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I think I’m going to make up a new acronym for the design world…OMGTW.  What does it mean you ask?  Oh My God That Wallpaper.

Seriously though, we have been using so many beautiful wallpapers lately that we’re excited about. A couple of posts ago, you saw the one from Serena & Lily we used in a client’s powder room.  Well, check out a sneak peek of these two bathrooms we’ve been working on.

This peacock-inspired paper from a local Chicago designer (contact us for sourcing) is out of this world…comes in a deep gray too which we loved. Paired with this acrylic faucet it’s perfection.


This paper we used in a jack & jill bathroom for our client’s two little girls has just the right amount of whimsy. We kept everything else in the space really simple so the paper is the wow factor.

OMGTW right?!

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Kitchen Rugs

We were away in Iowa this past weekend watching my nephew make his first communion.  It was a great weekend and one of my favorite photos is this one:

An awesome pantry!


oh, and let’s not forget to mention Mr. William all dressed up for the big event.  He was happy to have found a door that was just his size.  This mini door leads out to the garage so that they  (my brother and sister in law’s house) can pull up and place grocery bags in the pantry without having to walk through the house lugging all of the grocery bags.  Brilliant!!

Speaking of kitchens…I like using things in unexpected places and the trend of persian (style) rugs in the kitchen is one that I’m loving.

kitchen 1

Terra Cotta Properties

There’s something so unexpected about using a rather traditional rug in more modern kitchens. This rugs brightens up this kitchen and really softens the other elements in the room.  And of course, I love the David Hicks pendants.

kitchen 2

Lauren Grant Blog

 Not only do I love the rug, but I LOVE, LOVE the windows and no upper cabinets.  Kitchens are really becoming a central zone in your house and this one looks like it could blend right in with the adjacent living room.

kitchen three

via Kikis list blog

 The lime green and blue in this rug are perfect for a kitchen.

kitchen 4

via Pinterest

My only advice to anyone thinking about doing this is to not invest a lot because these rugs tend to be very delicate and it’s best to look at places such as esalerugs.  I recently came across this rug that I want for my kitchen AFTER I paint the cupboards and replace the countertop.Amy Signature

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Denim-Inspired Interiors

When I can pull myself out of yoga pants, my uniform is jeans and a T-shirt. This spring, I’m partial to a distressed, skinnier fit boyfriend (hoping my stylist friend Jennie approves!) like these ones from 7 For All Mankind which are just about the perfect shade of blue for spring dressing.

I’m also totally into wearing a chambray shirt with jeans! Yup, embracing that trend in full because it makes life easy in the morning. I just throw on a patterned scarf and a cute pair of flats  to break up all the jean. I love pulling denim into home decor as well…

How gorgeous is this front door?

Christopher Maya Inc

Speaking of doors…



Gary McBournie

Gary McBournie

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via Pinterest

If you like the wall treatment above, Home Depot sells a Blue Denim Texture Wallpaper.Or, go literal and bring denim in on furniture

via Casadasamigas


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via Pinterest


I’d mix this look up a bit with some contrasting colors–maybe more white and some yellow, coral and navy in lieu of the purple blue they chose for the lights and duvet cover (I know, completely different look, but just stating my preference!)

Here are a few easy ways to bring a little denim blue into your home…

Bedding from Serena & Lily is some of our favorite (and of course don’t miss those sconces and wallpaper!) and they have some gorgeous blue options right now that remind of a soft, worn pair of jeans

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

S&L also has this Harper Denim Rug

You know I love the Emily and Meritt collection from PB Teen and I love the juxtaposition of classic tufting and contemporary fabric in this Denim Chaise Lounge

The Emily and Meritt Denim Chaise Lounge

Maybe a little much for you? Get a similar look in this Denim Glam Vanity Stool. This would make a great ottoman in front of a modern, clean lined chair or pull up a couple of them to an art table for kids–denim looks even better a little distressed!

Glam Vanity Stool, Denim

It’s also a great option for outdoor furniture this summer like this Highland Patio Lounge Chair

Brown Jordan Patio Furniture. Highland Patio Lounge Chair in Denim with Bazaar Throw Pillow

Home Depot

This simple Square Dye Stripe Kitchen Towel in Denim is only $14 and reminds me of the classic jeans and white t combo and gives you a taste of the look without a commitment!

Square Dye Stripe Kitchen Towel, Denim

Tessa Signature

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