A Decorating Style that Doesn’t Get Dated!

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Want a decorating style that doesn’t get dated but can evolve effortlessly through the trends? Me too! There are a few easy secrets and I’ll share them in today’s post! Yesterday I invited you to a little peek into the behind the scenes pre-launch party for Birch Lane at the home of Christiane Lemieux (founder of DwellStudio). The next evening in NYC was the actually unveiling of the Birch Lane furniture line. I was SO curious what this furniture was going to be like, so I was really excited when I finally got to see it (they had reassured me I was going to love it, but I was relieved that I actually did). It’s wonderful! I loved the vision and direction for the line, too, and I know I’ll be shopping their online catalog for my own home. It’s just my kind of mix.

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Birch Lane features traditional classics with a bit of a modern twist. I like the layered look of using what you have (whether it is an heirloom or just something you have acquired over the years that works for your family) with something new that can blend right in and stay with you for years to come. It’s a decorating style that doesn’t get dated so quickly! I think when you have some classic pieces, you have such a great foundation to mix, match and layer with the new things you find along life’s journey.

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While I want things to be of a certain quality, I’m also really particular about the style and personality of each piece. I loved that so many of these pieces are at reasonable price points too. I’m the type who really won’t buy something new unless I love it and the price is reasonable for what it is. That’s why I’m kind of slow with my decorating, it takes awhile to find just the right things. I won’t spend a lot of money on furniture and if I ever do convince myself to splurge even a little on something, it better be something special I just couldn’t find for less.

Birch Lane Farmhouse Style

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am about to buy a few new things for my home. I’m not in the process of moving or planning a move — and that means I want to be settled. I want to make myself at home here and feel like every room is comfortable, functional and yet styled the way I want it. That takes time. I know we all wish everything was done yesterday but if you are a careful shopper and want to be a bit frugal with finances, you have to be content with one step at a time. And really, it’s fun that way!

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Making myself at home here in this house means I spend time considering how I feel when I’m in my home, and how other people feel.

That’s the foundation to all of my decorating decisions. It starts with feelings I hope to achieve when I’m in the room.

How do I want to feel when I’m at home? How could my home be more welcoming to friends? Does it reflect who we are or what could I do to make it feel more like “us”?

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I’m always nesting and fluffing and puttering around the house inching it closer to what I envision for my home. I’m adding layers. I take away things that are not beautiful to me or aren’t right for my home. But when I’m making those adjustments, it’s an evolution of style not a complete do over.

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That’s why I have always embraced a style that has a traditional twist to it. It never feels so defined that it might get stuffy or outdated, but it also isn’t likely to feel like my whole home is too trendy just a year after I decorate it. It’s a mixed style that can evolve with me as my taste and lifestyle does. I can hang on to things that might not be perfect while I need them, but they still mix in just fine until I finally get to pick out something I like better. I can easily move things to other rooms if I feel like I need a change. That just feels authentic and right for my home! It’s a slow process but it’s real life for me.

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I especially enjoy the little things I can do to update my home. I love adding affordable things like adding baskets to bring in those layers of texture that are not only practical but make a house feel layered and lived in.

Mixing up painted and wood pieces makes it even easier to continue to evolve!

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I love when a traditional piece can mix in with that fun new rug. A dramatic wall color can bring it all together.

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I LOVE to feel the freedom to evolve in my taste and style, it’s just a fun part of life for me. But who really has money or time to get a whole new new style every few years? Not me! I’ve had the same sofa, same beds, same dressers and dining table for years. Yet my house is always getting updated! Sticking to mostly classic pieces as the foundation makes evolution of style pretty easy. I can just add in new items as I find things I love or want to incorporate to my current look.

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Now that I’m ready for a few new foundational pieces (which I’ll be showing you my dilemmas and solutions in an upcoming post), I want to make sure I pick things I know I can love for years to come. I especially love items that can work in more than one space.

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I’m a detail girl. A little nail head trim gives a style boost that catches my eye.

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I love things that are unique in a tasteful way and suggest a story or history.

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I love when classic patterns or fabrics are also modern so you can add in a fun touch without your house feeling outdated next year.

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How is your home evolving in style or do you tend to keep it the same?

*My trip to NYC was sponsored by Wayfair & Birch Lane, but my posts and opinions are my own.

Dinner Party at Christiane Lemieux’s SoHo Loft

Christiane Lemieux SoHo New York Apartment

Christiane Lemieux’s SoHo Loft

Hey everyone! I’ve been on the go traveling for the past couple of weeks both for work and Spring Break with my family, but I am SO excited to finally be back this week. I love to travel but I’m such a homebody. There is SO MUCH going on with The Inspired Room and my family and it is just good to be home! I’m SUPER EXCITED about finally sharing a few bits of awesome news very soon! Don’t you hate when people have surprises they can’t tell but they tell you they have a secret? Eeek, I know! Me too. I hate keeping secrets, but these are worth the wait and the suspense and I think you’ll have fun with all the surprises, too. :-D Soon. I promise. Good things are ahead.

Anyhoo, I’m just about to kick into high decorating gear around my house with some much needed items for a few rooms! It was timely to have been invited to NYC to be a part of the launch of a new furniture line! I’ve been dreaming about a few new furniture pieces for awhile, but after thinking about it FOREVER! I just need to break open the piggy bank and make it happen. That’s the hardest part for me, I am always scared to buy bigger things for myself. But I was inspired by my trip to NY!

I’ll tell you more about what I’m thinking for my house in a separate post, but this trip to NYC was pretty surreal. Earlier this year I received an invite to fly to NYC for the launch of a new furniture line by Wayfair. From time to time as a decor blogger I am invited to an event for one reason or another. This time I really had no idea what I was going to experience, but I like Wayfair and Joss & Main so I accepted!

Well, I’m SO glad I said yes! Y’all, it was crazy, and since you know me you would have laughed at (with) me (inside your head) if you had been a fly on the wall watching me attend this event. Let me explain.

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Smyth Tribeca Hotel Shower

I came in a day early since I was flying from Seattle to NYC and didn’t want to have to get up at 2AM to go to the airport. I need my sleep :-). As soon as I arrived, I headed to the Smyth Tribeca Hotel. It was so nice! The bathroom was especially lovely, that marble subway tile was gorgeous in the shower and on the floors too! I got in late evening so it was nice to just have a peaceful night to rest. The next day my friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality blog flew in and we were able to have lunch and catch up! If you followed us on Instagram (do you use Instagram? I love it — you can follow me here!) you may have seen a photo or two of our adventures. It was FREEZING there, but we still had a good time.

Christiane Lemieux

We were both invited to a private dinner at the SoHo loft of designer and business woman extraordinaire Christiane Lemieux (!) (pictured above). You might be familiar with her as the founder of the very successful DwellStudio. She was recently appointed the Creative Director for Wayfair. If you want to read more about her, check out this article and this inspiring video interview. I loved reading more about her in preparation for the trip.

Christiane Lemieux Kitchen Birch Lane Dinner Party

Rhoda and I still had very little idea of what to expect or why we were invited, but that evening we headed off just the two of us in our cab over to Christiane’s apartment. We awkwardly got LOST as soon as we entered the apartment building and she actually had to come out to find us wandering around in a dark stairwell. Ha! But the minute we were invited into her home, we were at ease and knew this would be a memorable once in a lifetime experience. It was a PINCH ME kind of moment. Christiane greeted us at the door, took our coats and there we were, at her home for a private dinner party!

Christiane Lemieux Dinner Party Birch Lane Launch

You know I was drooling over the kitchen and the entire apartment. My eyes went straight to that giant slab of marble! SO GORGEOUS. The beautiful zig zag planking on the island? I LOVE IT. And of course I love the kitchen color scheme and felt right at home with the dark cabinets and white counters. I loved all of the contrasts between modern and antique and the texture everywhere! The floors were amazing too, beautiful old hardwood brought in from Europe.

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Christiane’s attention to detail made the evening an experience, from the bouquets to the candelabras to the menus and beautiful table settings and table itself — it was all lovely.

Christiane Lemieux Loft Dining Room

I’ve always loved bookcases in a dining room. They give such a warm functional feeling to the space. The bookcases used to be painted white (I had seen a photo of them online) but I think the black gives them a more classy look!

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I’m kicking myself for not having my big camera because my iPhone could not do it justice in the lovely evening light. Her space was stunning. I wasn’t sure what was more jaw-dropping — that I was standing in Christiane Lemieux’s gorgeous famous loft apartment, that we were there chatting about kids and designing homes, or maybe that there were only 1o of us there for a beautiful sit down dinner celebrating pre-launch of her new furniture line! We were also joined by fellow blogger Gabrielle from Design Mom.

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Christiane’s chandelier was incredible, it had come from a movie theatre and weighed about 400 pounds! She had it cleaned and restored before it was hung above her table on a solid wood beam. She told me right after she hung it her son shot a nerf gun into it and broke a few crystals … but she was OK with the imperfection and left it that way. I knew I liked her! Boy moms unite!

Christian Lemieux Apartment

The art piece on her wall has been featured many times in catalogs and magazines. Before dinner we all stood around and made small talk. Everyone was really warm and personable and we felt like old friends!

Dinner at Christiane Lemieux loft

For dinner I was seated to Christiane’s immediate left (I would insert a few OMGOSH statements about how crazy it was to be sitting there right next to her at the dinner table, but I’ll try to act a little more cool and collected for the record. Eh hem. But you know I basically tried to keep spinach out of my teeth and not say anything awkward).

Dinner Party antique table at Christiane Lemieux SoHo Apartment

Seriously though, Christiane was so sweet and easy to talk to. Her enthusiasm for design was contagious! We talked about kids, travel and home design. I learned so much about her success and passion for her businesses as well as the story behind the new furniture line, Birch Lane (which she described to me as being “twisted traditional” style.) It was so inspiring to talk to her and her team. They were warm and welcoming and even encouraging us about our own blogs and our place in the industry. It was really a fun evening and an absolutely delicious dinner! I was honored to be there.

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The next night we went to the actual launch party of the furniture line, so I can’t wait to share about the furniture and my own furniture plans in an upcoming post.

Meanwhile feel free to check out Birch Lane’s website! I really love many of their pieces and I think you will too!

Thanks to Christiane, Wayfair and Birch Lane for the hospitality!

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring brunch table - The Inspired Room

I‘ve been CRAVING sunshine (and believe it or not it was warm like SUMMER here today! My wish came true!). In honor of more SUNNY DAYS AHEAD I’m excited to share my dining room all ready for a Spring or Easter brunch! I love just switching out a few accessories to bring in a new mood. Mixing and matching what I already have with a few new little goodies to make a room feel brand new again is one of life’s little joys!

Mix and match spring table

Remember my little succulent gardens for the kitchen? I think they add a perfect natural touch of green to the table! It’s fun to try a twist on the traditional bouquet once in awhile.

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Recently my friend Saul at DaySpring sent me a few new plates, so I got totally inspired to pull together a Spring brunch. Brunches are my favorite. Well, that and dishes. And sunshine.

Spring Brunch Table

These sweet plates (and the small pitcher, the chalkboard signs and the four part server) are from the Daily Grace line at DaySpring. They are a fun whimsical addition to the springy theme. Winter can feel so serious and I like to see a little more lightheartedness in my home when the sun comes out! A colorful and happy home can chase away all the doldrums of winter.

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Spring brunch The Inspired Room

The dining room got a fresh coat of Dove White paint (mixed by Glidden, but a Benjamin Moore formula from my trim and cabinets) last Fall. It was an interim step on my way to my dream of white paneled walls. But meanwhile, I’m inching my way closer to the cheery casual dining room I envisioned all along.

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Since our house is informal and overrun by the pups and activity all day long, it’s fun to entertain in a way that makes sense for our day to day life. And our dining room is the location of our only table so this room has to do double duty as a place to hang out as well as a destination for meals or entertaining. Our girls are more likely to be here on the weekends, so a fun casual brunch is a common theme when we get together!

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Spring Party

Table setting ideas

Daily Grace plates from Dayspring

All the items from the Daily Grace line are fun to mix in with my other plates and serving dishes.

Daily Grace Dishes

It’s the little things that remind me to live a grateful life!

The THREE winners in this giveaway (sponsored by DaySpring) will each pick any 10 Daily Grace items, so check out the options and then leave a comment below! Tell me what your favorites are and one way you live a grateful life to be entered to win! Winners will be chosen on Saturday 10PM PST.

The three winners for this giveaway are:

Sharon McGuire
Kathleen Grace of Kathy’s Cottage
Diane of An Extraordinary Day

Congratulations to all of you!

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