Shop Love: Land of Nod

Yes, you heard right. I’m highlighting a kid’s decor store…. but it’s not all for kids! So many of the items look great in real-life living rooms, bedrooms and offices of adults. From lighting to prints to storage, there are plenty of decor accessories at Land of Nod that don’t look like kids items! And better yet, these items are much more affordable than many of the non-kid home decor sites.

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All photo credits: Land of Nod

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Shop Love: Urban Outfitters Apartment

Next up in the Shop Love series…

The Urban Outfitters home section, AKA “Apartment” is constantly growing with great decor items. From lighting to pillows, rugs and shower curtains, there’s something for just about everyone and everything is really affordable. I’ve highlighted a few favorites below, but these are just a tiny fraction of all the amazing items on their site!

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All photos: Urban Outfitters

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Design Trend: Arrows

I’ve seen these arrows popping up in fashion and jewelry over the last year or so and now the arrow pattern is making its way into interior design! I love it and want to figure out a way to incorporate it in my own apartment. Let the brainstorming begin! A few of my favorite ways to use the arrows are in subtle accessories- pillows, rugs, wallpaper on an accent wall, bedding, etc.



Phase Seven: First Month in Your New Place

After the move in chaos is over, get settled in your new place and start decorating!

-Hopefully the masking tape trick for your furniture layout worked and you’ll have a good idea of where to put everything!

-Use rugs to separate designated spaces and living areas: especially important for small studios like mine if you only have one room to work with. Rugs are a great way to ‘ground’ the space and visually establish a separate area for ‘bedroom area,’ ‘living room area’ etc.

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-Hang curtains higher: great visual trick to draw the eye to the ceiling and make rooms appear larger. Don’t hang the curtain rod and panels at the top of the window, raise it at least six inches above the top or go all the way to the ceiling to create a dramatic effect.

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-Wait until you have all furniture and any other items delivered and assembled before you start hanging art on the walls. This should be the last step. Clustering art or making gallery walls in certain areas of the room also helps to define each space separately.

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Happy decorating! Enjoy your new place!

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Favorite Pins of the Day: Black and White Decor

I’m a sucker for all things black and white. Clothes, pillows, rugs, you name it. It’s so classic and never goes out of style.

SS Print Shop's Stephanie Sterjovski at Home | The Everygirl // gold, white, black, pink bedroom // Moroccan pouf // photo by Anna With Love
Credit: The Everygirl
black and white floor tile and circular staircase // foyer design
Modern, clean kitchen.
Credit: Houzz
Kristin Ess | Rue
Credit: Rue Mag
Black and white outdoor area
Credit: Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Moor Kettle Rug | By Genevieve Gorder for Capel Rugs, America's Rug Company
Credit: Genevieve Gorder for Capel Rugs
work in style
Credit: Apartment Therapy
Add pattern & graphic interest to your space with our Houndstooth Throw.
Credit: Z Gallerie
Star Burst Rug, Ivory/Black on
Credit: One Kings Lane
#Modern #Throw #Pillows | Reversible Woven Wool Letter Throw Pillow | $125
Credit: Jonathan Adler
IKEA Fan Favorite: LAPPLJUNG RUTA cushion cover. The native prints of LAPPLJUNG textiles add beautiful, graphical elements to any room.
Credit: Ikea
Credit: Elements of Style Blog

Look for Less: Lattice Rug

Once you start, you can’t stop… continuing on with the Look for Less posts.

Lattice Rug: Adds visual interest to a room and works well with many patterns and colors. Featured (under my couch and coffee table) in this post.

Pottery Barn has this 5 X 8 rug (on sale) for $339

Scroll Tile Rug: $339 Credit: Pottery Barn
Scroll Tile Rug: $339
Credit: Pottery Barn

Deal alert: Target has this 5X7 rug for $79.99

Maples Fretwork Area Rug: $79.99 Credit: Target
Maples Fretwork Area Rug: $79.99
Credit: Target