Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simplified holiday decor

I can't believe, as I type this, that Christmas is one week away!  The month of December has gone by in a blur! Are you sick of seeing pictures, articles and blogs about Holiday décor yet? If not, I thought I'd share just a few snapshots from around my house. I decided to keep things simple this year ... and I kind of like it! How did I do it?

1. I was very selective in what I put out this year. It was a good opportunity to go through my boxes of decorations and clean them out! Instead of lots of little knick-knacks, I primarily used greenery, ornaments and a few holiday signs/artwork.

2. I kept to a very simple color palette of blues, greens, grays, and whites.  What? No red?  Could I do it?  I've always used a lot of red in the past.  I've got some red outside and in a few little spots ... but for the most part, I am really enjoying the softer, soothing colors. This month is crazy enough as it is, right?

As you'll see below ... Boxwood is my friend!  I just love it's bright green color and part of me would love to just keep it up all year round.
I like to swap out the artwork above my fireplace with this mirror and boxwood garland.



Look! Some red!  I just love this nostalgic little sign, so I couldn't resist.

And of course there's some red on the Gingerbread house Kyle and Braden made!
What's your decorating style ... do you go all out or do you like to keep things simple?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Shopping (and sipping) at one of our favorite stores

Happy Halloween! Yikes ... tomorrow is November! Is it really time to start thing about the holidays? Apparently so!  Kristy and I were invited to attend a little Pre-Holiday soiree at one of our favorite stores, Classic Remix Chicago.  Us and a handful of other bloggers were given the task of  tagging 5 of our favorite items in the store to use or give during the holidays.

That's Mary, the owner ... and her cute pup Charlie.

... and a toast with all of the other fun bloggers we met. Check out some of their creative and fabulous lifestyle blogs: The Kittchen, An Eventful Life, Hunter Style, Cedar and Rush, and Mushroom Stew.
With wine in hand, we set out to peruse the store.
Classic Remix has tons of great gift ideas in their store, and many of the bloggers chose their favorite items to give as holiday gifts.  Kristy and I decided to tag things we would recommend for sprucing up your home for the holidays.
Like this chandelier for instance ...

With an influx of holiday guests coming into your home this season, why not swap out an old or boring light fixture in your entry with this glamorous number to greet your visitors?
And every good holiday party deserves and good bar cart, doesn't it?

What a fun place to showcase your fancy barware and cocktail fixings. In a dining room, living room, study ... this could work in various rooms of your home.
Next up ... these fluffy Mongolian fur pillows ....

 Changing out pillows is such an easy way to give a quick update to a room or piece of furniture.  These pillows are soooo cozy ... and in winter white they feel festive for the holidays.
Our next pick wasn't exactly one "item" but rather this tablescape of glass votives and hurricanes.

 What a lovely and elegant way to dress your table for the holidays, right? You can keep it neutral with white flowers like they've done or add in some colorful blooms.
Our fifth pick is small and could also be a good little gift idea ...
Aren't these acrylic coasters cute?  Typically you don't think of coasters as being very glamorous .. but these have a very chic vibe, don't they?  We thought so!
Of course, we were only supposed to tag five items ... but there were certainly many more we could have happily put our little Swoon Tag on.

Many thanks to Classic Remix and Nicole Regan of Cedar and Rush for organizing this fun and unique event.
Even better, Classic Remix is offering Swoon readers a 10% off anything in the store from November 10-16! Wouldn't you love to knock some things off your gift-buying list BEFORE Thanksgiving?  Just head on down to 24 E. Erie Chicago and mention Swoon!
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's time to "Chairish" your home ...

Have you heard of Chairish?
First of all, I love their tagline ... Buy. Sell. Adore.
Kind of a designophile's Craigslist, Chairish is an online marketplace for vintage and "pre-loved" furniture and home décor. UNLIKE Craigslist, you can easily peruse items by photograph and even collections such as "Curator's Picks," "Hotties Under $100" or "Cool Combo: Oxblood and Cobalt."
Anyway, Chairish recently contacted me asking if I'd like to participate, along with some other bloggers, in a project to design the perfect home bar using barstools from Chairish. Of course I jumped at the chance!  They sent me an assortment of barstools to choose from and I selected these leather beauties. (You can shop their whole collection by clicking here.)
My idea was to style a cozy bar area you'd perhaps find in a home library ... a place to sit with an after dinner cocktail surrounded by books and cozy but glamorous finishes like grasscloth wallpaper, a soft shag rug and a giant celestial map.
Lots of people are forgoing living rooms these days in favor of a space they will use more often.  The addition of a sleek bar and lots of bookshelves can turn a former living room into a home library that is functional and fun!
Here is my design board:

In creating my design board, I was able to find a ton of other unique and fun items on Chairish for my room. Check out that killer chandelier and the sconces made of bone! I love the cute little bar cart, and I couldn't believe all of the cool vintage barware I found to accessorize it. 
 I've listed sources for everything below:
5. White Leather Barstools
 What do you think?  Do you have a space in your home we could transform into a sexy home library?  Contact me ... I'd love to help ... and I know Chairish would too!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer In the City - Design Inspiration

So ... this post would not be possible without my wonderful parents who took my boys for a few days last week up to Lake Delavan, WI.  (Thanks again Mom and Dad!)

While they were jumping off pontoon boats, miniature golfing and eating lots of ice cream, Dan and I had a nice staycation and a little deja vu of our days living in the city pre-kiddos!  I also got to hit some of my favorites shops and the showrooms in the Mart while Dan walked to his office on Michigan Ave.  (A very nice commute for him!)

Always inspired by the city, I snapped some pictures along the way ...

Yes, sometimes you find inspiration on a street corner. How lovely is this little stretch of sidewalk?  Even though I missed the window of time to buy donuts, I had to stop.  I love this cream, blue and green color combo. How fun would it be to create this look in a breakfast room?  I seriously love those blue chairs with the reclaimed wood table. (Next time, I'm getting the donuts!)

So  ... maybe our hotel was only a half a block from one of my favorite stores ... Classic Remix. I could have snapped about 50 pictures here, but at the time I was the only one in the store so I felt a little strange about that.  But I had to get one of this gorgeous mirror and this fabulous feather chandelier.  The shop was filled with antique brass and gold, my latest crush.

I also happened upon P.O.S.H. - a quaint little shop that felt like a European Flea Market.
This back room of the store overlooking a little courtyard was filled with light ... so charming.

Full of unique pieces ... from Hotel silver to vintage cannisters and colorful china, it was fun to browse and discover little treasures.


(Had to grab one of these mugs for our pancake-loving family!)
Many of the pieces tell a romantic story of days gone by ...

You can see the little Jadeite cake stand I got in the background of this picture ... perfect for displaying my favorite succulent!
And then it was off to the Mart.  I was dying to see and grab some samples of this new grass cloth wallpaper by Celerie Kimble for Schumacher.

(I really want to use it in my powder room.)
I also fell in love with this one ...

And this one too ... (not grass cloth.)

Something about these bold black and white leaf prints hanging in the Hickory Chair showroom really grabbed me. I kinda want to try to make something similar on my own !?!?

Anyway ... with summer winding down, the emotions are definitely bittersweet. I will miss the lazy mornings and extra time with my boys. It has been a fun summer.


Good luck with all of your Back-To-School adventures!
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