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Home Sweet Home

If you guys remember me talking a while back, I had been in the process of redecorating my house. To say that it’s been a long process is a real understatement. On top of juggling Chloe & work, I could only work on the house whenever I had the time. Which was, let’s face it, not a lot of time! But luckily I had Laurel & Wolf to help, and finally the pieces came together. Patience is key! So like I said before, this is the house that Allen grew up in. And while its very nostalgic, there’s so much work to be done. Some of you guys may have seen the reveal on Laurel & Wolf’s post. I was really excited about show you guys the finished look, but some items that I had wanted took longer than expected. But I’m very excited to finally reveal my home to you!

I wanted a lot of colors initially because since my own personal style is so simple, I wanted to experiment with color in decorating. But the more we went through certain pieces, the more I realized how important it is to stay true to yourself. And even though I did try adding in color, I ended up just falling in love with how simple and effortless white and gold pieces look. Since this is Allen’s old house, so it really took a lot of imagination and creativity to have to re-invent this space.

Here are some elements to consider when re-decorating your home!

1. Mirrors:

They’re a great way to make a space look bigger, and they add a lot of depth! I personally prefer mirrors that look a bit more dated because they’re a lot more romantic. I have a wall of mirrors against my dining room wall, as well as framed mirrors over my consoles (from Kathy Kuo home) in the living room. I just love how something so simple as a mirror can instantly make your space look twice as big.

2. Fur / Rugs:

Furs are a great way to add texture to the room. Rugs can really anchor a room, and they’re a great place to introduce a new color or pattern! For me, since I have darker floors, I added in this white rug from Loloi into my living room & dining room area to brighten up the space. Like I said in my last post, one of my favorite pieces are my custom made white fur chairs. Lucinda from Laurel & Wolf helped me execute my vision for these chairs at pretty much half of what they would’ve cost in stores. Amazing! Not to mention Mignon loves sitting in my fur chairs! (Soo bourgeois.)

3. Oversized Paintings/Photography:

Art is such a great way to add your own personality to a space. I surprised Allen with these amazing photos of the ocean since he loves the waters. (Photos by Gray Malin!) And if you guys watched my snapchat yesterday.. you might’ve seen me trying to hammer nails in to hang these paintings! It seriously took me a good 30 minutes to figure it out and get them straight, but it was worth it! I also love this texture painting from Z Gallerie. Hanging your paintings high is a great way to add height to a room! Especially since our ceilings aren’t very high, we can kind of cheat the space with high paintings & high drapes!


4. Plants:

If you guys remember my 4 essential indoor plants post, plants are a great way to liven up a space. This organic element adds such a natural feeling to the home, and is a great way to bring the outdoors in! While I love white roses for the office, I prefer more greens at home. It feels more lived-in, as well as breaks up a bit of the white. (Allen always teases me about how much I love white.. he says I need to get more creative hah.)

5. Cost: 

A question I get asked a lot is where you should spend the money. I think you should invest in the bigger pieces, and get the smaller details everywhere else. For me, I invested in a chandelier, dining table and my custom furry chairs. Spend money on classic pieces that you see yourself loving for a long time! I got mostly everything from Z Gallerie or I had it custom made! I also learned that just because you love gold, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to all gold pieces! I love incorporating the silver mirror with my gold shelf, and white framed paintings. So don’t worry about spending a lot of money on similar looking pieces, in the end it’s about variety and having that “lived-in” quality!

I hope these tips helped ease the pressure of home decorating ! It’d definitely a full time job in itself to re-imagine and redecorate a home, but I am so happy with the way everything looks now! I wanted my home to feel elegant & glam, yet peaceful and serene, somewhere where I can feel at ease and relaxed after a long and stressful day. How do you want your home to feel? Share with me your decorating tips in the comments below!



Photography by Karen Rosalie