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One of my favorite things to do, the second the weather goes above 60 degrees, is to enjoy evenings on the porch. It’s a little tradition my boyfriend and I have. We indulge in a grilled dinner, play a board game or just listen to music and enjoy the sunset. It’s low-key but are some of my favorite times.
This year I decided to give the front porch a little update. First up, was switching out my thrifted antique chairs for something more comfortable. I chose classic rocking chairs from Bellacor and bribed Will to put them together for me. Hehe…
Of course, the rocking chairs needed some pillows for comfort and color so I reached out to Maggie of Leland Gal. I found her originally through Instagram and fell in love with her bold colors and super fun prints. She was so sweet, helping me pick the perfect patterns to coordinate with each other, the right sizes and having them made in outdoor fabric.
I decided to go with the White Match Point pillow as a throwback for the days I used to play tennis, paired with the Canoe Print as an ode to the creek running through my backyard and growing up on the Brandywine River. I love how the pillows make a statement alone but also can be paired for the perfect pillow party!
Photography by Carly Landolt
Remember a few months ago when I talked about how new pillows can instantly update your space and doesn’t require a major investment or overhaul? Well, today I’m here to share the same can be done with your shelves!
Simply updating the items on your shelves, repositioning them or swapping them out makes them feel like new. A well styled shelf makes a statement as a focal point or can be used to pull all the colors in the space together with accessories.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when styling your own:
- Group items in on odd numbers as it’s more pleasing to the eye
- Vary shape and height of items to create different lines for the eye to follow
- To keep shelves from looking cluttered and thrown together try to keep a common color story or theme (think all things related to travel or all things blue and white like I did)
- Always add books, they are a good space filler, makes you look well read and can be stacked various ways for height or padding
Pillows c/o Shelby Dillon Studio
You probably could guess my motto when it comes to pillows… more is more and less is a bore! At any time I have at least 5 decorative pillows on my bed, I want it to look like a big pile of (chic) fluff you could dive right into.
Every few months I like to alternate my pillows and switch up the style slightly with new on prints. I found Shelby Dillon Studio on Instagram recently and fell in love with their chinoiserie/palm beach inspired designs and knew they were going to the next addition to my pillow crew.
Their pillows not only come in fabulous patterns but are well- made with side zippers and luxury feather inserts. They don’t only make pillows though, you can also find cosmetic bags, trays, coasters and art!
Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the traditions, the joyfulness and all the pretty decorations. I thought I’d share a peek into my home for the holidays to show you how I usually decorate for the festivities.
Green and pink, not red is the holiday color of choice at my little palace. I know I won’t be able to decorate like this forever (ie. living without males) so for the past few years I’ve taken full advantage of this. Funny story… when Will and I were setting up the tree this year I finally had all the lights and ornaments on, finished vacuuming the needles and while I went downstairs to put the vacuum away I heard a loud thud. The tree had fallen over! In its tumble it broke half of the ornaments too… hence why it’s looking a little bare. I secretly think Will pushed it over to get rid of the pink ornaments 😉 hehe
Anyways… most of my decor I’ve DIYd in fact to make it my own. Take the blue and white, ginger jar inspired ornaments. Those I used a blue paint marker to draw on white glass ornaments. Or the gilded lions? Those are from the Target toy section, I spray painted them gold and then bought mini Santa hats and candy canes from the Dollar Store to accessorize them. They’re unique and fit my personal decorating taste.
How do you decorate for the holidays?
Photography by Deb Putter
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here… ladies and gents, the reveal of #patriciaspartypad! Insert big sigh of relief as every free moment isn’t spent covered in sawdust and sweat. One lesson I learned from this? Decorating a room in 6 weeks, totally doable. Building a room from nothing in 6 week, not so doable. But we did it, it may have taken longer than 6 weeks but it was all worth it! Oh and one more lesson so you can learn from my mistakes… finish the roof before you decide to press pause to build an inside entertaining loft or else you’ll be putting buckets on the floor in the meantime. Will I ever learn?
To catch everyone up to speed, this is the space above my garage where over the spring we knocked down the original barn and built this barn/garage to take its place. The walls of the loft are the actual wood boards from the original barn! Cool, right?
I couldn’t have finished it period if it wasn’t for my parent’s handiwork (I owe them more hours than I can count!), my boyfriend’s help all along the way, my Aunt for giving me so much of her horse collection for decor and of course the amazing companies I worked with during the process.
Rug: c/o Karastan
Custom Napkins & Cups: c/o Sequins & Lipstick
Pillows: Cotton & Quill
Sofa: West Elm
Needlepoint Pillow: Furbish Studio
Coffee Table: Joss & Main
Bar Cart: Target
Wine Rack: Pottery Barn (old but similar)
Stripe Candles: Ana Candles
Stick Candles: Stick Candles
Champion Dish: Waiting On Martha
Matches: Skeem Shop
Wine Glasses, Ice Bucket, Wall Decor and Chairs: Antiques, Thrifted and Borrowed
Table & Bench: DIY by Dad
One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was receiving Christmas cards from our friends and family and then hanging them on the wall for the season. Now that I’ve grown up I’ve taken that tradition and made it my own. Since I’ve owned my house, for the past two Christmases I’ve had custom illustrations made of me and my home to put on my Christmas cards.
I do this because I am so grateful for my home. Not only is it a reflection of myself but as a fixer upper I’ve put in so much work and so has my family and friends. They’ve helped me along the way with painting, construction, even helping me scout furniture. My home is essentially their home too!
This year I worked with Framebridge to frame the custom illustration Lydia Marie Elizabeth did of my living room. I love how Lydia captured the fun colors of the room and the energy of the festivities. She always gets it right! I chose the Chelsea wide gold frame as it elegantly finishes the pieces.
So did I accomplish the One Room Challenge? In most parts… yes. However, not completely. In a matter of 6 weeks I took what wasn’t even a room, just a space above the garages without walls, a ceiling, flooring electric and turned it into a room! A room, literally from scratch, in six short weeks! Wowza!
However, there the room is not completely finished so today I’m going to use this post as another update and plan to truly unveil the space officially very shortly, so hang tight. The past week I saw the space transform the most, all the walls and ceiling were finished and the floor was installed in about 3 hours. I have to give my parents credit for this as they have lots of experience laying down floor (and perhaps a lot of patience?). Piece by piece I’ve been moving the furniture and decor in as I decorate and build two gallery walls.
So what’s left you ask?
- Access door to storage behind the walls
- Trim around the room
- Closing off the stairs from the rest of the garage
- Hanging the lighting fixtures which I’m waiting on 2 lighting fixtures that were on backorder and should arrive in a week or so
- Getting a large table for the center of the room with benches to match
- I’d also love to create some window treatments
- Someday, built in window seats (this won’t be part of the final reveal but instead something I hope to do later down the road)
While I didn’t kick the #ORC in the butt, all in all I’m so proud of the progress made in 6 short weeks! Within the next month I plan to share official final reveal of the space so please check back.
Oh boy, oh boy! I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as I’m busy working on #patriciaspartypad… we’re in the final stretch and still have oh so much left to do! I’m also keeping it short today because there isn’t a whole lot to share visually this week.
Last week a lot of progress was made, the ceiling was completed which leaves us left to do some trim work and just a few more small pieces in the window nooks. This coming weekend we’re hoping to finish those up and work on putting the floor down. Then it’s my favorite part… decorating!
So many pieces have been coming in like these Cotton & Quill pillows, the sofa, coffee table and a ton of decor! I’ve been plotting out the gallery wall for weeks and I’m chomping at the bit (get it, get it?) to put it up.
Sorry for the short post but off to do more work!
I’m kind of freaking out… next week is November! That means the holidays will be here the blink of an eye. Eeeek! While it’s stressing me out, it’s also plunging me into full on nesting mode. I’ve cleaned my cabinets out, even my basement (that I don’t even go in!). It’s out with the old, in with the new and prettifying everything.
One recent piece I updated was the art in my guest bathroom. I switched out a trio of cheaper Homegoods canvases for this peonies print by Annechovie art framed by Framebridge. Is it weird that my bathrooms are becoming my favorite rooms in the house? Probably.
Have the past 3 weeks flown by or is it just me? Maybe it’s just me since I still have so much to do and only 2 weeks left to do so for the One Room Challenge. Not a ton of updates from this week as we’re working on putting the ceiling in and then will be working on the floor.
It’s starting to look like a real room and imagine once it gets some color through the accessories and furniture. This gorgeous Karastan rug came in (see picture above) as well as a sneak peek of one of the Bellacor lighting fixtures. The rug is so luxurious and soft that I kinda wish it was in my living room… I may have spent 10 minutes laying on it when the UPS man delivered it because it was just that comfy!
I’ve been working on some DIY decor pieces for the space as well including putting old horse show ribbons in glass jars from Homegoods to put on the center of the table. I like how it adds some color to the space and puts my old ribbons to good use, instead of just collecting dust at my parent’s house.
Check back next week for some more updates…