Spring ready outdoor area

Feb 8, 2017

Spring ready outdoor area

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Are you ready for Spring? I sure am! And although we don't have drastic changes of seasons here in Miami, just having a chance to go out and enjoy a cool day is simply priceless. Lately temperatures around here have been in the low 70s degree (F), which for me is the perfect weather for gardening and spending more time outside without being bothered by mosquitoes.

Spring ready outdoor area

Last year we created a pergola in our patio where we placed our Carterhill Conversation set from BHG at Walmart. But now I wanted to find an outdoor dinner table that will allow us to enjoy this short but amazing weather. BHG at Walmart has a new patio furniture collection with the added convenience of a mix-and-match system; now your outdoor space can be personalized! I chose the Camrose Farmhouse steel dining table and mix it up with four Camrose Farmhouse stacking chairs and a set of two galvanized chairs I already owned (you can find a similar set here).
The Camrose Farmhouse steel dining table faux wood finish and its rust-resistant treatment makes it perfect for this area; but the idea of adding my personal touch with the chairs was a game changer.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Now all I needed to get this area ready for Spring were some plates and accessories. I love this season's trending navy and blue tones; to my surprise I found some teal medallion bowls also from BHG at Walmart with an intricate design in the border. I paired these with some pieces of my Ashmoor dinnerware set over sea grass placemats.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Another important piece over this table was this teal ceramic planter I found at Walmart. I love how its texture plays along perfectly with the rest of the accessories. The fern I planted was the final touch this setting needed.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Now that this outdoor area is Spring ready and refreshed, I can't wait for the weekends to come. Spending quality family time in the patio is one of our top priorities. What have you planned for this upcoming Spring/outdoor season?

Spring ready outdoor area
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Fresh start your bedroom with indigo blue

Jan 31, 2017

Indigo blue is my color of preference after all the festivities and Holiday decorations have been put to rest. This color feels refreshing, welcoming and brings in a calming sensation throughout any room. Sometimes I tend to go a bit crazy about using it in my decor, so this year in order to restraint myself from going overboard, I opted for using blue in my bedroom only.

While I like to keep my walls light and neutral, strong colors and textures will always go around as accessory pieces. Bedding is one of the most important aspects when updating the look of a bedroom. Here the soft blue of the comforter from HomeGoods was my starting point. It allowed  me to add pillows with more intricate patterns and darker tones. I chose two large bohemian inspired pillows because they added such a rich texture to the bed and were great statement pieces (all the pillows used are from HomeGoods).

On both sides of the bed, I kept the same side tables but decided personalized each of its decor. On "his" side, things were kept quite and simple, with the use of a large mirror, big lamp and a geometrical bookend. On "her" side, special moments were displayed on the wall in the form of a gallery that created balance with the glass vases over the table.

Window curtain panels with a distinctive indigo Greek key design (from HomeGoods) were also another great opportunity to incorporate more of this "blue fever".

Gold and amber accents were added to wrapped up this room and to create an interesting contrast with the indigo blue.

Now that this room is all set, lets wait and see how long it will take for me to use this color in another area. Are you a "one color fits all" kind of person, or "the more, the better"?

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Festive table setting in a snap

Dec 14, 2016

This year we're celebrating New Year's Eve with our daughters and my father who's visiting us for the Holidays. Since this is not going to be a big event, we're planning on doing a nice dinner and afterwards let the girls stay up late to see the fireworks. Nothing fancy or unusual for many of us, right!
But one thing that I wanted to make special was my dinner table setting. And today I will be sharing my top tips for making a simple and festive dinner table in a snap.

Flowers: For that added natural and fresh look, I love placing an arrangement as a centerpiece. This time they will represent the idea of starting a new and fresh year full of hope (flowers are from Trader Joes).

Gold accessories: I love the sparkle and glamour they add to the setting. But above all, this color represents prosperity and I know it doesn't hurt wishing  a bit of this upon all of us.

Sweets: I found these delicious chocolates at +HomeGoods and boy where they cute as well! They added a pinch of sweetness to the setting while reminding us how sweet life can be.

Initials: I found these Sugar Paper® Metal Monogram Gift Topper at +Target  and fell in love with them. Initially they were going on my tree, but then I thought of placing them as ornaments to identify each sitting place. Talk about multi-purpose!

Mixing textures will add interest in your setting. I found a beautiful muted velvet runner at HomeGoods and it was the perfect canvas to make my mix of dinner plates standout. 

Textures and patterns: I love textures! And just a quick glimpse into my Instagram account will show you how I've made my own mission to mix them with patterns around my decor. For this festive setting I mixed the salad plate with an interesting gold texture around the rim (from +HomeGoods), with a simple white dinner plate. To complete this setting, I placed both over a golden plastic charger also from HomeGoods (which I previously spray painted). To enhance the gold even more, I used a small bowl on top with two different patterns, alternating them around the table.

I'm sure these small details will make our small celebration extra special. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour: Living Room Neutral Decor

Dec 13, 2016

Hello friends, it is so nice to have you all here in the "Deck the Hall Christmas Tour" hosted by Decor Gold Designs and Randi Garrett Design! I bet you couldn't get enough of Kathleen's (Lindsay Hill Interiors) amazing living room. She's one of my favorites interior bloggers because her styles always feels so welcoming and relaxed while using neutrals and some pop of colors.
Today I'm going to be showing you how I've "decked my living room halls for Christmas", and just like Kathleen, you'll notice I'm also a fan of neutral colors. Our 1938 house in Miami is not big. When we first moved in, almost three years ago, the realtor was telling us how the houses in these areas were use solely for vacation purposes. Hence the lack of room and closet space.

Our living room has the original fireplace and I always love to decorate this area thinking on ways to emphasize its beauty and detail. Because I don't want to take away from it, I'll usually style this area with a minimal approach. This Christmas I chose a natural Magolia garland from The Magnolia Company to hang over the mantle. The color of its leaves was all this area needed .

To draw even more attention to our fireplace, I hanged the London mirror (from Grandin Road) over the mantle in this wall. Also by adding a set of metal reindeer (Grandin Road as well) I was able to add visual height.
A pair of "INK + IVY Waldorf Alligator Faux Leather Lounge Accent Chair" from Lamps Plus served as the perfect frame for the fireplace. These sculptural seats elevate the entire look of our living room by providing a modern accent and creating an interesting contrast of styles against the fireplace. The faux leather of the seats felt incredibly comfortable. My husband and I love sitting here and talk about the day's events.

Now let's talk about this amazing "Mandovi Cowhide AL03 Rug" from Rugs USA. I can't get over its detailed geometric pattern and I love the fact that the subtle gray color doesn't clash with either the wood floor or any of the other elements in this area.

As you've already noticed, I love mixing my neutrals with metallics, specially gold. So throughout the decor and including the ornaments in the Christmas tree you'll find sparkling accessories. One example is our "PB Teen Maison Bookcase". Besides being the perfect spot to display all my Christmas houses, the soft gold tone blends very well with the rest of the furniture.

Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour

Over in the foyer table I also have more metallic pieces which I mixed with wood accessories to balance out their shiny surfaces.

To warm up the rest of the decor, I added a couple of toss pillows in faux fur and leather materials over our sofa. The "Luxury Faux Fur Pillow in Snow Leopard" from Frontgate feels so soft and is the perfect match for the "Mandovi Cowhide AL03 Rug". I created a subtle contrast by adding a pair of faux leather pillows from HomeGoods and the Cube Natural Hide pillow from Grandin Road that served as the unifying element in this setting.

I believe that the key in making this room feel welcoming and comfy lies in creating a balance between the materials and surfaces used. I love coming into this area and just sit and relax while watching our Christmas tree all lit up at nights.
Now, I don't want to hold you here so why don't we all go and visit my lovely neighbor Janet in her blog Shabyfufu. I know you'll fall in love with her elegant and romantic approach in decor. Have a Merry Christmas!

This post was sponsored by some of the brands named here. All the opinions included are mine.

Jen Rizzo
I Don't Know How She Does It

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