Living & Dining Room Tour

It took a while, but I am happy to share that the living room is finally all put together! The sectional was custom ordered from La-Z Boy and it is a dream! I usually go for fabric sofas, but this sectional is sooo comfy. The coffee table, rug, and dog bed were all purchased from the Pottery Barn Outlet in Alameda, so we got really lucky with that. The marled cream and white throw blanket is from Pier 1 and the couch pillows are from TJ Maxx.

Next up is the dining room, which is freshly decorated for spring! The Lorraine dining table and Ashton tufted chairs are from the Pottery Barn outlet. The paisley table runner and napkins are from Pottery Barn.

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Paint Finishes- What I Wish I Knew

It is hard enough to make decisions on paint color, but now we have to worry about what finish to choose as well! Before the house renovation most of the walls in our rooms and bathrooms were painted with a semigloss finish, which I was not a huge fan of. I though they made the walls look too shiny and I did not like the way they looked under artificial light. When I brought this up to my parents they would always explain that they chose semigloss because it is the most scratch resistant of the paint finishes and the easiest to clean.

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App Crush- Houzz

I wanted to talk about my favorite interior design app! If you have not heard of Houzz, it is a website and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The website and app feature millions of pictures, articles, tips, user forums, product recommendations and more. It is basically an online platform containing everything you need to redecorate/renovate your home. I referred to it constantly during our home renovation!

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Home Tour- Oakland, California

I came across this home tour of a gorgeous Oakland craftsman and I wanted to share! I never knew much about homes in Oakland, but I have come to admire their unique attributes. First of all many homes in Oakland are very old. However, there are many gems or “fixer-uppers” that are waiting to be restored! I feel like many homes in Oakland play off of the climate. The fog from the coast makes for cold breezes and overcast skies, but the homes make up for it with their large fireplaces and cozy nooks.

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Current Obsession- Dark Trim

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It is crazy to think about what a difference seemingly small details can make in a home. In our home we have always had white woodwork/trim so I did not think twice about painting it all white after the house renovation. Lately I have been coming across pictures of dark woodwork and trim, which has left me with a whole new perspective on the impact painted trim can have! Although I love the white trim on our home because it brightens up the rooms, I am beginning to wonder what the home might have looked like with dark finishes on the trim and plantation shutters.

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Current Obsession- Navy Doors

I have been a big fan of dark doors lately, particularly navy blue ones! They add a statement to homes without being overbearing and look great against white trim. Black doors are another gorgeous option, but there is something very warm and inviting about navy! It is also a perfect option for someone looking to do something bold without it looking too dramatic. Navy doors are a great option for rustic or coastal styles because they go perfectly with natural woods, creams, and whites.

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Home Tour- Barcelona, Spain

A came across the home tour of Minotti London’s Creative Director and I knew I wanted to feature it. I lived in Barcelona, Spain this summer and I found that this home features a lot of the same design aspects that I noticed in the apartment I lived in and other places I visited during my time. I find it so interesting that so many spaces in Barcelona have a very similar feel and style.

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