I recently got back from a fun girls trip to wine country and I felt like that was just what I needed. We had SO much fun, drank all the wine (duh), and I left feeling so fulfilled both personally and in my career being surrounded by so many bad ass women who not only blog and create amazing content but are also wives, mothers, and have other jobs outside of blogging. Like wow. However, I have to say I was excited to get back home, love on Ellie, and hop back into a routine.
I have loved sharing my home with you guys since moving at the beginning of October. I am really hoping to make home and interiors a regular thing here on the blog- I have been thrilled by all of your feedback so far and kind comments, dm’s and emails regarding everything home. I actually took all of my Christmas decorations down right before I left for my trip and as bitter sweet as it was it felt oh so good to have my house back in order. If some of you have been following me along for awhile you know that I might or might not have left Christmas up till March last year (I know, I know…. terrible). So I PROMISED myself I would not let that happen this year. I also wanted to get everything situated so I could share a full home tour with you guys and the actual process of how everything came together with the help of my designer and friend, Blythe of Rodi Interiors.
Blythe and I just met at the end of last year but had been following one another for years and shared some mutual friends. I had loved following her and her husbands work (They are a husband and wife team- he’s a contractor and she does interiors) so I was THRILLED that we got to work together. I swear y’all they need their own HGTV show. I knew as soon as we met that she “got” me and the style that I was going for.
Why a designer?
While I love interiors, and feel like I have a pretty good eye when it comes to decorating I still felt like I needed help tying all my ideas together. Like I have mentioned before, for the most part I had an idea of the style I wanted for each room and some key pieces I knew I had to have- but I am not as good with smaller details like art, pillows, and decor. I also wanted to work with Blythe not only for her expertise, but also because she is a designer she has access to all of the showrooms at Dallas Market Center. Market has hundreds of furniture and decor showrooms which house some of the most beautiful and unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. So hiring a designer allows you to visit Market with your designer and shop lines carried in showrooms at special pricing you can only get through your designer.
I don’t know if I can afford a designer
Trust me- I thought the same thing. I initially thought oh my gosh this is for fancy people. I can’t afford this. Different designers will have different fees depending on how big or small the project. However, since Blythe acquired many of my pieces at designer pricing – these items don’t have the markup like they would have at Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Serena and Lily, etc. In addition, there are tons of very affordable lines available at market. Of course there are plenty of $$$ ones, but I was so surprised by the showrooms we visited and how affordable things were. I feel like it pays off- not only are you getting the expertise and help of a designer and their services, but you are getting incredible pricing on one of a kind pieces for your home as well.
Do I have to buy everything they choose?
Not at all. You can be as involved or as hands off in the process as you want. I know Blythe has had clients that essentially let her handle everything and then there are other clients (like myself) who like to be very hands on and active throughout the process and every decision. I love things like this, and am also very particular so I knew I wanted to be involved in every part of this process. There were some things she suggested that I just wasn’t feeling and thats 100% okay. Her job is to make sure you love every single piece. I love how many ideas Blythe had that I never would have thought of myself or would have chosen that I LOVE. However, for the most part her and I were totally in sync.
If you have any other questions at all about anything in my home, showrooms, or how to get certain pieces feel free to reach out. Also be sure to follow Blythe along on her IG @blytherhodes to check out her work (and tons of her own beautiful home). Her contact info is also on her IG profile as well!
Blythe and I worked together with local Dallas artist, Todd Morgenstern to have this beautiful art above my couch commissioned. I went with Blythe up to Todd’s showroom in Dallas and was blown away by his work and also how kind, and amazing he was. I showed him a few inspo pictures of what I was loving and color schemes and let him do the rest. I knew I would not be disappointed. We decided to do a set of three canvases spaced apart instead of one big one and I am SO glad we did. Hanging them was a bitch (ha), but I could not be happier with how they turned out and Todd made me something more beautiful than I could have even pictured in my mind. From the colors, to the way the painting flows from canvas to canvas. This is essentially one of the first things you see when you walk into my home and the focal point of my living room and I couldn’t be more in love. I will cherish this piece as this is my very first commissioned piece of art and that as so special to me. I have had a ton of you ask me about this piece via DM or on some of my Instagram comments. If interested in more info on any of Todd’s work or a commissioned piece you can contact Blythe and she can help!
As I mentioned in my previous home blog post I worked with Wayfair where I picked out this gorgeous ivory sectional. I was excited to select pillows for this sectional because I knew the options were endless- I could tie anything in with ivory! I was really wanting to move away from the blush and pink tones that I had in my old place and go with something a little more bold and mature. As soon as I saw these emerald green velvet pillows from Peninsula I knew I had to have them. They are showstoppers and the contrast between the deep green and ivory is gorgeous. To accompany the solid emerald green we were then on the hunt for two pillows with a fun pattern. We visited C Maddox and I was in pillow heaven. So many gorgeous ones, but we kept seeing these abstract (almost look like brush strokes) pillows in different color combos and fell in love with them.When Blythe initially suggested we go with the cream and green ones I was a little unsure and thought that would be too much green. However, when we paired the two next to one another I knew we had found the perfect combo.
When it came to styling my coffee table I was pretty clueless as this coffee table is about double the size of my previous one (she’s a big girl). I have a ton of cute trays but they were all way too small for this large of a table they just didn’t look right. Blythe text me one day with a picture of a GIANT (and I mean giant, these pics do not do justice of how large this book is) cowhide coffee table book from the showroom . I was immediately like “omg I need that”. This thing is massive and makes such a statement on my table. I have never seen anything like it before and always get dm’s asking about it. On top of it sits a large crystal that we picked up as well. Equally obsessed.
Another piece in my home that truly is unlike any other is my floral centerpiece on my dining table from the showroom Botanical Mix. This was the first showroom Blythe took me into when we visited market and I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY. All florals and greenery in this arrangement are real that have been preserved meaning they can last for years if taken care of properly. This particular arrangement has roses, Norwegian moss, crystals. and other greenery and is an absolute show stopper. Anytime anyone comes in my home they ask about this piece. Botanical Mix can create any type of arrangement with different florals, greenery, and other decorative pieces. If interested also feel free to get in touch with Blythe!
One of my favorite things about my dining room space was this cute little buffet/nook/storage area. I honestly have no idea what you would call this space?! But, I did know that I wanted a painting to be displayed… I mean I feel like this space is just asking for it! So I actually connected with an artist out of Houston, Katherine Price who painted this beautiful painting for my space. I knew I wanted pinks and greens and sent her a photo of my centerpiece for inspo and let her do her thing. It turned out so beautiful and I love all the colors. Be sure to check out Katherine on Instagram @katherinepriceart
My kitchen is small and cozy so really the only thing we worked on in here was this bench/nook area. I was honestly stumped on what I would do with this space since the day I moved in. Together, Blythe and I decided to turn it into a little sitting area (which I actually use ALL the time- it’s crazy how much time you spend in your kitchen). Once again Blythe came to me telling me she had a fabric combo she thought I would love for the bench and pillows. When she pulled the fabric samples out of her purse from (showroom) I about died because I knew it was perfect! I am not afraid of a little print and having fun with fabrics so I couldn’t be happier with what we chose for this area. It also ties into the blues of my ginger jars on my kitchen countertops.
My bedroom is still not officially complete, buttt we are almost there! Guys, I don’t know what it is about a kind bed but it was so tricky to figure out a pillow situation. Blythe suggested we do 3 large pillows and a long lumbar pillow in the front. Together we went through a few different fabric combos (all which were beautiful!) and decided on the blush/peach/ivory combo. Look closely at the detail on the ivory lumbar- its absolutely gorgeous!!
For my bathroom there really wasn’t much to be done! When I moved in there were originally two rustic looking hanging mirrors above the vanity that I swapped out for these gorgeous gold ones that I already had! These gold mirrors used to hang on opposite sides of my bed in my bedroom. However, I did not have the space to do that in this house so I decided to replace the old mirrors with these in my bathroom. Absolutely love how they turned out!
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Also, don’t forget I have an entire page here on GAT dedicated to all items I have in my home which I update weekly!