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

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

Style Session — Chic Workwear

There’s nothing I dislike more than stuffy workwear. The matching pantsuits, the bland work heels — it makes me cringe! My theory is, just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re going to a funeral — there are plenty of options that are professional yet chic! Whether your office is ultra-formal, business casual, or anything goes I’ve got a solution for your workwear blues! Keep reading for my picks.

Ultra-Formal

Though my office isn’t big on the formal-wear, there are times (read: client meetings) when it’s more appropriate to dress up. For those occasions I opt for my favorite J.Crew skinnies and black silk Theory top (you literally can’t go wrong with Theory). Black on black is fool-proof.

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Black Silk Blouse, Stella McCartney // Black Skinny Pant, J.Crew // Camel Coat, Carven // Black Booties, Prada

Business Casual

Skip the stuffy-factor and bring more trendy elements into the mix. Again, I wouldn’t be able to survive without my J.Crew skinnies but this time I would pair it with a non-black silk blouse. I find that adding pops of different colors to an outfit tends to bring down the formal-factor.

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White Silk Blouse, Theory  // Black Skinny Pant, J.Crew // Camel Coat, Burberry // Tan Open-Toed Booties, Loeffler Randall

Anything Goes

I’d categorize POPSUGAR’s dress code as pretty much anything goes. It’s got the Goldilocks syndrome going on where you’ll see some dressed to the 9s, some dressed by the trends, and even a few in workout clothes — I like to hover somewhere in the middle with a good pair of jeans and trendy top of some sort. I’m also loving the chunky knit sweater below — I mean September is just around the corner!

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White Chunky Knit Sweater, Madewell // Skinny Jeans, Paige // Camel Coat, Karen Millen // Black Slip-Ons, Vince

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Decor Refresh — The Hermes Scarf

Nothing looks quite as chic as a framed Hermes scarf. It’s stylish without being ostentatious, bold without being obnoxious — essentially a necessity — and while it’s definitely an investment piece, it’s something you’ll have for a lifetime.

Growing up, big purchases were always reserved for special occasions (think birthdays, family trips, etc) so that every time you looked at the big purchase, it bubbled up fond memories. To this day, I can go through all of my jewelry and investment pieces and tell you exactly when I received it, who it was from, and give you the rundown on why it’s so special. It’s this little tradition that takes the focus off the material possession and refocuses it on the nostalgic/emotional connection.

A few years back my family took a trip to France — hitting Normandy (for the 60th anniversary of D-Day), Mont-Saint-Michele, and Paris. While in Paris we stopped at the Hermes store and I picked up this divine scarf to frame above my fireplace. Now every time I look at it, I’m reminded of the lovely times had on that vacation.

Check out the inspiration below and get your framed scarf game locked down.

The Eclectic Bedroom

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Blue // Yellow // Red

The Inspired Office

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Pink // Blue // Orange

The Divine Vanity

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Blue // Pink // Red

The Classic Bar Cart

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Blue // Pink // Green

Until next time.

Xx Molly

In Pursuit of — The Perfect Coffee Table

My roommate recently moved to New York — from San Francisco — as did the coffee table we’ve been using since we graduated. So naturally I’ve been in hot pursuit of a statement piece for my living room over the past few weeks!

I’d describe my decor style as contemporary chic with a touch of Americana — the combination of hyper-girlie pieces with more rustic elements creates a chic and comforting living space. While I have a soft spot for the classic design elements of a Parisian apartment, I’m always in search of a way to make it more relaxed. Point in case: I have the most divine Hermes scarf framed above my fireplace paired with rustic leather camping stools from Serena & Lily below.

I’ve put together a few of my favorite pieces thus far in my search — check them out below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Contemporary Chic

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Marla Coffee Table, John-Richard Collection // Gold Coffee Table, Somrig // Heath Coffee Table, Bernhardt

Americana

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Jameson Leather Coffee Table // Titan Coffee Table, JCP // Cast Base Coffee Table // Genki Cocktail Table, Southern Enterprises

Until next time.

xx Molly