Inspiration: Jayson Home

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It’s winter in Chicago which means I’m starving for visual inspiration. There’s only so much pinning a girl can do! So on a recent Saturday afternoon I embarked with my equally eager hubby to Jayson Home to get my creative juices moving again.

If there’s ever been a place to whisk away the winter-blues it’s this eccentrically elegant home and garden center in the heart of the Lincoln Park shopping district. Filled with a cacophony of furniture odds and design ends this beautiful boutique expertly choreographs each and every display. Moody reupholstered furniture combine with brightly colored accent pieces, one-of-a-kind handmade dishware and fair-trade imports. To bring together such a wide variety of aesthetics and make it seem this fluid is artistry at its finest.

Setting trends in furnishing and design, Jayson home is the perfect place to escape on a dreary gray afternoon. Snapping pictures left and right, I know I took lots of notes and will be playing out some of their ideas in my own place. Whether it be with pops of potted plants or delightfully tacky prints, this is the place to go for a fresh dose of inspiration for the home this season!


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Re-Decorating

Bedroom Makeover
The weather is officially dreary in Chi-town and the post-holiday slump is coming. The decorations have come down and the new budget is in full-effect, which means one thing: It’s time to re-decorate!

Now, when I use the term I’m not talking about going out, buying lots of new accessories and paint, and cluttering my home with more ‘stuff.’ To me, re-decorate (see the clever use of the hyphen?!) means to take what you already have in your home and re-arrange it for a new look. Continue reading

Party Planning

NYE Party Decor Inspirations

New Year’s Eve is just around the bend – which means it’s the perfect time to do some party planning!

With the help of my handy dandy Pinterest collections I’ve compiled some sweet and festive ‘looks’ for all your merry-making needs. From handmade crafts and DIY garlands to ‘just because’ embellishments, I hope this list gives you some great ideas on how to throw the perfect soiree to ring in the New Year.

  1. DIY Photo Booth from Free People
  2. Gold Garland from A Beautiful Mess
  3. Stunning Paper Pom Poms from Project Nursery
  4. Clock Countdown Mantel from Martha Stewart
  5. Confetti Balloons from Kojo Designs
  6. Paper Bunting from EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG
  7. Sparkly Star Headband from Sippy Cup Mom
  8. DIY Festive Party Hat from Pinterest
  9. NY Resolutions Coaster Set from Lucky Bee Press

Inspiration: Glitter & Gold

Glitter and Gold: Design Inspiration

Oh – the holidays. Tis the season for lights to go up, leaves to come down and for us to be jovial and filled with cheer! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is walk through my neighborhood gazing up at all the elegantly dressed homes, twinkling with warm white lights, casting a cozy mood onto entire blocks at a time.

The soft luminescence of the season made me think about my favorite obsessions of late: gold and glitter. Caitlin and I used these two elements in our Renegade set-up, and the final results aesthetic lingers in my creative abyss. How can I incorporate this warm hue and sparkling touches into my designs? I haven’t figured it out quite yet – but did curate a collection of items off Etsy and Pinterest that grabbed my attention.

Enjoy!

Gold Star Urchin by Kissa Design
Gold Paper Heart Confetti by Paper Whispers
Gold Glitter Deer Garland by Steph Loves Ben
Pop of Color vintage sweater from Pierogi Picnic
Milk Glass Vase Candles by Fresh Pastry Stand
Gold Glitter from 8 Days of Treasures
All that Glitters Garland by Willow Boutique
Vintage Brass Figurine from Compost This

An Indie Biz: Fabric Scraps

One day I may be given the title of ‘hoarder.’ Not of animals or tasty gourmet cookies – but fabric scraps. I can never muster the courage to throw away a pile, let alone one piece, of usable textile. But alas – my apartment space is coveted by furniture, pets and a spouse, so rationale states that only objects for immediate use can forgo becoming refuse.

But in the past month I started a secret stash of scraps, knowing that I’d find some way to use them for the upcoming event season. Continue reading

Inspiration: DIY Decor

With my brain consumed with Renegade prep, I have started a board on Pinterest with fun decor ideas for my booth. There are so many ways to liven up a tiny space – that I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the possibilities!

Take a peek at my board here and let me know which of the pins catch your eye the most. You can play a part in sculpting my space while pulling me out of this indecisive rut!

In With the Old, Out With the New

We all know the meaning of the word ‘adopt.’ Many of us think about orphaned children or homeless animals when hearing the verb, but what about object adoptions? Rather than purchasing mass-produced, manufactured goods new, consider changing the look of your home with pre-loved objects instead. You’ll find that you’ll create a captivating ambiance while giving an otherwise landfill-destined item a new chance for use.

People often come over and note our unique decor style and don’t realize our aesthetic was never intentional. Our mantra, for many years, has been to avoid purchasing furniture and other housewares new whenever possible. And while the DIY spirit can be felt as well – it’s really our commitment to re-using as much as possible that brings the look of our place together.

Our home is filled with tiny upcycled treasures in each nook and cranny. The majority of items came from antique markets, garage sales, dumpster dives, thrift stores or hand-me-downs. Whether it’s our couch frame that we bought from a gal in Andersonville, or the many glass bottles we’ve collected over the years, each piece has a history that gives a room it’s own character.

So next time you’re itching for a splash of color, or a new side table, consider hunting down items that are ready for re-homing. Not only will you achieve a one-of-a-kind interior design, you’ll also be lightening your footprint too.