Emily A. Clark https://emilyaclark.com design. simplified. Sat, 16 Jan 2021 03:07:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://emilyaclark.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cropped-favicon-2-1-32x32.png Emily A. Clark https://emilyaclark.com 32 32 The Saturday 6 https://emilyaclark.com/2021/01/the-saturday-6-189.html https://emilyaclark.com/2021/01/the-saturday-6-189.html#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2021 12:00:57 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=30047 Saturday 6 M Interiors

ONE.  The most colorful little spot in the Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse. More of the designer’s work can be seen here.   TWO.  Layers upon layers in this cozy cottage.   THREE.  I don’t always love design trend prediction lists but I did really enjoy all of these designers’ perspectives.   FOUR.  How to shop Read More

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ONE.  The most colorful little spot in the Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse.

More of the designer’s work can be seen here.

 

TWO.  Layers upon layers in this cozy cottage.

 

THREE.  I don’t always love design trend prediction lists but I did really enjoy all of these designers’ perspectives.

 

FOUR.  How to shop Etsy like an interior designer. (Lampshade can be found here.)

 

FIVE.  Modern and masculine design inspiration.

 

SIX.  Saturday Style at Home (or a list of random things that caught my attention online this week).

1. A small, sleek buffet lamp that’s size could also work well on a mantel.  2. A large suzani tapestry at a great price, perfect for hanging on a wall or draping over the back of a sofa. (See photo #two in this post.)  3. A set of natural baskets. I’d use as extra storage for rolled towels.  4. These tiger pillows remind me of the ones I have on our sofa.  5. This hand-carved chair looks like an antique and would be nice as an accent chair beside of an entryway console.  6. A modern white lamp that would be great on a nightstand.  7. This faux leopard hide rug would be a fun way to add pattern in an entry or bedroom.  8. and 9. This black shade paired with this little glass lamp is the perfect little light for a desk, kitchen or mantel if you have the space.  10. A versatile wood bowl, perfect for filling with fruit, clippings or just as a catchall.  11. A small end table with great details.

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My 5 Favorite Decor Changes of 2020 https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/my-5-favorite-decor-changes-of-2020.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/my-5-favorite-decor-changes-of-2020.html#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2020 12:59:22 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=30020 2020 favorite changes- sofa wall update

It’s the day to do some kind of recap post–right? Although 2020 feels like a wash in many ways, I was thinking about the things I actually did accomplish in all of my time at home and I made some small changes that made a big difference (to me). Big improvements don’t always mean knocking down a Read More

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2020 favorite changes- sofa wall update

It’s the day to do some kind of recap post–right? Although 2020 feels like a wash in many ways, I was thinking about the things I actually did accomplish in all of my time at home and I made some small changes that made a big difference (to me). Big improvements don’t always mean knocking down a wall or even spending a large amount of money. A few thoughtful changes can improve the way you feel about your home. I’ve shared some of these quickly on Instagram but here are a few more thoughts on my 5 favorite decor changes of 2020.


One. This spot has been ever evolving but late last year, I purchased the leaner mirror and it had just the effect I was hoping it would. The size opens up our smallish space and I like that it brings a more classical look to the room. (I’m sure the rest of my family was thinking the same exact thing. . . ) I also changed out the art by bringing in prints I previously had in our kitchen. They’re pages from a coffee table book that I framed myself. The final change I made wasn’t to the wall but to the floor. I replaced our jute rug with a much better sisal that stays in place and makes the room feel lighter overall.

Wall color  //  Mirror  //  Rug  //  Pillows


Two.  When my teenage daughter decided she wanted the bookcases out of her room earlier this year, I decided to try them in our living room instead of the heavier black ones I’d had there for a while. Turns out, this small change in color made the whole room feel brighter. They also have more shelves which means I can buy more books. . . I do love the look of crammed shelves. (These are the IKEA Hemnes, by the way.)


Three.  I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with the lighting in our dining room/office, but I did feel like the scale could be better and had long been an admirer of this light. After much searching, I found the right size at a pretty good price. I did have a little anxiety that it would be way too large for our room once installed but it’s such a statement without being overpowering. Another benefit: I was able to use the other pendant in our living room and I love its reflection in the big mirror.

Light (similar)  //  Table  //  Vintage Rug  //  Jute Rug  //  Ottoman

Note: The exact light I ordered is now out of stock on Amazon but this one is almost identical.


Four.  While not everyone (on the internet) agreed, I knew I wanted to get rid of the pattern in my kitchen breakfast nook for a while. I just didn’t know what to do instead. After trying to figure out if I should save up for another wallpaper or try to hand paint some kind of abstract pattern, it finally hit me that I could just paint the entire kitchen in the same emerald green as some of our cabinets. Why didn’t I think of this before? The kitchen feels more finished (and fun) now and getting rid of the pattern has given me more flexibility in adding pillows, art, etc. I also feels like it flows better into the adjacent rooms. (Walls are Deep Jungle by Benjamin Moore.)

Wall color  //  Mirror  //  Bamboo shades  //  Lamp (similar)


Five.  Walls weren’t the only thing I painted in 2020. Something about our fireplace mantel arrangement felt “meh” to me so I grabbed a canvas from our attic, some leftover paint in our garage and a few craft sponge brushes. The best thing about making your own art (besides the cost!) is that you have the freeing opportunity to paint over it and start again anytime your heart desires. . .

Chair  //  Rug  //  Lamp (similar)  //  Wall color

What’s your favorite change you’ve made to your home in 2020?

You can share yours by using #2020FavoriteChange on Instagram.

 

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Our House This Christmas https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/our-house-this-christmas.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/our-house-this-christmas.html#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2020 14:44:42 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29979 our_house_Christmas_decorating

I’ve shared several of these on Instagram over the last few weeks, but here’s a look at our house this Christmas. The floors aren’t clean and there are boxes everywhere, but seriously, whose house isn’t a wreck this week?? Come on in, but don’t look too closely. . .Merry Christmas to you all.

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I’ve shared several of these on Instagram over the last few weeks, but here’s a look at our house this Christmas. The floors aren’t clean and there are boxes everywhere, but seriously, whose house isn’t a wreck this week?? Come on in, but don’t look too closely. . .Merry Christmas to you all.

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Holiday Styling with Sunbrella at the 2020 Southern Living Idea House https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/holiday-styling-with-sunbrella-at-the-2020-southern-living-idea-house.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/12/holiday-styling-with-sunbrella-at-the-2020-southern-living-idea-house.html#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2020 14:04:29 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29933 Sunbrella-Holiday-pillows

This post is written in partnership with Sunbrella. Although I’ve taken some time away from (online) work over the last few months, I did take on a fun styling project several weeks ago and wanted to share some behind-the-scenes shots as well as a few of the final photos. I recently teamed up with Sunbrella to help Read More

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This post is written in partnership with Sunbrella.


Although I’ve taken some time away from (online) work over the last few months, I did take on a fun styling project several weeks ago and wanted to share some behind-the-scenes shots as well as a few of the final photos. I recently teamed up with Sunbrella to help style their holiday photoshoot at this year’s Southern Living Idea House in Asheville, NC.

The house (designed by one of my personal favorites, Lauren Liess) was already a beauty. My job was to add some holiday touches to pair with Sunbrella pillows and furniture pieces to create a few different festive looks.


1. Sailcloth Sailor   2.  Paradigm Stone   3. Pique Persimmon   4. Cast Moss


Although part of the photoshoot was on the home’s screened porch and centered around the white(!) sofas covered in Sunbrella, we created the feel of an indoor living room with window sheers, a Christmas tree and lots of cozy layers.

As a mom of messy people, I was already a fan of Sunbrella before this project. In case you’re not familiar, their performance fabrics are known for their durability, color retention with built-in UV protection and its resistance to stains. While you might normally think of Sunbrella only for outdoor spaces, I actually love the idea using it indoors on sofas, ottomans and pillows because it can stand up to extensive use from kids (and pets) and is easily cleanable while still being soft to the touch.

It was fun to watch the models (and the exceptionally well-behaved dog) at work. I did some quick pillow and coffee table accessory changes between shots, creating a bolder, more graphic look on the sofa and a more neutral scheme, using a traditional plaid. It’s a good reminder that a neutral base makes it super easy to create different looks by bringing in color on your pillows and accessories.

I pulled in my friend Carey (floral designer extraordinaire) to create the huge fresh wreaths for the project.

Outside, we focused on the front porch sitting area and the back patio. Taking my cue from the green front door, I added bright persimmon and moss green pillows to the bench. (Christmas red and green can take on lots of variations!) I flanked the spot with two potted evergreens and stuffed magnolia leaves into the base to play off of the big wreaths we hung on the windows.

The house has a spacious back porch with pretty wooded views so we kept everything neutral, using a wintery mix of grays on the white Sunbrella sofa. The magnolia and green theme was repeated here again with simple fresh swags on the lights, a moss centerpiece and potted trees.

You can see all of  Sunbrella’s performance fabrics (and order samples) here.

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Walmart Holiday Gift Guide 2020 https://emilyaclark.com/2020/11/walmart-holiday-gift-guide-2020.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/11/walmart-holiday-gift-guide-2020.html#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:49:59 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29902 Walmart Holiday Gift Guide 2020

This post is sponsored by Walmart. While parts of this year have seemed to drag on forever, the holidays are coming at us fast–as I’m reminded often by my kids with their daily Christmas countdown. I have no intentions of going in and out of 20 different stores this year. Instead, my plan is to sit Read More

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Walmart Holiday Gift Guide 2020

This post is sponsored by Walmart.


While parts of this year have seemed to drag on forever, the holidays are coming at us fast–as I’m reminded often by my kids with their daily Christmas countdown. I have no intentions of going in and out of 20 different stores this year. Instead, my plan is to sit down (alone!) for a couple of hours with my laptop, a coffee and some Christmas music and to knock out as much as possible. This year, I’m partnering with Walmart and just like I’m streamlining my own online shopping, I’m doing the same for my annual gift guides.

Instead of coming up with ideas from a slew of different places, I used Walmart’s new online Gift Finder tool for the blog gift guides and for my personal shopping lists. You just choose who you’re shopping for and how much you want to spend to see tons of ideas. Since everyone’s school schedules are different this year, my own online shopping time is limited. I’m giving the Gift Finder an A+ for efficiency.

Another plus: You can order online at Walmart by December 23rd for free curbside pickup (for most items) or use their free 2-day shipping option. (Same-day delivery is also available for a small fee or unlimited for Walmart+ members.) We deserve something easy this year, right??

 

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Checking In and Stepping Away https://emilyaclark.com/2020/09/checking-in-and-stepping-away.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/09/checking-in-and-stepping-away.html#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:31:44 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29882 black-walls-home-office

My original plan to take a month off before school started back has somehow turned into what now feels like full-time home school. Most of my kids are doing virtual learning four days a week which means the time for my own work online has become almost nonexistent. Instead, I’m spending my days running from Read More

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My original plan to take a month off before school started back has somehow turned into what now feels like full-time home school. Most of my kids are doing virtual learning four days a week which means the time for my own work online has become almost nonexistent. Instead, I’m spending my days running from room to room answering questions and making what feels like 14 meals a day.

I’ve been contemplating the future of this blog for a while and after a couple of weeks of virtual school, I think I may have found my answer. I’ve been writing here for nearly 11 years now and although I’m not sure that I’m going into complete retirement, I do know that my focus is needed more in our own home and less online. While I never thought that this is why I would take an indefinite break, the timing and my need for some kind of change all seems to align. The call of taking care of my family is much louder during this season than the chase for likes and follows and all of the crazy that often seems to go along with it.

I feel good about this for the time being, knowing that I can always post on a whim and maybe even return to a more full-time pace when (or “if”) things eventually return to normal. I know that many of you are in the same (and much harder) situations. I hope you’re finding peace and ways to make it work for your own families.

Thanks for all of your support throughout the years and to those of you who have checked on me while I was away. It’s nice to feel like you can’t completely disappear into oblivion without someone noticing. :)

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The Saturday 6 https://emilyaclark.com/2020/07/the-saturday-6-188.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/07/the-saturday-6-188.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:00:46 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29794 Veranda Mag Matthew Carter Interiors

A quick note: I’ll be taking the next month away from the blog so that I can enjoy what’s left of this crazy summer with my family. And then who really knows what the back-to-school schedule will hold for any of us. . .  Thanks, as always, for sticking around and supporting my blog. ONE. Read More

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A quick note: I’ll be taking the next month away from the blog so that I can enjoy what’s left of this crazy summer with my family. And then who really knows what the back-to-school schedule will hold for any of us. . .  Thanks, as always, for sticking around and supporting my blog.


ONE.  This island cottage is the ultimate summer home.

TWO.  Another great open house tour on House Beautiful’s IG account from designer Elizabeth Pash.

 

THREE.  A North Carolina designer’s collected home.

FOUR.  And I continue to pine for an outdoor shower. . .

FIVE.  Lots of bold spaces to explore in this designer’s portfolio.

SIX.  Lots of good holiday weekend sales:

J.Crew: Extra 70% off sale with code GOFOURTH

Nordstrom Rack: Summer clearance

Pottery Barn: Buy more, save more with code SAVEMORE

World Market: Up to 50% off clearance

Wayfair: Up to 70% off clearance 

 

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My SCOOP Summer Style Picks from Walmart https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/my-scoop-summer-style-picks-from-walmart.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/my-scoop-summer-style-picks-from-walmart.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:46:19 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29781 Scoop Summer Style Picks Walmart

This post is sponsored by Walmart. We’ve quickly transitioned from trying to do school online to full Summer mode, which means I run from kitchen to car to pool and back in a never-ending cycle. I’m teaming up with Walmart for my monthly style picks and this caftan coverup is at the top of my Read More

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Scoop Summer Style Picks Walmart

This post is sponsored by Walmart.


We’ve quickly transitioned from trying to do school online to full Summer mode, which means I run from kitchen to car to pool and back in a never-ending cycle. I’m teaming up with Walmart for my monthly style picks and this caftan coverup is at the top of my list. It has a tassel tie in front and is perfect to put on over a swimsuit and still look semi “dressed.” It’s one of several pieces I’ve found from their exclusive Scoop line lately. There are lots of flowy dresses, coordinating sets and skirts in fun patterns and some great Summer accessories. Keep reading for my top twelve picks. . .


If you want to keep up with more #WalmartFashion, they’re now on Instagram. And as a quick reminder, all orders over $35 qualify for free two-day shipping. If it doesn’t fit, returns are super easy and free by mail.

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My 10 Favorite Before & Afters from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/my-10-favorite-before-afters-from-the-spring-2020-one-room-challenge.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/my-10-favorite-before-afters-from-the-spring-2020-one-room-challenge.html#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:45:42 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29827 My 10 Favorite Before & Afters from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge

If you follow only a handful of design blogs, you’re probably familiar with the One Room Challenge. I’ve never committed because well, I’m not always the best at turning out projects in a given timeframe–especially at my own house. But I love watching other bloggers and designers do their thing and am happy to support Read More

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My 10 Favorite Before & Afters from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge

If you follow only a handful of design blogs, you’re probably familiar with the One Room Challenge. I’ve never committed because well, I’m not always the best at turning out projects in a given timeframe–especially at my own house. But I love watching other bloggers and designers do their thing and am happy to support their efforts. In that spirit, I’m sharing my top 10 before and afters from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. Enjoy!

No. 1. A backyard shed turned flower studio.

 

No. 2. An entryway that replaces awkward nooks with built-in bourbon cabinets.

 

No. 3. A colorful kitchen update that keeps the oak cabinets.

 

No. 4. A bathroom makeover that keeps the same layout but doesn’t even look like the same space.

 

No. 5. Updating your kitchen update. (And a reminder that good design takes time.)

 

No. 6.  Turning several smaller rooms into one big living space.

 

No. 7.  Designing an open concept condo from scratch.

 

No. 8.  A beautiful bathroom/closet makeover. (Notice it’s the same vanity!)

 

No. 9. A master suite makeover where moulding and paper make a big difference.

 

No. 10. A creative takes back her creative space. (I want a backyard cottage!)

See more inspiring projects linked here.

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The Saturday 6 https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/the-saturday-6-187.html https://emilyaclark.com/2020/06/the-saturday-6-187.html#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:00:35 +0000 https://emilyaclark.com/?p=29685 The Saturday 6

ONE.  An eclectic country house. TWO.  The cutest 800-square-foot cottage. THREE.  A cozy Nantucket home. FOUR.  A Charlotte-based designer’s portfolio. FIVE.  A smart bathroom update. She painted the floor and kept the green tile. (More details saved in her IG stories.) SIX.  An oldie but a goodie: I still love this California home tour.

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The Saturday 6

ONE.  An eclectic country house.

TWO.  The cutest 800-square-foot cottage.

THREE.  A cozy Nantucket home.

FOUR.  A Charlotte-based designer’s portfolio.

FIVE.  A smart bathroom update. She painted the floor and kept the green tile. (More details saved in her IG stories.)

SIX.  An oldie but a goodie: I still love this California home tour.

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