Insanely elegant interiors

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Elegant Interiors

Elegant interiors need not mean gaudy ostentatious interiors.  True elegance lies in class, understatement, and boatloads of taste.  The spaces below epitomize what I consider elegance.  Enjoy!

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That creamy blue gray, the elaborate moulding, and those aged hardwood floors?  Heaven!

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The perfect blue wall that’s not too bright or too dull, and a timeless piece of quality wood furniture make this room perfection.

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This room for me is just on the cusp of being too “rich”, but the modern art keeps it from being too much luxe.

Images above via 2018 Design Trends courtesy of Tatiana Machado-Rosas of Jackson Design & Remodeling

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Wowsa.  Those rugs and the aged floors bring the mouldings on the wall down to earth.

via Pinterest via This is Glamorous

 

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The playful pink velvet pillow provides a needed break from jewel tones.  I never would have thought to put those curtains with that wall color, but I really like it.

via Pinterest via Kvartblog.eu

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Looks like the perfect intimate room to enjoy a glass of wine or a good novel.

via Pinterest via Apartment 34

Check out our other post on Incredibly chic and elegant homes

Cabinet Organization Ideas

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This year I’m really buckling down on getting my home into a well-oiled, organized, as self-cleaning as possible machine.  Why this sudden momentum?  Even though my house is pretty organized, and fairly clean, there are some loose ends that keep nagging at me, and tying those up, as well as having routines and schedules in place, will allow me to really enjoy every moment with my sweet little boys.  I’ll go into more detail about my whole life, whole self 2018 project, but for now, here are some great ideas I discovered for organizing kitchen cabinets.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve realized that even though I’m organized, a lot of my containers and boxes don’t match, therefore my closets and cabinets don’t look particularly pretty.

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6 images above via She Tried What

Do you have any tricks for organizing your cabinets?

Tracy Lynn Studios

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Recently I had the privilege of being introduced to Tracy Lynn Studio.  I was instantly attracted to the bright transitional style that I saw in the portfolio.  The design is truly inspiring, and both timeless and gracious.  Enjoy!

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Tracy Lynn Studios

It doesn’t matter what the current craze is, my dream kitchen will always be white!

Tracy Lynn Studios

This vertical succulent planter is such a great way of marrying the indoors and out.  Love that arched wood door too!

Tracy Lynn Studios

Just had to share this bathroom – love the wallpaper!

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What a fantastic home office!  The natural light and greenery is ideal.

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I need a table like this!

Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp

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One of my favorite books from 2017, hands down – Outside In by M. Brian Tichenor and Raun Thorp with Judith Nasatir. Outside In combines two loves of mine, interiors and gardens.

A little teaser before we begin?

Outside In

From Vendome Press (the lesser quality images are from me)

Outside In

From the publisher

“Deeply fluent in the Mediterranean and American vernaculars and the modern forms of the California Tradition, Tichenor & Thorp design exceptional properties that integrate large-scale residences and luxurious gardens and landscapes into a singular, unified vision: house and landscape imagined as one complete expression for a given site and particular client. The duo traverses the spectrum of periods and styles to craft beautifully realized, finely choreographed, highly appropriate living environments that resonate with individuality and precedent. Featured projects include a Spanish-inflected courtyard house and garden in Las Palmas that spectacularly frames the palm trees and the mountains; a Bel Air estate and grounds tinged with English and French influences; a Newport Beach hilltop hideaway that evokes a Portuguese quinta; a Provençal bastide and surrounding gardens transplanted to the côte sud that is Rancho Santa Fe; a Pasadena retreat inflected with John Soane–inspired details; a renovated Harwell Hamilton Harris house in Holmby Hills with a cruciform plan and corresponding gardens of individual character; two luxe contemporary Manhattan apartments; and a modern mountain getaway at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.”

Outside In

Dreamy right?  I just realized Leo snuck his hand in this photo!

Outside In

The image above is from my favorite home that is featured, a “modern mountain getaway at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.”  I have come to that section of the book over and over again.

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I always love a good home library, and there are many in Outside In

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One day I hope to have a studio where I can paint again, as I majored in illustration.

Outside In is a magical book that I can’t recommend enough – it will surely be one of your favorites!

*disclosure: I received a copy of Outside In courtesy of the publisher to review, but the opinions above are my own and genuine!

 

4 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Tumble Dryer Needs to be Repaired

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It usually happens just after the Christmas period. Your kids are due back to school after the festivities, and now you’re rushing around trying to get clothes ready. Unfortunately for you, your tumble dryer has other ideas and decides to pack up. It’s one of the worst times for a tumble dryer to break. Not only is it too cold to hang clothes outside, but your pockets are all but empty, so buying a new one isn’t always possible. Tumble dryers won’t tell you when they’re about to break, but they do give off a few good hints.

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via HGTV

1.     Little to No Heat

This is a pretty self-explanatory reason why your tumble dryer needs to be repaired. It’s also one of the most common problems encountered in households. Without heat, you’ll get out loads of clothes that were just as wet as when they went in. Of course, not all tumble dryers just pack up and don’t provide clothes with the heat they need. Some tumble dryers give out heat but aren’t as efficient as they once were. Either way, it’s crucial you get it repaired sooner rather than later to ensure your clothes aren’t stuck when it really matters.

Laundry Room Ideas

via HGTV

2.     The Drum’s Not Turning

Again, this is a fairly common problem in households and, although your tumble dryer can still dry clothes when the drum’s not working properly, it’s going to be very inefficient and you’re going to be using a lot more energy. If your drum takes a while to start, that’s usually a good sign to get it fixed. Some tumble dryers take a while to start their cycle anyway, especially if they’re old, but if your drum isn’t turning at all after a few minutes of waiting, you should consider tumble dryer repairs by Hotpoint as they can provide you with a quick fix.

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via Jenna Sue Design Co.

3.     Water Leaks

Water leaks can happen for various reasons, and it doesn’t always mean your dryer is about to die. For example, most tumble dryers have a water tank that needs emptying regularly. If it’s not, it will simply overflow, and you’ll need to clean up the mess. However, if you’re still encountering water leaks even though you’ve emptied the tank, it could be because of loose washers, bad pipework, or simply because it has built up limescale and parts need replacing. Don’t leave it to chance, though, inspect your machine thoroughly and get it repaired before repair costs keep on rising.

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4.     Loud Noises

There aren’t many tumble dryers on the market that can provide a quiet service. However, some machines will become much louder than others because of other issues. One of those is because of loose bearings. Another one is a tumble dryer with worn felt pads. If you notice a difference in noise levels when your tumble dryer operates, it could be time to get someone out to have a look.

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via bepurposed.com

Of course, it’s not just the above tell-tale signs that suggest your tumble dryer needs to be repaired. Other issues such as bad odours, powerless, and extreme vibrations are also common issues that can prevent machines from working in the future. If you’ve had your machine for longer than the warranty, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your machine, and if you notice anything different, simply call out the repairman. It does come at a cost, but it’s a lot cheaper than having to front the cost of a new tumble dryer in the future when your machine is completely broken but could have been easily fixed.

*disclosure this post in consideration with HotPoint Service