Andi shares her tips on designing the bedroom of your bohemian dreams on a budget - as seen on domino.Read More
After a year in our new (old) home I'm finally ready to start sharing it all with you! Before I could let you in 😉 I had another guest coming. Who you ask? Well, I'm so thrilled to share first looks from our domino magazine tour (shot by one of my first Nashville friends, Alyssa Rosenheck)! When domino calls you give them first dibs, of course. However, now it's yours for the viewing!
I've included the Q&A from the domino feature at the close of this post if you want the down and dirty about how Ben and I put our space together. There's honestly so much more to do and I'll be sharing additional reports as we go. As a travel writer, sharing the design of my space wasn't necessarily something I'd considered much before, however, bringing our travels into our home is something I'm always doing, so perhaps that idea will inspired what you're bringing home from your own travels too!
A few details about our house and then we can jump right in. Our home is a two-bedroom bungalow (built in the ‘40s) located just outside Nashville in the idyllic countryside town of Gallatin. Ben and I had a goal of creating a home that blends our style, shows off some our vintage finds, and puts our favorite memories from our travels on display. So here we go! Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
All photos: ©AlyssaRosenheck
How long have you lived in your home?
Less than a year! Ben and I are both from New Orleans however, when we met several years ago, he had an apartment in downtown Nashville and I was living uptown in New Orleans. We both travel so much (he being a musician and I a travel and style writer) so when we decided to combine our lives into one home we began looking for something near Nashville and a few months later the house was ours.
How did you choose Nashville to be your home base?
New Orleans will always be home for us and the inspiration we each gain from that city is immeasurable—Nashville offers so much to the creatives living here. We considered quite a few cities but wanted to be in a place where Ben could make music and where I could take time away to write, while still having the energy of a music-driven city nearby. Our home is walking distance from an old-school downtown square with an old-fashioned soda shop, a theatre, a juice shop, and farmer’s market—plus lots of antique shops and locally owned boutiques. It’s an easy drive into Nashville, and surrounded by natural areas and parks so, we’re able to feel a bit of respite when we’re home.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
I’d describe my aesthetic as maximal-eclectic collector. I love texture and layers sprinkled with collected personal treasures. I dress the same way I decorate. Our home is filled with nubby blankets picked up from our road trips through Texas and Montana, mixed with a few favorites like our plush velvet sofa, which was sourced from a local antique shop. We both love a lived-in relaxed style with luxe touches.
How long did it take you to design your space?
It’s very much in progress, however the space began to feel like home after a few months. When we’re not traveling we both use our space for our personal creative endeavors so it needed to inspire the art to manifest in each of us. I do quite a bit of consulting work and when Ben is not on tour with his current band he’s working on his own music. For us, we wanted to design our space quickly so we could live and work, without it feeling hastily pulled together.
We set out to fill the space with furniture, rugs, and textiles first. Then, since we’re constantly collecting quirky souvenirs from our travels—and since Ben inevitably comes home with new concert posters (we have a room full of them!) from each tour—we felt that once the bones of the space were in place, we could constantly change up what’s layered in.
What’s your favorite place to find new decor?
While Ben loves heirlooms and I love mementos from travels, when buying something new we both want to feel a sense of connection to the piece. I like to know the story behind the things I’m adding to our home. We’ve bought much of our one-of-a-kind bohemian pieces from Nashville shop Trésor Cru (which translates from French to “vintage treasure”), including plant stands, baskets, bowls, tables, and chairs. The shell planter hanging in the kitchen nook is my absolute favorite find from them.
There are so many antique shops and flea markets near us and we’re regulars at those. In regards to art, I’m always scouring Instagram looking for artists doing cool things. I just added two paintings from southern painter Blayne Macauley to our bedroom; Ben takes 35mm film photos (most of the landscape photos in my coming book are photos he shot!) and I send all of our art and photos to Framebridge on the recommendation of an artist friend. I specifically love their Designer’s Choice service—often they’ll give framing ideas I hadn’t thought of.
I’m obsessed with the wallpapers and fabrics at Hygge & West and as I’ve been warming Ben up to the idea of wallpaper, I’ve done quite a few DIY wallpaper projects like lining the interiors of bookshelves and framing 4-5 foot sections of paper as if they’re a piece of art themselves. The Nana paper from Justina Blakeney’s Hygge & West collection is in the living room, framed in a 5-foot frame, and I have that same paper on my porch.
I need to know the story behind the green sofa! And the Bill Murray painting!
The sofa is seriously my favorite! Ben and I found it at a local antique shop on our very first trip out to source things for the house. Can you believe we actually passed on it the first time? I went back to that shop with his mom a month later, the price had been reduced and it was still there! She encouraged it and we bought it on the spot and had it delivered a few days later.
In regards to the painting: I’m a huge Bill Murray fan, I mean who isn’t, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is my all time favorite movie. This piece was created by an incredible Louisiana based artist (T.J. Black). I’d spent quite a bit of time around his studio as he was working on a collection that was pop-art inspired. When I saw this piece, I just couldn’t live without it. There is such a fun sense of whimsy in it and of course Bill is a classic. It makes me smile everyday (I’ve owned it for around seven years and have always hung it where it’s one of the first things I see in the morning). I feel like when collecting art or anything that is going to be permanently on your walls, absolutely loving it is key, especially if you are making an investment.
Which room of your home do you spend the most time in?
Our entertainment room! In the design of the house, it would technically be a dining room, but for us it’s where we eat, hang out, listen to music, and entertain. We added a big fluffy couch from West Elm and loads of afghans and floor pillows. Ben has a music studio that’s still in renovation in our home, however we have an upright piano, a few guitars and a record player in this room. Often times, I spend hours on end writing at the farm table that’s situated along the northern window and energetically, it’s the heart of the house
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the weathered colors and textures in nature. I’m drawn to the landscapes experienced along our road trips—from seascapes to mountains and the in between, and I love that Ben shoots on film. I’m forever inspired by what comes out of his analog cameras. I love the study of wabi sabi—a Japanese worldview centered on seeing the beauty in imperfection and accepting the natural cycle of life. It’s a philosophy that has inspired a joy in collecting things like old tea towels and wilted flowers pressed between pages of books. It reminds me to embrace moments when things aren’t perfect as a part of the life experience.
What’s your favorite memory you have in your home?
Every time we’ve hosted friends and family it’s been pure magic and full of memories! We’re preparing to host a party for about a dozen friends to celebrate my book release and I want it to be a mystical experience for everyone. I’ve learned to slow down and not worry so much about creating perfection and instead to focus on what will create warmth and a glow for people when they visit. For example: I’ll gift the guests, all of whom are close personal friends, chakra stones, and the essential oils and herbal blends that I burn everyday. Sense of smell is closely linked with memory and I want our guests to take home the feeling of being here with us.
Also, Ben has been gone so much for his tour so every time he comes home we spend hours cooking, drinking wine, and listening to music on our porch and those nights are a big reminder of why we chose a home away from the noise and light pollution of a city!
What’s your favorite room?
Our bedroom. It was certainly one of the selling points of the house: there’s a fireplace in one corner that we’ve lined with books and crystals and there’s beautiful light in the room, too. While my tendency is towards lots of layers, we kept this room fairly minimal. We used lighter colors and added wooden touches like the antique trunks, which we use as nightstands. The trunks are family heirlooms, a great-great aunt of Ben’s traveled the Orient in the ‘30s, bought the trunks and shipped them home (and they were antiques then!). They’ve been passed down since.
I love gallery walls, however in this room, I chose single pieces that have a bit of a muse-like quality. I absolutely love the vibe of the girl in the black and white photograph sitting above my dresser. This room has become a quiet retreat for relaxation and meditative moments. In the evenings I’ll light up some palo santo and sage and spend the final hour of the day winding down.
I also love your little clothing rack corner. Is that due to space constraints or a desire to show off your favorite objects?
A bit of both. Our house is a small, two-bedroom bungalow built in the ‘40s and the closets are basically non-existent. I’ve dealt with this before, I lived in a French Quarter loft apartment years ago in New Orleans and took the same approach. Vintage dresses and beautiful pieces hang on the rack that’s visible to visitors and the less beautiful things go in the closets. It certainly makes getting dressed fun in the morning! We have two small closets in our bedroom so things like shoes, denim, and bags are tucked away while the more luxurious pieces hang in view.
How do you keep your plants alive if you're always on the road?
Whenever we have friends and family over they ask the same thing! However, after a bit of testing and plenty of plant mama homework, I’ve figured out which plants work for us. I typically choose low maintenance plants (no fiddle figs here, as much as I’d love to have one!). I love philodendrons, snake plants, succulents, and cacti. I keep self watering aqua globes in the plants that need to be watered a bit more regularly. We’re rarely gone for more than two weeks at a time so, the aqua bulbs can keep things alive while we’re away. Most of the plants in our house are resilient and will bounce back to life with water and the right light.
And tell me a bit about your book, launching September 12! How is it different than your first?
Yes, so soon! The book Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style is a fashion travelogue featuring nine intimate road trips exploring cities, beaches, deserts, and forests—it is intended to make the reader feel as if they're traipsing the country with their best, and best-dressed girlfriends. I creative-directed and wrote the book and traveled with several insanely talented photographer friends to create the imagery. As a girl with a love for off-the-beaten-path destinations, I found myself putting aside standard travel guides and, instead, looking to fashion mavens, musicians, and artists for travel and style inspiration. Each chapter opens with a playlist, a book list, and a packing list to set the vibe for the trip, and then features favorite vintage shops, late-night dancing spots, and Instagram-worthy local lunch counters, too. There’s trendy destinations like Marfa, Santa Fe, New Orleans, and Joshua Tree and then artistic hideaways along each route too.
I couldn’t even compare it with the first book, they’re so different! New Orleans Style takes a look at the melting pot of cultures that gave rise to the diverse sartorial influences found in New Orleans. It’s a bit of a historical account of of French sophistication, Spanish exuberance and deep Creole roots. It’s truly my ode to the legacy of the costume, couture and style of my home.
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I shared a cheat sheet last week before the full moon and had so much feedback on how much you guys love the idea of adult slumber partying! Yay, I LOVE the idea too and kinda want to spend the rest of the summer hosting grown up sleepovers. I thought it would be fun to expand this a little bit and give you guys some additional ideas for your own mystical night in. In true Oui We style today's post is all about living out your fullest bohemian fantasies! It's truly the perfect way to spend these slow, magical summer nights.
I worked with Notable to create my House Warming Party Checklist and am happy to work with them again on this post! I'm definitely in a Chardonnay summer mood lately and this brand is refined, expressive and accessible too - perfect for a mystical slumber party. So let's get started, here's how to host your own mystical magical (grownup) sleepover.
1. The Mystical Mama Wardrobe:
To get started, you've got to dress the part. Since this is a slumber party make sure you and your guests are dressed in comfy PJs or other gypsy style attire. Colorful silk pajamas, oversized sleep shirts, and mumus are totally welcomed. On your invitation include a note about what to wear.
Another fun option would be to make a trip to your favorite local thrift shop and stock up on oversized vintage dresses so everyone can play dress up throughout the night. Hang the dresses on a rolling rack and instruct the guests to choose their own attire when they arrive.
2. Set the Mood
The next step is to create that I Dream Of Jeannie ambiance. Set up camp in your living room with plenty of floor pillows, colorful blankets and tapestries to get cozy in, and then light up the sage and palo santo! Get your old lava lamp out and throw a scarf over a lampshade for extra enchantment points.
3. Wine Time
Now that you’re dressed and the vibe is set, its time for some spirit in the form of wine! Wines vary in style, region, and taste, yet most labels don’t define the delightful flavor you’re about to sip. What I love about Notable (besides how yummy it is!) is how elegantly the bottle showcases the taste on the label, all you have to do is follow the flavor notes (it makes the wine aisle much less confusing I think!)! I love the fruity and crisp variety, and there's an oaky and buttery option too - for my party I'll have both available.
Bonus tip: If you're hosting your party on the night of the full moon party make a moon inspired cheese tray to start with - everyone knows the moon is made of cheese … isn't it? 🌝 Pair the cheese with circular-cut meats and round "full moon" crackers and then serve classic moon pies for desert.
4. Spiritual Entertainment
Your mystical slumber party would be totally incomplete without some sort of spiritual entertainment. Read each other's astrological birth charts, or play with a deck of Tarot Cards and pull out your fortune telling book for fun (I've been sharing mine on my instastories, I'm obsessed with it!). It’s time to see what the future holds!
Create a playlist and pile your records up and and let your guests DJ to inspire them to groove to the beat of their inner free spirit.
5. Dreamy DIYs
On the evening itinerary make time for DIY dream catchers or flower crowns for everyone to take home as a souvenir from the night. Dreamcatchers can be crafted from excess fabric, beads, feathers etc. and will prolong the good vibes! Flower crowns are easy too - either pick up fresh flowers or faux works fine - just add a wire and hot glue gun.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this! Definitely share your own magical slumber parties with me! I can't wait host my own, and of course, follow along on instagram to see the behind the scenes. xo!
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Lately the STYLE category of Oui We is becoming as much about the bohemian style we're applying to our home, as it is wardrobe and personal style. It's been a total treat to be in our house, and to take the time to really design a space that feels so us. I mentioned in the progress report post that we'd be having the house photographed, and that deadline is creeping up. And, real talk: like just about every other woman I know that moves into a new home (and plenty of guys too) I've been a bit pinterest board crazy... crazy to the point of having one of my brilliant interns specifically calling out that we needed to add a new category over there: "Décor Bohème" of all the things that I was saving.
With that said, as I spend hours upon hours scrolling those boards gaining inspiration to finish up each room it's also worth mentioning that I'm most definitely not your typical DIY gal - I'm up for an occasional project, however, I'm as up for hiring the right help when it's necessary.
As I started preparing to organize our laundry room, I came across 3 questions:
1. Is the space so small it will only accommodate laundry and associated supplies?
2. Is there enough storage to include cleaning and utility items as well as laundry?
3. Does the room also serve as a mudroom?
Our laundry room can barely even be called that, it truly is a mudroom leading out to our backyard - it's the space for all of our gardening and outdoor tools and equipment, our cleaning supplies, and where extra paint cans and renovation supplies live (so yes to #2 and #3 above). Right now it's also home to the piles of boxes from packages Ben and I get - those boxes seem to hibernate there until we finally break them down and remove them. If I do this right it should be where our mail, pocket change and all those little things that can so easily pile up get collected and sorted through in an organized fashion.
Also, since Ben and I both travel so much, when we return home, there's literally that pile of packages (before they're opened), our Sunday paper and our mail all on the dining room table. That kinda makes me crazy. I'd rather have a place in the laundry room where things can live until their dealt with. Another thing that makes me crazy? All the laundry supplies that were piling up in every little corner of our laundry / mudroom room.
I probably should have taken a before picture of this little nook, but in reality it was freaking awful, and I was like nope, no one will ever be allowed to see this.
Here's what I did, and some budget notes too.
1. Clean, Declutter and Actually Get Through the Laundry
It seems obvious, I know. But the reality is in our laundry room we had several 1/2 used bottles of detergents, lots of samples stashed in multiple drawers and then a basket of items that required special laundering that I just hadn't dealt with. I strung a little twine in the window and added clothes pins so those little unmentionables that I never seem to deal with could be quickly hand washed and hung to dry. Before doing anything else I washed everything so we didn't have a back log.
2. Create Simple Homes for All of the Supplies
I poured all the remaining detergents into a few glass mason jars. I also gathered up mending supplies, and all the pocket change that was kind of lying all around and gave those things a jar too. We already had a ton of jars from a coffee shop that I go to that sells their ice coffee that way, so, so far, budget impact: net zero.
Next up, I took a drive to the recycling center, got rid of all those plastic bottles, and the many empty cardboard shipping boxes and just getting rid of all of that stuff made a big difference.
On my drive to the recycling center I decided to make a pit stop at my local bargain center. I picked up a shelf that I could easily install (we had none at all in this room), a few wire baskets and the little LED "OK" sign that I found in a clearance bin.
I hung the shelf (cost $12), the sign (cost $16) and put the samples and the remaining things that didn't have a home in one of the wire baskets, I brought a plant from our porch in for a touch of green and this little section was feeling good. I love the color of the Purex Crystals (I picked up mine at Kroger by the way and there's more detail on the product at the end of this post) - I think they look so pretty in the jars (no more plastic bottle eye sores)!
Plus when I did that remaining laundry I was pretty blown away by how fresh it all smelled.
I snipped a little corner of the label from each detergent and taped it to the back of each jar so I'd know what product was in each jar. I tied a little decorative bead I'd received on a gift box around the jars to dress them up a bit and voila, we're looking pretty fancy huh?!
3. Making the Mudroom Tidy
So if you're facing the laundry cove (maybe that's what we should call it) directly behind is the area that was collecting, well everything. This is the true mudroom space. To tidy things up just a bit more I hung a clip board and a simple pin board on the wall. Wedding announcements, bills that need to be paid or just little keepsakes can go here. I have some iron patches that I need to get to so I hung those up too.
I added a few more wire baskets (these were $2 / each) to toss in the things that get used all the time, and then directly out of view I added a few simple hooks for tools and cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, etc).
That's pretty much it you guys. That's the sneak peek, and I know it may seem small but for us this room feels so much better. Even our little cat Chicken was thrilled that the mudroom bench was hers again. She climbed immediately into the window to bird watch, and I swear she esp'd me a "good job lady." 😺
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I can't wait to share more of what's happening in our home! As always thanks for following along!
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I shared a progress report on our new home in Nashville a few months back. As much as we travel it's always so incredible to be able to come home to a place that feels fully, well, us. In that post I shared what we'd done so far, what we still had remaining and ways you could incorporate similar ideas.
Since then we've decided it's time to truly start sharing our space with friends. It will be a year in August since we bought this house, and it's my intention to finally have a house warming party before that year anniversary. I've started working on the plans. Music is such a big part of our lives so we're considering a music theme of course 💁🏼 maybe come dressed as your favorite musician or something like that... themes are always so much fun right (and it's a good excuse to wear a Grand Ol' Opry style get up or go full rockstar right!?).
As someone who loves to create checklists, as we plan our event I thought I'd share with you guys the step by step for creating your dream house warming party, and honestly, this list applies to any party you might be having in your home! So here we go:
1. The Plan
Determine what type of party you're going to have, and communicate the details in the invite. Is it a day party? A wine and cheese night? Are you having a sit down dinner in which the guests should all arrive at a specific time. The size and scope of the event will determine how far in advance you need to start planning and likely, your level of stress will depend on that too. We'll be having an afternoon party that will spill from the indoors to out. We've got a big yard at our house and we want to take advantage of that.
2. The Invites
Here's your opportunity to really specify what's happening. I went to a party this week in which the invite was sent via text message, it was a funny little meme sort of thing. The invite made it clear that the event would be casual and maybe get a little wild even. I loved it.
If you're having a sit down dinner perhaps, a formal invite is likely the route, and there are plenty of online services in which you can create a custom mailable invite that feels formal too. For our party we're intending on the event to be drop by - to have the party flow along throughout the afternoon and we will be keeping it casual. Our house isn't very large, so we don't want to cram everyone in all at once. We'll reserve our sit down dinner nights for smaller groups.
3. Prep Your Space
Stock up on things you could possibly run out of. Wine (obviously), ice, toilet paper, napkins, and when you think you've got plenty, maybe buy a little bit extra. Other things to consider, if it's raining, where will you host the guests, and what will you need if that's the case? If it's summer, what's the bug situation? Perhaps get a few extra citronella candles and bug spray if you'll have your guests outdoors.
At our house we'll definitely be bringing the outdoors in, and vice versa. For our party I'll be making a stop at my favorite flower truck and the garden center to fill every corner with beautiful blooms and succulents.
4. Create Seating Arrangements
If you're having a dinner party be sure to have a few extra chairs in case extra guests arrive (who knew your bf's bestie was bringing his new girl?! Yep, I've definitely had that happen). If you're having a more casual event, little seating vignettes will make it comfortable for people to settle in to conversation wherever they are throughout your house.
5. Service Strategy
No matter which type of party you're having you'll likely serve food and drink in courses, or maybe you'll give your guests the option of self serving. If there's a specific area of your house you'd like to show off that's where you want the beverage cart, for example. If you're going to have a seated meal, perhaps appetizers are served on your porch to show off the view. Think about where you'd like the guests to congregate and set up there.
6. Set the Mood with Music
I'm obviously a music lover, and as I mentioned for our party there will be a music theme, however no matter the theme be sure to have a playlist! We love vinyl records, and they're a ton of fun, however, someone will need to be in charge of flipping the records if you intend to go that route. You might have a friend that likes that job and if so, go for it. I always like to have a back up playlist for a variety of moods just in case.
7. Give the Grand Tour
For your housewarming, or even if it's just the first time guests have been over, give them a look around when they arrive. Like I said, our house is small, however, rather than guests feeling as if they need to peak around and sleuth out the bathroom, give a little tour and perhaps show off what you've done to the place already. In our case, we still have renovations to complete, so on our tours I'll share the big vision too... nothing wrong with sharing what's to come!
8. Document The Details
9. Share Your Gratitude
It goes without saying, if someone brings a gift, be sure to send a note! An extra little touch: scan some of the photos from the event and send those in your thank you card.
So there we have it! That's my checklist! If you're interested in learning a bit more about Notable read on! Big thank you to the brand for sharing these beautiful Chardonnays with me!
Notable is the 1st and only wine that highlights the flavor profiles on the front of the bottle, helping make the wine aisle a less confusing place.
What I loved about Notable Chardonnay is the label detail. Wines vary in style, region and taste of course, the Notable label describes the flavor notes elegantly, so you know what you're getting. I brought a bottle to a friend's party the other night, and she commented that she loves a crisp & fruity white, and specifically citrus flavors, so voila! She immediately knew she'd like this one - the label specified that exactly! When Ben and I tried the other tasting profile, he preferred the oaky & buttery profile of the California Chardonnay. We paired it with a vegetable pasta dish and it was divinely perfect.
I can't wait to finally put this list in action, I'll let you all know how the party goes, and of course, follow along on instagram.
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Hi wanderful friends!
As most of you know Ben and I moved into our new house in Nashville at the end of 2016. The story of finding this little home was kind of wild. Ben was out on tour, I was in New Orleans finishing writing my book that's coming this fall and between all of that we each had a limited window of time to actually be in Nashville to find our new home.
Our realtor was a dream. Juliana, referred to us by a musician friend of Bens, totally understood our lives. She went above and beyond, doing house tours with us over FaceTime, riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle while filming the whole neighborhood to show us the area, and making sure we'd find a place with enough space for Ben to have a music studio, me to have a quiet writing space, plus a yard for a garden and a porch for dining al fresco.
We wanted a place that was a bit remote, so we could feel that we were checking out a bit when we're home. Not an easy feat, however, she pulled it off.
So many of you have sent sweet emails as well as notes through instagram (I've shared quite a bit of our space on my stories) - and quite a few of you have asked for a little tour of our home. Honestly, I'm not intending to share that until later this summer - we're having the house photographed then, and we have SO much to do to truly feel like it's finished (is it ever really though?!).
HOWEVER! I decided this week that I'd go ahead and share what we've done so far! This is a serious work in progress.
Full disclosure (that means no judging me!): all of these photos were snapped on my iPhone, and like I said, we still have so much to do!
I'm sharing 3 rooms here. Our bathroom is about to undergo a serious renovation and the music room is Ben's man cave (i.e. it's literally covered in music gear and you don't want to see it yet I promise)!
I've got notes about ways to create each space on a budget, what we've done so far and what's remaining. I've also included links to items that will help you create a similar vibe for each room if you're interested (and for the most part I've sourced things that are truly budget friendly)!
Room 1: The Gathering Room
In a normal setting this would be the dining room. The reality for us is that there's just two of us and when we have friends over for meals it's more about throwing cushions on the floor, gathering around the farm table, with lots of music playing from either the record player or the upright piano and guitars.
What we've done: Ben had so many music posters from his tours, and I've got trinkets from travels so this room felt like the perfect place to combine our passions. On the left side of the room is an area for hanging out, including Ben's upright piano with memorabilia from shows and travels.
On the right side is our dining area. We found a farm table at a local antique mall and loaded up the shelf on the right with the cameras we both collect.
What we need to do: We still need to complete this space with window treatments and we're committed to updating further with a comfy and chic sofa that friends can truly all pile in on. We're adding plants to every room on the regular too, it's a cheap way to warm a space up and is good for you too!
Of course, we had to include little touches of New Orleans throughout our home. In the hallway leading into the kitchen I've framed a few of my photos and included this map of New Orleans. The print is on museum-quality matte paper, and the company has so many location options!
I personally have a serious map obsession, I've got vintage maps that will be going in our living room and old atlases piled there too.
The designers at Modern Map Art clearly have that same obsession.
Budget tip: I still need to have this print framed (I have soooooo much framing to do) however, in the meantime I've used these little skeleton binder clips to hang mine. I've done that in several rooms where I've got art that hasn't yet been framed.
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Room 2: The Meditation Room (i.e. our Bedroom!)
Ben and I agreed that we wanted our bedroom to feel serene and dreamy. (Well maybe I used those words however, he agreed with the idea!). We also wanted it to feel worldly and needed a bit of extra space for my wardrobe. We're lucky to have lots of real estate in this room. We LOVE the fireplaces we have throughout this house and often I turn this room into my own little meditation sanctuary too.
What we've done: The walls are filled with hats we've each collected, an old clothing rolling rack from my wardrobe styling days works as extra closet space and I decided to invest about $500 for pillows for this room and the living room and am so glad that I did!
What we need to do: This is another room where the windows need some love, and I truly hung this gallery wall in about 5 minutes. We've got photographs we've taken on our travels that need to be framed and hung with a bit more intention than my first go at it! To further the sanctuary vibes theres some touches that need to be expanded on too.
Budget tip: If you don't have a headboard (which we didn't have when I snapped these photos): pile on the pillows. We've got 8 pillows that live on this bed (and you can get them for much less than what I spent), with the largest in the back acting as a pseudo-headboard.
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Room 3: The Living Room
This room is truly my favorite! Most of the furniture was sourced at local antique shops, and much of the art came from my home in New Orleans.
What we've done: Loads of antique-ing! I love the idea of super modern art paired with antique-y finds. The green velvet couch was less than $1000 at a local antique mall. The Bill Murray (which we get asked about all the time!) is from Baton Rouge artist TJ Black.
What we need to do: We still need to hang drapes in this room too, there's actually a large window facing our porch that's not pictured that needs some love, and we're on the hunt for a larger coffee table and better end tables. In the meantime however, it's truly a space that makes me smile everyday.
Budget tip: The bar cart is actually a Costa Rican flower cart, and we found it for just at $100, it's something you could DIY to get a similar look!
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I hope you guys have enjoyed this little tour! I promise to share the "real" photos once we finish everything. I love having a space that combines my interests and Ben's. I also wanted our home to feel livable and inviting. I feel like we're well on the way to accomplishing that!
Have a beautiful weekend!