August 31, 2010
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
August 11, 2010
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
August 3, 2010
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