Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Living Room Love

I realize I am a week behind but I've been thinking of Emily Henderson's cheerful living room design for Joy Deangdeerlert Cho of Oh Joy! almost every day and I couldn't let another day go by without posting it. I must, must, must have Joy's classy wallpaper for my bedroom and the art arrangement ---> bonkers. Even though it has a bright California vibe, I'm totally digging the retro Hollywood glam meets laid back, modern style.(Does that even make sense?) (I don't care.)

I'll have to keep it in mind for my next apartment, which might be on the horizon...

For more of Emily's fun designs, check out her blog and watch Secrets from a Stylist on HGTV, Saturdays at 9pm/8c.

Image: Emily Henderson

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tea Time

Spring is finally in the air! Huzzah! It's time to break out the pastel colors and start obsessing over self-tanners! It is also time, in my opinion, to dress up and host a tea party!

Tea Parties are the perfect opportunity to act super fancy and ladylike without have to spend a ton of money. The awesome thing about tea parties? There is no expensive alcohol and it is perfectly acceptable to cheat and buy your baked goods from a fancy bakery nearby. You can make your own sandwiches for about $.20/sandwich and cut them out into pretty shapes using cookie cutters. (Stick with classic shapes though. Your tea party won't be so classy if they are dinosaur-shaped. Just sayin'.)

The first rule of throwing a tea party is to make sure you have a proper tea set. Sitting around drinking tea in mugs is simply not acceptable. Other necessary accoutrements?

*Cake Stands
*Sugar and Creamer
*Table linens
*Finger Sandwiches and Scones

See below for some ideas!

Royal Albert "Polka Rose" Tea & Dessert Set

Staccato Teapot

Rediscovered Flatware
Vintage Linen Napkins
Cow Creamer
Decor Bon Bon Cake Stands

Rose, Peony and Viburnum centerpieces
Assorted Tea Sandwhiches and Petit Fours
Confetti System Garland

Friday, March 11, 2011

I would wear these every day.

I am having an all-consuming love affair with Kimberly Baker's beautiful rose-gold plated astrological sign necklaces. They are so gorgeous and delicate without seeming too gimmicky and I honestly thing I could wear it every day without getting sick of it (unlike my locket or other necklace staples). At $110, its well worth the price!

My other favorite (and trust me, it's hard to choose!) is the Maggie necklace made with two small unicorn horns. So cool, right?

You can buy yours online HERE

Images: Kimberly Baker

And for my next trick...

...I will make my living room look like THIS!!

Seriously though, how amazingly fun and awesome is this room? Plaid and floral and stripes! Oh my!

I'm lovin it.

Image: Bright Bazaar

Color Conundrum

Lately I have been fretting that my bedroom is too girlie. Sure, a little frill is delightful and a few pops of pink are good for the soul, just ask Diana Vreeland. But do I really need the pink floral duvet cover? Or the giant mass of gold and crystal necklaces hanging on my wall? How about the sequined shirt hanging next to my dresser or the pile of (rarely worn) high heels lining one whole wall? Kids, it might be time for a change. Big time. It might be time to embrace neutrals and an altogether more tailored look.

Paul's studio was featured over on Apartment Therapy last week and I have bookmarked several photos for my inspiration board. It's the perfect blend of sophistication and style yet is reasonably unisex. Little accents like flowers and candles soften the tones and his well-edited art and accessories tie the entire space together. Paul also restricted himself to a simple neutral color scheme-with the exception of one bright red wall- and that's a very simple way to automatically ensure the room looks intentionally put together and elegant.

Check out the rest of his studio HERE

Images: Apartment Therapy

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


This wallpaper/tile combination is ridiculously awesome. I would dance all over those floors...

Image: Coco + Kelley via cococozy

Friday, March 4, 2011