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Monthly Archives: April 2009
Have you heard of One Kings Lane? One Kings Lane is an invitation-required, online shopping destination featuring world-renowned home decor brands at majorly discounted prices (similar to ideeli or RueLaLa, but for home decor).
I got an invitation from Tonya at Kotori and haven’t been over-excited about anything the site has had to offer in the first few weeks. BUT, today I got an email that they were featuring sales on Hable Construction pillows (I swoon), and they’re up to 50% off! What an amazing deal; I’m now a big One Kings Lane fan – they’ve won me over.
If you want an invite feel free to email me:
My previous “Real Housewives of NYC” post is getting some major traction today, which leads me to believe that everyone is Googling Silex’s Brooklyn brownstone renovation.
I have to say, even though I’m positive they’re both cuckoo, and I would never ever feel comfortable or relaxed in their new living room, at least they have fun with decorating! The red and black was very loungey, but it was different and playful, and it represented them: over the top, attention-grabbing, and dramatic.
I think their kitchen was the real star of the renovation though, and it didn’t get enough camera time! They were too busy zooming in for promotional spots with the GE Monogram appliances; I don’t know about you, but I’m offended when they don’t at least TRY to pretend it’s not product placement!
Also, did you notice they had red velvet cake to match their new decor? (I love a good party theme!)
I finally finished my upholstered headboard project this weekend (with only a few minor speedbumps along the way). At the last minute I changed my mind and switched from the grey ikea fabric to a velvety golden yellow color; I decided that since I haven’t yet fallen in love with a new bedspread that I would choose an upholstery fabric that would match with both my old and new color schemes.
I decided that using a big piece of plywood like I had originally planned was going to be too cumbersome with my 1. lack of car and 2. possible moving at the end of the summer… so I substituted the heavy wood idea with a frame made out of stretcher strips used for stretching canvases:
In another attempt to substitute, instead of using an expensive piece of decorators foam, I bought an egg crate foam pad from target and cut it to fit the frame, which I then attached with staples:
Then I laid out the fabric and stretched and stapled it just like assembling a canvas:
And after attaching some picture hangers to the back of the canvas and nailing it up to the wall, voila! my upholstered headboard is complete:
Now onto the next project… pillows?
Whoops! I forgot to hit publish on my post yesterday, probably because I was spending my free time refreshing the forum’s on the decor8 blogging workshop I’ve been participating in. Thanks to all of the fellow bloggers in my homework group for taking the time to give me such positive feedback and valuable constructive criticism! We’ll just go with the “everyday is earth day” excuse, (I’m corny, I know) and share what I meant to post yesterday with you today.
Organic textiles used to mean crunchy-hippy-dippy-bolts of hemp and dull colors, but the green movement has not back many new textile designers that are creating rich bold prints AND making them with organic and ecologicaly friendly materials. So, Happy (belated) Earth Day, check out this round up of my favorites:
via Rubie Green
via Mod Green Pod
I’ve just finished reading Simon Doonan’s Eccentric Glamour, his guide to creating an insanely more fabulous you. His writing is hilarious; I highly recommend it for a good beach read this summer.
One of his advice tidbits is to stop saving your fancy dresses for special occasions and live everyday like it’s a cause for celebration; while my coworkers would probably turn their noses and my wearing of ball gowns to the office, I think this principle can be nicely applied to how you decorate your home. What if we left Christmas lights up all year long and decked the walls with paper bunting not just for birthday parties but for the everyday?
I think these pictures show how fun and whimisical it could be, especially in a kids room or craft studio!
via Chez Larsson
Audrina from The Hill’s enjoys decorating shows? I’m as confused as you are, but I’m convinced that the Style Network is reading my dream journal because I just found out that on the new season of Dress My Nest, Thom Filicia is making over Audrina Patridge’s backyard. My first thought is, she’s a celeb, can’t she pay a decorator and let Thom focus on deserving nobodies that need his help? But really, I’m quite excited to see how he interacts with her and what he does with her space. My biggest design crush and favorite reality TV guilty pleasure combined? Can’t wait for it to air!
For once the Real Housewives are making headlines for less scandalous behaviours. The drama surrounding the Real Housewives lately has been about Real Estate. The disCountess LuAnn de Lesseps has put her Bridgehampton, NY house on the market for $9,500,000. And housewife Kelly Bensimon is also selling her East Hampton home for $10,900,000. But don’t worry, she still has her downtown apartment, stocked with zebra rugs, hot pink sofas. (and an over sized horse sculpture, just what ever girl needs!) She may be a little kooky but her home decor is certainly fun.
Kelly’s home via Kelly Bensimon
The lovely Jill Zarin doesn’t appear to be having the same cash-strapped situation as the other housewives (possibly because she doesn’t have as many legal bills adding up). Her Upper East Side apartment was featured in Traditional Home after her major decorating overhaul, and like Jill, it’s blingy and fabulous (though a little overkill with the Foo dogs, two are enough thank you). I particularly love her daughter Ali’s room (jealous!).
Jill’s Home via Jill Zarin
In my old bedroom in my parents house, stacked vintage luggage doubles as a small table, perfect for some fresh flowers or to use as a nightstand:
I love the weathered look of old suitcases and have rounded up some other fun examples of how stacked luggage can double as a piece of furniture.
Who wouldn’t love to have an extra Louis lying around? via La Dolce Vita
These mini-suitcase would be great on a dresser to store baubles! via hbgordan’s photostream
I love the colors in this stack. via Kotori
I’m amazed at how many views there were my post about the yellow and gray trend last week, so I thought I’d post the other pictures that didn’t make the cut. I’m getting more and more inspired by the color combination and hoping to revamp my bedroom next weekend, fingers crossed!