NOW TRENDING: Round Mirrors

I know, I know... I was just going on and on about my love of round tables in the last post. Well, it's much of the same when it comes to round mirrors. They're everywhere; tying together enviable entry ways, upgrading mantles and creating the quaintest of bathrooms.  Checkout some perfect uses of the round mirror below:

 photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o Amber Interiors

 photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o Amber Interiors

 photo c/o @erinfetherson & @onekingslane

photo c/o @erinfetherson & @onekingslane

 photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

 photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

 photo c/o @jlgarvin

photo c/o @jlgarvin

 photo c/o @mydomaine

photo c/o @mydomaine

 photo c/o @lonnymag

photo c/o @lonnymag

 Photo c/o Rita Chan Interiors

Photo c/o Rita Chan Interiors

And here are some pieces currently available to GET THE LOOK yourself:

Clockwise from top left: Target Round Brass Mirror  // CB2 Victor Leather Mirror // West Elm Floating Round Wood Mirror  // World Market Brass Metal Loop Mirror

NOW TRENDING: Round Tables

I've been crushing on round tables lately.  Not just the little guys reserved for peripheral breakfast nooks... BUT the more substantial centerpieces (often flanked by gorgeous dining chairs) that are creating super swoon-worthy moments in the home. 

Here's a dining inspiration ROUND-UP.  Pun not necessarily intended, but pretty damn convenient :)

 photo c/o Damsel In Dior

photo c/o Damsel In Dior

 photo c/o @studiomcgee

photo c/o @studiomcgee

 photo c/o Laurel & Wolf

photo c/o Laurel & Wolf

 photo c/o @lonnymag // @leannefordcreative

photo c/o @lonnymag // @leannefordcreative

 photo c/o @mydomaine // MaisonetObiet

photo c/o @mydomaine // MaisonetObiet

And here are some pieces currently available to GET THE LOOK yourself:

Clockwise from top left: Crate & Barrel Apex Round Table  //  West Elm Dean Dining Round Table  //  Modernica Case Study Stainless Round Table // Dot & Bo Pedestal Dining Table 

GIFT GUIDE: Valentine's Day Ideas for the Home Decor Lover

Up until last night, this was my Valentine's Day wishlist.  But then Beyoncé went and sneakily announced her Formation World Tour... and everyone knows Beyoncé is the way to a girls heart.  Soooo...Paul, I hope you are listening!! VIP box seats preferred ;)

For those of you that don't have Beyoncé on your list, here are some household items I've been coveting that would make great gifts for that special someone, a good friend or yourself!!

Clockwise from top left:

Marble Bookends $135 - Kinda 80's, kinda awesome.

Wood & Marble Duo Server $180 - Choosing between a marble or a wood cutting board is like choosing your favorite Helmsworth brother: It depends on your mood, but if you could get two at the same time, why wouldn't you?!?

West Elm Hedgehog Planter $14 - Animal planters are the new face planters. Get 'em while they're hot!

Anthropologie Tall Pitcher $98 - So simple, so pretty.  One day, when I have my dream summer home in Mexico, I'll take dips in the pool and whip up batches of margs using this pitcher.   Picture those enviable paparazzi shots that surface every year of Jen Anniston and Chelsea Handler vacationing in some beautiful Mexican Hacienda.  Yep..that's exactly what it'll be like.  PS- Have you checked out "Chelsea Does" on Netflix yet?  Good stuff!

Jonathan Adler Ceramic Gazelle $150 -  Tall, sculptural and a great talking piece.

Indigo Arrows Pillow $88 - Neutral, modern and fun.

Black & White Cups $10 each - These ceramic cups are from Japan.  I'd love to fill them up with cold Sapporo, invite my best girlfriends over and order Sugar Fish for delivery.

Clement Pedestal $150 - Great pattern that reminds me of the Atelier Stella ceramics I'm forever coveting.

Ceramic Bells $135 - I saw these in Emily Henderson's living room re-do a little while back...they've been on my wishlist ever since.

Crate & Barrel Marble Fruit Bowl $49.95 - The Pedestal shape is great for styling.  Grab a bunch of tangerines, limes or even artichokes and place it in center of your table for a simple, but elegant everyday centerpiece.

BEST OF: Target's New Neutrals

I used to have to go to estate sales or raid your grandmother's house for my rattan fix.  But grandma can rest easy now that Target has satisfied our rattan and wicker needs in a major way this season.  There are a number of new pieces throughout the Threshold line (and a few from Nate Berkus), including retro-inspired mirrors, sweet storage baskets AND most notably a rattan bar cart.   I'll say it again guys, A RATTAN BAR CART!!  This is huge considering previous options were paying a premium + shipping on eBay, finding a moldy old one on Craigslist or shelling out $500+ on Serena & Lilly.  Admittedly, I LOVE the Serena & Lilly one, it's just nice to know there's an alternative price point out there.  Target has done it again!!

Here are my favorites:

 

clockwise from top left:

Wicker Rim Round Mirror $49.99//  Rattan Charger $9.99//  Rattan Round Wall Mirror $49.99//  Large Rattan Basket $39.99//  Linear Weave Lounge Chair $99.99//  Threshold Weave Stool/Bench $69.99//  Rattan Oval Tray $29.99//  Nate Berkus Woven Basket $34.99//  Rattan Bar Cart $129.99//  Black Rattan Basket $34.99

For some inspiration on how to incorporate wicker and rattan into your space, look no further than Amber Interiors.  One of my favorite designers, Amber flawlessly weaves in these pieces to create fun, but cohesive spaces.  Some more bohemian than others, it's all about how you accessorize.  Pair a wicker peacock chair with colorful kilim pillows and a fur throw for a boho chic look, or keep it minimal by laying a rattan stool next to a marble coffee table or mid-century sofa.  Like any element in a room, the trick is NOT to over do it.  Mix and match materials to let each piece stand out vs. overwhelm.

 Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

 Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

 Amber Interiors via Domainehome.com

Amber Interiors via Domainehome.com

 Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

 Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

 Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com




GIFT IDEA: Whimsical Serveware

I recently discovered some seriously fun trays at West Elm...

From the moment I saw it, I knew this CAMPING PERMIT tray was the perfect gift for my friend Ame!  Otherwise knows as "REI Ame," she's an avid hiker, mountain biker, camper and all around outdoorsy girl.  Paired with moscow mules and some rustic goji berry trail mix, we were able to create the perfect camping-inspired happy hour (without the whole sleeping in a tent thing)!!

The company behind these trays is called Fishs Eddy and you can find some of their serveware at West Elm or directly at their site.  Here are a few others that would be fun gifts:

fish eddy page.jpg

Clockwise from top left: Rx Prescription Pad Tray // Airline Ticket Tray // Beach Rules Tray // While You Were Out Tray // Obama Birth Certificate Tray // Parking Violation Tray // Guest Check Tray // Health Grade B Tray (also available in Health Grade A)

BEST OF: Nate Berkus for Target 2015 Fall / Holiday Collection

Launched this past Sunday, the latest Nate Berkus for Target Holiday Collection is just as metallic, fun and on-trend as ever.  Below are my three favorite picks from the collection.  In fact, I ordered the first two online last night.  Because...well...CHEESE.

Like many Target pieces, I suggest a good in-person meeting to assess quality and potential longevity BEFORE finding a permanent place within your home.  While many of these faux metalics pass the test, some can fall flat, scratch easily and tarnish quickly.

MY THREE FAVES:

 Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

 Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

 Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

And while we're at it, I must mention two Anthropologie pieces, I've had my eye on.  Truth be told, the first looks very similar the the above-mentioned Nate Berkus cheese knives. Great minds think alike?

 Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14

Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14


 Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)

Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)

BEST OF: CB2 Lenny Kravitz Collection

Just launched today, CB2 x Kravitz Design is a collaboration from CB2 and rocker/actor/Hunger Games-er, Lenny Kravitz.  The line of glam, 70's-inspired-but-modern design pieces are richer than your typical CB2 fare, but there are a few showstoppers that might be well worth the investment.  Here are my top 3 picks from the collection:

The line is on pre-shop for CB2 Insiders today/tomorrow and then available for the masses starting October 1sr, 2015.  ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY (and invest in one of these pieces)?!?  Sorry...I couldn't resist a pathetic attempt at fitting in a Lenny Kravitz lyrics reference. That's why it's all the way down here vs. at the top of the post ;)

BEST OF: IKEA 2016 CATALOG

The 2016 IKEA catalog arrived a couple weeks ago and there's lots to be excited about, primarily the soon-to-be released SINNERLIG and SITTNING collections!!

Available October 2015, SINNERLIG by Ilse Crawford is a gorgeous collection of neutral furnishings made from sustainable materials.  My favorites are the woven bench, cork stool and all the beautiful dark ceramics:

Similarly impressive, the SITTNING collection is a line of serveware made from natural materials (stone, acacia, glass and cotton) and is available for a limited time come September 2015.  At a price point of $4.99 each, I might hoard myself a large batch of these pretty stone tea-light holders. 

And while we're at it, below is a good sampling of the IKEA pieces I've coveted over the past few years (links included):

Images gathered from IKEA.com & Pinterest

HANDS DOWN: Favorite Styling Pieces.

Like many of the items on my wish list, I first saw these cool hands on Emily Henderson's Blog:

I've been on the hunt ever since and scored two great wooden hands in Cuba this year, both of which are in constant styling rotation throughout the house.  I have a third one from Brazil, however (given it's height), it's been harder to style. Hopefully, I'll find the perfect place soon.

I'm not satisfied with having just three, so I've scoured the interwebs to find the best of options out there... from the more opulent Kelly Wearstler pieces to some cheaper alternatives.  Sadly, great wooden ones are hard to come by.  If I was smart, I would have packed a suitcase full of them in Cuba.  In the meantime, I will keep my eye out at the flea markets!!

BEST OF: CB2 Fall Line

Summer's barely begun when inboxes are inundated with retailer's prompting us to check out their new Fall lines.  And while I mentally can't fathom the thought of actual Fall yet, I jump at the chance to explore the season's trends and compile my wishlists.

I'm a pretty big fan of CB2.  The overall aesthetic is a little more modern and sleek than my own, but they are a great go-to for affordable serveware (i.e. bowls, cutting boards, cheese plates) and quirky accessories (i.e. vases, planters, candle holders).  In fact, for the price, I am continually surprised by the heaviness and durability of the ceramics.

Here are my favorite picks from CB2's new arrivals.  While there are still plenty of the brand's characteristic bright teals, oranges and graphic prints, they've given us some great neutrals this season (wood, brass, cream, and pretty caramel leathers): RECCO: use the arrows to scroll and click on the underlined hyperlink vs. the pic for product page
 

NOTE: Always read dimensions before purchases. Oftentimes, CB2's items run a bit smaller than you think. Given the retailers modern focus... the beds, nightstands and coffee tables tend to be low to the ground (and subsequently smaller in scale).

FACE TIME

I've been obsessed with face planters since first discovering them in the homes of Bri Emery and Oh Joy (via Emily Henderson's blog).

 Photos: StylebyEmilyHenderson.com

Photos: StylebyEmilyHenderson.com

Here's a round up of some of my favorites.  From a Jonathan Adler splurge to some Etsy steals:

PS- I just love the Jonathan Adler UTOPIA line!  There's a good mix of affordable accessories...all very fun pieces, incorporating his characteristic sense of humor.  This one is on my wishlist:

UPDATE: I found this awesome vase at the Rose Bowl Flea Market this weekend.  So excited to add another to my collection:

SHELFIE TIP: Under the Covers

Not all bookshelves must have books.  And some can have far too many...all haphazardly crammed in!

For me, books are perfect styling tools.  They add height, color and an opportunity to better display your most cherished accessories.  But the first step in styling with books should always be taking off the sleeves. 

Have you ever looked under the covers?  Once you strip away the glossy and image-laden overcoats, you'll find simple and beautiful canvases in bright whites or dark purple/navy/black hues with pretty embossed gold and silver writing.

BEFORE/AFTER: Here's one of my piles of sleeves and then a close-up of the pretty books. 

Here's how I used them in my shelfies below.  They certainly never take center stage, but they are the unsung styling heros of each vignette ;)