THE RACHEL CRUZE SHOW: EVERYDAY LIVING DECOR HACKS

A few months back I got a call from The Rachel Cruz Show, asking if I would be interested in being on an episode of the show. Ummmm, yeah! I love Rachel. Who doesn't? I've always been a fan of her money saving tricks and her ability to capture an audience of young adults when speaking on topics that most often times are thought to be a worry later on. If you're not familiar with her, she's a wife + mother (about to have her second child) best selling author + speaker and the authority on finance. You can read all about this fantastic lady right here

As you can see, we didn’t have any fun during the filming of this episode. HA! I taught Rachel my signature boomerang move and taught her the difference between orange and coral. 

My philosophy has always been that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to make it look as though you did. Same goes for clothing and many aspects in my life. That is why I’m a lover of places like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls. For me it’s about the thrill of the hunt and finding treasures to make your house a home.

The entire crew was so great to work with. We really did have a good time. Rachel and I hit it off from the second she walked through my front door. The two of us ran through all my decor tips and tricks with ease and a few laughs.

Well, I won’t give anymore away and let you watch the episode for yourself. Hope you enjoy it! I love how it turned out. And if you do too, you can subscribe to Rachel’s channel right here. She’s always got great information to share. 
 

Enjoy the show! 
Xx
Landyn

 


HOUSE FOR HOPE/ SOUTHERN PRESERVE DRINKS

Isn't she a stunner? You're looking at the newest modern farmhouse that has just finished being built by Carbine & Associates in the new, boutique Franklin neighborhood, Southern Preserve. The home opens to the public March 4-12th {tickets available for purchase here} as the first House for Hope Designer Show House featuring over a dozen Southeastern design tastemakers. The House for Hope Foundation we started in 1993 by Carbine, his brother and the late Denzel Carbine. Their impact has been significant and this year over a dozen area children's charities will benefit upon the sale of this home. Pretty cool. 

I was lucky enough to have been asked to create the signature drink for this event. The name of the development, Southern Preserve was inspiration in itself. When I think about the South and farmhouses I think iced tea, and fresh fruit. But then the word preserve came into play and so I was inspired to incorporate fruit preserves into the mix. They also wanted a cocktail version which I thought would be fun too. The drink that came to mind was a margarita, my personal favorite. So I got busy dreaming up a cocktail that would represent this modern + chic farm house to a tea, see what I did there? HA! 

You've really got to go see this beauty. Touring homes is a favorite pastime of mine and something my girlfriends and I enjoy doing during the day when the kiddos are in school. I would definitely add this to your things to do + see over the days to come. I was lucky enough to get a personal tour and soak up all the talent that help build this house. I have to be honest, it really makes you want to move or renovate. BIG TIME. If you're looking for inspiration, you're sure to find it here. So many amazing local designers donated their talent to making this house what it is. Check out the full list of designers here.

The House for Hope Designer Show House is open daily March 4th- 12th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the Southern Preserve neighborhood, 2045 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064. Tickets are $15 per person and available here or at the gate. If you're a realtor presenting a business card you get in free on Tuesday, March 7. 

Enjoy the tour + the drinks! 
Xx
Landyn



RASPBERRY PRESERVE ICED TEA

 

  • 4 black tea bags or your favorite unsweet tea mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional) 
  • 3 tablespoons Raspberry jam
  • mint springs + lemon slices for garnish

 

  1. Boil 2 cups of water, remove from stove top and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags.
  3. Add 2 additional cups of cold water.
  4. Add sugar and jam, mix well.
  5. Pour over iced glasses + garnish with mint leaves + lemon slices. 

 

*serves 4



SOUTHERN PRESERVE MARGARITA

  • 2 oz tequila 
  • 1 tbs black currant preserves 
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • ginger-ale
  1. Combine Tequila + lime juice + black currant preserves, shake & mix well.
  2. Pour over ice and add garnish with lime wedge. 

*single serving


 

 

HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

Today, I am so excited to share with you my Christmas tablescape. You guys know I LOVE to decorate a table, but you also know that I love to keep it simple and relatively easy on myself.  That is why you will rarely see me doing elaborate floral arrangements or anything too over the top on my table. I want to make it something that I can do quickly, but still makes a really big impact.  And I want you guys to be able to emulate it in your own homes!

This year I was really inspired to bring nature indoors.  I wanted my primary color palette to be white and green, with some gray, silver and gold thrown in as accent colors (of course). I absolutely love the smell of fresh greenery, so I always try and incorporate that into my table as well as throughout the rest of my house. 

This year I chose three gorgeous wreaths to serve as the centerpiece of my table. I set the middle wreath on a white cake stand just to elevate it and create a little depth and dimension to the table. I then sprinkled them with a little bit of faux snow, so it truly looked like the outdoors had been brought in to my table.

I found these cute little lanterns at Target that have little perforated snowflakes on them. Right now I just have little battery powered lights in them, but I will probably switch them out to real candles for Christmas dinner. I love using the battery powered lights because it is so much easier and less messy to deal with.

For the place settings, I kept the same faux wood chargers that I used for my Thanksgiving table.  I then added little wreaths that I made out of wired boxwood, tied with white velvet ribbon. I actually found my wired boxwood in the dollar bin at Target, but I know I have seen it at Michaels as well. If you recall from my Thanksgiving table, I love using gift tags for my place settings.  Lord knows I do not have the time or the skill to be hand lettering all of these place cards, so HomeGoods to the rescue!

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I really wanted the wood of my table to be exposed and so I used this really pretty faux fur runner down the middle of the table.  I sprinkled white and silver ornaments down the table and then topped it off with a little more faux snow.  I also added a little shimmer and pop of gold with the coasters that I used under my wine glass.

This whole table took me less than 30 minutes to do and it looks like a million bucks...if I do say so myself.  Do not be intimidated by the thought that you have to be some sort of professional florist to create a beautiful table in your home.  I like getting my table done at least a week in advance of Christmas, if not more, so I have plenty of time to enjoy the fruits of my labor.  So girls...what are you waiting for!!!

 

RECREATE THIS TABLE 


CHIC THANKSGIVING TABLE

photo/lindsey grace photography

photo/lindsey grace photography

You may not have your menu set in stone at this point, {don't you worry, I'll be sharing my Thanksgiving menu with you next week} but, you still need a place for everyone to gather on the big day.  I have created a simple, elegant table that is so easy to do and the best part is, it's a really inexpensive look to re-create on your own table.

photo/ Lindsey Grace Photography

photo/ Lindsey Grace Photography


DIY PUMPKINS

Don't get rid of those little orange pumpkins you had displayed for Halloween just yet. Let me help you give those little babies new life. All you need are a few household items, a couple cans of spray paint and you are golden, literally. This is also a super fun project to do with your kids. My 12 year old and 9 year old helped me out in making these pumpkins, and they really are so easy, that you could do it with younger kids as well. My inspiration for the look of the pumpkins was Kelly Wearstler's Channels fabric.  I am OBSESSED with the geometric lines, and pretty much everything else that woman produces. My little mind started spinning trying to figure out how I could re-create that look on my pumpkins?!?! The answer I came up with was so simple....RUBBER BANDS. 


STEP 1

Even though all my pumpkins were a creamy white to begin with, I went ahead and spray painted them (stems and all) with a matte white spray paint. I like Valspar White in a matte finish. I wanted to make sure they were really crisp + bright + flawless. That would provide a nice sharp contrast against the gold. You might as well go ahead and spray several pumpkins, because you'll need white pumpkins for my other easy DIY ideas too. And if nothing else, they're just pretty. *Great tip for next year if you happen to strike out finding real little white pumpkins near you. 

STEP 2

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Once your pumpkins have dried, wrap them with varying sizes of rubber bands. This is what's really going to help you re-create the look of the fabric on your pumpkin. Let the kiddos do this, it's fun and doesn't need to be perfect. That's what makes each one different and pretty. 

STEP 3

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Once your pumpkins are wrapped with rubber bands, spray paint your pumpkins gold. My two favorite gold spray paints are: Valspar Metallic spray paint + Design Master spray paint, both in gold. Make sure that you are doing thin, even coats to prevent running.  When the pumpkins are completely dry, remove the rubber bands and you are done! SIDE NOTE:  Removing the rubber bands too soon will not make for a crisp line. Try to be patient. I recommend letting them dry overnight. 

With the remaining white pumpkins, I just took an old toothbrush and dipped it in Martha Stewart metallic gold craft paint and brushed the paint on the top part of the pumpkin. Do this really lightly to create that cool feathery look. Kids love this too. 

Also, leave some all white and just paint the stems. You can use a a rose gold paint too for fun. The ideas are endless. Ooooooh, as I'm typing... a charcoal gray would be really fun to incorporate in the mix. See, I can't stop. 


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The greenery used is eucalyptus, that I allowed to dry out some and then just layered down the middle of my table.  Eucalyptus is such a great choice because it is super inexpensive and it smells so good. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they sell a bunch for $2.99. Even if you don't have a Trader Joe's most every regular grocery store will have them in their floral department. 

I used this large white pumpkin that I got from Target as my centerpiece and then layered my mini-pumpkins, greenery and faux antlers {from Painted Fox}. Next I tucked LED battery operated twinkle lights I found in the Dollar Spot, from where else... Target around the greenery on the table. You've known since Halloween how obsessed I am with those little lights. I love the soft glow that they give the table. They give quite a bit of star power for $3 bucks! 

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For each place setting I tied grey and cream linen napkins with jute twine and inserted a few sprigs of dried eucalyptus and little gold-tipped white feathers. You find the feathers already gold-tipped at Michaels or you can just paint them yourself with gold craft paint. So SIMPLE, but it is the little touches like that that really make a huge impact. Another little Living With Landyn Tip: I always use cute little gift tags as my place cards holders, no matter the season. There are so many pretty, inexpensive choices out there and all of the work is already done for you. #winning

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The dishes are my wedding china and I just love them them for so many reason. All I keep thinking is thank goodness Landyn, you were on trend 15 years ago when you took that little registry gun and made your selection. It could have been bad. Ha! In case you're curious they are Waterford and the pattern is Carina Gold. Sadly they are gone, so I better be careful. But I've linked a similar look here

I love mixing textures. I also love mixing dressy + casual too. I do this with my wardrobe all the time. It gives such an ascetically pleasing unexpected look. LOVE. You may want to try this too. That's why I love these birch chargers. I found these at a great little shop here in Nashville called, COLOR Home. Such a great spot shop, especially around the holidays! I got mine there last year, but I found them online for you here if they no longer carry them. The table runner is one that I have on my table year round. See, it can be dressed up or used daily. You can find it here


TODAY IN NASHVILLE SEGMENT


I really enjoyed pulling this look together. I hope you take some inspiration away from it.
Please tag me in a photo on Instagram or Facebook if you do. I'd love to see how your table scape turns out.

Have fun with it!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Xx
Landyn


MEET PROVIDENCE INTERIORS

 

 

JULIE + AMBER

If you don't already know, let me be the first introduce you to Julie Brown + Amber Thomas. Otherwise known as the dynamic duo behind one of my favorite design studios in Nashville, Providence Interiors. They have both worked in the interior design industry since the mid 1990′s and joined forces in the Spring of 2010. It was their two middle sons that first introduced them. After many sporting events between the boys, and overnights, they quickly became joined at the hips. It was then their two older sons that became good friends, which made their mom bond even tighter. Their families quickly became closer and closer. As time went on, they both realized they had a knack for design and similar styles. 


HOW THEY STARTED

 

Neither one has a formal degree in design, but do you really need one? They prove you don't, and  that's what I love about them most. Hey, you're either born with it, or you're not. To me, no certificate will make you an expert or give you the designers eye. Both spent many years helping friends with their homes. Julie started off sewing custom draperies, bedding and pillows for people. Which led to, 'help me pick out paint colors'. What do you think about this rug?' And this chair? ' While, Amber had originally gone to school for design. She switched majors two years in and headed towards accounting. She too helped friends, and like Julie, word starting spreading. Before they knew it, they each had built up a pretty good Interior Design business on their own. After chatting it over many a nights, I'm sure. They thought......WE should do this. But, it was a family trip to the beach that sealed the deal and Providence Interiors was born. 


HOW I DISCOVERED PROVIDENCE

 

I stumbled onto Providence Interiors after picking up a cake at a local bakery next-door. When I walked in, it was LOVE at first sight. Every texture, metal, fabric and lighting was on point. I held that box cake in and walked around their store with my jaw wide open, for at least a good hour. It was like they read my mind. Everything I loved in one room. I had to get that cake to the party, but knew I'd be back.

At the time we were renting a home in Nashville that was completely furnished and everything I loved was locked up back in our home in Minnesota. To pacify myself, I would visit their showroom very often, but knew I couldn't buy anything as much as I wanted to. It turned into my 'Wednesday Afternoon-You've Got An Hour To Spare Before You Pick Up The Kids' kind of thing. It was just a place I wanted to be in. It felt like home. Not your typical furniture design studio. It was fresh + clean + chic and so inviting! Even all those times I spent strolling, I never did officially meet Amber Julie during that year I lived in Nashville. But when my family and I decided to move to Nashville permanently, three years ago. You better believe Providence Interiors was one of the first places I went, when it came time to decorate and accessorize my new home. 

Everything is so aesthetically pleasing. Well styled and makes all my creamy white + gold dreams come true. If you know me, you know I had found my heaven. The staff is so sweet, helpful, *when asked*.  I hate being followed around. Thankfully, that's something they do not do. For me, I enjoy taking it all in and sorting out my thoughts. I certainly don't want to be badgered every five seconds. Am I right? There are always other designers scoping things out for potential clients. That to me is always a good sign. It just means that they've curated a beautiful inspiring collection of pieces. It's always fresh and new. That's another positive. Nothing worse than popping in, only to find the same ol', same ol'.  


NOT JUST FOR DESIGN 

Here's another thing I love about Providence Interiors. Maybe you're not decorating a new house or maybe you just recently did so. You might love your space, just the way it is and don't need a new lamp or coffee table. Which is wonderful. But, something tells me you may need a gift from time to time, or need something for that friend that has everything. That's what makes them another one of my Nashville go-to's. I can pop in and grab that hostess gift, they even have some really dreamy jewelry too. Walk through, I bet you discover something(s) you must have.  


STYLING YOUR HOME

From bar glasses to killer trays, they are my go-to for everything party. So next time you host and need to elevate your bar cart, look no further. They've got you covered.  How about these dreamy agate coasters? SO GORGEOUS. 


ABUNDANCE OF ACCESSORIES 

I've never really been to a store that had such a cool assortment of accessories. Most places I've lived, and I've moved NINE TIMES, had plenty of home designer stores in the area, but that just it....stores. That meant, drive, park, search. Drive, park, search... and maybe, I'd find a piece here and there, but what a dream to have all the goods in one place. From the bright white coral, to the giant baskets even I could fit it. It's all here waiting to be discovered. 


DESIGN SERVICES

Need help? Don't know where to start? From just a simple makeover to complete renovations of large and small spaces, Providence can cover your interior design needs. It all starts with a consultation to listen and understand the scope of the project. Then, they put a plan in place which may include recommendations for furniture rearrangement, selection of paint colors, furniture, fabric, window treatments, artwork, florals and accessories. Then, upon approval, orders are placed and and the design plan is implemented. They say, the much anticipated installation day is a favorite, as the vision comes to life. I can speak from experience. THAT IS LIKE CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! Ultimately, their goal is for the space to be an expression of the YOU. 


LET'S TALK

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amber and Julie a week ago. We had so much fun. I took the opportunity to pick their brains about design + things we should and shouldn't do + trends they can't wait to see go. Down to their favorite paint colors. Let's hear what they had to say...

What's you favorite design project to do? New Construction or helping bring new life to a room? 

J: I love helping somebody make the things that need to stay, work, while adding to it, making it what they want it to be. So, not necessarily that they have to take everything out of the room, but do the right editing. It adds a much more collected look to have things that maybe have a family story with it, or came from your great aunt. I love helping to add depth to a house. 
A: That's my favorite also. Because it's nice to have a story or an heirloom piece. It gives the room meaning. But, I also LOVE to do an entire room. I think it's so much fun. But the challenge is, trying to make it look collected and not everything brand new. 

What makes a project successful? 

J: A happy client! 
A: When the say, I LOVE THIS! 

Three words that describe your style at Providence?

A: clean, minimalistic, well appointed. Ooops, one more......organic
J: styled, clean lines, relaxed

Do you think gold/brass is going anywhere? (please say no...<insert tons of laughter>)

A: No, I think people are finally catching on. It warms up a cool space. To me if you've got grays, and whites and creams. It needs some warmth, and brass makes that happen. 
J: I love it. I didn't love it at first, it took me a little bit. I had to get rid of the thoughts of brass from the old houses that I've re-done. THAT brass. They shinny coated brass. And what it is today, is so pretty. 

What designer made an impression on you early on? 

A & J: Suzanne Kasler, Bobby McAlpline, Ray Booth

What inspires you? 

A: Nature. I love to hike, and every time we go to Colorado, I always look at the colors of the trees and the dark bark. The way the light shines yellow on the blue sky. 
J: The beach. The way the sand meets the water. The beautiful patterns in the sand that the waves create. It's amazing. And of course a vast amount of things to look at from other designers. I try to look all over and see the blending of colors, and shapes of things. 

What's your favorite room to design? 

A: I love to design dinning rooms.
J: I have two. I love to design a living room and master bedrooms. 

How long have you been in Nashville? 

J: I've been here for 21 years.
A: 9 years and we're here to stay! 

What's your favorite Nashville neighborhood? Place to go, eat + walk around? 

A: 12 South, for sure! I'm a foodie + I love to be outside.
J: Me too! I love walking around down there. 

Your go-to paint color? 

A: WHITE! White Dove- Benjamin Moore
J: Yes, White Dove or China White. 

What about a good gray? 

A: My new favorite is Sherwin Williams : Big Chill
A & J: We both LOVE Sherwin Williams- Dorian Gray a good neutral- we do that a lot on doors + trim and exteriors. 

Is there a Nashville trend running wild? 

A: White houses. They are popping up everywhere!!! 
J: Everybody's painting their brick white. 

What's the best way to use color? 

A: Pillows and art. 
J: Keep things neutral. Then it's easy to change things up by adding a pop of color here and there.

Finish this sentence. Every room needs______________.

J: A little bit of green to make it feel alive.. Like a fig tree, plus they are easy to keep alive. Two things- no direct light and only water when the leaves start to droop. 
A: A great lamp. I don't think people see the importance of spending money on a great lamp. We talk about this all the time. It's like a nice handbag, it just makes an outfit. Good lighting is very important and often over looked. 

Is there a trend you'd like to see GO AWAY? 

J: The industrial look. Like iron pipes etc. It's a little too much. I like it in a restaurant or bar, but.....
A: I would agree. Over it. I mean, I like reclaimed wood, but let's not put it EVERYWHERE. I think it's over done. 

What's a design mistake you think people often make? 

A: Everything is too small. Small rug, small lamp, small accessories. Just get one great nice sized lamp. A BIG rug! 
J: Waiting until you find the right piece, instead of settling for something on sale. Take your time. If you must have little things. Curate them on a nice tray. Then there's not too much visual overload. 

 

I mean, Julie and Amber are so fun! It seems like I'm always dreaming up reasons to work with them. As a matter of fact, I picked out new fabric to recover the chairs in my living room next! Stay tuned for that update. They've got me thinking about a gray, taupey linen. Hmmmmmm? So many yummy choices, how's a girl to decide?  Well, like they said, you can't go wrong with a neutral. Take a peek at their portfolio here. So many great projects to take inspiration from. 


SHOP + REGISTRY 

Coming soon for all you out of town girls! A SHOP page that will be added to their website. Giving you an opportunity to scoop up some yummy accessories for your home. Also, keeping in mind if you're about to become a bride or know someone that is. They have some really beautiful things to choose from, and a dreamy new line of white pottery. 


BOOKS + BOOKS + MORE BOOKS 

I know, I know… I can go on and on forever about this store, but one thing I need to mention are their books. They by far have the best selection of coffee table books I've ever seen. I'm completely obsessed. I like to go in there and play with different color combinations until I  find the right combo. Books are in excellent filler and fun to layer on your coffee table. Anywhere for that matter. They're such great design trick. 


ACCENT PILLOWS

Can't leave this post until I brag on their accent pillows selection, and then I'm done and I'll let you go in and see for yourself! I don't know, but I kinda have this sickness with pillows. They are the easiest way to change a room. Julie, Amber and I believe in the same design approach. Keep things neutral. Changing your pillows, changes the room. It's as simple as that. I hope you had fun reading about and enjoying these beautiful images by Linsey Grace Photography.  If you're ever in the Nashville area or maybe you live here and never even knew Providence existed. Take a day and wander around the beauty of this showroom. It will not disappoint. 

Xx

Landyn 


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2209 Bandywood Drive, Suite C Nashville, TN 37215

Hours: Mon – Sat, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

P: 615.873.1372

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