Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My ABC's of Home Decor

Maybe it's because I spend most of my days reading ABC books, singing the ABC song, or even practicing ABC sign language with Baby Elle; but I thought it would be fun to compile my favorite interior design trends, shops & resources into ABC's .... 
Crisp Interiors style.
Allow me to introduce to you my favorite sources and trends:
A is for Anthropologie ....
as if it could be anything else
I'm in love with their rug selection.... this one {Kiara rug} was a contender for Elle's "big girl room."

B is for Brass....
It's back in a big way and I can't stop dreaming of it in our kitchen remodel.

C is for Celadon Home...
my idea of the perfect store.  Located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - it's the most wonderful mix of eclectic elegance.  
**They even have a huge warehouse with lots of scratch & dents pieces that can be scored for major discounts **

D is for Domino Magazine....
my guilty pleasure and greatest source of inspiration
Basically it was Pinterest before there was Pinterest.
It went away for a while; but I couldn't be happier that it's BACK!

E is for Etsy...
and because we all know it's easy to fall into the black hole abyss of all of Etsy's goodness, I've narrowed down some of my favorite shops:
{EarthCadets: that's where you can find these fun pillows.
BrandMeBeautiful: love her for helping me with this blog design.
PaperPleaseStudio: for the most dreamy business cards around.
TheDedicationCompany: for the sweetest lockets with personalized notes inside
PBandJBabyChic: for the sweetest baby gifts - the wonderful owner will customize just about anything for your little love}

F is for Furbish Studio....
The Queen of Pattern Mixing, Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio gets it right, every single time.
Check out their store for TONS of inspiration!
{it'll make you instantly happy, I promise.}

G is for Grasscloth Wallpaper....
especially with a subtle hint of metallic.
Several of my favorite sources are Phillip Jefferies, Burke Decor & Thibaut

H is for House of Belonging...
one of my favorite Etsy shops, these fun prints sure can make a room.
We just ordered this one in gold for Elle's "big girl room"

I is for IKEA...
especially when you're in the mood for modern and black & whites, Ikea is the way to go.
Lately, I'm loving this rug and am so tempted to design a whole room around it- though I couldn't come close to the perfection of this room by John Jacob Interiors.
{see my previous blog post for all of my favorite Ikea finds}

J is for John Robshaw...
if Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio is Queen of Pattern Mixing, John Robshaw is most certainly the King of Textiles.  His prints and patterns are smart, stylish, yet so livable!
Seen here in the home of Brooke Shields, his fabrics are perfect for pillows and upholstered pieces alike.

K is for Kilim....
a perfect way to bring color into an otherwise neutral space, these rugs are rich with history.
{see my previous post on kilim rugs for a complete run-down of their history and my favorite sources}

L is for Layla Grayce...
featuring over 400 brands, LG always seems to get it right!
I'm especially in love with this Oly Studio Meri Drum Chandelier:

M is for Millie + Marge
OK so it's not home related at all...but I just had to share my gorgeous friend and her equally gorgeous jewelry with you all.  Check out Courtney's facebook page here for some boho chic pieces that you'll want to style every outfit around: 

N is for Navy {Walls}...
A subtle and chic splash of color that makes small spaces come to life.
{Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy is always a winner in my book}

O is for Oushak...
Not to be confused with Kilim Rugs, these Turkish beauties are known for use of silky wool. 
My favorites are those with a faded look, as if they have been used for centuries before.
I've found my favorite Oushaks at flea markets from dealers who import directly from Turkey.
However, there are some great finds on Ebay, Etsy, and One Kings Lane {where this pale blue runner was spotted.}

P is for Pastels....
they were all over the Spring market, proving that they're not just for little girls rooms any longer.

R is for Restoration Hardware...
a go-to for "forever pieces" and nursery inspiration.
They take neutral to a whole new level of beautiful.
{and thanks to Elle's Aunt Anna, we love having this rocking sheep in the nursery at our house}

S is for Serena & Lily...
Originally  known for their fabulous nursery decor, the Serena & Lily duo has expanded their horizons to all parts of the home: bedding, art, decor, kids rooms - you name it!
I do believe I could decorate my entire home with just their products.
I'm loving these fun and livable kids chairs for Elle right now.

T is for Teepee's...
{in kids rooms of course.}
I've found so many that I love for Elle on Etsy - but they look super easy DIY as well.

V is for Victoria Hagan Interiors...
a designer for the ages, Ms. Hagan gets it right every.single.time.
Her signature furniture line is equally as lovely.

W is for West Elm...
currently dreaming of their cushy Kasbah rug.

Y is for Your Own Home....
one of my favorite decorating tips is "shop your own home"
When you need to give a space new life, start with a blank slate and then shop around until you find the perfect medley of treasures.  Just present them in a new way.
You won't have spent any money and you'll feel like a true HGTV star!

Z is for Z Gallerie...
I always pop over here when I need a quick shot of inspiration.  
Their unique and quirky style always leaves me wishing I had an unlimited budget.
{Especially for things like this perfect office desk}

Now...for those of you loyal readers who made it all the way from A to Z.....thank you for hanging in there with me for the longest post ever!  
**Bonus points for some suggestions for the letters I left out** 
 I struggled with Q, U, & X
Would love to hear your favorites for these though.

Now, off to sing some ABC's with my girl!
Happy Hunting!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Moroccan Tile Has My Heart

Is it just me or are all kitchens starting to look the same?  Why is it that other rooms in our homes are unique and speak to our own personal styles; yet so many of our kitchens look absolutely identical?  When it comes to the kitchen, why have we all {including me} bought into the idea that we must choose between subway tiles and those tiny mosaic glass tiles that already seem outdated?
**Disclaimer: I do love a subway tile back splash - in fact, we have it in our own kitchen.
HOWEVER, I can't help but be drawn to something different when it comes to back splashes.

Enter: Moroccan tiles.

{via Elle Decor}

Game changer for sure!

{via House Beautiful}

Perhaps my favorite supplier of these beautiful and unique tiles is Tabarka Studio.
I've spent hours {way too many hours} dreaming of the perfect tile to spice up our kitchen.
These are a few of my favorites:

{images via Tabarka Studio}

All of these tiles are hand glazed and colors can even be customized.
Guaranteed to make your kitchen one of a kind.

Now, being a lover of all things simple, CRISP, and mostly white, I don't know if I am brave enough just yet to take the plunge and do an entire back splash in tile. 
Baby steps, right?

What I do love is the idea of just an accent pop!
Although this is obviously not a kitchen, just an accent of tile can certainly pack quite the punch.

Or even provide understated elegance on the floor:
{via Lonny}

The only catch?
They ARE a bit pricey!
HOWEVER, there is a more affordable solution:
Glass arabesque tiles such as these pictured above aren't completely unaffordable.
Even stores like Home Depot are carrying it for roughly $12/sq. foot.
Although my favorite source for {marble} arabesque is:
Mission Stone & Tile.
Wonderful selection but slightly higher prices.
You win some, you lose some, right?

How about you....Do you love this look?
What are some other ways you make your kitchen uniquely yours?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My IKEA Shopping List

Some love you for your yummy cinnamon rolls and big blue shopping bags.
Some are not so in love with your never-ending aisles, hard to assemble pieces, and complete lack of charm.
{I admit, on nearly every day of my life, I fall in to the latter category.}  
It's a maze in there, y'all!
BUT what I cannot argue with is their killer prices!

Now that I have a little one at home, my trips to IKEA are few and far between.   When I do manage to get there, I have some stand-by favorites that I go back to time and time again. 
{Why yes I DO need ten more baskets, two more sheepskin rugs, and of course a million more little tea lights.  Don't you?}

Before I run up there this week to pick up some things for a client {and myself} with baby in tow, I thought I'd share with you my Ikea shopping list.

{via Style Me Pretty}

Handwoven Byholma Basket in Grey

Starting at $6, these little beauties are perfect for organizing, stylish storage, and just about anything!
I can't tell you how many I go through each year....fill them with wine, the makings of a great meal, and some sweet treats; label them with a chalkboard tag and you've got the making of the perfect hostess gift!

RENS Sheepskin Rugs
So affordable and versatile!
We have two in Elle's nursery
 ...but I'd use them in every room if I could.
They also look absolutely perfect thrown over a chair in the dining room for some added texture and interest.
{via Apartment Therapy}

Lack Side Tables
At $9.99, these thrifty finds can become quite trendy.
I love them as is:
{via Apartment Therapy}

Or I can envision them taking a fancier turn with brass corners and nail-heads or even dip dyed legs.
{if that trend's ship hasn't quite sailed yet}

Stockholm Rug
{via Divaani}
I adore all things brass these days and what better to compliment my love of gold than this black & white number? 
I envision it in a future playroom at the Knotts house VERY soon!
{source unknown}

Docksta Table
A close relative to the ever popular tulip table; though this one will not break the bank.
{via TerratElms Interiors}

What I'm intrigued by here is the mix of a classic, traditional style with some quirky IKEA pieces thrown in.  Though it's just not my thing to decorate a whole home with a streamlined, modern look; I could handle an unexpected pop like this!

RIBBA Picture Frames
You can never have enough of these. 
They make the perfect monochromatic gallery wall.

{Via HGTV}

Again with the could even add some brass L-brackets to the corners to spice things up a bit.

That's my IKEA shopping list!
Now if navigating the store was just that easy.....
What are your favorites at IKEA?