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Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: upholstered headboards

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Seven years ago when we were newlyweds with a baby on the way, Simon and I made one of our first big furniture purchases together. We had just gotten a king size bed (pregnancy will do that to you – no more room in a queen with a growing belly and all those pillows!) and we were keen to pick out an upholstered headboard. At the time, they felt few and far between, at least in any modern sense. Most were of the grandmother variety – lots of ruching and floral fabrics. But luckily we were able to find one that fit our preppy sensibilities, and we still love it as much today as we did then. We went with a white basketweave so we could mix and match any color we wanted with it; the current incarnation is the photo above!

In the years since then, upholstered headboards are becoming widely available and at practically any price point. I’ve been on the hunt for one for my parents’ master bedroom and found some excellent options from Pottery Barn, Joss & Main, One Kings Lane, Williams Sonoma Home, Ballard Designs, Wayfair, , and more.
A few tips on choosing your headboard:
1. Choose your fabric carefully. Will it be easy to clean if there’s a spill of some kind? Slipcovers can make for an excellent option if you’re concerned about stains. Don’t be afraid to Scotchgard your fabric, but remember to test it in an inconspicuous spot before you apply it to the whole thing.
2. Consider what statement you’re making in the space. With your bed as the focal point of the room, how do you want to feel when you plop down into bed every night? Are you going for drama or for serenity? Will the linens and pillows be the focus or will you choose a bold color for the headboard or perhaps some kind of crazy pattern?
3. Vacuum it regularly. Our headboard needs to be vacuumed about every 6 weeks or so. Just grab a hand vac and hit all the nooks and crannies. If you’ve got a tufted headboard, you might keep a dedicated toothbrush or soft cloth around to really get in all the tufting. Dust accumulates everywhere!
Here are some of my absolute favorite picks for upholstered headboards. There’s a range of detailing – everything from tufting to nailhead trim (did you know you could get nailhead in colors?!).






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Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: kitchens with open shelving

Open shelving in kitchens has been a super hot trend now for a few years and one that isn’t restricted to only one style of kitchen, which can be a difficult feat for a trend to pull off! You’ll see it in anything from super traditional to uber-contemporary thanks to the choice of materials and styling of the shelves.

Over the long fall break weekend here, we spent time at our lake house and got to peek in on a friend’s adorable vacation cottage above (did you see this living room?). I love her use of materials, and the way she styled the shelves. Her pantry is around the corner and still remains accessible but keeps those less-than-camera-ready items we all need carefully tucked away.

But don’t run out and pull your kitchen cabinet doors right off yet. This is a look that requires some serious planning and intention. To keep it from looking cluttered and unpolished, think of these shelves as the place to have your pretties on display.  Functional items like coffee cups and everyday dishes can definitely have a place as long as the shelves aren’t overflowing with items.

Check out some of these inspirational picks from BHG’s Pinterest boards and see how these homeowners styled their shelves:

Decorative – and functional – olive oil bottles have a place positioned nearby this stunning Wolf range. The homeowner can easily reach necessary items while whipping up something delicious for dinner.  Plus the natural texture of the wood is a nice contrast with all the gleaming stainless steel and white.

These white floating shelves feel bright and airy with the pops of color provide from the everyday dishes on display. Consider how your colors will look against the wall or tile you’ve chosen.

Carefully edit your open shelves. Remember that similar items look great when positioned together in sets of 3 or 5, such as these small plants and glass jars above.

Colorful pottery, dishes, cookbooks, and vases add loads of personality to a kitchen. Maybe you have a collection of something like vintage mason jars or cake stands – consider how these would be best on display to get maximum enjoyment of them more often than just a single occasion.

Remember: repetition can often be key to keeping your shelves purposefully styled as opposed to randomly cluttered. Groupings of mugs, plates, stemware, etc. can be both easily accessible and pretty to look at.

I’d love to hear how you feel about open shelves. Is it a trend you’re willing to try?


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Friday Finds 10.10

Aaaand…we’re back. Hope the week has been nothing short of fabulous for you all. I’ve just checked in for my flight (Utah, here I come!) and I’m ready to go off the radar for a couple days! This time of year has a way of catching up to you, but it’s all about enjoying the moments you’ve got. This week, I wanted to share fun little things you can do in a weekend or 10 minutes–just things that will, hopefully, put a smile on your face.


I love the simplicity of these painted rocks from Handmade Charlotte. Perfect as table centerpieces, bookshelf knick-knacks or porch step decorations, painted rocks are a cute, easy way to craft with the whole family.



This gilded bowl tutorial on Julip are the perfect way to add some nature to your home. Even better, they’re the perfect go-to gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties.



Need party decoration ideas? Check out these adorable donut stools from Studio DIY. I love the bright, playful spin these put on otherwise overlooked seats–doesn’t get much cuter than that.



I’ve been super into gallery walls lately. Find some inspiration with these DIY art ideas from Poppytalk. I can’t get enough of the colors, the random feel, and the unique pieces used for this wall! I think I’m in love with that pineapple.



And for a more permanent fixture, take a look at this DIY retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals. I’m definitely excited to paint one of these bad boys someday. LOVE IT.



And there you have it. Enjoy your week, Style Spotters! Enjoy the little moments.




Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: organized and stylish home offices

As a freelance designer, I’ve worked from home for nearly my entire career, which is stacking up to be over ten years. I won’t lie – it’s taken me a long time to get in my groove of working in the same space we live in while still being productive and not just taking over the dining room table or, erm, the sofa(although it’s tempting). There was one year at Christmas when the entire living room, dining room, and kitchen were consumed with all the holiday orders I was shipping out for my shop and I thought we were all going to go bonkers. By the time January rolled around, my husband and I agreed: the office had to have its own space.

I’ve finally carved out the perfect office space that meets all my needs – clean, colorful, plenty of light, and away from the main part of our living space. In our house, this is our upstairs bonus room. I’ve combined a play space for my son with a work space for me so we can be together (when he’s not in school) because I didn’t want to feel completely isolated and I wanted him to also feel like he was a part of it.  We’re over a year into this particular arrangement,  and it’s worked out beautifully. I’m able to stay focused on the work that needs to be accomplished, but I’m also able to include my child and still keep some sense of order in the other primary living spaces of the house.

When I was imagining how this space would turn out, I turned to my favorite place for inspiration: Pinterest!  And I realized from the overall collection that I needed a room that was grounded in white (white walls, white furniture) but with pops of color. I know myself – I get bored quickly and need to change things up. So by adding color through accessories, it’s a low-risk and low-cost way to try out a new look. I also needed a big huge desk space so I could spread out with my computer and a sketchbook. Bookshelves and drawer units were also a must.  And to be honest, Ikea was the perfect place to find some key pieces that fit the budget, overall look, and function that I needed.

If you’re creating your home office, think about what your specific needs will be. Do you need to store inventory, or books, or maybe lots of files? Will technology such as computers and printers need to be handy? What’s the mood you want to set for the space: calm and serene or energetic and inspiring?  Look for cute storage bins and boxes and even unconventional items such as coffee mugs to hold things like pens and pencils.

Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come all together immediately; it takes time to create a system that works for you and your family. In the meantime, get some inspiration from some of my current faves –



Rachel Shingleton

Get the Look: Stylish Entryways

In the beginning of my design career, I designed custom invitations primarily for brides. My favorite thing about beautifully designed paper goods is that they set the tone for the event to come. A gorgeous invitation gives you an idea of what to expect. Will it be fun? Funky? Formal? Colorful? Elegant?  And in the same way,  main entryway of your home tells the same story. It’s like the perfect space to set the tone for what the rest of your house will reveal.
But entryways need to be more than just a pretty space; more often than not they have to do double duty as functioning storage/landing pad. It’s the first place you see when you come home and the last place you see when you leave. Odds are you’re taking a bag (or two), keys, sunglasses, a phone, and a litany of other items. And that’s just for you – other members of the family might need sports supplies, weather-appropriate gear, boots, etc.
My other favorite thing about our entryway is that it also provides the perfect spot for holiday decorating.  I love using our entryway as a place to display Christmas cards and  decor for all seasons.  Pumpkins at Halloween, a glitter putz village at Christmas, and hot pink hearts at Valentine’s have all made a starring appearance in our entryway.  The possibilities are absolutely endless so don’t be afraid to have some fun with it.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for designing your entryway:
1. Go with a big mirror perfectly placed over the entry table. It provides the perfect chance to make sure every thing is in place before you dash out the door.
2. Get creative with storage and don’t forget to think seasonally. Winter items such as scarves, mittens, hats, etc., can all happily cohabit in an easily accessible tote. Find a cool tray to put snowy or rain-ridden boots.
3. Your entryway table could be anything from a cool desk to a Parsons-style sofa table. For smaller spaces, a glass top or lucite sofa table can be perfect to keep the eye from getting overwhelmed.   Add layers and personality to your space with a rug, mirror, artwork, wall treatments such as paint or wallpaper, and other decor. And don’t forget – functional hooks can be pretty too!
What are your favorite tips for creating functional but pretty entryways? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.12

Happy Friday all! This week, since it’s finally starting to feel like the fall we all know and love, I decided to share some decoration inspiration to help prepare your home for the season ahead!


Fall means football (whether that makes you groan or cheer is totally up to you). For your next tailgate, revamp an old aluminum chair with this easy DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess to make a statement out of your seat! Team colors optional.


I love this painted geometric cube porch from Little Green Notebook. It brings just the right amount of style and flair to the most inviting part of your home!



Always wondered how to dry flowers and never knew quite how? Take a look at this tutorial from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and learn not only how to dry them the right way, but how to use them for decoration as well.



Nature and fall go hand in hand. DIY Enthusiasts pulled together a list of nature-inspired fall decorations, and I spotted this awesome idea while I was browsing. Such a simple and cute way to add some visual appeal to any empty space in the house!



Lastly, need inspiration for your tabletop this fall? Look at Aunt Peaches easy ways to spruce up your house with these “golden” tips and tricks.



Enjoy the week!