DutchBoy ‘Define Your Style’ contest

Second post of the day, how very special, I know. Its a quickie, though. DutchBoy is having a Define Your Style sweepstakes over on their site where you can choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest.  The agenda is to figured out your style, and pin it out.

My style for instance is Mid-century Marie Antoinette with a side of Kevin Bacon’s ‘Footloose’.

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Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest

Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/dutchboypaint/

The prizes are:

Five (5) First Place Style Prizes of one (1) $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One (1) grand prize of one (1) $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015.  The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

So head on over and Define Your Style.

This post was in partnership with Dutchboy. Thanks for supporting the companies that help me design spaces and creative original content for y’all. 

Styling Video #1 – How to style with neutrals

AHHH! The first styling video is live, folks. And its all about neutrals … Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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Neutrals tones are like the Meryl Streep of colors – classic, easy to look at, warm, inviting, timeless, and yet can be full of personality. Sure, they can be boring, but even me, LOVER OF ALL CRAZY COLORS, loves a well styled neutral room. And that’s what this video is all about, folks. Enjoy!

I know a lot of people who don’t love color like I do and they want things to feel softer, less popppy/graphic, less contrasty, more warm, textured, sophisticated and yes, full of neutral colors. Just so you know neutral tones are in the ‘whites, ivory, cream, gray, taupe, black’ world. Beige on beige on beige is boring, of course, but with some tips that I talk about in this video you learn how to have that neutral toned living room that is still FULL of personality and feels totally finished. Like, Meryl.

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For the Target videos my goal was to use just Target and then vintage or found items that are easy to source, mixed in with some of my personal pieces (like my birdcage ladder that I will save from a fire I love so much) and the weird found piece of graffitied wood – which is neutral but has a lot of energy.

Threshold Black Metal Pillar Candle Holder, $9.99 – $16.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror (no longer sold, but similar, $39.99), Nate Berkus Metal Feather Box, $14.99Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99

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One of my tips with neutrals is that anything natural kinda tends to be neutral but its sculptural and has a lot of life to it. Feathers, eggs (uh, that is a HUGE blown egg, by the way), driftwood, shells, rocks, etc, are all one of a kind sculptures that have a lot of energy to them. When styled in a shelf like below they add so much life for practically no money. Or put them in cloches (these are from Target Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99).
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That little white and gold polka dot vase technically isn’t supposed to be in that shot by the way. I love it though and have like 3 of them. Meanwhile the gold and cement vases are some of my favorite pieces because they feel really sleek and masculine for vases and as a trio create a really pretty collection.

Second row: Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99. Bottom row: Threshold Gold & Cement Vase, $9.99 – $19.99; Threshold Gold-Spotted Stone Vase, $6.99 (large version here, $24.99) Threshold Braided Basket with Handles, $14.99 The white vases in the third row don’t come out til Spring but they are from Target as well. 

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Naturally I had to bring some things from home (pictures, personal items, etc) so during this series you are going to find random pictures of Brian and I from when we first met, you know when we were CHILDREN.

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Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Threshold Agate bookends, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Bottom Row: Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99. The wood bowl, pottery vessel and wood clothes pin are all mine/vintage.

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I love that wood/gold lantern, enough to put a vessel in it and turn it into a vase even. We are very sneaky like that.

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Nate Berkus for Target, faux fur stool, $54.99 Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99 Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99

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And while the above shot wasn’t how we styled the room, obviously, we wanted to do a pretty still life of all the neutral pillows from the new collection that I love. And yes, that macrame hanging mirror amazingness is vintage, mine, and unfortunately I don’t know where you can get another. Sad, I know. 

Threshold woven bench – brown and white, $99.99, Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99 Threshold quilted velvet decorative pillow – velvet cream, $24.99 Threshold gold embroidered pillow, $19.99 Threshold trellis embroidered pillow – yellow and white, $24.99, Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99

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Coffee tableThreshold criss cross rug, Nate Berkus black/white pillow  Nate Berkus metal wing bowl. 

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On the floor by the fireplace: Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99, Threshold 15” Gold Lantern, $24.99 and up in the shelves: 

Shelving on the left: First row (from top): Threshold Decorative Rope Basket in Shell, $19.99, Second row: Threshold Wood Pillar Candle Holder, $12.99 – $19.99, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Third row: Nate Berkus for Target, antique mirror tray, $29.99, Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99, Fourth row, Threshold Decorative Bowl in White and Gold, $19.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror – 3 pieces, $24.99, Threshold wooden centerpiece tray, $24.99, Threshold Set of 3 Decorative Fall Figurines in Gold, $22.99

So here I was the next morning, minutes before the shoot – action shot of me playing with pillows, about to drink more coffee, hoping that I don’t, you know, fail.

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It looks just like a pretty living room, right? But nah, folks, it’s even more impressive than that because it’s a huge set made to look like a pretty living room. So, what do you guys think? As the videos go along I think that they just get better and better because I got more and more relaxed so if you are into this then just wait :)

Video in partnership with Target, hair and makeup by Danielle Walch, wardrobe styling by Jordan Rudd

Introducing the Target styling Video Series

What do you get when you take the best retailer in the country, a really good creative agency, 70 crew members, 4 sets and a chick who can really talk and talk about styling?

10 (pretty dope) videos about home style.

Today I want to share with you the intro video about the series, giving you a sneak peek into the sets, the rooms and the tips. The scope of the entire production was so huge, and yet the second I got on set with the creative team (too many to name but Chris, Todd and Nick were my directors/guides for the week) it felt comfortable and like we were just chatting. Just us girls.

People snapped some  behind the scenes photos while I was styling and you know how I feel about behind the scenes shots.

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I just cruised around with copper cocktail shakers and styled these pretty spaces (with the help of Meg, Scott, Ginny and Brady, of course).

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But you want to know one of the most hilarious parts? I had a body double. Technically she’s referred to as a stand-in because she was never on camera. But a few weeks before the shoot they asked my height and weight for a stand-in so they hired this 25 year old Russian MODEL, that was might height and had blonde hair and fair skin but thats pretty much where the similarities ended.

You see when I was working on another set or in hair/makeup they needed someone to sit in for lighting/positioning purposes that way when I finally sat down they didn’t realize that there was a lampshade directly behind my head or  a huge shadow on my left ear or something.

So this nice lady sat there in my stead. She was also available for all my nudity scenes should those come up.

This shot is HER:

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And then this one is ME:

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As my stunt double she was also ready and available for all extreme styling action moves, like when I paint the ceiling whilst standing on a broomstick, reupholster a chair underwater, etc.

What you’ll get out of the videos is what I love to talk about most – how to style and add that personality through pieces you might already have or just a few quick changes/purchases. Its unexpected uses of things, learning how to combine styles together, and how to choose pieces that work with any style, year round … and its all pretty budget friendly. We have living room, bedrooms, dining/entertaining and even a video about bathroom styling. Because bathrooms are people, too.

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The first video will be released monday, so stay tuned, but meanwhile watch the intro video about the project with some sneak peeks of the whole series.

Here you go, friends. Happy Thursday.

Hair and makeup by the lovely and always amazing Danielle Walch.

My Guest Room Makeover

Alright. This is a dooooooooziiie of a design post, including ‘before’ shots, the process, an EPIC FAIL, the remedy, the ‘after’ photos, resources, ‘get the looks’ and a VIDEO. Tell your boss that you ate bad salmon and that you and that you need to go to the hospital for an emergency surgery, possibly even a C section or kidney removal. Something that could take hours. Then go home, grab a cup of coffee, diet coke or wine (I like to give you options) and settle in to read the epic guest room make-over post.

Here goes: The guest room is FINISHED thanks to a partnership with DutchBoy paint. Dunzo. Like President Obama and Michelle could randomly show up at my door for the weekend and all we’d have to do is add some flowers. I mean, for them of course we’d have to get REALLY beautiful flowers, probably open garden roses flown in from Holland, watered by the tears of angels, but other than that, this room is good to go. Finally.

But before I show you the ‘after’ you must suffer through the process. Because I had to (and because the process is what this blog is all about).

We moved into this house 9 months ago and started fixing up this bad boy. BEFORE we moved in the room looked like this and I blogged about its needs HERE:

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To recap: disgusting pee carpet, gross painted ceiling, lovely ‘vintage’ ceiling fan, etc. Oh and you can’t tell but there is an insane texture on the walls – as if it was a gothic cathedral in Prague in the 1700’s. Like serious texture.

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So we skim-coated, painted the walls, put down new beautiful hard-wood flooring and it started looking way better.

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TA DA!!!!! Isn’t it beautiful, you guys? It only took 9 months, 2 design assistants and 3K to do that.

Kidding. This is what it looked like after we moved in and unpacked and it clearly wasn’t designed or even thought about. It was good enough for the parents to come and sleep in for the holidays but needed some serious considering.

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We lived with it like that for about 6 months while we worked on the rest of the house.

I’ve gone back and forth about whether I like that brick wall thing ever since we bought it. But dry-walling it sounded annoying and expensive, so I wanted to try to work with it and it seemed like a good opportunity to use the grid of bricks in an interesting way.  So one night, 3 nights before the Domino shoot I decided to grab some beer, put on Season 3 of the OC, grab 18 different colors of paint and see what the beer tells me to do, because that’s how real designers design.

In my defense I will say that this idea was endorsed by Ginny, Brady and Scott and we all picked out the colors together. It was kinda thought out, but we all had our doubts.

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What I did to that wall was a G.D. masterpiece. I’ve since decided to quit styling and dedicate myself to my true passion – tipsy public performance painting. How do I create such beauty, you ask? Well, how did Mozart compose such melody, or how does Sara Silverman think of a joke?

You can’t explain it, the genius is the true miracle.

Also I did have some inspiration pics/references to work off of, these weird 80’s color blocked buildings, but sadly the wall never really came to resemble them at all.

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I started with just a few colors and kept them looking more ‘water-color-y’ without hard edges (especially since there aren’t any hard edges – the bricks were rough). Then I was all, MORE, I NEED MORE NOW AND COLOR MORE COLOR FAST HURRY I’M SOBERING UP!!!

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But then that looked like a drunk monkey took over painting the wall with those crazy pops of color. So I decided to have it be more tonal and just do these kinda weird pastels together (the last photo). And then it looked like Easter threw up on my wall. It was terrible and incredible all at once. I hated it in an aggressive sort of way where it actually made me angry. It’s probably because the rest of the house is open and white/bright so all of a sudden when you caught this through the doorway your eyes were bombarded with these annoying colors, challenging your controlled temper, making you want to do violent things to helpless animals. It was that bad.

Click through to see the afters …

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Bloggers loving Target – A roundup

Today is like my wedding + christmas, but for my career. Well, that might be a bit superlative but its a big week, folks. I am shooting a bunch of styling videos with Target the next six days with some of the most creative, smart and generally just lovely people from Target and their Ad agency, Partners and Spade. When I saw the set on Saturday (which i can’t wait to show you – its BEAUTIFUL) I had kinda the same feeling/nerves that I had when I thought about walking down the isle – all those people are going to be looking at me? But it was quickly followed by, total excitement – not because they are looking but despite it. Its going to be super fun.

Obviously you’ll hear all about it and I’ll be instagramming all week some behind the scenes, but I figured it was a good time to share with you some things that some of my favorite blogs have been doing with Target as well. Target challenged the best design/diy blogs to use one Room Essentials piece, and style it out three different ways in their space. I’m only posting one way so this post isn’t like 15 pages long, but click on the link to see how else they used the piece. I have a decent amount of the Room Essential line pieces at my house because they are just super simple, sleek and modern looking and yes, flexible pieces – you can kinda use them anywhere which is what all these bloggers demonstrated so well. Nice job, friends. Take a gander.

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A Merry Mishap I mean, that desk is very chic.

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Oh Happy Day – Naturally Jordan Ferney killed it. And that coat rack is ridiculously cute, too.

View More: http://morganashleyphotography.pass.us/target-room-essentials-high-res

Darling Magazine, these accent tables are so versatile

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The Design Confidential – I have two of those standing lamps. So good. (Nesting Table | Standing Lamp | Mug)

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Justina Blakeney My friend, Justina, never disappoints.

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Little Green Notebook Duh. What can’t Jenny do? P.S. did you see her house in Domino? So lovely, but I want to see more!!!!!

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Smitten Studio What a hideous bathroom. #opposite. (ottoman)

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Studio DIY Curious is those are temporary or permanent ice cream handles. Either way, very cute. (Kitchen Cart)

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SF Girl by Bay Victoria used hers as a barcart, too. There is something so utilitarian and simple about that cart. (Kitchen Cart)

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Making It Lovely Always lovely. That wall color is awesome. (Desk)

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Design Mom Gabrielle knows anything that has to do with kids, as she should with 6 of them. (Metal Cart)

Nice job, ladies. And good job, Target. You guys are going to freak out at some of the fall and holiday stuff that is coming out that I’m styling with this week. It’s AWESOME. Stay tuned and happy monday!