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Front Porch Living

It’s yet to feel like Spring is here, but we had a little taste of it this weekend and I want more. One of my favorite things to do in the summer, is hand my kids a bunch of sidewalk chalk and hang out on my front porch. So what makes a good front porch?

For me, it starts with the basics: a good front door (I tend to go classic colors on mine like this rich BM Hale Navy), a great light with clear glass shade, simple accessories in contemporary numbers, doorbell and a no-frills mailbox. The next thing to bring in that is invaluable is two comfortable chairs and a combo of affordable pillows. I love these ones from IKEA for a covered porch. Then bring in a ceramic stool in a contrasting color so you have somewhere to set down that evening cocktail you’ll be enjoying while your kids ride bikes in front of your house (sound Americana enough??) I like to use boxwoods in varying sizes of the same pot; at the end up the summer you can plant the boxwoods and enjoy them all year.

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I like to keep my front porch design simple…nothing too showy from the road (maybe the modest Canadian part of me coming out!) Hopefully soon we’ll all be able to actually hang out outside soon.

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Fantasy Friends: Current & Elliott

We all have them, celebrities we think we’d be friends with if we only got to meet them. My husband’s is NBC anchor Willie Geist (I know, weird right, but we really do think they’d be friends.) I think I might be friends with denim and interior designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. The line they did for PB Teen last year is so fun and when I saw this feature on their respective homes on Elle.com, I just loved it!

I could bring my kiddos and sip margaritas with the ladies out here…

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Saw this and yet again want to redo my dining room. Although, this pic is going to drive Amy crazy because she can’t stand how kilims always bunch up and even in this otherwise perfect pic the rug is bunched up!

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Perfectly styled bookshelves

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I’m generally not a fan of a swagged chain on a pendant, but in this case it actually adds to the relaxed feel of the room. The oversized lamp on the pedestal side table is amazing and another reminder you don’t have to match metals in your house!

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OMG

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Gallery wall, check. Perfectly accessorized console, check. Terrarium, check. And, I could go on…  Only thing I’d change is the curtains. Generally not a fan of tab tops and I’d like to see them hung 10 inches higher (but who am I to critique these two?!)

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All good on the gallery wall up the stairs! And that dress!!

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I adore this room. Such a fun mix of styles for the perfectly curated boho look

Elle March 2014 Current Elliot feature

So, how can you inject a little Boho chic into your space?

Get the Look Bohemian Living

1. The West Elm Chevron Knot Rug in ivory is a blank canvas with just enough interest, to build off of. This rug goes great in any room and meshes well with all types of decor. Highly rec.

2. You know we love this Eames Molded Chair with Dowel-Leg Base because it’s such a classic. And cozy it up with a sheepskin from IKEA.

3. Don’t you love the large vintage letters in the pics above? Scour flea markets or go for something easy like these Acid Etched Letters from Urban Outfitters.

4. Poufs are a staple in any bohemian-style home. You know a trend is in full-tilt when it hits PB Kids! Like this Moroccan Floor Pouf that comes in silver and three other colors. Another great one is the Kew Dhurrie Pouf from West Elm

5. So, it might be hard to find that gorgeous cage-inspired light in the nursery, but you don’t have to be really literal when you replicate a look. Instead, consider accessorizing with something like these Vintage Terrarium Cage Planters. They would look great filled with succulents on a sideboard.

6. Pillows are such an easy way to bring in an eclectic vibe. This Magical Thinking Diamond Kilim Pillow from Urban is gorgeous with that little shot of pink and affordable! Or, bring in some of that graphic black and white with this Chevron Crewel Pillow in iron.

Have a great weekend!

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Client Project Update: A Breakfast Nook

Back from a week’s vacation…so so good to get away and feel some sun on the skin! We went to Orlando for a couple of nights and a day at Magic Kingdom and then headed out on a four day Disney cruise. Tell ya what…Disney knows how to do it right. Overall, I thought the experience was great–the boat was spacious, the kids club was amazing, the food better than decent, the service was impeccable and everything was very clean. The kids loved it. We loved seeing our kids love it. If you’re sensitive to crowds and loathe schedules, I’d definitely look at other options though–this was our first time doing a cruise at all and there are definitely people everywhere and having to follow their schedule for things like dinner might not be for everyone. The idea of a big floating city can be a little freaky (especially given all the stories lately about cruises!) but I tried not to think too much about it. From a design perspective, the rooms are really well planned. We were on the Disney Dream and here’s what our room looked like–we went with my MIL and had an adjoining room that was a mirror image of this one.

Disney Dream Cruise Room

We decided not to get a room with a balcony because of the kids, but there was a huge porthole window that was just as good. There was a queen bed and then the couch is turned down into a single bed and behind the chair there is a murphy bed that housekeeping also turns down every night if it’s needed. The curtain pulls across to separate the two areas. We had them put a pack and play in our room and the baby slept great with the curtain pulled. So, in the end, would definitely recommend the cruise just go into it knowing that it won’t necessarily be a totally relaxing vaca if you’re going with kids.

Ok on to the update on a client project! We’ve been working with a family to update their kitchen/family room area which included a corner they’d designated for a breakfast nook. We’d previously presented options for chairs to go with the Aria table from Room & Board we recommended and they ended up going with the molded Eames chairs. Here’s what we’ve done so far–LOVE how it’s turning out and they’re super happy with the choices made so far.

Contemporary breakfast nook

After finalizing the table and chairs, we did custom cushions for the banquette in a neutral Sunbrella fabric (they have three kids!) and now we’re moving on to the next part which is adding some color, interest and softness to the corner with pillows.

Our clients like greens, blues/greys and reds/oranges. We could do something super eclectic and mix all the colors, but  they want to keep things simple and relatively monochromatic, with just a little color added in. Here are three options we’ve put together for them…

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Green Orange

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Greys

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Brown Orange

 

Which would you choose??

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