Casual Friday


Well, you guys, I'm sooo happy we made it to Friday! Lately, I feel like every week is simultaneously dragging by and going way too fast. Like, I'm really tired so I can't wait for the weekend...but at the same time, I can never make it through my to-do list, so I feel like I need more time in the week. Does that make sense? One of the things I always wish I had more time to do is read other blogs and take the time to comment on them. Your comments here always make my day and encourage me to keep blogging--so I want to spread the love! But sadly, blog-browsing usually gets pushed to the bottom of my to-do list (and like I mentioned before, it's a long list and I never seem to make it to the bottom). So yesterday, I decided to carve out some time for myself and see what some of the beautiful and creative people of the internet have been up to! The answer: Lots of good stuff. Here are just a few of my favorite links that I found. What were your favorite links from this week?

Plaid for the home

I loved Amy of Homey Oh My!’s post on plaid for the home on. Everyone knows plaid is a wardrobe staple in the fall, but it can also look fabulous in your house--and no, not just if you live in a log cabin. Plain can totally work with modern decor! Just look at the evidence above. I also wrote a post about plaid here (way back in 2012, yo!)

A modern white Halloween

Courtney of HIBRID posted ideas for a modern white Halloween. I love this color scheme; it’s such a chic and grown-up take on Halloween! And I like that it’s more pretty than scary. Those white chocolate + coconut candy apples are pretty amazing, huh?

Swamp soiree

Speaking of a sophisticated Halloween, how cool is this swamp soiree on Coco + Kelley? She also shared DIY instructions for the creepy crawly wreath, if you’d like to make your own.

Pink sofa

And I found an awesome pillow that I want in Studio DIY's colorful reading nook. We have plenty of pillows, but this one is so cute and only $20! Sigghhhh. Pillows are my weakness…well, one of them.

And that is it, folks! Tonight, I'm off to Whidbey Island and I'll be there all weekend long. I will try my bestest to have a blog post ready for you all on Monday morning. Hope you all have a great weekend! Dont forget to share your favorite links from the week in the comments (if you so choose).


13 Creative Wall Ideas


Did you think that you had to paint your walls in one color from top to bottom? Wrong!!  I mean, you totally can, of course…but you certainly don’t “have to.” There are tons of other things you can do to create a more unique and creative accent wall (or hey, all four walls, if you wish). Some of these ideas are pretty time-intensive, but others are super easy. Like, even easier than actually painting your wall the "normal" way. And once you free yourself of thinking that a wall has to be one solid color, you'll probably come up with even more great ideas than the ones I rounded up here. Because seriously...the possibilities are endless.

Wide stripes

1. Wide stripes. This is a pretty simple way to try something a little different, since stripes are such a classic. As long as you make your stripes fairly wide, you won't have to do too much taping off.

Diagonal wall

2. Diagonal. This idea is fun, and won't require too much work either. After you've painted the wall your first color, place a long, diagonal strip of tape from corner to corner (or wherever you want the line to be), then paint your second color up to the tape. Easy! See more examples here and here.

10 creative wall ideas

3. Messy stripes. I love this idea because there's no taping or measuring required at all! Perfect for me, the anti-measurer. Just take a small roller and roll on stripes from the ceiling to the floor. They don't need to be perfect or exact--in fact, part of the charm is that each one will be a little different. 

Half-painted wall

4. Messy halfway. This is similar to the stripes above, but (dare I say?) even easier. Just roll the paint about halfway up the wall, or to whatever level looks good to you. Then stop. Perfect if you're almost out of paint but don't want to buy another gallon…haha! But to be honest, I'm not sure if I could handle the unfinished look in my own house.

Half-painted wall

5. Half painted. If you like the idea of a halfway painted wall, but want it to look more finished than the one above, here's an example with neat, crisp edges. I also wrote a whole post about the half painted trend here. This is definitely one of my favorite looks...I would totally do this!

DIY circle on the wall

6. Painted Circle. I really like the idea of a big circle on an accent wall. It almost looks like a big full moon, doesn’t it? And it’s still pretty subtle, if you want to try something unique but don’t want to do anything too “crazy.” You can make this by putting a pin in the center of the wall, tying a piece of string to it, and tying a pencil to the other end. Then just keep the string tight and trace the pencil around in a circle. Your circle will end up with a diameter that’s twice the length of the string (does that make sense?)

Geometric wall

7. Geometric pattern. This geometric wall is gorgeous, and would be pretty easy to make with some extra thick tape.

Mountain wall

8. Mountains. I wrote a whole post about mountain (or zigzag) walls here, and I’m still loving this trend! Perfect for an adventurous kid’s room…or really, any room.

Gold Sharpie wall

9. Sharpie wall art. What if you didn't have to bust out the paintbrush at all? It's hard to believe, but the wall above was created using a gold Sharpie. I know!!! It looks like a fancy designer wallpaper! This is an idea I would totally try.

Scalloped wall

10. Scalloped plywood wall: Now, this idea will definitely require a little more time…but if you have the patience for it, the end result is pretty amazing! The scallops were cut out of plywood panels with a jigsaw.

Wood chevron wall

11. Wooden chevrons. This idea is a little easier than the scallops, especially if you only cover half the wall…and you still get that cool texture from the wood! I’m pretty over chevron in general, since it was everywhere for the last few years, but this idea still feels very fresh and not too overdone. So I’m down with it! I would totally do this. 

Honeycomb wall

13. Honeycomb wall. Last but not least, you’ve probably seen this amaaaazing honeycomb wall by Vintage Revivals, right? I love it! It would definitely be a labor of love, but so worth it. Pro tip: she used white paint to “ombre out” the colors on the wall--so you don’t have to buy as much paint as you might think!

See more ideas in my "Walls" board on Pinterest. Which one is your favorite


Green with Envy: Green Sofas


We just bought a bed last week (yaaaay!), so obviously I should probably cool it in the lusting-after-furniture department. But hey, there's nothing wrong with looking, right??? We probably won't be replacing our sofa for a few more years, but in the meantime I've been crushing on green sofas. Especially emerald green velvet ones. The one thing I'm wondering is, will this be a trend like the black and white Moroccan rug I have...you know, where eventually it seems like everyone has one? I do feel like I've been seeing green sofas a lot lately. So maybe it's good that I'm not ready to pull the trigger on a new sofa yet, so I can make sure I'm not falling under the spell of a trend. On the other hand, sometimes a trend gets popular for good reason. Even if everyone and their mother does have it, I still love my rug and don’t regret getting it. What do you think? Are green sofas trendy or not…and do you even care?

Green sofa

Tufted green velvet sectional

One nice thing about green is that it looks good with just about every other color...so it's practically a neutral. It might be hard to work around a sofa in a bright color like fuchsia, but I feel like green is pretty classic and would continue to be stylish for a long time.

Black, white, and green

I love green sofas

Round sectional in green velvet (dreamy!)


The sofa above is from Ikea (I know, right?!) and it’s only $999...tempting.

Green and pink

And if you’re not into emerald, green sofas come in lots of other shades too--olive, sage, pea green, mint…you get the picture.

Light green sofa

A round-up of green sofas

What do you think of green sofas? Do you like emerald or lighter green?

P.S. Sorry for missing two days in a row…it’s been a busy start to the week, especially since we went on vacation over the weekend so we had a lot to catch up on around the house! We’re going out of town this next weekend too, so…yeah. #busybusy

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Me, Elsewhere


Happy Friday! We’re leaving work early today and heading across the state to Spokane (where I’m from). I’m excited to see my family, be in my hometown, and catch up with a few friends I haven’t seen in awhile. Plus, hopefully we’ll get a chance to do some “fall-ish” activities while we’re there! Since we still have to do laundry and pack tonight, I’m keeping this post short and sweet…with links to a few posts I’ve written around the web the past week.

Colorful pumpkins

1. I put together a fall mood board for Bali Blinds…see the full thing here.

Mismatched dining chairs

2. I wrote a post about 10 decorating rules that you can (and should!) break for Julep.

Decorating trick

3. And I wrote a guide on eBay with my decorating trick for transitioning your decor through every season seamlessly.

Hope you like ‘em! Have a great weekend, everyone.

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Minted giveaway! 2 days left...$200 to Minted...too good to miss.

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