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One of the hardest parts of leaving the house is leaving Milou! We’ve always been super close as I was mainly left in charge of training and taking care of her ever since my sister’s and I received her for Christmas as a puppy. She has a classic terrier attitude that makes her kind of spunky and independent, but she definitely gets upset when we leave the house. Just a few days ago Hive sent over their newest home monitoring camera, the Hive View, and I’m already in love with this latest addition to their family of smart home devices! It’s a sleek little camera that can be placed on a level surface or mounted to a wall or ceiling, and gives live monitoring of your home – from keeping an eye on your pets to providing a smart layer of security.
The year is already off to a dazzling start with some very intriguing decorating ideas I’m already looking forward to mixing into projects… and even a few I have worked with before! I loved seeing how my trend forecast from 2017 turned out (some trends definitely caught on more than others) and I’ve got a new slew of details that I predict will be big this year. From paint and murals to pendants and exteriors, this list covers the gamut – and I hope you like what you see! Check out my 2018 home decor trend forecast below.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve relied heavily on my own photography when styling blog posts and design projects. After discovering Framebridge‘s vast frame selection and incredible pricing, I have used them time and time again to easily upload and frame photographs from my personal collection for unique art prints. I’m excited to share my photography collection with you, with my frame suggestions for each piece to make it easy and affordable to acquire fine art photography prints to decorate your walls.
You can find all of the prints here, from mini street shots to studies of flowers and rocks. The collection ranges in subject but maintains a fresh, modern look. It will only grow from here as I share new works, so stay updated to the shop by subscribing at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to see how you use these prints! Don’t miss the coupon below, and see some of my favorite projects featuring my prints + Framebridge below.
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I love exploring different color schemes when it comes to holiday decorating, but monochrome is one that I’ve never tried out. With my dad’s entryway featuring so many shades of grey, it was the perfect opportunity to feature some icy-white decor from Pier 1’s Snow Day Christmas collection. It features decor with icy crystals, festive flocking, and silver accents that are perfect for the Tye Street entry hall. With the LED light-up Snowy Branch Tree creating a glowing statement on the console the space feels perfectly decorated for the season without disrupting the hall’s sleek greyscale palette. See all the festive details below!
Decorating the tree is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I always help choose the color scheme for the tree, which is my family’s way of setting an intention and mood for our Christmas. We’ve done a clementine orange and new-bud green for a poppy, modern celebration, shades of jeweled blue for a calm, reflective holiday, and deep crimson and fir for a more old-fashioned Yuletide, always choosing where we’re going to focus our time together. We always choose a good evening to come together amidst the twinkling lights and Christmas songs that haven’t gotten old yet to carefully hang ornaments on the tree. There are the nostalgic ones, the homely gifted ones (you have some too, I bet) and the elegant shapes we’ve always had on the tree, and every year the familiar elements blend into a unique combination that signals the start of the season to me and my family.
My philosophy for tree decorating is to save on your filler ornaments – the simpler shapes that set the color palette for the tree, then splurge on a few unique ornaments each year for the pieces that will hang year-to-year and create the most lasting memories. Target is a great place to find the filler ornaments, since they sell large sets (here are silver and gold sets) that you can purchase all at once. But you’ll need a few more meaningful, unique pieces to add personality to your tree. These unique ornaments will become increasingly special as you pull them from your ornament box each year! Shop my favorites below.