The Inspired Room Tour (Keeping it Real)
Monday, October 26, 2015 by {darlene}

One of my favorite-est friends in all of blogland is the lovely Melissa Michaels. I actually met her on the day my very first post here at Fieldstone Hill Design went live. We sat together 5 years ago at the Allume conference (formerly called Relevant), and became instant friends. She is a genuine spirit with a heart of gold, and you probably know her already because her blog is wildly popular and award winning: The Inspired Room. Now, she is an author to 2 books, and we will undoubtedly be hearing more and more from this wonderful, encouraging author.

I have, in my hot little hands, an advance copy of The Inspired Room, Melissa’s gorgeous coffee table book with “Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have.” The first thing that is ‘inspired’ is the cover of this book! It is so very pretty. Which, ya know, is kind of an important feature in a coffee table book.

 

The Inspired Room - New Coffee Table Book

Along with the book came a fun invitation to share an “Inspired Room” in my own home (and stay tuned! You get to play along too!).

A little secret about me: I don’t really like to read much. Ignoring the fact that I have read Gone with the Wind three times, I NEVER finish a book. Which is why the Coffee table book was meant for me.

Melissa’s book is like a collection of very inspiring yet QUICK reads. The book can easily be digested one cup of coffee at a time. Thank you, Melissa. You are the hands and feet of an angel to this momma with ADD tendencies who happens to love decorating books.

All that to say, I poured over some sections of Melissa’s gorgeous book, and my favorite little sections in the book are those called “Keeping it Real.” In these little snippets, Melissa will share a true story of her own decorating mishaps and stumbles. So in the spirit of keeping it real, I thought I would share 3 pics of beloved rooms in our home… and the real decorating funnies, fails and mishaps that accompanied them:

{Our daughter’s beloved nursery}

Keeping it Real:

The Peruvian costume is held to the wall by duct tape. So are all of the bases of the curtains, so they will stay put.

Fieldstone Hill Design, A globally inspired nursery

{our family living room}

Keeping it Real:

The cowhide rug covers the spot where I hot-glued two rugs together (yes, I really need to post about that!). The coffee table books are strategically placed to cover huge scratches in our coffee table. And those frames (which are now filled) were empty because of a project I procrastinated on for two whole years.

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{our entry way}

Keeping it Real:

Hiding lots of things here. The chairs have a hideous upholstery of vinyl, which is falling apart (hence, how I got them for $25 for the pair). So, they are currently covered in sheepskin throws. Also, the ottoman in the middle may have THE ugliest fabric known to man, so it is covered in a shawl that I used to enjoy wearing. Now my ottoman wears it. The umbrella stand contains no cute umbrellas: only ugly little purse-sized umbrellas, a few matchbox cars, some trash, and without-a-doubt, some cheese-itz crackers.

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Join Melissa in keeping it real. First of all, I know your home and your coffee table will love you for pre-ordering her book. Be the first one to get your hands on this beauty.

Secondly, I hope you will join all us in sharing our Inspired Rooms! See the pic below and head here for details.

The Inspired Room Tour - Celebrating the Launch of the New Coffee Table Book - The Inspired Room - by New York Times Best Selling Author of Love the Home You Have - Melissa Michaels

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This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

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Five Faves: 5 dream baths
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by {darlene}

Five Faves: 5 dream baths

Fieldstone Hill does not have a master bath, technically. But you know what a dreamer I am, and you had better believe that, in my sleep, I design dreamy master bathrooms – featuring, of course, dreamy baths.

Five Faves from Fieldstone Hill Design

I am a bath girl. Probably because I have Italian hair that behaves itself better if I wash it less. And probably because half of the year our house is chilly because it is like an historic ice-box made of stone and leaky windows (all lovely, but leaky nonetheless). And, probably because I learned that if you lock your toddler in the bathroom with you, you can watch them play while you take a bath as opposed to a shower.

I have learned how to make a luxurious ritual out of my bath routine, and I aim to make it my spa moment of the day. I wrote about a bunch of spa tips in this post, and I still use these tips almost daily. Why not live like you have a spa in your house?

So, going along with that spa theme, you had better believe there will be a heavy spa influence in my future dream bath. And on that note, I give you my latest Five Faves!

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1 // black, matte walls. chevron floors. brass antique fixtures. simple modern meets dramatic architecture. towel warmer.

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2 // a pool-like bath in the middle of the floor? yes. please and thank you. the bench and sink are not too shabby either.

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3 // a room with a view that is beyond compare. echoed by the mirror on the wall. marble. drop dead gorgeous.

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4 // Speaking of marble. There is marble on. EV.ER.Y.THING in this bathroom. Even the moulding. And the shelves. Just not those amazing fluffy white towels.

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5  // slate tiling even up the walls. A bath encapsulated, snug and cozy. the STUNNING view is where its at.

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and since when do I EVER stop at 5 in these Five Faves posts? One more for good measure:

 6 // I am a sucker for a towel warmer and true European windows with shutters. Drapes in the bathroom!

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I’ve got plenty more inspiration over on my Pinterest boards {PS THANK YOU for getting me to 37k followers over there, you design crazed lovelies!!!}. You may especially love my Inspiration Bathrooms board if you are loving what’s going on here.

What do you love from these Five Faves??

Share in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear.

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness

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The best decorating book I have read… in a long time
Thursday, October 15, 2015 by {darlene}

Friends, this is a super quick post. More like a service announcement for people who dream about decorating when they should be doing other things…

You must stop what you are doing and ORDER THIS BOOK.

{click on the book image or click here to purchase}

Lauren Liess's Habitat book - a MUST HAVE  decorating book (review via @fieldstonehill)

 

It is practical. It is edited to perfection. It tells you exactly what you need to get the most luxurious and beautiful home in a realistic, down-to-earth way.

I think I am going to read a snippet from it every day. For real.

Because it is that good.

And that meaty. With USEABLE information that you will be so glad you have at your fingertips.

You may know that I adore Lauren Liess for her decorating style, but she also has a natural instructional manner about her that is truly helpful to others. If you don’t follow along with her blog, you must do so!

One of my favorite things about this amazing guide is how it is broken down. The first section of the book covers the fundamentals of design. The second section covers the intangibles – what makes for a really GOOD design… and I am LOVING this section of the book for how it puts vocabulary to the unexplainable. The final section breaks down decorating by room.

But my favorite page might just be page 266. When you get the book and read it, {and you know me and how I feel about these things}, you will know why I adore Lauren, and why I will sing her praises from the rooftops. Because, she gets it.

Okay.

Now run, click, and be glad you did!!!

 

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This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness

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ditto :: mad for Madrid
Monday, October 12, 2015 by {darlene}

Mad for Madrid

Happy {ditto} Monday! Ditto posts: learn how to ditto a designer room

 Today’s ditto post features a stunning living room from Spanish designer, Luis Puerto. His designs are gorgeous, and outside of the box from what we tend to see Stateside. I love to head to different continents (in my mind, most of the time!) to be inspired by global influences. So many design details caught my eye, so read on to find out what I would ditto.

This is not the first time I have been in love with a space from Madrid.  That awesome space was also from Nuevo Estilo. Maybe I should just go ahead and subscribe… I certainly seem to be Mad for Madrid!

As you look at this space, you might think “This is way to _____ for me.” I encourage you not to dismiss a space when it does not seem accessible to you. Instead, pull apart the details. Find out what makes it so fabulous. And then bring your favorite ditto-worthy elements into your own home. In other words, Ditto It!!!!

Ditto this apartment by luis puerta via @fieldstonehill

Ditto this apartment by luis puerta via @fieldstonehill

Ditto this apartment by luis puerta via @fieldstonehill

{ via Nuevo Estilo . <- – See many more awesome pics via this link. }

WHAT I LOVE {What I would ditto!}:

1. The chevron flooring! I am actually trying to ditto this in my upcoming kitchen/dining renovation. We are on a mad hunt for an affordable parquet of engineered flooring, in order to save on cost.

2. That sofa, of course! Velvet! That grey-gold fabric is just dreamy!

3. Sculptural art! Why go little when you can go big and have an impact? This would be a great design trick to ditto, and there are plenty of affordable ways to bring large-scale sculpture into your space (my favorite way is repurposing large, vintage items found at flea markets or antique shops)

4. Mirrors, mirrors, everywhere. In circular shapes, rectangular and square. Get that light bouncing around the room. The floor to ceiling mirrors would be tricky to ditto, but definitely not impossible. I especially love the circular mirror between the huge, gorgeous, rectangular windows.

5. Tables and chairs everywhere. This room invites you to sit, and to stay. Ditto.

6. Those windows. Oh so very European! I love how, in Europe, they have tall and slender windows that go all the way to the floor. Sometimes, these windows function as doors as well – even though they have a much slimmer profile than our doors.

7. Interior shutters. This would be a pricey ditto, but what an impact these folding interior shutters would be!

8. Tufting! I am still in love with tufted velvet sofas, and my love is not waning.

DO YOU LOVE IT??

WHAT DO YOU LOVE?

WHAT DESIGN ELEMENTS WOULD YOU DITTO IN YOUR OWN HOME?

DO TELL!!!!!! {see you in the comments below}

 

 

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

I am SUPER excited about the new Premium Starter Kit. You are going to LOVE it… unless you hate things that smell heavenly and make you smile. #spaliving #livewithbeauty #wellness

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