too.

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So, me personally, I’m not a huge fan of the stacked washer/dryer situation.  It feels a little bit inconvenient to me, but I know that some people love it.  I do like the way that it looks.  And I like and appreciate the area for hanging up clothes.  I find that an area like that is pretty essential for me when I do laundry.

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This laundry room is so well put together in both a design and aesthetic sense.  The finishes all marry so well.  The beadboard is such a sweet, cottage-y touch.  It’s a relatively easy solution to make a room look more custom, too.  My sister-in-law added beadboard in her builder-grade kitchen and painted her cabinets, and both made such a difference.  It’s the little things…the details in design that matter.

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I have loved this particular laundry room for a long time.  It’s perfect for a beach house, with a door leading, perhaps, to the beach where people with sandy feet and wet bathing suits will be entering…right into the laundry room.  Pretty brilliant!  The soft color of the walls, the lighting, the crisp white mixed with a buttery cream — gorgeously executed.

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Now this is an interesting solution — a laundry station in the kitchen!  I really love this idea!  A great way to multi-task and having the laundry area in a more central location is a good idea for a lot of people.  And the machines are behind cabinets, so with the doors closed, it just looks like a little nook area.  Very awesome idea.

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What better place for bright whites than a laundry room?  With all of the accessories, this room goes from sterile to warm and lived-in.  Personally, I think the one thing I would change is to take out the cabinet above the sink and extend the hanging rod all the way up to the top of the inset.  It may be difficult to hang anything substantial with the way that area is currently designed.

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Omg.  Dream room right here.  A herringbone brick floor?  Double the washer/dryer action?  Beautiful cabinets with an even more beautiful finish?  Adorable French sink?  Please please please.  I love this room so much, and I am daring to call it my favorite laundry room I have ever seen.  What do you think?

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A cute wallpaper on an accent wall in the laundry room — now that’s a great idea, and an easy one to implement in any laundry room, whether custom or builder-grade.

Are you re-designing your laundry room in your head yet?

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.

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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

Saturday Wish List

Good morning!  🙂  And Happy Saturday to you.

It seems like every Saturday I spend the early hours of the morning looking at my Pinterest boards and adding things to my various wish lists.  I can’t help it — it’s too fun not to!  I’m sharing some of my newest wishful pins today on the blog, for a little change of pace with some fashion decoration.  😉

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Invicta Watch — via Bluefly

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Rose Garden Scatter Necklace — via Kate Spade

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Heather Citron Sweater — via Bluefly

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Casual Couture Black Top — via Bluefly

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Tod’s Handbag — via Bluefly

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Sutton Shoulder Bag — via Ann Taylor

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Prada Sandals — via Bluefly

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Salvatore Ferragamo Heels — via Zappos

And how about a couple of Home Wishes?  🙂

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Riedel Wine Glass Set — via Bluefly

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All-Clad Cookware Set — via Bloomingdale’s

Do you have any items on your Wish List?  🙂

xoxo, Maria

Online Decorating Resources

Hey there, and happy Friday to you!  I hope you all are gearing up for a great weekend.

I wanted to share some of my favorite online decorating retailers with you today.  Because I am in interior designer by trade, I have discount options with all of these sites that people who are not interior designers don’t have, however out of all of the online sites that I deal with on a weekly basis, these are my favorites.  Purchasing things online can sometimes be tricky if you are dealing with a site that you have never had any experience with before, so I thought that I could mention my Top Five favorites.  Not all of these sites are inexpensive, but they are all sites that have delivered great quality when I have ordered anything for a client.  Hope this helps some of you who may be trying to decorate your home!

AllModern

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I love AllModern because if I have a client who’s style is really contemporary/ultra-modern, this site brings me strictly that style — no filters necessary.  They have a lot of authentic modern pieces of furniture that they sell at a slight discount (think: Eames, Panton, etc.), and they carry a lot of accessory options, all very high quality.

Wayfair

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Many of you have probably heard of Wayfair, but I am mentioning it because AllModern and Wayfair are linked, so there are times when you may find that something is out of stock on AllModern, but it is surprisingly in stock at Wayfair.  Wayfair also carries a great assortment of product because they cover all style options that you can think of.  There are various style filters (as well as other filters) to narrow down product — because there is A TON of product.  Very reasonable pricing.  Very good quality.

Birch Lane

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An assortment of really gorgeous traditional decor and furniture.  I haven’t ever ordered from this site personally, but some of the other designers on my team have and have had good experiences.  I would consider this to be a higher-end furniture retailer as things are generally more expensive than the two sites I have mentioned above.  However, for decor, things are moderately priced and tend to have the Pottery Barn/Ballard Designs look with a slightly less cost attached.

Peacock Alley

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As one of my former interior design teachers used to say, “This ain’t no bed in a bag!”  Higher-end bedding, but here is the catch — it is all washable!  Usually with bedding comparable to this quality, you’ll be forced to send it out for dry-cleaning.  However, that is not the case with the linens from this online boutique.  Easy to care for, beautiful and custom-looking, and at a reasonable price point for the product that you are receiving.

Bellacor

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Decorating styles of all kinds can be found here, mostly leaning toward the more traditional or transitional variety.  On par price-wise with AllModern and Wayfair, and the same product quality.  I like this site because if what I am looking for is decidedly not found at AllModern or Wayfair, I can usually find it on Bellacor — they carry a relatively unique line of products.

I hope this helps you in decorating your home!  Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Maria