it looks like fashion is moving away from the boxier styles…which is good news for most of us. the waist tie trend is more flattering for all sorts of body types. it also means we get to achieve the layered look, without actually having to layer. not only is the 90’s waist tie back (think plaid shirt around the waist) but now there are many more refined items available that include built in ties and add a lot of visual interest to a basic look. we are into it!
shop these: blue skirt, romper, tie waist dress, daisy skirt
shop these: pink waist tie pants, silver waist tie pants, tie waist dress
one of the most common home decor mistakes is getting a rug that’s too small for the space. a small rug can shrink a room when the rug should actually make the room feel bigger, warmer, and cozy. and i get it…big rugs are expensive and a huge commitment to make (some of the best ones are $1,000+). so i dug up a bunch of ample-sized area rugs under $500 for you! and lots of inspiration mixed in. for a super small room, aim for at least a 5′ x 7′ rug, but always go for an 8′ x 10′ or bigger for most spaces. you can always layer a few rugs for a unique look too. so make your home cozy with an area rug this weekend! happy decorating! – erika
ikat kilim rug from west elm
kasbah shag rug from hesby
overdyed block print rug from urban outfitters
gigi rug from lulu & georgia
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we’ve finally made some serious progress on finishing the DLF studio and i’m excited to share the pictures with you! between traveling, moving into a new house and a bunch of client project we just haven’t had the time to finish decorating and it was driving me crazy. i feel like now that we have art on the walls, the end is in sight! i worked with one of my favorite companies, framebridge (remember this post?), on creating this gallery wall above our coffee bar. i wanted it to be both beautiful and personal and decided to use my recent trip to japan as the content for the images and i really love how it turned out!
the best thing about framebridge is that you can upload photos directly from your instagram/phone/computer and you can also mail things in and have them framed. i did a mix of images and actual pieces that i picked up in japan and the combination is really special. i think my favorite piece is the large image of the swan boats we rode in on our last day in tokyo (can’t believe iphone photos can be blown up this large). i also framed the business card of a restaurant we had dinner at which was one of the most memorable meals of my life. it’s a simple cream card, but set in the white mat with a wood frame (i picked the marin frame!), it looks super chic and adds a nice neutral to the mix. also, if you’re interested in doing your own gallery wall, framebridge is giving my readers 20% off your first order with code designlovefest20!*
the tricky part about my studio is that it’s a large open space, with really high ceilings which is beautiful and great for shooting but can be difficult when it comes to something as precise as art. i chose a wall that is a focal point, it’s directly at the back of the studio and part of the sitting area. it’s also framed by our coffee bar which really helped in creating a base to build the gallery on. i wanted to make the images span the height of the wall instead of the width as there are windows on both sides. i laid everything out on the floor and then we taped off the sections on the wall with washi tape of where we wanted everything to hang.
and it turned out perfectly! i purchased two of the cotton candy prints below, one for the wall and one to gift to a friend as a momento from our time together in japan.
(this post was sponsored by framebridge, thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow us to create original content for you). *discount code is good through 09/30/2016
lonneke de roos made these pretty desktops for us so you can dream of paris all day on your desktop! we love these heart patterns. which are your favorites?
download these below and hundreds of downloads from the past here. and don’t forget you can use these on your phone wallpapers too!
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i spent about an hour this morning reading through my old blog. with all the changes happening in my life this year, it felt fun to look back and see what had changed and what has stayed exactly the same.