2019 Color of the Year

As a home stylist, designer, and artist, I love color. Color can change the way a space not only looks, but also how it feels. If you’re considering a new paint color, take a look at these colors from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.  Both companies recently announced their Color of the Year for 2019 and I’m in love!

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Sherwin Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year is Cavern Clay (SW 7701), a warm terracotta. This warm hue brings the outdoors in and adds a nice pop to any space. The Sherwin Williams website describes this color as “a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic.”  This earthy hue is both casual and refined, and looks great with stone, leather, woodgrain and greenery.  If you love all things earthy, southwest or bohemian, then this color is for you!  It pairs beautifully with neutrals such as warm gray or deep brown.

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If warm, earthy tones aren’t your thing, on the opposite end of the spectrum is Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year, Metropolitan (AF-690), a cool gray. Benjamin Moore’s website says it “emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty." This neutral, soft gray is “calm, composed, and effortlessly sophisticated.” It’s the perfect backdrop for almost anything.  Layer it with other neutrals to create a soft, modern feel, or pair it with navy or blush tones and metallic accents for something a little bolder, but still modern and sophisticated.

As much as I love the color and warmth of Cavern Clay, the cool, neutral hue of Metropolitan is more my style. Which one is your favorite?

- Kerri

Our Nursery

So I’ve been a bit busy. Both the business and I grew this year! I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things, starting with blogging a bit more. What a better way to get started than with the nursery I designed for our new little one?!

Last fall, before even becoming pregnant, I decided I wanted our future nursery to have a gradient mountain wall. Boy was that a beast of a project! It took multiple weekends but I love how it turned out. It gives this room a bit of whimsey and magic. At least, I hope that’s how Atti will feel about it one day.

His room is huge. Seriously, massive. I wanted to take advantage of all that floor space so it can one day double as his playroom. Hence shelves. These Lack shelves from IKEA help keep things off the floor. There are also cube shelves in his closet for extra book and toy storage.

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Of course for me, his room wouldn’t be complete without a gallery wall! This one went MUCH better than the one in our living room. I followed my own advice and used paper cutouts of each item to design it all before hammering a single nail.

All of that extra time in the planning process really paid off. We absolutely adore his gallery wall and all of the pieces that became a part of it. Those mountain shelves? His grandma bought them from Etsy, and they are filled with wooden toys that were hers when she was a child. There’s a sign my best friend got him. A sign I picked up from a local shop. And one of our dear friends hand lettered his name onto a slice of wood!

 Dresser:  IKEA Hemnes   Mountain Shelves:  Etsy

Dresser: IKEA Hemnes

Mountain Shelves: Etsy

 Air Plant Holders:  Etsy

Air Plant Holders: Etsy

However, after all of that, my favorite thing in this room is the rocking chair. Mr. Rocking Chair is his name. That’s right, he has a name. There are photos of my mom being rocked in Mr. Rocking Chair when she was a little girl. It warms my heart that now my son is also being rocked to sleep in the same spot.

Of course, I couldn’t miss out on a little modern flair with those hanging air plants. For me, this room is a wonderful combination of old and new.

It’s our hope that this room will inspire Atticus to never stop exploring.

Photos by Luxe & Pine Photography

3 Ways To Maintain A Tidy Home

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    Getting your home tidy can be tough with all the other responsibilities we have in our adult lives. Often times cleaning is seen as a never-ending, overwhelming task that as soon as you are done straightening up, your home is suddenly a disaster once again. So in order to keep your home tidy, try following these 3 simple steps to end the messy cycle.

1. Declutter

     I know this sounds pretty crazy but this step is actually quite simple. Check it out. Start by making three piles: donate, discard, and keep. Then, sort. If you haven’t worn something in the past year and a half, chances are you won’t wear it later. So, put that item in the donate pile. Anything that is broken and/or worn out needs to get tossed into the discard pile. Then, once you have the keep pile you can organize back into their designated spaces.

2. Tidy a little every day

     It seems like the simplest of tasks but cleaning everyday can make all the difference. We’re not saying you have to scrub the floors every day, but consider wiping the shower down after you bathe. Or put the mail up after looking at it. Doing something small each day will allow you to avoid the huge task of cleaning once a week for 18 hours. Whether that means making your bed everyday, or picking up items off the floor when you leave the room. Little tasks like these allow your space to look so much cleaner.

3. Clean as you Cook

     This is a game changer right here! The kitchen can get out of control quickly, especially when food scraps, dirty dishes, pots and pans start adding up. That’s why cleaning as you cook is important. It makes it so you can avoid the daunting task at the very end of cooking (and we know how horrifying that task feels). I know how easy it is to let dishes pile and the sink be enclosed with dirty dishes, but its not the best environment if you’re trying to avoid fruit flies. So as you’re cooking, clean the dishes or put them in the dishwasher once you’re done using them. Consider wiping down the counters and cabinets after you cook a meal. Then, once you’re all done you can celebrate in how much better your home feels with a clean kitchen and a home cooked meal.

 

     Let’s face it, you don’t have the time to spend your entire life keeping your home clean. Whether or not your home is an apartment or house, keeping your space tidy on a regular basis just got a whole lot easier. If you have any other tips or tricks on keeping the home tidy and clean let us know in the comments below!

Our Local Holiday Shopping Guide

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Photo by kelsey nelson

     Well everyone, it’s now holiday shopping season!  With the official Shop Small Saturday just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local makers and locally owned stores to help you with your shopping this season! Let's show our local business owners some love! 

 

Local Makers We Love

 

Raleigh Calligraphy: While she specializes in calligraphy and invitation suites, she also has some beautiful prints that would make such sweet, meaningful gifts.

Good JuJu Herbal: You can shop online or if you’re local, you can find these gifts in a lot of nearby shops. These soaps are so good for your skin and make wonderful stocking stuffers. Have a dog lover in your life? They have amazing dog soap as well!

Shelby Dillon Studio: This amazing artist has turned her pieces of work into art for your couch, your bar cart, your ears, and more. Her online shop has fabulous gifts such as pillows and bags to stocking stuffers such as earrings and coasters.

Lo & Behold: I cannot say enough good things about these bath salts! But that’s not all they have. Lo & Behold has an entire line of natural small batch skin care. 

Wordsky Designs: Kyle's hand cut wood pieces are so cool and such a great way to show your love of local on the walls! While he got started with the Raleigh skyline, he's grown to make tons of custom designs. 

 

 

Local Stores We Adore

Port of Raleigh: This store is what modern dreams are made of. Lots of wonderful pieces for the home ranging from recyclable dining products to furnishings.

DECO: This is honestly one of my favorite spots for grabbing gifts real quickly. They have a little bit of everything! Lots of local love in there!

The Zen Succulent: If you aren’t traveling too far, this is a great spot to pick up succulents and other live plants for gifts. But that’s not all they have. They also carry beautiful books, locally made soaps, and trendy planters. 

The Flourish Market: They are stocked with some pretty cute home goods items but they are known for their ethically sourced clothing. It's a twofer! Locally owned and doing good in the world! 

 

We hope that this season, you consider shopping local. It means more to us entrepreneurs than you'll ever know! Happy Holidays everyone! 

Four Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

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     One thing I hear often when going to staging and styling consultations is that the homeowner feels as though they don’t have enough space. They have things spread out on counters and stacked on floors because they can’t seem to find a better place for it. If you are reading this nodding your head in agreement with them, you are not alone! 

     Sometimes there truly isn’t enough space, but more often the space is just not being used as efficiently as it could be. If you suspect that may be the case for your home, here are some tips to improve your space utilization and de-clutter your rooms!

 

1) Bins 

     Y’all, I love bins! Especially the wicker ones. These can be found at Target or IKEA, fit most of those cube shelves, and look really pretty. I use them in most of my closets for things like shoes, dog supplies, and even in the laundry closet for small appliances I don’t use often (hello space heater). Aside from making the closets appear more organized, it helps you go up in the space. It’s pretty hard to stack shoes on top of one another without a container. They spread out as far as the space will allow. Same goes for space heaters, towels, etc. These small bins will help keep the clutter out of sight while giving you more space to work with in your closets.

 Photo: IKEA.com

Photo: IKEA.com

 

2) Storage Ottomans

      If you like the look of tufted ottomans, then this is a major storage solution for you! The come as small as eighteen inches wide and as large as four-five feet! These are great for tucking away remotes, blankets, dog toys, books, children’s toys. Basically anything that may end up in your living room (or even bedroom, at the foot of the bed), could be tucked away in here. For even better utilization, put small bins inside to keep remotes and other smaller items from getting lost in those blankets.

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3) Shelves  

     This is key for those with smaller kitchens and pantries. The name of this game is "going up". IKEA is a great resource for finding various shelf racks. Some can be drilled into the wall, some can be attached to existing wire shelving. Whatever your need may be, I bet they have a shelf for it. If you have an open wall in a kitchen, embrace the open shelf tend! 

    Don't have space in your living room for a bookshelf after your couch is in there? Put shelves above the couch. Stagger books and framed photos/artwork on these shelves to keep the space beautiful and feeling intentional. 

 Great use of wall space in a laundry room. Photo:  Target.com

Great use of wall space in a laundry room. Photo: Target.com

4) Wall Racks

     They make these for all sorts of things now. You can hang brooms on the wall of the pantry. Get some for the back of the bathroom closet/linen closet for storing cleaning supplies or beauty products. IKEA has some that you can hang tins from, which can be used for utensil storage or growing herbs/succulents. We've used wall spice racks as a solution to our tiny pantry. 

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photo: ikea.com

 

 

Hopefully this can get you started on a more organized, less cluttered living space!