You may have seen a glimpse of the Serenbe Designer Showhouse on my Instagram Stories last weekend, but I’ve got a full tour of the two townhouses at the heart of Serenbe’s new Mado community the made up the 2017 showhouse. This showhouse was special because the location was at the center of a new development for Serenbe (there were homes and townhouses being constructed all around it!) and featuring two compact townhomes gave visitors a chance to see two separate styles and layouts. This year’s showhouse benefitted The Art Farm at Serenbe, a 40-acre outdoor complex that serves as a central place for artists, the arts and culture at Serenbe. The Art Farm provides a physical space to ignite passion and imagination in nature and works in collaboration with the Serenbe Institute and other partners to amplify their work and makers.
Visiting the showhouse was part of a super special weekend I spent at the Serenbe Inn with my family for fall break. I’ll be sharing more of that trip in the next week, but for now, I can’t wait to take you inside the chic showhome(s)!
If you’ll allow a moment of wordplay, I have to admit that I’ve really loaded my plate these last few years with responsibilities. There’s academics, my design projects, running this blog, and of course maintaining my sleep, physical health, and social life. The last thing I want to carve out time to do is to grocery shop, and so I’ve totally embraced digital outsourcing to stock my fridge and pantry.
There are a few practical advantages to shopping for my groceries online—I can do it anywhere, I don’t have to do it on an empty stomach (the siren call of Costco-sized Nutella does seem a little louder when I do that), and some apps even let me schedule delivery. It boils down to convenience, but the only question really remaining is what service to choose. I’ve rounded up the best in class to help you save time and money on your grocery run or streamline your next dinner party prep! Read More
It’s not a contradiction to call this townhouse British and leafy. It’s easier to associate London style with dark wood paneling and wingback armchairs. This remodel of a Victorian townhouse is completely of the moment, and speaks more to the multicultural influences of a modern London than to the stuffiness of yesteryear. The Donaldsons displayed a total lack of fear when they made bold choices to remodel, dousing everything in a bright coat of white and pouring a concrete floor to cement a space they opened up by tearing out walls. Traces of the townhouse’s origins remain in the glorious, enormous windows onto a verdant back courtyard and the wooden detailing lingering under the snowy coats of paint.
This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The front porch could be considered the most important room of the house at my dad’s place, a kind of open-air public living room. Cabbagetown is a neighborly kind of area, where people still spend time honoring the old tradition of hanging out on the front porch and chatting with their neighbors and friends as they walk by or come to visit. In the transitions of seasons and the day it’s a lovely place to spend time. Since it’s the face of my father’s house too, I knew that eventually I’d have to get around to making it shine as much as the interior.
The first step was to refresh the paint – a great tool I like to start with, in any project. I used KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ PAINT that I picked up at my local Walmart to get the whole job done in a single step. This was especially perfect for the ceiling, which hadn’t gotten love in years and was difficult to reach too! As an interior and exterior paint, we also won’t have to touch it up for a while. Read More
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I’ve been loving pattern-on-pattern looks more and more (especially for cozier fall/winter rooms), and most rooms full of pattern follow a simple formula that lets the craziest of prints and colorways live together happily. In fact, this layered look is somewhat of a designer trademark since it takes a bit more risk and a knowing eye to put the look together. I want to demystify this process so you can bring the look home with confidence and add sophistication to rooms with your pattern-mixing skills. I styled these fun pillows from Home Depot in a bedroom and living space, plus I’ve also broken down the mix with a fun GIF below. Read on to find my top tips for mixing patterns! Read More