Dream Home: Living Room List

by Kate Franco on March 4, 2014 · 1 comment

For a long time {maybe even a decade}, I’ve said that my “A” “Number One” goal in life is to own a home. Like owning a home was when I’d feel settled, or mark the culmination of some series of events that meant I’d grown up and made something of myself. Something that would say, “HEY, I’m fabulous! This is how it’s done.” Well, then one day kind of recently, I woke up and realized that I’m tired of waiting for the perfect storm. If I’m not going to own a home {WHO CAN AFFORD THAT IN SF? Is it even fiscally responsible?}, I’m going to optimize my current situation. Everything is what you make of it. And I’m finally in a living situation that feels pretty permanent.

Now I’m learning about myself one room at a time — and I thought it would be fun to share.

I have a Pinterest board called Sweet Spaces, and for years pretty images have been accumulating there. While I have my personal style down to a science, my interiors aesthetic definitely needs some definition. Last week after a recommendation from a friend, I started parsing out this Pinterest board to other smaller boards that are labeled by room. I started with the Living Room. Then, I looked at all the living rooms to figure out what they had in common. It was a fun little puzzle and the resulting summary is really satisfying! Of course, you know how much I love making lists, so I guess that makes sense.

Living Room Summary:

  1. Large scale art + gallery walls are a must.
  2. Lots and lots of books. On tables, holding up tables, stacked super high, on makeshift shelves and piled into bookcases. Everywhere.
  3. Black and white striped rugs OR anything that feels remotely kilim-esque or aztec/southwestern.
  4. Big Plants in baskets or pots to make pretty vignettes.
  5. There are pretty much 3 sofa options in my dream home: either a chesterfield, blue velvet loveliness, or something with clean straight lines in a color or pattern that packs a punch.
  6. Same for coffee tables, 3 options: round, glass and minimalist, or reclaimed wood with industrial accents
  7. Metallic accent tables, yes please.
  8. Industrial floor lamps to toughen it up.
  9. White walls that feel clean and fresh and allow the furniture to speak for itself.
  10. Pops of color are paramount.

Bohemian, eclectic, happy? How would you describe it?

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Minted Art Prints + Giveaway!

by Kate Franco on June 15, 2013 · 22 comments

Have you heard of Minted yet?

Mintedis an online shop powered by a global community of independent designers and I am THRILLED to be hosting a giveaway with them!One lucky reader will win a $50 credit to purchase whatever their little heart desires.Check out Minted holiday cards, personalized stationeryand art printsto get a feel for their tons and tons of seriously awesome, pretty things.

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Giveaway will close Friday, June 21 and the winner will be chosen at random.

I have always been a big fan of personalized stationery and note cards, but since I’m decorating a new space soon, I’m super drawn to their art prints. New space you say? Yes! More on this soon.

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No Shop November

by Kate Franco on November 5, 2012 · 10 comments

Last night I realized that I need to implement a shopping ban, ASAP.

Sunday was one weird slippery slope. I was feeling kind of sad about not owning a home and was feeling impermanent and not like a “real” adult. So, in an effort to get reinvigorated about my current living situation, I went trolling the internet for inspiration. 2 hours on Pinterest led to 3 more spent on various art websites. With 5 hours under my belt, I had gone from aspirational browsing to spending $165 on things for my wall. One wall. And then I realized: My shopping habits in the last couple months are in direct conflict with this major goal in my life.

I’m a single person. I can spend what I want on whatever I want. I don’t have to answer to anyone or worry about joint finances, and believe me, that luxury is NOT lost on me. The freedom of renting is not lost on me, either. I could pack up and move across the country with a moment’s notice. But the thing is, I’m really more of a lay down roots kind of girl. I always have been.

I want to be reallyreallyreally ultra crystal clear because I think this post is sounding more severe than I want it to: this is not an addiction{dirty word, right?} but I am using shopping as a crutch. As a band-aid solution for some other circumstances in my life. Eventhough I’m shopping with purpose {decorating that wall has been on my to-do list for 2 YEARS, holy wow}, I think I’m mostly shopping because I’m trying to fill some kind of void. Because I need something to be excited about, because somehow it makes me feel less sad, less lonely. It makes me feel better.

So this month is for reality checks and shopping bans. Girlfriend needs to get some balance back.

And just so I don’t totally freak my parents out: financially I’m fine, guys! I’m just not as balanced as I should be. And tell you what else: my wall’s going to be mighty cute in the next couple of weeks, that’s for damn sure.

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Let It All Hang Out

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Defined Style

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I recently had the opportunity to help put together a newsletter for ZooStores.com. It was a lot of fun, but there were so many products that I had a hard time just choosing a handful! Today’s newsletter featured 4 cohesive looks — check out a couple of my favorites, below! sharing is caring! Recommend on […]

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