Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays.
All my family and friends gather around to share a fabulous meal and even better company. Every year between my mother, sister, and I, we rotate who is in charge of Holiday Decor. As a family, we are very much into decor (shocker, right?), and this year is my turn. My focus for Thanksgiving was home, where I always feel most comfortable and safe.
After traveling so much in the past few months, I have been feeling a bit homesick. So, I wanted to create a table that felt uniquely like “home” for me. Home is simply love and family. No traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece this year. N-O. They often feel too formal and stuffy for me. It needed to be something that was a bit more relaxed and deconstructed. Setting the table should be simple and sophisticated.
Since my family resides in Georgia, I had to add magnolia into the mix. We have a few large trees in our yard so, I just went and trimmed a few branches. I created a small garland of magnolia leaves with a few painted gold for some texture and interest. I added pomegranates and oranges for the “harvest element” and for a touch of glam I used lots of gold accents. Everything is purposely low, so you can have a conversation with the person across from you without oversized flowers in the way. Afterall, the real star of the show is the food.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and time on thanksgiving decor. A majority of everything I used is what I had laying around. With Christmas right around the corner, staying on budget is important.
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What is so special about this shade?
This subdued shade is highlighted as one of Pantone’s Spring 2016 colors. This gray has undertones of purple lending it an air of classic sophistication. It is truly a versatile that shade you can build your room around. If you wanted to keep the look more monochrome, make sure to add plenty of variation in tone and texture to the room does not look stagnant and flat. Another option would be to pair it with bright colors and metallics. Lilac Gray works well with metallics, soft pinks like Rose Quartz, deep jewel tones in purples, greens, and blues. The possibilities are endless.
MOOD: spiritual, feminine, luxury, creativity, sophistication, and magic
WHERE: All rooms!
WHAT NOT TO DO: The simplicity of this color can be a bit flat. Make sure to liven it up with other colors and textures. Try metallics (silver/gold) or a rose quartz.
If you are tired of the standard grays, beiges, or whites this would be a great option. The paint swatches above are great hues that are similar to Lilac Gray. If you want the true shade, most paint companies can and will match it for you.
Get The Look
- Watercolor Print
- Mirrored Frame
- Eclipse Agate Chandelier
- Amethyst Box
- Mina Sofa in Amethyst
- Faceted Mirror Coffee Table
What’s not to love about this shade? There is certainly nothing basic about this neutral palette. I would mix it with soft pinks, amethyst, and metallics. Make sure to add variety with texture and tone to keep the space interesting. Can you see yourself using this in your home?
As the weather grows cooler and we spend more time indoors. It is great to have your own special space to relax, curl up with a book, or check your email. Fall is the perfect time to begin this project. It will be winter before you know it.
What are the essential elements of a reading nook?
For a good reading nook, you need these must haves.
- A cozy seat. Having a comfortable seat is a non-negotiable. The entire point of a nook is to be comfy. You want something deep enough to curl up in or stretch out on. Especially since it will be a place where you plan on sitting for while. So, no hard chairs without cushion and nothing to narrow.
- A good light. When you are reading or working, proper light is important. It makes reading and using a digital device easier see than simple overhead lighting. Which keeps yours eyes from straining so you don’t get a headache.
- A side table. You need something to put your coffee and snack.
- A throw. In cool weather, you need something to keep you warm and cozy.
- A pillow. The pillow doesn’t just look good, it provides additional comfort.
Boho Chic Reading Nook
- Floor Lamp
- Side Table
- Butterfly Pillow
- Overdyed Area Rug
- Tangerine Throw
Modern Lux Reading Nook
- Modern Floor Lamp
- Area Rug
- Marble-Top Side Table
- Mongolian Lamb Pillow
- Luxe Throw
A few things to remember when creating your reading nook.
- You want to find a quiet corner of your home, someplace where you can relax and unwind. So, you don’t want to be in area of the house that is noisy or heavily trafficked like a tv room or kitchen. Think zen.
- Also, try to find an area that has good natural light. It is great to be able to enjoy the view and be close to natural elements.
- Include some of your favorite things into your nook. Do you have a favorite painting or photo? Favorite color? If you love it, your should try to make it a part of your nook. Being surrounded by the things we love make us happy and warm the soul.
- If you have a small space and don’t have the room for a designated nook. Try just making your spot on the sofa special. Add some flowers and a nice throw to your end of the sofa.
Whatever your personal style is, a reading nook can be a special space for you. It is the perfect opportunity to carve a “me” zone in your house. A place to away from the daily chaos of life. As the weather begins to cool off and we begin spending more time indoors, it’s even more important to make your home your haven. Try to creating a nook of all your own.
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What is E-Design?
E-Design is an affordable more flexible design service where most of your communication with your designer is done primarily through email, Skype/Google Hangouts, or phone. For a flat fee, you receive a custom room design that is created to fit your needs, style, and budget.
What type of client is E-Design best for?
E-Design clients are people who love the style of a particular designer, but aren’t ready for the full-service luxury of an all inclusive design service. Since most e-design projects can be done remotely, it allows you the opportunity to work with a designer you like without having to live in the same area.
It is also good for people who don’t mind doing a little work themselves. An e-design project leaves all of the purchasing, hiring contractors, and styling to the client.
Furthermore, it also appeals to more budget conscious clients. The major appeal of e-design services is the flat fee pricing.
Is E-Design only suited for people who are into DIY?
Nope, not at all. When working with an interior designer, they typically provide you with a detailed floor plan as well as a guide and tips to help you style your room. If the project involves painting, construction, or putting together furniture you can always hire someone to do that. There is no need to sweat or break a nail trying to do the manual labor yourself.
How do I find the right designer for my project and me?
When looking for the right interior designer for your e-design project you should ask yourself the following questions…
1.) Do you love their work?
When you go to the designers website or instagram, do you love what you see? If you like modern and mid-century design, but the designer you like primarily has rustic and shabby chic type of style. Chances are that designer’s style might not a good match for you.
2.) Do they have a cool blog or website that you like?
These days everyone has an online presence. Most designers have a blog or website. A designer’s blog/website is not just a place to show pretty pictures of their work, but you also get an idea of their personality.
3.) What’s their rep in the streets?
Does the designer have a good reputation? If you happen to go to their site, most designers have client testimonials as well as positive feedback on social media.
How does this process work?
After the initial contact with the designer. You typically fill out a brief questionnaire outlining your space and what your needs are.
You schedule a call or Skype time for the initial consultation. Though this varies from designer to designer, I personally prefer to chat with my clients for two reasons. 1) No one wants to fill out a 40 page questionnaire 2) You can get to know a lot about a person through general conversation that you don’t get though just email. It is difficult to design for a person you don’t know. 3) It also gives my clients a chance to get to know me and see that I’m not just some random person behind a computer.
After the initial consultation. The designer goes back to the drawing board to put together the design. You will probably get a few questions from your designer about what you sent to them and other things.
Then after about 2 weeks you have a full design plan. Typically you get a mood board with all your furniture and accessories, color palate, shopping list and styling guide.
If you are not fully satisfied. There is usually a round of revisions to hammer out any final changes or details.
Now you can begin to put your room together!
E-design is a still new frontier for the design industry. It is convenient, fast, and affordable than traditional full-scale design services. They key to getting a great e-design project is finding a designer that fits you and your style. It is like buying a pair of heels, the fit is very important. They may look great on, but hurt like crazy when you walk around. They should look good and feel great. Right? So, the same concept applies.
Make sure you talk to your designer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get some more information. It is important that you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and ideas. Make sure to check out their blog and site. Remember to do your research and check their reputation. If you are want more information on e-design services?
If you have any questions about e-design that I might have overlooked, just leave a comment below or contact me. Have you considered e-design services or used them before? How was your experience? I would love to hear from you.
So what is a Caipirinha?
It Brasil’s national cocktail and one on my favorite adult beverages. I love it because it is a simple, no fluff drink that is easy to make. You don’t need a blender or sugary neon colored drink “mixes” for this treat. It is sweet and a little tart (like a sweet tart candy) without being overly fruity and saccharin sweet. It simple taste amazing. It is perfect if you are tired of margaritas and mojitos you should try a caipirinha. All you need is lime, cachaca, and sugar. Cachaca is a distilled liquor made with sugarcane. You will hear people refer to it as brazilian rum.
What you need:
- 1 lime
- sugar raw or brown – 2 teaspoons
- Old Fashioned Glass (or just a short tumbler)
- Muddler or wooden spoon
Wash lime and roll on cutting board or work surface to loosen the juices.
Cut the ends off and cut it into six wedges. Add wedges to glass.
Add about 2 teaspoons of sugar. Muddle until sugar is dissolved.
Add 2-3 ounces (about 2 ½ shoots) of cachaça. Fill glass with ice.
Stir and enjoy.