Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Outfit

I love dressing up for New Years Eve, which is probably the reason I love the holiday so much. The most common NYE outfit is something full of glitter, sequins, strapless, and a really short hemline. This year I decided to dress a little more weather appropriate and let my accessories be the "star" of the outfit, especially since we are having a more low key NYE this year.

I decided on an all black full-skirted silhouette dress and fun, bold accessories to spice up the simple dress. I will also do a red lip and smoky neutrals for the eyes to complete the overall look.

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Carly Botanical Stud
Dress: Anthropologie, Embossed Basket Dress
Necklace: Anthropologie
Lipstick: Le Metier, China Beach
Ring: Kendra Scott, Ramsee Ring
Shoes: Sam Edelman, Roza Studded Velvet Pump

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Look for Less: Silver Moroccan Pouf

I'm sure you have all seen Moroccan Poufs in rooms on blogs and decor magazines. They always catch my eye when I see them in a space. Here are a few spaces with Moroccan Poufs:

Image via Horchow
Image via Lonny Magazine
Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest

This is a seating area in our guest room:

A silver Moroccan Pouf at Horchow is $219.

Horchow Silver Leather Pouf

I found a silver pouf at Neiman Marcus Last Call for $50! It needs a little more stuffing, but other than that, it is in great condition.

Neiman Marcus Last Call is a great place to browse for high end furniture and home decor at a discounted price. Horchow is part of the Neiman Marcus Group, and Horchow pieces can be found for less at Last Call.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Pantone Color: Tangerine Tango

Pantone is the world renowned authority on color, and every year a "Color of the Year" is selected.

Here is a look down memory lane at the past few years' "Color of the Year" selections:

2009 - Mimosa
Image via Apartment Therapy

2010 - Turquoise

2011 - Honeysuckle
Image via Pepper Design Blog

And finally....

2012 - Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango is a very vibrant reddish orange shade and will be popping up everywhere in both fashion and home decor. This color will bring a great pop of color to any space.

Here are some products that I have already spotted in Tangerine Tango:

Tory Burch Amanda Crossbody Messenger 

Dwell Studio Draper Stripe Persimmon Rug

Dwell Studio Labyrinth Persimmon Pillow

Anthropologie Vermillion Reflections Dress

Do you have any signs of Tangerine Tango in your home or wardrobe?

I redecorated our guest room several months ago and used a few accessories. It is not 100% complete, but you get the idea:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gift Idea for Neighbors

Sometimes it's the smallest gifts that give us the most trouble during Christmas shopping. The past few years our neighbor has given us a bottle of wine for Christmas, and we have really enjoyed it and appreciated it. We have wanted to give them something as well but could not think of anything simple and useful, and we definitely cannot give them a bottle of wine too!

Olive oil and balsamic vinegar dipping sauces have become a big hit at parties and get togethers; it's something a little different than the usual cheese and crackers. We decided to give the neighbors a gourmet bottle of extra virgin olive oil with a really good olive oil dipping sauce.

I found free Christmas recipe card printables online at

Then I wrote the recipe of choice on a recipe card.

(I forgot to take a picture of this step before tying it to the bottle)

Then I punched a hole in the card and tied it to the bottle with red ribbon. You could really get festive and tie small ornaments or whatever you have left over from your Christmas decorating.

We chose a bottle of gourmet olive oil from Central Market. They have a great selection of gourmet olive oils at different price points. We chose one for $10, but there were many that were less expensive and more expensive.

Here is the recipe that we chose:

Olive Oil-Balsamic Dipping Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (16-ounce) unsliced multigrain bread loaf


Stir together first 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Drizzle oil and vinegar evenly over cheese mixture, and stir.
Place bread loaf directly on lower oven rack. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until heated. Cut bread into 1-inch slices. Dip bread slices into sauce.

This recipe uses both olive oil and balsamic vinegar so you definitely give one or other or you could give both!
This would also make a great hosts gift.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas with your family and friends! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Family Room Makeover Part II

As I mentioned before, we are in the very early stages of making over our family room. No construction, just a new color scheme, style, and decor. We are slowly coming up with a new design plan, but it can be a process when you mix a male's style and a female's style.

Our family room furniture was one of the first large purchases for our home, and it was a somewhat rushed and blind decision. I have always loved home decor, but it was not until we purchased our home that I realized just how much I love decorating and became more "knowledgeable" about all the different products, retailers, and design "rules." Don't get me wrong, I still have a TON to learn, but it's funny to look back from then to now and see just how different my taste is.

When we first set out to furnish the family room, I was uninspired and did not have any plan for the room (we just knew we needed  a place to sit). I knew I wanted the room to be different and not a packaged set from one of the big furniture chain stores, but I did not really know much about other furniture/home decor retailers.  The closest thing to inspiration that I found was a set of china! We were also recently engaged so china was a thing of interest, and I saw a set with brown, turquoise, and red. Though we decided against registering for the china (good thing, or we would be replacing that too!), the color scheme stuck with me, and we designed our family room furniture around it. I've always loved color, but I now realize everything in a space does not have to be full of color. It took three different paint jobs to realize this :)

The final paint color of the "overabundance of color" phase was this avocado green; I talked about it in our kitchen makeover here. From the moment we painted the family room and connecting kitchen, I knew I did not really like the color. I wanted to so badly because this was the third time to paint these rooms. Note to self: if you have to keep asking every person that enters your door if they like the color, you should probably get rid of it. We lived with it longer than I would like to admit. Take a look at the avocado explosion in the family room along with the very colorful furniture:

We couldn't just stop with the avocado green; we had to make the room even more "different" and colorful by painting the fireplace wall a different color

I finally came to realization that you can have bold color in smaller doses, which usually makes the color pop and not overpower a room. The furniture is also a little too bulky and square for my taste. We decided we should paint the room more of a neutral color. Also, we realized it would be best to bring in a more neutral sofa and other bigger ticket items, which would allow us to easily change the room down the road as our taste changes. It's a lot easier and less expensive to swap out pillows, art, etc. to get an updated look, rather than purchasing new furniture every time we want a different color in the space.

The room was painted Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore just like the adjoining kitchen. I think the new, neutral gray paint color has made a huge difference in the room already.

I hope you'll stick around for the redesign journey of this space; and I would love to hear your feedback or any experiences you have had. It can definitely be a challenge redoing a space, but it is always fun (at least for me) and so worth it in the end! Fingers crossed it doesn't take over a year like the kitchen.

Fingers also crossed for Jett....that he will have patience with his indecisive, picky wife ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Inspiring Christmas Decor

Our house is complete for this holiday season, but I still love to look at pictures of beautiful Christmas decor. My mind is already thinking about next year's decor. Here are several pictures that have caught my attention this year and inspired some of my decorations.

(All images via Pinterest)

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Wish List

Here are some pretty things that have caught my attention over the past  few months:

Sam Edelman Roza Studded Velvet Pump

Christian Louboutin Coffee Table Book

Michael Kors Laptop Sleeve

YSL Nude Tribtoo Platform Pumps

Prada Candy Perfume

SLR Camera

Anthropologie Alpheratz Sweater

Alice and Olivia Combo Dress

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas List for the Home

Happy Friday!

This is my house's Christmas fantasy wish list. These are different things that I have admired lately and would love to own ;)

The Gabriella Side Table from Horchow

Hermes Signature Avalon Blanket

Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher Adras Ikat fabric Pillows

Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Cake Stand and Candy Dish

Stainless Steel Bar Cart
Schumacher Imperial Trellis Wallcovering

Venice Console, Horchow

Global Views Chain Link Tray

I hope Santa wins the lottery between now and Christmas ;)