Turn Up the Party Heat – The Sultry Decorating Secret

In honor of the upcoming holiday where there will be many parties and gatherings, I thought I would share this post by Houzz contributor Tiffany Carboni. Happy Thanksgiving!


Color Inspiration – Winter White

It used to be an old fashion rule to never wear white after Labor Day. The beautiful neutral color of winter white has changed that mantra. White is used year round in many striking ways. An all white design (be it a fashion design or a room design) is beautiful and soft, but can be hard to pull off correctly. The key is to look tailored and sophisticated and not stark and cold. In interior design, my opinion is that kitchens and baths look best with all white as other rooms require some type of accent in order to soften to design. In fashion, all white goes! Here are some of my winter white inspirations that have completely nailed this trend and successfully convey a sophisticated and soft appearance.

stylecabAbsolutely fabulous cape coat and Louboutin heels. (via stylecab.com)

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MB Fashion Week, NYC, Fall 2013 Collection by Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013 Collection by Monique Lhuillier via modacycle.com

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Top 10 Chic Holiday Serving Pieces

The time of year is upon us when our calenders fill with holiday soirees! If you are hosting during the holiday season, you are most likely beginning to plan out the details including the table decor. Here are my top product picks to create a chic, modern and beautiful tabletop.

        Regina Andrew Ivory Grey Shagreen Hex Tray 248 zinc doorRegina Andrew Shagreen Tray $248 http://www.zincdoor.com

Larabee Dot Flutes 80Kate Spade Dot Larabee Flutes $50 http://www.katespadeny.com

alfi carafe williams sonoma home 199Ali Carafe from Williams Sonoma Home

RabLabs Quadrado Serving Set of 2 132 zinc doorRablabs quadrado serving set of 2 $132 http://www.zincdoor.com

RabLabs Kiva Rose Quartz Platter zinc doorKiva Rose Quartz platter http://www.zincdoor.com

pidgeon and pony shaker 110 from zinc doorPigeon and Pony Martini Shaker $110

Larabee 5 piece setKate Spade Larabee Dot serving set

Lacquer Chargers West elm 19Lacquer Charges from West Elm $19

Global Views Decor Linked Mirrored Tray 148 layla graceGlobal Views mirrored tray for Layla Grace

Faux Bois Cocktail Napkins neiman marcusFaux Bois Cocktail Napkins for Neiman Marcus

Have a great Thanksgiving week!



Winter Accessories Trend Report

Time to bundle up! But just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean you have to lose your style. Check out my picks for 2013 winter accessories.

american-apparel-floppy-hat-49-americanapparelFloppy hat from American Apparel

Rebecca minkoff Curbs Leather Cuff 78Rebecca Minkoff Curbs Leather Cuff $78

Michael Kors Astor Buckle Bangle 95Michael Kors Astor Buckle Bangle $98

Karl Lagerfeld Petite Karl Kourbe watch 198Karl Lagerfeld Petite Karl Watch $198

Initial Pendant Necklace 28Pim + Larkin Initial Pendant $28

Fur Ear Muff NordstromFur Earmuff from Nordstrom

FendiFendi Bangle


House Beautiful’s Designer Visions Showhouse

The color king has done it again! New York designer, Jamie Drake, recently dreamt into reality a glamorous and glitzy design for the House Beautiful Designer Visions Showhouse located in Walker Tower, a gorgeous 1929 Art Deco skyscraper in NYC. Subtlety is definitely not Jamie’s forte. Take a look at these stunning rooms and you will never again want to use taupe!

01-hbx-egg-collective-henry-dining-table-drake-1213-lgn-57995898Base color is Benjamin Moore Salmon Peach. Drake had a faux finishers layer a pearl type shimmer on top to create a subtle shimmer.



06-hbx-clarence-house-neisha-crosland-zebra-drake-1213-lgn-1848324I love this table by Hudson Furniture





All images courtesy of Johnny Valient for House Beautiful

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10 Little Things We Can Do To Make Life Easier for Each Other

I came across this post today by Almie on Thought Catalog and it rang very true to me. It definitely deserved a repost! Living in Manhattan sometimes you can lose sight of being polite, having manners and just generally not being selfish.


1. Don’t ever tell anyone that they look “tired”

Don’t you hate it when someone says this to you? Well, EVERYONE hates to hear that. So don’t say it! You never know what someone else is going through in their life, so no need to make this annoying comment.

2. Help people, and if you offer to help someone, follow through

Recently I joined Junior League here in the city. I have always been part of volunteer and service organizations and over the past few years I had gotten away from it. Helping people not only is good for the person you help, it is also helpful for your soul.

3. Be kind to people who work in retail and food service

Being kind or rude to a person in the service industry, in my opinion, is very telling of someone’s character. Everyone is trying to do the best they can so please, lay off the attitude.

4. Let someone know you are not interested

You know that someone that keeps asking you out and you keep dragging them along? Please stop. It is much more kind to let that person down easy and let them move on.

5. Actually “hang out sometime”

Everyone I know is guilty of this! “Yes, we should hang out sometime.” Yeah? Well do it! It is great to reconnect with old friends. Have them bring along some of their friends and expand your circle! Over the past few months, I have gotten away from my ritual of initiating meet ups and get togethers. This has made me realize how important it is to stay connected and create new connections with friends.

6. Be a little more honest

I appreciate anyone who can nicely tell me an outfit looks bad or I should maybe comb my hair! LOL! But seriously, being honest doesn’t mean being rude. Being sincerely honest with someone will only benefit them and help them gain trust in you.

7. Stop calling each other mean names on the internet

So many people hide behind monikers on the internet. I find this especially true on instagram! If you don’t have something that you could say to someone’s face, don’t say it on the internet.

8. Send more letters (not emails) and gifts

I have a good friend who is so good at doing this. She always sends a card just to say she is thinking about me. There is something special about receiving a letter in the mail with a little note. It will brighten anyone’s day.

9. Give more genuine compliments

Sometimes it is easy to take for granted that the people around you know that you appreciate and love them. Give them a compliment just to reaffirm this. Seriously, how good does it make you feel when a coworkers says, “What cute shoes!” or your boyfriend says “You are so thoughtful”?

10. Have more patience while waiting in lines.

This is a big one especially in NYC. I am very guilty of losing my patience as well. Try to take a deep breath and maybe plan ahead a little better next time 🙂

Have a wonderful day!





Top 5 Holiday Hostess Gifts

It’s that time of year again! Parties, dinners and celebrations for the holidays. That also means purchasing hostess gifts. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are some of my top picks for the hostess with the mostess during  the holiday season 2013.


1. C Wonder Monogram Wine Stopper. $34 http://www.cwonder.com


2. Vivre Agate Coasters $60 http://www.vivre.com

vivre agate coasters 60 dollars vivre3. Kate Spade Wine Tote $28 http://www.katespade.com


4. Ercuis Place Card Holders $65 http://www.bloomindales.com

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5. Diptyque 3 Candle Set http://www.barneys.com

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Cozy, Rustic Chic Design

This weekend I was busy designing concepts for a new client’s living room. The floor plan is very open with the living room flowing into the kitchen. It also has large, substantial windows and a beautiful coffer ceiling. Luckily, my client is a good friend so I think I have a good idea of what her vision is for the room. We decided on a rustic chic look that is cozy but still modern and sleek. My initial vision is to keep the walls white and introduce natural textures such a distressed leather and faux fur mixed with metals and woods. Below are some conceptual images I found to help guide my vision.




Color Me Happy

I was feeling a little down today when I saw this beautiful pink and orange Moroccan style chair on Pinterest. These vibrant colors are so cheery and make me feel better just looking at them. I thought I would spread the cheery feeling by sharing some beautiful photos with an orange and pink pairing.










Happy Friday!



Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party at TAO

Hi everyone!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after-party at TAO in downtown Manhattan. I wish I could’ve attended the show itself as they showed the replay on the big screen at the party and it looked amazing. However, I was fortunate enough to meet Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima and they are just as beautiful in person as they are on the runway. I thought I would share some photos from the evening..

1Myself and Karlie Kloss

6Back Room of Tao

5Adriana and Doutzen. Photo credit Just Jared

4Looking down from the bar area in Tao.


2My favorite Angel, Doutzen!

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