Monday, March 2, 2015

Post-Holiday Update

After a long holiday, and an even longer break, I'm finally back. Let's see, we've moved, got a dog, travelled, and happened to survive the unpredicted Antarctica-esque snowfall in New York City this year since the last time I posted. That said, wow. 

First, the move. Staying on my beloved Upper East Side in Manhattan, we've upgraded apartments to almost 100 more square feet! Pause for reaction. I mean, this kind of glory doesn't come around New York City residents very often. In fact, it's practically unheard-of. Lucky for me, design has gone into full force on our 1-bedroom residence I plan on staying in for a few years. However, in true New York City fashion, it's a rental. So major changes will have to wait until we own. But fear not readers, that's what I love about this blog. This is how we get creative! For example, my lease clearly states, in not so many words, that wallpaper is forbidden. To my saddened heart, this is not news as a renter. But what did I do instead? I painted stripes that, if I may say so myself, have a striking resemblance to the real thing. Shotty bathroom with no double sinks or jacuzzi tub? Ugh! (Just kidding) Painting the walls and ceiling the same serene grey/blue camouflage those not so lovely blue trim tiling, and create an oasis. Fast forward to a grey ceramic garden stool and lucite shelving, this drabby ain't lookin' to bad. Pics to come!
That's paint my renter friends!

Next, the pup. Whiskey! Well, as most of you already know… motherhood is quite the challenge. Not that he's not perfect, but toys all over and sweaters galore have this baby overstuffing my apartment. In comes the solution. A fully closed entrance table with a shelf inside for his toys, his clothes, his leash, etc. And where else but Home Goods to find such a piece. Believe it or not, I found this in the "Bath" section of the store where toilet brush holders and shower curtain rings are sold. Pop on a tall vase to off-set the less than ideal height (I'm 5'9"), leaning picture, a candle, and a small dish to throw the keys… my once not so efficient/faux entry way now has purpose. And fits in well with the rest of my mod eclectic styled apartment. 

This find from Home Goods satisfied all my storage needs!

Tall vase offsets the table height

Don't you just love this saying?

Ironically, my travels this year and the record snow fall in New York City have a lot in common. SNOW. I travelled to ski when I probably could've waddled into my elevator and skied down Lex half of these brutal weekends. Despite the weather, nothing beat North Eastern ski conditions this year! And what's better than getting snowed in with the ones you love? 

With the chaos coming to a close, a major project has come my way just outside the city. Stay tuned for inspiration, ideas, and images as this story unfolds. More to come!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jessica Biel's Holiday Home via Domaine

Now that Thanksgiving is over, (and we've digested all of our food!), I like to kick full gear into holiday mode! One of the most inspiring spaces to date comes from one of my favorite blogs: Domaine Home. Domaine sat down with Jessica Biel in her stunningly holiday-decorated home to infuse her holiday glam with her cozy personal space style. Here we see traditional greenery mixed with chic elements of bold blacks and glimmering metallics. See below for the simple, yet dramatic decor to start our holiday! Which element of her space is most inspiring to you? Comment below!

Elegant Christmas tree with stringed pearls and black floral ribbons!

Defying tradition with matte black wrapping paper

Simple centerpiece

Combining rustic elements and metallics

Garland strung in a non-traditional way above a tapestry

Jessica Biel in her stunning space!

Photo cred: @domaine home

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape

In lieu of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to compile some of my favorite (and festive!) decorating looks for your table to get you in the spirit! Now as we all know, thanksgiving is extremely stressful for the one cooking this extraordinary meal. But on top of the meal, making your table warm, inviting, and stylish is second to our stress! For Thanksgiving I like sticking to a festive color scheme of: golds,  oranges, plums, and browns. And don't forget your greenery! I choose these colors because Thanksgiving is still remnant of fall right before the Christmas white hits. Feel free to choose all elements of the season like changing leaves, pumpkins, and distressed greenery. See below for some tablescapes perfect for this holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top your table with moss, whitewashed pumpkins and vegetables, and plants. How stunning!

stunning use of colors in florals and table linens

Simple table floral arrangement in orange and gold color scheme

mini potted plants all in varying sizes and shapes are striking down a long table

adding lanterns and a multitude of candles create a calm mood for dinner

Photo cred: @domainehome

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Entrance Inpiration

The first thing you and your guests see when entering (and leaving) a space is, clearly, the entryway. So in some shape or form it should be memorable, and of course functional! Some of us apartment dwellers don't have the luxury of a distinct entrance. However, anyone, no matter how small your space, can carve out somewhere to place down your keys and take off your shoes. In my NYC apartment, I walk straight into a dining area/living space. For my own source of inspiration, I used several things to make my entrance as fabulous and useful as possible. I broke up the space with a runner, paint, and distinct wall hooks and photographs. There is no doubt my space is small, but defining an area makes all the difference. See below for some inspiration of my favorite entryways. And soon you will get a sneak peak of mine! Enjoy!

Console table, mirror and candles.. simple yet perfect!

Brilliantly carved out entry with a catch-all bowl and carefully placed photos

Grand entrance.. take cues from muted colors, stools for changing shoes, and flowers!

Dramatic entrance with stunning contrast

Create an entry in a narrow hall… modern lighting and 
oversized branches make all the difference!

My entryway photos to come...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blue Mood

Sometimes a saturated room can be simply stunning. Sticking with a common color theme can be dramatic and classic, especially in porcelain blue. Not to say different shades of blue couldn't be as stunning, but be careful… Bright shades of any color could become overwhelming if not done in small doses. The most important thing to consider when decorating an entire room with one color, is that texture becomes your most important asset. With the same color throughout, or a similar color varying slightly in shades, luxurious and contrasting textures on the wall, the furnishings, and the accessories make all the difference. Done right, this can be stunning! See below for some of my favorite blue mood rooms.

Stunning library saturated in blue with hints of neutrals

Lovely living room combines textures and shades of blue

Velvet furnishings and detailed paneling

Soft-hued blues blends with the grey brilliantly

Sky blue dining room is stunning here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Home Greenery

Despite the small size of your space, greenery always adds life to a room. A living, breathing thing in your home (other than yourself!) can bring so much to any space. My favorite tends to be the living room. The living room always contains so much life because it usually has the most action going on a daily basis. Therefore, a large plant can be an additional source of life. The best part, though, is that greener goes with every style of interior decorating. Whether modern, a white-out (see the previous post!), feminine, or traditional, it works! Just make sure the plant has appropriate light and enough water! I promise you'll love the look! See below for some greenery inspiration!

 stunning fig tree in a living room

potted greenery on a console

oversized tree makes a statement with those ceilings!

mini greenhouse completes the mod look

over the top greenery lends a stunning landscape in this dining room!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

White Out

All white palettes in a space can be one of the most powerful design tactics. It not only leaves a fresh, clean feeling, it acts as a blank canvas. This allows you to play with bold color in art, moveable pieces like pillows and throws and accessories. Or you can continue with the theme and keep everything monochromatic. The best part about it? It's SUPER easy to do! You must make sure to keep the "clean" theme in mind, however, when putting the room together. Monochromatic rooms look most cohesive with clean-lined, unfussy furniture. And don't think this is only for the mod decorator. Traditional elements in all white can be just as powerful. Check out the images below for some of my favorite white out rooms.

mid-century modern white 

MOD to the MAX-- all white with pops of gold

Traditional all-white living room with neutral accents

contemporary white-out with color in wall art

all white perfection… no need for color here!