I love a good designer collaboration! Some retailers are masters at bringing coveted designer pieces to the masses. Target is still the leader in both fashion and home collaborations. Have you seen the recent Victoria Beckham collab? Below are a few pieces I am loving:
Collabs give access to great design at a price point that it palatable. Sure, one can find knock-offs of most designer pieces, but great design always has at least one or two high quality (usually pricey) pieces mixed in. Higher quality pieces will also serve to elevate the budget-friendly pieces in a space.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know how much I love the retailer Lulu and Georgia. (If you don’t follow me but would like to, you can find me here and here). Lulu and Georgia caters to the fashion forward, trend driven consumer. This retailer has well made furniture and on trend accessories. They have recently partnered with two designers that I absolutely love: Kelly Hoppen and Jonathan Adler.
These two designers are supremely talented; yet, their aesthetics could not be more different. Both designers have greatly influenced me and helped shape who I am as a designer. Kelly Hoppen taught me the importance of texture and balance, and Jonathan Adler taught me how to weave color stories into my spaces through the use of fabric.
Kelly Hoppen is a self-taught designer whose designs posses a far east influence. She favors large scale furniture pieces in organic materials using a neutral palette. Her furniture is masculine; however, the materials and color palette are lush, very tactile and decidedly feminine.
In contrast, Jonathan Adler is all about the drama. He started his career in ceramics as a pottery designer. His designs are bold, colorful and full of whimsy. He uses a lot of vinyls, Lucite, ceramics (naturally) and tons of color.
Below, are a couple of my favorite rooms by both designers:
Not everyone can afford to use a designer. There is no doubt that it is a luxury service. North Of Chic was born out of the desire to inspire, inform and guide all those who love to look at, read about and create beautiful interiors, without having to hire a designer. I love to share my vision and resources to help you on your design journey.
Using designer pieces is a great way to add high style to one’s room; however, copying a designer’s look robs one of his or her creativity and pride in creating a special space. Although I have many designers I admire, I NEVER “copy” any of their looks. Be unique in your approach. Ultimately, great design is creating a space that feels good to be in (for you). Begin every design concept by asking yourself, “how would I like this space to feel?”. The design will flow from that feeling.
Since I am trying to justify being in my pajamas at 11:00 on a Monday, I am going to let you in on a trend that I am loving…..matte finish home decor! I am a lover of ALL things sparkly. I LOVE, I mean really love sparkles. I have a hard time passing things up that sparkle. I used to think it was cute when six year olds would (always) come up to me and say ” I love your (fill in the blank)”. It’s just sad now.
So, I was really surprised when all of these matte finishes started trending and I LOVED them. I also really love black. In previous posts I have declared my love of black. Therefore, black + matte finish = my new obsession!!! There is something really badass about matte black. It is both masculine and tough, yet refined. It has a velvety finish that really elevates any piece into a statement piece. This trend WILL stick around!
Here is a collection of things I am loving. Topping the list are appliances. I predict matte black is going to take over the market. How gorgeous is the refrigerator below!
Also loving matte tiles, cabinets, vases and hardware! Matte black pairs well with crisp white and gold. It lends itself to more modern interiors; however, it would look beautiful in small doses in a traditional/transitional space as well. I hope you like this Monday edit……Happy Monday to all!
The internet has completely changed the landscape of design on so many levels. Being able to hunt for the perfect piece from dozens of retailers in one sitting has allowed us to expand our reach, and thus our vision as both consumers and designers, tremendously. We are no longer limited by geography.
While at the Salon today, I was chatting up my stylist about the parallels of fashion, hair and home (see my posts here and here on this connection). She was lamenting about how she was ready to redo her home and how hard it is to find good quality furniture. I have this conversation (or some variation) on a weekly basis. To which, I usually ask: “when was the last time you bought a sofa?” The reply is always within the past 5-7 years. My point being, we are such a disposable society that we no longer keep or pass down heirloom furniture. We should not look for furniture that could survive a nuclear war, or that our kids will want 20 years from now. Most of us will go through 2-4 major style changes throughout our adult life; therefore, it is just fiscally prudent to save on furniture and decorative items for your home. The most successful and interesting design is ALWAYS done with a high/low mix.
In this powder room below, I used a wall paper that is insanely expensive, but the mirror is from PB Teen, and the agate art I actually made for about $60.
Below are the three stores designers can be found on a weekly basis:
- IKEA – If I had a dollar for every time someone turned up his or her nose at the thought of purchasing anything from IKEA, I would be a rich, happy girl lounging poolside with my bestie (my beverage butler 🙂 While I don’t advocate outfitting one’s entire home in IKEA, there are undeniably stylish pieces and décor staples that I go back to over and over again. I need to do an entire blog post on all of the IKEA hacks I’ve done that ALWAYS end in “I can’t believe that is from IKEA”. The key to successfully using IKEA furniture is the way in which it is assembled. Each piece has to be reinforced with screws, and the dowels (most pieces come with) must be glued in. This retailer is a great resource and should not be overlooked. Here are some of my favorite pieces from this retailer.
The modern classic Tulip table, need I say more?
This rug is ICONIC; so much so, that other companies knock off this design, repeatedly!! It is also one of the most pinned rugs on pinterest!
I have used the Besta Storage buffet (shown below) more times than I can count. I’ve painted this piece (gray, black and left it white), added beautiful hardware and voila!…a really nice piece for an entryway, dining room or family room!
I LOVE this rug for a kid’s room!!! Its color scheme is very versatile.
The other things I love to get at IKEA are towels, faux succulents and art.
2. ZARA HOME – We all know and love Zara’s clothing store. I have two pairs of jeans I wear on repeat (seen here and here) both are from this retailer. This fashion powerhouse defies all that we think we know about fashion. This brand is known world wide and dictates almost every trend we see each season. However, most people don’t know that they have a home division as well. Zara Home has a very minimalist vibe that is big on style, but not on price. Below are some great staples from this retailer.
Love this starburst mirror! We have seen this classic shape done in metal many times, but this style done in a completely mirrored surface is a unique interpretation. The beveled “rays” add a high end detail. At this price, this mirror is a must have.
Some other great stapes: cabinet knobs, accent table, hotel bedding and stool.
3. World Market – You are guaranteed to find something at World Market. It is extremely trend driven, so this is a great source if you want to update your home with on trend pieces. I love their selection of outdoor furniture. Outdoor furniture can be very expensive, and even if it’s kept covered, it still looks worn and faded after a few years. World Market’s price point lets you get good looking furniture that you don’t have to feel bad about replacing in a few years. Below are some pieces that are a great find!
The French bistro chair is always a classic and can be used indoors or outdoors. Serena and Lily has cornered the market on this chair; however, this piece from WM looks likes a pretty good dupe to me.
Interior Design is really about creating a space that captures the spirit of those who inhabit it, while respecting the identity of the space itself. I love the quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. If you adhere to this, you will never go wrong.
I would love to hear about your secret sources, or the stores that you know will always have what you need. Also, let me know what you want to read more about!
The MOST searched home trend right now is Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga). Hygge is more of a feeling than a word, and is completely in keeping with this year’s home design trend of creating a space that is an extension of who we are; thus, blurring the lines between one’s inside and outside presence.
The Danish term translates to building one’s own sanctuary. It is the act of taking pleasure in the people and things that surround us. This is an updated version of the Danish Modern trend with an emphasis on texture and warmth. With this new shift in personalized design, it is through one’s own “lens” that a serene, cozy atmosphere is achieved.
The major design principals of Hygge are:
- Monochromatic or tonal color schemes
- Clutter free surroundings
- A myriad of textures (the more the better; think leather, wood, wool and fur0
- Only meaningful and beautiful pieces should be displayed (things such as travel photos, paintings or memorabilia)
- Warm mood lighting using candles and lanterns scattered throughout the space
- My favorite principal is adding things with some patina such as an heirloom chest or other special piece
Below, are some rooms that beautifully illustrate Hygge:
When I am working with clients, I do my best to put his or her style through my “filter” to achieve the perfect space that still looks and feels like them. Accessories make or break this look; therefore, it is a budget-friendly design concept. As with any concept, the absolute WORST mistake is to take a theme/trend literally. Doing so, always leads to a space that lacks authenticity and personality.
One Kings Lane curated a beautiful Hygge collection. Below, I used pieces from their collection to creat a design board illustrating my interpretation of the Hygge trend. I like to use black in a lot of the rooms I design because it creates visual weight. It grounds the room, especially in a room that is primarily monochromatic. The eyes need some place to rest, and black allows this to happen. I LOVE this clover coffee table in matte black (which is another HUGE trend right now).
I would love to hear your thoughts on this trend. Do you think this trend has longevity? Is this concept something you would favor in one room over another? Whether or not this specific look resonates with you, I hope you find your version of Hygge in your home!
The SINGLE biggest trend in 2017 is the END of LABELS!! Labels, in every sense, are OVER!!! This year (and for the foreseeable future), we will be freed from the confines of a traditional, transitional, modern or rustic label. One’s personal style will inform one’s approach to decorating. Only the things we love, things that speak to who WE are, and how WE live will be added to our home. Outfitting one’s home completely in Pottery Barn, or any other retailer, will be a thing of the past. This is making EVERY retailer VERY nervous. Some retailers have been spot on in embracing this trend and offering eclectic pieces that deviate from their brand (Restoration Hardware is genius at reinventing their brand every few years). While others are throwing a lot out hoping something will stick (West Elm, Ethan Allen and Mitchell Gold, to name a few). I predict that this trend will even spill over into fashion. Wearing head to toe LV, Gucci or Chanel will be decidedly uncool (seriously, just kidding about Chanel 😛
Design, like so many other industries, is cyclical. There are countless catalysts for it’s changing trends. If you are interested in reading more about this, I delve deeper into this topic in my blog post here. Every 8 to 10 years there is a paradigm shift in design; 2017 is one of those years. Design philosophy, methodology and fundamental principles on style and design are changing. Recently, there has been a lot of social, economic, political and generational tension brewing; it is no wonder we are seeing it spill over into home design. This is a topic that I’ve been ruminating on for months. I could feel the change. In the past, a client would show me a picture of how he or she wanted his or her home to look. Now, clients tell me the “feeling” they want their home to convey. One of my favorite designers, Kelly Hoppen, was quoted saying, “learn to look not just with your eyes, but with your heart. How else will you know how to design your home”.
In the past, my home had a transitional aesthetic; however, I have been slowly adding some organic elements, as well as more ornate pieces. I love the richness of pairing rustic with refined. It translates to a chic, comfortable and stylish vibe. I had been resisting the urge to mix these pieces because it didn’t “fit” seamlessly with the rest of my decor. However, when I looked with fresh eyes, I realized that my home lacked the depth I had been striving for. Now, I feel that as long as I add things that resonate with me, then it will “fit”.
What won’t fit, is adding things just because one likes a myriad of styles. This pitfall is an easy one to fall prey to. One must fiercely edit and show restraint; thus, curating a collection of things that truly belong and make sense in one’s home. For the past few years, a cleaner more minimalist style has been the trend. LESS will still be more in 2017. I don’t think we will EVER go back to the “let me cover/fill EVERY surface in my home” again.
Below, are some rooms that inspire me. It is in the mixing of both sleek and organic elements executed in an orderly, minimalist fashion that inform the choices I make for my home. I hope these images inspire you to find the things that celebrate your uniqueness and your story. You know you have been successful when friends and family walk into your home and say “Wow, there is no mistaking who lives here; this home is so, YOU!”
Below is my most recent lust list:
Happy Reading! Let me know if or how your style has evolved. I would also love to hear what trends you are seeing emerge, or any trends you are predicting.
We are about two weeks past the banal remarks of “can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?” and all its variations. At this point, the corner is turned. Since it is EXACTLY 12 days from Christmas (and 11 from Hanukkah), I decided to put together a list of 12 gifts that are fun and unique, but universal at the same time.
The best gifts are thoughtful, beautiful and practical (in that order). With the abundance of holiday party invitations, gifting alcohol is always an appropriate gift. Below, are some of my favorite host/hostess gifts.
The first three, are gifts that I have given many times and are among my favorite; the fur wine collar is my absolute favorite. The collar and wine bag are under $10 and the wine purse is around $15.
The stemware reminds me of fizzy champagne bubbles swirling around the bottom of the glass. These glasses come in a set of four and are on sale for $45.
I love, love, love the whiskey rocks. For your “neat” friends, this is a great gift.
The jigger is as fun to say as it is to give. The one below is really elegant looking, and while the first three items on my list are decidedly feminine, this gift is more gender neutral.
For those in need of a gift for a travel-loving friend or coworker, below are some great options. The passport holder is beautiful, shiny and easy to find in one’s travel bag. The luggage scale is a brilliant and practical gift! I can attest to the nightmare of shuffling belongings from one bag to another because my luggage is too heavy. After completely ransacking one’s luggage, another travel nightmare is getting to one’s destination and having to wait for a taxi in the rain. This poncho is super cute with its leopard print lining and folds up very compactly when done. The poncho style provides stylish, hands free rain protection. These two gifts are the ones you didn’t think you needed, but are immensely happy to have when you do. The last gift is for the traveler who likes to start his or her vacation the moment he or she sits on the plane. The Airplane Cocktail Kit is everything you need to fix a Moscow Mule with all of its ingredients being 3 ounces or less. Traveling with kids? No problem, pack two 😉
The criteria of thoughtful, beautiful and practical is of utmost importance when choosing teacher gifts. These saints do things that most of us do not have the patience nor energy to do, day after day after day. The key is attaching a sincere and heartfelt message along with your gift. Gift cards are always appreciated, yet they are the least memorable. Why not pair it with something thematic that conveys your appreciation. Organization is paramount in this profession. A beautiful planner is a nice touch alongside a gift card (maybe to The Container Store). A cozy hat and scarf set with a note that reads “Looking to give back to you some of the warmth you share with our children all year round” might be a nice sentiment. Caffeine is usually the fuel of choice for most teachers. This striped travel mug filled with chocolate and a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card would be nice. A note that reads “Wishing you a ‘latte’ of joy and love this holiday season” would be cute.
A big gold star to those of you that noticed that there are 13 gifts listed here. Because there is ALWAYS someone (mailman, garbage man, dog groomer, stylist) that we forget to get a gift for, buying an extra gift is always a good idea.
I hope this was helpful in giving you some fun and unique options for gifts this year.
Wishing you a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate!
Every few years a major paradigm shift occurs in design; 2017 will be one of those years. There are so many factors that foster these shifts. See my post here from the beginning of the year where I delve into some of these reasons. For the past few years design has favored a neutral palette, organic elements and open concept living. A cleaner more minimalist style has been the trend. Less will still be more in 2017; I don’t think we will ever go back to the “let me cover/fill every surface in my home” again. However, 2017 will bring new materials, richer colors and a more personal approach to designing one’s home.
What WILL be OVER are:
This print has had a pretty good run. This pattern was able to cross style boundaries popping up in traditional, modern and everything in between. I love this print, it is a soft geometric that lends itself to many applications. The problem is that it was WAY TOO OVERDONE! We now have Moroccan print fatigue. I can’t bear to use this fabric anymore.
If you are not ready to let this pattern go, try an ikat version of this print for a more updated look.
This pattern dating back to the 60’s re-emerged in the more modern realm of design a few years ago. It has since crept into every sect of the design world. The traditional version of this pattern will be zigzagging itself out of decor next year. Like its Moroccan print soul-sister, it too has been over used.
If you REALLY love Chevron, below is an updated version that looks more current.
If you have either of these prints in your home, I wouldn’t toss them. However, I would not recommend purchasing anything new (especially upholstered or custom pieces) in these prints.
We are going to see a lot more new textures than new patterns in the upcoming year. Some other trends that will be HUGE in 2017 are:
Beside the obvious marble counter top, marble is now popping up in decor elements and decorative object and lamps.
This organic material will be HUGE for 2017! Everything from entire cork walls, to cork flooring.
3. Jewel Tones
Cream, blush and gray monopolized much of 2016. 2017 will make way for deeper richer colors such as amethyst and sapphire. However, I think emerald-green will be the star in the new year. I predict there will be rich colors done in rich textures such as velvet, tweed and linen. If these rich tones make you nervous, try starting with one richly colored piece while keeping everything else more neutral.
I am loving this emerald-green sofa from Anthropologie.
I love this metal detail! It elevates everything it adorns, making ordinary pieces look special. EVERYTHING looks better with nailheads…..no exceptions!!!
This side table from Better Homes and Garden is a major steal!
I am looking forward to what the new year will bring. In future posts, I will discuss some of the other major design movements and trends that are emerging. Let me know what topics you would like to hear more about, or post any feedback on this topic.
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is hands down one of the best sales of the year! One can score some great deals if they shop early and often. Many people forget that Nordstrom also has a home department. Here are some great pieces I found:
Here are the links to check out:
Pendant light, Marble cutting board, Decanter, Cutting boards with holder, Nest candle, Woven pouf, Set of mugs, Sheet set, Jonathan Adler frame, Woven basket, Uttermost Accent table, Monogram Turkish Cotton throw, Accent table, Monogram tote, Barbecue Trolly, Indoor/Outdoor rug, Porcelain box, Kensie Shower curtain, Kensie metallic throw pillow, Rosanna Appetizer plates
Even though this is blog about home design, I am almost as passionate about fashion and style (those who know me, know I have a serious lipstick addiction). Not couture fashion, but real life style. Both home and fashion are an artistic expression of who we are. Here are a couple of things I am loving just because they’re awesome 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Shopping!
My Summer break is officially over 🙁 I had such an amazing Summer of traveling and relaxing. I am excited to share my experiences from London, Barcelona and Paris in upcoming blog posts. I was so inspired by the beautiful architecture and culture of each place I visited. Oliver Wendell Holmes said ” A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”. When I travel, I feel that each place I visit and each experience I have changes me in the most profound ways. It creates a new filter by which I view everything new and old.
So, its back to reality for me 🙂
It is hard to believe during this oppressive heat wave here in the Northeast, that Fall is right around the corner. Sooner than we would like, Summer will wind down and each day will become just a bit shorter than the last. Soon we will be sailing into September; salty air and sandy toes will be a (not too) distant memory.
Therefore, now seems a good time to preview fashion and home trends for Fall of 2016. Even though New York Fashion Week was in February for the Fall/Winter season, I can never wrap my mind around planning two season in advance while I am still wearing snow boots and a down jacket. Dreaming of Summer in February is the only thing that gets me through the Winter; I refuse to disrespect Summer! It is only right that Fall waits her turn.
Fashion-home decor posts are among my favorites; the parallels one can draw are endless. There have been many times when I am designing a room and contemplating color schemes that I ask myself “would I wear that if it were an outfit?” I draw much inspiration from fashion, and it definitely informs my design choices. There are so many trends I am loving for the Fall that I am making this a 2 part post. Here are the first few trends for 2016 that I am loving:
- Pinstripes– Menswear is always chic. Crisp tailoring and a rich navy are as flattering for one’s wardrobe as they are for one’s home. Navy pairs well with yellow, camel, orange and gold.
2. Velvet – This textural powerhouse creates a soft sheen that is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the touch. It is a rich fabric that elevates any piece it adorns.
3. Patent Leather – Admittedly this is a hard fabric to make the jump from runway to real life. Its glossiness adds a smooth surface that reflects light beautifully. The key to making this look work is to use it in small doses. Picture frames, stackable trays or boxes are a great way to incorporate this trend without making a big commitment (although, a statement piece of furniture is the way I would go with this trend). Pick a classic color such as the cream or black as shown below, to make this trend more employable.
4. Statement (faux) Fur – This soft fuzzy texture conveys warmth and boldness. Adding fur in unexpected colors adds a fun element to any space. There should always be one thing in each room that people want to run their hands over.
5. Ruffles – this feminine trend is very flattering if the ruffles are structured and strategically placed. Adding small touches to drapery or pillows is a great way to incorporate this trend.
6. Gold Metallics – Gold is my favorite metal. I could (and probably will) devote an entire post to gold. It is warm, compliments every skin tone and gives a luxe feel to any outfit/space. This trend has been going strong for quite a few years now and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. If you are still wary of fully embracing this metal, try using a champagne hued gold which will allow you to still incorporate silver into your space. The list of colors that gold pairs well with are endless.
Great design can be much more obtainable if you view colors and patterns like you would when putting together an outfit. Pay attention to the scale of each pattern you choose, as well as the intensity of the colors you are pairing. A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t wear it together, don’t pair it together. Most of all, have fun with it. Trends are a guide, not a directive. Choose a classic style that incorporates fun trends in small ways.
I’m looking forward to tackling Part 2 of Fall/Winter 2016 trends.
Let me know what trends for the Fall/Winter that you are loving.
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