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Hunter Fan Company

The following post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Hunter Fan Co. Read my full disclosure here.

There are two things Mr. Whitelane requires in a house. A fan in the master bedroom and a fan in the living room. I guess it’s a guy thing? He really can’t sleep at night unless he has a ceiling fan circulating the air. Mr. Whitelane also loves to have a fan in the living room to circulate air as well. I swear he would have one in the kitchen too if I didn’t care. Luckily our new house had a ceiling fan in both of the mandatory places. However, both of the fans were builder basic, drab, and not very stylish. You can see what I mean in the picture below.

I knew those fans had to be swapped out and where to find new ones. We had a few Hunter fans in our previous home and I just loved them. Hunter Fan Company is one of my favorite sources for ceiling fans. I am telling you they put style and function into one of the best fans you will use. I was browsing itsaHunter.com and I found so many fans I wanted. There really is a ceiling fan for just about any style or room design you can think of. In fact, I am now wanting to put a fan in all the kid’s bedrooms as well.

The Dempsey was so great in our last house that I decided to use it again for our living room. I wanted to take it up a level and go with the low profile Dempsey this time. We only have nine-foot ceilings and it fits perfectly in this room. By the way, it has a remote and the light is dimmable! We have a baby and I love being able to dim the light when it is getting close to bedtime. Also, Mr. Whitelane is on cloud nine walking around with the remote to control the fan. He loves how easy and convenient that feature has been.

The master bedroom got its own little piece of ceiling jewelry with the Symphony. The simple modern lines were calling my name as soon as I saw it. I wanted something that blended in with the aesthetic of the room and didn’t look like a heavy piece of equipment hanging from the ceiling. The advocate met all my criteria and it is a Wi-Fi enabled smart fan. That’s all I had to say to Mr.Whitelane and he was sold.

The Symphony is part of Hunter’s line of SimpleConnect smart fans that is so easy to use. It even pairs with our Alexa device. I love laying in bed and controlling the fan and light from an app on my phone. It has saved me many trips to the light switch. The Symphony also comes with a remote. It is so convenient to have access to control the fan right from my phone or the remote.

 

Both ceiling fans have been so much quieter too. The previous builder basic fan made quite a bit of noise and drew a lot of the wrong kind of attention. 🙂 Mr. Whitelane proudly tells people #itsahunter when they ask about our new ceiling fans now. I can’t help but laugh. At least he has his two requirements for this house. Hunter has made ceiling fans a stylish feature that leaves me wanting one of their fun designs in every room. Don’t even get me started on how cute their outdoor line is. Mr. Whitelane may be getting more of what he likes in every single room!

Hudson Valley Lighting

The following post contains affiliate links & is sponsored by Hudson Valley Lighting. Read my full disclosure here.

I am so excited to have some finished rooms here at our new house. I have been eagerly waiting to show you this dining room and front living room reveal. I could not be happier with how everything came together. I decided to go clean and simple for this little dining nook. I have always wanted a dining nook. Most of our previous homes have been an open concept with the dining room between the kitchen and living. Having the dining room to the side of the kitchen creates a better flow and works for our family. It is still open and bright. I really just like looking out from the kitchen to the living room with no dining room blocking the view.

Ok, let’s talk about the gorgeous elephant in the room. I have said it a million times but lighting can make such a huge impact on a space. You can take a builder basic house and transform it into a curated home by just swapping out a few light fixtures. It really does make a statement and sets the tone for the rest of the room. I knew that Hudson Valley Lighting was my go-to for the dining room. I found several gorgeous contenders but then I stopped dead in my search. There it was, the perfect pendant. The Sweeny. Isn’t she a beauty? Look at those scalloped curves and perfect pinstripes. The aged brass chain and plate cover is the icing on the cake. I could go on all day about this pendant.

I’ll be honest. My husband was not sold on this light until it arrived and I got it installed. Once he saw it in our dining room he knew it was the one. I mean how could you not love this pendant? I went with the 20″ by 18″ pendant and it is the perfect size for our 72″ table. I almost went with the larger 25″ as well. I really think it would have been fine too. You really can’t go wrong with the Sweeny. You can see what a change this light made for the dining room by looking at the before picture below.

It is retro, modern, and timeless all at the same time. I love that this Sweeny Pendant can blend with so many styles to create the perfect ambiance.

But wait there is more. 🙂 The front room had to get its own ceiling jewelry. This front living room is a lot smaller than in our previous home. However, it still fits the piano and a few chairs. It really works for our little family. Now, to fully appreciate the after you have to see the before. The previous owners used this room as a toy room. There were dome lights everywhere. A classic staple in tract homes. WHY!? They are the worst. Well, guess what? There is the cutest little flush mount that coordinates (in my opinion) with the Sweeny pendant.

Meet Chandler. How cute is this little guy? The quatrefoil design with opal glass has me all heart eyes. Of course, it is aged brass because that is my new fav color. It flows so well with the touch of soft blue I have in this room. The Chandler is a great stylish alternative to dome lights. It is still a flush mount but with all the wow factor that this room needed. See what I mean? Lighting does wonders for updating a room!

Both light fixtures have been such a great finish to these two rooms. When style meets quality it is a rare combination these days. Often times you can find really cute lighting that has poor craftsmanship and doesn’t last. I have to say Hudson Valley Lighting is definitely well made. A breath of fresh air in the design vertical. I still have a few more rooms to update and I have been obsessing over some of their other lines too. What are you waiting for? Go give your room a whole new look and swap out your basic or outdated lighting!

Joyful Fall Home Tour 2017

I am so excited to bring a joyful fall home tour with such a great group of bloggers. There are some gorgeous homes that have been decked out for fall. Be sure to stop by all of them today on the links at the bottom of this post. There is so much inspiration for everybody’s style.

Looking for fall decorating ideas? Tour 12 bloggers' homes and find beautiful inspiration for fall decor and encouragement to make your home cozy for fall!

I can not believe fall is here. It is like I blinked and summer was over. I feel like my kids just got out of school and I am already sending them back. That is always how summer is I suppose. This summer seemed especially short because we welcomed baby number three to our family. She was born the end of June. Everything after that just seems like a blur. Our life kind of went into chaos, love, and survival mode. Adding a new baby is always an adjustment. I would say that having number three has been an easier transition than the first two. It was like she just fit right into our family. The sleep deprivation is the hardest adjustment for me. I love my sleep and figuring out how to wake up all night and function all day is tricky. It only lasts for a short time and then they grow up. At least that is what everyone keeps telling me. I keep telling myself that too at 3 a.m. 🙂

 

Needless to say, fall around here is simple and minimal. A newborn and two other kids do not allow much time for anything else.  I kind of like it that way. I just got out the basic necessities to add some touches of fall. Pumpkins are my go-to for adding fall touches that can transition into Halloween and Thanksgiving. Let’s be honest, I will be lucky if anything changes with my decor until Christmas and even luckier if I get Christmas up at all! I got out my white and cream pumpkins and sprinkled them around the living room and kitchen and thought that was good enough. However, after an impromptu trip to Target one day, I ended up with more than I bargained for. Famous last words right? Especially since Joanna Gaines just announced they will have a line with Target too. WHAT!? I pretty much will never be able to get out of there with any money again. Anyways, I went there and they just happened to have the cutest fall decor at the dollar spot.

The Target dollar spot always has so many fun things for each season and holiday. They had these fun dark green, mint, and white fabric pumpkins. I may have grabbed a few (or 18 after going to two other Targets). So I spent $18 on fabric pumpkins and got 18 pumpkins. That is a good deal and look how cute they are. I was able to mix these fun new pumpkins with my old ones and that is about all this house got for fall. It was all I had in me as well. Honestly, I love that it is simple and just the right amount of decor to get you in the mood for the season. I grabbed a few pumpkin spice candles from the dollar spot and this cute recipe box too. I am telling you, the dollar spot is going to have run for its money when Joanna Gaines gets her line there. 🙂

 

I am living proof that anyone can decorate for fall. Just throw some pumpkins and pumpkin spice candles around your main living areas and call it good. That is all it takes to bring some cozy fall vibes to any space. Simple and easy. That is my new motto for decorating with a newborn. Hopefully, Christmas will be just as easy. 😉 Be sure to hop on over to all the other home tours below and see what they have for some amazing fall inspiration.

Maison de Pax | White Lane Decor | Farmhouse on Boone | Lemons to Lovelys

My Vintage Porch | Meaningful Spaces | A House With Books | Delightfully Noted

Kim Power Style | Tidbits | Belle Amour Designs | The Mountain View Cottage

Designer Hacks

If you caught the segment onFox 13’s The Place today, then you already saw some of these high-end looks for less. I wanted to take a minute to show a few of my favorite designer hacks in detail.

  1. Pleated Curtains. These can be very pricey, especially for longer lengths. They create a custom and classy feel. I was able to create this look with Ikea Ritva Curtains and pleater hooks. See my video tutorial here.
  2. Spray paint. Everyone loves to stay on trend with the latest color styles. It can get expensive trying to keep your decor up to date. Instead of buying new, spray paint your existing decor to match the trend. I took all of my silver decor and sprayed it a fun brassy gold. Gold is all the talk right now in decorating. I got my gold accents with a few cans of spray paint. You can watch my video tutorial here to see the products I like to use for spray painting.
  3. Thrift store books. I visited my local Desert Industries and scoured the book section for all the white, cream, and neutral hardcover books (search for any color that fits your style). Be sure to look under the paper book covers to check the actual hardcover color. You can make a great custom monochromatic look on your open shelving or bookshelves. Stack the books together in sections until you like the groupings. Some can stack upright and others can lay flat with decor placed on top. Thrift store books usually range from $.50 to $2. A very easy and affordable way to fill bookcases and create a luxurious look without the price tag.
  4. Wooden Bead Garland. These wooden garlands have been a big hit as of late. They have warped into a mini version for napkin ring holders and key chains too. They can be customized by adding stain to the beads or tassels to each end. I tend to like the simple, clean look of the raw unfinished wood beads. I took hemp cord (or jute) and bought three packages of wooden beads from the craft store. I was able to create my own DIY version for a fraction of what these garlands sell for online. The beads can be draped across coffee tables, pictures, centerpieces, and just about anywhere you want. It adds a fun trendy texture to any decor. Find my detailed tutorial here.

All of these design hacks are easy, inexpensive, and add that high-end look for less. Hopefully, you can add some custom looks to your home with these ideas.

The Perfect Chairs With Inspire Q

The following post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by iNSPIRE Q Furniture. Read my full disclosure here.

How long have I been talking about my front sitting room? It has been way too long to admit. To put it in perspective, we have lived in this house for a year now. This room has come a long way but has been missing the final design piece. Sitting chairs! I have searched all over for chairs with style and affordability. I was starting to think those two things didn’t exist.

I knew I wanted wingback chairs that would flow with the tufted couch I already had in this room. A neutral fabric would be a necessity, as with all my other main furniture pieces. Sometimes we find what we are looking for when we least expect it. That is exactly what happened when I found these iNSPIRE Q Hayes Wingback Linen Chairs. I actually was drooling over the Kedric Gold Accent nightstands. Can we talk about these for a minute? Picture these white and gold beauties next to a tall tufted headboard with a cute task lamp. I definitely need these nightstands in my bedroom. There is even a five drawer matching chest. The modern and classic combo of this campaign furniture is perfection. They may or may not already be in my online shopping cart. When I finally got past all the styling ideas for the nightstands, I knew I had to have the Hayes Wingback Chairs. Aren’t they perfect? Check out those rolled arms and tall backs. They come in gray or beige linen. I chose the beige and it is the perfect neutral linen. One of my happy colors!

You probably have heard of or seen iNSPIRE Q furniture at some of my favorite retailers like Target and Overstock. They have a studio located in Chicago where they develop original home furnishings that are comfortable and livable. They have some awesome inspiration on their blog at www.inspireq.com and are even having a relaunch this winter. Inspire Q is such a unique brand that is sold exclusively online. Don’t worry, they take all the stress out of buying online with their YouTube Channel that has assembly videos as well product spot lights. I love that they accommodate so many different styles. The iQ Bold collection is fun, bright colored and unique pieces that allow you step outside your comfort decorating zone. iQ Modern is a great eclectic mix of furnishings. iQ Classic is a neutral blend of everyday pieces for the home. The iQ Artisan line has some industrial and rustic glam pieces that will make Joanna Gaines proud. They even have iQ Oasis for your outdoor retreat. The best part about all these different collections is how well they pair with each other. The iQ Artisan and iQ Classic collections are basically my house in nutshell. However, I also have touches of the iQ Modern line. Each piece is versatile and can be used with so many other pieces from each collection. On top of that, all of their furniture pieces come at such a great price point. When you browse their catalog, at times, you feel like you are looking at some overpriced high-end retailer. That is until you see the iQ price. iNSPIRE Q embodies high-end style with out the high-end price.

It is easy to see why I wanted to partner with iNSPIRE Q to complete my front living room. These wingback chairs are the high-end style look I wanted without the price tag. You can find a lot more dreamy furniture combinations and inspiration on the iNSPIRE Q Instagram and Pinterest. My new chairs pair so well with my blue rug. Remember to add the color to your home with decor, rugs, and pillows. I try to keep my big furniture pieces neutral so they can stand the test of time. I already have a plan to put these wingback beauties in my bedroom for the holidays. When the Christmas tree goes up in the front room, we play musical furniture. The versatility of these chairs comes in handy. They will look great with my white duvet, barn door, and tufted headboard too! In the meantime, my tufted couch finally has some friends across the room. Mr. Whitelane and I are pretty excited that we can finally sit in our sitting room.

 

 

 

 

Joyful Summer Home Tour 2017

I am so happy to be a part of the Joyful Spring Home Tour this week. If you’re coming from Farm House on Boone or My Vintage Porch, welcome!  There are so many talented bloggers that I have teamed up with to bring you this tour. Their homes are gorgeous and you will just love having a peek at how they have styled their homes for the summer. Be sure to follow the schedule at the bottom of this post to see all the homes.

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It may sound crazy but I love having my kids home from school! There are no schedules or routines. Just fun days of spontaneous activities that we can do. No alarm clocks or rushing our the door. It is nice to just slow down and enjoy the day or whatever may come our way. We really enjoy spending time at all our local splash pads. The cities around us all have splash pads that the kids can play at for free. We usually take a bunch of snacks, water toys, and blankets or lawn chairs. We can easily spend the entire day camped out there playing.

I feel like this laid back summer vibe crosses over into my decor in my home for the summer. I like to keep it simple and clean (big surprise). My mantel has no garland or banners. When I first took down my Easter decor, it felt a little sparse and naked. I quickly got used to the simplicity and now I love it.  The coffee tables keep that neutral look with a few wood and white elements. I really think having a neutral canvas creates a calm atmosphere for a space. It is fun to add in my pops of color for holidays. However, I still love a simple neutral palette, when all that is gone.

My dining table just has a small centerpiece. A brass bowl with some white hydrangeas. I don’t like to put anything too tall in the center of my table. It just gets in the way at dinner time. It makes it easy for the family to pull out a chair, start eating and share the day. We thought about doing built in shelves next to the fireplace when we moved into the house. I found these Ballard Design shelves instead. They were a great price and it is something we can take with us if we ever move.

My kitchen is easily the room we spend the most time in. After school snacks (now summer snacks), all the meals we cook and just talking. It is the gathering spot in our home. My daughter left her stick horse on the bar stool. I was going to move it out of the picture. I decided to leave it because it reminds me of the sweet moments we share as a family in this room. It was just fitting for this area. It is fun to hear and see them playing while Mr. Whitelane and I cook (mostly Mr. Whitelane). 🙂

Finally, I wanted to show the summer refresh I did in the laundry room. I know, it’s just a laundry room. I feel like I spend the other half of my life in here though. It might as well be cute, right? It is a narrow room making it a little difficult to photograph. I am so glad we put a sink in this laundry room. It has come in handy so many times. We recently switched out the faucet in the kitchen and put it in here. I like this stainless faucet a lot better than the builder basic chrome faucet that was here previously. Mr. Whitelane and I also added the laundry drying pole across the top of the sink. I am a wierdo about drying certain clothes in the dryer. This drying pole has been a life saver. I also found this cute succulent at the Target Dollar Spot. The soap pump was a Home Goods Find from a few years ago. I finished off this little area of the laundry room with a glass jar of clothespins. I just think it’s cute and adds some depth to the space.

I hope you have enjoyed this little summer tour of mine. Be sure to continue the fun over the next few days and check out the other bloggers in the lineup below. Hop on over to Lisa at Farmhouse on Boone and Natalie at My Vintage Porch next to see their tours today!

June 1st- Laura at Meaningful Spaces, Stephanie at Belle Amour Blog, and Marci at Lemons to Lovelys. 

June 2nd- Hayley at A House with Books, Jordan at JorDecor, and Kim at Kim Power Style.