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Weekend Inspiration: No. 35

Weekend Inspiration: No. 35

Who else wished they could have just stayed in bed this morning? Picture me raising my hand high in the air! I woke up to an extra chilly fall morning surrounded by snoring pets, and just had to close my eyes for a little bit longer to languish in the peace and (almost) quiet. I’m up and at ’em now, though, and excited to cross a few big projects off my list before heading into a plan-free weekend—my favorite kind! Keep scrolling for a bit of linked inspiration to kick-start your scheming for this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 35

1. This house is my dream come true. I love all of the neutral colors and cozy-yet-high-end textures.

2. Artfully Walls just kicked off their fall sale! Snag 25% off with coupon code “FALLSURPRISE” here.

3. Speaking of sales, I’m running a quick 10% off promotion on DGD Pottery this weekend to make room for Collection No.2, which is set to go live next week. Take your pick from Collection No.1 here while you still can!

4. To be honest, lasagna has never been my favorite meal. Even still, this Lasagna Dome video via Tasty is amazing to watch, and I’m sure some of you will want to try the recipe out at home.

5. When I sat down to my computer just a little bit ago, I was disgusted with the state of my desktop. I gave it a heavy duty clean before getting to work, and feel infinitely better. Do yourself a favor this weekend, and knock out a small cleaning project to set yourself up for a great mood come Monday. Check out our list of favorite natural cleaning products here!

6. Taylor Sterling just launched her personal website, and she has already published so many inspiring posts. I love this muted floral-inspired shoot she produced with photographer Em Scott.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 35

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12 Faux Fur Home Accents For Fall

12 Faux Fur Home Accents For Fall

Ummm, so it’s fall. Like, very suddenly fall! I’m totally okay with it, but was a little taken aback by the sudden shift in temperature this past weekend. We went from consistent 70- and 80-degree days, to mornings in the 40s and daytime highs hovering around 50. The crisp air is a welcome change, but I’m scrambling a bit to officially change both our home and my wardrobe over to suit the cooler weather. What does that entail exactly? Well, let’s just say I’m sitting here in my office dressed practically head to toe in wool, and I’m also cuddling up close to the one faux fur blanket we keep handy for fall and winter.

Which, of course, is the perfect segue into today’s topic: faux fur textiles. Below I’m rounding up 12 of the fluffy pieces I’d love to add to our collection. Animal print seems to be really trendy this season, so I included at least one or two items that feature that telltale wild palette or pattern. Which is your favorite?

12 Faux Fur Home Accents For Fall

1. Cajsa Faux Fur Stool

2. Faux Fur Accent Pillow

3. Faux Fur Electronics Storage Bean Bag Chair

4. Snow Leopard Print Faux Fur Pillow (has since sold out, but here’s something similar)

5. Faux Fur Oversized Throw Pillow

6. Broken Stripe Long Faux Fur Bedding Set

7. Charlita Faux Fur Bar Stool

8. Faux Fur Pouf

9. Royale Surf Stripe Faux Fur Throw Blanket

10. Riverplace Round Ottoman

11. Reafort Faux Sheepskin Rug

12. Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw

If I could only pick one from the list, it would have to be that black and white Snow Leopard Print Faux Fur Pillow. Unfortunately, it looks like it sold out since I prepped this post late last week, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for a restock. If you can’t wait, here’s a similar option that gives you the look for less than $30. Tell me about your favorite faux fur pick in the comments below.

12 Faux Fur Home Accents For Fall

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 34

Weekend Inspiration: No. 34

Wow!!! You guys totally blew me away with your support of the DGD Pottery shop opening earlier this week! It means more than you know. Truly. In honor of the shop, I thought it might be fun to share a few pottery-themed links to inspire the weekend ahead. I’m actually headed to another art fair this weekend (and the symphony, too), so my mind is currently saturated with all things cultural and creative. I hope you find time this season to soak up a bit of art yourself, and that these links below are all the motivation you need to kick things off.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 34

1. First a little housekeeping note: If you’re getting a little sick of all the pottery talk, don’t worry! We’ll be back to traditional crafting and design talk next week.

2. This video is utterly spellbinding, whether you’re into ceramics or not!

3. I loved perusing this roundup of 11 rooms belonging to ceramicists and potters. I dare you not to be inspired to try some new things at home after taking the individual tours.

4. These are the best stainless steel pottery trimming tools around. No question.

5. Here’s a clay DIY that anyone can do. And another one here!

6. A friend of mine just introduced me to the work of fellow local Shenandoah Valley potter, Kassy Newman, and I’m hooked. I hope to add a piece of hers to my collection soon.

7. How cool is it that West Elm sells locally sourced pottery? I wish more Big Box stores which catch on to this awesome idea.

8. A few more DGD Pottery orders have just come through, and I’m officially halfway sold out! I hope to add more to the shop next week, but if you want a piece from the debut collection, hop through now to see what’s still available.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 34

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DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

Today’s the day! I’m so excited to finally share the official “Live” link to the brand new DGD Pottery shop. If you want to hear a little more about the shop and what its opening really means to me, feel free to pop back here. Today, though, I’m just going to send you right along to Etsy to peruse the debut collection of 18 handmade pieces of pottery up for grabs.

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Pre-Launch Preview

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

You can visit the shop by clicking here, and watch (or rewatch!) the DGD Pottery trailer I filmed for my YouTube channel in honor of the shop opening below.

Whether you spot something you just have to have or would rather appreciate everything from afar, I’d love to know which item is your favorite from the collection. Feel free to tell me about your top pick in the comments below, and I’m also open to your feedback and suggestions, so if you’d like to see something special in the shop, let me know. I’m not quite up for custom commissions at this point, but I’m always looking for inspiration, so please go ahead and describe your ideal piece of pottery below. Who knows—you might just end up seeing it “come to life” in the DGD Pottery shop someday!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

DGD Pottery Is Now Open For Business!

Thanks again for your support and encouragement! Today is a really big day for me, and I know I couldn’t have done it without you. One last note before I head off to celebrate—you’ll definitely want to sign up for the DGD Tribe newsletter today if you haven’t already. I’m planning to send out an exclusive shop discount code for subscribers, so get in on the list before it goes out at noon EST tomorrow.

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 33

Weekend Inspiration: No. 33

I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet because I’ve got quite a bit on my plate as I hustle to prep for DGD Pottery’s shop launch next week. BUT I didn’t want to let a brand new Friday go by without at least a little celebration in the form of a fun link roundup.

I love putting these posts together each week because it’s such a great way to kickstart conversations around the cool, creative things that people are doing across the web. One of my favorite things about being a working creative is how necessary it is to close up shop and soak up inspiration from others from time to time. Getting out of my head and away from my own ideas is so important and really stretches my perspective.

So, without further ado, here are a handful of the posts and stories that caught my eye this past week, all in the hopes that they jumpstart your own creativity throughout the weekend ahead!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 33

1. In case you’re planning to transition your home décor over to fall this Saturday and Sunday, make sure you read this post first. It’s packed with seven trends interior designers are ditching (plus some shopping advice, too) now that it’s October.

2. My sister sent me this renovation announcement from the Kennedy Center for their REACH project. Watch the fly-through video. It’s positively mind-boggling.

3. Speaking of art, I’m smitten with everything that Helen Levi creates.

4. Here’s a cool post with four clever ways to organize your kitchen using dowel rods.

5. In case you’re trying to figure out what to be for Halloween this year, take a colorful cue from my pal Rachel, and go as a paint swatch! Her DIY costume tutorial is this way.

6. Have you weighed in here yet? I’m still a little unsure, but am leaning toward leaving things just as they are.

7. This DIY terrazzo box is right up my alley, and I think I already have everything I need to make it! I guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…

Weekend Inspiration: No. 33

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Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

I go through phases when it comes to buying clothes. Six months or more might go by without purchasing a single piece for my closet, but then I think to myself, “Self, it’s been an awfully long time since you treated yourself to something new…” and I’ll go out and purchase enough clothing to redo my entire wardrobe! That’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s definitely not a good cycle to be in, so this year I’m focusing on creating a collection of pieces that will keep my closet feeling exciting, whether it’s filled with new pieces or not.

I’ve lately been tricking myself by stowing off-season clothing away so that, when the weather changes and I make the switch, all of those items that were hidden away in boxes and drawers feel brand new to me—at least mentally. I just pulled all of my fall and winter clothes out of storage yesterday, and there were pieces in there that I had forgotten I even owned. There were even a few tops and sweaters that I bought on clearance at the end of last winter that still had the tags on them so they truly are brand new!

Anyway, this method is working wonders on me in terms of curing my previous bad shopping habits, so I figured it might be worth mentioning in case it inspires you to do the same. Now that I have all of my seasonal clothing out where I can see it, I’m making a REALLY SHORT list of the pieces that I might want to treat myself to (like one or two pieces, max) to fill in the holes. Here are 12 of the pieces currently on my short list.

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

1. The Cashmere Crew

2. Bubble-Sleeve Sweatshirt Dress

3. Juliette collarless sweater-blazer

4. The Regan Boot

5. Rib-Knit Beanie

6. Long-sleeve everyday cashmere crewneck sweater

7. Balloon-Sleeve Pullover Sweater

8. Flannel Blanket Scarf

9. Faux-Suede Mule Booties

10. Dreamy cotton pajama set in stripe

11. Mock-Neck Rib-Knit Swing Dress

12. The Modern Utility Jacket

I’ll tell you one thing…I’m definitely not cured because I would love nothing more than to buy every single piece on that list above. I’m making serious progress, though, because I just saw sale announcement emails pop into my inbox from both Madewell and J.Crew, and somehow managed to delete them without falling prey to the lure. What are your seasonal clothing habits? Do you have a particular weakness for any one brand? Do tell in the comments!

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

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Should We Go ‘Open Concept’?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

I’d love to start this brand new week off with a design question: should we go open concept between our dining room and kitchen? Call me crazy, but now that we’ve been project-free for a few weeks, I’m feeling the itch to make more changes around here. Our hall bathroom renovation is complete, and our new roof is all done, so now I’m setting my sights on something we’ve never tackled before…Removing a wall!

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

One of the things I appreciated so much about this house when we first toured it was the fact that the kitchen is separated from the dining room by a partition wall. That said, now that we’ve lived here for three years, I’m wondering if this layout really is the best for our particular space.

It’s a little hard to explain without you being here, but in the front room of our house (which consists of the kitchen, dining room, and living room) there’s a wall that extends from the middle of the space to just a few feet from the exterior wall. On the dining room side, the wall has a giant framed photo on it, whereas the other side faces into our kitchen and has open shelving on it just above some lower cabinetry and the dishwasher.

As you can see in the photos above, the wall has a cool angular cut-out detail at the top to allow a bit of natural light from the open concept dining and living room to spill into the kitchen—a fact I love because that room gets very little natural light otherwise. I really do appreciate that the rooms have a bit of separation between them, but then I came across this inspiration image below and the wheels in my head started turning.

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Should we consider removing the wall to let more of that gorgeous sunlight into our dark kitchen? The inspiration photo stopped me in my feed-scrolling tracks on Pinterest the other day because it gave me such a good sense of what our own home could look like if we just removed part or all of that separating wall.

Similar to the inspiration image, we have light-colored, speckled countertops and dark wood cabinetry. We also have white walls, and a similarly angled mid-century-style ceiling. I can totally see this translating into our own retro home, but don’t want to regret embarking on another chaotic renovation project if it’s a terrible idea.

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

The picture of our home just above gives you a pretty good sense of the difference in lighting between the spaces. The dining room is filled top to bottom with glorious sunshine, while the kitchen (mere inches away!) gets barely anything because of that partition wall.

One option is to leave the wall between the kitchen and living room as it stands (the one right behind the liquor cabinet you see there), and bring the partition wall perpendicular to it down to about counter height to allow more light to get to the kitchen. There would still be a bit of separation and we wouldn’t have to move the dishwasher, but the light could be shared between spaces.

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

What do you think? Am I crazy to be considering this? Those of you who have truly open concept homes: do you appreciate being able to see right into your kitchen from the dining room, or do you wish you had more separation between the spaces? I’m dying to hear your opinions and personal perspectives, so please spill in the comments below!

Should We Go 'Open Concept'?

**See what our home looked like when we moved in here!
**Inspiration image source unknown, all other images are by Meredith Sledge
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Weekend Inspiration: No. 32

Weekend Inspiration: No. 32

It might be fall, but this weekend is shaping up to be on the sunnier, summery side of the spectrum, so I’m planning to make it my last hurrah to the hotter season. What’s on my list? Well, today’s roundup of links will give you a pretty good indication of my agenda, but let’s just say I don’t plan to spend much time inside these next two days. If you have summertime suggestions of your own to share, do tell in the comments below. Have a great one, guys!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 32

1. No time like the present for a wine and cheese party! Click to see my tips for hosting an at-home tasting.

2. Speaking of entertaining, I’m excited to light up our fire pit this season now that the extreme heat is subsiding. More inspiration for a festive fire pit party here.

3. The summer-to-fall transition is the perfect time to start a capsule wardrobe. Your quickie guide to getting started is this way.

4. This temperate time of year is ideal for starting a new exercise routine. My mother-in-law recently wrote an awesome piece with her advice for getting out and moving in the name of good health. Read it here.

5. Make it smell like summer all year long with this homemade recipe for DIY Citrus, Coconut, and Brown Sugar Scrub.

6. Here’s a (not-so-revolutionary) thought: wear this pretty velvet cami on its own now while it’s still warm out, and then throw a cardigan on top when it starts to cool down.

7. I’m very into this list of simple summery cocktails that we can enjoy no matter what time of year it is.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 32

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Dark Bedding For Fall & Winter

Dark Bedding For Fall & Winter

Something weird has started happening in my brain where home décor is concerned…I’m suddenly craving color! If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you probably noticed that I’m firmly in the camp of “white is better” in terms of paint colors, and I’m a big, big fan of all-white bedding, too. Well, for whatever reason, I’ve been pondering the idea of going darker and more colorful on both the walls and our linens (in small doses, of course—I haven’t gone THAT crazy).

The thought of breaking out the paint brushes and drop cloths again after painting all 10 rooms in our house bright white, though, sounds like a nightmare. Instead, I’m thinking it might be time to invest in new dark bedding to satisfy my lust for color. The good news is that now’s the perfect time to go richer with our décor palette in honor of fall and winter. Scroll on to see the 12 pieces and sets I’m considering for our master bedroom and guest room.

Dark Bedding For Fall & Winter

1. Dark Blue Elliot Plaid Comforter Set

2. Leela Velvet Flower Throw Pillow

3. Mira Linen Throw

4. Microfiber Duvet Cover Set

5. Tufted Geo Duvet Cover

6. Jersey Rope Throw

7. Gemma Fringed Round Throw Pillow

8. Shimmer Velvet Duvet Cover

9. Quilt in ‘Indigo’

10. Plaid Washable Wool Throw

11. Matelasse Shams

12. Horizon Lines Quilt

Before I go, I wanted to point out that a lot of those items above can be used to add a sort of seasonal richness to other areas of your house than just the bedroom. The pillows and throw blankets I mentioned could be scattered throughout your living space to cozy up your upholstered furniture, or even in an office to infuse a bit of warmth for the colder days to come. What’s your favorite piece in the lineup? I’m seriously considering the Quilt in ‘Indigo’ for our guest room and the Plaid Washable Wool Throw for our family room.

Dark Bedding For Fall & Winter

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 31

Weekend Inspiration: No. 31

Although it’s still pretty hot here in Virginia, I think it’s safe to say that the transition to fall has begun. The mornings are just a little chillier, and the evenings are definitely darker earlier, and I couldn’t possibly be more elated to welcome the new season.

If you follow along with me on Instagram, you probably saw that I’ve already jumped the gun a bit and decorated our home for autumn. I just can’t get enough of those rich earthy colors this time of year, not to mention ceramic pumpkins on practically every surface. Fingers crossed that you enjoy a wonderful welcome to fall tomorrow, and, in the meantime, here are a few fun links to get you pumped to try something new this season.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 31

1. There are only a couple more days to leave your vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! As you may have heard, DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day now through Sunday. Thank you so, so much for your support these past two weeks (and always). It means the world!

2. See our new favorite 20-minute weeknight dinner recipe right here.

3. I’m loving this Picasso-inspired art collection that Artfully Walls just debuted. Which piece is your favorite?

4. Studio DIY’s no-weave rainbow wall hanging has taken the Internet by storm this week, and for good reason! I’m smitten with all the texture and color, and would love to customize it to match the earth-toned décor here at our own house.

5. Did you hear that Anna (of The Anna Edit fame on YouTube) wrote a book?! I can’t wait to get my copy.

6. Speaking of books, I’m currently in the middle of Room, and can’t put it down…Such a brilliant and terrifying story. I’m going to watch the movie adaptation next.

7. Target just announced an exclusive collection of kitchen and tabletop pieces from Chrissy Teigen. It goes on sale September 30, and I’m so excited to see everything in person. She’s just the coolest, don’t you think?!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 31

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