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You’ve probably heard the news by now that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is a cheery shade of green called Greenery. Reminiscent of bright palm fronds with a hint of yellow, it’s undoubtedly an optimistic hue and it conjures up images of springtime.

I’ll be honest — it wasn’t the color I would’ve landed on for 2017. I feel like a richer, earthier emerald green would’ve been more of-the-moment. But it’s a classic color nonetheless, and there are so many fun ways to integrate it into your home.

If you’re colorphobic or want to create visual interest, go with something small and inexpensive to bring this hue into your rooms. A throw blanket or a few pillows can be the perfect thing to jazz things up a bit. Or even a bit of velvet ribbon as trim as shown on the bed below — it’s unexpected and it looks so chic.

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Don’t feel like you have to go for the exact shade of green at 100% intensity. It can be diluted a bit; just look for the same hue but in a paler version, such as the green fabric on the classic ottoman in this cozy living room.

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However, if you’re not afraid of color, then go bold with a brightly painted wall and pops of aqua. White trim feels so fresh and cheerful against all that color and it gives your eyes a place to rest.

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Aqua is a Greenery’s BFF undoubtedly!

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Another example of “colorful but muted” is this bedroom, which features several different values of the same color green. It creates depth in a monochromatic space.

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This living room is unexpected with its interesting pairing of neutral beige tones with bold green walls. Green is naturally an organic hue, and nature, as always, provides the most perfect color schemes from which to be inspired.

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I adore this velvet upholstered bed. How sumptuous! Overall the room still feels neutral but sophisticated.

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Try color in new ways: painted doors and ceilings are a great way to jazz up a long stretch of hallway and create visual drama.

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This bright green grasscloth accent wall has a rich sheen but white accents prevent it from overwhelming the room. Sloping ceilings and a bamboo bed painted in a snowy hue allow the pops of color to be bold and statement-making without going overboard.

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Finally, if you’re so crazy in love with this color that you’re willing to commit in a major way, invest in glossy subway tile in this happy hue. I adore the Roman shades that continue the color scheme. It all feels chic and sophisticated thanks to the white cabinets and pops of brass hardware.

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What do you think? Are you on board with Greenery for 2017? I’d love to hear if you’re in or out on this particular trend!


10 Ways To Give Your Bedroom The Stylish Edge it Deserves

We all love our own bedroom, but often it is the most overlooked room from a design point of view. We pay more attention to decorating, creating, and styling common areas everyone will enjoy over ones that only a few get to see. The bedroom is usually last on the list when it really should be up there at the top. It is a place where we thrive and revive; a place where we gain peace at the end of the night and start each new day with a fresh perspective. And if our bedroom doesn’t get perfectly decorated, we will still survive. But what if you could make a few small changes without committing to a complete makeover, go at your own pace, and actually enjoy it? That could be a game changer, right?!

Here are 10 easy ways to give your bedroom the stylish edge it deserves.

Let’s start with lighting. You won’t believe how simple and affordable it is to swap out lighting. By changing out your old overhead pendant or chandelier, you can transform your space and exude style. You can go for a woven material, metal, or wood, or bring in a balanced mix. Don’t forget the lighting by your bed! Hanging pendants and sconces make for a bold choice.

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Another simple change is to bring in plant life. Adding ferns, tropical plants, and succulents is not only a pretty design element, but it’s also a healthy one, especially in the bedroom. Try hanging plants; it’s a great space-saver and fun alternative.

The easiest and most affordable way to update any space is with paint. Not sure you will love an entire room in a bold color? Why not try a focal wall? Behind the bed is a great place to add a pop of color.

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Art is my favorite way to make a bedroom seem like it stepped out of the pages of a magazine. With all the choices out there and tutorials, it is way easier than you think to incorporate artwork. Take the fun, quirky piece above as an example.

Another great way to add a stylish vibe to your bedroom is with a wall treatment. This can also be applied to a focal wall. The level of commitment depends on your design aesthetic and comfort level. Some ideas are wallpaper, board and batten, shiplap, picture molding, or a feature wall of reclaimed wood.

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Getting organized in the bedroom is a great way to sleep better and relieve stress. Face it: when you are looking at “stuff” before bed and in the morning, it is hard to gain clarity.

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A headboard is easier and more affordable that you think. You can use reclaimed wood, an old door, or make one yourself. It creates a focal point in the room, and it also makes your bed feel cohesive and complete.

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Adding side tables is a good way to stay on trend. From IKEA hacks to do-it-yourself projects, there are an assortment of side table options to choose from. When in doubt, you can always find them at your favorite home stores.

Shelves are ideal for organizing your vertical space. Being able to display meaningful accessories and photos gives your bedroom the authentic charm it craves.

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When in doubt, just change out a few accessories. This always makes a space feel new and fresh. You can shop your house, hit your local thrift store, or pop into your favorite home stores. From pillows to bedding and everything in between, any small (or big) change makes a difference.

Happy decorating,

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Whether it’s a lack of space or just an aesthetic preference, there’s something to be said for small Christmas trees. I’m particularly charmed this year by small potted Christmas trees; they remind me of the little tree my grandmother always had in her living room when I was young.

Smaller trees are great for spaces where square footage is tight. They’re less mess should you choose to go the real route, and require fewer ornaments, which means you save money overall. But they’re cute too, which makes them perfect for decorating kids’ rooms, front porches, dining room tables, and more. Decorating with a small Christmas tree opens up so many more decorating possibilities.

In our house this year, I put up a big tree in the formal living room (out of sight, out of mind for grabby toddler hands), but I wanted something festive in our family room too as a nod to the season. We did a small tree decorated sparsely with lights and a few unbreakable ornaments, and it feels fresh and happy.

Christmas home tour with Pencil Shavings Studio; Boxwood wreaths, simple Scandinavian inspired garlands, red stripe ribbons, and the soft glow of lanterns. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Get creative with the type of container you put your tree in; there are so many more options than your basic Christmas tree stand. Look for interesting baskets, pots, wooden crates — the opportunities are endless.

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This little tree gets some added height thanks to the wooden crate it sits on. I love that it’s decorated with natural elements like oranges!

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If one is great, a pair is even better. These little evergreens are happily wrapped in toile-covered boxes and strung with white lights. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to bring festive flair to any corner of your home.

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How cute are these adorable tiny “trees” made out of evergreen boughs?

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Look for a cozy corner in your home that needs a little bit of holiday cheer. A miniature Christmas tree draws attention to this back door windowseat.

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Here’s a colorful spin on the small Christmas tree trend that would be perfect for any playroom. Look for kid-friendly ornaments made out of felt or yarn.

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A sweet little pink tinsel tree is perfect for a baby girl’s nursery. I love the different sizes of glass ornaments.

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I love the repetition of this scene with multiple woven baskets. This is a great idea for organizing and transporting gifts if you’re traveling multiple places this holiday season.

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A pink container provides a happy pop of color to the evergreen branches of this little tree. Strands of pom-poms are an easy DIY to do with kiddos — this would be a perfect tree for any kid’s room or playroom.

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A Hedgehouse velvet throwbed on the hearth is the perfect place to curl up in front of the fire and wait for Santa to come down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Giveaway at www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

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As for me, we now have a total of three Christmas trees in our house this year. My oldest son was set on having our mini Christmas tree in his room, complete with a foam finger from the University of Oklahoma as the tree topper. I can honestly say it’s the first time I have seen one of those topping a tree. Merry Christmas!


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It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas decorating is my favorite part of the holiday season, and this year I’m feeling particularly inspired by Scandinavian design. Simplicity, texture, crisp whites, natural elements like evergreen boughs andrustic wood, and pops of contrasting color (in small doses) feel refreshing and modern right now.

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite inspirational images, so let’s take a look at each room’s Scandinavian elements to help you get the look.

A neutral white backdrop is key to minimalistic Scandinavian decor, and there’s something so charming about rustic wood accents like the Christmas trees on this mantel and piles of logs in the hearth. Red felt cushions with a reindeer motif parallel the design of the stockings and felt wool garland.

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Shiplap is the perfect backdrop to this simple Christmas tree potted in an old wood crate. An evergreen garland surrounds the window that’s left bare to allow all the light to come in.

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Scandinavian style is all about an attitude of “less is more” and maximizing the use of everyday items. A basket that might otherwise be used for holding kids’ toys or throw blankets is a perfect pot for this simply-decorated Christmas tree.

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Don’t feel like you need to embellish your garlands too heavily. Instead, experiment with repetition, whether it be with mismatched candlesticks, a selection of wreaths, or stacks of wood in the fireplace.

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Texture adds depth and interest to monochromatic interiors, such as the stacked stone in this fireplace. Again, natural elements like warm woods, burlap, and kraft paper are simple additions that bring festive flair.

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Clip a few evergreen boughs from your trees outside and layer in some candles for a simple and festive holiday tablescape. Red berries and pinecones round out the look with a pop of color and texture.

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I think the main reason I’m attracted to the Scandinavian aesthetic is that it’s a simple and calming response to an extremely busy season. It doesn’t feel overdone or overwhelming; it visually suggests peace, don’t you think? And that feels so right these days.

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A beautiful rustic mantel holds a simple and lush display of citrus fruits and evergreen boughs, while the brick fireplace surround provides texture. Throw in a few pillar candles for a warm glow on a chilly evening.

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Keep a few cozy throws nearby to provide color and warmth as we head into the colder months; red is the perfect hue to remind you of the season and it’s so cheerful against the deep forest green of wreaths and garlands.

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The Scandinavians definitely know how to do simple with high style. Are you into the minimalist Christmas decor trend? I’d love to hear how you’re decorating this year!


Painted kitchen cabinets have been all the rage for quite awhile now, but like all trends, the pendulum is starting to swing back. I’m starting to see more natural and stained wood kitchens pop up here and there, but thankfully it’s not the 1990s glossy oak that we love to hate.

Maybe we have shiplap to thank for the newfound love of raw wood, or perhaps it’s all the modern farmhouse trends. But either way, wood brings an organic warmth to a space that can’t be replicated any other way.

This is definitely a trend that can work in a wide variety of styles. It’s equally at home in a contemporary kitchen as it is in a cottage. And if you’re nervous about committing to an entire wood kitchen, why not try it on a surface like a vent hood?

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White seems to be the first choice amongst designers when pairing wood cabinetry against a neutral paint. I can’t get enough of this gorgeous kitchen; it feels so fresh and airy. Are we sure this isn’t a Nancy Meyers movie set?

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Of course, if rustic is more your style, check out these reclaimed planks on the ceiling of a country kitchen. There is so much fantastic texture in this space but the wood keeps it from feeling cold and slightly industrial.

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Here’s an unexpected pairing of colors and textures: warmer stained wood meets cool gray subway tiles that extend to the ceiling. It’s a daring mix of several different stains that turned out beautifully.

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Why not try a honey wood tone on base cabinetry and balance it out with all white above? It’s a calming approach to kitchen colorblocking.

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Here’s another vote for mixing stains like pale bleached wood cabinetry and dark plank flooring.

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In this kitchen, a limed oak island contrasts with white painted cabinets as well as brick details. The beams overhead echo the natural texture. It’s a more traditional design, but it feels sleek thanks to simple hardware and few fussy details.

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Are you on board with this trend? I admit, it’s going to take some getting used to. Remember when brass came back and we were so afraid of it? This is definitely one of those trends that needs a fresh new look to break away from its dated predecessors. Look for contemporary light fixtures, cement countertops, sleek hardware, and classic tile (such as subway or penny), and don’t be afraid to throw in a little color.

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As much as I love Halloween for the dress-up and candy, I’m always on the lookout for fun, kid-friendly and creative ways to decorate for fall. Pumpkins, gourds, jack-o-lanterns — I love them all! But I’m all about pushing it to the next level of clever and cheeky. With my youngest only 20 months, I’m more about fun and less about fright at this stage in our lives. Here are my five favorite creative decor ideas for Halloween.

1. NO-CARVE PUMPKINS

Don’t want to mess with all the time it takes to carve a pumpkin (not to mention the gooky pumpkin guts)? There are so many fun ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve a knife.

Use pushpins or thumbtacks with some yarn to create these numeric pumpkins. These would be great for an October birthday party or for your house number. Print out your favorite font and create the outlines and secure the yarn in the bottom corner.

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Equally easy are these pumpkins that could spell anything from your last name to “BOO!”. These are created with cloves, I believe, but you could recreate it with tacks or nails.

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At our house this year, we created copper leaf pumpkins with individual sheets of metallic leaf. Super easy and kind of fun to learn how to leaf. Definitely try it on the larger, smoother pumpkins as the baby ones were pretty tricky (too many nooks and crannies).

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2. GET CREATIVE WITH SIMPLE PAPER DECOR

Looking for a low-cost and low-commitment way to decorate? I adore these whimsical paper silhouettes for a little Halloween fun and fright. Black cats, mice, owls, bats — there are so many ways to play this up.

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This large paper tree would be so fun for a party. And the bold graphic stripe on the white pumpkins helps to tie it all together.

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3. WHIMSICAL OUTDOOR DECORATING

Find unexpected ways to decorate outdoors without going the inflatable route. Black birds can lend an eerie mood to your garden gate in a nod to Hitchcock. Black urns and white pumpkins give it all a dramatic flair.

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These little plywood planks leaning up against the porch steps bring so much personality to this front porch thanks to a spooky typeface and a clever twist on words.

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A happy front porch feels festive for Halloween with simple paper lanterns and hanging black bats. The drapes are pulled back with seasonally appropriate orange ribbons and plenty of black spiders on the pillows.

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4. FRESH IDEAS FOR CARVING PUMPKINS

If you love sharpening your knife skills, then you will love these pumpkin carving ideas. My current favorite is this faux “bonfire.” So clever!

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Silly simple faces carved into these pumpkins will bring a smile to the trick or treaters who come by your door.

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And you’ll definitely get a laugh from everybody with these emoji-inspired pumpkins. The hardest part would be picking your favorite one.

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5. FIREPLACES AREN’T JUST FOR SANTA

Finally, bring the decor inside with some quirky fireplace decor. Pull out an old pair of shoes and create a witch with a pair of striped stockings. Naturally you’ll need a broom nearby too.

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In our house last year, I envisioned an exploding display of all kinds of pumpkins, so I stuffed our fireplace in shapes and sizes. It brought a smile to everyone who came by.

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Happy fall decorating, friends! I’d love to hear your favorite way to get in the spirit of the season. Let me know in the comments.


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