Decor, Design & DIY

Boo's & Bar Carts

This Halloween, don't let the kids have all the fun - adults need to to have fun too! And what better way to celebrate than with some BOO-ze! I love using my versatile bar cart during the holidays. It's a fun, quick way to turn an empty living room corner into the life of the party. I wanted to do a spooky, elegant take on the traditional orange and black jack-o-lanterns - after all this is a grown-up celebration! And if you guys don't know this about me yet, I never style with basic, primary colors. So I went for a dark, moody vibe of black, rust, deep plum and sage green. All the items were purchased at local retail stores, and I've provided the sources below so you can shop this look. And of course I can never put my style on display without a couple of DIY pieces (banner & signage), the prettiest florals from Twig & Twine and gorgeous photography by Laura Moll!

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Hope I could provide you with some sophisticated, grown-up party inspiration that will be sure to scare up some of your guests! Happy party-styling!!

 

Napkins & Vase: World Market | Pumpkins & Candles: Hobby Lobby | Plates: Bonjour Fete | Coasters: Pottery Barn | Banner & Signage: AK Designs | Bar Cart: Target | Skull & Spiders: Michael's 


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White walls & what to love about them

 

For those of you following along on my Instagram and blog, I'm sure it's pretty obvious that I never design a room with white walls. No matter what the style or function of a space, paint is one of my key design elements. Drawing color from furniture, artwork and rugs, I incorporate similar colors into the walls to create a complete and cohesive look. Lately, I've noticed that the white, minimal look is becoming increasingly popular. Some of my favorite designers are keeping it simple with white walls, and while I haven't fully gotten into the trend yet, I do agree that it makes a room feel clean, modern and bright. When combined with certain furniture pieces, complementary colors and other design/architectural elements, the once "boring" white walls are barely noticeable. I'm sharing some of my favorites below!

 
 
 

This light and airy living room designed by Pure Salt Interiors is reflective of their fresh, seaside style. The ultra white walls work perfectly with their coastal aesthetic and I love the way the tall windows break up the neutral paint. 

 
 
 
 
 

Studio McGee is known for their bright and clean aesthetic and this bedroom is a perfect example. The white walls are played down against the canopy bed, which anchors the space, adds height and provides a large-scale focal point. 

Photo via Studio McGee

Photo via Studio McGee

Photo via JDP Interiors

Photo via JDP Interiors

 
 

This office design is full of rich color and texture. Designed by JDP Interiors, who's biggest inspiration comes from nature, the emerald green couch is eye-catching and the perfect color to compliment neutral walls.

 
 
 

This living room designed by Squarefoot Interior Design showcases dark toned furniture against white walls. Adding floor-to-ceiling drapes incorporates a different texture on the walls, creating depth and dimension. 

Photo via Glitter Guide

Photo via Glitter Guide

 
 
 

Glitter Guide featured this feminine nursery and it's the perfect setting for simple, white walls. Adding colorful artwork and a bright, bold rug (not to mention that adorable neon pink crib) infuse the perfect amount of color into the space. 


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Floral Feminine Nursery

 

For my first #AKdesignforyou, I put together the sweetest nursery design for you guys! Complete with floral wallpaper, modern furniture elements and the perfect touch of feminine accents, it's the perfect place to bring any baby girl home to. I kept the larger furniture items and drapes neutral, brought out the the dusty-pink palette in the rug and accessories and added a touch of glam with a gold mirror and sparkling chandelier. It can't get any cuter, trust me. Check out the links below to shop the entire look and recreate this nursery yourself!

 
 
 

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