My Spring Vision Board

Hi design-loving friends! This past winter really hit hard - deep snows and crazy-low temps. I'm a warm weather loving gal, so I have to confess I've been biding my time. I'm craving springy colors, happy patterns, and an excuse to be outside in sunnies and sandals. I'm going to will these things into existence with my spring vision board. What decor direction are you moving in as the season changes?

1. When I pinned this tote bag to my vision board, the universe actually laughed and whispered "as IF you need another tote." But if I did, this would for sure be the one. It's adorable, fresh, and so my style. I fell in love with everything artist Molly Hatch has to offer. Maybe if I cleared my closet of a few older bags?????

2. Y'all, I bragged about my perfect vision for YEARS...and it's slipping away. I almost lost a game of Heads Up recently due to not being able to see the clues held up a few feet away. This was a big deal because I take game night very seriously. If I must get glasses, I want to go with an option that's actually cute. These from Warby Parker - the gold standard in trendy eyewear - could fit the bill. 

3. I've been really into portraits lately. Elizabeth Mayville captures them so well in her light-filled, eye-catching art.

4. New season, new kicks? These are the sweetest and they look comfy too. I'm picturing them with some soft mint-colored denim cuffed at the ankles.

5. I'm due for an iPhone upgrade, which coincidentally is the only way I could justify a new phone case. I am totally loving the color combo of this Kate Spade option, and the dimensionality makes it seem like your phone would be less likely to slip or get dropped.

6. I'm really drawn to patterns featuring swimmers. There's just something so whimsical about them, and the colors are usually right up my alley. I actually have a huge reserve of bookmarked aquatic art, but this piece is my current favorite. Everyone looks like they're having such fun, and it makes me smile.

One Room Challenge Week 3 - Art

It's the midway point of the One Room Challenge! I'm getting down to the nitty gritty...these snapshots may not be as pretty. Hey, I rhymed :) Actually, the objects are all pretty, but I'm sharing some progress snapshots with less than professional styling. My room looks like a home decor bomb went off. I'm also storing some items for an upcoming client install, so right now for example, I am dealing with an absurd number of lamps. Some friends have even suggested I consider "I love lamp" for a life slogan. So, what does that mean for the ORC? It means I have a lot of decorative accessories in mind, but I haven't placed any yet. The beauty of blog challenges is they evolve and change. What I'm showing you today may or may not make the final cut.

So, I mentioned that it all started with a pillow/comforter? Well, next my mind jumped to artwork. I've definitely been known to create whole rooms in the past around one piece of art. In this case I'll be keeping most of what I already have, like the abstract canvas I mentioned last time, but I want to add and move around other pieces to help create a new look. I feel in love with this massive HomeGoods piece below:


I'm obsessed with the way the gold paint catches the light, and I love that it brings a crisp shot of blue into the space. My one concern, when I hold it up on the wall, is that the background might be too "cream", since my comforter is very "white". However, my walls are taupe, and the mat and frame of this piece are white, so I think it will work. Here it is against my (messy) comforter and some current pillows.


I wanted another way to highlight the peach tones of my abstract canvas, and I found this guy at HomeGoods (Carla Schwartz' life -- unofficially sponsored by HomeGoodsTM). The colors are so perfect I literally cannot get over it. However, I'm a tiny bit worried that it's too "contemporary". As with most things in this room, I'll make a game day decision when it's all in place.


I also just acquired a few new small pieces: The modern floral canvas from GreenBox by KT Smail represents my tastes lately so well, and I've been wanting Janet Hill's gum-chewing Virginia's Vice for a long time.

I finally went for it, and now I'm looking for other subtle ways to incorporate animal print. I just impulse-bought a cuckoo bananas animal pattern lamp that is a major style stretch for me, but more on that in the coming weeks. I have a feeling my final space is going to me more of a fun "Palm Springs" vibe than the staid sophistication of my first mood board. With that in mind, I've been wanting to go a little more outside the box with my art choices. I found several prints at Urban Outfitters and Etsy that capture a "weirder" vibe...are you picking up what I'm putting down?

I look forward to your feedback as I continue on this project. Stay tuned for next week when I tackle what's been keeping me up at night: furniture placement and functionality. Xoxo!

One Room Challenge - Week 2 Master Bedroom Redo


Hey everyone! 

It's been a while since you've heard from me. I have so many new things to share!  I'm in the middle of majorly refreshing my master bedroom. It all started with a pillow (doesn't it always) and now I'm shaking things up in bigger ways with the room's overall look and feel. My motivation is the One Room Challenge, a linkup where bloggers around the world transform one space in their homes over 6 weeks. I'm jumping in a week late, but I've thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's progress so far. You can find links to all participants at Calling it Home. I've noticed things I wanted to change in my master for a long time, and this Challenge is the perfect excuse to do it in one cohesive swoop. I'll walk you through my thought processes the whole way, including what is changing, what is staying, functionality, and style direction.


So, this room is the largest bedroom I've ever had the privilege of owning. The wall color is Taupe Tease by Behr, a neutral that can vary from flesh to gray tones depending on the time of day. The room gets a decent amount of natural light through 2 large windows and a door to the patio. For privacy reasons, though, I usually keep the blinds closed. When I first moved in it looked like this:

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I used that wood Ikea bed about as long as it would last, and styled my room with a mix of vintage and modern pieces. It was the perfect chance to pull out my beloved DwellStudio Draper Stripe bedding, which can be overwhelming in smaller rooms or with less neutral walls. The coral and gray combo is a classic Dwell pattern that I splurged on during my first mid-century obsession. It's a strong but versatile look that I haven't used in every space I've lived, but built this room around. For accent furniture, I just used what I already had plus antiques from my grandma's house. As I spent longer in the home, my style crept more and more modern, clean and sophisticated- and less rustic. I lucked out in scoring an AMAZING marble and brass lamp from my grandma --they may not have known 60 years ago this would be such a hot trend. Since I'm a homeowner now and wanting to invest more in my space, I sprang for a tufted bed, definitely one of the more luxurious pieces I own. I paired it with a campaign-style nightstand from the Oh Joy for Target collection. I bought a variety of new pillows to complement my upholstered bed. Everything can be seen in the photo below.

Image from the amazing Gossett Photography

I think my color scheme can be best encapsulated in the abstract canvas to the right of my bed, possibly my favorite Home Goods find ever. That color scheme will stay and be the inspiration for my new room. 

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I was pretty happy with my overall look, but something felt a little stale and just short of finished. My few remaining vintage/rustic accents looked like they were hanging on without a place. Some of my inherited furniture pieces didn't make sense functionally (which I will get into in more detail in another post), and I was craving more pieces resembling my new nightstand. The weirdest quirk of my house is that there's no overhead lighting in the bedrooms. Relying on lamplight can cover everything in a warm, dusky haze, and to me, red bedding amplifies that. I've never been a huge red, warm-toned loving girl: I prefer to use red as accents in a cool-neutral palette. I chose the Draper Stripe color years ago because I lived in a rental with brownish walls that were too hard to change, and my blues weren't working. But in this space, the combo of the large red comforter and all the lamplight just made the room feel too glowy and not airy enough. My search began when I wanted to add an Otomi pattern in some way, maybe through textiles like this...


which led me to the discovery of the best bedding set ever, and the start of a whole new space!

Week 2- Inspiration, Textiles and The Design Plan

I have a superpower, in case you were wondering, and it's finding the best sales. I'm not a thrift-store guru, but I can wring thrift-store prices out of big retail stores. I happened upon my local Target during what I now realize are the most sacred few days of the year: they had just clearanced ALL Summer decor, but had not yet brought in the Fall styles, so the shelves were plentiful but EVERYTHING was discounted. When I saw the comforter set below, it spoke to the Otomi-loving part of my heart. No, it is not the same as the Mexican folk-inspired pattern, but I loved the unique variation of blues and the watercolor touches. 


I scored a full/queen set including 2 large shams for $20! So I reasoned that even if the pattern was overwhelming as a comforter, I could float the shams in my current bedding scheme, and/or turn down the comforter as a coverlet at the foot of the bed. I grabbed coral accent pillows for $10 each to liven things up, and when I got home I realized they went with both my existing and new bedding schemes. This was important to me--my Dwell bedding was an investment, and I don't want to be more of a duvet-hoarder than I already am. I want the ability to switch my room up from red to blue depending on my moods, and the furniture, artwork and accents need to complement both.


Some other goals for my space: more sophisticated lighting to replace my wobbly Ikea floor lamp, another white or light furniture piece, a more sophisticated chair than my wobbly plastic Ikea desk chair (are you sensing a theme), and accents to continue my color palette of blue, coral, pink, peach, and white. With that in mind, I created this mood board:


Check in with my next week to see my progress, with this board as my guide! 



My Dream Living Room

This Valentine’s, I want to tell you about my first love. He is endlessly and classically chic, yet comfortable and versatile. He’s luxurious, dare I say rich, but can be dressed up or down. He stands out, yet fits in anywhere. He is a tufted leather chesterfield sofa.


This 3 cushion version from Arhaus in whiskey leather is a perfect fit. I’ve wanted one of these bad boys as long as I can remember. They never go out of style and neither has my love. You really can blend them with any decor, and that’s why a chesterfield is part of my ideal living space. Today I’m showing you how I’d go all out to accessorize my dream room. My focus is glam and a little over the top (this is a fantasy after all), but in a buildable, eclectic way. I've added lots of art and accent pieces around the room, too. Click the pic to be taken to the Pinterest page with more info on the products.

 Tell me: what was your first furniture love?

Unexpected Stripes

I'm a sucker for anything striped. While hunting for coffee tables the other day, this West Elm stunner caught my eye for the interesting direction and pattern of the stripes.

I like that it's a little unexpected and outside the norm. This got me searching for more stripes in unexpected applications. Sometimes a different spin on a classic design helps make a piece feel more unique. Plus I'm big on anything that adds visual interest. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Kitchen Cuties

Lately I've been making small redecorating changes, and the kitchen is a great place to start. Adding a fun and functional piece on the countertop can liven up the whole room. I know my title is cheesy (no pun intended), but the kitchen pieces I've found are just too cute not to be shared.

Making Me Blush

Blush pink is everywhere--have you noticed? I'm thrilled with this trend as it's right up my alley. Blush has been going strong for a while and I think it has staying power. It seems to me that design today, in the age of Pinterest, is full of idea-sharing. This ensures exposure to a broad variety of styles, and inspiration for mixing aesthetics in fresh ways. One result is the incorporation of "new neutrals" that go way beyond beige as a backbone for cohesive color schemes. Today I'm sharing a few items that make be blush in a good way. 

5 Things I'm Loving

Happy weekend! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week.

I just got back from the April High Point Market in NC. It's basically like Disney World if your dream is miles on end of furniture showrooms. My feet are tired, but my mind is full from all I saw and learned. I have lots of stories and photos to share, in addition to what I've posted on Instagram. Look for updates here on the blog next week!

A few weeks ago I attended The Masters (the one preppy, southern thing my family does). The gift shop is a highlight and their swag gets better every year. Of course, I went straight for the home goods and they did not disappoint. I scored this beautiful watercolor coaster from a series inspired by the flowers on the course, and these awesome frosted glasses designed by Catstudio.

So this isn't really a love. Did anyone try the Caramelized Honey Latte at Starbucks? I wanted to but it disappeared after about two weeks. I'm obsessed with that flavor all-time favorite latte was a hazelnut+honey from a local shop in Tucker that's now closed (RIP Mighty Joe Espresso). I'm still searching for a suitable replacement, so let me know if you find one.

                                       Where did you go??

                                       Where did you go??

It's no secret that we live in the golden age of streaming television. We all have our go-to Netflix picks ready to share with friends, which I welcome. I just hardcore marathoned both seasons of Broadchurch and it.was.amazing. Highly, highly recommend.

I'm on Snapchat! Correction, I've been on Snapchat entertaining (or bugging) my friends with stories of my shopping trips and design installs. I finally realized that I need a public handle to share more of my work and what I blog about. Connect with me @cschwartzdesign



What I'm Reading: Wild in the Hollow

When I relaunched this blog, I wanted it to be a space that occasionally looks outside of interior design to the heart of life and faith. To that end, I'll be sharing books on my reading list that I've found thought-provoking. I'd love your recommendations, and to know what books and authors have made an impact in your life!

Wild in the Hollow is a memoir by blogger Amber C. Haines. A writer, wife and mother, Amber has wrestled through intense struggle and brokenness. Her family's story includes addiction, infidelity, and depression, but anyone can relate to the tension of living between doubt and joy. I applaud Amber for her refreshing and courageous honesty. To me, what sets her apart is her linguistic style: poetic, vivid and almost haunting. I'm picky about language and I normally like clear and straightforward prose, but I was captivated by Amber's lyrical voice. I could read this little book over and over and still pull new wisdom from it each time. I'll leave you with some of my favorite words, on the hope of suffering:

"To reject the shared suffering and sorrow with our Lord is to invite despair, and to walk as a burden bearer with him is to oppose despair. Sorrow is the very place that hope and joy intermingle, because without sorrow, there is no whisper of hope... I look back...and I see that my desire always followed my hope, the thing I thought would free me, and hope always propelled me forward. This time my hope was that my Jesus is a planter of good things, and that he was growing me towards him. Of all the desirous ones, he is most desirous of me."

Feeling Like Fresh Fruit

If you love interior design, you've probably noticed that pineapples are trending in a big way. In fact, after drafting this post, I opened my latest issue of Country Living and my suspicions were confirmed.

Beyond their fun shape, they're a symbol of hospitality, making them perfect to display in your home. But they're not the only happy colorful members of the fruit family.  I thought I would branch out and pull together my favorite pieces from across this food group for some seriously delectable decor.

Cover Style

Choosing a phone cover is a very serious task. After all, it's an opportunity to put a pattern that's perfectly "you" on something you carry at all times. Ok so maybe it's not so serious. It's actually a lot of fun. Basically, it's another flat surface to decorate and personalize, and who can resist that? My last case was this one from Isaac Mizrahi and it's been one of my all-time favorites.

In fact, as multiple people pointed out, it somehow coordinated perfectly with almost every piece of clothing I bought recently. It's no secret that I tend to gravitate toward specific patterns and color combos, and I've heard other designers say the same thing. So I decided to round up even more decorative choices in the same colorway. What's your cover style?

1.dress (I have this and I LOVE it); 2.pillow; 3.polish; 4.duvet; 5.rug;

Art Appreciation: Matte Stephens

A few years ago, I came across artist Matte Stephens through Design*Sponge, and I fell in love. I bookmarked his Etsy shop matteart, which I routinely check for new arrivals. Matte hits some of my design high notes: midcentury, clean, colorful and whimsical, with a fun retro vibe. A lot of what I gravitate to lately is overtly feminine and floral, but there's a distinct part of my brain that will always be dedicated to mod 50's flair. My first favorite Matte piece was "Adventurer's Club" pictured below. I want to buy it for a son's bedroom one day, but I can't exactly control the gender of any future children, so I'm sharing it because someone needs to put this in their kid's bedroom, stat.  

How fun is that? I've selected a few more that catch my eye, and I'd love to hear which prints you'd put in your home!

Fresh Pillows for Spring

I'm still on a springtime kick, making little updates with bright new decorative touches. Throw pillows are some of the easiest and most affordable options for changing the look of a room. Colorful, portable and comfortable, pillows can be addicting. I've rounded up my favorite choices for a quick shot of color in any space.

5 Things I'm Loving

Happy weekend! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week.

1. Every month I look forward to this adorable "What's in Season" infographic from Megan Roy & Garlic My Soul. I print it on cardstock and tack it to a bulletin board in my kitchen. (p.s. so excited strawberries are back in season!)

2. I haven't come across anyone who knows about Chip & Joanna and isn't obsessed with their work on "Fixer Upper". Gilly from the Colour Saturated Life wrote in detail on how to get the "Fixer Upper" look, and her blog post absolutely nails it. I couldn't agree more!

3. Forever 21 has an awesome selection of lightweight blanket scarves right now. I bought this one (it doesn't look like a blanket in the pic but trust me, it's huge) and me being me, I'm going to use it as a light throw in my living room instead of -or in addition to- a fashion accessory.

4. This DIY from The Pleated Poppy is an oldie but goodie. I've had it bookmarked forever, so I should try it soon! These garlands would be versatile for lots of different celebrations.

5. I might as well go ahead and confess to being a huge fan of the Bachelor franchise. I want to get my hands on Emily Maynard's book...both for her behind-the-scenes scoop and her honesty about finding identity in Christ and not in relationships.

On My Shopping List: LEIF

Over the years I've amassed a long list of go-to home decor shops. This comes after pounding the pavement and scouring the internet on seemingly endless searches. As time passed, several stood out from the pack with consistent quality and strong style points-of-view. Now I have my trusted favorites across different aesthetics and price points, both brick and mortar and online. I've found I'm a more efficient designer after knowing I can fall back on these reliable sources. I still enjoy the fun of shopping but without the wild goose chase!

One of these favorites is LEIF, a small online boutique out of Brooklyn. They feature a unique selection of decorative items and gifts, but what draws me in most is their color story. Everything in LEIF feels thoughtfully curated in the best colors. I just want to wrap myself up in the soft pastels. Below are my top picks of their current lineup. Shop for yourself and tell me your favorites!

1.cuff; 2.candle; 3. pillow; 4.platter; 5.towel; 6.runner

5 things I'm Loving

Happy weekend! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week.

1. I have a complete love affair with finding artists on Etsy. This tea towel from favorite Leah Duncan is high on my wish list

2. I also love discovering musical artists. Call it the thrill of the hunt from someone who hunts and gathers items for a living. Bear's Den is on heavy rotation for me lately.

3. This Mark Manson article on change is a helpful reminder that all good things take time. It's especially important this time of year, when New Year's Resolutions can get unrealistic or impossible to keep. (Warning: salty language, but I do love how Mark's advice is always so direct and practical.)


4. Inkstruck Studio delivers some insanely pretty digital freebies.

5. Speaking of free, Amazon offers a selection of free classic books for your Kindle.

Spring Organizing: To-Do Lists

A new season often inspires us to make changes and improvements in our daily lives. The spring cleaning urge is real...something about the blooming flowers and weather change makes us want to start fresh in our homes. As a visual person who gets distracted easily, to-do lists are super helpful.  I can physically write down and cross off everything on my agenda. Read on for a few of my favorites.

This Rifle Paper Co. notepad has long been a favorite of mine. I don't know why, but that zebra looks fun and I trust him. I should do what he says.

We use this printable from LBG Studio at work. I like the way it's divided into sections for all your different ideas and tasks.

How beautiful is this downloadable calendar and list pack from The Cottage Market? The font and styling are right up my alley, and I love that it offers multiple ways to stay organized.

Welcoming Spring

This weekend in Atlanta was beautifully sunny and warm, which had me dreaming of spring. I'm feeling carefree, because I've decided I won't have to be cold again until after Christmas (that's how it works, right?). To usher in the brightness and fresh starts of springtime, I've gathered a collection of lovely digital downloads, calendars, lists, charts, and other fun things to share. First, a uniquely modern take on a floral desktop background from  Oana Benefort. Enjoy!