7 Common Decorating Mistakes That Involve Walls & Windows and How to Avoid Them

There’s either a full moon coming or Mercury’s in retrograde cause I’m feelin’ a bit feisty today. I thought it’d be appropriate to show you some examples of common decorating mistakes that I see with windows and walls (*cue lil jon*) and how you can avoid them for this month’s 7 oz Sunday Series! Warning: some … Read more7 Common Decorating Mistakes That Involve Walls & Windows and How to Avoid Them

My Tips to Achieving the Masculine Glam Look

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Growing up, I developed a “split personality:” part tomboy and part girly-girl. On a humid summer afternoon in 1997, you could’ve found me in my backyard playing in the dirt and climbing all over the 8-foot-high makeshift monkey bars that my dad built out of wood planks and metal bars. Thanks to the strength I gained … Read moreMy Tips to Achieving the Masculine Glam Look

4 Quick, Simple + Cheap Ways to Update Your Space (with Before + Afters)

Once in a while, I’ll look into the abyss of a room in our home and think – “something needs to change.” Actually, I lied. I do it all the time. Angelo and I will be sitting down eating dinner and I’ll begin staring into the living room.

“What are you looking at??”

“Something’s not right”

“What do you mean?”

“Do you think I need to layer this cowhide rug with the ivory rug we have downstairs?”

*ignores me*

“Have I told you about Feng Shui?”

*ignores me harder*

Can anyone else relate to this feeling? No, not being ignored by your husband – I’m talking about craving a change. Luckily, there are a ton of things you can do to update your space. I want to talk about a few of my recent and absolute favorite go-to’s for when I need a quick, simple and cheap room update.

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1. Paint

I mentioned in this post that the first thing I wanted to do when we bought our house was paint everything. My new-homeowner naive self even googled “can I paint the kitchen counter” (you actually can, but decided to hold off on this one).

Angelo didn’t really understand why I became so obsessed with wanting to paint every room in the house immediately. I tried to explain to him that painting is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to update a room. It’s like an instant facelift. He was like “alright, go crazy” and so I (literally) did.

I lost clumps of hair trying to choose the perfect light gray to compliment our wood floors and Sherwin Williams associates around northern NJ eventually knew me by first name. After painting my kitchen three times (third times a charm), I eventually found Repose Gray, the perfect light gray, and I now understand the science behind paint colors. Yes, there’s a science behind paint colors and understanding it can make or break how you want your room to look. Ever hear of Light Reflective Value? It means that light can change the appearance of any given color.

LRV kept me up at night.

Here are some before + after pics of the rooms we painted:

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When I painted Angelo’s future office from Barney purple to medium gray, *all of a sudden* he understood why I was so intently focused on paint. Oh, now you get it, honey.

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My now office, painted in Repose Gray

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The living room (also painted in Repose Gray)

Hallway (you guessed it – Repose Gray)

Downstairs AKA Lounge Area (Agreeable Gray, a warmer gray that we loved and is also the current color of our bedroom)

And of course, my personal favorite

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To sum up my word vom…go grab some paint and get to work.

3. Swap out lightbulbs

Guys. Lighting is EVERYTHING. Let me repeat – everything.

Another thing that totally drove me crazy around the time I was obsessed with painting was lighting. I’m not talking about light fixtures, I’m talking about light bulbs. There’s also a science to light bulbs (science needs to stop effing with my house) and the color temperature of light bulbs can make or break how you want your room to look.

I guess at one point in history some guy named Kelvin discovered color temperature. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K) and Kelvin wanted to let you know that there are two things you need to remember when you’re choosing light bulbs:

High Color Temperature = Cool Light

Low Color Temperature = Warm Light 

Higher color temperatures of 4700K and above, have a cool, or blue color. Lower color temperatures, in between 2700K and 3000K, give off warmer colors that appear yellow, orange, or red. This may be hard to grasp at first but don’t worry – 99% of the time Kelvins are listed on the packaging.

The perfect example of this color temperature concept – my kitchen (after I painted it the second time).

Before: Bulbs were cooler/wayyy too high on the Kelvin scale (about 5000K), making the kitchen look too bluish for my liking. It reminded me of a hospital.

After: Bulbs were warmer/much lower on the Kelvin scale (about 2700K), making the kitchen look like the perfect, neutral gray!

Can you guys see the difference?

If you’re looking for the appearance of your room to change without putting in much work, swap out those bulbs!

2. Add fresh flowers or plants

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You know like, a casual wedding centerpiece (before our centerpiece flowers died I had to get a pic of them somewhere in my house). Flowers are such a simple way to brighten and add life your space! I don’t have a green thumb, but when I find a nice bouquet or plant that I stumble upon, I’ll buy it. I envy people who live close to a Trader Joes because they have beautiful flowers for like, $5. Succulents are great too – they are easier to keep alive and my favorite succulent, aloe (which has air cleansing properties), has been chillin’ on my kitchen windowsill for months.

4. Redesign

My personal favorite – I’m writing an entire post on this soon because this one is HUGE.

Redesigning can mean many things, but I’ll personally be referring to redesigning as taking what you already have and moving it around or utilizing it somewhere else. AKA if you hone in on your creative side, you can literally go on a shopping spree in your own home. This was challenging for me up until recently. When we purchased our house all I had at the time to decorate with was a candle and some faux flowers. But thanks to my new found interiors obsession and shopping addiction, we managed to decorate/furnish our entire second floor over the course of 6 months or so, so now redesigning is easy and exhilarating. I now have a large storage bin (and maybe a closet) filled with decorative accessories that I can dig into when I’m craving something new. It’s kinda like…finding $10 in your pocket.

Sneak peek of part of my living room redesign that I’ll be posting about soon!

You can redesign by rearranging furniture, swapping out chairs, nesting tables, and lamps. Use an existing bar cart as a side table. Move around the items on your shelves. Fill a storage bin (or closet) with decorative accessories like candles, coffee table books, and faux flowers to pull from when you need a quick change. Go crazy and be creative!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! What’s your go-to method for changing up your space?

xo

Alisa

4 Ways: How to Be More Productive

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about productivity. Specifically, how can I maximize my time and make the most out of my day? We allll get lazy therefore making us unproductive, but what if we could prevent feeling lazy in the first place? Here are some of my tried-and-true ways of being productive when I’m feeling less-than-motivated:

1. Purge your clutter: I never feel so mentally clear and ready to get shit done as I do when I “purge” the clutter in my life. We know we should be getting rid of “things” as often as we can – but have you ever had a long, intense few hours of throwing away everything you don’t need and all of a sudden feel so much better and ready to conquer your nearest city? I recommend reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – it really is life changing. Creating a clean and organized space is truly the key to a clear mind and being overall more productive.

Here’s a before and after photo of clutter that I may have purposely created just so I could organize everything. Shockingly enough, doing this lit a fire under my ass which led to cleaning the rest of the house afterward.

*magic*

2. Use a planner: Whether you prefer a digital calendar or paper calendar – use it and use it often. One of the best purchases I ever made was my Louise Vuitton agenda. I’m not sure what it is, but having a beautiful, high-quality planner makes me so much more motivated to have my shit together all the time (even when I don’t have my shit together). Invest in a planner, whether digital or paper, that works for you and utilize it to plan your schedule, track important dates (bills, events, appointments, etc.) and even your thoughts and ideas. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write down/keep track of something – it’s gone forever. Never to be thought of or certainly not ever accomplished.

3. Know when you’re most productive: Plan your day based on when you know you’re the most productive. When do you accomplish more – in the morning, afternoon or evening? Prioritize your schedule and tackle the most challenging tasks during your “peak productive” times while saving the less challenging stuff for your low-energy time.

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4. Reward yourself: This one’s easy and always works. Use a motivation – a reward to get you through a task. A great example…I reward myself with dark chocolate and a trip to Home Goods every day when I finish work. Semi-serious.

How do you stay productive?

Chat soon!

-Alisa