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?

 

 

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?

 

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?

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?

 

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?

Top 8 Picks From Vegas Market

It is with great excitement (and a motherly dose of pride) that I introduce you to my daughter, Jillian.  Jill has been my blogmaster extraordinaire since the inception of our blog.  She’s decided to take an even more active role in the company, and pursue her own extended degree in Interior Design.  Jill and I just returned from Las Vegas Market and I asked her to author this week’s feature blog.  So, Jill, here you go…

 

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

As you may have seen, Susan and I had a great time at the Las Vegas Market this summer!  We saw some of our favorite brands and designers, as well as met several new artists and familiarized ourselves with their work.   It was so inspiring to us to see so many of these collections, and wanted to take a moment to share with you some of our favorites!

 

1.  Feather Chandelier by Visual Comfort Lighting

This chandelier grabbed our attention almost instantly because of its unique and delicate nature.  We LOVE this chandelier so much, that we may even use it for a client here who loves this Gatsby-style, early 1900’s design!

 

Visual Comfort Lighting

Visual Comfort Lighting

 

FeatherLight_SusanHaywardInteriors

 

 

2.  Marilyn Chair by Global Views

This one has been a favorite of Susan’s for a while, but seeing it in the showroom at Global Views was great to feel how smooth and heavy this chair is despite its light, airy look.  This is a great quality chair, and way more comfortable than it looks!

Global Views

Global Views

 

MarilynChair_SusanHaywardInteriors

 

 

3.  Xaviera Stool by Christopher Guy

The showroom we were most excited to see was admittedly Christopher Guy.  The way that he designs his products is so unusual, that it creates a true feast for your senses just experiencing his artwork.  This stool was one of our favorites because of its classic, practical, yet signature look.  We think it would look great at a bar or counter to add just a little pizazz to your space with that elegant cross in back.

Xaviera by Christopher Guy

Xaviera by Christopher Guy

 

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4.  Ocean-Inspired Chandeliers from Currey & Company

When we are looking for fun, funky, yet great quality lighting, Currey & Company is one of our go-to brands.  Their showroom at Market dazzled with their many ocean-inspired pieces, including these gorgeous chandeliers with sea shells and sea glass!  Any of these would be the perfect choice for a beach house- I could definitely see us showing one off in our Cape house this summer!

 

Sea forth Orb Chandelier by Currey & Company

Sea forth Orb Chandelier by Currey & Company

Shoreline Pendant by Currey & Company

Shoreline Pendant by Currey & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidewater Chandelier by Currey & Company

Tidewater Chandelier by Currey & Company

Capri Chandelier by Currey & Company

Capri Chandelier by Currey & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Kharaa Pouf by Surya

Everywhere we went, it seemed that this look was taking over Market!  Furry chairs, pillows, sofas, poufs… you name it!  We loved the pouf and pillows by Surya because of how soft they were to the touch, yet we loved this blush color for more practical reasons over the stark white that has become so popular.  This would definitely be a bit more forgiving in a busy home, and oh so inviting to cozy up to!

Kharaa Pouf by Surya

Kharaa Pouf by Surya

 

Surya

Surya

 

 

6.  Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Mirrored furniture can really expand the appearance of a room (see our post, Make Your Room Appear Bigger…WITHOUT Remodeling!), and this Chelsea Desk did just that.  It was paired with bright, vibrant oranges in the showroom that made the desk just sparkle.  If you love a contemporary style, this is the desk for you!

 

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

 

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

Chelsea Desk by Bungalow 5

 

 

7.  Indoor/Outdoor Furniture by POLaRT Designs

Yes, you are seeing this correctly.  POLaRT Designs makes indoor/outdoor furniture that looks like THIS!  How fun!!  We had never seen anything like this, and were enthralled to hear all about their products and how easy the care is!  These chairs would be just so fun in the right space, don’t you think?

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

POLaRT Designs

POLaRT Designs

 

 

8.   Pillows by Langdon Ltd.

One of my personal favorites from Market was meeting Phoebe from Langdon Ltd. and learning about her gorgeous textiles.  They are all hand woven, and of wonderful quality.  We got a few pillows to try out in our West Coast office, where they will be the perfect addition to the sunny, laid back style of California.  We can’t wait to show them off!

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Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

Langdon Ltd.

Langdon Ltd.

 

 

 

We had such a great time at Market, and hope you like our picks as much as we did!

 

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Back to the Table

Of all of the rooms in the house, none has seen such a drastic change in style over time as has the dining room.  The formal dining rooms that were only used on special occasions and holidays are virtually extinct in today’s lifestyle.  The den became the great room, and the kitchen became an open floor plan with many functions.  Kitchen tables were replaced by large islands.  Some of the changes were good, others not so much.

I never really understood the giant kitchen islands replacing the table.  As an Italian woman, there is nothing more important to me than family and food.  Somehow sitting all in a line facing the sink just seems so impersonal!  It’s not just about eating food, it’s about the entire dining experience.  Happily, the dining experience is back!  I’m getting more and more requests to redesign the eating area.  The very casual space is becoming a little more special.  We’re spending more time at home with friends, and the kitchen is now the “hub”, but we still want dining to be special.

Whether it be a table for 4, or one that can seat 12, an option exists for everyone.  Dining chairs can be matched, mismatched, upholstered, wood, metal or a combination of everything.  Here are some of our dining room inspirations to get you thinking about your dining space!

 

A bench seat and a table have so many possibilities!  Lots of room for diners, or a cozy place to curl up with a book!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

A little distressed paint can add so much interest and lots of warmth to a dining table.  Paired with an upholstered chair, it becomes a warm and comfy dining space.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Not everything has to match.  In fact, mixing it up adds visual interest.  The open back of these chairs draws you right to the table.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Palecek

Palecek

 

Table for 2?  No more metal bistro table!

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Cane backs give an airy feel to a heavy wood table to lighten the look.

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Casual and minimalist don’t have to be stark.  A little mid-century modern can be the perfect compromise.

West Elm

West Elm

 

Dramatic?  The white upholstered chairs lighten the dramatic feel of this heavy table.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

At first glance, this looks like a small dining table – but the benches just increase the space!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a great example of pairing several styles of furniture that works.  I love the lucite table.  And the shelving unit just helps to “pretty”  it up!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

What is your favorite dining inspiration?  We love the idea to mix up your seating with some benches- would you try it?

 

Which Bed Is Right For You?

Do you watch tv in bed?  Or sit up and read?  Maybe you need an upholstered headboard.

Does your bed face a window with a beautiful view?  Maybe a headboard with a mirror.

Do you want your headboard to be a feature wall?  Try something unusual and artistic.

Are you short on space for nightstands?  Perhaps a headboard with attached small nightstands may fit in your space.

These are the first questions I ask my clients when I am designing a bedroom.  Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home.  We spend 30% of our lives in bed.  After a good mattress, a solid bed to put it on is critical.  Once you’ve determined the function of your bed and headboard, then you determine the style – and there are so many to choose from.  Here are some of our favorites that just may inspire you to have the form that follows function and to get the perfect bed for a good night’s sleep!

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

IKEA

IKEA

 

 

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

 

South Shore via Wayfair

South Shore via Wayfair

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

Old Hickory Tannery Horchow

 

 

Haute House via Horchow

Haute House via Horchow

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

So, which bed is right for you?

Wacky Woods

There was a time when a wood floor meant oak strips, and a wood wall meant planking headboard.  Now we are finding all species of woods in all different places.  Installation can be as easy as peel and stick!  Veneers come in every species imaginable.  Here are some creative uses of wood to get your imagination flowing!

 

Log Cabin Directory

Log Cabin Directory

 

 

Brewster Home Fashions

Brewster Home Fashions

 

 

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

 

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Calvin Furniture Studio

David Calvin Furniture Studio

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

Avanity

Avanity

 

 

Armstrong

Armstrong

 

 

Photo by: Kai Nakamura via Arch Daily

Photo by: Kai Nakamura via Arch Daily

 

 

We love these fun and funky wood creations!  What’s your favorite?  Would you try one in your home?

Flower Power

Maybe it’s because it’s summer and there are flowers everywhere,  I don’t know… but I’m seeing flowers in a whole new way right now.  We’ve written floral blogs before, but the flowers have never been as creative and realistic as the florals we’re currently seeing.

 

Take this gorgeous wall covering-  look at those flowers!  Yes, it’s bright, but a little goes a long way.  Take a little powder room to a whole new level.. .or bring back the accent wall in a fresh, new way!

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

 

Okay, we’ve all seen pillows shaped like flowers but this one is really a flower, petals and all!

Global Views

Global Views

 

Even a traditional floral wall covering looks fresh in a beautiful color.

York Wallcoverings

York Wallcoverings

 

The flowers are practically popping right off the wall!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

I love this bed from Anthropologie…and the bedding’s pretty, too!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If you’re making an investment in a beautiful piece of furniture, Lee Jofa furniture and fabrics are timeless (and a personal fav).

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

Parish Hadley for Lee Jofa

 

I know this picture is to show the floral rug, but the room is so colorful!  I want it all in my office – that sofa is my favorite color!

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

Okay, so we definitely like the new floral wall coverings, you think?

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

If Kate likes them,  then they must be beautiful!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

Our Kouboo friends have joined the trend with this beautiful mirror that can find a home almost anywhere.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

This reminds me of Capodimonte, but for 2016.  Love it!

Global Views

Global Views

 

 

How would you bring a pop of summer flowers to your design?