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White to Bright

I have been thinking a lot about having a room with a colorful vs. neutral palette.  I love a neutral palette, but as I look at my instagram feed (@sallyjenseninteriors) I can’t help but notice my use of color.  I have pondered, is it because I love color, or is it because my clients prefer a colorful space.  With the topic fresh on my mind, this challenge could not have come at a more perfect time.

The amazing vintage sales site, Chairish, challenged me (and some other great bloggers) to use one of their current vintage rugs and take a space from white to bright.

First let’s talk about Chairish,  if you don’t know what it is yet, listen up, it is the best site out there for buying and selling great vintage finds.  You can search by location, send in offers for most items, and most importantly find awesome designer, vintage or one of a kind items.  The site is organized and user friendly.  I highly recommend it (and I am not saying this because I have to, this is purely an independent review).

Back to my design…I started with this rug…It is warm and inviting with a fun kilim pattern.  To view a ton of other great vintage rugs from Chairish, visit here.

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I knew I wanted to brighten up the space by pulling in brighter tones from the rug ( yellows, red, oranges).  Then the search began for art, pillows, and furniture that would give me a bright, yet warm space.  And here she is….sources below.

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White Side Table

Table Lamp



White Pillow

Kilim Pillow

Mustard Pillow


Throw Blanket

Wall Art

Ceiling Light 


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House Tour- Living Room

My living room is a favorite in my house.  It stays clean and gets a lot of light.  Sources below…



Paint- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Sofa and Chairs- Room and Board ( found on Craigslist)

Coffee Table- Ikea

Gold corners on coffee table- Amazon

Drapes- Made by me with this fabric

Mirrrors, lamps, white decorative ball- Homegoods

Gold Bowl- Target

Coral Pillows- West Elm

Gray Stripe Pillows- Made by me with a fabric similar to this

Blue Lumbar Pillow- Made by me with this fabric

Rug- Pier 1  (no longer available)

Side tables- Craigslist

Photos By Lindsay Brummer Photography

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House Tour- Nursery

This room has transformed into a boys nursery since these pictures were taken.  I left the wallpaper and worked around that, so in a future post I will compare the two.  I love that I will always have these pictures from when my youngest daughter, Mabel had this room.  I have always liked having an extra twin bed in my nursery even though aesthetically it isn’t my favorite.  Eventually the crib will go and it will become a big kid room:(



White paint- Dunn Edwards Whisper

Bedding- Dwell Studio Geo crib and twin

Wallpaper- Darcy Pearl

Twin Bed Frame- West Elm

Twin Headboard- Custom by Kayla

Crib- Dwell Studio Silverlake

Dresser- Craigslist

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Barstools at the moment…

I have randomly had quite a few requests for barstool ideas lately.  I decided to do a post on my favorites at the moment.  These are from,, Pier 1 and World Market.  I have seen many knockoffs similar to these at Homegoods too.  One thing to really pay attention to is the height on these.  You can buy most in counter height and bar height.

Click the picture to link…

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Costly Bamboo Beauty

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Cheaper Bamboo Beauty

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Cheapest Bamboo Beauty

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Affordable Backless

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Pretty Peacock- Comes in a ton of colors

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Classy Chippendale White Knockoff

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Classy Gray Chippendale Knockoff

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Affordable Industrial Backless

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Pretty wood 

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Industrial Local 

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Pretty Wood Local and Backed

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Traditional Local Backed

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Traditional Local Backless- Many cover options



ashley rachelle - what a great round up! love them all!

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House Tour- Dining Room

My dining room is one of my favorite places in my house.  It gets a lot of light and is typically free of clutter.  In this room I have personal photos taken from a vacation we took to Europe framed in a gallery wall.  The clocks are more of an art piece, but will soon have labels above each one with different times to correspond with the location on the tag.  My wonderfully talented husband did the moulding and I made the faux roman shade out of Caitlin Wilson fabric.  I love the gray paint contrasting the moulding.  Just picture it with wood floors and a rug.

Thank you to Lindsay Brummer Photography for the photos!



Gray Paint- Martha Stewart Zinc

Moulding Paint- Sherwinn Williams Whisper

Round Table- Local to AZ- Potato Barn

White Chairs- Craigslist Upholstered in this and this 

Wall Clocks, Pink Paper Flowers and Wall Frames- IKEA

Romand Shade- Made by me upholstered in this

Gold Table, Pendant Light and White Vase- Homegoods

Gold Cubes- CB2

Amy Richards - I love your dining room!!!

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