Before + After: #projectpalmettobayeclectic

This little blog has been a long time coming! We finished this project waaaay back in August and we meant to write a blog, but then we had some weddings to attend and then it was Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then it was Christmas - you all know how that goes, right? Anyway, here we are sneaking up on March (how did that happen?) and finally getting the chance to sit down and write about this beaut of a project that we did for some of our favorite clients!

These clients were ready for an update to their family home in Palmetto Bay and were looking for something bright, clean, and family friendly. They had a few existing key pieces to incorporate (read: BEAUTIFUL antique furniture and one of the coolest art collections we've seen) but we were otherwise unleashed to create a home that was bright and clean and textural with a whole lot of eclectic style. Read on to find out what we did and see the before and afters!

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Since this family has a den with a perfect-for-movie-night sectional sofa, we went with a slightly more sophisticated vibe when designing the living room. We wanted a space that felt adult-y enough to say "come enjoy a cocktail on your nice leather sofa" but not so buttoned-up that it said "please don't sit on or touch anything". (sidenote - did anyone else's grandmother have a formal living room full of furniture covered in plastic? Can we all just breathe a collective sigh of relief that the days of sofa protectors are - hopefully - over?!) We struck the perfect balance in this space with a rich cognac leather sofa and a pair of vintage armchairs, paired with our client's existing vintage wooden bench and a set of rattan stools. We arranged them all around the coffee table to create a conversation area with plenty of seating for guests.

 

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project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

 

Remember that killer art collection we were telling you about? Their largest piece served as a major focal point in this space! It's large enough to hold its own against their high ceilings, and we couldn't get enough of the beautiful colors! The rattan stools on this side of the seating area provide extra seats without blocking any of the artwork.  

 

project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

 

The den already had a big sectional sofa and a big TV, but it needed something really impactful to balance out the space and make it feel completed. So what did we do? We designed a great big built in entertainment center. Our clients loved the look of a contrasting shelf, so we went with oak shelves in a white frame to add some warmth. We added some bench seats under the windows perfect spot to curl up with a good book - but mostly as a cozy spot for their dog, Duke, to lounge while he sunbathes (sorry guys!). This built-in was a real game changer for this room and exactly what it needed to feel balanced!

 

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project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

Since these clients were blessed with incredibly high ceilings in their bedroom, we went with an iron canopy bed to add some height and help fill the space. We kept the scheme light and airy with white 3-drawer nightstands, neutral bedding and pretty pillows to inject some pattern. Oh! We can't forget about the fabulous dusty blush rug we brought in to tie everything together. We LOVE this rug and the softness it adds to the space! 

project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

Quick Tip: If you've got a King sized bed and you have the space, go BIG with your nightstands. These nightstands are actually 3-drawer chests and their size fits perfectly with the size of the bed. Plus, the bigger the nightstand, the more room you have for your phone, a book, and the 17 glasses of water we all keep next to the bed (no? just us?). 

 

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And there you have it - #projectpalmettobayeclectic! Tell us what you think about this transformation in the comments below!   

Rug Roundup: Under $250

Happy New Year! Sara E. here again, and today I’m sharing a roundup of 20 of my favorite area rugs under $250. 

There is something about the New Year that just makes me want to reorganize and restyle every inch of my house. It makes my home feel so much fresher and gives me a boost of inspiration for the New Year. If you’re in the same boat and have been thinking about getting a new rug or replacing an old one, then keep on reading!

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Rugs do SO much for a space and I am a believer that every room should have at least one. Here’s why: 

1. The most obvious reason is that it provides comfort under your feet when you’re walking or sitting on the floor. 

2. It can make a room feel larger because it draws the eye down and around the perimeter of the room. 

3. It adds pattern, color, and texture to a space. 

4. It defines specific areas in larger spaces where you want to incorporate multiple seating arrangements. 

5. They just make a room feel so much cozier! 

If you’re unsure of what size to purchase, always make sure that the rug is not too small because it can actually end up making the room feel smaller. It’s always better to spend a little bit more money on a larger size than to waste your money buying a too-small rug that looks awkward. Fortunately, all of the rugs that are linked here are either 7x10ft or 8x10ft and they are all very affordable!

Holiday Gift Guide: Home Decor Gifts Under $100

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you're all spending the day celebrating with friends and family! What better way to kick off the holiday season than by sharing some of our favorite Home Decor gifts for your family and your besties (or, let's be honest, yourself)! And the best part? These beauties are all less than $100! Sara E. is back with the full round up below, so settle into that post-turkey daze and get shoppin'!  

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The holidays are here which means it’s the season for holiday deals, shopping and (even better), the season of gift giving. I love receiving gifts that are personal and well thought-out and so I try to do the same when I’m thinking about which gifts to buy for family and friends. If you happen to have friends or family who love home decor or possibly a friend who just moved into a new home, then these gifts are perfect and most of them won’t even break the bank! All of these products are under $100. I even included a few tech-y items in there that are functional but also aesthetically pleasing (like that awesome charging station which is definitely going on my Christmas list this year).

Let us know in the comments if you have any gifts that you are eyeing this season –we would love to look them up! Happy shopping and Happy Holidays! 

 

Xo Sara E

 

 

Top 10 Best Interior Design YouTube Channels

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Hi everyone! It’s (the other!) Sara here. I am super excited to be the newest contributor to The HabCo team, and even more excited that I’ll be sharing lots of yummy content to the blog! If you live and breathe interior design, like we do, and you haven’t discovered these YouTube channels yet, you are in for a treat today! 

There is so much inspiration online and Pinterest is my definite go-to, but there is nothing that beats being able to actually watch other designers work their magic and learn their processes behind it. Today I’m sharing our Top 10 favorite YouTube channels geared towards Interior Design.

1. Studio McGee

Studio Mcgee

Studio Mcgee

Studio McGee is based out of Utah and was started by husband and wife, Shea and Syd Mcgee. Their web series are fairly new to the YouTube world but they are put together in such a beautiful way that I promise you will be hooked and want to watch the same episodes over and over. They share design tips and home tours that highlight their unique aesthetic. If you follow them on Instagram, then you'll know what I mean.

2. House and Home

House and Home

House and Home

House and Home is an interior design brand and magazine from Canada. It’s very refreshing to see the designer’s Canadian influence on all of their designs. The home tours are addictive to watch because each one is unique to each deisgner. I have yet to find a design reveal on here that I don’t love!

3. Three Birds Renovations

Three Birds Renovations

Three Birds Renovations

Three Birds Renovations was created by three Australian Moms who quit their corporate jobs to renovate and flip residential homes. They are hilarious to watch and I love how the homes they design are bright, fun, and always complemented with the signature Aussie laid-back vibe.

4. Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson is one of our favorite designers so it’s obvious why her YouTube channel makes this list! Her channel features “how-to’s”, room makeovers, and lots of useful home styling tips.

5. Apartment Therapy

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy’s channel features on-trend DIY home décor projects as well as home tours of some super chic apartments around the world.

6. Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate

Mr. Kate

There’s not much to say about Mr. Kate other than she is hilariously and creatively brilliant! She designs killer rooms and is a DIY queen. Her “OMG We’re Coming Over” series on her channel is one of my favorites to watch because she decorates rooms for other famous You Tubers and each one has their own unique style. You will be hooked, promise.

7. Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue recently flipped an old cottage in the mountains and documented the entire process on YouTube. Her style is very unique and sort of reminds me of a more feminine version of the homes that Joanna Gaines designs. She DIYed a lot of the projects in the cottage and created videos to show how she completed each of them. The before and after’s are so, so good! 

8. Karin Bohn

Karin Bohn

Karin Bohn

If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur and start your own interior design business, Karin Bohn’s channel will be your new favorite. She gets into the ups and downs of running her own business and lets you follow her day-to-day journey of being a busy entrepreneur. She recently started a new series on her channel that I’m really excited to follow called “Bohnafide”, which documents her own home renovation.

9. HGTV

HGTV

HGTV

HGTV is already an addictive channel if you’re a fan of interior design but their YouTube Channel has even more exciting stuff to watch. They have lots of DIY’s and behind the scenes with the designers they feature on their TV shows (hi, Joanna Gaines!). 

10. HouzzTV

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Houzz

There are tons of videos to watch on the Houzz channel but my favorite is the “My Houzz” series, where celebrities (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and even Ludacris!) makeover rooms in a friend or family member’s house using designers they find through Houzz.

And that concludes our Top 10 - happy viewing!! We'd love to know what your favorites are too - leave us a comment below if we've missed any good ones! 

Xo Sara E