interior decor

Minimalist Centerpieces that Make a Statement

I have been admiring Minimalist interiors and designs. I am loving single flowers or tropical branches in a vase. I was in awe by the powerful statement a simple centerpiece can create in a room. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already noticed some of my design inspiration. Minimalist centerpieces on a table or fireplace mantle pack some major POWER. Today I will be sharing my inspiration of simple centerpieces and the power statements that they create in your home.

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(Photo via Domainehome.com)

Tropical palms and other large leaf botanicals take up more space visually. A single branch could hold its own in a vase or grouped together like the image below. Usually I would use a pot this size on the floor but I love the impact and pop of color that it adds to the sculptural cabinet.

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The room below is the original image that sparked my inspiration which was designed by Jean Louis Deniot. The fireplace mantle comes alive with the graphic artwork and large fan palm for a pop of color and to fill up the space. I also love the light gray tones and brass metal combination to add a bit of warmth to the space.

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(Designer: Jean Louis Deniot)

If tropical plants don't suit your space, try playing with single flowers in multiple vases to create a statement like this dining room. Single light green hydrangeas in glass canisters lined on the dining table for a simple and easy centerpiece.

 

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(Photo via countryliving.com)

If you don't want the upkeep of flowers or real plants, try adding branches with faux flowers. Branches add height and color in  the foyer below.

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(Photo via Providence Design)

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I have inspired you to create your own minimal centerpiece! Which way will you make a statement - Branches, flowers, and tropical large-leaf palms? Please leave a comment below!

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Design Trend: Blue Hues in Home Decor

Boy oh boy, do I have the case of the blues (not the boo-hoo blues)!! Shades of blue were introduced at High Point Market this Spring. In the fashion industry, Pantone may have announced "Marsala" to be the fashion color of the year but blue is the color of the year in furniture, accessories, and home decor as well. Today I will be sharing my inspiration and home decor in bright blues that you can add to your home and reinvent your space.

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If you follow me on Instagram, I shared my inspiration of a vignette with vibrant blue plantation shutters and moroccan tile around it. Pigmented blue hues ranging from royal to indigo to watery azure are trending for this season on the runway and in home decor.

Introduce shades of blue to any decorating palette in doses or as the main focus. Blue plays well off of primary colors such as yellow or red for a bold impact. Pair blue with orange for a energetic color combo. On the contrary, couple blue hues with purple or green for soothing and cool palette. Blue could also serve as an accent color when paired with neutrals like the room featured below.

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Whether you choose to add vibrant blue tones in big way or subtle way, I have found a few options that will suit your decor needs. Here are some blue decor ideas that you can incorporate into your home.

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1. Silk Pillow // 2. Cobalt Table Lamp // 3. Porcelain Chinoiserie Vase // 4. Indigo Scarf // 5. Tufted Sofa // 6. Botanical Watercolor Art // 7. Hall Chest // 8. Ikat Rug

Did you find something you liked? Pin this image to your Pinterest board so you can shop later. Are you following me on Pinterest? Let's be friends :)

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Inspired by Fashion: Chinoiserie Decor

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting its "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala. During this event celebrities and fashionistas alike gather for the style world's biggest night of the year. Various famous designers will be featured in the exhibit such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Travis Banton, Bulgari, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Callot Soeurs, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino Garavani, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin and many more. Chinoiserie print strongly debuts in this exhibit. Not only does this event mark a pivotal point in fashion but the interior design industry as well. If you are unfamiliar with the term "Chinoiserie," it is a print that reflects Chinese artistic influences.

In today's post, I will be sharing how to incorporate Chinoiserie decor into your home inspired by the popular fashion trend seen at the Met Gala.

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The Chinese-esque pattern is impacting decor for the home with fabric, wallpaper, and accessories. Incorporate Chinoiserie decor by grouping porcelain blue and white ginger jars for a more decorative and temporary approach like the room below.

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Designer and Blogger, Erin Gates featured chinoiserie decor in her guest bedroom by framing fabric on either side of the bed. I adore this transitional incorporation of the pattern.

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(Photo via Erin Gates, Elements of Style)

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(Photo via Erin Gates, Elements of Style)

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For a dramatic look, Los Angelos designer, Elizabeth Gordon added gold chinoiserie to the ceiling with a decorative ceiling mirror with a gorgeous guided frame. Whether you choose to introduce this Chinese-chic pattern in a bold way or a small way, Chinoiserie is a trend that is here to stay. Chinoiserie is a classic pattern that has evolved through design and making a modern comeback in fresh color palettes.

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If you are feeling super inspired by this fashion-forward trend, comment below! Will you be visiting The Metropolitan Museum for the exhibit? If you are into fashion, design, art -- I urge you to go! I went to The Met for the Alexander McQueen exhibit, it was beyond inspiring. It was such a memorable experience. For a preview of the "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibit, visit this gallery from Vogue.

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Fab Find Friday!

Happy Fab Find Friday everyone! This week I am sharing fabulous finds from One Kings Lane. One Kings Lane is also running a special for new members, if you sign up today you will receive $15 credit for purchases $30 or more. For easy shopping click the direct link for each coordinating number. Pin this post to your Pinterest page so you can revisit these beauties later!FAB FRIDAY (2)

1. Wingback Chair / 2. Pewter End Table / 3.Crystal Ball Lamp (Set of 2) / 4. Area Rug / 5. Nesting Tables / 6. Cowhide Ottoman / 7. Faux Orchids / 8. Agate Boxes (Set of 2) / 9. Skirted Ottoman / 10. Hammered Metal Side Table

Fab Find Fridays: Gold & Glam!

Happy Fab Friday everyone! Today I am sharing affordable gold and glam finds from Joss and Main. If you have been following me consistently, you would that I have an obsession with everything gold, glam, and shiny. Here are all the items that caught my eye. For easy shopping, click the direct links in numerical order. Thank me later ;) FAB FRIDAY (1)

 1. Statement Mirror / 2. Table Lamp / 3. Vase / 4. Hall Chest / 5. Tufted Chair / 6. Display Box / 7. Cowhide Rug / 8. End Table / 9. Wall Decor / 10. Console Table

What was your favorite gold and glam item? Pin this post to Pinterest so you can save and go back to it later!

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It's Fab Find Friday! Time to share some amazing finds with an even better price point. This week I am sharing some of my favorite items that I found on Wayfair.com. Visit the direct links to each numbered item for easy shopping! :) FAB FRIDAY

1. Capiz Shell Lamps (Set of 2) / 2. Decorative Objects / 3. Hydrangea Floral / 4. Deco Wood Mirror / 5. Writing Desk6. Ikat Rug / 7. Accent Chair / 8. Ottoman / 9. Mongolian Fur Pillow

Which items did you love? Save the photo to Pinterest so you can revisit this post later!

This is my first Fab Friday post! Let me know what you think! Do you want to see more posts like this?

DIY Mason Jar Terrariums

Living in Jersey during the winter months is pretty grey everyday. The gloomy skies made me itch for some plant life.... hence why I made these easy terrariums! I needed some greenery to add to my desk and cheer me up since looking out the window is uninspiring (unless it snows then its pretty out).

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  • Large Mason Jar
  • Sand
  • Stones or River rocks
  • Faux Succulents
  • Faux Fern Plant

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This DIY project is very simple! First, pour the sand into the jar. Second, add a layer of river rocks. Next, cut the stem off of your plants and place them inside of your jar until you think it looks good. Last, put the cap back on. Ta-daaaaaa! You've finished your awesome terrarium. :)

Kick off the Holiday Season with STYLE!

In honor of Thanksgiving coming around the corner, I am surely in the holiday spirit! This year I will be visiting California and spending Thanksgiving with my cousins and family. I could not be more grateful to be celebrating with them this year! I am very close with my family but the distance hinders communication. I can't wait to spend quality time with them. Since I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I thought it would be nice to share gift ideas for the host to show my appreciation for having me. After all, it does take a lot of time, effort, and stress to be a host !! I feel they should be rewarded for their tremendous effort for putting together a wonderful evening. As it is the season of giving, I like to give gifts that are both functional and thoughtful.

Gift Ideas for the Host or Hostess

For the Wino (If you love wine say AYE! ..... Ayeeeee! ) - A bottle of wine with gourmet cheese, bread, and fig jelly spread. Or you can create this fabulous dinner basket with a pasta strainer and fresh pasta. Great idea for the couple who just moved in.

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For the Tech Savvy - I have tech savvy people in my family. I found a list of cool tech gifts. I couldn't decide which gadget I liked most! Here is one of my faves. A charging case, which is totally needed for any person who is constantly on their phone (guilty).

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For the Dream Chaser - Okay, I admit. I even want one of these beauties for myself! I found these mantra bands on Etsy.

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For the Beauty - Create a beauty basket. It can be filled with nail polish, facial masks, or an amazing body scrub. Learn to make your own body scrub, here!

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For the Cozy - A fuzzy blanket from West Elm paired with a great read, a fun mug, or a starter log if they have a fireplace.

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For those of you hosting the part, I've got your tables decorations covered! The focal point during dinner parties is always the dining table or wherever you are serving the food. Learn how to create the perfect table scape for your dinner party!

5 Steps to a Fabulous Table Setting:

1. Candles - Nothing sets the mood of your evening than some candles burning! Place a couple votives or hurricane candles on the table as a centerpiece.

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2. Linens - Add texture and interest to your table by layering linens. Add a table cloth to protect your table and to anchor the table with a basic color or pattern if you wish. Then add a table runner and contrasting placemats.

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3. Glam Napkin Rings - I'm a sucker for some glamour! I am loving these brooches

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4. Flowers and Naturals - I love fresh flowers but they don't have to be used for every holiday. Try using pinecones, white pumpkins, or gords for Thanksgiving.

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5. Personalize It - If you are having a large gathering, sometimes it is easier to pre-determine where everyone is sitting first. This way you can avoid that awkward moment of people aimlessly standing around the table saying. "Where am I sitting?" or "I think I put my drink here...." Create decorative place cards or use Initial Ornaments that guests can take home after the party.

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