DESIGN INSPIRATION: MODERN VICTORIAN

Hello, hello! Apparently I’m blogging roughly once a month right now?! Hoping to get in a better swing of things, but no promises.

I do want to chronicle more of our renovation process, because I know it’s something I’ll want to look back on when it’s all said and done. As we get closer to drywall (please, God?!) I’ve started thinking a lot about the design details, things like paint, flooring, trim, and the like, since those things will be happening shortly after drywall goes up!

My style has definitely evolved over the last several years, and it’s been so fun to pour over tons of visual inspiration and photos of different aesthetics to figure out what direction I want to go in for this house.

Our house was built in 1902, and although it didn’t have much original character, we are weaving in lots of elements that will make it fit with the folk victorian style. Some exterior trim details will put it in this camp, and I’m excited to bring in some victorian elements inside as well (with an updated, modern twist!)

So, “modern victorian is the style I’ve settled on, although it will be much more toned-down than typical victorian style. Maybe “minimalist modern victorian” is a more appropriate label? Or “modern victorian farmhouse”? I don’t know. Labels are kind of lame anyway, because I hate pigeonholing myself into one particular style.

That being said, I’m drawing heavily on victorian styles when planning the design of this house. Here’s my working vision board with my most favorite inspiration images:

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While the bulk of the house will be light + bright as far as paint, I’m excited to bring in some darker, moody colors as accents both on the walls and through art and furniture. I’m also drawing heavily on victorian elements such as floral wallpaper, ornate ceiling roses (I love these paired with more modern fixtures!), chair/picture rail and paneling on walls, botanical prints and elements, and I’m swooning for those dark painted stairs. It’s different than anything I’ve done before but I am absolutely loving the direction the design is heading and can’t wait to see it all come to life!

Any design trends you’re loving? Any other old home enthusiasts out there!? I’m so excited to honor this home’s history and roots while also making it practical and liveable for our family.

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P.S. Emily Henderson recently said “modern victorian” is the up-and-coming trend so basically I’m feeling very hip right now, ha!

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS + STEALS

Hey hey friends!! I’m shopping from the comfort of my bed today (do people still GO to stores?!) and wanted to share some deals and steals from around the interwebs for you! Whether you’re shopping for cold weather gear for yourself or your kids or looking for that perfect art piece for someone on your list, I’ve got a bunch of links below to help you out! Happy shopping!

COLD WEATHER GEAR FOR KIDS + ADULTS

  • LL Bean is offering 25% off boots + 20% off clothes and outerwear with code THANKS20. I’ve been eying this quilted quarter zip and this gorgeous fisherman sweater tunic! Plus, you’ll earn 4% cash back using eBates.

  • SmartWool isn’t having a sale, but they’re donating 3% of their sales today only to an organization that helps combat climate change - pretty cool! I got Xavier and Zelie both wool socks for their winter wardrobe. Plus, you’ll earn 6.5% of your purchase back in cash using eBates.

  • Land’s End is doing a BONKERS 50% off full-price items sale with code FRIDAY. I’m getting this puffer vest and this coat for Xavier! Plus 10% (!!) back when you use eBates!

  • Columbia Sportswear is having a huge sale and offering free shipping on all orders. Plus, they offer 10% (!!) cash back by using eBates! We love their fleece zip-up jackets for under the kids’ winter coats.

  • Bogs Footwear is doing 25% off with code HOLIDAY25. Bogs were the MOST recommended brand for kids + adults alike when I polled instagram for winter boot suggestions. Plus, earn 5% cashback if you use eBates! I’m eying these for Xavier; his rainboots JUST split, so I like the idea of these being able to pull double duty as rain boots and snow boots!

  • Kamik Footwear is offering 25% all their footwear through Cyber Monday! I’ve been looking at these boots for both kids if we decide to not order Bogs.

FOR YOUR HEART

FOR YOUR HOME

FOR YOUR HEALTH

  • The Balanced Life is offering 40% off their Pilates programs with code HOLIDAY2018. I’m part of The Balanced Life Sisterhood and I LOVE Robin’s truly balanced approach to exercise, diet and lifestyle. Tighten + Tone looks like the perfect thing for a post-holiday jumpstart!

  • Young Living is doing an amazing sale - 20% off 50 of the best-loved oils, as well as 20% off diffusers. See all the details here. If you’re not a Young Living member yet, you can grab your kit and add some sale oils to your cart all in one fell swoop - just send me an email and I’ll help you get started!

What other deals are happening today? Where are you shopping? Drop me a comment and let me know! xo!