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Home Decor

Decorating With Marble No Matter Your Budget

When it comes to home décor, I love combining something classic and traditional with styles that are more modern and fun. The white marble trend definitely meets this criteria! Traditionally, one of the most expensive ways to decorate a home is with slabs of stunning marble. It’s a cool and sophisticated look that never goes out of style.

We used to think of using stone in the house on a grander scale: marble sinks, tiled floors, and countertops. Now, thank goodness for our wallets, designers are using marble in unexpected ways and on a much smaller scale. The end result is a look that is clean, sleek and won’t break your bank.

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Home Decor

5 Steps To Creating The Living Room Of Your Dreams

When it comes to styling anything — an outfit, your hair, a home, it can be especially difficult to execute your vision without a certain level of expertise. That’s part of what makes stylists and designers so essential. They are able to take a concept or idea and make it a reality, in the best way possible. I turn to the special specialists in my life in areas such as home decor because they truly know their craft. Not only do I enjoy the end result but I learn so much working with these artists. If you love my at-home style then you’ll love my interior designer Jake Arnold. Jake was generous enough to give this reader’s home some special attention, just as he does for me. I love the suggestions he made for Venita’s room refresh!

Need help? Email me at askjuleshough@gmail.com!

Hello, Julianne!

I’m in need of refreshing this room! I love your style. Anything will help!

Sincerely,

Venita Koenig

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Venita,

When looking at this space I see many quick, easy and inexpensive ways to refresh and spruce up the room. Before changing out any furniture or adding any accessories, there is a quick to-do list that will ensure a fresh new slate to work with.

1. Painting the walls a soft white will instantly refresh the space and add a new lease of life and the perfect backdrop when adding in other textures and materials to create a well balanced space. Try Benjamin Moore’s Simply White

2. The fireplace is the main feature of the room, so it is important to either work with it to add to the overall aesthetic of the room or to mask it. I always believe less is more. Instead of introducing another color or bold print that may become tired and fall into the trend of cement tiles that is a trend that is already getting old, use a simple natural hand made tile to add texture and interest. Look for Zellige Tiles in white.

3. Mirrors in any space are a must! Not only does it make your space feel larger and add depth its a great way of bouncing light around the room. Hang a mirror over the fireplace for maximum sophistication.

4. When it comes to plants and natural elements a tree is the best way to add life to any space big or small. The current tree in this room needs an update to reflect the soft, muted feel of the furnishings that I think work best in this space.

5. When in doubt do less — not more — and strip back strong elements first before adding more to avoid a messy result. Stick to neutral large pieces and introduce color through muted pillows, textiles and greenery.

– Jake

Loretta Wall Mirror | Harmony Sofa | Expat Lounge Chair | Mohair Striped Pillows | Olive Tree in Planter | Jarvis Grey Jute Blend Rug | Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Home Decor

Wreath In The New Year

The holidays may have come and gone, but winter is here to stay. Just because it’s time to take the tree and lights down it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all the festive décor.

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I’ve decided to keep my celebration going by keeping a wintery wreath on my door though the chilly season. I got this beautiful (and real!) fir wreath from Bouqs. I love the pinecones and red berries — they have a sweet and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect foundation for me to add some fun personalized touches.

Since we’re just past the craziness of the holidays, I wanted to keep this look sleek and super simple. The new year is the perfect time to declutter, so I want this to be bright, cheery and clean. I went with several strands of fairy lights — which I’m currently obsessed with — and I love the way it glows!

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These types of fresh wreaths can last for several weeks, so I know if I want to get craftier with it I can. I’m thinking of adding succulents, fresh flowers, and maybe even some of my costume jewelry. These can all be tied in with floral wire or craft glue.

To keep your wreath looking fresh for as long as possible, Bouqs suggests spraying it with water every other day or so to make sure it doesn’t dry out.

Are you guys going to get in on this winter wreath thing with me? Don’t forget to tag me in your pics!

Recipes

Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookies

I’m so excited to have Meghan Rosko back with one of her amazing cookie recipes and design tutorials! She always makes me feel like I could make something beautiful, and no matter how my batch turns out I always have a blast trying!

Besides, even if your icing skills aren’t going to win awards anytime soon, the cookies are still insanely delicious.

xo
Jules

Fall is one of the best seasons for flavor combinations, and what better way to celebrate the leaves falling and cooler temperatures than with a Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookie recipe.

To add an extra layer of fall fun, I decided to decorate these cookies into festive little pumpkins!

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Here’s the recipe:

Recipe for the Cookie Dough (yields about 2 dozen cookies):
• 1 cup of butter (room temperature)
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
• 5 tsp. apple cider
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 cups flour
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Home Decor

Kitchen Confidential: An Unexpected Splash Of Color

Who says sponges have to be boring? Why should all kitchen knives be black? I say go bold or go home with splashes of bright hues in unexpected places! It’s a small but special touch that gives something ordinary an exciting appeal.

Which kitchen accessory are you most into?

Home Decor

Don’t Be Bored… Be Board!

When it comes to clothes and accessories, I’ve got a pretty good idea as far what my personal style looks like. I can see a cute top from across the store and know, “That’s me!” But when it comes to furniture and decor, I’ve learned that my tastes are a little bit all over the place. As I prepare to decorate my new house, I’ve been collecting and collaging images to get a concise idea of what style best represents me. In fashion, designers often create a mood board to decide what themes, shapes and colors will inspire their upcoming collection. I’ve decided to take a note from the fashionistas and create a vision board to help navigate my plans for my casa.

Vision, inspiration or mood boards are a good practice for everyone whether you’re decorating, designing or not. Besides being fun, it’s a way to get in touch with your creative side and understand your likes and dislikes. It’s important to discover these things because it’s personal and what makes you, you. I’d like to not only walk into my closet, but also my home and think, “That’s me!” Continue Reading

Home Decor, Living

Written on the Walls

As many of you know, I’m in the middle of designing and building my dream house. Right now I’m in the stages of sourcing wallpaper for my master bathroom and closet. I’ve been learning so much about interior design throughout this process and thought it would be a cool journey to share with you!

My plans are to keep a neutral palette in and around my bedroom. Of course I’ll introduce some color but it will be in a muted, earthy way. My interior designer Jake is helping me make selections that are calm, interesting and youthful, as those are the elements I’d like to bring into my sanctuary.

The wallpapers we have narrowed down to are a combination of intricate, detailed hand painted papers. We plan on using modern light fixtures with clean lines to keep the look contemporary and young.

Wallpaper is such a fun way to create interest in a space. I’d like to choose one that is subtle enough to blend in but also a special feast for the eye.

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Home Decor, Living

How To Bring The Sunshine Indoors

March is kind of a funny month for home decorating. And I love me some decorations. Gone are the sparkling trees, colorful lights and happy imagery that took over my house not long ago. Everything suddenly goes back to the way it was – which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s just not the same. This month, I decided to keep the festive feeling alive by turning my home into a celebration of seasons changing.

Since it’s not quite winter and not yet spring, I chose shades of sunshine yellow! You can’t even use the word yellow without adding a ! It’s yellow! Continue Reading

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