Entries in Interior Design (209)


rug roundup

There are a few key items that really tie a room together and make it feel complete - for me, they happen to be window treatments, fabulous lighting and, of course... rugs!  Area rugs define a space, add warmth and are a great way to infuse a little color and personal style to your room.  I've always been a fan of seagrass rugs for their durability and texture, but lately, I'm especially loving them layered with patterned contemporary rugs on top.  RugsUSA and Home Decorators are two great sources-here are a few great finds at even better prices!

You can never go wrong with stripes and you can't beat the price of this black and white beauty from Ikea - and it's finally back in stock! 

 Love a good chevron?  These three have my mouth watering!

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I will never get tired of trellis rugs.  This one comes in a ton of colorways-here are my top three favorites:

It took a while for me to jump on the ikat bandwagon a few years back, but I wasted no time falling in love with this wool ikat rug!  I am dying for a client to take the plunge (hint, hint fabulous clients!):

Wool medalion dhurries are casual yet stunning, with just enough pattern and color to add a pop to a neutral space:

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I love, love, LOVE the Souk Rug by West Elm-it's super soft underfoot and looks amazing in any space.  If you like to switch your rugs for the season, this beauty should be gracing your floors this Fall and Winter!

Happy Shopping!


color crush: peacock blue

I am obsessed with this color!  The perfect mix of blue and green, it's such a rich, saturated shade that is perfect for Fall, especially when paired with gold or brass accents.  While everyone else is crushing on burgundy and hunter green this Fall, I'm still stuck on peacock blue.  Like any other bold hue, it's most dramatic in small doses, like throw pillows or an ottoman, the backs of bookshelves or an accent color for a ceiling.  I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, and I can't think of anything better than some eye candy in this gorgeous shade.  Happy Monday!

Southern Living

Elle Decor

Design Sponge

Terra Cotta Properties

Velvet and Linen

House and Home

Atlanta Homes & Gardens

massucco warner miller

adore magazine


for the birds


Framing pages from a book is one of my favorite, inexpensive ways to display art. I hung a series of sea life creatures from a book I found on clearance in my entryway, which always gets a ton of compliments, but lately, I've been drawn to wildlife prints, namely birds.  It's almost impossible to see a bird print and not think of the great John James Audubon, whose book Audubon's Birds of America showcases over 400 of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.  I don't think I'd have the heart to rip up a book like that (God knows I had a hard enough time tearing pages out of this one for my entryway), but luckily for all you bird lovers out there, there is another alternative!  The hubby and I were in Barnes and Noble last week and saw these sixteen frameable prints on the clearance aisle - he immediately loved them and so I didn't waste time wondering where I would hang them-for less than $20, it was a no brainer!  Here are a few of my favorites:

And here are some inspiring images that got me started on these prints in the first place:

Country Living

Design Sponge

Hutker Architects via Remodelista

Garden and Gun


Chicago Home and Garden

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

I'm thinking my prints will go in our guest room, which is the next spot in my home to get a little love.  Stay tuned to see some before and afters!


luxe for less: bling chandelier

Robert Abbey's Bling Chandelier has always been one of my favorites and it was the first thing that popped into my head when sourcing lighting to add a bit of glam to a client's living room I'm working on.  Unfortunately, the $1400 price tag was a tad bit out of reach, so I beat feet to find an affordable alternative that still had the same wow factor and wouldn't you know, I found it on Overstock, of all places!  Here is the pricey, yet aptly named Robert Abbey Bling chandelier in all it's glory:

And here is the much more affordable, $250 version from Overstock.  Can you tell a difference?

Here are a few shots of it up in my client's living room.  After attaching 200-some glass balls, it was completely mesmerizing!

Isn't she gorgeous?  Find yours here.


john derian's makeunder

There's nothing I like more than a good design before and after, especially when it's underdone as opposed to over decorated and John Derian's Manhattan abode in the East Village is a beautiful example.  I absolutely loved his rustic summer retreat in Connecticut, so I was not surprised to have fallen in love with his 150 year-old apartment in the city and how well he preserved its integrity while adding modern touches like that fabulous tufted backless sofa and gorgeous, gleaming brass hardware.  The space is undoubtedly sparse and rustic and yet warm, welcoming and cozy at the same time, thanks to well chosen antiques and furniture and beautiful art and lighting.  Makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea on a gray Fall day like today!