Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE HOST

Every year, we put together lists of our favorite gift items for the season- and this year, we are SO excited with what we’ve found!

One of the first people you may find on your list are hostess gifts for those holiday parties that will surely begin before you know it.  We even like to keep a few in our closet, just in case you find yourself at a party last minute.  One thing you definitely don’t want to do is show up empty handed, and what host wouldn’t LOVE any of these gifts?!

 

These disco ball drink cups might just be my favorite item on the list.  What a fun, festive way to treat your guests- with their favorite holiday cocktail hidden inside!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Marble is classic, neutral, and sure to coordinate with any decor your host has.  Add a unique touch with an initial!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

You’ve probably caught on by now how much we love Anthropologie’s funky finds, and this serving set is no exception.  We love how unique the handles are!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Kouboo has come out with tons of beautiful new items, and these hand-woven rattan place mats are so gorgeous, we couldn’t decide which color we liked best!  Which one is your favorite?

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite gifts to ever receive was a box full of my friends’ and family’s favorite recipes.  Whether you fill it with your own recipes, or leave the cards open for your host to fill, this is sure to be a huge hit for the host who loves to cook, or a great gift for a new couple!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RawSpiceBar was generous enough to send us a pack of spices to test out, and when they arrived we were delighted to see that they were Oktoberfest themed- how fun (not to mention, absolutely delicious)!  This is such a fun, special way to gift your host with monthly spices and new recipes for them to try.  Pair your RawSpiceBar subscription with cute little spice jars like the ones below- it’s the gift that will keep on giving!

RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

We’ve all been to parties where maybe we don’t know the host all that well, but would still like to bring something nice, other than your typical bottle of wine or flowers.  This sweet little porcelain tray from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift, without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

When all else fails, you can NEVER go wrong with festive cocktail napkins!  These ones can even be reused after the holidays…score!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

What was your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)?  We’d love to hear some more unique ideas!

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Color Feature: SHADOW

As one of the first brands to name a color of the year for 2017, Benjamin Moore has recently chosen “Shadow”.  This deep, rich, purple hue is the ultimate shade of luxury.  If you’re looking to experiment with adding a little bit of a boldness to your home without going too “bright”, then Shadow may be the perfect color to test out!

I love that it adds such glamour, yet still has a subtlety that keeps the color practical.  What do you think of Shadow?  Is there a room in your home that would look great with this updated, bold look?  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

 

 

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

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Top 5 Design Trends for 2017

HighPoint Market is always a great opportunity to see the new lines and trends in home decor.  Vendors try out their new products at Market to gauge the response from buyers and designers.  My favorite part of Market is visiting as many showrooms as I can fit in (both favorites and new finds), and trying to come up with the trends that are emerging.  This year, I was so happy to have Jillian join me- she has joined the team at Susan Hayward Interiors, and together we have come up with our 5 Design Trends for 2017!

 

1. Quartz

Stone has always been popular, but this year we saw so much quartz.  It appeared in everything from lighting, to case goods, to decorative items.  I think we liked it on lighting best, as it gave the quartz a shimmer that was much more subtle than crystal, but not any less beautiful!

 

Couture Lamps

Couture Lamps

Surya

Surya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Visual Comfort & Co.

Visual Comfort & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Gold

Sorry everyone, but I think the days of brushed nickel finishes have been “outshined”.  We saw lots of polished nickel, silver, and gold.  The gold was what struck us the most- it had such a beautiful tone to it, not the brassy look of the 80’s!

 

Studio A Home

Studio A Home

 

Worlds Away

Worlds Away

 

Currey & Co.

Currey & Co.

 

 

3. Tassels

Home decor follows fashion, and nothing has been more evident in fashion as have tassels.  We’ve seen them in jewelry and on clothes, and now they’re on lights, bedding, and furniture.  We loved the look:  Bohemian with a classy edge!

 

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

4. Distressed Finishes

Yes, distressed finishes have been around for awhile.  This year there were a lot more creamy whites and softer colors, making the look much more European, and less rustic.

 

Eloquence

Eloquence

 

Classic Home

Classic Home

 

The Bramble Company

The Bramble Company

 

 

5.  Velvet

Nothing else feels quite like velvet, and this year velvet was everywhere.  The new velvets are much more user-friendly with teflon-type finishes to roll that glass of red wine right off (and on to your beautiful rug?).  Oh well, can’t have everything!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

House of Hampton via Wayfair

House of Hampton via Wayfair

 

Company C

Company C

 

Overall, we came away from High Point with a feeling of classy elegance.  Quartz, gold, tassels, distressed finishes and velvets – beautiful and luxurious, but also welcoming and fresh.  I can’t wait until 2017 to see if we were right!  What trends are you most looking forward to seeing?

 

 

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J’Adore Décor!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

If you read our blog often (or saw pictures from my wedding), you probably already know that vintage, romantic décor is my absolute favorite style.  What I love most about it is the warm, cozy feel that it brings to a room.  Often paired with calm, neutral tones, this style can have such a soothing effect.

I also love the idea that the style reflects the rich history of its era, and breathes such life into the design.  Sometimes, this style can be a bit difficult to achieve on your own… But, here are a few of my favorite looks to hopefully inspire you and give you some new ideas for how to get this look in your home, too!

 

I love a sturdy, rustic farmhouse table paired with neutral linen.  This is classic French country design, and a timeless look for your dining area.  I like to pair mine with a big bouquet of hydrangeas or peonies- simple, elegant, and soft.

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

With lots of neutral tones, it’s nice to add in pops of glitz like gold and silver to add a bit of sparkle to your décor!

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bella Cottage is one of my personal favorites- their pieces are simply beautiful.  I love the tufting here- it would be so comfy to lean up against if you like to read in bed, like I do!

Bella Cottage

Bella Cottage

 

Often in French country décor, you will find ornate, glamorous lighting paired with rustic or distressed pieces.  This adds so much depth to all of those neutral tones, and really steps your design up to the next level!

Bella Cottage

Eloquence via Bella Cottage

 

For a more casual room, you can channel that country look from nature, and use it in wallpaper and fresh flowers.  This Tempaper wallpaper is not only perfect for the style, it’s also temporary so that you can easily add or remove it any time you want to switch it up!

Tempaper

Tempaper

 

Stools like these from Frontgate have it all- I wish I had a counter like this in my house so that I could get some of my own!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

I love the look of this wire basket chandelier!  This could be so fun for a big table outdoors, maybe even with some vines or ivy wrapped around.

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

It is so common to find distressed or “shabby chic” furniture to capture this look.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is easy enough to use yourself, and the best quality out there to get the style of paint you see here!

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings

 

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

The Painted Cottage

The Painted Cottage

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

Shabby Chic Couture

Shabby Chic Couture

 

 

What’s YOUR favorite style?  Would you try this French country décor in your home?

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A Fall Festival for Your Front Door!

With all of the pumpkins, gourds, and other festive fall items popping up in grocery stores lately, it is the perfect time to have some fun decorating that front door of yours.  There are so many different ways to carve, paint, and stack your pumpkins- we just love these entries so much, we can practically smell the pumpkin spice just looking at them!  The best part about a festive fall door like one of these, is that it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween!

 

So this one might seem like it’s for the expert carver, but what we love most about this is the idea of a pumpkin flower pot for your autumn arrangement!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

What a fun project for a rainy day with kids!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

How great is this apple wreath?!  With a bright red door like that, it is the perfect backdrop for a fall welcome.

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Midwest Living

 

A simple chalkboard with warm season’s greetings is a quick, easy trick to really spice up your front door without too much time decorating or carving!

Love of Family & Home

Love of Family & Home

 

For something that will last all season long, try a ribbon wreath.  It would be easy to store and use again next year, too!

HGTV

HGTV

 

For those of you who love the neutral look, try an all white display- right down to the daisies!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Stacking pumpkins and wrapping your door in autumn leaves?  How could you go wrong?

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

 

What’s your favorite fall look?  We’d love to see pictures of YOUR festive front door!!

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Sweater Weather That Isn’t Just For Your Wardrobe!

Yesterday in Boston it was 85 degrees, this morning it was 55!  Fall is in the air, and that means… sweater weather!  There’s nothing like a soft cozy sweater on a crisp day to warm you right up.  Why not switch up your home decor with some “sweaters” to cozy up your interiors as well?

 

One of my favorite “sweaters” is a fisherman knit afghan that my mom knitted for my bridal shower many years ago.  Every year it comes out with its long tassels, and finds a home draped over my sofa.  I like a cool house (even in the winter) so we use our throws a lot.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

I like pillows to feel soft.  I love the old sweater look of this one.  It seems cable knit is in this year and it’s popping up on everything.  From pillows…

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

….to rugs!

West Elm

West Elm

 

We’re seeing a lot of fringe this year in the clothing industry and that just filters right down to the home.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

I love small ottomans.  They can be used as a footstool, an extra seat, or put a tray on it for an end table.  This one from Surya (who we love!) adds a little cozy to your room

Surya

Surya

 

These chairs have been in several of our blogs because I love them!  Thank you Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams-   I hope this trend continues!

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

 

Nothing seems warmer in the fall and winter than a cozy log cabin, and this bedding embodies just that.  The rustic design and that fuzzy pillow bring that cozy cabin design right to any home.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

For a cleaner, simpler look, this bedding set from West Elm has the same cable knit feel, yet with a lighter weight design.

West Elm

West Elm

 

And of course, one of our favorites for rugs and cushions, Langdon Ltd. has the perfect shag textiles to add some warmth and fuzz to your room, and with lots of style!

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

We can’t wait for sweater weather to be in full swing, and with these picks for your home, it’s sure to be the coziest and most stylish season yet!

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How to Create a Small Space with Big Style

I spend a lot of time helping my clients downsize into smaller spaces.  Selling the big house and moving into the condo in the city sounds great, right?  But what do you do in a smaller space with all of your stuff??  Finding ways to incorporate storage into everyday pieces has become easier thanks to a little creativity in your furniture purchases.

Cubes and floating shelves can store a lot and can do double duty as wall art.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Bookshelves don’t have to be built-in.

IKEA

IKEA

 

And desks and tables don’t have to have legs.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

A simple shelf under a table can store magazines and books, as well as decorative items.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Add drawers and your “stuff” is out of sight.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

Not enough room in your bedroom for anything but a bed?  Get one with under the bed storage and attached nightstands.

West Elm

West Elm

 

A simple wooden ladder can be the perfect place for linens.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

What other tips and tricks have you learned over the years to save yourself extra space and reduce clutter in your small space?

 

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Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

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Dorm Design For 2017

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

It may have been several years since I’ve needed to gear up for decorating my college dorm, but I’ll never forget all of the tips and tricks that I learned over those years.  Whether you live on campus or in an apartment, one thing is usually certain for college living- space is tight!  I needed to learn how to live in a tiny little area, with way more things than I had space for.  I’ve collected some of my favorite dorm decor items for you, and hope it might inspire you to rethink your design this year to make better use of your little space!

 

 

Many dorms will come furnished, but for those of you in an apartment, you may need to invest in a bed yourself.  This storage headboard is the perfect piece of furniture for a busy college student because you can store your electronics and books right in your headboard after a long night of studying.  Not to mention that you could even add a nightlight on there and totally skip a nightstand all together and save even more space!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

My roommates and I were always having get-togethers and “family dinners” with all of our friends, but never had enough seating for everyone.  We bought a few collapsible lounge chairs like this butterfly chair (and a fold-up nest chair), that we would keep in our closet and just take out whenever we needed that extra seating.  It saved us floor space only having to take them out when needed, and they were always cute and comfy for our guests!

Target

Target

 

If you’ve moved away for college, chances are that your friends from home will be crashing at your dorm during a visit or two over the school year.  Not only are futons smart for an extra bed, this one even has extra storage on the side!  Genius!

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

 

Usually, dorms have pretty bare (and sometimes horribly painted!) walls that will need a little extra life to make your room feel more personal.  These cute wall hangers from Ikea are great to add some pizazz to your wall as well as some storage for hats, scarves, or sweaters.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Or, try a bright, colorful tapestry like this one to really cover up those walls and make your room fun!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Once again, counter space is usually minimal in a dorm room.  Not to mention all the days I woke up late for class and needed breakfast on the go… and quickly!  How awesome is this breakfast sandwich maker?!  I wish I had found this when I was still in college!!

Target

Target

 

With computers, phones, iPads, stereos, and TV’s, my roommates and I had cords hanging in every direction.  Something like this would be perfect for the back of your desk or TV console to keep everything neat and organized.

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

If you’re like I was, most college kids are either lounging on their bed or their desk chairs when friends are over.  Having a desk chair like this one will double up as extra cozy seating for you and your friends, as well as a nice chair to be able to relax and read your book in, instead of having to stay in an uncomfortable desk chair all day studying.

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

A charging station on the back your computer?  This is perfect to keep all of your electronics in one place, and would be great to use even on a nightstand to charge everything at night (and still have your alarm on your phone ready by the bed in the morning!).

Houzz

 

 

 During your college dorm years, have you found any great space saving techniques that you’d like to share with us?  We’d love to hear what worked for you!

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