Interior Inspiration

Interior Inspiration: Spring Wreaths 9 Wreaths Perfect for Spring

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Spring is here, and since taking down our Christmas wreath, our front door has felt a little bare and lonely. And I figured that some of you might be having that same problem, so I decided to go on the hunt for a pretty Spring wreath!

There are some great ones out there! I think my favorites are when they’re asymmetrical (see #3 and 8 below), or when they’re mostly greenery. After searching the internet for wreaths to purchase, I realized that you could probably make your own wreath pretty easily (and inexpensively) by purchasing a grape vine wreath and then using a hot glue gun to adhere embellishments from the floral section of a craft store.

So I may end up doing that (we’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling), but if you aren’t the crafty type, here are nine beautiful wreaths, all for under $50!

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Have you ever made your own wreath? Or do you have a Spring wreath that you just LOVE?

Interior Inspiration: Patio Dreaming Patio Inspiration & Plans

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Soooo technically this is exterior inspiration, but the other day I caught myself strolling through the patio isles at Target, eyeing up the twinkle lights, caressing the water-proof pillows, and generally obsessing over EVERY SINGLE THING. Seriously, do not go there if you are afraid of spending all your dollars, because it just might happen!

Naturally, all those pretty lanterns and nifty grilling tools really got me into patio-dreaming mode. I can hardly wait until it’s nice enough outside to really use our patio! Since we moved in at the end of September, we’ve gotten pretty minimal use out of it, and you’d better believe this girl is ready to get her hands allllll over that patio.

Here’s a little round-up of some pretty dreamy patios:

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Some things that I’m drawn to in patios:
  • Fun lighting
  • Rugs, pillows, and other textiles
  • Plants—lots of them!
  • Comfy Seating
  • Mainly neutral color palette with some pops of color
  • Varying patterns and textures

I plan to include all of these things into our patio design this spring! We’re lucky to have a covered patio, so I’m definitely hoping to swoop some lights overhead. We recently found a great rug for the space at a thrift store, and we have the best hanging hammock chair that will be perfect for lounging on warm spring days.

All that’s left to get is accessories, as well as possibly paint the space and replace the overhead light. I’ll be back once there isn’t snow on the ground with some before photos and more plans!

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Interior Inspiration: Sectional Sofas 9 Incredible Mid-Century Modern Sectionals

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As new home-owners, there have been lots of updates and changes we’ve made to our home (especially since it was built in the 1960’s!). So far my favorite and the most impactful update we’ve made (besides painting and scraping the ceilings), was our kitchen update. It made the house feel so much more “us.”

And next up on the list is our basement! Our basement has one large family room that’s finished, and then has a ton of unfinished space. In the next few months we plan to renovate everything—creating space for a bedroom and bathroom, and redoing the family room. Even through the family room is “finished,” it boasts wood-paneled walls, sparkly popcorn ceilings, one tiny window, and oddly placed electrical outlets.

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Our end goal is to have the family room be the TV and hang out space, freeing up our living room upstairs to be more of a conversation space that isn’t centered around the TV. And everyone knows that a TV hang out space needs ample and comfortable seating! So, that brings me to today’s post about sectional sofas!

A sectional is definitely high up on my wish list for our basement family room. It’s either that, or we move our current comfy couch (similar) to the basement and get more of a sitting couch for the main floor. We’ll see what happens, but a girl can certainly dream!

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There are a ton of really great sectional sofas out there, but today I’ve rounded up 9 incredible mid-century modern inspired sectionals for you. I’ve kept them neutral so you can really focus on the shape, but keep in mind that there are different fabric choices and chaise orientations for basically all of these options.

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1. Monroe Mid-Century 2-Piece Chaise Sectional, West Elm  |  2. Sven Charme Tan Sectional Sofa, Article  |  3. Peggy Mid-Century Terminal Chaise Sectional, West Elm  |  4. Nova Bard Gray Sectional Sofa, Article  |  5. Andes 3-Piece Chaise Sectional, West Elm  |  6. Nockeby Sectional, Ikea  |  7. Shelter 2-Piece Terminal Chaise Sectional, West Elm  |  8. Burrard Seasalt Gray Sectional, Article  |  9. Hamilton 2-Piece Leather Chaise Sectional, West Elm

So what do you think? Are sectionals for you? Which one’s your favorite?

Throwback Thursday: Southwest Vibes Inspiration from the Past, for the Present

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As I did a quick scroll through my home board on Pinterest, I started to see a theme emerging from the images I’ve pinned recently… there are definitely some strong Southwest vibes going on! From patterns to plant life, textiles to colors, I’ve definitely been digging aspects of the Southwestern style lately. There are obviously some other styles thrown into the mix, but then again, when have I ever been one to choose just one style?!

So what’s so appealing about the Southwestern style? To me, it’s the beautiful mix of natural tones and bright colors, the rich variety of textures, the fun geometric patterns, and the combination of so many great materials, from leather and wool, to ceramics and natural woods. What’s not to love? But I think my very favorite thing about the Southwestern style is that there seems to be a very mix-n-match quality about it. The more patterns and textures, the better!

What about you? Are you a fan of the Southwestern style, or is it not for you?

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Throwback Thursday: Some of you may or may not know that before starting this little home styling business of mine I had a personal blog where I blogged about all sorts of things, including home stuff. Every so often, I go back into the vault and take some of my home posts from that blog and post them here for all my Mysa readers. These are some of the best from my years of blogging there and I hope they inspire you as you make your home cozier!

Interior Inspiration: Round Mirrors 5 Places to hang large mirrors for maximum impact

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Good morning and happy Monday! Are you ready to take on another week? Our weekend was filled with home projects and working on a holiday surprise for Mysa, so it kind of feels like we should have another weekend just to relax. Speaking of holiday surprises, I’m sending out a newsletter today filled with details about a little gold box and what it has to do with bringing freedom to the captives… if you’re interested in hearing about it, make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter!

Today’s interior inspiration is all about round mirrors! Specifically large round mirrors. Large round mirrors that make a total statement, take up a whole wall, and give a room a totally different feel. Ready for this? I’ve rounded up 5 different places to hang a large round mirror for maximum impact.

Over a Bench

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This first location is for very large mirrors. Placing a huge mirror over a low bench in your entryway makes a big statement. It’s perfect for checking out your outfit as you dash out the door, and will bounce a lot of light around your entry. I love this look for a simple, yet stunning statement.

Above a Dresser

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Hanging a mirror over a dresser is a bit more traditional and expected. This location is perfect for both adding some interest to your bedroom walls, as well as adding function for your morning routine. Whether you apply your makeup here, or simply double-check your hair or jewelry, having a mirror over your dresser is always a practical idea.

Over a Couch

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Hanging a large mirror above a couch is a bit more unexpected than over a dresser. Here it acts much more as a piece of art, providing very little functionality. This statement piece can make a smaller living room look larger and brighter, and can be a great solution if you’re looking for a neutral wall hanging.

Over a Credenza

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A mirror over a credenza is similar to one over a dresser, however credenzas have a wider variety of purposes than dressers. Credenzas are often used in entryways, hallways, and living and dining rooms. Again, the mirror acts more like a piece of art in this situation, but can also be useful if the credenza is in an entry for a last minute look before heading out the door.

Above a Sink

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The last spot in the house that I love round mirrors is also the most obvious—above a sink. I love the look of a round mirror rather than the usual rectangle as it gives a bathroom a more unique, custom look. Shaking it up and doing something unexpected is always fun, especially in smaller spaces, like a bathroom.

What’s your favorite spot for round mirrors? Do you like it when they provide function as well as beauty, or do you prefer them as a decorative piece of art? Add a round mirror to your space today to see how much character they can bring to a house!

P.S. Did you notice all the great pottery in this post?!

Interior Inspiration is a series where I focus on one trend, design, room, etc. and share my thoughts on it as well as a round-up of sources for your inspiration. To see more posts from this series, click here.

Interior Inspiration: Pottery Ideas for Decorating Your Home with Clay Vessels

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It’s almost the end of the week! Hurrah! Loverboy has been out of town this week so I’m excited to get to see him tonight and maybe eat some seafood in celebration of his return. 😉 Today’s interior inspiration is brought to you by pottery! Lately I have been having a major crush on ceramics in the home. There’s just something about bowls, vases, and other vessels that look (and/or actually are) handmade. They add a unique touch to any room, and often help to create a cozier space by adding some extra warmth and texture.

Collections on Open Shelving

I especially love the look of open shelving with a collection of pottery. This is a great way to show off a collection of mugs, vases, or bowls. As long as you keep it in generally the same color palette, you’ll have a stylish grouping, rather than a cluttered shelf (which is always a good thing, amiright?!). Check these spaces out!

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Small Groupings as Statements

Another look I’ve really been enjoying is a few larger vessels grouped together on a mantel, shelf, or even on the floor. Filled with greenery or not, this makes a lovely statement in a smaller area or if you don’t have quite a large enough collection to display on multiple shelves.

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In the Kitchen

Lastly, ceramics are always a good idea in the kitchen, as shown below. I love the mix of warm and cool tones in this styling, and the wood against the pottery against the linens makes for quite the cozy setting.

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So have some fun decorating your home with pottery! Add a ceramic vase to your mantel, or a few pretty mugs or bowls to your kitchen shelves. Your home will thank you for it. 🙂 Thrift stores are a wonderful place to find lots of unique pottery on the cheap, but if you’re looking for something a little less, well, used, I’ve got you covered with some of my favorites below. Thanks for reading, and make sure to comment if you have any favorite places to find pottery!

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Interior Inspiration is a series where I focus on one trend, design, room, etc. and share my thoughts on it as well as a round-up of sources for your inspiration. To see more posts from this series, click here.

Interior Inspiration: Half Painted Walls

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Happy mini new-year! We’re only a few days away from closing on our first home, so I’m sure you can imagine how much time I’ve been spending on Pinterest and elsewhere gathering inspiration for our new home! One trend that I’ve been seeing around for awhile that I’m really interested to try is half painted walls.  It’s no secret that I love the look of fresh, crisp, white walls. And I certainly plan to incorporate a lot of them in our new house. However, I also want to add some boldness and color with the walls in at least one room, and I think that half painted walls might be the perfect compromise. You can still have some of that fresh white, and a bold statement is made by whatever color you choose and the unique style of painting.

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I think this look works in any room of the house, and is a great way to add some color without too much commitment. 🙂 It’s also a great way to call out some of the architecture in your home, as seen in the above photo, where they painted the teal half-way up until where the wall slants up to the ceiling.

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We’re considering trying this look out in our bedroom with a navy blue (similar to the first photo). We’ll need to repaint most every room in the house anyway, so it might be a fun experiment! What do you think? Would you incorporate this look into your home?

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Interior Inspiration is a series where I focus on one trend, design, room, etc. and share my thoughts on it as well as a round-up of sources for your inspiration. To see more posts from this series, click here.  

3 Ways to Add Life to Your Home with Plants

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I have been hard-core crushing on house plants for the past year or so. The life and breath that they bring to a room is unrivaled, plus it’s like a game to see if I can keep them alive. 🙂 Plants can add variety, color, and texture, and they can be fairly affordable and easy to care for. And one dirty little secret of mine? Faux plants. Ikea has some surprisingly good ones, and I always make sure to check at thrift stores. And don’t even get me started on all the vessels you can house your plants in! There are plant stands, boho plant hangers, basketsterrariums, pots, and countless other beautiful and creative ways to display plants in your home.  

1. Go BIG with Plants

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One great way to incorporate plants in your home is to go BIG! Large plants can make quite the impact on a room, and are a great way to really have that “bringing the outdoors in” feel. Whether you sit the plant on the floor in a pot or basket, or have some large leaves (or even some greenery from your yard, season permitting) in a large vase on your table, going big with plants is an eye-catching way to add color and life to any room.

2. Go Small with Plants

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It’s all in the details, and that certainly applies to plants. Having smaller, more “detailed” plants in small spaces can have just as much of an impact as a large plant in a big room. This is where succulents and cacti shine! Adding a little plant to your bathroom counter or having a few small plants scattered around your desk space can be a great way to add a little bit of personality.

3. Embrace Plants in the Kitchen

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I would be remiss if I wrote a post about plants in the home and didn’t touch on plants in the kitchen. I think this might be my favorite spot for plants for multiple reasons. 1) They’re automatically near the sink which makes for easy watering, 2) kitchens often get quite a bit of light, 3) plants play well with other organic kitchen “decor” such as fruit, and 4) being surrounded by plants while you cook is always a good feeling! Try hanging a plant in front of a window, lining up some smaller plants (or herbs!) on a windowsill, or simply displaying a plant on a shelf or counter.

I hope you feel inspired to incorporate more plants into your home! I find it especially inviting during the winter when the outdoors are grey and cold and dead, to have some greenery and plant life in your home. Where are your favorite places to display plants? And are you a fan of going big or small?

P.S. Check out this great article on indoor plant care!

Interior Inspiration: Removable Wallpaper

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I am completely digging the wallpaper love that’s going on right now. Gone are the stuffy, floral patterns of our grandmother’s times and on the scene instead are bold geometrics, bright tropicals, and soft organic patterns. And I’m in love with them all.

One of the best modern inventions of wallpaper is that they now make temporary, removable wallpaper (and it’s actually pretty affordable!). This is a great option for rentals, commitment-phobes, or the indecisive type (hello!). It’s also a great solution for small spaces where you just want a pop of wallpaper as an accent, like a built-in bookshelf or the end of a hallway.

So for today’s Interior Inspiration I’ve rounded up 6 fabulous designs, in the hopes that you might be inspired to stick some wallpaper somewhere in your home for that extra pop of personality. Which one’s your favorite?

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Interior Inspiration: Dark Walls

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White walls have been making a big statement in the design world for the past couple years and it seems that Pinterest is plastered with photos of homes with beautiful, stark white walls (at least my Pinterest is!). But dark walls are really making a come-back, and I think I’m a-okay with that!

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One of my favorite ways to do a dark wall is to incorporate it into an otherwise light room as a statement wall. Dark navy really pops against white, and with some other light or contrasting pieces in the room it totally works. Another way to do dark walls is in smaller rooms like a bathroom. This works especially well if there are other light or white features like a tub, toilet, trim, floor, etc. Basically, you want a balance. If you’re going to have dark walls, throw in some contrast with your furniture and accessories!

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A few other takeaways from these inspiration photos: 1) brass fixtures and lighting look really nice against dark walls, 2) matted photography and art really pop against a dark wall, and 3) adding in some color through rugs and other textiles as well as bringing in some stark white can help a dark-walled room still feel bright and cheery.

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Are you digging the dark wall trend, or are you team white walls all the way?

Interior Inspiration is a series where I focus on one trend, design, room, etc. and share my thoughts on it as well as a round-up of sources for your inspiration. To see more posts from this series, click here.