January 27, 2014

Brass is back!

I know!  I've been trying to fight it, but brass is definitely back in a big way in home furnishings.  This is definitely not the 80's shiny brass or the antique brass, but a soft, colored brass.  I'm working with a client now who is loving the brass for her lighting and I couldn't be more excited to see it all come together.  Here's a little sneak peak of what we are loving today...


In addition to lighting, I found these other beauties online today that I had to share...

If you are ready to add a little brass into your life...give me a call!

January 13, 2014

Decorating 101 - Easy Bathroom Updates

It's been a while since I've done a Decorating 101 post, so I thought I would try and bring it back with giving you all some easy ways to update your bathroom that doesn't require a paint brush, a tile saw or any heavy equipment.

My bathroom has been extra cold these past few days.  It's on the corner of the house, has tile floor and I can't seem to keep it warm without making the other rooms 98 degrees.  If I ever get to build my dream house, heated floors are in my future!  

One idea that I really love, but have not had a chance to try, is layering mirrors.  Most of us have a plate glass mirror above our sink.  Instead of taking it down and replacing it with a decorative mirror, why not just use both?  The large mirror helps open up the space more and gives you plenty of area to see all those gray hairs, then the pretty mirror gives your bathroom a little style.

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These frameless mirrors from Ballard Designs would be easy to hang and would create a more seamless transition between the two mirrors.

If you have a traditional tub/shower combination and need a shower curtain, why not try this easy update?  Instead of one, purchase two and stack one on each side.  Is your tub not always neat and tidy?  Then, just close them up and enjoy the fullness the two shower curtains bring.  When doing a custom shower curtain, I always want at least two times the width of the tub.  Using two curtains gives you this and a little more.  

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Another shower curtain idea, which I recently did for a client, was taking a ready-made shower curtain and adding a fabric band along the bottom.  This does two things - gives you extra length and a design detail that's all your own.

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Rugs are another way to bring in some color, personality and warmth into your bathroom.  I like using runners in front of sink vanities.  The longer rug seems to work better than using a lot of scatter rugs around.  I would suggest keeping the traditional bathroom rugs in front of your shower and tubs, so they can be easily washed.  You can find stylish runners at Target or Home Goods for a really reasonable price.

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Another trick I have found that was pretty and functional, is using a tray on your counter.  I am lucky to have a lot of counter space and the tray helps break it up, along with keeping my every day products all together.  Even if you don't have a lot of space, a tray can still help keep you organized.  

Most of us wish our bathroom trays could look like this!
But in reality, they will look like this.  See how much better all these items look when they are grouped together instead of being scattered on the counters?  Great idea for the man in your life!

Finally, PLEASE don't do this with your towels.  Just keep them neatly folded on your towel bars.  Make sure you wash the ones you don't use on a regular basis because the dust can change the color.  I say that from personal experience!

January 9, 2014

100th Post!

It's hard to believe that I'm sitting here writing my 100th blog post.  What started as a marketing tool for my new business has turned into much more for me.  I've been able to share news about my business, advice about design and even some personal stories.  I hope to be able to take this blog to the next level this year with plans to attend the Design Bloggers Conference in March.  Thanks to everyone who has read a post, commented or followed me these past few years.  I'm always amazed anyone even reads what I write!

I thought I would share my top three blog posts in case you missed them and can't wait to see what this next year brings Jennifer Taylor Design.

What started as a few snapshots of a recently completed back porch to send my client, became a Pinterest sensation.  This photo from Back Porch Livin' has been pinned over 250 times which makes this my 3rd most viewed blog post. 

This photo is from Decorating 101 - Window Treatment Ideas where I had the idea of writing about different design advice and thanks to Pinterest, it was my second most viewed post.  This was the first and last post in this series...I may need to pick this back up again in 2014.

Finally, this photo brought over 1200 people to my Come On Baby Light my Fire post about how to design your fireplace mantel. I'm really proud of this one and thinks it gives a lot of great information on ways to design a real focal point in your room.

January 1, 2014

I Bleed Orange and Blue

As most of you heard, there's a big football game being played in Pasadena next week, between two great teams and I'm going!  What's even better about this particular match-up is I'm an Auburn girl living in the Florida State town.  I also have a sister, two brothers and a brother-in-law who are all Seminoles.  But my dad, stepmother and I are Tigers.  That was never a problem in our family...until now.  But, I say bring it on and may the best team win - barring any miracle throws, catches or flukes!

To celebrate my Auburn Tigers, I am sharing all things orange and blue, which by the way is a great color combination for a room or your wardrobe.  

All images can be linked back to their original source through my Pinterest board.  Happy New Year and War Eagle!

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