I've fallen in love with green, urban venue SmogShoppe in LA. But for those of you not planning on celebrating any events at the refurbished smog check center, there's still much to glean from this hidden gem. Take a cue in your own home from SmogShoppe's blend of vintage furniture and modern design with both industrial homages to the spot's past life and a smattering of desert-plant greenery. And with all its eco-friendly features, it'll have you seeing green in more ways than one. Check out my slideshow to be inspired.
The thought of filling my home with run-of-the-mill wedding registry gifts leaves me less than thrilled. I'd much rather go the nontraditional route, handpicking items that fit my personality and eclectic taste. Enter, Antiquaria, a sweet new online shop full of unique, vintage glassware, china, home goods, and even "save the date" stamps for transforming antique postcards into wedding reminders! See some of my favorites, now!
If you have a balcony or other outdoor living space, Spring weather means it's time to dress it up and prep it for sunbathing and socializing. Inspired by this chic vintage love seat, I've gathered up my Etsy picks for creating an inviting outdoor nook, complete with greenery, evening ambiance, and cushy seating. Check 'em out!
I've always had a thing for mixing patterns. I especially love layering blankets and quilts handmade by my grandmother and mismatching floral, striped, and dotted accent pillows and throws. Currently the floral and stripes combo has caught my eye with its nontraditional look that can either be sweet or energetic, depending on the colors and decorating style. See how this eclectic geometric-meets-organic pairing is inspiring me!
If you're a DIY bride without enough hours in the day for time-consuming craft projects and antique store shopping, Ruffled's Recycle Your Wedding may be able to help you out! It's sort of an Etsy-meets-Craigslist site, with everything from handmade decorations to antique tableware to used wedding gowns and shoes. You can post a wanted listing if you're looking for something specific or sell your own goods — for free! For sellers, this is a cool way for you to share your big day's DIY projects and carefully collected antiques with future bride-to-bes. Check out the slideshow for my favorites! And please share in the comments if you know of other sites for sharing wedding decor.
Photo by Matthew Morgan
It's our lucky day! Jonathan Adler's Annual Upholstery Event is going on through Feb. 28, so there's still time to nab the designer's custom and in-stock upholstered furniture at 20 percent off. I picked some of my cool blue, white, and gray faves above, like the Lampert Sofa, now starting at $2,360, and the Mrs. Godfrey Chair in Cashin Ocean, now $1,356. To shop the rest of my picks, click on the images above.
If you saw the animated take on Shakespeare's classic love story Gnomeo & Juliet this weekend, you may be feelin' the gnome love. We over here at Casa are fans of the plump garden residents, whether they are transformed into stools, rugs, figurines, or wall decals. Well I've rounded up even more goods to give you a gnome sweet gnome, including a table lamp ($45), soap on a rope ($13), and sweet little art print ($10). Shop the rest of the look by clicking on the images above!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but if you haven't gotten around to mailing a paper love note yet, fret not. There are plenty of fab online cards to choose from. I'm positively swooning over Kate Spade's B Mine ecards, which include a whimsical selection of artist-designed static and animated cards ranging from sweet and pretty to funny and quirky. See some of my fave picks above, and for even more e-valentines, don't miss the pretties below!
In last week and this week's Gossip Girl episodes, we've been following along the ups and downs of Blair's new internship at W, but I've been more distracted by the mag's office organization than the drama. If you've got a home office and are looking for some decorating and organizing tips for your work space, read on! I've gleaned some ideas for you from the show.
Whenever I face a color selection, nine times out of 10 I choose gray. I love the relaxing, mellow tone on pretty much everything, and I'm especially smitten with it in stripes. So when I saw the Ikea Bärbar tray ($4) in this glittering tablescape, I couldn't get it out of my mind; I had to have it! It's simple and functional and pretty enough to be on display, holding shiny odds and ends, like how Rebecca of Loving Living Small styled hers. Inspired by my new tray and this perfectly crisp room I stumbled upon by Dutch stylist Anoukb, I've rounded up my favorite gray and white striped pieces for the home. From paper straws to sheets, click on the images above to shop the look!
The mix of industrial details, vintage chairs, and desert greenery in the space's every nook and cranny make for delicious wedding photos. It also means you can spend less time and money on decorations, since the beauty is in the space, as opposed to a big blank hotel reception hall.
To see more gorgeous pics of this smog-shop-turned-oasis, read on!
Happy Chinese New Year! One way to decorate for the Year of the Rabbit is to draw inspiration from its traits; another way is to take a more literal interpretation by decorating with rabbit motifs. The furry animal was in the running for our guess at trendy animal of 2011, so maybe with all the attention it's receiving of late, it will come from behind as the winner!
It's almost Valentine's Day, and love is in the air. And while I adore the romantic vibe that comes along with decorating with hearts, not all of you may feel as festive. If you'd like to go red and pink, minus the holiday's iconic shape, I've rounded up some accents for the home that take advantage of this seasonal color pairing but can be left up year-round. Inspired by this bedroom in Rue Magazine (and my own boudoir's color scheme!), I've handpicked red and pink pieces both big, like the Francine Sofa ($1,500), and small, such as this too-cute ceramic dish ($20), perfect for holding tiny trinkets. Click on the above images to shop the rest of the look!
In my living room, the roommates and I keep the coffee table pretty scarce and use the side tables for storing necessities such as magazines, remotes, flowers, and drink coasters. This way it's free of clutter when we need it as a foot rest, impromptu dining table, or for party snacks and drinks when we have guests over. While I like the practicality of its decor-less state, we could probably dress it up just a smidgen without losing its versatility. If you, too, are looking for inspiration and tips on how to top your coffee table, click through my slideshow.
My personalized finds include a medley of my obsessions: grays, driftwood, knit textures, watercolors, hot air balloons, bokeh, plaid, and sequins. Click on the images above to shop some of my Taste-Test-curated picks! Have you tried it out? What did you think?
When I couldn't find a budget-friendly poster or print of my friend's favorite painting for her Christmas gift, I decided to go instead with a postcard of the piece found at a museum store, made wall-worthy with a simple frame. It's an inexpensive solution for fellow last-minute shoppers, but it's also a tip to use year-round in your own abode. Postcards or even past birthday and holiday cards from your own collection can be displayed solo or grouped together strung on a wire, pinned on a framed corkboard, or in affordable frames like Ikea's small Ribba frame ($3) for much less than a large print or original art. And if you want to make a statement with your small postcard, try placing it in an oversize frame. If you're in need of some inspiration, I've pulled together some of my favorite postcards pretty enough to adorn the wall — shop them below!
If there's ever a time to bring out the sparkly, the glitz, and the glam, it's New Year's Eve. So release your inner magpie with shiny soiree décor as you toast to 2011!
Keep track of the time with a chic clock like George Nelson's Sunflower Clock ($1,085) and be sure to have plenty of party-friendly accouterments like mini sparklers ($16 for four), a Crystal Pinata ($140), and confetti poppers ($12.50 each). Pour your bubbly into dainty saucers ($75 for four) and dress your table with Bling Placecard Holders ($13 for four), Sequin Flower Napkin Rings ($25), and a flower-filled Futura Asterisk Vase ($125). Shop the rest of the glistening goodies by clicking the images above. Cheers!
I'm all about feathers in the home, and the holidays are no exception! If you liked the tabletop feather trees I rounded up, you'll love these flighty ornaments. Delicate and sophisticated, these tree adornments are either inspired by the motif, like this set of Three Feather Ornaments ($40), or the real deal, like these gorgeous peacock feather ornaments ($3-$4). Click the images above to shop the look!
I was so smitten with the cozy, holiday décor in this magical forest-inspired living room from Swedish design magazine Skona Hem, I thought I'd help you re-create the look!
The plaid pillows, cozy throws, and luxurious velvet warm up the sofa and rocking chair. And I love the wooden bench as coffee table, topped with a rustic vessel filled with moss and candles. Some sweet faux taxidermy on the walls, a hanging copper pendant light, and a slew of mismatched green glass containers round out the earthy feel. For a festive touch, dress up the mini "Christmas trees" with small silver ball ornaments. Shop the rest of this scene below: