Gilt Tabletop Glamour!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Dec 08, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Holiday, Sales

Loving the white + gold tabletop selections on right now!  You could decorate your Christmas table with finds from Kelly Wearstler, L’Object, Kim Seybert, and more! 

bejewled frame

Bejeweled Frame from ZGallerie

What’s better than a gift guide with all ideas under $100?  A guide where you could buy all of your gifts for that special Material Girl (or Guy) with just the click of the mouse.  Trust me, it’s crazy out there – I should’ve done more online shopping!  I feel like I just got home from combat after spending 3 plus hours at an outlet mall…shudder.

The Material Girls have created a “master” gift list so that you can wow those special ones in your life with something creative AND price conscience (seriously there are some great deals on here).


A KWID Pillow from Plum Cushion for the aspiring designer.


Fragrance Free Extra Pure Bar Soap – $9

Bar soap as a gift??  Well, if it looks this good – YES…would make a great hostess gift.

newport frames

“Newport Frames” – Z Gallerie

These frames only look pricey!

safari pillow

Safari Pure Silk Pillow

porcelain books

Porcelain books from Pieces



Bib/Statement Necklaces from BejewelledBespoke

For your best friend who is never one to shy away from making a fashion statement.

barse agate

Barse Agate Necklace

zebra print tunic

Zebra Print Tunic – $38

tracey anderson

Tracy Anderson Mat Workout – $29.95

I’ve heard this video is AMAZING!

index chopping boards

Index Chopping Boards – $85


Pantone Espresso Sets

hand carved domino set

Hand Carved Domino Set


Graphic Pillows from Jonathan Adler

morphie juice pack

Morphie Juice Pack Air – $79.95

tolani zig zag scarf

Tolani Zig Zag Scarf – $85

lisa kathryn headband

Sparkly Headband by Lisa Kathryn

soak wash

Soak – an eco-friendly, no rinse, hand wash care solution for your finest hand knits, handmade quilts, wool blankets, cashmere throws, silk, linens, and more.


Small, pastel, Mondrian box from Barney’s.


Marimekko Petrooli Umbrellas


“Vesta” Wine Chiller by Vera Wang

anne klein watch

Anne Klein Orange Patent Leather Watch – $55

dylans candy bar

Glamour Never Tasted So Good (5 Pack of Chocolate Bars) – Dylan’s Candy Bar

very hollywood

Very Hollywood by Michael Kors



As much as I’ve expressed my love for Ebay, I actually just won my very first auction this weekend (I usually go for the “buy it now” option whenever possible).  

What did I win?  1.5 yards of vintage La Fiorentina by David Hicks… quite possibly my favorite fabric ever!  I can’t wait to have two pillows made!

I hope you all had wonderfully relaxing weekends all the while remembering why we are actually off work today!  My grandfather has a purple heart and his war stories are truly ones for the history books.  Thank you, veterans for serving our country, and to the soldiers currently at home or abroad my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Monday Pretty

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Dec 09, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Decorating, Events, Holiday

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Because we could all use a little pretty on a Monday afternoon.

{Peter Dunham’s table for a “posh holiday bash” at the Beverly Hills home of Juicy Couture co-founder Pamela Skaist-Levy as seen in Western Interiors December/January 2009.}

{Photography by Lisa Romerein}

The contemporary Material Girl loves to give gifts just as much as she likes to receive them. Here’s our round-up for all price points.

$20 and under…

This is a tough category…how to do cheap but not look cheap. Fortunately, Etsy saves the day. The website is my go-to spot for great, inexpensive, personalized, even handmade gifts.

I think we all love giving gifts the recipient would never buy for themselves. For the avid reader, these Mod Bookplates by Avie $20/36 fit the bill.

What Material Girl doesn’t love or need personalized stationary, I know I can’t get enough!

Crest Emblem Monogram Note Card Set $12/12

Hot Hoops 14kt gold Hammered Hoops

Old Navy is my secret spot for super cheap enamel jewelry

Enamel Tile Bracelet $4.99

$50 and under…

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover?

Platinum Bosphorous Vases $29-49

JCrew Harlow Blouse $39.99

Paper and Ink Personalized Paperweight $35

I finally found chevron pillows thanks to Erin of Elements of Style. BONUS: they are currently 25% off.

$100 and under…

I’m going to ignore the fact that Stephanie and Heidi Pratt tried to ruin fur vests for me forever when they wore them to visit Nana and suggest this one…on sale for $78

Tory Burch Medium Cosmetic Case $75

JCrew Jeweled Plume Clutch on sale for $69.99

For even more great gifts, check out House Beautiful’s home gift guide!

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of October already!  I know I have been lax in my decorating for the fall (I guess I’m just saving up my energy to go all out for Christmas).  My mother-in-law goes all out for every season and loves every second of it.  I thought I’d share these pictures of her Halloween decor.  Enjoy!

Vintage postcards are something Cathy always picks up in antique stores.  Often she will make a color copy of the postcards on card stock and then add glitter to really make them special.  Vintage postcards are pretty much available for every season… Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.  Vintage wedding cards look awesome displayed at a bridal shower or luncheon.
Using Scrabble stands, Cathy collects fun letters and incorporates them in all of her seasonal decorating.

Halloween is really the time to get “creepy.”  Scary black cat!

No detail is too small, including the orange and black ribbon ties on the festive napkins. Another good idea is to collect old yearbooks and make photocopies of pictures that work with the season.

If you look closely you can see how she covered books with coordinating scrap-booking papers.
Building up your seasonal decorating arsenal is no easy task.  It takes a while to gather gobs of glass domes, apothecary jars, cylindrical vases, candelabras etc.  It is a good idea to collect these things throughout the year.  For example, Pottery Barn always puts their mercury glass jars and containers on sale after the Christmas holidays.  Of course, the more organized you are the easier your life will be year after year trying to locate and find all of your decor for each season.  If you love the look but don’t have the time, desire, energy, or knack hire a designer or decorator to do it for you!