The Anatomy of a Casually Elegant Room

I first saw the Room of the Week featured on the beautiful blog, Lark & Linen.  I feel in love with the beautiful rooms in this home that were extremely elegant, but looked very liveable at the same time.  Designed by Ryan Street & Associates, this living room is large and full of beautiful objects, but it also has plenty of comfy seating and textiles and comforting stacks of books that make it feel inviting.  This casually elegant mix is easier said than done…can’t wait to explore it further with you this week!

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Design is in the Details: Personalize with a Bulletin Board

It’s the end of the first week of school and the paperwork, finished homework assignments, and art projects are starting to filter in…which might be why my favorite detail in the Room of the Week is the bulletin boards backing each desk.  They are an easy way for each kid to personalize their space and control the clutter coming out of their backpacks.  We have a family bulletin board in our kitchen that I use to display my kid’s school work…my kids love seeing their artwork displayed and I love seeing it all in one organized spot.

I did a little search to find some fun bulletin boards that could work for kids (and adults!)…lots to choose from!

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Basic White | Curvy Shapes | Fancy Finishes | Custom Etsy | Martha Stewart DIY | Carpet Square DIY | Stick to a Theme | Neutral Burlap | Try a Trio | Black & White Graphic | Cork & White Graphic | Hobby Specific

Have a great Labor Day Weekend! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a brand new Room of the Week.

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Piece de Resistance: A Bold Red Accent Chair

Those bold red accent chairs in the Room of the Week are the perfect punctuation in the room.  Their pretty shapes and lines are highlighted by the bold color, which draws your eye toward the focal point…the desks.

Looking for a similar red chair?  Luckily there is a red chair whatever your style!

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ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN | ELEVEN | TWELVE | THIRTEEN | FOURTEEN | FIFTEEN | SIXTEEN

Have a favorite?  I’d love to know!

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How To: Four Elements Create the Perfect Kids Workspace

The Room of the Week is a really lovely example of a kids workspace. Even if you can’t afford to build-in a workspace for your kids, you can achieve a similar look and functionality with just four simple pieces.

  1. Pick a rug in a color palette and pattern you (and your kids!) love.
  2. Decide what kind of desk set-up you need…a pair for kids to share? A small desk for one?
  3. Find a cute desk chair in your color palette…make sure its comfy for those long homework sessions.
  4. Top it off with a light, so your kids can see what they’re doing!
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ONE: Rug | Chair | Desk | Lamp
TWO: Rug | Chair | Desk | Lamp
THREE: Rug | Chair | Desk | Lamp

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The Anatomy of a Kids Workspace by Pattie O Home

Sorry for the late post this week…I’ve been busy recovering from a last-minute beach trip and scrambling to enjoy the last day before school starts.  And, in the spirit of back-to-school week I am focusing on a kid-centric space this week…specifically, this beautiful kids workspace by Patti O Home.

anatomyofakidsworkspace copyMy kids do their homework at our kitchen table, but it gets hectic with everyone at the same table.  I would love to have a little space dedicated to their studies.  This lovely room would take a good chunk of time and money to create…excited to show you how you can create a similar space that would work for your own home and kids.500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy