Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Decorating a Living Room in Hollywood Glamour Style

I'm going to try something new with this blog, and we'll see how it goes.  Since my profession is Interior Design, even though I want this space to talk about everything, I am going to start posting "mock style room boards"

My first Mock Board is of an Updated Hollywood Glamour Style Living Room.  

All of these items were found on Wayfair.  It is a great home furnishing website, that has a variety of styles and price points.

If there is any particle style that you would like to see put together, please leave a comment.  

I will try to continue posting various style mock boards.

Since design is subjective, I feel that nothing can be "wrong"
I envision "Hollywood Glamour" as a black and white color scheme, but love the pop of hot pink.  I love the "goopy" chairs and light fixture, and anything glitzy and shiny. But there certainly are other ways to portray "Hollywood Glamour" in a room, this just happens to be my take.

The items seen in this board are below:

Sofa - Hollywood Sofa by Mopshop
End Table - by House of Hampton  - I love this because it is an unexpected piece - it looks like twigs, but I feel that the black top grounds it a little.
Cocktail Table - Juliette Coffee Table by Nuevo 
Black Chair - King Arm Chair by POLaRT 
White Chairs - Side Chair by POLaRT 
Mirrored Chest - Geometric 3-Drawer Mirrored Chest by Wayborn
Screen - Mirrored 3-Panel Room Divider by Firefly Home Collection
Lamp - Michelle 19" Table Lamp by Bassett Mirror
Ceiling Fixture - Empire Crystal Chandelier by Worldwide Lighting
Hot Pink Picture - Glamour Girl by Dominic Vari Graphic Art
Audrey Art - Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's by Buy Art For Less
Rug - Modern Black Area Rug by Persian Rugs

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pop Color Fall Fashion Trend 2016

It's that time of year again, yes Autumn, but also the time I tend to post the most. Noticing that I have not posted since the 2016 colors of the year... in March, I figured it was time to enlighten my very small, yet very lovely audience with my picks for one outstanding Fall Trend.  I will try to make this my Leaves-Turning-Resolution, to blog more, here's hoping I get the readers.

Let's see what we've got.... Since standard Autumn attire remains fairly predictable year after year, I'll touch on one trend I'm seeing everywhere.  Get warm with your colors, think WINE, yes, the drink who doesn't love a vineyard in the Autumn; but also the COLOR!

Below are some pictures from the latest fashion company emails I have received.

Let's dig in!
This photo is from Tuckernuck, one of my newly favorite clothing websites.  I cannot speak from experience on ordering from this site, however, they do a wonderful job putting outfits together, I love their looks!

These two pictures are from Stick Fix.  They have great How To's on the latest and greatest. While I have discontinued my monthly subscription, I do really enjoy reading their blogs and fashion advice.

PLAID, PLAID, PLAID - it's everywhere - every Fall... Get into it!
Wine colored shoes, and the wine color in the plaid shirt and even in the plaid pants - Love it

This picture is from another on of my newly founded clothing websites, I'm obsessing over.  I became aware of this chic company because of my sister.  & Other Stories is located in Stockholm, so while they are very on point, they do have a distinct European look, that is not for everyone. 
They're in for the WINE color for Fall - love all 3 of these looks!

Two more photos from & Other Stories.
Wine colored knee high boots (yes, they are still in this year - also include Over-The-Knee, very chic, and the ever-loving Bootie). *heart* the wine colored dress and bag.  
The bag is great for the neutral wardrobe that needs the Autumn Pop of Color.

Happy Wine-ing this Fall!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring 2016 Color Trend

For Your Home and Your Wardrobe

While it is not breaking news that Pantone released two colors of the year for 2016 - believe me, I understand it is now late March, I am a little late (understatement). However, I will show you how to easily incorporate them into your home and your closet.

The 2016 Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Just simply saying them out loud sounds calming. Rose Quartz is a pretty pale pink, while Serenity is a light blue, almost bordering on lavender. Together the essence of Spring, so hopefully this blog finds you at the right time (first day of Spring)

While decorating for you home it is easy to incorporate these color throughout without breaking the bank. Use them in decorative pillows, a throw on the sofa, accessories and even flowers from the garden.  If you already have a neutral palette in your home, these will freshen things up for the season. No need to spend tons of on new furnishings.

Below are some pictures that I found, courtesy of Pinterest, that depict different ways to incorporate these on-trend colors into your home.

While this picture has more of the saturated colors, not the exact shades of the 2016 Pantone colors.  It is such a great contrast.  Loving the dresser, chandelier and especially the wall paper!
Notice how the bedding is white with pops of colors in the accents pillows.

This photo is the perfect description of using the colors of the year as pops with your existing furniture.  Notice the beautiful, subtle pillows on the sofa, and the use of color in the art. Granted the wall is a soft baby blue, but it would work with any neutral wall color as well.

Same pops of color in this photo. No need to change the wall color unless you where intending to before hand. The grey sofa works well with both colors. And using them in a blanket, some pillows and even the table cloth in the background showcase the trend well.

Love this picture! Showcasing just one of the colors here, which works so well.  This is the essence of chic, simply, classic. The neutral furniture, and dark grey pillows, and grey walls is just screaming style, while the subtle Rose Quartz leaves your eyes with delight.  Notice the pink books and flowers on the cocktail table, and the floor to ceiling pink side panels in the background. Just perfect. Also, make note of the metal finish - Brass is Back!

Who doesn't love a pretty table setting, and with Easter right around the corner this is perfection. Incorporating both colors onto your table with the China and flowers.  Using a white table or simple white cloth lets the decor shine though.

Onto the wardrobe part of incorporating the Pantone colors. Below are some easy ways to integrate these pretty pastels in with your current pieces, for a fresh, fun, Spring pop. All photos courtesy of Pinterest. 

Easy ways to get your Pantone fill through bags, jewelry, tops, pants, and even as simple as non-commital nail polish.

Love this pretty, long, pink jacket. Perfect for those crisp weekend mornings. So effortless with a white tee and jeans. The light colored denim, being hot right not, adds the Serenity color to the outfit. 

The polished look of this ensemble timeless and simple. Such a great large cable-knit, Rose Quartz sweater paired with the perfect Serenity colored jacket, and just jeans, to make for a casual feel.

All I have to say about these are: LOVE!

Good Luck migrating the beautiful colors-of-the-year into your home and wardrobe.
Happy Pantoning!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kale Chips?!?!

My sabbatical is over, it's been a long time since my last post, but hopefully this newest one will leave you wanting to try Kale Chips.  We're not talking ground breaking, earth shattering topics here... but if you like good treats, keep reading.

First, let me preface this post by saying that I am not a health nut.  I like good food.  However, I am aware of what I put into my body.  I don't like wasting time or calories on food that does not satisfy me, or taste great.

That being said, I stumbled upon Rhythm Superfood Kale Chips in Honey Mustard.  I normally wouldn't have picked them up but I am trying to be carb-conscious (to help keep PPD at bay - maybe a later post on that) So I grabbed a bag while at a local convenient store.  I have to say, I was skeptical about the tastes and don't know if I have ever had kale chips before this experience.  

It was AMAZING! I highly recommend trying some!  I am not sure if it's just this brand, or even just this flavor that I love so much - I hope to try different varieties soon, at least, at this point I am open to tasting various kinds.  And have even made some myself.  

The Rhythm Superfood variety, are light as air, crunchy; while also melts in your mouth, and full of a robust mustard flavor. They leave you wanting to eat more, much much more.  

After tasting this wonderful kale treat, I decided to try out my baking skills on this "superfood".

I found a recipe that was easy enough (see below) - and decided that while my kale chips are tasty in a different way, they are certainly not Rhyme Superfoods Kale Chips.

Wash Kale and dry thoroughly. Remove the stems, and lay a single layer on parchment paper on cookie sheet (I used a baking stone and no paper).  Drizzle olive oil and sea salt on top.  I also added garlic (my family loves garlic -  but everyone has to eat it)

Good luck and Enjoy Eating your Kale!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall Fashion Trends

It's that time of year again, trees turning the most beautiful, vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange.  Pumpkin Spice is in the crisp air, and boots are getting pulled out from the back of the closet. Ahhh, my favorite season, FALL or AUTUMN - takes too long to get here and last too short of a time.

After looking over several "Fall Must Have Lists" I decided to compose my own Fall Trends for 2015.  Some from last year and some new, but mostly there are all wearable, as opposed to the runway trends.

The IT colors of the Season - Gray, still a very popular color (even for interiors). Burgundy, Brown, Mustard, Olive Green, and Navy Blue - all of them, in my mind, are staples of Fall Clothing. So pretty together or alone.  Loving the Burgundy this year! (see photos below)

Winter Florals - So pretty and feminine, yet not those same pastels from the Spring.  Try them in warmer, trendy, fall colors, such as burgundy flowers on a navy blue back ground.  Pair one floral item with one solid item, or if you are more daring pair florals with other patterns, such as stripes (see below)

Flare Leg Pants - I love that this style is back in full force again. While I love skinny jeans, and they work much better with tall boots.  Sometimes its so refreshing to mix it up with different style pants.  Flare Leg Pants made a big come back in the spring and it looks like they are here to stay a while longer.

Cool Tights - Whether that is different opaque colors or patterned, cool tights are here to stay another season.  And why not love them!  Wearing colorful or patterned tights with a monochromatic outfit really adds interest.  Or for the more daring, patterned tights with more colors and patterns on top.  You can go wrong spicing up a plain skirt ensemble with cool tights.

Booties - While I don't think tall boots will ever go out, and I hope not, Booties are back again, and I LOVE them! So many great styles to choose from; high heels, low heels, different colors, different textures. Have fun shopping for your new fall booties and wear them into Spring with your favorite feminine flow-y dresses. 

PLAID - my favorite fall pattern, I will take anything plaid, and I love it in flannel too. SO comfy and yet still very stylish. What else is there to say about a timeless Autumn pattern.

Statement Jewelry or Bling - I never really got rid of mine, I love statement pieces, but this season they are back to being feminine and sparkly.  Don't throw out your global inspired pieces just yet, but mix them up with the other bling.

Puffy Coats - Don't get rid of them  just yet, they are around for another year.  While I love the warmth and I never want to get rid of my comfy puffy coat; I don't miss knocking into to everything while making that quick stop at the store.  Everyone walking around in puffy winter coats in a store, could look quite humorous from the birds-eye view.  Lots of colorful marshmallows, if you will.

Chunky Knits - Love them! Such the perfect Fall Sweater.

Turtlenecks - who doesn't love a good turtleneck - comfy, warm, and hides a lot ;)

Pleats - while trendy, wear some of them at your own risk.  Having a good pleated skirt can always be fun, but beware of going too far with other pieces (aka, pleated pants).

Loafer - I own a pair of Penny Loafers and will probably never get rid of the them.  I've had them since before they were "trendy" and still love them.  They are my preppy staple. This season you can wear them with pride.

High Waist Pants - Again, wear at your own risk.  Awesome on the young 20-something with long legs, but there is a fine line of looking too much like a "mom-jean" - Personally, I avoid them, they do not help me being that I am 5'4".  

Skinny Scarves - This is something I debated whether or not to put on this list.  While I do own a couple, I will probably not be adding this to my fall attire.  I LOVE my chucking scarves, and I have quite the collection.  They are still very much in style, and to me, just radiate Autumn!  I LOVE scarves and wear them most of the Spring and even into the Summer.  Big, chunky scarves can keep you warmer than a light jacket, who would want to give that up.  I can't see a skinny scarf being as useful, but having a nice one in you closet for that certain outfit can't hurt.

 Last by not forgotten - Leather and Suede (faux and real), Winter Cream, Shearling, and Lace

Below are some of my favorite outfit ideas for this Cool Season.

Love this picture by Stitch Fix - Fall 2015 Trends
Showing so many great ideas!

Below are some of my favorite Pins for Fall 2015 Trends
Chunky Winter Cream Knit, Olive Bag, Leather Pants, Booties (and HUGE Fall Staple - Camel Colored Jacket)

Love the Burgundy Chunky Knit Scarf and Booties.  Even her lipstick matches nicely.

Burgundy, Burgundy, Burgundy And PLAID! LOVE THESE

Comfy Weekend Outfit

I'm in LOVE with these cowboy boots! And I am still a fan of Long Socks this year.

Happy Fall Outfit Planning

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Toddler Friendly Decorating Ideas

Talk about a designers dilemma! Decorating around children is not something I ever thought I would be that concerned with, and the idea never really crossed my mind before having one. I have never needed to explore family friendly decorating options while working with model homes, people look and rarely touch, perfect for someone as OCD as I used to be - note "used to be" - as in, I have found worrying over the little things, especially as far as home decor goes, are not worth the stress anymore.

While some might decide to wait until their children are older to decorate, I never wanted to sacrifice my interest in design to wait until my children are "old enough" to appreciate it or understand "not to touch"something, and I don't think you should either. Who knows when they would ever be "old enough" (especially with two boys).  And I don't want them to be afraid of a room or space, because they can't go near it. I say that now maybe because we have nothing of great value in our house, minus one, very sturdy and large, piece of furniture that I have which has been pasted down several generations.  Other than that we have not invested in expensive art or accessories, and to me furniture is meant to be used by a family, not just for admiring.

I'm sure there are lots of tips and ideas online to help decorate around the kiddos.  HGTV has some good tips, especially for older children.  I will talk about some of those and some from my personal experience (I only know what I know about a child under 2 - so far).  I'm sure I will have updated blogs as my children grow and throughout different holidays (a Christmas tree will be new found territory, for us, this year...)

Since I have a 21 month old son and a soon-to-be-newborn (November 2015) I am just starting to experience this predicament.  My first taste was when my son was starting to get around and was pulling himself up on things. TIP * Bolt things to the wall! I needed to get rid of my super-cute glass cocktail table in our Family Room.  It was sad day for me (very cute table), but children (especially small ones) do not understand not to lean on glass; plus the finger prints are not worth dealing with.  I have vivid memories of my grandmother repeatedly telling us to not to rest our weight on the glass top kitchen table.  For a while we had nothing in place of the cocktail table, the spaced opened up for his toy area, while I decided what I wanted to replace it with.  We ended up with a solid wood, trestle-based cocktail table, that matches some other furniture in our house.  This however is a piece of furniture that remains empty, or topped with a book/toy of his.  It is where we like to color and eat some snacks. Since it is his height I decided not to decorate this table top with anything I don't want him to touch, included remotes.  It won't be like this forever, but we have to get through the "putting everything in his mouth" stage.  It is a sturdy piece of furniture, because he is now at the stage where he likes to climb on top of the table while I am not looking.

We also have a very inexpensive rug in our Family Room.  You can definitely find stylish rugs for a reasonable price.  Ours is certainly something that I don't mind if there are spills on it, because I know there will be (and have been).  The area in our house needs a rug because we have an open floor plan and it is one of the only things that defines the space, but maybe you decide to opt out of carpet and rugs while they are very young.

TIP* Don't buy something you can't part with when the kiddos do what they do best!

As far as accessorizing, I have come to terms that minimalistic is better these days, but that doesn't mean giving up all fun things.  I have put the accessories that I cherish most (photos frames, books, candles, plants) out of reach. There is nothing too small that could hurt them around anymore (you know the nick-nacks that you collect and love but that have no purpose). Consolidating accessories on a table (my Dining Table - for example) is pleasing to the eye and helps keep things away from the edge, in grabbing distance.  We are not at the point where he is climbing on the dining table via the chairs. So I do have a small tray as a center piece.  It contains, a couple candles, some olive oil (purely because I needed the height and liked the bottles - thank you Homegoods), napkins, salt and pepper, and a water jug, which actually holds hand sanitizer for those times we get him in his high chair and have forgotten to wash his hands, or have a food disaster at the table. The water pitcher is also used as a flower vase when I feel the urge to buy/ pick flowers for the house.

Here is a picture of the tray on my Dining Table, and it can be decorated differently for each holiday. (yes, the Halloween decorations will be making an appearance in our house very soon)

Another way to add in your precious accessories is by grouping them in a glass front china hutch or glass cabinet.  You will be able to see them without having little hands touch.  Doing this adds interest and color to a room while your keep sakes remain safe, and organizing a hutch or glass cabinet can be a lot of fun!

TIP* Don't forget how you actually live in a space.  Something may look great on Pintrest or in a magazine, but if you can't enjoy your daily life in the space its not worth having (in my opinion).

TIP* Don't forget easy ways to add color, though art and pillows. There are great colorful inexpensive pillows out there, keep them simple with no fringe or buttons, around the kiddos).

TIP* I learned a long time ago, before kids, Satin or Eggshell paint is much easier to wipe down than flat paint.  Instead of alway repainting, start out with one that has a little sheen, and most scuffs will easily be wiped away.

Happy Toddler Friendly Decorating!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Trending Colors for Your Home

Say it with me... Navy Blue and White - so classic, so pretty, so Right Now!

Pairing these two colors are everywhere.  They are so pretty together and invoke different feelings in everyone. Sometimes they make me feel nautical and other times I just feel classic and mature.

Within the past 2 weeks I have received 4 catalogs showcasing the hot "new" trend.  While there is nothing actually new about pairing these colors together, they are making a strong comeback in home interiors.  You can even use them as base colors and add "pops" of brighter colors to the mix.  They are shown with Kelly Green, Tangerine, and even the elusive grey.  

I have always loved Navy Blue and White together, alone or with other colors, in an outfit or for a room .  However, my personal house is more turquoise and green, I don't know how this happened, but it's just worked out that way over time.  When I was single it was more pinks and lavenders - I was fully aware at the time that would probably be the last time in my life I could have a "pink and purple house".  And, what do you know, a husband and 2 (almost) boys later and I'll looks like I may never see those pretty together colors again in my home. 

I was entering Homegoods the other day, and the first thing I noticed was a beautiful Navy Blue and White ceramic dinnerware display, right as you walk in the door, on the end of the isle.  Of course, I had to run right over and decide whether I needed to buy a new set of dinnerware, right then and there - I refrained at the time, but it did get me thinking about adding the Navy color to my already turquoise and green house.  It can be done, I have decide that as a cost saving effort in my life, I will subtlety add the Navy color, and over time it will be THE color.  This might not be the right method for you, if you like to go with color trends.  And while that is important for my career to know the trends, I enjoy the color so much, I would rather have it as a base in my house, and change out the inexpensive trendy colored items, i.e. pillows, accessories, inexpensive art, etc. While leaving the more costly items in neutral colors; the wall color, draperies, upholstery furniture, etc.

Below are the catalogs that I recently received. The first picture is the newest cover of the Pier 1 Imports catalog.  Second, we have the newest cover of the Pottery Barn Bed and Bath catalog, adding the Kelly Green to the mix. Third, is the cover of the latest West Elm catalog, adding the grey and lighter wood tones. And last is a spread in the Williams Sonoma Home catalog. 

Enjoy perusing catalogs and online shops, I bet you notice the use of Navy and White a lot more now.