GET THE LOOK: Monochomatic Moment

Normally one to style with lots of bright colors, I was a little intimidated when West Elm asked me to do a styling story using JUST black & white.  I chose the 3 spaces within my house that I constantly re-style (Entry Way, Living Room Bookshelf & Dining Room Buffet) then set out to create my very own monochromatic moment, inspired by their latest catalog.  The end product was a total success: I can’t tell you how much I love this modern and clean look in my home!! 

With my existing West Elm furniture pieces taking center stage, I was able to utilize a mix of new black & white accessories with some fun vintage finds.  In fact, my quest to find the perfect vintage pieces for this story turned out to be the most rewarding.  Enter 2 different, but beautiful black ceramic hands.  The first was the lone wolf left over from a set of bookends at the Melrose Flea.  Instead of using it to corral a set of books, I got creative and re-purposed it into a sunglass holder that now sits in my entry way reminding me to grab my sunnies on the way out.  The second hand is from an antique mall in Palm Springs... originally used as a business card holder, I converted into an air plant holder for the bookshelf by placing a round glass piece from an existing terrarium on top. 

These special touches combined with the most ridiculously fabulous West Elm Llama planter, allowed me to maintain my signature whimsy within the more simple and refined color palate. 

Check out the full post on West Elm's blog and read on for some additional styling tips (and Draper Kitty appearances) below.

The bones of my usual set up are not too far off from the new one.  Switching out colorful accessories didn't seem that difficult, but the idea of sourcing new art was intimidating and potentially expensive.  Enter Framebridge, a company who's making framing easy and afforable!  Once I decided that I wanted to use a photo of the Levitated Mass at LACMA (it's my favorite- I walk there at least once a week)... I took a morning stroll, snapped a few pics on my iPhone and uploaded the best one to their website for framing.  The frame is roughly 30x42in, their extra large option for $159.  It's insane that you can make an iPhone pic this big and still retain quality!!  NOTE that I edited the image size to 150dpi in Photoshop before uploading (go to IMAGE on the toolbar and select image size then change the pixels/inch to 150).  It's really easy...and if you don't have Photoshop, ask a takes less than 5 minutes.  But, had I opted for a slightly smaller frame, I could have uploaded the photo from my phone and placed the order in one fell swoop.  

PS- If you're in the market for easy framing, Framebridge was nice enough to offer this code for 15% your first purchase: PROUDMEG15.

Black ceramic bookend re-purposed as a sunglasses holder and a closer look at the quality of the Framebridge iPhone photo print.

Black ceramic bookend re-purposed as a sunglasses holder and a closer look at the quality of the Framebridge iPhone photo print.

If you know me, you know that I like to switch around my shelfies every so often (i.e. ALL THE TIME).  The trick to mixing various keepsakes (old and new) is sticking to a consistent color palate.  I've done everything from a bright spring-inspired scene to a jungalow-style earthy look  to a more beachy vibe. This was my first black & white venture and I was happy to see the various elements work together to create a sleek and stylish scene.

The above-mentioned hand terrarium sits alongside my Framebridge Mini and a collection of other vintage and retail pieces, with my face vase stealing the show (per usual).

As a host, I re-style my buffet often.  Whether loading it up with apps for an Oscar party or Christmas Decor for the holidays, it's the perfect blank canvas for style and function.  This "milk and cookies scene" is a nod to my love of all things Khloe Kardashian....have you seen her cookie jars?!?   In all honesty, I don't know how she keeps those sweet treats around.  I consumed most of the chocolate pretzels instantaneously and I'm really lucky I didn't love Trader Joe's O's because if they were real Oreos, they would have vanished before the photos were taken.

Sometimes I put a big art piece on the buffet, but for this I wanted to keep it simple.  I've been inspired by all the abstract B&W art trending in interiors lately, so I painted this little canvas one Sunday morning.  It's so easy that I'll being doing a step-by-step blog post and getting it framed soon.  Stay tuned :)

And here's how to GET THE LOOK:

1.  Potters Workshop Ceramic Bud Vase // 2.  Black and White Stripped Box // 3.  White Ceramic Bud Vase // 4.  Mid Century Console // 5.  Llama planter (currently sold out, but I've seen it go in and out of stock in the last couple months so it might come back) // 6.  White Ceramic Jug Vase // 7.  Vintage Ceramic Hands (found these ashtrays on Etsy, which could work for the terrarium DIY I noted above) // 8.  Cross Base Terrarium // 9.   Mobile Table Lamp (similar to the sold-out one I used) // 10.  Mid Century Console //

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.

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THRIFT FINDS: Palm Springs

I've recently developed mad love for Palm Springs, so I was super excited when our friends organized a trip this past weekend.  In between swimming and pool side BBQing, Paul and I were able to sneak in a little thrift store shopping.  Below are a few of the pieces I brought home for upcoming projects:

Palm Springs Thrifting Loot

Native American Baskets:  I've had these on my "flea market wish list" for a while now, but never quite found the right ones for the right price.  These were in particularly good condition and I really like the colorful but simple patterns.

Brass Trumpet: Super excited to incorporate my love for vintage brass into this year's holiday stylings.  Stay tuned!

Duck Bookends: I tend to purchase these every so often with upcoming friends' shelfies in mind.  The pair on the left is more traditional, while the ones on the right are different from the ones I usually see... and could be killer on a kid's shelf. 

Wooden Apple: Another good shelfie styling tool that will come in handy placed over a stack of books.

Green Vase: I'm always looking for vases in different styles, shapes and colors.  This was a no brainer.

AND here some items I LOVED, but sadly had to pass up:

Palm Tree Chandelier

Retro Palm Chandelier, $45. If only I had a place for it...  I picture it in a minimal breakfast nook above a white tulip table, against dark green walls.  So fun!

Rattan Shelf

Rattan Bookshelf, $65.  Vintage stores in LA would charge at least triple for this.  It was very hard to walk away, but we didn't have a car big enough to transport it back.  I would have lacquer spray painted it in white, black, navy (or even emerald green) and styled the heck out of it!!  RIP to this perfect shelfie opportunity!!

Abstract Art, $250 (marked down from $350). Beautiful painting with a quality silver frame.  Light and bright, but not too pastel for my taste.  I kinda regret not getting it because I'm definitely in need of a good piece of abstract art in my home.

vintage fan

Vintage fan, $8.  Love the idea of collecting a few of these and hanging them on an entry way wall.

rattan chair

Rattan Chair, $30.  Swap out the outdated pillow for a fun indigo one coupled with a white ikea fur throw and you have yourself a sweet little corner chair with lots of personality.  We actually snagged this for our friend who's a self-proclaimed chair hoarder and she's super happy!

Can't wait for my next Palm Springs thrifting opportunity!!