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.

ENTRY WAY:
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 friend...it 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.

BOOKSHELF:
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).

DINING BUFFET:
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 //

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.

SUMMER COLOR PALATE: Gold & Green

There's no reason to wait until the holidays to adorn your house with shimmer!  Bright gold and brass accents are perfect summer hues, especially when paired with fresh greens.  Here's how I styled my favorite West Elm Dumont Buffet for entertaining during the sunny season:

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Get a similar look with a sampling of these textured whites, bright greens & shimmering golds:  (RECCO: use arrows to scroll unless you want to go to product page)

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: