Have you ever had an irrational mental block about a home project? Something that you started not only ignoring but avoiding all together? That is what I have been doing for the better part of a year with our linen closet. With the lack of an organized system in place, nice piles of towels turned into things being shoved where ever they would fit. It was so out of hand that on laundry day I would strip the bed, wash the sheets and then put them right back on the bed so I didn’t have to go anywhere near the linen closet. It was absolutely pathetic!
As I mentioned in my last Currently Craving post, I am seriously crushing on Nordic / Scandinavian decor. I have been trying to add little nods to this bold decor style to every room in our home. Scandinavian people have really figured out how to make clean, monochromatic decor feel cozy, inviting and warm. One trend that has been jumping out at me recently is the Swiss cross pattern. There are many color variations on this pattern but black and white is both my favorite and the most prevalent.
I have been obsessing over sheepskin and cowhide rugs ever since we honeymooned in Iceland two years ago. Most of the shops had sheepskins and caribou pelts for sale and I fell in love the organic shapes and the rich textures. At the time I wasn’t convinced that I would find any use for a caribou pelt in my real life and Daniel was already nervous about how much Scotch (we did the first part of our honeymoon in Scotland) we were trying to smuggle back into the US, so he was able to convince me not to bring one home. Of course now, two years later, I am absolutely kicking myself for listening to his logical reasons.
Cowhides and sheepskins are heavily featured in Nordic decor, a style I find myself increasingly attracted to. I love how the organic shapes and markings lend such a soft touch to a style that is characterized by generally clean lines. If you have been following me on Instagram you know that we recently added a sheepskin runner to our guest room. I’m obsessed with the way it adds some warmth against the gloss of the black floors.
Due to the small and sort of funky shape of Dan’s study, we have decided to get a cowhide for the room and there are a few other places in our home I am tempted to add one. Since I am not sure when I will actually get my hands on one of these lovely things, a “Currently Craving” post will have to do for now.
Daniel and I get to host my side of the family for Thanksgiving this year and I couldn’t be more excited! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and it feels so incredibly “adult” to get to host my parents, siblings and their spouses in our home. I have already started a mental check list of the things that I would like to finish or do in our home before everyone arrives and a few final touches to our guest room, like a proper bed, are at the very top of the list.
From our first house tour, I knew I wanted a gallery wall in the foyer of our new home. It took me over a year to finally get everything selected, framed and hung and I am absolutely loving the sense of accomplishment I feel every time I walk through our front door.
The process of composing a gallery wall that compliments your taste, the space and contains meaningful pieces is a daunting one. While you want a gallery wall to feel unedited and authentic, a few simple tricks and guidelines can help make sure that it still has a cohesive flow.
One of the biggest pieces of advice I would give to new homeowners (especially other enthusiastic and budget conscious newlyweds), is to hold off on purchasing new furniture. Try to give yourself time to actually live, entertain and relax in your new home before you make assumptions about how you will use each space or commit to furniture purchases.