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Inspired by Mindy Kaling's LA Home

Who else is excited about Ocean's Eight?!

I saw the trailer last week and flipped out.  It's got 2 of my favorite people - Mindy Kaling & Helena Bonham Carter. And it features that annual event that launched a thousand best-and-worst dressed lists - the MET Gala.  I can't wait to see this 8-women action / adventure / comedy play out. Also, Mindy Kaling who's a thorough entertainer on every level and whose book  "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" I read in a single sitting on a plane ride, always, always makes me laugh. 

Architectural Digest featured Mindy's bright and cheerful LA home earlier in the year. Like Mindy, it's vibrant and full of personality. What caught my eye though, was this fun tropical wallpaper in one of the powder rooms.  

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How fun & funky is that! 

For some reason it made me think of all the fabulous tropical islands I need to go to, like Turks & Caicos and the Maldives. Aaaaah, I'm dreaming of sea breeze and ocean spray.

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Well, if you can't go to the tropics, you can always bring the tropics home!  

So here's what I came up with.  A tropical, paradise bedroom. Gorgeous Seychelles wallpaper complemented with soft, serene greens. Clean lines, gold accents & a hint of leopard keep it modern. Natural fiber and seagrass bring in texture and a relaxed feel.

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Seychelles wallpaper / headboard / bordered duvet set / accent pillowcurtain rod / curtains / nightstand / natural fiber rug / mirror / dresser / leopard trayhydrangeas & roses / art / seagrass tray

 

Alright folks, and on that note, we're going to close out 2017 and welcome 2018!

If you're looking to refresh & rejuvenate your living space in the new year,  I'd love to help you do that. A few days ago, I told you about  "Step into Style",  a decorating & styling package I'm offering.  Be it your home, a condo, a rental apartment or a room,  we will get creative and crafty and imbue it with personality.

I don't believe decorating should mean getting rid of everything you already own and buying a whole bunch of new stuff!!   Nor should it mean buying every single piece from a catalog. Na-hah.  Instead, I believe it's about mixing,  newer purchases with treasured antiques, enhancing what you already own, and doing it in a way that makes sense for your life and family.  There's nothing more appealing than a home with a distinct personality.

And there's ways to achieve that without breaking the bank.  

For instance, giving store-bought curtains a lift with a custom trim, like this...

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JCPenney silk curtains ,  Samuel & Sons coral interlock trim

 

or reupholstering an antique chair you own, and modernizing it with a pretty fabric, like this...

 
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Premier Prints zebra pink, P Kauffman buffalo check

 

...or renewing your bookcase with a splash of paint! Like this deep Hermes orange or geometric paper,  a lively backdrop for all your favorite reads.

 
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Everyone deserves to feel in harmony with & proud of their living space! Give me a call if you think I can steer you in the right direction & freshen things up for you as we step into 2018.

I am very grateful for every one of you who reads, comments, shares, talks back, and is part of my life through this blog.  I appreciate you so much, and I value your interest in what I do. 

Sending a lot of good juju & positivity your way!  May you have a healthy, happy New Year & I'm thinking of you today. I hope you're up to something fun tonight. As for us, we're still "making plans"!  Welcome 2018.

 

Image Credits: Architectural DigestReal Simple, Pinterest

The World Is Your Oyster

I always find myself spending waaaaaay more time than I need to at the World Market that's close to where we live (dangerously close, let's just say! :)). It's one of those places that has the cutest things at super affordable prices.  Off late, I've been there a lot while sourcing for events, and inevitably I find myself in a section of the store I have no business being in!!  Like I'm testing out the comfort quotient of the butterfly chair, when actually I've come in for napkin rings, or I'm perusing through the curtain aisle admiring a pretty damask pattern, when I should be picking up those taper candles and getting out! The sheer variety of beautiful things in this shop, gets me every time.

I thought why not do a World Market cover on the blog?  Especially with the holiday sales they have going on right now.  Lots of GREAT finds in their home decor category. And some super stylish gifts for under $25 too! Think hostess gifts, co-worker gifts & stocking stuffers.

Fair warning - you just might go down the WM rabbit hole yourself after reading this! ;-)

 

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1. lavender love seat / 2. faux fur throw pillow /  3.  A toss pillow in this Quadrille Potalla Black on Tint fabric would go oh-so-perfectly with the lavender and faux fur!   4. chunky woven throw / 5.  plaid vanilla-scented candle (extremely stylish & would make for a great co-worker gift!) / 6.  acrylic side tables  / 7.  zebra rug / 8.  velvet counter stools  

 

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9. bindi block print headboard  / 10 wood cabinet with gold detailing (these would make for cute bedside tables too) / 11 beaded chandelier / 12.  woven rug / 13. slick gold candle holders / 14.  blue & white vases

 

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15. white textured bowl / 16. vintage truck soap bar -  super cute, great stocking stuffer!  / 17. mercury glass LED decor / 18.  taupe marbled jar candle (these look amazing in person & smell delicious)  / 19 dinner napkin - chintz / 20  olive wood cheese board / 21 dinner napkin - oasis green / 22  hammered gold salt & pepper shakers / 23 chopsticks / 24 Meyer's lavendar soap (smells heavenly!) / 25 mirrored pouch  / 26 cake server / 27 acrylic mosaic tray / 28.  buddha candle holder / 29 party tumblers / 30  olive wood cheese knife set

 

Some fun picks from their bed & bath category!

Bright & beautiful bedding  - medallion quilt set

 

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Sprightly towels to liven up the guest bathroom

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Medallion orange & pink  /  Chateruse green

 

Love these textured toss pillows!  These would be perfect in an indoor / outdoor setting, paired with wicker furniture in beige or taupe upholstery.

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floral embroidered  /  ivory lattice

 

I'm loving the copper kettles & might finally pull the trigger on getting one. And the tea tins are perfect gifts for tea lovers! World Market comes out with fresh designs every year. I bought a pair a few years ago ( mine were a pastel green floral print) and even gifted them out.  People loved them & I was glad to see them put to use! :)

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copper kettles / tea tins 

 

My pastel green ones from a couple years ago, whaddya know they're still carrying them online!

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Let There Be Light

I wanted to sink my teeth into a good, juicy design post today! (pun intended ... I'm still recovering from turkey day).  I thought I'd share some GREAT lighting sources with you in today's post.

Lighting, as I've learned, can make or break a room. Whether you're trying to illuminate a space functionally or make a statement with standout fixtures - the way you light a room can really impact the mood and feel of  it. A lot of us, myself included, have made the mistake of under lighting a room!

There's so many great-looking and well-priced options on the market today. Here's a  round up of a few of my favorites! From  Shades of Light,  Pottery BarnWest ElmSchoolhouse Electric1800LightingLampsPlus & a couple more.  While I love ALL of them, I'm definitely crushing on the pendants from Schoolhouse Electric (7,  11),  and the very fetching ribbed & gourd-shaped table lamps (3, 10) right now  - they're effortlessly stylish, available in a variety of colors, and they never go out of style!

Enjoy!

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1 / 2 / 3 ( gourd lamps are an absolute favorite of mine right now - they are effortlessly stylish, available in a ton of colors & never go out of style!) /  4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18

Some News! + A Design Tip For Renters

I have some happy news to share with ya'll!  Over the next few months, I'm working with a fantastic interior design firm in San Francisco, Marsh & Clark Design. They primarily do residential design. And they've done the offices of the fabulous Chairish - a design & decor site I love for its curated collections. I'm excited to be there and to be working on projects this Fall, while continuing to share fresh ideas, schemes and resources with you here as I expand my design horizons! 

Coming to today's post - one of you lovely readers recently asked me if I had any decorating tips for renters.  When you're renting, you don't want to spend a whole bunch of money up front, but you still want to bring style into a space.  Here's an idea I like to share with people - Invest in things that are easy to carry over from one space to another.  For instance, getting some cute side/end tables.  

End tables are not a big ticket item, they're easy to move around, and they're versatile. Today they could be in your living room, a few years from now, in a bedroom. Compared to rugs, or curtains - which are pretty specific to a space, a good end table can be worked into a lot of different spaces! 

 

2 cute end tables under $100

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I love this two-tiered glass table at All Modern. It spells glamour & style. 

 
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A pair of these would look oh so elegant in a living room. 

I pulled together this look  with a very similar table in gold. Layer with flowers and books to bring in the color. And I added gold/brass tones with the deer head and an industrial floor lamp - they tie in well with the table!

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A similar style table would look just as beautiful in a bedroom...

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Garden stools make for GREAT end tables & give an airy feel to a room.

 
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You could create a cozy nook in the living room or the bedroom like the one I've created below. A space to lounge, read a book or just relax it out!

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I love sourcing on Etsy too for off the radar finds.

How fun is this Queen Anne end table!  It could get a new life with some paint - perhaps a light grey with antique white drawer fronts, like these ones

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These wicker tables would make for a great alternative to a coffee table in a room that's going for a boho / beachy vibe. Soften with a linen throw and a tray.

 
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And that's a wrap! If you're looking for stylish additions to your home, keep an eye out for end tables. Go with something that's really calling out to you - you'll end up using it in different ways over the years.


And lastly, if you have a specific question or a problem area in your home that's bothering you, I want to hear about it! Tell me in the comments.  I'll be glad to pull in my decorating and resourcing prowess to help you out!

This Week's Finds!

I've been seeing so many fun little things lately, little things that add big personality to a space. I thought I'd share some of my favorites from the week with ya'll!  

These votive holders ( seen in BHG's August issue). They are replicas of nautical flags - aren't they awesome? :)  They'd be great in a little boy's room. Or even 1 or 2 in an accessory tray in an entry.

 
 

 

These dreaaaaaaamy plaid throws by Faribault Mill. I LOVE the muted colors.

 
 

 

Fantastic swan arm chairs at an antiques store. The legs need some paint, but other than that - kinda perfect. 

 
 

 

A pair of chinoiserie garden stools. They'd make for great indoor side tables as well, like in the picture below

 
 

Bringing the outdoors, inside 

 
 

 

These all white busts would be perfect in a room that's mixing antiques and modern.  

 
 
 
 

 

This from a couple weeks ago -  a cheery chartreuse stool sitting pretty under a stack of furniture! 

 
 

 

I like the clean look of this tufted cocktail ottoman at Living Spaces.  They've given the space a  beachy vibe in this setting, but I think it'll look equally good in a more formal setting (with darker legs though)..

 
 

 

Also at Living Spaces, this acrylic & gold tray table. A great example of bringing in big style with a small footprint.  Setting two of these with some flowers & refreshments would create a welcoming ambiance for guests!

 
 

 

And lastly,  I bought this beautiful set of 6 stem glasses for a total STEAL. I used to have a set of green stem glasses I was in love with and they broke over the years. I've been on the lookout for a similar shade ever since. I finally found these with pretty rope stems. I can't wait to use them in a Fall table!

 
 

 

Anything you've seen lately you really loved?!  Something fun that you wanted to bring straight home with you (or had to resist bringing home??  story of our lives!  ;-))