Make your bed…styled

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Didn’t your mother ever tell you to make your bed and you were always like, “but why, I am just going to sleep in it tonight”.  I know that thought has crossed my mind a time or two before.  In all honesty, making your bed first thing in the morning is actually a really positive and productive way to start the day.  As Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations, put it best: “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another,” he said. “By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”  Among other reasons, it helps keep the rest of the room tidy which can improve your mood and stress level.

So why not have a little fun with this chore and style your bed like a pro.  Here are some tips to achieve that styled bed that you see on Pinterest, Interior design blogs, etc… it really is easy once you know how.

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This layout shows you how many standard pillows, euro pillows, and throw/accent pillows you can use for the size of bed you are styling.  This guide is a great reference.  But remember, when styling, what makes it great is that you make it personal.


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Now let us move on to some pro tips and tricks:

  1. Make the bed with the flat sheet wrong side up and plenty of room at the top to fold over your top blanket or quilt
  2. Use a pair of large Euro square pillows to add height and texture.  A good pointer is to match the Euro shams to the duvet or quilt. When styling a king size bed use 3 Euro shams as listed in the layout above.
  3. Use pillow shams instead of pillowcases for a finished look.  Match them to your sheets or use them to layer in more color and texture.  When styling a king size bed use king-size shams and pillows.
  4. Using lots of layers (which is great for warmth depending on seasons) and adding a quilt or blanket is a must.  Place your duvet on top turned up, halfway down with the quilt laying flat or turned down over it.  Or fold your duvet into thirds at the foot of the bed.  You can introduce a new texture, color or pattern such as cotton or velvet.
  5. Use boudoir + throw pillows to layer in texture and color…think velvet, beaded, silk, embroidered or even furry.  Bolster pillows are a great option especially for king size beds.
  6. Add a soft throw blanket at the foot of the bed for a final touch.  This is a great way to break up the expanse of a bed.

Bonus tips:

  • For extra plush use two inserts into your duvet cover (or try using one size larger).
  • Add a featherbed beneath your fitted sheet for extra softness
  • If you really want to impress, try ironing your sheets.
  • Instead of putting all pillows upright, try laying a few flat and then resting Euro shams against and upright for height.  The look leaves the bed full and balanced.
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The look of layering:

The all-white bed is a summer classic, crisp and inviting all year long.  Remember to layer with texture to enhance the style.

The monochromatic bed is layering tonal versions of one color in different materials and textures.  This look is very sophisticated and can really pop.  For example, try linen sheets paired with a silk quilt and velvet duvet.  Adding small texture and pattern to the throw pillows.

The colorful bed a bright colorful bed is a cheery way to spruce up your bedroom.  If you choose a bold pattern or color for your duvet opt for solid or white sheets, and a few solid throw pillows to balance it out.

The soft patterned bed a way to make an impression is the duvet cover.  Choose a soft, mild pattern and then pick one color or neutral to use on the sheets and pillows.  Pump up texture with throw pillows and throw blankets.

Lastly, let me leave you with some styled bed inspo…

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Anything fun planned??  After all this bed talk, and exhaustion from my kiddos being home this summer I may just stay in bed…haha!




July 4th Decor for the Win

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Happy Birthday, America!  America, you are going to be 243 years old in just a few short weeks.  That’s right, in just a few weeks it will be July 4th…are you prepared?  Do you have your patriotic decor on display?  I struggle with decor for July 4th.  For me, most patriotic decor is very different from my style and what I tend to like.  It is a bit country cottage, which works for some but not for me.  So this year I wanted to up my game and celebrate a little more of this amazing American summer holiday.  This means finding some modern decor that suits my style which is really hard to pinpoint, I guess you could call it post-modern boho?  If you are like me and want to find something outside of the traditional patriotic style then follow along and maybe you too can up your game.  Ready to make your neighbors do a double take?

DIY American Flag Weaving:

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This one might be my all time favorite!  What an amazingly modern wreath for my front door, or display above my mantle this July 4th.  I am going to do a DIY tutorial on this so stay tuned!

Patriotic Gnomes:

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Speaking of the mantle, or maybe even hidden in one of your summer pots (preferably under a covered porch)….gnomes for every occasion!

Updated July 4th Patio Cushions:

This time of year every craft store in town will have patriotic bandannas.  Because you honestly can’t let America’s big day go by without an old fashion bandanna display.  So simple to cover each side of a cushion with one bandanna, tying off the corners with some burlap twine.  So pull up a seat to this perfect all American BBQ.

July Balloons:

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If you don’t have some red, white and blue lanterns to tie up in your trees, such as the ones pictured above, try these DIY balloons.  Just strategically place them around your yard.  Get your kids in on this project as they love to help decorate too!

Modern American Throw Pillows:

Whether you need festive throw pillows for those Adirondacks on the front lawn, that amazing porch swing, or your sofa these throw pillows will definitely feel a step above the rest.

Patriotic Tablescapes:

Get those outdoor spaces guest ready with a few inspiring tablescapes.

Mantle Worthy:

A few simple and modern ideas to make sure you bring the festivities and decor inside as well as outside.

Hygge Placemats:

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I have to share these amazing Scandinavian placemats, because you know if you have little’s you NEED placemats.

Independence Day Pineapple Sparkler Centerpiece:

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So fun and so easy to make, all you need is pineapple, spraypaint and an all-time favorite, SPARKLERS.  Light them up at dusk and let the fireworks begin.

Firework Halo:

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Create this dreamy fireworks-inspired pom pom mobile using metallic pipe cleaners, clear nylon string, and metal hoops. If you’re worried about the forecast calling for windy days, stick to a simple halo made of pom poms, or bring your mobile indoors.


How are you spending your Independence Day?  Any fun modern decor that you display to help celebrate our beautiful country?  Follow me on Pinterest cottonandchaos and/or Instagram @cottonandchaosjen for more ideas and fun.

Happy Birthday USA!



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Problem Solved; 10 Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

You know how it goes, you have picked the perfect color, scored the comfy yet stylish sofa, you have accessorized and styled your favorite nicknacks, yet something isn’t quite right.  You know it is off but just can’t pinpoint exactly what went wrong, (these are my emotions on the daily, I swear).  A common decorating mistake may be to blame, don’t sweat it, these mistakes are easy to correct.  Here are some prevalent mistakes with tips and tricks to fix them.


Mistake No.1: Hung too High Artwork


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You can really personalize your space by hanging artwork on your walls.  However, hanging stuff can be intimidating and tricky.  The tip here is to hang your artwork at the right height which is typically 57 inches from the floor.  The average height for most people is 57 inches, so hanging your artwork at this height allows people to see your artwork straight forward and comfortably.

Mistake No. 2: Curtains Hung Wrong

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Finding the right panel length is easy.  First measure from the floor to just above the window casing.  Next, mount the rod to match panel length, rather than the other way around, as you would for custom-made curtains. Panels should be as wide as the window and rod brackets mounted six inches outside the frame so panels can be pushed away from the glass easily.

Mistake No. 3: Teeny Tiny Rugs

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I know it costs more money to buy the bigger rug, but the splurge is totally worth it!  A rug that is too small can really bring down the look of your room.  For most spaces, that means a 5×8-foot rug is too small, so look for something between 6×9 and 9×12 feet.  However, if you love or have an attachment to a smaller rug try layering it with a large neutral rug underneath.  This allows the right amount of real estate for the furniture but still allows you to use that special piece.

Mistake No. 4: Disregarding Comfort

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Balancing form and function is always a must.  You know we have all done it, bought that super stylish chair without giving comfort a thought.  Just to get home and realize how uncomfortable it is.  Don’t be afraid to give those chairs a test run.  Doing so will ensure a relaxing and comfortable home that is chic to boot!

Mistake No. 5: Poor Lighting

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We all need to get over the thought, to light a room with one bright overhead and a big clicky wall switch.   We need to think of lighting a room in layers.  Plan to design with task lighting for work areas, accent lamps to add color and personality, and put that overhead light on a dimmer to change the mood of the room throughout the day.

Mistake No. 6: Wall Hugging

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It is always nice when everyone in the room is getting along (hugging) but this is not the case with your furniture hugging the walls.  You may feel that it gives you more space but I promise you it is a big no-no.  An alternative is to find a focal point in the room — entertainment center, fireplace, each other for conversation — and build your design around that. Move furniture away from the walls for a more intimate feel, with chairs no more than eight 8 feet apart to encourage talk. Position a table within reach of every seating piece, with traffic lanes several feet wide to allow easy movement.

Mistake No. 7: Too Much of One Color

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Our living spaces deserve a good dose of color variation. Even if it’s just a single deep-blue pillow amid a sea of neutral beige, adding a little pop of your own will spice up any room in a snap.

Mistake No. 8: Cluttered Design

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It’s easy to pack your rooms with way too much stuff, but that look crosses over easily to clutter (and the next step is hoarding, so beware).  When you put too many nicknacks in one place, none will stand out as special.  Solve the issue by clearing off every surface in a room, one by one, and returning only half the things on it. Be your own tough editor and store the objects that didn’t make the cut this time. You can bring them out next season — or make a donation trip to the secondhand store.

Mistake No. 9: Storage Problems

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Take a look around your room and see where you can comfortably add more places to put things away — the easier to reach the better. Consider bare wall space first — anywhere to mount shelving or cabinetry? Can you add side tables with drawers? Any missed opportunities for built-ins? In bedrooms, consider building shelving around the headboard and adding storage boxes beneath the bed.

Mistake No. 10: Devouring Trends

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The unsung hero of your living room

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Hey all, I know what you are thinking??  The unsung hero of your living room… what the heck is that?!  Well let me tell you, it is the coffee table.  Honestly most of the time this guy isn’t even thought of when designing a room.  If he is thought of he is aftermath thought or a creative burnout, can’t make any more decisions, just pick one, thought.  Even better this may not be something you even have to think of as you may have Aunt Blanche’s hand me down coffee table that has stood the test of time but not the test of style, (don’t get me wrong Aunt Blanche we are thankful).  Then, of course, there are the people that do plan and know they will need to have a coffee table because honestly who doesn’t??  This piece serves as a multi-functional table for just about everything.  Sometimes she may be the dinner table, (you know we all do it), or that footrest after a long day, she may be the kid’s obstacle course or their coloring station.  The list goes on, she is the keeper of the remotes, beverages, and books as well as the game hub on family nights.  I am telling you all… MULTI-FUNCTIONAL!!  So why not make this hardworking piece beautiful and just right for the space.  Let’s talk style, sizes, and shapes of coffee tables.


I have never been one to like “rules” and honestly, when choosing a coffee table there are no rules, maybe just some guidelines.  Let’s go over a few general things to keep in mind so you can have a good flow between your sofa and coffee table.  Your coffee table should be at least half the length of your sofa but no more than 2/3 the length.  The coffee table should stand to the same height as the sofa seat give or take a few inches.  If you have a sectional with a chaise, placing your table in the L-shaped opening the sofa creates, the size guideline refers more to the length of the horizontal seat rather than the full length of the sofa.  Here is a quick graphic by Emily Henderson Design (LOVE her).

Which brings us to our next guideline or better yet, information so that you can make the best design decisions for your space.  The scoop on shapes; round, square, oval, and rectangular.

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Round: Small spaces are the perfect setup for round coffee tables.  I would like to think you are cutting corners literally to save space.  This is also a good option for a sectional with chaise as round can fit into that “nook” beautifully.  This is purely opinion, but I believe round tables are a bit more sculptural fun.  I have found a few of my favorite round coffee tables to share with you.

Anthropologies Silas round coffee table- $600 (on sale now)!
Serena and Lily round table $1,998
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Square: There is not much to say about square other than it fits into any configuration easily.  It is great for the middle of your chat zone with a sofa and a couple of chairs facing each other.  Or perfect for those L-shaped sectionals, really this is almost a win-win situation, therefore, getting the most bang for your buck.  Whether your style is traditional, modern or contemporary the square shape plays along nicely with all.  Check out a few of my favorites below:


CB2 Spin rotating coffee table- $800
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Oval: This Oval shape is great if you are designing for a high traffic flow space.  This shapes really helps to have some visual flow, breaking up any angular shaped sofa’s.  Oval is also really good for the little’s as they won’t have any sharp ends to contend with (same with the round shape).   Behold some oval inspiration below:


West Elm Reeve coffee table- $800
World Market oval glass coffee table -$350


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Rectangle: Rectangular coffee tables are a great choice if you are working with a narrow space with little walking clearance.  A bonus of the rectangular shape is for the ease of everyone reaching their beverage or snacks.  This shape works well for standard size to larger sofas.  Look below for some awesome rectangular coffee tables:

Amazon Haven Home Zane table – $259
Serena and Lily Blake Raffia table -$1198

So there you have it, some easy guidelines to help you along the way so that you may choose the best coffee table for your space and design.  Create the perfect vignette for your coffee table (more on that in a later post) and let this shining star come to life.  Give some love and attention to this hero of the room and you will never regret it.   If you have any questions or problems trying to figure what’s best for you space please comment as I would love to help out.  I love a challenge!! Hope everyone is having a good hump Day!!



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A quick quirky gift for your kiddos classmates at year end

Hey there!! Happy Summer which officially starts for us in two days.  That’s right two days and fretting.  Things have been crazy busy around here, and just when you feel you can’t possibly stack one more thing on your plate, your kids ask what they can give their classmates as an end of the year parting gift…WHAT?!  I wanted to panic until I remembered I had some leftover party favors from birthdays past.  I took a few breaths and told myself not to worry, I had this, and then this great idea hit me.  So if you are unprepared with no time, (story of my life) I’ve got your back.  If you have any leftover party favors, take inventory and head over to Pinterest to try and find a fun “saying” to go along with what you have.  What I happened to have on hand were those sticky hand slingshot novelties, so I headed over to Pinterest to find a snazzy jingle and had no luck.  Believe it or not, my husband came up with our saying and it rocked my world!!  If you don’t have a storage closet of past party favors and decor, (a.k.a. junk) and actually came to the table prepared to plan, you can find the party favors on Oriental Trading Company or any party store such as Zurchers for really cheap!  Check out my year-end classmate’s gifts that my kids are so excited to pass out!

With a saying of “High five we survived!  Have a good summer!” printed at home on cardstock paper, I got to work.  We cut them out and hole punched the paper and plastic baggies containing the sticky hands tying them together with some fun twine.  This really took no time at all and was really inexpensive, best of all it was unique!

Pretty good for on the spot, out of time, panicked idea, right?!  Do you have any fun year-end gifts that your kids pass out? I am always looking for new ideas to archive for situations like these so please share!

Here’s to hoping we all survive the summer!



Summer Boredom Jar

Hey there!  So today I wanted to switch gears and talk about something a little different than design and remodels, (although I LOVE those topics).  I want to share a parenting hack because let’s face it, I am a parent of three wild children who are all about to be out of school for summer.  Like most parents nationwide, I am dreading it!!  The first few days of summer vacation are pretty easy going, but soon enough the boredom arises which quickly escalates to arguments.  So I have come prepared with a secret weapon, wait for it… a Summer Boredom Jar.  Genius!!   Anytime my kids come to me throughout summer with “I am bored, what can I do” I will have a few options to give them.  Option 1- Do homework/reading to stay ahead academically this summer, Option 2- Do some household chores, and Option 3- Pull an idea out of the Summer Boredom Jar.  I already know which one they will choose.  That’s right, the jar.  The jar is actually fun-filled activities that aren’t chores or homework, so this is a no brainer.

So let’s break down the jar.  There are countless lists on Pinterest of activities to keep any aged child entertained.  I skimmed through many and compiled a list that will work for my family.  Most activities are things you can do around the house with little or no extra supplies.  If you have a somewhat well-stocked craft room, you will have most of what you need.  Some activities are out and about adventures in your city or town that cost money, but those can be splurge days.  Another positive of having this jar is it gives you a chance to get organized and prepared for what your summer may look like.  So if you do need to buy extra craft supplies you can do so before the kiddos are at your heels complaining of boredom.  Some of the activities can be planned out in advance possibly saving you some $$.  For example, if you choose to take everyone to the zoo you may find there are some half-priced times and days that work for your schedule, so plan ahead and save.

Let me share with you our list of activities from our jar keeping in mind you may need to alter some outdoor activities suitable to where you live.  Such as a river outing may look a beach outing for you.

  • Fly a kite
  • Make paper airplanes/boats
  • Fill a trampoline with water balloons
  • Go for a hike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Board games/card games
  • Learn a dance/ dance contest
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Hopscotch
  • Go to the library
  • Play charades
  • Bake
  • Make puppets/ puppet show
  • Dry and press flowers
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Wash a car
  • Bike/scooter
  • Write a story
  • Go to the park
  • Go to the river
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to the nature center
  • Go to the aquarium
  • Have a picnic
  • Backyard camping
  • Go to the splash pad
  • Go swimming
  • Go to the water park
  • Float the river
  • Tie dye shirts
  • Go bowling
  • Go to a movie
  • Paint a picture
  • Play mini golf
  • Spa day
  • Movie marathon/ scary?
  • Go fishing
  • Make a movie, play or music video
  • Make a time capsule
  • Make snow cones
  • Go geocaching
  • Flashlight tag
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Chalk art
  • Play Legos
  • Science experiments
  • Water balloon/squirt gun fight
  • Lemonade stand
  • Balloon volleyball/ tennis
  • Model clay building
  • Origami
  • Play kickball
  • Activity sheets found on Pinterest
  • Make a craft
  • Build a fort
  • Make playdough: 1 part conditioner 2 parts cornstarch
  • Finger knit
  • Make stuffed animals
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Hide and seek
  • Stargaze
  • DIY birdfeeder

As summer progresses I am sure we will find more things to add and do but for now, this is a good solid list of 60 activities.  I figure with roughly 85 days of summer vacation this was a good platform to start from.  You may not need as much if you will be traveling this summer.

I hope this can help ease any anxiety and stress you may be feeling as summer fastly approaches.  I know I feel better equipped with a plan and time to put it into action.  Do you have more activities I can add to this list?  Would love any and all help in this critical matter, haha!!

Happy summer planning!!




A little dose of before and after


Hey all!  So I have finally moved onto another bathroom in my house and am so excited to share!  Approaching the one year mark of being here in Boise, in our fixer-upper….I sure hoped to be further along in the actual “fix up” process.  Such is life, and life with three busy kids can be hard to get things done, who knew!  My kid’s bathroom was a rough one!!  If I had to pick a theme for the recent decor I would have to say some sort of Aladdin inspired style.

You can see why I feel I have been transported into the Aladdin movie with this purple color matched with these gold mirrors reflecting Eastern shaped decor.


I couldn’t take it any longer, (I seem to finally crack with so much dislike for the outdated decor, I snap and decide to start a remodel at the worst times), I mustered all my energy and finished a project on my list.  My two younger kiddos wanted a superhero bathroom which kinda made me cringe, but I was able to come up with a happy medium.  Something we all like, all the while not slamming you in the face with a crazy marvel color scheme.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a little color but feel that we currently already have one room (my son’s) dedicated to marvel decor.  My first desire was to lighten this space up.  It is a bathroom so I wanted it to feel fresh and clean (I appreciate a clean feel in the loo).  From there the design took off and turned out great!  Let me share…


So much brighter!  The perfect kid’s bathroom and let me tell you why.  First off I hung the mirrors a little lower than average as my littles need to be able to see themselves.  Second, I found the best memory foam, feel like your stepping on clouds rugs, for each kiddo to rest their feet on while we brush out tangles and scrub our teeth.  My hope is they will feel so divine standing on these rugs that the rest of our meltdowns just fade away.  That is just wishful thinking I suppose.  Third, this is actually a Superhero bathroom.  Notice my DIY art hung on the wall?  Our friends Capt. America, Spiderman, Falcon, Batgirl, Supergirl, and Black Widow all make an appearance in black and white.  I found all these superhero images on Pinterest under superhero coloring pages.  I printed them at home for free and found some cheap white frames at Micheal’s to hang on the wall.  I made sure to find frames that had mattes so the images looked better and not cheap like a poster in a frame.  So easy and made the kids sooo happy!  I knew I wanted a bright white fresh bathroom, then deciding to use black and white images of superhero’s I kept in color scheme and found black and white accents to finish out the bathroom.  Black mirrors, black rugs, black and white striped rugs with black and white hand towels all tie in together.  My hardware on the vanity and faucets are all a matte black as well.  A white shower curtain makes the room feel more open and airy.  Using a black basket on the counter to corral all the kid’s toiletries keeps everything looking tidy.  We also had a little fun with the above toilet cabinet adding a few action superheroes (and maybe a poop emoji).  I am really stoked at how this turned out and the best part is this was really at no cost.  I painted the room adding new mirrors.  We spray painted the existing faucets and hardware to match the color scheme.  Purchased new rugs, towels and displayed our superheroes in matching frames was all it took.  Hope you like the finished product!


Do you have cost-friendly bathroom remodels to share?  Any compromises on bathrooms where kids request interesting ideas in decor?  Do you need any ideas to remodel, update and refresh your loo?  Upload some before pictures and I would love to help brainstorm inspiration for you!


Have a great Hump Day, Happy Wednesday!


Add some color; add some personality

Hey there!  Just wanted to share some tips and inspiration on adding color to your space.  Adding pops of color here and there can really bring some personality to your space that really shows who you are and what your style is.  Whether you just add pops of color or go all out and paint that beautifully moody bedroom the daring shade you have always wanted, color is a trend that will never fade.  I have found some amazing examples to help inspire you to take that jump and add distinctive character that is you.

First, let’s start with pops of color as this is the best way to take it “slow” if you are new to color.  Pops of color is a great way to showcase your personality through a neutral background.  Most of us probably are more comfortable with small pops of color and the best part is you can switch out the color as easy as 1,2,3.  A few throw pillows in a vibrant pink magenta that matches the rug with a few accents can easily be switched to a different color or more subdued color.  No painting walls or buying new furniture, simply store away and bring back out when you feel like more character.

Need some color in your neutral kitchen?  Don’t paint the cupboards or the walls, find a different focal point.  Love this blue island, very unique and fresh.

How about your powder room?  Such an easy space to add some funky fun personality.  Powder rooms are small and work perfectly for daring ideas.  Check out this bold powder room.

Let’s explore this idea a little further.  Let’s add some more color.  Let’s get a little “moody”…

Sally Worts

This room has a tonal dark blue color, that brings a sassy style.  Using accents of warm golden tones really pops against that stylable blue.  This is such a huge trend right now, painting a room in a tonal effect, meaning that the trim, molding, and baseboards are all painted the same color.  This technique is definitely more of a commitment and you have to be ready for the dramatic effect but isn’t it to dye for (no pun intended, haha).

Burnett Bungalow

Love how this masculine color really turned quite romantic and feminine with a few color popping accents.  The dark walls are very complimentary with the natural toned floors and mirror frame, the white furniture ties in nicely with the white baseboards.


I love how this dining room came together.  It looks so glamorous with the dark tones marrying the warm tones of the wood up high and down low.  This is the perfect picture of a very dramatic moody room.  Again there is more of a commitment but such a statement that it may be worth living with for a while.

I hope I have inspired you all to create spaces and homes that showcase your personality through color.  What do you prefer?  Pops of color or the tonal wall to wall color?  I would love to see how you have all come to style with your personality, so please share.

Happy colorful Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great rest of your week!!



8 Creative ways to cover your patio; Which to choose?

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Hey there!  So summer is almost in full swing here in Idaho, this last weekend was actually hot.  Which got me to thinking about how we really need a covered patio in our lives.  I have never before been able to choose which patio cover I would like as all my past houses had covered patios that I just worked with.  So this is a fun yet very crucial decision as I want the function of this patio cover to be the first concern with appearance to be a close second.  So I started some research this weekend, feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the inspiration and photos on Pinterest and Instagram, came up with a few different options that could really work in our space.  We are so lucky to live in a day with ideas flowing so freely at our fingertips but honestly, sometimes there is just an overload. Then I have such a hard time making decisions and end up wanting it all.  So I thought I would ask you all what you think?  Which patio cover should I choose?  What will stand the test of time and weather?  What has the best appeal?  Most of all what is the most unique?

First, let me share with you a picture of my current patio.  You can see we really need some cover, but not too much coverage as I would like some sun to peek through.


Here are my options to choose from and why I like them:

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What I love about this modern approach is the reminiscent appeal of an exclusive poolside cabana, this wood slat enclosure provides shade and adds an element of privacy to your patio.  It feels very warm and welcoming, a place you can really pause in.

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You can’t think patio cover and not think Pergola.  Pergola’s can stand the test of time as they are a very classic piece to a patio space.  I love how simple they are but how much style they can bring to the table.

The exposed beam design creates a ‘built-in’ look by using building materials and design elements that integrate seamlessly with the rest of the house — no one will ever know it’s an add-on.  This is the ultimate trick for any outdoor living, making it feel as though it is parallel with indoor living.  A positive with more coverage for your patio is using it longer during the year.  Just imagine curling up under a blanket “outside” when the weather cools.

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Taking the exposed beams up a notch with this metal screen.  Laser cut metal screens are one of the most creative, not to mention visually interesting, ways you can cover your patio. Not only are the screens themselves beautiful, but they also cast incredible shadows with the changing sunlight.  This would definitely be a high price point which is a negative for me.

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This is my favorite!  I love the natural appeal and believe this would have the best amount of coverage.  This lush, vine-covered trellis is pure boho-chic magic!

credit: Outdoor Theme

Unlike sail shades, fixed shades are attached to metal frames and cannot be repositioned. Even though these canvas shades aren’t adjustable, there is still plenty of room for style. For example, these bright orange-colored gems are full of character. Don’t be deceived by their shady disposition — while fabric shades definitely provide cover, they still let in plenty of sunlight.

credit: Welke

This metal canopy, reminiscent of a midcentury home carport, is a beautifully modern patio cover solution.  A very very simple but yet eye-pleasing patio cover.  As much as I love MCM I sadly don’t think this is a real possibility for my patio, it wouldn’t flow with the rest of the house as it doesn’t have any MCM architecture.   I just really wanted to include it because I think it is amazing!


Can you see how hard it is to just choose one?  Who knew this one would stump me.  I would love to hear from you all and see what ya think?  We can tally up votes to see which direction to go and do a fun before and after reveal!  Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Have a beautiful Monday everyone!!



Take a Moment to Pause

Hey all!  I have a confession to make.  I dislike doing dishes!!  Even more,  I despise cooking and baking.  With that being said I have a family of five so I am constantly doing those dreaded things.  I find myself in the kitchen, wishing and daydreaming to be doing anything else.  I have decided to try and look at these chores in a different way, better yet having something lovely to look at while I do these chores!  I have designed a little window vignette that helps remind me what I love most, the outdoors!  Someplace I can pause and reflect.  To take a moment and just breathe, to be mindful.  Not that you need to style a vignette to do this, because being mindful and taking pause can literally happen anywhere.  I just find it more enjoyable and peaceful to create a space to remind me to slow down and reflect.

I find myself standing at this spot in my house at any given time all the time!  So why not embrace it, right?  I love to be able to see outdoors to my children playing outside while I prepare or clean up a meal.  Opening the windows to hear laughter and converse with the family.  The bones of this space were perfect for just a bit of a spruce up.  I decided to add my favorite wood ceiling fixture in the corner of this window box for a unique and special highlight.  It also helps to absorb some of the white negative space between the two cupboards.  I like the organic natural approach to any decorating so of course, with this window box and all the amazing light pouring in, placing plants here is a must!

Keeping with the organic theme I placed the not so fun stuff (dish soap) in a wood box, that flows nicely with some of the plant pots and wooden ceiling fixture up top.  Trying to take it a step further and place a vase with a pretty flower matching the tall plant’s pot in mustard yellow.  Who wouldn’t want to do dishes now??

Well, there ya have it, a view from my seat in life.  I can now remember when I am in this very spot to stop and soak it all in.  Be grateful for the beauty right outside my window and right in front of me.  I am hoping now to enjoy doing the dishes more (is that possible?).

Do you all have a spot that helps you to slow down soak it all in?  A place that reminds you to breathe and reflect on all that you are grateful for?  Please share some mindful spaces you all enjoy.  Also, any tips on how to enjoy chores more are much appreciated!!


P.s. This is a really great spot to grow some starts of fresh herbs for our garden.  Check out the far right corner.