Harvest Haven Fall Tour 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016

Welcome to my blog "I don't know how she does it" and thank you for joining us today in the Harvest Haven Fall Tour 2016, hosted by Summer from "She Leaves A Little Sparkle". I'm so happy to have you here visiting from Zabrina's amazing blog "Z Design at Home". So make yourself comfortable and feel free to grab a PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) or cappuccino which I've made with love.
During this season I usually love decorating with neutrals, but this year I went a bit out of my comfort zone and stared adding some colors but still with that warm feeling that I love so much about a neutral palette.

Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016

At the porch I was able to add an urn planter that I've had for a while with a bright and iconic Mum. Since this area is small, I opted for grapevine pumpkins because of their light appearance. A small swag of preserved fall leaves I found at HomeGoods decorates my favorite nook in this 1938 house along a BHG Crossbar Metal Lantern I found at Walmart.
On our recently painted door I placed last year's wreath which I updated it with bright foam apples, pears and some real and silk leaves. The contrast it makes against the yellow wall is amazing, wouldn't you agree?

Fall Home Tour 2016

This Everett foyer table I bought a while back at World Market is the perfect size and it's really the first thing that greets my guests. I like changing it's look throughout the seasons always making sure it gives my visitors a warm welcome.

Fall Home Tour 2016

Our living room also had its dose of warm colors with suede pillows in ocher, hunter green and gold colors over the our Gordon Tufted Sofa from Home Decorators Collection. Again you can see how I managed to create areas of interesting contrast by playing with bright and dark colors. The flowers over the coffee also play an important role because they also add to the cozy and warm atmosphere I wanted to create.

Fall Home Tour 2016

Over our mantel I kept things simple with textural elements in wood, but also added color by gathering some mix small foam pumpkins. Inside of our fireplace which has never been used since we moved here (and who needs it in Miami), I placed the Galiana Candelabra I found also at Walmart. At nights I love siting here and enjoy a quiet moment of comforting and relaxation.

Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016

Setting the dinner table is always my favorite part specially during the holidays. This time I use a touch of metallic with some copper and golden accessories just to add a bit of elegance on the setting. Also I added some vintage inspired vases I found a while ago at Pottery Barn. Their Tuscan Terra Cotta collection is my favorite and mixing these surfaces with the metallic elements, brought another interesting contrast to our dinner table. Accessories like candles holders, a menu, whimsical napkin rings, and pumpkins as decorative elements did all the difference when styling.

Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016

Moving along to our kitchen, I took the liberty of preparing on our Breville Barista Express Espresso machine a fresh cappuccino just for you. This area is our coffee station and depending on the season, I like adding small accessories that will give you a hint of what we're celebrating. A simple wreath made with a metal hanger and a maple leaves garland from Joann makes that special statement over our Birch Lane blackboard. I also added some small ceramic pumpkin serving bowls with the cute copper accent on the top. I have to confess, this is my favorite area in the kitchen!

Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016

As you can see you caught me in the middle of some cookie baking and I'm using these super cute cooper cookie cutters from HomeGoods. The cookies will be ready in no time, so please feel free to wait for them; and while you do so, take a peek at those wooden and concrete pumpkins over our window sill. Simple is my middle name and these guys are all I need to bring in that autumnal.

Fall Home Tour 2016
Fall Home Tour 2016

We are finishing up one of our sitting areas with a new pergola, so I hope you can come by again and sit with us to enjoy the weather here in Miami this time of the year. Thank you so much for keeping me company and I hope you've enjoyed my home as much as I did styling it. Now, don't forget that this tour continues with Jennifer's beautiful home at "Decor Gold Designs". Here's the list of all the talents included in this Harvest Haven Fall Tour 2016:
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Getting the best out of one bedroom for 3 kids

Aug 26, 2016

Girls small bedroom ideas

I'm so honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Network where, as a blogger, I've received compensation by BHG at Walmart. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

When faced with the challenge of making the most out of one bedroom for my 3 daughters, the first thing that came into my mind was the age difference. While one of them is a tween, the other two are just curious preschoolers who love playing around and believe they truly are princesses. I confess I might have inspired them to think like that.

Girls small bedroom ideas

So with the limitation of space, there was only one way to go when thinking about beds: either up with bunkbeds or to the sides with trundles. Knowing my little ones so well, and anticipating their Rapunzel’s tower reenactment, I opted for beds that will easily open and close when needed. While searching for these types of beds, I was pretty amazed when I found “Better Homes and Garden Kids Panama Beach Twin Captain's Bed with Trundle” at Walmart. Its clean lines design and the additional 3 drawers for storage were certainly details that called my attention. This bed, also in gray color, as you just read comes with the trundle included within its amazing price; this was very hard to obtain in other stores I searched since almost all sell the trundle part separately.
These beds just took a couple of minutes to assemble and felt incredibly sturdy. The trundle part glided in and out without any trouble and my two preschooler princesses loved it (read “excitedly jumped”).

Girls small bedroom ideas

After all the excitement ended, it was time to find the bedding. As universally known, girls naturally tend to gravitate towards the color pink (aka Barbie color or Pinkalicious pink); so finding one that actually met their expectations and mine, was another challenge only us moms dare to face. The new kids’ line from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart has an amazing assortment of beautiful bedding designs. For the girls’ bedroom I chose a “Ruched Dot Beding Comforter Set” because I can mix its pattern with others especially if in the future I wanted to go wild with different sheets. This comforter set came with a pillow sham and a decorative owl pillow (not shown) and I added some extra pillows with some glitz and positive vibes for a more girly look.

Girls small bedroom ideas
Girls small bedroom ideas

To draw that imaginary limit line, I used a 5’x7’ “Better Homes and Gardens Border Stripe Textured Print Rug”  in gray which besides matching the color of the ”BHG Basket Weave Grommet Window Panels”, they serve as an excellent scenario for the girls to dance and play.


Girls small bedroom ideas

I knew that if I created a corner for my tween daughter to study, the little ones would strongly emphasize the fact that they also needed a place they could sit and “pretend” to read. Taking into consideration the size of this room, a table for them would’ve been just a crazy though if it wasn’t for the “Better Homes and Gardens Kids' Metal Table” I found at Walmart. Its size was perfect (27.5” x 27.5” x 20”) and I was able find some matching cute chairs also from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart that look just like a miniature Tolix chair.

Girls small bedroom ideas
Girls small bedroom ideas
Love the design of the Better Homes and Gardens Traditional Task Lamp I found at Walmart. It is perfect size for my daughter's desk and adds just a touch of vintage flair to this area.
Now that we’re finally back to school, it was fit for my girls to have a set room where they can come home and study or just to hang around (besides sleeping, of course!). As you can see I was able to create a comfortable and functional space no matter the size limitations and where the age difference seems to dissipate. I know they are more than exited to have their room redone since for some reason, sleeping time has suddenly started earlier!



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Key elements to recreate the modern farmhouse style

Aug 10, 2016

Modern Farmhouse key elements

I'm so honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Network where, as a blogger, I've received compensation by BHG at Walmart. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Ever since I discovered the program “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines’ style, I’ve fell in love with the modern farmhouse d├ęcor. The simplicity and clean look of this kind of decoration and recycled/reused approach of this style is something I can relate to.
Although I live in a 1938 house with a Mediterranean Revival style, which has somewhat evolved through the years; I wouldn't mind adding some touches inspired in this new trend of modern farmhouse in the hopes of adding personality to any space.  
Since I’m new to this style, I’ll start with a small area in our home; the tv room. This space is where we spend most of our time and where the girls like to express their creativity when it comes to scattering their toys around. So trying to keep everything organized and tidy will be one big challenge.

Modern Farmhouse key elements

In the past I used a small console that my father helped me build, to conceal all the kids mess; but with all the puzzles and school stuff somehow it suddenly became too small. I found a wider more spacious version called “Oxford Square TV Stand and Console” from BHG products at Walmart and to my surprise, it fits amazingly in this room. Its grayish blue color and tempered glass doors gives it a subtle vintage look.  
Other items I found that added that farmhouse look to our TV room were a couple of "glass lanterns with the hemp rope handle". These pieces are a versatile accent since they will display many things from candles to flowers or even a cute terrarium. I’ve used these many, many times and in different parts of our home and each time I fall even more in love with these lanterns.

Modern Farmhouse key elements

Talking about lanterns, my new acquisition is the "Domed Metal Outdoor Lantern" from BHG at Walmart. I know these are made to stand inclement weather, but I couldn’t resist hanging one in our TV room. My initial thought was to use it as a plant holder, but since I couldn’t find the right hanging plant, I ended up placing 3 battery operated candles. Sometimes thinking out of the box can bring interesting results!

Modern Farmhouse key elements

Rustic wood is also used when decorating with this style in mind and the “Distressed Wood Finish Turned Floor Lamp” from BHG at Walmart added the perfect dose of farmhouse to this area. Galvanized metal is another strong element I’ve seeing repeatedly in many interiors. Accessories made in this material don’t have to be big to make their presence count. To display the beauty of my new eucalyptus plant, I used a BHG Galvanized Round Bin found at Walmart a couple of months ago. I think these two make a perfect pair!

Modern Farmhouse key elements

I couldn’t finished this area without adding a couple of more traditional decorative pillows but with that farmhouse vibe. These neutral colored pillows add texture to our sofa without overcrowding the setting. Both the “FloralStamp Pillow” and the “Pinwheel Decorative Pillow” are also from BHG at Walmart.
Shiplap aside, a modern farmhouse look can be achieved with some key accessories. Have you tried this style in your own home? Which are your favorite accents when recreating this Joann Gaines inspired trend?


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A mattress fit for princesses

Jul 31, 2016


Let me tell you about these princesses adventures. These little ladies love dancing all day. They don't have time to skip a beat, so off they go and dance their way. These ladies enjoy play time too much so day and night their giggles are all we know.


But all this hard work comes with a price and their naps are precious to these little ones. You see, princesses skins are soft and delicate so when it comes to down time, they prefer a soft and comfy mattress to help them recharge their energy.


Aveline matresses from LexMod are incredibly comfortable and besides jumping and dancing, my little princess enjoy their beauty sleep here as well. These mattresses are delivered in a small box and it is a treat to see them unfold once the bag is open.

I would like to thank LexMod for sending this piece of furniture. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

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