As you know tomorrow night Dan and I are hosting a Vampire-themed Murder Mystery! I’ll be doing a full recap w/ food, invitations, costumes, and how it’s set up w/ lighting and FOG MACHINE, but I wanted to show you a sneak peek of how the space is coming together…
I knew as soon as we moved into our house that I was going to decorate our front stoop for the holidays! And by holidays I mean… starting in October with festive fall decor. I posted about my inspiration here.
I teamed up with the folks at Home Depot–which has been my go-to source for plants, Christmas trees, planters, etc. for years–to create a harvest pumpkin delight on our front steps.
I whipped this up for a friend and thought I’d share since some of these gems are just too good! Dark-ish fabrics, soft materials, comfy furniture, great lighting, affordable prices… what’s not to love?
coffee table, $199
armchair, $349 x 2
side table, $59.99
tripod floor lamp, $79.99
plaid pillow, $27
white textured pillow, $24
blue pillow, $16.99
pink stripe pillow, $24.99
ceiling fan, $99
brass sconce, $44
feature image by Studio Mcgee
Now that my home tour is live on The Everygirl, I am hoping to walk you through the design process of our house! Show you how we went from move-in to what it looks like today. First up the living room.
I walked you through the design plan for the living room here. But this will give you a better sense of the timeline and thought process behind it all!
It’s been nine months since we moved into our #schmiedskigreystone and not a day has gone by that I wasn’t in some way thinking about the makeover of this place. Yes, even on our honeymoon I was collecting inspiration from the hotels and restaurants we stayed at and visited, and picked out art in Paris (while also toootally being romantic and in love… but yea.)
I’m so excited it’s FINALLY here–the place is done–everything has its place, and now we can just ENJOY our home!
Hah yeah right. More like – now I’m getting started on holiday! Woop woop! It never does end with me. 🙂
But that’s neither here nor there.
It’s fall! Ok, apparently it’s not fall til September 22 or something BUT here’s how I look at it. It’s my favorite season, and it’s the shortest season by a longshot. So I try and stretch it out as long as possible, and as far as I am concerned, going back to school = FALL. And the 55 degree temps I woke up to this morning would agree. 🙂
Now that I have a front stoop of my own to decorate. I’ve spent the last 5 years or so building up my Christmas decor collection. But I am ready for the next step. FALL DECOR. Who’s with me?!
This week I finally shot my home tour with Chicago photographer Aimee Mazzenga! Hoorah!! Of course that means I spent all of last weekend cleaning, organizing and zhushing. Because no matter how “done” your place is, there are always a few last minute styling requirements to get it photo ready – dusting and ironing, picking up live plants and flowers, and getting fresh versions of anything that gets used regularly or might be stained (think soap, hand towels).
As you may recall from the before tour, the stair runner in our home was in really bad shape. As soon as we looked at it, I knew it would have to be replaced while we lived here and our landlord wasn’t going to do it. It was going to be one of the projects we had to tackle if we signed the lease. Which we did.
Let’s call this a lesson in looking past previous tenant’s belongings – for all of you who may be apartment or home hunting. We found photos of our place when it was available for rent years ago.
Three guys lived here before us. Of course I am going to decorate a bit differently.
Once when I was trying to source home accents for an interior design client, she was having trouble choosing from the items I showed her and simply asked “well, what would you put in your home?” She said she always loved what I was doing in my own space, so anything I’d want in my home meant she’d like it too. That made it easy!
So that is how we moved forward with the rest of the project. And that is what I did here because… did you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ALSO has a big ole’ home decor section? Yea. Good stuff.
Here are 15 items mostly under $100–including cozy knit throws, staple neutral rugs like we have our in dining room and bedroom, framed art prints, marble boards–that I love so much, I’d put them in our own home, #schmiedskigreystone.
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ROW 1: pom pillow | scented candle in cement jar | colorblock basket
ROW 2: copper task lamp | Boston Terrier frame print | oversized throw
ROW 3: fluffy throw pillow | shag Moroccan rug | marble and wood cheese board
ROW 4: tassel throw | copper wine rack | beach gallery wall prints
ROW 5: marble board | classic jute rug | black and white print