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How to Create the Boho Bali Look on a Budget

10 / 14 / 16

I’ve been getting so much positive feedback about my Decorist bedroom and living room makeovers! In case anyone is feeling interior-inspired, I enlisted the creative mind behind my Boho Bali house transformation to give insight on how to achieve a similar look on a smaller budget. Keep reading for 5 tips from Decorist Head of Design Ashley Redmond for creating the Boho Bali look on a budget:

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Who doesn’t want to know how to get the Boho Bali feel for their own space on a budget? Audrina and I recently completed the second space in her home- the first being the cozy Bali inspired master bedroom retreat and most recently her living room and dining room area. We have been having such a great time working together and her style and the feel that she is wanting to create in her home is so much fun for me to help to translate into reality! For me affordable and accessible design is really important and this is something that was equally important to Audrina. She really wanted to create that feel of a “Bali getaway” but wanted it to be comfortable and functional, especially now that she and Corey have sweet Kirra!

Luckily at the heart of the Boho aesthetic is a free spirited and easy vibe so this allows a lot of freedom in terms of decor choices, fabrics, layers etc. to get the look you are going for without spending a fortune!

So how do you go about creating a Boho/Bali look like Audrina’s on a budget? Here are 5 tips below:

1. Be creative with the furniture that you choose!Audrina Decorist 6In Audrina’s living room we selected a distressed, rustic console (similar here) for extra storage. Anything that looks or is handmade can add to the “Boho/Bali” vibe. Consider thrifting to find worn or vintage pieces and distress them even further for a more authentic look. Use stencils to create interesting patterns or paint a bold color to create a focal point.

 

2. Pillows!Audrina Bedroom 2Pillows are an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of a room. To create that Boho/Bali vibe don’t shy away from mixing patterns or selecting a variety of pillows in ethnic prints. Etsy is my favorite source for inexpensive beautiful mud cloth and hmong pillows.

 

3. Layer, Layer, LayerDecorist Audrina 8Layering is the easiest way to get that laid back look that we all love. Be sure to adorn sofas and chairs with fabrics and throws.  I love using inexpensive scarves, table clothes and unfinished fabrics over chairs for a dash of color and pattern. Layer a pillow to get a rich texture that will carry the style through the space.

Audrina_Living RoomThink about layering rugs as well, use an inexpensive jute or sisal with a vintage dhurrie rug on top or consider a low pile woven rug with a cowhide layered like we did under Audrina’s dining table.

 

4. ArtAudrina Living Room2Make sure you consider your walls for your Boho/ Bali look. For Audrina’s space we opted for an over size tropical print, because she really wanted to bring a beach-y vibe into the design. You can do this on a budget by printing your own favorite beach or surf pictures.

Audrina Decorist9Another way to address the walls is to use woven wall hangings like we did in Audrina’s bedroom. These can be picked up rather inexpensively from Home Goods or Urban Outfitters. Tapestries, gallery walls or a collection of natural rattan mirrors are all inexpensive way to get that easy Bohemian look.

 

5. Create an Interior Jungle!Audrina Decorist 5Plants are another easy and inexpensive way to create that Boho vibe. Select tropical plants with big statement making leaves and put them in woven baskets of different shapes and sizes as we did in both of Audrina’s rooms. This immediately creates an air of bringing the outdoor in, which is paramount to the feel of the Boho style.

So there you have it! The Bohemian look is so accessible and fun and can be truly affordable. Go check out Audrina’s beautiful space and hopefully it inspires you to create a beautiful home of your own! XO

A Bohemian Living Room Makeover By Decorist

10 / 11 / 16

My living room is officially complete! I promised to give you all an update following my Bali Bungalow bedroom makeover, and it is safe to say Decorist has done it again. I teamed up with their Head of Design Ashley Redmond (yet again, she’s the best!) to give my living room a Bohemian-inspired vibe that would cohesively blend with our new bedroom, and we are obsessed with the results!
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It couldn’t have turned out more amazing, and we are so thankful Ashley (and Decorist!) were able to bring our vision to life! Head to Architectural Digest to learn more about my Decorist living room transformation, or keep reading to shop the items:

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After:
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1. Singularity Print & Wood Frame
2. Mayfair Ivory Bead Chandelier
3. Table Lamp-Cole
4. House of Troy Tripod Adjustable Floor Lamp
5. Surya Mandela Orange Area Rug
6. Safavieh Lahoma Coffee Table
7. Veratex Gotham Linen Grommet Curtain Panel
8. St. Croix Trading Matador Leather Diamond Chindi Pillow
9. MOTI Historic Carved 4-Door Buffet
10. Strata Furniture Double Twist End Table, 23-in
11. Strata Furniture Double Twist End Table, 26-in
12. Strata Furniture Vine Twist End Table
13. Safavieh Cali Shag Decorative Pillows
14. African Mudcloth Pillow Cover ‘Omari in black’
15. African Mudcloth pillow ‘Maceo in white’
16. Marshall Accent Chair
17. Global Views Izmir Hammered Side Table
18. Kenroy Home Light Mini Pendant

If you want a Decorist makeover for your home, be sure to use the promo code Audrina25 at checkout for 25% off! Also, sending a HUGE thank you to Minted, ATG Stores, Living Spaces, Selamat Designs, and Mae Woven for their generous product donations!

What do you think of my Decorist living room transformation? I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite pieces are — Share your thoughts with us on social media!

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Mommy Advice: Common Sleep Questions And How To Tackle Them

10 / 03 / 16

I’m so happy with all of the positive feedback I got regarding Ashley Fultz’s tip on getting your baby to sleep! No matter how much of an expert you are, there is always something new to learn. So even though I feel like I’m getting the hang of motherhood, I still find myself browsing resources online to get the low-down on what’s to come, what I can do better, and the best ways to manage a firstborn child!

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One amazing resource I stumbled across is The Sleep Dept. Sleep and babies don’t always go hand in hand, but everyone needs a few hours of shut eye to function! Using a gentle technique, The Sleep Dept. will educate and encourage you (and your baby!) to get a full night’s sleep by creating a sleeping plan that is designed for your child.

Every baby is different, so you’ll need to consult with The Sleep Dept. to lock on a routine that works for you. But, I’ve learned SO much from them and wanted to chat with one of their Infant Sleep Consultants, Erika Lamour, to have her answer common sleep questions and provide insight on how to tackle them! See below for our Q&A:

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I’ve heard that my baby’s sleep pattern will likely change when she hits the 4-month mark. Why?
Ah yes… The dreaded 4-month sleep regression where sleeping patterns change and become more like an adult. Your baby’s brain has matured, gone are the days where your little newborn could fall into a deep sleep at the drop of a hat. Now, they start to sleep more like us — they begin to go through light and deep sleep cycles. This means that each time your baby’s sleep cycle goes from deep to light, they will most likely wake up (that’s every 40-45 minutes!).

While many parents fear the 4-month sleep regression, it really shouldn’t be seen as a regression but more so a developmental milestone, and a time to implement a sleep program that’s right for you and your baby.

How can I get my baby to sleep through the entire night? Is it better to establish these habits early on?
There are definitely foundations you can set early on to create great sleep habits, but the 0 to 3-month stage of your baby’s life really should be referred to as the 4th trimester. Babies are making a HUGE transition from womb to world — coming from an environment that is dark, warm, and well-nourished to suddenly being exposed to light, different temperatures and hunger. Whilst it’s not a great idea to have your newborn on a time-based schedule, if you make sure your newborn is awake for no longer than 60-75 minutes between sleeps, you are on your way to creating great habits.

Pacifier are lifesavers, but it always falls out in the middle of the night. Any advice?
Uh-oh! Paci’s are great to settle and soothe newborns, but what happens when you are up 10 times in the middle of the night popping it back into your baby’s mouth? The best thing to do is cut it – COLD TURKEY! I know it sounds scary! But if it is being used as a sleep association it WILL wake your baby in the middle of the night and when they can’t find it, it may cause confusion and distress. We need to guide babies in having their own sleep associations that they create all themselves. All the babies who implement ‘The Sleep Dept’ program get used to having no paci on night 1! Instead, replace the paci for a small comforter.

What is the best way to handle a baby that will NOT go to sleep or stay asleep? And why does this happen?!
The simple answer is — they haven’t been allowed to figure it out on their own. When we introduce external sleeping associations, such as feeding or rocking a baby to sleep, we take that away from them. We don’t want a baby to be falling asleep outside of their cot (easier said than done!). There are gentle ways that this can be done (The Sleep Dept. only uses gentle techniques and no Cry It Out methods). It takes patience and consistency, but the good news is that if we follow a plan 100%, the results are almost immediate, with babies falling asleep on their own and sleeping through by night 2!

Swaddling and rolling don’t mix. What is the best way to transition a baby to a sleeping bag once she’s able to roll over?
In my experience, the best way to do this is… COLD TURKEY! It creates less confusion for your baby. I would recommend introducing a small handkerchief sized comforter, so that your baby can keep their hands busy if they need to. Again, most babies get used to having arms out in a night or two.

What about allowing her to sleep in our bed? I know I’ll be tempted when she starts teething!
The MOST important thing to remember when your baby is sick, teething, or going through a sleep regression is to not introduce anything new — especially a bad habit that you had worked so hard to get rid of in the first place! Of course, your baby needs you in times like these, but the best thing is to go to them. They still need to know its nighttime. So do what you have to do — feed them, bring a mattress into their room, hug them. Just be sure to stay in their room. All of these things pass, and if a baby is on a solid routine, it will only be a few days before they are back on track.

We have a routine down, but I’m worried that won’t be the case if we were to take a trip. Is it a mistake to take a vacation with a young baby? And do you have tips to calm new mom travel nerves?
We get it. A long flight, lots of waiting around, unfamiliar surroundings — these can all affect your Bub BUT if your little one is in a great routine at home, then they should be able to easily adjust wherever they are in the world. My best tips for travelling with a little one:

  1. Throw all your rules out when on the plane. It will be much less stressful for both you and Bub if you do what will easily calm your Bub.
  2. Get your baby onto a routine based on the time zone you are in. Babies adjust to different time zones much quicker than adults!
  3. Have your baby spend lots of time outside during the day, and start the nighttime wind down approx. 2-3 hours before sleep time.

If you could give one piece of advice for mothers with babies, what would it be?
The absolute best piece of advice I can share with you, that can be done as soon as your baby comes home is to have a solid bed time routine. Establishing a bedtime routine for your Bub is a must. Bub will be more relaxed if they know what’s coming next. A short 20 to 30-minute routine for your baby right before bedtime is ideal and really makes for healthy sleep habits. Be sure to do the routine in your baby’s bedroom (after they are bathed and dressed). Most babies LOVE the bath, but if your baby doesn’t find the bath relaxing, then switch it to the morning. The point of the bath during the bedtime routine is to calm your baby, not get them worked up right before bedtime. Our favorite routine goes a little something like this BATH – PJ’s – FEED/BURP – BOOK – CUDDLE – BLINDS DOWN – BED.

Must-Have Baby Essentials

09 / 07 / 16

As a new mother, I’m learning a lot of new things along the way. I am by no means an expert at caring for a baby, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of maternal instincts I had when Kirra arrived! But, instincts can only take you so far.

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What is the difference between car seat X and car seat Y? Do I really need a wipe warmer? What are the pros and cons of purchasing a cheap stroller versus an expensive one?  Corey and I were lucky enough to have friends and family who were willing to help us out with baby-related questions, and we have accumulated a house full of baby items that I’d love to share with you all!

From baby accessories to must-have distractions, here is a list of the baby essentials we (and Kirra) can’t get enough of:

Boppy: Kirra loves this! We put her in it while we are on the couch, getting ready in the morning, or lounging around the house.

Breast Friend Pillow: I love this! It is perfect for breast feeding but can also be used to support Kirra when she is laying close to me.

Pump: I use this ALL the time! I usually breastfeed in the morning, pump right after, then I’ll pump again later that day if I’m planning on going somewhere.

Diaper Bag: This is the diaper bag I use! I love that it is stylish AND fits a ton of stuff.

Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat and Stroller: I love this stroller and car seat, especially with this car seat cover and rear view mirror! It’s super easy to set up and maneuver — If we are at a restaurant, I can swivel her seat all the way around without turning the stroller. My only note is that it is pretty heavy, but what car seat isn’t!?

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Bibs:   I love using these pretty bandana bibs to protect her clothes.

Cloth Diapers: I use these as burp rags! We go through them like crazy and are starting leaving one in each room for emergencies.

Pacifier The only pacifier Kirra likes is the silicon NUK Soft OrthoStar!

The Honest Company Baby Powder and Lotion: We use these every night for bathing:) 

Coconut Oil: I’ve been using coconut oil on her skin — it can even help treat small rashes!

Travel Bassinet: When visiting parents or friends, this bassinet is a must (and the side barriers keep us sane!). Corey and I place this in the middle of our bed and let her sleep in between us.  

Rocker Swing: She loves this! It always manages to put her to sleep, so we keep it downstairs and use it when we need an extra hand.

Moccasins: Love these shoes! They go with everything and are super adorable.

Aden and Anais Swaddling Blankets: These blankets are BEYOND soft. I use these everyday and keep a few in her diaper bag — They are light enough for summer but still keep her warm!

Furry Soft Blanket: Kirra is obsessed with this blanket. We brought it to the hospital with us:)

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Rocking Chair: She loves the rocking chair! This one is pretty comfortable for me, too.

Diaper Changing Mat: This. Is. A. Must! Place this down before changing your baby so you don’t have to worry about public bathroom germs.

Changing Table: Couldn’t live without it! My lower back has already been hurting, so this helps with not having to lean over as much.

Wipe Warmer: Perfect for mid-night changes!

Onesy: This onesy is cute and opens at the bottom for easy diaper changes.

Nail Clippers:  I clip her little fingers and toes once a week.

Hand Mittens: We use these all the time to protect her cute little face from scratches!

White Noise Maker: Can’t sleep without it! It helps drown out all types of noise — the television, barking dogs, etc.

Baby Bath Tub: She loves her bath time!! 

Dreft Detergent: Kirra’s clothes are washed separately with this detergent.

 

How Decorist Transformed My Bedroom Into a Bali Bungalow

08 / 19 / 16

This year has been insane! We’ve had a lot of amazing things happen back to back, but the two most life-changing would have to be the birth of our baby girl, Kirra, and our move to our beautiful new home! I was 8-months pregnant when we made the move, so that first month in our new home was a whirlwind of unpacking, preparing for Kirra, and adjusting to life as a new mom.

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My goal was to have the nursery and my bedroom done before she arrived, which is easier said than done — I could barely see my toes! I started looking at furniture online for inspiration, and I’m happy to announce that stumbling across Decorist was probably the best thing that ever happened to our house. For just $299 a room, Decorist matches you with an interior designer to help design your room virtually!

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I teamed up with Decorist’s Ashley Redmond — who turned out to be amazing — and we chatted for a while so she could get a feel for the Bali Bungalow vibe I was going for. I had already ordered the Lombok Bed from Anthropologie, so we used this piece as the focal point of the room. Ashley and I went back and forth with Pinterest ideas until my vision came alive! She sent me a final render so I could see how everything would look in my room, and I loved it! I couldn’t have been happier!

After!!Audrina Bedroom

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As soon as I gave the green light, Ashley walked me through the buying process and everything arrived within the month! We didn’t think it was possible to have our bedroom done before Kirra’s arrival, but we have Decorist to thank for a stress-free homecoming!

You can read more about my bedroom makeover at People.com, and be sure to check out the pieces below to get some inspo for your room:

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Bed: Lombok Bed
Duvet: Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Duvet Cover
Bed Pillows: Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Sham & Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Euro Sham
Sofa: Montgomery Upholstered Sofa
Vanity: Mila Vanity
Hanging Pendant: Flowering Lotus Pendant
Lamp: Sambaya Lamp Ensemble
Rug: Geometric Steps Kilim Rug
Ottomans: Lana Pouf
Curtain Rod: Umbra Cappa Curtain Rod
Basket: Seagrass Basket with Handles
Decorative Pillows: Belmont Bloom PillowRisa PillowVintage Kilim Pillow, & African Mudcloth Throw Pillow
Blanket: Adarissa Throw Blanket
Succulents: Desktop Plant, Succulent Set of Three, Succulent Wood Burn Tribal Print, Succulents in Faux Shell

Now that my bedroom has its Decorist stamp of approval, Ashley and I have switched our attention to the living room! Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget to check out Decorist on Instagram:) XOXO

(Images c/o Carla Choy.)