DECOR, DESIGN CRUSH

Design Crush: Over-dyed Rugs

I’m currently crushing on over-dyed rugs right now.  The process is simple in concept yet intense in labor: deep hues are hand poured over vintage or traditional rugs which allow the original pattern to show through.  The end product is a vibrant and highly saturated version of the traditional rug.  Over-dyed rugs are a great way to add color and drama to an otherwise simple or understated room.  If I were Princess Jasmine, I would put in a special request to fly around on one of these with Aladdin! In addition to flying around town on one of these, I’m considering purchasing one of these rugs in red and pink hues to add to our new home where the color scheme will be mostly cool colors.  Rugs are a great way to bring a room together and identify a space, but the over-dyed richness really adds another level of character.  Can’t you just imagine the surprised reactions of your guests when they walk in and see one of these beauties?! Because the process to over-dye is done by hand, these rugs generally come with a hefty price; however, I have found some similar ones that are printed not hand dyed on Overstock for a 1/3 of the price! Go ahead and check out a whole new world of rugs…
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Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

I’ve never used JC Penney and chic in the same sentence before, but I’m all over the chicness of the Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler collection right now.  It’s pretty fab right? I cannot believe the lack of promotion of this fabulous collection, which has 100% of the chic factor of Jonathan Adler decor at a fraction of the cost.  The BF and I came across it as we were searching for some furnishings for our future house – we are still house hunting but I can sense a home is in the near future for us (a girl can dream and shop right?).  It comes as no surprise that I love traditional design with a modern twist and anything by Jonathan Adler has a double thumbs up from me, so you know I jumped around from joy when my eyes came across Happy Chic.  Can’t you imagine me sitting on that plush sofa with a martini in hand and lazing away on a Sunday afternoon? I think it might be a good thing that we don’t have a home with keys in hand or else I would buy up more than the house could contain.  What do you think about the collection? You must click through and just peek at the sweet delights waiting for you.   

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DECOR, DESIGN CRUSH, HOSTESS

Set the Table


With Easter coming up this Sunday, I’ve been looking at some ideas for setting the table, whether it be brunch or dinner. I like to give every party a fun flair with colors, patterns, and textures and these are just some of my favorite table settings.  For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest board dedicated to hostessing! 

Shop some fun table top options:
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Design Crush: Emerald Interiors

Emerald is lively, radiant and lush – isn’t that everything we want in a fabulous room? Although blue is my favorite color, I have always had a preference to green since it is an uplifting color and exudes positive energy.  Growing up I was secretly jealous that my sister’s birthstone was the Emerald and I was stuck with Garnet (sigh).  Although the BF are still on the hunt for a house (argh this housing market!), I’ve been eagerly pinning away  many interior inspirations for when we finally get our place.  Although I’ll probably stick to neutrals for our place, I love the idea of using emerald green as an accent color on walls, furniture, bath tiles, and even keeping it simple to pillows and drapes. So what do you think about the Pantone color of the year?

Check out more interior inspirations through my Pinterest board!
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Design Crush: Pink Rooms


The quintessential cute color I loved as a girl is all grown up and sophisticated. Yes, I can go forth and paint the walls fuchsia and rose and then sit back, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the elegance of the color.  I especially love the distinct coupling of pink with brown and olive hues, but it is always chic when paired with white and black.  Now, I’m not too sure if I could convince BF to go down the pink path, so I should consider getting myself a pied-á-terre and blushing that up, non?  I’m thinking Paris! Now for the decor, it will be the perfect balance of minimalism and excess, with wonderful, luscious fabrics and chandeliers with crystals – glamour in the details.  After hobnobbing in the Marais quarter and Saint Germain des Prés, I will come home to soothing shades of blush. Oh what a wonderful way to live! This is entirely possible as BF and I are considering honeymooning in France for several weeks. So this time next year, I could be writing to you from my apartment in Montmartre.  Yes, I’m jealous of future me, too. 

Images via Pinterest. Follow me for more inspiration!
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DECOR, VINTAGE FIND FRIDAY

Vintage Find Friday

My love for vintage does not stop at apparel; it includes everything from furniture  decor, movies, artwork, and books.  I love the quality craftsmanship and uniqueness of vintage items , especially when it comes to decorating my home.  Since BF and I started house hunting (for a mid-century modern home, of course) I have been looking for items that would fit into our aesthetic, but also comfortable pieces that we can actually use.  I’m always finding fabulous items at great prices and my friends always ask me to shop around for them.  This inspired me to start a new blog post called Vintage Find Friday, where I will share unique, fabulous, (and mostly affordable) vintage finds including furniture  decor, artwork, and beyond. 
My first pick is a bar cart which is all the rage these days with major retailers like Crate & Barrel offering a vintage-esque version for $600.  Bar carts are a great investment since they are so versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes such as serving tray, side table, console, and yes a mobile bar.  Since bar carts run about $600+, I prefer putting that money toward an authentic vintage one like this early 20th century 3-tier bar cart.  I say jump on this trend and host a Scotch tasting part with friends and enjoy!

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