Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Light and Bright, Decorating with Neutral Tones

I started with a blank slate, and decided I'd like to keep it that way. Here's a look at my work-in-progress living room.

This room gets the most light of any room in the house, so I wanted to keep everything bright. Whenever I went to add a colorful accessory something just felt wrong. So I kept it neutral and now it's become my own personal challenge to make it work. 

Through this process I've noticed that glass and metallics have become my best friends - they go with everything!

Once I've filled up the built-ins and feel like I'm done decorating, I might have to go crazy with some colorful pillows (or wall color!)

So I put myself into this challenge- have you made any decorating dilemmas of your own?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Form over Function?

One of my favorite pieces in my home is my bar cart. I had always admired them in magazines and thought they looked so sophisticated and glamorous. 
Naturally, I wanted to emulate that feeling of glamor once I had a bar cart of my very own, so I had a decision to make. Do I use the bar cart for it's actual purpose, or do I just make it look pretty. It wasn't  a hard choice to me - I went with the glam.

She's pretending to be useful with the glassware on the bottom - but we all know it's just for show. No, her true purpose is to make me happy - a job well done, dear!

Do you have any pieces in your home that you opt out of using their true purpose for? My built-ins have a look of guilt ALL over them (books? whaaat are those?)