It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

….it has well thought of accessories with a calm quaintness to it
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The Quest for a Rococo Mirror

I’ve always loved ornate mirrors. The more scalloped, the more intricate, more curvy, the better. So, I am in search of the perfect Rococo mirror for one of my projects and mimic the inspiration above. Here are some I absolutely adore:

Clockwise from Left: 1. ShopAd 2. Wisteria 3. ZGallerie 4. Horchow  5. Olystudio 6. Jonathan Adler
Ahhh, decisions, decisions! I’m looking for a horizontal one. Beveled, etched or gilded…help me please!

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Presenting the Lanai | 8 Ways

Just because it’s named after an island in Hawaii doesn’t mean you can’t use this word to lovingly term your veranda. Simply put, Lanai means a fully furnished living room with open sides. With the heat here in Texas, you may not want any open windows or doors for that matter but Fall is just around the corner, and is this for real? I can actually feel a little breeze this morning. Here are 8 ways to have a lanai or an open living room in your home.

A little Zen with an Asian flair
Country Rustic
Simply Modern
Classic with an old world feel
Sophisticated Traditional
  
Casual California Style
Simply White and Minimal
Mid-Century Modern
Aaahhh, so refreshing in so many ways. Isn’t wide open spaces just adorable?

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

the decor style is all about the accessories
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Yellow on Pink | Pink on Yellow

I’ve been into bright and colorful spaces and rooms lately. Organic and Zen is so yesterday, these days we need a little more pop of a bold hue in a room that will liven it up instantly. What do you think about bright on bright? Like a yellow on pinks or pink on yellows? I think I kinda like it!

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Can You Guess Which Animal It Is?

Hmmm. not quite sure what to think of these chairs. Thoughts?

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

it has sleek accents with comfy firniture
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as always, happy weekend!

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Guy Spaces

When I think of guy spaces, these things comes to mind… inflatable beds with jersey fabric bedding {preferably from Wal-Mart}, a huge TV that is of course disproportionate to the space and non-plush towels that fades with just one wash. I may be partially talking about my husband prior to us living together {although aside from a few things I don’t agree with, his bachelor space was pretty good}, but I have seriously seen bachelor pads that looks so grim, I wonder how their date life is like. So guys, take some cues, I think these spaces are masculine without too much testosterone, have character without trying so hard.

A deep blue hue with graphic art is a sure winner!
Masculine textures, suede & leather abounds in this space.
Minimalist yet with a pop of color.
Just a few ideas to impress that girl. I seriously think a big screen is not the answer to that ho-hum space.

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

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the bathroom has a loft-like feel with a piece {clawfoot tub} that evokes the past

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Project Update | The Yellow + Gray Space

Ok folks! Here’s a little update form one of my projects here. It’s all coming together slowly but surely & I’m having so much fun! During my last visit with the family, I took a few snapshots of the space, remember, we started with a clean slate. The images are via my trusty iphone {yes folks, I finally got over my Blackberry fetish & decided that with iphones, I just get more apps}, so sorry for the crappy images.

We went with a wall stencil instead of wallpaper. Much cheaper! And definitely a labor of love! Well, I only helped with the first few ones. I think the homeowner above is pleased. He didn’t say much but I betcha, he approves!
I call this a lifestyle shot! When the kiddos are having fun in their new space, I say it’s a success!
The bones are good so accessorizing will be a breeze!
And voila! We got this headboard with the fabric of our choice.
Here’s it is again in all it’s yellow glory!

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