Category Archives: Design

Rustic Light-Filled Malibu Home

Actor Patrick Depsey (otherwise known as McDreamy) and his wife, Jillian, adapted one of Frank Gehry’s earliest houses into a rustic and light-filled family family home, and I’m in love.  Though I love modern elements in design, I’m ever a sucker for farm tables, exposed wood beams, Moroccan rugs, and a classic airstream. The couple also filled the 5-acre property to the brim with three kids, three dogs, and an “ever-growing menagerie of chickens, miniature donkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs, and one rescued African tortoise.”  The lush backyard is equipped with a broad, flat lawn for soccer games, planting beds for vegetables and flowers, an alfresco kitchen with a pizza oven, a breezy dining area topped by a canopy of woven wicker, and coops, hutches, and other enclosures for the Dempseys’ growing farm.

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That kitchen is everything … seriously swooning over the floating butcher’s block, concrete sink and countertops, silver range and hood, and that awesome over-sized chalkboard.

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Check out Architectural Digest for the full article, pictures, and all of the details.

Via Architectural Digest // Roger Davies // Carlos Mota


Winter Interior Design Trends to Try

Winter offers a great opportunity to change up the look of your home, especially looks that you would otherwise be afraid to try in your interior design.  And now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to focus on a few new Winter design trends. My suggestion: try it for a season, and if you love it, let the trend stick around for Spring!  The best way to decorate your home for Winter is by adding a few warmer elements to your home design.  A few wintery touches for your house or apartment:

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Get the Winter Design Trends: 1. All Modern IMAX Woodland Birch Candlestick (Set of 3) // 2. Pottery Barn Faux Fur Pillow Cover in Caramel Ombre // 3. DwellStudio Sheepskin Long Smooth Pillow // 4. Pier 1 Imports Glitter Faux Berry Wreath // 5. C. Wonder Agate Gold-Trimmed Bookends (Set of 2) // 6. Harry Allen Areaware Pig Bank // 7. Target Threshold Faux Fur Throw // 8. One Kings Lane 4 Piece Hammered Copper Canister Set

  • Pick up those fur, sheepskin, and faux fur throws and pillows you’ve been eying in all of those Holiday catalogs.   Winter is the perfect excuse to try out a bold trend like a fur blanket; plus, you’ll be surprised how quickly you fall in love with the plush pieces.
  • Candles always add a warm touch to your home, try bunching them together on a tray on top of your coffee table or mantel, and maybe this season, instead of sticking to your favorite jars of candles, buy a few white pillar candles in different heights – they look better after every use – the more the wax drips, the cooler they look.
  • Decorate with Winter flowers.  Try making arrangements out of ranunculus, anemones, paperwhites, camellias, juniper, hypericum berries, magnolia leaves, even persimmons.
  • Buy accent pieces in gold and brass. Pick up gold jars, brass candlesticks, a heavy set of gold-dipped bookends – all of these will add that cool Winter element to your space.


Target Holiday Wishlist: Home

After sharing so many of the amazing clothes, shoes and accessories Target has been churning out this season, I thought it was about time I revealed my ever-expanding Target home wishlist.  My Target shopping cart is currently bursting at the seams, full of home decor I’ve convinced myself I cannot live without.  It doesn’t hurt that all of these things would make fabulous gifts during the holidays for the Target lovers.  And really, would you want to live without that gold bar cart?

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Get the Target Home Goods:

  1. Smith & Hawken Caged Lantern String Light:  There’s something about sweet lanterns strung above tables and outdoor spaces that I love, and these adorable caged lanterns are no exception.
  2. Nate Berkus Foil Print Decorative Pillow:  Hello, black and gold!
  3. Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart:  This is the bar cart of my dreams.  Currently convincing hubby that we need this.
  4. Lit Vintage Tin “Joy” Sign in Brushed Bronze:  I’ve always loved marquee letter signs and this is like a miniature bronze marquee for the holidays; fabulous.
  5. Threshold Four Votive Candleholder:  Candles – I can’t get enough.
  6. Nate Berkus Wood and Resin Hexagon Tray:  The pattern, the rustic wood, the fact that it’s a tray (because I’m obsessed), I love everything about this multi-use piece.
  7. Smith & Hawken® Round Basket with Chalkboard:  I have basically wanted this all year.  Chalkboard gets me every time.
  8. Nate Berkus Decorative Arrowhead Figural:  How cool is this?  This arrowhead is part of the new Nate Berkus collection, and I want it bad.
  9. Cheers Pint Glass Set of 4:  I love these festive high ball glasses – perfect for any celebration at all, holidays included.
  10. Threshold Plaid Throw:  I’m all for any excuse to buy a new throw … I think I’m up to about eight blankets currently in our living room, so this super soft plaid throw would surely make a great addition.
  11. Nespresso Pixie Espresso Machine Bundle:  My hubby has had his eye on one of these fancy machines for a while now, and truth be told, I am a coffee lover, so this may just have to be a holiday splurge.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


Ali Cayne’s Greenwich Village Townhouse

In case you hadn’t heard domino magazine is back. The new again quarterly magazine provides beautifully curated online content for design lovers everywhere, and in their most recent mag (Holiday 2013) they shared the jaw-dropping West Village townhouse of Ali Cayne (founder of New York City’s Haven’s Kitchen). The high ceilings, gorgeous lighting, herringbone wood floors, Moroccan rugs, a claw-foot tub, use of color along with pops of black and gold … it’s all just perfect.  That kitchen – all decked out in subway tiles, black, and gold – so awesome.  And doesn’t your heart just skip a beat over that stove top?

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On decorating the townhouse herself, the full-time business owner and mom of five explained,
“I don’t have a background in design, but I do know what I like.”

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Home Edition

Fall always has me dreaming up ways to decorate my house. Although we live in sunny Miami, I have my heart set on warm throws, fur pillows, rustic lamps, and a great big fireplace. Since the fireplace might be just a tad tough to come by, I’ll dream of the pretty home accessories instead.

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Get the Home Goods:

West Elm Industrial Task Table Lamp:  I love that this lamp is equal parts rustic and modern – very cool.

Tom Dixon London Scented Candles:  I’ve wanted to try these luxe candles for a while now.  Though a bit pricey, from a decor standpoint, they pack quite the punch – they’re designed in copper and solid marble – and this line is meant to smell like London (one of my favorite cities in the world.)

Rebecca Atwood Pillow: Rebecca Atwood, uber talented textile designer and sister of well-known blogger, Grace, designs these incredible hand-painted pillows … and I want them all.

Bodum Eileen Gold French Press Coffee Maker:  I’ve spotted this pretty gold french press in so many house tours and photo shoots – it looks extra fancy in gold and serves up delicious pressed coffee – what more could you ask for?

Pottery Barn Teen Metallic Dottie Sheets:  These the metallic gold polka dot sheets, from the from stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott’s brand new collaboration with Pottery Barn Teen. are just too good to pass on.  I’ve had my eye on them since the line launched (and I shared all of my favorite pieces from the collab, here) and I’m struggling to come up with a reason why I shouldn’t just snatch them up.

Layla Grace Candlewick Throw Blanket in Dove Grey:  I’m a sucker for a great throw blanket, especially during the colder seasons when temperatures drop and the couch and a good book call.

Fresh Peonies:  Flowers brighten up any room.

Heart Dome Paperweight:  Little by little, I’m tackling the great office unpack, and this sweet little paperweight would fit in nicely on top of the stacks of (currently) unorganized papers.

Rough Cast Silver Plates:  Perfect for Fall parties, I can’t get enough serving dishes.  Seriously, my cabinets are bursting with cute trays, mason jars, olive dishes, cheese boards, you name it.

Layla Grace Mirror: How great would this mirror be in an entryway?  Stunning.

(Check out the origins of this shopping-addiction-purge-series, here.)