The bedroom is the most intimate room in the house, where comfort is king, and style is at its most personal. We love them all, whether they're clean and white or moody and luxe! Take a look at some of our favorites from 2012.
Given the choice, we would spend all of our time on the couch, eating bonbons. Living rooms are naturally inviting places, where the public part of the house meets the private, and we love every style, from modern to classic to rustic. Take a trip down memory lane and visit our favorites of 2012.
Interior designer Thomas Jayne is known for his ability for highlighting the best of classical traditions in interior design while reworking those traditions into fresh, modern interiors. Jayne's discerning eye and refined sense of color serve him well in all of his work, and of course also help when designing his own home's holiday decor.
Today, he's sharing some vignettes from his home, a gorgeous apartment in an 1830 Creole French Quarter townhouse in New Orleans. Enjoy the photos of Jayne's holiday-decorated townhouse and learn how you can create a similar look in your own home.
Check out Thomas Jayne's tips below:
- "For a no stress scenario, fresh greens (any regional flavor whether magnolia or pine works) and red ribbon are a no fail option. Adding gold or silver ornaments from a hardware store is a festive, yet simple touch."
- "Use table top trees, either real or a goose feather reproduction. A table top tree provides the magic and tradition of a Christmas tree without the sometimes overwhelming nature of a full size tree. Look for live table top trees from LL Bean or White Flower Farm. Also, their paperwhites and amaryllis are beautiful. You can find goose feather trees from Home Traditions.
I'm excited to present a post from one of my favorite sites, ShelterPop!
We're obsessed with StyleList's "Look of the Day." We're obsessed with decor. So why not put them together in a shop-able, fashion-fueled room?
Today's Pick: Jennifer Garner
Garner worked the red carpet at the premiere of her newest movie "Arthur" wearing Oscar de la Renta. The seemingly-simple gray sweater was actually a reverse cardigan, complete with a button-up and scoop back. The shimmery silver lace and black skirt looked tastefully old Hollywood and added just the right amount of embellishment. Garner finished the look with black satin pumps and chic Cartier earrings, rings, and bangles.
Now: Get this look at home...
Garner's chic ensemble got us thinking of a just-as-elegant, smokey gray living room. To start the room, we chose a gray sofa with silver nailhead detail ($3,399, Horchow). The rich gray and sparkly embellishment mimic the reverse cardigan buttons on Garner's back. We imagined a couple of these silver throw pillows ($32, Urban Outfitters) tossed on the velvet sofa to emulate the silver lace embellishment of her skirt.
This twister table lamp in smoke ($378, Y Lighting) reminds us of Garner's smokey eyes and tousled brown locks. And the satin shade matches her glam-gray color palette. Next up: The Braiden coffee table ($399, Crate & Barrel) inspired by her thin, black waistband. And one last detail to finish off this elegant living room -- a scented candle in a shiny black holder ($45, Ralph Lauren) as a nod to Garner's platform pumps.
London-based Studio Xag creates vibrant retail designs and props for clients, including Diesel, Bertie, Topshop, and Oasis. Xavier Sheriff and Gemma Ruse, the creative forces behind Studio Xag, are responsible for the bespoke installations, shop retrofits, and window installations that often leave passersby gaping with surprise. Of course, it would be a little too costly to hire these two to create a window installation for one's home (not to mention impractical), but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of inspiration to be found in Studio Xag's work. See how it can translate to your home.
Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning at 79 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA, after a decades-long film career and a fascinating life. Defined by her iconic style, classic beauty, and amazing story, she also was often cast in films that surrounded her with fabulous set design. Let's take a look back at some of the great decorating moments from this lovely actress's illustrious career.
If you're interested in creating a floor-worthy floral arrangement, start with a good-sized vase, and then extend the height by using tall flowers such as gladiolas to create something statuesque. You don't have to spend a lot of money, either. Take Emily Henderson's tip and use branches instead of flowers, which are cheaper and last much longer than flowers.
For a tall vase that won't cost you an arm and a leg, head to a flea market, discount store, or Ikea to look for a vase two to four feet tall. This Stockholm Vase ($50) is totally chic, two feet tall, and very reasonably priced.
Hello, neighbors to the north! If you're a Canadian resident with an eye for design, you should consider entering Canadian House & Home's 2010 design contest. If your citizenship precludes you from enjoying fame and prizes, you can still benefit from the magazine's contest. How? By stealing some of these decorating ideas from past years' winners.