Entries Tagged as 'Design Talk'

Thoughts on Decluttering



A couple weeks ago I read this article on Houzz by Alison Hodson about taking a minimalist view of the things keep your home. She talks about how for years she was overwhelmed by her stuff, secretly wanting it to vanish into thin air. The day she had an epiphany about why she could never keep her house clean and when a house fire took everything except the clothes on her family’s backs.

Easily the most beautifully written article I’ve ever read on Houzz. If you have time I highly recommend you read it and it’s got me thinking about all our “stuff” Most of what I show on the blog is the stuff I love but behind that in the closets and under the beds there’s always the stuff I wish I could do without.

My mom was and is a relentless purger of things un-needed. It was a well known fact in our house that you shouldn’t leave anything lying about that resembled garbage cheap oakleys and expect to come back to it later. Nothing was sacred.

In the article Alison goes on to say that you should ask yourself three questions:

  • Do you feel overwhelmed?
  • Is organizing and decluttering your home a common topic?
  • Are you continually cleaning, but your home is never really tidy?

I can identify with the last two questions the most. I’ve always thought of myself as one that throws things away, but it’s clearly not enough. We still have all these things we don’t need.

The funny thing about this is it has really got me thinking. Do I really need that box of baby toys I’m saving. What’s in the back of the hall closet? Do I even remember what I stashed up there? Under the bed…how long has it been since I cleaned that out?

What areas of your house do you wish you could go more minimalistic with? Spill it in the comments.

Black Doors, What Do You Think?



One of my favorite rooms ever from Pure Style Home featured in Small Rooms Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I asked how you all felt about white walls. It was so nice to hear your thoughts and not feel like I’m talking to myself. Ha! Judging by some of the responses a lot of you are loving them right now, me included. Although I still am on the fence about which white to pick to paint the Living Room. I know, I should just make a decision already! That’s what Bryan keeps telling me.

Today’s let’s talk about black doors. Black doors have been around for a while but they seem to be getting Ray Ban outlet even more popular lately. You can barely open a design magazine or blog without noticing their arrival. So are you ready to take the plunge and paint your doors black?  I never really thought about painting my interior doors anything other than white until my sister brought them to my attention. Now along with my white walls I want some black doors dammit!

black door with mirror inset via Lonny magazine

A point in my favor is that Bryan actually really likes black doors too (which is rare that we agree on the exact same thing). Usually I just do my own thing and if he doesn’t come home and proclaim loudly that he hates it then it stays. He’s figured out that I’ll change my mind soon enough and move on to something else. Although so far he thinks it should be reserved for exterior doors. Like the inside of the front door is OK to paint black or the interior side of French doors leading to the outside but not the interior doors to all the bedrooms. Does  that make sense?

So what do you think? To paint or not to paint. Will we all be sick of black doors in a few months?

White Walls, Are You On Board?



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Hi all, I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far and I hope some of you enjoyed a nice long weekend.

The topic of the day on my mind is white walls. Are they totally your style? Or are they not for you? I used to be in the not-for-me camp but gorgeous images like the one above have been changing my mind. I’m really dying to paint a room white and I think our Living Room’s blue paint is on the chopping block. I’ve loved the blue for a time but as my style changes over time the blue just really isn’t going with how I want our whole house to feel.

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Bryan’s not really 100% on board with white walls (he prefers more of a sand color) which is why I’m hesitating. But truth be told we rarely agree on any kind of color whatsoever. If I say green he says okay and picks a green that belongs in a fishing lodge in Montana. I’ll pick a more soft muted green. We could go round and round for hours in a paint store disagreeing on colors. Lucky for me he tires of any kind of debate involving shades of paint quickly leaving me to make the decisions. 😉

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I asked my sister this white wall question over the weekend, She made a good point. That white walls may look totally gorgeous in beautiful photos  but can feel a little cold in real life.

So what do you all think? Are you for white walls? Do they leave you feeling cold?

Let us know in the comments.

Upside Down Christmas Trees?? What?



Bryan and I stopped in the mall quickly last night to do a little Christmas shopping, on our way through the holiday decor department Bryan pointed out an upside-down Christmas tree. I confidently rationalized to him that it must be just for the floor model display and that surely they weren’t trying to sell one. Until…he pointed at the $450 price tag clearly marked Upside-down Christmas tree. Wha…why?

Still thinking about it I searched on the internet when I got home. Apparently it’s a real thing. Only benefit I can see is that there is more room under the tree for present and Ray Ban outlet possibly takes up less floor space. But I can’t get myself to like it anymore.

What do you think about upside-down Christmas tree? Any takers?



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