Thursday, October 4, 2018

How to Design a Luxury Bedroom

As a fancy girl who also loves to take naps, my bedroom is my sanctuary. You know how you feel when you walk into a luxury hotel room? I put a lot of effort into making my space bring me that same feeling. And after posting it on the 'Gram, I got a lot of questions about the pieces that made up my little sanctuary. Let me tell you something, money does not equal sophistication. I think I've pretty much mastered making any room look like a million bucks by simply paying attention to every detail. 

Here are 5 ways to make your bedroom look like a luxury hotel room, too!

1. Start with a statement headboard
The bed is the focal point of every bedroom, so you have to make it grand! Choose a headboard with a notable feature. Find one in a rich color, bold shape, or impressive height. Other luxe details to consider would be tufting, channels, and mirrored/metal edges. I opted for a tall, plush, tufted headboard in a neutral beige and added a modern look by going custom and swapping the standard brass nailheads with shiny nickel ones instead. 
Shop: mine // similar

2. Make it monochromatic
Picking a color palette was easy for me, since one of my favorite colors is gray. Once I chose the color I wanted, I fully invested. Going monochromatic does not have to be boring at all! Add depth and interest with texture and using a few touches of colors close in the same color family. Adding dimension in this way creates continuity and makes the space look more expensive. I chose a duvet in a shiny steel gray with damask stripes; white sheets that also have a damask pattern; and smoke gray throw pillows with shallow tufting. 
Shop: mine // similar 

3. Layer bedding and pile on the pillows
Layering, much like with clothing, takes a formula to get it right every time. I like to have my comforter folded about a quarter of the way down. I fill that space up top with the pillows (more on those next) and then use a separate duvet, quilt, or large throw blanket at the foot of the bed. I folded my second duvet in thirds to create some height at the end of the bed. It also adds a plush and cozy touch. Another major key in getting this formula right, is opting for quality materials. I forgo the microfiber and jersey sheets every time because they tend not to look fresh after a few washes due to pilling. They also stretch out and look saggy. I tend to choose 500 thread count cotton sheets and then "splurge" on a satin look comforter and velvet accent pillows. Keep in mind that pillows should not extend past that top fold, or you'll be crossing into ridiculousness territory! Also, use Euros, large square pillows that are usually 26' x 26'. They usually cost the same amount as a standard sham, but the shape of euros just evoke opulence. My stone gray Euros are no longer available at Z Gallerie, but you can find similar ones below.
Shop: similar // alternative (Euros)
Shop: alternative (throw pillows)
Shop: mine // similar (sheets) 

4. Seating
Now that you have your bed nice and cozy and inviting, you're gonna need somewhere to sit (because  who sits on a freshly made bed?) or at least somewhere to throw your pillows at night. Adding chairs, or a bench, like in my case, at the foot of the bed is something you find at most high-end and boutique style hotels. They are practical -- hello, putting on a pair of strappy heels for girls' night out-- and are purely aesthetically pleasing. HomeGoods is a great place to find some affordable ones year-round

5. Nighstands
Finally, you'll need something to frame all of this beauty. This is where nightstands come in to play. I prefer nightstands that stand out. Choosing reflective top or mirrored nightstands bring in light, especially if you have a lamp atop. Also opting for one with glass or acrylic creates the same effect of light and openness. I love symmetry, but you don't necessarily have to go the Fancy B route. One nightstand makes a significant statement as well. Either way you go, make sure you keep the nightstand declutter, and only adding a few decorative touches like a lamp, a book, a small floral arrangement, and/or a scented candle and use the drawer(s) to hide anything else.
Shop: mine // alternative

Keeping these key elements in mind, I'm sure you'll be able to create a bedroom that gives off hotel vibes as easily as I did. Just remember not to rush the process. It took me a year to get my room this way and I still add to it and swap items out as the seasons change. If you're still lost on how to achieve a similar look, you can always contact me and hire me consultation and design services! :)

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Live in Peace

I don't typically share too much personally on social networks, because I always thought it gave people something to add to the gossip pool or find a way to use it against me later on. I realized that keeping my experiences to myself could be keeping someone else from the inspiration they needed to carry on and/or gain inspiration. Plus, perfection is soooo boring! So, I am vaguely stepping out on a leap of faith and working on sharing a bit more of who I am. Here goes nothing...

Life has been good to me lately! I have been able to start a few projects, get a new home, heal from some old emotional wounds that resurfaced, travel abroad a few times, drama's been basically nonexistent... I said that I wanted more life and peace in 2017 and it looks like that's exactly what I am getting and I am so grateful for it! 

Finding my way back to "me" was a long process that I had not even realized I'd started. But looking back, I see how far I've come, how much I've grown, and how much I've been blessed with since I let go of "anchors" that were keeping me from soaring. When we hold on to negativity (whether that be thoughts, habits, or people), it makes it hard for us to truly find peace. Keep in mind that trials in life are not meant to break you. Sometimes we go through things to redirect our attention, or to teach us an invaluable lesson. Finding the silver lining in every situation isn't easy, but counting it all joy gave me a whole new perspective on life and I was able to really live and restored my faith!

We all hope for peace, but sometimes we get so consumed with doubt and negative speak that we forget that peace is something that has to constantly be worked on. Declutter (or hire me to organize your closet). Surround yourself with good people. Tune out foolishness. Focus on the good in your life. And your peace will be closer than you thought.
Selena tee // Banana Republic Pencil Skirt - no longer available (similar) // Satin and Pearl Purse // Pearl Embellished Sandals - great dupes for THESE //

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Photography by Stephanie Omens (@bloggerscaptured)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love and War: A Non-Traditionalist's Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day. Roses. Jumbo heart-shaped balloons. Oversized teddy bears. Hallmark cards filled with someone's deepest sentiments and red glitter... 

I hate to be a Scrooge, but I can totally do without all the theatrics this year. Don't get me wrong, I love love! I am a true romantic. I believe the fairytale is real. But I the older I get, the more non-traditional I get and the more I enjoy creating my own way of doing things. The idea of wearing red from head to toe (especially since red doesn't work well with my very yellow skin tone), and trying to find something festive that doesn't look cheap, and waiting for an additional hour to get that french mani/pedi with one red nail with a heart design simply makes me cringe. It was totally cute when I was a teenager, but as I got older, and looked around the crowded restaurants at other couples dressed almost exactly like us... It lost its novelty. This year, I want to keep things simple. And since VDay falls on a Tuesday this year, I am more than happy to just enjoy some Quality Time, Hi-Five style (Don't get the reference? Google it!).

Because I plan on going to the movies, pigging out on snacks, and bringing the kiddo along, I kept my non-traditional valentine's date night look utilitarian. Army fatigue can hide little kiddo spills without the stains being obvious. Overalls will hide my inevitable food baby (cuz I'm eating til my heart's content). And wearing the heels adds intrigue and keeps me from falling into full on soccer-mom mode. 

I hope you have a phenomenal Valentine's Day, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

Distressed Fatigue Overalls // Ribbed Turtleneck // H&M Longline Coat - no longer available (similar) // Pom Pom Pumps //

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Photography by Stephanie Omens (@bloggerscaptured)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gossip Girl

This weekend, I watched my beloved Atlanta Falcons #RiseUp and dominate 3 quarters in the Super Bowl 51... and then they hit their plateau. Although I am disappointed in the outcome of the game, I am still so proud of my home team making it all the way to the Super Bowl and giving the league's current record holding quarterback (Brady has 5 rings now) a run for his money!

After faithfully wearing Falcons Red and Black for a week, I was happy to change into something more me. So I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf and came up with this look. I spent the day in downtown Decatur with my favorite girls: my mom and my daughter. 

Although this was not a practical outfit to be in to walk around a city with a toddler, I still thoroughly enjoyed how it came together, and better yet, how it made me feel. It's amazing how getting dressed can change your entire demeanor!


Coat: (old) Forever21 (similar here) // Blazer: (old) Banana Republic (similar here) // Bell sleeve blouse: H&M (similar here) // Skirt: (old) (similar here) // Pumps: purchased at a shop in Italy (similar here and wishlisting these)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fancy Favorite: Chokers

Accessories are probably my favorite part of getting a look together. You can easily elevate any look from boring to intriguing by simply adding a hat or a statement necklace. Accessories add character, and depth which help personalize any ensemble you decide to wear. People tell me that I can pull off any look... But I remember the 90's being such a struggle for me, accessories-wise. I hated slap bracelets. My full lips really didn't need to be oversaturated with strawberry roll-on lipgloss. Butterfly clips got caught on double dutch ropes during recess. Chokers didn't fit over my water head. And the chokers thing really bothered me since I physically couldn't wear them since those short neck, big head Earle genes (lol) were passed down to me... therefore wearing chokers was a trend I knew I'd have to opt out of. So imagine how heartbroken I was when chokers came back in style.

But, wait! The style of chokers today are not the chokers of yore. The style have been elevated. They aren't necessarily made out of stretchy plastic. They come with lobster claw or adjustable closures (thank the heavens above!!!). Also, they come in so many different styles, you don't have to worry about wearing the exact same style as everyone in your 3rd period British Lit class. With this new discovery, I was beyond excited to partner with Choke Me, Inc. to get my hands on some exciting new pieces, which are all a la Kim K West. Check out some of my favorite looks with them below.

Wearing "Seduction" on date night

Wearing "Seduction" to Girls' Night Out

Wearing "Kriss Kross" in tan

Wearing "Kriss Kross" in black

Wearing "Lovelace" for a blog post

Wearing "Lovelace" to the beach in Puerto Rico

Wearing "Bling" to my birthday dinner

Choke Me, Inc. has impeccable customer service (Brittany is a doll) and they constantly update their inventory. I love Choke Me, Inc. so much that I want you guys to get a piece of the action! Like my last IG post (featuring Choke Me, Inc.) and comment "done" below to get entered to win "Disco" which is perfect for being EXTRA on a chill day or making a bold statement during a night out. A winner will be chosen January 23, 2017.