Entries in Decor (10)


The One Kind of Fauxidermy That I Can Get Behind!

How adorable is this unicorn head? I can honestly say that I a sentence I never imagined uttering, but now I have a 3 year there you go.

Target has an adorable new line of kids home decor, and I am loving it!


It's called Pillowfort, and the many selections for boys & girls are A+. Very trendy, but I love trends, so no worries there!



10 Decorating Trends You Wish Would Go Away

I came across this list from, randomly, my daily BabyCenter digest.  It led to a House Beautiful slideshow that shows 10 trends that people think will fade away in 2013.  There are some I agree with & some I don't, but overall I found it to be an interesting list.

1) Taxidermy - YES

I have never understood or liked the taxidermy and faux animal head trend that went wild last year. It is now so overdone that I think this is one trend that will fade away.

Ceramic Animals

I do think these Jonathan Adler ceramics are adorable, though.  So cute!

Doxie Bookends

2) Open Layouts - NO

I think I'll always love open layouts.  Especially kitchens that open up into dining areas &/or family rooms.  At every party, it seems we all end up congregating in the kitchen.  The kitchen gets it then spills over into the adjacent dining area, then living room.  I like that everyone feels like they're all together, even if technically in different rooms.

3) Cliched Design - ??

I guess so?  This vague title goes on further to explain that an Eiffel Tower statue and french style rug does not a french interior make.  As a francophile, I have a few Eiffel Tower figurines sprinkled around the house, but I by no means think that defines our decor!

4)  Cookie Cutter Kitchens - YES & NO

I love alternatives to granite, but am a stainless steel appliance fan through & through.  I love modern white kitchens with stainless appliances and can't picture this trend fading away any time soon.

5)  Obvious Signage - NO

I love typography & am a fan of this trend, when done well.


6)  Chalkboard Overload - YES

Overload is the key word here.  Am I the only one who finds chalkboards - chalk specifically - to be a dusty mess?  I sometimes really like the way they work, mainly in the kitchen or a playroom, but people are chalkboard painting everything these days and I am over it.


7)  Food as Decor - NO

I love a bowl of green apples as decoration in the kitchen.  Sometimes I eat them, sometimes I don't :)

8) Neon - YES

Let's leave neon in the 80's where it belongs, mmkay?

9) Intentionally Distressed Furniture - YES

With a caveat - I think this is a personal choice, not necessarily a trend!  If I had a farmhouse in the south, then I'd probably have a piece of distressed furniture or two.  It's just not my favorite look overall.

10) TVs on the Mantle - YES & NO

One of the first things that I put on this blog was that "TVs don't have to hang above the mantle".  Sometimes it's the best option though, so I'll hold off on judgement for this one :)

Are there any trends that you wish would just go away?

p.s. It's nice to talk to you all again!  I owe an update post, I know.  Just know that I am back to work, accepting new clients & that life is good.  So, so good.


Decor from an Unexpected Source, Part 2

Awhile ago I posted about great decor finds from an unlikely store - Pottery Barn Kids.  I thought I'd revisit this post idea after coming across a fun lamp at Land of Nod.  I checked out other items & found a lot of things that would work for spaces beyond kids rooms.  

Here are my favorites:


This lamp also comes in blue & pink!

All items found at 

Have you come across any unexpected sources for home decor?


Long Distance Design: From Chicago to Pennsylvania

A recent client of mine moved outside of Philadelphia for her residency.  She has a great apartment with a lot of living space and needed help selecting most furniture pieces and accessories.  The living room opens up into the dining room/kitchen, which also needed to be designed.  The main living area needed to serve two functions, one for relaxing & entertaining and the other for a work/desk area, which she already had.

I love her description of style, which is modern but comfortable - definitely something that we can do!  She also likes deep plum colors with bright accents.  We achieved this by bringing in large furniture pieces with clean lines and introducing color through smaller furniture pieces and accessories.

I wanted the small dining area to feel like its own space, but we had to bring over similar color to keep the space flowing from one room to the next.  Space for dining is short, so adding in a double sided drop leaf table will allow for extra room for everyday needs & a larger table when entertaining.

If you have any questions about any of the items, just let me know.  If you're interested in Long Distance Design, click here to find out more information!


Bright, Bold Clock

The latest issue of CS Interiors (the same mag that featured Bien Living Design at the beginning of the year!) is all about color.  BOLD color.

This clock on this page really jumped out at me - it's bright, colorful & playful.  

At $50, it's totally affordable.  

OR, you could always DIY for around $5 it using free paint strips and a clock kit - if you like a project, try it out!


I am STILL toying with the idea of this DIY clock that I blogged about months ago.  I'll keep you posted if I ever get my booty in gear...

CS Interiors is available for free as a digital e-zine - I highly recommend adding it to your monthly shelter mag reads!