A Modern Take on Coastal Style

I’m always a sucker for breezy, coastal style but there’s just one problem — I’m not on the coast! I’ve always dreamed of filling my home with soothing blues and oyster whites, seagrass rugs, and hurricanes galore but the traditional coastal look just doesn’t jive with my San Francisco location. So, I’ve been dreaming of revamping my home in a more modern (yet traditional), coastal vibe. Keep reading to catch a glimpse of my inspiration.

Color Palette

There’s something about the calming quality of blues and creams that I’ve never been able to shake — when I walk into my home, I want to feel instantly relaxed and shades of blue do just the trick. Varying shades of blush and cream round out the blues nicely and add a little pop to keep things interesting. I’m seriously toying with the idea of painting my walls a super pale blush.

The Look

This room perfectly marries the traditional with the coastal look. You have the easy breezy vibes of the seaside while the classic silhouettes anchor everything with a touch of refinement. The slip-covered sofas keep it casual, while the accent chairs add a touch of polish — it’s the balance of the two that’s key. I actually own these leather stools from Serena & Lily and am obsessed — they just look so effortlessly cool. The only change I’d make to this room is swapping out the rug for this classic jute rug from Pottery Barn.

The Finish The Look Pieces

I find that the finishing touches really bring a room together and a hint of the unexpected can amp up that wow factor. Right now I’m crushing on Americana vibes with a touch of gingham. Whatever you’re feeling, add a few small — or large — pieces that draw back to something you love for a space that is completely your own. Take a peek at some of the ways I’d incorporate a touch of Americana into my modern coastal room.

Now you have it! A few tips on re-creating a modern-coastal look at home!

Until next time.

Xx ,

Molly

 

 

Nursery Refresh: A Dose of Whimsy

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I’ve been working on a nursery revamp for my most recent Homepolish client, and I have to tell you — it’s been fun! We’ve decided to go with a pretty in pink meets garden party theme, which means tons of blush, cream, and mint. For this project I took inspiration from Caitlin Wilson’s feminine fabrics — they were truly my jumping point — and wanted to keep things light and playful for this little three-year old. If you’re looking for cute little girl (meets big girl) bedroom ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading for three variations and let me know which is your favorite!

Simply Blushing

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If you can’t tell, I’m totally crushing on Caitlin Wilson Design (nearly all of the above pillows are from her collection). Her fabrics are the perfect combination of whimsy and sophistication and, lucky me, she’s opening up a studio in SF! The above look is perfectly girlie with the varying shades of pink and playful patterns. I know the Elodie Rug from Lulu & Georgia has been everywhere, but I can’t help but come back to it time and time again.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug: Elodie Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding: Scalloped Duvet, Serena & Lily // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows (all Caitlin Wilson except the monogrammed option): Blush Buffalo Check Pillow // Pink Floral Pillow, Monogrammed Pillow

Bubblegums & Blues

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Did you guys know that Minted now has home decor — everything from pillows, to curtains, to table linens, to lampshades — all created by their talented community of artists. It’s the perfect place to go for prints and pieces that are outside the standard. I took the bulk of my inspiration from their funky fabric and then anchored everything with simple (yet fun) bedding and neutral furniture.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug:  Tamira Reversible Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding: Tassel Duvet, PB Teen (multi-colored option here// Embroidered Scallop Sheets, PB Teen // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows: Heart Pillow, Minted // Hila Pillow, John Robshaw // Folding Fans Pillow, Anthropologie

Bold and Beautiful

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This is by far the most playful design — the bold graffiti-like floral pillows paired with the simple blue stripes, and accented with the magenta zebras is just too cute. The client this was made for is particularly fond of animals and the zoo, so the zebras fit in perfectly.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug: Pink Mirabelle Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding:  Pink Pom Pom Duvet, Pottery Barn Kids // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows: Graffiti Flora Pillow, Minted // French Stripe Pillow, Caitlin Wilson // Lil Zebras Pillow, Minted

Let me know which was your favorite design or if you have any design questions!

Until next time.

Xx,

Molly

Get the Look: The Cuyana Office

I recently attended an event at Cuyana in SF and while I love their products, I’m obsessed with their offices. Devotees know and love Cuyana for its simplicity, craftmanship, and style and their offices follow in that same vein. Conceptualized by SF interior designer, Lauren Nelson, their offices evoke a sense of minimalistic boldness that you can’t help but covet. Keep reading for tips on how to get the look at home on any budget.

The Lounge

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The moment I walked into their lounge, I was hooked. It effortlessly mixes mid-century modern staples with more exotic, old-world pieces like the vintage maroon runner and neutral cowhide. The result is an eye-catching menagerie of old and old that somehow looks so current. Shop the full look below and see my picks for getting the look for less.

The Look:

The Look for Less:

The Cozy Corner

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Does this not make you want to curl up with a cappuccino and the latest issue of US Weekly? If it doesn’t, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Right now, one of my favorite moves is draping a sheepskin over a chair — any chair — for a relaxed, but put together look. I love how this nook features a simple gallery wall — rule of three people — and a touch of green to keep everything lively. See below for tips on how to recreate the look at home, regardless of your budget!

The Look:

The Look for Less:


#MakeItEssential

Cuyana’s mantra is “fewer better things” and while it certainly plays true to material possessions, I like to think it’s something you can implement into every aspect of your life. Remember, #MakeItEssential.

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Until next time,

Xx Molly

 

Fresh Decor for Spring

Spring has most definitely sprung and I’m dreaming about breathing a bit of life into my home. I’m thinking pops of color, refreshing my pillows, and updating my art game. Lucky for me, my favorite home decor site, Lulu & Georgia, is having a major — seriously major — pop-up shop sale now through April 22. I’m talking up to 80% off the prettiest pieces you ever did see. From pastel rugs that somehow don’t feel childish, to of-the-moment furniture, and timely decor, Lulu & Georgia pretty much has everything.

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As could be expected, I’ve already gone H-A-M and picked up a pink and cream chevron rug, three prints (London, NY, and Rome), and three pillows for my bedroom. I can’t wait for my goodies to arrive! Keep reading for a few of my favorite Lulu & Georgia picks plus what I’m crushing on this Spring.

Color Refresh

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You can bring color into your home in so many different ways, the key is don’t constrain yourself! It can be in the shape of a new coffee table book in an eye-catching pink, or a new record player in cherry red, or a pretty pastel rug — play around with it and have some fun!

Crosley Radio ‘Cruiser’ Turntable // Crosley // $80
Martini Two Tone Side Table // $127
Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide // Lulu & Georgia // $225–1,199
Anthropologie Chevron Path Rug // Anthropologie // $298–1,798
Zeyu Tea Caddy, Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $327.80
Corona Key Duvet Cover, Orange // Lulu & Georgia // $271
Metrix Rug, Hot Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $88–986
Malone Campaign Nightstand – Blue Teal // $349
Pari Rug // Lulu & Georgia // $810
Raleah Inlay Picture Frame, Blue // Lulu & Georgia // $57
Nadege Fringe Catch-All, Pink and Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $125
Merrimac Rug, Aqua // Lulu & Georgia // $237–4,870
John-Richard Collection First Blush Faux Floral // John-Richard Collection // $275
Duck River Textile ‘Sabrette’ Stripe Grommet Window Panels (Set of 2) // $39.99

Pillow Refresh

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Jane Wilner Designs Ellie Leopard-Spot Pillow, 20″Sq. // Jane Wilner Designs // $168.75
Banana Palm Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $57–75
Spots Pillow, Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $37.50–50
Threshold® Pillow with Tassels – ThresholdTM // Threshold // $24.99
Alegria Home Biya Tassled Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $150
Waverly Sanctuary Rose Square Decorative Pillow // Waverly // $39.99
JCP Home Collection JCPenney HomeTM Chenille Leopard Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $23.99
Eve & Nico Splash Paint Pillow // $40
Home Expressions Caravan Square Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $40
Throw Pillow Cover ~ Paradise Found // MUMU // $44
Venice Net Tassel Bolster Pillow // $49
Loloi Blue Teal Pillow // Loloi // $150
Nautica ‘Fretwork’ Pillow // Nautica // $39.99
Elaine Smith Zebra-Stripe Outdoor Pillows // Elaine Smith // $150–160

Art Refresh

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Making You Smile by Kristi Kohut // Lulu & Georgia // $45–65
Kelly O’Neal Pulpo Wall Art // Anthropologie // $1,398
Navy Geo by Britt Bass Turner for Artfully Walls // Lulu & Georgia // $136–309
Black Circle by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Take Out // $750
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward // $2,000
San Francisco Print // Lulu & Georgia // $34
Bree Madden Tower #4 Photography Print // Lulu & Georgia // $30–80
Pink Dogs by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Flamingo Art Print // Lulu & Georgia // $24
Anewall Rosella Mural // $448
DENY Designs ‘Incandescent’ Framed Wall Art // DENY Designs // $99–149

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Make a Statement With Bold Furniture

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I look at bold fabric like lipstick; what was once pase is now of the moment and incredibly chic. It has the ability to liven up a room and elevate the design to something inspiring and alluring without being overbearing or overdone (when done right). Typically we see this type of fabric adorning chairs and couches, however the possibilities are really endless — it can be applied to everything from headboards to the walls. Keep reading for tips on how to decorate with bold fabrics.

Traditional — Chairs + Sofas

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Miles Talbott Avon Club Chair, Indigo/White//$1,999
123 Creations, Inc. Leo Armchair, Black Gingham//$210
Vintage MODERNHAUS Midcentury Banana Leaf Bamboo Chair//$845
Vintage From France to You Antiques French Cane Chairs Pair//$1,249
Vintage Mission Avenue Studio French-Style Caned Fauteuils, S/2//$945
Vintage SWI Vintage Century Upholstered Armchair//$785

Non-Traditional

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Skyline Furniture Seville Patterned Headboard // Skyline Furniture // $255–340
French Heritage Malvaux 52″ Patterned Chest, Blue/Gold // $2,235
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Hedren Cotton Headboard, Blue Dandelion // $369–459
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Indigo Luminary Headboard, Twin // $219
Kim Salmela Berry Marilyn Headboard, Queen // $899
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Tallman Headboard, Indigo Trellis // $189–219
Massoud Furniture Manufacturing, Inc. Sissy Headboard, Floral // $849–1,049

Current Fabric Obsession: Buffalo Check

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Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Bryce 51″ Settee, White/Black // $869
123 Creations, Inc. Leo Armchair, Black Gingham // $210
Vintage Mission Avenue Studio French-Style Caned Fauteuils, S/2 // $945
123 Creations, Inc. Black Hattie Gingham Side Chair, Pair // $399

Until next time.

Xx Molly

How to Create a Chic Yet Casual Kitchen

I recently took an AutoCad class to brush up on creating floor plans (Shout out to Cad Simplified) and I can’t stop mocking up and designing spaces. This week was all about the kitchen; the ideal space is inviting and warm, that’s chic while remaining utterly casual. Right now I’m obsessing over crisp white cabinetry and countertops paired with matte gold accents. Keep reading for a peek at the mood board, floor plan, and tips on how to create the look at home.

The Inspiration

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I’m a firm believer that your home and it’s design — especially it’s design — can have a huge impact on your mood. A clean, beautiful room just makes you happy, it’s science.

Recently, I’ve been especially loving mixing contemporary pieces, like the iconic Tulip Table, with more classic staples, like Parisian bistro chairs. Throw in a Kilim rug — check out a few favorites in this post — a farmhouse sink, and a few bright touches and you’ve got yourself a chic AF kitchen. Shop the look below.

Shop the Look

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The Farmhouse Sink — Splurge: Single-Bowl Farmhouse Sink, Rohl // Save: Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, Alfi Brand

The Kitchen Table — Splurge: Marble Tulip Table, Stilnovo // Save: Marble Tulip Table, Dot & Bo 

The Kitchen Chairs — Splurge: Clemence Indoor/Outdoor Bistro Chairs, Lulu & Georgia // Save: Cerilly Chair, Dot & Bo

The Rug — Save: Mariett Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Save: Painted Desert Rug, Lulu & Georgia

The Overhead Lighting — Splurge: Visual Comfort Hicks Two Light Pendant, Horchow // Save: Globe Pendant Light, CB2

The Stools — Splurge: Hairpin Counter Stool, West Elm // Save: Swirling Seat Stool, Dot & Bo

Until Next Time,

Xx Molly

Get The Look: A Fling With Modern Design

Modern design and I are having a moment, a major moment.

I’m a self-proclaimed traditionalist — albeit with a penchant for twists on the classic — but I’ve been spending more and more time exploring new styles and interior designers, refining and defining my own personal style. While I don’t think I’ll ever fully move over to the modern-side, I do have a new-found respect for the un-complicated silhouettes. Keep reading to see the styles I’m currently obsessing over and how to get the look!

The Kitchen

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The Stools

Invest:  Nuevo Briggs Counter Stool, Bluefly // Splurge:Tolix Marais Counter Stool, Design Within Reach // Save: Industrial Backless Stool, JCPenney

The Lighting

Invest: Skygarden S2, Design Within Reach // Splurge: Prospect Ceiling Lamp, Domino // Save: Warehouse of Tiffany Metallic Pendant, Target

The Cookware

Invest: Mauviel Copper Set, Williams-Sonoma // Splurge: All-Clad Copper Set, Bloomingdale’s // Save: Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Set, Crate & Barrel

The Dining Room

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The Table

Invest: Dharma Lea Farm Table, Bed, Bath, & Beyond // Splurge: Carroll Farm Dining Table, West Elm // Save: Mestler Dining Room Table, Target

The Chairs

Invest: Snow Kate Chairs, Fermob // Splurge: Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio // Save: Pascal Plastic Mid-Century Modern Shell Chair, Baxton Studio

The Art

Save: Bold Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: As If Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: Oui Non Print, Urban Outfitters

The Office

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The Desk

Invest: Metal A-Frame Desk, Bluefly // Splurge: A-Frame Desk, Target // Save: A-Frame Desk, PB Teen

The Chair

Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio

The Art

Invest: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection // Splurge: Historical Map of New York, Dot & Bo // Save: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection

Until next time.

Xx Molly

 

Design Project: The Small Entryway

Designing and decorating your home — in a way that has a truly collected feeling — takes time, lot’s of time. I’ve been working on mine for a cool two years and obviously part of that is budget — I want to make investments rather than stock up on cheap, trendy items. Now don’t get me wrong, just like fast-fashion, I think there’s a time and a place for those trendy pieces with a shelf-life — they’re perfect as quirky accents that you can mix and match at the drop of a hat.

I’ve almost finished the living room and I’ve started to notice how horrifyingly empty my upstairs entryway is; every time I walk into the house I’m reminded of the fact that I have yet to finish this house! So I’ve pivoted my sights away from the gallery wall (though I’m still looking and collecting the pieces I need) and onto this new small, but mighty space (it’s only 5×7!). I’m envisioning a gorgeous, weathered Kilim rug nestled under an inviting bench and flanked by a coatrack (it’s a necessity); but whatever I go with has to go with my vintage Spice Girls poster. Keep reading to see some of my favorite picks.

The Rug

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Invest: Kayseri Trukish Kilim, Indigo & Lavender // Splurge: Vintage Nalbandian Kilim Rug, One Kings Lane  // Save: Turkish Anatolian Kilim Rug, Indigo & Lavender

The Bench

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Invest: Dahlia Tufted Bench, Safavieh // Splurge: Logan Tufted Bench, New Pacific Direct // Save: Kate Tufted Bench, JCPenney

The Coatrack

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Invest: Mod Coat Rack, Urban Outfitters // Splurge: Dar Styx Coat Rack, Target  // Save: Happy Host Metal Coat Rack, Dot & Bo

Until next time.

Xx Molly

4 Tips For The Perfect Gallery Wall

I’ve been wanting to put together a gallery wall in my living room, pretty much since I moved in 2 years ago. Over the years, I’ve had various iterations on my idea, but I think I’ve finally landed on my plan of attack: my dad came up with the idea to make it a roving gallery of my photography and since I’ve been jumping back into that hobby now seems like the perfect time to get started on completing the beast. With that said, I want to make sure the wall is inspiriting and don’t want it to be all photography, so I’m planning on mixing in a few other mediums — like typography, illustration, and etc — to keep it interesting. Read on for my tips on creating the perfect gallery wall.

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Tip 1: Make It Personal

The best part of a gallery wall is it’s ability to awaken memories and transport you back to the good times. I often find that when people sign their life away to interior designers they end up with beautiful, but sterile spaces, so make sure to infuse your life into the finished product.

Ideas: Framed ticket stubs from a memorable date // Black and white family photos // Travel map from vacation

Tip 2: Keep It Interesting

Don’t pigeon-hole yourself! The beauty of a gallery wall is having a mish-mosh of pictures that doesn’t look too put together. The finished product will become a true representation of who you are and the spirit of your home.

Photography: Ren Wil // Abstract: Benson-Cobb Studios // Typography: Lulu Simon Studio // Watercolor: Andrea Pramuk, OKL // Illustration: Andy Warhol Fashion Figures // Print: Oliver Gal

Tip 3: Keep It Balanced

It’s important to not go too heavy on any one aspect of the wall, so make sure you have a well rounded collection of images in a variety of styles really make the wall pop.

Tip 4: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Kitchy

Because everything needs a little dose of kitch. Personally, I think the unexpected piece really makes the collection pop, so don’t be gun-shy and just have a little fun!

Whiskey, Bacon, & Beer Print // XOXO Print // Sunny Shades Print // Bar Marquee Sign // Liberty Serigraph

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Sick Day Essentials

I’ve had a bit of a cold recently — which is pretty much the worst — so I’ve been living on my couch for the past few days, eating my share of chicken soup, and downing tea like it’s my job. I’m heading to London on Friday — to meet my boyfriend’s family —, so it’s crunch time to get well!

In addition to the much needed rest, I’ve been relying on cozy but cute sweats, chic living room accessories to lift my spirits, and a seriously warm blanket to cuddle up with. Keep reading for my essentials.

The Attire

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The Sweats

Invest: Classic Stripe Sweatpants, Sundry // Splurge: Twist Yard Sweatpants, Faherty // Steal: Slim-Let Knit Sweatpants, W by Wilt

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The Sweatshirt

Invest: I Love You Sweatshirt, Lanvin // Splurge: Cowl Neck Sweatshirt, J.Crew // Steal: I Love Pizza Sweatshirt, Wildfox

The Accessories

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For the Tea

Darling Mug // Tea Cup, Bernardaud // Lip Tease Mug, Reiko Kaneko // Delft Blue Teapot, Juliska

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For the Couch

Cashmere Throw, Barneys // Plaid Wool Throw, Faribault // Pompom Throw, Nordstrom

Until next time.

Xx Molly