Entryway Design Ideas – Finding Solutions for all that Clutter

Entryway Design Ideas – Finding Solutions for all that Clutter

I’ve been struggling with pulling together my entry for a while now. Well, maybe struggling is not the right word –  I actually bought hooks but didn’t put them up, and I designed a bench but just haven’t gotten around to building it yet – a classic case of the cobbler’s kids having no shoes. And speaking of shoes, if you take off shoes at the door ((yes I’m talking about you all of Brooklyn) the messiness just escalates. Here are some entryway design ideas that might work for you. If you do a search for ‘shoe storage’, or ‘shoe bench’, the results are pretty limited and not particularly attractive. To find something a bit more interesting, you have to expand your search to other items. For closed cabinets that do the best job of hiding things, looking for ‘media consoles’, ‘sideboards’, or ‘buffets’ can do the trick nicely and actually add a design element instead of a compromise. After years of using an Eames Hang It All hooks ) I noticed that things tended to pile on top of each other. So, in my own entryway I opted for the hooks below: The hooks slide to accommodate different sized pieces and have a ‘double hook’ (top and bottom) which helps a lot. These ceramic cleats come in beautiful colors and look fantastic – saving this one for my future beach house.   I love the small key shelf above this well-designed rack by Scout Regalia. These look like a wall sculpture when they are not being used! And this one has an industrial look that seems like it should cost a lot...
Inspired by Emily Henderson – 5 tips to great style

Inspired by Emily Henderson – 5 tips to great style

I’m a big, and I mean BIG fan of Emily Henderson. In case you don’t know who she is, she was the winner of HGTV’s Design Star, hosted her own show, and is now a partner with Target and others on her fantastic blog, stylebyemily.com. Now to be honest, I didn’t always love Emily as much as I do now. In fact I have a confession to make… I thought she won Design Star because she was blond and pretty. So shallow of me (um, a little envy do you think?).  Truth is, Emily is a pro stylist, her background is in prepping photo shoots so they look lived in, natural, and of course super stylish.  She’s expanded to other aspects of interior design, but her roots are in making spaces look great with the placement and choice of accessories and furniture. The reason I’m a fan is because Emily SHARES and she shares big. Her blog is full of great tips and sources. A book was a natural step and STYLED: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson came out last month. I snapped it up and did some studying so I could apply some of her great tips to my next project photo shoot. This project was a townhouse, and the living room before I touched it looked like this:   There were some obvious things, like the painting, and some less obvious things to bring it around to where it would be a good starting point for decorating. Redesigning a space comes a lot easier to me than the styling so first I tackled...
Great stores for furniture shopping in Chelsea, NYC

Great stores for furniture shopping in Chelsea, NYC

This week I was so excited to find that two of my favorite online resources have opened actual stores in New York City. World Market is a go-to resource for fantastically priced furniture, accessories and pillows with a bit of a global feel. France & Son is a budget minded alternative to some of the high end designs we see around —  and for those of us who cannot afford 15,000 for a designer chandelier, it’s nice to know that there are great-looking options available (until we can buy the genuine article!) Like most of us,I love the convenience of shopping online  – its a great way to look at a whole lot of things, and hopefully find the perfect match. but I also know there are times when you really want to see, feel,  touch, or sit on the piece you might be buying. There’s just something about seeing things in person that really helps you get a much better sense of how it might look and feel in your space. But the most fun part of looking in person is the sense of discovery when you stumble across something that surprises or delights you. When I went to world market yesterday (I cannot tell you how excited I was about this!) I noticed this super painting – only 99 bucks! Back at home I circled back to find it online so I could show it to a client, and it didn’t look as amazing…I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if it had just been an online search. And we all know the reverse is often true – things...

How to Accessorize with Pillows without Blowing your Budget or Your Mind

Do you find yourself with dozens of unused pillows because after a few weeks on your coach or bed you decided they didn’t look quite right? Or maybe you’re too afraid to buy any pillows so your sofa looks barren.I don’t know what it is about pillows but they seem to create a design phobia for many. In fact, even though I should know better I found myself in a bit of a quandary when picking out pillows for my own sofa!Watch this five-minute video where I share the mistakes I made and how you can avoid them with a few simple design strategies… I was definitely making my pillow selection harder than I needed to!  Once I approached it the same way I do for my clients I was able to get the perfect combination. Here’s a recap of how to pick the perfect combination of pillows without losing your mind: If possible choose all of the pillows at once – this coordinated approach is more effective than a piecemeal effort. Bring a sample of your sofa fabric and other pillow covers with you to the store – this will help you select the right color and texture combination. Don’t be seduced by sales items – if you wouldn’t buy it full price then it’s not the pillow for you! Don’t get too “matchy-matchy” – vary with textures, colors and sizes. Do look for a repeating color or pattern that will create a cohesive look. Relax! They’re just pillows. It’s okay to buy a bit more than you need so you can play around with combinations at home....
Sofa Shopping Guide

Sofa Shopping Guide

Picking a sofa is one of the most important – and possibly most expensive – decisions you will make in your living room redo. There are so many options to choose from, from sleepers to sectionals, and it can be overwhelming figuring out what will work best in your space. What motivated me to take on my last sofa shopping trip was the deep-seated desire (no pun intended!) for a chaise. I really wanted to stretch out and face the TV when I was unwinding.  The other motivating factor was that the seat on my sofa was a bit too high for me to be comfortable. I always felt like my legs were dangling and I wanted both feet firmly on the ground! So, I knew I wanted a seat that was closer to 18″ than 21″ – good information to have. When I started looking, I discovered that most sectionals with a chaise are a bit longer than the usual. While you can find smaller ones at 84″, most are wider. Fortunately I had the space, but it’s good to know this kind of thing in advance so you don’t get your heart set on something that won’t fit. Of course style is important, and for this Pinterest and Houzz are invaluable resources. Do you like a Chesterfield arm? Tufted back or seat? A more boxy modern look? All this will help in defining what you are looking for when you’re hunting online, and describing what you like to salespeople when you are in the store. Here are a few tips to break down the process of finding the perfect...
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