Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dress Up Your Walls...

A home surrounded by bare white walls is not only boring, but makes the home feel empty. It reminds me of when I was straight out of college living in NYC. My friend's and I were all excited to move into our tiny cookie cutter apartments that were all painted in the same dull shade of white. The fact that we had very little money, coupled with the fact that whatever extra cash we did have, we certainly did not want to invest in a rental, made our apartments feel naked.

Whether it be wallpaper, a fun paint color or some interesting art, it is super important to give your walls life. I can understand waiting to invest in art until you find something you absolutely love, but buying a few gallons of paint isn't such a drastic measure. Even if you try to be daring and paint a white wall red, if you really hate it after some time, change it back. But, I appeal to you to really try and step out of your comfort zone.

Take a look at these images - they should inspire you...

marcelo lucini

via apartment therapy

via interior design magazine

via blissful blog

via emmas design blog

via hamilton design associates
via christina murphy interiors

via delight by design

via one hour

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Acrylic . Lucite . Plexi...

I absolutely love acrylic (lucite, plexi) furniture. The transparent quality of these pieces lend a sophistication and sense of modernism to every space. Obviously you do not want to overload your home, but a few pieces here and there are wonderful additions to any style home.

Here are some of my favorite...


alexandra von furstenberg



h studio

Friday, September 16, 2011

Kitchens... The Island

When designing your kitchen, if space allows, definitely include an island. Islands are a wonderful addition to your kitchen because it affords you extra counter and storage space, as well as a place to add more kitchen amenities. It may also be an opportunity for extra seating with some stylish barstools.

Some things to consider...

Do you want to have your range and/or stove top in the island?  If so, then you will require a hood installed above for proper ventilation.  

If you do not have a hood, definitely take time choosing the proper lighting to illuminate the island. Hanging three attractive pendants will add a beautiful design element to your kitchen.

If you decide to put barstools, make sure they are comfortable. Backless stools may look good, but depending on who you plan on sitting in the stools, they may not be such a smart choice.

It is also fun to design your island in a different color than the other cabinetry in the kitchen as well as an alternate countertop material.

Lastly, while having some open shelving in the island looks pretty in pictures, remember that you need to have things to fill these shelves (whether cookbooks, accessories, etc.) You also have to maintain them looking clean and tidy. If you aren't confident that you are going to upkeep these shelves, I suggest not having any open shelving in your kitchen.

Here are some images to jump start the brainstorming of your project...

via chic tip

via chic tip

via delight by design

via delisistyles

via desire to inspire

via elle decor

via elle decor (courtney cox)

via house of turquoise

via massuco warner miller

via elle decor

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Interested in a Game of Pool?

So do any of you have that empty room in your home that was initially designated as the dining room or maybe living room, yet is still left unfurnished?  Maybe you haven't decorated due to lack of funds or maybe you just aren't sure what purpose you want the room to serve.

Why not make the room an adult playroom by putting in a pool table and maybe a mini bar?  Check out how great these rooms look...

courtney cox's malibu home via elle decor

via delikatissen

via desire to inspire

via house of turquoise

via freshome

via plastolux

via shade store

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sofa Love

All of these sofas are so different in style, yet I kind of love them all...

Which is your favorite?

cote france





ted boerner

1st dibs

Sunday, September 11, 2011


September 11th...

Cannot believe ten years have gone by since that tragic day.

My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone and personally to one of my oldest and dearest friends who lost two of the closest people in her life.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

George Nelson Bubble Pendants...

Looking for an iconic light fixture that is both stylish and reasonably priced?  Look no further....

George Nelson Bubble lamps were designed in 1947 for Howard Miller and continued to be sold through the late 70's until they were discontinued. Thankfully, Modernica, a design manufacturer in Los Angeles, resurged the Nelson lamp designs.

Whether different shapes are bunched together, or hanging solo, these lights are an all time fave of mine. Which shape do you like best?

via apartment therapy

via carolina eclectic

via design attractor

via design atttractor

via design is mine

via design shimmer

via desire to inspire

via delikattissen

via design attractor

via flickr21

via lonny

via simply grove