Books a Million

When it comes to shelving I take the minimalistic point of view. I like to display maybe one or two things per shelf. But it is up to you how you want to display your books, collections or really whatever you want. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

photo I love the look of color coding your books. I don’t know about you but I dont’ have a lot of colorful books lying around. But if you really want to do this what about painting your books or book covers. Or just start collecting colorful books….

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Wall of the World

One of Josh’s greatest dreams is to have a full size wall map mural in our home one day. He LOVES maps. I love decorating with maps. I especially like old world maps. I would love to have an office one day filled with tokens from our world travels. A wall map would be perfect for this space. Perhaps this one from Uraban Outfitters. And having this chair to go with it wouldn’t hurt either.

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Design Morgue

We can find design inspiration everywhere!

I started compiling my little notebook of design inspiration years ago. I eventually outgrew it and now I keep all my little ideas in a binder. A design binder, or design morgue as I’ve heard it called, is a great way to discover your own style. Whenever you see a room you like cut it out and store it away. Once your collection has grown take it out and look for patterns or trends that you are drawn to. Maybe you never thought you liked purple but for some reason all your rooms have purple in them. Or perhaps you thought your style was more traditional although you’ve collected quite a few modern rooms.

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Hello There


Alright here’s the deal. I like Design. The thing is I’m no expert. I don’t know all the Design “lingo” yet and I don’t always know the perfect way to make a room look good. But I like Design. And most of the time I love it. There are so many great Design Blogs out there already so I’m not sure if I can add anything else. I figure this can at least be a collection of all the rooms, furniture, objects ect ect that I love. I am currently an Interior Design Student and I learn new things each day. I would love this blog to be a place for people to share ideas and ask questions. So WELCOME to my School of Design.

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House Tour

Updated House Tour coming soon!  Welcome to my Living Room! This room has come so far since it’s humble beginnings. I love spending time in here with my family.  Enjoy!  Our sofa and chair are wool and were originally purchased at Pottery Barn.  We bought them on Craigslist. The rug is by Nate Berkus from HSN. It is no longer available.  The clock above the sofa is from Pottery Barn. I bought it about 5 years ago for $50 on sale.  It’s no loner available.  The yellow flower pillow was purchased at Target.  The silver bowl on the coffee table was bought in Mexico and is a gift from my Mother-in-Law.  I bought the Pottery Barn books at T.J. Maxx a few years ago.  The blue trellis pillow was purchased on Etsy and is made from this fabric.  The peacock pillow is made from Pottery Barn’s Bettina fabric which has been discontinued.  The large navy pillow is from Pottery Barn found at DownEast.  The small lumbar pillow is also from the Bettina Fabric.  The large blue pillow is an outdoor pillow from Pottery Barn found at DownEast.  The blue lamps were bought at Home Goods. You can read more about them here.  The “love” print is from Made By Girl.  The loveseat was bought on Craigslist. The garden stool was bought at a consignment shop for $10.  The curtains were made with this fabric by my friend Erin. You can read more about them here.  The red pillow is from this etsy shop.   The chevron one is from this etsy shop.  Coasters from Furbish. You can read about them here.   Silver trays are from Target and side tables are from Ikea. You can read more about them here.  My coffee table is from Alice Lane made by Shine. You can read more about it here.  My credenza was bought at a garage sale. You can read about it here.  My subway sign was bought at Pottery Barn via DownEast and is no longer available.  You can read more about my living room here. My table set is very old and needs to be replaced. It was a hand-me-down from my parents. One day we’ll get a new one!  The runner is from CB2 and is no longer available. The rug is from CSN. You can read more about it here. It’s a great rug except for that one corner that we can’t get to lay flat.  The roman shade is made with this ikea fabric. I had Melissa of Windows by Melissa make it.  This gallery wall has had a very long evolution. It started out like this.  I’ve since added: Temple photograph by 28th Street Gift and Photo Utah State Print by Q.A. Designs “Give us this day” print by Persimmon and Pink Canvas Photos by Canvas People I posted about my DIY ampersand here.  The highchair is from Ikea. It was super cheap and I love it!  My ladder shelf is from Pottery Barn via Downeast.  The items on this shelf were bought at a variety of locations. Most of them were wedding gifts.  The ikat bowl was purchased on HSN by Nate Berkus. You can read about it here.  The paint color used throughout most of my home is Benjamin Moore’s Hazy Skies.  It’s a greenish grayish color. At night it pulls very green and during the day it’s super light. Almost white. I love it!  Here is Jett’s newly designed room!  I started planning Jett’s room months and months and months ago. I knew that we were going to be having a baby soon and that it was time to move on from the crib. The problem was that Jett seriously loved his crib and he slept great in it. He never once tried to climb out or escape. So I wasn’t really motivated to change things up when things were going so well with his current set-up. Plus his nursery was a labor of love for me.  I decided to make a headboard out of Schumacher’s Adras Ikat Print in Caravan.  Here is the result!  I fell in love with the Turning Pendant from West Elm the first time I ever saw it. I love the natural wood on the base.  I blogged about the artwork from Minted here.  It’s the Alphabet in the Round print from their new art print collection.  I love this happy print. The colors are all perfect for the room and the scale of this print is great for the large empty wall.  The headboard is for sure the “star” of the room. I love it.  The bedding is the Ronan Duvet from Serena and Lily. The sheets are the Sprout Star Sheets also from Serena and Lily.  As you’ve probably noticed from some of my other projects seen here and

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