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It was no surprise that after I redecorated my oldest son's bedroom that my two daughter's, Grace + Harper would want me to redecorate their bedroom too.
They already had a lot of decor that would be considered 'boho' however the biggest issue for them was decluttering the space. These two are pack rats, and save EVERYTHING! Little pieces of paper, broken jewelry, broken dolls...literally trash, yet neither like to throw that stuff away. Which is why once a month we purge their room. It makes me crazy, while those two are perfectly content.
So just like their brother's room, we literally moved everything out, took everything off the walls, and cleaned EVERYTHING!
I made piles for the decor pieces that were staying, a pile for donating, and a pile for trash. Then we started the fun part, decorating! The girl's and I let our inner boho go wild!
Starting with their beds, boho beds are low to the ground. The beds they already had worked perfectly!
If there’s one thing you notice about boho spaces, it’s the colors. And the best way to get your color fill is to make it patterned. Choose the patterned rug and the patterned duvet and the patterned curtains to infuse your bedroom with as much color as you can hold. You'll notice I kept the same color palette with their room- it's so bold, bright, and cheery. But you can play with color when it comes to boho.
Notice all the different textures, from the curtains, to the sequin pillows, to the way I layered the wall decor. Boho decor isn’t just about the variation in color, it’s also about the variation in texture. Instead of cotton everything, try a shaggy rug with linen pillows and a knitted comforter. The variety will make your bedroom look well rounded.
Comfort is key to any style of bedroom. Thankfully boho decor permits us to pile on the pillows and the variety of color allows you to choose any pillows you like!
Don’t forget the importance of lighting. Get creative about your lamps. I used pineapple lamps for lighting- the fun gold one I used on the nightstand, a white one on their dresser, and a cute green gingham print one in the little reading nook I made in the corner. They had no overhead lighting, and that was their biggest complaint- more light. Another idea for lighting is to hang them from the bed. Mount them on the wall. The dangling bulb is especially eclectic.
One of the biggest pieces to the bohemian bedroom puzzle is the large wall art. It might be a brightly patterned tapestry, it might be a large vintage movie poster or it might be a neon sign with a motivational phrase. If it’s big and colorful, it will work in your bohemian bedroom. For their room I did lots of layering with bright colored wall art, and photos of them I had enlarged- then added the fun book page garlands made by my friend and local artist Lani Robertson with Objects of Affection.
Boho also likes fringe. You’ll find it in the form of curtains and bed skirts and duvet tassels, but the easiest way to get it is with macrame. Buy one with a long fringe or make one yourself to get exactly the style you want. Again, I accomplished this by using the garlands, I have tassel tiebacks for the curtains, and lots of dreamcatchers throughout the room.
As a professional designer I typically advise stashing your bedroom clutter behind closed doors. The boho decorator displays all the books and jewelry and knick knacks for all to see on a set of open shelves. However it is perfectly curated in their room now, with fun jewelry stands, little stuffed cacti, succulents in fun brightly colored dinosaur containers. Get creative!
Along those easy Saturday morning lines, all boho bedrooms have a nook for reading and snuggling. If you don’t have the space for a big comfy chair, think about how you can use your bed for a reading nook instead I reupholstered the little green and pink chair which is the perfect size to fit in the corner, next to the bright pink rolling cart that is perfect to store their books and other knick knacks.
The very best part of boho decorating is that it’s a forgiving style so you can have all your favorites in your bedroom at the same time. The mix of colors and patterns and finishes and woods will make it your favorite room in the house. I would say their room is definitely one of my favorites now!
I love soup, and so does everyone in my house...well, that is except my husband. There’s just something about soup he hasn't always loved, but he LOVES my sausage + tortellini soup!
He eats an entire bowl and then some every time I make it. The combination of sausage and tortellini is a winner for the whole family!
It’s creamy without being heavy, full of veggies, and loaded with pillowy cheese tortellini. It’s hard not to love this delicious soup.
HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP
This recipe is super simple and it comes together in 45 minutes. You probably have half of the ingredients on hand, and the others are really easy to find. It tastes amazing the day it’s made, and delicious the day after. Did I mention it requires only 1 pot?!
MEAT. To start you’ll brown 1 pound of Spicy Italian sausage (we like spicy food, but you can substitute with mild) in your stockpot. Transfer it to a paper towel lined plate. Using the remaining grease (about 1 tablespoon or so), a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion, shallot and carrots, sauté for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are nice and soft.
ROUX. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Whisk in 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and cook for 1 minute (creating a roux that helps thicken the soup). Gradually add in the chicken stock, whisk to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 6 minutes.
TORTELLINI + VEGGIES. Pat as much grease as possible off of the sausage (that way you wont have excess grease on the top of the soup) , then add it along with the tortellini, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, chopped spinach, and half & half.
SIMMER. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the tortellini is fully cooked.
MORE NOTES + TIPS
This soup is perfect as is, but it can be changed up by preference. In fact, many sausage tortellini soups are tomato-based, and if you like that, we suggest cutting the chicken broth in half and add 1 can of tomato sauce and a few cans of diced tomatoes. It’s delicious too!
If STORED properly in an air-tight container this soup can last for up to 3 days in the fridge.
I have worked on numerous design projects throughout my career…from full kitchen renovations and master bedroom makeovers to entire first floors and complete basement remodels. But for the past few months, my oldest son, Aiden (17) has been asking the same question over and over again…”Are you working on my room yet?” With a busy family life and a busy design business, my answer was always the same…soon!
Determined to give each one of my children a comfortable and relaxing space that expresses their own personalities, I spent many late nights designing and sourcing furniture and materials starting with my oldest son Aiden's spacious bedroom. Most 17 year olds have strong opinions but he was actually different. And I'm not going to lie, it's bittersweet, my first born will be a Senior in high school starting in the fall- he wants me, his mom to decorate his room, but I also can't believe my first-born is really only going to be at home for one more year.
When brainstorming teen bedroom ideas, the most important thing to remember is that their bedroom is an expression of who they are.
Today’s teenagers are design-conscious and up to date on the latest trends. But they’re torn between childhood and adulthood. Most teens have beloved toys they’re not ready to give up, but look for a room that’s older and more sophisticated than their childhood room.
I definitely took into consideration approaching his room as a mini, self-contained apartment where he can spend most of his time comfortably.
Regardless of size, a teen’s bedroom needs to be versatile enough for them to spread out and get homework done, hang with friends, lounge and sleep, all while reflecting their personality.
When considering teenagers bedroom ideas, keep in mind they should include functions specific to their age, as well as look great. For Aiden, he loves playing the guitar, tinkering with his drones, playing video games, reading. Keeping his current hobbies and interests in mind, I really wanted to create a space that will support him this last year at home before going off to college in a year. So it was important to incorporate the things he's passionate about and what he is looking forward to doing in his future (a commercial airline pilot)in his space. So finally one Sunday afternoon, we cleared everything out of his room- and finally gave him the bedroom makeover he had been waiting patiently for. And yes, he did help.
"Regardless of size, a teen’s bedroom needs to be versatile enough for them to spread out and get homework done, hang with friends, lounge and sleep, all while reflecting their personality."
The first thing we decided was that this room needed to serve multi-purposes. For most teenager’s their room is more than just a sleeping space. Like most teenagers, Aiden is starting to explore the world of independence and having a room where he can hang out, study and lounge with friends is almost as important as sleep. And the social aspect of a teen room decor is big.
I added a rolling desk, and since it didn't have any storage space, I used some storage bins he had hiding in his closet. The desk lamp has a USB port for charging his electronics, because teens bedrooms need some tech savvy aspects too. Since his window ledge is wide, I used it as a shelf for his books. If your son has a favorite hobby or collection, why not incorporate it into his bedroom design scheme? We finally ordered guitar wall brackets, because he had his guitars laying everywhere. So now, they also serve as wall art. We also incorporated some more trendy types of decor like the tie dye wall tapestry over his bed.
Bold and imaginative elements are the secret to making your teen excited about creating a cool new bedroom space. We added a few of these unexpected features to make the space a little more fun-
* an old world map I found at a barn sale, used as a roman shade over his window
* old suitcases stacked in the alcove above his closet, made the perfect vignette when I added some greenery and a cardboard airplane he made when he was younger
*the blue geometric pillows to tie into the blue geometric rug we added. stick to a simple color palette of two or three primary colors for a smart, cohesive scheme.
* an old standing globe, with stenciled letters, then the rest painted black.
His plaid quilt is great because it is a relaxed and grown-up scheme for a boy’s bedroom, you can’t go wrong with a classic industrial boarding school look. But we also added a furry throw, because textures are also important for a teens bedroom. Teens love spending time in their rooms because they feel safe and comfortable. So be sure to add things that have a soft texture, feel-good fabrics.
"Bold and imaginative elements are the secret to making your teen excited about creating a cool new bedroom space"
I'm a firm believer of keeping the walls in kid's rooms a blank canvas. White walls might not be the trendiest option for a teenage boys room, but you can easily adapt to your teenagers changing interests with framed prints on the wall and patterned bedding.
What I realized during this fun bedroom makeover, is your teen can all appreciate cool bedroom decor. Invite them to brainstorm ideas with you to design a creative space that’s comfortable, functional, and suits their unique teenage style.
Stay tuned…two more kids room reveals coming soon…
This week I had the pleasure of having my close friend and fellow entrepreneur Candy Covnot, on my Podcast- Lifestyle By Design..
Candy is also Antique guru, creative- Candy Covnot. Aside from being a wonderful friend and mentor, Candy is also the Queen of "funk shui". Candy has over 20 years of experience hosting Estate sales and appraisal services, running a successful antique furniture and home decor booth in an antique mall for over 22 years, and she is a Master Florist. However you would never know from all her successes that she has been living with MS.
Candy shared with my Podcast listeners how wellness isn't just about a lifestyle but it is a mindset. That exercise, and lifestyle choices can improve your MS and your overall quality of life, but so can living authentically. How taking control of this “invisible” aspect can help you stay motivated and resilient, improve relationships, and enhance all of the areas of your health and wellness.
You can listen to the Podcast to hear the whole interview. But first, take a moment to read some of the other questions I asked her off-air.
Candance: What are the best resources that have helped you along your journey?
Candy: Best MS resource is the book, Dr. Wahls protocol. It's my ms bible!
Candance: What 3 habits do you do daily that improve your life?
Candy: My 3 daily habits are: In the morning quiet reflection time to start the day with good intentions. Then it's my morning stretching and breathing (yoga). Still working on nourishing my body with healthy eating habits because all if not most of my health issues can be managed with a healthy diet.
Candance: Who are the 3 people who have been the most influential to you?
Candy: Hmmm influential people??? Thinking... I have to think about that. I'm not sure certain people influence me. I'm inspired by many friends and follow certain people like Rachel Brathen (yoga girl) or Iyanla Vanzant. I'm inspired by people that are good humans
A big thank you again, to Candy. She is such an inspiration! You can find Candy's beautiful antiques at Robyns Nest of Colorado, which are proudly displaying at The American Classics Marketplace on Academy Blvd, here in Colorado Springs, booth A-4 in the front showroom. For information about her Estate Sales, Call (719) 393-6006 or email email@example.com
Danielle and I are got to meet up this week, for my relaunch of my Podcast 'Lifestyle By Design' not too mention one of my most favorite photographers Brett Neilsen was there to film it all...as this special Podcast has a video! So a big shout out to him for helping collaborate on this project!
With the two of us getting in person time, I started thinking about what it means to find your tribe. This woman is so much more than a friend. She is a support, encourager and empowers me. For me, she is a bad ass professional woman who has collectively seen and done it all. And when I struggle with issues in my personal or professional life, I know asking her for advice means I’m getting thoughtful and compassionate advice.
So what? Everyone has friends, right? The difference for me is that I’m not going to her for friendship (or just friendship). I go to her for criticism, for improvement and for a road map through murky professional circumstances. And she gets me. No judgement.
In case you missed my interview, you can check it out here. Here are some other questions I asked Danielle before we met up for the Podcast.
C: How would your friends and family describe what you do for a living?
D: My son thinks I'm famous, but he's only 9 sooooooo. My husband thinks I'm running a non-profit because every time he turns around I'm doing something exciting for free or giving something away! But seriously... I'm not sure. I've never asked what anybody thought about what I'm doing. That's a good question though! I might learn something about myself if I asked!
C: If I could remove all barriers and constraints what project would you do and would you want to be known only by that project?
D: Well...let's look at my barriers! The only thing that seems to hold me back is myself. I think. If I had an assistant that kept me on task and handled my media I'd be a rock star! I'm my own worst enemy in a since. So many ideas so little time! I typically have to weigh my options being booked out as far as I am. Focus on work or focus on public relations! You can always tell when I'm lacking in one or the other. I'll probably never settle on one project! Everything is too exciting! I do have a little something in the works! Something that's not related to interior design, but the cards haven't fallen right for that one just yet! I'd love to share more of my life and if I were to make an impact I'd be satisfied!
C: What are you most excited about with your work right now? What keeps you up at night
D: I sleep really well....I recently set goals for myself and met all but one so now it would appear the only thing I dream about....the next step for me would be having someone that knows me well enough to call my next move or help me make my project more public! I guess you could say creating more of a buzz excites me!
Of course she answers a lot more questions on the Podcast, so be sure to check it out!
A big thank you to Danielle for being my guest host and a big thank you to Brett Neilsen, with Brett Neilsen Photography, for the audio/video and for sponsoring my Podcast!
Would you like to be a guest host on my Podcast? Message me today! firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Danielle and her services, visit
So you are sadly looking all around the Internet for a way to make your small space look so much more than it is. It’s not that you want to make it appear like you live like Donald Trump, you don’t. Right? It’s just that you are really trying to live within your means now and you’ve scaled down appropriately, but you can’t figure out how to make it look nice and big. Big without looking like you have just squished a Hummer into a compact space. I got ya.
Show a little leg. You know how there are some couches where you can’t see the legs? Yes, they still do have legs under there. Really. They aren’t held up by some really strong dude. All day long. Sheesh. Come on.
So, find yourself a sofa or a chair, whatever you’re in the market for, and go for the ones that don’t have those cute little skirts. Yes, you will have to make sure you keep your floors from looking like the wild west of dust bunny tumbleweeds, but you can do it. It’s called a Roomba.
See-‐thru tops. I know you like to be modest most of the time, except when you’re shaking your moneymaker. This is one of those times where I need you to get a little loose. Glass top coffee and side tables are gonna help you out. While you’re at it, order up some glass shelves for the bookcases. What? Yeah, it will cost money, but you want your place to look light and airy like some waify super model right? Well, put up or shut up.
Lighten Up. You may be the depressive type and go for dark colors to get you thru your Nirvana phase. He’s dead and you’re not. Let’s pick lighter colors. Which just so happen to be my February Freebie right now- my top neutral paint colors! Things that would remind you of pretty fantasyland with birds and nice china. Not like Alice Cooper’s your personal stylist.
Skip the Hokey Pokey. Think of patterns like a hokey pokey. Nobody likes to do that stupid dance and you don’t have the space for it. Really, they don’t like doing it, stop asking. Hokey pokey is intrusive like patterns in a small place. Put your left eye here, put your left eye there, put your left eye here and swirl it all about. Jesus! You’re gonna poke an eye out with that kind of patterned nonsense. It’s too much. We need our eyes to swirl around your room like a smooth wave of bliss.
And before I forget, since February's topic of the month is Artwork- how do you incorporate it in your small space? You don't, you burn it. Okay, I'm kidding. But really, if space is not your friend but you have some fancy smancy artwork you want to show off, a bold piece of wall decor is all you need to bring character and visual interest to a room. Remember that less is more.
March is almost here, and we will switch focus...don't miss out on my February freebie! Sign up with your email when that obnoxious box pops up on your screen again!
Author, Candance Toscano
"You can design the life of your dreams and acquire that luxurious, fulfilled and empowered lifestyle you know you have always wanted."