Obviously we’re post-holidays (and I desperately need to take down my dying tree) but I wanted to share a Christmas present that I gave my parents and this gift idea would work for any birthday, anniversary, special occasion or holiday.
My parents are die-hard Royals fans and Kansas City natives so I wanted to get a commemorative piece for them for Christmas. I found this gorgeous photograph on Etsy and knew I wanted it framed and matted. In the past, I’ve ordered frames from craft stores and Ikea has a pretty good selection, but the cheaper frames don’t always hold up well. I wanted something nicer that would look great for years to come.
Enter: Framebridge. I’ve heard a lot about the service but hadn’t tried it yet. They reached out to me to use their service on a trial order, so I knew this would be the perfect fit. I’ll walk you through the process:
- Upload your photo or art to the site
- Choose the size of frame and matting you want
- Choose the type and color of frame you want
- Fill out your preferred method to send it in- they give you a free shipping label (and package if you need it).
- You’re done!
Here’s a look at the process of choosing frames. I love that you can see exactly how it will look, the sizing and scale, mat, etc. These were among my top favorites: I ended up selecting the Mercer frame with a white mat including a black core. The extra little core within the mat makes the photograph really pop and looks so elegant in person.
The greatest part of the story was on Christmas morning as we were about to open our gifts, we were talking about the Royals and my dad said, completely unaware of my gift, “I wish we bought one of those photographs showing the crowd and the skyline for the Royals world series celebration parade…. that would be really nice” And I had a small freak out internally because… that’s exactly the gift I got for them! So needless to say when they opened it, my parents were both shocked and extremely happy. I always love giving gifts but this one in particular was so fun.
Here are a couple shots of the framed photo in person! It turned out beautifully and looks perfect over the piano in my parents’ living room.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, head over to Framebridge! The process was so quick and easy and I love the end product. And their prices are really affordable for quality, customized framing.
2016 is going to be a good year for design, and a bad year for my budget 🙂 From metallic to marble, vintage rugs to Scandinavian-style design, here are some of my favorite design trends that will make a big splash in homes this year.
Rose gold: A close friend of copper, but slightly different, this metallic trend is looking great in any form- side tables, lamps, seating, flatware and even shelving.
Marble: A classic for many years, but marble seems to be going mainstream now. Retailers like Target are producing affordable and chic pieces that include real marble. I can’t get enough.
Vintage inspired decor: Vintage rugs from across the globe are making their way into every living room, bedroom, hallway and kitchen lately. The unique colors and patterns make each seem one of a kind and they can add great texture and interest to any space. Wall hangings are also coming back as statement pieces and it’s a great addition to hang over a bed, sofa or even incorporated into a gallery wall.
Scandinavian Interiors: These images almost make me want to throw out everything I own, paint all the walls white and start with a clean slate. Of course, I won’t be doing that… but the look is so striking and beautiful.
Apologies for the brief blog hiatus! I intended to post every day this week but real life and my full time job got crazy busy this week. Today I’m back with my favorites from CB2! (I shared a few of my other favorites on Monday here: 2016 West Elm collection) Along with a new logo, CB2 has a great new collection out this year. Gorgeous metallics, unique colors and materials and fun shapes.
Seating: The leather daybed is such a gorgeous statement piece and would be a classic for years to come. The quirky colors and curves of the loveseat and chair add a punch of personality to any space and rose gold chair is a new twist on a vintage look. I’m such a fan of anything and everything rose gold lately.
Tables: The dark wood and brass combo on this first table is amazing and I’m enthralled by the shape of these table legs. The marble and gold is another favorite combo and the curvy legs on this table would look great next to a sofa.
Lighting: The clean, circular shapes and brass details make these lights a classic for any home. The simplicity of the pendant would look great in a triplet combo over a kitchen island and the sconce would work well in a living room, paired on either side of a sofa. The sconce has an unexpected, fun twist that I adore– the perfect little leather strap.
Decor and Accessories: This rose-gold bar cart might be my favorite item in the entire new line. It’s so elegant and stylish. I have this marble paper towel holder on my wish list to purchase soon. I have a problem with buying too many vases and these certainly won’t help my cause: sundial // hand painted // abstract. Last but not least, these neutral pillows have wonderful eye-catching details with the bold color-blocking and the beautiful texture.
All photos: CB2
PS: This post is not sponsored, just sharing the love for CB2 and their awesome collection.
Happy 2016! With the new year comes new catalogs and lots of online browsing… so I’ve put together some of my favorites from the new arrivals at my favorite stores. Starting out with West Elm.
Seating: The curved lines are such a welcome contrast to a lot of boxy furniture you see these days. I’m a sucker for those mid-century modern legs, and the brass tulip bottom on the darker blue chair is perfection! Though the blush and brass combo in the last chair is making me want to throw my budget out the window and buy two immediately.
Storage and other furniture: These are great examples of pieces that are so simple, yet make a bold design statement. You can really tell the quality craftsmanship and the marble/wood combo is always one of my favorites.
Beds: I love upholstered beds with both a head and foot board, but these take luxury to the next level. I can’t remember when (if ever) I’ve seen pleating on a bed like this… it’s so gorgeous. The second bed is a velvet fabric and looks quite comfortable, and completely stylish.
Decor and Accessories: The unique shape of this mirror is eye-catching and I love the rose gold tone. I’ve seen similar adorable planters floating around Etsy for the past year but I’m glad they’re finally arriving at brick and mortar stores! Now, if only I had the skills to keep plants alive. You know I can’t go wrong with a good throw pillow and these three do not disappoint.
Lighting: All three of these lighting options are so elegant and I would LOVE to swap out my ugly rental lighting for these beauties ASAP.
All images: West Elm
I’ll be back with more posts this week covering more new 2016 collections!
PS: This post is not sponsored, just love these pieces and thought I’d share a few of my favorites!
Happy 2016! Rounding out the last of the 2015 Highlights series with my favorite design and decor from the past year. This includes my former studio apartment, many of the ‘guest’ studio apartment tours on Studio Style Blog, and finally, my new apartment! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, check them out here:
My studio apartment:
My favorites from other studio apartment tours:
My new one bedroom apartment:
Thanks for following along in 2015 and stay tuned for more awesome content coming up in 2016! More apartment tours, updates to my new place, 2016 design trends and new pieces, a final update on Project KC and much more! Is there anything you want to see more of or new content for 2016? Let me know in the comments! If you have some design skills of your own or need some design advice, check out the links below:
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