May 2, 2015

Beauty Meets Decor: The Makeup Show


If you enjoy decorating, you know inspiration can hit you from so many places. There have been many times when I've noticed a makeup trend and instantly thought about how it can be translated to my pad. That's the beauty of decorating.

With that said, I'm excited to check out The Makeup Show again this weekend. It runs from May 3 - 4 in NYC and a few other dates are coming up in Dallas, Chicago and Orlando. It's the 10th year of the event (wooohooo!) and brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER and Inglot, which are known for products with unique colors, will be on-hand with their latest items. I'm sure the show won't disappoint. 

Photo: Mehron

April 28, 2015

How to Choose the Perfect Sofa


Choosing the perfect sofa for your home depends on a number of factors. Here are a few tips to consider to make shopping for a sofa a breeze.

There's a design for every aesthetic. Whether you're more modern or live for a boho-chic style, you can find a sofa that suits your taste. Do you like a chesterfield chair? Are you more laid back and love the idea of a chaise? Whatever you prefer, there's an option for you.

Think about how you live. Pets and children should be considered when decorating your home, especially when it comes to shopping for a sofa. Think about the material you choose for your sofa, because you need to make sure it's easy to clean and still looks presentable over time.

Have fun with it. The best thing you can do is not to take the process of shopping for a sofa so seriously. It requires a great deal of patience to find the best design for your home. Once you find the style of your dreams, get creative with pillows and throws to make it as stylish as it can be.

Photo: Distinctive Chesterfields

April 22, 2015

Follow Me on Porch.com!


I'm having a blast sharing my home decorating thoughts with Porch.com. I started writing for the site recently and have been covering so many fun home topics.

Check my 5 tips to make your home way more chic, how to get through the moving process without losing your mind (ha),  and the best advice on decorating with Pantone's Spring 2015 color palette. Be sure to follow all the fun over on Porch. There's a new article posted pretty much every week.

You can also keep up with me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all my decorating adventures with Porch.

January 30, 2015

My Porch.com Article: The 6 Rules of Controlling Clutter for Good


Head on over to Porch.com for my article, "The 6 Rules of Controlling Clutter for Good." It's the perfect time to rid your home of unnecessary clutter and get more organized. It's the only way to fully enjoy your living space.

January 16, 2015

One Accessory Can Transform a Home


Here's the perfect example of how one accessory can instantly transform a home. These stools by Anna Karlin from Atelier Courbet made it into the home of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and they complement the bronze island perfectly. And how fun that the brass stools are based on chess pieces? See more photos of the New York home in the current issue of Architectural Digest.

January 5, 2015

New Year, New Home


Happy new year! I can't believe it's 2015. The start of the year is the perfect time to create the home you've always wanted. It's not a process that can happen over night. Get started now, pace yourself and really think about what you want your home to look like. Think about how you use each room in your home and the decor you most resonate with. Here are some articles I came across to help spark some ideas on how to transform your home.
  • Design trends that may dominate this year, from handmade dinnerware to herringbone [via Remodelista]
  • Tackle each home project week by week. Use this roundup of 10 chic planners to stay on track [via Vogue]

December 19, 2014

5 Musts for the Perfect Christmas Table

It could be argued that Christmas dinner is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the day, and a feast fit for a king deserves to be put on a beautifully laid oak table. Whether your Christmas dinner is being made for a family of four or served buffet-style for a party, make sure it’s served looking its best with these five tips.

Pick a color scheme
It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a festive feel or a more contemporary look, pick a color scheme and stick to it. There is nothing more garish than throwing together clashing colors and hoping they turn out eccentric. Classic gold and silvers bring a touch of elegance to the table, whites provide a clean ‘Winter Wonderland’ feel and reds and greens really bring in the spirit of Christmas.



Choose the perfect centerpiece
Christmas is the time for pushing the boat out: no matter how small the table, there should be a centerpiece. If you’re after a simplistic look, choose candles or sleek ornaments to provide a focal point on the table without detracting attention from the food. Those who want to impress: the sky is your limit! Use candles, ornamental bowls and visual points with differing heights to add texture without cluttering up the table. The fancier the centrepiece is, the more simple the color scheme should be, as you don’t want to leave your guests dazed and confused.




Christmas crackers
Christmas crackers are a family tradition for many, but with the average cracker containing terrible gags, flimsy hats and naff gifts that will just end up in the bin, it’s time to step up your game. Homemade crackers are simple to make, and a great way of getting the kids involved in the festivities. You can choose a personal gift to go inside each cracker so you know everyone will get something they love, and put in a few real ‘dad jokes’ to get everyone grinning.



Bring out the fine china
Christmas only comes once a year, so why not use it as a time to bring out your fine china and expensive cutlery? Layering up your crockery allows you to show them off and air them out while creating a picture-perfect table setting.



Add a few Christmas touches
Whether it’s a sprig of holly, a sprinkle of snow or an angel topping the centerpiece, don’t forget to add a few Christmassy touches to the table. It will bring a smile to everyone’s face and add a touch of Christmas cheer.
 

Christmas dinner can be a stressful meal to cook, with the threat of undercooked or overcooked food and overcrowded ovens lurking at every corner, but once it’s all set out on your perfect Christmas table, it will be worth it.