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Charleston Weekender Home Tour

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Decorating our house became my main project last summer when I was a little lost with the direction of my business. A creative project can really keep me going, and decorating is always so much fun for me. I find it helps me get started to have some kind of theme when I’m decorating; be it a color story or some other concept. Well, for our downtown Charleston home I thought about how happy boutique hotels make me when I travel. I get a little blue when I get back from a trip, so I thought maybe I should take a note out of my own playbook and try to make every day feel more like a weekend getaway! Therefore I incorporated some of my favorite destinations and hotels throughout the house. Our living room is modeled after the Summercamp Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard and is filled with lots of camp-y outdoors-y vibes, and the rest of the house is a mish mash of my favorite Florida and California cities. Have a look at some of the rooms below, and see the full home tour on Apartment Therapy, photographed by Margaret Wright.

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Colorful Bar cart styling

New England Living Room

Colorful living room with grey couch

Florida Guest Room


Palm Springs Master Bedroom (with a little Winter Park mixed in)

navy and green master bedroom with blue patterned headboard

Other Snippets of Our Home

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Weekending at Home: Bathroom Inspo from Hygge & West

Wallpaper Ideas for Bathrooms

I’d love to wallpaper my entire house, but sometimes it’s better to start small with an accent wall such as a bathroom. I thought I would give you guys an expert’s guide to all things wallpaper, so who better than Aimee Lagos & Christiana Coop (the founders of Hygge & West) to keep us up to date on the latest trends and tips!?


Liz: What wallpaper designs look best in smaller bathrooms vs. larger bathrooms? Is it all about the size of the print?

H & W: Bathrooms are the perfect spot in the house to really let loose with your pattern choice. Dark, light, big scale, small scale – you can’t go wrong with this one! Traditionally smaller repeat patterns work better in smaller spaces and vice versa, but ultimately the most important thing to consider is what will make a person happy when they open the door.

Liz: Wallpaper ceiling- yay or nay?

H & W: 100% YAY. People often overlook the ceiling as a surface to wallpaper, but it’s a unique and unexpected treatment that can add so much to a room. We recently did a round up of our favorite ceiling installations and wallpaper patterns for the ceilings if you’re looking for more inspiration:

https://www.hyggeandwest.com/blogs/picnics-under-the-moon/our-favorite-wallpapers-for-the-ceiling

Liz: Would you say bathroom inspiration usually starts with wall color/pattern or another element?

H & W: Most of the time, people are not starting from scratch design wise - there are existing elements in the bathroom to consider such as the vanity, tile, etc. So you start within a design scheme and then find a pattern and colorway that will complement what’s already there. When starting from scratch, color seems to be a strong source of inspiration - we see a lot of navy and blues being used in bathroom installations and our metallic gold patterns have also been popular with all the brass hardware and lighting that’s so on trend nowadays.

Liz: Is wallpapering an entire bathroom “in” or mostly accent walls?

H & W: We think that wallpapering an entire bathroom is generally the way to go, unless it happens to be a very large bathroom. You can treat that room like a jewel box and really just surround yourself in pattern. Bonus points for doing the ceiling, too.

Liz: How do you warm someone up to the commitment of wallpaper in a world where design trends are changing constantly?

Hygge & West Wallpaper for Bathrooms

H & W: That’s a great question! There are a couple things to consider. If you use wallpaper primer and the right paste, wallpaper isn’t actually that difficult to remove. The paste and paper we use now is very different from what was available 20 or more years ago, so for those of you who were scarred by removing 1970’s wallpaper, know that removing wallpaper now is a completely different experience. You don’t need to think of it as a lifelong commitment; more like 5-10 years. Or if you’re us, 1-2 years! That said, we try to create timeless designs that aren’t so trend-based that they will feel dated. We recommend choosing patterns that create joy for you or have some kind of personal meaning, and not ones featuring the trendiest color or trendiest motif. Not convinced? Choose removable wallpaper tiles instead!

Liz: When choosing which bathrooms in your home to wallpaper, what are the deciding factors? (half bath, full, guest bath, etc.)

H & W: Powder rooms are the most foolproof place to install water because the exposure to water and steam is limited when there isn’t a shower or bath. We have a lot of customers install wallpaper in full baths and we’ve both done so in our homes - that said, you do have to be mindful about installing the wallpaper properly in those spaces. Guest baths are a great place for a really bold pattern since they are used occasionally, and they create a special space for your guests reminiscent of a boutique hotel.

Liz: How do you balance out the color/elements/decor pieces for the perfect bathroom?

H & W: Find a unifying element that you can pull through the entire design scheme. This can be a color or a decor style (eg mid-century modern or bohemian). Everything doesn’t have to match - in fact, we think it’s better if it doesn’t - but there does need to be something that ties everything together into a cohesive design. Usually we advise people to take the thing that they’re most excited about and then use that as the starting point to build their design around.


Wowzers, I suddenly feel the urge to go wallpaper EVERYTHING. Follow along for more inspo from Hygge & West inspo on their Instagram, and head to my recent post to have a look at their wallpaper I chose for our lounge room (you’re going to love it!)

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Weekending at Home: Holiday Hostess Tips

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Yikes, the holidays are almost upon us! You may have gathered by now that I’m not into a lot of fuss when it comes to entertaining, just keep it simple and low stress! Head to my recent feature in Skirt Magazine for some easy holiday hostessing tips (including my favorite Christmas Potpourri recipe).

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click here for potpourri recipe

I had some fantastic help with desserts thanks to Julie from For Heaven Bakes, & Jenny Batt was there to help me style up my bar cart (BTW, how cute is her Charleston Doors wrapping paper!? So cute for year-round gifting). Thanks to Updos for Idos for hooking me up with some awesome hair and make-up!

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Have a very Merry Christmas, friends!

images by Abby Murphy Photo

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Houzz Round-Up

Thanks to an awesome local photographer, Margaret Wright, I have started doing some home styling projects with Houzz!  I wanted to share what we have worked on together the last few months:

My Home Tour

Sunwoven's Entryway Styling

Getting Campy With Your Bar Cart

Cozy Cabin-Inspired Tabletop

Simple Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Guests

Next I'm going to be working on a Houzz project or two in Palm Springs with Marni from Struktr Studios!  If you love home decor, make sure you're following along on Instagram so you don't miss some sneak peeks! 

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Christmas Decor: Trim Your Tree With Color

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's safe to say you're starting to think about your Christmas tree. If you're going faux when it comes to your tree,  you can't go wrong with pink or white!  I love that this retro style has definitely had a resurgence the past couple of years.  

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If you're going with a pink tree, you can use silver, gold, white, or even light aqua for your decor.  I love how the white pom pom ribbon pops against the hot pink.  The trees shown here are from Skinny Dip & Moon & Lola. Don't they just make you so happy!?

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The white tree here is from our balloon shop, Cannonborough Collective.  Local artist Jenny Batt helped us decorate it with these rainbow colored ornaments and a vintage pink tassel garland.  I think this colorful tassel garland would work well, too!

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Tag me at @CharlestonWeekender if you have a colorful tree this year- I'd love to see!  Don't forget that I'll be sharing my Christmas gift guide on my Instagram December 1-12, so I hope you'll follow along.  I'll be giving away a bunch of the products I'm featuring!

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