For the past 2 days, I saw 2 incredible rooms with the most beautiful geometric rugs. It really got me thinking..do I need a geometric rug? Maybe on my stairs or in my office. YES!! I think I do. I of course went to Google for some inspiration and found some really fab options. Statement rugs are in!!! They are all the rage and I need to hop on this wagon for sure!! The David Hicks carpets are my absolute favorites. I definitely like the hexagon design but they all are beautiful!!! I have to say, as usual, I saved the best for last. The room designed by Nina Draddy stopped me in my tracks. I love love love it. That is exactly how I want my office to look….someday!!!!!
My Favorite by Nina Draddy Designs…. This is what my new home office is going to look like!!!
There are many ways that you can improve your home whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or some beautiful new artwork. With the help of arts and crafts tutorials, there are many decorative items that you can make to beautify your home. To give you plenty of DIY ideas and other options, check out these four neat apps.
1 . Craftgawker
If you’re looking for some excellent crafts ideas then you’ll just love the craftgawker app. Here there are thousands of DIY projects, including the work of top craft bloggers across the globe. It’s simple to use, once you’ve found a project you like simply click the photo and you can learn how to make it. A few of the key features include:
Looking to customize your bookshelf? Want to make a cute table runner? Craftgawker offers plenty of project ideas to help you decorate your home.
2. Make It Yourself- DIY Crafts App
Make It Yourself is another great app for DIY craft ideas. Whether you want to make decorations, simple homeware, or upcycled furniture items, this app has plenty to inspire you. There are lots of simple crafts decorations you can make for your home whether it’s decorative vases, bunting, cushion covers, or wall hangings. If you’ve got a knack for crafting and you want some extra ideas to motivate you, you won’t be disappointed. For plenty of easy DIY ideas, this is the app you need!
Hutch is an app that uses 3D tech to help you make virtual adjustments to your rooms. All you have to do is browse through the Hutch catalog, and pick out the homeware that you like. With the help of VR, you can test out different objects, styles, and designs, (before you choose to buy anything). Play around with colors, and create the virtual home of your dreams. All products are to scale, and the app has a simple interface that is easy to use.
4. Saatchi Art
Want to improve the interior design of your home? What you need is some beautiful artwork. Saatchi has plenty of gorgeous pieces, whether you’re looking for photography, paintings, sculptures, or screen prints. Plenty of new artists sell on here, so you can find some very unique and affordable things. Saatchi Art also has a VR setting, so you can test out different pieces of artwork in your home. Don’t forget to set the filters according to your style and budget.
Improving your home:
Once you’ve spruced up the inside of your home, it’s time to get outside and look at boosting your curb appeal! There are plenty of ways you can enhance the exterior of your home all you need to do is get creative. Whether it’s improving your yard, a new driveway, or even graffiti removal, there are plenty of options. Improving your house both inside and out is a fantastic way to enhance your lifestyle and make the most of your home.
Every New Year, I decide to really do a good closet cleanout. I take the time to go through all the clothes that do not fit well or have not worn in a while. It’s so much easier for me to do it over a few weeks than all at once. I also keep a bag in my closet for donations. When I try something on and it’s just not right, in the bag it goes. When I have a pretty good accumulation, I contact Pick Up Please. It is so convenient. You go online and pick your date and then leave your donations outside on the morning of the pickup. I also send many things to the Real Real. I find it to be such a great resource for selling things with designer labels in good condition. I am so impressed with how fast things sell on the Real Real. Once I started getting rid of and organizing things in my closet, I start dreaming of what my perfect closet would look like. Here are some of my favorite closet/clothing storage ideas:
I have been trying for a really good Home Goods Round-Up for you but the last few times I went to Home Goods it was really a letdown. The store has just not been packed the way it used to be prior to Covid. However, my friends in other areas, especially down south, are finding the most incredible things. I am hoping we are just a few weeks behind. I will keep checking. In the meanwhile….Here are some really fun things that I found in the Port Chester location this afternoon.
There were so many really pretty Ikat pillows..I love this color combo and also the pouf underneath (there was a pair of those too!)
These geometric placemats were giving me David Hicks vibes!
There was an entire set of these “marbleized” black and white china, diner and salad plates and pasta/cereal bowls too!!! So Fab!!!
These mirrors would be prefect for a cabana, or pool or beach house!!!!
This Gold and glass table was so chic in person…I really should have grabbed it…
The selection of decorative storage baskets was one of the best I have seen there in ages..
Batik tablecloths and napkins are all the rage and quite expensive…these were gorgeous and a fraction of the price…
I am always asked if I see end of the bed benches…LOVED this grey tufted upholstered one..
I am not a huge fan of artificial flowers but I do like a faux succulents from time to time and this greenery was really lush in person. Perfect for shelf decor or Zoom backgrounds!!!!
I have seen this design in the William Yeoward section at Hoaglands (one of my favorites)…these are just soo pretty and only 9.99 each. I should have grabbed them for my mom.
A woman was swooning over this assortment of French Chocolates, I picked up a couple for Galentine’s Day!!!!!!
Another really pretty and current side table…
I loved this trio of candles….
Just the other day Dabney of Dabney Lee was telling me I needed an assortment of candle holders to scatter together to hold her beautiful colorful tapers…..I thought these looked so pretty….
This little lamp really caught my eye….
I have seen oodles and oodles of rattan planters all over Instagram…how sweet is this little caned square one? I am kicking myself I left it behind. Not bad for $8.
These gold lamps were giving me Aerin vibes. They have the coolest crystal balls at the base…They were really stunning in person!!!
My friend from SC was raving over those UGG knit blankets. She said they are gorgeous and luxurious in person and make amazing throws for all over the house. I love this color. She’s right, what a great gift…I am thinking perfect for Father’s Day, if you can wait that long!!!!
Another William Yeoward look but this one I would give as a gift with pink Himalayan salt for someone to keep right by their stove or on their table to serve with a little silver spoon…
You know I cannot resist the holiday decor..I love these heart stemless wine glasses and this big red heart tray….
I am always looking for cool home office decor and how amazing are these storage boxes. They would look great stacked on a desk or on a credenza or on bookshelves…
And my favorite favorite item was hiding behind the registers, a robot vacuum..this was such a great deal for $120. If you know you know and if you don’t you need to try one!!!!
Spending time outdoors and relaxing with friends and family has become a way of life during this Pandemic. Why not transform your yard into a perfect space for entertaining your guests? Read on to find out how you can create a yard that’s always ready for a get together with family and friends.
Create an Entertaining Area
To make the most of spending time outside in your yard, it is a great idea to create an inviting space for entertaining guests. Adding an attractive patio to your backyard will make your yard look great and provide a practical space for you to welcome your guests.
When adding a patio to your yard, it is crucial to choose patio builders that are experts at what they do to ensure that you have a high-quality patio that will last you for many years to come. Your builder will work with you to help you select the best materials for your patio and a design that will help you make the most of your space. One of the great things about a patio is that it provides a low maintenance area of your garden that stays looking great with very little effort.
Choose Your Furniture
To make your yard a functional space for entertaining, you need the right furniture for the job. Choosing a furniture style that suits the look that you want for your space will help you to create a more attractive space with an added wow factor. There are so many different outdoor furniture styles to choose from, so you will be able to take your pick from a great variety of tables, chairs, loungers, and more. If you want to maximize the number of people you can seat without taking up too much space on your new patio, why not choose an outdoor corner suite. While choosing your furniture shade is also another thing to consider; so you may want to choose a parasol that coordinates with your furniture set at the same time.
Dine In Style
If you love to dine outdoors, why not treat yourself to some new outdoor cooking equipment for your new entertaining space? Choosing a new barbecue is the perfect excuse to get your friends over for an evening of tasty grilled food under some heat lamps. If you feel like something a little different from a barbecue, how about mixing things up a little bit with an outdoor pizza oven? Everyone loves wood-fired pizza!
Add Decorative Finishing Touches
Once your new patio has been completed and you have chosen your outdoor furniture, it is time to complete your new entertaining space with some finishing touches. You could add some color with some container plants in bright pots and use year round outdoor plants like small evergreen trees, which will last throughout the winter.
Once the finishing touches are complete, it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new entertaining space!
If you have been following me for a while you know how much I love a pretty table setting. A friend recently introduced me to Lucy Grymes. Lucy Grymes is a paper and lifestyle brand that creates paper products that are both beautiful and easy to use. Lucy sent me a really pretty assortment of her vase wraps and paper placemats. I worked with the vase wraps this past weekend, with my friend Kelley, to create a really pretty fall tablescape. All of the paper placemat prints are so gorgeous too. I am working on some table settings so stay tuned. But, I think I need to copy some of Lucy’s ideas which I have included below. To see her complete line or to order your own vase covers or placemats, click HERE.
Here are my arrangements on my dining room table:
And here is my friend Kelley’s that she put in her pretty living room. We LOVED working with the vase wraps. We both covered a stemless wine glass for each arraignment!
And here was our inspiration!!!!