Tag Archives: interior design

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
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Lessons in Lighting

8 Jun

I heard once that lighting is the jewelry of a room. I can’t remember where I heard that phrase, nor do I know who originally said it, regardless, I love it.

If decorating my home had a focus for the year, it would be lighting. While my home is still home to many basic fixtures, I have made a conscious effort to customize my cookie cutter with lighting that reflects my personal taste. As with most areas of decorating, I wait for inspiration, hunt for a good value, and take it one small step at a time.

So what have I done in 2015 to up my lighting game?

  • Added dimmer switches
  • Installed ceiling medallions
  • Upgraded ceiling fixtures
  • Added floor and table lamps

Move over candles! Dimmer switches can add the same romance to a dining room that candles might. They can also add a relaxing ambiance to a bathroom perfect for a soak. I personally like to gradually raise the level of light in my bathroom as I get ready each morning.

Ceiling medallions add architectural interest. Last year, I installed a simple one Black and White Entry. This year, a more ornate medallion in the dining room.

Eryn Ceiling Medallion Dining Room | www.gustoandgraceblog.com |#decor #home #interiors #diningroom #chandeliers

Lighting can be costly, but I have scoured and scored over the past few months. My under-buyer habits made me walk away from a great deal on a vintage lucite and brass waterfall chandelier, but I didn’t get a mile away from the antique store before turning around, realizing that I’d regret not scooping up the steal. I ordered a new canopy and hung it in the hallway. The photo really doesn’t do it justice.

Vintage Lucite and Brass Waterfall Chandelier

For more than a year, I have hunted for a black glass chandelier for my entryway. Then, several months ago, I stumbled upon an affordable (!!!) glass company from Italy. It felt like a huge break, and I promptly placed a custom order for a chandelier made of dreams. It not so promptly arrived more than two months (twice as long as anticipated) later. I expected it to be plug and play, but it came vacuum sealed in pieces. For the price, I can’t complain, and I’m always up for a new challenge.

Black Italian Murano Glass ChandelierShe’s my sort of bizzarre, edgy, Murano glass beaut. Please excuse my continued drooling.

Black Glass Chandelier Murano Italy

For some time now I’ve admired the late French designer Serge Mouille’s lighting designs. Originals are cost prohibitive, but I finally pulled the trigger on a fantasic reproduction of his 3-arm floor lamp from France & Sons. At nearly seven (7) feet tall, the lamp has a considerable footprint and filled a large void in my living room.

Neutral Living Room | www.gustoandgraceblog.com | #decor #home #interiors #mouille #design #livingroom #brass #furniture #MyRH #Anthrofaves #mywestelmThanks for Reading,

♥ Dominique

Decorating with Plates

1 Jul

I’m baaaaack! After taking the month of June away from blogging, I am thrilled to be blogging again with refreshed passion and dedication. While there was radio silence here, much was astir in our home.

On top of decorating projects galore, Anthony and I spent two of of June’s four weekends with family in town, Anthony walked across the stage and got his CPA license, we purchased a “newsed” car, and checked a major financial goal off of our list: no more PMI! I can hardly wait to share the changes we have made inside our home and begin to blog about topics that delve a bit deeper than my most recent thrift-store-score.

While it was extremely tempting to write a lengthy post showcasing how our home has transformed over the past several weeks, I decided it best to break it down into bite-sized posts. Get ready for home-heavy posting in this month.

Speaking of thrift store scores… on a recent trip to my neighborhood Goodwill I picked up three black and white plates for the entryway for $0.99 each. The plates, marked Mikasa Reggae on the back, seemed Kelly Wearstler-esque to me.

Mikasa Reggae Plates

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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 

Mirrored Console Mood Board

15 Oct

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across an amazing deal at Target: an online-only mirrored console table at my local store, regularly $250 for $40! I’ve been eyeing mirrored furniture, and the husband, who isn’t mirrored furnitures’ biggest fan, was glad I got my fix for $40. I put it together and Anthony helped me carry it from room to room, up and down the stairs (and back up again) to decide where it should live.

It looked great where the bar cart is currently, but it made our current TV console look short and unbalanced. It would make a great TV console, but we’d have some DVD storage to figure out, and a few wires to hide. It wasn’t quite right in the bedroom either. The empty landing upstairs was perfect.

Now what to do with the rest of the barren area? I pulled my inspiration from a local Austin blog, Design Crisis. I’m in love with the interior designer, Erin Williamson’s Teal Room.

With our wedding giftcards spent, me still on the hunt for a job, and a necessary new car purchase on the horizon, home projects have slowed. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming up ideals. Here’s what I’d love to do for our upstairs landing:
Mirrored Console Mood Board
Now that our home is mostly furnished, I want thoughtfulness to be evident in the design of my home.
Do you put together mood boards for your home? What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration?
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