Posts Tagged ‘Home Decor’

Below are some of my favorite home decor ideas from this weekend’s shopping cart…

  1. Garden Stool to set a cup of coffee or hot cocoa
  2. A Pendant to brighten an entry or hallway
  3. Love this Linen Pillow from One Kings Lane
  4. A cozy Pom Pom blanket for chilly nights
  5. A beautiful wooden bowl to hold just about anything


And, although this Olive & Eucalyptus wreath could hang on any door year round, it’s perfect for the holidays.

Happy Monday!

~ Shannon


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Recently, I was amazed to find out that an interior designer I admire, used fake flowers in her own home! In the past I have been quite adamant about the use of fake flowers. However, these days fake flowers are changing, and let’s face it some of us are just too busy to keep up with it all.  A trip to your local farmer’s market or grocery store for fresh flowers before company comes might not be realistic for all of us — the solution just might be some fake ones!


The picture that changed it for me, Rita Konig’s place

It was Rita Konig, a British Interior Designer/Author, who I recently saw use fake red Dahlias in her own abode (above photo). The trick may be to mix it up, using fake flowers in some areas of your home and real in other areas. Below, another shot of Rita’s kitchen, and here she uses real roses, as with the tulips above.


Love the bowl of photos guests can sift through


A grouping from Abigail Ahern’s website

Abigail Ahern, also an interior designer, sells lovely fake flowers out of her London shop (some photos below, and you can click here for her website).


Fake and lovely


Again, very difficult to tell these are fake — gorgeous

 Most local floral/craft stores carry fake flowers, as well as Ikea. Home Goods usually carries some but it can be hit or miss. The trick to using fake flowers is to use what would typically be in season at the time (more believable). Pick something you enjoy and rotate them out for each season. Be careful not to let too much dust settle and once they start losing several leaf sections you may want to replace them. The brilliant thing about faux flowers is that they can add a burst of color/beauty with little fuss or maintenance.

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My sister just inherited some antique Duncan Phyfe Mahogany chairs from our mother (they had originally belonged to our great-grandmother). So, Heather’s first question to me was, “What do I do with them”? This is a typical conundrum that many face — how to incorporate our family’s antique furniture, that has deep sentimental value, into our own spaces? The trick is weaving them into your style so that they feel a part of your home. The tip is to mix them with modern pieces — maybe even updating them with paint or upholstery. All images are from Lonny Magazine.

Above, the antique chairs are painted white, upholstered in a fun stripe and paired with a rustic table. Plus, there are modern and industrial pieces in the room that really contrast the chairs allowing the chairs to stand out even more. Very fun!ant.chair2Above, the kitchen is more modern but the dining table, tablecloth and chairs are more rustic.  The modern chandelier over the dining table really helps bring these two spaces together nicely.

ant.chair5Painted white – very sweet.ant.chair6Antique chairs upholstered in a modern fabric and paired with a modern table and rug.


Above, the antique chairs are upholstered in a traditional fabric and paired with a beautiful marble table and a clean modern kitchen – lovely!

Happy Decorating!

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One of my favorite items to use in a home, that’s never hard to find or costly but totally makes a room, is the glass hurricane. Whether it’s modern or traditional in style, it can bring a bit of warmth and sophistication to any room.

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Of course fans of the Barefoot Contessa will know about the ones on her kitchen island. Lovely.

In case you care to do a little shopping over the weekend…


Taylor Hurricanes from Crate & Barrel, $8.95-$19.95


A simple Alex Hurricane from Crate & Barrel, $14.95

london-hurricanesLondon Hurricanes from Crate & Barrel, $24.95-$39.95
everest-hurricane Everest Hurricane from Crate & Barrel, $149.00hurricane4

Pomp Hurricane from Ikea, $12.99

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