This Fall – Let’s Layer it Up! Tips on How to Layer Rugs.


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In honor of the first week of Fall lets talk about layering, rugs that is! In the cooler months we love to layer our clothes, leather jackets tossed over cashmere sweaters on top of tweed and over-the-knee boots, cardigans on top of sassy dresses paired over tights with booties and skinny jeans mixed with turtlenecks under fur vests – the layering options are endless when it comes to fashion so why should it not be endless inside the home?


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We layer our beds with accent pillows and blankets. Toss cozy throws across our sofas. Stack layers of coffee table books in bookcases. But what about the floor?! Layering rugs is a trend that is here to stay! It adds instant interest to any room.


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There are dozens of ways to layer rugs. The most popular trend in layering starts with a large natural fiber rug such as a jute, seagrass or sisal rug layered with a smaller rug to ground it. To add a pop of interest it is best to layer with a rug that is not the same color, but rather a bold design with bright color or an animal hide like zebra.

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When layering rugs you can literally center one rectangle rug on top of another, but always make sure the base rug is significantly larger than the rug sitting on top. You can also angle one of the rugs – the larger rug on the bottom can be angled with the top rug centered or vice versa. Angling rugs can place emphasis on a focal point like an amazing view and it gives a room movement.


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If you have a rug that you love but it is too small in scale for a room this is the perfect opportunity to place a larger neutral rug under it to ground it. Rugs can be very expensive, if you are redecorating and are not able to part with a rug that is an investment piece consider layering it with a more modern rug to give it an instant update! Animal hides add an automatic punch of “modern” to any room and are easy to layer. If your budget is endless layering multiple rugs, three or more, gives a room a very dramatic and
lush feel.


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I would love to hear from you!  What are your Tips & Tricks when layering rugs?  Do you have any ideas to share?  Let me see your pics on social media & don’t for get to tag me so I do not miss it!

Need help shopping for a rug?  Here are some great ideas:

Jute Rug: Click Here!

Seagrass Rug: Click Here!

Sisal Rug: Click Here! 

Zebra Cowhide Rug: Click Here!

Zebra GOLD Metallic Cowhide Rug: Click Here!

Tricolor Cowhide Rug: Click Here!

Sheep Skin Rug: Click Here!

Folex Carpet Spot Remover: Click Here!

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Bravo Bethenny – an Inside Look at The Skinny Girl’s NYC Apartment!


Bethenny’s Lush Living Space


Bethenny Frankel & Skinny Girl Products

Being the starlet of Bravo TV’s hit The Real Housewives of New York City, building her multi-million dollar brand “Skinny Girl” from the ground up, writing four books, hosting her own talk show and being a super mom makes Bethenny Frankel one of Hollywood’s leading entrepreneurs. It is no wonder that Bethenny designed her home environment to be her own creative wonderland where she can relax and retreat from the concrete jungle just steps away!


Bethenny’s Master Bedroom – Sweet Dreams


Bethenny’s Walk-in Closet – Swoon!


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Bethenny’s Daughter’s Pretty in Pink Room!

Bathed in lush whites and neutrals, there is nothing “Skinny” about Bethenny Frankel’s remodeled monochromatic New York City apartment and I’ll gladly say cheers to that! Mixing textures in basically the same palette adds warmth to her space. Art and coffee table books infuse Bethenny’s space to give her home pops of color but also inspirational personal touches.


Bethenny’s Kitchen  – Now if we can just persuade Miss Frankel to whip up one of her famous dishes!


Bethenny’s Kitchen Angle #2

No one’s home, especially Bethenny’s, would be complete without keeping entertaining essentials, like a bar cart, close by for ease! Stocking her perfectly scaled bar, located in her living space, with none other than Skinny Girl products allows her to entertain her friends without having to leave the room to refresh their cocktails.


Bethenny’s Skinny Girl Bar – Cheers!


Skinny Girl Products

TIP: When designing a space with monochromatic colors layer various textures and fabrics to achieve a luxurious space.

(All photos are courtesy of Bravo TV, Skinny Girl & Bethenny.)

I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas to make a space soothing by using monocramatic colors!  Do you like using light colors like Bethenny or dark colors?

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Dorm Sweet Dorm!


Preparing to go off to college is exciting, but it can be a little overwhelming! More-than-likely you will be living in a small space, aka a dorm room, for the next nine months and to top it off you will probably be sharing it with a roommate. Being organized in a small space is key. Most universities will provide a floor plan with measurements to help you map out your space.

If you are going to have a roommate you may consider coordinating your bedding. This does not mean the bedding must be “matchy, matchy,” however picking a color palate will help your new small space not feel cluttered. For example, if your personality is more on the sporty side and your new roommate has expressed they are more fashion oriented and like soft colors, you could choose the color palate of navy and peach.

Ideas For the Gals!




Ideas for the Guys!





Once you have settled on a color palate I would first choose your bedding, as your bed will be the focal point of your small space. Next, stock up on storage bins and other organizational items. Putting you bed on risers will allow you to slide extra large storage trunks under your bed since your closet will probably be smaller than you are accustom to. Extra lighting is always a great idea as most dorm rooms only provide basic lighting. A throw blanket, shower caddy, towels and a laundry hamper are just a few other items you will need. Don’t forget to bring personal items like photos, keepsakes, electronics and anything else that makes your new space feel like home!

Storage Ideas, Essentials & Other Must Haves to Make You Feel at Home in Your Dorm! 


Bed Risers Will Allow You to Add Extra Storage Under the Bed!


A Shower Caddy Helps You Carry All of Your Essentials to the Bath!


Under the Bed Storage Boxes will Help You Store Your Wardrobe Overflow.


Instead of Dozens of Frames Consider Displaying Photos of Your Life on this Adorable Photo Wall “Clothing Line”!


Store All of Your Daily Essentials Inside this Space Saver Over-the-Door Cabinet.


Adding Extra Light to Your Dorm Room is a Must – No Studying or Getting Ready to “Go Out” in the Dark!


Don’t Forget to Incorporate a Punch of Your Personality into Your Space.  These Light-up Letters Will Add a Pop of Whimsy to Your Space!


Cozy up in your Home Away from Home with a Throw Blanket.  You will be Happy You Have an Extra Blanket if You Attend a School where Temperatures Plummet.

(All Dorm Room Ideas & Photos are Provided by PB Teen, Dormify, Bed Bath & Beyond)

I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas … how are you planning on organizing your Dorm Sweet Dorm?

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Hello Kate!


Have you ever wanted to Say Hello to Kate Spade? Well now you can at Bed Bath & Beyond and everyday in your own home! Her colorful and spirited designs can add whimsical curiosity to anyone’s wonderland without breaking the bank! You can literally let Kate take over an entire room or allow her to wave shyly from a corner.

Kate Spade’s collection at Bed Bath & Beyond is endless as the choices go on and on and on. Visit the store or go on-line to view the full collection. I am featuring a few of my favorite pieces, however I literally had to cut a few items out as the majority of Kate’s collection is simply adorable!


For the Bedroom or Dorm Room + Accent Pillows for Every room

These accent pillows and colorful bedding will add a statement in any bedroom. Looking for the perfect comforter set for your dorm room?  Kate Spade’s various collections is a perfect fit to make your room stand out! Also, think outside the box and consider tossing the accent pillows around in different rooms of your home! TIP: Most of Kate’s bedding comes in more-than-one color.






Hello Oblong Throw Pillow in Multi, Bow Tile Duvet Cover Set, Vase Square Throw Pillow in Multi,  Harbour Stripe Comforter Set, Ampersand Square Throw Pillow in Black

For the Table & Kitchen

Add some personality to your next dinner party with pieces from Kate’s collection, I guarantee they will be a conversation starter!













Larabee Road Platinum Place setting, “Eat Cake For Breakfast” Placemat in Hot Pink, Mine & Yours Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Two of a Kind “Outs” Decanter, Willow Court Tablecloth, Fairmount Park Salt and Pepper Shakers, Two of a Kind Bar, Diner Stripe Kitchen Linens, Malmo Rose Gold Flatware

For that Special Person, Give a Gift

Looking for that perfect gift?  Look no further!  No matter if you are searching for a wedding gift, hostess gift or something general, Kate’s collection provides several options that should put a smile on the receiver’s face!







Silver Street Coaster Set, Garden Drive Jewelry Box, Daisy Place Eyeglass Case, Silver Street Key Ring, Posy Court Small Heart Dish in Blush, Woodland Park Owl Vases

Tip!!! Don’t forget your 20% off coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond when you go shopping! 

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I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas … what are your favorite pieces from Kate Spade’s collection and how will you incorporate them in your wonderland?

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Kelly-Hoppens-metal-fringe-chair-510x637Fringe & Tassels – everywhere you go over the last year that’s all you see on the streets and inside boutiques! It is the fashion statement that is on trend now! From skirts & shoes to jackets & purses to necklaces & earrings, fringe and tassels have officially taken over.



Becky Suede Fringe Sandal, Rachel Zoe Long Tassel Necklace, Prada Fringe Twin Pocket Tote Bag

It’s time to take this latest craze off the runway and effortlessly incorporate it into any room of your home! If your vibe is boho or ultra glamour you can easily mix fringe or tassels into your environment. If you just want a glimpse of tassels peeking from the corners of your pillows or a giant sparkle chandelier in your entry, there are literally endless ways to walk this statement off the pages of Vogue and into your home!

Like I said – the options are endless! Take a look at all the examples I have found for your wonderland – swooning now!!!

Glamour Chandeliers



Fringe Chandelier Image: Bonn nuit darling, Anderson’s Silver Fringe Chandelier, 1stdibs Art Deco Glass Fringe

Tassel & Fringe Pillows

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Brown Suede Fringe Pillow,  Hot Pink Tassel Pillow Etsy, Cream & Black Fringe Pillow PB Teen, Beaded Fringe Pillow by Donna Karan

Swinging Fringe Seating

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Laura Kirar for McGuire Furniture, Velvet chair by Kelly Hoppen, Stool PB Teen, Armless Chairs Gamma International

Tassel Furniture

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Carlton Varney Tassel Side Table, Justedits Tassel Lamp, Will Merrill for Currey & Co. – Console Table, 1stdibs Italian Rope & Tassel Bar Cart

More Fringe & Tassel Ideas


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Bed from The Parker Palm Springs, Fringe Bed by Missoni Home, Leather Fringe Rug, Wall & Window hanging Urban Outfitters

I would love to hear from you!  Update me on your ideas to add a little or a lot of fantastic fringe or tassels to your wonderland!

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Let’s Go to the Movies, Inside OUT!!!


One of the best things about summer is its nights! They are longer, carefree and in many cities the nights are warmer. Even though summer is half way over, there is still so much fun to be had! It’s time to have some intimate & creative family time or go crazy and invite the neighborhood over for “old fashion” becomes modern outdoor movie night!

Like any “event” there is a high & low way to produce it. I’ll show you how to create your perfect home outdoor movie night – no matter what your budget may be.

How to watch:

Obviously, you will need the tools to watch your movie.

  • If you have a larger budget you may consider contacting an audio/visual company that will provide the set up and break down of an oversized screen, projector and sound system. Some companies even provide outdoor seating for your backyard event at an additional cost. Since outdoor movie watching is becoming more of a trend, if you live in a large city like Dallas or Los Angeles, finding a rental company is pretty simple … just Google “outdoor movie night rental” and you will find a list of options.


  • If you plan on having multiple movie nights on a regular basis you might consider purchasing your own oversized outdoor media screen and equipment. Large box companies like Target will have a selection.


  • If your budget is small, you love a good DYI project or really want to capture an “old fashion” outdoor movie night, then you can easily build your own screen. You can either affix a large crisp white sheet (yes, if its wrinkled grab your iron … it will only take a few minutes to improve your movie experience) to the side of your home or staple the sheet to two plywood studs, fill two large buckets with rocks and wedge the ends of the studs into the buckets or wedge them into the ground. If you are on a tight budget you may consider renting a projector from your local library or you may choose to shop out the best-priced projector for future use.

How to stay comfortable:

  • If you own outdoor lawn or beach chairs that sit low to the ground or beanbag chairs, scatter them around your lawn for the ultimate comfy experience. If you do not own these and do not wish purchase them then go for the “old fashion” route and pull out bundles of blankets, beach towels and pillows for a great lounge feel.


  • Depending on what part of the country you live, make sure your backyard is clear of ants and provide bug spray or set out bug away candles so that you, your family or friends do not suffer with bites. Also, if you live in the South you probably get to enjoy warm summer nights, however those of you on the coasts usually have a dip in the temperature as night falls, so make sure you set out extra sweatshirts or tell you friends to not forget theirs!

How to eat & stay merry:

  • The sky is really the limit on what you want to eat at your backyard movie night! A backyard BBQ before the sun sets always adds a festive atmosphere to your event!  Some ideas are good old fashion burgers, grilled chicken and hotdogs – the majority of people love being able to “build their own bun” and pick their sides. If you are going BIG consider hiring a food truck like In & Out or Mr. Hamburger to cater your night, however if there is an expert griller in the family or between friends why not DYI and cook at home!?! If you are waiting for your flick to start think about playing movie trivia beforehand.


  • Next, don’t forget the beverages. Soda is always an option but if you do not intend to be up until the wee hours of the night you might opt for other ideas such as muddled drinks – think mint infused lemonade – vodka optional!  If you have kiddos in attendance and you also want to serve “adult beverages” consider having drink stations, one for the kids and one for the adults that way there is no confusion!


  • Now for the fun part! Who can have movie night in their backyard without some delicious candy and popcorn? If you are having a large group to your movie night, a candy & popcorn bar is always fun to set up. This allows each guest to pick out their favorite sweets & corn, plus it’s an adorable touch for the night. If you are having a small group and know what sweets everyone likes, having it on hand will just make them feel special and you can pop your own corn and provide each person with their own bowl or bag!


I hope this helps you create an amazing outdoor movie night at your home!  I would love to hear from you!  Tell me some of your ideas for movie night and what do you plan on watching?

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Fancy Floats for Every Pool!


Summer is well under way but there is still plenty of time to make a SPLASH! If you want to add a little more Ta-Da to your backyard think about enhancing your pool-time with one of these adorable floats. Having a pool party? These amazing floating characters will definitely be a conversation starter, not-to-mention a fun accessory for photo ops! I guarantee family and friends of all ages will love these fabulous finds while they cool off, plus they are a great and practical way to update your backyard during the hot season!


Play it cool and don’t sweat it! These floats can easily be ordered on line at either Nordstroms or Urban Outfitters!

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Pillows with a Punch…POW!


Statement pillows can either make or break a room. It’s kind of like jewelry. Have you ever seen someone who is wearing a fabulous outfit and their bobbles are just wrong? Well, that’s the same with statement pillows.  When you go shopping for a sofa or chair and they come with throw pillows, please do yourself a favor and toss the square pillows aside and just look at the sofa or chair.  The fun of accessorizing comes after the “big-ticket” item has been purchased.  Only then can you think about taking it up a notch and adding some real punch aka “pow-wow”!

My sofa, seen here, is from Horchow. I searched high and low before I found the perfect fit for my space.  Then the fun began  – statement pillows! The not so easy task of finding the perfect “look” took me a few weeks.  Again, after searching dozens of sites and visiting several fabric stores I happily settled on this fabulous black & white pattern by no other than THE Kelly Wearstler and this amazing emerald-green malachite pattern. I hired a seamstress and voila my ideal statement pillows came to life and I could not be happier!


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It’s Time to Mix it Up in the Kitchen!

9852_San-Circle_tabsite_015Are you thinking about updating your kitchen or perhaps you have the luxury of building your dream home and are working on the design of your kitchen!?! Mixing cabinetry finishes and counter tops has gained major popularity in the last few years! Not only does it create a custom look, but at times it can actually be an advantage to your design budget! I personally love this look because it adds character to your kitchen plus it can look as if you placed a piece of furniture in your kitchen – for example, if your island is stained in a dark color and your cabinetry is either white or a lighter stain, then the island pops and literally looks like a piece of furniture has been set in the center of your kitchen! If you want to take the mix of design up a notch then consider also installing a different countertop on top of the island than in the rest of your kitchen counter space! Mixing cabinet finishes and different countertops does take extra thought and planning, however if done correctly, your kitchen –  one of the main rooms used in every home – will be the ultimate conversation piece and entertaining space amongst your family and friends!

***Fun Fact: All of the photos in this post are kitchens from my Real Estate Listings!***





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