Spring Forward With Your Design

With all of these crazy New England storms, I can’t help but dream of the warmer days ahead (hopefully sooner rather than later!).  Longer days and beautiful Spring blooms are on their way, and I can’t wait to bring these beautiful colors and patterns into my home with the season.

Floral patterns bursting with color are the easiest way to “throw” Spring right into your living room.

Wisteria

 

Surya

 

Playing with different textures can add a whole new dimension to your Spring-inspired rugs and cushions!

Langdon Ltd.

 

Not all Spring patterns need to be big and bold.  Sometimes a dainty look paired with crisp whites is just right.

Kate Spade

 

Serena & Lily

 

My favorite part about this season is that it feels like the perfect time to be extra playful with my decor.  I love this bath mat for a fun and feminine touch!

LC Lauren Conrad Available at Kohl’s

 

Garden parties, holidays, backyard barbecues… Warmer weather calls for an update to your entertaining essentials!

Kate Spade available at Williams Sonoma

 

Crate & Barrel

 

The Little Market

 

The Little Market

 

You’re going to need a beautiful vase for your blooms, and I love how different, yet simple, this one is.

Pottery Barn

 

 

Adding in a bit of rattan decor will carry that warm weather style right into Summer, and Kouboo has so many great options to choose from.

Kouboo

 

 

Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

Lace Isn’t Just for Your Fabrics!

A classic look that’s been around for ages, lace continues to be one of our all-time favorite details in home decor.  From classic fabrics to printed detailing, we want to show you some of our favorite inspired decor!

 

It doesn’t get more traditional than a doily… but what about on a rug?  We LOVE this twist on a classic look!

Urban Outfitters

 

Bedding is always a perfect place to find some romantic lace detailing.

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Pom Pom At Home

 

If you love the look of lace, but can’t find the right place for a fabric so delicate, try some options that capture its style without having to worry about its maintenance!  What do you think about an accent wall like this?  We love it!

York Wallcoverings

 

If you’re frantically worrying about spills on your beautiful table linens, boy have we got the thing for you.  Famous for their durability, Chilewich lacey metallic placemats can be cleaned with a quick and easy wipe.

Chilewich

 

I’m a huge fan of white dinnerware because of how nicely it complements food.  If plain white is too simple for you, lace-inspired borders add an elegant touch to your table without breaking your color scheme!

Arte Italica

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Does lace feel too traditional for your style?  We love how Wisteria proves you can mix and match lace with metals!

Wisteria

 

 

What other inspired ideas have you seen?  We’d love to hear from you!

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!

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 

Pattern Mix Like a Pro

Whether you are trying to put together a fashionable new outfit or a fun new room design, pattern mixing can seem like such a daunting task.  You may love the look of mixing patterns, but where do you even begin?  How can you tell what patterns will work together, and which will clash?  

Once we show you a few of our favorite tips, you’ll be mixing patterns together like a pro!

 

A great way to start with your pattern mixing is by pairing florals and stripes.  Here, you can see that the vibrant floral wallcovering meshes so nicely with the striped rug in front.  They’ve even gone the extra step and added more patterns in their throw pillows to tie the look together using two common colors: pink and black.  The wallcovering, rug, and pillows all have these two colors in common, which creates a nice harmony between the three very different patterns.

Cole & Son, Lee Jofa

 

Again, we see a strong harmony between the colors in each pattern in this bright, beautiful space.  The floral print on the wall is complemented beautifully by the boldly striped couch, and framed by curtains using the same pink and orange hues.  Stunning!

Diane Von Furstenberg, Kravet

 

Another beautiful way to mix patterns is to go monochromatic, using the same color in each one.  By using the same light blue in each pattern, this bedroom is simple and in perfect harmony.

Curated Kravet

 

If the monochromatic look is too mellow for you, pairing complementary colors is a great way to introduce different colors together.  Again, you can see how beautifully florals and stripes mix!

Surya

 

I love this dining room from Serena & Lily for so many reasons, and the way they’ve mixed blue-based patterns together is definitely one of them!  The napkins draped from the chair backs show you how versatile the look is when you have a base of stripes and polka dots to build off of.

Serena & Lily

 

If you like the feel of a monochromatic space, but want to add small pops of color, here’s a great example of how to pattern mix in the same color family.  Here, you see several different patterns and textures all meshing together perfectly because they are all soft, cool tones. 

Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kravet

 

This bright and sunny living space shows off a more complex mix of patterns, but the commonalities are still the same.  The wall, couch, and rug, while all very different in design, still have the same vibrant pop of blue that threads them together.

Anthropologie

 

A classic mix, bold black and white stripes work great with a patterned rug.  I especially love the way that the black stripes really make the rug border pop!

Anthropologie

 

Another classic style, black and white is one of the easiest ways to mix several different patterns.  Bedding, lamps, and accessories are all tied together by the same two bold colors.  Not to mention, the options for adding in pops of color are endless!

PB Kids

 

 

Hopefully you’ve learned a few tricks to start pattern mixing on your own- start simple, and the more comfortable you get with it, the more fun you’ll have mixing different patterns together!  What will you try first?  Let us know in the comment section!

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!

Tiny Houses

Bigger is always better, right?  And it’s easier to design a big space than a small one, correct?  No and NO!  I’ve been intrigued with the trend towards “tiny houses”.  They are an architect’s wonder and a designer’s challenge.

How DO you put someone’s entire living space into one small room??  Here are some amazing examples of how small can be beautiful, functional, and inviting. From the most contemporary, to rustic, and everything in between… Take a look at some masters of this new trend! I love them all!

 

Contemporist

Contemporist

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Wandawega via House Beautiful

Wandawega via House Beautiful

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Four Lights Tiny House Company

Four Lights Tiny House Company

 

 

Tiny House Blog

Tiny House Blog

 

 

Escape Traveler

Escape Traveler

 

 

Airbnb

Airbnb

 

 

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

Ron Rusnak via Treehugger

 

So, what do you think?  Could you live in one of these homes?  I’d love hear from anyone that has one to tell us about their experience!

2016 Color of the Year, Part 2: SERENITY

Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year Part 2: Serenity.  A little bluish purple, a little smoky blue…  Depends on the day and the piece!  Here’s a few of our favorites to inspire you!

Marie Claire Maison

Marie Claire Maison

 

 

Serenity is so luxurious on a velvet sofa…

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Or on a crisp, striped pouf..

Surya

Surya

 

 

I love Annie Sloan paint in every color, especially this one!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Serenity and chevron to light things up…

Curated Kravet

Curated Kravet

 

 

Doesn’t it seem so calming on bedding like this one?

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

It’s smart on the walls….

Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper

 

 

Bright on the table….

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

 

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Le Creuset via Culin-art

Le Creuset via Culin-art

 

And my favorite picture yet…the teddy bear is cute, too! Isn’t my “grand puppy” Rocco just the cutest??  He’s showing off his Serenity-inspired toy for us!

Rocco

 

What do you think about Pantone’s color, Serenity?  Doesn’t it just go perfectly with its counterpart, Rose Quartz?

Splurge or Save? You Decide!

I love Design.  And good Design doesn’t always mean you have to break the bank.  That being said, not all “design” is created equal.  As you will see in the items that we have gathered below, it is possible to find a much less expensive version of the look you are trying to achieve.  So, what’s the difference?  When should you go for the “splurge” and when should you hold back and “save”?

Splurge or “luxury” design pieces are usually custom created.  They are available in an endless array of fabrics, finishes, and colors.  They are very often handcrafted by artisans and made to stand the test of time.  A high-end piece of furniture will be with you for a very long time; These are the heirloom pieces handed down from our grandparents.  Upholstered pieces can be recovered and wood can be refinished but the integrity of the piece will remain.  So, if you are settled in a place you plan to be in for a while and are financially able to make that occasional luxury purchase, then go for it and know that it will last.  Be smart in your choices.  Make your “splurge” be for the classics – timeless pieces that will never go out of style and that you will not get tired of seeing!

Look-a-like or “save” pieces are for a given period of time.  Let’s face it, they are never going to be handed down to your children.  But they do serve a purpose!  If you live in an apartment and want some good design on the “cheap”, go for it!  It will make a big impact in your decor.  Look-a-likes are perfect if you are still experimenting with what you like and where you want to live, and they give a big bang for the buck!  What if you just want to go for a trendy piece in a hot new color?  Give the look-a-like a try and see if it works!  If it does, then go for the “splurge”!

We’ve gathered some “Splurge” and “Save” below – now you can decide which works best for you!  All product info is direct from the manufacturers’ websites to ensure an objective decision!  Happy shopping!

 

Splurge: Restoration Hardware, $2035

  • Crafted of distressed solid pine
  • Accented with forged brass bin pulls
  • Kiln-dried hardwood construction
  • Wooden support system requiring mattress only
  • Box-spring optional
  • Deep double-panel drawers feature wood-on-wood glide
  • Artisan crafted, hand made and hand finished, no two are exactly alike
Printmaker's Bed Without Footboard, Restoration Hardware

Printmaker’s Bed Without Footboard, Restoration Hardware

 

Save: IKEA, $449

  • Main parts are solid pine
  • Drawers sides are solid pine and drawer bottom are fiberboard
  • Mid-beam is galvanized steel
  • Product requires assembly.
FJELL Bed frame with storage, IKEA

FJELL Bed frame with storage, IKEA

 

 

Splurge: Serena & Lily, $230

  • Made with 300-thread-count 100% cotton. Fabric-covered button closure with interior ties to keep duvet in place.
Monterey Duvet Cover, Serena & Lily

Monterey Duvet Cover, Serena & Lily

 

Save: Overstock.com, $85.99

  • Made with 150-thread-count 100% cotton.  Button closure.
City Scene Medley Lagoon Reversible Cotton 3-piece Duvet Cover Set, Overstock.com

City Scene Medley Lagoon Reversible Cotton 3-piece Duvet Cover Set, Overstock.com

 

 

Splurge: Jonathan Adler, $295

  • Made in Morocco by skilled artisans, this leather pouf is an essential for adding a pop of handcrafted color to your home.
  • Each pouf is dyed to exact color specifications and hand-sewn for superior durability.
  • Filled with dense cotton, this versatile piece is perfect as an ottoman or decorative accent.
Leather Moroccan Pouf, Jonathan Adler

Leather Moroccan Pouf, Jonathan Adler

 

Save: Art Fire, $96.00

  • Elegant light grey Moroccan leather poufs made with first grade genuine goat leather, hand-dyed and hand-stitched and embroidered by skilled persons.  
  • Delivered unstuffed.
Moroccan Leather Pouf, Art Fire

Moroccan Leather Pouf, Art Fire

 

 

Splurge: Pottery Barn, $999

  • Expertly crafted of kiln-dried mahogany
  • Features two pullout drawers and six adjustable shelves
  • Finished by hand in PB exclusive heritage espresso or antique white stain
Holstead Shutter Small Media Console, Pottery Barn

Holstead Shutter Small Media Console, Pottery Barn

 

Save: Target, $199.99

  • Adjustable shelves
  • Double doors
  • Frame material is wood composite, surface material is wood veneer
  • Hardware material is zinc, painted finish, 2 shelves, 2 doors
 Threshold™ Shuttered Door TV Stand, Target

Threshold™ Shuttered Door TV Stand, Target

 

Splurge: Kathy Kuo Home, $1020

  • Constructed of iron and elm
  • Antique finish on iron frame
  • Table top is made from elm door
  • Sturdy and open base design
Solid Chunky Reclaimed Elm Wood Large Coffee Table, Kathy Kuo Home

Solid Chunky Reclaimed Elm Wood Large Coffee Table, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Save: JC Penney, $417.50

  • Recycled elm wood construction
  • Textured, natural finish
  • Galvanized metal legs and joinery
  • Intentionally imperfect surface makes each piece unique
Elm 48" Rectangular Coffee Table, JC Penney

Elm 48″ Rectangular Coffee Table, JC Penney

 

 

Splurge: Currey & Company (Amazon.com), $1350

  • Washed wood in a Distressed Truffle finish makes the Meacham Desk a noteworthy addition to home or office.
  • The Shaker-inspired design is big enough to hold all your electronic accoutrements and provides ample storage with four drawers and four cubby holes.
 Currey and Company 3097 Meacham - Desk, Distressed Truffle Finish, Currey & Company (Amazon.com)


Currey and Company 3097 Meacham – Desk, Distressed Truffle Finish, Currey & Company (Amazon.com)

 

Save: Safavieh (Kohl’s), $417.99

  • This Safavieh Landon writing desk keeps you organized in contemporary style.   
  • Drawers provide ample storage space.
  • Assembly required.  Pine wood.
Safavieh Landon Writing Desk, Kohl's

Safavieh Landon Writing Desk, Kohl’s

 

Now that you’ve seen some examples of  “splurge” and “save”, I hope you’ll be better equipped with the info you need to do your own comparison shopping!

 

Susan Hayward Interiors