Bar Hopping

Originally posted on I love, I need.

As we continue to decorate and imagine our new home we come across some ideas that are a must, like a kitchen island or a futon, and others that are more of a want, such as an entry way settee or coffee nook. But after years of setting aside design desires because a place is too small or temporary, I really want to try to feature as many feasible wants as possible. Our current most sought after want is a bar for our somewhat sparse dining room.

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Now when I say bar, I’m more envisioning a bar cart or a smaller piece of furniture to house some nice glassware and our liquor stash. We are currently pondering this direction because it isn’t so overtly a bar and it could potentially act as a totally different piece down the road, not to mention the amazing price. I think styled with this amazing West Elm serving tray, some fun glassware and the fancy new decanter I just bought Chris, this piece would really pop in our navy blue dining room.

Here are some other great options that have caught my eye.

1. Perfect for a masculine study | 2. A great glitzy touch | 3. For the rustic, eclectic type | 4. Simple & modern flair | 5. Glam all the way 

My other route may be to find a great random piece on Craigslist and completely repurpose it. We shall see, keep you posted!

Sunny Seating

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When picking out furniture for my living and dining rooms, I wanted to make sure I had a punch of color. I enjoy walking into a room that doesn’t take itself too seriously, it just brightens my day! At first, I was hoping to find an amazing over-stuffed yellow chair for my living room but with my blue and red pallet, I feared it feeling too primary and juvenile.

My new plan is to take my birch, unstained ikea dining room chairs and maximize their potential with a coat of bright yellow paint. I can’t wait to show you the results!

Here are a few of my favorite yellow chair options found during my decor hunt.

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I’m also considering the possibility of some yellow seating in my entry way, guess you’ll have to wait and see!

Do you have any punchy seating in your place?

Friday Tidbits

Buster on our tufted chair

Buster posing during an I love, I need photo shoot.

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy some pics, posts and news that I found fun this week.

Poppies & Pleasantries

This post was originally posted on I Love, I Need.

My darling college roommate, Jess, asked me to contribute to her wonderful blog – I Love, I Need. I, of course, answered “Yes!” immediately and enthusiastically and here I am!

I’ll be sharing my insights, inspirations and adventures in Interior Design and what ever else may spark my fancy. Most of the time what I share will truly fall under the “I love, I need” mantra and sometimes it may be more like “I loved, I needed, now I have and I want to share!”

I hope you enjoy my take on design and I’m looking forward to contributing to the ever-present rants of what we all want, right now!

This week:
A Color Story: Vibrant Poppy

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I’ve never been a huge red fan but I started noticing this fantastic orangey shade last Fall as Spring collections were sprouting and absolutely fell in love!

Want it:
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Styled it:

My Livingroom in progress

Caption: My living room (a work in progress)

I paired the bright poppy in the rug and pillows with shades of navy and cobalt and cool grey walls. The combination of warm and cool tones live together harmoniously without feeling overwhelming, or at least I think so!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check back soon for my latest.