Are you ready for the new year? 2010 was fun and full of learning experiences, but it breezed on by for sure. I'm looking forward to all that 2011 has to offer. Have a wonderful new year!
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There's nothing more fun than Christmas entertaining. Keep these in mind to make sure your home celebration is one to remember:
Red accents. Whether it's throw pillows, tree ornaments, or candles on the dinner table, be sure to carry this color from room to room. It gives off great energy and makes a space welcoming.
Candy canes. Just because they're fun and for the simple fact that kids (and adults) love them so. Place a bunch in a vase, rest some on the coffee table or even in a jar on a kitchen counter.
Carols. A party isn't a party without traditional holiday tunes to get everyone in the spirit. Just be sure to keep the volume at a comfortable level so guests are still able to chat with ease.
Cozy blankets. Throw them across sofas to give your living area a cozy feel to make guests more relaxed. I'd personally go for ones in winter white.
November 30, 2010
Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities in the country, so Rizzoli's new book Classic Homes of Los Angeles by Douglas Woods is an absolute treat for me. It features photographs of stately properties with a rich history, boasting architecture spanning styles ranging from Spanish Colonial to Georgian. Each home featured is accompanied by a profile, which offers context on its design and history of how it came to be. There's also something very special about the imagery throughout the book. The photos really pull you in and the level of detail is both satisfying and impressive. Great gift idea for the LA fans in your life.
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October 22, 2010
GreenHouse Eco-cleaning is offering a great discount on its green cleaning service. Get green cleaning on any three rooms for just $69. The offer expires on October 31st or for the first 50 people who purchase, so act fast. Learn more.
October 20, 2010
1. Have all your wood furniture in the same color family (a mix of wood pieces can demonstrate more of your personality and is more interesting to the eye)
2. Fill every single wall in a room with artwork (it can be overwhelming and start to make a space feel crowded)
3. Do away with throw pillows on a sofa (too comfy not to have)
4. Crowd a nightstand with things you don't use or enjoy seeing every day (you want to start the day on a positive note)
5. Ignore your lightswitch covers (why not switch these out from time to time to mix things up in a room? it'll only cost you a few bucks at your local hardware store and paying attention to a small detail like this goes a long way)
October 10, 2010
Cairo towel. $13-$185.
I invited Jabbour Linens to share some ideas on decorating your home for fall, if you haven't already. Enjoy!
In the summer, depending on your body temperature, you either sleep in cool sheets or a lightweight blanket. In the fall, chances are you will want to use both. Start your bedding with soft, luxurious sheets and add a goose down damask comforter that is a medium weight for warmth. It’s a good idea to update your pillows every now and then so that you get a more comfortable night’s sleep and can help keep allergies under control. You’ll be surprised at how comfortable a down alternative pillow can be and how much better you’ll feel after resting your head on one.
You can bring the feeling of fall into your bedroom décor by using chocolate-colored sheets and a neutral bedding cover. Add a little bit of spice to your bedroom décor by using an orange cover. If you prefer a more modern feel, use a white comforter and let the color of the sheets peek through the top edge of the comforter.
Fiorentina sheets. $88 and up.
Few things feel as wonderful as stepping out of a warm bath and wrapping yourself in a plush towel. Update your old towels with new fall-inspired ones with chocolate brown or olive green detailing. You can update your guest towels and bathmat to match your bath towels and complete the look.
The Dining Room
Table linens are wonderful décor accessories that help change the look and feel of a dining area theme. Add a subtle tablecloth or one with a leaf pattern to your dining room table. Keep the colors of fall in mind and choose a golden, brown or orange tablecloth. If you use placemats or cloth napkins, you can mix and match the colors for a more colorful and unique look. Just imagine the glow of a golden tablecloth topped with a range of placemats and napkins.
Linens in the den? Unless the room includes a small table that needs a tablecloth, many people don’t think of needing linens in the den. However, if you like to cozy up while watching a movie, it’s always nice to have a throw nearby to keep warm. Our favorite this fall is the Mohair throw because it’s warm, soft and available in many different solid colors and color combinations.
Mohair throw. To order, call 516-674-9526.
R. Jabbour & Sons first opened its doors in New York City over 80 years ago. Passed through four generations of family, R. Jabbour & Sons continues to be a trusted and highly knowledgeable resource for the finest bed, bath, and table linens. Its loyal following of customers rely on the utmost attention to detail and service.
September 28, 2010
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August 26, 2010
One of the easiest ways to add a touch of glam to a room is with a stylish lamp. This number from West Elm would mesh well with just about any color scheme and the silver glass base gives it a nice bit of personality. It's also a great option for those who tend to shy away from colorful accessories, but still want to incorporate some kind of eye candy into a space.
August 24, 2010
* anything with navy and white stripes
* rugs from Dash and Albert
* vintage aprons (Boojiboo's Etsy shop has some adorable ones)
* doormats (who says they can't be personalized?--check out the styles this company offers)
* ferns (although they never last in my place)
Photo: Ralph Lauren/Macys.com
August 23, 2010
* furnishing/decorating a house and making guests feel welcome
* cocktail party planning
* formal entertaining
* letter writing
It's full of guidelines on these topics and so much more. I find myself using it as a reference time and time again. eBay has a few copies listed for sale here.
August 20, 2010
Here are a few photo highlights to give you a taste of the shop:
August 19, 2010
Here are some of Saudia's green cleaning tips:
Photo: Courtesy of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning
August 18, 2010
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August 10, 2010
I spotted these "Garden of Love" prints from textile designer Kim Parker while browsing the World Market website the other day. The bright-colored florals give the work a Carribean feel that could easily uplift any space. And for $100 for the pair (including the practical black frames), I'd say it's a good deal. Happy shopping!
August 6, 2010
My fellow Anthropologie lovers will appreciate this ElleDecor.com Q&A with Keith Johnson, the brand's driving force and star of the Sundance Channel's Man Shop Globe (a must-see, by the way). He shares some of the most memorable items he's purchased and the website also has accompanying pieces showcasing his New York City and Philadelphia homes.
August 5, 2010
Looking for shower curtains or rings that are stylish and unique? Check out the designs from Kontextur. I especially like the "Happiness" line of curtains (the gold petal style is my fav) and the bamboo rings in white.
August 4, 2010
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COLORS: Begin deciding on the major colors you'd like to showcase in every room. Do you always associate fall with orange, but personally don't like the color anywhere near you living area? Maybe you'd prefer a maroon shade instead then. If you decide on these kind of elements now, you'll save yourself time in the end.
TEXTURE: During the cooler months, you won't find me without a blanket, comforter or some kind of throw. Start scouring your favorite websites to get a feel for the kind of blanket you want to buy. There's nothing like one in a luxurious fabric.
BOOKS: We all have a stack of books that we haven't gotten around to reading as yet. If your bookshelves are still filled with a ton of beach novels and lighter fare, you might want to switch these out for the more serious books you're planning to read in the fall. And don't forget to accompany your books with personal items like photos, vases and other sentimental treasures, as they always do a good job of giving shelves some life.
More fall home decor tips to come...
Photo: iStock via WomansDay.com
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Photo: Francois Duhamel, PR Newswire
June 9, 2010
Mark your calendars. On December 7, Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspiring Interiors from Lili Diallo, who was an editor at Domino, will be released. I'm sure we're in for a treat.