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"The most essential part of designing your home is that you create a home that truly represents you...or the person you aspire to be."
Lori Fradella
Source: apartmenttherapy.com

Sunday, October 28, 2012

White Walls, Perfect Background

The beautiful white and neutral background serves as a blank canvas to decorate. Take a look at this beautiful collection of homes showcasing their furniture and accessories on white.


In a dining area designed by Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, bent-plywood chairs by Norman Cherner mingle with seats from CB2; Rapture by Issa-Khan is displayed on the bookshelf, and the framed prints by Horst include a 1935 advertisement for Bergdorf Goodman.



In the entry of Sally Hersberger's New York apartment, Helmut Newton photographs are displayed opposite a Verner Panton mirror; a rock-crystal sculpture sits atop a Joe D’Urso– designed steel pedestal.



The master bath of a Long Island, New York, home designed by Calvert Wright is sheathed in slate floor tiles, and the towels are by Olatz.



Williams-Sonoma Home bedding and an Hermès throw in a room designed by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle; the bedside lamp is from Karkula.


A reclaimed-wood table, Old Hickory chairs, and bluestone countertops in James Huniford's Bridgehampton, New York, kitchen.

Happy Halloween...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Modern Fall Decor

A beautifully set table makes any meal a special occasion — and what dinner could be more important than Thanksgiving? Pull out all the stops and set a table that's dressed to impress whether your style is modern, traditional or  country.


Setting an impressive table for guests is easier than you may think. Start with the dinner plate, top it with a folded napkin and the salad plate. The knife and spoon go to the right of the plate, the fork on the left. Above the plate, wine and water glasses go on the right, a bread plate on the left with the dessert fork and spoon directly above the plate. Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo, Mochatini, photo by Lawrence Luk.


Organic Elegance

Rely on natural elements (and handy-dandy hot glue) to put the finishing touch on your fall table. Attach acorn caps to a basic napkin ring and disguise a past-its-prime charger with silk magnolia leaves.


Kick Up the Drama

Designer Erinn Valencich sets the stage for an oh-so-chic fall get-together by layering rustic elements with glamorous touches like gold-rimmed crystal plates, gilt-lined votives and an antique French settee. Low centerpieces of tightly bunched burgundy and chartreuse flowers pop against the room's rich aubergine palette.


Add Some Sparkle

Designer Erinn Valencich relies on the shimmer of metallics for her Thanksgiving table. Bronze glass plates, golden glasses and beaded placemats bring on the glamour. Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Modern Bedroom

This bedroom is soothing and modern. The high-tufted headboard creates drama in the space. Love the ample space with neutrals and just pop of aubergine.
Resource: HGTV.com

Fall 2012

Chevron in Taupe Table Runner and Orange Napkins: Chiqui & Ita, chiquiita.etsy.com
Candle Holders in Silver, Gold and Copper and Flatware in Gold: West Elm, westelm.com
Gold Chargers: Joss & Main, jossandmain.com
Glass Chargers: Overstock.com
Vases and stones: Michael's
Dinnerware in White: Macy's, macys.com
Glassware: Pier Imports

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Splash of Unexpected Color

Love this idea from HouseBeautiful.com

A herringbone pattern hand-painted by Christopher Rollinson gives "wow" factor to the living room in a New York prewar apartment. "In an important room like your living room, shelves should be a little more styled," designer Christina Murphy says. Above the Lee Industries love seat, a Christine Hayman painting hangs between wall lamps from Circa Lighting. Walls are painted a custom robin's egg blue.

Article by BY JEN DEROSE

New Uses for Old Things

My all time favorite magazine is Real Simple. It gives you, the reader, all kinds of ideas, recipes and information to make life simple. I found this great article online--here are few of my favorites, but if you go to the link I have attached, there are 50 uses for old things.

A clear hair elastic binds blooms together for a better arrangement in a wide-mouth vase. Stretch the elastic around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally.


Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser

Make no-mess pancakes with the help of a ketchup bottle: Pour in batter, then squeeze out precise portions.

Eyeglasses Case as Manicure Kit

An unused glasses case makes a convenient storage spot for nail files, clippers and other manicure essentials while on the go.

Plastic Straw as Stem Extender

Boost a meager bouquet to new heights by inserting short flower stems into plastic straws to give them greater stature.


A giveaway shower cap becomes the perfect wrapper for shoes when traveling, preventing them from dirtying clothes packed in your suitcase.



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vibrant Accessories

What's in season for fall? It's all about adding a sense of richness with the perfect accessories. Use these beautiful accents loaded with expensive appeal at affordable prices to style any room. The look is easy to achieve: Simply use vases, candles, pillows, light and rug to add the special touch to your place. Visit Crate and Barrel, one of my favorite home decor stores.

Inspired by a mid-Century antique. The circular base is surrounded by an antiqued brass starburst radiating a curving, geometric arrangement of steel wire. Brass drippings create a bright textural circle at the center. The finish allows it to be displayed indoors or out.

Bold, organic sphere with offset neck and a creamy craqueleur finish make a decorative, sculptural statement.

Handspun raw matka silk straight from the cocoon is handwoven, hand-dyed and beaten with bamboo sticks to bring out the lustrous glow and wonderfully soft linen-like texture.

Interlocking whimsical shapes take shape in a kaleidoscope of vibrant tonal blues and browns outlined on cream white. The texture and rich color of the original acrylic painting by artist Liz Jardine is reproduced as an offset lithograph, handsomely framed in a minimalist black wood frame.

The arc lamp goes over and above modern expectations, suspending a geometric two-tier shade in crisp white cotton blend from a satin nickel-finished arch. Round grey marble base adds a classic touch.

nspired by the turned wood legs of an antique table, curvaceous candleholder is crafted of plantation-grown sustainable mango wood with a warm, subtly smoked walnut finish unique to each piece.

Broad bands of grey and ivory stretch horizontally across this modern and sophisticated cotton rug hand-loomed by artisans skilled in flat-weave construction.

All above accesories from Crate and Barrel stores, crateandbarrel.com.

Table-Before and After

Well, since I am (without a doubt) my mother’s daughter, I too love design. I especially love mixing vintage and modern pieces together to dress a room.
As the popularity of shows on TV such as “Flea Market Flip” and with DIY websites like Pinterest increase so does my inner “crafty Cathy”.

Within the last few months I have completed various DIY projects my most recent has been the coffee table that currently sits in my favorite little corner of the apartment.
I was out for a run early in the morning when I saw a small (hideous) coffee table, but that I knew had a lot of potential. The thing with flipping flea market or garage sale finds is that you can’t take an item for what it is; you need to take it for what it could be. I inspected the table more and saw that it had some beautiful molding and great wood detail; it just needed a little love.

My next mission was to go to The Home Depot where I got a small sanding block ($2.98) and a can Rust-Oleum Dark Gray, high gloss paint ($3.98). Then I got home, got a wet rag and wiped down every nook and cranny of my new coffee table. After it was dried I sanded the wood with a light sander (this helps to give us a “clean canvas” and finish getting out any other dirt in there!) and then I applied 2-3 layers of my spray paint!

My next step will be to add some clear coat lacquer paint so that it becomes a little more durable. With a little elbow grease you can have some of those ultra-wow coffee tables that you see in those magazines! It’s all about potential!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Modern Decor












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