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Rizzoli recently released a book by Stephanie Stokes titled, Elegant Rooms That Work.” The book focuses on planning comfortable rooms that are also multipurpose spaces to include attractive storage. It’s something many of us in our homes are in need of, yet do not want to sacrifice aesthetics. The book outlines creative ways of turning the tiniest of spaces into imaginative storage. If you are looking to be inspired by elegant rooms that are also planned to precision for maximum storage, this book is worth checking out! Currently available from Rizzoli, it features 224 pages, 200 color photographs, and retails for $50.

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If you live in the NYC area, there is a book release event this Wednesday at 1st Dibs on Lexington Avenue.





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Have to admit, in recent months Overstock.com has become an increasingly “go to” source for me when sourcing for clients. Initially it began with clients emailing me their Overstock.com finds, often with a cringe (in comparison to some of the other great things I was finding elsewhere) but with budgets (& yes, those knock-offs!) – it’s often hard to pass up! Especially with my online design clients, it has become a great resource for those looking to furnish their homes when on a budget!

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{Several items seen in the above concept board were sourced from Overstock.com for a living room online design project I designed for a client, young first time homeowners that were looking to furnish their new home on a budget.}

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This ottoman is available on Overstock.com for just $185, and comes in a range of colors including purple and taupe (I included the grey one on the concept board).

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Also featured on the concept board, this lounge chair available on Overstock currently for $206.

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For accessories, these throw pillows at just $22 (& included in the above design scheme too) make a great find!

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And while I only showed one of these table lamps on the console table on the board, they come as a pair for only $184.

Some other great finds:

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Manchester Nailhead Club Chair for $363.

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Stuart Floor Lamp for $165.

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Christopher Knight Home Adjustable Natural Fir Wood Finish Barstool for $116.

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Gallery Linen Sofa with Pillows for $989.

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Pair of Oak Finish Side Chairs (Two) for $162.

There is so much more…happy shopping!





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I thought I would share with our Material Girls readers one of my online design projects, a “Get the Look” feature for a master bedroom. The online design services I offer works for client’s anywhere, looking for design help and direction. Clients email pictures of the room they are looking for help with along with the room measurements (including any other specific requests such as budget, style, needs, or existing furnishings to incorporate). Once received, I provide two furniture floor plan layout options for them to decide on. In this instance, the client chose the one below for her master bedroom:

From there I start selecting the furniture options (in most cases providing several options per furniture piece, varying on pricing – highs and lows) for the client to choose from. In putting together the concept board, I will usually select the best of the best options (as well as it becomes an exercise in seeing how the pieces work together). There are many times I move items around, switch things out, or even update selections as they are decided upon!

Here are a few key pieces of the master bedroom featured above for your own “get the look” –

Pondicherry Headboard with Nailheads from Serena and Lily – this headboard comes in several fabric options to choose from!

“Amelie” Mirrored Nighstand from Horchow – currently on sale!

Meena Table Lamp from Home Decorators – I love this lamp, wish it for myself!

Chloe chair from Room & Board (one great thing about Room & Board is that you can customize the leg finishes on many of their pieces).

 Serpentine Steel Gray Flatweave Rug from Layla Grayce – one of my favorite go to sources for fun and graphic area rugs!

“Maria Theresa” Chandelier from Horchow – another item currently on sale!!

Maison Armoire from Restoration Hardware – so pretty!

Grey Haze Hand Painted Print from Ballard Design.

{Additional accessories and furnishings that are shown on plan, not included in this listing.}

If you are interested in the online design package I offer, feel free to click here for more info.





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Happy New Year!

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Hope you ring in the new year both gorgeous & glam! Happy 2013!

Here are some interiors that are both gorgeous and glam!

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For more inspiration, follow me on Pinterest.





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A Pretty Place

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 29, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Designers

I came across this gorgeous home on Fresh Home, and couldn’t help but not feature it here on Material Girls – it is just so pretty!

The project was a full renovation and addition of an older home located in a prestigious neighborhood in Toronto. The project renovation was handled by the Toronto based interior design group McGill Design Group with furnishings from Plum Furniture and Design Solutions, also located in Toronto, Canada.

{A contemporary entry in a classic style architecture home.}

{A light and airy living room.}

{Classic details adorn the fireplace.}

{A clean, contemporary kitchen.}

{Custom bookcases and built-ins.}

{Wood paneling detailing in a powder room.}

{A gorgeous desk.}

{Desk drawer detailing.}

{The master bathroom.}

For more inspiration, check out the Fresh Home Design & Architecture blog – one of my favorite reads!





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Graham and Brown Wallpaper

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 18, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Walls

Graham and Brown, a UK based line of wallcoverings, has released a new line of wallpapers called Odyssey Collection. The line is about soft waves, masculine geometrics, metallic pinstripes, and subtle gloss effects that underpin 3D textures to create depth and drama. The collection also uses unique “Paste the Wall” technology, which translates to no mess and hassle-free hanging.

{Quantum – Black/Silver}

{Lucid – White/Silver}

{Checker – Black}

{Lucid – Green}

{Quantum – Beige/Stone}

{Quantum – White}

{Fuse – Light Blue}

{Element}

{Fuse – Light Green}

For more info, and to view other collections, visit the Graham and Brown website.





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Thank you to Carmen at The Decorating Diva for featuring one of my room design’s in her latest Look Book series! To view the feature, click here – and to check out more Look Book features, view here.





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My niece, Alyse, already has a favorite color: Purple! (And she’s just two year’s old, having been adamant about purple being her favorite color even before.) Coincidentally, I like purple too and my very first apartment was filled with purple accents (bedding, chairs, ottomans). So in honor of Alyse, here’s a little purple!

Deeply painted purple walls in this children’s playspace. {Image via Pinterest}

A purple lucite chair – just for kids. {Availabla via 5Rooms}

Putting the purple on the ceiling with wallpaper makes this closet ultra glam! {Image via Pinterest}

A high gloss painted built-in in a variant shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

I recently came across these purple leather trays. {Available here}

How fun is this purple outdoor cocktail chair and table set! {From Society Social}

Even purple carpet can be pretty! {Image via Pinterest}

Love this bathroom! And the lavendar wallpaper is a nice juxtapose! {Image via Pinterest}

Chic bedroom with purple upholstered walls! {Image via Pinterest, via Elle Decor}

Pretty purple painted accent wall in a dining room. {Image via Pinterest}

“Grapecicles” artwork featuring various shades of purple. {Available at ZGallerie}

A pretty entry in a soft shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

Taking purple from the ground up! {Image via Pinterest}

 A living room bathed in purple. {Image via Elle Decor}

And if you like purple enough – consider starting at the front door! {Image via Pinterest}

Whether you are two or twenty, thirty, forty – purple is a fun, eye-popping color!





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Tie-dye decor!

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Love the look of tie dye in fabric and furnishings! Saw much of this at High Point Market last Spring, such as in the console (below) from Drexel Heritage.

Love seeing elements of it mixed in, like the living room above!





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Summer style = a bit of nautical decor!

{Nautical tote bag from Shrimp & Tiddlers UK}

{Vintage whale poster from Etsy.com}

{Sailboat shelving display, image via Pinterest}

{A chair to anchor yourself in, via Pinterest}

{Captain’s Quarter Sconces, available at Shades of Light}

{Vintage 1950’s pair of Anchor Andirons, currently available on 1stDibs.com}

{Bunk bed bedroom worthy of a ship cabin, image via Pinterest}

{True nautical notations, via Pinterest}

{Rope chandelier from Restoration Hardware, image via Casa Sugar}

{Rope tie backs from Restoration Hardware}

{Keeping ship shape!}

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