Before and After || Jen’s Mega Kitchen Overhaul

Today I’m so excited to introduce you guys to Sara Barney.  She’s an austin-native who spent time in LA before coming back here 8 years ago, so we have similar stories in that respect.  She is also an incredible interior designer and I’m so excited for her to share her expertise with us!  So without further ado, I’ll let her take it away!  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do! Hi everyone! Let me just start by saying I am so thrilled to hanging out over here at The Effortless Chic! As an interior designer (and a …

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Sneak-A-Peek || Rachel’s Family Friendly Living Room

Sara, here! Designing for a young family always poses its own set of special challenges. You want the space to be functional and accessible to everyone. You want major pieces to be durable and able to withstand a toddler tornado. Above all else, you want it to look nice, which is no easy feat with the littles running around.  With all of that in mind, let me just say, interior designer, Rachel Madden nailed it with the design of her home in San Anselmo, California, just outside of San Francisco. Homegirl has the most welcoming and beautiful …

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Austin Update || House Hunting

I can’t even begin to tell you how overwhelmed I was by all of your encouraging comments on this post— whether here, on instagram, or facebook.  It feels amazing that our big secret is now out of the bag and I loved hearing from so many Austinites about your favorite neighborhoods and restaurants around town.  As the number of days we have left in LA diminishes, though, our to-do list continues to grow at a rapid pace, with our top priority being our living situation.  Fortunately we do have family there that we can stay with …

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The Best of Kids Play Spaces

In the same way that kids grow out of clothes from month to month, their play seems to change nearly as frequently.  When I was putting the last blue woven baskets in their place in Parker’s nursery, two weeks before my due date, I had no idea that I would be dreaming of updating her space a year later.  During the first year, the nursery was primarily for nursing and sleeping.  Now that she is a walking and talking toddler, though, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to make it more playful and fun for her.  I’ve been …

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