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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 

 

 

Design Destination: Montauk's Surf Lodge

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We've longed to stay at the boutique hotel, Surf Lodge in Montauk for some time now.  The crisp gallery white-washed walls with pops of aqua blues and citrus yellows give the look and feel of a refreshing oasis.  Interior designer Fiona Byrne, incorporated our all time favorite, Gray Malin's art in all 21 rooms.  Zero complaints here. Fiona also had some great pointers for how to get the look of the hotel in your home on The Coveteur

I live for an advertising antique like this lifesaver. I found it at Mantiques in Chelsea where you can find the craziest stuff. It’s given the room a gallery feel by hanging in an all-white space.
— Fiona Byrne
Refinishing your furniture can drastically change the look and feel of your space. In many bedrooms at Surf Lodge, we custom finished the beds with a whitewash that has pink tones that correspond with the Montauk sunsets. It’s super easy to do and will change the look completely. I think a vintage lamp is always a good look—I like Porter James in Greenpoint for well-curated vintage home shopping. The best place to keep up with new items is on their Instagram.
— Fiona Byrne

So who's going to the Surf Lodge this summer? Please let me know ASAP so I can hop in your suitcase. What a great place to spend the 4th! 

Hunted Interior's Home Tour

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Designer and Blogger Kristin Jackson has been one of our long-time favorites.  She's always coming up with the best ways to decorate her 1000 sq foot home with fun and creative patterns and textures. Check out her home tour for some design inspiration. 

Kitchen 

Living Room

Daughter's Room 

Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Son's Room

Patio

Images from Hunted Interior 

How To: Be a Great Host

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A little while ago, I gathered some tips and tricks on How To: Be a Great House Guest and now here's some advice on being the host.  Side note: The word host is both male and female as in, "someone who entertains guests or strangers in his or her home."  Contrary to popular belief than only a man can be called host, and woman, hostess.  Anywho, the other weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting some friends from out of town and made some quick and easy preparations for their arrival.  
 

Tidy Up - This doesn't have to be anything extensive.  Just be sure that the sheets are washed, the bedside tables are dusted, and the bathroom is clean and free of any dirt of unnecessary clutter. 

Stock Up - Prep your home with some extra beverages. Make sure to have some cold water chilled in the fridge, and the bar cart stocked. Guests traveling long distances will appreciate a drink or cocktail to settle in and relax.

Be Cognizant of Smells - Really not kidding about this one.  We all know that feeling, when you walk into a home and instantly pick out its smell. To keep this initial nasal reaction positive, make sure to clean out the sink, empty the trash, and find some gentle-scented items to fill your home with.  I love Diptyque candles and room diffusers for this reason.  If you're worried about allergies, grab some hydrangeas, hyacinth, and lilacs for a fresh, floral, home scent.  

Create a Guest Tray - Nothing says "I'm happy you're here" more than a tray of goodies to welcome your guests.  This could also include a basket of toiletries in the bathroom, or even a card on the bedside table.  Anything to make your guests feel special and at home. 

Give a Tour - Once your guests arrive, be sure to give them a tour of your home or the spaces you feel comfortable showing.  We all have one "messy room" that we'd wish didn't exist. If you don't think the guest will be up in your master bathroom or home office, there isn't much of reason to show them the space.  Additionally, let your guests know of any security systems they might set off or supply them with a spare key if you plan on being home at different times. Give them the low-down on how your coffee machine works, or for extended stays, where the laundry room is.  This will save your guests from feeling uncomfortable not knowing the overall lay of the land. 

Be Welcoming - This may sound obvious, but many times, the stress of hosting guests can remain present during their visit. Be mindful of any arguments or loud conversations you could have while your guests are there. Alleviate any tension by actually enjoying your time with your guests. Play a board game or cook an easy meal together. 

Stay tuned for a future post on how to make the perfect guest tray! 
Until then, 

 

Studio McGee's Pacific Palisades Project Master Bedroom and Bath

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Studio McGee has been one of my favorite design firms for a while now, and they're showing no signs of stopping in their perfect design path. Case in point - this master bedroom and bathroom design.  We love the coastal look with the floor-to-ceiling paneling, and the crisp, preppy, layered textiles.  It's has the perfect touches of blues and greys without looking too beachy.  We can't get enough of that tub! 

 

 

How To: Fold a Fitted Sheet

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No one enjoys folding a fitted sheet. This is a fact. Pillowcases, of course. The flat sheet, duh. But the fitted sheet, forget it. For most of us, we save it for last and it ends up in a clump and stuffed into the linen closet.   

Until now...

Instructions

1. Lay your fitted sheet with the open side and gathered corners facing up.
2. Fold a 6-inch (or so) border around the edges, so the ungathered edges and the gathered corners fall in line and you have 4 straight sides.
3. Fold in half, over and over until it's perfectly compact. 

Finally!

If you're still struggling with this, check out this Martha Stewart video on more tips and tricks to folding a fitted sheet. Also, check out some of these adorable and affordable sheet sets. 

Green Stripe Boone Splatter Border Frame Grace Red Sheeting
Fouta Stripe No Iron Embroidered Embroidered Percale  Cactus Marfa

Make Sure to check out my post about Biscuit's Cactus Marfa bedding and sheets.
 They are too cute!

10 Favorites from Zara Home

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Biscuit's Marfa Print

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Bailey McCarthy, Designer and Founder of Biscuit Home has done it again with her third season of bedding and the Marfa print couldn't be any cuter. The collaboration with Sally and Molly from A Piece of Toast is an absolute hit.  The white walls with the orange accents keep this room clean and refined amidst the playful cacti pattern.

What are your favorite pieces from this room?