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One Room Challenge: Week Two!

April 13, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Here we are at week two! The One Room Challenge always seems to fly by, and this week was no different. I thought I would share some inspiration photos of living rooms I love, that give off the same vibe I am going for. Hayden and I share a secret pinterest board and will be pinning back and forth to share ideas and put a picture to our words. This is so helpful when working with a designer to really allow them to get a ‘feel’ for what you love!

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One thing that’s clear is that I love the midcentury modern look. My only qualm with it all along has been that it’s been too cold, so I really want to warm up the space with with warm colors – like a soft pink and shades of blue – and bohemian accents. Like I mentioned earlier, it is so easy for me to go all over the design spectrum, so really trying to keep my style on track. Finding inspiration photos has been so helpful for that!

I’m meeting up with my gal Hayden this week to talk through some more design plans and DIY projects, our coffee table is on it’s way to us, and I need to decide on furniture. Can’t wait to share more peeks at the space!


Be sure to check out all of the other spaces in the making in the One Room Challenge, here.

One Room Challenge: Living Room Makeover!

April 6, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Welp guys, I wasn’t originally planning on participating in the ORC this round, but when I started brainstorming our living room, I couldn’t stop! So, I’m a little late to the game today, but here I am! These next 5 weeks are definitely going to be a challenge to get it done, but I’ve always tended to work better under pressure. Otherwise, three years will go by and your kitchen still won’t be finished. But that’s never happened at my house or anything ;)…


Our living room has taken on many different forms. I started out envisioning floral prints and black and white patterns when we first moved in. We were in the middle of renovations, and hello budget! So I had to work with what I had…which was pretty much nothing! A friend of ours was moving and gave us his gray couch, so that became our couch! Then we settled on a moroccan black and white shag rug, and I think that is one of my biggest house regrets. #1, it was too small and made the large room feel awkward and unfinished. #2, those babies shed like crazy!! #3, Oh yeah, we have a wild dog! It felt was impossible to keep the living room clean, so out it went!

I replaced that rug with a black and white ikea rug we hadn’t designated a space for yet. It was certainly temporary, as it also didn’t fill the room well. We also had a brown midcentury coffee table at one point. But when Piper fell off the couch straight into the corner of the coffee table, I said “see ya!” I always felt it made the room too cool and overly  midcentury, so I was looking for a reason to get rid of it anyway.

One Room Challenge: Living Room Update

Here is one of the only before pictures I found (hiiiiiii my tiny baby!). I don’t have any more before pictures … I guess I tend not to document HORROR. Here is pretty much where we are today:

One Room Challenge: Living Room

I landed this dream anthropologie rug at a nearby warehouse store called Final Cut, for literally 85% off!! Not even kidding. So obviously I had to buy it. Just like Piper’s nursery, it is going to be what the rest of the room is designed around. I guess I just can’t pass up a pink rug ;)

One thing that I’ve also learned through the previous One Room Challenge, and through designing our house, is I am very indecisive when it comes to decor. I love midcentury modern, but I also love boho. I love bright pops of color and palm spring edgy vibes, but I also love muted monochromatic schemes. I am all over the place! So, enter stage left Hayden of Markely Design.  This lady is the bee’s knees, and I love all of her work. She’ll keep me on a straight and narrow path and iron our all of my design chaos ;)

Make sure to check out all of the other fabulous spaces and One Room Challenge guest participants on Calling It Home’s blog. So excited to share with you all what we have in store over these next few weeks!

Artificial Plants + The Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree Out There

March 6, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

The Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love LolaIf there’s one thing I don’t have, it’s a green thumb. I absolutely love indoor plants and the color and life that they bring to a room, but I am the worst at keeping them alive. I mean, I try. Like, really really hard. Yet, it goes south 90% of the time. If there’s any one out there who is thinking about making an e-course on gardening and plant care, please do. I will buy it!!!

So when my husband told me for the 100th time that I need to stop wasting our money on plants that are going to die :/, I decided to try out some fake ones. My first fake plant came from Ikea, and I have been hooked ever since. I love the fact that they take NO effort to maintain and I don’t have to remember to water them. Because, let’s be real, watering plants is the last thing on my list most days. And it’s been fascinating to find that people that come over to our house have NO idea that they are fake. If you get up close and examine them, sure you can tell they aren’t real. But when we’re just hanging out in the space, it’s my best kept secret. The Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love Lola^ I always land natural looking artificial plants at Target. That’s where this plant is from, and it is one of my favorites. I had a live plant on Piper’s changing station, but after she kicked it down one afternoon while I was changing her diaper, I realized that maybe that wasn’t the best spot for a plant. When I took it down I missed the color it brought, so I replaced it with this one. Confession: I went back to Target and bought two more for a couple other rooms in our house.The Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love LolaThe Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love Lola^ This fiddle leaf fig is my prized possession. I cannot tell you enough how happy it makes me! (it’s the little things in life, right!? ;) These beautiful trees are all over Pinterest and I think they look so beautiful in any room. I bought two live ones from home depot last year, and quickly realized how finicky they are. For someone who is already not great with plants, I realized the beloved fiddle leaf and I might not be the best fit …. I was devastated! Enter stage left this faux fiddle leaf from Plantscape Inc. It’s huge, always green and perky, and no leaves will brown and fall off on me. It genuinely looks real, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks! You guys HAVE to get one … right now … what are you waiting for!? Shop it directly HERE. And believe me when I say it is worth every penny.The Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love LolaThe Most Convincing Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig | Love LolaArtifical succulents and air plants generally look natural, and I have found great quality ones at a great price at Home Goods, Wayfair, Amazon, and West Elm.

We’re in the process of renovating our guest bathroom, and there are no windows so I will definitely be adding some artificial plants to brighten it up. These plants have also been great in Piper’s nursery, so she can’t tip them over and make a mess. Also, with her nap schedule, I feel like her blinds are shut 50% of the time, so it’s not the best place for plants to get sunlight. This has honestly been a game changer for me, and I’m not ashamed to say it. As I continue to work on (and hopefully get better at!) keeping real plants alive, me and my fake little guys will be doing just fine.

I’ve linked some of my favorite faux indoor plants below, and if you are interested in the fiddle leaf tree you can find it HERE.

Our Wintry Front Porch

January 16, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors - Lifestyle

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I’m finally getting around to sharing our wintry front porch decor! I planned to share it a while ago, but sheesh – sometimes time just gets away from you! So even though my mind is thinking towards spring and warm weather, I still wanted to share some of our winter decor on the blog.

My sweet mother-in-law actually decorated our porch in time for Piper’s first birthday party, as a birthday gift to me (Piper’s birthday is just a day before mine!). She captured my style and vision perfectly. It is simple, with a lot of greenery and gold, just how I like it :). And can you believe she put together that amazing magnolia wreath from scratch!? Obsessed. Sadly, it is no longer with us, but it was beautiful all through the holiday season!

I love how our porch transitioned perfectly from fall, to Christmas, to a January winter. In November we had gold spray painted pumpkins, both big and small, and pinecones. For Christmas we added the garland and threw out the pumpkins (they were rotting – whoops), and then for January we’ve taken down the garland again and sadly said goodbye to our wreath.

I’ve never given much thought to the exterior decor of our house, because I am always working on the inside, but after this little project I might be hooked. Already thinking through plans for a spring front porch!

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