Our New Animal Print Runner

Bonjour! I am saying bonjour a lot lately…only because we are planning our dream Paris trip for next year…but that is neither here nor there! Today is all about this fabulous animal print runner I added to our home. You may remember the inspiration post I did a couple of weeks back on animal print runners. I have been obsessed with this look to say the least. I finally pulled the trigger and now our hallway is walking on the wild side and I totally love it!


It was love at first sight. When I was looking online for a runner, I found the Safavieh Soho rug at Rugs USA. It has the perfect pattern repeat and I like that the spots are larger.


It was love at first touch too for everyone in the family. It’s 100% wool and hand-tufted, the quality is great. It’s nice and thick and the perfect weight for a runner. It’s my youngest’s favorite new place to play with his cars.

hallway-11 He says the spots make a maze. They totally do.


This hallway was the perfect place to add in some animal print without it being too much. The white walls and the contrast of the black light fixture are pretty perfect with the runner.




Be sure to check out Rugs USA  and see their entire collection of animal print rugs. You can also see the ever popular Moroccan Shag like I used in our living room. They have something for every taste and budget.

I am going to go back to driving through the car maze with my main daytime squeeze!!


What do you think of the animal print runner look? Love it or leave it? It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me! It adds a richness and a little pattern play to a neutral space.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Rugs USA. As always, I only share what I love and the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

January Month in Review


Happy February, everyone!

January was a busy month as we have been working on several projects for 2015. I enjoy doing these Month in Review posts because it is nice to have all the posts from the month in one organized recap. This way you can easily revisit something, see all the posts from a series, or catch up if you missed one. Here’s our January Month in Review and it is full of design and some DIY you can tackle on any given weekend.


My office space had to be moved again due to the remodeling going on around here. This simple DIY was the jumping off point for my new workspace and a bedroom refresh.

Floral artwork above desk

Framed Paper Art

Our DIY library wall is one of my favorite projects we have finished in our home and it got taken up a notch with some beautiful grasscloth and a little help from Walls Republic.


Grasscloth Backed Bookcases


We have quite a few design projects going on right now. Even some I haven’t shared yet! I shared the design process of our bedroom refresh in a series the month of January. I’m just waiting on one more thing to arrive and we can photograph it and share the reveal soon! I just love the way it is coming together.


Bedroom Bedding Options


Bedroom Rug Options

One very large project we have been tackling this month is our bathroom makeover. This is a complete gut and remodel project. We haven’t been sharing the process on the blog and we are saving all the details for the big reveal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one and it is the design project that I am most excited about so far in 2015! We did share the design plans so you could get an idea of what we have been doing around here. You can get some behind the scenes teasers on our Instagram too.


Bathroom Makeover Plans


With a new year comes new office supplies and I shared my favorite ways to stay organized in 2015.


On My Desk 2015

I have been busy sourcing decor for our bathroom remodel and shared some of my finds that will totally pump up the style in your bathroom.

Bathroom Accessories to Add Style

Sources for Chic Bathroom Accessories

After the holidays and the decluttering, it’s nice to refresh your decor and wardrobe a bit. I found some awesome finds that won’t hurt your pocketbook at Target.


My Target Style Finds


So much inspires me in the world of design and I like to share the love. I shared some great examples of how to add animal print into your space in a tasteful way.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration

Animal Print Runner Inspiration Gallery


The January/February issue of HGTV Magazine hit newsstands and I had fun collaborating on a design around a basic sofa.


HGTV Magazine Feature

Our February projects are in full swing and we are still working away on our bathroom remodel.  I will also have some Valentine’s Day decor and ideas to share soon too.

We were snowed in yesterday and enjoyed a family day at home. Anyone else in the same boat? We got a foot of snow and it was blustery, so school was cancelled and Dave couldn’t commute to work. It’s coming your way East Coast friends! Stay warm!!

My Latest Target Style Finds

#TARGETSTYLE2 shirt | shoes | flatware | figurines | light

Hey! So, at the end of January I start to get antsy. I want to buy new clothes, but I want to wait until I shed the last of those holiday pounds. I want to spruce up the house, but I don’t want to spend a lot because, let’s face it,  we just got done spending over the holidays. Plus, there’s the whole we just edited our spaces excuse. So, here are some light on the pocketbook finds that will feed that desire to refresh, but won’t break the bank from non other than Target. Target, the place you cannot enter without buying at least 2 things you didn’t go in there for.

Hey, how did that make it into the cart? Kids, did you throw that pair of ladies leopard shoes in there when I wasn’t looking?! Can’t take you guys anywhere! Well, alright!  Just this once…”

OK, I’ve never said that, but you get it. I just did a guilt-free splurge on the items above because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. They are my latest Target style finds and some I bought in store and others are online only. It cures the shopping urges I stated above. I’ve been wanting that gold flatware FOREVER and it is finally back in stock. I’m excited it will be here before our annual Valentine’s Day dinner which I am starting to plan. I’m going for a vintage glam mix this year.

Other than that, we will be working on the gold and marble goddess. Getting closer to the finish line!

Have a fab weekend!

Grasscloth on Bookcases…Um, YES PLEASE!



As we have been working away on the gold and marble goddess, I did have a chance to work on another project this weekend. I added grasscloth to the backs of my bookcases and I am in love!  Love like you have to say it like LURRRVE. Basically, Dave was measuring and doing complex fractions in the bathroom, I started yawning,  so I took that moment to sneak out and get to work on my bookcase project.

To date, one of my most high traffic projects on this good old blog of mine is our DIY library wall made out of Ikea bookcases. They have held up great over the past 2 years, but I knew they could be even better. That’s where the grasscloth comes in. I found this fab dark grasscloth on Walls Republic. Walls Republic has a great selection of wallpaper and their grasscloth selection does not disappoint!  I checked out some samples of different papers and colors, but this one just won me over. It has such a great blend of dark browns and blacks and flecks of copper and gold shine through.

duo sisal coffee brown wallpaper

The whole idea was to take the built-ins to the next level. Grasscloth is so luxurious and glamorous. It has a richness that can make a space look like a million bucks. It’s such a beautiful statement and layers in more texture and warmth. I opted to go dark because I wanted the contrast against the white bookcases.  It really adds some drama to this focal point in our room. It also warms up the space quite a bit.

get the look | grasscloth backed bookcasess

Nice shelife! Grasscloth backed bookcases and styling

Our accessories just pop against the dark grasscloth and the warm metallics really shine. Boom, boom, POW. Just so you know, I played in styling heaven. I could style a shelf for hours, now I want to restyle them. It’s part of my sickness.

This little project only took a few hours and it’s a lovely way to get a designer look without having to wallpaper an entire room. I would totally go for wallpapering an entire room though, let’s just keep it real. There are several things I don’t think the moderation rule should apply to, a few of which are gold, marble, and yes, GRASSCLOTH!

Get the look: Grasscloth backed bookcases

high contrast bookcases

Grasscloth backed bookcases

I feel like our library wall went from nice girl next door to sex kitten! Now, it’s a sultry little temptress that you can’t stop looking at. Totally okay to say that about bookcases by the way. Seriously, such a huge transformation! It feels more expensive, and you can not see any proof that we used Ikea bookcases now.

If you want to add grasscloth to your space or bookcases here are just a few things to know…

This wallpaper you apply to your surface with wallpaper paste. This is good news, trust me! I used Roman brand heavy-duty wallpaper paste. You just roll on the paste to the back of your wallpaper. It is really nice to work with because you aren’t getting water everywhere and you can reposition your paper if you need to adjust it on your surface.

You will also want to use an exacto knife or box cutter to cut the paper. Make sure your blade is sharp. That is so important! The grasscloth is thicker and the fibers will want to fray if you don’t use a sharp blade.

You can check out Walls Republic for a great selection of grasscloth and high quality wallpaper. They have fantastic customer service and can answer any questions you may have about wallpaper or the installation process.

This is a sponsored post for Walls Republic. As always, I only feature brands I adore and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

Our Bathroom Makeover Details

We have been covered in dust and busy working on our bathroom. We had some subfloor issues that we needed to address, but now our gorgeous marble floor is down and we get to grout it today! I’ll be sharing how we fixed our floor tomorrow. Today, I thought I’d share all the juicy details on the selections I made for our gold and marble goddess.

You know I love a high-end look and this bathroom is going to be the little jewel of our home. The finishes are so beautiful and there will be some eclectic details brought in through the decor that will give it a warm feel.

Here’s what I’m working with for our bathroom makeover…


Can you picture it in your head? Until we get to work on bathroom #2, this bathroom has to function for our entire family of four and for guests when we entertain. By adding a second sink and more storage, we are making it function better for our family. The custom vanity is full of awesome and smart storage–you guys are going to love it! It’s going to change the way we get ready in the morning. The Carrara marble tile is the same marble we used on our fireplace makeover and will unite the rooms in our home. There are also some fun extras that my kids are totally into that I haven’t shared yet. Not only is this bathroom going to look amazing, but it will be fun for the littles too.

You can follow our bath remodel on Instagram and Twitter by following #BHbathmakeover.

Now, I am going to get back to it and get covered in construction dust again!

My Animal Print Runner Addiction

I’m a sucker for a bold statement in an interior. I love the wow factor in a space. One thing that I wish I had in my home is a beautiful staircase where I could showcase an animal print runner. Since we do not, that does not mean our home cannot have this moment. I have the perfect opportunity in our hallway. It is a great black and white slate that you can see from the entry way and the living room.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration I think it is inevitable that my hallway is going to be walking on the wild side. Unless we decide to add a second story on this puppy (never happening), then the hallway is the best chance I have to execute my little runner obsession. If you obsess over something for two years, it’s just something you must act on. Am I right? Doesn’t matter…right or wrong…if it’s wrong– I don’t want to be right! It’s on like Donkey Kong!

Now, let’s see some beautiful animal print runner inspo…











As you can see from the inspiration above, a neutral space is the perfect place to showcase one of these beauties. That’s how you do it right, without going into tacky territory. We’ve all seen animal print gone horribly wrong! I think the best way to approach working it into your space is to do it as a single statement…like A runner, A pair of chairs, A pair of pillows, A pair of x benches–you get the idea. It looks amazing against a white or black backdrop. Work a solid pop of color in there somewhere and it takes it to a whole other level.

I’ll share when my hallway gets some extra RAWR! It’s coming…

Rug Choices for the Bedroom

Wow! So, you guys are on it! Last week, when I asked you guys to weigh in on the pillow options for our bedroom design you were all about it! So, I thought we’d do it again, but this time with the rug options.


First off, the bedding option with the most votes was option one. It was the majority winner by over 60% out of all of you that took the time to state your favorite. Nothing else was even close. You guys really love your animal print and I dig that about you!


I am not sharing what I am going with until room reveal day, but for fun, since option one was the overall favorite, I thought we’d use that for our mock-ups today.

An area rug can definitely make or break a room design. As I shared before, the Rifle Paper Co. Peonies Paper I framed above my desk area is the jumping off point for this space.

Floral artwork above desk

Popping the option one choice in for bedding, I decided on two routes this could go.


The first option is to go BOLD. Have some strong geometric pattern to contrast the already vintage feel of the desk area. It’s a statement and the black and white ties in the bedding. It makes the space feel more modern and exciting.

bedroom-rug-option 1


An over-dyed rug has a vintage feel and plays up the romantic vibe a bit. The softer tones bring in the neutrals more and the pop of color is an unexpected twist. It keeps it fresh and not boring.


As you can see, two completely different looks are created by the area rugs.  So, basically it comes down to what you want to feel when you are in this room.

Which do you prefer? Bold and exciting or vintage and romantic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here are the posts so far from this series if you want sources or need to get up to speed:

bedroom-series    Bedroom Changes with a Desk           Bedroom Bedding Options                  On My Desk 2015

the FIND | Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom Accessories to Add Style


soap | soap dish | towel hook | vase | tray | art | towels | shelf


Sorry for my absenteeism earlier this week. We are facing round 3 of strep throat in our family. It is the illness that does not want to leave. Pretty much like the unwanted house guest or Cousin Eddie, if you catch my drift. We have done all the necessary things to try to rid it out of our family, but it is just hanging around like a creepy cousin making all of us uncomfortable. Hopefully, the stronger meds will send it packing this time!

Since I had no desire or energy for that matter to work on anything, I did manage to do some online shopping for our bathroom remodel. Oh, you guys!! The gold and marble goddess…I am ALL ABOUT this makeover! I’m saving this for a big reveal though…no in-process sharing this time, unless you catch my occasional tease on Instagram.

It is full of some gorgeousness with a side of vintage. A few flea market scores have totally added some uniqueness to this space too. We are going to try to have it finished by the end of the month to share with you soon!

As you see above, I rounded up some key things you need for a well-adorned bathroom. These bathroom accessories are the extras that add personality. It’s those extra details that really polish a space and make it feel warm and welcoming. Plus, this bathroom we are working on is the only bathroom on our main floor. It has to function as a guest bath for visitors too.

Until we have the big gold and marble goddess reveal, I will be sharing more about our bedroom design and some new additions to our living room.

HGTV Magazine Feature



Hello! Here’s to the weekend! And… while you are out you should grab your copy of the January/February issue of HGTV Magazine. Not only is it full of great decorating advice, but you might see someone familiar staring back at you! I know you are wishing it is the Property Brothers, but you’ll have to put up with my mug instead!

I and three other design bloggers collaborated on a style challenge. Each one of us was asked to come up with a budget-friendly design styled around one piece of furniture. With a little DIY and some pretty accessories there is a lot you can do! As you know, I love a high end look for less and this was a fun project to collaborate on.


For info on how to make the stencil wall accent featured in my design visit hgtvmag.com/blogger-diy. You can get all the details on the DIY projects featured in all 4 challenges.

To all of you suffering these freezing temperatures, I sympathize with you! Northern Illinois right now is requiring a parka and Uggs during all instances where you will be outside for more than 10 seconds. Instead of freezing our heinies off, we are staying indoors this weekend to make some progress on all these home projects. We are deep in the midst of our bathroom remodel and a couple other projects around here. Stay tuned and stay warm my friends!

*Images in this post courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

My Favorite Office Accessories of 2015

Another year, another way to keep stylish and organized. I love to purchase a few new desk accessories with the beginning of the new year. It’s such a great motivator and pick-me-up.

Being organized is such a huge key to success for me! Without planners, lists, and a place to keep things I use everyday, it would be straight chaotic up in here!

Your workspace, no matter how big or small, should be an inspiring place. Chic office accessories make all the difference. If you have to spend a lot time there, it might as well put you in a good mood, right?

Here are my favorite office accessories of 2015. All of them are on my desk and keeping me chic and organized for another blogging year.



artwork | pencil cup | calendar | wrapping paper | pencils | 2015 plannerweekly desk pad


This year, I embraced flower power and wanted the wall over my desk to be full of happy vibes. I adore this Peony Bouquet Print for its colors and peonies are one of my favorite flowers.


Gold and acrylic office accessories are still a favorite around here. I indulged in my love of Kate Spade with this Kate Spade New York Acrylic Pencil Cup. It says “a stroke of genius” engraved inside. Super cute!


I HAVE TO HAVE a calendar in plain view. My time flies by between work and the kids. A lot of times, I am quickly checking dates for something. If I am looking at my email to check something, all I have to do is glance up and see the calendar. I can’t tell you how helpful this is and a time saver. When I first saw the 2015 Les Fleurs Calendar, I knew we needed to have a hot date together (get it, I am so funny…to myself and probably myself only). The colors and artwork are A-MA-ZING!


Rifle Paper Co. is KILLING IT lately! This Emerald Peonies Wrapping Paper can be used for so much more than just wrapping paper. I knew it would make some pretty fabulous wall art, so that is just what I did. I was inspired by the De Gournay wall paper panels that I love so much. This is my really inexpensive version of the look. I have another sheet leftover so I am thinking of lining my desk drawers or making book covers with it.


I have learned over the years that I am a 7-year-old-child and need to write things down in pencil so I can easily erase them.  Deadlines change, post line-ups get altered. I am a planner, but you need to be flexible in blogging. Shipments arrive damaged or late, I may get inspired by something and want to write on that instead of what I had planned. Pencils are just a better tool for me. Plus, I prefer to draw designs in pencil. It’s my inescapable artist background. I just treated myself to these girly themed She is pencils.


I am so 1993, and this Sugar Paper 2015 Daily Planner is my grown-up Trapper Keeper. Creative people can be scattered-brained. Let’s face it, we are a unique breed. I love this planner because it is a good size and has monthly calendars and a day-by-day scheduler. I am an if-I-write-it-down-I-will-do-it kind of person. I like to check things off and organize my thoughts and schedules. I tried doing this on my phone, but it was a huge fail. I’m just a pencil and paper kind of girl.


Ah, yes! When I schedule my week for the blog, I then break it down into tasks to finish each day. With several projects going on and planning for new ones, it is a lot to balance. I love this weekly desk pad for doing just that. This helps me manage my time each day. One day may read: source bathroom accessories, reply to this email, write this post, paint this room, photograph this project, etc. It really helps me fit in what needs to be done and helps me spread it out over the week so it is doable. Without doing this, trust me, nothing would get done in a workable time frame!

There’s what’s on my desk for 2015 and maybe a little too much insight into how I operate!

Let’s make this year amazing!

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