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Balance Your Living Space
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Balance. For me, it is an easy thing to find and keep for a short period of time, but it is nearly impossible to hang onto forever. I often see things as black and white and am constantly teetering between two ends of the spectrum. It isn't healthy or beneficial (for me or others) to look at things so simply. I know. Life is complex. It is HARD stuff, people! Self-growth and changing well-rooted behaviors that is...

Luckily, our homes are simpler beings, and finding balance within your living space takes only a few steps:

  1. Mixing materials and textures can bring harmony to your space. Instead of choosing the matching loveseat that compliments your upholstered sofa, try mixing in a pair of leather accent chairs. You can mix a marble coffee table with wood and metal side tables, and add natural materials like wool, linen, jute, and sisal to bring even more balance to the textures in your home. 
  2. Round, square, and rectangle: simple shapes we learned in elementary school that combine balance and symmetry. Using two or more of these shapes in the same room will keep things from feeling too rigid or too organic. Most sofas are rectangles, so, to soften the space, add curved side chairs or round end tables. Shake it up even more with an irregular-shaped lamp!
  3. One mistake I see far too often that decreases the balance of a space is disproportionate rugs. As a rule of thumb, rugs should be large enough to fit at least the front legs of your furniture (even better if it corrals all of your furniture!). This will allow your rugs to feel like their bringing the whole world together. Okay. At least bringing your room together...

Our lives are a constant, complex balancing act, but our homes don't have to be. Use these easy tricks to bring more balance to your space. Comment below to share the outcome or other ways you bring harmony to your home!

Cheers, 
Rachel

LIKE IT // LOVE IT: MID-CENTURY TREND

I swear I'm not starting a West Elm versus Living Spaces battle. I love both companies A LOT. One thing I love about Living Spaces is you can find stylish, quality pieces at value prices. It's kind of our mission statement. If you are into the mid-century trend but can't quite afford the pieces available at West Elm, then check out these comparable pieces (in both style and quality) available at Living Spaces. 

We LIKE this Monroe Mid-Century Sofa from West Elm for $1,299, but we LOVE that Remington Sofa from Living Spaces for $795. 

We LIKE this Mid-Century Bed in Acorn from West Elm for $999, but we LOVE that Alton Cherry Queen Platform Bed from West Elm for $395.

We LIKE this Mid-Century Dining Chair from West Elm for $269, but we LOVE that Bradley Side Chair from Living Spaces for $195. 

Where else do you shop for stylish home furnishings for a bargain?

XOXO,
Rachel

Living Spaces Catalog: February 2016
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Hot off the press! The Living Spaces February 2016 catalog is OUT! Of course I am PUMPED, because it is the first catalog I've worked on with Living Spaces, and it turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. We had a great team of designers, stylists, photographers, and graphic designers who made the whole thing come together. Check it out here and comment below letting me know your feedback (good and bad). I've also included some behind the scenes shots below to give you a peek into what goes into to making the catalog.

We are prepping for our May 2016 catalog shoot in a few weeks. I am even more excited about the room designs and new product that will appear in our Summer issue. STAY TUNED!

XOXO, Rachel

PANTONE Color of the Year 2016
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PANTONE decided to do something new in 2016 for the always anticipated Color of the Year. They chose two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

"As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

Kudos PANTONE! I am loving the pastel trend that seems to be moving across different arenas from interiors to beauty to fashion to lifestyle and beyond! It is a nice change from the bold colors of the past (which I still love) and really speaks to today's culture in which people seek to find more peace and acceptance, both inward and outward. Speaking of trends, I WANT to jump on the high-tops bandwagon and rock the Vans below that have a touch of blush pink, and I might even try the pink hair thing one day soon (although I think my hair may be a little too dark...). A couple other inspirations below to get your Rose Quartz and Serenity fix. What trends are you seeing and following these days?

XOXO, Rachel

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P.S. What do you think of the smoke bomb photoshoot we did for Living Spaces (photo above)? We used Enola Gaye smoke grenades. Pretty cool, huh?! 1. Color Puddle Wall Decal / 2. Pink Wall / 3. Vans Croc Emboss SK8-Hi Slim Zip / 4. Pink Hair5. Roar + Rabbit Chair in Como Velvet, Lichen by west elm / 6. Go outside more this year! Photo via Striped Cherry

Winter Retreat
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Winterizing your home can be as simple as adding in a few new textures (fur, wool, cashmere, wood, etc.), a couple holiday elements (trees (real, fake, or non-traditional like this driftwood tree), pine needles, touches of metallics), and some new artwork that makes you want to cozy up. All items pictured above are from Living Spaces (excluding a couple props). How did you decorate your home this holiday season?

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