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Navy, Lavender, and Grey Bedroom

9 Nov

Somewhere between travelling, making fewer but larger changes to the house, and trying to figure out what the future of Gusto & Grace looks like, I’ve heard that little whisper: get back to blogging.

The truth is, I haven’t been entirely satisfied with the quality of work I have put into the blog. I follow a lot of bloggers with already stunning homes that they tweak and photograph or majorly renovate, who have graphic designers and website techs on speed dial. I follow many bloggers whose full time jobs are to decorate, improve their photography, and network online. My social media feeds are a barrage of gorgeous work put out by gorgeous women. That, not being my story, seems to make blogging success and a strong readership unlikely.

But maybe I need to change my view of success. I love all the creative and inspiring content so many bloggers are putting out, and sometimes even wish I could do exactly the same, but I miss blogs of process. I miss blogs as a side hustle where the decor (fashion, food, etc.) featured is realistic for readers (those who aren’t getting the free product). I miss blogs that feel more authentic and truer to the everyday life I live.

Blog on!, that voice insists. So here I will humbly write, in hopes of finding my own voice, in hopes of being the blog, like the first few I discovered a decade ago, that is relatable and inspiring in a down-to-earth, i-can-do-that sort of way.

Vision finally struck for my very unfinished master bedroom, and I created a crude design board, completely void of accessories. I hope you’ll stick around for the next year or so, as I pull it together, piece by piece.

Navy, Lavender, and Grey Bedroom Design Board

I am excited about the challenge of creating a comfortable, peaceful, and rejuvenating space for Anthony and myself.

After quite the saga of hunting down the perfect copper curtain rod, I hung curtains last week, and ordered the rug pictured. Over the last two weeks I have picked up some euro shams and a new comforter on deep discount. The mirrored copper side table is on my Christmas wishlist while the armoire, peacock, and inlaid nightstands are dream pieces I hope to pick up over time. Photos and sources to follow.

As always, thanks for reading,
Dominique

Sunburst Mirrors

15 Nov

If you missed it, head on over to Hello Homebody to check out my Thanksgiving tablescape!

Remember when I found that mirrored console for $40 and made my husband help me drag it all over the house to find it’s home? I created a mood board pairing it with leopard x benches, an oval rug, a sunburst mirror, and Benjamin Moore’s Dark Harbor paint. I started to hunt for a sunburst mirror, and this is what I found:

Sunburst Mirrors
Top left: Target, Top Right: Wayfair, Center: 1st Dibs, Bottom Left: Wayfair, Bottom Right: Ballard Designs
The least expensive one had a less than hot review. The one from Target is not what I was searching for. The $100 one is a small 21 inches and still steep. And the other two, well, I will let the price tags speak for me.
I had to decide whether to look for a substitute or wait for a steal. And then I found this:
Sunburst Mirror
My girl, Martha, came to my rescue with this 30 inch golden beauty with a convex mirror priced at $35. I went out and bought it within hours of seeing it. I had to before Home Depot changed their mind on the price!
Until next week!
Dominique 
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