Palm Springs Inspired Design

I just returned from a fabulous (and oh so warm!) trip out to the west coast to see Jillian.  After some San Diego fun time we headed East to Palm Springs for a little desert getaway.  There is so much beautiful mid-century modern design, at times I really felt like we traveled back in time!  We also stumbled upon an exhibit from Desert X – a house made entirely of mirrors, inside and out.  It reflected the mountains and desert in such a unique way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Springs is a beautiful, funky little town amidst this grandeur.  From the hotels, to the houses, shops, and art galleries, it seemed that everywhere in Palm Springs was rocking that amazing retro look!   Combing the mid-century style with bright colors, prints, and shiny metals, really ties the look together and gives it a more modern flare.  

You don’t have to go to Palm Springs to get the look.  Here are some of our favorite vendors and their takes on mid-century modern.   What do you think of these looks?

 

West Elm

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Williams Sonoma Home

 

 

World Market

 

 

Tempaper

 

 

Graham & Brown

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Langdon LTD

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

 

What’s your favorite?  Would you bring some of this Palm Springs style to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

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Mixing in Menagerie

When I saw the menagerie-inspired Andrew Martin for Kravet collection, I was fascinated by all of the bright colors, animal prints, and stunning design.  It seems that lately, this menagerie theme is popping up all over our favorite stores, and we absolutely love it!  With Spring right around the corner, we love seeing designs like these overflowing with life and color!

From fabric, to dishes, to linens, and wall coverings, these four-legged creatures bring a feeling of the outdoors into your home.  Here are a few of our favorites we’d love to share!

 

Andrew Martin for Kravet

 

 

Andrew Martin

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

World Market

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Maximo Riera

 

 

Pottery Barn

 

 

Surya

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Arteriors Chandelier, Photo by Susan Hayward Interiors

 

 

Would you add a little menagerie to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

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Our Favorite Spring Tablescapes for 2017

My 2 least favorite months of the year are February and March.  I’m tired of the cold, sick of my winter tablescapes, and generally feeling gloomy.  Starting to “dewinterize” the house perks me up, and one of the easiest to do is the table.  

I love the soft pastels, vivd greens, flora, and fauna that come along with warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  So, with one foot still in winter and one on its way into spring, you’ll find all of these things in my favorite Springtime tabletops!

Whether you’re gathering ideas for your own table decor or just enjoy seeing all of these lively designs, we hope you enjoy our gorgeous collection of Spring tables capes as much as we do! 

 

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Style Me Pretty

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

Magnolia Market

 

 

Anke Illness for decor8

 

 

Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Midwest Living

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Love of Family and Home

 

 

What is your favorite Spring inspired tabletop?  Would you try any of these this season?  Let us know in the comments!

 

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Color Feature: CANARY

After watching all of the glitz and glamour of the Golden Globes, I have not been able to stop thinking about some of the absolutely stunning yellow dresses we saw on the red carpet.  Yellow is such a vibrant, warm, and inviting hue that always seems to brighten up any face… or space!  

Between all of the snow and crazy weather we’ve been having, it just seemed like the perfect time to look through some of my favorite canary yellow products, and share them with you all to help breathe a little bit of spring into your home!

 

While a vibrant yellow may be overpowering, I love it for an accent wall like this one!  Pops of canary in pillows and flowers tie the whole look together in such a gorgeous way.

Graham & Brown

 

 

A dish like this is almost too pretty to be covered up with anything on it!  The perfect happy addition to any table.

Anthropologie

 

 

Speaking of bright….

Kate Spade via Bloomingdales

 

 

One of my favorite things about Le Creuset cookware and KitchenAid mixers are all of the fun colors they come in.  Especially these ones!

Le Creuset via Williams Sonoma

 

 

KitchenAid via Crate & Barrel

 

 

Around your house, pops of yellow can be just what your space needs.  Perhaps a vase, candle holder, or fruit basket?

Global Views

 

 

Surya

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Warm lighting turns even warmer with a canary yellow shade!

Surya

 

 

And bringing that sunny hue into your bedroom makes it just the perfect color to wake up to, don’t you think?

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Serena & Lily

 

 

What color says “Spring” to you?

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Decor That Will Donate For You!

Whether you are looking for a gift, or something for your own home, I think it’s pretty special to be able to know that your purchase is really making a difference to someone.  There are so many wonderful charities out there to choose from, but we’ve found 5 great decor items from charities that will donate from your purchase.  Let’s start the New Year off right and donate as we decorate!

1. No Kid Hungry® Chef Series Silicone Spatula, Williams Sonoma

These spatulas are SO fun, and designed by different celebrities- Jillian just bought Chrissy Teigan’s eggs and bacon design!  Each purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

2.  Linens & Wood Trays, Raven & Lily

We couldn’t decide what we like best- the gorgeous linens or wood trays (…or those refreshing-looking drinks!).  Raven & Lily sells many different products, benefitting women in several different countries by providing them with fair trade wages, access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, and education.  

Raven & Lily

 

 

3.  Puzzle Pieces Cutting Board, Ten Thousand Villages

How unique is this cutting board?  Use it all as one, or break it off for different items- we could definitely use one of these at our next party!  Ten Thousand Villages uses local materials to help support artists with fair, sustainable incomes.

Ten Thousand Villages

 

 

4.  Veracruz Rug, Local + Lejos

The Veracruz rug is absolutely gorgeous, but what’s even better is that each sale provides one month of schooling for a child in need. 

Local + Lejos

 

 

5.  Terra Cotta Bead Planter Hanging, Tribe Alive

Macramé planters are everywhere lately, and this terra cotta version is even more special.  Tribe Alive’s mission is to provide “artisans with the tools, training and support needed to reclaim their futures and thrive as independent business men and women.”

Tribe Alive

 

 

Next time you get to decorating, why not give one of these wonderful companies a chance?  Happy Sunday everyone!

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE BOHO BABE

With Jillian out in California, we see so much of this laid-back, boho design.  Come to think of it, I could easily see most of these items finding their way into her house!

 

It doesn’t get much more laid-back than a tropical tapestry like this one.  I love the way they’ve styled it here with these calm, neutral tones.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

A pouf this cozy is worthy of any boho room (especially one as cute as this one)!

Surya

Surya

 

Do they have a great little outdoor sitting area like this one?  An outdoor rug is the perfect gift!

Surya

Surya

 

Jillian LOVES the hand-woven products from Langdon Ltd., and she put together her four favorite throw pillows for all those boho babes out there who like to mix and match!

Langdon Ltd

Langdon Ltd

 

Who couldn’t use a little extra storage around?  One as gorgeous as this one from Kouboo is perfect for those extra pillows and throws.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

Can you believe this is actually a coaster?  So beautiful, it doubles as decor!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Terrariums are so fun, and such a great way to decorate with a little extra life.  Succulents and stones are such great gifts for those plant-lovers!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Serving platters are always a go-to for holiday gifts.  These two are perfect for your boho babe!

Juliska, Bloomingdales

Juliska, Available at Bloomingdales

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

Who doesn’t just love a good cup of coffee?  What a neat way to get that perfectly dripped coffee!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Which funky find do you like best?

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE FITNESS FANS

Calling all fitness fans!  Surely you’ve got at least one friend or family member to shop for who you can always find at the gym or out on a bike ride… in our family, we’ve got a few!  Whatever sport they may prefer, we’re sure you can find something great for them this year on our gift guide.

 

We first saw these Surya bicycle pillows at the Las Vegas Market and thought they were just too cute.  Pick a color, any color!

Surya

Surya

 

Company C is known for their vibrant colors, and these pillows are just so fun!

Company C

Company C

 

For the calm vibe of a yogi’s home, we love this simple throw pillow from Bloomingdales.

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

 

Got a biker at home?  Everett LOVES to ride, and I think he would love these two as gifts.  A wine bottle rack made of old bicycle chains, and a recycled wheel for hanging photos?  Too cute!

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

Whatever sport they’re into, healthy meals are at the top of the list for any fitness fanatic.  Make it even easier for them to take a fresh salad and soup to work with this double-sided Thermos.  Keep one side cold, and the other hot!

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

Are they early risers like our family?  Everett loves to get his workouts done in the morning, while Jillian prefers to do hers in the afternoon.  Either way, perfect for that morning cup of joe or an evening cup of tea to keep those fit friends moving!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any winter sport lovers on your list?  Maybe some cozy ski sheets or a fun wooden snowboard coat hanger- they would be just perfect for a cozy cabin!

Eddie Bauer available at Target

Eddie Bauer available at Target

 

 

Black Forest Decor

Black Forest Decor

 

 

Who’s the fitness fanatic on your list?  Which gift do you think they’d like best this year?

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: LUXE EDITION

We all have that one friend or family member that really enjoys the “finer things in life”, and they can be so hard to shop for!  What do you get the person who has everything?  Maybe you’re looking for a nice gift for your husband or wife, your children, or the newlyweds who could use something beautiful for their new home.  Here’s our gift guide for those more luxurious items you may be shopping for this holiday season.

 

You really can never go wrong with bartop accessories, especially ones as fun as these.  Jonathan Adler always knows how to add a little funk to every item!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

We love handcrafted Arte Italica products, and this pitcher is no exception.  It’s festive, yet understated, and would go with so many different styles of decor!

Arte Italica

Arte Italica

 

What a beautiful cake stand by Michael Aram.  This would make any dessert a real showstopper!

Michael Aram

Michael Aram

 

 

The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up to one of these comfy throws.  They’re all so gorgeous, we couldn’t pick just one!

Surya

Surya

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

We just couldn’t come up with a list of splurge-worthy gifts without having something on here from Christopher Guy.  These amazing candlesticks would be the absolute definition of luxury!

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow our blog, you probably already know what an incredible artist Connie Kolman is.  These trays are just so stunning, and would be the perfect (and such a unique) gift for anyone!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

When we look for fine linens, Matouk and Sferra are our first stops.  It really doesn’t get much better than these two- so splurge on some quality hand towels or tabletop linens, and your luxe-lover will be glad you did!

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

What’s your favorite splurge-worthy gift this year?  Is there something you found and just love?

 

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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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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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