Thursday, March 31, 2011


Here's your Look For Less this week. An ever versatile & transitional white desk- and with this kind of savings you can't not afford to get one!

Crate&Barrel Spotlight White Desk; $499 click here for desk description

World Market Josephine Desk; $179 click here for desk description

Total Savings: $320

happy saving!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


These 5 completely POSH outdoor living spaces each offer fresh ideas for building your dream space this season

Natural Approach: Let your home's environment dictate it's decor. When choosing the color palette, look to the colors in your surroundings and let your outdoor space become an extension of it's setting.

Pretty as a Picture: The goal of this room: maximizing the view. By keeping the furniture low, sticking with clean lines, & using simple materials you invite your eye to focus not the view not the decor. Quality, low-maintenance materials such as ipe are great to keep in mind for being cost efficient . Îpe decking offers the weather-resistant properties of teak at a lower price.

Island Dreaming: Invite the breeze but not the neighbors. Create the perfect indoor/outdoor room with exposed wood ceilings reminiscent of a tiki hut. Choose a shellstone flooring to continue in the beach feel.

Covering All Aspects: Create the ultimate outdoor living area with adding a canopied daybed. It breaks up the traditional seating arrangement and is also perfect for naps. Arrange furniture to create multiple conversation areas. Benches are always a budget-friendly way to add more seating.

Cook under the Stars: Bring the party outside with a fully functional outdoor kitchen. A grill, refrigerator, and sink are all you need. To limit trips indoors, install a dishwasher and keep cabinets stocked with dishware and utensils. For countertops, designer suggestion is concrete or solid-surface materials, such as Corian.

Enjoy the outdoors!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Want to start from scratch to create an affordable approach on custom treatments? Or want to spice up your plain purchased panels? Tune in.... here's a super easy way to dress them up yourself in one afternoon!

Start with purchased panels and add the ruffle yourself. There are spectacular deals to be had on simple yet beautiful store panels- but sometimes they could use a little spruce! Adding a simple ruffle is so easy and gives you an instant custom look.

All you need is:
  • 2 curtain panels
  • 3 yds of fabric for ruffle
  • Needle and thread
  • Trim
  • Fabric glue
How to make them:
Fold a 6-inch-wide piece of the ruffle fabric in half, then press flat. Pinch fabric every inch or so and stitch it to the underside edge of the panel. Use fabric glue to adhere a trim on top of the edge to give the panels a finished look. And ta da! There you have a precious and impressive custom look. Enjoy!


Saturday, March 26, 2011


Happy Prints all mixed up

Good news: The whole anything-goes look continues to be a winner. Spring Fashion Week seemed to have a repeat of happy prints mixed together. Only rule, stick to one or two colors {or a few in the same family} when mixing and matching to avoid the crazy-lady look.

happy Saturday loves!

Friday, March 25, 2011


This magical and enchanting hue doesn't have to work hard to win over hearts

If you're wanting to lighten up and brighten up your precious nest let this color give you the transformation! It will cheer you up and calm you down with it's cool tone-

The Best Robin's Egg Blue Paints

1. Farrow & Ball Blue Ground 2. Martha Stewart Living Enamelware at Home Depot 3. Glidden Clear Blue Sky 4. Behr Blue Balloon 5. Benjamin Moore Rhythm & Blues 6. Glidden Robin's Egg

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Let these pages take you away to a place of sunshine and sand

Coastal Living's Beach House Style

First things first DON'T shy away from beach decor simply because you don’t live by the water! Beach House Style makes it clear in this fabulous book, is not a place, but a frame of mind. Between these bines you'll find help as a reader to decide what kind of beach house decor that you'd like to focus on, because what is commonplace at New England beaches is not quite the same, of course, as decor at beaches in Key West, the Caribbean, or in Southern California. This read covers it all! Along with hundreds of colorful pictures, Beach House Style provides a wealth of decorating ideas, including paint colors, furniture, lighting fixtures, beach accessories, kids room ideas, ceramic tile ideas, awesome outdoor spaces, and so much more!

happy reading

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Spring Scarves

add these little lightweights to your ensembles for the perfect finishing touch..

bring back the little girl in you with this precious gingham. just the ticket to spruce up the jeans and t-shirt day. danity, meet relaxed, for a precious carefree look {scarf by Merona; Target $13}
as pretty as a painting, this gauzy wool pick will modernize even the most traditional looks. try loosely draping it over your button-down blouse. also available in orchid print {scarf by JCrew; $60}

show your playful side with this tie dye, bohemian beauty made of soft cotton. for a more grown-up approach, pair it with something solid. {scarf by Gap; $30}

this scarf makes the transition into spring effortless by mixing up vibrant brights with subdued neutrals {scarf by Loft; $35}

work the season's hottest color into your wardrobe with this fluttery cotton wrap. bright tangerine meets a bold border to create an understated effect. {scarf by Banana Republic; $60}

this vivid beauty is bound to cheer up your outfit and maybe even your day! also available in cream, coral, and blue. {scarf by Forever21; $8}

happy scarfing!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Fun, Interesting, & Unique

Ikat is a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design. Ikat is an Indonesian language word, which depending on context, can be {the nouns} cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric {as well as the verbs} "to tie" or "to bind". This fabric has been spreading through homes for years and will continue to for many to come. It's relax feel married with vibrant colors are a superb mix for a POSH home...

From traditional, to modern, and contemporary homes, ikat is a winner among them all. It is a pattern that drives interest and allows opportunity to combined with so many styles. Usually rich in color and excitement, ikat is a fabulous option to add a little update in your space!


Monday, March 21, 2011


As seen in SATC 2 and the Kips Bay Showhouse this year

Katie Ridder Wallpaper

Oiseau - Chocolate

Peony - Blue

Seaweed - Lavender

Beetlecat - Green

Pagoda - Orange

Moon Flower - Blue

Leaf - Lavender

Magnificent colors and precious designs are some of the things that come to mind when I hear Katie Ridder. Interior Design firm based out of NYC, Katie Ridder and her team are one of my designer crushes. Would love to be a fly on the wall for a day in that Park Avenue office that must overflow with creativity. Love what you see? Katie Ridder wallpapers and fabrics are available through a designer or retail at the following:

Available to the trade through Holland and Sherry, New York, DC, Chicago 212-355-6241
Available to the trade and retail through Harbinger Studio, West Hollywood 310-858-6884


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Local Love: Liliha Bakery

Breakfast with the husband at Liliha on Sunday's before church

If you're mouth isn't watering from the pictures this article is sure to do the trick! Liliha Bakery is a local favorite among both hawaiians and tourists. It's a 'must do' while in Hawaii. They may be known for their definitely delicious coco puffs but their breakfast is also something your taste buds won't want to miss! Being the only 24 hr old fashion style diner and bakery in Honolulu, Liliha is a local love and surely a M+P love!

happy drooling..

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