FAVORITES FOR THE BEDROOM NIGHTSTAND

When space is tight in a bedroom, I find the desk/nightstand trend a great solution for small space design. It is a great dual-functional surface that saves on valuable space while keeping necessities at hand. Here are 8 of my inspiring favorites from Domino.

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SINGING THE BLUES

I’m Singing The Blues, not in a sad way, but in an inspiring way. Blue is HOT, HOT, HOT, right now…..in Home Decor and Fashion. I wouldn’t say it is a trendy color, but a classic color that works wonderfully with so many other colors. I love it with Emerald GreenBright Orange. Shocking Pink, Bright Yellow, and Black, to name just a few. Of course, the color Blue, along with Red and White is particularly symbolic this time of year with the 4th of July happening in just a matter of days. Wow, it’s so hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. Nevertheless, I love the color blue no matter what the occasion and thought it would be fun to share some of my blue home decor, fashion and art that I find inspiring which I have curated from Polyvore. Enjoy my Rhapsody In Blue……

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If you’re interested to learn more about the items seen here, visit Polyvore.

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Have a Lovely Day

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16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

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Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

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Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

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Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

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Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

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Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

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Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

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Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

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Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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TOP ONLINE SHOPS ~ ZARA HOME~PART 1

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While I was looking for some top online shops, I stumbled upon ZaraHome. I have always enjoyed this store for its European influenced style in fashion and, they also have a “Home” department, which I didn’t even realize. Like their chic and stylish fashion styles, their home line follows in that same vein, which, of course, is all priced affordably. Love it when you get chic style that fits within a budget. Here are just a few items that caught my eye.

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LET’S GO SHOPPING ~~

I was doing a little virtual shopping recently over at one of my favorite magazines, Architectural Digest and came across a few items that I had to share. Sit back and enjoy, maybe you will see something you fancy. I have one or two on my wish list….HINT: Fortuny Fabric.

 

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Canopy Designs Dandelion Chandelier. Photo: Christine Blackbourne. canopydesigns.com, 212-355-0033.

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Roger Thomas. Photo: Christopher Amaral. walterswicker.com, 212-758-0472.

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Wicker rim and resin base tray in a Portugese tile pattern by Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Victor Prado. oscardelarenta.com, 888-782-0472.

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Spring 2015 line of luxury bedding by Donna Karan Home. Photo: Victor Prado. bloomingdales.com, 800-777-0000.

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Hand Painted Feeling tableware collection by Serax. Made in Belgium. Photo: Victor Prado. florijnhome.com, 781-772-2180.

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L’Objet’s Alchime de Venise line of decorative boxes clad in Fortuny. 🙂 Photo: Victor Prado. l-objet.com, 855-562-5388.

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Table linens by Ferran ~ New York. 🙂 Photo: Gormon Studios. ferranstore.com, 212-865-1303.

These are just a few of my picks. If you wish to see more, be sure to visit Architectural Digest. I hope you have a very lovely weekend, doing whatever, shopping, relaxing, catching up on some reading or just chilling. Out my way, it is the ANNUAL SWALLOW’S DAY PARADE. San Juan Capistrano is the host of this BIG EVENT and this is the 57th year celebrating the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The day kicks off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Women’s Club of San Juan Capistrano. At 10:00 a.m., the pre-parade festivities start and at 11:00 a.m., the parade kicks off. We have many fond memories of this event, as my hubby was a very active participant with all three of my now grown children, marching in the parade with the Y-Princess and Y-Guide Program (a program affiliated  with the YMCA, that provides many wonderful Father/Daughter and Father/Son activities). This isn’t the only BIG EVENT on the calendar though………even BIGGER, is my grandson’s 2nd birthday party. He will be starting his celebration at the local petting zoo…..and this is another memorable place for our family in San Juan Capistrano. This petting zoo, was once known as the Jones Family Petting Farm and each of my children grew up experiencing this wonderful place, from guided pony rides, to birthday events. Now, the original family has retired and since sold the petting zoo to a wonderful woman who has taken it beyond what it was 20+ years ago. Today, it is known as Zoomar’s Petting Zoo. It still has all the fabulous memories of so many years ago, with the “horsey-rides”, the goats, the sheep, the Emu’s, the corral with all the “little critters” (guinea pigs, bunnies and such) that we happily feed with the “purchased food” (it is a business after all). But, now, there is a choo-choo train to ride on, a “gold-mining” adventure, a corn-filled play-pen for kids to jump in to their hearts’ delight. Needless to say, it has definitely evolved from where it was when we took my Lindsay, Neal and Melissa there. Now, my Lindsay is a momma and we are coming full circle with my grandson, Jackson. It is such fun to see him enjoy some of the same places that his “momma” grew up with. We’ll be hangin’ at the Grandparents’ house (mu-wah) afterwards, grillin’ and chillin’ with family, friends and our very adorable grandson!

Happy Weekend

From Me to You, xoxo,

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

Without a doubt, I absolutely love Pink and certainly, the color is most befitting for the month of February. I’ve gathered a few images that more than send my heart a flutter, and, hopefully, you will enjoy them as well.

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Shut the Front Door ~ Pink, of course!

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And, with Navy, it is simply Stunning, but yes!!

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I love everything about this room, starting with the ceiling, and ending with the luscious fabric choices.

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Speaking of Fabric, here are a few picks from Schumacher and Robert Allen.

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TO FLOWERS AND FASHION 

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All images via my Pinterest.

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MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS ~ CELEBRATE SILVER

My Saturday mornings typically start off with a yummy breakfast, prepared by yours truly or, enjoyed at one of our favorite breakfast spots. And, it is always enjoyed with my favorite Saturday Home and Garden section of the Orange County Register. Recently, The Register caught up with Gold and Williams during their Orange County visit at their South Coast Plaza store. I especially loved their tips on “What Makes A Comfortable Home” and thought it would be fun to share a few of their tips along with a few Mitchell+Gold vignettes of some of their furniture, art, lighting and accessories.

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  1. Take lots of pictures of family and friends (they are great to send with a thank-you note or with an email to someone or framed in your home).
  2. Let your pets and kids get up on the furniture. No room should be off limits. Encourage lounging.
  3. Clear the clutter – declutter your rooms and closets and you’ll feel better and more relaxed. I couldn’t agree more!!
  4. Include a variety of seating options in a room so your guests and family will always be comfortable (for example, some people prefer a more upright seat that’s easier to get in and out of; some prefer a lower seat).

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5. Chairs should have an occasional table next to them so there’s a place to rest your drink.

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6. Put your lights on dimmers – people look better in dim, soft light. YES, YES!!

7. Have the appropriate storage for all your needs

8. Make your bed every morning and teach your children to make their beds. It makes you feel neater. (I have been preaching this FOR LIKE EVER, HELLOOOOO!!!!!)

9. Invest in the little luxuries like good sheets and towels – they will make a daily difference.

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10. Furnish your home for comfort first – in the living room, start with the sofa. Measure your space carefully and then go with one that is truly inviting.

11. Think about the purpose of a room before decorating it – that way you’ll have a space that really suits the purpose of where you live.

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12. For a sense of calm, limit the colors in a room and use no more than three or four with at least two being accents.

13. Love your imperfections. We’d rather things be relaxed than perfect. That’s why we like our leather furniture with distressing. It gives a piece character and gets better with age.

14. Rotate your accessories. No reason to have to put everything out at once. Keep a closet with all the extras. Don’t over accessorize. Things look best in groups of threes and fives – odd numbers are more interesting.

15. Install blackout curtains so you can sleep in when you want to. 🙂

HAPPY 25TH

CELEBRATING SILVER

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INSPIRATION ~~ SHADES OF GRAY

Shades of Gray ~

I have heard for awhile, that Gray is the new beige. . . . .

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1)  Bryon Traditional Rectangular Mirror.

2)  Sunburst Mirror ~ Arteriors Galaxy Star Mirror.

3)  Stella Leather Chair ~ One Kings Lane.

4)  Neutral Emboridery Designer Pillow from The Well Appointed House.

5)  Zinc Door ~ Chevron Throw Pillow.

6)  Layla Grace ~ Bliss Studio Kage Pillow.

7)  Zinc Door ~ Oly Studio Adeline Cocktail Table.

8)  One Kings Lane ~ Blue Coral Speciman on Lucite.

9)  Layla Grace ~ Aiden Gray Decor Antique Ice Blue Finials.

10) Lumens Light & Living.

11) Vase ~ Villeroy & Boch Tiho Vase: Pure Stone.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE ~~~ SHADES OF GRAY

 

 

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HAVE A SEAT

Being able to carve out some space in your  home for an intimate seating arrangement is such a wonderful way to creatively make use of a space whether it is a bedroom retreat or a small niche on a stairway landing. I hope you enjoy some of these images that I came across at Luxe magazine.

HAVE A SEAT and become inspired……..

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Here a pair of cream-colored settees are nestled just so along the curve of each wall. A beautiful Fortuny-like chandelier hangs dramatically over the round table that is flanked by a couple of benches for another spot to linger.

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What a cozy retreat to read a book or enjoy an after-dinner Cognac. A very organic vibe has been created by marrying texture and pattern, as seen in the zebra-print wing chairs with classic nailhead trim.

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A beautiful Master Bedroom sitting area with French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the backyard. What a lovely spot to sip your morning coffee and let your mind wander over the days events.

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A console table helps to divide a seating area with a pair of oversized sofas.

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Here, a small seating nook was created on the outskirts of a great room with spectacular lake views, which must have been used as inspiration for the ombre-style drapery fabric.

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A gathering room with neoclassical architectural details that have been paired with pieces that pay homage to 20th-century styles such as the 1970s mirror and the contemporary lounge chairs that reference the Art Deco era.

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A sitting room at the entrance of the Master Suite has been flanked with thick bookshelves, creating a small library.

ROOMS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

HAPPY MONDAY!

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ~~ #5

I have a very discerning, highly opinionated, artistic (in the musical sense), young adult male client, who has been longing for a room makeover. That discerning client also happens to be my son. So after much discussion about likes and dislikes, I’ve finally come up with a design that meets his approval. Yay!!!!!

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To see these items, you can view them here.

Happy Moody Monday!

 

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