The Makings of a Beautiful Nightstand

Nightstands are a key part in every bedroom, anchoring the bed and giving the entire space form,  function and style! 

Here’s what it takes to make your nightstand, stand out…

  • The Nightstand Itself–whenever possible, avoid a matching piece to your bed/headboard.  A unique nightstand will give new life to a simple headboard/bed.  Try a piece of antique furniture, a small writing desk, a cabinet with drawers, a skirted round table or even stacked luggage pieces.  Do something unexpected!
 
  • The Lighting–choose a lamp that will provide good reading light and one that adds some style and personality to the space.  Ceramic base lamps are great for bedrooms as are crystal or glass lamps.  And, if your nightstand is too small to hold a tabletop lamp, think about hanging a pendant overhead.  Trey Chic!
 
  • The AccessoriesI don’t know about you, but I love to have a stash of special treasures on my nightstand…
Books/iPad–for late night reading or early morning blog browsing
Scented Candle–lighting a candle an hour or so before you go to bed will help you sleep better and have sweet dreams
Bedside Clockforgo the glow-in-the-dark electronic version and add a stylish chrome or brass clock next to your bed
Flowers–real or faux, flowers will add a sense of opulence to your bedroom. 
Photos–a photo of my husband and I sits on my nightstand…a great reminder as I fall to sleep of what matters most.
 
 And, for those of you that like a cleaner look on your nightstand, use decorative boxes or baskets to hold everything. 
  • The Surround–decorating your nightstand does not just stop at what you put on top of your nightstand. Creating a dynamic look for your nightstand also includes what surrounds it.  I love hanging a grouping of framed art on the wall above the nightstand, or a decorative mirror.  Both elements will add impact around your nightstand.

 

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I’ll be spending the next few days at the Atlanta Gift Show and will be back Monday with some of the new products and trends from the show.  Until then, try giving your nightstand a new look and see what a difference it makes!

Sweet Dreams until Monday.

p.s.  Thank you for all the sweet emails about my 20th Wedding Anniversary.  It’s a joy to be loved inside your home, and out!

My Favorite Accessory Pieces–Classic and Timeless

My favorite part of decorating is accessorizing. 

Accessories give a home its personality and make spaces come to life.  And, since there are so many accessories in the marketplace to choose from, the looks you can create are endless.  But, after years of decorating, there are  5 decorative accessories that stand out as my favorite accessory pieces

 

1)  Starburst Mirrors

I love how starburst mirrors add dimension and visual interest to a room. And, they are a great alternative to framed artwork.

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2) Silver Trays

Whether hung on the wall or used as a tabletop piece, trays, especially silver ones add a touch of glam to a room.  A silver tray is also great to show a grouping of books or decorative objects.

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3) Decorative Urns

An easy way to add architectural interest to a room is with decorative urns.  Use them to fill bookshelves,  hold plants or as an accent furniture piece.

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4) Picture Frames

Oh how I love picture frames!  A grouping of frames on a table surface is great, but I really love a collection of unique frames hung on the wall.  Mix traditional framed photos with eclectic wall art  for a personalized arrangement.

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5) Decorative Boxes

Boxes are great for storage or display.  Stack them in groups or display them alone–either way, accessories are a key accessory item for every home.

 

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I’m looking forward to attending the I Love Thrifting event here in Atlanta on Saturday, and hope to add a few new home accessories to my mix.  I’ll be sure to share my fabulous thrift shop finds with you next week.

Until then, have a great weekend !

 

Classic Furniture–Seven Pieces to Covet + one

I’ve worked in the home furnishings industry for many years and despite all the seasonal and trend changes that occur each year,  there are always a handful of classic and timeless furniture styles that never lose their appeal, versatility or beauty. 

Styles that simply NEVER go out of style!

 

The Slipper Chair

 

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Brass Lamps

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Garden Stools

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Glass Top Brass Tables

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The Ghost Chair

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Saarinen Table

 

 

 

Louis Chairs

 

 

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How many of these classic styles do you have in your home?

Come back tomorrow when I’ll show you a few of my favorite classic home accessory pieces.

 

 

We All Go Through Changes

I am working on a new project, where the homeowners are downsizing into a slightly smaller home, and as part of the move, they’ve decided to completely change the style of their decor.

They are moving from a traditional, formal look with rich colors and tones, to a contemporary, sleek, mostly white decor.  While most people make several style changes during their lifespan, this design change is a big one.   

In helping Richard and Henry create the look that they want, I developed a series of concept boards so they could envision their new space. Here’s a peek at a few before photos and inspiration boards, along with some of the design advice I shared with them.

 

Living Room:  The living room will be all white, with accents of red (a favorite color of the family).  We’ll downplay the wood floors with area rugs and add accessories that give the space personality.

  • In room with a narrow color palette, the finishes and textures you into that space become a critical part of the design.  Make sure every element has a reason for being and that the textures make a statement.
  • When selecting a white paint color for your walls, you MUST sample them first.  White is one of the trickiest colors to work with and can have a variety of undertones that pop out in different light.  Sampling the paint color and viewing it different times of day will help you choose the perfect one for your home and space.
  • Texture will give the space depth and interest, without interfering with the color statement, so it’s important to incorporate it into your design plan.  The best options for adding texture are wall decor, textiles, lighting and accessories.
  • Using a range of paint finishes will provide visual interest and give the wall surfaces more dimension.  We decided to use Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW7004) on the walls, in an eggshell finish and again on all the trim work, but in a high-gloss finish.  The different finsihes will visually define the walls.

living room before

the brick will be painted
the living room inspiration

 

The Kitchen:  In the kitchen I recommended that the cabinets be painted grey, still providing a cool, contemporary feel while giving the space a bit more depth.

  • Contemporary style kitchens work best when the overall look is simple and clean, allowing the finishes, hardware and details to be hero.  I recommended chrome and shiny silver hardware for that visual pop.

 

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The Bedroom:  Wanting their bedroom space to feel totally calming and relaxed, I selected a light grey color for the walls. The headboard will be upholstered in white and the linens will all be white.  We opted for grey faux silk curtain panels in the same tone as the wall to provide texture but keep the space serene.

To give a bedroom real style, pay attention to the details and make them count.  My homeowners wanted major bling to show up in the bedroom so we are doing a silver-leaf treatment on the tray ceiling and adding a stunning crystal chandelier.  Additional style will be added with mirrored night stands, decorative pillows and a white drawer console.

  • Bedrooms are where texture can really make the space come to life.  Texture pillows, rug and the chandelier will give the space interest.
  • Layering is also important in a bedroom–layer your linens and layer your accessories to give the space character and dimension

 

 

 

 

The Master Bathroom:  Playing off the grey that is being used in the master bedroom, and wanting to make sure the bathroom has its own distinct style, we opted to change the design of the shower, the countertops, hardware and finishes.

  • To create drama in a bathroom, use materials that have alot of character–small glass tiles are a great option for a shower stall and provide an artist quality as well as added dimension
  • Be bold with your hardware and lighting and mirror choices–these are elements that add alot of personality to a bathroom
  • Keep your window treatments simple and classic–roman shades are a great option for bathroom windows

 

bathroom before
the cabinets will be painted Sherwin Williams Monorail Silver (SW 7663)
the shower stall will be redesigned with a curved wall made of glass blocks

 

the bathroom inspiration

 

The Home Office:  We are taking an upstairs loft area and turning it into a home office.  A wall will be added with french doors to close off the space.

  • Office areas need to function well and look good in the process.  Make sure you don’t skimp of storage and organization elements because without these, the space will not work well or feel good.
  • Use bookcases to add style to a home office.  Large wall units will give you storage and display space.

 

And last but not least, we’ll be adding personality pieces to make this home a reflection of the owners.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re content with your design style or in the process of changing things up a bit, make sure to add elements that are a reflection of you and your personality. 

 

I’ll be sure to share the finished spaces when we’re all done.

 

Going For The Gold

I typically lean towards silver finishes when it comes to jewelry and decorative accessories, but lately, I find myself smitten by all the glamorous gold that I’m seeing in the stores. 

Maybe it’s because gold tones go so well with the springtime sun, or maybe it’s because gold finishes add a touch of regal elegance to a space. 

 

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Whatever the reason, I’m going for the gold this season and loving it.

  

  1. Gold Sequin Tank–Old Navy
  2. Gold Rings–Stella and Dot
  3. Evening Gown–Rodarte
  4. Gold Medallion Sandals–Tori Burch
  5. Gold Chain Necklace–Stella and Dot
  6. Owls–Etsy shop Space Craft Vintage
  7. Chair–Massoud Magarite Chair from Horchow
  8. Starburst Mirror–Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs
  9. Gold Interlocking Table–Roost Home
  10. Lamp–Kartell Bourgie Gold Baroque
 

Are you a gold or silver person?  Or do you like to mix it up?

Stripes Make Me Happy!

Have you noticed that stripes are everywhere? 

From  Spring fashions….

these knit wrapped trees in Houston, Texas.  Aren’t these just incredible!  Check out the mission behind this trees, here.

And of course, stripes are one of the most stylish ways to add punch to your decor.  Here are a few of my favorite stripe infused spaces.

I love the mix of different stripe widths in this room.  So modern and fresh!

These chair covers are adorable.

 

The combination of vertical and horizontal stripes give this area lots of visual interest.  A great technique for a large accent wall!

 

I wonder what’s behind the  pink door?

This chair looks like it would be great for a springtime nap!

 

Cheerful accessories bring so much life to a room.

 

Classic!

If you need to infuse a bit of energy into your home, consider stripes!

Cheers!

 

 

Happy Feet!

With the string of almost 70 degree days we’ve had here in Atlanta, (ok, so it’s only been about 3 days), me and my happy feet decided to take a trip to one of my favorite places, DSW Shoe Warehouse.

 

I don’t know what it is about that place, but seeing endless rows of shoes is so comforting to my soul.  And, the thrill of the hunt that hits you when you enter their doors is just so exciting.

As I walked the aisles, I was excited to see that the gladiator sandal look was out, and that chunky heels, wedge sandals and bright colors are in for Spring.

As someone who is pushing 5″ 3″ tall, I am all for a shoe that will give me a boost and make me look “so much” taller.

Here are some of the looks I am coveting for Spring:

 I love the turquoise color of these wedge sandals and how great they will look with a white outfit.

 

A bit feisty to wear with a cute dress!

Totally too high to wear as an everyday shoe, but these are so my colors!

 

I so love this shoe. I’d wear them with a pair of wide leg jeans, a simple tee and lots of bold jewelry.

A classic that would go with just about anything.

 

After spending over an hour at DSW, I immediately left there and headed to a nail salon where I got a long overdue pedicure.  Now, I am ready for Spring and can’t wait to wear my new spring  sandals.

Aerosole Peep-toe Sandal–cute and comfy!

 

What style of shoe are you looking forward wo wearing this Spring?

 

 
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I’m Ready To Party

The holiday party season is here and my calendar is filling up with events and Christmas parties to attend.  So naturally I’ve begun to think about what I’m going to wear to all these festive occasions.  
When it come to party attire, I have some basic rules I like to follow, rules that allow me to easily pull together an outfit, perfect for any party occasion. 
  

Here are my “Holiday Wardrobe Rules” & a few of my favorite holiday finds.

  
1.  Wear Your Favorite Color–I don’t know about you, but when I wear my favorite color I am automatically in a happy mood.  My spirits are lifted and I feel great. So, a little something red is on my wardrobe list this holiday.
2.  Wear Something That Sparkles–Whether it’s a handbag, sweater, earrings or a scarf, the holidays call for something with a bit of bling.  Right now, I am so over-the-top in love with sequined sweaters and tops.  I love how an embellished sweater paired with a pair of dark denim is all it take to make a splash.
3.  Long Earrings are Lushish–I tend to wear long earrings anyway, but during the holidays, I think a pair of long, dangling earrings are a must.  Go for something colorful or beaded for a bit of added glam.
4.   Make a Statement with your Handbag–This time of year, I tend to pull out my clutch handbags and use them more often.  There’s something so feminine and classic about a pretty clutch during the holidays.
5.  Don’t sacrifice Warmth for Pretty–I am one of those people who are always cold, so the current fashion trend of fur embellishments are right up my alley.  I love a sweater with a fur collar or how a fur scarf can dress up a plain outfit. 
6.  Flash Your Footwear–The holidays are a great time to pull out that special pair to footwear and dress up a plain pair of  black pants or jeans.

 

 

Bell Sleeve Cable Sweater–Victoria’s Secret  $29.00
Notte By Marchesa–at The Outnet
Disney Couture Necklace by Tom Binns–at Endless.com
Big Buddha Mia Rosette Satchel–at Lord & Taylor  $85.00
Black & Zebra Bangle Set–Wet Seal  $12.50
Only Mine Ruffle Cardigan–at Nordstrom  $88.00
 

 

These lovely red beaded chandelier earrings are from Anthropologie for $58.00

 

 

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincents–at Zappos
Marc by Marc Jacobs–at Barney’s
Michael Kors–at Macy’s  $61.00
Vince Sequined Top–at Net-a-Porter
Sam & Lavi–at Farfetch.com  $132.00
Olive and Oak–at Urban Outfitters  $59.00
Adam Bamboo & Cashmere Cardigan–at Net-a-Porter
 

This beautiful cardigan is available at Kohl’s for $29.99.  Colors: Plum, Black or Silver.  I purchased the silver color for myself.

 

 

  

Santi Clutch–Endless.com
LaRegale Rhinestone Clutch–Ebags  $67.20
Kotur Green Sequin Clutch–Shirise
LaRegale Leopard Clutch–Ebags  $25.60
Menbur Eilinel Clutch–Endless.com  $63
Teardrop Sequin Cross Body Clutch–Banana Republic
LeRagle Red Sequin Clutch–Lori’s Shoes  $42.00

I love this ruffled clutch.  It’s from Macy’s and sells for $35.99

 

Karl Donoghue Suede & Shearling Shrug–at Net-a-Porter
Nicholas K. Jag Cardigan–at Blue & Cream
Faux Fur Button Front Jacket–Charlotte Russe $59.50
Lux Fur Vest–Charlotte Russe–$44.50
Byte by Teso Jacket–at Neiman Marcus
Brown Faux Fur Collar–Torrid $16.00
 

 

How adorable is this fur-trimmed cardigan?  Yours for $39.99 from Kohl’s

 

Poetic Licence–Lori’s Shoes
Betsy Johnson T-Strap Sandal–Endless.com  $165.00
Chariot Animal Print Sling Back–Kate Spade
Jones New York Red Pump–DSW  $59.95
Vaneli Ingrid Bootie–Endless.com  $93.00
Caparros Kellen Flat–Endless.com  $42.64
 
Franco Sarto–Zappos  $64.00

So, with my first holiday party coming up this weekend, and my party attire in place, I’m ready to celebrate the season!

Do you have a ‘go to’ party look?

 
 

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