All posts filed under: Haven

Trending: Velvet Crush

Fall has come and gone, but I heard it’s coming back again in just a couple of days! It’s time to bring a little fall fashion into your home! One of the biggest trends this season, not only for clothing, is velvet! And it’s not hard to see (or feel) why. This luxe fabric instantly makes a room look more expensive and it feels divine! Ahhh, velvet! It makes everything seem just a little more luxurious. With it’s regal good looks and unsurpassed softness, it’s hard not to love it. Velvet is chic, stylish, and timeless. You can add velvet to your home in a number of ways, like pillows, sofas, throws, and accessories. And there are colors of velvet to suit just about anyone’s taste and style. Adding velvet doesn’t have to be super expensive either.  There are so many pieces of small-scale furniture and accessories out there, so no need to invest in a huge (and expensive) velvet sofa. Unless you really want to 😉 Like a melting pot, velvet has a lot of …

8 Clever Features To Add To Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether your building a new home, doing a complete renovation to an existing home, or just remodeling the kitchen, there are a few things you may want to add to make your kitchen more efficient and give it some flair. And, an upgraded kitchen is not a waste of money! Along with bathrooms, kitchens offer the best return on your investment if you go to sell your home. There’s so much available, and many of those tempting options may also be expensive. The first order of business is deciding what you can afford and what you cannot. Make a wishlist and do some research. To get you thinking here are 8 ideas for your upgrade wishlist. Keep in mind that these items are nice to have – not essential… 1. Drawers in the end of the island. So, there is usually “dead space” at the end of most kitchen islands. Why not put it to use with a couple of deep drawers like these. It’s the perfect place to …

Shopping The Round Top Texas Antiques Fair: Tips from a Pro!

Hi friends! It’s that time of year again! Time for the Round Top Antiques Fair Fall show! And this year marks it’s 50th year of fabulous! In case you haven’t heard, the Round Top Antiques Fair is a bi-annual event with more than 20 venues and 2,000 sellers from all over the country and Europe— it is a mecca for design junkies and collectors attended by thousands of people! Maybe you have seen it on HGTV shows like Fixer Upper and Junk Gypsies. You can find just about anything here! For those of us that live in Houston and surrounding areas it’s an easy hour and half drive. You can literally leave in the morning and come back that same evening! It’s a great day trip to take with your girlfriends! Or book overnight accommodations and stay a while. My good friend Kate Pernoud who is the owner of Maison Pernoud has an exhibit of home decor items and antiques from France and Belgium. You can find her at the Marburger Farm show (Round Top Antiques …

Kate Pernoud of Maison Pernoud: Finding Simple Happiness in Antiques, Travel, and Meeting New People

So, do you have that friend that travels the globe in search of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind home decor items? She spends time in French villages and eats great food and drinks French wine! Well, I have one of those friends! And while there is some “glamour” to what she does, there is more to it! Read on to hear her story! Today I’d like to introduce you to the beautiful and talented Kate Pernoud (just see her beautiful creations below), someone I am happy to call my friend. Most importantly, Kate is a mom to 2 great children, Grace (14) and Jonathan (12), wife to the handsome Chris, age withheld 😉 and fur baby-momma to Toby the Goldendoodle and Oliver the Maine Coon cat. By all means a happy and fulfilled life, but Kate had a passion all her own (I think we can all relate to that!). A passion for antiques, travel, and meeting new people. Born from that passion was Maison Pernoud, Kate’s own antiques and home decor business. I’d like to mention that Kate …

Home Inspiration: Modern Mountain Home By Studio McGee

One of my favorite pastimes is looking at homes and finding design and decor inspirations. I was so excited the other day to come across an Instagram post by Studio McGee. I quickly went to my computer and pulled up their website and started perusing. Their work is absolutely stunning! This Modern Mountain Home really caught my attention. I like sharing gorgeous home finds with you all here on the blog! If you share my affinity for home design and decor then read on! While Houston is far from mountainous, I could totally see decorating my home here like this one located outside of Park City, Utah. It’s not what you would typically think of when you think of a home in the mountains. There are so many features that I adore. The clean white walls, the medium-light wood floors, the black framed windows, and the mixed-metal elements. I absolutely love the idea of mixing modern elements with more classic elements. And, this home does it well! Here are a few pictures to intrigue and inspire you… …

THE Spring Wreath: A Ridiculously Easy DIY

Originally posted on A Color Pop Life:
Hello Friend!  Okay … you may be thinking, “Bridge, you mistakenly capitalized THE in the blog post title”, I’ll have to openly disappoint you.  I meant to do that!  Why?  Because now that I have made this wreath … on a whim I will add … it is my quintessential Spring wreath that will now be coming out every year as the flowers are showing signs of poppin’. As much as I am loving the Spring flowers peeking through landscapes now in Houston (although in full disclosure, I’m about over all of the yellow pollen gracing my constantly, fresh clean car … not to mention the sneeze fits it is giving me every single day), I’ve been feeling that je ne sais quoi is missing to show my little white cottage (a.k.a. my house) is happy for Mother Spring.  There has been a small little nod in the back of mind for a few weeks now, especially every time I pull into my driveway, and I feel like something…

Home Inspiration: Fashion Designer Jenni Kayne’s 1980s Haven in Beverly Hills

As I’ve scoured Houzz and Pinterest day dreaming about my own home remodel I have realized that I have saved multiple rooms from fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s Beverly Hills home . It’s absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. It’s the kind of home that says, “come in, stay a while, and relax… I absolutely love the mix of natural wood and stone with the organic, textural elements. It is all at once intimate and inviting while exuding a chic and refined vibe.  My kinda place! “The rooms have real depth, but there’s nothing fussy about them.” And, I love the subtle, not overwhelming, pops of color lightly dispersed throughout the various rooms. So, while I continue to daydream and peruse home designs for my own home remodel, I will definitely keep this stunning home in my mind as an inspiration. To see more of this gorgeous home and get more insight about the design you can head over to Architectural Digest or Savvy Home. If you could change your home’s style, what would the style be? …

The 5 Design Trends That Will Dominate This Summer

Is it heating up where you are? It is here in Houston, Texas. Truth be told, we really didn’t have much of a winter. Not even much of a Texas style winter! We had a couple of cold snaps, but they only lasted a few days at a time. Just long enough to kill the plants outside 😦 In any case, Spring has sprung already and I’m thinking about small things I can do around my house to spruce it up. One of the easiest ways to do this is simply with home decor items and accessories. Out with the old, in with the new! Doesn’t have to be a major overhaul or even a major expense! I ran across an article on My Domaine called “West Elm Has Spoken: These 5 Trends Will Blow Up This Summer.” I love West Elm’s clean, modern style and infusion of textural elements as well as their reasonable price points that you can blend with the other “more expensive” things in your home, so I thought I’d give …