5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I opened my House Beautiful magazine this month and my jaw just about dropped to the floor. I almost always LOVE looking at magazines, but the mood of this house really spoke to me.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

Perhaps it resonated with me because I related to the story and loved the personality of the house. It’s timeless and romantic, but so fun and fresh, too!

This home was a small ranch style house with a modest ceiling height (in most parts of the house, until they raised the ceiling in a couple of rooms!).

It just needed some architecture and a refreshed style to pull the house together and make it reflect the taste of the owners.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I love the wallpapers as well as the soft, pretty and even lively use of color and pattern in this home.

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I love SO much about this house! It looks so cozy and colorful that I was ready to move right in.

But then I reminded myself that I already have a house to work on :).

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

I see so many elements that I hope to incorporate into my own little house someday.

All in due time, right?

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

5 Take Away Tips: A Modest Cozy & Colorful House

Here are five of my own take aways that might inspire you (and for sure inspire me) to create a cozier or more colorful house, too!

1. Houses with shorter ceiling heights can benefit from architectural ceiling treatments (just make them properly scaled for your space). If you can bump up the ceiling in a room or two it can still feel cozy and comfortable if the height is scaled properly and fits with the overall architecture planned for the the home.

2. A touch of black can add a comfortable grounding element in a colorful or lighter-hued space.

3. Just because a house or space is smaller in scale it doesn’t mean you can’t go bolder with your choices. In fact, a more interesting mix of elements might add exactly what your house needs to come alive!

4. Consider how you want to use the space and design the room accordingly. A large sofa may actually make a small room feel more inviting and comfortable than a room filled with small pieces you don’t need.

5. Don’t let any “rules” or fears or even the current style or look of your home sway you from incorporating what you really love. It’s easy to get stuck in design when all you can see is what is in front of you right now, but press through to come up with your own vision for what your space COULD be!

Embrace what YOU love. Your house should be unique, just like you!

What are some of YOUR takeaways from this home?

All images from House Beautiful November 2017 (find more images of this home via the link!)
Designer Lee Ann Thornton

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Hello! It’s Courtney here today filling in for my mom while she’s in Georgia for the Haven Conference as a blogging mentor.

I love a classic blue and white color scheme in pretty much any room, but I was particularly inspired by all of these pretty navy and white bathrooms today and I thought you might enjoy them too! I think the wood accents in many of these add a nice warmth to contrast with the cooler tones.

What do you think, would you do a blue and white bathroom in your own house? I definitely would!

I also want to mention that today is the very LAST day that you can vote for our rug designs in the Annie Selke Rug Design Competition! If you haven’t heard yet, we have the absolutely incredible opportunity to have our rug designs made into ACTUAL RUGS for Dash & Albert in 2018! Only 10 designs will be chosen, and it’s a super close race…eeek! If you’d like to help us out by voting for our designs, we would appreciate it so much! It’s SO easy to vote with a simple ‘like’ or heart on our rugs on the Annie Selke (@annieselke) Instagram page. The direct links to each rug are below for your convenience (you can vote from your desktop or phone) >>

>> VOTE for our stripe rug with cross border HERE!

>> VOTE for our starburst rug HERE!

(by the way, you are allowed to ‘like’ both rugs!)

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The challenge ends at 9 PM EST tonight.

Thank you all for your excitement with us as we’ve shared this process (and also thank you for your patience if you’ve been hearing us mention the rugs all over the place for the last couple weeks). :) It’s such an unreal opportunity so we really appreciate you allowing us to share and giving us the chance to win! It would be such an honor so we’re thankful for your support.

We had fun this week creating a few little Photoshop mockups to envision our rug designs in our house (new and old house). We think these rugs would go with so many styles…they’re classics with a twist! Check out the mockups below.

5 Navy & White BathroomsStarburst Rug / Striped Rug with Cross Border

5 Navy & White BathroomsStarburst Rug

5 Navy & White BathroomsStriped Rug with Cross Border

5 Navy & White Bathrooms

>>> Vote for our stripe + cross rug HERE!
>>> Vote for our starburst rug HERE!

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!

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