When it came to decorating our home, I had Pinterest boards for every room, paint samples of different versions of “neutral”, various flooring options in wood/tile/wood looking tile, fabric swatches…you name it I had it. The problem was I knew what I liked but had no clue how to pull it all together to make our house feel warm, grown up, trendy, kid friendly, and inviting all at once. That meant no glass coffee tables, nothing contemporary, no pointy cornered anything, nothing at toddler level that was uber expensive and/or breakable, and nothing that I wouldn’t cry over if it ends up covered in black sharpie by you know who at some point in the next 18 years. Enter Jen. I hired an interior designer who came in, saw the space, made some suggestions, and we went shopping. Sometimes I would go with her to give the thumbs up or down, and sometimes she would fill a cart of stuff, put it on hold, and have me go by to edit the goodies that awaited my approval (surprisingly I approved almost everything). She picked things I would never consider but somehow it all worked. Together, we picked some high end pieces (Restoration Hardware dining table, Copenhagen lamps, etc.) and the rest came from Home Goods, World Market, and Pier 1. The hunting and gathering was time consuming but it was all worth it and I was amazed at what a few accessories can do to transform a room. Here are a few of my favorite pieces!