We're back at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York to scout out the best new products and see what's happening in the world of furniture and home design. This year is proving to be very innovative, creative, and quirky! We've found some amazing new products from old favorites as well as some fantastic new companies that are just entering the design arena. Click through to see our candid shots of things that caught our eye, and be sure to let us know which ones you've fallen in love with, too!
If you're ever in Los Angeles, make it a point to visit La Brea Avenue's design district. This small, walkable stretch of inspiration (located between Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard) is densely packed with everything from quirky antiques to urban fashion. Start the day at Nick Metropolis, a warehouse filled with old movie props (and therefore the best photo props) we have ever seen. From there, we strolled and browsed everything from custom furniture to foreign finds. Between the fashion, food, and interiors, we left with loads of inspiration and new LA favorites. Click through to see our pics!
If your bare walls are giving you the blues, Instagram is here to help! We've sifted through the well of hashtags to bring you the best wall decor ideas to get inspired by. Keep reading for fresh ideas and don't forget to hashtag your own home decor-related pics with #casasnap!
Admit it, you've been wanting that Pinterest-esque coffee table for some time now. We'll let you in on a little secret: it's rather simple, and all it takes are a few key pieces. Color is key, and accents that lend a personal touch will make it your own. Use this layout as your step-by-step guide or as inspiration to curate the items you already own. Here's how:
- First things first, begin with a base. Start the "layering" process with this brushed metal tray ($125) or one similar. Then, style it with small accessories like a gold artichoke ($170) and a scented candle ($60).
- Give your guests something to talk about! Coffee-table books that reflect your passions are a great place to start. The bright covers and content from books like The Flower Recipe Book ($25), Paris in Color ($20), and Living in a Modern Way ($60) have stunning images that turn a good read into actual decor.
- Add functional accents, too! Handmade agate coasters ($195) will protect your table, while an initialed matchbox (prices vary) and a candle snuffer ($38) lend a sophisticated touch.
- Lastly, complete the look with a bouquet of flowers. This arrangement ($250) is stunning, but you can keep it simple by grabbing an inexpensive bunch (around $7) from your local grocer or farmers market and adding them to your favorite vase.
Whether you're looking to be bold or keep it mellow, make yellow your go-to hue. Once the Spring-cleaning is done, a bright touch can easily refresh your space and kick off the Summer months. Since decorating with this color can be tough (and even a bit intimidating), we took to Instagram for examples to help guide and inspire you and your home. Add flowers, or go all out with a coat of paint. Really, there's no excuse not to brighten up your space with this cheery color!
P.S.: Find out how we're using yellow all Summer long by following us on Instagram!
If you're looking to get your friends together and celebrate Mom in style, then do it with a brunch! Aside from good company, brunch is the perfect way to toast to your leading lady. Knowing that no two moms are alike, we've created three tablescapes — casual, elegant, and outdoors — to make Mother's Day special. Find the one that's right for you (and Mom) below!
The Elegant Brunch
An elegant brunch will set this Mother's Day apart from the rest. Keeping the bright colors mute, we chose a neutral palette of golds and creams beginning with the tablecloth ($70-$80). Metallic touches are key; incorporated through gold-rimmed butter plates ($50), bamboo spreaders ($145), and napkin rings ($48). Since we're going all out, monogrammed glasses ($50) seemed fitting, as well as a crystal vase ($59) filled with tulips or her favorite flower.
The Casual Brunch
Think of the casual brunch as one step above breakfast in bed. For this type of tablescape, it has to be something where guests feel comfortable and Mom feels special. Make any table fit for a special occasion by covering it with a bright, patterned tablecloth ($40-$50). Then, add complementary pops of color through paper placemats ($15) and simple yellow plates ($5). Continue to layer with touches of yellow through gingham napkins ($20) and vintage tumblers ($8). A bright pink pitcher ($40) will showcase mimosas perfectly, and pink utensils ($22) give plastic forks a run for their money. Lastly, ditch the stuffy flowers and scatter these tiny succulents ($30) around to complete your tablescape.
The Outdoor Brunch
Aside from stylish, an outdoor brunch has to be functional — after all, it is outside! Simplicity is key and starts with a texture like linen placemats ($38) and napkins ($32). Add color and pattern with plates ($36) that are anything but boring and glasses ($5) fit for homemade Bloody Marys. A large tray ($24) makes bringing food from the kitchen easy, and we consider gold utensils ($40) essential. Lastly, complete the look with a rustic flower box ($18) and roses.
If you're like us, then you might be hunting for a more sustainable approach to trick out your home for Easter. Steer clear of plastic grass, store-bought baskets, and artificially dyed eggs with these simple, chic ideas from Danny Seo. Taken from his book Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving, and Entertaining ($8), these easy-to-follow crafts highlight fun, fresh decorations that can be made with only a few supplies. Take a look to tackle these original projects just in time for Easter!
When Hollywood royalty Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot, they sought out Italy's best — Borgo Egnazia, a resort in Puglia, Italy. Nestled between the blue Adriatic Sea and green olive groves, this resort is nothing short of luxury. Aside from the historical architecture and Arabian landscapes, natural textures and creamy hues fill guest villas creating a charming ambiance. Inspired by the classic yet contemporary interiors, we have found similar pieces to bring Borgo Egnazia's timeless look into your own home.
With the 85th Academy Awards this week, it's only right we reminisce on the iconic dresses and re-create them. . . dinner party style! Inspired by gowns like Julia Roberts's vintage Valentino or Halle Berry's jaw-dropping Elie Saab number, we're channeling the looks via tabletop decor. Whether you're hosting an Oscar party or looking to add the finishing touch to your dinning room, these five looks will bring Hollywood glam into your home — with or without the famous gold statue!
Maybe it stems from warm memories of classroom-wide Valentine's Day card-exchanging sessions, but I've never pigeon-holed the holiday as a day for lovers. To me, it's more of a day to let people people know how much you love them and what better way than with a soiree to celebrate the occasion? If your are throwing a party in the name of love, check out these super-stylish Valentine's Day DIY decorations that show how much you care.