October 4, 2015

Tell me about your space: new series and poll

Hi! Happy Monday! I'm sorry for the disappearance last week- I didn't post on the blog or on Instagram at all. Gasp! I didn't realize that I was taking a break until halfway through the week, and then I just went with it. It was nice to just get things done and have a relaxing weekend. But I'm back! And I need your help.

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that in the past two years, Nick and I downsized from a fairly large house to a small one bedroom apartment in Washington, DC. I have learned many tips and tricks (mostly by trial and error!) about small space and rental living, so I want to start a new series!

This is where you come in: tell me more about the space in which you live! I'd love to know so that I can gear this series towards my readers. And even if you don't live in a small space or aren't a renter, these tips and tricks can apply to you, too! So, will you help me out by filling out the polls below?

Let me know more about your space! Once I get the details, I will tailor the series so that there's a little bit for everyone. Thank you for your help!

Do you:

Define your space:

September 25, 2015

My Home Tour on A Beautiful Mess!

The lovely ladies of A Beautiful Mess have featured my Home Tour on their blog! I am so honored to be a part of the "At Home With" series. 

Make sure you stop by the tour to see some photos you might no have seen before, and let me know what your favorite space is!

I'm also the featured Designer of the Week for Mintwood Home's Designer Spotlight Series! If you're not familiar with Mintwood Home, get familiar! These ladies are fabulous, local to DC, and have an amazing shop. It's where I got my bar cart!

And other exciting news- I have a photoshoot with a national newspaper (!!!) on Sunday! I've already been interviewed, and the photoshoot is Sunday morning. I will be sharing all of the behind the scenes action (#bts) on Snapchat, so make sure to follow along! My username is scsmith012, and I'll be sure to share all of the juicy details!

Have a great weekend!

September 23, 2015

DIY Knockoff CB2 Marble Shelf

I have long been lusting over this Marble Wall Mounted Shelf from CB2. Isn't it fabulous? Who doesn't love a good marble / gold /  functional element for your home? 

I knew I could DIY an almost identical version, so I created a tutorial for my latest eHow Post! I'm in love with the outcome, and it was so, so easy.

I use it to display nail polish, jewelry, and my favorite candle, but it would be so great in a kitchen or bathroom as well.

Head on over to me post on eHow to see how I did it!

September 22, 2015


Welcome to my Blogger Stylin' Fall Home Tour! Lindsay, the talented lady behind White Buffalo Styling Co. created this tour to feature so many fabulous and talented bloggers from the blogosphere. Each day, six different bloggers and designers will share how they update their home for Fall for the entire week. It's a blog hop, so make sure to follow on to the next stop on the tour at the end of this post!

If you're coming here from withHEART, welcome! Isn't Jen fab? If you're new here, my name is Shannon. I'm in marketing by day, and I have a design business and this blog on the side. I live in Washington, D.C., and I am so happy you're here today! My style is chic eclectic- I love finding things and making them my own. I live in an 850 sq. ft. rented apartment with my husband, fluffy dog, and two cats. Living in a small space has taught me so many things about design, and I've learned to look at form and function in a completely different way! Feel free to poke around my blog a bit to see some of my other projects, or check out my recent home tour in Glitter Guide! Now, grab a cup of coffee (or wine, I don't judge), and tuck in!

I am not a "themed season" decorator, but I do like to switch things up in my apartment when the weather gets cooler. I love to decorate with color, but when the seasons change, I embrace chic neutrals! Luxurious faux fur, yummy candles, and a delicious cocktail in a copper mug are all I need to cozy up for Fall. I like to call my seasonal design "luxe neutrals"...read on to see why!

There are tried-and-true variables that I resort to when decorating for seasons or holidays. I like to adhere to these rules loosely, because as long as something either fulfills the form or function aspect or design, or most importantly is something that you love, you really can't go wrong. These are the things that I love to incorporate for Fall!

Mixing metals are so important to a well-rounded space. Metallic surfaces reflect light and add a little touch of glam to your home. To keep things from looking flat, I like to layer gold, brushed brass, copper, and silver or chrome in my space. This keeps things neutral but adds an element of luxury, and gives your space a "collected over time" feel. The gold skull is edgy but feminine, and is also a nod to Halloween, which is fast-approaching!

 The horn coasters and gold antler add a touch of luxury to a natural element, and my favorite thing to put out for Fall is eucalyptus! The hobnail white milk glass vase is traditional, but beautiful, and the greenery smells amazing.

One of the most luxurious and cozy elements that you can add to your home for the fall and winter is faux fur or faux sheepskin. Of course, I say faux because if you want to incorporate these textures, that's the way to go! Faux sheepskin rugs keep my 1920s original hardwood floors from getting too cold, and add another layer to your space. Faux fur throws add depth and texture, and not to mention keep you warm! My dog, who is fluffy already, loves these things, I might add. I like to store my throws in a wicker basket (with a touch of metallic!), or toss them on a side chair for a layered look. I also like to add a faux sheepskin to the benches under my entry table- it adds some warmth while changing up the look.

Minted is one of my favorite vendors. They have the best art prints- I use them all the time for clients! When they asked if I wanted to use one of their art prints for fall in my home tour, so I jumped at the chance to pick something for my dining room. I took down my black and white art and replaced it with this gorgeous Glacier Print by Miranda Mol. I wanted to use a large-scale piece of art that bordered on abstract- an item found in nature that looked like a pattern. I wanted to mimic the look of wallpaper or a patterned panel, and this print was perfect. I went the industrial route and hung this large print (60"x44"!) with chrome binder clips. I love how my new pendant looks against it- it makes such a dramatic statement and signifies the the change in seasons. Bring on the cold weather!

Well, you made it to this point! Why not reward yourself with a cocktail?

One of my favorite drinks is the famous Moscow Mule. I wanted to create a version with a fall twist, so I came up with the Apple Cider Moscow Mule! Here is there recipe- make sure to pin it for your upcoming holiday parties! It's flavorful and savory and crisp, and is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Ingredients: Vodka, St. Germain, Ginger Beer, Apple Cider (sparkling or still), green apples, and copper mugs!

1. In a mixer, pour four ounces of vodka over ice.

2. Add 12 ounces of Ginger Beer.

3. Top it off with a splash (about 2 ounces) of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur. 

4. Shake vigorously (be careful if your ginger beer is carbonated- make sure the lid is tight!) and pour over ice into copper mugs.

5. Top off with apple cider until mugs are full, and add apple slices for garnish.

6. Stir with a cocktail spoon and enjoy!

Thank you to Lindsay for hosting this! And thanks for stopping by my tour. Make sure to check out the next stop on the tour: one of my favorites, Desert Domicile


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