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Saturday Style Diary

2017 has been a whirlwind; the past two months alone, I have doubled my client roster!!  I have been a busy bee with lots of really exciting design projects ranging from a kitchen showroom, media room, a few family rooms, tons of kids’ rooms, a couple of formal living rooms and so much more!! I can’t wait to share my finished projects with you.

One of my favorite things about being a designer is that (for obvious reasons) no two projects are alike.  Interior Design is a study in psychology, sociology, economics and fine arts.  Each project is different and stretches me in ways that always leaves me feeling like a better version of myself by the end of it.   I enjoy getting to know each of my clients and hearing about their lives, as well as what role they would like me to play in the design of their home.

I always begin asking about how my clients want their space to feel.  I have learned that asking clients this question, as opposed to how they want their space to look, allows me to lead the design process by instinct.  Since clients often have trouble articulating how their space should look (hence, my role in the process), this is the best place to start.  I strive to find unique ways to achieve the clients’ dream room.  I love when a client says “I never would have chosen any of this, but this is EXACTLY how I wanted this room to look!”

With all of the diverse projects I’ve been working on, I thought I’d share a quick post on things that I am loving right now.

  1.  White Painted Rooms

Gray has completely taken over the market the last few years.  It is EVERYWHERE!! I love gray; it is a great neutral. However, it has been overused and is beginning to lose the characteristics that initially attracted us to it.  In addition, when everything and everyone is using gray it begins to suck the life out of a space.

I have been really loving white-painted rooms.  White rooms need not translate into boring spaces.  Quite the contrary; a space with white walls can be very dramatic.  Painting walls in white lets you control where the focal points are and orchestrate what elements you want to showcase and what elements you might want to hide.  It is no secret that art galleries favor white paint to draw focus to each piece of art.  It is the same for interiors.  An heirloom piece is so much more impactful when showcased in a white room.

Bright white paint with blue undertones is perfect for a modern room; white paint with pink or yellow undertones is more suitable for a rustic interior; and white with gray undertones is perfect for a transitional space.

I love the clean and sophisticated backdrop that a white-painted room provides.  However, white is a very fickle color. Hands down, it is the hardest paint color to pick because of all of the undertones.  When done right, it feels fresh, calm and allows all of the right elements to shine.  When done wrong, it feels cold, boring and sterile.

Below are rooms where white is done beautifully:

2.  Antiqued Mirrors

Antiqued mirrors are the easiest way to add interest and patina to a room.  This element immediately elevates any room or piece it adorns.  Adding an antique finish is not cheap, but the visual payout is HUGE!!!

There are so many antique finishes to choose from; they can range from blue, black, brown and gold.  Choose the finish that best conveys the look you are going for, or that shares the same color palette as the rest of the room.

I have backed bookcases, added to cabinets and used them in a myriad of decorative ways.  I can not say enough about antique mirrors; I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this finish!!

3.  Lucite

This is the finish that I get the most initial push back on from clients, and the one they ALWAYS love once they take the leap.  This is also a finish that looks horrid when done poorly.  The key is in the material used, which usually coincides with the price.  Thin, cloudy lucite looks cheap.  Look for lucite that is thick (usually heavy) and crystal clear.  The beauty of lucite is that it takes up no visual space; therefore, it is the perfect piece to put in small spaces or if you want to highlight a beautiful area rug or wallpaper.  There is MAJOR impact in this transparent material!

4.  Matte Black

I have been loving this material for months now (see my post here).  There is something really rich about this color.  I have always felt that every room needs some black.   Black is a neutral.  Whereas some neutrals move the eyes through a room, black serves to ground a space and stops the eyes “dead in their tracks”.  There is something so incredibly chic about black; the matte finish adds a more current feel to this versatile color.   I always compare black elements with black eyeliner.  Like black eyeliner, black serves to outline spaces and creates a portal through which one’s focus is guided.  This is the reason I love to paint the moldings for doorways and windows in black.

5.  Overdyed Area Rugs

Like gray, geometric rugs have been overdone.  I still use them when the space warrants it, but I am loving the depth that overdyed rugs lend to a room.  I also love the juxtaposition and tension that an overdyed rug creates in a modern space.  The saturation in the dye, as well as its absence, adds a really interesting layer in a room.

I hope this post has served to enlighten and inspire you to try some of the elements I’ve listed here.  What makes design so fun, is for the most part, things are easy and inexpensive to change.  If you don’t like the paint, then repaint; if you don’t like a piece, return it.  Design should not be stressful.

Our home is a reflection of who we are or who we would like to become.  It is within those walls that we dare to be all that we truly are.  Have fun. Be bold. Stay curious.

I would love to hear what you think of some of these trends.  Let me know which, if any, you have tried and loved.

XO

Laurie


The 3 Places Designers Shop (Frequently), But Don’t Want You To Know!

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:

  1.  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?

Pedestal table, DWR Pedestal table

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!

$300 for an 8 x 12

IKEA Stockholm Rug

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!

Besta Storage, brass pull

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.

towels, succulent, 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.

decorative coral, WS Home Coral

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.

mirror

Some other great stapes: cabinet knobs, accent table, hotel bedding and stool.

Mother of Pearl knobs,Marble accent table, Hotel banded bedding, hammered 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.

World Market Bistro Chair, Serena and Lily Bistro Chair

Sectional sofa, Stool, Adirondack chair, Wicker chair

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!

Happy Weekend!!!

XO

Laurie


The design trend you’ve never heard of, but need to know 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).

bench,Side table, coffee table, sofa, rug, cable pillow, diamond pillow,

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!

XO

Laurie


This 2017 trend is making EVERY retailer very nervous!

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!”

Image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

image via Daily Home Planner

Image via Elle Decor

 

Image via All About Interiors

Below is my most recent lust list:

 

Marble side table, Lucite table, Mirror

Orb table lamp, rug, woven chair

 

 

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.

XO

Laurie

 


12 (REALLY GOOD) Gifts of Christmas!!!

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.

 

 

Wine Collar, Wine Bag, Wine Purse, Stemware, Whiskey RocksJigger

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 😉

 

 

Passport Holder, Luggage Scale, Convertible Poncho, Airplane Cocktail Kit

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.

 

planner, Knit Hat and Scarf Set, Travel Mug

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!

xo

Laurie

 


The Home Design Trends That Will Be OVER In 2017

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:

Moroccan Prints: 

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.

Image via Etsy

Image via Etsy

 

Chevron:

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.

The new Chevron -Image via Residents Understood

The new Chevron -Image via Residents Understood

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:

  1. Marble

Beside the obvious marble counter top, marble is now popping up in decor elements and decorative object and lamps.

marble tray (20%off use code MERRY), Lamp, Bookends

2.  Cork

This organic material will be HUGE for 2017!  Everything from entire cork walls, to cork flooring.

Cork Wallpaper, Drum Lighting,

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.

 

sofa, arched headboard, dining chair

4.  Nailheads

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!

side table, Chest, mirror

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.

XO

Laurie


5 Things To Buy In Multiples

Since going to Paris last year, I am obsessed with the Parisian concept of the capsule wardrobe (read about it here).  Parisians believe in buying the best you can afford, but only buying what you need.  When I was in Paris I saw very simple (yet very chic) clothing that was well made and fit beautifully.  Don’t get me wrong, Parisian women love to dress on trend; however, they are not slaves to trends and would never be caught dead following more than a few trends each season.  A Parisian acquaintance of mine revealed that women in Paris view simplicity and minimalism as “tres Chic”.  Conversely, Americans believe that luxury is acquiring as much as we possibly can.  I admit, I fell prey to this way of thinking as well.  My shoes were crammed on my shelves, I could barely fit one more hanger in my closet and I could go at least two months without repeating an outfit. This past year I have done a complete 180. I finally realized that true luxury is in owning a few beautifully crafted items that are current with timeless appeal.

As seen in my post on the home-fashion connection (read here), Parisians feel the same about their homes as they do about fashion.  The key is selecting and showcasing pieces in a refined and restrained way . Their minimalist mentality regarding their home results in a home that is equally as chic as their outfits.  In a typical Parisian home you will find a few well made pieces of furniture, gorgeous fabrics and a few chic, well placed accessories or art.  As with my wardrobe, I have also seen the value of fiercely editing my home.

Below is a REAL Parisian apartment that my husband and I will be renting when we go back to Paris this Summer.  Although it is not professionally designed, it illustrates the chic, minimal and well edited design philosophy of Parisians.

paris apartment

 

So, with this concept in mind why did I title this post “5 Things To Buy In Multiples”? Because, while there is beauty and freedom in a well edited home, there is also a need for functionality.  Spending time enjoying the company of our friends and loved ones is the truest extravagance.  Therefore, there are things that help one in creating a beautiful environment, thus enhancing those special moments.  My short list of items will undoubtedly make life more pleasurable and functional when entertaining those we love.

Here is my list:

  1. Stools/Ottomans:  I love any item that has multiple uses. Stools and ottomans are as beautiful as they are functional.  They can be used as seating or a landing place for a cocktail or small plate.  They are easy to store away when not in use, or artfully arranged to form a chic conversation area.

Here are a few that I love:

Serena and Lily Moroccan Pouf

Serena and Lily Moroccan Pouf

Pottery Barn Vince Stool, West Elm Cross Based Ottoman, Christopher Knight Rosalynn Ottoman, Serena & Lily Moroccan Pouf

2.  Picture frames:  Unless it is a showstopping piece, groupings always look better than a singular piece of art.  Therefore, using the same (or similar) frames creates a stylish and unified look. Read my post here on how to hang art.  The frames below are the ones I use most frequently for my clients. These frames are well priced, have professional quality mattes and are easy to hang.

Here are some of my favorites:

West Elm Mirrored Frames,  WS Home Gold Metal Frames,  Pottery Barn Black Wood Gallery Frames

3. Throw pillows:  Surprise, surprise 🙂 There is no faster, easier and least expensive way to update one’s home than with throw pillows.  The key is variation.  Choose at least three pillows of various sizes, textures and patterns for your grouping. This is the perfect time to update your home with fun, bright accent pillows.

Here are some that I am loving right now:

Z Gallerie Modena Pillow,  Coco Cozy embroidered pillow, Lulu & Georgia Melia Pillow

4.  Lanterns:  Lanterns are such a fun way to make a statement.  They can be grouped together to create a dramatic centerpiece or scattered around to create mood lighting.  My favorite way to use lanterns is to place them along the edge of either indoor or outdoor stairs to illuminate the stairs in a dramatic fashion.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Pottery Barn Malta Lantern, Wayfair Iron Lantern, Pier 1 Bay Harbor Lantern

5.  Throw blanket:  Throw blankets add a well placed pop of color and pattern.  The flat weave throws also make perfect table covers.  I love to drape it in the center of the table and let the ends of the table show.

Here are a few gorgeous throws:

Jonathan Adler Greek Key Throw, Serena & Lily Brahms Mount Throw, Dot & Bo Lattice Throw

I hope this post helps you to reevaluate the way you think about decorating your home.  I truly believe that design is an art and one’s home is the canvas.  Challenge yourself to start editing out the things in your home that no longer serve you.

As  William Morris stated:

Have nothing in your house

that you do not know to be useful,

or believe to be beautiful. 

XO

Laurie


A Chic and Happy Mother’s Day!

My absolute favorite quote on Motherhood is by Elizabeth Stone.  She writes, “Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside of your body”.  It wasn’t until I became a Mother that I truly realized how both powerful and powerless I am.  The depths and range of emotions that one feels after becoming a Mother is immeasurable.  It heightens all senses to superpower levels.  We see, taste and feel things more than ever before.  We develop eyes in the back of our heads, for God’s sake!!

Although Motherhood doesn’t define us, it is undeniable that it becomes a part of ourselves that resides so deep that it can never cease to exist and which all acts of love flow from.  Mother’s Day is a day to honor and celebrate that part of ourselves, as well as the women in our lives that helped shape us as Mothers.

Here are a few great gifts for Mom to show her how much you love her and to add a little style to her life 🙂

Jo Malone Room Diffuser, Rosanna porcelain and gold mug, Kate Spade jewelry box

Kate Spade throw, Hampton Street vase, One In a Million necklace

Wishing all Moms a chic and Happy Mother’s Day!

XO

Laurie

 


How To Have A CHIC Home Instantly…….ONLY 3 Items Needed!!

It is usually the small things in the right places that give one that extra touch of style and chicness.  It is the string of pearls, the diamond studs, the addition of truffle oil or champagne, that will take things from good to great. Every so often our home needs the same boost.

There are really only a handful of items that can immediately up the chic factor of any space.  When a small but impactful update is in order, these three items will be all you need!

A BAR CART

Veanne Bar Cart, Misha Bar Cart, Jacques Bar Cart, Vince Bar Cart, Gerard Bar Cart

Check out this chic outdoor bar cart

Horchow Tamsin Chinoiserie Bar Cart $795

Horchow Tamsin Chinoiserie Bar Cart $795

This bar cart is my favorite; it is stocked, styled and ready to go!

Image Via Elle Decor -Nicole Gibbons

Image Via Elle Decor -Nicole Gibbons

CHIC LIGHTING

People usually think to add unique lighting in the kitchen.  However, I feel that pendant lights and chandeliers make an even bigger impact in more unexpected areas like the living room or hallway. Here are a few that have major style.

 Roxbury Pendant, Crystal Drop Pendant, Lucia Semi Flush Mount, Olive Leaf Pendant

Image via Coastal Style

Image via Coastal Style

Don’t have an electrician on speed dial?  Here are some table lamps that will also do the trick.

Lamps I Love:

Madison Crystal Lamp, Ripley Geometric Lamp, Diamond Omega Table Lamp, Alexis Lamp, Loring Table Lamp

STATEMENT MIRRORS

I love the use of mirrors for so many reasons.  They are the design equivalent of Houdini.  They can give the illusion that a space is larger, ceilings are taller, rooms are brighter and make a space look as though there are more windows than there actually are.  Without a doubt, mirrors are a designer’s best and most used tool.

Petal Mirror, Frederick Wall Mirror, Evie Geo Mirror, Cassia Mirror, Studded Mirror

My favorite:

Quatrefoil Mirror $347

Quatrefoil Mirror $347

These mirrors below not only make a statement, they serve to balance out a wall with a single window!

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Napoleon Hill said “If you can not do great things, then do small things in a great way”.  I hope this post inspires you to the make small, impactful additions that will elevate and revitalize your home.

Thanks for reading!

XO Laurie


Green With Envy!

Green can be a precarious color to decorate with.  It is bold and demands attention.  However, it is one of the few bold colors that can actually serve as a neutral.  We associate this color with life, nature, growth and renewal.  It can also be associated with greed, jealousy and money.  Whether you have an affinity or an aversion to this color, there is always a place in any room to make this color work harmoniously.  With a myriad of variations, there is a shade of green for everyone.  Green plays well with navy, gray, brown, gold and black.

If green is a favorite color of yours, you can make this color the star by using it on larger pieces such as bedding or upholstery.  However, if you’d rather use more restraint when decorating with green, you can use it on your accent pieces such as pillows and throws.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here is my post on all things green.  I hope this serves to inspires some new additions to your home.

 

Below, these rooms utilize this color successfully.  The first room shows this color used with a black and white palette. This palette is bold, graphic and masculine.

This dining room is a more refined use of green. This color is just used on the drapes and accent pillows.  It is paired with gray, cream and gold.  It is a more sophisticated and feminine use of green.

Image via Pinterest - Blogspot

Image via Pinterest – BlogSpot

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I leave you with this Irish blessing:

May your troubles be less

and your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

come through your door

Thanks for reading!

XO Laurie