Monday, November 28, 2011


Take a peek into New Yorker Aerin Lauder's hideaway home where she spends her holidays. Aerin (granddaughter of Estee Lauder, co-founder of the international cosmetics company) inherited her grandmother's home in Wainscott in East Hampton over a dozen years ago and has been making memories there ever since. Check out her elegant yet inviting space that was just featured in Vogue.

Here's to another fabulous week! Happy Monday to all :)


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


So simple and so easy, so pretty. Try a white or yellow candle surround by dried corn in a plain hurricane or jar.

Decorating the table is about focal points, just like a room. By using one object en mass it creates a statement. Try fall fruits such as pears, apples, or oranges in a hurricane for a instant eye catching piece.

    Branch out from the typical Thanksgiving color palette and dress your table in earthy tones of brown and greens. A rich chocolate table cloth anchors the visual display. Try small vases filled with fresh greenery and tall green tapers for a soft glow.

For a traditional look with a twist arrange a line of miniature pumpkins in the center of the table and weave double-faced ribbon around them. Top with a bittersweet stem for a blaze of color.

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Breathe a little life into your home this season! Live foliage adds an element of surprise and excitement to the indoors. By bringing the outdoors in you are adding an inviting vibe that draws people to relax in the space. Fresh foliage takes a room from dry and dull to alive and fresh.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Eating outdoors? Here's the perfect touch for keeping your tablecloth in place. Try some mini gourds for your Turkey Day table weights!

Grab your coat and go get some fresh air.. almost all you need for this look is a stroll around the block! Take a walk and collect acorns to make these fab fall napkin rings. For each ring, drill tiny holes through the sides of nine or ten acorns. Wire the acorns together, alternating the acorns top-to-bottom so they nestle together tightly and, va la! There you have a natural and warm welcome piece for your table.

Here's your hook-up for an inexpensive and chic vase fall filler! Dried beans are almost always readily available in bulk at low cost. Fill a hurricane with beans up to 2-3 inches then add a branch of yellow berries for a glow on your table.

Indian corn garland. Perfect for fall, perfect for indoors or outdoors. Try it!

Rich in color and interest- try this look. Arrange four gourds and six large chrysanthemum blossoms symmetrically in a flat bowl or tray for an eye catching contemporary centerpiece.

How is your house coming?! Is it ready for the holidays? Stick around for lots of ideas on Thanksgiving/Christmas decor coming up right here on M+P. Love to all..


Friday, November 11, 2011


Hexagon Lacquer Tray, Jonathan Adler

Faux Bamboo Mirror, Bungalow5

Twisted Vine Floor Lamp, Jamie Young available through Pacific Home

Scallop Nesting Bowls, Ceramics By Heather Knight

Mia Nesting Tables, Pacific Home

There is your dose of items with a coastal flair for this month. Whether you are sitting on the shore east coast, west coast, or pacific style these top posh beach picks are shore to be fabulous. Happy Friday :)

Aloha loves!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Hawaii is Te Taire resort in French Polynesian

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.” -Issac Newton

Monday, November 7, 2011


[Melissa Warner LA aparment]

[Kelly Wearstler design]
It will look like this.
Who better to take cues from then Kelly Wearstler and Melissa Warner? Their designs are incredible and that is no argument. Sometime in the near future a set of hooded beauties [like above] will be sitting in my home. The spot they will take over and the color they will be is undecided but they will be residing in my home. Until then, I will bask in the inspiration from looking at these photos. Love to all of you on this first Monday in November, which.. how did that happen?? Where did the beginning of fall go anyway? I can't believe it- I just got used to writing 2011 and here we are approaching the holidays and a new year again! Oh well, bring on the festivities and holiday parties :)


Thursday, November 3, 2011


Vest, Tom Scott

Dress, Christopher Kane

Top, Ann Taylor

Plastic that's posh and pretty. All scales ahead this fall for fashion. It's a look that's in and easy. happy shopping-


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


If you've ever wondered what me in apartment form would look like, well, here you are ladies and gentleman.

The November issue of Elle Decor landed on my kitchen island and I began to scroll through as I always do, until THIS Manhattan apartment was before my eyes. And there I sat in pure delight dumbfounded at how this gloriously designed space spilled out of my head into reality without me being present. It's quite the mystery, actually. :) Just about the only thing I would change about this space before moving in would be switching out the artwork with mine and my husband's pieces. Claiborne Sawnson Frank [new bride] recruited her mother-in-law for the job of putting her and her husband's first home together. It's looking like that was a fabulous decision! The patterns and colors throughout this home are dead on with my taste. The living room [first photo] is elegant but not overdone, sophisticated but not stuffy. I love glamour but not when it's not inviting or comfortable. Yes, a space should be oh-so posh but it also must be extremely livable. Here this NYC apartment encompasses just that vibe. Super polished yet cozy. Hope you enjoyed viewing this slice of heaven in the city as much as I did! Happy Wednesday loves


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Through the pages of the newly released Katie Ridder Rooms you'll be sure to find her signature designs of playful patterns and extraordinary colors. Artful, elegant, and simply cheerful is how I would describe praised NYC based interior designer Katie Ridder's work. Her attention to scale and color are amazing in addition to her approach on mixing styles. This is a sure winner to have in your home full of daring inspiration! Get your copy today.


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