Happy Clutter 

A couple of nights ago we met some friends at a restaurant in our neighborhood and afterwards we made our way back to our house for a nightcap. It was the first visit for them to our home, and it was so fun to see them discover each room and point out their favorite things. Sharing my home is absolutely the best part about owning it!

Later on, one of our friends was telling us about her roommate, who is a professional organizer. Their apartment is minimally white, clinically clean, and sterile in a very zen way.

She was mesmerized by all of the happy clutter and collections all over my home, most likely because her current living situation is anything but that. We talked about the pros to living without clutter. I must say, it's sort of intriguing to me. However, every time I get on a minimalist kick, I always come back to the clutter.

Happy clutter is the best kind of life complication in my opinion. Even though I know it needs to be dusted and organized regularly, it brings me up when I see how the little ecosystem in my home has come together.

Are you a lover of clutter? Here's some looks that are inspiring me today...



A Lavender Moment for Me

When I was a young girl, my room was painted a punchy lavender. I say punchy, because it wasn't pastel really. It was a lavender with a healthy kick to it.

I was actually going through a bit of a tomboy phase, so pink was just too girly (even though it's a favorite of mine now). I guess I have always pretty much had an aversion to blues and greens, and yellows and oranges on walls make me want to scratch my eyes out (yes, still).

Lavender was a good moment for me and I've been thinking about it a lot recently as the colors start to turn. I could use a bit more of it in my life...

Mixed with warmer tones, it's starting to feel very interesting to me...

What are your thoughts on Lavender...?


Nook Love

Before we bought our first house, I'm pretty sure that as a renter, the number one thing I dreamed about was a cozy built-in nook of my own. A place to drink coffee {or judgement here} in the morning or read in the evenings...Custom cushioned and filled to the brim with vintage textiles, down-filled pillows and other fancy one of a kind things.

Last summer my husband built us two banquettes for our lounge outside, which I realize I never photographed...whoops, and we also transformed an old bench in our entry {@here}. But I'm feeling new inspiration is in order for Spring... I'll be perusing these photos for some styling tips...

How to get the look...start with an awesome base cushion...if you can't afford custom, may I recommend @this one from Urban Outfitters...

Good right? Then layer, layer, layer...

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

Stick with a unified palette, or don't maybe to make it feel a little more collected. Spring can't come soon enough!


Behind the Kaleidoscope Door

Could you even imagine? It might just drive you crazy, but how inspiring, right? I'm thinking a room like this must be behind that door somewhere...


Neutral Chair Styling

You might think that a neutral chair would be the easiest thing in the world to style, but in actuality, because there are so many possibilities, I think it might be one of the most difficult to be decisive about. I've got this amazing Midcentury chair available @here in my Chairish shop right now...

Good right? It swivels 360 too!

Anyway, I've put together three directions on how to make this work in any type of decor situation. I think the most important about neutral furniture is to be decisive no matter what. Don't buy neutral pillows and a white throw- go one direction and don't turn back!


The first look is decidedly more feminine...

Floor Lamp / Pillow / Stool / Table / Vase / Sconce / Mirror


The second look is a bit more earthy and potentially masculine...

Chest / Mirror / Lamp / Side Table / Pillow / Rug


And the last look is a great deal darker and more exotic...

Sconce / Pillow / Stool / Rug / Chest / Trunk / Lamp / Art


Which look is your favorite? How do you style neutrals in your home?