Shayne Blue Inspiration

Can we talk about Shayne Blue. I think I have a new design soul sister. Hahah. I mean, I love eclectic spaces like these. When I picture my ideal dream home, it’s full of random things (you know I love that MIX). That’s why I love Kelly Wearstler so much. So much visual stimulation. Ohhh ahhh.

I recommend you check out her site and see lovely rooms full of unique pieces (like the chairs!!)



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I like the simplicity of this mantle. What are your thoughts on blackamoors? There’s a very interesting history behind them if you care to have yourself a googlefest!


So good, fun, exciting to look at! 🙂

ROY G BIV: Using Orange

I almost forgot about this series that I wanted to do! If you recall, I started with red in the kitchen.  Let’s take a look at orange next.

I don’t like to use a lot of orange but I love it as a pop of color! Like my orange leather ottoman. Orange is one of those happy colors like yellow. Though you have to be careful what shade you use because you might end up with a overdone 1960/70s scene.

But some styles from the 60/70s are still so relevant. Looks at these blasts from the past!

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This living room from the apartment of Sergio Semak in Moscow is pretty dang cool. I love the giant burl wood cabinet floating with the other orange/pink cabinets. A sculpture in itself. The woods are warm and orangey in tone and compliment the brass and other oranges in the room. I love the bit of blue in the rug, too. Blue is ever as much a friend to orange as it is to yellow. The gray sofa balances all the color and keeps the room modern. I love the brass elements from the palm tree to the giraffe table.

I had my eye on orange velvet dining chairs for a time in 2015. I never got them but I see I was not alone in my lust for orange seating.



The light fixture with all those colors is way cool. I like how the art on the wall (that x of primary colors) repeats that concept. The chairs are a warm orange tone but don’t overpower the room. Classic white walls keep the space modern and light, not to mention that glass dining table. Love that, oh oh! The styling of this space is so good. 🙂

In your living room, why not try a single splash of orange in your sofa or accent chairs?



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In the bedroom why not go for an orange headboard?



You could easily replicate this look for a queen size bed (or however large you sleep). How fun would it be with two sconces on the board! I don’t even mind the nailhead trim! I also love the stripe on such a tall piece. This headboard would command attention!

Lastly, how about just some good old paint to freshen up your space! Melissa Rufty, one of my fave designers, shows us two different shades.



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There’s a lot of bad orange out there, so remember to choose a non-collegiate hue, maybe stick to just a splash, remember the pros/cons of decades before us and enjoy your happy pop of color!

Dining room makeover

My new dining chairs have arrived!

I haven’t decided how I feel about them because I really would have rather had the vintage chairs but ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. I got these cheaper than the listing price during the President’s Day sale so I can’t argue with the price.

Quality wise? I am disappointed by the “velvet”. I mean, pfft. That’s not velvet. They do sit pretty comfortably though and that is important. I also like the blue with the marble, even if it isn’t the navy blue that I truly wanted. Isn’t sky blue supposed to be the color of the year or something? Or is that pink?


Since my credenza is due any day now, I moved this piece from the living room here to the dining room. You typically see another credenza or buffet in the dining room and while this is visually pleasing, I DON’T HAVE ANY DISHES. So, I’m not about to go out and buy another expensive piece for more storage for things I don’t need storing. This piece of furniture is very special to me. It was my first ever, bought for me for my very first apartment, and has been lovingly schlepped to and fro wherever I go.

I styled it with elements of blue, white, and brass. There’s nothing beautiful growing around my rental 😦 so I snipped some twigs for my vase. So resourceful!


There you have it! I’m trying to figure out if it’s really me and the aesthetic I’m going for. The drawing of the woman was done by me in 7th grade. I would have hung the mirror but it weighs 50 pounds and I was afraid the wall would fall down with my measly nail and hammer skills. That whole knock on the walls to find the stud? Pssh, that’s for suckers.

Of course, since my cabinet is 9 years old, it’s no longer available. It is from World Market so perhaps they’ll have something like it again. Isn’t this one beautiful? Or how about this?  Are you on a budget like me? Well, then how about this, this, or that?

The chairs are from here, here, or here. And the table is from here. Woohoo!