Jan 30, 2015

My Lamp Shade Obsession

Lately I've been somewhat obsessed with lampshades.   Ever since I featured this Schuyler Samperton spread and noticed her devotion to this seemingly small detail, I've been paying more attention to this accessory. A few dozen pinterest hours later, and I now want to paint/ dye/ add trim to every lampshade in my house.  These are all so pretty, and whether they're soft muted colors or more vibrant patterns, they all have major impact.

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Lulu Powers' desk, Lonny Mag, Dec 2010

Elizabeth Bauer, Lonny Mag

Rita Koenig (I think?)

House Beautiful

from Lonny Mag

from Peter Denham Textiles, found on pinterest

John Robshaw's home, Matchbook, June 2013

I love love love black lampshades.  I think they add so much glamour and drama to a room, and I think I need them in my bedroom.  These are all inspiring me to makeover my bedside lamps.

Oh Lauren Conrad, can you do no wrong?  Her apartment as featured in In Style

I spotted these fun shades on my last Target run - 
an easy, wallet friendly way to bring colorful pattern to a room

and the trim on these adds such  nice polish.

Decorating is all about the details, and I can't believe I've been overlooking this one for so long!

Jan 28, 2015

Monogrammed Accessories from GiGi NY

The last time I was in St. Simon's Island - home to some of my all-time favorite shops - I fell in love with a monogrammed, bright blue leather iPhone case.  I adore a monogram and have written about my obsession before, but this iPhone case really took the cake.

If the monogram and python print aren't enough for you.... 

it comes in PINK. 
or white.  or navy.  all of which are really gorgeous with gold accents.

Flashback to St. Simon's - it was my last day in town, I was in rush, and I knew I should not spend money on something I didn't really need.  So of course, I didn't get it.

Then while blogging around, I discovered that my beloved iPhone case is from the same company that makes the monogrammed clutches I see all of my favorite fashion bloggers toting around.   I had never heard of GiGi New York before, but they are now at the top of my go-to list. 

So I'm smitten and just wanted to share some of their best stuff.

The Uber Clutch in Navy, Stone

I love these neutrals and think these clutches would go with everything, but the rich colors below really make an outfit.  The photos below are of Natalie Mason of designer bags and dirty diapers, a blog I read daily.  You can really see how pretty the monogram looks on her bags.

I also love their basic lug-everything-you-own-around Olivia bag.  

And lo and behold, my latest design crush, Erin Gates, collaborated with Gigi New York to create the Gates Satchel.   Very polished, but roomy enough to hold notebooks, snacks, and all your work stuff. 

as modeled by Gates on Elements of Style

And just for fun....
the Madison Crossbody in Wine

So while I wait for my birthday or Mother's day to treat myself to one of these goodies, I'm thinking of adding my monogram to some of the bags I already own.  I'm always adding monograms to linens for clients, but I've never had it done on leather like this.  Does anyone know anything about adding a monogram or the kind of shop that would do something like this?  (I checked with the local monogram store in town, and they don't do leather.) Is there a kit I could buy to do it myself?  I would welcome any tips you have!

Jan 24, 2015

Bold Choices in the New Year

I never really make New Year's resolutions, but in the course of writing my recent column, I realized I unknowingly had made one this year - to finally make some bold design choices in my home.

When I was working, I never had trouble getting clients to commit to a design scheme, but I seem to have a TON of trouble committing to one myself.  I am a terrible client.  Constantly seeing new color palettes, products, and fabric launches means I'm forever changing my mind about which direction to take in this house.  It seems like the minute I finalize a fabric (and figure out how I'm going to afford it), something new pops up and I question my decision.

And of course, I'm super budget conscious these days having taken a few years off to stay home with my daughter.  As a result, I seem to keep going with whatever matches what I already have and choosing things that seem practical, whether I actually love them or not.  And as a result of all that indecision and playing it safe, I have a bunch of stuff that's "ok" and not much that I really love.

So this year I am resolving to be bolder in the choices I make for my own home - to not always take the safe route, or spend months agonizing over a decision, but to just go for the look I really want, and not be held back by choices I've already made.   Because, after all, it's the bold choices that make a room really special, memorable, and personal. Those are the choices that make clients fall in love with a design scheme, and it's what separates a catalog from a House Beautiful spread.  

Whether it's using a favorite pattern as a runner on the stairs (as Erin Gates did with her beloved leopard print below), indulging in my "pink phase" a la India Hicks, or getting up the courage to paint my office a dark and moody color, I need to remember that - as these photos attest - the bold choice is often the best.

I'm so in love with pink lately & thinking of bringing some into our Living Room, like in India Hicks' Living Room

vibrant patterns and colors everywhere - love this, found on pinterest, unsure of origin

               the red, the green, the zebra sofa....and it WORKS.  from Elle Decor

     lots of color + very little pattern = dramatic, yet restful, from LonnyMag

fiery coffee table in House Beautiful - I'm really obsessed with this carpet, too

hot pink drapery by Schuyler Samperton

glam black walk-in closet as seen in Elle Decor

no ho-hum white built-ins in this space, by Erin Gates Design

gorgeous leopard stair runner, by Erin Gates Design

black and white all over, found on domainhome.com

hot pink love - found in Domino, design by Milly de Cabrol

Are there any bold decorating decisions you've put off for fear you'll regret them later?  Or bold choices you've made that you're now so glad you did?  I'd love to hear about them!