Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dressing the Walls

As I mentioned on Monday we're getting ready to paint several rooms in our house, but I'm struggling to decide on paint colors.  In general I am the queen of overthinking and it seems like the decisions are magnified now that it is our new house and I just want everything to truly be a reflection of Ryan and I.  Since our downstairs has such high ceilings and so much woodwork {and the fact that we are both so darn busy}, we're hiring someone to paint it and then will chip away at the upstairs when we have time.  While that is a relief because I know I will actually have some free time now over the next few months, it also makes the decision seem that much more important because it's definitely not cheap hiring painters and I want it to look great so we don't decide to repaint in another 6 months!  As of now, here are some of my ideas for the bottom floor...

For our entryway I'm loving the Nina Campbell Perroquet Wallpaper.  I have seriously adored this since I saw the black version in Rita Konig's entry way in Domino.  I'm thinking of doing the light color way because....

For our parlor I'm contemplating doing a bold navy color!  This one is Old Navy by Benjamin Moore and right now it's my favorite.  Of course, Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue an option and well.  I've loved the idea of a navy room for years and it definitely seems like it would make a statement.  Our parlor {which is connected to the entryway and essentially is like a second living room} has a lot of white woodwork and several windows, so I think if I did any room in the house a dark color this would be the one that could do it.

For our living room {that connects to our parlor} I'm between Benjamin Moore Oyster Shell, which is the light gray pictured above, or Vintage Taupe.  I haven't been able to find any photos of vintage taupe in a room but the color swatch is really pretty.  While our living room has three tall Victorian windows, because we have a covered porch outside it doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight so I definitely want to go for a lighter color.

On the other side of the parlor is our dining room.  Right now it is a deep brown but I thought painting it an elegant Palladium Blue would look really great.  I'm envisioning antique gold frames, a wood dining room table, and light upholstered seating.

Four our downstairs guest room which will also function as my office, I'd light to paint three of the four walls a nice bright white.  Benjamin Moore's White Diamond seems to be very popular and really lovely.  And then for the other wall...

I would cover it in my my beloved Anthropologie Smoky Rose Wallpaper!  Because this room connects to the main parlor and the doors all have large transom's over them, wallpapering one wall will allow the print to be seen whenever you're walking through the house.  Plus, I just love wallpaper :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our House!

Well hello there!  How was your January?  We've been busy getting settled into our new house and are on absolute cloud nine.  If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen these photos, but for those of you who haven't I wanted to share with you some snaps of our little place. We haven't made much progress yet but are slowly narrowing down paint colors and just purchased our first new piece of furniture!  

We feel so lucky that really the only changes we need to make are aesthetic {paint colors, maybe a few new fixtures, etc.} and that we love our kitchen and both of our bathrooms.  Although the next few weeks are going to be incredibly busy, I'm hoping to be able to spend some more time blogging - so be prepared for LOTS of interior design posts :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello 2015!

Well hello there!  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's.  I'm absolutely thrilled to tell you that it's official - we got the house and I couldn't be more in love!  We're moving in on Sunday and I'm beyond excited to start painting and decorating.  This has been a crazy last two months with the holidays, buying a new house, and starting my new job...all of which have left me with virtually no time to spend here on Dreams in HD.  However, I've been missing the blogging world terribly and have every intention of getting things up and running again here in the New Year.  Wishing you all the best in 2015!  XOXO!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Interiors :: Holiday Decor

Well hello there long lost friends!  I am a little embarrassed how MIA I have been these past few weeks, especially given the fact that the holiday season is always my favorite time in the blogosphere.  With my new job, getting ready for Christmas, and the house hunting process {we're in the process of closing on a house!}...I haven't seemed to find a free minute to spend on this here little blog.  I'm really hoping that once we're moved into the new house and I'm settled into my new job I'll be able to start blogging more regularly, because truth be told I miss you guys so much!

So back to the new house.  I'm so, so, SO excited and can't wait to share pictures.  I don't want to jinx it so I'll wait until we're officially homeowners, but I've already been daydreaming about our first Christmas in our new home next year.  I've pulled together some of my favorite images of holiday decor, for more be sure to check out my Pinterest board.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In the Kitchen :: Five Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is almost here and I couldn't be more excited!  I'll be a first to admit I'm a total nut over the holidays and tomorrow marks the official kickoff for me.  In case you're still trying to figure out what to make for your Thanksgiving dinner I've pulled together five scrumptious recipes that will surely be the highlight of your feast!  Bon appétit!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Interiors :: Rug Styling with Chairish

A few weeks ago Chairish, the world's first online consignment shop for the design obsessed, reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in styling one of their rugs for an upcoming post.  We're in the process of looking at houses so it was a no-brainer for me!  It was hard to pick a favorite rug, but when I came across this gorgeous distressed oushak rug I was absolutely smitten.  I love the classic patina and the muted color palette.  Pair it with refined neutrals, distressed leather, and antique art for an elegant and cozy space.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 :: For Her

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  We were busy looking at houses {!!!} but were able to find time to do a little Christmas shopping :)  I pulled together some pretty picks for the ladies on your list including my favorite lipgloss, an adorable bucket bag, and the perfect parka {HIGH on my wish list}.  Have you started your Christmas shopping?  Or are you waiting for Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales?  Personally I don't like to brave the crowds, but I do enjoy doing a little shopping on Friday morning from the comfort of my own bed :)