Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

I Have Two New Best Friends. So What If They’re Handbags. No Judging.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

One of the best parts about visiting my hometown of Phoenix last week:  the shopping.  I was driving down Camelback  when I spotted Red on the right side of the road.  Not only is the place packed with incredible vintage modern furniture, art, and accessories – the boutique also holds the most beautiful collection of vintage clothes, jewelry, handbags, and accessories.

It was so fun to look through all the mint condition pieces for a few minutes.  And yes, I did buy a couple things – a super shiny silver 70s box bag with two shoulder straps and a small cream purse with a brown lucite handle.

And they are my two new best friends.


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House Tour: Family Room

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

One of my guilty pleasures about meeting new people: taking a tour of their home.  I am such a fan of home decor and I love seeing how others style their own.  It’s been a while since you’ve sneaked a peek at my house, so I thought today, I’d give you a tour of our family room.

I’ve got five main colors going on in here: robin egg blue, avocado green, white, brown, and gold.  In our family room, you’ll find polka dot and stripe chairs, mixed with large paisley print valences hanging from a trio floor length windows.  Combining different prints adds a lot of texture, warmth, and playfulness to a room.  But here’s the thing – you must keep it in the main color palette.

To me, a room is all about finding and displaying the accessories you can not live without.  I love my little white rhinoceros that lives on the shelf, the pretty blue McCoy pottery I’ve collected over the years which holds Christmas cacti that not even I can kill, and the beautiful bezel mirrors I discovered on super sale at Target a year ago.  But the accessory I love the most:  the 3 1/2 foot letter ‘Y’ I bought from a thrift shop.  I was told, it used to be the ‘Y’ in the sign of a bakery shop which went out of business.  But when I first set eyes on my ‘Y’, it was a mess.  There was rust, and dents, and bolts that made David’s hands bleed when he removed them.  But through it all, I could see with a little love, a lot of elbow grease, and a coat of glossy white paint, my ‘Y’ would add a fun touch of personalization to our family room.  And it did.

I hope my guilty pleasure is yours as well, and you enjoy the tour of my family room.

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Monday, January 30th, 2012

My heart started beating a bit faster when I spotted Hammerpress, a letterpress boutique I just happened to stumble upon while driving all of my 3 stinky boys to see Sesame Street Live in downtown Kansas City last weekend.  So after surviving 2 hours of Elmo, Bert, and Big Bird singing, dancing, and counting,  I made a bee line back to the paper place.

Hammerpress makes the most pretty products.  There, you’ll discover interesting and unique cards, posters, prints, and notebooks – all made with the most beautiful and saturated inks.  I literally wanted to buy everything in the store.  Everything.  But I restrained myself and only bought about half of the store. 

I mean, I try to practice self restraint whenever possible.




Want to know more? Click here to shop Hammerpress on line.

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All That Glitters is Gold

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What could be more glamorous than gold? The shimmering metallic color has recently made a stunning resurgence, appearing not only in decorative objects and picture frames, but also in furnishings, sunglasses, and nail polish. It can be as gleaming and reflective as chrome and silver, but gold also has the advantage that its sunny character is infinitely warmer.

Here are a few of my favs.  Enjoy!

1.  Report SignatureMontauk

2.  Kate Spade Ooh La La Necklace

3. Michael KorsOversized Runway

4.  SEPHORA by OPI As good As gold

5.  Ray-BanRound Frame

6.  Z Gallerie Potted Twig Tree

7.  Hive & HoneySkinny Glitter

8.  MAKE UP FOR EVER Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes

9.  Crate & Barrel Jules Accent Table

10.  TibiMetallic Jersey Halter Dress

11.  Angelfish by Sperry Top-Sider

12.  Troy Lighting F301 Maidstone Large Pendant

Lovin’ Lonny

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The Fall Fashion issue of Lonny Magazine is not to be missed.  Not only are the pictures beautiful, but several of the articles are really good reads.  ‘How to Win Back Your Wardrobe,’ and ‘How to Liven up Your Coffee Table with the Latest Inspiring Reads,’are just two of my favs.


The One About Stripes and Bikes

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I don’t care if I’m the 2,331,723 blog to post photos of Missoni’s new Target collection. Redundancies, whatever: this is stuff I want, need, covet, and cherish.

The collection includes tons of clothes, of course, but the preview snaps also show luggage, plates, pillows, mugs, laptop cases, blankets and even a bicycle all covered in Missoni’s iconic, colorful, zigzag prints. 

But these photos are just the tip of the iceberg, as there are more than 400 pieces to the Missoni for Target line, all priced between $7.99 and $199.99.

Things I need right now:  the cardi, the sweaterdress, and the bike.

The collection hits Target stores September 13. 

I. Can’t. Wait.

I’m Totally Against Ceiling Fans. Just Sayin’.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

When my mom asked me to help redecorate her bedroom, she only gave me a couple of restrictions: 

  1. I had to use her current lavender wall color and drapes, and
  2. I had to use her recently inherited side tables and dresser.

And here’s the look!

bedding, headboard, rug, bench, chair, mirror, ceiling fan, pillow, side table, silver tray, lamp, vase

My mom hasn’t bought all this stuff, yet – although I think she totally should.  Hint.  Hint.  This is just a look I created for her – a reference so when she’s out shopping and she sees a perfect white lamp, or a beautiful circle mirror, she can add it to her room and know it’s going to work.

Creating a look book is easy.  Just pick a color palette, furniture, accessories, rugs, and anything and everything else you want for your room and put them together on your computer or in a folder, so when you’re out shopping, you have a guide to follow. 

And, on a side note, I am totally anti-ceiling fans.  Totally.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, gorgeous and unique light fixtures.  But my mom wouldn’t budge on that one.  She’s all, ‘It’s hot in Arizona.  I need the air to be circulated.’  Blah… blah… blah… Just sayin.’

Loving Lonny

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The latest issue of Lonny is here and I’m so coveting everything in it from cover to cover.  Enjoy!

Do You See What I See?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Just one piece of clear acrylic furniture will shake up any room in any style.  And seriously, a shake up is exactly what my kitchen table needs.  I mean, I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought the set of four upholstered chairs from Crate and Barrel a few years ago.  Oh, I remember.  I was thinking that I didn’t have kids.  Buh-dum-bumb! 

So, I’m on the prowl for the perfect clear dining chair and these five are the front runners.  But #2 is for sure my favorite.

What do you think?  Is acrylic furniture for you?

1.   Acrylic Modern Arm Chair

2.   Honeycomb Acrylic Modern Chair

3.   Minotti Clear Dining Chair

4.   Crystall Ghost Chair

5.   Lino Clear Dining Chair

Flipping Out Over Rue

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

You must flip though the March/April issue of Rue magazine.  Yes, the entire online issue is as awesome as always, but the feature on the incredibly talented Bonnee Sharp is amazing.

The second I saw all the fun fabric in  her home I couldn’t wait to read more, and that’s when I discovered this young mother of two designed nearly every swatch herself.

After googling Bonnee’s name, I was even more excited to learn she has her own website and blog where all sorts of fun decorating ideas live.

And that’s where you can sample all her fashion forward designs for yourself.


Loving Lonny

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The latest issue of Lonny is here!  And it’s not to be missed.  I have two favorite articles:  minimalist furniture, maximum style and The Wisdom of Wearstler.   But I also love that the e-magazine which traditionally focuses on home decor also featured some fashion this issue.


Don’t Hate Me Because I Love Lauren Conrad

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Don’t hate me because I love Lauren Conrad.  But I do.  And I also love all the fashion advice she gives in her new book, Style.  From beauty and hair secrets to how to shop vintage or finding the perfect pair of heels, the former MTV reality star shares all sorts of tips and tricks on how to be effortlessly chic.

And I’m kind of obsessed.

I’m also kind of obsessed with all this other stuff.  I mean, how retro chic is it that Polaroid is making a comeback?  And Katy Perry’s crackle nail polish collection for OPI is sick.  Just.  Sick. 


 1.  Model One Table Radio

2.  Polaroid 300 Instant Camera

3.  Eurofase Elysian, 9 Light Pendant

4.  Katy Perry OPI Crackle Polish

5.  Z Gallerie Crystal Dining Chair

6.  Lauren Conrad – Style

That’s All. Carry On.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I just had to share this fashion forward and affordable home decor collection I discovered while doing some serious late night channel surfing.  Can you believe these pieces come to you courtesy of the home shopping network, QVC?  That’s all.  Carry on.

Flipping For Adler

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Have you flipped through Jonathan Adler’s two new publications,  Happy Chic: Colours and Happy Chic: Accessorizing?  You should.  I mean, they are amazing.  I received the books for my birthday last weekend and I’ve been thumbing through them ever since.   I love how every page is bursting with bright and vivid colours, bold patterns, as well as lots of decorating tips and tricks.  And here’s the best part:  they’re cheap.  You can buy the books on Amazon for less than $13.00 a piece.

Must Read Magazines

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010