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Check out & vote for our Minted.com Art Prints!

Check out & vote for our Minted.com Art Prints!

  We have some new submission for art prints over at Minted.com. We’d love to get your feedback and votes on our new prints. Several of the images are from Erin’s fantastic trip to Italy last summer. I’ve posted several above but if you click HERE you can see and vote on all of our submissions. Thanks for the support!...
Let’s do some Decorating!

Let’s do some Decorating!

  Have you ever bought real art? Not the kind you find at World Market or Pier 1, although nothing wrong with that, but the kind where you can see the artist and get to know them and customize your order. Well now you can and it’s really easy. There are lot’s of options like Etsy, Minted and Simply to Impress. We have a large stationery line with Simply to Impress and now I’m super excited to announce our new Art Prints. The great thing about ordering through Simply to Impress is the awesome options they have. You can get your print framed or unframed, mounted standard, floating or deckled plus some can be personalized as well. Not long ago I purchased some art online and made the mistake of not getting it framed right then and there. I thought I could find some great frame elsewhere that would be perfect. After traipsing all over town and spending more in gas than the frame would have cost, I finally ordered it online. Lesson learned. Take a look at some of our new prints, HERE. Let us know what you think. And if you make a purchase (thank you by the way!) send us a picture of it hanging, we’d love to see it!...
Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Have you checked out Guildery.com yet? If not you should stop reading and head on over there! With Guildery you are able to have a perfectly color coordinated home with the most beautiful fabrics, furniture and paint. They make it easy and eliminate the guesswork. Everything is super high-quality and manufactured in the USA. The founders are Shane Reilly (founder of Decorati, acquired by Gilt Groupe), and Kelly Berger (co-founder of Tiny Prints, acquired by Shutterfly) so they know what they are doing. S+K is so happy to be a part of this group. You can check out our Swing Time Collection and have some fun mixing and matching. They’ve just launched headboards and wallpaper, see some selections below! So pretty and so many options. Have...

trendwatch: formal comfort

Comfortable meets formal with soothing colors: not your grandmother’s living room. I am totally inspired by these photos I found while online shopping for an entryway rug. It’s amazing what you can find when you are not looking. I am now on high alert for any accessory that is textured, weathered, or patina-d (is that a word?). Check out these rooms showcasing the formal look with a inviting feel. They have a soothing combination of elegance and comfort. Some of the photos are of Christian Siriano’s apartment in New York. They combine vintage and modern with cute birdcages, pillows from Restoration Hardware and vintage furniture. I wonder if he will let me move in.          ...

friday finds: ohdeedoh

If you have kids and haven’t visited ohdeedoh you must-go-now! It is a super informative site for the latest and greatest ideas in kids room decorating. Plus ideas on how to live with kids in a small space without feeling like you live in a daycare – golden! It is a part of the apartment therapy site – which speaks for itself. They have great tips for renters or owners of small spaces, or just people like me who have a house with smaller than life bedrooms. Do your kids share a room? There are tips for 2 kids, 3 kids, and girl and boy shared rooms. There are oodles of pictures to go through in their kids room tours section. (Heh, I used the word oodles and now I am all distracted)....

designer kids: n is for nursery

I procrastinated on getting my first baby’s nursery ready. Not the wisest plan, since he could have come early (he was late) or I could have been too big (I was fine), but I think I work best under pressure. And I lean towards a state of denial sometimes (baby? What baby?).  But I’d been reading enough about having a baby that I knew I’d be sleep-deprived and potentially cranky, so I wanted the room to be colorful and cheery for the 3 a.m. feedings. I wanted a sleek, modern crib and became obsessed with the Netto line.  These are pretty spendy (and now owned by Maclaren), but luckily a local boutique was selling a floor sample of a discontinued model, so we got a good price on it (and I didn’t put too much thought into the fact it cost more than the headboardless metal frame my husband and I sleep on).  I wanted crib sheets in my favorite color of orange, and the pattern along the edge seemed like it might interest my son when I put him down for a nap (this was before I knew he would end up napping on me every day for 5 months).  IKEA has a lot of fun baby furniture, and I loved the bright pop of cobalt blue and peephole pulls in these dresser drawers.  And I could put all the stuffed animals I’d been buying for the baby (okay, for me) on the shelves.  I figured I had a good eight months to keep things organized on the shelves before he started tearing everything apart.  I also wanted...

dyi: easy valance

Who says you have to do without cuteness while on a budget. Here is an easy window dress up project that even I can do. These windows in our office were originally covered in skinny white plastic horizontal blinds. (Cue the theme for the movie “Psycho”) I for one dislike plastic window blinds very much. I am sure there are some uses for these contraptions such as cheese slicers or garden rakes, but they just don’t do windows justice. Wood blinds, on the other hand, are fine which would lead to some comments about my possible plastic discrimination. I blame it on the burnt orange (!) plastic blinds I had to live with in my teenage room at my parents home. But back to the project. You can create quick custom valances that look totally cute without breaking your budget. Erin’s super crafty mom made these for us with fabric, batting and foam board. The fabric is wrapped around the board and stapled to the back. These are light enough to be easily nailed to the side of the window trim. Renting and scared of your landlord? No need to cover your tracks: some were sized just a bit smaller than the window opening and slide up into the window pane with no nails, glue, or commitment! A renters...

friday favorites: indoor swings

My seven year old daughter (budding designer) was sketching ideas for her “Big Bedroom Re-Do 2011”. Nevermind that it has only been a year that we last decorated it. She drew a puffy chair hanging from the ceiling and told me it was a swing and pretty please can she have it in her room and it would help her sit and read more (good try). Indoor swing? No way. I pictured a seven year old propelling about and breaking everything within legs reach. I thought about it more and decided it would be so fun to have a swing in MY bedroom. Adults need a little more fun in our lives, right? The kid in me woke up and I thought of all the DIY possibilities and it made me giddy. Of course I would let the kids no where near it. It’s for me.  I was so excited when I saw the great collection of indoor swings Apartment Therapy has up on their site. Now, which one do I want… Needless to say my daughter and I are still negotiating the Big Room Re-Do. We now have an adorable (grounded) Papasan chair in the...

color huesday: gray and orange

The middle of winter is when some of us start wishing for spring. Gray skies are not usually associated with warm bright feelings. I know, being a California girl means I can’t complain about my 50 degree day when some people in the country are experiencing a snowmageddon of epic proportions. So, to cure the winter doldrums, I say bring on the cool (pun intended) trend of pairing gray with pops of bright orange. The combination of gray alongside a juicy orange bring a modern and sophisticated feel to weddings, fashion, and home decor. This is my new favorite happy combo, it reminds me of the first spring flowers that emerge in the still cool weather. I can’t wait for spring, but for now this palette brings the perfect amount of “happy” to winter. Images: Le Creuset Deluxe Trivet: gifts.com, Ainsley Leather Chaise End Sofa: dfs.co.uk, Ventura Sunbrella® Sunset Modular Chair Cushions: crateandbarrel.com, Rebecca Minkoff Handbag: rebeccaminkoff.com, Crocus Ochre Woven Scarf: crumpetengland.com, Mystree Tiered Tank Top: buckle.com, Silver City Aviator Sunglasses: kirnazabete.com, OPI Nail Polish Y’all Come Back Now Ya Hear: opi.com, Three-Tone Platform Mary Jane: bergdorfgoodman.com, Jax Beanie: athleta.gap.com, Miu Miu Trench: net-a-porter.com, Kamik Rain Boot: endless.com, Zip Jersey Jacket:...

it’s about time!

I have a tendency to be late. All the time. I think there was an unconscious effort on my part to correct this by having a clock in every room in my house. I never really made this connection until a friend pointed it out to me: how can you always be late when you have a clock staring at you from every corner of your house? Then it hit me. Yes clocks are used to tell time, but more importantly, they contain numbers. Being a type addict (or nerd as some would call it) lends itself to collecting clocks as decorations. After a while of collecting I decided that the clocks don’t even have to have numbers and in most cases the round shape is a complimentary accent to any decor. Even though I pretty much already have a clock in every room, I am always looking for new cool designs. Here are some of my favorites. I love the fishy the most but it will go into my son’s room. He won’t know it’s really for me. Clockwise (pun intended) from top left: Luggage Clock: Pottery Barn Nelson Ball Clock:  DWR Fernando the Fish Wall Clock: DWR Oversized Old World Clock: Target Whatever Clock:...

if it kind of sucks, paint It

So I was in one of my tasmanian devil style housecleaning frenzies, the kind where I just want to throw out anything that has not been useful to me in the last week. While frantically forming “crap piles,” i.e., crap to toss, crap to take to Goodwill and crap to find a place for, I came across a standing jewelry case in my daughter’s room that we’ve had around since whitewashed oak was in fashion. I was deciding which pile to put it in when my daughter said that she needed a place to put her jewelry. Duh. A couple hours and about $5 worth of paint later, we had a seriously sassy focal point for her room and it’s finally full of jewelry. You almost can’t go wrong painting something black with white trim, but it would have been equally fantastic if we had mixed fun colors. Not everything that sucks can be cured with a paint brush, but it’s worth a...

temporary home with permanent style

Remember your very first apartment? It was the place you could call your own and enjoy your independence (which is just another way of saying that you could fill your fridge with beer and your parents wouldn’t know about it). Decorating an apartment is easier than ever with finds from Ikea and Target. We moved our daughter into her first place (yes, there is already beer and a bag, yes a bag of wine in the fridge), she inherited the obsessive designer gene and her roommate’s mom works at Pottery Barn so naturally there was a 48 hour decorating frenzy. The girls already had hand me down couches, black tables and red accents. We found the bold lampshades at TJ Max on clearance, got some throw pillows and the zebra print from ikea and voila, the room came together. Small accents like a runner on the coffee table, the tray with clearance sale vases and a large plant transformed the space from an average apartment (with walls the color of baby shit, seriously) into a very cool place to hang out. My new favorite decorating tool is wall vinyl. You can find it at Target and Orchard Supply. It is inexpensive and removable so at the end of the lease you can take it down and get your full deposit back. It comes in tons of colors and patterns, we stuck with black to continue the color scheme. We used it in the dining area, the hallway and the bedroom. Starting with a color scheme is the easiest way to get a decorator look without a big budget or...