Diane Vonfurstenberg’s Library via

With so many new design and fashion books hitting the market this month, I’m dreaming of a being stowed away for about a month in a relaxing and gorgeous library like this.  If you love books as much as I do, check out my post here, on all the new reads hitting the shelves of your local bookstore! 


Even though I am out shopping a lot, I never seem to have time to check out what the Big Box Retail stores are doing, stores like Target, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.  While I do check out products from these companies on-line, visiting these stores in person is a completely different experience.  Mass merchants, as they are known, have really stepped up their game and are now offering some of the most stylish and affordable home decor products on the market.

This past weekend I was feeling a bit disconnected from mall shopping, so I carved out a bit of time to hit my favorite mass market retailers and was thrilled to find some incredible home decor items.  Check out some of my favorite finds…

Animal Print Bowl–Pier 1.  This store is really making a comeback and offering some really great items.  Since I love animal prints, I was drawn to this glass bowl. 


French Glass Cloches–Restoration Hardware.  With Christmas nearing, I can totally envision displaying ornaments and cards under these glass domes.

Love Bird Wall Art–Urban Outfitters.  I’m not really a bird person, but I really like the homespun feel of this artwork.

Nest Pillow–Pottery Barn.  Simply cute.  I’m planning to add this pillow to my guest bedroom.

Pirquette Chair–Crate and Barrel.  Typically Crate and Barrel’s furniture leans a bit more contemporary, but I love the classic feel of the fabric and styling of this chair. 

Gunmetal Candleholders–Z Gallerie.  I’m a sucker for beautiful candleholders.  I love the antique distressing of these pieces.

Mirrored Vanity Tray–Target  (only $16.99).  How cute is this tray?  After reading about all the wonderful blogger vanities on Jackie’s blog, SweetiePiePumpkinNoodle, I’m inspired to revamp my vanity a bit, starting with this tray.

Wall Clock–Z Gallerie.  Clocks are on of the essential decorative elements I think every home needs, and this is a wonderful classic style.

Chris Madden Faux Fur Rose Pillow–JC Penney–Closeout for $16.99.  I typically don’t shop JC Penney, but ever since they’ve partnered with Chris Madden on a furniture and home decor line, I find myself checking them out more often.  I love this pillow because of it detail and color.

Chenille Throw–Pottery Barn.  I tend to be cold all the time, so I keep a throw, or two in every room.  I love the texture of this cotton throw and that the fringe edge is a bit understated.  There is nothing more that I hate than a throw with long fringes.  Wouldn’t the deep red color be great during the holidays?

Fleur Fabric Covered Boxes–Container Store.  For me, the container store is a bit like IKEA–I go in to look at one thing and hours later I exit in a daze.  When I visited the store this past weekend, my first stop was the Giftwrap Wonderland.  I just love wrapping paper and Container Store has some really cute patterns this year.  Next, I checked at all the new storage options they have.  I ran across these great fabric covered boxes which I think are so stylish. 

Pedestal Bowl–Z Gallerie.  I love the Z Gallerie store.  They always have a great collection of stylish tableware, like this pedestal bow.  Another great option to display ornaments this holiday, don’t you think?


Anthropologie Knobs–So many cute choices to update a piece of furniture. 

Velvet Floor Cushion–Urban Outfitters.  One of the last stops on my mall shopping adventure was Urban Outfitters.  I’m amazing how this store has transformed over the years from a bohemian inspired clothing store, to a store offering trendy clothing, accessories and home decor.  I fell in love with their Velvet Floor Cushion.  It’s so soft and comes in a range of wonderful colors.

Even though I tend to shop at speciality stores more often than not, I found some great items in the big box stores, and will definitely shop them more often. 

Have you found something  great at a big box store lately? 


I love discovering the incredibly talented artist on Etsy.  While surfing the web the other day, I came across Valentina’s Etsy site and was wowed by her original artwork. 


Everything you can imagine is real green

You inspire me

She believed she could so she did Print PICK A COLOR

Susie the Bird print

Believe that you have it and you have it Digital Print

Follow your Dreams Digital Print

 For more inspiration, check out Valentina’s blog, here!

Stylishly Spooky!

With Halloween only two days away, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Halloween Decor images with you.   

Have a great weekend and a fab Halloween!

Canvas Wall Art via

Cutouts running along stairs

Incredibly stylish idea.  Lace stockings over pumpkins!

via Daisy Pink Cupcake


Each of us has that one thing (maybe more), that makes our heart beat a little faster and our palms sweat.  Believe it or not, ribbon is one of those things for me.  I just adore ribbon!  Ribbons of all sizes, colors, textures, materials and patterns. 

I’ve collected ribbon for many years and have more of it than I’ll probably ever use in my lifetime, but I just can’t help myself.  I love to use ribbon in my craft projects and come Christmas season, I become a maniac with ribbon on my gift wrapping. 


One of the other great uses of ribbon is in decorating.  A little ribbon can turn an ordinary object into something really beautiful.  Check out these photos of items that have been enhanced with ribbon.

How cute are these pillows with ribbon detail?  This is a great DIY project that doesn’t even call for a sewing machine…just a little fabric glue. via


This ribbon draped bed skirt would be really cute for a girls room.  I also think a darker bedskirt with more sophisticated ribbon would look great in an adult bedroom. via

Diana at Fine Diving sewed ribbon together to make a fabric of sorts and covered these chairs. Complete tutorial on her site.

Here’ a simple bulletin board has been draped with ribbons to give it a bit of flair.  What a great way to dress up an office space or that bulletin board in the kitchen. via


I love this ribbon wall for a child’s room.  Just imagine it in navy for a boy’s room.  via


A great way to dress up plain curtain panels is with a little ribbon detail.  The stripe layout on these sheers really give the curtains a modern feel.  

Check out Midwest Living for DIY instructions.

 A little detail goes a long way in dressing up a piece of furniture, like the ribbon detail on this ottoman. via

Decorating with ribbon can be so much fun. Give it a try!

If you love to decorate with ribbon, check out one of my favorite ribbon resources, here!

Halloween Hostess Gifts

I’ve been invited to a couple of Halloween parties, and never one to show up empty-handed, I have been on the look out for unusual hostess gifts. My search has taken me through many a store and all around the internet, but I think I have found a few great options to choose from.  Check out my choices below and let me know which is your favorite.

Black and Ivory Zig Zag bracelet from Amrita Singh.  Doesn’t every girl need a little bling to go with an outfit, even a Halloween costume?   $35.00


Halloween Cocktail Shaker.  So incredibly stylish, and the drink recipes are etched on the outside of the shakers.  $15.00


How yummy do these look.  What hostess wouldn’t love to get these Halloween Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  If I order these, I know I’ll have to get a box for myself too!  $24.99/6


My friend Carla is a girly, girl so she might really like this D L & Co.  Absolute Pocket Watch Perfume Compact.


This may be one of my favorite gift options—a black and white photo album from Rag & Bone Bindery.  And, it’s only $18.00


What about this black scalloped edge tray.  Who couldn’t use these, for Halloween and beyond.  Maybe if I get this, I’ll add a few Halloween cookies too.  For $12.95 this would make a great gift, don’t you think?



Ok, what’s a girl to do?  Which item will make the perfect Halloween Hostess Gift?


With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you the BOOtiful Halloween Basket I made for my front door last week. 

As a member of the blog team for May Arts Ribbon, I am constantly challenging myself to come up with stylish, unusual and easy DIY projects using beautiful May Arts ribbon, along with other craft elements. This is one of those projects that I envisioned clearly in my head, but wasn’t sure how it was actually going to turn out.  I am thrilled with the results and hope you like it to. If you’re inspired to get a little crafty for Halloween and make your own front door basket, click here for the full DIY instructions.

Have a great Halloween!

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