off I go!

europe tripEek! You have have saw my Instagram a few days ago but in case you didn’t—I’m off to Europe! I’m so so so excited to be hitting up a few bucket-list countries with friends. The first stop? Munich for Oktoberfest! Then we’re jumping on a plane to London before heading to Zurich and finally Iceland(!!!!).

The trip is honestly such a dream and something I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to do any time soon—really, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and swallow your excuses. There will always be bills to pay and work to do. But I can confidently say that I plan on making the money spent—and the vacation days used—worth their weight. I’ll be taking a bit of a break from the blog (err…not like I’ve been very good at posting consistently anyways), but you can definitely keep up with my travels on Instagram. I apologize in advance from probably (definitely) spamming your feed.

I’m also renting a GoPro for the trip—if you’re a photo buff like me but don’t want to commit to buying an expensive lens or new gear, I completely recommend I rented from them for our trip to Italy last summer and really liked the service! And no, this is not sponsored….Anyways, I’m hoping to come back with some really cool videos, especially of our adventures in Iceland. Glaciers, here I come!

Above images via: Munich // London // Zurich // Iceland

five accessible home trends for fall

persian rug
As much as we may all be wishing for an endless summer (trust me, I feel you on that one), fall is on its way, and with it comes the instinct to cozy up our homes—a cable knit throw here, a few extra candles there—as a way to transition into the season. But where to start? Sure, if someone handed me an unlimited budget I would go all out (hellllooooo luxe velvet couches!) but reality looks a lot more like a limited budget. To help point the way, I’ve rounded up five trendy, easy and accessible (meaning you’re not hyperventilating as a friend slugs Merlot on your very $$ new cowhide rug) ways to infuse a comfy, cozy fall environment into your apartment or home. Let’s do this!

Lay down a Persian rug

You’ve probably seen Persian rugs popping up all over Pinterest lately—and for good reason. They’re a great way to infuse a space with a little vintage charm and often come in a variety of shades to suit any palette or décor style. Think of these guys as the colorful, fresh update to the Moroccan Beni rug obsession that has been around for a while. You could go all-out and invest in a large-scale version, but I particularly love when they’re laid out in front of a reading chair or at the foot of a bed (like above, which is also how I have mine styled!). The best part about styling them that way? You often won’t need a very large-scale rug—and there are plenty of great options for smaller sizes on eBay and Etsy (hint: if you search “Persian prayer rug” you’re more likely to narrow in on the tinier options!).

go greenGo green all-year long

The 70s are back—at least when it comes to houseplants. The decades-past trend of living literally surrounded by ferns, trees, succulents and potted plants is reemerging in a big way. First there was the fiddle leaf fig that popped up in every styled home (Which, speaking from experience, isn’t all that easy to keep looking alive and well *waves black thumb*), and now we’re seeing everything from little aloe plants to full-grown cacti and snake plates (seen at the far right of the photo above). Hit up your local nursery or plant market for a few beauties to keep your house feeling lively all through fall.

moodyGet moody

Is there anything that evokes a cozy, bundled-up atmosphere more than a moody indigo blue? Probably not. You may associate indigo blue with shibori dyeing, which can feel very summery. However, throw the shade into a room with some nice cognac leather, or a few chunky cream throws and you’ve got yourself a fresh take on trendy deep color. I love the idea of painting a whole room in the shade (Hauge Blue, from Farrow & Ball, is my favorite version and is shown above), but since I’m a renter, that’s not possible (boo!). Instead? I’m hoping to dip-paint the legs of an inherited side table in our living room. You could also paint kitchen cabinets, a headboard, even an inexpensive IKEA shelf! The possibilities are endless.

brassBuy brass everything

But only if that’s your thing, of course. My personal tastes steer me towards metals with warmer tones (like copper, gold and brass) and away from cooler-toned platinum or silver, so the fact that brass is having a moment in the décor world right now really works in my benefit. Dip your toes into the trend by changing out the hardware on a desk or nightstand (Anthro always has great options!) or really go for it with a bigger item—I love brass light fixtures, and Target is coming out with some amazing brass-and-marble floor lamps this fall (keep your eye out!). Brass can instantly warm up your space and is a great way to bring in tonal fall colors into your room without a complete palette overhaul comprised of ORANGE EVERYTHING.

artHunt for vintage art

Crisp, bright photography just feels right in the spring and summer months, doesn’t it? I mean who doesn’t want to spend June through August gazing at a gorgeous beach scene—even if it’s from your couch. The antithesis of turquoise waters? Obviously oil paintings of old men, you guys. OK, I’m kidding—but only sort of. I love the antique oil portraits that have been popping up in the projects of some of my favorite designers recently. Plus, they don’t have to be expensive—I’m always seeing tons of similar options at flea markets, and I’d wager to say that they can be found really reasonably online, too. If paintings of strangers that follow you with their eyes isn’t really your thing (But wait, you could even name them!), keep your eye out for a grittier ocean scene or landscape. Something about a darker palette (think grays, blacks, navy, etc.) and the weight of paint just w


Image credits: Rug // Greens // Moody // Brass // Art

This post originally appears on Wandeleur in my Nest column—stay tuned there for more home and DIY content!

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