During a recent trip to California (to escape the coldest winter on record!) my friends and I stopped by The Parker Palm Springs for Sunday brunch. Brunch was delicious and dining next to singer John Legend and his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen was epic. However, the true joy came when we took off on a stroll around the grounds. There were all sorts of fun things to see … secret gardens, private villas, boules, even a croquet field. The prettiest discovery was the lemonade stand.Read More
Brass, bronze, and golden metal finishes have experienced a major resurgence in 2013. Brass drapery hardware, bookends, dipped table legs … you name it, I love it. For a few months anything that stood still for long enough in my house received a fine coat of gold spray paint! The ultimate way to complete a glamorous new design and incorporate this metallic trend is to crown your room with a beautiful light fixture. Think of it as jewelry for your luxury dining room or foyer. Here’s a look at some of my favorite finds right now. There are brass beauties to please all styles; some fixtures are reminiscent of ‘30s Hollywood Regency glamour, some show clean, contemporary lines, while others nod to the ‘70s.Read More
Here are a some red, white, and blue accessory essentials to create a patriotic theme that will delight guests at your 4th of July barbecue.
1. Round white paper lantern. $3.99 – $5.99. World Market
2. Indigo Outdoor Pillows, set of 2. $26.49. Kohl’s
3: Outdoor Enameled Steel Buckets. red/white/blue $6.95ea. Sur La Table
4: Red Beer Tub. $19.99. Bed Bath & Beyond
5: Red Check Cotton Tablecloth. $74.20. Sears Online
6: American Atelier Garden Lattice Tray. $25. Bloomingdales Home
7: Denim Napkins, set of 4. $13.96. Sur La Table
8: Entertaining Beverage Sever. $119.99. Crate & Barrel
Now a few quick tips! I think every outdoor party should have oodles of paper lanterns floating overhead. It’s a really easy and inexpensive way to create an elegant scene. Create a designer look in your back yard by layering a variety of patterns using pillows, seat cushions, and tables cloths. Don’t be afraid to give it a go; try different patterns in the same color, add different shades of one color, or mix up 2 – 3 colors with the patterns. I love the mini steel buckets from Sur La Table. Use them for serving up french fries and snacks or holding silverware.
Have a Happy 4th of July!
In need of a DIY fix I recently I decided to make over an old cherry colored bedroom dresser that had been banished to the darkness of the basement many years ago. After sanding the dresser (with medium and fine grit sanding sponges) and filling the old hardware holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler, I gave it a wipe down with a damp rag and let it dry for several hours. Using a small foam roller and a 2″ paint brush (for the tricky spots) I applied primer (Zinsser “ultimate stain blocker” primer) and several fine coats of white semi-gloss interior paint to the dresser frame and drawer fronts. I won’t lie, this was a tedious process … watching paint dry and all that.Read More
Up until this weekend it had been years since I set foot inside a JCPenney. But their recent rebranding efforts worked like a dream on me! JCP is taking a leaf out of Target’s marketing book. They are teaming up with celebrity designers to create affordable home collections to attract design-savy shoppers who have previously overlooked JCP. I was so excited to hear that one of their designers is the uber trendy and always quirky Jonathan Adler! The line called Happy Chic offers a large collection of cheerful accessories and furnishings that have that unmistakable retro Jonathan Adler style. And even better news … Happy Chic comes at a more affordable price point than Jonathan Adler’s collections at his flagship stores. I love that the collection includes a balance of glamorous mid-century pieces and colorful funky accessories. Here’s a look at some of my favs.Read More