Trend Alert—Gingham Chic

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, PB Teen, Zazzle

If like me, you’ve not thought about gingham for more than a country minute, now’s the time to re-evaluate this classic small check pattern in alternating colors. This Spring, designers have gone gung-ho for gingham but from a contemporary point-of-view. Across the design spectrum, this trend checks out as a fresh way to pattern up and have a little fun as you do. Continue reading

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Blue and White Springs to Life

Lamps Plus, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Katie Kim, Pier 1 Imports

This Spring, all eyes are on blue and white—a classic color combo that’s turning heads with its new modern look. By pairing a palette of inky blue and crisp white with bold graphic pattern, designers have done the trick. Blue and white is a color combo that’s fresh, inviting and relevant again. And a must for every home this Spring. Continue reading

New Year—New Ways to Lighten Up

Pottery Barn, World Market, Ballard Designs, West Elm

Want to squint less, see better in your home this year? Then check out these new light fixtures. They’ll work wonders in dark foyers, hallways and closets—and even by the bed (where there is seldom enough light for reading). And did I mention—they just happen to also be gorgeous? Continue reading

Trend Alert—Galvanized Metal Decor

Lamps Plus, Magnolia Market, Pottery Barn, Shades of Light, Williams Sonoma, World Market

Galvanized metal decor is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof. This mix of rustic and industrial pairs well with wood and stone finishes, and can be dressed up or down depending on how or where it’s used. Decor made of galvanized metal is  turning up everywhere, including high-end boutiques. Here are six pieces that recently caught my eye.  Bet they will yours, too:

Magnolia Market

Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) has lots of galvanized metal in her Magnolia Market shop in Waco, Texas. The Desna Crown shelf has a lot of style going for it with pretty touches like its club-shaped edging. $24.

Magnolia Market

Also at Magnolia Market is this galvanized tin envelope, an artful place to store mail or notes.
($16-small, $20-large). There’s a similar version at Target for $9.99 but this one is better designed so it’s worth paying a bit more for it.

Williams Sonoma

Modeled after a farm churn, this galvanized steel planter (exclusive to William Sonoma) has simple, clean lines. Plus, it’s water-tight and rust-proof so it can be used without concern. $24.95-$39.95/small, medium or large.

Shades of Light

Inspired by the fan blades of a vintage windmill, the Aluminum Fan wall clock is crafted of galvanized metal laced with jute roping. $124.

World Market

The Zinc Elaine laundry box adds retro charm while corralling laundry room essentials like clothespins and dryer sheets. $14.99.

Pottery Barn

Although shown here filled with tabletop, the Rainier galvanized storage cart is also terrific for holding bathroom towels, craft supplies and office stuff. $99.

Lamps Plus

Inspired by industrial and barn light designs, the Fordham galvanized LED outdoor wall light features a seeded glass orb surrounded by a small cage. $79.99

All of these pieces are quite affordable for the style they deliver. As you spy pieces that you like, snap them up without hesitation. As the popularity of decor made with galvanized metal continues to rise, so will prices.

 

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“D” is for Deck the Halls

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

Festive times call for festive decor. But for design lovers, the challenge has always been where to find holiday accents that speak to the season in style. I’m happy to report that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of tasteful holiday decor. Need proof positive? Here are five beautiful ways to deck your halls -inside and out- without a single elf on the shelf. Continue reading

Trending Now–Nature Shows Its Glamorous Side

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Just in time for pre-holiday home spruce-ups, designers are going back to nature for inspiration. But this time there’s a twist. Continue reading

This Fall, Home Horses Around

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

For generations, horses have won the hearts of animal lovers with their beauty, spirit and zest for life. Now these noble creatures have captured the imagination of designers in an unexpected way. The look is elegant, upscale and tightly edited. Silhouettes are crisp, clean and a tad modern by way of their simplicity. This Fall, equestrian style is riding high. It’s easy to see why… Continue reading

This Summer’s Scoop on Outdoor Dining with Style

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

Summer weather is here. Time to start dining alfresco again. This year, how about stepping up your game? No more flimsy paper plates, sitting on rickety folding chairs or eating the same ol’, same ol’.

Let’s resolve to picnic with panache. Grill like a gourmet. Make every cook-out a tad chic. For as we know, summer lasts but a season but good style endures forever.  Continue reading

This Spring, Take a Walk on the Dark Side with Fashion Florals

Pottery Barn, Barney's, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Pottery Barn, Barney’s, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Flower power is back in a deliciously dark way. Paired with black, these blooms strut their stuff with runway style inspired by the spring collections of Gucci (shown above), Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Versace and more. The look is fresh and froufrou-free with a dash of gothic romance mixed in for good measure and dramatic effect. Continue reading

Chic-er by the Dozen–12 Exquisite Eggs for Easter and Beyond

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Easter and eggs go hand-in-hand. Each year, we dip, dye and hunt them with childlike glee. But this Spring, eggs are breaking with tradition and leaving their one-day glory story behind. Inspired by the organic shape of this simple orb, designers are whipping up an impressive range of furnishings that elevate the lowly egg to high style status. Here are 12 exquisite egg designs that’ll give your home egg-quisite style for Easter and beyond. Continue reading