How to Change A Look

February 19th, 2018

Everyone has a space that they might wish was a little different but don’t feel like re-doing the ENTIRE room.  Listen, you don’t have to! Today I’m sharing five tips on how to change your look (without changing everything).

ADD PILLOWS

Accessories are the easiest (and most cost effective) things to change.  Pillows are a great way to change a room by adding a punch of color or pattern.  When you’re sick of the pillow, switch it out! Easy and simple.

PAINT

You can dramatically change the look and feel of a room with a can of paint.  Save even more money by throwing in some elbow grease and doing it yourself. I’m currently loving Sherwin Williams Naval and Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

FRESH FLOWERS

I love adding fresh flowers and before you bring up cost, think of Trader Joe’s.  You can pick up a pretty bouquet on the cheap, or snag a bunch of hydrangeas from the grocery.  You can usually get 3 for $7 and they easily fill a vase.

LARGE ART

I love over-scaled artwork, and you can always make an impact with a thought provoking piece.  For me, the bigger the better and Minted now has some amazing pieces at a great price.

Don’t be intimidated.  A little effort can go a long way!

Imagery Sourcing: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

How to Style a Console

February 13th, 2018

Today I’m sharing a step-by-step guide on how to style a console. Start with a large scale mirror or art piece that is around 8″ smaller than the width on your console. From there, add a pretty lamp for light (and here a punch of color). Then feel free to layer artwork.  This piece shown is leaning. From there add books, a pretty candle holder and orchid for that ever so “effortless” styling look. If your console is open below, add further dimension by placing two ottomans or pretty storage baskets beneath. Voila!If you’re trying to style pieces in your home, learn the value of editing.  Always take a step back and look at the whole picture.

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Happy Friday

February 9th, 2018

Hello and happy Friday! Hope it’s been a wonderful week.  It’s supposed to snow tomorrow and let me tell you, I love some weekend snow.  It’s the best excuse to stay in and play with Taylor. She is getting so big and busy (and will be nine months old next week! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?) Here are some fun links for your Friday:

If you haven’t read this article yet, you should.  It’s wheels off

Such a pretty Manhattan apartment

I can’t stop stalking these shoes

I went to hear Jojo Moyes speak on Monday and cannot wait to read this

I’ve been watching this DAILY

Obsessed with these earrings

Ten great work tops

This is hilarious (and so confusing)

Love this loft

Me (as a tired mom)

This video is beyond fantastic

 

Style Stalking: Ashley Darryl

February 8th, 2018

Today I’m sharing another stunning project from Ashley Darryl.  I think we can all agree, a spacious Manhattan home is a dream, and this one is no exception.  I love the tall ceilings, crisp white walls and strategic use of space.

*All imagery via Ashley Darryl

 

 

Ten Great Work Tops

February 8th, 2018

I’ve fallen into quite the wardrobe trap these days.  I basically wear the same three things each week.  Today I came down the stairs and my husband said, “Oh, it’s poncho day!” My boss requested I do more “Wear to Work” posts which led me to discover ten great blouses.  We all have black pants and a standard shoe.  These tops (and all but one on GREAT sale) would really help broaden my current horizons.  I’m mostly excited about this blouse which I have been stalking for MONTHS.  Originally $79 and now $30! It’s currently on hold for me at Park Meadows.  Which is your favorite?

*This post contains affiliate links.  Girl’s gotta eat!

How to Style Bookshelves

January 29th, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you made have seen me flood a bunch of pictures of these custom shelves I designed for a project in Atlanta.  They turned out so fun and I could not wait to share.  How to style is one of my most frequently asked questions, so today I’m going to share how I came up with this concept.  I needed an interesting TV wall for a gameroom, but didn’t want just a TV mounted in the center of the room. It needed some interest. I started with an offset TV and then added my shelving.  From there, I needed a thought out, cohesive theme. The color scheme of this project was pretty light blues, white and punches of gold.

I rendered the space to scale and added in my accessories.  The end result is pretty close. I love the overall look.  I bought books from Books By the Foot in their wrapped in white series. I wanted to add a lot of stacks, but didn’t want the content to be distracting.  The end result was the perfect space filler while staying true to the color scheme. From there I added fun gold accessories and voila!

The key to good style is careful planning!

*All imagery personal to DBK

Life Update

January 21st, 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! We are pretty busy with lil’ miss over here but things are going well.  We are in the thick of sleep training, which is starting to work. So proud of her and thankful for obvious reasons.  There was not a lot of sleep over here last week but we seem to be on the upswing. I was supposed to go to Atlanta last week to finish a project but got snowed out.  Looking forward to wrapping that one up this week (tune into my instagram for updates!).  Here are some links for your Sunday:

I’m addicted to joggers and these are adorable

This is hilarious

Aaaaaaaaand I’ll take this

Top home decor trends for 2018 according to Elle Decor

My current favorite podcast

My favorite work shirt is only $25ish

This is all I can think of every time I hear the song Havanna

Obsessed with these adorable vases

I need this book

A great pillow

Hope it’s a wonderful weekend!

Nest Tulum

January 17th, 2018

I don’t know about you, but chilly temps have me dreaming of a vacation.  That or maybe just general lack of sleep with a baby.  Either way, Nest in Tulum, Mexico looks like a dream. How perfect is this boutique hotel?

I mean… how soon can we go?

All imagery found here

Amazon Giveaway

January 3rd, 2018

This week I decided to team up with some of my favorite bloggers and bring you an amazing giveaway. One lucky reader will win a $750 gift card to Amazon.

Money Can Buy Lipstick | Simply Her Fav | Tonya Michelle 26 | Coming Up Roses

Caitlin Eliza | Sophisicaition | Aquamarine Dreams | Brandi Soileau

Street Style Squad | So Heather | The Middle Page | Rose & Chambray

Simply Classy | Mama in Heels | Pretty in Pink Megan | GoodTimiCha

Trendy Chickadee | Carli Best | Designs By Katy | Beauty with Lily

Manic Style | House of Loren | A Glam Lifestyle | Fashion & Frills

Tall Blonde Bell | Between the Pearls

Use the widget below to enter the giveaway. The more “tasks” you complete, the more entries you will receive. The giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be announced (on the widget only) up to 2 weeks after the giveaway has ended. It can take time to select, verify, and get in contact with the winner. If you have any questions about the giveaway process, feel free to e-mail moneycanbuylipstick@gmail.com.

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Park Slope Townhouse

January 2nd, 2018

I’ve talked about Emily Blunt and John Krasinski real estate before, but I was so excited to stumble on photos of their Park Slope townhouse.  My friend Lauren used to see Emily at the Milk Bar quite often and verified she’s just as stunning in person as she is on the big screen.  Per usual, their Brooklyn estate does not disappoint.  Take a look:

There is so much space and natural light.  The dream for NY living.

Original imagery found here

Katy

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