spring is here!

March 21, 2012

We are in the mood for spring!

It officially hit yesterday, and just like that, the grass is getting greener by the day!

Let’s celebrate all things fabulously green!

1. Chandelier Earrings (Stella and Dot). 2. Villa Dress (J. Crew). 3. Playhouse (Crate and Barrel). 4. Luck Side Table (CB2). 5. Leather sandals (Aldo). 6. Green Rock Bench (Francis King Showroom).

7. Picnic silverware (West Elm). 8. Marimekko bowl (Crate and Barrel). 9. Green floral wallpaper (KDR Showrooms). 10. Glass pendant (Francis King Showrooms). 11. Green and gold bracelet (Anthropologie). 12. Green maxi skirt (J. Crew). 13. Window panels (Anthropologie).

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If you’re looking at your living room and thinking that it looks a little tired and needs a quick pick-me-up, we have the perfect solution for you… pillows!

Pillows are a great way to quickly change the look and feel of  your room or to add a pop of color where it’s needed.  They are easy to change in an out with the seasons and let’s face it, they are fun to shop for… all of the new colors, patterns, and textures… ooh! 

A tip for mixing and matching pillows: grab a couple in the same color family or that have colors that are repeated in a few. It’s good to make sure you have a variety of patterns: think maybe a stripe, an animal print or large floral, and a texture…  (And don’t forget to add in a solid velvet pillow or two – they are perfect for nap time on the sofa!)

(This is a collage of pillows from Anthropologie, CB2, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm. )

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the temps are rising and the days are getting longer (love!), which means you might be planning weekend trips/ vacations to stay with friends and family soon.

Do you have what it takes to be the best houseguest ever? Well, here are some cute host/hostess gifts to guarantee you’ll be asked back! 🙂

1. For the happy hour enthusiast: Wine Wars; the game at West Elm. $19.99.

2. For the bird watcher dear to your heart: Cute, felt birdhouses; from Patina Stores. $19.99 each.

3. For the host that has everything: Picnic basket at Target. $160.99.

4. For the foodie wannabe: Mo’s bacon, chocolate chip pancake mix available online at www.vosgeschocolate.com $12.00 for 16.

5. For the decorating guy or gal in your life: Domino: The Book of Decorating at Barnes & Noble. $20.00. 

6. For the bathing beauty: Bath cookies and sweets available online at www.swankysweetpeas.com. $10/ bag of 3 cookies.

design tips: pillows

September 21, 2010

At West Elm, you can find these fun pillows made from Mongolian lamb's wool. Add them to your sofa for instant drama!

Pillows are a fun and easy way to spruce up a room.  And we’ll all be in need of a little ‘sprucing’ here in a bit as we enter the grey months of winter!

But… we’re not there yet, so to get your idea wheels turning, here are some fun pillows and tips to go with them… enjoy!

Custom pillows, like these made from Romo fabrics, are a great way to get the exact look you are going for. They are an easy way to add a pop of color, and it's easy enough to switch them out when your style changes.

Go for stripes! Stripes work well in traditional, transitional, and modern space alike. Try looking for added details like piping or trim on the edges for a custom look.