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've been wanting to do something with my bedroom for some time now and while I've made some changes here and there, I'm really hoping to kick things up a notch. This is my first time participating in One Room Challenge (ORC) and I must admit, I'm nervous! What is the ORC you ask? It is an 8-week challenge where featured designers and guest participants select a room/space they want to re-design. I'm not sure what I got myself into, but what I do know is that I'm most looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous transformations from everyone participating, as well as connecting with new people. I decided to work on my bedroom for this 8-week challenge.
We don't have a huge bedroom, but I am most looking forward to creating something special in each corner. I've been wanting to swap out the bed itself and I'm not sure if I'll end up doing so, but it's one option to make a difference in the room. I have some things planned out for this 8-week challenge, but I'm also going with the flow and will assess the vibes as we go. Hope you will follow along on my journey and those of the others who are participating! www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog
FTC Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Birch Lane
Last week I shared a mood board with you all and today I'm excited to finally reveal my updated living room! Simple changes truly go a long way when it comes to refreshing a space as the seasons change. With the temps warming up, I wanted to give my living room a brighter feel and my partnership with Birch Lane made it happen! Here are a few tips that are sure to brighten up any space.
Pillows and throw blankets
A sure way to change things up quickly are swapping out your pillow covers and/or adding new pillows to the mix. Pillow covers are a great way to save both money and space as you can keep your existing pillows and change the covers as the seasons change. Layering the pillows under a throw blanket gives an even more cozier feel. I love the lumbar pillow (see link below) from Birch lane that I used to complement the solid, square throw pillows. The yellow is a perfect shade and not so overwhelming. Adds a nice, bright touch that speaks summer!
Greenery is my favorite way to add life to any living space. The options with house plants are endless, and whether real of faux, you really cannot go wrong. I personally love faux as the maintenance and upkeep is so much simpler. For my refresh, I went with Birch Lane's palm leaf planter (see link below) It complements the yellow and cream tones in my living room so nicely and really do bring on those summer vibes!
Storage/Décor Straw Baskets
One of my favorite decor pieces to add are storage baskets. They have so many uses and come in very handy for hiding the many kids toys I usually have laying around. If you're a parent or pet owner you can probably relate. These tea-stained baskets from Birch Lane are gorgeous (see link below)! I absolutely love the natural color. They came in a set of 3, all different sizes. I used a couple of them as plant holders, and another is currently hiding the many things we have laying around the house. You can't tell from this picture, but I have tons of items in the large storage basket that's sitting on the book shelf! Storage baskets are functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time, and a great way to decorate corners.