Help Me Design The Merc’s Exterior Lights!!

As you know from last week’s post, the exterior is HAPPENING. We did our part getting the brick whipped into original shape and the stucco guys are hopefully going to start working on the rest! Now comes the fun decision I’ve been waiting my whole life for, lighting!!

When I asked on instagram who made the best exterior lights you guys came out of the woodwork and all said the same thing, Barn Light Electric. Man alive is that place like paradise or what?! No only do they have amazing designs, but you can completely customize your lights. Sign me up!

Guys, the options are endless. I ordered samples of all of the finishes and you can literally have any style in any of these colors:

Also these:

And these:

I’ve narrowed down a few of my favorite option and I am DYING to know what you guys think would look best.

The Roscoe/Wesco is definitely the shade style I’m digging. I love the rounded shape of it and at 16″ I think its the perfect size.

The question then becomes, what finish?!! You can have the arms finished different colors, but I love the steel.

After doing some research about Merc era lighting, porcelain is definitely the way to go. It’s not only true to character, but its so durable and the finish doesn’t dull or fade.

But I’m also loving the matte black, that comes in just the painted finish.

And also the raw copper..

GAH CHOICES!!!! (I was also playing around with the idea of using green, until we decided to paint the front doors green.)

As far as the arms go, the #1 on my list is style G64. Its the chain. It makes my heart do flips and I hear angels sing when I look at it. The front of the Merc, especially where these lights are going to go is just a massive expanse of white stucco, so details like the chain are going to seriously up the style cred.

Buuuuuut I also really love style G8 with its simple curve.

I’ve got to know, which combo do you like the best? PLEASE chime in below!!

Here’s a reminder of what the Merc is sort of going to look like!

MAJOR HEADS UP Barn Light Electric is running a 20% off deal right now (through tonight!!) 

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My In-Law’s Living Room REVEAL!!

Last week I showed you my in-law’s new kitchen, are you finally ready to see the rest of the space?!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!

First off I need to tell you that almost every piece is available from Article. I had THE BEST experience with them when I did the makeover at Aspyn’s house. Her couch so far exceeded my expectations that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more articles. Having such high expectations,, you would think that they’d maybe have a hard time delivering a perfect 10 again but YOU GUYS. I can’t even put into words how completely blown away I was once again.

Figuring out the layout of a room can be a little tricky, especially when it’s a new space that you haven’t lived in yet. We ultimately decided that 2 sofas that face each other was the best scenario and I have to say that I’m digging the symmetry of the couches and the bookshelves.

So the couches seem like a pretty great place to start. Guys, the couches. We got the Triplo sofa in Taos Brown and I just can’t express how much I love them. They are the perfect shade of warm leather. I have been leaning so heavily toward camel colored leather (not going to lie, I love a good Sven) but these have me convinced to not lean too far. In this space with the light walls and washed out wood floors, they add just the right amount of warm depth.

When I posted about them on my insta stories I got a lot of comments asking how comfortable they are. A lot of people were worried that there was just one skinny cushion on the bottom. While they may look like that, the whole second fusion is also padding, so there is plenty of cush for the tush. And how about those metal legs?! They’re black but have sort of a mirror finish. They are freaking money.

 

The Nimbus coffee table is natural teak and has such pretty variation. It obviously works here with all the other Southwest elements in the design, but this table was actually meant to be used outdoors. Such awesome versatility for one table. These outdoor chairs would go great with it on a patio.

How are you feeling about the wall hanging? I scored it at a secondhand store that was closing for $150 about a year ago and I’ve been itching to use it ever since. I think its so good in here, which kind of makes me a little sad cause I really wanted to put it in the Merc. But it just belongs here, ya know?

How much are you dying over the lamp? Its the Stilt Floor Lamp  The large drum shade comes flat packed and is really easy to assemble.

Next to one of the couches we put the Ameoba side table. It’s such a great size for an end table, a night stand, a plant stand, a little table by your front door for mail. I mean, it can morph into what ever you need it to be…like Units, but wayyyy more stylish.

 

The Myria copper pot adds just the right amount of metal, and I love that is so shiny! Also, its only $99. So there’s that. You can also get a hanging planter version of it for $59!! And you guys know how much I love hanging succulents from the ceiling.

Tucked underneath the stairs is just doubt the most stylish reading corner that you’ve ever seen. Even when we were going over the plans for the house, we knew that we wanted to put a little chair and light underneath and I fell head over heels for the Embrace Moss chair. I mean, first of all it’s velvet, so there’s that. I am digging the matte metal legs with the more traditional shape of the chair.

The tall brass Barbell floor lamp is the icing on the cake. Its not obtrusive, it’s just there hanging out in the corner people watching and obviously feeling really happy about it.

The entryway is currently rocking a Beatles piece of art and THE MOST AMAZING FRONT DOOR EVER.

To say I’m happy about how this house has come together is like saying Mrs. Trunchbull doesn’t want anyone to eat her cake. I’m so unbelievably in love with it!!

HUGE thank you to Article for partnering up with me on this makeover. It was such a fun surprise for my in-laws especially after they endured our craziness and let us live with them for the last 9 months, goodness knows that’s not easy. You can see all of the pieces again below, and make sure you click over and sign up for their email updates, you don’t want to miss their killer sales, or new product drops!!

 

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My Fail-Proof Paint Colors for a Monochromatic Home

We all know that one of the easiest updates you can make to your house is to update the paint, right?! In fact its always the first place that I start. But, I’d be lying if I said that picking the perfect color is easy. There are SO MANY factors that come into play. but guys I’ve tested more paint colors than I care to count and today I’m dishing on my Fail-Proof hues!!

Over the last 15 years we’ve witnessed  beige walls move into the grey territory and just the last few years it’s moving again  into whites and blacks. It’s almost impossible to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing some variation of a modern farmhouse with white walls and black windows. Monochromatic is huge, and for good reason. It’s the perfect back drop for almost every style choice. I’ve said it for years, if you LOVE color like I do, white walls give you freedom to use ALLLLLL the colors. If you hate color, chances are great that you already are on team white walls. You just can’t go wrong. Or can you?

All of the colors below are described as white. 5 out of the 6 have White in the name, and on a wooden background they all look white.

Within every color are a whole range of undertones. These are the exact same colors on a white background! I mean, that is crazy right!?

What looks white by itself can look pink next to a truer white. So what if you want just white white? No blue, green. yellow, or gray tones. Just white. Sherwin-Williams Extra White SW 7006 is your answer. It the perfect shade of true white that doesn’t come off too cool.

Black is the exact same story. True black can be hard to find right?! My go to is Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258. It’s the perfect shade of warm true black. It doesn’t read blue or purple or brown just black. I’ve used it everywhere from my dining room walls (remember that?!) to the trim in our old house, to the workshop makeover at the Merc, to the doors at my in-law’s new house. Guys, trust me when I say it is THE BEST BLACK PAINT COLOR EVER.

What about everything in-between? I’ve so got you covered.

Iron Ore SW 7069 is my favorite charcoal grey. We used it at their new house in their office. Notice how great it looks with the Tricorn Black doors! (We also used it at the restaurant and have people asking about it all the time.)

One thing that we wanted when we were designing Alicia’s house was for the accent doors to feel special, so we went with a semi-gloss paint from Sherwin-Williams. But the thing we went back and forth on the most was what exactly to paint Tricorn Black SW 6258. Just the doors? The doors and casings? All of the trim work, including the baseboard? SO many options. Ultimately we decided to do the door and the casings black and the baseboard Extra White SW 7006.

Didn’t it turn out amazing!?? Huge thanks to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post!

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