December 29, 2010

Come on 2011!

Photo: Fabulously French

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!

December 21, 2010

On Decorating...

Photo: Lonny

Decorating is all about working with only the things you love. The goal is to have pieces in your home that hold special meaning in your life, even if they aren't the most trendy. It's another outlet to express your creative side and speaks volumes about your personality. Even more importantly, it's about having fun. Don't you agree?

December 13, 2010

Perfect Christmas Entertaining Set-Up

Photo: Ideal Home (UK)

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

For Your Bookshelf: Rizzoli's 'Classic Homes of Los Angeles'

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.

November 3, 2010

The Perfect Mirror for Your Closet

Z Gallerie is one of my go-to outlets for chic, affordable household furnishings. While browsing through its website the other day, I came across this beauty. The white finish of this mirror gives it a fresh look and the elegant detailing makes it most suitable for a closet area. And you can't beat the price--$349. Buy it here.

October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Thanksgiving Wreath

Who doesn't love seeing all the pumpkins around and gearing up for Thanksgiving? This 'Pumpkin Patch' wreath ($85) from EcoChicNYC's Etsy shop could serve as the perfect welcome for your visitors this season. And if you're not the type to hang a wreath on the door, it could even work as part of your table decor for Thanksgiving dinner. Place it in the middle of the table and fill the center of the wreath with candles in orange, burgundy and ivory.

October 22, 2010

Inside the Living Room of The Glamourai's Kelly Framel

It's always exciting to see how fashionistas decorate their homes, and Kelly Framel from the popular fashion blog The Glamourai went with a black-and-white color scheme in her living room that works on so many levels. It's not super feminine, has a nice dose of glam with the gold accents from the coffee table to the deer sculpture, and a modern vibe that still feels welcoming. Love, love, love.

Green Cleaning Discount

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

Five Decorating Don'ts

When decorating a home, no matter how small, these are the top five no-no's to try avoiding:

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

Fall Decorating with Jabbour Linens

Cairo towel. $13-$185.

I invited Jabbour Linens to share some ideas on decorating your home for fall, if you haven't already. Enjoy!

The Bedroom
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.

The Bathroom
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.

The Den
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

Expert Design Tips from Williams-Sonoma Home

Are you familiar the 'Designer Series' on the Williams Sonoma Home website? It's full of candid interviews from design experts (think Grant Gibson, Alexa Hampton, Carolyne Roehm...) about common decorating issues ranging from working with a small space to infusing art into a room. It's worth checking out.

September 21, 2010

Get Lonny in Print!

In case you missed the memo, Lonny is offering polished, bound print copies for a fee. Nice idea, especially for those of us who just can't break away from holding beautiful magazine pages.

September 20, 2010

The Verdict on Rue

Those who miss Domino should be delighted about the launch of the Rue web-only magazine from Editor in Chief Crystal Gentilello. It definitely has a Lonny vibe, as it uses the same Issuu platform where you can turn pages like a print issue. My favorites in the mag are the Grant Gibson feature highlighting the design stores he likes to visit in Sacramento, a list of favorite things from Holly Becker of the decor8 blog and Ronda Carman of All the Best, a Q&A with Habitually Chic's Heather Clawson, and the beautiful images of Gentilello's Chicago apartment. I'm looking forward to future issues!

September 8, 2010

Inside Chris Madden's Design Philosophy

The Soul of a House (published by Rizzoli) from Chris Madden is hitting bookshelves on October 19 and promises to be filled with practical advice from the designer on decorating your home with the goal of turning it into a haven. Plus, there are photos of her family's carriage house in upstate New York. I plan to review the book in the coming weeks, but for now, here's an audio preview to wet your appetite.

August 31, 2010

A Little Jonathan Adler to Tout Your Zodiac Sign

Decorating doesn't always have to be super serious and these pillows from Jonathan Adler say just that. Instead of placing this kind of pillow in the living room, I'd recommend one in a child's bedroom or a home office. Versions in all the different signs are available on for $98 each.

August 26, 2010

Michelle Adams on Tory Burch's Blog

Wonder what the editor in chief of Lonny, Michelle Adams, has in mind for a stylish fall? Check our her feature on Tory Burch's blog.

West Elm's Pebble Lamp

Pebble Table Lamp, West Elm, $179

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

Favorites of the Moment

A few things I'm loving at the moment...

* 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/

August 23, 2010

Vogue's Book of Etiquette

There's nothing more frustrating than bad manners. Originally published in 1948 and written by Millicent Fenwick, Vogue's Book of Etiquette is a must-read if you need tips for proper decor when it comes to:

* 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

Score Vintage Pieces at Obscure Object in Williamsburg

The next time you're in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, make it a priority to trek over to Obscure Object (646.251.3862, 20 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211). I happened upon the store recently and could've spent a few hours looking through all the unique treasures, ranging from rare magazines and books to china and wood furniture. It just opened in April and the owner, Jess, frequents estate sales in Vermont to stock the shop. The displays throughout the space are inviting and Jess is super friendly. And the best part is that the prices are reasonable and when you purchase anything, instead of printing a receipt, Jess logs the transaction into her iPhone and e-mails your receipt. Don't you love it?

Here are a few photo highlights to give you a taste of the shop:

August 19, 2010

Green Cleaning with GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning's Saudia Davis

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Saudia Davis, the brain behind GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, a New-York based green cleaning service. Saudia started her business in 2006 after her grandmother, a professional cleaner, passed away from cancer. Saudia believes her grandmother's health declined as a result of inhaling harsh chemicals in cleaning products over the years. For this reason, she set out to spread the word about sustainable living through her green cleaning service. "Think about how you interact with the world and how you can make better choices," Saudia says. "You'll be surprised that green living is not a hard process. It's about incorporating green elements into your life in simple ways."

Here are some of Saudia's green cleaning tips:

Clean a little bit every day. This will make cleaning more manageable for you and more importantly, you can lower your stress level by keeping spaces neat and clear of clutter. Having a clean space also decreases the probability of developing illnesses.

Try natural cleaning solutions. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean ovens, bathtubs, glass and even chrome. Ketchup can be used to clean copper. And if you couple vinegar with olive oil, you can use it to clean wood furniture. Using natural solutions doesn't mean you need to discard the cleaning products you currently own, Saudia says. "Using them up is actually a better solution because once they're dumped, they end up getting into the soil, which then means it'll end up in our water."

Invest in an air purifier. Indoor air quality can be just as toxic as outdoor air quality, especially in the New York area, where most people live near busy streets. Maintaining the air quality in your home can help you breathe and sleep better, control allergies and prevent migraines and other pains. Saudia recommends Hepa air filters/purifiers.)

Know what's in the cleaning products you purchase. Many advertisers are guilty of green washing, so to find out if the cleaning products you buy are truly eco-friendly, secure an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for information on a product's contents. Just because it comes in a pretty bottle and mentions that it's biodegradeable doesn't make it good," Saudia says.

So what's the cleaning strategy for someone who runs a green cleaning service? "Everything I bake, cook and clean with are all in the same place and are all interchangeable," Saudia says. "It should never be that I'm using a product and feel I can't breathe."

Photo: Courtesy of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning

August 18, 2010

Decorating Quote of the Day

Nate Berkus' Chicago home. Photo:

“I don’t care if you pick up something off the street or pick up a rock on the side of a hiking trail – you have to combine items of different ages and different styles. Otherwise, it gets really boring.” - Nate Berkus

August 11, 2010

Decorating Rules to Consider

I had a fun chat with a good friend of mine, Carita, the other day and we were sharing our top decorating rules. Step into Carita's place in Dallas and you'll see that she definitely follows a strict set of guidelines for creating a comfortable space. Every room in her home is super organized and well decorated without one detail being overlooked. It's the kind of place that makes you want to stay a while (a weekend in my case not too long ago) and that's what decorating is all about. Here are some of her tips:

Don't be afraid of color. Push yourself to incorporate colors that are outside of your comfort zone. Burnt orange, chocolate brown, green and grays are great options.

Make an effort to stay organized. Ikea has baskets in different sizes that work well for storing everything from jewelry to makeup.

Keep personal photos and decorative pillows to a minimum. These should be used as accents throughout a space and be sure to only showcase those that you truly love.

Keep TVs enclosed, if possible. An armoire is the perfect way to keep a TV set and all of its unsightly wires out of view.

August 10, 2010

World Market's 'Garden of Love' Prints

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

Elle Decor's Q&A with Anthropologie's Keith Johnson

My fellow Anthropologie lovers will appreciate this 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

Get Kontextur on Your Radar

Snow Shower Curtain Rings ($40,

Bronzy Gold Petals Shower Curtain ($180,

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

The Most Beautiful (and Expensive) Stove in the World -- Thanks to La Cornue

Now if this isn't a beautiful stove, I don't know what is. From French company La Cornue, this beauty boasts five gas burners, two ovens with side-swing doors and satin chrome accents. And as if that's not enough, the height is adjustable. Love, love, love. This will all cost you, though. This provence blue model goes for $8,600 a pop (not including shipping costs) via Williams-Sonoma.

August 3, 2010

Fall Home Decor Preview

Since summer is sadly winding down, let's get to a few things you should start thinking about now to update your home for the fall season in the coming weeks:

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

August 1, 2010

How Will Chelsea Decorate Her Pad?

Am I the only one who's already thinking about how Chelsea and Marc will decorate their pad together? The couple tied the knot in Rhinebeck, NY on July 31 and I just can't help but wonder how they'll mesh their styles together to create a comfortable living space.

I happened to come across The Nest, which offers a ton of practical home decorating tips for young married couples. It's part of The Knot family and recently expanded from just a website to include a magazine. I personally haven't noticed too many brands offering home decor content for newlyweds, so if Chelsea and Marc care for a magazine suggestion before they get to work on their home, I'd suggest they turn to The Nest. The summer 2010 issue is on newsstands now and it doesn't disappoint.


July 11, 2010

HSN's 'Eat, Pray, Love' Fest

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was overjoyed to find out that Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love has been transformed into a movie, which will be released this August with Julia Roberts as the star. Even better news is that HSN has a special shopping experience planned from August 6 - 8 in celebration of the film. There will be an array of items available for purchase, but I'll especially be looking out for the home decor goods. Be sure to check it out.

Photo: Francois Duhamel, PR Newswire

June 9, 2010

A Dose of Lili Diallo for Your Bookshelf

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.

I Love Peonies!

                                   Photo: Apartment Therapy

I'm a believer in having fresh flowers around. They just enliven a space and really work wonders for your spirit. My absolute favorite stems are peonies in the more coral/hot pink color. Love, love, love!

May 11, 2010

Blogger Angela Hardison's Mesa Pad

Angela Hardison from My Little Corner of the World is one of my favorite bloggers and her adorable studio is featured on Design Sponge. Check out all the photos on Flickr. Too cute!

May 4, 2010

Style Plus Comfort Make Rita Konig's Home Sing

New York magazine's Home Design issue is out and the NYC apartment of Rita Konig, one of my favorite interior designers to follow, is featured. Who says you can't go with an English flair in an NYC pad? Check out the full piece here.

April 18, 2010

Ellen Pompeo's Hollywood Hills Pad

The Hollywood Hills home of Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is featured in the May issue of Elle Decor and it's absolutely gorgeous. With the help of interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, she found a way to incorporate elements from her travels to Morocco, the South of France, Spain and Tuscany, and it all works really well. Get a taste of the article on her 1920s Spanish-style pad here.