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Modern Winter Homes

Home photos dominate my Instagram feed. I’m not sure how many interior and architecture accounts I follow, but there’s always a steady stream of perfect photos to look at. Recently I’ve become obsessed with photos of architecturally modern homes in the snow. It began with this photo and quickly snowballed into a ton of Pinteresting and web browsing.

Being from Arizona I’ve only seen snow about a handful times. I rarely make it up north as an adult anymore, and the last time I did, I was not stoked by it. I do find it visually pleasing especially when paired with modern architecture. The darker paint colors and wood of the homes against the bright white of the snow is stunning. I really love the unique shapes of these homes and their use of glass. I’m not sure it’s entirely ideal given how cold snow and winter are, but it certainly is pretty. There’s just something warm and inviting about the lighting in many of these despite the coldness outside. If I had a winter retreat, I would certainly want it to look like one of these.

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Good As Gold

Everyone knows I have a long running obsession with rose gold. I think if its copper, rose gold, or marble I instantly want it. But there’s one shimmery, metallic that everyone can get behind: Gold. I do love gold whether its simple like a sweater or cute like sprinkles on Christmas cookies. Whether it’s being worn or just around the house, gold adds a little bit of excitement to everything. It’s just sparkly but chic and classic at the same time.

When it comes to gold, I’m more about the home decor and home goods than anything else. I am obsessed with these gold mixing bowls from Target, and I’m 100% positive my kitchen needs them ASAP. Sorry current vintage mixing bowls, you’re moment is over. I love this bar cart and flatware because they are just little accents rather than something overwhelming. A gold bar cart stands out as an accent piece in any room. Besides who doesn’t love a good bar cart? 

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My 2017 Holiday Decor Guide

Okay so maybe it’s not as much of a guide as it is just pretty much all of the chic, beautiful holiday decor I could gather in one place. 

There’s a fine line between holiday decorating and looking like your entire house took advantage of a North Pole “everything must go so you bought it all” sale. I’m looking at you, Great Christmas Light Fight (or whatever that show is called). I think my design aesthetic is fairly easy to understand: less is more and quality is far more important than most things. It’s no surprise that all of my holiday decor is minimal but chic (and a little bit trendy). That’s not to say I don’t love all of parents 1970s/1980s decorations (including the horrifying light up Santa head), but at my own house it’s a little more…understated. I like the idea of mixing certain tones (particularly white and silver) with pops of red rather than flat-out going red and green all over. Sometimes it’s just too much.

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Must Have Halloween Decor

Growing up Halloween was a huge deal in my house. As a kid my sister and I would get free rein to decorate whatever we wanted. I still remember these incredibly 1980s felt, orange pumpkins with silly expressions we hung on all the windows (Oh wow I found them online: here). Most of our decorations ended up being those buckets from McDonald’s and the dress up chicken nuggets because they were fun. We never really carved pumpkins except for the day before Halloween (or even on Halloween) because of my parents policy on making messes. Pumpkin carving is by far one of the messiest activities for children and pumpkin guts are disgusting. As an adult it’s still really fun to decorate for Halloween. I still don’t really do much in the way of pumpkins. I’ll display them but carving just isn’t my thing. Not only is it messy, it’s also dangerous for a clumsy person such as myself. I love Target sells fake, designed pumpkins and pumpkin art for me to stick on them instead.

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Wallpaper Can Be Cool, I Promise

When I hear the word wallpaper I’m immediately drawn to a mental image of the 1970s. Something similar to, say, this? But, in reality, modern wallpaper is actually pretty cool. I’ve seen it used a bunch on HGTV so my opinion has really turned around. There’s even a hilarious episode of Property Brothers where one woman is determined to use the world’s busiest wallpaper (at whatever cost) much to the chagrin of both Jonathan and her husband.

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It’s been March for 5 days which means I’m just considering it spring. Every few months I get incredibly bored with everything in my house. This can’t be a natural thing since you’re supposed to surround yourself with things you like and that inspire you. Those things that convey your personal style to people who enter your home. So, I went browsing on the internet because there’s not greater fun than loading up your virtual shopping cart with things you won’t actually buy (but really want).

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Dwell x Target

Modern by Dwell Magazine for Target has finally hit store shelves and I couldn’t be more excited. Sorry to that Target employee who had to witness me gasping for air when I finally saw the items in person. 

What I love about this collection is how it is an affordable, elegant, and modern solution to home furniture and decor. Modern design and it’s principles are my favorite and I’ve studied them for quite a while. This collection is perfect because the pieces can stand alone as individual pieces or as a whole harmonious collective unit. They are stylish, simple, and just plain beautiful to look at. Each piece has been innovatively designed to convey a sleek style while serving its function. The pieces breathe new life into concepts we see every day with indoor and outdoor living spaces. The metal outdoor sofas, chairs, and bar stools have decidedly abnormal, eye-catching silhouette that can be covered with padding for a more comfortable feel. The collection has some interesting pieces that give off a 1970s vibe including some rugs and the cocktail glasses. There are many mixed materials in the collection.

The collection itself is appealing to a wide variety of lifestyles, and even if you aren’t a modern design lover, there is likely to be something eye-catching.

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