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…WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

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If you know me at all, you know I talk a lot about my friends, and I like to brag about the things they’re up to and how amazing they are. And I know that might become obnoxious to you after a while (THANK YOU SUSIE WE ALL KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR FRIENDS), but here’s the deal – I firmly believe that who we are as individuals is highly influenced by the people we surround ourselves with, those we interact with day in and day out. And I don’t know about you, but I want to surround myself with people who make me better, who inspire me and make me want to be everything I’m capable of being. With that said, let me point out a few of the things in today’s version of the living room that take it from “just okay” to “way freaking awesome” – at least in my…

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PLAID ROOM PROCESS

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When I first posted on Instagram about this AMAZING/GOD-AWFUL wallpaper that was original to one of our upstairs bedrooms, you guys reacted passionately. Some of you were all “THAT’S THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN AND DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH IT!!!” and some were like “uuuurhhhhm, sorry Sus, no can do, and honestly, not sure we can be friends anymore” and others were all sweet and polite and trying to be diplomatic like “so it COULD be nice if you maybe painted over all of it except for a 1×1 square behind the bed?”.  I mean – no one really said that last one, but you get the gist. So of course I’d already had a few ideas in my head – knew I wanted to do some black accents, loved the suggestion my friend Lauren gave to get an assortment of charcoal nudes/sketches and hang them all over the place, plus…

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DINING ROOM GALLERY WALL

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First of all, I’ve got the most amazing friends. Each piece here (except for the thrifted Terminal Tower photo in the center) was created by a woman I know and love. From the black and white portrait of Scott & me (by Melody Taylor), to the blue and green abstract on the left (by Addie Chmura), to the abstract in the center and the painting of women with yellow background (both by Lauren Noel), to every last remaining botanical, animal, and portrait painting (all by Rachel Dewey), each piece reminds me of the woman who dreamed it up, and the wall as a whole makes me smile every time I see it. Secondly, can we talk about the color here? SO YUMMY. I love that the pieces of art are so varied, but still form a gorgeous, cohesive gallery wall. The beautiful bird of paradise plant (from my local favorite,…

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GIRAFFE PRINT

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’re already familiar with Jerry Brown the Giraffe.  But if you missed those posts and want to know a little more about him, this blurb is for you. First of all – his origin story. I dreamed him up when we moved into our current home, shortly after Scott informed me that no, we wouldn’t be painting this beautifully maintained, high-quality, original, not-a-knot-in-sight oak paneling – at least not for a year. He’s a big fan of living with things for a while before making rash decisions, a charming trait that’s heavily influenced my decorating style. I knew I wanted to lighten the room up, so I planned for judicious use of mirrors and as much white/bright art as I could manage. Jerry started out as an experiment, when I figured I’d try to find a huge piece of white poster paper and just…

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