I always turn to jewelry when I want to add a little pizzaz to a plain outfit. Typically it is a bold necklace or a colorful pair of earrings, but recently, I’ve been attracted to vintage inspired rings. One of my fashion idols, Rachel Zoe has perfected the art of accessorizing with rings. I love that she never leaves home without one, and in most cases multiple rings on her fingers.
This fall and winter, I am going to hit some flea markets and antique shops and see what wonderful baubles I can find. I think I’ll look for a beautiful pearl cluster ring, and rings with colorful stones.
Vintage inspired rings will be my go-to accessory this season!
In one of my recent design workshops, I was telling the group that one of the essential decorative accessory every home needs is a “decorative lamp”. I’m not talking about a lamp in a unique color, or with a colorful shade, I’m talking about a lamp that is decorative in shape, color, finish, style and detail. A lamp that really makes a statement.
We’ll to me, using an unexpected lamp as part of your decor is a great way to personalize your home…something every home needs!
Here are a few of my favorite “decorative” lighting fixtures.
Curry and Company Angelic Table Lamp–wouldn’t this look stunning in a black and white bedroom?
Arterior’s Southhaptom Shell Chandelier–This would look great hanging over a garden tub.
Mercury Glass Pendant Light–what a fun way to light up a bar area.
These floor lamps are adorable!
Glass Saucer Lamp–I love the shape of these lamps. I think they’d be adorable in a guest bedroom.
I love the eclectic feel of this silverware lamp. Looking at it, it seems like it might be an easy DIY project.
I recently came across these interior photos while surfing the web. These gorgeous rooms were designed by the dynamic duo of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta of the New York design firm Diamond Baratta Design. Known for their use of color, bold patterns and unexpected design elements, the Diamond Baratta team’s work has graced over 25 magazine covers. The work of this talented team is not limited to the use of bold color, they have also designed some incredible rooms with traditional, contemporary and cottage styling. Read more about Diamond Baratta Design and check out more of their work, here!
When it comes to decorating dining rooms, I am really against the matching table and chair set concept. I think dining rooms are treasured spaces, where family and friends gather to share and create memories. And, being such a sacred space, I think dining rooms should boast an abundance of style and personality.
One of the looks that I am really into these days is a dining room where the dining chairs are a mix of styles and or finishes. I think this is a great way to jazz up your dining space and give it lots of character. I just love the collection of chairs below, not only the different chair back styles but also the mix of fabrics. Totally cute!
If you want to create an eclectic look in your dining room by mixing up your chair styles, there are several ways to do it….
1. Create a statement with just the Host and Hostess chairs by using a different chair silhouette, and by upholstering the chairs in a bold fabric. The colors used in this dining room are so fun and energetic. I love the Chartreuse used on the parson chairs and the tufting really adds a lot of style.
2. Use a different color on a single chair style. This look is great if your style is a bit more classic but you still desire a bit of whimsy. These classic farm style chairs look more updated with painted finishes and contrasting fabric seats.
3. For a more eclectic look, use a variety of chair styles but keep the finish consistent. This look is very easy on the eye while still adding a lot of style punch. I’d love to create this look around my kitchen table.
How fun is this look? The mix of chair styles gives this farm table so much more personality.
4. For ultimate personality and character, go all out and combine upholstered chairs, wood chairs and benches. Depending on the color scheme and chair styles, this look can be elegant and formal, or casual and comfortable.
This is such a beautiful and elegant look. I adore the upholstered banquette combined with the open back black chairs. So chic!
If you’re looking to make a few changes to your dining room, spice it up a bit and mix-and-match your chairs! I know you love the look. I know you’ll love the look!
Selfridges, one of the UK’s most prestigious department stores is opening the Shoe Galleries which will have over 100,000 pairs of shoes at any one time. I can’t even begin to imagine what 100,000 pairs of shoes looks like.
The shoe offering will include everything from the world’s largest Haviana wall to the latest designer collections by Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chanel and Gucci.
To make the shoe department even more special, Selfridges has designed the six salons and 11 boutiques that will make up this colossal shoe store into themed apartments to reflect each brand. The Chanel boutique was designed as a reflection of Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris, and the Jimmy Choo salon is adorned with hand-painted gold foil wall paper.
When I read the news about this magnificent shoe department, I had to do a little research, just to investigate all the brands that would be under one roof.
In addition to carrying some of my favorite brands like Ugg, Marc Jacobs and Elie Tahari , the Selfridges shoe emporium will carry brands like Chloe, D&G and even Nine West. One of the European lines that will be represented is the Kurt Geiger line. I didn’t know about Kurt Geiger until coming across his name on the website, but once I saw his shoe designs I had a mad crush. Check out these lovely’s designed by Mr. Geiger.
So, when I just can’t seem to find that perfect little ballet flat, I guess I’ll have to make a trip across the water and endure a few days in London looking at all 100,000 pairs of shoes at Selfridges. Anyone want to join me for a little shopping excursion?
until next time…
until next time…
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