Book Review: New York Living | Re-inventing Home


 

A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of the book New York Living | Re-inventing Home from the publisher.  I couldn’t wait to check it out.  When I was in college, I wanted to live in New York and pursue my love of fashion.  While I never made it to the Big Apple, my love for the city has never faded.  There is just something so magical and dynamic about New York.

This book gives you the opportunity to explore the city in a new way  and see the unique design styles of homes in the city as well as the surrounding boroughs.

The book showcases homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.  As you turn each area you get an inside look at how these city dwellers decorate and style their homes.

The 26 homes profiled range from an apartment on the Upper West Side to a French Second Empire House in Staten Island.  Page after page, there is design inspiration ranging from the traditional and classic to the modern and contemporary.  And you it gives you the opportunity to see the New York skyline through the eyes of those living there.

One of the first things I recognized about this book was how large it is. There are over 290 pages of photos and home descriptions. The profile for each home starts with somewhat of  a history lesson about the area as well as insights into how the design of the home came to be.

Along side each photo are details about the design elements within the space and why they were chosen.

The photos are bold and bright so you’re sure to find inspiration in even the smallest vignette within a room.

Beyond living spaces, some of the owners’ studio, office and creative spaces are featured.  If you’re a creative you’ll love getting an inside look at where New Yorker’s live and work.

The last three pages of the book provide a summary of each home listing the designers, artifacts and others involved in creating the spaces.

New York Living | Re-inventing Home

“Beautiful living spaces exist in all five boroughs, and in the right hands, when they are carefully chosen and imaginatively envisioned, they indeed embody New York living!”  –Adele Chatfield-Taylor 

I highly recommend this book if you’re a design enthusiast or have a love for New York like me. New York Living also makes a great gift for someone living in the city or looking to move there.

You can purchase New York Living | Re-inventing Home here. 

disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions are mine

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Inspiration Overload–One Room Challenge Reveal Day

Hi friends. I hope everyone is having a great week.  My week has been one meeting, project and to-do list item after another.  and I haven’t had any quality time to sit down and blog.  I’ve gotten a lot accomplished in the last few days so I’ll be back to a regular blogging schedule soon.

Even though I haven’t had time to blog, I did manage to find time over lunch yesterday to check out the One Room Challenge Room Reveals.  Holy Moly, so much design inspiration in one place.  In case you don’t know about the One Room Challenge (fyi–it’s a big deal), here’s the scoop…

The One Room Challenge is a bi-yearly event where 20 designers and bloggers participate in a challenge to transform a room in their home over a 6 week period.  Each week leading up to the reveal, they share the design plans and the work in-progress to get the room done.  It’s a lot of fun to see each participants spaces come to life.

Like past One Room Challenge events, this round of room transformations is drool worthy.  You’ll definitely want to check out each of the blogs but today I’m sharing a few of my favorite spaces.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FAVORITE {featured bloggers}

Christine Dovey transformed her dark basement into a light, bright and beautiful living space.  The fireplace wall is one of my favorite features. You can see the full transformation here.

2017 One Room Challenge--Christine Dovey

2017 One Room Challenge--Christine Dovey

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Will and Susan of House of Brinson gave their guest bedroom a makeover and it looks like it’s straight out of an English mansion.  You can see the One Room Challenge makeover from start to finish as well as the other spaces in the house over on their blog.


2017 One Room Challenge--House of Brinson

2017 One Room Challenge--House of Birnson

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The dynamic design team of J & J Design Group designed JoAnn’s living and dining room to have loads of color, style and personality–WOW!  There are so many design elements I love like these blue chairs, the rug and the doors.  Check out all the beautiful details here.

2017 One Room Challenge--J & J Design Group

2017 One Room Challenge--J & J Design Group

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Abby from Abby Manchesky Interiors took her perfectly fine kitchen and elevated the style by painting their cabinets a gorgeous shade of emerald green.  Head here to see the full transformation that includes even more than the kitchen.

2017 One Room Challenge--Abby Manchesky

2017 One Room Challenge--Abby Manchesky

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One of the things I love about the One Room Challenge is discovering new blog and design talent like Dab from Old Brand NewDabito (everyone calls him Dab) did a job on his dining room.  Those gorgeous yellow walls and that light fixture–no words!

2017 One Room Challenge--Old Brand New

2017 One Room Challenge--Old Brand New

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I’ve been reading The Pink Pagoda blog for sometime and it’s one of my favorite blogs.  The ORC they undertook involved not one but two spaces that open up to each other–dining room and sitting room.  Just one glance at the after photos and you know they had me at blue & white.  What I love most about the makeover is the classic simplicity that each of the rooms have.  See every detail of the rooms here.

2017 One Room Challenge--The Pink Pagoda

2017 One Room Challenge--The Pink Pagoda

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Jennifer from Rambling Renovator’s worked on her living room for the ORC and boy is it stunning.  There are so many design details like the built-in bookcases that gave her space high style. Hard to believe this was all done in just 6 weeks!

2017 One Room Challenge--Rambling Renovations

2017 One Room Challenge--Rambling Renovations

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To see the all of the projects created by the 20 featured bloggers, head over to Calling It Home where Linda, the creator of this amazing design challenge has links to all the blogs.

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And be sure to check out all of the room makeovers from the over 200 guest participants in the design challenge.  Links to those posts can be found here.

Design Lessons From The 2017 Met Gala Fashions

Did you watch the Met Gala last weekend?  It is one of the most anticipated fashion events of year and always delivers amazing (and not-so-amazing) looks.

If you’re not familiar with the Met Gala, here’s a little about its history…

From 1948 to 1971, the benefit wasn’t pegged as an exhibition, and was held off-site at the Waldorf Astoria or the Rainbow Room. Guests, mostly New York society indulged in fine dining and were entertained by “skits, raffles, and pageants of models in historic costume. In 1972 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the Met Gala when former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland joined as a consultant. Vreeland curated some of the most ambitious and heavily publicized exhibitions and used the gala as an opportunity to inaugurate them. Today the annual invitation-only fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour benefits the museum’s Costume Institute, and serves as a launch party for its spring exhibition.

The 2017 exhibition is dedicated to 74-year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, one of fashion’s most revered creative visionaries. The exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night and guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. 

Now that you know a bit about the gala, here’s a look at some of the 2017 fashion statements and what they can teach you about interior design.

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Inspiration Notebook | May 2017

You might have noticed that I didn’t share my inspiration notebook with you last month.  Last month was a blur and I just didn’t have time to pull it together.  Things are still crazy busy but I did manage to log an insert in my inspiration notebook this month.  I enjoy taking the time to pull these pages together and recognize the things around me that provide inspiration.

When I looked at the calendar the other day, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it is May.  We’re almost half way through the year and I’m already exhausted just thinking about everything thing I want to accomplish before the year ends.  While I can’t control the future, I can enjoy today so the pages in my notebook for May are filled with things I’m enjoying on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at what’s inspiring me in work, home and my personal life.  Enjoy!

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DESIGNING:  I’m hoping that a new design client I’m working with will love this Gabby Clay Chandelier as much as I do.  It’s the inspiration for the entire dining room.

READING:  I couldn’t wait to find dive into this gorgeous entertaining book, Veranda Entertaining.  It was everything I expected and more–beautiful images, inspiring ideas and drool worthy tablescapes.  One of my top 10 design books ever!

RELAXING:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I’m trying to make sure I spend time winding down at the end of the day.  The Nest Blue Garden Candle is my go-to spring candle scent that helps me to relax and unwind.

INSPIRED BY:  I’ve been seeing lots of floral arrangements in old wood boxes popping up on Pinterest.  I love the look for a spring and summer tablescape.

LISTENING:  Most days when I’m at my desk working I have jazz music or a podcast playing.  The Clever Podcasts are a favorite and every episode has great takeaways for career and life.

CRAFTING:  I love crafting and recently I’ve been drawn back to jewelry making in my spare time.   One of my new sources for unique chain/hardware is my local lighting store for chandelier chain.

SHOPPING: We’ve got a cruise planned for early September and I’ve already started shopping for a dress to wear on formal night. I’m channeling my inner Carolina Herrera and thinking of pairing a crisp white shirt with this Red Floral Ball Skirt or this Black Floral Ball Skirt.  Which would you choose??

LOVING:  Just when I thought BaubleBar had it all they come out with these super cute Caicos Pom Pom Earrings.  

CRAVING: Now that fruit season is here, I’m loving my morning meal–yogurt and fruit parfait. My ingredients include plain vanilla yogurt, granola, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Yum!

MAY INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK | 2017

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Gift Wrap Inspiration: Tassel Ribbon Tie

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, you may have gift giving on your mind.  If you’re looking for the perfect gift, be sure to check out my Mother’s Day Gift Guide.  Once you’ve purchased a gift you’ll need to wrap it so I’ve got a fun and easy gift wrap idea for you today.

DIY GIFT WRAP: Tassel Ribbon Tie

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things to do and because I’m a paper and ribbon collector {aka-hoarder} I’ve got a stash of pretty paper and embellishments perfect for the occasion.

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I’m always drawn to floral motifs when it comes to Mother’s Day gift wrap so I chose this pretty orange and pink floral blossom paper.  I love the bold design and the accent of apple green in the background pattern.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Similar Floral Gift Wrap // Similar Faux Leather Tassels // Orange Ribbon

Wanting to put a different spin on the bow, I decided to create a tassel tie using white faux leather tassels that I had.

You won’t believe where these tassel came from.  They originally started out as tassel garland from the Nate Berkus collection at Target.  I scored several sets of the garland in white and black on clearance for less than $3!

When I purchased the garland I had the idea of making necklaces but also knew the tassels would make a great gift wrap embellishment.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle
Making the tassel tie was super easy.  I measured a length of ribbon long enough to fit around the box and tie and simple bow. Then I tied a tassel on to each end.  Once the box was wrapped, I used the tassel tie like a regular ribbon to embellish the gifts.

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Similar Floral Gift Wrap // Similar Faux Leather Tassels // Orange Ribbon

One of the best parts of creative gift wrapping is using items in new ways.  These tassels were meant for home decor but make the perfect finishing touch for a gift.

The next time you shop the clearance aisle at your favorite store, be on the look-out for trinkets and charms you can use when wrapping gifts.

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Favorites Of The Week | A Lot to Love

Happy Saturday.  Enjoy my favorites of the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

I have a new bucket list shopping destination–the OKL

Such a pretty and organized pantry.


This bathroom makeover is just stunning and I’m loving the wallpaper.

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FAVORITE PINS

Every detail of this tablescape is perfection.

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I love the styling of this desk tray.

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I don’t think there’s a room this duo has designed that I don’t love.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

This Kartell Jellies Teacup & Saucer is so chic and I was 100% sure it was glass when I first spotted it. The green color would be great for a bachelor pad.

If you’re looking to freshen up your bar or vanity for spring, this mirrored bamboo tray is great and it’s less than $40.

I love this fabric covered desk tray from Nate Berkus for Target.  The gold ring pull is such a stylish detail. There’s a matching file box too!

Have a great weekend!

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE–ONLY THE BEST FOR MOM!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and making sure mom feels loved and appreciated on her special day (and everyday) is top of my list.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really come to understand the courage, dedication and selflessness that it takes to be a mother.  My mom is one special lady and along with teaching me about life she instilled in me the power to dream big and reach for my goals. Priceless gifts.

To help you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day I’ve curated a gift guide filled with special pieces from a few of my favorite stores and online shops.

 ♦ Amara.com is a new online shop I recently discovered and to say I love everything on their site is an understatement.  They sell a wide range of products from over 300 of the leading home decor, gift and fashion brands around.  p.s.  I’ll be sharing more about Amara in a couple of weeks along with a fun collaboration I’m doing with them!

♦  BaubleBar continues to be one of my favorite sources for fashion jewelry.  Not only are their prices good but their tassel earring collection is hard to beat.  I want one of everything.

 When we lived in Seattle, Nordstrom was a favorite shopping spot for clothing, handbags and shoes.  And now I love shopping their gift and home departments for unique items.  Mark you calendar for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which will take place July 21-August 6th.

Mark & Graham is my go-to source for high-quality leather goods, entertaining items and accessories for both men and women. And I love that so many of their items can be personalized with a monogram.

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Designer Tricks of The Trade | Ideas To Inspire

Designer Tricks OF The Trade

Have you ever wanted to know what tricks designers use to create unique rooms?  Well, today is your lucky day.  I’m sharing TEN designer tricks that you can easily incorporate into your own home to get a custom look with your decor.

Some of the ideas require a little DIY, the others are quick, easy and affordable decorating ideas.

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DESIGNER TRICKS OF THE TRADE

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No. 1  REVERSING RUGS

Did you know that some rugs are designed with a defined pattern on each side?  That’s like getting two rugs for the price of one. Rugs with two usable sides are great because with a quick flip of the rug you can change the look of your decor.  The next time you’re rug shopping check the back side and see if it has a usable pattern.

tip:  pay attention to the weave and feel of the back side to make sure you like it

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Reversible Rugs

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The same ‘reverse’ trick works with some fabrics too.  Designer Jamie Meares used the reverse side of this dot fabric as the welt providing the perfect contrast to give the chair a real designer touch.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Reversible Fabric

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No. 2  CHANGING OUT or UpSTYLING LAMPSHADES

Have you ever come across the perfect lamp but it has an awful shade?  It happens all the time.  It might be that the shade is the wrong shape or color, or maybe the lamp needs a shade with more style.  The trick here is to buy the lamp and change or UpStyle the shade!

 One of my favorite sources for lampshades online is Lux Lampshades. Lux has a quick ship program with in-stock shades of all shapes, sizes and fabrics.  And their custom program allows you to design a custom shade from a range of fabrics and  frames they have available.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--UpStyled Lampshade

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No. 3  USING OUTDOOR LIGHTING INDOORS

Did you know that the only major difference between outdoor lighting and indoor lighting is that the finishes on outdoor lighting are created to withstand weather elements?  Beyond that outdoor lighting is suitable for indoor use.  Some of my favorite outdoor lighting styles to use inside are scones and lanterns.  Check out this chic outdoor light used in a bathroom by A Beautiful Mess.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Outdoor Lighting Used Indoors

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No. 4  MOUNTING A FRAME WITHIN A FRAME

I’m always taking about how important layering is when decorating and that concept even applies to wall decor.  If you have a framed art piece that’ to small, think about hanging it inside of a larger frame.  The two pieces combined will provide the impact you’re desiring and also give your wall decor statement a custom look.

tip:  don’t overlook ugly artwork at a thrift store because the frame might be of value

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--A Frame within A Frame

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No. 5  CREATING A LARGE RUG FROM TWO

Did you know that designers sometimes create one rug from two? Let’s say you find the perfect rug but it doesn’t come in a  large enough size.  If the pattern works, you can actually use rug tape to create a larger size from two smaller rugs.  And if you want a more permanent fix, some rug companies can actually glue the rugs together.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Two rugs from one

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No. 6  A TOUCH OF BLACK IN EVERY ROOM

This is one of my tried and true design rules.  Black adds a touch of drama to a room and helps to ground the decor.  Don’t think that it has to be a piece of black furniture or a wall painted black, all it takes is a touch.  A lamp base, a decorative object or a textile with black in it.  If you have a room in your home with no black, add the color and see the impact it makes.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--A Touch of Black in Every Room

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No.7  MIX HIGH END WITH LOW END

Because I’m an avid vintage shopper, I love mixing high with low.  A high-quality sofa paired with inexpensive pillows or a budget friendly rug paired with a statement coffee table are just two ways to mix it up.  Mixing high and low will give your decor distinct flair, add personality and save you money.

My favorite budget friendly pieces are side tables, pillows and decorative objects.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Mix High End with Low

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N0. 8  MIX OLD & NEW

Just like mixing high and low, mixing old and new is a great way to customize your decor.  Pair a vintage coffee table with a new sofa or a new lamp with a thrifted cabinet.  The days of shopping at one store for all your decor needs are gone so have fun mixing it up.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Mix Old and New

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No. 9  PATTERN MIXING

Ask any designer and they will tell you that pattern-work is key to any design statement.  You don’t have to go bright and bold because subtle colors and patterns can have just as much impact as bright colors and bold prints.  The key to pattern mixing is to pair patterns of different scales and styles.  You can read more of my tips on pattern mixing here.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Pattern Mixing

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No. 10  EMBELLISHING OFF THE SHELF FABRICS

I love designer fabrics but they aren’t always in the budget.  One of the tricks designers use to UpStyle off-the-shelf textiles is to add trim.  There are some many affordable trims that can be applied to curtains, pillows or just about anything.  Check out that seat cushion below that has been transformed with some greek key trim.  #brilliant

tip:  my favorite trim source are this, this and this

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Add Trim

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Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Add Trim

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Designer Tricks Of The Trade--Add Trim

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So there you have it friends.  A few of the tricks designers use when creating and decorating a space.

A little creativity goes a long way so get crafty, think outside the box and give your decor a unique spin.

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