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Agates!

Source: Dkor Interiors Blue Agate Walls

Source: Dkor Interiors Blue Agate Walls

I have noticed an abundance lately of agate accessories!  These really take me back to my childhood growing up in Tucson, AZ when my family would take trips to museums and I would always be mesmerized by the little gems in the gift shops.  The different shapes, colors, and shimmers really caught my attention, “isn’t Nature amazing?” my mom always say.

Source: West Elm

Source: West Elm

Needless to say, I am really excited that these geological rocks have emerged from the Science classrooms into our homes!  Not only do they add some color, but can be functional as well!  Take a look…

Source: Willy Daro

Source: Willy Daro

Source: Zgallerie

Source: Zgallerie

Source: HSN

Source: HSN

Source: West Elm

Source: West Elm

Source: Coco Kelley lamps

Source: Coco Kelley lamps

Source: Taylor Llorente, bronze agate tables

Source: Taylor Llorente, bronze agate tables

How would bring agates into your home?

If you need help accessorizing your own home, or adding a touch of color, contact me!

Valentine’s Day Romance <3

Source: rutburts.com

Source: rutburts.com

In honor of the “Day of Love”, aka, Valentine’s Day, I have decided to post a few of my favorite pink and red rooms for you.  Maybe a little sappy, I know, but I just can’t help myself!

Source: Kelly Wearstler

Source: Kelly Wearstler

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Arcotel Hotel

Source: Arcotel Hotel

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Jonathan Adler

Source: Jonathan Adler

Source: susanjablon.com

Source: susanjablon.com

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

Can you feel the love?!

If you need help defining your own color palette, contact me!

My Tiffany Blue Obsession

Building off my post from last week… I wish I could have gone in this direction for my home office!  Tiffany Blue overload!

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Source: gaitainteriors.com

My Sexy Home Office Design

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Source: obaz.com

So since my Dining Room project is currently at a stand-still due to my lack of budget (ha.), I have moved my focus on to my Home Office… FINALLY!

I have been in this house for how many months? (going on 7) and still haven’t set up the one room in the house that is totally mine!  I know!  So I decided that its finally time.  I need my office done so I can start to focus on my current projects and painting again.

Here are some inspiration pictures!

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Source: caitlinwilson.com

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Source: styleessentials.tumblr.com

First thing: a color scheme.  I wanted something that is modern, light, slightly feminine (but if you know me, my personal taste airs on the more masculine side, weird I know), and elegant.

Source: Sherwin Williams, Essential Gray SW2006

Source: Sherwin Williams, Essential Gray SW6002

I ended up using Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW6002 on the walls which is a gray with a soft purple undertone, of course I had to go purple!  I want white furniture to keep it light and feminine, and to pop it with silver, crystal, and Tiffany Blue accents!  A little sexy perhaps?

Before & After

Before & After

Before and After

Before & After

That color swatch on the wall of the “before” was a different color, I felt it was too dark for my small office.

DESIGN TIP: Selecting a color without it feeling too immature (like it belongs in a little girl’s room) can be so difficult.  The trick is to select a color with a strong gray undertone to it, this keeps it feeling more mature.

I have to admit, I went to Ikea and purchased their Expedite workstation.  I know, I know…  The reason is because I am really messy and I didn’t want to invest a lot of $$ on a desk that I KNOW I will destroy with paint and god-knows-what.  So moving past that, Here is the start of my design board.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

I am in love with this Chippendale chair from Ballard that I am saving my pennies for.

Of course the cherry on top is my gorgeous “sparkly” flush mount light fixture.  I love it!!  Notice the crystal on my Candice Olson desk lamp and the crystal finials on my hardware, that is yet to be mounted?  See a theme here?  I love anything that sparkles!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

I am also completely OCD about being organized so this is always an ongoing task for me.

Once I get some artwork and draperies up, and a permanent desk chair, I will post more pictures.

If you need help designing your own dream office, contact me!

HGTV 2014 Dream Home Tour

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

I know I am a little late with this, but…. the 2014 HGTV Dream Home is here!  I caught it airing on HGTV and is is absolutely gorgeous!  Can I live in Lake Tahoe please?   I was skiing there years ago and remember how amazing it is!

Source: HGTV- Snowy Front

Source: HGTV- Snowy Front

Of course, being in a ski town, the house should feel cozy and inviting!  I love the rustic but modern design that the designers were able to achieve with bright and warm colors, as well as the raw wood and metal accents.  Even the metal framing on the house is really inviting, sort of like a modern ski lodge.

The whole house is also furnished in Ethan Allen furniture!

Source: HGTV- Front Yard

Source: HGTV- Front Yard

Here are some of my favorite rooms.

Source: HGTV- Kid's Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Kid’s Bedroom

Source: HGTV-  Dining Room

Source: HGTV- Dining Room

Source: HGTV- Kitchen

Source: HGTV- Kitchen

Source: HGTV- Foyer

Source: HGTV- Foyer

Source: HGTV- Guest Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Guest Bedroom

Source: HGTV- Master

Source: HGTV- Master

If you want to take the whole tour, it is available on the HGTV website here.

The good news is, you still have 28 days to register to win this beauty.  Good luck!

If you need help creating your own dream home, contact me!

My Top Posts of 2013

Happy New Year!

Here are my top 5 posts of 2013, enjoy!!

1. Tarva Ikea Hack! New House (Foyer)- Phase 3

after

after

I had so much fun working on this project for my new home!

2. My Tiffany Blue Obsession

Source: illuminationbycindy.blogspot.com

Source: illuminationbycindy.blogspot.com

The PERFECT paint color

3. 8 Favorite Tiffany Blue Rooms

Tiffany Blue Room

Tiffany Blue Room

This was such a great guest post from our friends at Arcadian Home

4. New Home- Dining Room Progress!

I love sharing the progress of my new home design with you!

5. 2014 Pantone Color of the Year- Radiant Orchid

Source: homedecorarcade.com

Source: homedecorarcade.com

Of course everyone is excited about the new color trends to come!

 

See you in 2014!!

My Tiffany Blue Obsession

I am so sad Christmas is over now, and the decorations have to come down… but before that happens, here is some inspiration!

Maybe I will make something similar for next year!

Source: mixandchic.com

Source: mixandchic.com

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