Rose Gold

I've been super into rose gold jewelry lately, and have been excited to see the metallic trend being translated into housewares as well. From statement pendant lamps to shelves to a pretty amazing bed, rose gold is a modern way to add some glamour to your décor. Here are a few of my favorite spaces. Image from domaine.com

Mixed metals add depth to this marble-covered kitchen.

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Tom Dixon's iconic lamps bring in light and add interest to a neutral Scandinavian dining room.

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This amazing shelf would look just as at home in a bathroom as in an entry way.

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A rose gold-framed mirror is a subtle take on the trend.

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Though it's not cheap, Michael Varian's stunning copper ink wallpaper would be perfect for an accent wall.

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Spotted in L.A. bakery Bo Nuage, these angular bar stools are stunning against black and white molding.

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Exposed pipes add storage and visual impact to this neutral kitchen.

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Modern yet traditional, this incredible bed frame makes a bold statement.

Home Design: Modern Pastels

Though it's been a while, I think I'm going to try to get back into more home design posts. Though we don't have any plans to move (or redecorate) any time soon, I've found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest and am loving all of the pastels I've seen lately. No longer reserved for kid's rooms or Easter eggs, pastels are making a comeback. Thanks to modern shapes and geometric prints, baby blue, light pink and mint green can brighten up a room and add a pop of color without being too overwhelming–read on for some of my favorite products.

This ceramic Mint Geo Vase ($30) would look stunning with a bouquet of white tulips.
Thanks to its sleek design, the pale pink Arper Duna Lounge Chair ($831) doesn't feel too sweet.
This mouthblown Austrian crystal pitcher and tumbler set for Lobmeyer (from $65) adds subtle color to the table.
Balanced with neutral white and gray, the Pietro Throw (approximately $140) would work just as well in your living room as in a nursery.
This multi-use cutting board ($37)–it can also be used as a trivet and serving platter–is an affordable way to embrace two trends in one: pastels and geometric prints.
Thailand-based Studiomake purposefully makes each gold-plated bowl ($68) flawed to emphasize the beauty in imperfection.

Fall at Zara Home

How is it November already? Except for the fact that Halloween already happened and it's now about 45 degrees outside, I'm pretty certain that it should still be August. So while I try to distract myself from thoughts of Thanksgiving (plans TBD for the moment), I thought I would share a few of my favorite items from Zara Home's fall collection. I'm a huge fan of Zara Home – like H&M, they have a ton of very affordable options in many different styles, and inventory changes frequently so there's always something new. zara

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I am definitely wishing for some gold flatware to add a little holiday sparkle.

On a completely different note, I wanted to share with you all that Ari (who you may have read about here) just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his brand-new radio show and podcast, called Off Campus. The show consists of interviews with people from all different career paths and walks of life, talking about their first year out of college and how they got to where they are. They're trying to raise $12,500 by December 4th, so please take a minute to check it out if you're interested (Also you might see a cameo in the Kickstarter video of yours truly). To learn more about the radio show, click here, and to donate to the campaign, click here.

On Bar Carts

mg_4698About a year ago, I was obsessed with getting a bar cart. It probably came from reading too many home design blogs and watching Mad Men, but I couldn't get the idea out of my mind. I scoured Craigslist for months, but since I didn't really want to spend more than $50 on a cart, that limited my options. After what seemed like ages of looking, almost ready to throw in the towel and give up the search, Ari found one at the 6th Avenue Flea Market for a mere $20. Naturally, I was overjoyed and couldn't wait to get it home and move all of the bottles of liquor out of the closet. I don't drink cocktails all that often, but when I do, I at least want them to look pretty. _MG_4701 Keep reading for a few styling tips and a roundup of bar carts!

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Styling:

  • I like arranging alcohol by height so that you can best see each label.
  • Add other cocktail-related items, such as shakers, fun straws, and books to mix up the visual impact.
  • If you don't have room for a bar cart (or don't want one), another great option is to create a bar area by putting all of your bottles on a tray and displaying them on a bookshelf or countertop.
  • I like to keep my glassware on the bottom shelf altogether, but if you have particularly pretty glasses that you want to display, put them out with the bottles.
  • A bar is something that can be built up over time -- don't feel like you need to go out and buy 20 different kinds of alcohol at once. I have been adding to this collection for a couple of years, and you can start with just a bottle of clear alcohol (such as vodka or gin), one bottle of dark (such as bourbon or whiskey), and some bitters (essential for Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds, etc.). If you have the money or inclination, you can also add something a little more unexpected -- such as St. Germain or Aperol, both of which can be used in a number of different cocktails.
  • Other things to have on hand, especially for parties: lemons, limes, club soda, tonic, vermouth, and of course, plenty of ice.

H&M Home Collection

I'm a little late to the game, as H&M's home collection has now been available for several weeks, but I couldn't resist posting about it anyways. My expectations weren't super high, but they surpassed all of them by far. Inexpensive linen sheets? Chic candles? Beautifully styled photos? Check, check and check. I can't speak to the quality of all of the items, but with many pieces coming in at under $20, it might be worth picking up a few things to change up your décor. Here are a few things I have been eying:

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