Acclaimed Italian architect and designer, Paola Navone unvieled her new Out of India line for Anthropologie in NYC this past weekend. Inspired by her time spent in India, the line features vibrant colors and bold layered pattern designs including bed linens, furniture, suitcases, lighting and accessories. Navone says the line is, “an unbelievable melting pot of colors that happily embrace each and every object”. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collection, but make sure to see this exclusive collection for yourself.
Its the FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Everyone I know is talking about the return of the Bluth family May 26th on Netflix. After 10 years we can only imagine what huge mistakes they’ve made in their lives. Housebeautiful.com has a fantastic interview with set decorator Jennifer Lukehart about how she was able to recreate the family’s penthouse, the model home, and a few new locations for the comeback season.
Lukehart incorporated some of the shows running jokes in the decor. Lucille Austero’s Art Deco apartment (above) features a statue of a seal with a ball on its nose!
She also has some tips and tricks, I mean illusions, from the screen that can work in your home. Such as using a lampshape in a color other than white to prevent a distracting glow.
I also just love her positive spin on turning a decorating challenge into a way to expand your field of creativity (they had to recreate the family’s penthouse in just two weeks!) Grab a frozen banana and check out the full interview and more pictures of the set at Housebeautiful.com.
Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of The Great Gatsby is finally out and I was dying to watch it in 3D last week but had too much going on to find the time.
From what I can see (have seen/been drooling on for so long), in the trailers, posters, and photographs, it is a fresh, sexy and tasteful adaptation of a timeless love story filled with indulgences and excess. Im in awe of the brilliant set decor and style of the entire movie! Art deco in 2013! What’s not to love?
The production is fantastic and the cinematography that makes you long to live in Jay’s house, be part of his fabulous parties, wear lots of jewelry, that convinces you that champagne is all sorts of good for you, wonder why we dont have dance parties everyday, and walk in to a room filled with beautiful orchids, peonies, lilies, tulips, in many beautiful arrangements.
I cant wait to take a little time out and watch it in 3D soon but until then Im loving these clips of the movie.
The amazing F. Scott Fitzgerald story of decadence and excess of the 1920′s could not have found a better director than Baz Luhrmann, known for his epic films (Moulin Rouge is still my favorite). But the look of the time is a character all its own: the angles of Art Deco design and the sway of beaded fringe dresses are mesmerizing. Today’s mood board is filled with modern vintage looks to inspire you get a little decadent and jazz up your everyday. And of course, we all love to dress up for a glamorous party!
Putting together a color palette for your new home can be so intimidating ( ok, fine, flat out terrifying for the most indecisive of us.)
The editors of Country Living magazine have outdone themselves! All the best decorating, storage and DIY advice from the magazine have been compiled into their new book, The Little Book of Big Decorating ideas. It’s almost like a Pinterest page you can carry around with you without the annoying broken links! They even have a simple and concise appendix in the back for the how-to features.
From afternoon projects – like how to show off souvenirs from last years beach vacay, to weekend warrior overhauls – like using varnished craft paper as wallpaper, the projects inspire endless ideas for your home. There’s also an entire section for turning your lawn and garden into beautiful, easy to manage haven instead of a distracting chore.
This June, when you pick up the book, make sure you have time to swing by the local hardware and craft store as well, because you will definitely want to have supplies ready when the inspiration from these pages hit you!
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The April issue of Lonny magazine is out and it is filled with spring colors, amazing products, and beautiful homes. Here are my top 3 favorites -
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing Kelly Edwards. She is the co-host and design coordinator of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” as well as STYLE network’s “Tacky House”. Next month Kelly’s book, Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home will be in bookstores and we have your first exclusive look! Check out my interview with Kelly after the jump -
Jada: First off, not really a question, but a shout out because you are from Chicago too and that is always exciting!
Kelly: So great to meet you and so excite to hear your from Chicago. Love the city. I’d move back in a second if I wasn’t doing the whole TV thing!
Jada: So how did you come up with the cookbook approach for a design book? It’s so different, but makes total sense!
Kelly: It was actually my dad that came up with the idea. I told him I was wanting to write a design book and he said, “Why don’t you make one that looks like a cookbook?” I thought, ” that’s ingenious!” Truth is… people love cookbooks even if they can’t cook. It’s such a great approach to design. If you give someone a photo, a recipe and a list of ingredients it makes it so much easier to complete a room!
Jada: Okay, here’s a design scenario: I want to spruce up my living room in 2013 for less than $200, what should I invest in to really make my home special?
Kelly: An amazing rug, lighting and some great pillows. An inexpensive sofa can be dressed up with great pillows. Texture is everything. Velvet pillows will make any sofa look and feel more expensive. Lighting is the most important thing in any design as well. The better the lighting, the better the room will look. You MUST invest in great lighting.
Jada: Anyone who’s seen you on television knows you’re amazing at repurposing. How do you approach turning something most people see as trash into some great treasure?
Kelly: Yes, this is definitely my favorite thing to do. If something has great bones, then it will look even better with a fresh coat of paint on it. A can of spray paint is every repurposer’s best friend. I always look at the integrity of the piece first. If it has character, it will look good in any color.
Jada: We are super stoked for entertaining this summer. What are some of your foolproof design tips for our readers to create an amazing space for their guests?
Kelly: Make it comfortable. Guests love feeling comfortable in a space.
1. Have great lighting. Lighting creates and sets the mood. I like to make sure everything is on a dimmer and there are plenty of candles floating around.
2. There is ample seating and it looks and feels comfortable. For instance, all of the chairs in my dining room have a faux sheepskin throw over them.
3. For years the big thing is the indoor/outdoor entertaining. I keep my decor flowing from indoors to outdoor to give my guests the chance to mingle in and out. I like the open space.
4. Music can make or break your party. Consider your guests taste when doing your playlist. My personal favorite [is] having all our guests pick an album from our collection. We love to play albums at the end of the night.
5. Make a self-service bar complete with your best glassware and nice fresh flowers. Let your guests know to help themselves. It eases the pressure off the host from having to keep refilling glasses all night.
Jada: What are the 5 things you are most excited about for 2013?
Kelly: 1. Traveling. I have the travel bug this year! I want to go everywhere and anywhere!
2. The book. My first book is out in May. Couldn’t be happier!
3. Getting married. We are working out the details now. Wish me luck!
4. Starting a business with my friend Jen Porter from Chic Living LA.
5. Learning to cook more vegan and vegetarian dishes. I’m kind of obsessed with it right now. Oh, and to make my own Chicago hot Giardiniera. I want to jar it and sell it I love it so much! You can’t find it here in LA.
Best wishes to Kelly on her book launch and upcoming wedding! Make sure to check out the look book for Design Cookbook before it hits stores. If you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a free copy at Goodreads.
Energy-efficient, replacement windows are designed to save you energy without sacrificing the functionality and features that you may be looking for when upgrading your home windows. This upgrade allows you to re-do your home for an affordable price and even save money on your electricity bill. These new windows may reduce your energy bill by around 15% and will help to protect the environment. You probably want to be able to let light into your home, but those old, outdated windows simply get too hot. With energy-efficient styles, the window panes will never become hot to the touch and will not allow air conditioning to seep outside of the house. Purchasing new windows can even save you money on your tax bill!
Modern Style Windows
Say goodbye to those plain, boring windows and hello to beautiful, brand new, modern windows for your home. Modern style windows will bring a whole new look into your space, providing you with a contemporary look that is sure to make any room pop. Bay windows are perfect when looking to create a focal point within the room. Windows can even be created in special and unique shapes to fit your style. Glider windows are ideal for kitchen spaces and can easily be opened to feel the warm breeze throughout the seasons. Other types of windows that you may opt to upgrade your house with include awning windows, casement windows and bow windows. This affordable upgrade is sure to turn a few heads and will put your house at the top of buyers lists when putting it for sale on the market.
How to Upgrade your Home for Less
You may be interested in upgrading your home simply to improve its overall look, to up the safety standards that your home offers or to get it ready for a sale. Whatever the reason, making these upgrades will only increase the value of your home and provide you with a more comfortable and efficient living space. To easily upgrade your home design, updating old and outdated windows is a simple option. Many older windows are simply out of date and may not be as safe as they were once considered to be. They may not open and close as smoothly as they used to, they may not lock anymore or they might just be easy to break into. Newer windows are more modern and energy efficient, giving you that new home design look that you’ve been longing for.
The hats and scarves have been put away, the house is clean – now it’s time to go shopping! All of the great new seasonal colors and trends have really helped to push out that final lingering winter weather. Pacing myself for what is sure to be a great shopping season, here are my top finds:
What are you looking forward to in stores this season?