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Monday, July 14, 2014

Katelynn's home feature: Part II

Part Deux 

Q: Being a college student how do you think other college students living at home, on there own or in dorms can incorporate there style in small places?
A: Decorating a small place is certainly a challenge; one that most college students and graduates face for several years! My favorite way to incorporate big style into a small space is through a gallery wall. A gallery wall can combine sentiment and decor; and can breathe so much life into a place. I had no clue what to do with my dining room for quite a long time, and having the gallery wall has been the perfect solution! I also think that having small accents can make a huge difference. 
Candles have been one of my favorite accent solutions since they are cheap and functional, but come in the prettiest holders. Plus, once the wax is melted down, you have a brand new vase for flowers, or pencil holder for your desk. Try and color coordinate your decorations as well; color makes for the best theme and can pull a room together in an instant!

Q: Any tips for people to decorate there home on a budget? 
A: My entire place was decorated on a budget, and thankfully none of my pieces have even come close to breaking the bank. I have been able to get everything from friends and family or thrift stores! If you are trying to decorate an entire home on a budget I would suggest asking friends if they have any furniture that they don't want. I've found that people have things they don't want anymore but don't want to give them away for no reason. If they can give their furniture to you then they are getting rid of what they don't want and giving you something you do want...a win win for everyone! I would also suggest getting creative with your solutions.

For example, in my kitchen I knew I wanted to do wall paper, but knew I couldn't afford it and it would be too much of a task since the place was only a rental. I found a great contact paper from the dollar store, and had a brand new kitchen for only 5 dollars! Scour your local craigslist listings and antique stores; and imagine how something would look with a fresh coat of paint or a little bit of love. I would also advise someone decorating on a budget to be patient with the process and collect things over a period of time; it makes it easier on the budget and gives you more time to think through what you really want.

Thanks Katelynn for showing off your beautiful apartment! 

If you know someone who has a beautiful home or have a beautiful space contact me at to be featured

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Katelynn's Home Feat-ure: Part I

Meet my friend Katelynn

                                    You know that moment when you meet someone for the 
                                          first time and you know you'll be friends for forever? 
                    That's how I felt about Katelynn. Katelynn and I met working together at J.Crew. 
                         We immediately bonded over our love of fashion, decorating, and God. 

                           When Katelynn posted a couple of photos of her apartment, I just knew 
                         that I needed to feature her on the blog. Katelynn's apartment is the perfect
                            example of how to create a beautiful and welcoming home on a budget. 

Q: Where is your favorite place to find interesting and fun decor? 
A: My favorite place to find decor is far and away Home Goods! I feel like it is the little black dress of decor...everyone should have something from Home Goods! The best part of Home Goods is that they are always changing their stock, but they always have classic pieces for great prices. 
My favorite local place in Jacksonville is Sugar Bear Antiques, they have the greatest collection of genuine antiques and a fabulous array of vendors!

Q: Where do you find inspiration for your home ideas? 
A: I find inspiration for my home from Home Decor Store Catalogues, Pinterest and recently Instagram! 
I love getting Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn's catalogues every month because they furnish rooms with standard pieces that nearly everyone has or can find, and then mix and match depending on the mood of the room. 
Pinterest is the source of all that is good in the interior design world; and I am never on pinterest for longer than two minutes without finding some sort of inspiration for my home. The neat thing about Pinterest too, is that even if you can't achieve the exact look of a home; the overall aesthetic is always achievable. 
Instagram has been a surprising source of inspiration, but following friends with similar tastes and some of my favorite bloggers has helped spark some fun ideas for my place!

Q: What has been your most favorite antique or home decor find? 
A: The bench and mirror in my entry way both came from Sugar Bear Antiques, and are two of my favorite finds. I think the high-low combination of the nice mirror and the old bench add such a depth to what could have been a bland piece of hallway. 

Stay tuned for part II tomorrow! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Home Feature: Katelynn

After a year of neglect my blog is back! 
I am very excited to feature my beautiful and talented friend Katelynn on the blog this week. 
Stay tuned for more! 

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