It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I have no other excuse but life. Things have been beautifully busy, but I’ve missed my little creative outlet found in the light of my laptop screen. So here I am.
I’ve been meaning to post about our bedroom for a long time. Bedrooms have always been the last room I invest time into decorating — and when entertaining it’s the last space I show. But as time here in Pittsburgh has passed, our bedroom has come into its own. It’s our little haven complete with sunshine, and plants, and pattern and it has quickly become my favorite room in our home. And when you think about it, it is the room where we go to strip down, recharge, and wake up each morning — and I wholeheartedly feel that the peace and individuality I’ve brought to the space relaxes me each night and elevates me to take on the day each and every morning.
The first step I took to making the room feel like ours was to add some greenery. I headed to a greenhouse called Chapon’s and met the cutest little sleepy kitty who is lucky enough to call the place home.
Sidebar: I am addicted to potting plants. There’s something so therapeutic about running your hands through the dirt, and so beautiful about giving this growing, living thing a new home. I’m completely captivated by the entire process.
The rest of the room kinda created itself. Much of the furniture I’ve painted and refinished over the past year, and I found a lot of the vibrant textiles and rugs at estate sales or while traveling. Christian’s black and white family heirloom movie posters were the perfect eclectic wall accent for the space. I love decorating with and exposing my clothing and accessories, so the pipe garment rack Christian and I made is front and center, along with a hat wall I recently hung.
Lastly, my favorite part of the room may be the little hints of character that make the space unique to us. I’ve accumulated so many dream catchers over the years — one from a Native American reservation in Montana, one as a perfect gift for our wedding — so having those present throughout the room reminds me of so many special life moments. Christian’s Star Wars paraphernalia makes me smile every time I look it. This room truly is a reflection of who we are at the core, and the authenticity of that makes it feel so much more like home.
And that’s it for today. I hope this inspires you to begin (or finish) the process of creating a bedroom space that encompasses all of the things you love. Trust me, it’s worth the work and worth the wait.
This is by far my favorite time of year and I just can’t contain my excitement. We’re hosting our first grown-up holiday party this weekend, and after stalking Pinterest for ideas, our holiday decor is shaping up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself.
Those folks coming this weekend will get to see it IRL, but here’s a sneak peek of our (almost completely) decorated abode.
I tend to be a fan of more natural decor, so garland and boxwood wreaths played a big role in my overall vision. I also love warm lights and candles (so, so many candles), so those were bound to make an appearance, too.
Sidenote: This was the first year we cut down a real Christmas tree, and I have to take a minute to thank my Dad for sawing down those huge trees we wanted every year. Jeez, I tried to help Christian for all of 10 seconds before my arms gave out. Also, I was COVERED in sap. So Dad, thanks. I know you did many other wonderful things for me as a kid, but right now, this one really hits home.
It’s snowy here in Pittsburgh, and with Thanksgiving just two days away, I’m in a holiday season groove. That said, I have admittedly never been a huge turkey day fan. I don’t eat the turkey, and watching football has never been my thing. But I do love the fact that it brings family and friends together to celebrate gratitude, and I find that so much of the spirit of the holiday comes from sitting down at a table and sharing a meal together.
Which leads to the one part of Thanksgiving I can REALLY get into: the table landscapes. I’ve been drooling over some of the gorgeous tabletop displays I’ve seen lately and wanted to share what I feel are the prettiest and most organic themes when decorating your turkey day table:
1. Mixed Metals
Copper is totally having a moment right now, but I love the idea of mixing multiple metals and finishes in your dishes, flatware, and decor in order to bring some complexity and texture to the table.
2. Darker palette
The deep, rich tones embody the feel of the season, but they’re totally unexpected when compared to the usual reds, oranges, and browns.
3. Earthy, natural elements
I love bringing color to the table by using natural, organic elements such as greenery, florals, and pumpkins. Don’t be afraid to mix in unexpected colors, such as navy and eggplant.
Last but not least, I love incorporating the visual texture of tartan. The fabric is not just reserved for Christmas decor — it packs a mighty punch when used on your Thanksgiving tablescape as well.
And that’s it, friends! I hope each and every one of you enjoys a beautiful holiday with the ones you love.
I’m super excited to share with you another room upgrade I had the pleasure of working on with my brother and sister-in-law. With a new baby and nursery in tow, Andi & Andrew asked me to transform their front porch into a place where they could sit al fresco, rock Penny to sleep, and enjoy the fresh air while still maintaining some privacy. The front porch was previously unused so I was excited to get down & dirty in recreating and designing a totally new space.
Quite a transformation, no?! The shades add some privacy, the greenery adds some life, and the furniture added the utility Andi and Andrew needed to actually use the space. Luckily, I finished it just in time for them to enjoy some Fall evenings with Penelope outside as a family.
Life has been uber busy lately and I haven’t had any time to stop and post (let alone breathe), but I’m feeling so inspired by one of my recent projects that I had to pause and share the creative juju. My newest client’s apartment is undeniably industrial (think high ceilings and exposed duct work), and while working on redesigning her space, I can’t help but be swept up in an industrial chic groove.
Here are my top five current industrial obsessions:
I know these chairs are a no-brainer for an industrial feel, but I couldn’t NOT give them a shout out. Plus, loooove the idea of using them outside. Via here, here, here, and here.
And that’s all the industrial goodies I’ve got for you today! Christian and I are headed up to Lake Ontario tomorrow with his family for vacation, and I absolutely cannot wait (and absolutely NEED to start packing!).
As some of you may already know, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their beautiful daughter, Penelope, into the world almost two months ago! I had the joy of working with my sister-in-law, Andi, in creating and styling the nursery for Penny, and I am so excited to share the photos of the fruits of our labor. It was truly a project from the heart.
When first discussing her overall vision for the room, Andi wanted a boho, woodland feel, but wanted to embrace the fact that the baby was a girl. I put together the following mood board, keeping our conversation in mind.
Andi also knew she wanted me to refinish some pieces for the baby’s room, and incorporate a gallery wall into the space — two of my favorite things — so my heart simply did somersaults for this entire project (not to mention the fact that we were creating the space for my NIECE to grow up).
So, without further adieu, some photos of the finished space.
I could not have enjoyed this project more. Pittsburgh friends, check out my website and see what I can do for your space!
I’ve been meaning to share this upcycled piece forever and am just now getting around to it (spare time is much easier to find AFTER getting married). I bought this antique child’s desk from an estate sale when we first moved to Pittsburgh, and was giddy at the idea of giving it a chic makeover. It’s a super well-made piece of furniture, carved from solid wood, and it even features an metal plaque on the front stating its authenticity from “Pittsburgh Office Co”.
The desk itself had some damages, including several stains on the top of the wood, and a bum leg. After fixing up the leg and sanding down the top, I decided to paint it a matte green, and added some fun gold accents, because after all — it used to be a child’s desk– and I wanted to keep that fun history as part of the finished product.
Here is a before shot:
And for kicks, how I would style the piece as a fun bar (you could totally store wine openers and coasters in the little drawer, and pull out the tray to slice limes for cocktails!):
Last but not least, this piece is totally for sale onPreservation. Pittsburgh friends, check it out!