Dec 2, 2014

Deck the Halls Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays, it's my first giveaway! 
1. Follow Pretty Little House on Instagram @laurabeth and like the giveaway photo (I will verify both before announcing the winner)
2. Like Pretty Little House on Facebook (search on FB or follow link on the blog homepage by clicking the Facebook logo)
3. Comment on this post and tell me your favorite holiday tradition! 

Giveaway ends @ midnight on 12/5/14 and winner will be announced 12/6/14. Good luck!

Nov 14, 2014

Upholstered Headboards for $500 or Less

I love the look of an upholstered headboard. I recently made one for my girls' room, and it gives the room so much character and whimsy.

The price tag on many headboards can be $1,000 or more, especially with an attached footboard. I've hunted down a few upholstered beauties that will give your bed an elegant look for $500 or less.

$500 & Under Upholstered Headboards

Tufted queen bed

Handmade furniture


Velvet bed

Lime green furniture

Note: the bed listed believe $494 for a queen, not $50 as listed.

Oct 28, 2014

What to Do Wednesday- Natural Light

If you look at almost any Pinterest pin or magazine spread of a beautiful interior space, chances are that room has lots of bright, natural light. I was just working with a client last week that loves the light, airy looks that inspire her, but her home was built in a way that keeps natural light from coming in most of the main areas of her home.

So, what do you do when your home, architecturally speaking, doesn't allow for that kind of light input? 

It is possible to compensate for a lack of windows and natural light and brighten your space to achieve that open, inviting look. Here are a few tips to help you get there:

1. A lighter color scheme. Paint, furniture, rugs and other textiles- you name it. The lighter, the better. If you can't afford all new furniture and decor, start with the paint. A lighter paint choice will instantly up the light scale. 

2. Work from the ground up. If you have dark floors, choose a lighter rug to draw light from the floor of your space. Next focus on eye-level surfaces and seating areas (for example: tables, chairs, counter tops). If you are unable to replace or paint any of those, work with textiles to lighten those areas (throw pillows, couch covers, chair pads). Next, if there are any windows present, choose light curtains to add light from floor to ceiling. Hang them high to make the room feel taller. This will help give your space that "breath of fresh air" you feel when you see one of those dream designs.
3. Incandescent light. Obviously, bringing in table and floor lamps will help lighten the room. Be sure to distribute the lights throughout- a single lamp in one corner will make the darkness in unlit areas seem greater. Another note- overhead lights are often harsh and aren't the best alternatives for lamps. Avoid using overhead lighting if you want to create a more natural-light feel.

4. Balance. Don't forget to blend a few darker colors in your textiles and decor (for example, natural wood frames or dark + white mix-patterned throw pillows). You don't want your room to be a white-out. But by keeping the focus on a lighter color scheme, working from top to bottom, then carefully mixing in dark accents, you will have a perfect balance.

It wouldn't be fair for me to give advice without putting it into practice, so I created an inspiration board of some room-brightening decor choices.

Have a room that needs some lightening? Share your transformation pictures and tips with me!

Oct 15, 2014

Fall Home Decor

Fall is my favorite season. I love it for its scents, changing leaves, 
football, crisper weather, food, and Thanksgiving. There is no season 
in which I am more inspired to decorate than autumn.

Adding warm, autumn-inspired touches to your home is easy and is 
certain to add a cozy element to your abode. I loved putting together 
this inspiration board of lovely fallish decor." All you need is a fire and 
a mug of warm apple cider and you're set until Thanksgiving!
Fall Home Decor

{see sources below}

Polished brass lamp
$320 -

Monogrammed coir doormat

Rattan storage trunk

Fall home decor

Wall art

Pumpkin scented candle

Fall home decor

Pottery Barn wall art

Oct 13, 2014

I'm Back + A Guest Post

Hi, all! I am so happy to be back from "maternity leave." To ease into things, I am busy this week doing mini-sessions from my October special. (Get info by following me on Instagram or liking my Facebook page.) Hopefully I will have some transformation pictures to post soon!

I'm still having trouble finding sufficient, uninterrupted time to write blog posts (I'm voice dictating this to my iPhone while I cuddle my sweet, sleeping baby). So, I asked my sweet friend Nancy to do a guest post for me.

Nancy and I have had conversations about our difficulty with choosing colors to put in our home. We both love neutral decor, so instead of fighting against her tendency to choose neutrals, Nancy embraced them and has made her home a perfectly balanced, neutral-pallet masterpiece.

Nancy wrote: 
"I've always been so confused about choosing a color scheme for my home. I've made many mistakes and have had many regrets. You can say I have color commitment issues, I'll fall in love with a certain shade then the next day I'm so over it! Or the season will change and all of a sudden that light blue I was drooling over doesn't seem to go with the fall weather!

I found myself lost and annoyed at the sea green curtains I had purchased along with the overkill of blue decorations everywhere in my house. I loved the color but it just wasn't me and I couldn't make it work!

Well then a light bulb clicked when I walked into Restoration Hardware. There were no "pops" or "accent" colors, no seasonal pumpkin orange or fuchsia for spring, everything was dreamy and neutral. Talk about fifty shades of gray, creamy whites, wicker baskets, industrial metals and gold accents, everything just came together so eloquently!

I knew I had found the perfect color scheme for my home, Neutral!

While Restoration Hardware was breath taking, it was also way out our league for our Ikea and Craigslist budget! I loved what they had going on with all the neutral decor but we wanted more of a laid back, modern and industrial feel as well. I was just so thankful to see that you could make your home beautiful with out having to add accent colors!

So here's how we started, we sold all our old decor and furniture we wanted to update and used that towards our little renovation. I felt like I could finally breath once those blue curtains were out of my house! My first big project was painting our walls gray and from there I spent endless nights getting ideas from Pinterest and searching for sale ads on Craigslist. We scored on some awesome like new stuff from Crate & Barrel, West Elm, World Market and Ikea! The Lord totally hooked it up! That saved us a ton of money and we were able to "splurge" on nicer chairs from Target and some Eames replica chairs from Amazon that my husband really wanted!   

Our house turned out gray, neutral and lovely!

I know what some of you are thinking... "Blah, neutral is so boring..." but trust me, it doesn't have to be! Add fun and character to your decor by choosing different patterns and textures that stay within your neutral pallet. We used stripes, plaid and chevron along with black and a lot of white through out our home to make it feel a little more modern and open.

There's something about a neutral color scheme that is so peaceful, calm and inviting. Plus I can bust out my colorful seasonal decor if I'm ever itching for color and then put it away when I'm tired of it!

So where are you? Stuck in a rut with that shade of color that was all the rage a few years ago? Can't seem to figure out what to do with your home? Need a little bit of guidance? Well I know the the girl for you!"