nesting + home décor
Philips sent us some lightbulbs to use to in our new house (which we really needed) and when I opened the box and saw they were energy efficient bulbs I was sort of a skeptic. I feel like for years people have been telling me that LED bulbs emit as beautiful light as regular bulbs. But every time I try a few the light is so bad I have to switch back. Lighting makes SUCH a difference in a room and I’ve avoided LED lightbulbs because the light was so ugly. When we put a room together we usually have an overhead light source for function but we prefer not to use it. Instead we have a few lamps around the room to create ambient lighting. Since we moved in last month we hadn’t really gotten our lighting set up so we worked on it last week and I told Paul to try the new lightbulbs. When I came back in the room I couldn’t believe they were LED bulbs. The light was beautiful. The next day I placed a giant order for all the bulbs in our house. My friends started making fun of me because they would come over and all I wanted to do was talk about how great the new lightbulbs are. The bulbs last over 20 years (!) and are super energy efficient. And most importantly (for me) I can’t tell a difference between the old and the new. Right now, Philips is hosting a giveaway for a $3,000 lighting makeover! By entering, you could win a design consultation, new bulbs and fixtures for your home! Click here to learn about all the details.
Our new house has a really great mantel in the living room and when I was decorating for Christmas I knew it would be perfect for a fresh garland. Bay leaf garlands are great because they’re not only beautiful, but they also make the whole house smell amazing. Plus when they dry out they still look beautiful. I order mine from the Flower Mart, they are usually $4-$6 a foot.
This post is sponsored by Philips: make your holidays shine with the right lighting.
Photography by Gaby Esensten for Oh Happy Day
I’ve been obsessed with the new Holiday Collection from Serena & Lily. (For example here, here, and here.) They asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to be a part of their holiday blogger contest and I jumped at the opportunity. Me and 4 other bloggers decorated rooms in our homes using Serena & Lily holiday products. I chose to decorate the Christmas tree in my living room with their beautiful ornaments, string paper lights and giant snowflake lights. (Their ornaments are the prettiest glass ornaments I’ve ever seen.) They are hosting a contest on Facebook where everyone can vote for their favorite blogger-designed vignette and enter for the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Serena & Lily. Click here to visit their Facebook page and enter to win. (And please please pretty please vote for me!)
Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
When I found out I was designing the bathroom, I knew right away that I wanted to add floor-to-ceiling subway tile (with dark grout.) It makes the room feel clean and simple, but has such a powerful impact. Then, I knew I wanted to bring in lots of chrome details. There’s just something so fresh about chrome in the bathroom. I’m especially obsessed with these chrome lights I found on Lowe’s website! I love that you wouldn’t normally expect to find them over a bathroom mirror. Storage in the bathroom is a big deal for me, so I made sure to incorporate lots of baskets to for towels and toiletries. Finally, I added in pops of red through berry branches and bead garlands. Overall, the room was a success – and it makes me want to start renovating my new bathroom as soon as possible! Thanks again to Ashley Norton who helped me pull everything together on the day of the event.
Make sure you check out the photos and details about the bedroom I designed for Lowe’s here. Otherwise, if you’re interest in recreating this bathroom look, here are all the elements we picked up from Lowe’s:
A. Toilet Paper Holder | B. Pinewood Bead Chain | C. Wall Mounted Lamp with Metal Shade | D. Chrome Towel Bar | E. Wicker Basket | F. Bathroom Mirror | G. Floorstanding Shelf | H. Bathroom Sink Faucet
Photos by Patrick Schneider
We were visiting the Marimekko flagship store in New York last Spring when I saw this fabric. It was upholstery weight and gorgeous and I knew it would be perfect for our old yellow sofa. I had bought a vintage yellow sofa off Craigslist earlier and I loved the shape but the velvet wasn’t in great condition. I knew that it would need to be reupholstered soon.
When we were getting ready to move to our new house I figured it was time to update the yellow sofa too so I ordered a big bolt of the beautiful fabric and sent it off to the upholsterer. When they returned with the sofa a few weeks later I couldn’t believe it! It came out even better than I hoped. The fabric is perfect because it’s a pattern but still feels like a neutral. I topped it with some beautiful Marimekko pillows and voila! It’s done.
My mom always had Marimekko patterns and fabrics in our home so I love that I will continue the tradition. Their patterns are so iconic and classic and fun! I’m also pretty obsessed with their clothing line. The dresses are not only beautiful but the quality is really unbelievable. Did you have Marimekko when you were growing up? Have you been to one of their new stores?
This post is sponsored by Marimekko.
Photos by Ashley Batz for Oh Happy Day
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to partner with Lowe’s for their Deck the Halls event in New York City. The Lowe’s team was amazing and built an entire home in a Manhattan studio in a matter of hours. Then, they invited 7 different designers to showcase their holiday decorating ideas in each room. I was so honored to be included! It was so fun seeing my design for the guest suite come to life.
In the bedroom, I knew I wanted to go dark. So we painted everything (moulding, shelving, baseboards) with chalkboard paint. Not only is the color of the chalkboard paint beautiful – it also allows for writing fun holiday messages right onto the walls. These dark walls made the crisp white bed linens, simple red Christmas decorations, and DIY artwork to pop in the room. One of my favorite elements was the plant wall we created using terracotta pots and greenery from Lowe’s. It brought so much life into the room! Then, we styled the room with accent furniture from Lowe’s and lots of vintage details. I have to give a shout out to Ashley Norton who came on the day of the event and helped me pull all the little details together.
I’ll be sharing all the bathroom details in a few days. But, if you’re interested in getting a similar look in your home for the holidays, here are the supplies we got from Lowe’s:
A. Oak Accent Chair | B. Black Chalkboard Paint | C. Square End Table | D. Pinewood Bead Chain | E. White Ceramic Vase | F. Black Arm Wall Sconce | G. Rectangular Console and Sofa Table | H. White Side Chair
Photos by Patrick Schneider