How To Style A Round Coffee Table

How to style a round coffee table | Decor FixIf you’re here from the Glitter Guide tour, welcome to my home on the web! You can find out more about me here, my work as a design coach here, and catch me posting affordable finds over Instagram.

One area that causes a lot of confusion for my clients is decorating a coffee table. “How much is too much?” is a question I’m asked a lot.

This is especially challenging if you have a round coffee table.

Somehow arranging things on a circular surface instead of a rectangular one can seem like you’re trying to do a 1,000 piece puzzle while highly sedated. Yeah, that bad.

After trying dozens of combinations, I’ve come up with a few “decor formulas” for solving this problem. Today I’m going to show you how to style a round coffee table three different ways, and break it down so it’s completely fail-proof to imitate. [Read More]

Boy & Girl Shared Bedroom

Shared kids bedroom design

Recently I worked with an e-decor client to create a shared room for her kids. This was SUCH a fun challenge, as it was the first room design I’ve done for a boy and girl.

Here’s what Jessica wrote me…
“Help! We are merging the kids’ rooms, and I am at a loss as to what decor would work.  Also we have LOTS of toys, and I don’t know how to combine all of their stuff without it looking crammed.”

After seeing pics of her kids’ current rooms, I knew we’d need some creative options to tame the toys, but I also wanted a plan to make it a “bright & happy” room that both kids would love. Here’s a peek into my process for this project and tips if you’re considering a shared room for your “littles”…

HOW TO DESIGN A SHARED KIDS ROOM

1. Use one color to distinguish each child’s space and things.
(We used red for Elsie & blue for Henry.)
-Bedding
-Storage totes
-Frames for art (not pictured on the design board)
-Rocking chairs

2. Use vertical space to store toys.
My client knew that two times the toys in one room would soon equal two times the mess. I came up with several options for toy storage using wall space to make sure everything has it’s place.
-Wire baskets for stuffed animals hung on the wall.
-Totes in square shelves
-Ladder with bins (from Bed, Bath & Beyond)[Read More]

Color Combo: Pink & Red In the Home

PINK & RED InteriorsCONTROVERSIAL COLOR COMBO
At one point in my life I considered mixing pink and red a cardinal decorating sin. Now, I’m digging it. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite examples from the web and break down how it works in each room.

Also I’ll show you a few ways to “test the waters” in your own home if you’re like me and strangely attracted to this rebellious color combo. This is a good time of year to try it out. If you chicken out on keeping it permanently, make it your post-Christmas kind of seasonal Valentine’s Day decor. (Yeah, I know that was a stretch…)

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Pink and red home decor items

Rug source (exact rug no longer available) / side table / pillow 1 / pillow 2 / pillow 3/ napkins /
chair (under $250!!)/ books / bedroom image / “For Like Ever” poster / abstract art 

HOW TO TRY IT IN YOUR HOME
How do you feel about using pink and red together in decor? I posed this question on Instagram over the weekend to see what some of you thought. I styled a stack of pink and red books on my console table to see how I felt about the red color combo in my own home. I’ve “auditioned it” for a few weeks (something I highly recommend doing if you can), and I think I’m ready to commit on a larger scale.

The easiest and usually least expensive ways to try out this trend-or any color combo-is through artwork and throw pillows. 

Using semi-temporary decor items isn’t just for those with commitment phobia, it’s just a fun way to keep things fresh if you like to change things in your home often. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, rugs and textiles like drapes or bedding would be more of an investment. And if want to dive head first into this love affair with red and pink, you could go bold and paint your walls, try a DIY project like this one, or purchase a statement furniture piece.

Pink & red console table booksQ: Ok, give me your thoughts…Love it? Hate it? Want to try it, but can’t shake the feeling that it’s just not right? 

Room Tour: My Living Room

Mixing throw pillows on a gray sofa| Decor Fix

Hello, friends. Welcome to my living room. Last fall our formal living area got a bit of a makeover, but I got side tracked form sharing it with you. Today seems like a good day to take care of old business, right?

First and foremost, would you look at my fiddle leaf fig tree? It’s been alive for almost an entire year!?! (Knock on wood.) I can’t grow basil in an herb pot to save my life, but for some reason this gorgeous giant of a plant has held on. I’ve been sending loving vibes to him ever since I brought him home. Secretly I’m even scared to type these words for fear of some sort of  black thumb curse.

My toddler-safe but toy free formal living room | Decor Fix

I am really bad about taking “before” pictures of rooms in my own home, especially because I’m always “shopping my home” and changing things up. This room has been evolving for so long that I can’t even remember how far back I’d have to go to give you a true starting point.

THE PERFECT GRAY SOFA
The biggest addition to the room was this Freeman sofa by Volo. Yes, ironically it bears our last name. Maybe it was because I was cross-eyed from looking at umpteen gray sofas for weeks on end, but one night at 2am this seemed like an unavoidable sign that it was “the one”.[Read More]