decor

color story: camel + navy

I love the color of camel specifically because it can instantly dress up any space.  It feels, warm, rich, and sophisticated.  While Navy’s personality gives off different vibes – nautical, bold, traditional – these two totally compliment each other. If you’re going for a look that is classic and stylish, but not overly feminine, these 2 are for you.

camel + navy living room by Rosa Beltran

camel coat + navy shirt

 

Try throwing some fun pattern in the mix, such as leopard.

The Everygirl Carly Haslee - camel + navy

Pair with textures like acrylic or metallic for a more modern feel.

 

fun navy dining room

 

camel + blue dining room

Use these 2 as a color pop in with light walls to enhance a neutral space.

Or go with a deep blue paint color to make the space feel warm and masculine.

 

navy bedroom with camel headboard

These colors have a way of feeling “dressed up” but they can also be more casual too!

camel skirt + navy top

Here’s some ideas to bring the palette into your home just in time for the fall season:

camel + navy inspiration color board

  1. You can’t go wrong with a simple, streamlined leather sofa
  2. Don’t be so square! Do 3 navy lumbar pillows for a nice twist
  3. Loving this retro mod fabric by Robert Allen
  4. Mix up the patterns a bit with this Duralee fabric
  5. Accent chairs in deep blue velvet add drama and contrast
  6. Add luxury and texture with a cowhide rug
  7. He may be little, but this brass side table will sure make a statement
  8. Swooning over this leather wrap watch
  9. Large scale photography prints are flexible and come at a lower price tag as original art
  10. These leather chairs are great for the dining area, or can also act as an accent piece
  11. Navy handbags are fun and work for all seasons

For the sources to these items and more, check out the Camel + Navy board on V&V’s Pinterest page!

 

(all the images above link back to their source, if known)

emerald city

Homepolish- Kelly Oxford's Palm Springs Home

I’m a sucker for anything that is crisp white or mid-century.  So it comes as no surprise that I was instantly obsessed with writer Kelly Oxford’s Palm Springs residence.  Add in some natural fiber rugs, pops of emerald green, and some plant life, and I’m all in.

Homepolish - Kelly Oxford and Orlando Soria

Homepolish Designer Orlando Soria (aka Emily Henderson’s old right hand man) was the brainchild behind this lovely project.  Truly, he is a design rock star and I am always excited to see his work because you never know what his creative next move might be.  He’s fearless when it comes to design, a trait he definitely shares with Emily.  And if you follow him on Instagram you know he’s also pretty hilarious.

 

West Elm Lamp - Homepolish

Loving this shot and contrast between the soft neutrals and bold emerald.

Homepolish - Accessories at Kelly Oxford's Home

What a great idea to stagger the 2 coffee tables.  Great way to fill the huge space between the sofas but not in a massive, cluttered way.Homepolish- Kelly Oxford's Living Room

 

 

Homepolish Kelly Oxford's Dining Room

Beautiful kilim rug.  And the copper bar stools really give the bar some bling.

Homepolish Kelly Oxford's Bar

 

Happy Tuesday!!

(All photos courtesy of Homepolish.  Each photo links back to the original source.)

to market we go

A couple of weeks ago, we took a company trip up to Dallas for one of the best perks of being a designer: Market.  Yes, I get paid to shop.  But after conquering a 15 floor building and also a chunk of the Dallas Design District in 2 short days, it can get a just a little bit tiring and overwhelming.  I’ve since recovered and am excited to share the experience with you. 🙂

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My boss surprised us and upgraded our hotel reservations to none other than the hottest boutique hotel, Hotel ZaZa.  Word is that Drake was staying there at the same time as us, and after some brief Instagram-stalking, we are 95% sure we saw his dad in the lobby.  Dinner at Dragonfly was seriously one of the best meals of my life and it will definitely be on my hit list next time I’m in the D.

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Here’s a few (blurry phone) pictures of some of the great things we saw in Dallas:

 

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And of course, a summary of my fave items:

favorite market finds

1. This new Currey & Co chandelier is sure to make as statement.  Modern & classic at the same time.

2. Gorgeous black metal vases!

3. It’s all about the brass baby. How adorable are these tables?

4. Do a group of these wood deer heads on one accent wall for a fun effect.

5. Loving this awesome art line – lots of great prints to choose from!

6. Palecek’s new modern bar stool!

 

I’ve also pinned all these items to Pinterest – click here to follow along!

Ciao! xo

moroccan retreat

You know whats funny?  I was cleaning out my drafts folder and found this rough draft of a post I was going to do back in 2012, but never finished!   I still think it is very much postworthy and relevant, so I will share it with you over 2 years later!

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I have this immense fascination with Morocco, so of course when I saw this delightful residence in the May issue of Lonny, I was ecstatic.  Welcome to the Moroccan abode of author and activist, Maryam Montague.   (You may be familiar with her book Marrakesh by Design.)  Keep scrolling for some major eye candy!

moroccan stair details

This home is the ultimate balance of old and new.  It is Moroccan-modern perfection.  You know what helps?  Having an architect husband.  Together Maryam and her husband Chris were able to create their dream family home in the perfect central location for work and play.

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Moroccan dining room - Lonny, May 2012  moroccan living room

I’m loving the mix of modern and vintage Moroccan design elements.  Such a vivid collection from a well traveled family and a  sweet reflection of the city she has grown to love.

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Living Area in a Moroccan home - Lonny Mag (May 2012)

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Totally crushing all of the vintage light fixtures!!

moroccan bedroom - May 2012 Lonny Mag

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And this headboard is genius!

morrocan bedroom details

Can you even imagine how fabulous the parties would be on this patio??

moroccan home outdoor

moroccan home exterior

Hey, it may be from 2012 but you could have told me it was in print yesterday and I would have believed it.  The moral of this story: Great design is timeless, remember that friends. And also do not wait until tomorrow (or 2 years from tomorrow) to do what could be done today!

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(Photo Credit: Lonny Mag, all images link back to their source)

accessorizing an apartment for under $300

??????????????????????Back in the fall, I was approached by La Sierra Apartments here in NB to spruce up a corporate apartment.  One unit, in a weeks time? Well okay, no problem. The challenge: use furniture in inventory and spend next to nothing.   SAY WHAT??  Every design idea I had instantly imploded.

How was I supposed to do art, drapery, lighting, and fun accessories on a couple hundred bucks?  (I know it’s possible, but I’m used to accessories budgets in the thousands.)  Sure, it’s easy to come up with endless ideas when you have a nice budget to work with, but this was going to be a little harder.  A rug alone could break the bank.

I had to get creative.  But really, I needed to relax and go with my instincts.  I was made for this.  I don’t like paying full price for, well, anything.  I’m always looking for a deal, and now it was time to put my bargain hunting to the test.  And I had like 4 days to do it.

I started with a vacant apartment.   There were a lot of warm, brown tones in the apartment (wall color, fixtures, flooring, etc) and in the existing furniture I was going to use.  The armless chair I picked was in this fabric:

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So I decided to pull out the grays tones and run with that.  The goal was to combine warm and cool to create an inviting & simple, yet contemporary space.

I bought a 36×36 gallery wrapped canvas at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon.  I then took a couple of hours one morning, busted out my (literally) 8-year-old paints and created a neutral abstract painting.  This was going to be the piece that tied the browns and grays together.

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Here’s what the final result ended up like:

accessorizing on a budget

apartment decor for under 250 dollars

The lamp shades, pillows, and drapes were from Target.  The drapery was on clearance – jackpot!  The drapery hardware (not pictured) is from IKEA, as well as the rug ($19.99), and floor lamp ($14.99).

IKEA frames + your favorite pictures - Accessorizing on a Budget

These IKEA frames were under 10 bucks a pop.  I took some pics of local landmarks (Gruene Hall, the Comal River, and the Faust Bridge) and printed off 8x10s of them at Target.

I apologize for the very few crappy iPhone pics, but it turned out pretty good!   The only thing I would have liked to do differently is include some vintage bargain finds if I had more time to search for them.  Where are your go to places for great accessories on a budget??