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Win a Canon Rebel T3i

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I’m so excited to share a huge giveaway that I was lucky enough to be part of – Latrina from Of Trees and Hues is celebrating her birthday and  new camera, and organized this giveaway to let one lucky winner get their own Canon Rebel T3i! The group of bloggers behind this giveaway are such an amazing group, check them all out below:

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Of Trees and Hues | Lorelai’s Things | Cocorrina | Melissa Alam | Buckets and Spades | Whisky & Tinder | Thatch & Thistle | Thou Swell | Writers Block Near You | A Lively Blend | Tara Victoria | Fashiony Fab | My Life Box | Kyla is Inspired | Star Crossed Smile | Love Grows Design | Coco and Mingo | J for Jamie | 45 Wall Design | We Resolve | To Adventure | Team Wiking | Hanna’s Places | Clear the Way | Diana Willard | Pen & Peplum | La Designerie | Witty Title Here | Cambria Grace | Mamages | Emma Lou Designs | Safaris and Sunsets | Tori’s Tales | Folk & Fest | Lucky Number Seven | Likes of Us | Ex Vitae | Horses of Ares

So what are you waiting for? Enter using the widget below:

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- Kevin

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Wordly Converted Railway Depot

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This week’s interior spotlight is a fabulously cultured converted railway depot in update New York, home of Frederico de Vera. It’s a classic Elle Decor feature, with 14-foot ceilings and beautiful details. This entry just gets me – I love the gold frames that reach the ceiling, and the red door as well!

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I love that Frederico uses curtains in the doorways instead of doors. It makes them softer and keeps the lines of the room from being too harsh. Also the simple white pendant in this room looks superb!

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This garden space looks like a paradisaical oasis (that view is too good to be true)! The red bench is awesome. Below, Frederico mixes and matches chairs (the best I’ve ever seen) and also boasts some pretty amazing pendants hanging low to the table. I also love the white busts up in the corner!

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(via Elle Decor, photographed by William Abranowicz)

It seems that Mr. De Vera has the dream home - converted commercial-use building to beautiful luxurious residence. From gold frames to those dining room chairs, it’s a cultivated delight!

- Kevin

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Wallflowers

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(via Decor8)

I’ve been thinking about wallpaper lately and I’m loving the color and texture it can bring to a room, even on just one wall. Some wallpapers add depth and interest, while others just add a pattern or design that  creates a dramatic backdrop for any room. A hard (but fantastic) trick is combining busy patterns in close proximity, and a busy wallpaper is a fabulous way to introduce a pattern and color palette on a large scale to match with other patterns on furniture and decor for a cozy or simply eye-popping display. Another great combination would be simple modern furniture with a busy contrasting wall. Check out my favorite wallpaper picks below:

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Add exotic patterns to your wall with flamingoes and palm leaves! I love this Flamingo print because the pattern is bold but the colors are soft, and I’ve loved this Martinique paper ever since I saw it in Domaine Home’s wallpaper DIY video.

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Marble a simple but unexpected choice for your wall, but packs a minimalist punch. A cool choice for wallpaper, and I love both Ferm Living and Wallpaper Direct’s papers.

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I love Hygge & West’s collections because they’ve collaborated with so many awesome artists like Joy Cho from Oh Joy! to create a beautiful collection of patterns like these. I love the color palette in Nethercote and Garden is just so summery!

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(Lear Gaukur via Anthropologie)

Last but not least, this wallpaper is my absolute favorite! This pattern is old fashioned and fun, with fresh colors and an exotic palette that would look smashing paired with contemporary furniture. Isn’t it fantastic?

- Kevin

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Contemporary With a Kick

Recently I’ve been most enamored with the types of spaces that are able to take a simplistic modern aesthetic and add life to its stark edges.  Though I appreciate modernism at it’s most extreme form, I think that living spaces should have a feeling of life to them that keeps them welcoming and comfortable. This apartment may be one of my absolute favorites I’ve shared in my Monday series – I could live here in a heartbeat. It’s just got a kick to it that feels so inviting!

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Can I just say that you can’t go wrong with nice moulding? It looks great in a traditional setting, but with this mid-century contrast, it really looks fantastic!

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Now here’s an equation I’m not confused about: marble tulip table + wicker chairs = yes.

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(iphotographed by J. Ingerstedt)

Can you see why I’m head-over-heels about this place? It’s got color, it’s got life, and it’s got nods to both classical and contemporary schools of thought – what a great résumé!

- Kevin

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Get Geared Up For Spring Giveaway

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Hey friends! I’m so excited to announce a spring-inspired Etsy giveaway, brought to you by an amazing group of Etsy shops… Meet them all here:

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→ boxed letter set

Moglea, run by Meg Gleason, is my favorite new letterpress shop! It has an amazing array of designs from birthday cards to calendars. Meg’s designs are sweet, simple, and fun, and her hand lettering is beautiful!

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→ hand-painted mug

This ceramics shop is run by Edith, from Québec, and her hand-painted cups, plates, mugs, and bowls are absolutely beautiful. All of her designs are intricate blue and white patterns and feel very European and authentic.

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→ brass cuff

Dinosaur Toes has an amazing assortment of home wares, apparel, and jewelry. Everything in Danielle’s store has a unique casual vibe, and I absolutely love the simplicity of it all! Definitely a one-stop shop for spring apparel!

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→ from the garden of stamp

Milly’s custom stamp shop is the perfect place to find all types of personalized stamps, from wedding to return address stamps, Hunter & Co. Designs has you covered! This “from the garden of” stamp is perfect for gifting flowers or produce to friends or family!

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→ peony print

Kari Herer’s photography shop one of my absolute favorite shops on Etsy – her work is brilliant! She combines flowers, drawings, and photography in beautiful whimsical prints that are exquisite pieces of art. I’m so excited to see where the winner hangs their Peony Print – it is the perfect wall addition for spring!

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→ modern vases

Lucie and Meg have an awesome and eclectic mix of handcrafted porcelain items, and this set of three bud vases is the perfect addition to desk, side table, or dresser for a little floral pick-me-up!

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→ coaster set

I’m in love with The Coastal’s selection of coasters, which is why I’m letting the winner have their choice of coaster design! Rissa’s hand-painted ceramic coaster designs are simple but classic. In black, gold, green, and blue, I know it will be hard to choose your favorite!

Click here to enter the giveaway or use the widget below. Winner will be announced on April 12th.

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- Kevin

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A Space Dialogue

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The 2008 recession created a lot of changes for my family, specifically causing us to move. This was the start to a whole new chapter in my life. Moving was, and is, a very stressful process (and especially so when one of your dog dies two days into it), but seeing our furniture in a different  house made me see it through a whole new lens, but also made me love it even more. We created our home in a whole different place but we had these pieces of furniture that stuck with us and provided the structure for our family setting and aesthetic in a completely different space. It is literally the fabric and color of our house, and I love the stories it tells in any space it occupies.

There are always those little corners, furniture, or details in your home that you love, be it the color or texture or unique quirkiness that sticks so vividly in your memory, but those details are the essence of your home, the spaces we most fondly associate with feeling safe and protected, or just plain comfortable. These spaces that shape our domestic life are so unique to each person and provide a special lens into someone’s life, and so I created A Space Dialogue to prompt you to consider these reminiscent spaces that you recall when you think of your home.

Continue reading to see my own space dialogue…

- Kevin

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If Spring Were a Cottage…

… it would be this bright and clean renovated cottage, filled with light and just the right amount of rustic accents to create that homey aesthetic. I have to admit that the words ‘rustic’ or ‘cottage’ do not say home to me, but I this cottage showcases a brilliant balance of white space and warm rustic accents (mostly being raw wood) to add that warm aspect without getting too stuffy.

What’s not too love about windows with lots of panes, am I right? Plus, subway tiles and dark grout seem to be just the ticket when it comes to bathrooms these days.

The bedroom boasts an incredibly tall ceiling, from which hang two long pendant lights which add a nice eclectic touch to the room. Another interesting part to the bedroom is the smooth white floors, very different from the warm hardwood in the kitchen and bathroom above.

(via Home Life, photographed by Armelle Habib)

Another bathroom, this one featuring neat sliding doors and some very vintage-looking drawers below the white sink, which is very slick and modern. A nice contrast, complemented nicely with a green branch. Can’t go wrong with some greenery!

- Kevin

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