It’s an Urban Cottage Because

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It has a soft palette, a gorgeous door and an open feel {literally}. Happy weekend everyone!

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8 Stylish Breakfast Nooks

Hi, everyone, we have a guest post today from Mari at Arcadian Home!

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I’m so excited to be here today  with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. Maureen Stevens’ blog is a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful folding screens to a lovely array of lighting and rugs.

Today, we’re going take a little tour of eight stylish breakfast nooks. From a casual family space with modern chairs to a sophisticated corner banquette, these beautiful little spaces will surely inspire dreams of a perfect breakfast nook of your own. Please enjoy!

Thanks for letting me stop by to visit for awhile.

1. The image above is a wonderful place for that first cup of coffee or tea in the morning! It’s stylish yet relaxed look is just right for a few minutes alone before the daily rush begins.

Breakfast Nook

2.This Mid-Century breakfast nook is the perfect light-filled spot to get the day off to a good start. The modern pendant light and colorful plates as art give the space a happy whimsical feel.

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3. An all-white traditional kitchen is brightened up with this beautiful little breakfast nook. I love the contrast between the sleek lines of the white chairs and the curvy legs of the round table.

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4. This tiny corner breakfast nook may be small in size, but it packs a lot of style. The gorgeous contemporary light fixture becomes the focal point above the Tulip table.

Breakfast Nook

5. Just what every girl needs, a bit of glam style with her breakfast. This long curved banquette creates a beautiful corner in which to tuck a Saarinen Tulip table and ghost chairs.

Breakfast Nook

6. A Madeline Weinrib rug in soft gray and blue defines this corner breakfast nook with tall-backed settee. A simple glass pendant light hangs low over the table.

Breakfast Nook

7. A comfortable tufted corner banquette in pure white is just the right size for this breakfast nook. I love the yellow school bus artwork. What a happy look!

Breakfast Nook

8. This feminine breakfast nook could make a girl swoon that is if she loves shabby chic and French. Breakfast might stretch into a long brunch here. Lovely!

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What do you think of these breakfast nooks? Leave us your comments below and be sure to stop by our website for more home decor and interior inspirations!

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Thanks for Coming | Treehouse Event

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the class at Treehouse on Color Theory. I really would like to thank everybody who came {friends, family and the people I met for the first time!}. I hope you learned something new. I love all the questions that’s been coming to my inbox as well. If you went {or even if you weren’t able to}, please do not hesitate to e-mail me with any q’s. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to answer everything but I do know two heads are better than one!

Special shout out to Jocelyn of Sugaplump who made the yummy and colorful cupcakes! How else can we learn about color, right? As always, this gal for snapping the pics. And of course, the amazing people at Treehouse!

Here’s the slideshow I made for the class. Enjoy!


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Handmade for HGTV | Constellation Tray

Hello friends! I’m so excited to tell you that I am now a contributor at HGTV.com. Just like most design enthusiasts, HGTV has always been a source of inspiration and information to me. I do believe that this channel single-handedly turned a lot of us into DIY’ers. We all became more in love with our homes and spaces and learned how to stay in love with it with home improvement, renovation, craft and remodeling projects … of which our main teacher is HGTV. Today the channel of course has it’s website and I couldn’t be more thrilled about their magazine.  I’m making small contributions to their Craft & Decorating category.

I gotta tell you, these projects are super easy and comes in very simple steps. Decorating and crafts shouldn’t be hard or complicated at all, right? Here is my first one, click on this link for the how-to’s for this Constellation tray. Thank you to this amazing gal for snapping the pics and for the Zodiac templates. My friends are amazing! I hope you check out my other projects soon!

personalized constellation tray

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Outdoor Space with Stone Textile

Happy Monday everyone! I did a guest post at Stone Textile’s blog here for some ideas for an outdoor space. Elizabeth, the brainchild of this design forward line of soft goods is out and about {but coming home soon!} in Asia.

stone-textile You should totally check out her amazing collection which has won praises from the likes of House Beautiful & Domino Magazine. Thank you Elizabeth for having me. Check out the post!

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Retro Style at LBJ’s Suite in Austin

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A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the 2013 Downtown Living Tour. When we think downtown, we think of urban spaces and lofts. Well, Austin is a bit different, we have ultra modern spaces, we also have some that’s a bit more Bohemian, Texan feel, cottage and yes, even retro.

We got to visit the late President Lyndon B. Johnson’s suite at the JJ Pickle Building.Everything is preserved and the design is unmistakably 1960’s retro. What you’ll find…Vibrant Colors are side by side. Check…chartreuse & citrus? Why yes! The more vibrant, the better.Psychedelic fabrics & textures abound, the era of shag…shag rugs that is!

This was at the height of minimalism, modernism and abstract expressionism where furniture was sleek & Campbell’s soup cans became sources of great design. This is retro and super cool!

See more images of the 2013 Downtown Living Tour. These images are copyrighted and cannot be copied without explicit permission from Hanan Exposures.

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Austin Outdoor Living Tour

The heat is definitely on in Austin & it’s not even Summer yet! Hot or not, you can find Austinites outdoors enjoying local amazing events or in their backyard or front porch. You can view some gorgeous outdoor spaces this weekend at the Austin Outdoor Living Tour. I caught up with the owner of Austin Outdoor Design, Jose and got to ask him 3 questions about outdoor design.

1. The design of the outdoor space at Grosvener Ct. is both sleek and thoughtfully planned; tell us more about the process and design for this lovely yard.

This backyard is focused on color and light. Cooking and playing are equally important here, with plenty of different sitting areas for people to gather. The concept is open but the spaces are very defined. Defined by change in material and color and purpose. Color-changing LEDs, recessed cans, and lights shining down from trees brighten every corner of this yard, and a fire pit in the recessed conversation area provides warmth and comfort. The playscape is both an area for children to enjoy, and a vibrant piece of art.

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2. Let’s face it, Austinites loves the outdoors, what advise would you give us when planning for our very own outdoor oasis?

What do you enjoy? Cooking? lounging? working out? reading? Living? Entertaining? Your outdoor space has the potential of fusing the best characteristics of your favorite indoor rooms with the your favorite park, patio restaurant or hotel. Seek inspiration from nature, from art, from your mom and your best friend, but in the end make an oasis for you and your lifestyle. When we interview a client we don’t ask questions about what materials they like, rather we ask questions about lifestyle, experiences and fascinations. You want your space to an extension of how you ideally live life.

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3. With water in such a high time low in the city, we all want drought-tolerant plants, low-maintenance gardens that is beautiful yet showcases sustainable designs as well; can you give us a few ideas on what plants to use?

My best advice when it comes to low water gardens is to look at the side the road. If it grows naturally in central Texas, then it will grow well in your garden. Many people have the misconception that a low water garden has to look like a desert. Definitely not the case. There are many natives that’s lush and colorful and beautiful. You might even consider a wildflower garden.

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Thanks so, so much Jose! I wouldn’t have thought of that! Greenery/flowers that grows at the side of the road. See their gorgeous design & more at the Austin Outdoor Living Tour this weekend folks! I know you love the outdoors! Meet your local landscape architects and get inspired by nature! Get your tickets here.

Images by this amazing gal, Ryann Ford.

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5 Blue and Yellow Centerpiece Ideas for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial weekend everyone! The 3-day weekend officially starts today. What are your plans? Today, I’m helping & attending a Singles Soiree {we have a matchmaker attending!}, tomorrow is my class on Color {Theories & Choices} at Treehouse {please come #Austin, RSVP here} and Sunday, I’m throwing a going away party for my amazing friend Charmie {I am sad yet excited & happy for her…creative people follow their own path! She is going on a sabbatical in Thailand.

Memorial Day is about celebrating the fallen hereos of the United States Army…from the Marines, Navy, Air Forces, Army & Coast Guard. Colors of these entities are predominantly yellow and blue {well, except for the Army}. Here are some ideas on how to set the table in yellow and blue for this important holiday. 5 Yellow and Blue centerpiece ideas:

1. Blue runners, yellow bandanas with lemons & sunflowers to match.

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2. A Mason Jar with yellow fruit & flora and a simple striped blue ribbon.

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3. Glass containers with blue beads and yellow and blue flowers.

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4. Blue wine bottles in clusters, again with vibrant yellow flowers.

blue and yellow centerpiece

5. Something sweet in yellow and blue in white pedestals {think gorgeous cakes, cupcakes & even French macaroons!}

No worries, here’s an idea for the Army: green succulents in wooden boxes like these will be gorgeous!

Images: 1. House Beautiful 2. Becky Young Photography 3. Style Me Pretty 4. The Sweetest Occasion 5.The Joyful Weddings & Events

Have fun everyone!

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My Upcoming Talk at TreeHouse

A little plug folks! I’m having a talk at Treehouse Austin this Saturday, May 25th on Color. I would love for you to come. We’ll talk about some basic theories and how to tie them in with your personal choices. C’mon, choosing a color seem to be basic in the design process but it is so hard to choose…there’s about a gazillion paint hues out there. A recent design client had a dilemma on grays. Let’s face it, gray is not so plain gray anymore…it’s a complex hue.  Anywho, promise it won’t be boring! RSVP here.

Color theories talk at Treehouse

See you there! If it’s your first time at Treehouse, you will absolutely love the store. Learn, be inspired & swoon. Did I mention you can RSVP here?

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