Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gal Pal

Some of the most fun gifts to shop for are the ones you give to your favorite gal pals.  It’s a chance to shop for gifts that are fun, quirky, and sassy.  No matter which gal(s) you’re shopping for this season, we’re sure to have something on our list that she’ll love!

If you’re gifting from afar (or traveling light), sending beautiful flowers are always a welcome go-to.  We can’t get enough of Farmgirl Flowers and their adorable arrangements.  Sending a seasonal wreath like this one is such a nice change from a classic bouquet!

Farmgirl Flowers

 

We even got their amazing “Cinderella Centerpiece” for our Thanksgiving table, and we could not have been more in love with it!  

 

Everyone is raving about the new Magnolia collection at Target.  We love this candle centerpiece for any gal’s holiday tablescape!

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Available at Target

 

How adorable is this tote bag from Langdon Ltd?  They always have the cutest prints to choose from, and this tote is the perfect size for a trip to the farmer’s market!

Langdon Ltd

 

For your happy hour gal, a cocktail recipe book and a bottle of her favorite wine is the perfect present.  Or, maybe even some new stemware to add to her bar!

Available at Amazon

 

Pottery Barn

 

Crate and Barrel

 

Juliska

 

If you and your ladies are more the coffee date type, a statement mug and a bag of her favorite brew is the perfect way to keep her energized through the holidays.

West Elm

 

If your pal is is a fit foodie, a salad bowl gift set from The Little Market is not only adorable, but also fair trade and ethically sourced!  Now that’s a gift you can really feel good about giving.

The Little Market

 

I always love to gift my girlfriends some of my favorite new scents to enjoy in their home.  For a unique twist on the everyday candle or diffuser, check out these picks from West Elm and The Little Market!

Anthropologie

 

 

The Little Market

 

Of course, we all have (at least!) one lady on our list for whom this pillow would be all too perfect!

Kate Spade

 

 

What gifts are you getting for your best gals?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide: Wanderlust Edition

We all know someone who we think of as a free spirit, a traveler, and an adventure-seeker.  What do you gift to someone who has that special kind of wanderlust?  We’ve come up with a few ideas that they’re sure to love!

A piece for their wall that any curious mind would adore!

Kate Spade

 

This Mexican-style blanket is a fun pop of color to throw over the couch, or even for a picnic on the beach.

Lulu and Georgia

 

What’s their favorite city to visit?  Maybe a tote filled with some of their favorite travel goodies, or a trinket dish for their nightstand.

West Elm

 

 

Anthropologie

 

Who wouldn’t want to remember warmer climates on a cold, December day?  These cute sets would be a welcome sight from the bitter cold of winter!

Wisteria

 

 

Wisteria

 

 

Kouboo

 

Worldly spices that are seasonal and recipe-ready?  Sign us up!  RawSpiceBar sent us their quarterly spice package and we could not be more in love with these flavors.  Pair your spices with some adorable jars, and you have such a fun and unique gift!

Photo via Instagram @suhayinteriors, Spices courtesy of RawSpiceBar

 

RawSpiceBar

 

World Market

 

Arte Italica has some of the most gorgeous Italian designs- perfect to satisfy that wanderlust.  These plates add a casual, vintage, European touch that would be perfect on any traveler’s dining table.

Arte Italica

 

 

Which wanderlust-inspired gifts would you look most forward to receiving?  We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!  Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Couple

In our family, we love to give gifts that can be shared with one another.  Plus, it’s more fun for them, too!  Whether you’re gifting to your parents, newlyweds, or your favorite friends to double-date with, we’ve got you covered.  

I love this metal wall art (perfect for those newlyweds on your list!) because it’s simple, romantic, and elegant.

Pottery Barn

 

Every couple needs a cozy blanket to snuggle up to during movie nights!  For an extra thoughtful touch, have it personalized just for them.

Pottery Barn

 

Lots of couples save corks from bottles of wine that they’ve enjoyed during special occasions (or even just from their favorite wines).  This tray would be a beautiful way for them to showcase those wonderful memories!

Wine Enthusiast, Available at Bloomingdales

 

Nobody likes to drink alone, and this “yours, mine, and ours” set from Kate Spade is such an adorable way to share a drink together!

Kate Spade

 

 

Kate Spade

 

If your couple loves to craft a fancy cocktail, this smoking box is sure to be a smash hit.  Forget adding liquid smoke, and give them the real deal!

Williams Sonoma

 

Marble cheese boards are everywhere these days, but these ones from Anthropologie are my favorite!  Unique colors and personalization makes this a fun and thoughtful gift to add to your list.

Anthropologie

 

I’ve never met a couple who couldn’t use more Le Creuset stoneware in their home.  Whether they’ve been together for decades, or just starting out, Le Creuset products always seem to be the most used in the kitchen.  There are so many different types and colors that any home could always use more!

Le Creuset

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to gift to a couple?  Have you and yours ever been given something that you really loved?  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Party Host

The start of November marks the beginning of this wonderful holiday season for all hosts, hostesses, and party-goers!  Soon, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and (surely), lots of good food and drink.  

Dinner parties, happy hours, and holiday gatherings are right around the corner.  We want to make sure that as those invites start rolling in, you don’t have to worry about showing up empty-handed.  

A nice bottle of wine or a beautiful flower arrangement will always be a beautiful way to thank your host for their hospitality.  But, sometimes you may want to switch it up and bring something a bit more unique.  

Tip: Stock up on a few different host gifts to stash in your closet for any last-minute events that pop up, and save yourself the sweat!

 

I love this personalized recipe board as a thoughtful gift for a special friend or family member.  Maybe they have a favorite recipe that you could share, or perhaps you could have one made from an old family recipe passed down through the generations.  Just send the image of the recipe over to be personalized directly onto the board for that extra-special, handwritten touch!

Frontgate

 

For a more simple, modern take on this idea, mixed material cheese boards are a great option.  Marble, slate, wood- you name it, and it’s out there!

West Elm

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Obviously, we LOVE everything Kate Spade.  And, we love their products even more to give as gifts because of how cute and clever everything always is.  This apron would make a fun, playful gift for your host.  Plus, the inside flap has all your measurement equivalents written down as a bonus little cheat-sheet!  

Kate Spade

 

Does your host have a favorite cocktail or drink that they’re always ordering at happy hour?  This cocktail shaker is perfect for foolproof recipes without having to look them up each time!

Sur La Table

 

A decanter for their finer liquors is always a nice gift, and this one is both festive and practical with numbered glasses for your guests to tell theirs apart.

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe your host prefers a nice bottle of wine?  This Clef du Vin helps to “age” your bottle of wine by one year for each second that it is submerged in a glass.  Plus, it even comes with a travel size version!

Frontgate

 

I love a nice warm cup of tea after dinner, and I bet your host would love this single-serve teapot and mug that they can use to treat themselves to nice cup in style.

Anthropologie

 

Sometimes I feel like there can never be enough coasters floating around at parties.  Any host would love to add a few more around their home as the drinks start being poured!  I love the simplicity of marble, but a beautiful gold leaf adds a unique twist here.

Crate & Barrel

 

Candle holders and napkin rings are a tried and true staple of host gifts, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  A funky, modern pair of candle holders are perfect for the contemporary host, while napkin ring cuffs adorned with a sweet saying may be best for the more traditional one.  

Urban Outfitters

 

 

The Bella Cottage

 

What are some of your favorite host or hostess gifts to give?  Have you ever received one that really stood out?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Make sure to subscribe to our blog and Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about the rest of our Holiday Gift Guides this season!  

Study in Style

Now that school is back in session, mid terms will be here before you know it!  All that school work demands the perfect place to study- and everyone has a certain method they like to stick to.  

Do you like to kick back and relax with your books and settle into a nice, cozy chair?  Or maybe you prefer to double down and focus on your work at a separate desk.  Whatever your study style is, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get your work space organized in style!

If you typically study for extended periods of time, this set-up might just be perfect;  A plush, cozy seat to sink into, and an adjustable desk that will move with you when you need to stretch those legs!

PB Teen

 

With all that studying, you might just need a soft place to unwind.  We love how IKEA’s floor pillow can be propped up against the wall for this snuggly look!

IKEA

 

Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t have a bright and cheery room.  Plenty of sunshine, plants, and bright artwork work wonders in this space!

Pottery Barn

 

College dorms and small apartments are notoriously tight on space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a place to work!  These minimalist wall desks are the perfect small space solution- especially with a stool tucked in when not in use.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

West Elm

 

Love this idea, but have a little extra wall space?  Try one with ladder shelves for more storage!

Crate & Barrel

 

This drafting desk not only adjusts height, it even rotates on an angle!

Restoration Hardware

 

To add a little bit of flair to your classic desk, try a fun and stylish chair.  We love these chairs with the stylish gold bar handle!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

P.S. For more office space tips, check out: Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office/Guest Room

5 Favorite Fall Finds (Under $25!)

This past weekend, I went apple picking with my family, and I officially feel like Fall has arrived (despite the Summer weather)!  While you might not have caramel apples, cider doughnuts, and pumpkins in your home every day, there are lots of ways to capture all the Fall feels in your decor- even on a budget!  

While seasonal decor can be so fun and festive, no one wants to spend an arm and a leg on items you may only enjoy for a few short months.  We’ve harvested a list of our favorite picks for Fall, all for under $25!  Time to get shopping!

Not only is flannel the quintessential pattern of colder weather, this pillow from Pottery Barn is even reversible!  That means the same throw pillows will carry you fashionably right from Fall to Winter.  Mix and match, or reverse the cover whenever you’re ready for a change!

  1. Albright Reversible Plaid Pillow Cover (Pottery Barn, $20)

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re hosting a holiday or looking for a festive fruit bowl centerpiece, this gorgeous bowl from Anthropologie is the perfect choice.  And for the price, how can you beat it?!

2.  Metallic Lace Bowl (Anthropologie, $14.00)

Anthropologie

 

 

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  Or, maybe looking for the perfect hostess gift?  Napkin rings, salad plates, or wine glasses adorned for the holiday are the perfect gilded touch!  (Plus, you won’t be breaking the bank!)

3.  Thankful Tabletop Decor (Crate & Barrel, Napkin Ring $4.95, Salad Plate $5.95, Wine Glass $6.95)

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

I love any excuse for Kate Spade… and this pie dish is perfect for any holiday!

4.  Sweet Nothings Pie Dish (Kate Spade, $20)

Kate Spade

 

With all of that holiday cooking, this kitchen rug will have you working in style.

5.  Plaid Woven Kitchen Rug (Target, $14.99)

 

Target

 

 

What’s your favorite Fall pick?  P.S.  For more Fall decorating tips, make sure to check out Fall Decorating: 101 

Fall Decorating: 101

That’s right, pumpkin spice season is finally upon us!  Soon we’ll be surrounded by crisp, falling leaves, warm apple pie, and sweet cider doughnuts.  

As you pull out your sweaters and dust off your favorite Fall boots, consider adding a little “pumpkin spice” to your home decor, too!  Warm colors and soft, cozy textures will add the perfect seasonal touch to your space.  

Here are a few of our favorites to help get your creative juices flowing!  (For even more inspiration, make sure to check out Autumn Textures , A Fall Festival for Your Front Door! , and Sweater Weather That Isn’t Just for Your Wardrobe)

 

Lauren Conrad is one of our favorites for DIY seasonal trends, and we think this Fall wreath is just so sweet.  The colors are perfect for carrying right through the Winter holidays, too!

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Nothing says “Fall” quite like plaid.  This table setting complete with copper chargers is a great base for your seasonal tablescape.

Pottery Barn

 

 

With the perfect base for your table settings, you can add festive accessories for your Thanksgiving table.  Special plates or table runners are the perfect addition!

Grandin Road

 

 

Etsy- porterlanehome

 

 

Sprinkle some Fall leaves throughout your living room with gilded coasters and candle holders like these…

Chilewich

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

 

If you’re a real sweater-weather enthusiast, you might even want to consider a beautiful rug like these ones from Company C- the colors and designs give us all the Fall feels!

Company C

 

 

Company C

 

 

Or, if you still want that feel without the big commitment of a new area rug, try a few throw pillows and blankets in cozy, warm colors (Think: orange, red, yellow, brown…).

West Elm

 

 

Serena & Lily

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

What are your favorite Fall home trends?  Do you have any seasonal traditions that you’d like to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

Color Feature: Millenial Pink

Part rose quartz, part bubblegum, “millennial pink” is having a major moment right now in the design world.  It’s soft, subtle, warm, and feminine.  We are loving it paired with crisp whites and clean lines, and find it the perfect complement to mid-century modern styles.

It may be a step outside of the box for some, but we are so on board with this color trend!  Are you?

 

Langdon Ltd

 

 

 

Safavieh

 

 

Curated Kravet

 

 

Surya

 

 

Lulu & Georgia

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Pine Cone Hill

 

 

Dash & Albert

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Benjamin Moore

 

 

Le Creuset

 

 

World Market

 

 

 

Kate Spade collection via Williams Sonoma

 

 

Divine Designs via Horchow

 

 

What do you think about millennial pink?  Loving this trend or leaving it?  Let us know in the comments!

Designer Tips for Small Spaces

Many of my clients come to me wanting to downsize, or with a small apartment or condo in the city where square footage is few and far between.  Just because you’re living in closer quarters doesn’t mean that your design needs to suffer.  

On the contrary, keeping with the right scale, there are lots of tips and tricks to use to really make the most out of every inch!  Here are a few of our favorite small space design ideas to help get you started!

 

Living in a studio, but still want the privacy of a bedroom?  Beautiful curtains are a quick, and stylish way to separate your space.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

If you have a smaller kitchen, and not enough space for a proper dining table, why not try a countertop with stools that tuck in?  I love how the frames are delicate, and the furniture doesn’t block any view of the kitchen!  

IKEA

 

On a similar note, lucite- or transparent- furniture doesn’t take up much visual space, making it the perfect choice for a smaller area.  You can find this look in bar carts, chairs, tables, you name it!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

This one is a personal favorite- we actually just used this extendable coffee table in high gloss white for one of our clients.  It’s especially perfect for those who like to have dinner on the sofa!  Comes in great colors and finishes!

West Elm

 

 

Bedrooms can definitely be the messiest room of the house.  With clothes and shoes being thrown around, it may feel like your smaller bedroom is never tidy.  Under-the-bed storage is key here- and this one from Pottery Barn has tons of it!  I love how there are baskets not only on the sides, but even the front…bonus bins!

Pottery Barn

 

 

Low on cabinet space, and don’t have room for a large storage piece?  This one’s narrow enough to fit those larger pots and pans- especially if they’re as fun as these!

World Market

 

 

My go-to on a small dining table is an adorable little bistro set like this one.  Keep your scale small, but certainly not your style!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Selamat is always one of our favorite showrooms to see at Market, because it is always just so much FUN.  I love how they’ve used a smaller dining set and a narrow little stool here as a nightstand.  

Selamat Designs

 

 

Nesting tables are an excellent choice if you love to entertain, because you can just pull out extra table space as needed!

ModShop

 

 

Arhaus

 

 

What’s your favorite small space design idea?  Do you have any favorite tips or tricks to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

Getting in Bed with Organic

We all know that when it comes to what we put in our bodies, organic is always better.  So, shouldn’t that count for the linens we spend 8 hours of every day wrapped up in?  Chemical dyes and additives can irritate the skin, and our skin is, after all, the largest organ in our bodies!  

Luckily, going organic in our bedrooms doesn’t mean that we have to forfeit style!  There are plenty of companies getting on board, and we’ve picked a few of our favorite looks to share with you.

 

Coyuchi

 

 

West Elm

 

 

The Company Store

 

 

 

Garnet Hill

 

 

Boll & Branch

 

 

 

PB Teen

 

 

 

Coyuchi

 

 

 

West Elm

 

What do you think about organic linens?  Would you make the switch?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!