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Spring Home Wishlist

Notting Hill is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in central London. It is a cosmopolitan district known as the location for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.This past winter we decided to forego any home improvements. It was cold, we’d already spent 4+ months working HARD on our new home and wanted to give ourselves (and our wallets) a break. After leaving for South Africa in snow and coming back to full-on spring complete with cherry blossoms in bloom, we realized we were ready to dive in headfirst to the home stuff again!

If you follow me on Twitter or InstaGram you’ll have already seen that we’ve been hard at work. In a mission to beat JetLag we wandered Ikea until closing time, sleepily indulging ourselves into anything green and “easy to care for”, and that was just the beginning. Our deck that was built last fall is barren, so we’re hunting for the perfect outdoor furnishings. We want to bring some of the in-home color outdoors, starting with red adirondack chairs and bringing in some toning neutral with a classic lattice outdoor rug. Next up, I’m ready to get my green thumb on; fresh herbs and veggies need to get in my cooking! I saw The Home Depot currently has starter trees to grow on your patio in the nice season that can be brought inside when the weather gets cold; perfect for our four seasoned home!

Spring Things

As for the yard (holy toledo this city girl has a yard!?) Z is hellbent on getting a classic picnic table, while I’m drawn to string lights for setting the ambiance for many backyard barbecues and margarita parties to come. To round out the yard I’m loving some fresh outdoor table settings; a fruity or veggie table runner is kitschy, while modern plating pulls it in for a more youthful flair. I have this vision of white plates dipped in gold, and I’m thinking they’ll have to be a DIY project similar to this one by Sarah Hearts.

Lastly, our welcome mat from when we first bought our home did not weather the winter well. I’m wanting something fun for spring, and lucky for me my girl Chela Mitchell has some great ones available, including this “My Other House is a Yacht”!

what are you doing to prepare for spring? What are you favorite picks for outdoor entertaining!? Seriously, share with me, inspire me! And be sure to follow me as I’ll be posting more home updates soon (after more South Africa snaps!)

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In My Home: The Accent Wall

_MG_6450Hello friends and followers! Today’s post is a bit different, as I’ll be featuring my home!
Having moved around a lot in my adult years (this is my 15th spot in 6 years), I never decorated too much, though I’ve always had an eye and dream for interior decorating. Now that I’m in what appears to be a long term living situation, I figured it was time to decorate, and create a cozy and inspiring space.
My beau and I found Urban Walls on InstaGram, and immediately knew the triangle decals would be a great addition to our animal-meets-structural shapes living room! When Urban Walls reached out to do a collaboration, I knew it was meant to be. In addition to these cool triangles, Urban Walls offers on-trend giant polka dots (in TWENTY FOUR colors), perfect quoteables, and every kitschy or cute shape you can think of!

Maven clearly decided to do his part in helping as I prepared to set up our accent wall…20131108-105417.jpg
I especially love these decals as they were so easy I was able to set them up one afternoon completely on my own; Easy as cut, stick, and peel! Bing, Bang, Boom and two hours later I had myself a wall that attracted the eye and accented the other elements of the room._MG_6302I have OCD, I admit, but more recently I’ve been trying to live by the “a home should be collected not decorated” mentality, which is also an exceptional mentality to have when cohabitating! Our home is a lovely mix of old and new, modern and vintage, art…The wall decals are a perfect addition to tie it all together! Color plays a big role in the theme of our living room, primarily a bold red hue, which makes quite a pop against the black-on-white decals._MG_6323_MG_6315

Banana Republic top
Iro Paris blazer from TARI
Baker’s heels
Necklace c/o Satya Jewlery

_MG_6387  _MG_6449I love our coffee table; a mix of culture and things we both love including fashion, poetry, a marble chess set, and an array of scented candles for whatever mood we may be in. Everything is set up with a gallery wall of animal themed images, and the couch plays  around with DIY pillows of shapely animals from Ikea fabric._MG_640720131108-105348.jpgWhat do you think of our home? How would YOU decorate an accent wall to tie it in to your own home?

Be sure to check out Urban Walls and let the inspiration flow!  Seriously, their InstaGram is a hub of interior design inspo for ANY Style or person!

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