October 23, 2014

Design Crush | Ashley Whittaker Design

It's no secret I've posted or pinned a few of these images before.  But last night I spent some time really looking at the details in all of the rooms in Ashley Whittaker Design's portfolio.  I fell in love and I think you will too.

Everything is so light and bright but still saturated with color and pattern.  This is the kind of color I would love to add into my own home.  What do you think?  Gorgeous!

October 22, 2014

Dining Room Design | Updated Traditional

If you saw my instagram yesterday then you already know I've been tweaking my dining room.  And it probably already goes without saying that I've really been embracing a traditional aesthetic lately.  I'm not sure if it's just my style maturing along with myself or if our new house is really begging me to embrace it's traditional colonial bones.  Either way, I'm loving it.

One thing that I'm having a really really really hard time with in general is meshing the family pieces that we have been so fortunate to accumulate with a style more in tune with our personalities.  We're in our young thirties with two small children and I want our home to reflect that.  Not that I don't appreciate the way both my mother and mother in law have decorated their homes, and other style savvy members of my family, but I want our home to have a bit more of a fresh feel from recreating their exact look.  Especially when many of the pieces in our home once lived in their homes.

You know what's not a big help?  Pinterest.  Or maybe I'm just having a hard time navigating exactly what I'm hoping to find.  It seems that everyone these days is throwing the traditional dining room out the window.  I'm so completely down for that.  Except I live in an old house.  Without an open eat-in kitchen.  And I own really nice dining room specific pieces that I like and don't want to paint or re-purpose as a media cabinet.  And I want a good looking, well styled, family friendly dining room!  That's right, call me crazy but I want a dining room!

So the hard part for me is finding accessories and modern ways to style the more traditional pieces that I have and love.  Are you drawn to traditional style?  Do you find working with the budget and things you have can really put a cramp in finishing a space?  That's probably my biggest challenge!

Lamps || Pink Scales Picture frame || Blue and white candle votive || Similar Starburst Mirror (I got mine at home depot in the store but can't find it online) || Blue and White Bowl || Talon Candlesticks || Striped Taper Candles || Pillow Covers || Sconces || Art || Buffet and Cane Chairs are antique pieces but you can find similar items all over craigslist and local antique stores


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October 20, 2014

Photo Book Brainstorming

My kids don't smile and look at the camera any more than yours do, I just take more pictures anyway.  And sometimes the out takes are my favorite part.

I've been slowly trying to organize the excessive number of pictures I have of the babes.  I am absolutely making it my goal for 2014 to get at least one family photo book finished and ordered. 

There are so many choices on the market and I'm sure that many do a wonderful finished product.  I want to do a hardback book with lots of layout freedom.  Something a little more custom than you find at the big box stores.  I also one to be able to add in text and overlays. 

And then there are the 100's of instagram photos like the one above that my cousin took of us at a family party over the weekend.  Some of them make the cut to be framed but many don't and they need to be directed somewhere besides my phone.  I know there are many companies that will print straight from your feed.  Have you done this before?

Have you turned your pictures into a photo book before?  Which company did you use?  Any insight would appreciated.