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Glamorous Home Updates

When hubby and I first moved into our little apartment, I quickly learned to embrace the dark accents and filled the space with hand-me-downs and rustic finds that we had picked up along our travels.  But sometime last year I realized, our apartment no longer reflected me, just this combination of stuff we had acquired at the start of our marriage all stuffed in a fairly dark apartment.  (Think dark wood floors, a dark kitchen, dark counter-tops and cabinets.)  And I dreamed of all white everything.

Hubby, being the great guy that he is, told me to just go for it, when I knew it was time to lighten and brighten our little space.  Of course, being the crazy busy girl that I am, I honestly didn’t get around to really re-decorating our place until about a month ago.  (Pictures coming soon, I promise!)  I have been on the mad hunt for lighter, brighter, more glamorous pieces to update our home. These are a few of my favorite things …

Get the Goods:  Hammered Chrome Gold 18″ Pendant Lamp in the TransGlobal Lighting Sale // The Art Cabinet Vanity Fair Framed Art in the Libation Celebration by Oliver Gal Sale// Sheepskin Rug via the Genuine Sheepskin Sale // Thompilson Oval Planters in the Jardin-Patisserie Sale // Metal Scroll Mirror in the Rustic Storage Solutions Sale // Silver Wood Metal Acrylic Stool in the Modern Luxe Sale // Albany Beige Linen Modern Lounge Chair in the Fabulous Tufted Furniture Sale // Silver Aluminum Eiffel Tower in the Modern Luxe Sale

And the best part? All of these finds are from HauteLook – one of my favorite high-end deal websites.  HauteLook is a place where you’ll discover thousands of the top fashion and lifestyle brands at amazing savings.  Each day at 8 AM Pacific, you can shop new sale events featuring the best names in women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, beauty, kids’ apparel and toys, and home décor at up to 75% off.  HauteLook also offers free shipping on orders over $100 and easy online and in-store returns.  (And by the way, in-store returns are at Nordstrom Rack … hello, awesome!)

By the way, vintage Cartier is on sale right this very second …

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10 Flower Garlands to Brighten Up Your Home

I don’t know if it’s the call of Spring, or this little baby girl in my belly, but I suddenly have the urge to cover the house in flowers.  Since filling every room with fresh flowers is not always practical, or cost-efficient, I’ve rounded up a few favorite flower garlands, perfect for stringing over your bed, tabletops, a mantel, your balcony – really whatever strikes your fancy.  Some are DIY and some you can snatch up from great little boutiques; all of them are perfectly cheerful.


Spring Interiors + Decor

I love Spring for a million reasons, but one of my favorites: a chance to brighten up my home’s design (especially after the darks and warmth in home decor of Winter and Fall.)  I don’t know if it’s nesting (blame being six months pregnant) or if I just need a change, but I have been pushing a brighter, whiter feel for our own apartment.  For starters, this season, we finally updated our bedroom with a crisp white pintuck duvet cover — I love that this duvet make a great base for the seasons to come, adding and subtracting pillows and throws with my various moods (which I have often … especially when it comes to design).

I love all of the Spring interior inspiration of late – and though I can only decorate in pieces – I have light, bright, airy feeling pieces on the brain.

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Lighten your space up for Spring with things like fresh flowers and branches, colorful throw pillows and blankets, a bright Moroccan or jute rug, lucite and bright white decor.

Shop the Spring Decor Look:

(By the way, you can check out all of my home decor inspiration, here.)

Images via Creators of Desire // Style Me Pretty // Domino // A Beach Cottage // Somewhere, Lately


Manhattan Apartment Tour + The Possibility of Moving to NYC

I’m going to preface this post by admitting that I am kind of crazy.  And I kind of maybe plan way too far in advance.  (You know, as if a baby on the way, plus two jobs, wasn’t enough to think about.)  Friday marks exactly one year from “match day” for hubby – what that means:  in exactly a year’s time, we will know our fate for the next 4-6 years; i.e., where we’ll be moving for hubby’s residency.  It also means that this Summer we start sending out his applications for said residency, and this Fall, he starts interviewing for those programs.  So what’s a crazy planner like me to do?  Plan way too early in advance.  And right now we are toying with the idea of NYC.  I’ve e-mailed New Yorkers, who have all warned me of the cost of living, but nothing could have prepared me for the cold hard facts of a NYC rent (or the cold hard fact that if we do in fact relocate to NYC, I’ll be eating Ramen noodles, daily).

But don’t get too excited with the idea, we’ve also spent weeks discussing living in Boston, LA, or simply falling on the wrong side of luck come match day and winding up somewhere that boasts nothing but miles of farm land (the idea gives me the sweats, but I could make gardening happen.)

Then of course, there’s this luxe new-construction model apartment in The Lucida in New York, NY.  Guess where we’d be moving in our price-range?  A dorm.  Maybe.  Or a very tiny “studio” that we’ll call charming but secretly loathe for it’s lack of closets and a built-in washer/dryer (seriously, how do you New Yorkers survive without a washer/dryer in your place?)  Either way, let’s drool over this glamorous apartment for a while?  Ahhh, but those views.  Could I make it in the Big Apple?  (Will I get hot pretzels thrown at me for calling it “the Big Apple”?)

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Really loving that dining room; the mix of modern white chairs with sleek silver detail and a fantastic rustic table is just perfect.

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Images via Domaine Home // Interior designer: Neal Beckstedt Studio


Vintage-Meets-Modern Home in London’s Notting Hill {Slideshow}

This stunner of a home is nestled in Westbourne Grove (and is in the heart of London’s Notting Hill).  It’s actually on Artesian Road, which is a highly desirable and quiet residential street perfectly placed just behind Westbourne, which is one of the most fashionable streets in all of London, chock full of designer fashion boutiques, luxury brand flagship stores, shoe and bag designers, maternity, baby and children’s wear specialists and bespoke jewellers.  And did I mention the home is just two minutes from the famous Portobello Road?  (Remember that perfect Sunday market hubby and I went to on Portobello?)  In case you were wondering, I’m sold.  And if you’ve ever been to London, you’ll know that Notting Hill is one of the most charming and perfect areas in all of London – think homes in every color of the rainbow and the most charming stores and cafés you have ever laid eyes on.  If you haven’t been to London, watch Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the film, Notting Hill, and try not to want to run away to London and open up a little bookshop in the Notting Hill area.

Aside from a stellar location, the five-story family home is full of charm and comfort, and just the right touch of modernity and crisp design.  And by the way, did you see that rooftop garden?  Amazing.

In case you’re in the market for a beautiful modern home in the heart of Notting Hill, look no further (this one’s for sale!)

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The Winter Sun Room


Though temperatures continue to stay below freezing in most of the North this Winter, I love the idea of soaking up a little sunshine from a cozy indoor space.  And this cozy little walled-in patio looks like the perfect (and warm) hideaway.  Note to self: once we move up North, find a space with a Winter porch, enclosed patio, or sun room.

Image via Lonny