Hey There! My name is Tiffany and my blog is called Living Savvy. I am an interior designer who loves to share DIY projects and client projects!
Last week I showed you some of my favorite projects for displaying vacation mementos and mentioned that I’d be sharing snapshots of some of the travel keepsakes we currently have throughout our home. I’m so glad the weather finally turned around as I was starting to worry whether I’d finally get enough light to take photos. Thankfully the sun came out yesterday!
When displaying vacation keepsakes, I always think about how they can become integrated within our everyday decor. I like it best when they don’t scream souvenir like “look at those sombreros and maracas!” Instead, I like a subtle mix.
We’ve been on several beach vacations and have collected many shells and pieces of coral along the way. We have some of these in a glass cylinder in the family room. I also mixed in some faux shells from Pottery Barn to add a little color. Some of the larger pieces were placed on the bookshelf.
For every family vacation we have taken, we always try to have something tangible in our home that represents the experience. A photograph, shell, rock or other object may seem insignificant, but for us looking at these objects takes us back to the moment.
Having these mementos displayed throughout our home tells the story of our adventurous experiences together and the time we fully dedicated to celebrate being a family. Nothing is more important to me.
As mentioned earlier this week, this last family trip we took to Mexico was amazing, but came with a bit of devastation. When I went to load the hundreds of photos I took of everybody and everything, only three showed up. Thank goodness my son snapped a bunch on his iPhone or we’d have nothing. Even better news is that he captured a couple amazing shots that I plan on displaying somewhere very soon.
Next week I’ll be sharing some of the ways we have memories from our vacations on display throughout our home. I’ll also show you what I have in store for those recent iPhone photos from Mexico. Until then, I thought I’d show you some of my favorite ideas I’ve come across that I believe are both clever and stylish.
How was your weekend? We were bombarded with rain, so all outside projects were put on hold until it dries up a bit. However, it did allow me to focus on organizing my office for a while and I’m getting close to having it just the way I want it. Those of you who have been asking about my office closet makeover, I promise you will see the after photos soon. Between our basement renovation, the Outdoor Extravaganza and wrapping up client projects before summer holidays, that particular project took a back seat. I’m sure some of you can relate!
A while back, I stumbled upon a clever visual on Pinterest for arranging pillows on a bed. After tracking down the source, I discovered that Marissa from Marissa Waddell Interiors and Roost was the creator and I asked if she would share some tips for styling a bed. Thankfully she agreed, so here goes…
After going through my son’s room with him last weekend (you can read about it here), it left his shelves looking bare in some spots and messy in others, making a few required changes apparent. Although we designed his room with longevity in mind, it has been over four years since we’ve made any noteworthy changes (except for bedding, a new lamp and the small stuff that has crept in). He has always been a huge sports fan and, although I wouldn’t call his room theme-y, it definitely has that vibe. Most boys and even men never seem to outgrow that style. Ages 12 and 16 (almost 17) are miles apart and it was time (perhaps long over due) to pack up the Build a Bear, piggy bank and other juvenile looking stuff. (This is where you jump in and give me a hug!)
Planning ahead those 4 or so years ago really paid off. Aside from removing small items from his shelves (and the whack of clothes and other stuff from his closet), his furniture is still suitable for a teen/young adult. At almost 6’3″ he could probably use a longer bed, but his room is too small to accommodate one (sorry bud). I’ve designed quite a few kid’s rooms and I always encourage my clients to purchase furniture that will grow with the child. Artwork and accessories are much easier to replace than beds, night stands and desks. With that being said, the changes we need to make are minor.
Here’s what we’re starting with:
A while ago I was working with my client Hanna who confessed to strongly disliking her built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace. At first I thought she was crazy and offered to switch homes! I explained to her that I had a fireplace with blank walls screaming for built-ins on either side, and I’d take hers in a heartbeat. We had a good laugh over the matter and she explained that it wasn’t the actual bookcases she despised, rather the idea of decorating them.
I could see where she was coming from. They were quite large in scale, painted white and the shelves were flimsy looking and spaced far apart. This left a tall area on the shelf to be styled and created a challenge to bring the room to life. However, with a few recommended changes and a lesson in accessorizing, she was able to turn the built-ins around and create the living room she desired.
I wish I could tell you that I have remarkable before and after pictures to show you, but at that time I was not good at documenting projects (I’m getting so much better- I promise)! Nonetheless, I can share the details with you.