5 hot home decor items that are everywhere right now

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Do you ever feel like you’re seeing the same decor pieces over and over? Yeah, I do too. Some evenings I scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and get confused thinking I’m looking at the same picture repeatedly, only to realize that some of the homes I’m checking out are just decorated *that* similarly.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing — sometimes the item is so good it deserves its popularity. Here are five items that seem to keep popping up everywhere I turn:

1) That rug. That one Moroccan rug. 

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Oh you know the rug I’m talking about.

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It is absolutely ubiquitous. I say that with all possible respect — in fact I plan on buying it after we move.

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After all, as far as I can tell, it might be the only rug there is right now.

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Tuscan Wool Moroccan Shag Rug, rugsusa.com

2) The correct planter if you’re going to have a snake plant (and who are you kidding, of course you’re going to have a snake plant)

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Absolutely the correct choice for the hottest must-have plant (snake plant) in the hottest category of must-have plants (succulents).

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Case Study Cylinder, modernica.com

3) Replica Eames shell chairs.

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This one speaks for itself. Since their 1950 debut by American powerhouse designer couple Ray and Charles Eames, they’ve never really gone out of popularity. But right now they are *the* hot dining chair. And really, with a sleek and simple design like this, when is it ever a bad choice?

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Set of 4 replica Eames chairs from UrbanMod, amazon.com

4) Large round mirrors

Especially in entryways –


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or bathrooms –

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and sometimes family rooms –


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but wherever they are, they look great.

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Infinity Brass Round Wall Mirror, cb2.com

5) Hanging chairs

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I can’t help it, I’m admittedly in love with this one. I am scheming how many hanging chairs I’m allowed to have in my new house.

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We’ll see if I can get the husband on board with one, for starters. But seriously, can’t you just see your kids chilling and reading all day long in one of these?

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Hanging Rattan Chair, serenaandlily.com

Chime in in the comments section below and let me know what hot decor trends you feel like you’re seeing everywhere you turn!

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step aside, rustic barn door: 5 sliding doors for the modern home

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If you are as tired as I am of seeing the terms ‘distressed’ and ‘reclaimed’ slung around on Pinterest, this post is for you. The husband and I decided that we would like sliding doors attached to our media center in the new house to hide our TV when it’s not being used (I say “hide,”…if we’re being completely accurate I’d also have to add “protect from the children”). Casual searches turn up plenty of rustic, barn door-inspired variations. But, as our decor style is less vintage farmhouse and more modern bohemian, we have had to look a little harder to find ideas that we both feel like we like.

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This glass-paneled number is so sleek, but probably a little too stark to match up with our style.

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I love this one. The color and design are great. I’d probably add a large dramatic pull, either gold or brass.

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Also very pretty. Again, I’d go for larger pulls on the doors.

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And this one might be my favorite of them all. I’m completely smitten with natural-colored wood these days. I love how clean this design is while still being interesting. But, at the risk of becoming predictable…I’d still put a much bigger pull on this door to add drama. Probably a bar pull…something black, and sleek. What do you think? Chime in below in the comments!

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setting up house: the dining room

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Let’s talk about ideas for the dining room.

I haven’t been able to get the picture above out of my mind. It clicked for me so immediately that I decided I’m going to use it as the basis for my dining room decor. The table is gorgeous is it not? The whole photo makes me think of California beaches. It feels breezy and light to me in a decidedly West Coast way. The table is really the lynchpin of the decor here. It’s a live edge table from Los Angeles-based retailer HD Buttercup. I think it’s perfect (that exact one, and not one similar to it — here’s looking at you Husband), but as it is probably out of my budget at the moment I’ve been asking myself if it’s necessary in order to achieve the feel of this photo. And as much as I love it (and it pains me to say this), after a small period of grieving, I am finding inspiration for other looks that I could one day deem acceptable.

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And I know, you’re right, of course you’re right — I have a problem with the Eames style chairs. But no worries, that’s easily solved. They’re happening.

Here’s my board based on my dining room needs: bright, natural-wood colored table, a little color, some live greenery, a pretty but simple buffet, and of course, the white Eames chairs:

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sources: urbanmod eames side chairs / hdbuttercup live edge dining table / 2xhome eames armchairs / zgallerie print / westelm audrey dining buffet / target metal wood & leather bar cart

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roundup: 5 dreamy blue velvet sofas (and 2 bonus selections)

I have sofas on the mind these days. In my head, our living room sofa is the axis around which the rest of our home decor spins. I feel like once we decide on a sofa, the rest will fall into place — and, alternatively, I feel like I can’t commit to other design decisions until that one is made.

Our current couch is a strange orange color that has faded into a scary salmon shade. The shape it is in might be described as “awful,” or, “horrifying.” It’s been something we have overlooked for several years now, while trying to decide whether we were moving or not. Needless to say, it’s time for a new sofa.

When I started the search I was sure I wanted something extremely different from our previous pumpkin-colored number. I was thinking gray, or possibly blue…thoughts which eventually introduced me to the beautiful world of the blue velvet sofa.

That was a couple of months ago. Since then I’ve decided velvet (of any color) is probably not in our immediate future, given the young ages of our children and our (possibly insane) decision to add a dog to the mix later this year. In the meantime, I’ll keep admiring. Here are seven different options I would consider any day of the week (for my fantasy clean house that is):

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From the top:

Joybird Theo in Bella Navy

Interior Define Caitlin in Oxford Blue

Article Sven in Cascadia Blue

West Elm Monroe in Celestial Blue

West Elm Antwerp in Ink Blue

 

Honorable mentions go to:

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  • the Samara Sofa in Blue Ink from World Market for being budget-friendly:

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Got a favorite blue velvet sofa of your own? Chime in below in the comments!

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the great sofa search: 2017

Here are the facts:

  • We’re moving into a brand new house in the next two months
  • We’re taking almost no furniture with us
  • We have three small children
  • We are getting a dog before the year is up

Essentially? We need some seriously durable furniture. *But*…it also needs to look good, right??

Here are the sofas we’re currently crushing on:

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  1. Article Worthington Oxford Brown
  2. Article Sven Left Sectional Cascadia Blue
  3. Article Sven Left Sectional Charme Tan
  4. Ikea Vimle with Chaise in Gunnared Beige
  5. Joybird Eliot Sectional in Bella Navy

 

I need to do more research (because I can’t help myself), and take some time to check fabric swatches against the floor of the home.

What do you think? Is velvet too bold for a house with kids and a dog? Is the leather too much of a financial investment given that the couch will probably take a serious beating in the next few years? Give me your thoughts!