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Thinking About : My Dining Room

I’m back to my seasonal need to tweak everything inside the house. This happens every fall, it’s that whole nesting thing. Our time outdoors is limited, daylight is waning, and we begin to nestle into our winter ways (I’m so damn poetic today). We spend a lot more time in the living room, even eating meals at the dining room table (novel huh?). It’s nearly impossible for my mind not to wander when it comes to re-decorating these spaces.

The dining room has never been a space that I’ve felt overly confident or proud of. I’ve had to really suss out inspiration and blindly find a cohesive design from the jump. Pins for dining rooms featuring dark wood paneled walls, built-in buffets (done in a style that appears to be a mashup of craftsman and late victorian eras), and mid-century modern furniture are few in far between.

I’ve realized over the years that if I’m going to embrace this wood trim on our main floor that I need to go dark with the wall color, seriously, it seems to be what works the best. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I would love for it all to be white, but it always seems forced. Dark walls just seem right in the space. Plus going dark has the added benny of being v cozy in the winter time.

My main concern is that dark walls paired with lots of paneling and woodwork tend to feel a bit more refined and grown up, both things are not really words you would use to describe me or my style. Herein lies the problem, figuring out how to put my personal chill into these adult rooms.

We’ve really embraced white walls and a much more Scandinavian-inspired-cabin-style in the rest of the home and it seems to work really well in this old house. I still hang on to a few mid-century pieces that I love, a lot of black and white textures (especially with throws and pillows) and a high repetition of brass and copper metallic accents. I also reiterate dark blues everywhere (if you haven’t noticed) and sprinkle in some blush tones now and again. Our bedroom for example is really comfortable, light and airy, and the copper peonies wallpaper does a good job of making it more mature. It’s heavier on the scandinavian and light on the grown up. I think I need to reverse the ratios for the living and dining room so they feel like the more casual areas of our home, but just opposite. More refined and moody, with a heavy hand when it comes to dark cool tones and blush colors, sprinkle in hints of graphic pattern, metallics, and then add lots of little references to Scandinavian sensibility in the accessories. Does that make sense?

Current Look
White Walls
Dark Walls

Do you guys see what I’m saying? It’s just fine in its current state, but it’s not as cohesive with the rest of the house. I think I’m ready to be over the green and blue floral print I upholstered the dining room chairs in. I love white walls in general, and the grey walls are nice and play well with the dark teal in the living room, but it just doesn’t have the same feel as a deep dark color like black does in this space. I love what a blush rug might do to anchor the dining room as well — it’s probably something that would have to wait, but I really like the idea of it. I think I’m on the right track, but this whole house has been a design mystery for me since day one, revealing little clues along the way. While I wait for my bathroom supplies to be delivered I’ll keep thinking about this space and maybe I can start to incorporate some of these new ideas sooner than later.

I am a fall dreamer.

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New Stuff @ Target


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Hey Pals! Can we talk for a sec about how Target is ruling this shit right now! Holy smokes, this new stuff that’s coming out this fall is on point. You make Minneapolis look good, Target.

So I thought I’d share a few of the items I’ve had my eyeballs on as of late. First of all, that pink chair! I’ll take two for the living room, please and thank ya. Actually, scratch that, I’ll take that whole upper left hand section for my living room. I love it all! That black and white striped throw with the tassels would make my B&W obsessch a little more refined and grown up. They’ve got tons of good vessels, I’ve nearly bought that black vase (in the middle) 10 times, I might wait it out and see if it makes it to clearance. I grabbed the braided Nate Berkus bucket (num 9) last week, and I put my fiddle leaf fig in it. The fig was one that I had adopted from my mom, it came with a green ceramic planter that wasn’t cutting the mustard, so I plopped it in that woven tote — I’m sure also good for storing throws and other cozy items. For anyone who wants the look of a mid century planter, but doesn’t want to pay all the bucks for it, Target has come up with an affordable options, just half a benjamin and you can take this one home. Uh, those rose colored barstools are the best, if only I had a need. They also have that same color in their other metal chairs (arm and reg), and I am kinda thinking they would be great for a patio, or something like that. Look! Another soft vessel for putting things in (num 18)! I bought the ivory version of the felt bucket last year and I kinda want to get this dark charcoal one this year. The kids kinda destroyed the other one, they used it as a boat(?) and drug each other around the basement in it. Anyways, still a good buy if your kids aren’t crazy animals. Totally getting that plaid sherpa throw (num 20), we bought two last winter they were in the buffalo check (which I totally prefer) but they were the coziest things ever, we seriously fought over them.

Yeah guys, do yourself a favor and check this stuff out, and someone get me two of those pink arm chairs, I’m not kidding (Jeff)!

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Fall Window Boxes

I just updated my window boxes for the fall and I wanted to share! After years of trying to manage this whole window box situation I think I am finally getting a knack for it. I’ve decided that there should never be an empty window box — ever. Believe me, this can be a difficult thing to accomplish living in an extreme temperature climate. I try and plan ahead, choosing a color palette for the spring to fall season and choosing plants that will transition from one season to the next.

I’ve decide that this year my color palette was going to revolve mostly around purple (’cause Prince). Picking a color palette is the number one thing you can do to keep your window box game strong while being kind to your wallet. My spring and summer window boxes were full of different varieties and shapes of foliage, it’s not always about the blooms. For the spring and early summer months petunias were the star, while in the late summer months the coleus took over, all the while having monthly showings from alyssum. Now that it’s fall I have removed all the dead petunias and added kale, mums and pansies to the mix. I also harvested potato vines from some of my backyard planters and added those to the boxes as well. I got thrifty and trimmed back all of my autumn joy sedum and tucked them in the planters – which adds a nice bit of light pink color. I expect that the sedum should hold up pretty well as they are hearty and dry out nicely. With regular watering the boxes should last for the next 4-6 week. When the weather gets cold I’ll cover them at nights, and then eventually I’ll have to give into winter and planning for my winter window boxes, but let’s not talk about that yet.

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My Work Space : Part II

Sunporch turned Workspace | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Hey-O! Hope you guys have all had a good start to your week. We are just recovering from our epic weekend in Las Vegas, where we wrapped up what might amount to one of the best three days period ever. We had the privilege to see The Killers at the Sam’s Town Casino and Gambling Hall, where they celebrated the ten year anniversary of their sophomore album Sam’s Town, by preforming Sam’s Town live front-to-back, talk about meta. We were some of the lucky ones who were able to witness both nights, and it was insane. Like next level, awesomely mind-blowing amazing, sing-along and dance-your-butt-off wonderfulness. I will be replaying it’s magnificence in my head for weeks and weeks to come. Sorry if I was too annoying about my fanboy-ness over on my instagram.

Anyways, back to the stuff you check in on me for. I wanted to share more of the sunroom turned my new workspace. As I mentioned in Part I of this post, I have taken over the sunroom as my new office, and so far it has been working out as the ideal space. I shared the desk corner last week, and this week I’d like to share the storage area where I keep my excessive amounts of inspiration, design tools and camera gear organized. The fauxdenza was pre existing, if you’ve been reading for a long time, you’ll remember it was an essential piece of furniture needed to offset the slanted floor. The sunroom at one time was a sleeping porch, and like so many 100 year old porches, the floors were sloped to run-off rain water that the porch may have been susceptible to during big storms. It has since been closed in and made into a all season sunroom, but the pitched floor still remains.

The floating Ikea cabinets (aka fauxdenza) make for a perfect home for magazines, and tools that I use on the daily. The far left cabinets are used to store away my tripod, camera, and camera accessories. I keep my ungodly amount of magazines organized by using vertical file storage that I snatched from Ikea, they are super cheap (4.99 a 2 pack) and tidy up my many piles of magazines.

I need music while I work, it is a constant whether it’s this Crosley record player, spotify on the compu-tron, or on my Tivoli radio, there is always something happening. I also need lots of seating options! I usually move back and forth between the desk and the sofa as I work, when I’m writing I feel like it comes more naturally if I am chilling on the sofa, just pour me a tumbler of bourbon and I turn into a creative genius, I’m a real Don Draper over here #jokes.

Fauxdenza, keeping it all organized

Creative Space Organization

Ikea Magazine Files - 4.99 for 2

Sunporch turned Workspace | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Birdie the Maine Coon

Crosley Record Player

Sunporch turned Workspace | Deuce Cities Henhouse



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Cool Alert : Ikea Svärtan

New at Ikea : Svärtan
I stopped dead in my tracks during a quick trip to the Ikea marketplace last week. Uh, there was a display of all these wonderful textiles and patterns, I had to touch and look at everything, and swooped up a few things for the house. This is the new Ikea collection, Svärtan (aka Darkness!), designed by Martin Bergström and Indian fashion students in New Delhi.

Inspired by the everyday textures and pattern found in India, Bergström wanted to create an interpretation of India that was different than the way it was “perceived in the West as colorful, golden and shiny”. The New Delhi students form The National Institute of Fashion Technology, workshopped with Bergström creating a poetic abstract designs based on unexpected pattern and texture found in the city.

I am entranced with the organic mood of this entire collection, and I don’t even know why because it’s kind of out of my norm to be so goth. Anyways, just thought I’d point it out, might be worth a trip to the old ‘kea.

In other news, I am about to head out on the most epic journey! I have a back-to-back date night set with my favorite guys, ⚡ The Killers ⚡ to celebrate their ten year anniversary of the Sam’s Town album, in fabulous Las Vegas, NV. You may never see me again because I might die.

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