April 29, 2016

Friday Five - favorites from the week!


Hey guys, TGIF!  So I'm back for another Friday Five where I feature five favorites from my weekly Decorating & Design adventures here at The Collected Interior.  So let's get to it...

1.  You guys I am loving this console table from Birch Lane!  If you've not visited this site, check them out here.  They simply have beautiful and affordable home furnishings and accessories.  This table has a great light wood tone with the prettiest wood grain.  And those metal legs have an industrial vibe that is so fun!

2.  I was shopping the other day at Kirklands and this awesome mirror below caught my eye.  It's the The Metal Rope Wall Mirror and priced at just $29.99 - get out!!  It's not a large mirror at only 20" round.  But what a great option for a coastal space or entryway.  I love great finds like this!

3.  Here are a few accessories I plan to use for styling a clients built in bookshelves next week.  Seriously so many natural elements and textures inspire me here including coral, beach glass, and drift wood.  Oh and those modern vases, love!

4.  So my daughter's dresser has seen better days and it's time for a new one!  We're getting her the Hemnes dresser from Ikea.  You guys this dresser is Awesome with its clean, modern lines.  And affordable too at just $250...sold!  Heck at that price she can take it to college in a few years.  

5.  And finally I have a client project underway and here's the Design Board I created for this Home Office refresh.  So far three art pieces are hung, the rug is laid and I'll be styling book shelves and hanging a great sunburst mirror next week.  I can't wait to see everything come together, this has been a super fun project!

Okay guys that's my Friday Five!  I really enjoy sharing what I love here in my little corner of the internet.  Thanks for stopping by.  And if you have questions about our Design Services here at The Collected Interior, please feel free to contact me!  

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April 4, 2016

Spring Deck Plans!


Hey guys, ahhh we just got back from a much needed Spring Break getaway and a good time was had by all!  Yes I'm feeling relaxed and refreshed and ready to get back to work with a few Client Projects underway.

However today I'm sharing our Spring decks plans and without a doubt the color that has me inspired this Spring is classic navy blue!

Okay if you'll remember we used a solid stain on our deck one year ago and overall are happy with the results.  

A few deck boards still need to be replaced due pine sap issues.  But the deck is a huge improvement and we are loving the dark brown stain much more than the previous solid stain.  Here's a Before & After...

And the After...

Doesn't it look much better?  In the Before picture there's nothing grounding this space, and the deck appears to almost float away from the house.  Now with the darker stain, the deck is literally grounded with contrast and dimension.  This project was a huge improvement!  If you missed it, check out our diy deck - solid stain makeover here.

Last Spring I started decorating this outdoor space with red accessories and I really liked it.  But when the nice people at dfohome.com sent me a great navy blue outdoor umbrella, I quickly changed my decorating plan.  Yes navy blue is calling my name!  I simply love how this color feels both classic and modern at the same time!  Okay so stay tuned.  I'll follow up with pictures of our newly decorated deck.  As well as a Review of this blue umbrella that literally changed my whole design plan :)

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March 11, 2016

Friday Favorites...


Hey guys, wow it's been a busy week!  I have two new wonderful clients and have been hard at work creating Design Boards and sourcing home furnishings and accessories.  But I wanted to pop in today to share my Five Friday Favorites from the week!


Ahhh, the Josephine desk from World Market.  I love this desk!  And bought one this week for my 14 year old daughter to replace her old vintage wicker desk.  Love the pop of white against her turquoise painted walls, as well as those clean - modern lines. And it costs only $199, total score!

 I love the natural look of sisal and jute rugs.  but not the price.  So I've been on a mission to find a natural looking and durable rug for our home office - incidentally where my dogs hang out while I work or blog!  

And what I found is an indoor/outdoor rug that actually isn't natural at all.  It's made from man made materials, but looks just like natural sisal.  It's dark enough that it doesn't show dirt, and strong enough that the fibers stay put.  We love it!  And it cost way less than real sisal, seagrass or jute rugs.  We found ours at Lowe's and it's made by Allen & Roth :)

Scored this candle from Home Goods the other day and my whole family loves it!  Of course I love the navy blue color, but the scent is so fresh and clean.  And it was $7.99.  Gotta love that price!

Okay guys, see this gorgeous Fiddle Fig Tree above?  I've been on the hunt for one of these for well over two years now.  I've heard you can find them at Home Depot and Ikea.  Well I've checked off and on for years and cannot find one, ugh!  So I've given up on the local search and have found them here, online.  No more searching.  I just ordered one the other day.  done!

 And finally, this coastal pillow is my inspiration for our outdoor screened porch and deck this Spring.  And navy blue, tan and white will be our color scheme.  I actually just received navy blue deck umbrella recently in the mail to Review!  And I am so excited  because I have been craving more navy blue in our home.  And decorating outdoor spaces is one of my favorite things!

Okay that my friends is my Friday Five!  I've grown to love this post.  Because sharing what I love makes me HAPPY!   Have a great week-end :)

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March 1, 2016

Inspiration - Reclaimed Wood!

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite designer trends...simple and rustic reclaimed wood!  I love this look because warm wood tones balance so well with all the grays and grieges that are popular today.  Reclaimed wood also pairs wonderfully with modern and minimalist designs, adding warmth and character to any space.

So let's swoon shall we!  Here we have reclaimed wood planked fireplaces and accent walls.  All images sourced from my favorite place for inspiration...Houzz!

Ahhh, what a fabulous design element!  And affordable too when you consider just one wood wrapped fireplace or one wood planked wall offers loads of character and charm to any space big or small.

Okay if your home's design is falling flat, think about incorporating reclaimed wood.  The look is both modern and rustic, but the design impact is huge!

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February 19, 2016

Friday Favorites!


Hi guys, happy Friday!  

Here are my Friday five favorites from the week, so let's get to it...

So excited, I ordered two of these budget friendly wing chairs for our home office!  Loving the clean lines and ivory colored textured linen fabric.

Came across these free botanical prints on Pinterest!  I seriously love free art you can print from your home computer.  And this site has loads more to choose from.  Check em' out here.

Tanner Console Table  -  Pottery Barn  $499

Distressed Metal Sofa Table  -  Overstock   $130.99

Okay love the Tanner Console Table from Pottery Barn, but not the price?  Then check out the Distressed Metal Sofa Table from Overstock and save over $300.  Ahhh, I love getting a high end look, on a low end budget!

StudioPillows on Etsy

These pillows stopped me in my tracks the other day!  For some reason can't get enough navy blue & indigo lately.  This Etsy shop doesn't carry a huge selection of pillows.  But their pillows & fabric choices are beautiful!  Check em' out here.

And last but not least our front entryway refresh!  We updated this space with simple paint and rearranged a few accessories.  The wall color is SW - Useful Gray.  Love this warm gray with a very subtle green undertone.  Add in a lighter lamp from another room, and a sheepskin rug and this front entrance has new life!

Okay guys, that's my Friday Five, so happy to share what I love!  Have a great weekend :)

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February 8, 2016

An Upstairs Family Room Transformation - and new ottomans from Decor Market!


Hey guys, so the awesome people from Decor Market sent me two Safavieh ottomans a few weeks ago and I love them!  They are the Paula Ottomans and are perfect in our upstairs family room - bonus room.  This is an older picture below of where this room began several years ago.  Yes very warm and 1990's with the maroon and gold colors.

Here are the new ottomans!  We use them for extra seating, or to put our feet up when watching movies.  We'll set drinks or popcorn here, they seriously are so versatile!  And stylish too with light gray linen and silver nail head trim.

So in addition to the ottomans, today I thought I'd share the deets on the rest of this room's transformation.  

The walls we painted in SW Worldly Gray - a nice warm gray.  This sectional sofa actually has seen better days.  But our kids are teenagers and you know how they can be on furniture, so for now it stays.  However believe me when I say that I can't wait to put a brand new sectional sofa in this space ;)

I scored this affordable wall art from World Market a few months ago and love how it ties in so well with the rooms color scheme.  And abstract art with nature themes are my favorite style art.  This one reminds me of a warm sunny day at the beach.

Here's my Diy painted armoire.  The color is Benjamin Moore's - Hale Navy.  And the gold pulls are from Ikea.  This piece was painted a few years ago, and to this day I still can't believe the transformation.

The blue/green pillows are custom from Etsy.  The navy and white patterned pillows are from Hobby Lobby.  And the two navy buffalo check I scored from Target a few weeks ago on clearance. I love mixing patterns for added interest and texture!

And here are my Awesome new ottomans!  Now we have so much seating in this space.  And they create symmetry in the room, I love that!

Okay guys that is the scoop on our new ottomans from Decor Market, and our upstairs family room - bonus room transformation!  So instead of using a standard coffee table, consider using ottomans!  With style, versatility and function...they are a great choice.

*This post is sponsored by Decor Market, however the opinions and text are one hundred percent mine.

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January 28, 2016

Snake Plant Love!

Hola!  today I'm sharing one of my all time favorite houseplants - the hardy and easy to grow snake plant!  This plant is a great choice if you're like me and do not have a green thumb.  Snake plants not only look beautiful but are easy to maintain and that my friends is why I love them.  I just water my plant once per week and it is good to go!  Literally no maintenance at all. 

 Here are a few other images to swoon over, all sourced from the fabulous design resource - Houzz...

Ahhh I love so many things about this plant!  The variegated foliage and long linear lines.  It has a modern silhouette that works well in both modern interiors and traditional spaces with it's clean lines.  And in warmer climates they're great for landscaping as well!

Okay if your houseplants often die like mine do, buy a snake plant and simply enjoy it for years to come :)

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