Archive for the ‘cheap decor’ Category


Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

…And yours truly is flabbergasted to find herself amongst the pages!  As I mentioned a while ago I had a bog shoot in NYC, and this is what it was for!  Oprah and IKEA have partnered together for a year long initiative, The Life Improvement Project aimed at helping people better their lives through their homes, one idea at a time.  Launching October 16th the website will be a place where people can share and gather ideas on how to improve their spaces and lives within. With each submitted or shared project, IKEA will make a $1 donation (up to $50,000) to Save the Children’s Early Steps for School Success program and each sumission enters you to win IKEA gift cards to implement MORE great changes in your home.

I was so honored to be asked to be on the Life Improvement Squad as the interior design expert along with entertaining guru Amy Atlas, life coach Susan Hyatt and green designer Cathy Hobbs.  We are going to be giving our own tips on the site as well as appear at O/ IKEA events in different parts of the country, starting with the O You!  Conference in LA next week! I’ll be in LA all week doing shoots for OWN and appearing at the conference and IKEA events and will blog from there all about this amazing experience (and if I get to meet Oprah herself- we shall see!)

I am really excited about this opportunity and hope you guys will pick up a copy of O to check it out. In the meantime, here are some IKEA all-stars I love using in my designs….

This rug has been sold out for months and months, and I just saw that it’s back in stock in my local store and I am tempted to drop everything to go get it! It’s exactly what we’ve wanted for our offices!

Speaking of offices, I’d say 75% of ours is from IKEA.  Our desks are actually dining tables and we have two Expedit units with baskets and bins in them for fabric samples.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used these sturdy shelving units in homes for books, kids toys and the like. I am LOVING the new high gloss gray finish too!

That armoire is from IKEA too! A major face since it’s got such great hardware and is a gorgeous color!

The Malm dresser is one of the most hacked IKEA products out there- whether it’s new hardware to make it look like a campaign chest or O’Verlays to add some decoration to the fronts, I love the flexibility of this piece! Also loving the new mirrored version- so sleek and glamorous.

Another great hack on the Rast dresser- amazing. I may have to try this! Instructions HERE.

For lighting these two are are super stars- the clean modern Brasa and the fun and funky Maskros (now in a smaller size too!)

The Docksta table is now a classic affordable piece of modern design as are the acrylic Tobias chair.

Picking up some cheap art (and frames for that matter) is usually something I do too- check out this vintage  botanical chart print and Matisse print- both fantastic looking for very little money!

Hitting the Target

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

I took a little trip to Target yesterday and struck gold- literally. I was SO impressed with pieces from their new Threshold label. They all looked and felt much pricier than they actually were- and so of course I had to leave with a few things and then SHARE with you because I cannot keep a secret when it comes to a good deal.

And I couldn’t escape without noticing the amount of LEOPARD in there- including this great little faux fur jacket and skinny pants for a song!

The Look for Less: Otomi Fabric

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

There are some patterns that I shall never tire of: Suzani, ikat and Otomi prints.  However, the price for actual handmade versions of any of these fabrics is typically VERY high. Take Otomi for example, a small throw can set you back almost $300. And if you want to make a headboard or upholster in it you’ll need multiples of them!

What I found on Spoonflower is a print exactly like the Otomi by textile designer Samarra Khaja and it’s way cheaper (you can pick the kind of fabric it’s printed on too!) So great for duvet covers, upholstering chairs and my favorite idea- custom nursery bedding!

The smaller scale…

EOS Boutique on Joss & Main Tomorrow!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Earlier this year I met with the people at Joss & Main to come up with a great new series in which bloggers and designers are involved in their fantastic flash sale site.  What we cam up with launches tomorrow with my sale!  Inspired by the look of some of my favorite Nantucket interiors, I pulled together a bunch of fantastic home items that you can pick up at discount prices (no matter if you live on shore or in an apartment in Denver!) Check back in tomorrow on Joss $ Main and if you haven’t joined yet, do it now!

From the Genius Files

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I discovered this on my good friend Julie’s blog this week and HAD to share because frankly, it’s so brilliant I wish I had thought of it. And bonus points, these girls are from Boston so high fives all around.  O’verlays are fretwork panels made of paintable, slightly flexible material that are sized to fit IKEA furniture items such as tables and dressers.  Founders Danika and Cheryle got the idea from one of Danika’s interior projects in which she used vintage fretwork panels she found and some plain mirror to totally tranform some plain IKEA wardrobes- check out the “after”:

And so O’verlays were born! And check out what you can do with them! I am so enamored with this concept!!!

Love this ring pattern (and that China Seas wallpaper too…)

Amazeballs for a little girl’s room.

You know if you slap greek key on anything I’ll swoon!


Double ditto.

The ability to paint in any shade makes the options endless! This gold and blue is so pretty!

You can fit them as privacy screens (or tot he back of LACK or EXPEDIT shelving!)

Or to make bland doors look more custom!

Place under glass on a table to add some pattern…

Or create a border under moulding (the greek key would be especially baller in this application)