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I know some of you read this blog or follow me on Instagram and want to know how much it would really cost to get one of your rooms done by a designer. Let me go ahead and break the news to you – it is not cheap! As much as I love Pinterest, it […]

January 29, 2018

The ONE Major Way Pinterest Deceives You

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If you follow me on instagram, you know we had to say goodbye to my childhood dog on Thursday evening. I won’t get too sappy on here, but she was that childhood pet that you’ll never forget. My brother and I named her Sobe after the energy drink when we were kids, and she was just […]

Where I Found Our $500 Anthropologie Sofa

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December 31, 2017

My best friend Sarah is pregnant! She’s due to give birth to a baby boy in May, and of course Madison and I are over the moon excited to have them just a block away. I cannot wait to pinch baby cheeks and buy tiny baby shoes. On a side note, if you’d like to […]

December 17, 2017

DESIGNING MY BEST FRIEND’S NURSERY – INITIAL STAGES

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I remember picking out furniture for this house when Madison moved in nearly a year before we were married. It all needed to be cheap and able to withstand the Dorito crumbs and beer spills associated with three single guys living together. Without giving any thought to, “Oh, I might have to live with this […]

Inspiration for Funky Sofas

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December 12, 2017

If you’ve followed along for any length of time, you know that I have an affinity for simplicity. My husband Madison and I are in the slow process of renovating our first 1940’s small brick home, and keeping things simple has been a way to bring cohesiveness throughout. It felt like a mish-mash of additions and […]

November 30, 2017

Pondering the “Feel” I Want Our Home to Have

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For you color-lovers out there, you are probably laughing reading this post title. Mixing off-white and white seems about as dull as can be, but those details matter! The first time I mixed white and cream was in our guest room. The headboard and end-of-the-bed quilt are creamier, while the coverlet and sheets are stark […]

Proof You CAN Mix White and Off-White

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November 10, 2017

The first time you light the fireplace for the season- pure magic. It would be more romantic by match, I’m sure, but this house came with a gas fireplace so the push of a button it is. Our cats can’t get enough of the warmth – But I’m mostly enjoying it because our heating system […]

October 30, 2017

Painted Plywood Kitchen Floors – Should I Do It?

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Lately I have been focusing much more on the mood and interest of our home than the technical design aspects. I’m finding that breaking the rules creates the relaxed atmosphere I crave. Everything isn’t “just so”. Granted, rules are best broken when you first know what they are. You can tell if a small-scale piece […]

Enjoying Details (When You Can’t Yet Renovate)

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October 26, 2017

I’ve posted about kitchen inspiration before, but it feels so much closer now that we are replacing the floors in a couple of weeks! From the beginning I envisioned a gray green color for the cabinets, mostly because it was neutral enough to make our small kitchen cozy but not busy. An all-white kitchen would […]

October 5, 2017

5 Muted Green Kitchens I Love

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Fall is officially here! We had a week or two of a special kind of cool weather, but it’s gone and I’m back to wilting by 2:00 p.m. My consolation is that it will have to get cooler soon enough, so I can experience magic weather once again.  I had the chance to install drapes […]

Before & Progress – Lake House Client

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September 29, 2017

About Briana

Hey! I'm Briana, the author behind this blog.

Teaching you how to create a dream home without getting caught up in the trap of perfection is my passion. 

I'm a self-taught interior designer from South Carolina who loves sweet tea, cats, and open windows on a nice day.