I’ve always tried to stay one step ahead when it comes to holiday gift giving.  I usually take advantage of the after-Christmas sales and pick up a few gift items for the coming year. January is a great month to begin creating a gift list and checking out stores for sales.  Several of my favorite stores have amazing clearance events going on right now and there are some fabulous items to be had.  I’ve rounded up a few of my faves in case you want to get a jump on your 2015 holiday shopping.


Mark and Graham is one of  my favorite online shops and when it comes to monogrammed accessories, they have some amazing items to choose from.  All of their monogrammed items make great gifts for Christmas or any other gift giving occasion for that matter.


Gift shopping for men is always a challenge.  This Leather Credit Card Case–($19.99) is a great buy and makes the perfect gift men {and women}.  And if you have someone graduating this year, it’s a great grad gift too.
A classic like this Monogrammed Weekender–($119.99) is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Who wouldn’t love this Leather iPad Envelope–($59.00).  Available in 9 colors.
  I’m all about zippered pouches that I can fill with essentials and throw in a larger handbag–so many uses for an item like this.  Striped Zip Pouches-($34.99-$35.00)


 If I’m out shopping the day after Christmas, Pottery Barn is one of the stores I always go to.  I love finding holiday ornaments, tabletop items and textiles on sale.  Here are a few items that I think are worth adding to your gift closet.


How fun is this Globe Ice Bucket–($54.99).  Because it has a chalkboard exterior it can be used for any occasion and when not in use as an ice bucket, I think it would make a pretty cute nut or candy bowl.
Luxury at a great price.  Faux Oversized Mohair Throw ($39.99-$55.00)
These Alphabet Tags-($3.99) are just adorable and their classic design means you can use them now until Christmas.  And don’t forget that tags like them can also be used a napkin rings, wine bottle tags or as holiday ornaments.


Crate and Barrel is also a store worth shopping after the holidays.  Here are a few decorative items that are definitely worth buying.



If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone who loves to decorate I highly recommend these Brass Letter Art pieces.  They are a great buy at $9.97 each and are available in letters and numbers.
January is a great month to pick up seasonal candles and these Branch Taper Candles are definitely a stylish steal.  $2.97
Stocking up on wrapping paper after the holidays can save you a lot of money when Christmas rolls around next year. I love the elegant style and color of this Lacy Snowflake Wrapping Paper and love the price even more–$3.58!
When it comes to setting a holiday table, you can never go wrong with classic white dinnerware.  This Nordic Plate ($2.47) is really pretty and has a design that will work from fall through Christmas.


There are lots of deals to be had right now when shopping the after Christmas sales so start making that list of checking it twice.  Christmas is only 339 days away.

For more gifting ideas, read all about my essentials for a well stocked gift closet here.

Happy Shopping!


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When it comes to decorating, there are a lot of decorative elements that I’m obsessed with.

I love bamboo picture frames and brass planters.  I have a weakness for decorative boxes and animal print pillows. I rarely ever pass up a piece of milkglass or ironstone when I’m out antiquing. And then there’s my love of decorative knobs.  Whenever I’m at Anthropologie or Hobby Lobby, I always visit the knob bins.  The bins are like jewelry trays and I just love checking out all the sparkly, colorful knobs and envisioning how I can use them to update a piece of furniture or use them on a diy project.

I recently looked through a basket when I store my knobs and realized I have quite the collection.  Some of the knobs I have plans for and others I just loved and couldn’t pass up.  Last year I gave our bedroom armoire a makeover and UpStyled it with paint and knobs from Hobby Lobby.

Summer 2013 Bedroom Update (51)

Decorative knobs are one of the most cost-effective decorative elements you can buy, to easily and quickly transform a piece of furniture.  But finding the perfect knob can sometimes be a challenge.  To help you with the hunt, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite knob sources and what each of them has to offer.

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It’s about this time of year that I am sick of wearing winter closets and dream about warmer days and spring fashions.  I know many of you probably feel the same way.   Unfortunately we have a few more months of cold weather ahead so it’s time to refresh your wardrobe to give you a lift as we wait for spring to arrive.

Those of you who have read my blog for a while might know that I have a degree in fashion.  I spent 20 years working in the fashion industry and ever since I was a little girl, I have been passionate about fashion.  Today I’m going to share a few tips to help you refresh your winter/transition wardrobe and a few items that are worth investing in right now.  As you refresh your wardrobe, it’s also a great time to give some thought to your fashion style and whether or not you’re presenting the fashion statement you want to the world.

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Hi there!  I hope you enjoyed the post on the trends I spotted at the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishing show last weekend.  Today I’m back to share something else from the show–books!

Checking out all of the soon-to-be published interior design books at market is one of my favorite things to do.  And this market did not disappoint.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite design books that will be released in the first quarter of 2015!

{click on the image to read more about each book & pre-order}

No design library is complete without Barclay Butera!

Past, Present, Inspired--Barclay Butera

If you read the blog Subtle Revelry (and you should)  you’ll definitely want to get Materially Crafted written by Victoria, the creator of that blog.  

Materially Crafted--A DIY Primer for the Design Obessed--Victoria Hudgins

India Hicks is a design icon and creates some of the most beautiful tropical inspired space. This book is filled with lots of design ideas you can use in the city too.

Island Style--India Hicks

Another design icon, Barbara Westbrook is coming out with a book entitled Gracious Rooms.  And every page is just that,  photos of beautifully designed and gracious rooms.

Gracious Rooms--Barbara Westbrook

Since I love shopping at flea markets, I’m excited about this book, Flea Market Secrets!  It’s filled with shopping sources and shopping tips to turn you into a thrift market pro!

Flea Market Secrets--Geraldine James

Bohemian style is really popular right now and this book provides lots of design inspiration if this is your design style.  I love it for the creative and unique accessorizing ideas.

Bohemian Modern--Emily Henson

And the book that I am most EXCITED about is Modern Mix by Eddie Ross.  I’m sure all of your know Eddie and love his style as much and I do.  I’d give anything just to spend a day with him but until that happens I’ll be spending lots of time pouring over is his.  

Modern Mix--Eddie Ross

Great inspiration is at your fingertips!


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Last weekend I carved out some time to attend the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings market which was taking place here in Atlanta.  I’ve written several post about the market before and based on the feedback from you all, you love to hear about market and see some of the new products and styles that being introduced.  So today’s post is sharing some of the highlights from the show.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the market, let me give you a brief overview.

The market buildings are officially called AmericasMart Atlanta and the show is one of the largest wholesale buying shows in the country.  The mart is open to-the-trade only which means only individuals and retail businesses that are reselling the products can place orders.  In order to place orders you need to register with a business license and resale certificate as well as meet some of the other requirements that are outlined on the Americasmart.com website.

The mart is open weekdays with extended days and hours during the market shows.  There are two main shows each year, January and July and several ‘mini’ shows throughout the year including apparel and wedding shows.

There are three buildings (and lots of floors) that make up AmericasMart and each building features a mix of different items.

Americas Mart Atlanta

The Gift Mart (Bldg. 2–18 floors) is where most of the gift lines are represented.  You’ll find product like candles, decorative accessories, books, personal accessories, bath/body etc.

The Merchandise Mart (Bldg. 1–20 floors) is where the larger furniture companies and many of the lighting manufacturers show their products.  You’ll also find lots of artwork in this building along with many of the seasonal lines (Fall, Halloween, Christmas).

 The Apparel Mart (Bldg. 3–15 floors) is where higher end clothing lines and accessory lines are.  The apparel mart is also where many of the cash and carry vendors set up during the shows.

Whew!  That’s gives you a highlight of what AmericasMart is all about. You can find more details about the mart on their website.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

The January market is when most manufacturers introduce new items for the year as well as Christmas and seasonal items.  I love going to this market to see what the trends are as well what all  the designers are introducing in their product lines.

There were a lot of things that caught my attention at this market but a few statements that I saw over and over again which made an impact on me.

Blue and White-If you love blue and white decor, you’re in luck.  This color combo is definitely going to be a major statement for Spring and Summer.  Expect to see lots of blue and white pillows, rugs, bedding and textiles along with decorative accessories and lighting.

Blue and White--Jan. 2015

Chrome–Even though gold and brass are dominating right now, polished chrome is being introduced in a big way for Spring 2015.  You’ll see the finish on furniture, lighting and entertaining pieces.

Chrome--Jan. 2015

Mixed Materials–I saw lots of mixed materials at the show.  Leather is being used as an accent on metal and wood furniture which results in a refined rugged feel.

Leather Accents--Jan. 2015

Here’s another furniture piece featuring mixed materials.  I love the combo of burl wood and brass.

Brass and Burl Wood--Jan. 2015

Bone Mirrors–Another big statement I saw at the show was shaped mirrors in bone.  They were everywhere.

Horn Mirrors--Jan. 2015

There were mirrors in a single color bone and also mixed colors.

Shaped Horn Lamps--Jan. 2015

Shaped Mirrors--Jan. 2015

Marble–Marble has and will continue to be a design classic.  It’s being used in more creative ways which give it a whole new appeal.  This waterfall coffee table was just stunning and is a design that would work with just about any design style.

Marble Tables--Jan. 2014

Small side tables in marble are also a trending statement. The shaped and design of this table is really great.

Marble and Brass--Jan. 2015

Agate–This is a material that have been popular for a couple of years now.  What started as coasters is now moving into other decorative looks like these napkin rings.

Agate--Jan. 2015

Brass–I love that brass is still a hot look in home decor.  Here’s a collection of items I saw at market that represent this trend.  Those flower shaped mirrors are on my list to purchase.

Copper Decor--Jan. 2015

Shaped Ottomans–Ottomans have moved beyond a simple cube into shaped and sculpted styles.  I fell in love with the vignette and love the idea of placing a grouping of ottomans around a table.  This would be a great look in a foyer or even a breakfast area.

Styled Ottoman--Jan. 2015

Chair Details–The club chair is becoming more stylish because of unique design details that are being built into the design.  The arms and the tufting detail on the back gave this chair added style.

Unique Details--Jan. 2015

Hollywood Regency–Glam furniture is definitely trending so look for lots of styles like this hitting furniture and retail stores.

Antique Silver--Jan. 2015

Color–Color is a typical spring season design statement but the more saturated colors are dominating.  Look for lots of pink, teal and jewel tones.

Pink--Jan. 2015

Statement Lighting–It’s so exciting to see so many amazing light fixtures on the market.  Overall, lighting is larger and details and classic.

Unique Lighting--Jan. 2015

And finally, there was a big introduction of abstract, muted color artwork at this market.  A lot of the patterns had a batik inspired theme which makes them great to decorating any area of the home.

Modern Art

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As you can image, with over 40 floors of product and 1000’s of manufacturers, this is just a teeny tiny glimpse into the what you’ll start seeing on store shelves and in magazines and catalogs in the coming months.  There is so much to be excited about in the home decor industry for 2015.

Come back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some of the top design books being introduced in 2015!


One question that I’ve been asked quite often is “what’s your best design tool”?  This is a pretty loaded question since there are a lot of different things that go into designing and decorating a room.  It could be my upholsterer who can transform a piece of furniture or my painter who can breathe life into a space with a simple coat of paint.

As an interior designer I have access to a wide variety of tools and a range of exclusive furniture, accessories and home decor items that I can pull from to design a space.

Having access to exclusive items is wonderful but sometimes the best design tool is something simple that doesn’t cost a lot of money, is easy to access and can yields high-end results in a flash.

Sometimes the best design tool you can have is a can of spray paint~

Spray Paint

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Today I wanted to talk a bit about decorating styles. One of the things I love most about being an interior designer is that there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to decorating. Creating a look that fits YOUR lifestyle, personality and esthetic is what decorating your home is all about.

When it comes to helping clients infuse their personal style into their home, bookcase arrangements are one of the areas I love to work on the most.  Bookshelves provide the perfect space for showcasing things you love, sharing your interest through books and representing your unique design style.

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Hi there.  I hope you are having a great weekend and staying warm if you’ve got cold weather like me.

  Since the start of the new year I’ve been able to get back into the swing of things and have checked a few things off the to-do.

I’m ending the weekend by attending the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings show which is taking place here in Atlanta.  I can’t wait to check out the latest and greatest products, colors, styles and trends in home decor and I will be taking lots of photos to share with you next week.

Until then, enjoy this beautiful space and check out the links for even more inspiration!

Favorite Office Space

links you’ll love…

These design tips are tried and true and you’ll find lots of decorating ideas from this round-up of beautiful spaces.

You’ll definitely want to try this lampshade update!

I think everyone should take these words to heart!

These diy dollar store baskets will make you want to organize in the new year.

A great example of the power of paint.

This home makeover really does have star power.

What you need to do to keep moving forward in life!