Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rugs - The Center Piece To A Great Room

Choosing a rug for your space can be quite challenging and daunting but can also be a very exciting purchase.  When you're investing in a rug you must decide if you're looking for comfort, color or durability.   A great rug should ground your space and be the focal point to any well designed room...... think of a rug as the heel to your perfect outfit!  Here are a few of my favorite rug styles........ you won't go wrong with any of these rugs because they are classic, timeless and transitional.

Persian/Kilim Rug - Kilim rugs are one of the oldest design traditions in the world, making vintage Kilims are sought after pieces in the design world, often having a hefty price tag.  Persian rugs are native to the middle east.  These rugs bring color, depth and warmth to your room. 

 kilim rug and pillows!

kilim rug and bench

Kilim rug and window coverings

Moroccan Rugs -  are the weaves, carpets, and textiles that have been traditionally hand-woven in Morocco.  Traditionally, Moroccan rugs have been woven by tribal people for their utility rather than for decorative purposes....... these rugs have been sot after in the west for years and are considered the finest examples of folk art.

  Wish I could find a sofa like that that was slightly taller and slightly less wide. Wish I could afford a customer leather sofa, I guess! (Montauk House by Roman and Williams)

Domino Magazine Moroccan Rugs | DeSmitten

moroccan home 

Natural Fiber Rugs -   Natural fiber rugs are woven from durable threads that range from sisal, wool, sea grass, mountain grass or jute.  Sisal is a popular choice for many, these rugs are resistant to most stains and repel dust and static making them perfect for a high traffic area.  These rugs are very easy going, highly sought after and work in any space. 

 Rustic farmhouse dining room mixes different materials (wood table, metal chairs, wicker armchairs, and natural fiber rug).
Care and Maintenance - Natural Fiber Rugs 
 Natural Fiber Rug Image

Hide Rugs -  Hide rugs are made of any animal hide.  These rugs can be accent rugs by themselves or placed over another natural fiber rug.  On their own or layered these rugs can steal the show. 

Beautiful, functional lounge configuration. Elisabet Aarhus photography.
♅ Dove Gray Home Decor ♅ casual gray living room. Roman shades over baseboard heat, gray walls, white trim, white hide rug, dark wood floors, gray furniture 
Add a hide rug in the foyer - duh!

Here are a some of my favorite places to shop for rugs.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Holiday Dresses For Every Body & Budget!

FIT & FLARE:  Wear to disguise your hippy figure and define your slim waist.  This style dress can create the illusion of a waistline for a boyish figure. 

Anthropologie Shimmered Tweed Dress $358.00

Anthropologie Strata Dress $198.00

SHEATH:  Wear to showcase your hourglass figure.  This style dress is best for body types that are in proportion...curvy or boyish.

Ann Taylor Peplum Dot Jacquard Dress $248.00

Zara Tube Dress $79.90

SHIFT:  Wear to disguise your thicker midsection and showoff your great legs. This style dress also works for the boyish figure. 

Anthropologie Textured Range Shift $158.00

Zara Dress With Faux Leather Applique $79.90

Friday, October 25, 2013

Must Have Fall Lip Color 2013

tom ford black orchid lipstick 

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color | Nordstrom
MAC Rebel lipstick for Fall..I have to have this color!!!!!!!!!!!

We're loving plum lips this fall -  Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lipcolor  #fallmakeup 
Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor - # 989 Pinstripe Plum 

NARS Lipstick: Lipstick | Sephora - Sheer Mulberry 

MAC lipstick in Hang Up - A dramatic oxblood that plays well against fair skin.( I always wore a purple version of this. not even close to brown, 'cause im a winter color person. I always went w/ the bluish colors. 
 Go slightly deeper with the lip-of-the-moment: Oxblood. For this, we like Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses (212 872 8890).

Bobbie Brown Blackberry Lipstick 


 And always, always remember that when you go for a dark lip you need to go soft and light on your eye makeup.  It's a beauty must!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Nursery Inspiration

Kohler and I are happy to be welcoming a baby boy in early March.  Nothing brings me greater joy than thinking of all the happiness 2014 will bring to our family of two.  The planner and decorator in me had to find out what we were having so I could have every piece perfectly placed for his arrival.  Here are some photos that have given me inspiration over the past couple months......... let the decorating begin! 


 danielle oakey interiors: Spanish Colonial Home Tour.

super cute boys nurserySuzie: Sarah Richardson Design - Kelly green painted closet, Thibaut Designs Etosha Wallpaper - ...
 house of paint.: Peter Pan Nursery Inspiration
A bit over the top, but it gives me an idea...

Nursery Inspiration
 Nursery Inspirations with drift wood, nature, and handmade items.    Windelpopo Blogboy nursery ideas | Aqua Blue and Orange Baby Boy Nursery Ideas | Inspired Home Designs

animal nursery
texas nursery, HGTV, decorator unknown, Next baby!!! Not any time soon though!   Rooms | Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

neutral nursery NURSERY / La Grange Interiors , South Africa

Such a sweet boy nursery.

p.s.  I'll be posting all the decorating updates of the Brandon Baby nursery.