March 28, 2013

Fab Find of the Day: HORNE + Remodelista's Bronze Signal Desk Lamp

HORNE and Remodelista just announced a partnership, which is great news for my Fab Find of the Day column here. It can sometimes be a struggle to find a desk lamp that has a clean look and comes in the perfect color...until now. This design duo has expanded HORNE's beloved Jielde lamp collection to include this new bronze version ($495). It's handmade in France and really is a must-have for any office. Sold!

March 21, 2013

Home Goods Salutes Design Bloggers at Spring Preview

As a design blogger, it always makes me super happy to see major brands give us some love. I was delighted when I swung by the Home Goods spring preview in NYC earlier today to find that they invited nine bloggers to style their own spaces for the event. They were asked to shop at their local Home Goods to choose items for their look, and I discovered so many decorating ideas. Here's a snapshot of the preview and be sure to check out the Home Goods blog, which relaunches next week.

Each blogger was featured on a banner that showcased their favorite Home Goods item for spring.

Mixing patterns is oh so chic as you can see here. Who says you can't combine chevron and floral prints for a cute bedding look?

This orange shade is my favorite color and the rope lamp on the desk is a nice touch, too. Having colorful accessories in an office space is a great way to boost creativity.

I had a lightbulb moment here. Instead of going with just one rug, put a few together for a more interesting look. As long as they're in the same color family and share similar patterns, it would work.

I'm guilty of opting for matching dining chairs, but there's no reason why you can't mix and match them for a fun look.

Yes, every home needs a bar cart.

And every living room needs a chaise.

Plants never last too long in my apartment, and I blame it on the limited amount of natural light that it receives (not my care). Regardless, this garden space has inspired me to consider snagging a nice plant for my living room. 

March 12, 2013

Fab Find of the Day: The Good Home Co.'s Laundry Fragrance

Is it weird that I really like doing laundry? My favorite part is folding clothes that are just out of the dryer. You know what I mean when they're still so warm and smell amazing. This is probably the only chore that I actually enjoy. I was so pleased to find these laundry fragrances ($22) from The Good Home Co. recently.

I like the Summer House scent, which I received for review, because it leaves clothes smelling fresh and feeling so soft. You pour just a 1/3 of a cup of the fragrance into your washing machine during its final rinse cycle and the magic begins to happen. I'm going to try the lavender scent next as well as the company's detergents. I'll do anything to prevent chores from feeling like chores. Happy washing!

March 11, 2013

Now This is a Closet

This closet image that I came across on Pinterest is so gorgeous. I wish I knew the source for the image and who designed it. To be honest, closets aren't really one of the spaces that I give much thought too when decorating. I definitely need to change that after taking in photos like this and reading this past weekend's Wall Street Journal article on how Veranda Editor in Chief Dara Caponigro wallpapers closets in her Riverdale, NY pad.

March 8, 2013

What I'm Reading This Week

Photo: Glitter 'N Glue

Glitter 'N Glue: Although I'm not big on DIY projects, lately I've been feeling way more creative than usual. I started browsing online for some fun DIY ideas, and this site has so many good home-related projects (like this spray painted owl pictured above) to get my creative juices flowing. And I love that her projects don't seem hard to do at all.

Refinery29's "Living" Section: If you live in an apartment, you understand what it's like to find new ways to maximize your space. Refinery29's 'Living' section always has useful decorating stories. For instance, one of this week's features, "12 Expert Tips That'll Make Your Small Space Feel So Much Bigger," has some helpful pointers like creating a gallery wall in a small room and using both table and floor lamps in a room.

New York Magazine: I miss my subscription to New York magazine and have found myself browsing its website more frequently lately. The writing is just so very good.

March 6, 2013

Get Ready for Spring with Crane & Canopy Sheet Sets

Sheets from Crane & Canopy
Crane & Canopy just released a pretty range of embroidered sheet sets that are perfect for spring. I personally love the crisp feeling of white sheets on my bed, but also like to see a bit of color in the mix. These sets, boasting a 400 thread count and cotton sateen finish, fit this criteria. I have my eye on the coral queen set for $179.

March 5, 2013

Fab Find of the Day: Neon Wood Housewares from Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter

While doing my usual online browsing, I came across the most gorgeous wood housewares from New York-based designer Nicole Porter. The neon stripes she uses on her wood bowls and platters really grab your attention and the design kind of reminds me of my beloved Claire Vivier clutch (I have the one with the green stripe). Just coming off of exhibiting her line at the New York International Gift Fair, Nicole was kind enough to give me a few minutes of her time to chat about her work and inspiration. Enjoy pieces of our conversation!

Decor Musings: How did you come to launch your home collection?

Nicole Porter: My mother had so many napkins at her house and I thought it would be great to design platters to go with them. I put photos of them on my website and wounded up getting a large response. My housewares are for tables with a bit of personality. It's definitely fun and great for a party. 

DM: What's your decorating style?

NP: I’m into mid-century modern: very smooth lines, very clean
edges, not overly ornate. There is a lot about that time period that allows you to put your own spin on it.

DM: Can you share about some of your favorite home furnishings shops?

NP: I am the unofficial tour guide of ABC Carpet & Home. It’s beautiful because it’s art and design all in the same place. I also like Haus Interior, which carries some of my products.

DM: And finally what are some of your favorite magazines and blogs?

NP: I read a lot of Apartment Therapy, as well as EntrepreneurInStyle and Food & Wine magazines.

The plates featured above are $45 each. Shop away.

March 1, 2013

Spring is Near...