Incorporating the Modern…A Wishful Room Update.

There’s something about colder, crisper weather that makes me want to redecorate my entire house. Add to that my nesting instinct and it’s a recipe for trouble!

Of course, with a baby on the way, my decorating budget has dramatically decreased. And I’m pretty certain once my little one is in my arms I won’t give a second thought to what my house looks like for at least the first month, but in the meantime, a girl can dream, right?

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Yep. There’s baby stuff around the house now!

When I moved into this home 2 years ago, I had a bit of an infatuation with Pottery Barn. Who doesn’t? But since then, my style has morphed a bit and I would love to incorporate a few modern touches. My new infatuation? Black and white!

However, I wasn’t sure how to incorporate this new infatuation with my much more rustic décor without spending an arm and a leg…until I realized that the answer was right under my feet!

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Since my floors are a lovely, distressed black and white, I figured that I could easily (and cheaply!) tie this into the décor with a few fun throw pillows and blankets without things looking too hodge podge. So I turned to Etsy and Zara Home for some inspiration…

Neon Plus Cross Throw Pillow Cover By Pencil Me In // Mint, Lime Green, Hot PinkBlack and White Triangle Throw Pillow By Pencil Me In // Black and White Pillow18x18 Decorative Throw Pillow Black and White Striped Medium Weight CottonTriangles pillow decorative throw pillow geometric pillow cover white cotton toss arrow pillow case rustic bedding set 18x18 inches ohtteam

Decorative Pillow Cover - 18 x 18 Yellow Black White Chevron Zig Zag  Designer Pillow Cover - Throw Pillow

Let me explain…the throw blanket and pillow with yellow detail you see directly above would go on the armchair and incorporate the few pops of yellow that I already have around the room. And the remaining pillows would get arranged on the couch and would incorporate the teal-ish blue on the entertainment unit and game table/bistro chair.

I would also love to find or create a large piece of canvas art next to my fiddle leaf fig, and print out some fun artwork to replace in the two frames hung above the bench.

And voila! With very little effort I would have a completely new, modern vintage (“modage”) look. Now to replace the couch…

What do you think? Love it or hate it? Do you think the black & white clashes too much with the rug?


Bad news: I got the first cold of the season, and it was a nasty little bug.

Good news: I’m getting it out of the way early!

Well, a couple of days down, and I’m back up and semi-ready to go. But this gorgeous day gives me that extra little bit of motivation that I need!

A few of other things that are exciting me this week:

1. I finally ordered MMS Milk Paint and am expecting it any day now!

2. Mums + pumpkins = the perfect October.

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3. Football + parents in town = the perfect October weekend.

4. Scarf weather!

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It’s the little things that count, right?

The Best News: As of yesterday, Zara Home has officially launched in the U.S., and just in time for the holidays! Oh, how I have dreamed of this day.

For years, I have come across products from Zara Home that I have absolutely adored, only to discover that I couldn’t quite get my hands on them without a quick trip over the ocean. Well, no longer will my frustrations get the better of me – Zara Home is here and here to stay!

Here are just a few of my favorite products:

Zara Home Set


I must be on a bit of a gold kick.

There is free shipping through October so you better get shopping!