There is no denying that black is always in fashion and an easy way to create a chic look. I choose all black attire often as a quick way to feel put together and I can easily change up my outfit with accessories. What I am seeing for fashion and design trends, as the two often intersect, is that brown might be the new black for Fall 2018. Consider these looks from Chloe AW18 and Dion Lee AW18 (Getty Images) respectively. These colors evoke warmth and make me ready to wear a pair of fabulous leather boots. While both of these looks are extremely feminine, there is something inherently rugged about this color.
It's no surprise that using these shades in your home will also create a warm, cozy environment that is sure to feel perfect when it's time to start lighting the fireplace! There is nothing that screams rugged and warm like a distressed leather sofa. I recently used this Modern Chesterfield from West Elm in a living space. The slightly distressed leather adds warmth to a classic sofa style that is modernized with a streamlined scale. Add a few soft pillows and a cozy throw blanket and you have the perfect spot to cuddle and sip on some tea.
In a home office that we will complete this month, I selected the iconic Eames Management Chair. I almost went with an ivory leather, but in the end we felt the tobacco leather shown here would be a nice contrast with the other elements in the room, and create a nice balance of feminine and masculine in a shared space. I can't wait to show you that room!
I've got brown woven leather stools in front of my fireplace, a camel colored leather Wassily chair and a suede espresso heard board in my bedroom. I've always loved the versatility of brown in interiors. Do you have any brown upholstered pieces in your home? I think they are a safe investment that will stand the test of time.
I have been posting Must Haves for over a year now. Time really does fly when you are having fun! So here are my favorite things right now for April...
When I learned I needed to wear glasses ANYTIME I am reading (more than one text and I get a headache and feel awful) I decided I would get a variety to keep around the house and always near. I found Readers.com and they have so many cute and fun styles. I need a pair by the bed, one in the office, one in my purse, one in the kitchen....so these are fun and affordable. I have several now and they all cost less than one pair at a specialty store. Loving this cute floral style for spring!
Or shall we say feet?
With spring here, it's time to bring out the strappy heels or head to the store for a new pair. I love new shoes, but always dread the blisters that occur after the first few wears. Enter Body Glide to save the day! This one was recommended to me years ago by a shoe salesman and I can't recommend it enough. Before you put on your new shoes, just glide the stick around your foot and it will help fend off chafing and blisters. Who knew?
Bad Tropes.....just love this.
Looking to give your bedroom a lighter spring look? This duvet cover from West Elm is made of organic cotton and the pattern is a modern take on traditional matalesse quilts and resembles snake skin. LOVE!
I recently worked on a project with a young 20-something young woman in her first house- to give a face-lift of sorts to her kitchen and living room. We were on a budget, as most people are at such a young age. I wanted to make some big changes that would make her feel like she was in a new space, without making any changes to floors, windows or surface areas. In these situations, paint is an amazing way to make a huge change and is the first thing I would recommend if you are working in phases. Below are some pictures of her space when I first visited. The walls were a bit dark and the furniture did not fit the space as well as it could. Some pieces were too large and some were too small.
With a smaller budget, I started with new paint throughout the house, and new furnishings to mix with some of the old in a different scale to make the most of the space and allow for more seating and a better space to entertain. In the kitchen, we added new lighting and hardware to lighten the space up, and in the living space we are working on making a perfect seating area for conversation and social events.
We have a few pieces of furniture waiting to arrive and some finishing touches, but this shows the power of paint and thoughtful space planning to make the most of your home.
Colorful and Affordable ideas......
Retail is $199 for this adorable cross leg desk, also available in other colors, from World Market. They have weekly sales!
Isn't this fun? I can see this in a fabulous closet or a stylish teen's room.....Urban Outfitter's.
If you cannot afford fine china for your party of 15 but want something cute and memorable, this set of dinnerware from West Elm reminds me of some of Kate Spade's delicate china pieces but for a much lower cost. These are available in 4 designs and range from $8-12 per piece. Collectable!
The perfect light fixture can make a space. I love lighting so much, but finding the right piece at the right price can be a chore. Luckily I like a challenge.
Here are five Chandeliers that won't require lay-away!
This Pendant Light from Horchow is a nice size at 24" wide, is on trend with the gold finish but still classic enough that you won't feel like replacing it again in a year. It's $595. This would be nice in a large entry way,
For something a little more edgy and modern, I love this Glass Disc Chandelier from West Elm. I think it's very unique and if I didn't know it was from West Elm, I would have guessed it was at least 3 times it's cost of $499!
This Murano Style Chandelier from Shades of Light is fabulous in three shades and very classic while being fresh because of it's cleaner lines. True Murano Glass Chandeliers will run you upwards of 2 thousand dollars, so jump at this one if you want a classic but glamorous look. It is $789.
The style below, with the wooden beads, has been very popular for over a year. I adore this Camellia Antique Silver Chandelier by Jamie Young at Zinc Door because it is updated with the dark silver beads....giving it a sophisticated look while maintaining a rustic approach and shape. It is $800.
The Sputnik style of chandelier is a MCM classic. The Helios Chandelier from Z Gallerie is a stylish look with some modern changes, but still a bit retro. At $899, it also looks like some of the very high end versions that are also available.
Would you use any of these in your home? Do you have an affordable favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great week!
I recently joined an online 'Yard Sale' and decided to see if I could sell a few things. I have been feeling more and more like getting rid of things just filling space and really getting down to owning just what I love and use often. Of course I'll keep a few things that are for special occasion or have sentimental value, but just letting go of these items has already made me feel lighter and happier. De-cluttering feels good! I don't have completely innocent motives however. I want to redecorate the guest room and use it for more work space. I don't need the full bed, I want a lovely day bed like this one from West Elm....
Isn't that great looking? I don't have overnight guests that often and this looks pretty cozy to me! I can then add another work space and make a big inspiration wall for my design work. And if I do have a couple visit, I'll let them take my bed and I'll take the guest room. So that's my plan. What could you get rid of that no longer serves you? With the extra cash I've made I'm on my way to my dream guest room!
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