From Flat to Fresh! Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 3)

Do you have a boring beige living room? This is the final part of my three part series, where I show you how to take your living room from from flat to fresh in four simple steps.

Boring Beige Living RoomLamp / Table / Sofa / Pillow / Rug / Throw

You can update a boring room easily and inexpensively simply by changing the accessories. In the third part of this series, I’m showing you how to create a modern living room with a bold twist.

Update a Boring Beige Living Room: Graphic ModernUsing bold patterns and touch of color, you can create a modern room with plenty of visual interest.

  1. Swap out the plain white shade for this dark wood print lampshade. Dark Print Shade
  2. This dip dye silk pillow is so much more interesting that the plain one that came with your sofa.
  3. I love this diamond print rug. It adds a ton of impact to the room.
  4. An ombre throw brings a much-needed pop of color to the space, and it’s super cozy to boot.

That’s it. Four easy steps and your living room has a graphic modern look!

Check out part 1 of this series, “neutral details,” and part 2, “updated traditional.” Which is your favorite? 

I’m linking up with the Home Stories A to Z Tutorials & Tips Link Party.

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My Favorite Accessories from West Elm

West Elm has to be my all time favorite place to shop for the home. I just love their modern, yet earthy vibe. So when I needed a little retail therapy yesterday (tough day at work), I decided to drop into their store near Columbus Circle on my way home.

I was not disappointed! I’m generally more of an online shopper, but you really can’t beat an in-store experience, especially when shopping for the home.

Their styling is really spot on right now. Check out this amazing wall constructed out of logs. It gave the store a log cabin vibe.

West Elm Log WallMy number one thing to shop for at West Elm has to be their accessories, so I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of my favorites from the store.

My favorite West Elm accessories.

  1. These Agate Jewelry Boxes were very pretty. They reminded me of pricey malachite.
  2. We need another rug for our living room, and I am really into the layered look. This Hill Block-Printed Cotton Dhurrie was gorgeous in person. It is layered over a Jute Boucle Rug
  3. For some reason I thought this Rhino Object was a pig in the store! Rhino or pig, I love it either way.
  4. I couldn’t find these Geode Bookends online, but I am obsessed! I am definitely going back for a pair – they are a steal at $14 each. They also had a set of Geode Coasters in the store, which were also amazing.
  5. These Rewined Candles were so cool. They are made from recycled wine bottles and smell wonderful.
  6. We need a desk lamp, and this Industrial Task Table Lamp is at the top of my list. It comes in a lot of fun colors. I love how it was displayed with the books.
  7. West Elm always has the best vases. This display had a great layered look. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s organized and uncluttered.
  8. These Metal Wrapped Frames are really nice in person, and how cute are those dog silhouettes? Show your pet a little love!
  9. I loved everything about this table setting. I’m especially enamored with this Greenhouse Terrarium – it’s at the top of my fall shopping list.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite?

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From Flat to Fresh! Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 2)

Do you have a boring beige living room? In this series, I show you three different options to take your living room from from flat to fresh in four simple steps.

Boring Beige Living RoomLamp / Table / Sofa / Pillow / Rug / Throw

It’s easy and inexpensive to update a boring room simply by changing the accessories. In the second part of this series, I’m showing you how to create a traditional room with a colorful twist.

Update a Boring Beige Living Room: Updated TraditionalTraditional doesn’t have to be boring. Here’s how to do it right:

  1. Replace the plain white shade with a dark gray satin shade.
  2. Get rid of the pillows that came with your couch and replace them with these vibrant ikat pillows.
  3. This bold overdyed rug has a traditional pattern, but the fresh, colorful pattern is anything but boring.
  4. A warm yellow throw finishes the look and pulls the pillows and rug together.

That’s it. Four easy steps and your living room has an updated traditional look!

You can see part 1 of this series, “neutral details,” here. Next Monday, I’ll show you how to create a graphic modern look. Stay tuned!

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! Did you have a good week? Mine was intense, busy, and quick.

Last night, I went to an Ann Taylor/Birchbox event. This is what happens when you drag your husband to these kinds of events:

Husband Unhappy at Ann Taylor Birchbox EventIt was a little crazy in there, and unfortunately, they were already out of Birchboxes when we arrived. Boo! He was a little happier after a glass of champers though.My Favorites from the Ann Taylor Birchbox EventThese were my favorite items from Ann Taylor (hello, fall wish list!):

  1. I loved this Bowtie Clutch, which felt very reminiscent of Kate Spade. Tassels AND bows = love at first sight!
  2. This Lace Trim Pencil Skirt was simple and pretty. It would be a great fall staple.
  3. I love a fun bracelet, so this Studio Charm Bracelet was right up my alley.
  4. A pretty silk (?) dress, which I couldn’t find on Ann Taylor’s website.

Anyway, now I’m ready for a relaxing weekend. Here’s a roundup of my favorite links from this past week to get things started:

Scarf weather is fast approaching. I love this idea for tying a scarf in a bow!

These Baked French Toast Muffins look so delicious.

Flatiron BuildingWe walked by the Flatiron Building this week, so of course, I had to snap a few pics.

Here’s a great guide to Pantone’s Fall 2013 Colors. I love them all!

This Oh Splat Rainbow Glitter Nail Polish is super cute. It reminds me of funfetti birthday cake.

I’ve been coveting the perfect nude lipstick but haven’t put any effort at all into finding it. Beautylish has a great roundup of neutral lipsticks, so it looks like the work has been done for me.

Upper West Side BuildingI’m dreaming of a future apartment in this gorgeous Upper West Side building.

Customize your own pair of tasseled loafers. I can’t afford them, but I sure want them!

This DIY Hanging Mobile is on my project short list.

Fun Windows at Kate SpadeA fun window at Kate Spade – I think I need a pink wig! Or just give me the bags!

How cute is this Pierre Pan Top from Anthropologie?

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Back to Cool: Pretend You’re Going Back to School!

Every year around this time, I start to think about going back to school. I guess it’s natural since I spent so many years there, but it’s been a long time since I actually hit the books!

Waiting for the school bus on the first day of school.This is the annual “back to school” picture that my sister and I posed for every year with our neighbors. That’s me in the middle with the blond hair, puffy sleeves, and yes, a mullet. It was the eighties, what can I say?

Thankfully, the mullet is gone, but my desire for a new fall wardrobe is not. So, how about we pretend we are going back to school and do a little shopping?

Back to School: Pretend You are Going Back to SchoolAlthough inspired by school, this outfit is 100% grown-up!

  1. You may not fit into Garanimals anymore, but you are never too old for a cute striped sweater featuring an adorable giraffe.
  2. This white woven chain bracelet is a fun take on the friendship bracelet. Buy an extra for your bestie!
  3. Stay warm this fall by topping off your outfit with a tweed schoolboy blazer.
  4. You can’t go back to school without a great pair of jeans. These cropped skinny jeans will ensure your place on the best dressed list.
  5. Fall is all about layers, and you can’t go wrong with this sweet polka dot printed shirt.
  6. Highlight your inner nerd with these cute eyeglass stud earrings.
  7. These red penny loafer-style flats are totally adorbs! You and your BFF will be LOLing ADL. Get them … YOLO!
  8. Store all of your books, or work papers, in this gorgeous Frye campus satchel. This bag is definitely on my back to school wish list.

OK, I think I may have had a little too much fun with this! So tell me, do you get back to school fever at this time of year, too?

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