Friday Finds: Spring Looks + Sales

Birds are chirping outside my window on this sunny Friday morning, but I'm stuck resting as I have a horrible cold + strep :( I haven't been sick in probably 4 years, so I'm being a big baby about it...ha!

Putting these Spring outfits together did give me some joy, though! With our trip to Hawaii around the corner and the first official day of Spring next week, I couldn't help but put a few looks together that I'm looking forward to recreating. A few must-haves:

* White denim. I bought my first pair of white jeans last year and wore them all the time. Can't wait to break these out again. They're so inexpensive and great quality!

* Denim jacket. For those brisk Spring days and Summer nights.

* White Tennis Shoes. I'm going to grab myself a pair of converse this Spring! I need something to slip on quickly and go do errands in. But also these are calling my name. Tough decision!!

* Flowy Dresses & Something Eyelet. I absolutely adore eyelet tops and dresses! It's breathable and forgiving and feminine, which I love!

* Statement Jewelry. Just a few key pieces of statement jewelry in your wardrobe (that you don't wear all at once! Flashback to a teacher of mine in high school who would wear all the things...!!) will be handy to pull out to make an outfit pop. Love those coral earrings with the black dress below. I love J. Crew Factory for jewelry because of the awesome prices.

* Feminine tanks. I have a few easy-to-wear tanks in my spring and summer wardrobe that make an outfit look effortless. This peplum stripe (comes in gingham too) is so cute-- I have my eye on it!
All the above looks are linked below. Just click the picture to shop (some of the pictures show the item in a different color, so it might be a little tricky!) Most of the items are on sale, so check the sale info below to make sure you get the best deal.

A few sales to know about:

1. Anthropologie Member Sale: if you're a member, you get 20% off this weekend only!
2. Loft: 49.50 for ALL dresses!
3. J.Crew Factory: extra 25% off your purchase with code GOLD 
4. Sole Society: Free shipping on orders over $50.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to wear green...Happy St. Patrick's Day ;)
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Little Things that Make a Big Difference In Your Home & Life

The other day when I was curling my eyelashes I thought, "wow! what a huge difference this makes, for being such a little thing!" That got my wheels turning about all the other seemingly "little" things we use that actually make a big difference. I started brainstorming what all those things were for me in my house and life, so here they are. I'm dying to know a few of your little favorite things in the comments!

Shoe Drop- If you want to signal guests to take their shoes off, get a basket or metal shoe tray to put at the front door. Put a few pairs in there and people will understand that this is a no-shoe house! Even if you don't mind if people wear their shoes, I liked having a metal tray for shoes this winter to control the water from snow going everywhere. This is the one we have from Target.
Baskets- Sitting at my dining table typing this I see 4 storage baskets in sight right now. They control clutter and gives things a place. We have a basket for our scarves and hats by the door, a toy basket for Lincoln's toys, a basket for my husband's records and a basket in the closet that holds a bunch of odds and ends. 
Different Vases- You never know what type of vase you'll need, so I suggest having about 3 on hand that will work for any variety of flowers. A couple budvases, a big clear jug for greens or branches, and a vase that has a larger opening to fit any type of flower (love the texture on this one!) A pitcher is another great type of vessel I use often for flowers.

Trays- These babies do more than just look nice. They will also help in controlling clutter! Give your husband a tray on the coffee table where his remote controls "live". Have a tray for mail in the office, a pretty delicate-looking tray on your dresser for jewelry, and maybe another one on the counter in the bathroom. 

Candle or Diffuser- I think we can all agree that a lovely scent makes a huge difference just about anywhere! I love my soy candles but also love running my diffuser with White Fir, Citrus, and Grapefruit (and Thieves if I'm sick). It smells just like an Anthropologie candle!
via one of my favorite candle companies-- Ellery Mae Candle Co.!

Toilet Paper Holder- What I mean by this is a holder in view in the bathroom that houses extra toilet paper. I would never want guests to be stranded! We have a wire rack that always has a few extra rolls.
Jar of Q-Tips & Cotton Balls- I keep these in a cute old candle jar, right on the counter so that we don't have to dig or reach for them when we need them.
Herb Scissors- I cannot tell you how much I love these! We got them at one of my bridal showers and I never knew I needed them so much.

Tidbit Plates- Another thing I got for my shower that I actually registered for. I have 12 and use them daily. Sometimes twice! They make the perfect size plate for my morning english muffin and is a great spoon rest when cookies. They're also the perfect appetizer plate for when guests come over!

Flour Sack Dish Towels- this is the only dish towel I will use to dry dishes or wipe the counter. It's the only kind that actually absorbs liquid!!
Yummy Smelling Dish Soap- I'm addicted to Mrs. Meyer cleaning products! Bonus? They're safer than most products out there and only rank a 4 or under on the EWG Healthy Living App. My favorite scents are Basil and Peony.


Plants- I always have my clients go to a local nursery or even Trader Joe's to get a few plants for shelves and accent tables. They make a huge difference in bringing LIFE and color to the room! If you fear killing them, I actually quite like the faux plants from Crate & Barrel.

Books- This might seem like a "DUH" thing to add here, but a lot of people fill their shelves with stuff and no books! Books add texture and height and make sense on a bookshelf ;) so don't forget them! I make sure to stack them all different ways and use different sizes when I'm designing.

Eye Cream- A good eye cream will lessen your fine lines AND help your makeup go on smoother. Something I didn't realize until switching to Beautycounter makeup was that the old brand I was using (Dermologica) actually made my eyes a little puffy in the morning. I thought that was normal, but turns out it's not because they are no longer puffy with my Nourishing Eye Cream from Beautycounter! If you're looking for an anti-aging eye cream, then the Rejuvinating cream would be great. 
Eyelash Curler- I just started doing this a few months after a lot of my friends were getting eyelash extentions and I am scared to try them / don't want to spend money on them. I love the extra curl this gives my lashes + it's gold ;) I'm not sure why it gets a 3 star review. I love it!!


Comfy Booties- Booties are something you can throw on in basically all seasons, which is why they are my most-worn type of shoe. I'm sure you all know my favorite bootie by now! See it here.
No-Show Socks- For those aforementioned booties, no-shows are a great thing to have handy! I like these.
A Good Bra- Yep, I said it! This one hidden thing can make or break an outfit. I absolutely love Third Love and will probably never go back to Victoria's Secret because I found them! The T-shirt bra is amazing!

A Small Lotion- I can't even count the number of times someone has asked if I have lotion. Well, I sure do because I'm a lotion addict ;)
Business Card Holder- I often find myself telling people about my businesses (both my design business and Bloom!) so I have a lot of business cards floating around. A handy card holder has been really great for keeping me organized.

Okay, let me know what your little must-haves are!!


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FAQ: How to Choose a Paint Color for Your Home

The other day I was working on one of my client's design projects and it occurred to me how generous my parents were in letting me use their house as an experiment of sorts! Whenever I had an idea, they usually let me try it. I remember painting the guest room headboard wall a coral color as an accent 8 years ago (it was so crazy bold...I can't believe I did it! So glad I have my blog to document this...ha) It is now a nice neutral color. Then I volunteered to take down the old floral wallpaper in our bathroom (bad idea...I cried real tears, it was so hard!) and painted it yellow. Yep. A few years later, I thought a pale blue would be nice so they let me change it. And just last year we all agreed it needed to go more neutral, so it's now a pretty greige color (Malibu Beige by Kelly Moore). My room has been purple (thankfully I don't have pictures of this!), blue and green (so bad), mint green (which I loved!) and now a neutral color as well.

They let me be creative and always supported me and I'll forever be grateful for that! But I'm also so sorry for all the paint color changes ;) Ha! I just had to tell open with that, before I share a few of my best tips for choosing a paint color for your home since I've got years of experience from trial and error. This is one of the most frequent questions I get, along with asking for paint color suggestions (saving that for another post!) so hopefully I can help! This is the process I always suggest my clients follow when choosing paint.

Paint is probably the cheapest way to drastically change the look of your room, so this is one of the first decorating updates to consider! Just wanted to note, paint will look very different on a swatch than on your actual walls. I'm mentioning this because I think people are often surprised by their wall color when it's up if they don't follow some of these tips.

1. Consider the lighting in your space.
Natural light will make the color appear in it's truest form! If you get lots of natural light then you could go a little darker with your paint color and not have it feel TOO dark. Fleurescent lights will cast a blue shadow on your paint and can cause the color to have a blue undertone, while incandescent bulbs will cause a yellow and warm tone to the walls and room in general. 

If you have incandescent bulbs everywhere and no natural light to help balance it out and want to paint your walls yellow, the lighting will only intensify the yellow paint. It might be too overwhelming! Something to think about when choosing colors. If you want to downplay the color the lighting in the space is casting into the room, try to choose a color that will offset the lighting. For example, one of my current client's walls was a medium to dark gray with a subtle green undertone, but with the skylight they had in the room and the way the recessed cans and windows were positioned in the room, the color went VERY green in the afternoon and evening. They hated it and wanted something that would look more like a TRUE gray. So we found a lighter gray paint with a blue undertone to help counteract the green shadows in the living room (Stongington Gray by Benjamin Moore, in case you're wondering!) It worked like a charm and now they love their wall color.



If you love the HUE of a color, but think it's too light or dark, you can actually get it lightened or darkened by the paint store. For example, this Stonginton Gray paint above is actually at 75%, because the true hue was a little dark, which we were trying to avoid. 

2. Consider the mood you want to set.

Warm colors like red, orange, yellow, coral, beige peach, or anything that has those undertones, tends to make a room feel more intimate. Cool colors like blue, green, purple, and grays with cool undertones tend to make your space recede and feel larger. I could do a whole separate post on color psychology, but for now, I'll keep it at this: every color comes with a slew of psychological pieces to it that you might want to consider when painting your walls! 

A neutral backdrop for black and white touches throughout...

or a seaglass blue on the walls for more punch....

3. Consider the function of the space.

This is more to help you figure out the sheen of the paint you'll want. If you have kids, you'll want higher sheens for cleanability. If you get a ton of traffic in your house you'll also want a higher sheen. 

Flat (no sheen, hardest to clean)- Matte - Eggshell - Satin - Semigloss - Hi-Gloss (highest sheen)

For public spaces like family rooms, kitchens and hallways, eggshell or satin is great. Bedrooms can also go eggshell or satin, but some people prefer semigloss because it's easy to clean because of the high sheen. For trim, doors and molding I suggest satin or semigloss (but typically lean to semigloss). For bathrooms, I usually do satin or semigloss. Ceilings are flat. 

3. Once you have an idea of a few colors, put them to the test.

This is the most important step! I BEG YOU to try out the paint on your walls or hold up huge samples of the color on the walls. This is the only way you'll know if the color will work or not. I have my clients get samples of 2-3 colors we're considering, put them in big swatches on different walls in all the rooms so we can see what the light is doing to the color in the actual space. We leave them for a day or two and then make our final selection.

Another note here: anytime you're selecting materials or paint for your home (cabinets, backsplash, countertops, etc.) it's imperative that you hold the sample in the correct orientation to see how it looks. In the case of paint, you'll want to hold the paint swatch up vertically on the wall as opposed to holding it flat in your hands. To get the full effect, you need to see the color in the orientation it will actually be in in the space. Backsplashes you'd hold vertically, while countertops you'd lay horizontally...make sense?!

4. Don't overwhelm yourself with too many options! 

This is one of the biggest mistakes I see in my clients if I come in halfway through a project because they realized they can't do this alone. Often they are deciding between 10 shades. Look, there's no way you'll be able to make a decision between 10 shades that are so similar! I always suggest a max of 3-4 colors going up on the walls to decide between. If you hate all of those options, THEN go back to the drawing board and get a few more options. 

5. Consider the function of the space & how to add dimension.

Once you've decided on colors, it's time to nail down the sheen. If you have kids, you'll want higher sheens for cleanability. If you get a ton of traffic in your house you'll also want a higher sheen. 

Flat (no sheen, hardest to clean)- Matte - Eggshell - Satin - Semigloss - Hi-Gloss (highest sheen)

For public spaces like family rooms, kitchens and hallways, eggshell or satin is great. Bedrooms can also go eggshell or satin, but some people prefer semigloss because it's easy to clean because of the high sheen. For bathrooms I usually do satin or semigloss. Ceilings are flat. 

To add dimension I like to do the trim, doors, and molding in a higher sheen. I suggest satin or semigloss (but typically lean to semigloss). If you're painting a room all white, it's a good idea to use a different sheen, like eggshell on the walls, and the same color but in semigloss for the molding, to create that dimension!

6. Create flow with the rest of your house. 

Do this by making sure the colors blend from room to room. One way I do this is usually by painting the walls a neutral color and accenting with pops of color in the fabric choices, pillows, curtains, artwork, and accessories. Like my client's house example above, we have gray walls with some blues and greens through the rug and the pillows (coming soon). Even though the kitchen is a separate room, they still need to flow together, so we will be bringing a few touches of blues and greens to the kitchen as well, but can also add in other colors as accents if we wanted. Just be sure to pick a dominant color that you might see in a few places throughout your home, but then each room can have it's own accents. 

Hopefully these tips help you in selecting a paint color for your home! Let me know if you have ANY paint color questions. I'll be sure to answer them in my next paint post!

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Just a few favorite finds to share this week, along with some sales!
1. LOFT: 40% off everything with code NEWNOW. Loving:

2. Anthropologie: extra 30% off sale. I had my eye on this top a few weeks ago when I was there and now it's on sale! 
3. Norstrom: new sale items added!

4. Aerie: $25 swimsuits. With our Hawaii trip coming up, I might want to get a new suit (after Lent, of course!) I love this one.
5. Lulu & Georgia: some of you might remember when I lived in Los Angeles for my 4th year of interior design school, I worked for Lulu & Georgia when they were a brand new company. It was so, so fun and I learned a ton! Their decor has had me drooling lately. There are so many unique statement pieces I just adore. One thing I'll be on the hunt for this spring is a new rug with a pattern for our living room (because dog problems). They have a huge selection of rugs I've got my eye on ;)

6. One other thing! This isn't necessarily a "find" but it's something I'm excited about! I'd love to meet you if you're a Michigan local, at our pop-up shop with a bunch of sweet boutiques in the area, where I'll have my Beautycounter products on display and for sampling :) It's going to be a fun night of sips, treats, and supporting local! You can RSVP via our Facebook event. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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