Thursday, December 23, 2010


I wanted to wish all of my loyal readers HAPPY HOLIDAYS & a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

I am leaving for Israel tonight for my nephew's bar mitzvah.  Mazel Tov Max!!! 

Catch up with you all next year...

Here are some pretty pics to admire while I am away ;-)

The antique bench underneath a modern piece of art is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Again, a dog helps add charm to this already beautiful space.

I want a concrete bathtub!  Interesting place for a television....

Coordinating books by color is such a fun thing to do with the kids and it looks super cool!

This could be one of the coolest entrances I have ever seen.  I think it is great that they used the same paper on the ceiling and one wall.  Love the orange bicycle!
via New York Spaces

The blue wall is quite courageous but it looks fantastic.

Seriously, I know I always say it but doesnt yellow work so well as a pop of color?  It just makes me happy :-)

How do you feel about the color grellow?  Actually CB2 launched a whole line of furniture in this color.  Check it out here.  I think the hatfield rocker is a great way to add additonal seating to any room.

What a beautiful display of art.  There is even some pieces sitting on the floor.

Would you love to have the rainbow pencil fence in your yard?  The kids would live for it!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


When venturing to purchase bedding, it is very important to ask yourself how it is you want your bed to look.  People often inquire as to how they should make thier bed.  Should they use a lot of accent pillows, is it appropriate to make hospital corners, do I need to use a flat sheet, etc?  The truth is there is no hard and fast rule. 

There are tons of different methods to making a bed and you simply have to decide what works best for you.  Some people decide against a lot of pillows for the mere fact that they are annoying to take off every night when it is time to go to sleep.  Others dislike hospital corners because they prefer not have to pull the covers out from under the mattress each time they climb into bed.

In order to make a wise decision regarding your bedding purchase try to take all aspects into account.  I have compiled a bunch of photos of beds all made in different manners.  Browse through them paying attention as to whether there is just one blanket, a blanket and a quilt, how many pillows, etc.  This will help your decision making process.

I love how the pop of yellow originates soley from the lamps and the chairs.

Platform beds are great because you do not need a boxspring or a bed skirt and they are much easier to make.

Typically I would think that there is too much going on with this bed.  However, I think the colors and design of these accents pillows on this black bed is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!  How interesting are these throws?

On a side note, despite our bed talk I must comment on the above rug.  Does Madelien Weinrib make the most beautiful carpets?  I only wish I could install wall to wall in one of my rooms.   Unfortuntely, it is extrememely expensive when you buy it custom by the square foot.  The rugs, however are relatively reasonable.  Check them out here

I like how clean the bed looks with all white linens with the pop of color from the bolsters..  (Although seafoam isn't my favorite color.)

Another bed with a lot going on but I think it works quite nicely.  The cute dog lounging also helps ;-)

This is actually Ellen Pompeo's bedroom via Elle Decor.  What do you think of the tapestry hanging over the bed?

Sometimes I like the look of an untailored bed that kind of looks as if it was half made.  Do you like getting into your bed at night when it is made or when it is unmade?

This is Dwell Studio Bedding and I love it, of course, because it has stripes.  Stripes are my favorite patten and I actually have the same bedding with the brown trim in my son's bedroom.  Check it out here.

via Marie Clair Maison
Have you ever seen a blanket like this?  It is so cool!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hostess Gifts

Holiday time is here and I am sure that you have a lot of parties on the calendar.  When it comes to hostess gifts I like to bring something that is both practical and charming. 

Here are some  ideas for great hostess gifts.

As always, Etsy is one of my favorite resources for everything....

How cute are these custom napkin rings?  If I had them I think I would want to leave them on the table all the time!

This gift is definitely something to put a smile on your host's face. 

I think these bowls are absolutely adorable  They are a great place to throw your keys by the door or stash some jewelry.  Don't be afraid that the colors may not work in your host's home.  Adding pops of color with accessories regardless of their homes' color scheme is festive and fun!

These paper bowls are beautiful as well.

Miranda Watkins simply makes some of the most beautiful home decor.  Have you ever seen a more stunning way to display fruit?

Candles are such a wonderful and practical hostess gift.  There are so many different brands that are both great looking and great smelling.  My two favorite are Dayna Decker and Lafco.  You cannot go wrong with either.

Check them out....

Lafco's line of "House & Home" candles are super cool because each color coordinates with a particular scent and a particular room of the home.  The colors are beautiful and their scent is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These little boxes are inexpensive and can be used for multiples purposes.  I think they are so cute!

A gift that I personally love to both give and receive is a beautiful coffee table book.  Anyone can use one and it really is such a fantastic added touch to home decor. 

Both Assouline and Rozzoli publish magnificent books in a wide range of genres.

These have to be the most unique and fun way to keep tissues.  The colors are fantastic!

Trivets are a good gift because it isn't something people normally spend money on themselves.  These trivets are really quite  interesting.

The Modern Museum of Art is another fabulous resource for gifts.  I am always finding something new on their website. 

I love these chalkboard vases and they are not expensive!

Hope I gave you some good ideas!  Happy shopping!

Do you have any great hostess gift ideas?  Please share.  I would love to hear!