one of my FAVORITE things to do is entertain. there’s not much that makes me happier than a night with friends laughing and eating good food together. we have been gathering quite a bit now that the summer weather is perfect in the evenings, rotating who’s house we’re eating at. jesse’s roof, victoria’s backyard, jen’s patio…it’s been so nice to eat outside! i’ve been wanting to make my awkward long hallway in the back of my place into something that felt cozy and almost like an extension of my home. considering it’s mostly covered it almost does feel like an extra room now!
here’s the before and after and the little party we threw with williams-sonoma and visa checkout to celebrate. visa created an easy way to safely navigate checkout from any devices with just a few clicks so that you can spend less time online and more time hanging out on your patio drinking margaritas (which is always a win in my book)!
first off, my washer and dryer and a whole bunch of junk i never use lives back there, so the first step was to declutter. because the hallway is so long, i wanted to focus on only half of it for now (and maybe put a table on that other side eventually and build a cabinet for my washer and dryer) we hung a compression rod and a few of my favorite white linen curtains to create a separation, but also make it easy to access the other side. now it’s not a huge space, but plenty big to have 4-6 friends over. we scrubbed the floors the best we could, and laid down a bunch of vintage rugs that overlap each other and create a beautiful array of color.
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good morning! we leave amsterdam tomorrow and head to berlin. i will most definitely be sad to leave this wonderful place. i have a few more highlights from the trip that i am still putting together but here’s a peek into the second airbnb that i’m staying in. i really do search high and low on that site before a trip, and i’ve been so pleased with both options! (see my first place here)
this apartment had a major perk…it was overlooking the canal and was on the top level. it had a beautiful view, it was quiet and decorated with lots of style. we could sit and have wine at the dining room table and look down at the boats and people passing by.
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they have so many fun, colorful home decor accents. like this porcelain vase…
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i am VERY excited about this one. one night natalie and i were hanging around her house eating thai food, as usual, and we concepted this idea to upgrade your toilet paper holders in a stylish way. these are something everybody has in their homes, and they are very rarely given second thought when it comes to design. but why not? it’s so simple and can make a bathroom look that much cooler!
so we decided to make a little project out of it. we thought of hotels that we loved and designed TP holders based on their aesthetic. because we’re weird like that. but i truly love how this came out! i need to change the holder in my bathroom immediately. now, let’s get to the project and how you can make your own…
THE ACE HOTEL in PALM SPRINGS
the ace hotel is mid-century desert modern
• drawer pull (ours are from anthropologie here, here, here, and here. i also love this one.)
• half inch tube or pipe cut to six inches in length, you can use brass or copper pipe, we love clear acrylic tubes because you can slip any kind of colored paper or fabric inside like you see here. plexi tubes can be found online here.
• 24 inches of leather cord, rope, twine or ribbon, whichever suits your fancy
• make loops at either end of your cord that are large enough to fit around the drawer pull easily.
• drill a hole in your wall that is just slightly smaller than the hardware on the back of the drawer pull and twist the pull into the wall to create a knob.
BRI’S FUTURE HOTEL OF HER DREAMS
if my dreams come true one day and i can design a hotel, it would be scandinavian inspired with no shortage of color…
• feed the cord through the pipe and hang both loops on the knob.
THE BEACH HOTEL in TULUM
the beach was understated luxury in a relaxed natural environment
• to replace your TP simply pull one loop off the knob and feed the cord through the TP roll. it’s as easy as that!
THE VICEROY in LA
classic sophistication and contemporary chic
which style is your favorite? hopefully your mind is spinning with what materials you are going to use to make your own at home!
photos by: jesse chamberlin
art direction by: bri emery, designlovefest
props by: natalie shriver
just wow. take a look at these stunning rugs. i’ve been doing a little looking around online for decor ideas for my neglected back patio and stumbled upon these from armadillo co. it’s just a small space, but since i just signed another year lease i figured it was time to spruce it up finally. i actually just bought this one from west elm to try out there, but i can dream about these, right?
do you like the natural look? are you wishing you had one like me?!