CREATING GOOD VIBES in your space

I am a big believer in creating good energy in your home, because truthfully, it helps me stay balanced. My personality is a MASSIVE introverted extrovert, meaning, I love people, I love hanging out and doing things, but they don’t fill me up. I get filled up by being at home, reading books, gardening, or (no surprise here) taking a bath. So when my day is filled with extroverted activities, it is really important for me to come home to a space that is clean, quiet, and filled with good vibes.

Actively working to create a space with good vibes is something that is crucial to my mental health and a little habit that really helps my self care practice. For you, it might mean burning incense or using smudge sticks – both are awesome & if that works for you, don’t change – but for me, it is slightly more involved.

CREATING MOMENTS:

Doesn’t this sound like I am a cheesy mall photographer trying to upsell you on a package? I promise, it’s nothing as creepy as that…

For me, creating moments means having little spots around the house where I can instantly sit back and relax. Most of the time it involves trays. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s because my slightly type-A brain loves the organization and compartmentalizing aspect of trays…either way, trays are the trick to moments.

For example, I always have a tray sitting on my coffee table with a candle, matches, and some reading material. This allows me to sit down on the sofa, light the candle, grab a magazine, and relax without any prep work. My brain is tired from making decisions all day, so this is an easy, decision free way to just take a break from things for a bit.

Naturally, I get all the best trays in my house and candles in my house from Marshalls, because a) they are AMAZING and b) fantastically affordable. This little round guy is perfect for outdoor entertaining and the Peony Petal candle is my absolutle favorite. Every time I go to Marshalls I stock up on as many as they have. I have a whole shelf in my office dedicated to this candle…no joke. My husband thinks I am insane, but I like to think that our house smells like a magic English house in the country, so…worth it.

CREATE YOUR OWN MOMENT

SOOTHING VISUALS

This could also be called “Manage Clutter Well” but soothing visuals made this tip sound more zen and important some how, so let’s roll with it. Okay, so what the F does “soothing visuals” mean? Well, young padawan, let me explain…

Your brain processing a million pieces of information a day and there are about a katrillion things vying for your attention at any given moment, so part of my good vibe practice is to create a space that is soothing, relaxing, and doesn’t need anything from me.

Again, I like color and organization so organizing my bookshelf by color is weirdly cathartic for my mind. Every morning when I spread out the various piles, paperwork, and nonsense I have to get through in a day, it is nice to have this colorful wall to look up at and space out on.

For you, that might mean sparse bookshelves, a gallery wall, a cabinet full of plants, it could be any or all of those things, but try setting it up in a room you are frequently in.

I also love filling my bookshelves with little trinkets from trips, items that make me smile, and all of the plants. Honestly, if I could live in a greenhouse I would be thrilled. Elated actually, but that is besides the point.

On a recent trip to my favorite store (cough cough Marshalls) I found those three blue and white Chinoiserie vases – aren’t they cool? They add some height and drama to the shelves without being loud or trendy. Plus, I can move them to my dining room table to spruce things up, or in various other places in the house when I get the itch to rearrange (which is daily, mind you). That big guy on the right was under $50, can you believe? Run, go get them, right now, GO, we will wait…

GO GINGER JAR CRAZY

HYGGE

In case you need to brush up on your Danish terms, hygge is the latest word en vogue that means “to comfort” or “to console” and has become synonymous with a coziness. It was a huge word this year & everyone starting ditching the bar scene for a more self care friendly night in. Where we mad about it? No. Has it worked it’s way into our nightly routine? Absolutely.

Basically, I try to make my living room as comfortable as possible. We’ve got books stacked on almost every available surface (in a chic, no cluttered way of course), candles are always within an arms reach, and everything basically begs you to sit down, unplug, and recharge. Also, this is a phone free zone in our house. While our TV is hanging on the opposite wall, we try to leave our phones on the dining room table, so when we are in the living room, we spend time together. That could mean watching a movie, binge watching a show, or snuggling, reading, or just catching up on our days.

It’s amazing and I totally suggest instituting a tech free zone of your house. Try it for a week and watch what happens. You’ll be amazed.

Part of making a room cozy is having places to rest your cup of tea, a book, or a candle and these stools (again from Marshalls, again in amazing blue and white) are beyond perfect. They are roughly 24″ tall, so the perfect height for a sofa or a chair, blend in nicely with almost any decorating style, and easily under $100. I loved them so much I bought two extra ones to use as our bedside tables – OBSESSED.

MAKE THAT ROOM COZY

Thanks to Marshalls for sponsoring this post.

 

THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY EVENTS

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, wreath-making parties, and fabulous holiday events…am I right?! Well, my friends, it’s about time to start scratching names of that gift list of yours. Luckily, Macy’s State Street has some fabulous events in store!

  • Looking for something fun to do with mom & grandma? How about the Waterford Signing Dec. 5th at noon (at State St.) where Waterford spokesperson and artisan, Vincent Rellis will showcase and explain the process of how raw materials are transformed into the world’s finest luxury crystal
  • Maybe something for the food lover? Check out the Culinary Demo & Book Signing with Nancy Silverton on Dec. 9th at noon (at State St.) for an exciting cooking demonstration from her new cookbook, Mozza at Home.
  • Looking for something fun for the kids? Believe Day on Dec. 9th at noon (at State St.) is all about some holiday family fun with face painting, balloon twisting and special performances from Broadway in Chicago’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ and The Goodman Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  • Maybe you need some help with the gift wrapping? Hop on down to Macy’s Watertower location for the Holiday Gift Wrapping Event on Dec. 10 at 2pm  for complimentary gift wrapping with any $40 purchase or more. Plus, enjoy festive music from our DJ, refreshments and more!
  • Looking for something a bit more fun? Check out the Ugly Sweater Event on Dec. 16th (on State St.) for a fabulous twist on a holiday classic!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

THE HOLIDAY STYLE CHALLENGE with The Home Depot

Okay, party people – it’s time!

Ready for the big reveal?! Before this fun style challenge with The Home Depot, I have to be honest, I had never thought of getting my holiday decorations there before, but now…ladies & gents, I am a changed gal! Am I new to this train? If you still need some decorations, y’all, I’ve got just the thing…
Holiday Style Inspiration for a small living room via lauren kelpSo, a few weeks ago, The Home Depot sent these fabulous giant boxes and asked us to decorate our mantels and, thanks to our new little house, we have a hot new mantel ready to decorate!
Holiday Style Inspiration for a small living room via lauren kelpFor the full report, all the deets, and all the products we used, you have to hop over to The Home Depot’s blog, but here are some fun little pics and a peak into the new living room! Don’t worry, the yellow is on it’s way out 😉 Holiday Style Inspiration for a small living room via lauren kelp


 

THE HOME DEPOT HOLIDAY STYLE CHALLENGE who is ready for a little sneak peek!

So, last month I was asked to participate in a holiday style challenge with The Home Depot, and naturally, I passed out from excitement. I am a frequent flier of the good ol’ Home Depot & between a new house & all the other holiday festivities, this was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to get my jingle bells in gear.

holiday decorating how-to via lauren kelpSwing by tomorrow to see the full reveal & get a fun little peak at the “before” pictures of the tiny house! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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PATTERN PLAY with Marshalls

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Typically, I am attracted to gray tones, blacks, and creams, so this is not off of my normal color palette, but the pattern is what totally struck me! Plus, it’s a knit! It’s a fabulous, stretchy, won’t wrinkle knit! fall street style via lauren kelpIf you haven’t jumped on the knit train, you should because they are amazing. They are perfect to pack (because they don’t wrinkle), stretchy but don’t get blown out, and wildly versatile. I am not much of a pattern gal because they can be pigeonholed as one note, or too trendy. This guy, however, can go traditional – perfect for a brunch with the Grandparents – but it can also go a little brocade – a slam dunk for a go-to work piece.

– SHOP THE LOOK –

Suede Boots | Similar Knit Dress #1 | Similar Knit Dress #2 | Draped Shawl | DW Watch

fall street style via lauren kelpOkay, now..let’s talk about this black shawl. I mean…look at it! It’s fantastic <3 How can you go wrong with a matte black, cozy shawl, that has shearling inside, & drapes like a boss. I talk about food & entertaining, so maybe take my fashion advice with a grain of salt (preferably pink Himalayan salt 😉 ) but next time you are browsing the Marshall’s shelves for fabulous kitchen & entertaining supplies, head on over to those clothing racks & see what you can find. You never know, you might be surprised by the perfect matte black shawl & pattern dress!

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– SHOP THE LOOK –

Suede Boots | Similar Knit Dress #1 | Similar Knit Dress #2 | Draped Shawl | DW Watch

Thanks Marshalls for sponsoring this post

Photography by Aimée Mazzenga

TRAVEL LIKE A PRO little luxuries that make all the difference

Between traveling to meet clients, scoping out new locations for Tablemakers, and the occasional weekend get-away, my bags are packed more often then not. Luckily, I love traveling and feel very fortunate to be on the go so often, but it doesn’t come without it’s downsides. While certain things are out of your control (hello cancelled flights, long lines at the airport, or missed connections), I have found that it pays to be a savvy traveler. To me, that means packing multi-purpose pieces (like day to night slacks), always having snacks on hand (goodbye desperate vending machine trips), and bringing a few little luxuries along for the ride (sassy cheetah slippers, anyone?)

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Whether traveling for work or for pleasure, it’s important to bring a few things along that remind you of home. Look,  traveling can be exhausting so why not plan ahead and give yourself a break. After I land in a new place (if time allows), I throw on my sneakers and hit the hotel gym, or if the weather is nice enough, I go outside for a run.

I shake that airport funk right off, get my blood flowing, and give myself the excuse I needed to order a side of fries with dinner. That night, again, depending on the schedule, I treat myself to a little in-room spa time. I pack a face mask (specifically this one), a travel jar of coffee scrub, maybe a deep conditioning hair treatment, throw on my adorable Birdies and treat myself to a little alone time. This way I am refreshed for a full day of meetings and have a little extra pep in my step.
pack like a pro via lauren kelpOkay, let’s talk about these slippers for a second. Yes, those cheetah ones! Adorable right? They don’t even look like slippers and that is why I love them so much. They are part of the latest collection by Birdies, wildly comfortable, and the absolute best house shoes I have ever owned.

When we have people over, I always prefer if people take their shoes off, and because I love these slippers so much, I have a few extra pairs on hand for girlfriends to slip on when they come over. I rarely wear socks that match, so walking around someone’s house without shoes on makes me feel a little silly, but these slippers are legit cuter than most flats I own…and a lot more comfortable. PLUS, they don’t take up a ton of room in your suitcase, protect your feet from mystery hotel floors, and are just too cute not to pack.Ooh and if you are in the market for a good weekend bag, do yourself the biggest favor and treat yourself to this Chelsea bag by Mark & Graham. Put it on your wish list (Christmas is coming!), treat yourself after that promotion/new job/kick ass life goal accomplished and I promise you won’t regret it. The leather is stunning and it only gets better with age. Plus, it is surprisingly large without being big and bulky. Every girl needs a good travel tote, right?

pack like a pro via lauren kelpSo, quick run through, here are my quick and dirty travel tips to keep you fresh & on your toes, no matter where you are going.

Go for a quick run, walk, or do some yoga after you check in. Get that blood flowing and give your body a little extra boost.

When packing, throw in a fun face mask, body scrub, or other at-home spa treatments. Order room service, binge watch HGTV, and treat yourself to some you time.

Get, bring, and gift these adorable slippers – trust me, they will become your favorite comfy time accessory.

Have a few shades of lipstick and a roll-on perfume stick in your carry-on. There are few things a good shade of lipstick and a power fragrance can’t fix.

pack like a pro via lauren kelpOoh and if you are in the market for a good weekend bag, do yourself the biggest favor and treat yourself to this Chelsea bag by Mark & Graham. Put it on your wish list (Christmas is coming!), treat yourself after that promotion/new job/kick ass life goal accomplished and I promise you won’t regret it. The leather is stunning and it only gets better with age. Plus, it is surprisingly large without being big and bulky. Every girl needs a good travel tote, right?

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this post was sponsored by birdies slippers. all opinions are my own & seriously, get these slippers – they are amazing.

CHARMING ATLANTA HOME TOUR of Ayla Gurganus

Remember that amazing story on the pop-up flower shop in Atlanta? Well, we are back with more Soulflower love & this time it’s better than ever. Welcome to the stunning home of Ayla Gurganus, Soulflower owner & lead designer. Step inside this charming Atlanta home with amazing light, amazing decor, and so much love its unbelievable. She talks all about bringing a minimalist approach to design, creating a home your guests feel comfortable in, and the importance of fresh flowers. Plus some more amazing home advice.
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My name is Ayla Gurganus & I am 29 and live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and pups where I own Soulflowers (ps – remember that fabulous story on the pop-up flower shop? That was her! See it again here)

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR SPACE?

Absolutely it’s the kitchen.

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WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Curating home décor that really matches my aesthetic & having to wait for the perfect piece. Sometimes I can rush into buying something just so the space is filled and in the end I am always unsatisfied.

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HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO ARRIVE AT SUCH A COHESIVE STYLE? WE ARE OBSESSED!

Total trial & error. I am a big fan of purchasing and selling pieces if they aren’t working out for the space or if you aren’t as in love with it as you thought.

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YOU SEEM LIKE SUCH AN AMAZING HOSTESS. WHAT IS YOUR SECRET FOR GOOD HOSPITALITY?

Creating a space that is really authentic to us makes hosting that much easier. When you are comfortable in your home & get excited about the space, it’s fun and special to share with others.

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WE LOVE A GOOD ENTERTAINING TIP, DO YOU HAVE ANY UP YOUR SLEEVE?

Always set the table. Buy linens & use them. Today it’s much easier to buy paper plates and just toss them when you are finished, but there is something really nice in preparing for a dinner…even down to the silverware. And, always, always, always have fresh florals J

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DESCRIBE YOUR INTERIORS STYLE & WHO INFLUENCED IT:

I wouldn’t say that I have a particular style that I have been influenced by. I am a big fan of white. Many people steer clear of white because it supposedly shows imperfections or dirt, but I find other colors to be just the same. I recently have become a huge fan of minimalism in the home – if you don’t need it or use it, give it away. The coffee table doesn’t need a book on it, it can be bare and I think there is beauty in that.

I also love ceramics, brass, and raw wood. I try and use meaningful pieces that we’ve been given or have found and incorporate them with modern accents. Our bathroom mirror was actually part of my husband’s grandmother’s vanity set! We took it apart and attached two out sides to make our work for the space. It’s sister hands in our hallway. It’s an older piece but with a modern brass light fixture from Schoolhouse Eclectic, it fits right into our aesthetic & is so special to see every day.

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Photography by Sarah Ingram
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HOME TOUR | CARRIE WALLER of Dream Green DIY

Andrea Pesca-3Meet Carrie – our latest home tour obsession  & the creative maven behind your favorite internet spots. Whether you are drooling over one of her fabulous features for the Glitter Guide or upgrading your space with one of her brilliant DIYs, Carrie is definitely someone you want to hang out with. Now that we’ve gotten a peek at her space, the girl crush has escalated to full-on love 😉 See what we mean below! 


Carrie Waller-22 HI! TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

My name is Carrie Waller, I am 30 & I live in Waynesboro, VA where I am the Founder of Dream Green DIY, Features Editor for Glitter Guide, and Freelance Writer.

Andrea Pesca-2Carrie Waller-02WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO YOUR SPACE, WHAT IS THE FEELING YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE? 

I would love for people to think that they stepped back in time, and that we truly honored the era of our 1960s home. We just moved into our mid-century A-frame ranch last year, and have spent our free time working to really spruce things up, but to also pay homage to the original details of our home. The previous owners actually built the house back in 1962, and lived here for over half a century—we’re only the second owners! I often think about how they might react if they walked back into the space that we’ve created from what they left behind. I love to imagine that they’d be proud that we kept the original mid-century flair and personality intact.

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WE ARE OBSESSED WITH YOUR BASEMENT – TELL US ABOUT IT!

Thank you! I think that the expansive finished half of the basement in our house really sealed the deal when we toured the home last September. That said, a large room poses its fair share of challenges—namely layout. We have tried a number of different configurations in the last six months, and finally settled on a multi-zone layout. We’ve got a little movie-watching lounge area with a digital projector in one corner, a record cabinet and stacks of vinyls for easy listening off to one side with bean bag chairs nearby, and a more traditional living area with seating and a television near the fireplace. We were able to make the large space feel cohesive despite its multiple personalities thanks to a running bohemian-inspired color scheme throughout the entire room. It’s a great space for entertaining and relaxing any day of the week!

Carrie Waller-17Andrea Pesca-10WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR SPACE?

That we are finally living in a single family home. I have spent the last decade moving from apartment to apartment, and my husband and I most recently lived in a cookie cutter townhouse. Although we have loved every space that we’ve lived in, this home feels really special. Sure, there’s no telling where life will take us and what opportunities or challenges will crop up in the future, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this rambling old ranch will be our forever and ever house.

Carrie Waller-07Andrea Pesca-1WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Taking things slow! I’m a perpetual impulse designer, so I’m trying to break my track record with this house by taking things one room and one design decision at a time. I have to keep reminding myself that we’ve only been here for six months, and that we need to really live in the spaces to know how they need to work for us. Right now, my biggest challenge is definitely patience and waiting to see how the design unfolds organically and intentionally.

Carrie Waller-08Andrea Pesca-7IF YOUR HOUSE HAD A SPIRIT COCKTAIL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Something simple but significant

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WE LOVE A GOOD ENTERTAINING TIP. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE?

I have a running collection of party supplies that I keep on hand at a moments notice (think: patterned paper plates, celebratory napkins, striped paper straws, confetti in all shapes and colors). By having these things at the ready, I am able to welcome people over for a fun impromptu celebration anytime without the stress of having to go out and buy party supplies! Oh, and vintage glasses. Always buy the fabulous vintage glasses you see at antique stores and estate sales! There’s no prettier way to serve a cocktail than in a retro glass.

Carrie Waller-23 Carrie Waller-06WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR HOUSE?

Choosing my favorite piece would be like asking a mother to choose her favorite child—it’s impossible! I love every single piece of vintage furniture, glassware, art, and textile we have in our house. They all tell a unique story and remind me of times like when my husband and I went to that little converted farmhouse antique store in Covesville, or when my sister and I braved the ratty old thrift store at the beach to uncover hidden treasures. Our collection of retro secondhand furniture and accessories are much more than just “things”—together, they’re a collection of palpable memories that are priceless to me.

Carrie Waller-35Carrie Waller-05WHO INFLUENCED YOUR INTERIOR STYLE?

My interior style is unabashedly retro and mid-century, with a hint of bohemianism thrown in for good measure. I love the sleek lines and edgy patterns of the 1960s, but also can’t get enough of the layered textiles of the boho aesthetic. I get a lot of inspiration from designers like Emily Henderson, Justina Blakeney, and Amber Interiors.

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Photography by Andrea Pesce & Carrie Waller

HOME TOUR WITH CARLY BURSON prepare to get crazy inspired

20151101LK Carly tour-085 Have you been following along on our Home Tour series? We travel around the country and find interesting people doing cool things, step inside their home, and get to know what makes their space a home. From Austin, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa we’ve fond artists, makers, prop stylists, graphic designers, and now the founder of sustainable accessory & apparel line, Tribe Alive.

Tucked in one of Ft. Worth’s charming neighborhoods, we are hanging out with Carly & her adorable daughter today and talking all things creative, inspiration, and what makes a good dinner party. Take a look & prepare to leave feeling very inspired.

20151101LK Carly tour-002INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, I am Carly Burson. I am 32, currently living in Fort Worth, TX & I am the Founder & CEO of Tribe Alive

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR SPACE?

The light. We have windows everywhere you turn and every room is saturated with beautiful and bright light.

carly_1WHAT HAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE BEEN?

Since becoming a mother I’ve had to let go of some of my expectations for how my home is styled. Though I am not a believer in children taking over a home, it’s just reality that their things and activities will end up becoming a part of your space. I want my daughter to be able to play and create no matter where she is so I work to incorporate things into each room that appeal to her imagination and my taste. It’s a challenge but fortunately there are some really great children’s brands out there with stylish options.

20151101LK Carly tour-188HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO GIVE YOUR HOME SUCH A COHESIVE LOOK? WE ARE OBSESSED!

My style is pretty minimal and rooted in a love of neutrals, clean lines and soft textures. I consider my taste fairly simple which makes cohesion easy to achieve.

YOU SEEM LIKE SUCH A FANTASTIC HOSTESS, ANY SECRETS FOR GREAT HOSPITALITY?

I’m far from a great hostess but because I come from a long line of them I’ve learned a few things over the years. Growing up I watched the women in my family plan everything around food. It’s how we celebrate time together and in a way it’s how we show love. For me hosting people in my home always involves great food. Or what I hope is great food.

20151101LK Carly tour-233WHAT IS A MUST HAVE FOR A GOOD DINNER PARTY?

Real conversation. Life is short and time is precious and there’s just no room for small talk. Discuss things that matter and open up the opportunity to learn something from each other in the process.

20151101LK Carly tour-323HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR INTERIOR STYLE?

My interior style is centered around neutrals, modern classics and minimalism. I believe in simplicity and investing in fewer but better things and feel my home represents that sentiment. I wouldn’t say my style is influenced by anything or anyone in particular, but there are certainly places I look for inspiration. I gravitate toward brands like West Elm and love their take on subtle but rich textures, modern prints, clean lines, and always the best in color.

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Photography by, the lovely, Hilary Walker