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Sponsor Update: Laura U

October 1st, 2013

I am so lucky to have so many wonderful companies that believe in what I do so much that they decide to sponsor this blog. Laura U is one of them. Laura Umansky is the designer and owner of the designer firm and shop and I wanted to share a few of her projects and shop items I am loving.

How whimsical and great is the use of the ostrich wallpaper (we used this in a project too!) The sofa is a totally unique color and it really works well with the neutral palette creating a focus.

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Love the palette of this room too- the dusty coral with all that white and hints of tan and brown.

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This wall installation of a cluster of varying sizes of juju hats is awesome and something I haven’t seen before.

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Another yummy palette- similar to above.  A great look that shows off the natural woodwork of the space.

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We’ve used this Kravet fabric for drapes before too and it looks SO GOOD here! Such a great scale on this print!

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An incredibly fun Moroccan themed den- the lighting, the built ins (!!!!), the cabinetry……those BEAMS!

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ADORE this child’s room- that cobalt door is kind of everything, especially when paired with the bright colored accents.  And this bathroom wallpaper is one I have been DYING to use, so nice to see it in play!

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A great bath, especially that floor.

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An awesome little outdoor scheme. That umbrella and chairs? Perfect!

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Laura U’s shop is a little boutique of curated goods- from refurbished vintage finds to Voluspa candles and accessories- a couple finds:

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On My Radar: New Finds from Target & West Elm

September 30th, 2013

These days there is no excuse for bad decor since there is SO MUCH good design going on at retail stores all over.  Here are my current faves from two I shop at constantly: Target and West Elm.

I have loved every collection that Nate Berkus has released with Target thus far, but this one may take the cake!  Done almost entirely in my favorite palette of black, gold, wood and white I am ALL OVER these great finds.

I’m thinking these brass and stone modern lamps would look awesome in our new office.  And this pillow is all sorts of hot stuff.

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LOVE this gold framed accent table, it look a hell of a lot more expensive then it is.  For more of a natural look try this woven stool.

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A super hip two tone mirror and gold accent piece perfect for dressing up a bookshelf or console table.

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A pair of folding metal campaign stools are great for the end of a bed or under a console table, and this gold candelabra would make a great centerpiece on a dining table in lieu of flowers.

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These faux marble trays and this faux bone inlay frame are fabulous accents for any space.

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And while we’re talking about Target, check out these other insanely great items from their Threshold line.  High style at a low price.  For example, a brass and wood bar cart for under $130 and a leather strap mirror for under $25.

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Totally crazy about these two side tables- both the brass and wood and brass wire.

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How about this sleek wood octagon mirror and gold based gourd lamp??

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And now onto West Elm, which is KILLING it right now too with their new releases! I mean, I can;t tell you how many time I sat up and yelled “SO GOOD!” while perusing the site.

First and foremost, these nailhead pieces, side table and dresser- DYYYYIIINNNNG.

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I was SO pumped to see they partnered with Boston based furniture maker Richard Watson to make an affordable version of his INCREDIBLE highboy (right) which I have been lusting after since seeing it at the gorgeous Beacon Hill shop Good.  Someday I will have one.

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A great daybed perfect for a space that serves double duty, like an office/guest room and a bar that look like perhaps it was vintage.

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AWESOME capiz shell fixtures that would look amazing above this wood dining table.

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LOVE the mid-century collection- especially the new black and brass pieces like the desk and dresser.

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LOVE this brass and black floor lamp, may have to get for my house. Also these simple stripe throws are great.

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Everyone needs a furry throw for fall and winter- faux fur or mongolian lamb adds great texture to your decor (and my dogs are obsessed with snuggling on mine).

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How sculptural and cool is this towel rack???? And these toasters with wood panels???

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Totally getting this gold rimmed jewelry box for my new dresser, absolutely gorgeous way to display your trinkets. For a bit of bling elsewhere, his gilded pillow will do.

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You all know I can’t say no to a good stripe- these wool pillows and bedding (not new, but rather re-released) are so awesome.

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Love the gold bottom weekender with stripes (kind of made for me) and this little anchor oven mit!!!!

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Fashion Friday: Classic, Sleek and Chic

September 27th, 2013

I remember seeing this picture of Jennifer Connelly a long time ago and thinking “that is such a classic, gorgeous outfit.” Thanks to the awesomeness that is Pinterest, I recently saw it again yesterday and I STILL love it- proving in it’s timeless staying power. It’s classy but sexy and perfect for a fall dinner out or event.

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Here’s how us real folks can get this awesome look.  I added a modern, tone on tone necklace for a little evening edge.  The red lip is perfect, and you could even add a red pedicure under closed toe shoes, since it’s chilly. (P.S. That watch looks a heck of a lot like the Cartier Tank I love so much too, for way less!)

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Bunny Williams Home: Giveaway!!!

September 26th, 2013

I have long loved Bunny Williams, her book An Affair With A House being the first interiors book I ever bought for myself.  She has such a wonderful eye, lasting style and incredible business sense.  I am so happy that her gorgeous line, Bunny Williams Home, now has an e-commerce site for those of you not working with a designer to buy it for you.  In honor of this launch, I get to give away one of my favorite Bunny lamps, the zebra lamp!

I have the lamp in my own master bedroom and I love it’s whimsical, artistic yet classic style.  And you can;t lose pairing charcoal grey, white and gold!

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To enter this giveaway, valued at $750, follow Bunny Williams on one or more social media channel and then leave a comment about which room in your house you’d use these lamps!

1. Like Bunny Williams Home on Facebook

2. Follow @BunnyWilliams on Twitter

3. Register on BunnyWilliamsHome.com

4. Then leave a comment!

Here are some more Bunny Williams Home favorites:

The Skol Bar

 

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Brush Stroke Lamp

 

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OBSESSED with the Helena Chair.

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Such an awesome, sleek side table for a bedroom!

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A gorgeous classic upholstered chair for anywhere

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Fall Cooking: Butternut Squash

September 25th, 2013

With fall comes yummy things like warm soup, pumpkin spice lattes and…. SQUASH.  I admittedly eat like a toddler, nothing beats a good PB&J for me, but I do LOVE anything made with butternut squash.  Last weekend I spent some of Sunday making a yummy, meat free butternut squash lasagna and thought I’d share some recipes I LOVE along with some I’m dying to try using this delicious fall favorite.

Butternut Squash Lasagna: (made this and it’s SO good)

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese: DYING to try this one!

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Butternut Squash Soup: I need a Vitamix somethin’ fierce.

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter: I order this any time I go to Todd English’s Olives, it’s my favorite thing evahhhhh. Like dessert for dinner.

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And basically every single recipe on Martha: risotto, penne and potato squash mash in particular.

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Link to your favorite fall recipes and give me some more ideas for using my new kitchen!