Dream Home 2.0 // Living Room

We've now seen 16 houses here in the Grand Rapids area. There has only been one "that got away," and it feels like we're getting closer to finding a home to raise our kid(s) in. While I'm waiting for said home to come into our possession, I have been virtually laying out plans and shopping for our dream home. In case you missed it, I did an overall post about my dream home, as well as the color palette I plan to carry though out the space to create a cohesive vibe.

Today I'm starting the part in the series where I break down my vision room-by-room. I am starting with what I think is the most important room in the house, the living room. We are TV people, we spend nights unwinding on the sofa and weekends sipping coffee while Ollie plays with toys. I want this room to feel warm and inviting, relaxed but still polished. Sticking to my color palette the base would be white with warm wood tones, the sofa, light neutral with plants, pillows and art to add life and color. My living room wish list, includes tall ceilings, lots of windows and open to the kitchen. Our last house had two living areas, I prefer one big space instead of formal and informal living rooms. I absolutely loved the feel of our old living room, so we will be using that as a jumping off point, getting a new sofa and an updated coffee table. Keep following my insta stories to see the latest on our house hunt. 

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Dream Home 2.0 // Color Palette

A few weeks ago I shared some of my favorite images to inspire my dream home. Now I'm breaking it down a step further and talking about color palette. An overall color palette for your home isn't something the lay person might thinking about when embarking on decorating their home, but it's a really important step that can help you out in the end. People generally gravitate toward a look, but honing in on a style and a color palette that is cohesive and compliments the space is integral to a home that flows and has continuity. Plus, and this is the major point of this post, when you stick to a style and color scheme that is cohesive, it's very easy to swap and move things around when you want to refresh a space. If your bedroom and living room are somewhat cohesive you may be able to pull a bedside table to use as a coffee table or move chairs from the reading nook into the family room. Being diligent about this step means that art can be swapped from room to room and accessories can be styled and restyled again and again. Below is the color palette I am using to inspire my home as well as some pieces that support the look. 

Home Color Palette

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Modern Coffee Maker Round Up

Do you have a cheap-o coffee maker you got has a wedding gift? Queue the raised hand emoji! Ours does the job, but it does not vibe with our style and it takes up so much room on our kitchen counter. We are coffee people and brew our own coffee people, so we use our coffee maker on the daily, but I want something beautiful that looks as pretty as the styled shot below. Superficial I know, chances are I'll wait until ours craps out, but nonetheless, I've been thinking about an upgrade. I rounded up a few of my favorite modern coffee makers on the market. There is something for all the coffee people from french press to espresso. 

Modern Coffee Maker Round Up
Modern Coffee Maker Round Up

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Dream Home 2.0

Moving, with all it's headaches, is so fun for us designer-types, because it offers a fresh start and a whole new set of projects to tackle. A few years back, when we were still living in New York City, Instagram was just an infant and I was deep in the height of my Pinterest scrolling addiction, I designed my dream home on paper. After that, we moved into a rental house upstate, then bought our first home. Five years later, we moved across the country and are embarking on the journey to buy our (possible) forever home. Looking back on my original dream home post, I think had this home come to fruition, I would still be happy with my choices, but now my style is a little more refined, a little more modern and a little less colorful. 

Modern & Bright Dream Home

See my shopping picks for my dream home. 

Rainbow Round-up

I just love that rainbows are having a moment right now. When I was in second grade, my teacher played a song for us called, "The World is A Rainbow." Do you know it? It became kind of a classroom anthem, with a beautiful message about different kinds of people living together in harmony. That song sealed my life long love for the symbol. It makes me happy that for so many people the rainbow symbolizes love and acceptance of all people no matter who they choose to be or who they choose to love. This being my first post of pride month, it seemed like perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite rainbow decor from around the web. 

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Rainbow Decor round-up

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DIY Customized Modern Storage Baskets

I don't even remember the last time I shared a DIY with you, and now that we are currently homeless, aka bunking with family, it may be awhile before the next. With just two bedrooms to share between our little family, organization is on the top of my mind. I have long been on the search for the perfect storage baskets for a reasonable price. I have found options that I love, but are just too far out of my budget to purchase more than one. I've also bought baskets piecemeal at Home Goods that were affordable, but didn't give that beautiful, perfectly organized feel. But then, I found these beautiful white metal baskets at Target, for a very fair price. As a designer and a general home goods virtuoso I have learned a trick to elevate any product, add a touch of leather, and that is exactly what I did with these baskets. Scroll to see the tutorial.  

DIY Custom modern storage basket

I LOVE these metal baskets with wood handles, but at $24 - $50 a pop, they are more than I want to spend on storage baskets, so I got out my supplies.

Tosca Basket with Wooden Handles

Assuming you have the tools in your kit, the amortized cost of making these baskets is $11.30 for the small and $12.30 for the large, a very reasonable amount of money to pay for a beautiful, modern, metal storage basket. 

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DIY custom modern storage baskets

STEP 1: cut two leather strips, 3/4" wide

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STEP 2: punch hole on one side of the first leather strip in the center, about 1/4" from end

DIY Custom modern storage basket

STEP 3: Wrap handle around the basket and mark spot for the second hole

DIY Custom modern storage basket

STEP 4: Fold handle in half and use the first holes to mark the second set. Repeat for the second handle 

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STEP 5: Hammer in the rivets

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and you're done!

DIY Custom modern storage basket

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Breuer Cesca Chairs

I took a little time off from blogging to pack up our house and move our lives across the country. We are now settled (sort-of) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, currently staying with my in-laws. I am back at the computer and naturally I am thinking about what's next, aka, stalking Zillow and designing every home I love in my mind, and sometimes even on photoshop. It's what's on the brain, so it's only natural that I would start with an interiors post.

Today, I'm talking about one of the vintage finds I added to my list, and actually already checked off (!), the Breuer Cesca chair. Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian born modernist architect and furniture designer. He invented the tubular steel bicycle handlebar-inspired furniture in the 1920's. The specific chair I'm looking at today is the Cesca chair, named after his adopted daughter, Francesca. The chair was named one of the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century. It comes both upholstered and caned and given the surge of wicker and natural furniture, I have been digging the caned version. It's no wonder, these chairs are everywhere I turn, looking fab at a dining table, completing an office desk, or casually styled in a breakfast nook. The modern metal with the natural caned seat and back are perfectly California cool.

I am happy to say I own four (currently somewhere in storage) for a mega steal on Craigslist for $80! I cannot wait to figure out exactly where they will live in our future home. 

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Breuer Chairs
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Ten Dark Exteriors We Love!

Like most of you, we are still holding on to the all-white-everything stage we’ve been going through for the last few years, but it’s nice to see the pendulum start swinging and new, fresh colors emerge. As it pertains to exteriors, we are loving the dark trend we’ve been seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. The colors range from midtone greys, to charcoal with blue undertones, to true black and even a deep deep olive green. For a classic look the white trim is a perfect choice, but we also love the way warm wood doors and trim pop of the dark ground.

Here are ten dark exteriors we are swooning over!

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