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 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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Design Trends 101: Transparent Furniture

What is functional, easy to maintain, makes a statement without having any visual weight, and goes with everything?  Try transparent furniture.  Unlike glass there is no heavy weight, so moving is a snap.  Transparent furniture is adaptable to almost all interior design styles and is available in almost anything.  Perhaps it started with the iconic Louis Ghost Chair.

Designed by Philippe Stark, this chair was created in the early 2000’s as a throwback to the King Louis XVI armchair. Another thing that makes this chair great is that it can be used in any room of the house to give it a bit of “ghostly” flair. You can place this outside or inside and it will not get dirty or damage easily. It was made in Italy, and when folded can be stacked up to six chairs high!

This chair is shock, scratch, and dirt resistant, making it both beautiful as well as durable.

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Louis Ghost Chair, Kartell (Available at Voltex)

 

From chairs, to desks, to tables, the transparent characteristics add a new dimension to your decor.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Mixed with woods and metals, hinges and clasps, polycarbonate can transform the ordinary into the focal point of your room.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

 

Big or small, tall or short, transparent furniture offers something for everyone.

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

What do you think about this look?  Show us some of your favorite ideas!

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Best 3 Kitchen Products of 2014

I am an Interior Designer…  Very often I am asked to assist in a kitchen project.  I see my role as directing space planning, overall mood and feel of the room, colors, finishes, style, surfaces, etc.  But when it comes to specifying cabinets and cabinet design or the newest in appliances, I go to the pros.  A  Kitchen and Bath Specialist can make the difference between a good kitchen and a spectacular one!  I’ve asked three of THE BEST Kitchen Designers what their favorite new product is, and here’s what they said!

 

1. THE CONVECTION STEAM OVEN BY SUB-ZERO & WOLF APPLIANCES

 

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Julie B. Lyons (Roomscapes Luxury Design Center) says:

Imagine…. Making risotto without ever stirring – ever, re-heating pizza and getting a crunchy (and not soggy) crust, cooking vegetables quickly and holding onto all of the nutrients at the same time, cooking hard boiled eggs without ever boiling water, proofing and baking bread in the same oven!

The Wolf steam convection oven uses steam, convection heat, or a combination of both to achieve the results of boiling, sauteing and simmering from a cook top or baking, browning, and roasting from an oven.

Those are just the “basic” modes. There are several others from Gourmet, to pre-set recipes, to saving your OWN recipes, or to a warming function.

It will change your cooking, enabling you to make a huge variety of foods more quickly, efficiently, and with much greater health benefits for your entire family.

We are so excited about this oven we use ours in the showroom nearly every day!

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2. DUVERRE HARDWARE

 

AG13-KSwan-9667-print7inBWKaren Swanson (New England Design Works) says:

Are you the understated pearls type or do you prefer a statement piece? The jewelry you wear is a reflection of your personal aesthetic and is the finishing touch applied as you walk out the door.

In a similar vein, cabinet hardware is one of the final touches on a kitchen renovation: it completes the kitchen and adds a touch of elegance or whimsy, of industrial chic or tradition. The choice you make is a reflection of you, so take your time with this important decision!

DuVerre Hardware features original designs by world renowned designers. Beautiful and unique, this hardware is also environmentally friendly, as it is cast from 100% recycled aluminum. As such, this choice is even compatible with LEED objectives.

 

Forged 3 by Heinz Pfleger, featured in an award winning design by Karen Swanson, New England Design Works

Forged 3 by Heinz Pfleger, featured in an award winning design by Karen Swanson, New England Design Works

 

 

3. THE MIELE COFFEE SYSTEM

photoTracy Hanlon (EcoModern Design) says:

I have loved coffee for as long as I can remember- my dad worked in the coffee business and would make a fresh pot every morning.  I find that the Miele coffee system gives me the freshest tasting coffee, in the fastest amount of time and convenience during a busy morning.

Miele makes several different models to meet your needs, whether you want to add to your existing kitchen or are planning to put one in a new kitchen.  Models range from built-in to countertop.

For the new kitchen, I like the 24” CVA6805 brews brilliant white plumbed built-in coffee system. The features of this model are the ease of use. The water line is built-in. It is easy to program and gives you many options. You can add your whole coffee beans and one touch makes your selection to brew your perfect cup of coffee. If you cannot plumb in the water line, Miele makes a model with a water container that you can fill manually.  You can add your whole coffee beans and with one touch, brew a perfect cup of coffee with its easy to use design!

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Take a Trip Around the Globe… Without Leaving Your Home!

One of the hardest parts of my job is the realization that I just can’t possibly use all the beautiful things that I see-  it’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging!  Sharing amazing products, colors and design ideas helps me find a “use” for all of these amazing things… through you!  My blogs topics are usually generated by things that I see that I just can’t get out of my head and I just have to share them.  Lately I’ve been going “global”.  I don’t know if it’s the time of year and looking ahead to vacation 🙂 but I am finding myself traveling the world through design.  Here are a few of the “countries I’ve visited”.  I hope you enjoy the trip!!!

 

Cook in CABO!

 

Avente Tile

Avente Tile

Putting a backsplash in your kitchen is such a wonderful way to add life and personality to one of the most important rooms in the house (I’m full-blooded Italian! so at least it’s the most important room in MY house)!

In this Latin-inspired kitchen, I love that this Avente tile can be customized to your exact color and style needs, enabling you to personalize the look for your own kitchen.  In my house on Cape Cod, I complimented my “beachy” home with a beautiful turquoise backsplash made of cut glass that reminded me of the beach glass I find on my morning walks on the beach!

Spanish Revival 1 Light Bronze Foyer Pendant, San Giorgio

Spanish Revival 1 Light Bronze Foyer Pendant, San Giorgio

Talavera Handpainted Rectangular Sink, Casa Daya Tile

Talavera Handpainted Rectangular Sink, Casa Daya Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This talavera sink is another handpainted and made to order item.  Choose a size, color, and design to complement  your backsplash, or just use it on its own!  Either way, what a BEAUTIFUL and unique addition to your kitchen!

For overhead lighting above this rustic kitchen island, using a pendant light like this one is simple yet perfect for a Latin-inspired kitchen.  Add several over a kitchen island to add warm lighting.

This kitchen island is not only a great, sturdy workspace, but look at all of that STORAGE space!  I never seem to have enough storage room in the kitchen and love the utilitarian function of the drawers.  More storage will help keep your kitchen organized and tidy to prevent clutter on your countertops.

 

 

Stone Top Double Kitchen Island, Williams Sonoma

Stone Top Double Kitchen Island, Williams Sonoma

 

 

 

Dine in PROVENCE!

 

French Country Rustic Antique Farm Table, The Bella Cottage

French Country Rustic Antique Farm Table, The Bella Cottage

The name of this table just says it all- a french country rustic antique farm table is the perfect centerpiece for your French dining room.  The rustic antique charm of this table is a perfect way to showcase your “thème provençale”!  I just love the rustic feel of the weathered wood.

Dafny French Country Empire Camel Back Dining Arm Chair , Kathy Kuo Home

Dafny French Country Empire Camel Back Dining Arm Chair , Kathy Kuo Home

Paris Couture Antiques

Paris Couture Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a neutral tone for your dining chairs, like a cream camel back arm chair that will compliment your rustic table while still keeping a clean, simple look.  Antique lighting is a beautiful addition here to bring the whole look together!

Fleur de Lys Dinner Plate, Anthropologie

Fleur de Lys Dinner Plate, Anthropologie

Le Vallee Du Loire Cabinet, Soft Surroundings

Le Vallee Du Loire Cabinet, Soft Surroundings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love these Fleur de Lys dinner plates from Anthropologie for a few reasons- first, because they are white!  There is no better canvas for a beautiful meal than a clean, white dish on which to serve it.  All of my dishes are white!  I use beautiful colored serving pieces to jazz things up and constantly change things up.  The ruffled texture to this collection adds a the dainty touch that your rustic farm table needs, sealed with a Fleur de Lys!  Store your dinnerware and china in this Vallée Du Loire cabinet, and your dining room is ready to go!

 

 

Relax in ROME!

 

Celestino Sofa, M-Geough

Celestino Sofa, M-Geough

I LOVE the framing design on this sofa!  The simple yet elegant style is SO inviting.  Love the soft pillows – this is definitely a sofa to sink into!  Pair it with a luxurious leather recliner like this one from Pottery Barn.  You’re all set to relax by the fire and have a cup of cappuccino!

Lansing Leather Recliner, Pottery Barn

Lansing Leather Recliner, Pottery Barn

Global Views ALWAYS seems to nail it!  This coffee table just looks like a piece of jewelry, and I love the clean lines juxtaposed with the ornate lamp from Soft Surroundings.

Cuff Cocktail Table, Global Views

Cuff Cocktail Table, Global Views

Acanthus Lamp, Soft Surroundings

Acanthus Lamp, Soft Surroundings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathe in BERMUDA!

 

BOYS Collection Vanity, Teak

BOYS Collection Vanity, Teak

How INNOVATIVE is this bathroom vanity!?  I always love the idea of “his and hers” bathroom sinks, but this is such a funky take on an already wonderful style!  The bamboo shelves are another great way to keep away the clutter off your vanity, or maybe even add some seashells to add to your Caribbean vibe!   The multi-purpose laundry hamper from West Elm provides even more needed shelf space.

Bamboo Laundry Hamper, West Elm

Bamboo Laundry Hamper, West Elm

Add some fun to your room with this great bamboo mirror, and can you resist this shower curtain??  I saw it and it just made me smile.  What a way to wake up in the morning!

 

Lanai Mirror, Serena & Lily

Lanai Mirror, Serena & Lily

Cori Dantini Woven Polyester Sweetness and Light Shower Curtain, DENY Designs

Cori Dantini Woven Polyester Sweetness and Light Shower Curtain, DENY Designs

 

 

 

Dream in DELHI!

Time to lay me down to sleep, and what better way to fall asleep than in this bed by La Lune.  It feels like it is straight out of Casablanca!  Pair it with our great linen finds and you’re off to dreamland.  I love the carved wood doors in this chest by Hooker and we seem to always find the right accessories from our friends at Kouboo that work EVERYWHERE!

Bed #4066, La Lune Collection

Bed #4066, La Lune Collection

 

 

North Country Bedding, Coyuchi

North Country Bedding, Coyuchi

 

 

Horizontal Tree of Life Tapestry, India Arts

Horizontal Tree of Life Tapestry, India Arts

 

 

Hooker Mélange Matisette Chest, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture

Hooker Mélange Matisette Chest, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture

Sphere Vase with Coconut Twigs, Kouboo

Sphere Vase with Coconut Twigs, Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always love hearing how others use their global finds.  Please share yours with us!!

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