Statement Piece: The Chandelier

Just like a statement necklace elevates your trusty t-shirt and jeans, a great lighting piece can elevate any design scheme!These days, chandeliers don’t have to be relegated uber-opulent design schemes. Not only can a classic chandelier can feel modern and fresh in the right setting, but you can find them in all shapes and sizes – modern and minimal all the way to over-the-top elegance.

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1.Bright  2.Elegant  3.Delicate  4.Industrial  5.Exotic 6.Streamlined


Styling an Entryway: Classic Statement

There are a lot of ways to style an entryway, but it should always be a balance of form and function, welcome you home, and get you out the door on time!

Today we’re styling a classic and elegant entryway that packs a punch but feels warm and welcoming.


A console with graceful lines like this dark chocolate number adds interest and keeps the look classic. A pair of metallic stools add a bit of function – pull out to slip on a pair of boots or tie those running shoes – and a hit of shine. Symmetrical lamps really pack a punch on a console, and an elegant statement pair like these with a strong black shade will elevate your look. Some tall blooms add height, impact, and an element of nature to your entryway.

Finish with a few clean-lined finishing touches: a tray that corrals grab-and-go items and a mirror to open up the space, and you have a classic entryway that shines!


A Radiant 2014

The reports are in, and Pantone has crowned another year with another color. Their pick this year? Radiant Orchid. It’s a hue that’s especially relatable to interior design – as Pantone points out, it captures undertones from multiple color families – fuchsia, purple, and pink – making it extra versatile and a good evocation of creativity. Reading Pantone’s positively glowing descriptions of the color – “blooms with confidence,” “magical warmth,” “intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination,” “creative and embracing,” “draws you in with its beguiling charm,” “emanates great joy, love and health,” – personally, it brings to mind this image:

Prince William and Kate

Yes, the Duchess. What better evokes the above qualities? In my orchid-inspired 2014, I want to focus on the simple glowing elegance, warmth, and joyful youthfulness that the color can bring.

Some practical ways you can bring some orchid-inspired color into your interiors in 2014?

1. Accentuate that Architecture

Purple hues bring out architectural detail and structured pieces in a gorgeous way – a bright purple can make a bold, refreshing statement, while a more understated hue will brim with comfort, confidence and warmth. For classic and simple elegance, go with a much deeper purple.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Bright and Bold

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Simple, Comfortable and Warm

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Classic Elegance

2. Say it with Flowers

An obvious connation of orchid is its connection to nature at its most lush and bountiful – a good reminder of how just bringing the outside in can renew a whole space. Do it simply with a plentiful bunch of blooms or make a more lasting impact with a beautiful art piece.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Interior Decor -- Radiant Orchid Painting

Orchids against botanical prints

3. Go for some Glow

There’s a reason they call it radiant – just look at how that purple makes an already radiant princess glow even more brightly! Maximize its vibrant qualities by going for orchid-inspired lighting – try something with fuchsia or violet undertones. This can translate to any style from mod to regal, and add instant youthful elegance or playful glamour.

Diamond cut Crystal decanter lamp with fuschia silk shademodern table lamps by Lamps Plus - gorgeous fuschia $185Violet lamp and black and grey drawingType 1228 Desk Lamp Violet  Anglepoise

Four Ways to Cozy Up to Fall

Fall is in full swing, and we all want to add that extra bit of warmth in our homes as the temperature cools. Here are four basic ways to incorporate a fall feel, whether your taste runs rustic or luxe.

1. Cozy Textures



2. Sophisticated Warmth – Jewel Tones and Metallics



3. Equestrian Prints

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4. Spicy Ethnic-Inspired Warmth



Wake Up Your Walls

We all know that great bones are the best starting point for a room. But not every home is bestowed with interesting bones – and we’ve all dealt with or seen downright coma-inducing walls. Walls that are so featureless that they defy any solid color. Sure, you can still make the space interesting using the right design elements, but what about the walls themselves? Well, fear not – there are so many options to be found for waking up your walls in a unique way that you have no excuse for resigning yourself to your bland-wall-induced stupor.


First of all, an obvious choice is wallpapering the room. Beautiful wallpaper is in plentiful supply, and anything but boring or dowdy, ranging from animal inspired motifs to sharp graphic patterns.


A great do-it-yourself option is painting your own wallpaper – really, it’s possible. Not only are wall stencils vastly cheaper and available in a variety of looks, but you can easily play with layout and color – talk about creative control.


Take the opportunity to add a unique touch – using a metallic paint could instantly add luxe and glamour.

Or play with using a chalkboard paint – building texture right onto your wall.


Framing a large chunk of wallpaper is a beautiful way to liven up the walls. It brings so much more impact than a piece of ordinary wall art, and looks great in panels.




 Bonus: it’s the perfect way to affordably work in a wallpaper that you completely love.


Moulding can add flair in any number of imaginative ways. Some clever ideas here.


I love the fresh innovation of an ombré wall – heck with deciding which chip on the paint strip to go with – use ’em all! This grand idea is from DIY expert Erica Domesek.


Maps in a room are sophisticated but don’t have to be stuffy – they’re exciting and interesting, like this wallpaper-esque collage of tacked on maps. (Walked through here.)


And check out the graphic punch that this map mural packs onto this wall! (DIY here.)

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty (or at least chalkboard-paint-splattered) and liven up your walls!

Spotlight On: The Acrylic Coffee Table

If you haven’t noticed yet, acrylic coffee tables are popping up everywhere in some of the most beautifully designed homes. And there is a reason that these modern beauties work in almost any space – completely translucent, they take up absolutely no visual room, and work with absolutely any scheme. They add a slight edge to the most traditional of rooms and combine surprisingly well with any style from glam vintage to urban sleek. Where coffee tables are concerned, it’s the ultimate no-fail solution!

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Interior Design When It Sizzles

The 1964 film “Paris When It Sizzles” was not particularly well received when it hit the big screen, and not undeservedly – it is as one critic described it: “contrived, utterly preposterous and totally unmotivated.” Audrey Hepburn, arrayed in a myriad of Givenchy stunners as she flits about “scriptwriter” William Holden’s spacious Paris apartment, brightens things up a bit, as does a hilarious cameo by Hollywood legend Tony Curtis. But the real star of the film – and what makes it halfway watchable – is the stunning apartment that Hepburn and Holden inhabit during half the film (when they’re not lost in fantasy-flashbacks in which they’re fighting trench-coated spies and chasing vampires…like I said, not an Oscar contender.)

It’s apparent that a considerable amount of thought went into the apartment’s set design, in which each new camera angle reveals another impeccably decorated nook of cool French-glam. Basically, it’s the Paris apartment you’ve always dreamed of. I couldn’t help seeing if I could find pieces that evoke some of the feel of that apartment in modern terms. Anyone in the market for a luxuriously decorated Paris apartment?



1. Wall Art 2. Chest 3. Lantern

Sitting Area


1. Lamp 2. Mirror 3. Settee 4. Accent Table 5. Rug

Living Room


1. Sofa 2. Table 3. Sconce 4. Bar Cart 5. Rug



1. Headboard 2. Mirror 3. Ottoman 4. Rug

Style Equation: The Workspace

Your home office should be a place that inspires you, helps you focus and accomplish the tasks you set aside to work on. Since both what you use your home office for and what environment keeps you the most productive are so widely varying, everyone’s workspace is, and should be, unique, inspiring, and functional for them. Here are a few style equations to make your workspace a place that inspires you.

If you like a clean workspace, architectural furniture pieces in unobtrusive neutral colors work well. A glossy white lamp adds some polish.
If color inspires and stimulates you try a mod graphic print and a brightly colored lamp. Go for a streamlined desk to ground the look.
To inject a little modern glamour into a workspace, accessorize a mid-century desk with a high-shine lamp and printed ikat chair.

The Perfect (and Personal) Home Fragrance

I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I notice when I walk into someone’s home is the smell – for better or worse. Whether it’s a great scent like freshly baked bread or fresh flowers, or a less pleasant experience – home scent can make the first impression when you step in the door. More importantly, home fragrance can increase your enjoyment of your home, invigorate you, relax you, and affect the ambience that surrounds your day-to-day life.

So says one of the best among home fragrance companies – Antica Farmacista, whose wonderland of products with luscious names like Prosecco and Casablanca could tempt anyone to break the bank stocking up on scents for every room and occasion. Since becoming Friends with Antica Famacista co-owner, Shelley Callaghan (and her generosity in lavishly supplying my own home and office with their amazing products)  I’ve been  intrigued by all the ways they allow for their customers to shop for fragrance – not only by room of the house and fragrance-element, but more fascinating (and mostly, more fun) by personality type. Because if you’re going to add a fragrance to your home, it should be personal!

Here are three fragrance personality profiles that may inspire your home fragrance choice – you can see the many more in detail on Antica Farmacista’s website.

 The Romantic

LOVE this for my stairway landing. Like the open look, the gold. Aqua and gold Entry hall idea  - (Thibaut Design - Thibaut wallpaper, gold sunburst mirror, gold demilune table and ...)

The romantic – you love to be transported, you love a good story. Your décor reflects that, and you love a fragrance that can tell a new story within your home. Among the gorgeous scents suggested at Antica Farmacista are the light, refreshing, “Acqua,” the delicious-sounding “Ala Moana,” (it means “path to the sea”) and the soft “Peonia, Gardenia & Rosa.

The Naturalist

lovely dining room.

If you fill your home and your life with natural textures, simple styles, fresh and soothing colors, try a naturalistic fragrance to match. Fill your home with the fresh scent of natural elements. At Antica they suggest “Green Fig,” “Grapefruit,” or “Sandalwood Amber.

The Classic

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Tried-and-true classics, those quality elements that stand the test of time and don’t bend with fashions and trends – if this is what fills your home and your life, you’re a classic! Go with a fragrance that reflects that like “Casablanca,” “Prosecco,” or “Orange Blossom” (my personal favorite).

There are many ways to choose a home fragrance, but the most important thing is to choose a fragrance that not only reflects your personality but sets the mood that you want for your home – whether you want to feel invigorated, refreshed and energized, cozy and relaxed, or centered and familiar.

The Art of Window Treatment

Window treatments – that oft overlooked design element – can be hugely impactful to great room design. It tends to be the last thing we think about (much to the room’s detriment!) when we plan our design. Simply put, they’re one of the best ways to help express a unique design aesthetic and punch up the room’s personality.

There are tons of reasons to consider your window treatment, but first, please consider The Golden Rule of drape placement.

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These two windows are exactly the same size, but the window on the right looks much larger. This, my friends is the secret to hanging draperies. Always, always, hang your drapes to the ceiling! Where possible, extend the drapes wider horizontally. This will make so much difference folks! Just say no to bad drape placement.

So, what are the advantages of a great window treatment?

Practicality. Most people want the option of privacy and the added insulation provided by window treatments.

Closing drapes and blinds provide greater insulation around windows against both outdoor heat and cold, and could save you as much as $10 PER WINDOW annually on your heating/cooling bill!

Drama. Nothing says drama like floor-to-ceiling panels of creamy, luxurious fabric, and there is no more obvious way to add airy drama in flash.

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Personality. Window treatments are just another way to express your design aesthetic and style – pick something fun that complements your design but expresses a different side of your style!

Patterned Drapes to flank, Light Chiffon ones... for bedroom    If you are the one struggling with how to arrange a long, narrow living room, you may know it better as “the bowling alley.” When we were looking at houses several years ago, we kept seeing these long, open spaces, and inevitab

Continuity. See how the drapes below really carry the design through the whole room? They complement the accent colors, shapes, and patterns, creating a far more cohesive look.

Patterned drapes around the bed, and a comfortable couch nearby.

Texture. Texture is a great tool to help a design feel more complete – especially if you’re going for a more subtle look, textured window treatments add an extra layer of interest.

Cream walls and drapes and a toned down blue and beige color palette works perfectly because of the pattern play and the bold rug and daybed choices.

Pattern. In case you hadn’t noticed, window treatments are a fabulous way to introduce all types of pattern – they cover a ton of surface area, but are an easier and safer way to incorporate pattern than a wallpaper or large furniture piece.

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Color. Beautiful bright drapes all but eliminate the need for any other accent color in the room – how easy is that?

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