Let’s Talk Platform Beds

 

It’s been almost a year since I redesigned my bedroom and switched from a more traditional headboard/footboard situation to a platform bed. Some have simple an attached headboard but most are free of them entirely, creating the simplest bed possible. I love mine and I’m curious – do you have one or would you switch over for a more streamlined look?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October Favorites

1/ Burt’s Bees Natural Throat Drops Honey and Lemon
Seems like everyone has already suffered their first cold of the season, and I’m no exception. Mine lasted about a week and a half and I swear these throat drops saved me from losing my mind from coughing. They’re all natural, which made them more palatable too.

2/ Fifty Type Specimens: From the Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones
These postcards from Frere-Jones’ personal collection will be loved by any type nerd. I’m looking forward to sending some out in the mail soon to brighten the day of some graphic designer friends!

3/ Gretchen Christine Vegan Leather Embroidered Convertible Tote
A sizable bag that’s perfect for toting along a ton of stuff – including my laptop some days – this bag is on point with the embroidery trend this autumn. It’s really well made and will make a great piece all winter.

4/ Honeycrisp Apples
These have been my favorite apple variety for a few years now. If you’ve never ha done before they’re super crisp and fragrant with a sweet-tart taste that varies depending on how ripe the fruit is.

5/ It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I will never tire of watching holiday specials from my childhood. I’ve watched this one twice in October and will probably squeeze in one more viewing tonight after trick or treating wraps up. (Please, remember never to jump in a pile of leaves with a wet sucker!)

6/ Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
After running out of my go-to MAC foundation a few months ago I picked up a tube of this on a Target run and was pleasantly surprised! The whipped gel formula gives my skin a soft matte finish while also hydrating – basically unheard of.

7/ Orange Clove Signature Soy Jar Candle
While this candle smells more like a bonfire to me, I still really like it. The fragrance permeates most of the first floor and even manages to make its way upstairs.

8/ Record Storage Cube
I have one of these birch cubes with a plexiglas garage front in my living room, it acts as a sweet little stand for my portable Crosby turntable and favorite vinyl. The plexiglas is available in 13 colors as well as a wood option.

9/ Google Home
Yeah, I’m a little late to the party but I’m here. So far I love telling it to play music at any given moment as well as the phone functionality.

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Trending: Mustard Yellow

 

While I prefer to call it goldenrod (because ew, mustard), I think its’s pretty much a potAto/potAHto situation and either way I love it. As I was gathering resources I realized that the only item I own in this color – whatever you want to call it – is a throw blanket. Might need to rectify that sooner than later!

 

80 Denier Tights // Ceramic Hanging Planter // Carla Velvet Armchair

 

Egg Bird House // Chunky Cable Knit Beanie // Georgia Flare Slingback Sandals

 

Knot Cushion // Large Wood Handle Macrame Tote Bag // Highway Honey Tee

 

Mini Macrame Wall Hanging // Peplum Hem Cotton Shirt Dress // Polly Pouffe

 

Pom Pom Blanket // Wool Peacoat // T-Shirt Jersey Pillowcase Set

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Trending: Velvet

 

Seems like wherever you turn this autumn there’s something velvet! Along with embroidery it definitely appears to be one of the hottest trends, both in the home and in fashion. There’s no denying the fabric’s luxe appeal or the level of comfort it can bring to chillier weather, but what are your feeling – are you on board?

 

Busby Tufted Cube Ottoman // Herschel Supply Co. Grove Velvet Backpack // Haverhill Chair

 

Matte Velvet Curtain // Minna Velvet Sofa // Noah Velvet Lounge Chair

 

Kevin O’Brien Ombre Velvet Pillow // Piper Petite Velvet Sofa // Sabre Velvet Bomber Jacket

 

Serpentine Velvet Belt // Shimmer Velvet Duvet Cover // Valencia Flat

 

Velvet Bag // Velvet Hait Clip Set // Jeffrey Campbell Velvet Heeled Sandals

 

Crosley X UO Velvet Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player // Velvet High Top Sneakers // Velvet Puffer Jacket

 

Velvet Seat Cushion // Wide-Leg Velvet Pants // Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set

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Rowan and Wren

Isla Fluted Champagne Coupe, Set of Two

I *think* I just may have a favorite fall/winter home shop – are you familiar with Rowan and Wren? Maybe it’s the impeccable styling or just-so dark and moody lighting, but I can see at least half of their goods gracing my home. My aesthetic is in the middle of changing, combining minimalist modern preferences with more traditional pieces, and Rowan and Wren’s thoughtfully sourced collection of distinctive homewares sits smack in the middle of that Venn diagram. Here are my 13 favorite things, because I quite literally couldn’t narrow the list down any further!

 

Leland Wall Candle Holder

 

Cadby Velvet Button Stool

 

Croft Door Knocker

 

Stoneware Biscuit Plate

 

Thora Rustic Candle Holder, Brass

 

Bodin Craft Beer Glasses, Set of Two

 

Dalwood Log Stand & Fire Tools

 

Mini Drop Vases

 

Aran Cuffed Carafe and Glasses

 

Lena Brass Coasters, Set of Four

 

Hayling Zinc Lantern

 

Larkin Bird House or Feeder

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Rethinking the Dining Room

Matte Black and Brass 3 Arm Chandelier // Tiger Stitch Rug // Jupiter Pink Marble Serving Board // Mid-Century Modern 67″ Buffet Cabinet

The dining room is my favorite room in the house, for a few reasons – it feels the most complete decor-wise, it’s the best interpretation of my own personal aesthetic, and it’s usually the cleanest. (I’m nothing if not honest.) I love that when I’m entertaining it’s the place we all tend to congregate, so I want it to feel comfortable but I’m also not opposed to visitors thinking I know what I’m doing when pulling together a space.

 

Serena 60″ Dining Table // Subtle Tie-Dye Napkin Set // Copper Top Flatware // Clement 42″ Brass Mirror // Echasse Vase // Moroccan Spanish-Style Wine Glasses

You can check out the current-ish room design here and here, but I’ve been thinking about how a large round table might change the dynamic. Of course that got my mind spinning with the possibilities of an entire room redesign! Because my dining room is painted such a light color – and that isn’t something I’m anxious to change – I’m daydreaming about filling it with some darker materials like walnut wood, leather, and brass.

 

Simple Black Candleholders // Boccia Decanter // Gage Dining Chair in Tanner // Large Porcelain Serving Bowl // 12-Piece Speckled Dinnerware Set // Serena Bar Cart // Acacia Print

I’d balance all of those heavy tones and weights out by keeping the tableware and serveware in check with lots of glass, ceramic and porcelain, and lightly colored marble. This large acacia print would anchor everything together and bring a nice dose of nature into the decor.

 

Mara Marble + Copper Trivet // Carter Salt Cellar // Dawn Glass Pitcher // Graydon 8″ Antique Brass Hurricane // Cast Metal Trivet

Candlesticks and hurricane lanterns, along with that beautiful three-armed chandelier, are all I’d need to set whatever mood I’m going for – moody and dramatic or light and bright. I’d say the look of this reimagined room might be called Casual Industrial Modern and I’d happily welcome it into my home!

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