August 20, 2011

5 Decorating Lessons Learned from Just 1 Visit to Lillian August

I always enjoy checking out a home furnishings store that stocks items across a wide array of decorating styles. Let's face it. There are very few people who stick to one style and one style alone. I, for one, love a unique vintage find (Brooklyn Flea is like my second home), but I also have absolutely no problem snagging a coffee table from a chain like West Elm or Crate & Barrel. So when I was invited on a tour of the spacious Lillian August showroom in Manhattan and discovered that it stocks furniture and accessories for just about everyone, I really felt like I hit the jackpot. (Oh and by the way, yes, I'm ashamed that I'd never been to Lillian August).

Walking around the Lillian August space, I came to realize that there were some key decorating lessons unfolding right before my eyes. Follow along...

Decorating "Rules" Can Be Ignored...

We've all heard it could be cliche to have two identical lamps so close together, but for some reason, it works here. The lamps add a good sense of balance to the console table and the white shades coupled with the beige sofa work to give the whole area a light feeling. This set-up also confirmed that sofas have to be comfy. It's non-negotiable in my book. You likely spend most of your time at home using your sofa, so why in the world would you have it any other way?

Color Does Wonders for an Office...

I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again. An office should boast bright, bold colors like those found on this red lacquer desk and lime green lamp and side table. Your office is most likely the one space in your home that you rely on to boost your creativity, so anything you can do to make it as lively as possible goes a long way and can even make you more productive. 

Find One Special Piece of Furniture...

If I was lucky enough to have the option to take home one piece of furniture from Lillian August, this cabinet, which was made in India, would've been my pick. Every home should have that one standout piece of furniture or accessory that just makes people stop and take notice whenever they visit. But more importantly, the item should hold special meaning for you in some way.

Shelves Are Meant to Be Styled...

Instead of piling your bookshelves with loads and loads of books, always try to weave in fun accessories to give them more character. The vintage trunks, glass bottles and pottery shown here make for an interesting display.  

Embrace Your Passion...

Don't be scared to incorporate elements of your personal passions or profession into your home. I have no interest in astronomy whatsoever, but I am, however, a huge lover of all things media-related. So throughout my apartment, you'll find anything from vintage magazines to the very first article I wrote for my college newspaper propped up on my desk in a nice frame.

Just remember that your home should reflect your world and decorating should always be a breeze. Happy decorating!

August 18, 2011

Traditional Home Magazine's Hamptons Showhouse

Every year, Traditional Home sponsors the Hamptons Designer Showhouse. Lillian August, Welhil Interiors and Eddie Lee are among those chosen to decorate this year's home in Bridgehampton. Check out a few pics. The house is open through Sunday, September 4.




August 5, 2011

Come Intern With Me Why Don’t You…


Are you the person family and friends turn to for advice on rearranging their furniture or finding the perfect sofa? Do you enjoy meeting new people and networking? Is there hardly anything you love more than writing and editing? If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, I need your help with a project that’s very, very dear to me—this home decorating blog, Decor Musings.

I’m looking for a stellar intern to:

- contribute blog posts, including home product reviews and Q&As with some of the movers and shakers of the design world

- assist with fact-checking blog posts and tracking down drool-worthy photos that’ll make anyone want to redecorate their space in a heartbeat

- cover interior design industry events (so yes, you can’t be afraid of putting people on the spot)

- assist with promotion of the blog via Twitter and Facebook

Note that this is an unpaid position, but you’d garner loads of reporting experience and make new connections. Plus, I promise I’m a joy to work with and the hours are beyond flexible. You must live in the NYC area.

If you’re interested, shoot an e-mail over to info@decormusings.com with your resume, at least two interior design-related writing samples, and a brief explanation of why you’re the only one for the gig. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Photo: Lonny

August 2, 2011

A Little Flea Market Shopping in Barcelona & Paris

I recently enjoyed a week-long vacation in Barcelona and Paris and my trip wouldn't have been the same without some good flea market shopping. Check out what I loved.

At the famous Les Puces in Paris....


Spotted in Barcelona at a flea market near the Grand Marina Hotel (couldn't have picked a better place to stay, byt the way)