Fall Living Room Details

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m not a huge Halloween decorator, but starting in October I love adding touches of Fall to my home.  I don’t go overboard, but I do love bringing in leaves and pumpkins and fall colors and patterns.  I haven’t shared many photos of my Seattle living room here on the blog, so I thought it would be a fun time to show you a peek!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThose big windows really make this home feel light and bright even on the grayest Seattle day.  Plus, the fall colors from my view are just getting better and better…such a show going on right now!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI added some velvet pillows and a few throw blankets to the room to add additional pattern and warm texture for the season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI always love to have something living on my coffee table as a little focal point in the room…leaves clipped from the maple tree in my front yard are adding a stunning little yellow moment to the room right now.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI spray painted a ceramic apple gold last week and I love the way it looks sitting happily on the coffee table.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis bookcase, though gorgeous, is always a difficult piece for me to style.  Those super big square shelves make it tricky to fill.  But, I added some fall-inspired artwork  I’ve created and books in colors that suited my living room for the season mixed in with some of pottery I’ve collected from Mexico.  This piece is constantly changing.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI love gathering leaves during my walks around the neighborhood and I often like to frame them for simple, inexpensive art around the house.   My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comMy fall mantel is just a simple collection of candlesticks and pumpkins.  Those black tapers were a fun find last year and they looked perfectly spooky for Halloween, but still elegant enough for the entire fall season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis little bar cart, a term which I use very loosely since we don’t drink, houses a candle which is burning almost constantly these days and little bits of nature my kids bring home on our walks…that little gold dish is full of pinecones.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis is a little peek at our front entry.  The lighting makes it incredibly difficult to photograph, but I hung a strand of gold pinecones by the front door, and brought out a boot tray for our rain boots which get daily wear around here.  I also brought in all my plants in for the season and this trio i so happy sitting in that bright window.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comHow do you decorate for Fall?  What is your way to bring fall color into your house?

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A Plan for an Eclectic Office Makeover

One of my favorite things about my new rental house is the small dedicated office space.  It’s a teeny room with the big job of being both my office and our music room.   And even though it’s not decorated or designed really yet, I already love it!

But, it started off as a cave.  A very red cave, red ceiling included.

office1It took a coat of primer on both the walls and ceiling and several coats of white ceiling paint to get the ceiling nice and bright!  Already, so much better, right!  office2I knew I wanted a stronger saturated color to make this a cozy room.  I settled on a jade-y green color (Sherwin Williams Jadite).

office3I love the how pretty the wood looks against the new green color, and I can’t wait to add in pretty art and accessories, and I have some fun DIY projects in the works for this space as well! office4It’s hard to capture the exact color because of the lighting and size of the room, but in the morning light, it’s closest to the image below.office5I’ll be working over the next two weeks to get my office in shape, so I can use it to get stuff done!  Here’s a peek at the direction I am headed!

An Eclectic Office Color Palette | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m definitely going to add a white desk to contrast with the dark green…but I haven’t decided how yet. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some way to create a DIY desk (potentially just using the same legs I already own)…if you have any ideas, I would love to know.  I’ll be sharing some projects as I get the room pulled together!

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Blog Changes + My Master Bedroom

I mentioned in my last post that I was making new plans for my blog.  I’ve had the best time the past 3 years featuring talented interior designers and their amazing work, and discovering the best products, and design tips and tricks, and sharing it all here with you!  My goal was always to make my blog a place where I could practice my interior design skills before I launched my business, and a place where readers could come and learn how to use the elements of design to create their own beautiful homes.

I’ll still be working to keep this blog a place where you can come and learn about design and how to apply it to your own style and space.  But, I’m going to add in a lot more from my own design projects in my house and with my clients.  I hope you stay and follow along…I have lots to show you in the coming the weeks, especially around my house as I transform it from a plain jane rental house into our home!

But before we move forward, let’s take a little step backward.  Right before we moved out of our Maryland house I photographed my master bedroom.  It was actually one of the rooms in my house that I felt was pretty complete…no big changes I wanted to make.

Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com

I painted it Sherwin Williams Light French Gray, which ended up being a great backdrop and looked really lovely in the afternoon light.  And recently I created that large painting to hang above my bed to tie all the colors in the room together and create a stronger focal point.Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comI don’t think I will ever tire of my vintage floral scarf turned pillow!Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comMaster Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com I love playing with little vignettes on my dresser.  This brass jewelry stand is one of my favorite estate sale finds ever!Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com  Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com My husband loved having this corner in our bedroom that was his place to unwind, which included posters of some of our favorite concerts we’ve attended together.Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comI hope you enjoyed this space!  See you back here tomorrow.

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Blog Refresh Coming Right Up

These next few weeks are a huge transition time for me and my family.  My youngest starts kindergarten and for the first time in over 9 years I will be at home alone for more than a few hours at a time.  I’ve been working on this blog for a few years, along with running my small, but growing, interior design business and I’m excited to dive in and really get to work to make both ventures more profitable.  Plus, this mama needs to stay busy so I don’t notice how quiet being at home alone is!

I’m taking one last little trip with my family this week before summer is over, but I’ll be back in September with some new changes to the blog and some projects to share, and I hope to see you then!  In the meantime here is a little sneak peek at my previous master bedroom in Maryland…I photographed it right before we packed up and headed here to Seattle. More pictures coming in September.

Calm, but Colorful Master Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comI’ll be back soon!

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My Seattle House: The Before Photos

We’ve been moved into our house here in Seattle for one week and things are finally starting to get organized and decorated.  Before I show you all the fun things I have done already to the house and have planned still to do, I thought I would show you the before pictures first.


orangefrontdoorOf course the orange front door immediately sold me on this house.

livingroom1And the large windows in the living room.livingroom2I started testing new brighter paint colors as soon as we got the keys!

diningroom1Here’s the dining room, leading into the kitchen.

kitchen1 kitchen2It’s getting some new paint too, but it’s the first time I’ve ever had an official pantry and I am in LOVE!


The master bedroom is small, so it’s going white and bright to open it up.  It’s almost ready to show you…I just love the power of a fresh coat of paint.miasroomWe camped out in the house for a week before our stuff arrived, so ignore the air mattresses.  This is my daughter’s very purple room…we’ve had fun transforming it over the last week into something much less purple.

deckAnd, our deck is one of my favorite features.  We have a fun little peek of downtown and the Puget Sound which is really fun to wake up to and to see in the evening when it’s all aglow.

It’s been a busy few weeks painting and unpacking and moving in.  I’ll be back next week with some fun after pictures of my progress so far.

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