Thursday, May 30, 2013

Absolutely stunning bathrooms

There is something about a wonderful bathroom. You can shut the door and escape, even if it’s just for a short while. If you're one for rituals, undoubtedly a couple of yours take place there. For me it's a space where it's okay for me to say, "No, you can't come in," and enjoy some privacy and personal space. There is nothing like a bath, candlelight, and a good book.

Through and through I am a fan of white interiors, but there is something so luxurious about a small room painted in such a rich color. My tiny kitchen is navy blue and it makes it feel more expensive than it really is. And that chandelier! To me, anytime there is upholstery in the bathroom it feels elegant to me.

Love that showerhead! Even if you don't have the funds to renovate your bathroom, changing out your hardware and faucets can make a huge impact. Mira Showers Shower Accessories is one of several fantastic suppliers. I'm not usually drawn to the industrial look, but this is still clean and elegant. The gold sink hardware is nice to balance it out too. I’m also a fan of the wood paneled ceiling. This bathroom by a fab designer I just discovered - Summer Thornton

I have a weakness for leaded glass windows or anything that looks like leaded glass. What do you think of the prints hanging over the window molding?

The master bath in our new home has dual sinks, and I cannot wait! Finally sweetums and I won't be dancing around the sink both trying to brush our teeth at the same time!

That black tile is so gorgeous. And the simple glass shower guard doesn't disrupt from the view. I also LOVE having a window in the shower! I could never have a rain showerhead though, because I don't wash my hair every time I get in the shower.

I would prefer to see just one tile size used here, but the vanity top is perfect.

Even if you don't have a fancy glass or walk in shower, a lux shower curtain or an ottoman or chair can add a glamorous touch. The pop of color from the rug is cute, too.

Do you have any tricks to make your bathroom feel more glamorous or restful?

1. House Beautiful, 2. Houzz via Summer Thornton, 3-4. BHG, 5. Elle Decor, 6. Houzz, 7. Lonny Mag

disclosure*: This a guest post by Mira Showers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We're officially homeowners - and some adorable pics of our new puppy!

Yesterday we closed on our first home, and what a good feeling it was to have the keys in our hands!  My godson was also born yesterday, AND I surprised Chris with a puppy for his 30th birthday on Saturday - so an eventful week all around!

Our adorable furry bundle is named Sammy, and he's a 15-week half Boxer half German Shepherd that we rescued.  It was love at first site! We spent the weekend at my parent's farm, where he got to meet his canine cousins, Juno, Remi, and Storm, and all the other animals on the farm, which include pigs, chickens, turkeys, and sheep.

Adoring daddy

Wherever uncle Remi went, Sammy was sure to follow

We required lots of snoozes between playing

Sammy meets this year's rams.

We got Sammy from Must Love Dogs Rescue of Maryland, and they were absolutely wonderful to work with and took such good care of Sammy before he came home to us!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another great giveaway to adorn your walls!

Enter for a chance to win this very cool world map mural from Wallpapered. I've actually been looking for something just like this so we have a constant reminder of all the awesome places we've traveled to over the years. It's over 6.5' long and 3' tall. It would also look great in a study, library, home office, or kid's room! To win, just use the widget below to "Like" Wallpapered on Facebook, and leave a comment sharing where your dream vacation would be!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are some other goodies:

The preview tool on the Wallpapered site is really cool and allows you to move and zoom in on the image.

They have pieces from artists and designers, like Elisabeth Olwen, who gets inspiration from her mother's house.

They also have works from the masters, like Manet.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to share where you'd go on your dream vacation!! The contest closes at 12 AM EST on May 31, 2013.

Announcing the winner of the bespoke Bloom Papers wall mural!

Congrats to Valerie Hildebrand! Valerie's the luck winner of a wall mural from Bloom Papers.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and I'll be announcing another great giveaway this afternoon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma love

I'm sure that like me, most of you have had Oklahoma on your minds these past couple of days.  I can't even begin to imagine the heartache.  I thought today I'd show my support by sharing this fun and pretty Oklahoma home full of genius DIY projects.

So charming!

Read more about this home at BHG

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Friday - eye candy!

I feel awful I've been so neglectful of Decorology lately!  Our settlement couldn't come sooner, because I'm not going to feel like the house is really ours until I have the keys.  Now I'm just in countdown mode until May 28th!

Here are some gorgeous spaces to get your weekend started off right:

via Pinterest via House Beautiful

4 above via BHG

I might test out having white floors in my home office.  I love the look but would only want to commit to a small space in the beginning.

via Elements of Style

via BHG

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Win a bespoke mural from bloompapers!

Announcing another great giveaway! The cool folks at Bloompapers were kind enough to offer one lucky Decorology reader a bespoke mural in celebration of the launch of bloompapers in the US! For a chance to win, all they request is that you "Like" them on Facebook, and share the competition on your wall. You can do that easily using the widget below.
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don't have to leave a comment, but I'd still love to hear which mural you like best! Here are some I thought were particularly cool or interesting.

Bloompapers also has a lot of really unique wallpaper options as well.

 The contest closes May 23 at 12 AM EST. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dreaming of our new home - what is on my inspiration board

Our settlement is getting close!  May 28th and I am getting really excited!  Here is the direction I think I'd like to go in with our space:

You know I'm all about a white kitchen!

That backsplash and that counter...swoon

I've always loved this photo.

My dream dining table and chairs! This is from the Washington School House Hotel.

I'm not always a fan of chalkboard walls, but they're prettier than white boards, and it might be a good way to really keep on top of my project milestones for the week.

1-3, 6 via BHG 4, 5. via Elements of Style 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Crisp White Home That Still Has Historic Charm

This Sag Harbor home caught my eye recently. It's at times a bit rustic for my tastes, but I think the balance of clean and modern, and respecting the homes historic charms - like exposed beams, is perfect.

In love with that rug!

Black floors in white rooms are really starting to grow on me.

The dining room is the only one that sticks out to me a little.  I would love to see a few sleeker elements brought in to counteract with the more rustic ones.

The tiny gray tiles on the floor are so pretty

via Lonny