Barstools Under $100 (Our Go-To's)

We’ve rounded up some barstools that we constantly source for our clients. We love a good piece at an affordable price! Check out how we styled each piece and let us know which one is your fav!

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Barstool 1. The Rattan bold piece that brings warmth, texture and a boho vibes to any space!

How we styled it: There’s no wrong or right way, paired with a bold printed rug, a handful of fresh greenery and faux fur throw!

Barstool 2. Wood and metal mix bring such a fun twist! The industrial appearance is soften with the gold which makes this piece so functional!

How we styled it: The piece is already busy, to balance the space, we paired it in a black and white setting with gold accents and plenty of greenery!

Barstool 3. Gold and minimal this barstool is oh so pretty and feminine!

How we styled it: Don’t be fooled by this gold dream, this can most definitely be paired with so many finishes, you can always mix metals too! We paired it with a marble countertop and white cabinets for a soft pop. This also pairs nicely in a darker setting! Think black cabinets! Oh My Wow!

Barstool 4. Can’t go wrong with sleek black! The awesome part is, these stools come as a set!

How we style it: Another neutral that goes with anything, we styled these in a kitchen with butcher block countertops and olive green cabinets, its such a playful vibe adding a matte back! Always add greenery and vintage accents to bring any look together!

Barstool 5.

Obsessing Over - Organic Baby Space

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We’re obsessed with little babes spaces. We can’t help it!! The best part is that now and days we aren’t looking to be cutesy with matching nursery sets, we are actually creating small adult spaces! This is a room you as a parent will be spending A LOT of time in and guess who is going to remember how it looks, not your sweet babe, YOU! So style it for you! I love of course adding all the necessities for the babe but the actual aesthetic being like a second master bedroom!

This is the room you need to be calm and relaxed in so your sweetie can feed off that energy. So here are some of our faves to use in the nursery!

 

This rug will be the center of attention (other than your little human)! But come on this color is everything!!

There is nothing better than a simple crib that will grow with your babe alone the way. My favorite wood right now is this light oak because it is such an earthy gorgeous feel!

This is the all rage. The necessity to make baby feel comforted and you as a parent feel at ease letting your baby rest away securely! PLUS there are some seriously cure cover for this guy, so it’s a win win!

In love with the simplicity of this guy and can be layered with blankets and pillows. Even though we all know it will turn into a toy catch all eventually lol!

Again, when your big pieces are simple yet rich they can grow with your style and transition into the future! You’re accessories are where you can play with fun color and pattern because I know just as well it’s hard as hell to keep up with trends since it’s ever-changing! I love the fact that you can literally switch the entire vibe of the room just by changing up the pillows in the room! And it’s so damn easy!

Because you can’t not have a stand out light fixture in here!!!! I also added a sconce to the design above since I’d rather have the floor or table space for something fun! And the lighting features give a serious custom look to any space!

 

Relating Fashion to Interior Design

Hello Hello Hellooooooo,

We all choose our outfits based on what makes us feel best in and what reflects our style most. When we feel GOOD in our outfits and when you are having a superb outfit day, I know you feel more confident with yourself!! It’s the inevitable whether it be at work or a fun friend day date we feel most comfortable when our style is on point. Alright now here is my point, your home should reflect who you are just as your fashion does!!!

 
 

If someone were to walk into your home, they should know that it’s yours. How fun that you can express yourself in the place that you reside in and spend a good majority of your life in! What’s important is to find pieces that are unique to you and make you feel good to see on the daily. Often times we are drawn to ideas that are trendy or pre-done but is that really you? Maybe, maybe not. Lets take a moment to remember that this is for you, this is your investment. 

Just as you are picking out an outfit, it’s flattering to you and your liking! You’ll also be surprised to see that the colors that you love to wear most and colors you are drawn to in your home decor! For instance, I love my jeans and a black tee! Well those are definitely my go-to accent colors! What colors are you drawn to? Do you prefer eclectic or contemporary? Clean cuts or frills?

As interior designers we are hired to make our clients happy and the main way we do so is to create a YOU space. That’s our main goal and this is the best job to be able to create beautiful spaces that reflect so many amazing personalities. We flourish when we are inspired by our surroundings so remember not to neglect that and let’s find some amazing ways to express ourselves!

Here is a way we express ourselves through warm tones and natural desert-y vibes! And of course we all have our grunge, bun in hair days just like our homes when we just don’t have the time to clean! We’re only human damn it!!

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Want some inspo?! Here are some photos of awesome bloggers and interior spaces that just nail the whole aesthetic that has some serious reflection of their personal style!


Camel and black inspo for dayyysssssss. pics via pinterest and amber interiors.

Camel and black inspo for dayyysssssss. pics via pinterest and amber interiors.

You guys our fave colors to accessorize with are your nautal greens and warm red yaasssss!!! Pics via pinterest

You guys our fave colors to accessorize with are your nautal greens and warm red yaasssss!!! Pics via pinterest

Insta is our fave way to express ourselves too, and the coolest home trends from what yours truly think ;)

xoxo,

Emily and Aurora

Why Adding Some Vintage is KEY

I feel like I'm never going to hear the words, "yes, I would love to spend top dollar for everything Em". Orrrr maybe you would but we totally believe in going thrift shopping and mixing with new! Lets talk about some serious character here!!

 
 

No one will have the same thing you have on that awesome bookshelf and guess what? They don't need to know that you got that entire top shelf for 20 bucks!! Now we can afford that Anthropologie pillow we are dying over because we bargained elsewhere 🙌🏻

Sometimes we don't give outdated pieces the time of day but just as in the world of fashion, WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND! It's all in being confident with what you are pairing! 

Let's see here, the design world is at its best in the fact that things don't have to make sense! Let's be creative and not think rules here!! Oh goodness I can't tell you that enough. I think we can all agree that we want our homes cozy and inviting so lets bring some warmth in this way!

We went through and found some really cool pieces to pair together or just top off our shelves in our Two Gals Shop! Here is the inspiration behind our madness!

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Photo Cred in Order

Amber Interiors // Local Milk // Desire to Inspire // Two Gals Interiors // Two Gals Interiors // Pinterest

Check out our shop below whether your in the market for some fun pieces or just some inspo!! 

XOXO,

Em & Rora

 

Faking a Green Thumb

I'll admit it, I am a lover of all things greenery but boy do I sure know how to kill them!! I always have such envy over rooms that are filled with jungle life wonder and such lush plants! So naturally I find myself at the local nursery with at least 20 plants in my cart. Then there I am planting all of my new beauties in their pots and placing them carefully throughout my room. Well well well, three weeks later low and behold my plans are starting to wilt and brown. Sound familiar? It's tragic! Even the cactus that people say you can't kill is practically shriveled up.

 
 

-Yes this sadly depicts me and my wine a bit too accurately-

After my devastating discovery I knew that the answer was NOT to go with artificial plants. It just doesn't give the same look as real ones do! Right?! So I started doing some research and some lovely people had given advice on some of the easiest plants to take care of. This is why I am now sharing with you because it was so helpful!! (****Side note, they have come up with some AMAZING fake plants these days and we can totes source some for you if you are interested)!!

Coming from my industry of interior design it is highly important to know about plants because they are absolutely a must in the world of the decor these days. Each design that we create for our clients and ouselves are graced with at least three plants lol. Whether you're designing on a budget or money is no object plants are on the least expensive side yet give one of the boldest elements in a room.

So here we are, let's try to fake this together and see if we can keep our plants lush and vibrant as they should be!

Plant Tip - One of the most common plant killers is over watering! While we think we are helping them thrive we are actually drowning them! Before you decide to water stick your finger in the soil and make sure at least an inch is dry!

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sourced from urban outfitters

Pothos (I put this one first for a reason, I can’t kill this guy!!!) - These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. So basically you can't go wrong here! It's like a weed but this time we are all over it!!

Idea - This is the greatest plant for those hanging pots! This will grow and dangle down perfectly! Especially when they are in front of a window. Mine grew a foot within a month!!!


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Fiddle Leaf Fig - This is my all time FAVE. I would use it in every design because it knows how to magnify a rooms beauty! These plants are often over looked as a hard plant to keep alive but really all it needs a the right amount of sunlight! If it gets too much it may start to fade so try shifting it away from the direct sunlight if you see this happen! 


PLANT TIP - Keep the instructions that come with each plant you purchase! Just tape it under the pot for a little refresher on the best care for your pant!


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Philodendron - Love love love the vibrance that this plant gives to a space! This plant comes in many form but can really withstand neglect! Here is one that has some split leaves giving more of a tropically vibe!


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Sourced from Roguewoodsupply.com

Spider Plant - This modern looking plant is definitely a great visual interest to any space! Pair it with a softer plant and you have a great combo! These plants do well with evenly moist soil and neutral lighting conditions. So keep it in a room with some natural light and water regularly for a happy guy!


PLANT TIP - Add rocks to the bottom of your pots for the best drainage! This will help the plants hold the right amount of water!


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Dracaena - These plants are so unique and the perfect plant to spruce up your floor! Keep it dry and in more of a warm area you are gold!


And of course…. THE cactus.

Let's not forget about our lovely succulents and cactus! These truly are easy care because they don't need to be watered as much as your average plant! I think we all know this but just in case for those of you who are just starting this greenery journey!! Hope this blog helps and we will be posting soon some of our favorite plant combinations and how to get that effortless jungle look! 

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sourced from amberinteriors.com

xoxo, 

Em & Rora

How to Create the Perfect Eclectic Collage (without overthinking it)

Well helleerrrrrr,

Everyone loves a good collage wall right?! But how do we get that effortlessly perfect look without making it seem forced? Oh ya, I know you do, its definitely one of our top questions we get!! Here we are to tell you that the number one thing you are doing wrong is overthinking it. Take that band poster and that vintage framed mirror and put those babies together! Heck, let's go ahead and throw in that family portrait too! We are so about mixing and how amazing it is to see this effortless style come into play when you just let go of the idea of perfection.

Everyone has different styles and likes so embrace what calls to you! One thing to always remember add something into the collage to break it up. For example, adding a unique macrame will bring new texture giving your wall some depth! 

LAYOUT TIP: Start by hanging one piece in the middle and working your way out, this will bring balance to the wall. If you are looking for a more clean collage wall, measure out about 2" in between each picture so they are close and cozy! On the other hand of wanting a more eclectic wall, vary with hanging pictures 1" to 4" away from each other.

Check out this one we did below! Such a fun way to display all our clients rock bank posters and see what we did there with the small wicker mirror?! Lol 

Two Gals Interiors Original Design

Two Gals Interiors Original Design

Hanging plants is our fave way to top off a collage wall! Here is another project with the same client that we just adore!

Two Gals Interiors original design

Two Gals Interiors original design

Now, if you are look for a bit of a cleaner look check out this next tip!!!

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****Design World Update **** Design has changed in a way that is good to break the rules!! We are’nt in an era that we want to go to the store and buy matching sets of furniture (my actual nightmare)!! It’s funny how by mixing and matching you actually get a design that looks like it was truly meant to be!! This does NOT mean that you have to have a jungle, boho, extravagant-ly eclectic look but it teaches you to step outside the box a bit and let your character shine!!

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Now, a collage can also just be two really cool prints paired together! This creates a more minimal look if you don't wish to have a lot of small items! The pictures DO NOT have to be the same size!! Keep them in the range of up to 6 in though so it doesn’t look too off.

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Let us know what your favorite way to top off a collage is!! Or other things we can show and teach you!!

XOXO,

Em&Rora

Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer

Well hello there, we are writing this blog post not only because we are interior designers trying to sell our service but because we really want to lead you in the direction of having an awesome home! Interior designers can get bad rep and that's just a thing of the past! 

 
 

We will keep it short and sweet as to why it's the coolest thing ever to hire an interior designer!! Ok maybe not the coolest.. but maybe up there!

WE SAVE YOU MONEY.  

Need I say more?! Ok I will though. It's the inevitable when choosing your materials, whether it be flooring to furniture, you can make costly mistakes. Even though you are paying for a service, designers lead you in the right direction with our expertise. We went to school to be able to create spaces that add value to your home and keep you honed in on what is important to upgrade and what is not. We are trained to be able to give anyone what they desire on any budget.

We Save you Time.

We all have our things going on between work, fam, and friends right?! Sometimes we get over excited and start a project only to leave it hanging for weeks on end! Well guess what, TIME IS MONEY. We sort, we shop, we manage to keep you and your project on track! We guide you in the right direction at all costs and help you keep that line of vision for the end game! It's hard to stay focused on all the pretty materials out there, trust us we know!!! 

We Have Cool Secret Discounts.

Ok maybe not so secret but hello! We are in the trade, which means trade discounts on all your fave retailers!! We can even find you specials that aren't open to the public! Right on!

We give you a vision.

Some of us were born lucky enough to have the ability to see a 3D vision when walking into a home! We hear your wants and needs then create a preliminary example of your home before you even purchase! This saves time and money right there! Bam!! We know how to give you the best functionality while giving your home the character that it deserves. This living room below was filled with nada by the way!!

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We Bring your Pinterest Board to Life.

Don't lie, you have home goals on Pinterest or any other awesome inspiration sites. No matter what, your home is the place that you spend most of your money and time on. This place represents you and all who live in it. Imagine being able to have that perfectly styled home that you just can't put your finger on knowing where to start. You know what you want but we help you actually achieve it with our expertise.

We Have Passion for the Potential of your Home.

This is our baby. Seriously, this is what we went into business for!!! We want you to-

  • be reflected in your home

  • have the most bang for your buck

  • to have your dream home no matter what budget you have

  • be proud of your home and have kick ass parties

Liiiiike what the heck to do with this odd nook?! It has so much potential we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it!!

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Ok done rambling for now, thanks for reading and hope that gives you some interior designer faith!!

Your design BFF’s,

Em&Rora