Rooms like this reinforce how colors when used thoughtfully can be therapeutic. Just a few carefully selected pieces these spaces feel alive and delightful.
Constant exposure to amazingly decorated homes, via shelter mags, blogs and Pinterest boards, can make our own spaces look drab and blah in comparison. I find it hard to not “add-to-cart” each time I fall in love with a beautiful piece online. While most of us would love to give our homes a decor makeover often, in reality, a complete redo is impractical and, well, excessive. Also, upgrading the look of any room can often become overwhelming and demotivating with nothing more than frustration and, holes in walls and wallets as a result.
A more practical, and budget-friendly approach to decorating is….patience. Yes, wait it out. If you long, lust and still love that piece a month, three months, and even a year later, go for it. Except for a few small accessories, anything you are going to love forever, and would want to see everyday, needs to be not just a “Summer-fling”.
Design solution? One high-quality purchase at a time. Adding just one upscale collectable item, such as an area rug, can instantly transform and upgrade the look, and feel of the space. Luxurious-looking handwoven rugs, in pretty prints and patterns, are like works of art, bring warmth and a cozy feel to the room, and are tasteful design solution to tired rooms looking for an instant upgrade.
I have wanted a light-colored, handwoven Persian handwoven rug from the day I had my own place. I even tried talking my mom into giving me one of hers, and failed.
So, when Medallion Rugs asked if I would like a rug from their handpicked selection, I had the biggest smile on the block. An “At last..” moment. I selected a 10′ x 13′ semi-antique Persian rug with a lovely blend of colors and pattern. It is even more beautiful in person. It ties all my eclectic finds together and makes my living-dining room look cozy and sophisticated.
As you can see, I am not the only one in love with it.
More pics soon.
My Halloween projects for DIYNetwork have been making me feel a little nostalgic about the monochromatic Halloween Bash look I created for Bright.Bazaar a couple of years ago. (has it really been that long??)
To refresh your memory:
While not particularly fond of Halloween, mostly because it shadows my birthday, I really enjoyed designing and crafting this tablescape.
How do you feel about Halloween? Are you working on any spooky craft projects?
From walks to treats, belly rubs to playing fetch, leisurely naps to mundane errands, our pups love every moment we spend with them. In return for their unconditional love, they deserve to be spoiled shamelessly. Here are few handpicked accessories sure to keep their tails stylishly wagging during yappy hour.
HGTV’s hottest decorating trends this Fall are all about natural elements. Go big and make a bold statement, or go mall understated with the natural textures and shapes of horns, hides and mother of pearl details to bring a back-to-Earth aesthetic to your home. Not a fan of these prints and materials? Opt for faux pieces instead and use them in unexpected ways like lining a tray with an animal print wallpaper. Or paper mache sculptures from West Elm to create a layered look for a tablescape. Salvage an old mirror frame and refinish it in zebra-hide fabric for an instantly chic makeover.
Here, in the North-East, the weather has yet to fully embrace Fall. Daytime temperatures oscillate between high 70s to mid 80s while evenings-nights are nearly 10-15 degrees cooler.
This not-quite-Fall-weather poses a challenge when it comes to picking what to wear all day. Key to dressing for this transitional weather is layering and selecting items that are comfortable, stylish and on-trend.
I rounded up a few essentials to making this daunting task simple and fun.
Chequered jackets and natty wide-lapelled jackets sported by 1950’s news anchors look fresh again. Yes, plaid is cool again. Pair a basic striped cotton top, a sheer button-down or an asymmetric tee with skinny cropped leggings in leather-like texture. Layer with a graphic scarf and sexy heels, like these stappy cage sandals with embellished studs to give your off-duty looks a hint of attitude. My go-to bag these days is a masculine steampunk leather satchel large enough for my 17″ mbpro and other gadgets and holds a small clutch for after-work socials. When it comes to jewelry, less is more for me, so I tend to wear more rings. This Kate Spade Stepping Stone ring makes a subtle statement while being the perfect work-night accessory.
What fashion items are you looking at to add to your wardrobe?