Monday, October 6, 2014

Adding layers to your style by mixing modern with vintage

I love mixing modern with vintage in my home decor - it adds great dimension and layer to the design. 

It's been a year since we've moved into our new home - I'm finally getting around to the dining room, 
which has become the perfect place to experiment with adding layers of styles and eras to my decor.

I love the chandelier - it's original to our home which was built in 1955 - and it's a perfect juxtaposition with the more modern art we have on the walls.

There's a good mix happening here with the modern chairs and the vintage look of these oversized candlesticks. The bench under the art gives a nod to the candlesticks since it's got a vintage look to it.

And although my husband doesn't like the multi-colored print because it's not an original piece of art (I'm currently making a mustache with my finger under my nose and making a snooty face) I LOVE it because it brings in every single color and ties in my black chairs that I almost got rid of. I guess we can't always agree… but I can always win - it's staying up!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Filling your frames - for free!

I love frames - they're inexpensive, pretty, and easily fill up empty spaces in decorating - 
but their ease comes with one exception...
filling the actual frame.

I don't display too many family photos in my living room - they're so personal - 
but I have a TON of frames. If I see a well priced frame, I can't pass it up
so it's become a challenge for me to find an alternate solution, while not spending too much money on artwork or printing photos to fill them.

 I found my solution by simply checking my mail.
We have a membership with the Portland Art Museum, 
and they recently sent a beautiful pamphlet advertising some new upcoming exhibits. 
Lucky me :)
You can also fill frames with magazine clippings, programs from plays or as my friend Sarah suggested, calendar pages!

The pictures add so much color and beauty to the room - and they were free!

What do you think, do you have any pamphlets/magazines with beautiful pictures you can use to fill some empty frames around your house?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixing glam metals with natural elements

I love a good juxtaposition in my decor - this little plant guy is the perfect example:

So glamorous is he, sitting in his nice metallic vessel with all his natural glory [or as natural as a fake plant can get]. Mixing nature with a little glam is a fun way to keep your decor interesting.

I just love him. I'm going to name him George. He, of course, hails from HomeGoods.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mixing Patterns in the Bedroom

Layer by layer,  I'm adding more color and patterns to our master bedroom.

So far it's all blues and yellows - calm and soothing colors, perfect for a bedroom.
I love the contrast the wooden legs of this bench give to the clean modern look of the white couch.

More blue and yellow patterns are carried through to the bedding - with some great texture from these white pillows. I have the hardest time choosing bedding - I don't want it to be too feminine since it's my husband's bed too, but I'm not about to throw some flannel on the bed, either. 
I think this is a nice balance of more masculine, geometric lines, with a soft, romantic twist through the trellis patterned pillow.

I used the pillows that came with the comforter to carry the theme through the room to this cozy side chair. I like how the repeated pattern carries the eye from one side of the room to another.

And while I was busy taking pictures, this little turkey was sitting patiently, just lookin' real cute.

Go Ducks - Win The Day!

{pillows, bedding and side chair from HomeGoods, bench from Target}

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bedroom Update

I love having a huge bedroom, but I've had a hard time filling all the space.

I found this great upholstered sofa table with a fun ikat pattern and beautiful nailhead trim.

I love is because it's still neutral in color and also serves a wonderful purpose as a catchall 
for jewelry while also displaying some family photos.

It makes me so happy to see my things displayed so beautifully as I first walk into my bedroom - even though Jack is always tempted to move things around to make room for his choochoos.

What do you think?

Friday, June 27, 2014

A little living room update

The royal We needed a little color up in here. 
So I added this navy Ikat pillow. What do We think?

And to balance out my insane color addition… yet another neutral pillow. 
But with some pattern. 

I like how playful the fuzzy pillow is with the more traditional embroidered pillow.

We have a bright entryway that leads to the living and dining room 
- nothing new here, I love these flowers.

It was just a quick little update but I think the living room is coming along nicely.
That's what I love most about decorating my house - it's never quite finished so there's always something to look forward to.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cute Storage Solutions for Kids' Rooms

Now that baby Wills is getting a little older, it's time to decorate his man cave to suit his personality. He's 4 months, so there's a lot of that.

Anyway, I picked up some vintage looking trunks and fun wire baskets at my usual spot, HomeGoods, and I can't wait to put his whole room together now (we just need a crib…professional parenting happening over here)

Prince William's room is really dark right now as he is taking his royal nap, so I snapped some photos in our living room.

Also I'm still waiting to put the wallpaper up so - updates soon!

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Lovely Oregon Evening, and a Family Update

The boys are in bed and my husband is at a bachelor party for his best friend, 
so I'm out on the patio! Just missing some wine but I'm all funned out after a weeklong trip to Mexico.

A little candlelit romance for me and the dogs - cheers to a perfect Spring evening in Oregon!

and from a little earlier in the day, I finally found a place for this garden stool.

And to add some substance to this post, a little Edlen Family Update:

Like I said, we just got back from Mexico for my birthday/Mother's day trip. 
It was tough to leave the boys for a week, but we definitely needed a break.

If you're from Portland you'll recognize the iconic PDX carpet selfie shot we've got going on here.

Poolside and before we both burnt ourselves to a peeling crisp

My fabulous birthday dinner with my beloved… and most importantly:

And the first picture of got with both Edlen boys, messy hair and all.
I couldn't love anything more than my sweet family of boys!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bedroom Update

Why is the bedroom always the last place to get decorated? Poor little thing…

It's going to take some time, but my bedroom is slowly coming together.

I'm starting with the window seat, a cheery little place I will likely never sit 
(hence the candlesticks taking up some realty).

I don't know why, but I've been deathly afraid to choose colors for the bedroom.
Well OK, I know why… everything is pretty much white in my house. 

So here goes nothing - blue and yellow it is!

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stylish dog beds for your patio

It's our first Spring in the new house so I've been updating our patio here and there.
I noticed that my sweet pups were sitting on my pretty pillows and leaving even sweeter surprises 
of beautiful, silky, very noticeable dog hair all over them. 


To fix that in the most chic way possible, I got them their very own bed to deposit their DNA all over.

It's pretty cute right?

Lucy approves! 

There's a glimpse of Bert in the upper right corner, he doesn't sit still for long 
so it was impossible to get a good photo of him.

Anyway, I just love looking out and seeing them enjoy their fluffy - and very adorable - hair collector. I mean bed.

OK one more photo, because… cute dog.

Lu-Bean is due for a manicure… who wants to be the one to tell her?

Here are some other cute dog beds I found on Pinterest - enjoy!

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

I need more patios. And cute dogs.

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!