Monthly archives: November, 2017

Cyber Monday!

Let the shopping continue for Cyber Monday!!!  A lot of retailers just took Black Friday deals and codes right through until next Wednesday.  For the sake of time, I listed 4 retailers; although, I probably could have listed at least another five!!  Below, are online only retailers with some pretty amazing sales.

Zinc Door: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site for unique, well made, really stylish furniture and accessories.  ZD has a really sophisticated, modern aesthetic whose pieces are always on point, but never overly trendy.

I absolutely love that cocktail table; the color and unique shape makes it a definite focal point.

blue throw pillowaccent table, upholstered bed, cocktail table, navy desk,  agate bowl

Joss & Main is giving 30% off with free shipping using code SAVE30! The wall sconce is a Jonathan Adler dupe that goes for MUCH more! The stool is very unique and a pair would look great nestled under a console table.

wall art, console table, circle console table, stool, wall sconce, table lamps

Hayneedle – I love this site for fun, modern furniture and decor.  No code necessary, but sale prices are only valid until the 27th.

There is something about a chaise that commands one to relax…..I’m obsessed with chaise lounges!!  Once you have one, you wonder how you ever lived without one!!

Those Serena & Lily bistro chair dupes are a steal!

coral drapesdoor mat, starburst mirror, drapes, bistro chair, chaise

One Kings Lane is offering 20% off sitewide and free shipping on all orders over $100 with code OKLFREESHIP

The gold etagere would be an amazing room divider or a perfect place to display your one-of-a-kind pieces.

Geometrics are coming back in 2018, so the both of these rugs would be the perfect base to any room!

ikat rug, etagere, nightstand, gunmetal etagere, pale gray nightstand,  geometric rug

If you missed Black Friday, here is another opportunity to update your home.  Any of these pieces will absolutely ensure that your home will be ringing in 2018 in style!!

Happy Shopping!

XO

Laurie


Black Friday Favorites

I have to admit that I have never been one to go out at 3:00 a.m for a Black Friday deal.  I can’t remember EVER going out to shop on Black Friday.  Unless Chanel is having a sale, there is nothing I’ve wanted to buy that warranted me getting out of bed at an un-Godly hour to wait in line and fight through crowds in order to save $50 or $100.  I shop almost everyday of my life; I love to shop.  Like most people, I love a good sale.  However, I like to be more civilized about my approach to shopping; specifically, on Black Friday.   This basically means that I’d prefer to stay at home in my PJs and shop for great deals.  Of course, retailers found a way to accommodate those of us who feel this way.  SInce I consider you a part of my tribe, I’ve researched and compiled the most amazing and noteworthy sales for Black Friday.  I want you to be able take advantage of all of the great deals without falling into the Black Friday abyss!

Here are my best picks for you:

HOUZZ – Houzz is a great resource; however, Houzz can be overwhelming.  Most times I don’t need 40,000 options for a cocktail table.  I’ve mined this site for some of the best Black Friday deals I could find.  Their code seems to be automatic at checkout at this time, but I will let you know if this changes.

 

chair, Stool, side table, navy chair, rug, Egg Chair, 

CRATE & BARREL – It is rare that this retailer has a store wide sale; therefore, giving 15% off on all full-price items is kind of a big deal.  C & B is offering 40% off select furniture.  Use code SAVE15 for most items.  Here are some of my favorites:

mirror, floor lamp, sofa, chair

WISTERIA – Save 25% – use code HOLLYJOLLY

stool, lamp, cocktail table, wall art, floral wall art, acrylic side table

BED BATH & BEYOND: This is not the store it was even two years ago!!  This store has undergone HUGE changes!  They have purchased stores such as Chef Central and World Market, thus, upping their “street cred” in the many areas of home decor.  There is definitely a future post in the works on this retailer!  While shopping for clients’ holiday decor, this was definitely a retailer that I found great deals at and found myself visiting weekly!  For Black Friday, they are offering 25% off using code: Save 25%.

Here are some of my favorite items:

Casual dinnerware:

Ombre dinnerware, blue dinnerware, Mixed pattern dinnerware 

Fine China:

Organic shaped chinaMadison China, Richmont Road China

Flatware:

Hammered flatware, dot flatware, gold flatware

I wish you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!  It goes without saying, that people are much more important than things.  However, should you need additional items to accommodate your loved ones this holiday season, I have you covered!

Please let me know if I’ve missed any noteworthy Black Friday deals!

All the best,

XO

Laurie


My #1 Styling Trick for Holiday Tablescapes

I’ve had some really exciting and fun projects this year.  Clients have kept me insanely busy, which has left me little time for anything else.  This has resulted in my breaking the cardinal rule of blogging the past few months, which is the importance of consistent posts; thus, leading to my official induction into the “Blogger Hall of Shame”!!  As I have mentioned in past posts, I don’t believe in posting unless I have something useful to say.  These last few months of being knee deep in construction dust, hunting for the perfect chandelier, as well as researching the latest trends is the stuff that keeps me inspired, feeds my soul and allows me impart my knowledge on to you.   Putting together inspiration boards for fictitious rooms doesn’t lend one the experience to convey the practical application, or the wisdom in designing, as well as how to avoid possible pitfalls.

Below, I will give you my best tips (as well as my #1 tip) on holiday styling.  Let me first give you a brief background on my (accidental) career in holiday decorating.  Decorating homes specifically for the holidays is a niche.  A lot of people who just decorate for the holidays work in retail merchandising and do things like store windows or holiday displays.  In my case, this is a niche I NEVER meant to get into!!! From September through January, I am usually swamped with clients calling in a panic needing to get their powder room, dining room and/or family room done before they host the holidays.   During this time, I would usually put a few decorations on their mantle or create a beautiful, but simple centerpiece and be off on my way.  Little by little my clients would add something to the list; for one client it was decorating her foyer, another it was decorating her tree, on and on, until one Christmas Eve I was at a client’s house setting her table (this included ironing her linens!!!….which is something in my everyday life that I hate to do).  To my surprise, I always had a blast doing it and it was a really nice deviation from what I do the rest of the year.  I also love to entertain, which allows me to look at my holiday decorating in a practical way.  I know just how much decoration a table can handle while still being functional.

Below, I will deconstruct my tablescapes to help you execute decorating yours beautifully (and stress-free).

So, my #1 styling trick for holiday tablescaping is: USE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED as your centerpiece!  There is NOTHING more interesting than using an item for something other than its intended purpose.  Below, I used a window shutter as the base for my centerpiece.  It is the perfect base for my modern farmhouse centerpiece.  It looks really sophisticated with the muted gourds, greenery, burlap ribbon and candles.  I also like to use a raw wood cheese boards (as seen in the 3rd and 4th images), cloches, cake stands etc…. as centerpieces.  Below, I used a throw blanket as my table linen.  I’ve used scarfs as runners as well.  I happen to love showing my wood table at then ends, so not having the throw blanket covering the entire table was a bonus for me.

Another tip for successful tablescaping is to vary your linens.  I have very few “rules” in design; however, I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER match my tablecloth and napkins.  Is it wrong if you do? No.  However, it is such a missed opportunity to inject style and visual interest to one’s table.  If you are not confident with pattern mixing, choose one pattern and one solid, as I did in the first image.  If are confident, try mixing in another pattern.  In the second image, I added in a gray ticking stripe napkin.  I love the depth that mixing patterns gives to a table.

In the pictures below, I was presenting to a local women’s organization on how to tablescape for the holidays. This is one of my favorite tablescapes because it is not fussy, yet still sophisticated.  I used tons of mercury glass and my favorite pattern of the season, the black and white buffalo check (which I got from Pottery Barn). I LOVE a black and white table!  It is so extremely versatile; if you look to the bottom right you can see all of the different colored napkins I brought to show these lovely ladies how many colors and patterns you can inject with this color scheme.  Every color pairs well with this scheme.

Finally, 90% of the time I create a long linear centerpiece as opposed to a round centerpiece.  Every guest should have something beautiful to look at.  Sticking a vase in the center of the table only allows a beautiful view to the two guests sitting across from each other in front of the vase.  When I’m done, I walk around to every seat at the table to ensure everyone, when seated, has something pretty to look at.  Creating a long linear centerpiece also aligns with my philosophy of having a separate food table when hosting 6 or more guests.

When in doubt (or pressed for time), fresh flowers and candles are always my go-to.  Group the flowers and candles in alternating groups down the center of the table for a simple, but elegant table.  However, I highly recommend keeping a flower-less centerpiece in your closet for when you don’t have time to stop for fresh flowers and you are having last minute dinner guests.

I hope this post has inspired you to try something new for the holidays. Most of my resources are listed below.

On a final note, in order to reach those who do not use social media, I will be posting weekly a “Insta-post roll” to keep you in the loop of what trends I’m loving, my client before and afters and just general musings.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

XO

Laurie

List of Resources:

Both throwblankets:  Buffalo check, First one is not available but here is an alternative

Raw wood cheese board base (under tray in black and white tablescape)

Candle sticks, large, medium and small

Mercury glass,

Shutter

solid gray napkins, ticking stripe napkins