Monique Valeris is the founder of Decor Musings, which houses roundups of the most stylish home products out now, highlights of her flea market shopping adventures, interviews with interior design experts, and tons more. Happy decorating!
I'm sure you've heard all of the talk about Pinterest, but I just had to do a quick post to make it clear that I'm loving the website. It allows you to create inspiration boards and share photos with others and I've spent many days getting lost in all of the stunning home decor images people have been pinning. When I'm thinking of new decor ideas for my own place, in addition to referencing magazines and some of my favorite blogs, Pinterest is now a must on my go-to list of sources.
It's also a great way to discover new blogs. There are so many blogs that I've been unfamiliar with, and just because I've found certain people to have great taste in the images they choose to showcase on Pinterest, I've taken the time to visit their blogs. And I have to be honest, I'm one of those who tends to frequent the same batch of blogs and don't often add new ones to my list of must-reads. So if a website is capable of pushing me to branch out, you know it must be good.
So in short, if you haven't already, please, please get into it. Feel free to follow me on Pinterest here, too.
It's such a treat to see unexpected furniture in restaurants and I've come across a good amount recently in Brooklyn. Yesterday I met up with a friend at Building on Bond (which has the best homemade chips and lemonade with fresh mint) and stopped mid-sentence when I noticed this beauty. Don't you love it? I can think of so many ways to use every single one of these drawers. Love, love, love. And my apologies for having our ketchup bottle in the shot. Ha.
InteriorConnector is hosting a panel discussion about the life of artist Jan Yoors in NYC today from 7-9 p.m. at Regeneration Furniture, 38 Renwick Street. Marianne and Kore Yoors, the wife and son of the late artist, will share insights into Jan's life and unpublished photos will be revealed as well. RSVP asap: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have something to admit. I'm not the biggest fan of taking on DIY projects mainly because I can be a bit impatient at times. But I recently met someone who made me rethink this. Vashaya Ramsey, who is releasing a line of false eyelashes in the spring (yes, beauty lovers enjoy home decor, too), managed to transform a drab wood dresser into a fab piece that's now one of the highlights of her Brooklyn bedroom.
She simply sanded the dresser down like you wouldn't believe.
Vashaya then applied a few coats of Mirror Mirror paint from the Martha Stewart Precious Metals collection. Once that had a chance to settle, she finished the job with a coat of polycrylic.
How cute is the final result? I wouldn't mind trying something like this. There really is nothing a quick paint job can't remedy.
I had a fun-filled Thursday beginning with a trip to J. Crew, where I snagged this "Blogs That I Like and Love" notebook, which I've been meaning to pick up. (By the way, I no longer see it listed online, so if you're interested, you'll have to stop by your local J. Crew.)
I also spotted these gorgeous leather trunks. Just one of them would be good enough for me, although I'd be too paranoid to travel with something this fabulous.
Then I headed over to the one and only Kate Spade with my new blogger friend, Nagela of Silver Lining Events. I'm always inspired by the brand's use of colors and patterns. How yummy are the floor and skirt with black-and-white stripes with that splash of electric blue? And that gallery wall of tasteful art and the gold, sparkly wall? So good.
Lands' End Home isn't the first place I think of when I'm on the hunt for bedding. That all changed when I recently received their catalog in the mail, featuring its new hotel bedding collection. I especially like the Tailored Hotel Embroidered Rope Duvet Cover in white and navy. It's the kind of bedding that can complement any color scheme, and even better, it's $160. Not bad at all for a duvet.