Dining Nooks We Love

Lately, we've kind of had a thing for dining nooks and the many ways you can style them. They are so versatile and the perfect use of space, large or small. If you are looking for efficient ways to add more seating or want to brighten up a tight space, we have found some of the most darling dining nooks to help provide you with some inspiration!

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Photo courtesy of Sweet Home DSGN

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Photo courtesy Homedit

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Photo courtesy My Style Vita

French Revival Project: Antique Limestone Flooring and More

Remember last week's sneak peek of the antique limestone flooring going in our beautiful French Revival? Well, we've got more pictures of it fully laid!

Things are moving so much faster now, and we get so excited for every site visit because there is always something new to see. Whether it's flooring, trim work, moldings, or shower tiles, you can guarantee our excitement level is always on the up and up.  

Check out the new shots of the dining room below. We kinda love it!

 This shot captures both the antique limestone tile in the dining room as well as the beautiful beams and windows that are directly above it. The beams are still wrapped for protection during construction, but it's still a gorgeous set up in our opinion!

This shot captures both the antique limestone tile in the dining room as well as the beautiful beams and windows that are directly above it. The beams are still wrapped for protection during construction, but it's still a gorgeous set up in our opinion!

 Another great shot of this beautiful space! We've said it before, but we will say it again, the light in this room will be amazing!

Another great shot of this beautiful space! We've said it before, but we will say it again, the light in this room will be amazing!

 An up close and personal look and the antique limestone. Check out the various colors and textures! The fun thing about this floor is that the pattern was not predetermined—it was laid at random according to how each individual piece fit. We love how it turned out!

An up close and personal look and the antique limestone. Check out the various colors and textures! The fun thing about this floor is that the pattern was not predetermined—it was laid at random according to how each individual piece fit. We love how it turned out!

 This view from the kitchen provides a straight on look into the dining room. Sigh.

This view from the kitchen provides a straight on look into the dining room. Sigh.

 And just for fun, here's another look at more of the wrapped beams. This shot shows the beams located over the main great room area that looks out to what will be an amazing backyard (more to come on that later!).

And just for fun, here's another look at more of the wrapped beams. This shot shows the beams located over the main great room area that looks out to what will be an amazing backyard (more to come on that later!).

 This is the second beam that is part of the same great room space. Just behind it you can see the inside of the largest turret (see our turrets post!) and some of the lighting prep going in!

This is the second beam that is part of the same great room space. Just behind it you can see the inside of the largest turret (see our turrets post!) and some of the lighting prep going in!

French Revival Project: Beams, Sheetrock, and Flooring

Such a fun update today for our French Revival Project! We are finally to the point where we have some great pictures of beams, Sheetrock, and flooring to share. This project has been ongoing for quite some time and seeing it all come together (we love walls!) has been so exciting.

We've been so lucky to be able to work with such amazing clients who have a "vision" and the patience to make sure everything is just right. Picking out every detail for each lovely room of their home has truly been a joy. And we'd be remiss not to mention our contractor and the talented team from Impressive Homes who amaze us with their handiwork each day. 

We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do!

 These over-sized beams are definitely one of our favorite architectural details found throughout the house. Here they are prepping to stain them a deep, rich espresso color. 

These over-sized beams are definitely one of our favorite architectural details found throughout the house. Here they are prepping to stain them a deep, rich espresso color. 

 Even though the lighting in this shot isn't ideal, we just had to take a picture once the staining was complete! The dark stain will be such a beautiful contrast when all is said and done. 

Even though the lighting in this shot isn't ideal, we just had to take a picture once the staining was complete! The dark stain will be such a beautiful contrast when all is said and done. 

 This beautiful antique limestone flooring is what was chosen for the dining room and kitchen. Behind that you can see the piles of wood flooring as it climatizes pre install. The beams were covered and taped off to ensure total protection during construction, as well as the antique fireplace.  

This beautiful antique limestone flooring is what was chosen for the dining room and kitchen. Behind that you can see the piles of wood flooring as it climatizes pre install. The beams were covered and taped off to ensure total protection during construction, as well as the antique fireplace.  

 Another shot of the flooring in the dining room. Fun fact: There is no pre-determined pattern here, just laying pieces together as they fit. A big beautiful table will be here before we know it! (And aren't these windows looking out to the backyard amazing?)

Another shot of the flooring in the dining room. Fun fact: There is no pre-determined pattern here, just laying pieces together as they fit. A big beautiful table will be here before we know it! (And aren't these windows looking out to the backyard amazing?)

 We decided on French Oak wood flooring for the office found near the front of the house. Another wall of amazing windows will make for bright space!

We decided on French Oak wood flooring for the office found near the front of the house. Another wall of amazing windows will make for bright space!

 A look at the front of the house again, just for fun!

A look at the front of the house again, just for fun!

Mother's Day Blooms

Mother's Day is less than a week away, and we decided it might be fun to share some of our favorite spring floral centerpieces that can be used on brunch tables wherever mom is being celebrated!

Obviously spring is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh blooms, regardless of them being from your garden or your florist. Some of our favorite springtime flowers include lilacs, tulips, hydrangea, peonies, and early roses. Below are some beautiful arrangements that will hopefully provide a little inspiration for your Mother's Day gathering this year.

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Photo courtesy A Burst of Beautiful

A beautiful combination of soft peach, whites, and bright greens! 

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Photo courtesy Laurel Lane

Lilacs are so sweet and are gorgeous piled into any vase.

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Photo courtesy Pretty Life Girls

We love the look of any flower in mason jars. So simple, yet clean!

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Photo courtesy Stone Gable Blog

More gorgeous lilacs in a variety of colors. The various shades offer a little more depth and we love it!

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Photo courtesy Town 'n' Country Living

Nothing beats a simple arrangement of tulips, but the bright pink tulips paired with crisp white really caught our eye.

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Photo courtesy Yellow Bliss Road

Another beautiful arrangement in a mason jar. We love the sweet doilies tied with twine around the vase. It adds the perfect finishing touch while keeping things simple!

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Photo courtesy The Knot

These bright and beautiful peonies look stunning in their small and simple vases. A look that truly anyone can create at home!

Kitchen Lighting: Picking the Perfect Pendants

Let's talk lighting today! When it comes to picking the perfect pendant for your kitchen island, there are so many options available now, and the choices are so much better than they used to be. So how do you choose the right fixture for your space? We thought you might ask and decided to share a couple of things to consider when it comes to picking your pendants.

First, those small teacup-sized pendants are a thing of the past. Now kitchen lighting fixtures are a bit more over scaled and offer a new type of visual aesthetic and design element to one of the most frequented rooms in your house. We love the look of one or two larger pendants over an island—this set up really pops!

Second, don't forget about functionality. What is the purpose of your pendants? Are you looking for ambient lighting or something more task based? Or do you simply want lighting that serves as an accent or decorative piece? Finding your focus when it comes to functionality can help narrow things down when selecting your fixture.

And third, what other lighting fixtures are visible? If there are other fixtures that are close in proximity or at least visible from your kitchen, there should be at least one element that ties them all together. Whether it's matching metals or other related material is up to you, but doing so looks like you took the time to consider all the elements.

Below are some of our current favorites when it comes to pendants:

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Photo courtesy Décor Pad

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Photo courtesy Alyssa Rosenheck/Castle Homes

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Photo courtesy Edmondson Interiors

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Photo courtesy House Trends

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Photo courtesy Kitchen Island Lighting

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French Revival Project: Details

As we've said before, our fun French Revival project keeps us on our toesand we absolutely love it and the thoughtful clients behind it all! Oftentimes some of the most exciting days are when we get to pick out the details that might not seem important but are crucial when it comes to making a house feel (and look!) like a home.

Below are just a few fun pictures we've snapped throughout the building process that feature some of these important details!

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Here we were testing the waters with roofing tiles. It was a cold, wet day that required red galoshes, but in the end, we were able to figure it all out! The final decision was made shortly after this shot was taken and now the roof consists of several different colors and sizes of roofing tiles.  

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Checking the look of the roofing tiles next to the exterior limestone. Now that the rock is up and the roof is tiled, we love how it all turned out.

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This antique lantern is one of several that will be cleaned and prepped so that gold leafing can be applied to add some embellishment and new life. These extra-large lanterns will be in various locations found both on the interior and exterior of the home.

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Check out all that glorious detail! We can't wait to see the finished product once the gold leafing has been applied.

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Tile considerations for the laundry room. We love these neutral tones with a pop a blue!

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More tile to think about. This beautiful combination is for one of six bathrooms found throughout the home.

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And finally, here is one of a few of the beautiful tile options we have considered for the master bathroom. It's a work in progress, but it will be beautiful when all is said and done!

Decorating with Throw Pillows

One of our favorite accessories, hands down, is the throw pillow. There is no better (or easier!) way to make any room look more polished and feel totally complete than with perfectly fluffed throw pillows. While we always enjoy researching fabrics and shopping for pillows, there’s something about actually physically fluffing a big, luxuriously stuffed pillow on a sofa that is so satisfying!

If you want to join in on the throw pillow fun, we've got 2 tips when it comes to creating the perfect pillow combination that will leave you feeling happy and your space looking fabulous.

1. Matching is a thing of the past. Be creative with your pillow choices and pull in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and textures. You can certainly do all of the above, or just choose one or two—it’s all up to you! We suggest starting with one color and building from there. If you’d like to incorporate some pattern, pick two different options that feature your color of choice. A good rule of thumb for mixing patterns is to choose something simple (think a two-color simple pattern) and something a little more involved or complex. Mixing in solids of various colors always provides some balance, and adding something with texture, like a soft fur pillow, just makes things interesting!  

2. Use more than two pillows! After reading tip #1, we’re sure you already have a sense as to what this tip is about. A single pillow on either end of your sofa seems a little lonely and sad. Layering multiple pillows at either end or even all the way across your sofa offers a more rich, luxurious look.

If you still aren't sure where to start when it comes to styling your own sofa, check out some of these beautiful and fun combinations for a little inspiration! 

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Photo courtesy The Life Styled

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Photo courtesy Carla Aston

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Photo courtesy Coastal Beach Décor Club

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Photo courtesy Ideal Home

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Photo courtesy Green with Decor

5 Simple Tips for Adding Accessories

When it comes to interior decorating and design, accessories are what make a space truly feel like a home. They provide plenty of eye candy with their various colors and textures, and the best part is that creating a whole new look is easy to accomplish. Over the years we've learned a few tips and tricks for creating a nice aesthetic balance when it comes to using accessories. It's really a very simple concept and we are happy to share what we've learned!

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Photo courtesy Country Girl Home

1. More Isn't Always Better

While you can run out to any home goods store and load up on accessories, keep in mind that you can overdo it. It’s common to feel like you need more than is actually necessary, but this leads to less quality pieces that don't mean a whole lot in the scheme of things. Having fewer pieces that you really love is a great way to make a statement when it comes to decorating your home.   

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Photo courtesy Hand Made Mood

2. Grouping Goes a Long Way

Wondering what to put in that space? Whether the area you are working with is big or small, grouping or layering accessories is an easy way fill a void no matter the size of the space. It’s best to start with a single large piece and then fill in the space with some medium- and small-sized items for balance.   

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Photo courtesy www.homedit.com

3.  Asymmetrical is Interesting

Even as children, we are taught that perfectly symmetrical things are beautiful. And while we can't argue that in the slightest, when it comes to interior design, having everything symmetrical can feel, well, a little boring. Asymmetrically arranged accessories provide a more unexpected option that really draws the eye.

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Photo courtesy Bria Hammel Interiors

4. Colors and Textures Add New Life

One of the easiest ways to freshen up your décor is to bring in new colors and textures. Having neutral furniture pieces and fixtures provide a blank canvas when it comes to adding pops of colors as well as various textures. Both are easy to add and provide enough contrast to make things interesting.

5. Love It or Leave It

Finally, we touched on this in #1, but it worth another mention. Don't feel like you need to buy accessories just because it seems like the right thing to do. Take the time to find pieces that have meaning for you and your family—things that you truly love and will enjoy. If you find yourself questioning if you should grab an accessory just because the price is right, it may be better to just keep looking!