June 2012

Ladies, how many of us have collections of jewelry hidden away in a box or drawer somewhere?  Have you considered displaying them out in the open for your own enjoyment or creating attractive zones for storing your commonly worn pieces? 

Placing your jewelry on display not only reminds you of what you have (I tend to forget…) but also can make a decorative statement in your home.  Vignettes of jewelry bring femininity and personality to your vanity or dressing zone, so instead of burying your baubles in a box, consider these lovely alternatives for displaying your jewelry at home.  


An antique brass tiered stand holds bracelets while a handmade frame jewelry holder displays favorite earrings and necklaces on a dresser.


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Simple knobs secured to a wall suspend statement necklaces creating instant art above a modern Lucite vanity tucked in a corner of this bedroom.


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Eclectic frames that house pretty knobs come together to create a salon gallery display and make an artistic statement on the wall.  


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Mini wooden bowls on a tray hold pretty earrings, rings, and bracelets for grab and go style.


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A white ceramic urn paired with a glowing silver tray becomes an instant drop zone for end of the day removal.


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These two ideas are definitely "outside the (jewelry) box”.  Kitchen pulls and knobs are secured to a fabric covered board to suspend favorite pieces, and a shadow box on the wall displays stylish jewelry as art.  

pulls and shadow box jewelry holder


Metal tins keep rings and earrings organized inside an armoire drawer assigned to scarves and jewelry.


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There’s no need for framed art in a bathroom if you cover your walls with your favorite necklaces making them easy to choose from when dressing for the day.


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Butterfly broaches “framed” with paper on a wall and bangles casually clinging to candles are two creative ways to use jewelry as decor. The next time you entertain, consider sachets as parting gifts secured with costume broaches, or bracelets casually wrapped around cloth napkins on your dining table.

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How do you store or display your jewelry? In a pretty bowl, on a tray, in a special box, cabinet or drawer?  Do share. 



Our most patriotic holiday is around the corner and a healthy dose of all American red, white, and blue will make an appearance at many Fourth of July celebrations, but it need not be limited to one day of the year since the color palette is a classic.  Pull the historic colors into your home in the form of accent furnishings or accessories like in these spaces below!


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From top left: Traveled Table Lamp, Shop Terrain, $550; Stars & Stripes Mirror, Wisteria, $69;George Washington Serving Tray, Apt2B, $48; Wheel Tea Towel, Burke Décor, $22; Pair of Striped Pillows, Live Like You, $128; Blue Dec Pillow, John Robshaw, $130; Emile Henry Pie Dish, Bed Bath & Beyond, $40; Red Round Tray, World Market, $15  Striped Dispenser, World Market, $28; American Flag Lumbar Pillow, World Market, $30; Antiqued Red Stars, Buy.com, $98; Sugar and Creamer, Amazon, $25; Striped Sheet Set, West Elm, $99  Tumblers, Target, $10; Ilka Chair, Maine Cottage, $733; Blue Adirondack Chair, Lands End, $200; 18” Lacquer Cube, Jonathan Adler, $350; 6’ x 9’ Catamaran Rug, Dash & Albert, $298.


Happy decorating, Independence Day style! 



It’s hard to ignore the popularity of Ikat textiles in home decor and interior design this year, and this global pattern is appearing everywhere in large and small scale, from rugs to furniture to accessories.

The word Ikat (pronounced “ee-cot”) means “to tie” or “to bind” and comes from the unique method of weaving that creates the iconic pattern.  It requires first tying off the threads in bundles before dyeing them, and then later weaving the cloth together on the loom using a weft, warp, or double Ikat method.  In modern times, the motif is created through either woven or printing methods, and is readily available in any color palette of choice.


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The characteristic markings of Ikat introduce a global vibe into the home.  The trademark motifs were brought over from the east centuries ago and they’ve been embraced by westerners ever since.

Many retails now offer furnishings upholstered in Ikat such as sofas, slipper chairs, and ottomans.  For custom work, there are dozens of textile designers that offer their own unique patterns and colorways, and it plays well with other fabrics, especially stripes and solids.


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If you’re feeling bold, introduce Ikat into your home with an upholstered headboard, sofa, or chair, and if not, it’s equally fabulous used in smaller doses, including pillows, trays, and dishes.


ikat pillows

Here are a few of my favorite pieces large and small now available for the home!


centsational style ikat for the home

From top left: Island Ikat Wallpaper, Thibaut; Green Plug In Chandelier, Lamps Plus, $130; Robert Allen Raspberry Ikat, Fabric.com, $23/yd; Annette Tatum Diamond Teal, Fabric.com, $9/yd; Raspberry Ikat Pillow, Sheridan French, $198; Nesting Bowls, C Wonder, $58; Window Panel, Urban Outfitters, $20; Adler Melamine Tray, Macy’s, $48; Eco Blanket, Wayfair, $115; Kenza Dinnerware, Z Gallerie, $48 (four plates); Ikat Boxes, Wayfair, $150; Citrine PIllow, Dwell Studio, $80;  Ikat Chair, World Market, $180; Photo Frames, Layla Grace, $30;  Glass Tray World Market, $5; Set of Four Placemats, Williams-Sonoma, $49; Rebecca Sofette, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $1,495; Bliss Ottoman, West Elm, $549; ‘6 x 9’ Safaveih, Lamps Plus, $649; 7’ x 9’ Light Blue Rug, Rugs USA, $492

Are you a fan of the Ikat pattern, and have you used it in your home?


The entry is that place where we come into our homes and apartments at day’s end, where we drop the keys, take off the coat, toss the mail, and even kick off the shoes.

Smart entries are equipped with organizational solutions that meet the needs of the residents, but there’s no need to sacrifice style.  The entry is a first impression, so it’s an opportunity to make a statement about your home, and also include sensible solutions that make the daily transition into the world and easier one.


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A narrow entry table is a practical choice because it allows for traffic flow and is also a place to set your keys, mail, and phone on a daily basis.  There are many options available, from demilunes to console tables, and so many style choices from antique to rustic to painted finishes.


demilune console entry bhg



What you place on or hang above the table is up to you but consider that your entry is the place to showcase personal art, photographs, display house plants or flowers, or hang organizational tools like pinboards and chalkboards.  A tray to corral mail is always useful and stylish too.


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A place to sit and remove shoes is always handy, whether that’s a bench or a simple chair.  Hooks for coats and hats provide a functional place to hang frequently worn outerwear.


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Your entry storage solution is also an opportunity to display meaningful accessories too – notice how this entry maximizes the vertical space with modular stacked cubes that hold books and collectibles.


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Looking to introduce beautiful form and function into that valuable square footage in your own entry?  Here are a few of my style picks!



entry style and storage collage



From top left:  Reclaimed Wood Key Hook, Urban Outfitters, $24; Lacquer Tray, West Elm, $30; Soda Fountain Hook, Anthropologie, $28; Wall Mount Mail Holder & Key Rack, Buy.com, $16; Present Time Hat Rack, Amazon UK, $11£;  Ocean Mosaic Mirror, Pier 1, $150; Rustic Console, West Elm, $399; Entry Pinboard, Pottery Barn, $159; Leather Storage Cube in Fern, Crate + Barrel, $169; Rugby Stripe Bin, Container Store, $15; Stackable Modular Storage, Linens N Things, $132; Jerald Console, Clayton Gray, $1,260; Campaign Storage Bench, Serena & Lily, $375; Coventry Storage Bench, Ballard Designs, $739; Demilune Entry Table, JustEntryFurntiture, $160; Naples Hall Tree, EFurnitureMart, $342,


What furniture or storage solutions work best in your entry?



One of the hottest trends that’s still going strong is in the incorporation of warm metallic tones in a space in the form of antique gold and brass.  In truth, the use of golden finishes should not be labeled trendy since gold is a timeless finish that has appeared in design for centuries.  We’re now witnessing how it has surged to the forefront of design yet again and many retailers are offering new or reinvented pieces in this popular finish. 

Gold leaf frames and brass accessories have a classic appeal and when arranged together in different sizes and shapes or groupings, add that ‘collected over time’ feel to any space.


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gold frame and accents


Antique gold mirrors or burnished brass sconces bring warmth and elegance when used as accents in any space from the bedroom to the living room.   


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Loving the look?  Here’s a few hand selected items to pull these warm metallic tones into your own home!


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From top left: Wilderness Wallpaper, Firm Living; Word Play Wallpaper, Burke Decor; Acquamiki Suspension Lamp, Horne, $740; Gold Scroll Ceiling Medallion, Horchow, $275; Bea Accent Stool, Candelabra, $420; Gold Placemat, Z Gallerie, 19; Gold Zig Zag tray, Up in the Air on Etsy, $98; Keyhole Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $399; Gold Sphere Salt + Pepper, Vivre, $395; Hammered Bowls, Clayton Gray Home, $220; Gold Pickup Truck, Horne, $180; Honeycomb Mirror, Wisteria, $115; Wheat Sconces,1st Dibs; Meurice Mirror, Jonathan Adler, $250; Golden Geometric Tray, Horchow, $425; Heart of Gold Finial, ChicShopLA, $55; Arteriors Brass Cart, Lamps Plus, $1,140; Gold Leaf Side Table, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams;  World’s Away Gold Leaf Desk, Zinc Door, $1,098.


What about you, do you have antique brass or gold accents in your home? 



Ah the sand, the sea, the surf, the coast! Alluring anytime of year, but especially in summer when we all dream of beach getaways and days spent with our toes in the sand so naturally, bringing the coast back home with you and incorporating it into your home is a desirable look for many. 

The key to pulling off coastal style is all about color and texture. Most coastal inspired spaces have a breezy casual feel to them, as if you could kick off your flip flops and nap after a day spent on the shore. 


coastal inspired living room


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Creating a beachy or coastal vibe is easy to do if you find your inspiration in the colors of sand and sea.  Watery gray Atlantic blues work just as well as the more intense Mediterranean or Caribbean sea colors.  You can inject red coral tones or even purple or brown sea urchin tones, let the ocean critters be your guide!

Mix in sandy tone linens and cottons with your pillows and a slipcovered piece or two.  Use woven materials from rope to seagrass to bamboo to add layers of texture and to act as storage vessels or other decorative accents.  Incorporate natural or weathered wood in your coastal inspired space in the form of driftwood, natural, or whitewashed wood tones. 


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glass balls on built in shelves

Don’t forget a few carefully selected accents that remind you of the sea such as a sea fan, glass floats, or whimsical sea creatures or even your shell collection piled up in a glass hurricane, but be sure to exercise restraint with the accessories or you could end up going “overboard” with the look.  


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Here’s a roundup of a few fun home furnishings and accessories (from inexpensive to splurge!) to help you capture the coastal vibe in your own home! 

how to decorate coastal style


From top left: Blue Grasscloth Wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings; Natural Wood Bead Chandy, Inside Lighting, $1,575; Decorative Oar, Inviting Home, $93; Thomas Paul Pillow, Nina Von, $45; Nautical Sconce, Destination Lighting, $400; Abigail Shell Mirror, Clayton Gray Home, $1,560′; Candle Lantern, Caron’s Beach House, $139; Blue Heron Tapestry, Horchow, $675; Braided Storage, West Elm, $19; Seagrass Pitcher, World Market, $13; Jeweled Lion Fish, Z Gallerie, $45; Jellyfish Pillow Cover, Wabisabi Green, $40; Red Coral Metal Sculpture, Horchow, $695; Glass Fishing Float, Wisteria, $49; Castaway Lanterns, Wisteria, $49;  Arteriors Cassidy Lamp, Amazon, $285; Woven Dining Chair, Pier 1, $100; Sundial Chair in Salt, Serena & Lily, $1,795; Banana Fiber Stool, IKEA, $29′; Edgewood Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $699; 6 x 9 Catamaran Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Dash & Albert, $298; 8 x 10 Sisal Rug, Pottery Barn, $249


Are you a lover of coastal inspired spaces?




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