Interior design is not one of my strengths. It never has been. I can appreciate good design (even if it’s not my taste) and I can easily spot what I do and don’t like. But getting there? Not my forte.
I really struggle with paralysis when making decisions for design, especially since it’s not like a pair of shoes you can try on and easily pop in a box to return. Pinterest and Instagram kind of make it worse, I think, because then I’m just constantly comparing what I have versus what ~could be~.
Currently, the bed we had in Hoboken is now in the guest room and considering that we don’t have another bed yet, it’s where we’ve been sleeping. Furniture and design both take time and I’m not trying to rush the process. I’d rather do it right once than feel unsatisfied and constantly tweaking. For now, it’s working. We have a LOT of “blank” canvases as well as a few pieces that I’ve collected over the years that I love (like my big desk that I never want to part with) so our house is totally livable for now! It’s so much bigger than our apartment though that I don’t even think we’re noticing the empty rooms… we still have so much space to spread out!!!
Leading up to buying the house, I started saving photos on Pinterest and Instagram for design inspiration. Which I promptly sent over to Kira! Our house is older (built in the 30s) with modern touches so I think it’s kind of a fun mix to play around with traditional and newer design trends.
Here are some of the photos that I REALLY loved:
This sunroom was one of the first things I ever saved…. years ago and it remains one of my favorites. We actually looked at a house that had a screened in porch and I thought it would be the perfect room to convert into an actual sunroom with windows that could be retracted back in warmer months.
Mark D Sikes can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. I LOVE his work. This was a room he designed for Coastal Living in Newport. It’s probably a little over the top for what I’d want in a bedroom, but it’s a great source of inspiration!
Lauren Elaine Interiors is like my southern home dream designer. Everything she does is striking. I loved that this room was simple but cozy while still feeling elegant and refined. (Unrelated to our house, but she also designed my all time favorite nursery.)
Love the mix of textiles between the upholstered bed, embroidered shams, and layered carpets that Liz Williams Interiors created. I typically lean towards a brighter blue, but this cornflower shade gives me all the feels!
I am OBSESSED with Bria Hammel’s work. She’s so talented. I love the balance she strikes between whimsical touches and classic designs. We were going to work together when our closing date was earlier in the spring but our schedules didn’t line up once our move in was delayed. BUT, she has an online store that is so perfectly curated I could cry.
Okay. Guys. THIS ROOM. I’m beyond into it. It kind of feels like a less beach-y version of the sitting rooms in the Gasparilla Inn, which happens to be one of my favorite hotels in the world.
This is probably the very closest to what I love. As much as I’d love a toile and gingham and blue and white head to toe room, practically speaking this is what I love the most. It’s timeless and cozy and would withstand the test of trends. Going through Jamie’s Instagram, I just want to recreate it all! It’s welcoming and unfussy… every single one of her rooms seems to be inviting a guest to just sit and stay for a while!