Autumn: a season of comfort and relaxation

Aug 30, 2015

Autumn relax and comfort decor
Sources: lamp, Fall leaves branches and hourglass vase from +Pottery Barn, mirror, tall glass and pumpkin from +HomeGoods, foyer table from +Cost Plus World Market.  
I've been dreaming of Fall decor since April (and I'm not kidding). This fact about me might surprise you but Autumn decor brings a feeling of coziness, calmness and relaxation that no other season has upon me. By now you should've noticed how big of a fan I am of comfort ambiances so knowing that Fall is just around the corner made me anxious and aching for an autumnal decor.
Here are some snaps of how things are starting to change around here.

Autumn relax and comfort decor
Sources:(left) basket from HomeGoods, sofa from +Home Decorators Collection, blanket from +Target; (right) lamp from +Pottery Barn; mirror, tall glass and pumpkin from +HomeGoods, foyer table from +Cost Plus World Market.
Although this is not the end of my affair with Autumnal decor, I certainly hope that this start has inspired you to begin decorating for this upcoming season. And as always, I love reading your thoughts on my decor and your Fall ideas.

Autumn relax and comfort decor
Dough bowl from PotteryBarn, pumpkins from Costco Plus WorldMarket, foliage from +Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Autumn relax and comfort decor

Remember you can always find me (almost daily) on Instagram and Facebook for more design and decor ideas for your home.

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The perfect hues for your Autumn Wreath

Aug 27, 2015

Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)
These colors from Behr 2016 Color Trends are (from left to right): Fifth Olive-nue (T16-08), Symphony Gold (T16-16), Citron (T16-09), Ivory Keys (T16-17), Mauve Melody (T16-18) and Raw Copper (T16-14).
This year the perfect hues for my Autumn door wreath  where based on some of +BehrPaint 2016 color trends. Some of my favorite colors were the basic yet elegant neutrals with hints of ochre, marigolds and greens. The best part of working with this palette was seeing how wonderful this wreath stood out when placed over the "Iron Gate" (Behr's MQ2-l) color of the front door.

Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)

This wreath was very simple to do. I'll be posting a GIF on my Instagram account where you will see how each element was placed. For this project I only used a grapevine wreath and a tiny pumpkin from +Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, some silk, plastic and burlap foliage (also from Jo-Ann) and 2 plastic ivory pumpkins from +Michaels Stores.
After placing the big elements (the pumpkins) over the grapevine wreath (making sure they were equally spaced), I glued them with a hot glue gun and proceeded to do the same with the burlap and silk hydrangeas.

Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)
Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)

When all these big to medium pieces were placed, I filled the empty parts with the rest of the foliage. For this I made small groups from single parts and again, playing with the balance and contrast of each of the elements.

Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)

I really adore how this wreath turned out and the gorgeous colors in it. The ivory pumpkins are definitively the focal point in the arrangement but, because they are surrounded by other elements with similar proportions, they make a soft statement.

Perfect Hues for Autumn Wreath (tutorial)

Are you planning on doing a wreath or buying one? What are your favorite color palettes for this season. If you're still undecided, I invite you to take a peek at BehrPaint 2016 color trends and be a trendsetter during this Autumn season.
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An entrance with a rustic charm

Aug 5, 2015


An entrance with a rustic charm

Around here there's always a list of "to-do-things" to our new/old home: paint the baseboards, redo the driveway, change the windows, expand.... and this list goes on and on for months or even years. It is a never ending story! One of the things that has always been a concern to me was the small receiving area of our entrance.

An entrance with a rustic charm
A before and before the actual photo.
Like a said before, we live in a 1938 fixer-upper and most of the houses in this neighborhood were build for vacationing. Because of this fact most of them are very small (ours is 1,300 sq feet) and have only the basic features.

An entrance with a rustic charm
Small rustic planter from Isaac Farms, tall planter from +HomeGoods , bell from +Cost Plus World Market .
Our entrance is the very first place were there's evidence of the compact size of our abode. Taking aside the charm of our entrance, this area lacks of an inviting look and it's one of those things that has always been in our eternal "to-do-list". So I added some rustic accents and updated it; needless to say that plants were mandatory here.

An entrance with a rustic charm
The end result makes me very happy each time I come and go into the house.
Although we are far from finishing this area (and others), for now I'm very happy with the welcoming vibe it has. Now I need an outdoor fixture to go with this entrance.
Is your entrance an important issue on your "to-do-list" or do you love it as it is? Share your thoughts with me.

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A brass vase that will make a statement

Aug 2, 2015

Brass vase decor idea

Through time my personal style in decor has changed a lot. In the last couple of months I've enjoyed adding neutral accessories in my home but, to prevent them from looking too bland, I've played with textures and patterns. I've also incorporated some lustrous brass accessories to bring interest to the areas.

Brass vase decor idea
Brass vase decor idea

In my Instagram account you'll find the evolution of many areas in my home. One accessory that have been grabbing many of my followers attention has been a brass vase I found at HomeGoods. I have to say that this piece has become one of my favorite finds. Since we all know that they (HomeGoods) don't offer an online store, I've searched for some other great vase options on Etsy.

Brass vase decor idea
Top left from ModRendition. Top right from MattieBow. Bottom left from ArmoireAncienne. Bottom right from Pivot180.
But if still you need to find this exact HomeGoods vase, I invite you to visit their stores since right now they are having a beautiful "India" collection and just today I saw this exact vase in silver... to die for!
Which has been your favorite accessory lately around your home?

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