9/23/16

Love YA and/or historical fiction? Take this poll for a chance to win a gift card


I know I have some lovely readers out there who love young adult, historical fiction, and young adult historical fiction novels as much as I do. Riiiight? :) 

Help a girl out and tell me more about what type of characters, narration, and timelines you find compelling. Fill me in on the tropes that hook you and the ones that annoy you. 

Kindly fill out the entire survey (even the "Why" sections) and you'll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card to spend on that YA or historical fiction book at the top of your to-read list. A winner will be randomly selected in October.


Thank you! :)

9/22/16

Decorating with CORT: 1 Room, 3 Ways

This post brought to you by CORT. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Lovely Side.


Once in a while, I hear from you lovely readers about how you'd love to decorate your space, but you're only living there temporarily. Or how you've just relocated, and making your place feel like home is proving difficult. Something I wish I'd considered back in my moving-from-apartment-to-apartment days is furniture rental. (Especially during that stint where I didn't actually have a couch... or place to put my television...) 

CORT Furniture Rental is a national industry leader in the furniture rental space—and they help make furnishing and decorating your space as convenient as possible. Know what you like? You can rent furniture by the piece to express your individual decorating style. Trust the experts for guidance? They offer move-in ready packages, too. Either way, the furniture is ready when you need it, yours for as long as you need it, and gone when you don't. No hassle. More flexibility. And the best part? Tons of style.

Yes, this is all from CORT Furniture Rental!
I set out to create a living room look—well, actually three looks—using furniture from CORT. Why the living room? Because whether you lease an apartment or own a house, the living room is literally where the living happens. It's where you curl up on the couch for a movie. It's where you play board games. It's where you sip wine and girl-talk. So I think it should be the first space in your place to get decorated. 


I went "window-shopping" on CORT's website and fell in love with so many pieces. If you're expecting neutral, plain-jane furnishings... think again. Don't get me wrong—there are plenty of beautiful beige and white options if that's your thing. But you know me—I'm an orange couch kinda girl. And from the handsome, leather chesterfield sofa to the sleek, velvety tufted couch... choosing just one set of furniture for my imaginary living room was difficult. After much deliberation, I went with the tufted sofa in the rainy-day-sky-blue color (picture above, right). Isn't it dreamy?!
For the rest of my room, I went on to choose these:


What was my strategy? Well, I didn't have one. In fact, I wanted to challenge myself. So I picked pieces that I loved but that you might not expect to see together. It started with that great couch. Then, I chose two chairs: a comfy armless chair and a more elegant accent chair. I opted for a tv stand that offered plenty of storage, and a side table with a rich wood tone but versatile silhouette. I am a firm believer in furniture with wheels—so I sprung for this round cocktail table for a coffee table. And I couldn't resist the wine cabinet. Because wine. 

Now for the hard—errr, fun!—part of creating three entirely differently looks with those pieces. Luckily, CORT also offers art, rugs, and lamps. 
I continued my imaginary shopping experience and found myself gravitating toward certain items. I decided on my three looks:
  1. Cozy Industrial: inspired by the bridge illustration art, warm brown rug, and sleek lamp
  2. Modern Farmhouse: inspired by the rustic tree artwork, neutral but graphic rug, and creamy white lamp
  3. Eclectic Bohemian: inspired by colorful abstract art, a bright green rug, and turquoise (my favorite!) lamp

Let's start with cozy industrial. Because who knew "industrial" could be so warm and inviting, right? I accessorized the television stand with vintage memorabilia. Wire baskets tuck underneath the coffee table for handy storage. There are a mix of metals throughout the room—burnished gold, old copper, and galvanized steal. The artwork features architectural illustrations and a graphic print. I kept the color scheme pretty neutral and added pattern with a mismatched variety of black and white pillows. It turned out handsome, cozy, and sophisticated.


In the modern farmhouse style board, I went with a similar color scheme—but reversed the balance of black and white. While the industrial room featured more black and gray, the farmhouse room incorporates a whole lot more creamy white. I accessorized with rustic accents, a vintage-inspired radio, burlap and linen throw pillows, and antique vases in a pretty sea-glass color reminiscent of the couch. The sheer curtains and crisp white lamp keep things fresh. And the minimalist rug, graphic pillow, and typographical print add a modern touch to a room that otherwise could go in a shabby chic direction really fast. (I'm feeling my inner Joanna Gaines in this room. Ha.)


Last but certainly not least, the eclectic bohemian room is the living room I'd create if I were actually moving in. I feel most at home in an eccentric boho room because anything goes! You can mix and match patterns, colors, and styles to your heart's desire. So that's what I did. I pulled some colors from the abstract painting—like that lovely orchid pink for the curtains, splashes of cyan, and pops of red. I threw around throw pillows in a variety of patterns and colors—from busy floral to graphic, monochromatic prints. I had a whole lot of fun accessorizing with vintage items, bits of gleaming gold, and book. This room is so happy, vibrant, and feminine—yet grounded and chic thanks to the balance of color and rich, dark wood tones.

There were a few other items from CORT's website that I adored, but didn't incorporate this round.


For instance, that beautiful red chair—now that I think about, it could have worked for a pop of color in any of those three rooms, too! I have a thing for sunbursts mirrors. (Someday... someday I will have one.) I also loved this gray, glass-based lamp and steamer trunk coffee table—yay, storage! And you may be surprised to learn that CORT also offers plants and throw pillow sets. The pillow sets are even pre-mixed-and-matched for you.

For decorating ideas, follow CORT on Instagram. (I love when they share inspiring tips from designers and other creatives!)

There you have it—one room furnished by CORT, styled three different ways. I've already confessed that the eclectic bohemian look is my favorite. Which one is yours?



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9/16/16

Bridget Jones's Baby Baby Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures.


Bridget Jones's Baby has arrived! Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. And it hits theaters today!

I'm super excited to find out who the baby's daddy is—and host a special Bridget Jones's Baby giveaway here on the blog. :)

One lucky reader will receive all the fixings for a girls' weekend:
  • A $25 Visa gift card to spend on a girls' night out at the movies with Bridget Jones
  • A tote bag, eye mask, lip balm, candle and nail file
Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing provided by Universal Pictures.


Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan.  Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.  For once, Bridget has everything completely under control.  What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not.  In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.


The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones’s franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast.  Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward.  Universal Pictures will distribute Bridget Jones’s Baby in North America and select international territories.



Who's ready for a girls' weekend?

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9/15/16

A Little Romance Book Giveaway for Fall: Win 'The Protector' and a romantic prize pack! (Closed)

This post and giveaway are brought to you in partnership with Forever, the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Thanks, Forever! :)

**This giveaway has ended. Stay tuned for more giveaways!**

Fall is such a romantic time of year. The night air gets crisp. The leaves turn fiery colors. Doesn't it make you want to light candles, pour a glass of wine, and curl up in bed with a tall, dark, handsome ex-SAS sniper/bodyguard? Or, maybe a novel about one—and his romance with a beautiful heiress in need of protection?

9/2/16

House Progress: Dining Room Decor Plan



Our dining room has definitely caused me the most design obstacles so far. It's a formal dining room—something I haven't really had before. It's a big, spacious room. The radiators and built-in cabinet are gorgeous—and also pose furniture arrangement challenges. Oh, and it's the only place we can fit and plug in our must-have keezer—fresh homebrewed beer on tap is such a luxury!

8/21/16

Dorm Decor Week: Rose Gold & White Marble Inspiration Board


This dorm decorating inspiration board is inspired by two hot trends: rose gold and white marble. I love how the pinkish gold metallic pairs with classic white marble. It's ultra feminine, but with a sleek, modern edge.

8/18/16

Dorm Decor Week: Schoolhouse Sweet Inspiration Board


This dorm decor inspiration board is inspired by old schoolhouses, vintage botanical prints, and sugary sweet retro colors. It's a little preppy, a little girly, and a little industrial—all at once. Balance preppy pastels with candy brights, vintage metals with retro woods, and bold typography with pretty illustrations.