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!
Why settle for the standard rectangular-shaped cheese board when you can have a little more fun with it? While I was out Christmas shopping over the weekend, this Juicy Fruit Cheese Board with Spreader from C. Wonder caught my attention. It's the perfect hostess gift or great if you're simply in the mood to shake things up in your kitchen. And it's just $38!
I've raved about the fashion blog Le Catch so many times, so you can imagine how excited I was to see the Los Angeles home of its founder, Marlien Rentmeester, on Refinery29. The space is well styled with a mix of high-end pieces as well as flea market finds. I love that it feels so light and airy, but still interesting with a range of fabrics, gold accessories and pops of color.
It's no secret that I adore the look of gold accessories in my home, especially when I find them at amazing price points. That's where Target's Threshold Iron Wire Table comes in. At just $60, I could see this on the side of a sofa or even in a bedroom. Stack magazines on top of it or keep it simple with a candle and soak in its beauty.
Now's the time to get your holiday cards out to your family and friends. If you usually buy the typical boxed set, why not try photo cards this year? If you're up to it, Minted, which showcases pretty designs from independent artists, has a great selection. Here are six of my favorite photo card designs from the website.
Only Mariah Carey would think to use fresh, pink peonies to decorate her Christmas tree. I may have to try this next year. Check out her recent segment on NBC's "Today" show, where she spoke about her New York City home with Tamron Hall.
J. Crew isn't at the top of my list of places to visit for home decor finds, so I was surprised to see their adorable Moroccan tile coasters. At just $10 for a set of six, they make the perfect stocking stuffer. They also have napkins in the same print.
I’m sure many share my excitement about Domino magazine’s relaunch recently. I finally gave the issue (Holiday 2013) a close read and my favorite feature is on Eva Chen’s office space. Eva is the new editor in chief of Lucky, a fab shopping magazine, so it makes sense for her work space to be as fashionable as her wardrobe.
Designed by Lauren and Suzanne McGrath of Good Bones, Great Pieces, her new office space feels fun and fresh. Here are a few decorating lessons we can learn from this Domino story on Eva’s office:
Weave in bold accessories.
From the yellow Margaret Lanzetta artwork behind the desk to the ikat print chairs, the bulk of the accessories in the office are full of color. This is especially important when sticking with white walls.
Patterned rugs just work.
I rarely buy rugs in solid colors because I believe patterns also make a space feel a little more inviting. My point is proven by the Moroccan-style West Elm rug chosen for her office. It just makes so much sense.
A neutral sofa doesn’t have to be boring.
Bring energy to a neutral sofa with vivid pillows. It’s always smart to make sure any neutral sofa has small details to take things up a notch. The beige trim around the cushions here really make it stand out.