10 Going on 30

I’m not sure if this is normal, but when I was in college, I used to collect magazines and pages of rooms that I absolutely loved.  I of course, was going to have all the money in the world, and was going to make my future home exactly like the pictures in each of the magazines I had collected through the years.

I graduated, moved to Georgia, found my cute little townhouse, and immediately started shopping around for the pieces I had found in the magazine pages from over the years.  I know we’ve all heard the phrase “Champagne taste on a Beer budget”, but really, I couldn’t even afford the Beer option haha!  What most of us realize once we strike out on our own is that really those egg crates and hand-me-down furniture pieces are beautiful, and with all of the “DIY” tricks these days, those can make your home “cute” and you can get away with it for a while.

I’ve realized though, that I’m officially entering “Adulthood” as I’m getting ready to turn the big 3-0 (GASP!!) in March.  I was recently reading through Elle Decor and found a great article they had released stating the “10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30”.  So naturally, before reading I though, hm…game on!  After reading I realized I have a lot of catching up to do, but thought it would be fun to share some of the things Elle Decor feels are important for any 30-year-old to own.  How many do you have?!  Are there any not on this list that you think should be staple by the time we reach “Adulthood”?  Let us know!

10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30

1. Art You Love

This could be a special painting handed down through the generations, a painting from a hipster street artist, or even family photos.  Artwork is unique and special to each person.  Find something that strikes you.  Something that makes you feel and causes you to pause.


2. An Organized Bookshelf

I 100% agree with this one.  There is nothing that can make more of a statement than and organized or stylized bookcase.  I have them in my home, and love placing my favorite knickknacks or pretty books on display.  It’s a great way to add color and character to your home.


3. Matching Towels

This one I most definitely failed.  I have such a mish-mash of towels in my home.  I have some Whinney the Pooh, Donald Duck, Minney Mouse and a couple stripped beach towels in bright colors.  While usually I’m a fan of mixing colors and patterns, I’m not sure that works in this case!


4. A Plant

I’m offering an alternate to this one for those of us who do not have a green thumb, or like one of our designers (whose name will remain anonymous for her sake) who intentionally kills plants because they’re too much of a hassle.  I vote a plant OR fresh flowers.  Both are great ways to bring life into your home.  Adding color whether it’s green or bright red with a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses is always a win.


5. A Nice Mattress and Headboard

Reem actually wrote about some great options for headboards in her post “Why Don’t You Sleep On It?”.  If you are in need of checking this one off of your list, swing by her post and look at some of the easy and beautiful solutions for creating headboards.


6. A Collection

Does your shoe collection count??? Yes???  Check out these sweet bobble heads I found on Pinterest!


7. Bathroom Accessories (That Aren’t Plastic)

Well, sometimes the plastic ones are just as cool as the others, so I’ll offer an amendment to this one as well.  Once again, this is a great way to add texture or personality into your bathroom.  I’m going to go get this cool gold tooth toothbrush holder!!


8. A Favorite Candle (Or knowledge that You’re Not a Scent Person)

I’m SUCH a sucker for the candles at Anthropologie (WHO ISN’T??)  I also love candles like the one shown below that are visually beautiful, offering a no-scent option while still creating that “Homey” feeling you get.


9. Two Bedside Tables

Okay I am in LOVE with this rustic wood stump side table.  Your tables don’t have to be exact matches if that’s not your style.  Jazz it up and mix your colors and styles!


10. A Luxurious Throw

I am JUST recently able to check this one off of my list thanks to our Designer Vanessa and Christmas.  She bought me a beautiful throw that is “thrown” on my camel back sofa.  Luxurious can mean many different things.  Just find one that you can snuggle up in on a rainy day, but helps to add a punch to your room when not in use.



So there we are!  I think I scored a 3 out of 10, but hey, I still have a month!!  If you’re also entering into your 30’s and need help checking some of these great items off your list, go visit our website and we would LOVE to help!


Posted by: Amy B.


It’s Fall Y’all!

Cool breezes, snuggly sweaters, apple cider, pumpkins and fall leaves.  Who doesn’t love Fall?  To me however, fall means the Pantone Fashion color Fall Report, Fall Fashion Week 2013 and the new ways that these styles, patterns and colors can be incorporated into a space.  Making your home cozy doesn’t just mean orange and pumpkin spice (although who wouldn’t agree that both of those items are yummy!).  Fall brings bold, beautiful jewel tones with deep rich colors and textures.  It might seem challenging to incorporate these items into your home or space.  I’ve taken some great pieces from Fall Fashion week, and have paired them with a few great additions to any home:





By using accessory pieces, accent furniture, paint, and accent rug or even wall coverings, Fall is a great time to mix it up and take those fall fashions straight from the Runway to your home.

If you want some help incorporating your favorite Fall fashions into your space, check out our Pinterest page for more ideas, or come by our website.

Written by Amy B.



It’s a Cute Fixer-upper

I love house hunting.  That may be nerdy, but I do…I love it.  Many a weekend has been spent with friends, visiting model homes and open houses, and sneaking into homes through the garage that are being built (I know you’ve done it too!).  I think my favorite part of house hunting is when you’re talking to the realtor and they ask you what you do for a living.  I always smile, and of course say, “I’m an Interior Designer”.  9 times out of 10 the following responses are either, “Well what do you think of the decor?  The builder’s wife did the design” or, “So, what do you think of the layout and decor?  Would you change anything?”  Of course the answer is always no, and that the builder’s wife has done a lovely job with the space, but leeeet’s be real folks.  Whether you’re buying a brand new home, or you’ve decided on that cute 1960’s ranch with a 2 car garage and unfinished basement that will someday be your mancave, there are always obstacles to homeownership.  In general, the main issues that I’ve seen (and heard from friends and family) are:

1. Not enough closet space

2. Kitchens and Bathrooms are outdated

3. 5 different colors of carpet

4. Small Rooms

Reem has previously discussed some great ways to add storage into your home in an earlier post “So Much Stuff, So Little Space!“, so we won’t be looking at the struggles with hoarding.  Click on the link and check it out.  There are a bunch of great ways you can incorporate some extra storage into your home.

And while, having 5 different colors of jewel tone carpet in each room is a problem, this time we’re going to focus on some easy ways that you can update your kitchen without having to completedly tear it down and start over from the studs.  We will look at three different ways you can make a huge impact on your space, and we have some great images as examples.

First, let’s take a look at the backsplash.  As you all know by now (if you’ve been following us each week), I am a HUGE fan of color and pattern.  If you are just joining us, I am a huge fan of color and pattern.  The backsplash in your kitchen is a perfect place to add both.  There are a bunch of ways that you can do this including tiles, slabs of solid surfaces such as marble, and even backpainted colored glass.  Take a look at these great examples below:


This yellow and white tile is a great way to brighten your space.  It adds a great pattern without being too overwhelming.  The great yellow color is a good contrast to the neutral counter surface and crisp white cabinets.  Make sure when you are using a patterned tile to consider the size of the wall where you will be applying it.  A larger wall works best with a larger pattern, where smaller spaces can work best with a smaller scale pattern or tile size.


The white marble backsplash is both beautiful and a classic choice.  I like how this traditional material is paired with stainless steel upper cabinets, and clean line base cabinets and pulls.  It is a nice transitional look combining traditional and modern styles perfectly.


This tile backsplash is so fun and whimsical!  The use of different circle sizes is a great choice.  It pairs well with the honey cabinets and dark solid surface counter with stainless steel accents.  We’ve seen a lot of white kitchens lately, but this is a great use of natural colors to create a warm and inviting kitchen.  This would be a great space to have a cup of coffee in the morning.


Not only is this blue backsplash a great pop of bright blue, but it uses a material that you do not see often.  This backpainted colored glass is a wonderful option to tile or solid stone surface.  It is easy to clean, and you can even leave messages for loved ones or write your recipes so that you don’t have to keep worrying about having a cookbook or recipe card near your oven or cooking surface.

The second option for updating your kitchen is lighting.  There are ENDLESS options for adding some light into your space including pendant lighting and uplighting.  Don’t be afraid to find some stand out pieces that show off your great style and taste just like these options below:





The last way that you can update your kitchen without busting your budget is by refinishing your cabinets and pulls.  Most kitchens, especially that 1960’s ranch, have great solid wood cabinets that you would have to pay top dollar for today.  A great way to reuse those is to either refinish the natural wood stain, or paint them.  Add some fun pulls, and you have a brand new look with half the time and labor.  You can even create different colors for your wall cabinets and your island.  You can do bright colors, or white.  Once again, let’s look at some ideas for colors and finishes:






So whether you choose to add some color and pattern to your backsplash, brighten your space with some new lighting, or change up the colors of your cabinets, each of these options is a great way for your to completely transform the heart of your home without breaking the bank.  You can go from run-down and outdated to fresh, crisp and beautiful, and only you will really know the truth!  All of your friends will wonder which great designer you used to create your new kitchen. And when they ask you, be sure to tell them you used VRA Interiors!

If you need some inspiration or some ideas on how you can transform your kitchen from Shabby to Shabby Chic, visit our website and send us a message, or check out our Pinterest Page and create a board of your own great ideas.

Posted by Amy B.

A Nice Pop

A nice pop.  No, not soda pop (although who doesn’t love a nice ice-cold soda pop every now and then!) but a pop of color.  This bright and fun idea is a great way to liven up any space in your home as well as allow you to switch out and update your space as much or as little as you want.  There are MANY ways that you can add an accent to your room, and if you are following us on Pinterest (insert shameless plug), you already have some great ways of adding that nice pop.  For those of you who aren’t (yet) following our page, I thought we could have a little fun and look at some ways of adding color to your room.

Our first option is a great accent wall using paint, fabric or a great graphic wall covering:




Another great way to pop some color into your space is using fabric:



One of the simplest ways of adding a little brightness into your room is with accessories.  These can easily be changed out as colors phase out of season, or if you just need a change of color.  You can always also keep the same great pieces and have your local refurbish company to finish your furniture pieces or accessories in a new color.





So whether you are using fabric, paint, wall coverings or beautiful flowers or other accessories, color is an inexpensive and easy way to add character and a bold accent in any space.  So pick your favorite color, and find a space that needs a little POP!

If you would like help in finding the right pop for your home, please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Amy B.