Affordable Etsy Abstract Art

One of my favorite things to do is browse Etsy (nerd alert!).
It's so easy to get lost in the endless talent and I find it so inspiring.
Abstract prints/paintings are totally my thing right now and I love finding new-to-me artists!
Not only do these artists have amazing talent, they also are providing affordable art.
It's a win win right?

I can't wait to use a few of these in designs!



Pink + Gold Bedroom E-Designs!

Last month I was lucky enough to design bedrooms for two little sisters.
The bedrooms share a bathroom (jack and jill style) so my client wanted them to coordinate but not be too matchy matchy. Of course all little girls love pink, so I stuck with pink as an accent color in both spaces.

This rug was my starting point for the design. It comes in several color ways but I really can't get enough of this bright pink!

I can't think of many color combos I like better than pink and gold, so this gold lamp was a must.

Who doesn't love a good gallery wall. I can't get enough of the abstract art


For the second bedroom I kept the pink & gold as accent colors but added in a little blue!

It's hard not to love this gold and white polka dot bedding from Pottery Barn. I really love the stripes and polka dots paired together.

Of course I love the triangle rug too!

Of course I loved every minute working on these bedrooms.
There is just something so fun about designing children's spaces, it definitely cannot be considered work!



Thrifty Tuesday: H&M Home

I purchase most of my clothes (and my kids) from H&M. In my opinion, you really can't beat their style or the prices! Turns out they also have some pretty awesome Home Decor with equally awesome prices.

First up, the pillows are great. The most expensive pillow in this round-up is $17.95 and most of them are only $5.95! What?

This twin duvet cover is so great and is only $24.99. I am thinking it just might be perfect for Emory's bed in our next place. Gender neutral and fun.

I also do love this heart duvet for $24.95.

Pretty sure I need this striped storage bin for $24.95!

The pattern on this little white metal container is top notch. Can it really only be $4.95?

I really love this porcelain box for $7.95. It could add the perfect touch of pattern or color to any space you are styling.

If you haven't had a chance to check out their home line, I recommend you do! There are lots of goodies for great pieces.



Stylish & Affordable Home Tour!

Today I have such a fun home tour for you! Kristin from Bliss at Home has incredible style and creates her home on a dime. It really is so inspiring.

Hi, there! I am Kristin Cadwallader and I am the girl behind Bliss at Home. I started B@H on a whim one day, just as an outlet to share my ideas and connect with other design and DIY creatives. I quickly fell in love with blogging and it has opened so many doors. It's great when your passions align with your work! While I am a busy wife, mom of two boys, and a design blogger-- I love our sometimes crazy lifestyle.

I love high-end looks and have expensive taste, but like Danielle, I have to work within my budget. A lot of my DIY's are bred from this, and I love to share ways to achieve good design without breaking the bank. My designer crushes are Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, and Celerie Kemble. I also pull a lot of my inspiration from the fashion world. I'd love for you to come visit me on Bliss at Home where I share all of our projects and remodel of a 1950's brick ranch.


Her home is packed full of DIY projects but you would never know, just my style.
Head on over to her blog to find daily inspiration! I highly recommend it. You can also find her on FB, and Instagram!

Thanks so much Kristin!



Get The Look: Chic Kitchen Nook!

A big thank you to everyone who commented yesterday. Wow, do you guys know how to make a girl feel good! I really appreciate all the support!

A few days ago Glitter Guide posted Merideth's Millers home tour. I pretty much drooled through the entire thing (you must check it out!), but the kitchen nook was a favorite of mine. 

I love the white and navy, hint of gold, and mixture of traditional and modern elements.

I couldn't help but put together a mood board with all the items necessary to pull this look off.

Kuba Mirror: $199.00
Chandelier: $299.00
Green Pillow: $80.00
Navy Pillows: $17.00
Navy Fabric: $8.78/yard
Table: $199.00
Silver Bamboo Chairs: $35.18/each
Cow Hide Rug: $175.09

Best part, you can even snag this chic look for an affordable price. Now isn't that just fun?



The Blogger Dilemma.

Sometimes being a design blogger is a little tough on the good old self-esteem.
I try my best to provide design content that is accessible, affordable, and relatable to everyone.

My own home is packed full of DIY projects, re-purposed furniture, and thrifty finds.
Our family lives on a very tight budget so creating a space on a dime is a must. We rent, live in small spaces, and have to be very creative when decorating. I do my own blog photography, graphics, and use simple inexpensive templates.

There are so many design bloggers out there with stunning home tours, and it can be hard not to compare. I often think of what my own home would look like if I had the funds to make it happen. Oh how fun that would be! Now don't get me wrong, I do love the challenge of designing on a tight budget, but there is no denying that a top-notch home tour can be helpful in the blog world!

I know there are some pretty simple guidelines to keeping a blog successful and readers intrigued, but I often find myself waffling back and forth on committing to those. I am the worst with keeping a series running regularly, and I tend to be more of a "fly by the seat of my pants" blogger. My current blog goals are to create more consistency, post more regularly about home projects, and check in more often with updates from design projects.

So, I would love your input. What keeps you around these parts? Thrifty finds? DIY projects? Design inspiration? I know it can't possibly be my awful writing skills :) Please share!



Front Entry Decisions: Let's Take a Vote!

Last month I visited Orange County to search for an apartment.
We toured more than 20 places and made a short list of apartments that would work!

Most of the apartments that made our final cut had a cute little entry wall. Even though we will be living in under 1000 sq. ft, I like having a landing spot for our keys/mail as well.

As always, we will be furnishing/decorating on a budget. I quickly came up with a few options and would love your input! Obviously they are not completely styled (a few more accessories are a must), but you get the idea.

1. White console/white wall

2. White console/stenciled wall

3. Gray Console/white wall

4. Gray console/stenciled wall

I am a little torn. 
I like the idea of a statement wall, but I also love a bright crisp space. 

A little about the items I selected:

+ The console comes in several colors and is only $170.00. I think I would swap out the hardware for something a little more unique (and in brass of course). The size and scale is perfect for my small apartment.

+ The white frame is from Ikea and the abstract print is from Parima Studio. I've had my eye on this print forever and I think my entry is the perfect place for it.

+ I use the Ripley Gold Lamp in e-designs all the time. It's a little pricey, but I love it.

+ I love these Two Toned Baskets from Target. Not only do they add a little texture, they also would provide much needed storage.

+ This Large Fretwork Wall Stencil by Sarah Dorsey Designs is an all time favorite of mine! It's big, bold, and so unique.

So, if it was your home, which option would you go with? 1,2,3 or 4?



Rug Love (on sale too!)

Serena and Lily is one of my favorite places to find great rugs.
Yes, they are a little more expensive than trusty Rugs USA, but the patterns and colors are spot on.

Today is the last day to get 20% off their rugs and window treatments and I so badly want to pull the trigger on a few of my favorite rugs!

With the discount, the prices are not too bad either.

Jersey Stripe Rug (8x10) $895.00 $716.00
Zig Cotton Dhurrie (8x10): $895.00 $716.00
Cobalt Strata Rug (8x10): $995.00 $796.00
Feather Rug (8x10): $795.00 $636.00
Playa Stripe Dhurrie (8x10): $895.00 $716.00
Azul Hand Painted Rug (8x10): $995.00 $796.00
Pencil Stripe Rug (8x10): $895.00 $716.00
Charing Cross Rug (8x10): $995.00 $796.00

I love the versatility of these rugs. They work great in so many spaces. You may remember this nursery design where I used the Zig Cotton Rug?

I am also a huge fan of the French Tassel Window Panels (also on sale!). The tassel trim comes in lots of great colors and I can't get enough of them!

Happy Monday!



Clearance Sale You Don't Want to Miss!

I know I have referenced JCPenney's home section many times and it never seems to fail me. The clearance section is amazing right now.

The Happy Chic Bed is on clearance for $895.00 or you can snag the just the Happy Chic Headboard for $440.00! Those prices are similar to furniture pieces from Target!

Love this Crescent Heights Mirror on clearance for $295.00. Such a versatile piece.

I so badly want this Brooke Sofa and the price is hard to pass up. One clearance for $685.00 from $2295.00!

This White Lacquer Nightstand is hard to pass up. On clearance for $225.00 which I think is a great price! I would love to have these in my master.

Or this coffee table! How many hours have I spent looking for an affordable white lacquer coffee table? Many I tell you.

When we make the move to California I will be on the hunt for a new television stand. I've been toying with the idea of a wood one. I love this white and wood Modern Television Stand on clearance for $355.00.

This Timber Dining Chair was originally $330.00 and is on clearance for $105.00!
What? I love the clean lines.

I kind of want to load up my cart! Wouldn't that be fun? 

POST EDIT: If you use the coupon code STRMWTHR you can receive an additional 10% off at checkout. Now that's what I am talking about!


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