Horn, Hide and Mother of Pearl | HGTV’s Hot Three Decorating Trends this Fall

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.
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Head over to One Kings Lane for more tips and ideas on how to decorate with horns, hides and mother of pearl.

 

Fashion Update | What to Wear Now

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.

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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.

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I rounded up a few essentials to making this daunting task simple and fun.

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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?

katespade ring | clutch | stacked ring | striped top | cage sandals | leggings | blazer | steampunk satchel | scarf

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Office + Desk | Everyday I’m Hustlin’

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Being sick,and bed-ridden, for most of last week gave me time to think about reorganizing my apartment, especially my work space and closet.

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Joy Cho’s fabulous new studio tour over at Design Sponge

I realized I have wayyyyy too much stuff, and need to do something about it. I bought several storage boxes from Ikea, including this one which has my family name :-) to keep my crafting and paper supplies organized. While reassessing the space I decided I don’t need a very large desk since I do most of my crafting on the dining table, and foldout tables. The Micke desk from Ikea is the perfect size for my mbpro and small office supplies. Continue Reading