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Best of July & August

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I failed to roundup the best of July earlier this summer so I’m including both today, here are the not to miss posts from August and July on the blog!

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The guest room got a few upgrades; I was inspired by the tiled staircases of Santa Barbara; many of you agreed with the reasons to choose laminate kitchen countertops; a dresser got a new look with blue paint.

best of july and august 2

I styled a rustic & refined dining room for World Market and began a color series exploring the following: red / yellow / purple / green / coral. More colors to follow including tomorrow’s look at orange (‘tis the season!)

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I posted my favorite black & white films and many of you chimed in too (great comments!); I featured some tips for growing and caring for lavender. Thanks for your input on hardwood vs. lookalike tile; some DIY personalized notecards you can make; mixing wood tones; and the completion of the painted bathroom cabinets with a step-by-step.

I’m so grateful you all continue to come back, thank you so much for reading!

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Favorite Sources for Affordable Pillows

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

This week is pretty crazy, we’ve got several projects in the works and we’re celebrating a birthday, so I’ve been away from the computer a lot but I got a great question the other day and I had to smack my head because I can’t believe I haven’t answered it yet.

“Dear Kate. How can I get to the information from February where you were describing how to combine patterns of throw pillows? And where can you find a variety of reasonably priced pillows?” ~ Loretta in Kentucky

Loretta that post you mention on pillow styling is here and I have a lot of places I like to shop for pillows. I’m a frequent pillow changer by season so if I don’t make them myself, I hunt for ready made ones that are affordable and by that I mean under $50.  I’ve kept a master list of retailers in a document on my computer and was reminded to post it here when Loretta prompted me.

Here are my favorite sources for affordable pillows (under $50):

1) Etsy.  I like to support small businesses so I shop around on Etsy for pillow covers made with designer fabrics, some of my favorites include Festive Home Decor, NenaVon, Pop O Color, Pillow Mood, Kassapanola, and WillaSkyeHome.

etsy designer pillows

chevron ikat / flamestitch / yellow ikat

2.  Pier One Imports

pier 1

 

3.  Wisteriawisteria pillows

 

4.  Ballard Designs

ballard designs

 

5. Bellacor

bellacor pillows

 

 

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BOTB 11.25.12 + News!

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Greetings all!  The ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ is back highlighting some spectacular spaces and ideas from around the web – Amanda is my fellow scout and together we track down our favorites to be featured twice a month.  Enjoy these inspiring rooms and ideas! 

Yes you can have a super stylish and baby friendly community space, just tour Oh Joy’s updated family room for tips.

oh joy family room

 

Here’s one fantastic home improvement: a DIY banquette that allows for ventilation, built and installed at Casa de Lewis.

diy banquette sadalewis

     

A trio of ombré nesting tables are the latest DIY addition to Nicole’s family room over at Making It Lovely. 

ombre nesting tables makingitlovely

 

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