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Luxe on a Moderate Budget

Lately, I’ve been attracted to the modern luxe look. A little contemporary, a little glam. Rich velvets, upholstered headboards, shiny surfaces. So much to love. While this look doesn’t really fit with my home, or my lifestyle. I put together a budget luxe look I love!

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The Hudson Swoop chair is slate velvet is only $149 at Target, on sale from $199. Click here to see. I’m a huge fan of the Target accent chairs.velvet settee

Also at Target, the Hudson settee is only $237, down from $279. This piece would look great in a bedroom, living room, or large front entry. Click here.

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This Brompton Tufted Wingback Velvet Bed from Target is $675 for a King size. The four reviews on the website are favorable and there is even a customer image. Gorgeous! It looks a little like the upholstered bed we currently have, I’ll share pictures later.

Threshold Mirrored Modern Accent Table

How awesome would it be with the mirrored side table next to it? On clearance at Target for just $85!

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And this Kate Spade frame would look great on the table! It’s a little more expensive at Nordstrom for $50. But, this is so gorgeous it’d be $50 well spent. And, if you’ve never shopped at Nordstrom, the customer service is amazing and they always have free shipping!


And the last piece would be an amazing chandelier. Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have a great selection. This one is just $227 from Lowe’s. Happy luxe shopping!

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Royal-Like Finds

The birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge piqued my interest in all things royal. While I could never afford to decorate like a Queen, I began to start looking for whimsical royal-like finds! This adorable collection is from Royal Doulton, designed to capture the relaxed style of “popping in for a drink.” It feels so very English to me! The great news is this collection is 40% off through August!

Royal Doulton Summer Sale 40% OFF The Entire Pop In For Drinks Collection!

It doesn’t get much more British than the Union Jack! While I can’t imagine that the royals are decorating with their flag, it does add a regal sense of whimsy for us commoners.

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The large Union Jack rug, the Union Jack pillow and the Big Ben pillow would add a pop of color to any neutral room.

When I think of the British, I think of high tea! Each teacup in this Royal Doulton line, 100 Years of Royal Albert, celebrates a separate decade featuring some of those most notable patterns. I’ll take some crumpets with my tea!

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Or you could go more traditional with British Colonial from Lenox. While this collection is Made in the U.S.A., it’s designed to combine classic British style with the lushness of the tropics. I especially love the pineapple mug, the sweet fruit is a symbol for hospitality.

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The Language of Flowers

I’m lucky enough to be in a book club with a great group of smart and funny women. Our latest pick was The Language of Flowers, a debut novel from Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This month we celebrated our book club anniversary and it was hosted by our founder Ashley (and Susie) in her beautiful backyard.

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The book tells the story of Victoria Jones, a struggling foster child who ages out of the system. Victoria explores the Victorian language of flowers and uses flowers to communicate and thrive. The hosts used hydrangeas from their gardens to decorate the tables—simple and gorgeous! book club 1book club 5The conversation is always good, and we always know to come hungry. An al fresco salad bar with tons of chopped veggies—-my favorite!!food book clubAdmittedly, book club wouldn’t be complete without a few drinks. Wine glasses and Ball jars with colorful straws were at the ready!

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Ball Jars make such cute drinking glasses! I was so inspired that I picked up some Heritage Blue Ball Jars. I’m using one to store makeup brushes, and my daughter snagged one to store hair accessories!

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Besides wanting to share the beautiful backdrop for book club, I also started thinking about the main character, Victoria Jones. If she had a budget to decorate, what would it look like?

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Using the book cover and narrative as inspiration, I think she’d like to surround herself with bright and beautiful objects, things she could get on a tight budget! If you read the book, you’ll also recognize that she may want a hyacinth painting of her own.language of flower collage

1. This Amethyst Sphere Lamp is from Pier One and can be had for $75.

2. This Oval Gemmed Filigree Mirror from Pier One would make a beautiful accent for $24.95.

3. The Hyacinth Print can be found in various sizes at Fine Art America.

4. The Rayna Fabric Sofa comes in a variety of colors from Macy’s.

5. This Yellow Botanical Accent Chair is on sale at Target for $139.

If you’re looking for an easy, good summer read, I’d recommend The Language of Flowers!

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Beach House Blues

Dreaming of a beach house? If you can’t afford to buy one, you may be able to afford to bring the look of the beach into your home. I scoured the web for some great beach house looks. Near the ocean or lake (or even far away), decorating in shades of blue is comforting, crisp, and cool.

1. This rug is the perfect look for a beach home and ties many different blues together. From American Home Rug Co., this runner can be had for less than $100. You can find it here.

2. There is no question you’re a beach lover when you have this fun feather pillow. It’s available at One King’s Lane for $25.

3. A blue crab pillow isn’t just for homes on the coast! This vibrant blue pillow can be found at Etsy for just $23.

4. This pair of oblong blue stripe pillows adds some comfort to your nautical look. They are from Michael Fullen Design Group.

5. The anchors are embroidered on navy linen from Karen Robertson, a favorite among coastal homeowners.

6. How fun is this crab metal art? It’s available in four different sizes, the largest is 48″ x 30″, a true statement piece (of seafood)!

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Pottery Barn has lots of great beach accessories right now. Yellows and greens work great with neutrals and blues to create a peaceful, carefree look.

1. Glass buoys date back to the mid-1800s, and each one of these is unique and hand-blown. They range from $59-$69 and can be found here.

2. I’m in love with this whale bookend, a fun way to display a few classic tales. It’s $79.

3. These lanterns look as good inside as they do outside. Suspend them throughout the yard, or use them as a centerpiece. Available in multiple sizes and prices.

4. This faux spike coral from Pottery barn is one of a few choices they sell that are carefully molded after the natural form. It’s just $39.50.

5. Yes, Pottery Barn actually sells sand too. Glass vases filled with sand, stones or shells add to a nautical feel.

6. These wood buoys are made of mango wood, then distressed to achieve a timeworn look. They’re on sale today!

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1. Wicker is always in season at a beach house. This Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn is handwoven and mixes formal and relaxed comfort for cottage perfection.

2. The Dory Side Cabinet can be found at Cottage & Bungalow and has removable shelves. This quirky and modern piece can be yours for $1,640.

3. The Blue Corn Pouf can be used as a foot rest or extra seating. A super functional beauty at $248.

4. They say when you get a cottage or beach house you’ll see how many friends you have, and you’ll need places for them to sleep! A daybed serves as seating during the day, and a bed at night. Add throw pillows and this Crate and Barrel daybed will be the hit of the house.

5. Natural elements are key in beach house decorating. I’m a fan of white birch and they’d add a rustic element to your outdoor theme.