Feeling the olympic spirit

I just noticed this charming BlissLiving comforter set featuring the Olympic host city - London!  I would love to visit one day....

The comforter set is on sale here, in the Home Refresh Sale.

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A glamorous NYC publicist's office that feels more like a stylish home

Lonny Mag never fails to share amazing life AND work spaces, and the one below is no exception. I'm sure having an office space like this makes coming to work each day less of a chore and more of a pleasure! Enjoy!
Most of the decor and accessories in design publicist Elizabeth Blitzer's NYC office comes from flea markets.

The conference is also the dining room.


A nook in the kitchen

What do you think?
Is your office thoughtfully styled?

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Giveaway! Enter to win a $75 Gift Code to snag some fabulous indoor/outdoor throw pillows!

This giveaway is coming at you from the awesome folks at PillowPerfect.com. You may remember a few weeks ago when I revealed my GORGEOUS pillows from Pillow Perfect. The fabric selections they offer are TOP NOTCH designer selections.

 I am testing out a new way to host giveaways, so to enter to win a $75.00 gift code to use on ANYTHING you want at PillowPerfect.com, just follow the instructions in the widget below. You have two ways to enter (or you can do both). One option is to like Pillow Perfect on Facebook, the second is to leave a comment sharing your favorite pillow (you leave the comment by "answering a question" in the widget.)  I will announce the winner by random draw on August 2nd. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Here are a few of my fav's from Pillow Perfect

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Dreamy outdoor weddings

It seems like I've hit the age where all of my friends are having weddings, or at least attending a lot of other friend's weddings.  One couple I know have at least 5 they are attending this summer, and I will be attending 3.  I can't lie that it is fun to imagine how I would decorate an outdoor wedding.

How romantic is this?  It can also be done easily and with a small budget.  Personally, I think the money involved in weddings has gotten so out of hand, I always have more fun at weddings that feel more like small, intimate parties.
image above via Sweet Home Style

I would definitely love a barn wedding!

2 images above via Style Me Pretty

This dress is so simple and sweet!
via Ivy and Aster

I do have a soft spot for full, luscious flowers...
image above via Smitten

Another look that's inexpensive to achieve.
image above via Style Me Pretty

Quaint and intimate, but still very pretty...

2 images above via Heart Home Magazine

Have you ever been to (or had) an outdoor or barn wedding?  What inspiration or ideas did you take away from it?
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Brighten up your Monday - some uplifting, cheerful rooms

It's hard to feel cheerful with all that's going on in the country and the world, so you may have to make an extra effort to be grateful for the gifts in our lives, I'm hoping these rooms put a smile on your face and remind you of the most important part of any home: family.

The colors here are so gorgeous.

possibly my dream kitchen!

great way to keep your fireplace during summer

A quirky canopy bed.

all images via BHG
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How to design the perfect guest bedroom

When you have guests staying in your home it’s important to make them feel comfortable and welcome. If you have the space, a dedicated guest bedroom is a perfect way to ensure that you always have a suitable space to make visitors feel at home. Decorating and furnishing a guest room should be simple if you follow a few basic rules of thumb.

The key to an effective guest bedroom is simplicity. Too much clutter will make a guest feel like they are intruding on your personal space. In terms of furniture a comfortable bed, and pair of side tables and a wardrobe or set of drawers for clothes is all that’s really required. You may also wish to install a television, but this isn’t essential.

There’s nothing more likely to leave a bad impression on your guests than an uncomfortable bed. Make sure you’ve invested in a top-quality mattress. A really luxurious choice, such as memory foam or latex, will really wow your houseguests. Specialist sleep experts, Silentnight in the UK have a range of quality beds and mattresses to suit your needs. The only downside is that they may never want to leave!

Super comfy mattresses by Silentnight.

When it comes to decorating it’s always advisable to stick to a neutral colour. Your guest room may entertain a variety of guests over the years, and anything too bright, dark or garish could be quite off-putting, and make it difficult for your guests to relax. Stick to light colours and simple patterns, if you’re wallpapering.

To really make your guests feel welcome consider buying a small toiletries set. If there’s an appropriate space then a mirror will also complement this nicely, but remember the rule about clutter. If your guest room is only small, stick to the essentials – a bed and some storage space.

Similarly, it’s important to think about the size of the bed in the room. A double or larger is obviously ideal, but if it’s going to be so large as to overwhelm the rest of the room then it might be better to stick to a single.

Overall the best approach to furnishing a guest room is to imagine the things you’d like to see if you were staying with somebody else. We all need a few home comforts to be able to truly relax. Follow your instincts and your hospitality will be the envy of the neighbourhood.

Here are some more tips - and things that I always appreciate when staying as a guest.

• A water glass and carafe (or easy access to a sink for drinking water).  I really like to hydrate before bed, and while I try to bring my water bottle with me everywhere, I always appreciate a glass.

• Maps, books, or brochures with local information.  Even if I'm there to visit you, it's fun to learn a little bit about the town where I'm staying.

• An extra blanket - lightweight and heavy.  During the day I'm typically cold, but for some reason at night I get warm.  It's important your guests are able to choose from a light blanket or a heavy blanket.

• A small fan, especially if it's summer.

• A spot other than the bed to unpack.  Putting suitcases on the bed is a big no-no.  Think of what those suitcase wheels have been though! A folding luggage rack or trunk serves this purpose well.

• Extra pillows.  I always need atleast 2 pillows.  If I have a stuffy nose, 3.

• Bedside table with a lamp, even if it's small.

Thoughtful Extras:

• A clock with easy to set alarm.

• Easy access to outlets for charging phones, laptops, etc.

Here are some examples of great guest bedrooms - from grand to modest.

2 images above via BHG

3 images above via marthastewart.com

 Have you decorated a guest room recently? Please leave your tips in the comments!

disclosure: This post brought to you by Silentnight.co.uk
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Muted and beautiful - a lovely house tour

A little calm and serenity for your Thursday afternoon...

Ahh...mazing light!

One day I will have an oversized wall mirror...

great floors...

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Announcing the winner of the Distressed Angel Wings from Bella Cottage...

The very lucky winner of this pair of angel wings is Tanya904!  Congrats!  Tanya, please contact me at ashley [at] decorologyblog [dot] com with your shipping information.  Thanks to all who entered - and stay tuned for future giveaways!

winner chosen by random draw using random.org. Participants with more than one comment were only counted ONCE.
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Don't miss this house tour - a glamorous beach cottage that still manages to be laid back

This beach home, located on Bald Head Island, belongs to interior designer Lisa Sherry.

It's a dream of mine to one day have a beach home.  I imagine there is a special kind of insurance for vacation properties, so if you plan on having a vacation home one day, be sure to look into it, or you can secure your home with Privilege building and contents insurance.*

Lisa's home is a three-bedroom with a screened-in wraparound porch. Let's start with the best part, shall we?  The wraparound porch

How great would it be to nap on this divan?

I would live on that porch.  I love the dining table and chairs.

I can't decide if I like the cluster of paper lanterns...what do you think?

 The '70's home was one of the first built on the island.  Lisa freshened it up by tearing down some walls and painting almost everything white.

    I think the guest bedroom, with the sheers, is my favorite.

via Lonny Mag
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