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!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lauren Conrad at HOME via InStyle

Our favorite OC girl, LC just debuted her renovated California home in the latest issue of InStyle magazine! Combining her traditional feminine style, with hints of masculinity (for her new husband!) the end result is just as California-cool as she is. Pops of (my favorite) color, orange, throughout, and lively greenery give the space visual interest. Tufted furniture, neutral furnishings, and a classic chandelier pull the space together brilliantly. And my favorite part? The brick feature wall she created to give the lofty space more appeal and traditional texture. Check out the pictures below! What is your favorite part?

LC at home

Classic living space arrangement

OMG this closet.. she transformed a space bedroom for a walk-in. Brilliant!

Showcasing the ceiling heights in her duplex!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All things ADLER

If you've checked out my instagram lately (@smallspacestlye) it's no secret that my love for all things Jonathan Adler has flourished. His spaces are so unique not only in its furniture, but in it's placement. He takes traditional and mixes it with modern. He floats couches in the middle of the room. He creates color combinations we just have to try ourselves. And finally, he just makes the world a more of a beautiful place. In honor of Friends & Family where the entire site is 20% off (AH!) below are some of my favorite inspirational pictures from the one they call Adler. His interior spaces, whether small or large, inspire me everyday!

sitting room with textured walls

those hand chairs!

open concept living and dining 

floating sofa on a circular rug

traditional and modern mixed perfectly

A peek inside JA's own home! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carve out a Workspace

An office is often clustered into some corner, rolling file cabinet, a hidden closet, or even shared with the dining room table! But I urge clients to look outside the box. Many people don't think they have the room, or the excess space to devote to a designated bill-paying area. But there is! There always is!
So many of us aren't lucky enough to have a separate office at home right now. Many of us, (including myself!), live in apartments that don't allot for that kind of room. And that's where our creativity comes into play!
I truly believe that having that space inevitably gives you organization in your life. Knowing where important documents are, including: bills, taxes, medical forms, etc. give you all the more functionality in your life. I promise! Given that I myself don't have a designated office, I have shifted where my desk sits in my apartment over the past several months. From a sudo-console table with a bench, to a formal desk facing the window, to now, a vanity inspired desk in my bedroom, you have to find what works best for your space. 
The inspiration images below dictate that there are a multitude of options available for what works as a desk. And accents make all the difference! 

acting as a console table, its desk functionality doesn't stick out! So chic.

book, books and more books!

surround yourself with art and storage

a multitude of seating with a desk in between bookcases is stunning

asymmetrical desk flanking a daybed and bookcases. perfect inspo for a studio!

Photo cred: Elle Decor, Pinterest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warm Bedroom Accents

As the leaves start turning, I like to swap out the light and airy linen and brighter colors in my bedroom for warm and cozy accents that remind me of fall. Now I know it's not always possible to get that brilliant canopy bed, or four-poster mirrored frame, or custom tufted headboard we have been dreaming about since we moved in! BUT, there's hope! Warm accents like throws and pillows can make your bedroom scream luxe. And you don't need space to do that! Faux-Fur throws, knitted throw pillows, and plush bedding are all you need! See below for warm bedroom accents that are easier than ever to transition into your own spaces!

luxe faux fur throw, plush carpets and leopard accents

all black accent wall and faux fur throws create coziness instantly

wood accents against an all-white background is breathtaking

moody blue and faux fur accents, yes!

plush bedding like this down comforter make you want to jump right in!

Share some of your own tips below!! 
Photo cred: Domaine Home, Elle Decor, Pinterest