Your apartment, a PETA friendly wildlife reserve

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Inspired by one of my most creative, inventive, and thoughtful friends when it comes to home decor, I would like to introduce the idea of ethical (and stylish) “taxidermy” as household items. If you have been to a hunting lodge … Continue reading

Starting spring inside

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As your Valentine bouquets begin to wilt, let’s keep the freshness inside until it’s time to throw open our windows!

I’ve recently moved and as I’m organizing my bedroom, I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways to bring nature indoors. Bringing color and texture to my white walls I plan to hang some air plants from the corner ceiling near my window. In the end it will look a little like this:

Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 10.18.41 AMYou can buy supplies separately, all you need is:

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Or, you can get the entire look from one website.

A favorite hostess gift of mine are Twig Terrariums. These creative and funky vignettes give a little humor to the beautiful and natural terrariums.

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Small, spiky, and simple are house cacti. The Old Lady Cactus, flowering annually with a ring of buds around her neck is a feminine accent to any mantle. Old Lady Cactus

I plan to hang earrings and necklaces from mini garden hooks. And although I adore the silver etsy hooks, I prefer a simpler line drawing me to the second choice.

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You can also make use of the 3″ x 42″ space on a window sill.

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Or order one of these amazing containers to hang on the wall or place upon a table.

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There are so many beautiful and intriguing species of cacti, choose what suits your taste. I love the soft haired cacti, tall stalks with hats, and flowering spikes. Below are a few favorites. Thimble CactiLiving RockSpikyBouquet

Cheers to an early spring!

M

Let Winter Sparkle

Now that the cold has settled in and holiday displays have been replaced with hearts, what to do with all those sparkling lights? It doesn’t feel right to have all the snow without the shimmer, so let’s adjust our lighting displays to save the shine without keeping mistletoe above our doors. Well, maybe let’s keep that too 🙂

This works for my friend, Noel, but for the rest of us, just pick one of your favorite displays and add a little dazzle for the cooler months. Dazzle your everyday decor

Maybe you’re feeling like you want to start to re-organize post holidays. Place your lights in a jar and light them next to a cozy fire with a glass of mulled wine – the best part? That all you do for further storage is placing the jar in the closet 🙂
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Using lights to accent walls or create new ways of designer lighting is also an amazing continued use. See below for my personal favorites:

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Let it be a BRIGHT winter!

M

Pantone!

One of the most important books I got to know during my first design internship was not by a designer, planner, or even a school; it was Pantone’s color book!

For those familiar, no explanation needed, for those not, Pantone is recognized by graphic designers, painters, calligraphers, interior designers, fashion designers, and more as the reference for color. As you will quickly find out, “blue” can literally mean thousands of colors. How do you explain the color you need to match a fabric in India with drapes from New Jersey and tailored seat cushions from North Carolina?

Below shows 2013’s Fashion Color Guide, and a 2011 inspired color pallet… notice a few Pantone references?

Recently, designers have looked to their own daily lives for inspiration, and inspired they were. The amount of products popping up in Brooklyn, Chicago, and online are constantly catching my attention. It’s a specific world that so appreciates Pantone references and now we can show off our designer badges in, and I mean it, ANY form.

The first collection below has become my January stationery. I love appropriating colors to those I’m writing and jump at every opportunity to return to the written word and needing postage to send a message. 

Notebooks available in different colors and pairings work great for work notes and busy lists. 

And who can get anything done without hot tea or coffee?  Perhaps you are looking for something fun to carry all your color samples, fabric swatches, and calligraphy pens in?

 And then there are just the fun products, enjoy!
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It’s pumpkin season, let’s eat!

Autumn to me, is heaven.

Nothing is as beautiful as the forest turning colors, mimicking wood-burning fires that chase morning frosts away. Nothing as striking as windows framed with snowflake designs, melting into crisp sunny days.

As we all start carving our Halloween pumpkins I realize that first, I want to provide you with some amazing recipes to use those goopy insides for! Make sure to read all the way through, there are of course some surprises at the end to inspire creative carvers.

Let’s start with breakfast and finish with dessert 🙂 Please click for recipes!!

(And send your pictures back!)

Perhaps an afternoon treat?

& use…

Now on to the hearty stuff!

And now for dessert and maybe a cocktail or two 🙂

And don’t forget to be inspired while you carve! And keep the pumpkin spirit alive with a “DIY” pizza party…

Icing on the Cake

I’ve been holding onto this post for awhile, waiting for a birthday or specific celebration prompting the idea of cake, icing, and stands. What I realized on my crisp walk to work today is that every day has it’s ‘icing on the cake’ moments and today I’d like to share some beautiful pieces that speak to that!

The stands I’ve included are beautiful, unique, elegant, and chic. Alone, they are just another piece of a table-setting though, so I’ve also included some beautiful icing ideas. Enjoy!!

Sweet wishes!!