The Great Eight | More Rugs

I know!  More rugs.  But I just can’t help it!  When the deals are delivered directly to my inbox, I have to share.  This time, it’s Wayfair—they’re having a big sale on their rugs but it only lasts until the 20th…and they’re going fast, so you’ve gotta move quick!  For this blowout sale, they’re featuring Savavieh and you can save as much as 70%.

Not too shabby.

All of my picks are under $300 and are ALL 8×10!  That’s a great deal.  Seriously.

The Great Eight Rugs

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Happy shopping, and Happy Easter!  May you all have a sharply-dressed, well-fed weekend celebrating that Jesus is risen!


Design Inspiration| Laura Umansky

I’m on Houzz a lot.  Have you ever used it?!  It’s a great resource for designers and architects, and also home owners and builders.  It’s chock-full of pictures, articles, professional contacts, and advice that anybody can benefit from!  It’s similar to Pinterest in that you can create your own “boards” where you save pieces of information, but it’s strictly home-related (kitchens, baths, yards, storage, lighting, etc.) and much more detailed.  Rather than linking to a bunch of different websites, all of the information is within the Houzz website itself.

Anyway, it’s great.  And if you haven’t checked it out, you should!

In my Houzz perusing, I stumbled upon an article that featured some design work from Laura Umansky.  I had never heard of Umansky let alone seen pictures of any of her work…but as soon as I saw the pictures in this article, it was like love at first sight.  Her work is phenomenal!  She’s mastered the art of eclectic and knows exactly how to make a room feel finished without it being over-done or fussy.

Nothing feels too heavy, even when she incorporates bold patterns and vivid colors…the spaces are always cheerful.  And I love the use of large geometric shapes in furniture and art.

umansky 1umansky 2It’s clearly interesting and inspired.  She knows exactly how much neutral to mix with bold pops of color and even though almost all of the pieces in her spaces are unique, there’s no competition–everything just works.

umansky 3I guess you could call Umansky my #wcw!  If you’re interested in seeing her full portfolio, check out her website here.  Too bad she’s in Texas….

Happy Wednesday!



Spring Cleaning | Pillow Talk

Happy first day of Spring! (if you’re getting this on Thursday, that is…)  I was in Virginia last week for work and the high on Wednesday was like 37.  Yeah.  No thank you.  I’ll take my Florida 80s anytime.

There’s no place like home.

Since I’m sure many of your are trying to fluff your house for Spring ( I mean, Easter is only  a few short weeks away.  No, seriously.  It is.), I thought it was appropriate to share a tip and a deal with you today to help you get your spring cleaning moving right along.

The deal.

The Bluebird Shop is having a 15% off Sale on all of it’s pillow covers!  They’ve got some fantastic and fun fabrics AND the price is right.  Check out a few of my top picks for under $20.

The Bluebird Shop Pillows

keep in mind that these are only the covers so you’ll have to purchase the pillow forms separately. Which leads me right into The Tip.

Well, actually a few tips…

#1 When purchasing pillow forms (or pillows in general, for that matter), always go with the down-filled pillows.  They are a little more expensive, typically, but they can be fluffed-up so that they look super-full which is totally worth a couple of extra bucks.  My little trick is to buy pillows from the clearance section (you know, the ones in that very last aisle at HomeGoods), keep the form and throw the cover away.  Then, as long as the size is right, it doesn’t matter if the cover is ugly because you won’t be using it!

#2 If your cover is made for a 20 x 20 pillow, buy the pillow form that’s one size larger.  Again, it makes for super fluffy, full pillows which are the best!

#3 I wouldn’t recommend buying pillows that are any smaller than 18×18 (filled with a 20″ form, of course), especially if it’s for a sofa.  Smaller pillows can be ok for an accent here and there or maybe for a dining chair, but not for some place where they’re really going to get used.

Hope this was helpful!  See you next week!

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Shameless Inspiration| IKEA

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of going to IKEA with my husband.  I’ve done IKEA a million times.  I don’t go through the showroom area, I come with a list of exactly what I need and cut through the checkout line section directly to the shopping area.  Believe it or not, I can get in and out of there in under 20 min. IF the checkout lines move quickly.

This was not the case on this particular visit.

I had my list and I knew exactly what I wanted but when I started to cut through the checkout area, Jason was like, wait!  why are we going THAT way?  Let’s go this way.  So, on this visit I had a drink in the cafeteria, sat on some sofas, checked out the finish on different entertainment centers, felt some of the rugs, and even played with some of the toys in the children’s department.  I think we were there for 2 hours….

Even though I would’ve been happy to avoid the entire upstairs all together, I was glad I didn’t.  IKEA has some great stuff.  And it’s not like I don’t know that, but seeing it in person rather than online is always a good refresher.  Now don’t get me wrong, IKEA isn’t always quality, but it’s like Target, you still love it because it’s fun…and sometimes fun beats out quality because it’s not necessarily junk either.

While we were in the kids section, I spotted this great mobile that is actually a new item.

mobileIt’s adorable!…the balloons and little animals.  You can’t go wrong!  Plus, it’s only like $10!  Thank you, IKEA!

It totally inspired me to design a fun gender-neutral nursery to share with you and see if you were inspired as much as I was.  What do you think?!

Nursery Design Board with labels

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Some of the items I used for the design are from IKEA but the rest vary.  I love it!

Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is how the end of the trip to IKEA played out…my husband standing on the cart, holding onto the hood of my jacket and letting me pull him around.  Classy, right. 🙂


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Quick Tips| How High To Hang Pictures, Part 2

Here is the second installment of correct picture hanging height.  This post relates to hanging pictures over furniture. If you missed part 1 on how high to hang pictures when they are the focal point on a wall, you’ll want to check that out!

For part 2, how high to hang pictures when they are over a standard height [30″-36″, most seating types and tables types] piece of furniture, the best rule to follow is to hang it 6″ above the piece of furniture.

hanging artwork over sofa 1[6″ from the top of the back of the sofa to the bottom of the art]

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hanging artwork over console or sideboard

[6″ from the top of the table to the bottom of the art]

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For a gallery wall or asymmetrical composition that is over a piece of furniture, the rule is 6″ from the bottom of the lowest piece to the top of the piece of furniture (sofa, table, etc)

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Of course, there can always be a little tweaking…an inch up or down depending on the art piece or the furniture piece, but something in that range is always a safe number.

The goal is for the furniture and the art to look connected within the space.  If the art is hung too high, it appears to be floating.  Remember, you’re not trying to fill the whole wall with the art by hanging it right in the middle, you’re trying to bring the eye down to the vignette you’ve created with your furniture and art.

Happy hanging!

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