Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ram Head Designs

Is it just me, or are ram heads popping up everywhere lately?


{Elle Decor}

Derek Lam's Resort 2011 purse collection is all about ram heads. I think it's kind of neat to add something so unexpected.
By the way, I really hope to get to Terrain this weekend. I love going there and it's all decorated for the holidays!! AND I did not get to decorate outside this past weekend like I had hoped and what did I tell you? It's going to be a blistery 47 degrees this weekend...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

At Home Bars and Exciting News

Lately, I've been infatuated with bars at home. I think it's just another excuse for me to design a vignette because honestly, I really don't even drink that much. But who cares, I love my little bar I just finished designing! Bar displays don't have to only include bottles of whiskey, glasses and all that boring stuff. For example, I've included my tortoise lamp, a mini eiffel tower from Paris, and books on wine and cocktails. Why not?

The reason I've dedicated this whole piece of furniture to a bar is because I have an insane amount of alcohol leftover from our wedding and I've received so many bridal shower gifts that are bar inspired. Everything couldn't fit on my little teeny bar cart anymore. If you don't have the room, carve out a little space somewhere, i.e. a bookshelf, and set up a chic little display on a fancy tray, like this cute image from Eddie Ross:
Here's some chic inspirations I've pulled from (p.s. setting up a bar display is just like putting an outfit together. The more layers and interesting elements, the better!)

And what's the exciting news I've promised you? Tendenza Fashion & Interiors is opening a showroom! I'll be selling flooring, wallpaper, and home accessories in addition to offering my interior decorating services. I'm so excited! A little overwhelmed after having just come off my wedding high, but that's what life is all about, right?
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Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Looking Like Christmas...

I heard Christmas music this morning!! I'm totally one of those freaks who gets excited for stuff like this in the middle of November. But what gets me even more excited are the holiday catalogs. If you have not explored Lands' End Canvas yet, you are seriously missing out. Watch out J.Crew, is all I have to say:

They even have a cute video of their shoot on the site!

It's supposed to be 57 degrees this weekend, so don't blame me for putting up my outdoor Christmas decor. With my luck, I know if I wait for the weekend after Thanksgiving, it will be arctic temps. What's my inspiration this year? So glad you asked:

My entryway does not have a porch, does not have a red door and overall does not look anything like this house. But I'm going to do everything in my power to make it look like this...
{Pottery Barn}
Would I be total dork if I sprinkled fake snow on my entry?
Any ideas you're using this year?
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Nate Berkus Show

I'm ashamed. I'm so ashamed. How is it that I have had the very first episode of the Nate Berkus show in my DVR unwatched and have not seen one episode since. I was cleaing out the ol' DVR last night (with movies/shows from 2008 might I add) and saw I had recorded it. HELLO!!!! How am I missing this on a daily basis??? I am so watching it today at 2 pm in my office (shhhh) because super cute Rachel Roy will be on discussing trendy accessories.

By the way, did you see her cute bedroom featured in House Beautiful?

And tomorrow's episode is all about my obsession, Mad Men. By the way, next Friday my besty is having a Mad Men themed party. SO excited to sport some 60s chic fashion.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas is Coming!

Is it too early to have a Christmas Wish List? I think not. Hopefully, the hubby reads my blog once and awhile and I won't have to even hint this year!

1. Cooking with Italian Grandmother's. I love the photography in this cookbook.

2. Found via Elements of Style, this monogrammed bracelet from Charm&Chain is the perfect opportunity to sport my new last name.

3. Ever since Paris, my cravings for macarons have been ever-present. Paulette ships them right to your door.

4. I've been drooling over this lucite console for months now. It's the perfect little desk area to blog from!

5. To add to my book collection, I love Mary McDonald's work and she finally has a book featuring all her designs.

6. Luckily, they did not have my size at J.Crew yesterday, otherwise these little driving gloves would be off the wish list and in my closet.

Speaking of J.Crew, have you seen the Holiday catalog? The images just make you want to sing deck the halls with boughs of fashion:
I'd love to hear what's on your list this year!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Parade of Homes

Remember this post? I talked about black and orange and how I was decorating a model home that was to be entered in our county's Parade of Homes. Well, I didn't expect to even be judged for Best Decorating because I literally used objects and furniture from around my house. Then, we were announced as the winner! I was so excited. So finally, here is the little vignette set-up I did:

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Online Mag

Yes! Another online mag to add to our repertoire! Ivy & Piper just released their premier Spring {yes I was a dummy and couldn't understand why it said Spring. Then I realized it's from Australia} Be sure to check it out... we have a date this weekend.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diane, You're My Hero

As a businesswoman and a designer, there is no better inspiration than Diane Von Furstenberg. She's just such an admirable person and is, in my eyes, a woman that has paved the way for women designers everywhere. I am soooo excited for her new line of tableware to be launched in February. It will be sold through DVF and Bloomingdales. The latest issue of House Beautiful featured a tablescape she designed with pieces from her new collection. The prints look like they're straight from her latest fashion collection.

By the way, how is it that I have continued through life without a DVF wrap dress?? I need to invest in one of these stat...
The tablescape colors match my blog a bit, no?

P.S. I have some exciting news about Tendenza, but am just waiting for some final details to be worked out before I tell... I can't wait to share it with everyone!
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Bonjour, Bonjour

Remember me? Yes, I am a married old lady now and couldn't be happier! I haven't shared my photos from the honeymoon, yet, and of course I had to share some of my faves with my beloved readers first...
Despite the fact that Paris was FREEZING for October and there were strikes/bomb threats galore, I fell in love with this city. People watching at the cafes were amazing and every little cafe you went into was so well decorated. I ate croissants and nutella crepes like it was my job; however dinner was another story. Next time I go, hopefully I'll be a little more acquainted with the food. And the flea markets!!! That is what my heaven will be like.

The women really are definitely something to marvel at. I should have at my door today All You Need to Be Impossibly French from my best friend, Amazon. Has anyone read it yet? I'm devouring it this weekend.

I'll be posting Tuscany next week! (and wedding pictures will take awhile, but I promise to share those as soon as I get them!) Have a great weekend everyone!
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