Check out these winter bedrooms featured in the November 2012 issue of Livingetc. Even though it's 78 degrees here in Texas in December (insane!), I still like create the illusion of a cozy winter retreat. I'm sure sooner or later it will feel like winter here. Let's hope before Christmas.
This interior below is my absolute favorite winter bed. The rich colors and the crochet bedspread makes me want to jump right in.
Is everyone as excited about decorating for the holidays as I am? I LOVE this time of year. I'm going take this week to decorate my home and I'm starting off with a wreath for my front door and one for my interior. I don't want the typical wreaths this year, I want to try something different. Well I found these lovely DIY wreaths online and I thought I'd share them with you. I'm leaning towards the ornament wreath but I'm still not sure. I'll be sure to post pics of the wreath I create. Tell me, what new ideas do you have planned for your decor this year?
I gathered my fellow lady entrepreneur friends for a little potluck brunch...and my was it the best potluck ever! Not only are these ladies super talented but they can really cook! We had shrimp and grits, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, mini quiches, french toast bites and tons of other yummy treats.
It was delish!
Now, it wasn't all eating and play, we did get down to business...eventually. =) We shared our joys and woes of being business owners, helped each other with goals and product development and simply offered motivation to each other. The end of the year is always a struggle but we realized, now is the time to reenergize. The new year is only a few months away and now's the time to develop plans for the future. The brunch was so inspiring and we all feel so renewed! If you're a business owner I strongly recommend that you gather your fellow entrepreneurs for a pow wow. There's so much that we can share and learn from each other!
How incredible is this? I've never thought to display the front covers of my design and coffee table books. The spines are awesome but the real art is definitely on the cover. This custom book shelf is so unique but I'm sure very costly to build. To get this look, I would paint one accent wall in a dark color and use West Elm's Deep Picture Ledges to create the rows of shelving. At the most, a two day project. I'm so doing this!
Now that I've started my preliminary research on home buying, I've been looking for alternatives to the traditional houses you see all over Texas. Someone mentioned modular homes to me recently but when I think of prefabricated homes, my first thought are mobile homes. Well it turns out, prefabricated homes have gone through a serious upgrade and Austin, Texas based ma modular has taken the idea of to the next level with modular homes.
I'm not sure this is going to be for me but take a look at these beautiful, spacious well-designed homes that are totally customizable! Incredible. Go here for more info on the process.
Yes, yes I know. Books are made for reading but some books are so stylish they're like works of art. Stack a few or a lot but choose coffee table books for your home that reflect your interests, style and taste. For myself, I've started to collect them over the years and whenever I need inspiration all I have to do is flip through some of my lovely books.
Here are my top coffee table book picks that will complete the look of your home.
1. The Fashion Must-Have
Tom Ford by Tom Ford, Bridget Foley, Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour
Is it just me or are you seeing cheetah everywhere right now?! Not just the classic cheetah print but cheetah designs in all colors. I'm loving it! Cheetah is very much back with a vengeance and it's the go to animal print for the Fall. Here are some Fabulous Finds to add to your home and fashion collections.
Here are a few items to help welcome your guests into your home. Extra cozy bath towels, candles on the nightstand and fragrant lotions will really make your guests feel special. It doesn't take much, just a few extra touches here and there will ensure that your guests feel right at home. Angela hugs 'n kisses
Yay! I'm so excited. I've always heard such great things about Zara Home. As of October 9th, the housewares will now be available to the US via ZaraHome.com/usa. Check out a sneak peek of the line here.
A dear friend introduced me to the fabulous Marcovaldo Fabrics line. I have an obsession with textiles and these seriously made my heart skip a beat. Rich colors, detailed designs and luxurious fabrics...oh my! Their current collection, inspired by Nelson Mandela, is filled with yummy animal prints, African inspired patterns and natural fibers. The husband and wife team even worked with Nelson Mandela’s grandson to develop the collection. Co-principal, Shani Moran says “Mandela [Collection] represents the textures and the smell of Africa." Check out more of the collection here
These are my favs below! African Wild in Hills Maize and Hills Burnt Orange. Le sigh. :)
Girls' Night Out was a BLAST!! I must say, The Village really knows how to throw a party. There were tons of local vendors, area restaurants and even larger chains like World Market and Whole Foods all there to let us try and sample their products. The shopping was fantastic! The room was filled with local crafters, artisans and vendors with tables and tables of handcrafted merchandise.
My creative lady friends were all there! Island Time Fragrances, SOREECE Jewelry and Sew Sew Funky were selling like hotcakes! So proud of these ladies, they put so much hard work behind their brands and you can see it in the quality of their fabulous products. My uber talented friend, photographer/blogger Kayla Hood was there and I bumped into the always fabulous Gina from Banafrit Décor too! We even art directed an impromptu photo shoot for one of the vendors. Fun times!
If you missed last night, be sure to mark your calendars for next year. This is definitely one event
you don't want to miss!!
Check out my super cute Kente Cloth Cosmetic Bag I scored from Sew Sew Funky! I loooove it!!
Mark your calendars for September 25th! This is sure to be a fabulous night out. My lovely friends from Sew Sew Funky, Island Time Fragrances and SoReece Jewelry will all be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping now. See you there!!
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Goodie Bags, Shopping & Cocktails, Oh My! Girls' Night Out is back at The Village Country Club. Party with a purpose on September 25th from 6pm-8:30pm and enjoy cocktails, food, shopping from outside vendors, the latest insight in beauty & fashion and tons of free stuff! $5 donation benefiting Lincoln Charities upon entry.
The Village Country Club • 8308 Southwestern Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75206
Usually the What's Your Style? posts feature a female model or celebrity with feminine interiors and accessories. Today I decided to go a different route. This one's for the guys! I wanted to talk about Classic Style and what's more classic than an Ozwald Boateng suit. This led me to the masculine side of interior design which is becoming more and more popular. The way of the not-so-stylish all black leather bachelor pad has gone away. Men are now thinking more about the details and styling of their homes and I must say...I applaud this!
Masculine interiors are usually of a classic or modern style with jewel toned or neutral colors, heavy weight textiles and natural or industrial materials. Timeless pieces like Chesterfield sofas and chairs or classic mid-century modern furniture designs are also staples. Check out the images below for some ideas on decorating your masculine interior.
I think I'm starting to really love dark walls. I just pinned this lovely room featured on Design Indulgences. Isn't it fabulous?! The dark charcoal walls, ceiling and flooring adds depth to the room making it fell open and airy. Who says dark colored walls will make a room feel smaller?!! In fact, it's the total opposite. You just have to be brave enough to go there.
Has anyone painted their walls a dark color? Which room and what color did you choose?
Domino Magazine is currently on the newsstands again! The special edition features Domino's Best Rooms with style advice from 13 of their favorite designers, architects and stylists. I just picked up my copy. The $10 price tag was a tad bit steep but I'm hoping it's going towards bringing back new issues in the near future! Crossing my fingers!!
Mark your calendars! We're almost one month away from the launch of The Nate Berkus Collection at Target. The products will be available October 21st in Target stores and on Target.com. Nate never seems to disappoint so I'm looking forward to his new home line. Check out a sneak peek below!
I'm working on decorating a home office for myself and I've been researching images like crazy on Pinterest. Check out my top favorite photos I'm using for inspiration! I think creating an image board when decorating is key. It helps you to invision the final look and keep you on track when shopping. It keeps you motivated too! Who wouldn't love a lovely office like the ones below?!! I can't wait!
I absolutely love these mid-century pieces reupholstered in modern fabrics! It seems that everyone is on the mid-century kick these days, so adding a bold modern fabric can transform a mid-century staple into a one of a kind. These definitely stand out from the crowd! I will be adding this to my to-do list.
A new exhibit at Sebastian + Barquet in Southampton features iconic mid-century designs by Gio Ponti, Vladimir Kagan, Ico and Luisa Parisi and more, re-imagined with Madeline Weinrib’s vibrant handwoven textiles. I love this matchup.
Oh, this chaise. As much as I hate the color purple, I would totally take a nap on this.
The show opened this past weekend at Sebastian + Barquet Southampton.
I made this print this weekend for my office space. "I dwell in possibility" by Emily Dickinson is an enchanting poem. Emily saw poetry and prose as limitless and I like to look at life in the same way. Anything and everything is possible! So HAPPY MONDAY to everyone and remember it's a new day, a new week and the possibilities are endless!
Lately, my Pinterest timeline has been filled with lovely wall vignettes and I've been pinning away like crazy! Check out my inspiration board here. I have tons of art at home but have yet to hang anything so I decided to tackle a wall vignette in my own space. Turns out, it takes a little bit more planning than I thought. I'll walk you through my steps and hopefully it will save you time in creating your own.
Here lies the problem. An empty wall. How drab and boring! I thought of adding a large piece of art but decided to go with a photo collage vignette because it gives me a chance to show off more pieces of art and photography. Vignettes also add more pizzazz to a space, it sort of livens up the wall. It's also a chance to show your personality. Choose pieces that reflect you.
Step #1 - Choosing the Art
Oh my, I did not realize how much art I had. Wow! This became a very difficult decision. I decided to go with white and gold frames because I want to brighten up the room. I also wanted to add some sentimental pieces so I framed a few cards I received from friends when I moved from New York City to Dallas.
Step #2 - Arranging the Art
I suggest arranging the art on the floor. Play around with the layout until you find a look you're happy with. Have fun with it!
Step #3 - Update your Frames & Art
I decided to go with a white and gold color scheme but I had tons of perfectly good dark wood frames. So I used some gold metallic paint to update the frames and this Mayan Calendar plaque I purchased in Mexico. Don't run out and purchase all new frames, with a little paint you can easily update the ones you have.
Step #4 - Hanging the Art
I measured the width of my sofa, came in 10 inches on both sides and made a mark on the wall. This mark will be the edge of the collage. Next, I found this great tip from Somewhat Simple. Add a dab of toothpaste to the back of the frame where the nails would go. Press it to the wall and that will mark where you need to hammer your nail. Oh my gosh this tip made the whole process a breeze!
Here's the final product! I think it came out great! It totally brightens up the room and added some much needed pizzazz to my space. Now it's motivated me to refinish my dark wood side tables. Next up...a DIY on painting laminates. Stay tuned!
Get your dresses and heels ready! The 4th Annual Fashion's Night Out is tomorrow night and it's time to glam it up for a night out on the town. Fashionistas all over the globe will flooding the hottest stores to mingle and check out the latest fashions. Click here to check out the events happening in your city! See you there!!