A new year is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what we want to change — not only in ourselves but in our home which will ultimately help create a happy and warm environment for us to thrive in.  We all start with the obvious resolutions such as: get healthy, cut back on the sweets and liquor, be nicer because everyone is battling something and be more charitable, to name a few. This year, why not make a resolution to fix up your home so that every time you walk through the door or go to bed at night you can feel complete.  There’s a lot to be said for selecting the right colors, the right lighting and a few things that are trending so your house doesn’t feel like it’s stuck in the late 80′s.  It only takes a few accessories or a fresh coat of paint to make these changes so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.  Better yet, if you have friends who are looking to give more and be more charitable – put em to work!  Helping friends accomplish a project can be very rewarding and they get to enjoy the results every time they come to visit.  Not to mention free bragging rights.   This is the year to make your house a home.

 

pantone colors 2014

The first step might be to look at the colors for Spring 2014 so that you’re selecting things that are right on trend.  Bring these colors into your throw pillows, smaller furnishings, window treatments and walls.  You’ll be able to talk shop and coordinate with your clothes and handbags!

black and white stripes

A bold black and white stripe is sure to grab attention and it’s very on trend.  Think strong contrast and bold stripes

bright yellow

Bright yellow or “freesia” is just about as hot as it gets these days.  Don’t be afraid to add this bright pop of sunshine

chevron pattern floors

Chevron has been and still remains to be trendy so why not do a subtle version with the layout of your wood floors.  It will help create something new and fresh while remaining timeless

glam in the kitchen

Add a little glam to your kitchen with the back splash, lighting or hardware.  It’s all about the jewelry in the room

mixing metals

I’ve always been a believer in mixing your metals and thankfully it’s now being deemed as appropriate and trendy

orchid

Radiant Orchid is perfect for the kids bunk room or a playroom where you can have some fun and be more daring

yellow door

Say goodbye to those boring wood cabinets and doors and give them some life with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware.  You can transform your kitchen in a matter of days and make it look like a million bucks

dark walls

Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a dark navy.  You’ve got enough “bright” in the room with the ceiling, trim, and other furnishings to keep it airy and light.  A rich, saturated wall makes a nice statement

wallpaper

The powder room is the best place to do a funky wallpaper so go for the large geometric pattern you can’t stop thinking about!

These are just a few ideas and there are plenty more out there.  Let’s make 2014 a year to remember and finish those projects you’ve been putting off for way too long now.  I promise you’ll rest easier at night ;)





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It’s that time of year where the weather can be confusing, the foliage is in full swing and people are gearing up for the holidays. Thanksgiving is around the corner yet New York has already started to decorate for Christmas and Holiday songs have hit the air.  Slow down!  It’s definitely a cheerful time of year and there’s a lot to be thankful for so I’ve started to look around for some inspirational tablescapes — while I’m thankful for the food we eat on Thanksgiving,  I can also appreciate a well set table full of color and good cheer.

 

cactus

I love the cactus and cabbage flowers in this centerpiece.  It’s a nice break from your average floral arrangement

candles

Candles are always a great way to “light up” a table

foliage

Baskets of foliage at their best

fruit

Bringing fruit on the table is a great reminder as to why we sit down and celebrate “thanks” with a meal

give thanks

I love the idea of painting pumpkins white and marking it with a special statement or quote about what you’re thankful for

leaves

Mother nature has given us plenty to work with and Fall is the perfect season to use what she has given us

pears

Pears are one my favorite fruits to incorporate in a table setting

placecards

I love the wheat on these simple place cards

pumpkins

twigs

More pumpkins – toned down with white and grey

wheat

Bunches of wheat are great for the table or mantle

white pumpkins

Using fall colors helps create a natural, soothing environment

However you decide to dress your table this year I hope you enjoy the season and take time to count your blessings and share your appreciation with the people you are thankful to have in your life.

What day is it?

It’s today, squeaked Piglet

My favorite day, said Pooh

~ A.A. Milne





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BHLDN is apparently where the party is – a vintage, throw back shop that includes gowns, dresses, decorative tabletop and keepsakes that will make any event a special one.  For those who love Anthropologie and are looking for something to add that special touch  at your next party or event, look no further, BHLDN is the place to be.

Are you having a wedding or a special ceremony on a hot summer day?  You can provide your guests with these adorable crinkle fans to keep them cool

The perfect collection and variety of mercury glass votives for your table

Colorful paper poms that can be used to adorn each plate

The perfect white lantern that will make any room or table glow

Sweet little porcelain fleurs that can be used around your napkin, added to your centerpiece or even on top of the cake!

Tie these from the trees or the umbrella at your back yard BBQ and make a real spark!

Make that birthday or anniversary even sweeter by using these vined numbered candle holders on the table

 

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from for your next party so what are you waiting for?  Take a look and start shopping so you can wow your guests with something special and unique





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When I think of summer I think of weekends at the beach, swimming in the pool, ice cream sandwiches, flip flops, sea glass, outdoor dining, BBQ’s, gnats and floppy beach hats (to name a few).  All of which I was able to experience over the weekend which made my kick off to summer that much more enjoyable. 

One of my favorite finds this Memorial Day was FLEA which is one of the most adorable shops/cafes in Rowayton, CT set up in a chic two door garage just behind Sails restaurant on Rowayton Avenue.  This shop has it all — handmade seashell and seaglass frames and mirrors, summer tunics, refurbished furniture, dog beds, throw pillows, framed artwork, perfume, jewelry, woven baskets, bookends, candles and more.  And the best part?  While you’re shopping and looking for that perfect nick-nack or funky new side table you can sit down (or take it on the go) and enjoy a freshly baked cupcake or brownie.. or better yet a homemade ice cream sandwich!  All deliciously prepared by dough*girl baking company.

How amazing is this space?

Picture frames, flip flops and stools.  You name it, they’ve got it!

Custom made throw pillows and bookends – perfect to spice up your own home or give as a gift to someone special

Cheeky little signs that are good for a quick laugh

unique paintings and candles that will light up any home

custom made computer cases and mercury glass votives

Laura and Laura (the co-founders of FLEA) will be there all summer and then some..I highly recommend stopping in to have a look around and to taste some of the freshest and tastiest baked goods around.  You can visit FLEA on their Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” them) for information and updates until their official website is up! 

I was also able to take a spin on this custom made electric cruiser which is now on my list of “things I need (want)”  For more information on these special cruisers please contact Jimmy at voltbikes@hotmail.com or call him at 917.359.1230.  The website is coming soon!

 





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One Kings Lane

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Mar 23, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Sales, Trends

One of my new favorite designers, Christen Maxwell, is having a BIG sale on One Kings Lane tomorrow.  Be sure to check it out and get a great deal on something new and fun for your home!  You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this sale so put it on the calendar!

New laminated linen wrapped trays

 





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There are always new designers that have a few tricks up their sleeve and Christen Maxwell is one of them.  She and her team have been busy creating fun new fabric designs that are sold by the yard as well as used to make laminated linen trays, throw pillows, lampshades, ottomans and more.  Christen was a first timer at the NYIGF this winter where her product was flying off her booth!  I had the priviledge of speaking to Christen herself and when asked what we have to look forward to she said this: ” As far as right now, we’re focusing on expanding our availability to customers nationwide, working on developing some new prints,  plus have a possible letterpress stationary collaboration line in the works.  We’re also continuing to grow our laminated linen accessories line (it’s been SUCH a hit) and work on new product development – holiday oriented (perhaps stockings and gift-y items).  Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to!  Keep your eye on the rising designer and her products by visiting her website.  You won’t be disappointed.

luxurious patterns and colors that will brighten up any room

 laminated accessories for your bath, desk or bedroom

 have a designated spot for keys?  you do now..

 this laminated bowl is great for jewelry or even nuts at your next cocktail party!

 I’ll be sure to keep you posted as Christen develops more fabrics and product in general.  Until then, shop away at her online store and take home something snazzy!





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Target strikes again.  Dwell Studio, John Derian, Liberty of London..What’s next?  If you’re looking to spice up a room on a small budget don’t forget to shop at Target for those necessary and affordable items that just might make your dull room shine!  I’ve selected my top 10 list below and will be doing plenty of holiday shopping online with the bullseye free shipping!

Carlyle wall mirror

Chevron throw pillow by Dwell Studio

Suzanni bedding by Dwell Studio

Floral rug

Liberty of London throw pillow

Thomas O’Brien linen stiped sheers

Tear drop lamp

Chandelier wall decal

Outdoor wicker furniture

John Derian – all of it!

 





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Bed Head

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 14, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories, Kids, Walls

Need a headboard for your kids room or a guest room but it’s not quite in the budget at the moment?  Have no fear, bed head is here.  Check out this adorable decal headboard from Whatisblik that starts at just $40. 

 

They have other great decals too..check the website for more fun ideas to finish off your dead wall space!





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Hayneedle

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 22, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Decorating, Furniture, Kids

This afternoon I went over to the midtown loft on Fifth Ave. and 29th street to check out the Hayneedle Home Showcase.  Before getting there, I had no idea what to expect or what type of product I’d be seeing and as I was leaving, I felt pleasantly satisfied with everything I saw.  Hayneedle is a leading online retailer of home furnishings and lifestyle products that acts as an umbrella to over 200 specialty stores offering more choices for the home, work and play.  They started as hammocks.com and grew from there.  They have the widest variety of product and some of the best prices for great quality items.  Here are a few items that stood out as great finds for me:

Zuo Modern Chair

Plaju High Back Chair

Babyletto Mercer Crib

Plum Garden Play Table and Chairs

White LED Blossom Tree – This is really cool in person and would look great in any kids room!

4 in 1 game table

Magnolia Hammock

Speaking of Hammocks..it’s National Hammock Day at Hayneedle which means you get 10% on your purchase of any hammock and a portion of the sale will support Childhelp in it’s mission to prevent child abuse and treatment for kids.  What a great cause and great excuse to buy a hammock to relax in!

Start shopping at Hayneedle today.  I promise you won’t be disappointed





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I’ve been admiring this Oomph collection for quite sometime now and I was just looking at their website in search of a great, fun, casual lacquered game table.  Although they didn’t have what I was looking for I thought I’d share the site with those who haven’t come across it yet or are in need of something bright and funky to spice up a room!  I can’t say there’s anything in their collection that I don’t like.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and find a spot to add a little Oomph in your life.

In case you missed it above you can shop online at Oomph to find just the right piece and just right the color for your home!

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