Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cool Toned Living Room

This cool toned living room inspiration board suggests a scheme that is grounded yet fun. Clean lines and classic shapes balance out the large areas of color on the sofa, side chair, and area rug. Mixing black and white pieces of accent furniture with colorful upholstery pieces brings the entire look together.

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Photo: Good Style Design

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mixing Metals

Gold is back with a vengeance... But silvery finishes like polished chrome are still very in style. Hence where the trend of mixing metals has recently come into play. When done right, mixing metals in an interior can look very cool. It tends to create a bit of an eclectic feel, which is one word that describes my personal style perfectly.

The best way to bring this trend into your home is through accessories. Trends are fun to follow (not all of them), but follow them in a non-permanent way so that when they're no longer trends you can easily alter your look. Therefore, incorporate different metals through items such as lamps, candle holders, side tables, pillows, and mirrors. HomeGoods is my favorite place to look for reasonably-priced home accessories -- check it out!

Photo: Cityclectic Design
Photo: Decor Pad
Photo: Domaine Home
Photo: House Beautiful
Photo: Pure Home
Photo: Sadie and Stella

Friday, September 12, 2014

Black + White Outfit: Day to Night

Like it or not, Fall is right around the corner, so it's time to start getting your wardrobe ready for the new season. One of my favorite outfits is a classic pair of dark jeans with a white button down. It's perfect for a polished day outfit, and transitions into night by swapping (and adding) a few accessories.

How to take this outfit from day to night:
  • Ditch the sunglasses and scarf
  • Add a necklace and chunky cuff bracelet
  • Tuck in the blouse (or just the front) and add a skinny belt
  • Swap out your daily handbag for a stylish clutch
  • Switch out day shoes (love these leather Converse), for heeled booties

Black + White Outfit: Day to Night

Equipment blouse

Converse black sneaker

Tory burch bootie

Coach duffel bag

Coach black handbag
$345 -

Catherine Stein stone necklace

Mango cuff jewelry

Glitzy Rocks earrings

Canvas black velvet shawl

Uniqlo belt
$24 -

Coach eyewear

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gray + Blue Master Bedroom

I just finished up designing this contemporary gray, white and blue master bedroom for a Good Style Design client, and I love the way it turned out (if I do say so myself)! Clean lines and a neutral palate make it a cozy and comfortable place to relax.

Incorporating fun accents like the teal-blue chair and matching ottoman, round faceted mirror, and clear Lucite laptop desk add a sense of whimsy to the space. The bold, graphic patterns on the area rug and window treatments add visual movement to the room and break up the solid elements. The best part is that all pieces are easily available and available for purchase online.

Like the look of this space? Head on over to Good Style Design to receive customized inspiration boards and coordinating floor plan layouts for your home, one room at a time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Living Room Scheme: Final Design

We are days away from moving into our new apartment, and I have been hard at work re-imagining our living room scheme. Moving to a new space is always a great opportunity to start fresh. We went through all of the items that we've accumulated over the last two years and kept only the things that we really wanted to bring along. The sectional will stay the same, but all other pieces in our living room will either be new or new-to-us (aka, painted or re-used in another way).

My inspiration for our new living room look is the casual, pretty-but-not-too-girly interior in the image below. I love the unique mix of blue, grey (greyish-green in the case of our sectional), and purple-pink.

Photo: Pinterest
Check out my interpretation of this style in the inspiration board below. I've also included a list of these items so that you can get the look in your own space if you love it as much as I do!

Sectional: Ashley Furniture Home Store Freestyle Sectional
Bookshelves: IKEA Hyllis (in stores, currently not available online)
Baskets: Container Store Beach House Bins
TV Stand: All Modern Sauder Soft Modern 59" TV Stand
Side Tables: Umbra Round Folding Tray Table
Throw Pillows: Carly Ahlman Design
Blanket: IKEA Ofelia
Table Lamp: IKEA Forsa

Stayed tune to see how the real-life room turns out!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good Style Design: Pool Blue Weathered Living Room

About a year ago I launched the web-based interior design company, Good Style Design. The site features a collection of interior design inspiration boards that can be applied to almost any space. It is a great way to determine what your decorating style is, and receive space planning assistance and customized inspiration boards made especially for you. All suggested pieces are readily available from popular brands such as West Elm, Restoration Hardware, and Crate & Barrel.

Below is one of my favorite looks on the site. It evokes the feeling of a laid back, calming space while still maintaining a contemporary look with clean lined pieces of furniture.

Check out other looks over at Good Style Design!

Photo: Good Style Design