Paola Navone for Anthropologie

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.

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Netted Floral Pillow (via)

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Chroma Case (via)

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Cobalt Four Poster Bed (via)

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Posto Bello Quilt (via)

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Looped Wire Taper Holder (via)

On the Set of Arrested Development with Set Decorator Jennifer Lukehart

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.

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image via Housebeautiful.com

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!

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image via Housebeautiful.com

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.

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image via Housebeautiful.com

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.

 

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Painting…First-Timer!

Putting together a color palette for your new home can be so intimidating ( ok, fine, flat out terrifying for the most indecisive of us.)

It can also be empowering to select all of the amazing, gorgeous details of your space. Maximize this beautiful form of self-expression and creativity by being inspired, motivated and decisive. The most brilliant home owners (or renters making it their own!) realize that things can always be changed if and when the spirit moves you.  Most agonize–at least a bit–over the initial choices, especially those doing it for the fist time!
Here are some tips on the best ways to arrive at paint selections you will be happy with:
1. Find a piece of inspiration
Perhaps it’s a unique canvas, a bold fabric; maybe its your bedding or even a lamp or pillow. Find a piece that moves you and it will dictate the feel for the colors of that room.
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be influenced by bold

2. Do your homework
Scour all of the amazing Internet resources like Pinterest, Houzz and (hello?!) Mochatini for all the ideas you’ll ever need. Start your search with the influence of your inspiration piece and you’ll find tons of color schemes and combinations.
they got it right!

they got it right!

3. Go to the paint store
Believe it. The colors are so much more alive on a swatch. Also, the light boxes help to show you just how the colors will translate inside your bright, new house. (PS-you can also buy samples of your potential paint color to try out if you’re already living where you’re painting.)
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4. Have FUN!
Mix, match, enjoy! Have fun on the adventure of decorating your home. Think outside the box…accent walls, textures and stenciling are all incredible ways to feature gorgeous paint detail! Although initially it may feel like an overwhelming challenge, you don’t have to be scared of a ‘mistake.’ Paint is not permanent, so take pleasure in the process.
 
Send us any space that Mochatini helped create!

 

Summer Reading: The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

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.

instant souvenir lively living room table runner from drop cloth branches as hooks

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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