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The Gina Julian Piece That Completed My Bedroom

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Instagram is incredible. We all know this. The positive connections I’ve established thanks to this social media platform completely outweigh the occasional jealousy that it can simultaneously create.  But long before insta, blogs were my primary source of finding artists and designers I loved.   One of the very first, was Roxy Te Owens, from Society Social or, as some of you may know her from the HGTV show, “Carolina Reno.”

Photo:  David A. Land  

Photo: David A. Land 

Roxy’s blog and more importantly, online shop, was one of my most visited sites. It’s not difficult to see why either.  Roxy’s style is fun, colorful, and still classic.  So naturally, when I got Instagram in spring 2013 (I was actually very late in the game) Roxy was one of the first people I followed.

Fast forward to earlier this year, when Roxy posted this photo with a giveaway promoting the one and only, Gina Julian’s incredible paintings. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t win the giveaway, but I did gain a new favorite artist and hoped that someday, I too would have a Gina Julian piece.

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That dream came true when Shannon and I decided we were going to completely redo my bedroom.  We had a theme, well kind of, enter “retro-Palm-Springs-groovy-den-meets-Grandma-chic-sexy-coffin-esq.”  Yes we are crazy and no, we don’t regret a damn thing about this design.

When I say Gina is incredible, I mean it. We were looking to tie in a piece that would capture this #vibe and also integrate the colors of the room.  So we sent a mood board off to Gina, and VOILA, she created this masterpiece.

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Titled, “Get Your Groove On”, my mouth was wide open the entire time I was unboxing it and for about 48 minutes after and then another 5 hours after that.

Shannon and I knew that the piece needed to be the first thing people noticed when they walked through the door, so placing it right in the entry of my room was a no-brainer.

Photo:  Laura Metlzer

Currently, Gina just launched her new Op Art on her site.  She has an amazing variety of colors and sizes that are perfect for any room. Get yourrrrrs! Also, make sure to follow Gina on Instagram for more beautiful art in your life, and feed. 

Libby Living Colorfully Now on Snapchat! (Even with the Insta Update) @libbyras

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So I have to admit, I'm pretty addicted to Snapchat. Not just for snapping my own pics, but to see what everyone else is up to! Some of my favorite Snapchatters are fellow bloggers and creatives (see & follow my favs below).
While I'm a bit indifferent about the new Instagram Snapchat-like update, I have enjoyed seeing and feeling like I know my feed better.  Both Snapchat and now Instagram are giving us the opportunity to see the "normal" side to the perfectly curated lives of those we follow. Although, where are the flower crown filters Insta?

  I would love for the Libby Living Colorfully Snapchat to be filled with fun recipes, food and travel pics, products I'm loving and of course, all things colorful. I love getting recommendations! Who knows, maybe I'll hope on the new Instagram feed as well! 

To follow, simply find me @libbyras or open Snapchat, press down on your screen, and scan my icon below! 

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Who are your favorites to follow on Snapchat? Add me and let me know!

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!

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, 

 

Pillow Talk

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Source: Society Social

Source: Society Social