House Progress: The Power of Paint!

A few weeks ago I showed you what our house looked like when we first moved in! It’s only been three months since our closing, but it’s already looking SO different thanks to a few coats of paint.

The first thing we wanted to tackle was painting the living room, dining area, and the kitchen since they are what you first see when you walk into the house. Paint is my kind of project because it is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact without having to spend a ton of money, and I was dying to get rid of the creamy yellow that was in almost every single room!


So let’s chat about paint colors real quick. I decided to do a shade of white to take advantage of all of our natural light and give the room a fresh look. We also wanted to paint the fireplace white, but have just enough contrast between the brick and the walls. So now we were faced with the dilemma of choosing not only 1 shade of white, but 2! And if you know anything about white paint colors you know there is just waaaay too many to choose from.

Every time we would go to Lowes I would stare at the wall of paint chips and pick up a bunch to add to my growing collection. I started narrowing them down until I had 3 that I liked. We landed on Sherwin Williams Pure White, Valspar Mineral Ash, and Valspar Cool Gray.  Next step was to get samples of each to test out on the walls.

Paint samples are a MUST! Paint colors can look so different once you put them on the wall, and even look different wall to wall depending on the lighting in the room. So we got our three samples and I went to town testing them out on a few different walls.

Here is where we landed. We ended up painting the fireplace the same white as the trim. The previous owners had left a few gallons behind so not only did they save us a few dollars, but by keeping only 2 shades of white in the room we could avoid colors clashing. Then for the walls, we went with Valspar Cool Gray. It had just the right amount of contrast against the fireplace and didn’t feel too stark.

Here’s a look at the before and after, and a few behind the scenes shots.




Living Room



Dining Area



My Office

We had a ton of paint leftover from the living/dining areas, so I decided to use it in my office as well. Here’s how this space turned out.





Guys, I feel like we are in a completely different house, and all we did was PAINT! Of course we’ve got a ton of other projects on our list, but watching our house turn into our home over these past few months has been a dream come true! Nothing makes me happier than being able to gather with family around our dining table, or lounge in the living room with friends for a movie night.

Now I’m off to our next painting project…the front door! Have a great weekend friends!

Room Repeat: A Collected Monochrome Entryway

Room Repeat: A Collected Monochrome Entryway

via: West Elm

Hello Friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. Today I’m here to share this month’s Room Repeat! Last months Room Repeat post was a huge hit, so I can’t wait to see what you guys take away from this one!

It’s no secret that I LOVE West Elm. I could spend hours wandering around their store dreaming up different combinations of furniture pieces and accessories. So when I came across this neutral entryway on the West Elm blog, I knew it would be perfect for a Room Repeat post. So let’s dive in!

What caught my eye right away in this space was how warm and inviting it is. I don’t know about you, but that’s how I want people to feel when they walk into my house. So let’s break it down and see what elements we can pull out of this design so that you can create that same feeling in your own entryway.

The main piece in this design is the console. Not only does it have a really clean look to it, but the medium wood tones feel really welcoming. And the brass accents compliment the wood finish perfectly. To coordinate with the brass on the console, a large framed mirror is hung above for wall decor. It helps reflect light and gives the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re looking good before you head out the door 😉

Since most of the decor is fairly neutral in this space, adding in a potted plant helps add a pop of greenery. It pairs perfectly with the wood tones in the console. And how about that super fun planter?! I love that it has some height so that it really stands out on its own as one of the main design elements of this space. Above the plant hangs a framed California print to create contrast against the white wall. I like that it’s not perfectly centered above the plant, or the console to create an eclectic vibe.

To finish this design off, a funky modern lamp is placed on top of the console for ambient lighting. I love the sculptural shape it has! Books are added to the bottom with fun accessories to create a collected look. The brass turtle coordinates with the brass mirror and console accents, while the black globe works well with the black lamp and framed print. And last but not least are some decorative candles. They are the perfect element to make your home feel inviting for guests!

Scroll down to see how you can repeat this look in your own home!

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Happy shopping and I hope you have a great weekend!

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8 Ways To Refresh Your Home In The New Year

Hi friends, happy 2018! The Christmas season is officially over and we are full on into the New Year. I don’t know about you, but as soon as we hit December 26th I am SO ready to declutter, clean out, and create a fresh start in our home. It’s easy for our interior spaces to start feeling a little dull after the excitement of the holiday season, especially if you live in a location where winters are colder and you’re forced to spend more time indoors. So today I wanted to share 8 ways to refresh your home in the New Year!


1. Take down all Christmas Decorations

I love putting Chrsitmas decorations up, but not as much as I love taking them down! (I promise I’m not a grinch!) Clearing out all the “stuff” means less clutter and will provide a clean slate for any updates you want to do.

2. Switch Out Decorative Pillows

Switching out decorative throw pillows is an easy way to update a room. Introduce some new patterns or color palettes and you’ve got a whole new look!

3. Update Picture Frames

You know all those picture frames with family photos you have around your house? Swap out the pictures for recent photos of your travels, family events, or memories that make you smile. You can also try moving table top picture frames to different rooms to give them new life.

4. Rearrange Home Accessories

Switch up home accessories by moving them to a new location, or create new combinations of items. The best part is that you don’t need to spend a single penny and can use items you may already have!

5. New Furniture Placement

Changing the furniture arrangement in my bedroom was one of my favorite things to do growing up. It made me feel like I had a whole new space to spend my time in even though I was in the same 4 walls. Try rotating your sofa in a new direction, set up a reading corner with one of your favorite chairs, or moving your bed to a different wall in your bedroom if you have the space. If you need some suggestions on a furniture layout that would be best suited for your room, I’m your girl! Learn more about my furniture layout service HERE.

6. Give a Room a Fresh Coat of Paint

Grab a can of paint, a paint brush, and get to it! Painting a room a new color is one of the most affordable ways to completely transform a room. Go bold for added drama, or light and bright to offset the winter blues.

7. DIY a Piece of Furniture

Revamp that thrift store find or family heirloom you’ve been meaning to get to. Try  giving it a fresh coat of paint, reupholstering, or applying overlay trim work. Check out some of my favorite DIY furniture makeovers to get some inspiration.

8. Switch Out Cabinet Hardware

By simply switching out your cabinet hardware in your kitchen or bathrooms, you can create a whole new look in just a few short hours. This is also one of my favorite ways to personalize your home if you are renting.

That sums up my 8 tips to help you refresh your home for the New Year. I’d love to hear some of your ideas as well! Leave a comment below or chime in over on Instagram.

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Open Concept Home Design

Hi Friends! Today I am really excited to share an open concept home design with you! A few months ago a sweet newlywed couple reached out to me through my Etsy Shop. They had just built a new home and were looking for ideas on how to design their open concept first floor. I quickly found out that they were my ideal client since they are young professionals, were working within a budget, and have a fresh modern style. I was up for the challenge of helping them pull together a finished design for their foyer, family room, dining space, and back entry way. The best part was that I had a completely blank slate since they had just built the home and were starting fresh.

Here’s a look at the inspiration board we started with that’s full of minimalistic style,modern clean lines, gray tones, subtle pops of color, and lots of greenery!

Let’s pretend we’re going on a little tour of the house Fixer Upper style as I show you the before and after fo each space


 Foyer and Family Room [Before]

I started by creating an entry way zone. I placed a console on the left wall by the stairs so that they would have a welcoming space for their guests. I then floated a sofa across from the console to create some space division. (DESIGN TIP! Floating furniture is a great way to split an open space into different sections). This also freed up space for me to add 2 additional chairs by the windows so that the client would have plenty of seating for entertaining friends and family. Then the left wall was used for a media console and TV for plenty of Netflix watching.

Foyer Design

Family Room Design

 Dining Room [Before]

When we started the design phase the client mentioned one element they really wanted in their home was a big map feature wall. Since s their dining room is what you first see when you enter the back of the home I knew this was the ideal spot to make a statement with a map! They already had dining chairs for the space, so I found a new table and accessories to create 2 different looks for them that flowed with the design in the front of the house.

Dining Room Designs

Office [Before]

Off of the kitchen is a small office space. It’s fairly open to the rest of the spaces, so I wanted to keep the design minimal, while still maintaining the functionality of an everyday office space. Statement artwork, a sleek chair, and a few modern accessories was all it took to make this space complete.

Office Design

I had so much fun working with the client on this project and was so happy to be able to play a part in turning their new house into a home! And the best part of all was that the furniture, wall decor, accessories and rugs for ALL 4 SPACES cost the client less than $5,000!!! This project goes to show that you don’t need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to turn your #housegoals into reality!

And here’s what the client had to say about their first virtual design exeperience..

Working with Taylor was excellent! I purchased two room packages and two styling packages plus a custom listing. We are young adults in our mid/late twenties with a new home that we need to furnish. I don’t have an eye for color/design – that is where Taylor fit in perfectly! She helped design a plan for our downstairs that suited all of our needs. The beauty of e-design is the plan! Thanks to Taylor, I now know where to place things and how to style our home. This way, we can plan to buy pieces when our budget allows. She spoke with us several times by phone and email to get a sense of our style and desires for the home. It was easy to send her photos and complete her measurements. She has been very helpful throughout the process with searching for other options if something was out of stock. I highly recommend Taylor!

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Furniture Layout for an Apartment Living Room

Furniture Layout for an Apartment Living Room

You just bought a new home, or signed the lease for a new apartment! You hit up Pinterest and start pinning away different ideas on how to furnish and decorate your new place. During the process of making moving plans and shopping for the comfiest sofa you can find, there’s one thing that can be easily overlooked. It’s the step that can save you hundreds of dollars and a huge headache on moving day. Furniture Floor Plans!

My good friends Rob and Amanda recently moved into a new apartment. The weeks leading up to their moving day they were out shopping for furniture to fill their new place with. They loved the idea of getting a sectional sofa for lots of Netflix watching and seating for guests. They sent me a picture of the one they had in mind, and the designer in me just had a feeling  that it wouldn’t fit in their new living room 🙁 That’s the one downside of moving into a new apartment, you may not be able to get in and see that actual space to take measurements and make sure your furniture will fit comfortably.

Luckily, most apartments buildings these days have floor plans available on their websites with basic measurements of each unit. So I got to work drafting up a furniture layout with the floor plan provided for Rob and Amanda’s future apartment. I started by putting in the sectional sofa they were planning on purchasing.

The length of the sofa fills the right wall really well, but there isn’t very much room between the sofa and the tv console to get to the deck door. The ideal placement for for the sofa is centered on the wall, but it limits the possibilities of what could be done with the space by the window since the sofa sections off the entire room.

After seeing the sectional placed in the room, we all came to the consensus that the sectional layout wasn’t going to be the best option for them. But don’t worry! I came up with 2 different floor plan options for them that could work!


Option 1

In this option I incorporated a chaise sofa to give the “sectional” feel that Rob and Amanda were going for. I then placed a chair in the corner to add additional seating and create a conversation zone. This layout allows the ability to add end tables and a coffee table so that every one has somewhere to set their drink during movie night. You can see that this is a much better use of the space; it allows room for traffic flow and doesn’t leave any awkward empty areas of space.


Option 2

In option 2 I paired a 3 seater sofa with a chair in case they decided not to get a chaise sofa. There is lots of room for side tables in each corner of the seating area, and plenty of space in the room for their dog Sheldon to run around 😉

So what option did they choose?!

A combination of both! Option 1 with a 3 seater sofa. The room feels so spacious! There’s plenty of room for entertaining and they still have flexibility to add additional end tables and other furniture as they continue to get settled into their new home. And the best part of all…they were able to save OVER $500 on furniture just by being able to see a furniture plan!!!


#budgetfriendly #housegoals


I’d love to do the same for you! If you’re moving into a new home or planning on buying new furniture soon, let’s get working on a furniture plan for you!


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10 Ideas for Small Home Offices

10 Ideas for Small Home Offices

Hey Friends! Today I wanted to share 10 Ideas for Small Home Offices. Apartment living can be challenging when it comes to finding the proper furniture pieces that have the right scale and functionality. Earlier this year my husband Jacob and I both transitioned into working from home. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for us, especially with living in a one bedroom apartment. We have a desk in our dining area for Jacob to work at, and I usually work from the sofa. As much as I love working from the sofa with our pup next to me, it’s not the most productive spot for me to get my work done.

We’ve come up with a plan to set up a another desk area in our bedroom so that the two of us can have our own little space to work. I am on the hunt to find a solution for us to create a small work space. Something that won’t take up too much room or look to bulky in our little apartment bedroom. Here’s 10 inspiration photos that have some great ideas for small work spaces!

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Pin the graphic below to refer back to these ideas 🙂
Small Office Design

Stay tuned to see what we come up with!


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