Cole & Son’s Woods Wallpaper: Yay or Nay?

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When I first discovered Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper about 5 years ago, I fell in love. What a fabulous way to bring the outdoors in and add a graphic statement to you walls! It comes in seven color ways including a fuschia and terracotta as well as the classic black and white. I’ve seen it used in dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, nurseries, foyers…just about every room in the house…and in homes with varying styles: scandinavian, traditional, country, cottage chic, craftsman, modern. A versatile pattern that never goes out of style. Or does it?

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LA Apartment Project Update: Bedroom

If you follow me on social media, you know our LA apartment now has a dining table, dining chairs, and a desk in addition to our bed and plants. That’s all. We are on a limited budget with Charles in school and me on the job hunt. Although we aren’t able to purchase much furniture at this point in time, you can never start planning too early, right? Pinterest has helped keep my ideas and inspiration organized, but for those middle-of-the-night ideas, I should really keep a notebook on my nightstand. Do you do that? I may not be sleeping much (my brain never stops, people!), but boy am I dreaming of the day when our apartment is furnished and decorated! I can’t wait to see it all come together. Patience, Rachel. Patience.

I digress. On to the bedroom! A place of refuge, relaxation, and rest. Probably the most important room in the house. We have a bed, bedding, a desk, wall shelves over the desk, and temporary nightstands (IKEA Lack Side Table anyone?! Only $5 for IKEA FAMILY!). Our minimalist bedroom serves its purpose, and in time, with a couple more additions, it will be glorious!

The Inspiration:

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Ahh. Isn’t this bedroom so calming and relaxing? My favorite elements are the color combination, the mixed nightstands, the large photo print, and the wall sconces. Charles and I, luckily, have a similar interior style, which helps me when planning our bedroom. Of course, I share my ideas with him. Most often, he likes them. Score! We both have a bohemian, modern, rustic, clean aesthetic – if that even makes sense – and this inspiration bedroom fits our style perfectly! We also both love nature. He has a collection of rocks from India along with some sentimental knick knacks. I have a collection of feathers, skulls, and shells. Collectively (hehe), these accessories will be great for styling our space.

The perks of our bedroom are it has amazing light throughout the day and the walls are painted in a bright white, which we love. Even with a king-sized bed, the room feels spacious. With only a few small changes and additions, this perfectly blank slate will be good to go in no time.

The Plan:

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Work Style: Jackets & Blazers

Most girls collect shoes. I collect jackets and blazers. And, yes, I need more. My absolute favorite blazer is a bright orange jacket from H&M I bought a few years ago. I wear it all the time. I whip it out for every first interview or professional meeting. It brings me good luck. I promise. I can wear a pair of jeans and a white cotton shirt, throw on my orange blazer and some heals, and instantly have a business casual outfit. It is so easy and comfortable! And – this is probably too much information – when I sweat in it, the perspiration doesn’t bleed through to the exterior part of the jacket. It. Is. Magic.

Here are blazers I’m currently coveting as well as looks I plan to copy.

CLASSIC BLACK

Just like a little black dress, you can never go wrong with a classic black blazer. I love both of these looks. The addition of a blazer and heals to a t-shirt and jeans brings an everyday outfit from casual to professional.

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Crisp, clean, chic. A white jacket can give a tailored, designer look with little effort. It is the perfect blank canvas to create an outfit consisting of all whites, white and cream, white and black, white with pops of color, and so on. Plainly stated, white goes with everything and looks great on everyone. In my humble opinion.

P.S. How amazing are the floral jeans with white blazer above?!

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I fell in love with these two looks when I first saw them. They are fun and easy. Floral jackets and blazers add color, pattern, and personality to your outfit. Wear them with solid colors or go bold by mixing patterns. A floral jacket paired with a black and white striped or polka dot shirt? Go wild!

Share looks you love that include a blazer or jacket below. I’d love to see your outfit inspiration!
Where do you buy your blazers and jackets? I love H&M, Target, Zara, and thrift stores.

XOXO,
Rachel

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