Let's Add a Little Fire to that Man Cave

This one’s for all the dudes out there that think they have to wait for a woman to come into their life to have furniture. Boys, listen up! I’m here to tell you that your dream woman may just run for the hills if she walks into your living room and sees nothing but a circa 1994 La-Z-Boy and an Xbox. This may come as a shock, but women find it attractive if you at least seem like you have your life together hah. Good thing there are people like me out there who can help!

I’m excited to share this Round Rock bachelor pad and the thought process behind this masculine, but female friendly design with you guys… It’s quite the transformation!

Can y’all even believe that the photo below is of the same exact room? When dreaming up the design for this space we talked about of course keeping it masculine for our bachelor client, but also adding in some feminine touches to make it feel more welcoming and balanced. Obviously his goal was to not be alone for the rest of his life, so we made sure that when that perfect woman came along he wouldn’t have to redo the whole house.

Before Photo

Before Photo

When selecting furnishings for a space you need to take into account walkways, doors, TV watching, and in this case a fireplace as well. With all of those factors in mind, the layout of this room was a bit tricky to nail down! After lots of Sketchup drawings and finding the perfect sized pieces we were able to create a space that was functional for entertaining and lounging… Whether you want to snuggle up with a glass of vino by the fireplace or watch a sports game on the tube!

I had an absolute blast finding accessories for this project. As I got to know the client more I took a few mental notes about ways I could incorporate things he likes into the overall design. I ended up adding a few masculine accessories like the cow skull below (thanks Room Service Vintage!) and a some books I knew he’d like about hockey, places he’s traveled, and a couple vintage medical books (he’s a doc). The great thing about accessories is that all of those items are very easy to replace. Sooo when that dream girl comes along you can throw in a few books about what she likes and maybe lose the skull if it creeps her out… Then voila! Masculinity level successfully decreased.

If you know of a dude that needs some help transitioning into a big boy house send him my way! And if he just happens to be a dad, the first hour of design time is half off. Father’s day is just around the corner!

Holiday Entertaining Essentials

This week is NUTS y’all, but I promised a post about entertaining during the holidays so you shall receive! Let’s just hit a few key points here… starting with the most important - cheese.

Cheese & Charcuterie

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Every good party MUST have a cheese and charcuterie board. This not optional, y’all. And how adorable are those pine sprigs added for a wintery effect? If you’re thinking, “that’s great Alyssa but how the heck do I put this together” have no fear… Instructions and recipes for this exact spread can be found here. Also, if you need something pretty to serve everything on click here. Done and done!

Beverages

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Along with your essential wines like a crisp white and a dry red (none of that sweet nastiness at my house!) you should consider serving a cocktail at your holiday soirée. This spiced apple sparkling punch recipe by Sugar and Charm caught my eye and sounds so delicious! This photo is also the perfect example of how mixed crystal glassware can take your party spread up a notch. So gorgeous!

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Okay okay I wouldn’t necessarily call a hot chocolate bar “essential” to a great party, but come on… just look at this cuteness! I came across this idea on Sugar and Charm’s blog while I was checking out that apple sparkling punch post and I’m a little obsessed. Those marshmallows!! Click here to see what all goes into this fabulous little chocolatey masterpiece.

Table Decor

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This tablescape is stylish simplicity at its finest. Greenery, metallic accents, and candles - boom. That’s really all you need folks! You could simplify even more and just do greenery and candles, especially if you have fun glasses to put on the table. Honestly, I think everyone knows by now that I’ll love it as long as there’s greenery. Learn how to make your own greenery table garland here!

Don’t forget I’m offering a discounted rate for holiday decorating until the 21st… that includes helping you wow your guests with mega fabulous party decor!

My Top Outdoor Lounge Furniture Picks for Every Budget

Fall is quickly approaching and y'all know what that means... We will finally be able to utilize our outdoor living spaces again without bursting into flames! So with that in mind (and football, pumpkin spice, and comfy sweaters), I thought I'd share a couple design plans for a covered patio lounge space... Two similar designs, but with two different budgets. 

The first design plan I want to show you guys is sourced from mid-priced vendors like Serena & Lily and CB2. I'm totally swooning over this sectional... I mean who doesn't love a touch of gold in their life? The total price of the items shown is in the top left corner and the link to each piece is provided below. P.S. I would suggest 20" pillows for both design plans and don't forget you will also need an outdoor insert! 

Gold Sectional  - this comes with the cushions and 10 matching pillows;   Blue Pinstripe   Pillow Covers ;  Palm Pillow  - this one includes the insert;  Coffee Table  - this is one of my favorites and it's such a good price;  Planter  - I would go with the extra large and get a really fun big plant like the yucca tree shown;  Lounge Chairs ;  Lumbar Pillows  - these also come with the inserts;  Side Table ;  Hanging Bench  - I need one of these in my life ASAP;  Striped Pillow Covers .

Gold Sectional - this comes with the cushions and 10 matching pillows;  Blue Pinstripe Pillow Covers; Palm Pillow - this one includes the insert; Coffee Table - this is one of my favorites and it's such a good price; Planter - I would go with the extra large and get a really fun big plant like the yucca tree shown; Lounge Chairs; Lumbar Pillows - these also come with the inserts; Side Table; Hanging Bench - I need one of these in my life ASAP; Striped Pillow Covers.

Take a deep breath penny pinchers, this next design plan totals out to less than half of the first one! You still get your fab gold sectional (well a sofa and chaise in this case) and a hanging rattan beauty to park your tush, but this combo is a little easier on the bank account and it can fit into a smaller space. 

Gold Sofa + Chaise ;  Blue Watercolor Pillow Covers  - I just favorited this Etsy shop... She has so many cute pillows;  Palm Leaves Pillow Cover ;  Coffee Table ;  Planter  - again I would go with the large one so I can plant something big and awesome;  Faux Rattan Lounge Chair  s  - these may be faux but they are super durable and adorbs;  Lumbar Pillow Covers ;  Hanging Rattan Chair ;  Solid Light Blue Pillow  - this one comes with the insert. 

Gold Sofa + Chaise; Blue Watercolor Pillow Covers - I just favorited this Etsy shop... She has so many cute pillows; Palm Leaves Pillow Cover; Coffee Table; Planter - again I would go with the large one so I can plant something big and awesome; Faux Rattan Lounge Chairs - these may be faux but they are super durable and adorbs; Lumbar Pillow Covers; Hanging Rattan Chair; Solid Light Blue Pillow - this one comes with the insert. 

They say money can't buy happiness, but sitting on a beautiful patio with a glass of wine in 75 degree fall weather sounds like heaven to me!