Etsy Finds and Favorites – August Edition

Over the last year, I’ve had a particular desire to get rid of all our stuff and replace it with only what we really need. I’ve already purged my closet and significantly reduced my book collection and have plans for the kitchen and basement next. But, while I find the idea

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Shopping for Vintage and Antique Furniture at The HighBoy

I have always had a great love for vintage and antique furniture and home decor. Growing up, we didn’t have a huge collection of vintage in our home, but we did have a wonderful antique desk as well as a barrister bookcase that belonged to my grandfather. These were my favorite

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Master Bedroom & Bathroom Refresher

I recently completed a concept for a transitional and neutral master bedroom and bathroom refresh. My clients wanted to replace their hand-me-down furniture and update the look to their current taste but were torn between investing in this home or starting from scratch with a new-build. When we met, they

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Amber Interiors
Interior Design

My Favorite Round Mirrors

Round mirrors are having a bit of a moment. They work beautifully over a dresser in the bedroom, in combination with a great console in the entry, or in lieu of art anywhere throughout the home. They function equally well as an unexpected element in bathrooms of all shapes and styles,

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Etsy Favorites - Ceramic Bangle Bracele
Interior Design

Etsy Favorites – July Edition

Since it’s a brand new month, I thought it was a good time for another round up of my Etsy favorites. I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s impossible to find anything good on Etsy these days. Why did they take away the old front page? The

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Interior Design

New at Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation has been killing it lately. Their catalogs are chock full of inspiring interiors and yummy new light fixtures along with vintage inspired hardware and home goods. I’ve been a huge fan for over ten years and used several of their fixtures while remodeling my house in Pennsylvania. When the

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IKEA SEKTION Kitchen GRIMSLOV Door Style
Kitchen Design

Before and After Kitchen Makeover with IKEA SEKTION

Back in March, I blogged about a kitchen remodel project that I designed for a family using IKEA’s SEKTION cabinet line. The layout of the kitchen was awkward mostly due to a doorway that led into a little used dining room. The cabinets were not in the best of shape,

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Interior Design

IKEA VIKTIGT Collection

The new IKEA VIKTIGT collection is delighting bloggers and designers all over the web. Designed by Ingegerd Råman, the collection of minimalist pieces is all about finding beauty in simplicity. The items are unified through a restrained palette of black, white and natural wood or fiber. They demonstrate an emphasis

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Amber Interiors - Dining Nooks
Interior Design

Dining Nooks

I have been obsessed with the idea of built-in dining nooks ever since I first read The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka many years ago now. There’s no space for such a nook in our current house, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about incorporating one into

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Banana Leaf Art Print
Interior Design

Etsy Finds and Favorites

I used to be an avid Etsy shopper back when I had my own jewelry shop on the site, and I used to post pretty frequently about my favorite items. A few years ago, I closed my jewelry business and stepped away from all things Etsy for a little while. When

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Nicole Davis Interiors White and Gold Kitchen
Kitchen Design

Pretty Gold and White Kitchen by Nicole Davis Interiors

As soon as I spotted this pretty gold and white kitchen by Nicole Davis Interiors on Pinterest, I was smitten and wanted to see more. White Shaker style cabinets, white and gray marble and brass accents combine for a charming, feminine space with a timeless appeal. The large brass shade pendants

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Go Boho with Pottery Barn

The mailman dropped off my new Pottery Barn catalog this afternoon. Usually, I just chuck it right in the recycling bin because I feel like it’s the same thing over and over every month. For whatever reason, I decided to flip through it and was pleasantly surprised by some of

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Welcome! I’m a Des Moines based interior designer, boy mom to one, avid reader and always aspiring artist. I started this blog when I moved to Iowa in 2008. Currently, I write about life in Iowa, personal development, and my creative journey.

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