Monday, April 4, 2011

Guest Post: Parlour!!!


I'm so excited to introduce you to the fabulousness that is Nicole and her blog, Parlour! If you haven't already discovered her, then you are in for such a treat because this home is *stunning*...I just stumbled on her blog and as soon as I saw the pictures of her place, I was hooked.

 Hook, line, and sinker.

I'm sure you will see what I mean...

Hi there, I'm Nichole from Parlour.  I was so flattered when Aubrey wrote and asked me if I would like to be involved in her "How to Make Your Home Your Own" series.  First off, it's something I think is crazy important, and I believe is overlooked more often than not.  Your personality shines through in every other facet of your life...so, why should your home be any different?

Here are a few things I believe,  can help you to make your home special, unique, and most of all, your own.


1.  Find unique pieces that reflect your own aesthetic.  Below is a massive cameo I found at a flea market (my favorite place to shop for the home.)  It was a sad shade of baby blue, but, I saw the potential.  I snatched that baby up, brought it home, painted it a graphic black and here it is...


2.  Another option, is to make a picture wall.  Although this is not a new idea, you can still personalize it and make it completely yours.  Find art and photos that mean something to you and put them up on the wall like they are puzzle pieces.  Even if the frames and styles don't match, the mis-matching will give it personality, and that is always a plus!


3.  Customize your furniture.  It's not difficult, it just takes a little creativity, and a little bit of time.  But, when you walk into your home and see these unique pieces that no one else has, it will make you feel pretty special.


4.  Don't be afraid to stand out and spice it up.  Have FUN with your home.  Good design doesn't have to be serious and straitlaced.  It can  be as varied and colorful as you are.


5.  Customize your lighting.  Even if you live in a rented space, you can still change out the lighting to make more interesting.  That is one of the easiest things to do, and makes a huuuuge impact.


So, hoped you learned a little today.  Or, at least got inspired.  I hope you come and visit me over at Parlour, and thank you so much Miss Aubrey for inviting me to meet your readers to begin with.  Happy decorating all!


Told ya. Hooked.

Seriously, anyone that is freakin' awesome enough to paint the feet of her dining chairs pink is a genius in my book.

Thanks so much Nicole for sharing your fantastic abode with us!

Up tomorrow:


26 comments:

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I ADORE Nichole and her fabulous self. She has such a confident style and I love how she takes risks that obviously pay off. She is a total sweetheart as well so yes, love her!!

Bud and Leo said...

WOW her place is amazzzzing! You gotta be kidding me with those pink feet! So awesome! And I love the dining wall of 3x3 flower pics~

A Vintage Vine said...

Great post! New blog for me to enjoy! Thanks to you both.....High 5 on the pink feet!!!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Holy Smokes I love her space!! Especially those pink tips on that chair, wowza.

A.D. said...

That is so AMAZING I wish I could get my condo to look like that. She has style and very good taste.

Amanda said...

She is amazing..I have always enjoyed strolling around her blog :)

Sara Mueller said...

Beautiful home! I love all the details.

Tatiana said...

I love all the details in her home! And I was so impressed when she made that big light out of coffee filters! It's awesome!

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh she is so cute and her place is adorable! Definitely hoping over to check her out! Thanks for the awesome post!

Cat said...

Great interview! I am still trying to develop and find my style and "space" but completely agree flea markets are a great place to find really unique statement pieces (plus they have a bit of history!!!! :)) xx Cat

Beau lifestyle said...

I have seen Nicole's lamp before and it's amazing! Love her decoration skills xoxo beau lifestyle

modern jane said...

Great post! I love the styling of her home. I really wish that I had the patience to make that light.. I think it's gorgeous!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

You're right, I'm hooked. Heading over there right now.

The Sister Sophisticate said...

A-ma-zing!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Wonderful space with so many unique elements! Heading over to check out her blog now.

Amy R. said...

Seriously LOVE this space! Hooked is an understatement.

Kelly said...

I am in love with that dark wall. It makes all the white that much more stunning. Wish I could paint!!!

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Awww, thanks everyone for the kind words! Makes a girl feel good. And, thanks again to Aubrey for the invite. It was super fun!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I knew everyone would love it, I mean, what's not to love??? (c: Thanks again for guesting, it was great!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow what an unbelievable home! I love every single room. All the touches are just fantastic! Yup, I'm most definitely hooked :)

Amy said...

I love the gallery wall! I just did a post today on gallery walls :) Thanks for introducing me to this new blog.

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Oh I love Nicole's home, the personal touches she has added look brilliant. Fab post!! xo

Lindsey Regan Throne @ be pretty said...

Ok, NOW YOU HAVE ME HOOKED!!!!! :) Beautiful space she has!! xo

Anna of IHOD said...

Oooo beautiful post! I love the black with pink details. Thanks ladies!

emily said...

What a beautiful home! Lover all of the details!

ashley @ ashleynicolecatherine said...

great post!! what a gorgeous home!

xo.ashley