Fall home tour: cool colors and warm textures

Sep 6, 2017

Fall wall shelves

Welcome to my fall home tour. So happy to see you all coming from Designs by Laila'fascinating home. I know she must have provided you with incredible ideas for your home decor.
We all know summer is just about to end, and I'm so ready for cooler (or perhaps, less hellish) temperatures. Although we won't feel those low 70° F for a while here in Miami, changing my home's style will certainly bring in the feeling of those desired weather conditions.

Fall door wreath

Because this past season has been so hot, this time around I've decided on a cooler palette of grays combined with textures to add warmth and interest. Starting from my front door, you'll quickly notice my fabric pumpkins wreath (from HomeGoods) that will give you a better idea of this year's look and feel.

Fall wall shelves 2
Fall wall shelves styling

I also updated our wall shelves by adding some of fall's most iconic pieces like pumpkins, pears and some silk fall leaves (we don't get real ones in this area but these from Pottery Barn look amazing).
As you can see, wood was the main character in most of the pieces I used throughout this setting.

Neutral sofa pillows
Fall neutral sofa pillows
Textured toss pillows

Never our new futon/sofa from The Novogratz, I combined several decorative pillows with an array of interesting visual textures (all from HomeGoods). These are in gold, gray with an intricate stitching and a dark sand color with a patterns very similar to cane (a wood-like material used on antique chairs).

Outdoor lanterns indoor
Outdoor lanterns can be used inside and be filled with harvest inspired items like these wheat stalks and some mini paper pumpkins (both from HomeGoods). 
Fall entryway

One of my favorite items this year were these lanterns from Better Home & Gardens at Walmart. I've used these on our patio before, but this time I'm using them inside by filling them with pumpkins and some wheat stalks for a different look.

Fall diner table

I've went ahead and set our HomeDecorator's table with a simple fall decor. This dough bowl from Pottery Barn has been such a versatile accessory in our decor. In the past I've used it as a cradle for flowers, I've decorated it with some faux succulents and even placed Christmas ornaments inside of it. For this table, I've placed some plastic pumpkins and a couple of wheat stalks for a quick and effortless centerpiece.

Fall diner table styling

Around this I used my Ashmore plates from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart over the faux wood chargers. These ceramic leave mini-plates (from the dollar spot on Target) added interest on this setting. I also wrapped the flatware with Trader Joe's "Fearless Flyer" and added a simple wheat stalk. These little details make the table setting more interesting and give guests something to talk about.

Fall diner table centerpiece
Fall diner table setting
Fall plate decor

Since it is so early in the season there are other areas in our home that I'm still working on. I'll be sharing these soon with you all. In the meantime, go visit Joan from 2 Ladies & A Chair. I'm sure you'll fall in love with her style!

Fall coffee table decor

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Fall home tour living room


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Bedroom and living room get a refresh from afar

Aug 23, 2017

Bedroom gray tones

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One of the many satisfactions that this career of interior decorating brings is being able to create a dreamed space for my friend. The surprise factor is always another thing I always look forward when working on a room or the entire home.
This time around I had the privilege to help a longtime friend with some decor dilemmas that she had at her home. This was an amazing opportunity to incorporate accessories from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.
My sweet friend lives far from my home, so in order to start working with her rooms, she sent over some photos of them and I started brainstorming and sketching. After my design plan was finished and approved by my friend, I order some of the items online while others I was able to find at stores. For the final installation I surprise my friend with my visit and I could not explain her face when she saw me!

Bedroom gray tones

The serene master bedroom:Depending on the size a bedroom, these can sometimes feel overwhelming to some people. I was able to work this room by dividing it 3 sections: everyday storage, bed, and a sitting area. 

Chest of drawers updated

We moved the chest of drawers to a new spot in-between the windows and added some wall art to enhance the view starting from the entrance to the room. Also it is convenient to have this piece of furniture closer to the master bathroom. 

Bedroom gray tones

For the bed the beautiful Irongate 5 piece comforter set from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart., was just perfect in color and style to create a serene atmosphere. I mixed this comforter with some toss pillows also from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. These were the Moroccan and Fox Cut Fur

Side table lamp

The night table lamps also got an upgrade. I added two Artisan Glass lamp tables from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. to provide a lighter view over the dark tables. 
I can say that with these two simple changes the room was starting to take an impressive change. But, because I knew my friend and her husband love to work with their laptops while on the bed, I decided on provide a sitting area. 

Bookcase accent chairs
Bookcase in sitting area

For this area I found two very comfortable Porter chairs in gray also from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. I was able to buy these two at stores but you can find the blue color online
My friend had a bunch of books all scattered around her bedroom. So for this task I provided her with the Parker 3 shelves bookcase which was just the perfect size for this area. After styling it with some accessories she already owned, this room was ready!

Living room serene colors

A welcoming statement:
The living room of this beautiful residence just needed a couple of changes. I added here another accent chair (the Porter chair), for the sofa some toss pillows (the Moroccan and Fox Cut Fur) and another beautiful Artisan Glass lamp tables all from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. 
These accessories proofed how incredibly well they could be use on several areas in the home.

Living room serene colors

My friend LOVED these two redecorated areas! After this, we might be doing more rooms. Stay tuned! 

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Latest HomeGoods post: "Mom-Appoved" tween study area

Jul 31, 2017

Did you see my latest post for HomeGoods? I'm talking about a "Mom- aprooved" tween study area. You can check the post here .
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Turn Ikea cabinets into a sideboard

Jul 30, 2017

Sideboard are useful on dining areas
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There's a first time for everything and I can now say that we've mastered an Ikea Hack! As you may all know by now, we live in a 1938 Miami house with roughly 1,300 sq feet; so space is very limited. I needed an area to store all my seasonal decor (because the mini garage is already cramped). I thought about finding a long and skinny sideboard to fit in our dining area, but couldn't find one within our budget. In-comes-Ikea!

Three cabinets are top with lumber
We bought three Eket cabinets and their birch underframe which are sold separately. 
I found at Ikea the Eket cabinets with a depth of 9 7/8". The only problem was that I needed more than one (three to be exact) and couldn't take the idea of them seemed like individual modules. To remedy this situation I came with the idea of placing a wooden top over the cabinets to give them a sense of unity.
I wanted a piece of wood that would sort of grasp the three cabinets just like the top of a shoe box.

After discussing the project with my husband, we decided to built just that, and for this we bought at The Home Depot a Pressure Treated Lumber 2 in. x 12 in. x 8 ft. To start, we needed to hollow 1/2" of this piece from the bottom part, which will allow it to perfectly sit on top of the cabinets without interfering with the door. We left a border of 3/4" around the wood as you can see in the diagram above.

A box helps the router stay in its place
A box helps the router stay in its place

To start hollowing out the piece of lumber, my husband made a mold (or box) where the router would sit and that preserved the 3/4" of the side borders. This box allowed him to move from side to side and upward.

A box helps move the router
Almost there! Just 1/8" more and we are good to go!
After he finished working this area, he sanded the piece and cut the excess length to fit the area. We then stained the wood using Varathane Stain in Golden Oak.

Top wood piece of cabinets
The grain of this wood really added an additional level of texture to this cabinet, now a sideboard. The wood hurricane lantern adds the final touch. You can find similar ones here:

This top wood really fitted like a glove. Everything now looks like one piece and the color of the stain goes perfectly well with the rest of the space. To end up the look of the cabinets, I added some brass pulls from Target.

Sideboards in dining area for storage

Now I can proudly say that we pulled an "Ikea Hack"! Have you upgraded the look of an Ikea piece?

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