Thoughtful Details with Journals + Notebooks

Friday, September 7, 2018

Brass Magnifying Glass

Friends, is the the work week actually over?! I can't believe what an eventful few days it's been, coming back from a 3 day weekend. Did anyone else need two cups of coffee everyday this week, just to push through the afternoon? Maybe it's a combination of myself wanting to stay in Summer vacation mode, which you can't blame me for or maybe it's trying to re-adjust to an early morning schedule with the kids back in school again. Overall, I'm happy to take on the busyness and look forward to new changes taking place in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details in a lifestyle post coming soon. If you'd like to follow along on my instagram stories, to see what's been keeping me occupied lately in my neck of the woods, I'd love for you to stop by and visit! 

Onto the pretty things! In mid-Summer, I compiled a list of all my favorite books, perfect for coffee tables and bookshelves, seen here. Books are so multi-functional: they're great for creating different levels in design, they act as an inspirational read for guests and yourself, and are basically your all around decor filler when you're not sure what to add. Alongside these gems is another detail with the same purpose and you've guessed it ... it's journals and notebooks. They really add a thoughtful story to the little vignettes you set-up around your home. Think bedside and accent tables, and work desks.

Give this a try: Stack a pair of two journals in your favorite color scheme with a Fall candle to embrace the upcoming season. For a work desk, rest a large open bound journal laid wide open, to set the scene for a space of reflection and creative thinking. You'll find that there are so many pretty options out there, from leather to floral patterns, and fabric covered. They're all so lovely!

Here are some ways to create beautiful vignettes around the home using journals & notebooks. 



I had a lot of fun creating these for you while listening to my favorite tunes in country music. What type of music calms you after a busy week or even sparks your creativity to soar with ideas? I'd love for you to share in the comments below! Enjoy spending a little time styling your home this weekend and thanks for stay awhile!

Warmly ~


White Paint Favorites Guide

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Let's chat all about white paint today! White paint has been in high demand this past year, as people have been looking for new ways to brighten up their homes. Especially with our busy and complex lifestyles, we are looking for a sense of calmness and serenity in the place we come home to. I remember first falling in love with white walls, after searching through home decor magazines that featured Parisian apartments. I was still in college and signed a lease on the cutest little apartment that had a Juliet balcony. So of course, this romantic detail fell right in line with the beauty of a neutral color palette, the French so effortlessly mastered.

Neutral wall colors, like whites and soft grey's really gives you the freedom to play around with pops of color in a room. It's a fun process to focus on the details, like texture and pattern, leather and brass pieces, along with your favorite colors - knowing that you can switch out a look anytime you have a change of heart. Plus, if you've been wanting to incorporate shiplap, board & battan detailing, and wallpaper, white so brilliantly gives focus to these details.

So, is it easy as going to your local hardware store to pick up a can of white paint?! Selecting the perfect white paint can be more difficult than it sounds. With tons of swatches to run your fingers through, varying hues, and finishes to choose from, it might leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. To top it all off, what may look beautiful and bright in one home, might not look it's best in another. Over the years, I've freshened up the homes we've lived in with paint and I've narrowed down my favorite hues of white to work with. So, if you're wanting to bring new life into your space, the best way to do it is with a beautiful coat of white paint!

My Top Favorites:


by Benjamin Moore
Bright & crisp white, without being too stark. 
{Paint color in our house, minus the living room}

by Benjamin Moore
Simple & Clean with no real undertones
{Paint color of the trim in our house}


by Benjamin Moore
Soft White with a hint of yellow
It is Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year in 2016
and is a fan favorite that works well in most spaces

by Sherwin Williams
Soft white with an earthy base. Not creamy, but has a hint of yellow
Interior: Best in well-lit spaces and when used on brick & wood
Exterior: Excellent as a beautiful soft white
{Paint color of the accent brick wall and ceiling color in our home}

by Benjamin Moore
White with a hint of grey, not creamy
An on-going best seller for it's neutral undertone
Best in well lit spaces and looks beautiful surrounded
by wood accents & dark hardware


by Benjamin Moore
Soft Creamy White
Best for all areas of the home in well lit spaces, especially in
bedrooms and as a bathroom color
{This is the color I will be painting our guest bathroom}

by Benjamin Moore 
Best for a warm white-grey exterior. Think French Country!

If you have a well lit space that takes in a lot of natural light during the day, then soft and warm whites will be great options to consider. I reserve crisp whites in areas that need more light and to create the illusion of a larger space, such as in small bathrooms. Keep in mind that the colors may vary on the swatch chips versus what will translate on the walls. I've noticed this quite often with Sherwin Williams paint colors. So, I really like to use large card stock paper (like this) to paint 2 coats of the color, so I can get a true representation of what it will look like in the space. My best advice is to compare the colors during the day and evening, considering the lighting you have in that particular space during all times of the day. Lighting makes a huge difference!

It's true color: If you are painting over a dark wall, consider applying a separate primer to begin with. This will help you achieve the true white you are going for. If you skip this step, regardless if the paint has a built-in primer already, 3 coats maybe what is required to keep the darker paint color from peaking through the newly painted white wall(s).

My finishes of choice: I typically like to use an eggshell finish all around because it's a nice balance between matte and satin finishes, and it's easy to clean. For trim, doors, and wood paneling, I like the look of a satin finish for dimension.

Want to create the illusion of taller ceilings: Paint both your walls and trim all the same color and finish. It's modern and streamlined. 

I hope this guide helps you select the right shade of white for your space and have fun experimenting! 

Warmly ~


Calm and Collected: Wood Tones

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Welcome to a new week friends!  The kiddos started a new school year once again and it's back to the daily grind of things. Since the beginning of August, I was imagining how this week would play out. Thinking if I'd be uncertain with my time and this new schedule. But it was proven pretty quickly that I was ready and willing to get back into content creating about all the things that have been filling my brain lately. 

So, today I'm chatting about one of my most used elements in interior styling ... and that's wood tones. Let's face it, I not only use it constantly in my design plans, but also in my fashion accessories; a.k.a, my Cult Gaia handbags! Perhaps, it's my way of showing my appreciation for nature. There's just something about the organic nature of wood, the unique grooves, the charming imperfections and the tones that have me forever intrigued.  

Especially with spaces that are coated with crisp white walls, wood tones provide warmth and coziness to what would typically be a stark and bland space. If you have the budget for it, I love its use in a kitchen island or with dining room furniture. Simply add an accent table, functional tray, or bench placed at the front entryway or foot of your bed, for a look that's calm and collected.

It works beautifully with all metals too, such as brass and copper ... what's not to love! 

For the past few months, I've also been on Pinterest, pinning dark and moody spaces, from cabinetry to paneled walls and exteriors. I just love the look of wood tones paired with charcoal navys and soft blacks. They're the right balance for these darker spaces, even adding that vintage-esque appeal.

When it comes to selecting a particular finish or stain, I personally tend to lean towards pine or walnut finishes (natural or dark) because the grey hues are versatile and classic. It really compliments both lighter and darker wood pieces that you might already have in the home. 

As a rule of thumb:  When mixing wood tones, I like to create an eclectic collection with typically no more than 2-3 different finishes in one space. There's usually a distinct color variation between the pieces, such as a dark walnut console with white-washed decorative boxes up top for personality and dimension.

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I've rounded-up some wood pieces of all scales, that can beautifully be incorporated in and throughout, to bring a bit of nature and warmth into your home. Enjoy!

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi