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It may be February, but I'm already dreaming of Spring! The temps are slowly warming up too, or maybe we've just been lucky with these 50 degree days in mid February, on the east coast! As the winter slowly melts into spring, there comes a great opportunity to brighten up your living spaces. A time to try something new. Maybe it's some new throw pillows for the living room, or a new coffee station in the kitchen. In this very exciting partnership with Wayfair, I am refreshing my kitchen! A few touches really made a very big difference! Here are three ways I refreshed my kitchen in preparation for springtime.
New Coffee Station:
Whether you are a coffee or tea drinker, create a dedicated space in your kitchen which can become your own personal oasis. You can tailor this space to your liking with all the items you need to create that perfect fresh cup. Coffee in the morning is my sure set way to start off my day properly. I relish, choosing my coffee, preparing it, and then savoring that first sip. I've had a modern farmhouse vibe going in my coffee set up for quite some time now, and I wanted to try something different. Something that is sleek with clean lines. A bit more modern and less farmhouse. I opted to get a marble coffee tray, matching marble coasters, and some Scandinavian style canisters to hold all my coffee essentials. The simplicity of Scandinavian design really added a nice touch to my coffee set up. The white and wood combinations along with the honeycomb design was a perfect combination which complemented the black and gold coffee spoons. I completed my coffee station with new bistro coffee mugs that make me feel like I am in my very own fancy coffee shop.
A very easy way to change up the look of any space is to swap out the hardware. This works in kitchens, bathrooms, and even door handles. Matte black hardware has always been something that I have admired. It's sleek, and really brings about a modernized look. I opted to change the hardware on the cabinets from nickel to matte black and it transformed the kitchen entirely. We have several cabinets and I love that Wayfair had the option to buy hardware that came in multipacks (10+) in each package, as well as different size options. I needed two styles, the 2" bar knobs and the center bar pulls, both of which were readily available.
Just like in fashion where one can wear a statement piece, a similar concept can be utilized in your living spaces. Decide where you want to place your statement piece., I chose the center island which is the first place that meets your eyes as you enter the kitchen. This is where I decided to place a gorgeous urn glass vase along with stunning leaf sprays that scream spring time. Together, the combination is a stunning display!
I recently partnered with a few ladies to showcase how we are organizing spaces around our homes. The space I chose is the master closet. It holds our belongings, it's the space where we get dressed for the day, undress for bed in the evenings, and also sometimes work in it (my husband needs a space with no windows to do some computer work at times). It's our master closet and I'm in love with it! We were fortunate to be able to work with a superb designer who created this space for us with all the shelving space we needed. Our designer made sure to utilize every corner, while still leaving enough open space to allow us enough space to add a chair or ottoman if we would like. Currently and as mentioned above, we sometimes bring in a small desk and chair for my husband to work in as he requires a dark room for some of his work. The closet also serves as my hideaway spot from the kiddos from time to time (ha!). It's multifunctional to say the least and exactly what we wanted.
With shelving comes the need to organize! Everything has it's own space. I also love symmetry and both my husband and I have our things organized in a symmetrical way. Shoes, hats, my purses each have their own sections to keep clothing items organized by type. . I also made sure to use baskets when necessary to hide items like belts. Another tip I'd like to share is to use the same hanger for all clothes, and preferably the velvet hangers. These are so useful for keeping clothes from fall off the hanger and also to streamline the look and feel of the closet. In short below is list of things to keep in mind when organizing your closet, no matter the size.
1. Look for symmetry in arrangement of clothing items.
2. Group items by category to help in keeping a streamlined look
3. Velvet hangers help to prevent clothes from slipping off and also look neat
4. Storage bins will help to hold some of the smaller items in your closet and keep them out of plain view.
There is so much opportunity when decorating an office space. There is no better time to create a working space for yourself, especially since so many of us are working remotely at the moment. Whether you have a small corner office or an entire room, an office is supposed to feel comfortable and yet be functional for your working needs. A space where you can create, execute, and think clearly. It should also feel like a space where you can take a break and relax. These were the principles I used when decorating my office space, along with the mantra, less is more. Here are a few tips that I used when decorating the office space. If you are interested in purchasing any of the items you see in the pic, please click on my liketoknow.it tab and it will direct you to the site and where you can purchase!
Find your focal point:
Key pieces and focal points are the bookshelf and the computer desk. I opted to use different types of decorative pieces on the bookshelf and grouped them in twos - either side by side or on top of one another for a layered effect. I stuck to colors within the same family, golds and neutrals as this helps to create a more streamlined look.
I decided to add a lounge chair next to the bookshelf to create that cozy and comfortable feel. The throw pillow and chunky knit throw blanket layered on the lounge chair adds to that effect. In the future, I am looking to add a small loveseat and possibly a tv which I feel will transform this office space even further. These additions will make it feel like a lounge/living room, but also serve as an office space.
Look for functional pieces:
In searching for a computer desk, I looked for something that was functional. Large enough to hold a laptop and monitor, and still has more than enough space to write, enjoy a cup of coffee, and hold a few table plants! The computer desk I found also has a foot rest underneath which makes working all the more easier.
Whether you have a small or large office space, these tips above will still hold true. Always start with your focal point and then build and decorate from there. Functional pieces go a long way, and adding comfort will help you enjoy coming into work just a little bit more.
The New Year is here! A blank slate. A time for new beginnings, new opportunities, and new ideas. I feel refreshed just thinking about it and motivated towards focusing on all the new ideas I have in mind. I spent the last week of 2021, deep cleaning the house so that I can start the new year off fresh. I organized cabinets, closets, and deep cleaned all the floors. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to deep clean, don't worry as it's never too late to start. Purging old items and organizing is also not a one and done and something that should be done every quarter. Here are a few tips to simplify what can seem like an overwhelming process:
1. Create a list of cleaning and organizing tasks you want to tackle
2. Prioritize the list to work on what's most important to you.
3. Create a schedule and dates of when you want to compete each task. This will give you something to work towards and target.
4. If you get off schedule, don't worry, reprioritize your list and move tasks around.
I have found that a prioritized list is the the best way to not overwhelm yourself and to focus on one task at a time. You will see progress as you check items off your list. I wish each and every one of you an amazing year ahead! There is lots of new stuff and brand partnerships coming which I am excited about! Thank you for following along on this ride. Cheers to 2022!
It’s time to deck the halls! From cozy winter cottage vibes to colorful festive flair, there’s plenty of ways to ensure your holiday decor reflects your personal style. There are so many fun holiday decorating trends coming out this year that it can be hard to choose just one!
So when my friends at Wayfair asked to chat, I was thrilled to share my tips, advice and inspiration for The Holiday Edit. The holiday season is truly the best time of year for my family and so we love to make it festive and fun all season long.
The Wayfair Holiday Trend Q & A with Mariane of Lulu Quadri
Wayfair: As holiday trends change throughout the years, what are some core pieces that you consider décor staples?
Mariane: Pine stems and holiday plant décor are a must no matter what the holiday trends are. The fresh greenery of pine stems and holiday plants add a nice, bright touch.
Wayfair: What is your favorite holiday decorating tradition?
Mariane: My family loves to put up the Christmas tree decorations together. We watch holiday movies and sip hot chocolate. It couldn’t get any cozier!
Wayfair: Are there any holiday décor trends that are really standing out to you right now?
Mariane: The neutral holiday décor pieces as well as the distressed, vintage ornament look is something that I love this season and want to try.
Wayfair: What’s your advice to those looking to incorporate trendier items with classic holiday décor pieces?
Mariane: It’s important to add small pieces of the trendier items to the core pieces that are a must for you when decorating. This way you always have something new incorporated into your holiday décor, but you still remain true to the pieces you love most.
Wayfair: Does your décor follow a theme? What do you gravitate towards when shopping for new pieces to add to your collection while maintaining the theme?
Mariane: Yes, my décor does follow a theme. This year I am still keeping the neutral color holiday vibe going, but I am incorporating a bit of black throughout all the pieces I’m using which stands out quite nicely! I have ceramic, black reindeer figurines and some black touches on my ornaments.
Wayfair: Do you decorate the exterior of your home in the same way each year, or do you like to mix it up?
Mariane: I like mixing up the styles for the outdoor space, but I always keep the staple items including a Christmas mat, wreath, and Christmas trees.
Mariane’s Wayfair 2021 Holiday Product Picks
Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite holiday piece at Wayfair this year! There are so many wonderful options available to fit any style. I stayed with my personal favorite -- neutral holiday décor with bright lights that creates a cozy, warm, and festive feeling!
Holiday season is truly the best time of year where special memories with friends and family are created. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season ahead!
My last blog post was published in June 2021. Five months ago! It's been quite a busy period for us to say the least. We have been house hunting for the past 6 months and finally purchased our dream home! What a ride it has been, and a ride filled with so many ups and downs. I am thankful for 3 things. The amazing individuals we met along the way (our real estate agent, house inspector, and the seller of the home), our two, very patient toddlers who were a part of the house hunting journey (they are troopers!), and my husband who has been my rock throughout this very stressful period.
You may ask, why was this exciting journey stressful? Well, it's a sellers market out there for everything which means home prices are sky high and some aren't even in the best condition (appliances haven't been replaced, old stained carpets, mold, etc.). However, there are people that are still buying these run-down homes regardless and so sellers don't have any incentive to negotiate terms. Our seller however, was interested in finding the right family for the first home she decided to flip. Her sole goal was for the family who purchases the home to enjoy living there. She completely renovated the house, complete with new, modern appliances, new hardwood floors, new roofing, etc. There were definitely some hiccups along the way, but we managed to close on our dream home. We are so extremely grateful to God for guiding us along this journey. Prayer is what got us through it.
I keep a journal where I documented some of my goals for 2021 and one of the biggest ones on there was to become a homeowner of our dream home in 2021. I detailed all the things I wanted in that home very specifically and it all came true! I hope you will continue to follow me along as we make this house our home. My dream is to continue to make many happy memories here with my family.
This week was all about bedding updates. Simple changes yet they made a big difference. I stayed with the neutrals but added lots of texture with the tufted throw pillows and throw blanket. I can finally see my original mood board coming together as we head into the final stretch of the ORC! Head over to the one room challenge blog to check out all the amazing progress other folks are making on their journeys!
Master closet reorganization! A beast of a project to say the least. We are pretty good at decluttering and sorting through our stuff, but over time, things just build up! I admit we used our closet as a storage for all kinds of things. The first step was to eliminate anything we hadn't used in a while because if we hadn't used it, it meant we didn't need it. We also sorted through clothes that didn't fit anymore, containers holding old documents, etc. Took some time and so week 4 was all about cleaning up!
Once we decided what we were keeping, I spent week 5 swapping out these bulky hangers for the sleek, non-slip velvet hangers. These were perfect for creating a cleaner look and preventing clothes from falling. Next came organizing clothes using the filing method in a new organizer purchased from Amazon. Finally, the addition of storage baskets is a must. One for aesthetics, and two it's a great way to store other smaller items that don't necessarily belong in drawers. I'm super proud of how this turned out!
The struggle was real this week! It wasn't easy finding time. Let me clarify. It's never easy finding time to do much of anything outside of taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, maintaining order, and working full time., let alone make progress on my ORC bedroom update My goal for this week's ORC challenge was to build my vanity. I've always wanted a vanity, but somehow, couldn't envision where it would fit. Our bedroom isn't huge. I managed to move some things around and found the perfect spot! I love the two toned natural/white color as it's neutral and matches pretty much anything. Check out my LikeToKnow.it tab to get details on this vanity! So happy that it finally came to fruition. What do you think?! Check out all the fabulous progress folks are making on the One room challenge blog!
This is what the space looked like before. It held just one little ottoman and was pretty much blank. I'd say it's been quite the transformation!
One of the tasks I set out for week 2 was to change the artwork in the bedroom. Quite honestly, what I had before were empty frames (ha!) When I purchased them, I fully intended to insert some pics in them, but then time passed and I let them be. So needless to say, having a change there was good. Abstract and geometric wall art have always been my thing and I decided to create my own DIY wall art! I mixed my kid's paint, and just started painting. The good thing is that you cannot mess this up. It's geometric art and it's abstract so just paint shapes of all kinds and use a color palette that matches your décor. I stuck to the neutral colors as that is the mood I am looking to create as you can see from my mood board in the previous blog post. Take a look at the pics and let me know what you think! Please visit the one room challenge website here to witness all the beautiful creations everyone is doing!
I was recently featured in a Redfin article where I discuss Apartment Art that Won't Cost You Your Security Deposit. Check it out!
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