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Design Crush: Black Lacquer Design

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Meet our newest design crush, Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design.  Caitlin's talented eye for mixing color and texture in her designs are showcase in every room she touches.  We're loving the bold-color cabinetry and use of statement pieces. I mean, can we talk about this floor lamp
Check out more of Black Lacquer Design's below!

For more design inspiration, check out Black Lacquer Design on Instagram and Facebook.
 

15 Best Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

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In no particular order, here some of my favorite interior designers to follow on Instagram!
Scrolling through their feeds is always a great way to find design inspiration. 
Click on the photos or names to see their accounts!
Who are your favs?

1. Orlando Soria

As always make sure to follow these amazing designers on their social media channels and don't forget to follow Libby Living Colorfully on FacebookPinterestTwitter,  & Instagram 

 

 

Our Dream Dining Room by Kendall Simmons

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A month or so ago, Style My Pretty Living featured an epic dining room designed by our new favorite, Kendall Simmons. The room features bold patterned wallpapered walls, bright and vibrant hues and playful seating arrangements perfect for one dreamy dinner party. (Praying for an invite!)
Take a peak and make sure to catch some of the great tips Kendall gave SMPL!

Tip: If you are starting with a blank space and don’t know how to get started, commit to one bold item (a wallpaper or piece of artwork for example) and build the rest of your selections around it. This gives you a rallying point and keeps you from veering off track!

Tip: When stocking your bar, be sure to purchase liquors that come in beautiful, colorful packaging (not just the ones that you drink regularly). This adds visual interest and contrast to your bar, and who knows, you may discover something new that you’ve never tried before! A perfect example of this is Bombay Sapphire gin because of it’s vibrant blue color.

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Tip: Original artwork doesn’t have to break the bank. Search your area for local artists who are just beginning their careers. You can often find their work at small local galleries, or art sales benefiting schools or charities.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to load down your dining table with oversized accessories. Most people only use their dining rooms a few times a year, and when those times come it’s quick and easy to relocate the large accessories to another room in the house so that you can set the table for dinner.

 

Photography: Catherine Truman | Bar Cart: Ballard Designs | Cactus Photo: Minted | Dining Settee: Lee Industries | Dining Table: Restoration Hardware | Geometric Mirrors: Target | Homeowner: Natasha Stoneking | Host Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Interior Design: Kendall Simmons | Lamps: Shop Candelabra | Large Original Art: Erin Mcintosh | Rug: Anthropologie | Side Chairs: Ballard Designs | Small Pair Original Art: Ed Nash | Wallpaper: Schumacher

 

Society Social - The Bold & Beautiful Room Inspiration

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Hi yes, we'll take it all.  It's our favorite again Society Social, with another amazing room design.  The chair, the sofa, the artwork.  It's all too perfect to pass up, or at least take a peak at.
Here are some of our favorites from the room decor! 
 

What are your Society Social favorites?
Make sure to follow SS and Roxy Te on Instagram!

Apartment Envy - Shannon Smith's DC Home

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Shannon Smith has long been one of my favorite interior designers and bloggers, and since meeting a few weeks ago at the #SpringSocialDC, she's now a friend! Shannon's DC apartment has been something I've admired for years. The mix of bold colors and patterns is exactly up my alley.  Not to mention, our shared love for the orangerie rose print.  While I absolutely adore her current pad, I'm so excited for Shannon's new purchase, a home! I cannot wait to see what you do with it Shannon! 

If you love Shannon's aesthetic as much as I do, make sure to check out her Interior Design Services, her blog, Burlap and Lace, and of course, follow her on Instagram.  You can also find Shannon in this month's issue of HGTV Magazine! Congrats Shannon!

 

Photography: Shannon Smith

 

Mrs. Lilien's Hawaiian Beach Home

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We've been an avid reader of Mrs Lilien's Blog for quite some time now.  Known best as an "Arbiter of the elusive ladylike pleasures and chief ambassador of the elevated lifestyle" Mrs. Lilien encompasses all things fabulous, and has built a fantastic brand.  She is the author of two amazing cocktail swatch books, one of which is my bar cart staple which you can find at Jonathan Adler.  Which, speaking of, can be found on almost every surface of her home.  Note: the throw pillows and striped canisters

We weren't lying when we said Mrs. Lilien is FAB and we cannot tell you how hard we were #fangirling when she followed us back on Instagram.  We often think about the 10-12 people we would invite to our dream dinner party and Mrs. Lilien definitely tops this list. 

If you're interested in any of the decor or furnishings from this post, make sure to check out Mrs. Lilien's Blog for more details. 


Cheers!

 

All PhotographyAnnie Groves 

Friday Favorites

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Studio DIY's Do It Yourself Palm Print Balloons

These Tea Rose Loafers from M. Gemi ($178) as seen on Julia Engel

Ashley Kane's San Francisco Apartment Tour on The Every Girl

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My new found love and respect for hot yoga. Thanks ClassPass
Get $20 off ClassPass with my code here: http://class.ps/dHUf4

Complexion Mist c/o Primally Pure - I love the way this feels after a workout shower

Gray Malin's Latest and Greatest from St. Barths (Starting at $249)
I'll take one of each please

The new Lumineers song, "Ophelia"
Their new album Cleopatra is out April 8

Happy Friday Everyone! 

Fresh Squeeze - Having Fun with Citrus Water

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As the weather starts to get warmer, I'm remembering that sometimes, a tall glass of cold, fruit infused water can really hit the spot.  All you really need is a bottle of chilled Pellegrino, a mandoline slicer, and some ripe citrus fruits.  

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All to often I find myself overthinking the simplest things - especially when it comes to hosting an event or party.  Whether it's coming up with the right cocktail or hors d'oeuvre, I have to remember that sometimes, the basics are the best.  

Mary Giuliani, caterer to the stars and author of one of my favorite party planning books, The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover preaches the power of simplicity when it comes to hosting.  Pigs in a Blanket. Yes, you heard me, pigs in a blanket, are Mary's #1 suggestion for what to serve at a fun dinner party.  Not just because they're easy, because you can turn it into a Pigs in a Blanket Station by adding multiple dips, toppings, and sides that make it both fun and more importantly, delicious. 

Which brings me to the topic of water - the most basic human need and most versatile beverage.  Why limit the options when serving it? I always like to keep a few bottles of San Pellegrino on my bar cart for guests or an added spritzer.  Along with my bar cart H2O are essential garnishes such as lemons, limes, and this week, blood oranges.  With just a couple of citrus slices on the mandoline, a tall clear glass, and a fun party straw, you can easily transform nature's simplest drinks into a beautiful beverage!
 

 

 

 

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Mintwood HomeMust-Haves - Get 15% Off!

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The other day I was on one of my favorite sites, The Everygirl  when I spotted a fellow Washingtonian, Heloise McKee's DC apartment featured on the Home Tours page.

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Not only does Heloise have an adorable pad, she's also runs Mintwood Home, an adorable home decor shop.  Here are just some of my favorites from the site!

Ginger Jar Ladies Choice Tray Copper Pineapple  Bar Cart
Burton Coffee Table  Blue and White Jar
Palmer X-Ottoman  Palladian Blue Gourd Lamp Woven Rug
Boxwood Topiary  Lumbar Pillow  Starburst Mirror


Don't forget to check out Mintwood Home's Design Your Own Pillow feature. There are tons of great size and fabric options to get the perfect pillow for your chair, sofa, or bed!

Make sure to use my promo code: LivingColorfully15 for 15% off your purchase!