Top Ten: January Finds, Part Two

Via Desire to Inspire

We are officially homeowners! A few people have jokingly said welcome to the world of debts! I mean, gee, thanks, that’s one way to look at it. Personally, I’m looking at it as a way to really make it our own. I’ll be posting soon on how the progress of our house is moving along. In case you missed it, last week was about narrowing down color selections for basically the entire house- there was no color flow except for beige walls and beige walls were not staying! Our contractor started yesterday on the popcorn ceiling. That came off so easy, it got done in one day as oppose to three. So exciting!

As promised, here’s Part Two of the monthly finds:

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Thought Process on Choosing Paint and Flooring

We are officially closing on our first house this Friday and we have a month left with our current apartment before moving out, so to stay ahead, we’ve gone head and chosen our paint.

Let me tell you, it was not easy.

There are thousands upon thousands of shades of paint to choose from. And I mean every shade under the sun and the moon and then some.

I had a vision of what I wanted: colored neutral walls. In no way whatsoever was I going to do white or beige walls, but I was open to everything else. I wanted colored neutral walls to create interest and let my things pop a little.

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My Muse: Vignettes

In a London apartment, interior designer Sophie Ashby carved an entryway nook with a well-styled tinted glass console and a statement piece of art, proving that you don't need a ton of space to do...
Via My Domaine

When I get obsessed with something, I get rather obsessed about it and there’s nothing I love more than a good vignette. I’m always re-arranging mine until I’m satisfied. Sometimes I’m at it for a couple of days. In case you’re not familiar with the term, a vignette is a grouping of items artfully arranged- a snapshot of your life. A vignette gives away the little details about you and your life, so it’s pretty important what you decide to put on display. After all, a home reflects who you are, whether it’s as an individual or as a family.

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22 Different Ways to Decorate Fireplaces

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Via Carla Aston

The fireplace is often thought of as the heart and soul of a home- right after the kitchen, of course. It’s where the terminology “hearth” came from. Although technically it means the floor of a fireplace, it also means home and a vital center.

The fireplace is often one of the most important focal points in a room as it provides more than one purpose. Most importantly- or what I believe is most importantly- is that it is an architectural feature of the home. A lovely characteristic of the house. Whether it works or not is another question. When you live in in the south as I do, it’s not as important to have a working fireplace but believe me, it’s still a fantastic bonus if it does. A fireplace is still held in high esteem for its importance.

Think about the images a fireplace conjures in your mind. Maybe you’re thinking back to what you imagine it to be back in the medieval days; a fireplace was always roaring, whether it was being used as a means of warmth or as an oven. Maybe there is something inviting about a fireplace that makes us all congregate around it. Maybe you associate it with family time. Maybe you associate it as “Me” time- a time to cozy up next to the fire with a book and a glass of wine. Or maybe you’re an interior design addict like me and you see it as another aspect of the house to design, and boy, are the choices unlimited. Just take a look at these:

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