Best Thing I’ve Seen This Week…

I about keeled over when I saw this little living room/entry set up A House in the Hills just installed in her home. That. mirror. is. everything.

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ENHANCE!

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ENHANCE!

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Ok, I will stop cracking myself up now. But for serious, let’s talk about this. I love the floating shelf with storage that she sketched up and had her carpenter build. It’s fantastic and was only $350.  The mirror, which I assumed was some vintage marvel, is actually from Restoration Hardware (P.S. here’s another big round mirror I am obsessed with)! Since that is her front door right there it helps define an “entry” area without taking up too much room. Genius.

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But let’s back up again and discuss the fact that she made a leather sectional look super chic.  The clean lines and bench seat help a lot, so if you’re looking for one take a cue from this. Her fab pillows are from Amber Interiors and help funk things up. All in all, I am loving this bohemian/modern look!

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$1,000 Giveaway from Canvas!!!

I was so excited (for you) when Canvas, one of my favorite home boutiques in NYC, asked about doing a $1,000 gift card giveaway on the blog. I mean, that is some serious dough for some lucky person to trick out their home with! Also, an awesome way to get started on holiday shopping! To enter GO HERE and fill out the entry form! Double your entry by posting the giveaway on Instagram or Facebook! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Some items the winner should consider….

The most perfect tufted, bench seat navy velvet sofa EVAH.

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Glam gold or matte black flatware to dress up your holiday table.

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Gold rimmed serveware.

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New china- the Abesses collection (coveting the black rim one for my house!!!)

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I really, really want as matching big set of these gorgeous mugs!

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How about some jewel toned throw pillows?

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A chair with incredibly classic lines upholstered in a selection of fabrics.

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A fun scarf.

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A reclaimed wood coffee table.

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These gold bowls (I have one on my dresser bought the first time I ever went to this store!)

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**(No Andrew & Mom, you can’t win. Sorry.)

 

Taking Inspiration to Execution

I always ask my clients to provide me with as many inspiration photos as possible before we start pulling together ideas for their space.  I find that most of the time people limit their inspiration photos to only photos of the exact room type we’re working on.  But you can find inspiration anywhere- a bathroom concept could turn into a kitchen scheme and a living room look can work for a bedroom.  Take this AMAZING room for example. I adore everything about it (how I wish I could have a black room again…) but wanted to show how this look can easily become a master bedroom suite:

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I took the sofa linen color and clean lines and found a headboard with the same look.  A pair of natural wood  side tables are reminiscent of the coffee table. The walls would be painted my favorite Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball. The hint of orangey-coral translates to some coral border bedding (similar to my old bedding featured in Better Homes & Gardens that everyone and their mother emailed me about!) Take a peek at the overall scheme and start looking for inspiration in all sorts of rooms!

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Artist Crush: Nell Waters Bernegger

I couple weeks ago I was perusing a One King’s Lane sale and saw an amazing piece of art I fell instantly in love with. I researched the artist’s name, Nell Waters Bernegger, and found a site FULL of amazing, gorgeous abstract works perfect for my clients (and myself). In fact, one now hangs in my own entry hall! I am going to do a skinny black floating frame around the edges it to finish it off.

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And a small limited edition print of one of her gouache pieces is in the living room! How fabulous are these colors?

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Nell is such a lovely person and I am so excited to share her work with you! She’s based in Connecticut and accepts commissions (not always something artists love to do). Here are a bunch of examples of her work- for pricing and availability on specific pieces email her at nellwb@optonline.net .

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Some pricing parameters:

Works on paper: Artwork on 18 x 24 Arches archival paper is $950 unframed or $1200 with 24 x 30 frame (white, black, gold or driftwood).

Limited Edition prints are $175 unframed or $400 with frame.

Works on canvas: 48 x 72- $4600, 48 x 60 – $4300, 48x 48- $3800, 48 x 36 -$3200, 40 x 40- $2800, 36 x 36- $2500, 30 x 40 $2500, 36 x 24- $2000, 30 x 30 -$2000, 24 x 30 -$1600, 18 x 24 – $1400

Fashion Friday: Affordable Finds

This week I’ve posted a bit more about fashion than usual, but I couldn’t NOT do one more post on Fashion Friday!  This week I made a few purchases, some on the higher end (oh yes I did, a milestone) and others on the more affordable side of the spectrum (these Target booties- so comfy!) It reminded me that some of my favorite items in my closet are my least expensive, so I rounded up a few of my favorite budget-friendly finds of the week for you!

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1. Those Target booties I mentioned- so awesome.

2. How high end does this jacket look?? And under $100!

3. I love me a good stripe shirt, we all know that! This one is classic and perfect. (Big sale at Loft today too!)

4. Adorable striped blazer. Also would be cute over a LBD for work.

5. OK, my secret source for affordable skinny jeans? American Eagle! The High Rise Jegging is fabulous and comes in lengths for us tall gals! And they are under $50!

6. Awesome black and white envelope clutch for $40.

7. A long tassel necklace is SUCH a wardrobe staple for me. (And 30% off today!)

8. Another staple, a leopard belt. Duh.

9. A cozy cable knit poncho sweater is so perfect for fall.

10. Another must have- leopard loafers. I love the mini-dot print on these!

11. You know I love my dogs, so I adore this dog print tunic blouse so much! Adorable with skinny jeans and boots!

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