If you are still looking for fab gift ideas, and you need something special for a friend who seems to have everything, I’m willing to bet that a DayNa Decker luxury candle will do the trick! I was gifted by one from my friend and “Travel Stylist” blog author Natalie who lives in NYC, she brought one with her to Marrakesh when I taught there…
more about: decorating
I debated about getting a Christmas tree for my apartment this year. For the first time since moving to New York, I have a living room that could accommodate a full size tree without requiring a storage unit for half of my furniture. In the end, I decided against getting one since I’m not having a holiday party, and I won’t be home much between now and the end of the year.
But I couldn’t let my apartment stay completely undecorated. My compromise was to hang a wreath in the living room, since there is a brick wall that was just aching for some decoration.
After considering a yarn wreath, a fresh green wreath or a light wreath, I settled on an ornament wreath. Luckily, Eddie Ross has a tutorial for making an ornament wreath on his website. Here’s how mine went:
I started out with a wire hanger and these shatterproof ornaments from Target. (I only spent $20 making this wreath. A steal in my mind.)
Oh my goodness what a great work/vacation I had! I’m back from an 8 day retreat in Marrakesh where I took 10 amazing ladies through the souks to shop, gave each a one-on-one consultation, and taught about how to live a more creative life and also ways to bring Moroccan design into the home without turning the room into Epcot Center! It’s a challenge, especially when…
CB2 is really blowing my mind lately! They have so many fresh finds that it’s hard to not empty your wallet — and not just on furniture, but on soft furnishings and accessories too. I’ve always liked their energetic color palette combined with a mostly neutral base, but their aesthetic just feels fresher and even a bit more edgy this season – what do you think?
When it comes to shower curtains, I often have a hard time finding exactly what I like. As a result, I am forced to get creative and whip up one using bed linens and a plastic liner — something I learned from my mother since she always made them for our home. Thankfully though, over the years som great shower curtains have emerged and can be found at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target but still… I think that there is still a gap when it comes to finding ones that feel feminine yet modern without either being contemporary or Shabby Chic. Perhaps Amy Butlers’ new line can fill the niche? Her new shower curtains are in her “midwest modern” style which is feminine, colorful, modern and even a bit country rolled into one.
Looking for a charming gift? I found this lovely gem of a place online where you can shop for the sweetest antiques, curiosities and rare finds. Bell’occhio in San Francisco has been in business for over twenty years and has always paid careful attention to curating only the best merchandise as well as presenting it in the loveliest of ways. Here are just a few of my favorite things from this gorgeous shop.
It’s started to feel like fall here in New York. And I, for one, am ready for it. I love the changing leaves, the cool air coming in through my open window (no more A/C, yay!), and the excuse to pull out all the blankets and throws that I don’t need during the summer.
I like the idea of making small decor changes as the weather changes. And here’s an easy place to start. The Turn The Season Rug From YLdesign, which I came across on Design Milk last week.
I’m moving in less than a month and I’m already planning things like what to paint, where to wallpaper and display and storage ideas…in my head, on paper, in notebooks, in Photoshop… I’m OCD like that (OCD = Outta Control Decorator). Thing is, there is SO MUCH out there to pick from these days and with so much on the market available that looks great, how do you decide? Well here are 5 ways to help you choose wallpaper, the current big decision that I’m trying to make. Maybe my tips will help you…
Eco fabrics keep getting better and better! Jan DiCintio, founder of Daisy Janie, is a surface and textiles designer who just launched an organic modern fabric collection called Geo Grand. Geo Grand is bright and bold in 6 fresh patterns and colorways like aqua, sky, espresso, chartreuse and white. Jan’s self-produced fabrics are 100% GOTS*certified organic cotton and are similar in feel/weight to quilters’ cottons so you can use them for home decorating and crafts in addition to creating your next quilt or throw pillow! My favorite of the bunch is ogee, shown directly below. It’s lovely and I can imagine it as throw pillows on a white sofa like mine!
Looking to match your shade to the drapes? Or the wallpaper? Or are you simply looking to have a lampshade that no one else has? Well you’re in luck. I was on the Duffy website earlier and noticed a clever and affordable DIY self assembly lampshade kit that I have to share because It’s fantastic. The kit is called Stick It (great name!) and it allows you to create your own lampshade design in minutes. You can stick your own designs onto the sticky outside layer using wallpaper, papers, fabric, whatever you would like! The shade kit is under $20 and can be used for either a floor light or pendant lamp so it’s both affordable and versatile (available in 30 or 45 cm).