Doing it Right: Commune Design X West Elm

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I love seeing mass retailers team up with designers/makers/artisans and this may very well be my favorite partnership yet!  I first discovered Commune Design after a trip to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs right after they opened (this was a magical time because word hadn’t gotten out about the hotel yet, so it was quiet, pristine and quite the different experience from what it’s become!)  I asked about the design immediately because it was so incredible, and have been a fan of theirs ever since that introduction.  I would put every single one (and all of the above) into my home in a hot second!  The design is simple, modern and beautifully executed.  Well done Commune and West Elm, well done indeed!  Shop the entire collection here.

Shop the above: Wooden Fruit Bowls, tapestry diptych, leather sling chair,  Temoayan Pillow cover (charcoal, ivory), low cushion ottoman,  marble topped coffee table, terra cotta planter, tufted ottoman, square shape pillow cover (also available in circle)

Plant Pots for One and All

One of my favorite ways to make a space feel like home is plants- they bring life to an interior and I don’t think I could ever consider a space done without at least a plant or two strategically placed.  And plants with broad leaves help keep the air clean, so I am always cognizant of that as well!  Today I’ve got twelve pots that I’m loving to inspire your own decorating moments! Hope you love!  xx- Sarah

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Chairs, a Love Story

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If I could only ever buy one type of furniture for the rest of my life it would be chairs.  SARAH, you say, THAT IS RIDICULOUS!  WHERE WILL YOU SLEEP?!  I will sleep with my chairs pushed up against each other and fashioned into a bed, I say.  Is it ridiculous?  Probably.  But the heart wants what the heart wants, and this heart wants allll of the chairs.  The first piece of furniture I ever considered an “investment” piece, meaning it cost more than I ever thought I would spend on something for our house, was a vintage womb chair.  And by more than anything I thought I would spend I mean I think I spent half the money I made that month on the chair.  Which some (aka anyone with two financial cents rattling around in their practical head) might find to be excessive.  But I coveted that chair for so long, and when it was finally ours, I had no regrets about the purchase.  Not once.  It brought me a tremendous amount of satisfaction to see it sitting in the various rental homes we carted it around to.  Chairs, I love you.  I want you all.  I want to style you up with pillows and put you in every corner of my house.   I love you in pairs, I love you around tables, I love you in all of your glorious shapes and sizes.  Truly,  if loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.  Forever yours, Sarah  {SIXTEEN MORE RIDICULOUS CHAIRS AFTER THE JUMP!}

Bohemian Leather Club chair ($525) , Francesa Chair ($315), Homsel Chair ($70), Rialto Rust Faux Leather Chair ($189), Georgia Swivel Chair ($1899), Hollings Velvet Chair ($3099), Molded Natural Plywood Chair ($109), Origami Leather Chair ($1499)

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Guest Bedroom Update

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Hola amigos!  It’s been a game of musical rooms around here since we moved in.  What started as my office became our  guest bedroom, and it’ll undergo another transformation before baby arrives.  SO I thought I’d share it before we mix it up again as it’s been such a cozy space for guests!  We planned on outfitting the RV with Parachute Home’s linen bedding, but after the trip was postponed we added it to the guest bedroom for an instant luxury upgrade for guests.  Having slept on it myself a few nights this pregnancy when insomnia had me tossing in our bed, I can tell you it’s heavenly!  As for the rest of the space- we kept it simple with just a few pieces of decor so that our guests would have space for bags and living.  It feels like a cozy little boutique hotel and we’re loving it!  Wanna come for a stay?  It’s a dream of ours to one day open a bed and breakfast- maybe someday we’ll see you there!!  A girl can dream…  xx- Sarah

Sources:  bedding set,  duvetwall hanging, bedside table, bedside table lamp, curtain rods, curtains, feather Juju hat, rug, baskets

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Pillow Talk

If you’re like me and have a compulsive need to refresh your space, pillows are your best friend. They can transform a room, adding color, texture, warmth or just that last bit of something to make it feel gooooood.  I was being dramatic yesterday when I said they’re more expensive than an organ transplant.  They definitely CAN be, and I have a special skill for always falling in love with THE MOST EXPENSIVE PILLOW MY EYES LAND ON.  But!   I found a bunch of really beautiful, totally affordable options in a pretty exhaustive search this week to share with you. Seriously internet, if there is a corner I left unturned in my pillow hunt, give me a heads up. There are so many of these bad boys that I’d love to mix and match for a look like this.  Oh pillows, I love thee.  Happy decorating my friends!!  xx- Sarah

1. Heavy Loop Diamond Throw Pillow  2.  Fringe Accent Pillow  3.  Wool Wrap Pillow  4.  Loloi Decorative Pillow  5.  Chevron Throw Pillow  6.  Embellished Medallion Square Pillow  7. Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover  8.  Alma Apricot Pillow  9.  African Mudcloth Rusty Shibori  10. Vintage Indigo African Mudcloth Pillow   11.  Denim Pyramids Pillow  12.  Pirhanas Throw Pillow

13.  Texture Stripe Throw Pillow  14.  Balbina Throw  15.  Metallase´ Cotton Pillow  16.  Hmong Indigo Pillow Cover  17.  Hmong Batik Pillow Cover  18.  John Robshaw Aleppo Pillow   19. Corriente Pillow  20. Gray +White Striped Pillow  21.  Maharam Pillow in Monk’s Wool  22. Large Arrow Mali Pillow  23.  Division Navy Striped Pillow  24.  White African Mudcloth Pillow

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25.  Heavy Single Loop Throw Pillow  26.  Morocco Pillow  27.  Estrato Pillow  28.  Graphic Embroidered Linework Pillow  29.  Graphic Puzzle Pillow Cover  30.  Black and White African Mudcloth Pillow  31.  Indigo and Manta Blues Pillow  32.  Tirisa Fuscia Pillow  33.  Yard Dyed Geo Pillow  34.  Bonaire Throw Pillow  35.  Espadin Pillow  36.  Ticking Stripe Pillow

Dining Room Update

Hi friends!  Do you remember our dining room when we moved in, and then the update last summer when we painted it?  (You can time travel to view it here if you’d like!)  Well since then I’ve been slowly making just a couple of changes- namely in the form of that window seat!  We designed it and had our friend and architect/woodworker extraordinaire build it for us.   He built the floating credenza (seen here) in the living room for us as well and we wanted them to play off of each other since you can see both when you walk in the front door.  I originally intended for the wood to be exposed- no cushion.   I love me a huge slab of walnut something hard.  But after a few months of sore-bum-sitting I broke down and decided that function would have to win out over form this go-round.  We hired an upholsterer to make the seat cushion- and while I love it I do wish it were a couple inches thicker.  I chose to cut costs by having it produced at that thickness and have some regrets, although it’s probably the kind of thing that will only ever bother me as normal humans don’t usually fret about such silly things, right?  SAY YES!  It’ll make me feel better.

I waited patiently (NOT PATIENTLY AT ALL- I NEARLY DIED OF IMPATIENCE) for months until I found the right fabric to make the pillows with.  I’ve since discovered a half dozen throw pillows I would’ve bought and loved as much/more, but again- I saved my pennies by having these made (why on God’s green earth do pillows cost more than organ transplants?!!!)  As for the missing palm on the right side of the room- that was a casualty.  I’m pretty good at keeping plants alive but I have reason to suspect that palms have something against me.  Now that the room is finished (well I do dream of a giant olive tree in one corner truth be told) I have to say- I am so happy with how it turned out!  It’s bright and happy, but at night becomes cozy and downright romantic with the chandelier on a dimmer.  During the day I love sitting in the window nook and watching the kids have sponge fights or play basketball.  The sound of kids playing has become one of my favorites.  Have I told you we live in Pleasantville?  I love it.  I love it far more than I ever knew I would.  Consider me suburbed.  Sources for all that you see below and more photos after the jump!  xx- Sarah

Sources:  dining table, chairs, chair covers, rug, chandelier, otomi print

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