Have a happy and successful day!
Happy Friday! It feels like every time I go on vacation, it takes a week for things to get back on track. Sorry for the lack of post. It’s after 5 ‘o clock, but I couldn’t end the week with just one post. This late in the day my mind is thinking weekend, spring, and pretty tabletops ideas for entertaining.
Inspired by the color of the year (Radiant Orchid) and LuluDK fabric (Dreamers in Plum), come along while I daydream of a party affair and the little details that add up to make a fun tabletop.
I could picture the party in my mind. Bright green moss in the birdcage with cascading flowers and ivy, gold and purple votive with tea light candles glimmer the faces around the table, and low jazz music playing in the background. Now, I really feel like a cocktail. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
Indulgy.com, Style Me Pretty, Calypso St. Barth, Overstock.com, LuluDK Textiles, Etsy: Lavish Season, Pottery Barn
We arrived yesterday from spring break. I’m feeling happy and energized after a few days in the sun in Tampa, Florida. I love my visit to Tampa. Here is a picture of Bayshore Blvd., South Tampa, on the sea-walled shore of the Hillsborough Bay. It is bordered by the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, which provides residents with miles of trails for an energetic jog, walk, bike, or roller skate.
Today, I’m catching up to mail and getting ready for High Point Market. Now that spring has officially arrived, I am excited to start spring cleaning and decorate with spring colors in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, and coral.
Hope you are having a great spring day!
I had the pleasure of touring the Holiday House NYC this past fall. Deborah Martin’s design is a small space that has stuck with me. It’s a great example of a small space with big style. She proves that small does not have to be dull!
Summer Solstice - Deborah Martin Design – Holiday House
The Luxe Life – It’s all about the details.
A 52″ Christopher Guy mirror mimics the sun against the sparkle of like glass bead and gold wall coverings.
Art – Paul Thomas
The lighting is breath taking.
Hope you are inspired to give a small space in your home or office big style.
We had a nice weekend with lots of sunshine. With warm and long days ahead, I’m looking forward to getting outside and staying active. Truth be told, I do not like to workout during the winter. Like many, I’ve gained a few more pounds than I like to admit during the past few months.
It’s time for me to stop delaying the process and stay committed to a healthier lifestyle. I find the best way to stay motivated is to find a buddy. If you’re like me, looking for healthy recipes and inspiration, check out my awesome friend’s blog, Tracy, Bee Fit With Tracy. She shares her daily workout to inspire you, recipes and programs for a healthy lifestyle.
Yes, I’m putting myself out there, getting out of my comfort zone, to remind myself and other people trying to juggle the work week, that everyday is a good day to be active and take care of yourself. Monday, March 10 is a perfect day to start.
Happy Friday! Daylight saving time starts this weekend. Clocks will “spring forward” an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. It’s another sign we are getting closer to spring.
My backyard is still covered with snow. We could all use a pick me up until those first buds start peeking through the soil. I headed to my neighborhood flower shop, The Flower Station, to pick up daffodils and hyacinths.
Next to my cookbooks, yellow and purple brighten my small vignette in the kitchen. The daffodils and hyacinths add that familiar fragrance of spring. It’s the perfect small bouquet for a pick me up to spring forward this weekend.
Buying and selling antiques and furnishings just got easier with three new online sites. Buying online takes out some of the footwork. No need to get dirty, pack and unload your goods. These three online shops bring hundreds of great items to you. Now you can shop from anywhere, anytime.Descriptions via The Editor at Large. All opinions are my own.
Hunters Alley (huntersalley.com)Age: 10 months Number of items: Hundreds added daily Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor, artwork, rugs Who can sell: Anyone
“Hunters Alley provides a curated experience with many ways to shop and discover, including themed sales,” said co-founder Alison Pincus, who is also the co-founder of One Kings Lane. “Our team lightly vets all submitted product, so shoppers see the most interesting pieces. Hunters Alley is also a community-centric space for design lovers to interact. Because of our social offering, buyers and sellers get to know each other, interested shoppers can comment on merchandise and individuals can follow each other.”
Features I like: The comment section: You can comment on pieces, keep track of what other people are loving and learn about the sellers.
Viyet (viyet.com)Age: 11 months Number of items: 100 items per week Type of items: Consignment furniture and accessories Who can sell: Designers
“Viyet serves the top echelon of the furniture consignment market by only selecting and featuring a highly-curated selection of merchandise as well as providing unparalleled white glove service every step of the way—from listing to photography, selling and delivery,” said Jennifer Koen, VP of marketing and PR for Viyet. “Our focus on building relationships in the design community makes us different—offering discounts and services that meet the specific needs of the interior design community.”
“If a designer consigns, we offer a traditional consignment model of 50% for them and 50% to Viyet,” added Koen. “We offer a white glove service where once we get the call from a designer that wants to consign, Viyet sends a curator to the site and then photographs, details dimensions, conditions and gathers information on selling features so that Viyet can market and sell the items. Once sold, Viyet arranges white glove pick up and delivery and then sends the designer a check.”
With sales tripling every three months, Viyet focuses on designer and brand name furniture that is in good condition or that can be easily brought to life again with design direction and a little love.
Features I like: Easy to navigate site, the “final sale” category for great deals. The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature that is easy to use. The ability to consign with Viyet as a designer.
Chairish (chairish.com)Age: One year Number of items: 5,000 Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor Who can sell: Anyone
“There is space in this market for many players such as eBay, Craigslist, 1stDibs, One Kings Lane,” said Chairish co-founder and chief curator Anna Brockway. “We strive to offer the most product in a curated space with key differentiators like: mobile selling and buying, verified price negotiation, shipping services and local pick-up options. We also offer best-in-class search capabilities to allow for efficient shopping by style, furniture type and location.”
Features I like: Buyer can bargain on the items. The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature. Return policy: 48 hours. Ability to shop by city.Images: 1/Hunters Alley 2/Viyet 3/Chairish
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Hunting!
The new Kaori Collection for Osborne & Little is fresh and sophisticated. The designs on cotton and linen are a burst of fresh air for the home this spring. I just love Osborne & Little fabrics.
“Inspired by the traditions and artisans of Eastern costume, these sophisticated designs on cotton and linen have a beautifully restrained touch, creating a delicate collection of practically-scaled fabrics.” — Designers Guild
The Astor Crocus bedding collection has a cotton 400 thread count offering great comfort in a modern and stylish design. Investing in bedding is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. There have been times when I’ve purchased less quality linens. After arriving home and opening the package and feeling the texture, I quickly packaged them back up and returned them. I thought I was saving money. In the end, it cost me more in time and travel expenses.
If you are looking to update your living room or bedroom this spring, take a look through the Designers Guild online catalog to find more beautiful offerings for the home. We love to hear from you. Don’t forget to share what you find.
This week was a little crazy. On a personal note, our furnace was out four days, until a new one could be installed. We are fortunate to have a fireplace. I’m thankful and blessed to have the heat back on.
It’s hard to believe the week is almost over. Are you excited for the Academy Awards presentation? It’s going to be a fabulous night. I’ll be watching from Atlanta, GA where I’ll be attending the Design Bloggers Conference. I’m looking forward to hearing a great panel of speakers. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the snow accumulations predicted for this weekend are low.
If your watching the Oscars and are looking for a few fun ideas to make the night a little more festive at home, read my Oscar party post here, featured on the HomeGoods Blog today.
Thanks for stopping by.