The Return of Tassels

If visions of floral-covered curtains, a la 1970s, tied back with trim flash before your eyes when the term “tassle” is mentioned, take note. Tassels are back and the sweetly swinging accents are dusting modern day décor with style. What began as a stylish flair to fashion accessories last fall is now moving into the … Continued

Sheer Summer Style

With the sun dipping below the horizon a little later each day, it’s time to infuse some sheer fabric into your home, opening the windows and inviting the warm glow of sunshine in. The lightweightness of sheer allows a simple breeze to instantly send your curtains and canopies (and heart) aflutter, while bringing a sense … Continued

Fab Friday with Genevieve Gorder

Last night I attended the Housing Works’ eighth-annual Design on a Dime benefit, one of New York City’s most stylish and iconic shopping benefits.  I interviewed Genevieve Gorder, renowned interior designer and HGTV star.  She took furniture from Housing Works Thrift Shops and used Valspar Paint to transform them into fresh new pieces!  It looked fabulous! Robin Baron:  Hi Genevieve…Why … Continued

Fab Friday with Modenus

Veronika Miller is the founder and CEO of Modenus, the interior design resource that has become the essential hub for manufacturers, artisans and designers in the US and Europe. Veronika has built a community with social media at its heart and real life events such as the phenomenally successful BlogTour, turning digital media buzz into … Continued

Animal Print Allure

Take a walk on the wild side by incorporating animal prints into your home décor. To ensure your design is tasteful instead of tacky, a good rule of thumb is to use only one type of animal print on one item in your room. Here’s a breakdown of three of the most popular prints: Black, … Continued

Fab Friday with Leslie Carothers

Leslie Carothers is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Kaleidoscope Partnership – a social media agency for the home furnishings and related industries. She has been involved with the furniture business for the past 28 years and prior to that she was involved in real estate investment banking. Robin Baron:  Hi  Leslie…Tell me … Continued

Fab Friday with DESIGNLUSH

Stephen Mitchell is co-founder of DESIGNLUSH. He holds a degree in both Business Management & Fashion Design from the American College for the Applied Arts in London. Prior to DESIGNLUSH he served as Vice President and Director of Operations of Sublime American Design LLC; his industry involvement includes Museum Shop Management for the Smithsonian, Director of Operations … Continued

Long Live Turquoise

Ever since it was dubbed as Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2010, turquoise has been a hot hue season after season. Here are some great items you can add to your home decor to translate this trend from dream to reality!

Va Va Voom Vases

I always think of accessories for the home like jewelry on a woman.  A fabulous vase is like a room’s answer to a statement necklace! A space could easily go without it, but why should it?  This versatile accent piece can heighten a room’s drama when properly positioned! Adding a bit of flair to a … Continued

Fab Friday with Robin Baron

Happy Fab Friday!  My Social Media Manager, Fara interviewed ME (for a change!) to get the scoop on everything I loved about the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  Let’s get started! Fara Jellson:  Hi Robin! Tell us, what were some of the highlights for you from the AD Home Design Show? Robin Baron:  This year’s AD … Continued

Strike While the Iron is Hot!

This industrial glam trend was all fired up at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week.  Whether you use iron in the room or as a detail to accessorize, here are some of my favorite iron pieces from the show. I love DESIGNLUSH!  This is just one of their many FAB pieces!  This multi-pendant ceiling fixture … Continued

3 Easy Nailhead Trim DIY Projects

Nailhead accent furniture, like pearl earrings, make an outfit. Not necessary, but when added it makes the look feel complete and rises it to a new level of splendor. The nailhead trim trend (whoa, tongue twister!) can be seen from sofas to side tables, pillows to pedestals, and everywhere in between and in styles from … Continued

Beautify your Bathroom

I consider the bathroom to be one of the most important rooms in the house…and that’s the key!  It’s a room of its own and deserves as much attention as all the others.  So think about decorating your bathroom as you would the rest of your home. Our time in the bathroom helps set the … Continued

Fab Friday with Promise Project

Simplifying Fabulous! with Dana Buchman ABOUT:  Since leaving the designer world, Dana has dedicated her life to a helping underserved LD children.  Dana wrote A Special Education, a book about her experience as a parent of an LD child.  Recognizing that her family was lucky to have the wherewithal to advocate for Charlotte, Dana founded PROMISE PROJECT … Continued

Green is for St. Patty’s Day!

I could easily show you some fabulous green colored items you could use in your home in honor of St. Patrick’s Day…but why be literal?  Instead, I’m going to share some great “green” ways to spruce up your Spring! It’s almost here and the perfect time to freshen up your home! One of the easiest … Continued

Fab Fridays: ACADEMi of Life

ABOUT:  Shirley Moulton clearly focuses on making the world a better place.  As the President and CEO of Tuck Shop, LLC, a holding company, in the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) industry,  founded in 2005 and focused on the personal growth and development market, her fundamental belief is that people should be happy.  Shirley … Continued

Falling for Frenchies

In the last year, the sidewalks of New York have seen a noticeable increase in pedigree. No, not the Park Avenue population, I’m talking dogs. And not just any breed – the adorable, rabbit-eared, squishy-faced French bulldog. And since pet owners truly love their furry companions, the pups are beginning to pop up in home … Continued

A Pile of Tiles!

Have extra tile from a design project and not sure what do to with it?  You can’t return them, and if you’re like me, you just can’t bear to toss them in the garbage.  The good news is that, if you are thinking outside the “bathroom”, there are plenty of great ways to utilize your … Continued

Decorating the Home with Chrome

When the term “chrome” is mentioned, an industrial chic loft, filled with sparse, utilitarian workspaces and exposed ceiling, concrete floors and brick walls comes to mind for most. But the metal can bring a sense of warmth and, dare I say, Hollywood glamour, to a space if paired with the right décor. David Jimenez found … Continued

Fab Friday: Bungalow 5

The Bungalow 5 collections are designed and produced by a group of architects and designers who are based in New York City but who work on projects throughout the world.  Working with in-house cabinetmakers and finishers, the Bungalow 5 team produces unique and stylish pieces often using unusual materials sourced from distant places.  While their … Continued

Chevron Chic

Just as the pattern suggests, chevron has risen and fallen in popularity, and currently, it appears to be at its peak. Similar to its flame stitch counterpart, we likely have fashion designer Missoni’s surge in the mainstream market to thank for its spike. The dynamic zigzag is being seen in rugs, window treatments, wall décor … Continued

Fab Friday: Kevin O’Brien Studio

In the city of Philadelphia, great fabrics are being made everyday.  The location – Kevin O’Brien Studios.  For 15 years they have been making velvet scarves, pillows, and bedding that sell at Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Anthropologie.  How does Kevin do it? And why?  Here is his story. When young, Kevin studied hard, played sports, … Continued

Faux Sure: Cozy Up Your Home with Faux Fur

With blistery weather causing the thermometer to dip to frosty temperatures, the winter season beckons for fabulous, cozy décor options. With its luxe style and oh-so-soft splendor, faux fur instantly adds a dose of Old Hollywood glamour to the room, along with textural interest, as seen in Jennifer Brouwer Design’s Frybrook project. A plush faux … Continued

My collection on VandM

Save the Date and Shop with Me! I can’t wait to share my new collection on VandM, the premiere, hippest online source for vintage and modern finds! We launch on February 16th at Noon…Be there or be square!! I work with clients in every style because it is always about the individual, their taste and … Continued

Fab Friday with the Founders of Oomph

ABOUT US Oomph founders amy rice, Patty Hopple and Louise Brooks came up with the notion that three simple elements of great design can totally transform any room. In other words, custom made tables, chic chairs and beautiful pillows can add ‘oomph’ to any nest. Entirely made in the USA (and always green) comes a witty … Continued

Five Tips for Decorating with Pink & Red

Love is in the air! Even if you don’t buy into the Hallmark holiday hoopla, you can still show your home a little Valentine’s Day love this month. And while most Valentine’s Day décor is limited to schoolyard-style red hearts and complicated crafts, two of our favorite bloggers share tips for subtle and chic Valentine’s … Continued

Notes from the NYIGF…

No winter blues here! By the end of January, the New York International Gift Fair comes around lifting my spirits and getting my team’s creativity flowing! Here are some of my favorite picks from this FAB show. Taking glam to the next level…fur sure!! Add one of these Mongolian lamb and Lucite benches for some fun and “pop” in your living … Continued

Fab Friday with Jennifer & Jean Spencer

Jennifer Spencer, 52, is a creative thinker and entrepreneur. With a degree in economics, but a flair for the arts, Jennifer has been instrumental in myriad start-up companies and innovations over the last 20 years. Jennifer’s marketing and business development strategies have provided actionable solutions to clients including start-ups with new product development to larger … Continued

Metallic Mod

Whether you prefer the glitz of radiant gold or the history of burnished bronze, metallics give a rich luster to a room that few materials can emulate. What began as an accessory trend, with antique silver frames and gilded mirrors, can now be seen in wall coverings, fabrics and large-scale furniture and in colors that … Continued

Super Your Superbowl!

This Sunday, Feb. 5th is more than just my birthday! It’s the most watched television event of the year. No, it’s not the Oscars…it’s the Superbowl!  Men may look forward to a day of football and beer, but for most of us girls, it’s an excuse to entertain.  I like to keep the team spirit, … Continued

Fab Fridays with Steve Fanuka

ABOUT Stephen Fanuka has built himself an unsurpassed reputation among the leading decorators, architects and elite clientele in Manhattan as the go-to guy for high quality general contracting and luxury interior renovations. He is driven by a passion for his family’s business and has grown it from a small father-son custom cabinet shop into the … Continued

The Color Trend for the Year goes to…

Tangerine Tango!! A new year also means a new color trend, and the color gods at Pantone have dubbed Tangerine Tango as this year’s “it” color. Also called Pantone 17-1463 for the technical types, the hue is “an enticing juicy orange, a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring.” This fiery shade … Continued

Fab Friday with Dana Helms

ABOUT  Dana Helms is a social media guru!  Working as a Client Service Account Manager for MicroD, she helps people and companies make sure they are getting the best bang for their buck for their marketing solutions.  For the last year and a half she has been concentrating on ePiphany, MicroD’s our website platform. But this technology expert … Continued

Fire Power: The Flame Stitch

Like moths to a flame, we keep getting drawn in when it comes to flame stitch. The Renaissance-era textile technique has come and gone in popularity, several times over, and largely thanks to Missoni’s line for Target from Fall 2011, the embroidery-inspired pattern is hot once again. The last two years, the highly anticipated Kips … Continued

My Joss & Main Curation

My curated collection at Joss & Main is now over! Thank you so much to everyone who visited the collection.  It was great to envision and create the Parisian at Heart collection the same way I would design a room or home.  It is so important to figure out what makes you happy in your life … Continued

Fab Friday with Sustainability Queen, Susan Inglis

Simplifying Fabulous! with Susan Inglis ABOUT Susan Inglis is currently the Executive Director of Sustainable Furnishings Council and was the founder of From the Mountain.  She has over twenty years experience as a producer, importer, sourcing agent and broker of handmade product in home furnishings, fashion, and gifts.  She has worked in twenty-six countries on five … Continued

Translating Trends: Parisian Glamour

In celebration of my Joss & Main collection, Parisian at Heart, learn how to integrate modern Parisian glamour into your home décor. What I love about this collection is that it includes so many pieces that capture the offhanded elegance of the Parisian life.  And now you can translate these ideas into your own life at a low … Continued

Parisian at Heart

Mark your calendars everyone because…. I am so excited for the launch of my curated collection of home goods at Joss and Main and it is starting tomorrow! I love Paris! I must be Parisian at Heart because I always feel at home when I’m there. This collection is my way of sharing this passion with you. The … Continued

Fab Friday with Editor Arianna Trapani

ABOUT Arianna Trapani is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the UK’s first interior design digital magazine, Heart Home. This digital magazine has taken the UK scene by storm, proving a big success and paving the way for other UK digital magazines. Arianna also runs of the successful British blog Arianna Interiors, which won the Mydeco award … Continued

Translating Trends: The Monogram

Embroidered, stamped, woven or sewn, no matter the method, monogramming is an extra special way to personalize items for your home and life. Have a great pillow that’s been passed down through the years? Add your initials, or your grandmothers, in a lower corner! Below, a round-up of my favorite monogramming resources to help you … Continued

New Years Resolutions for the Home

Hello 2012! Many people set New Years resolutions, but do you set New Years resolutions for your home? Now is the time to start new and fresh. Your home should be a place that you can relax and recharge before you go out and take on the world. Remember…Confidence Begins at Home! Here are my … Continued

Translating Trends: Gaga for Glitter

There has always been something magical about glitter. It always makes a shimmery presence this time of year, on holiday party outfits and part of festive at midnight on December 31st. But why should we limit this decorative element to the holidays? Surely we could all use a bit of magic in our homes year … Continued

ELLE Decor, Best Rooms of 2011

What better way to end the exciting, whirlwind of a year that was 2011 than to have ELLE Decor ask me to be one of 30 contributors to their “Best of” 2011 slideshow. I was asked to choose my favorite one image from one of their featured projects of 2011. It was a lot of … Continued

Fab Friday with Evette Ríos of The Chew

  Evette Ríos is a craft, design and entertaining expert, and all around home enthusiast. She’s the field correspondent on the new ABC Daytime Show The Chew and is a contributor to the Rachael Ray Show. Her Puerto Rican roots, love of travel, and years mentoring with some of NYC’s finest architects and designers have both … Continued

Ski Lodge-Inspired Decor

Brrr! The winter season has finally arrived and has us craving some coziness this holiday season! One of the comfiest places I can think of is a ski lodge…a crackling fire burns while I’m curled up in a plush leather chair, a big mug of hot cocoa in hand, reading my favorite novel as the snow … Continued

Pinning the Holidays on Pinterest

I finally did it…I joined Pinterest. I had heard SO much about it from other blogger friends and creatives who rave about the site as a great way to categorize and organize visual inspiration by pinning images of things you like. I’m using Pinterest to share photos of my interior design work as well as … Continued

Fab Friday: Collector, Bill Indursky

Bill Indursky co-founded VandM.com, one of the largest vintage, antique, and design e-commerce websites on the internet. VandM features over 16,000 amazing items from around the world and their DESIGNinTELL magazine is filled with informative articles and inSIDERS profiles. Bill also utilizes his great eye for design for his own media-worthy home, which has landed on … Continued

Fab Friday: Antique Expert, Allison Kohler

  ABOUT Allison Kohler is President/Owner of JMK Shows & Events, where she manages and promotes some great antiques shows along the East Coast. Her shows are designed to educate, cultivate, show extraordinary craftsmanship, history and value of so many treasures. We thank Allison for taking some time out of her VERY busy schedule of … Continued

Create a Silver and Gold Holiday Table

Silver and gold has become just as prominent a holiday color combination as Christmas’ red and green and Hanukkah’s blue and white. The metallic palette is compatible with any tradition or celebration, allowing you to illuminate your home from Thanksgiving to New Years. If you’re planning on entertaining, the tabletop is the ideal place to … Continued

Fab Friday: Advert Girl, Denise Blasevick

ABOUT Denise is one motivated and inspirational woman! As CEO of The S3 Agency (what she describes as “half ad agency / half PR firm / half social media hotbed”), she’s developed groundbreaking-and award winning!-communications programs for clients like Aston Martin, Eight O’Clock Coffee, the NBA, Turtle Back Zoo and Wyndham Worldwide. Since starting The … Continued

$100 Pinhole Press Giveaway!

Deck your halls, walls and…friends’ mailboxes with custom photo frames, calendars and super-cute holiday cards from our favorite DIY stationary site, Pinhole Press! Their frames and books are perfect for super-personalized holiday gifts ( Grandmas will looove the bragbooks)! the photo calendars are  stylish reminders to schedule in time with your family and friends. And how cool … Continued

Organize with Style: Lacquer Boxes

Lacquer blurs the lines of retro and modern and has a lustrous glamour that few materials can project. Because a little lacquer goes a long way, one of the easiest ways to incorporate this material is via fabulous and functional lacquer boxes that will help you to organize your home in style! Over the past few years, thanks to … Continued

Fab Friday: Martini Maven, Lolita Healy

Simplifying Fabulous! with Lolita Healy ABOUT A designer, artist and entrepreneur, Lolita Healy sees something quite extraordinary in the everyday and ordinary of life. She translates her vision into her Lolita collection of glassware (LOVE her martini glasses!), ceramics and many other accessories for the home. Her look is fun, entertaining and is all about celebrating moments … Continued

Color Inspiration with 20×200 and Benjamin Moore

Last Friday marked the end of our “What’s Your Color Story” photo contest with affordable art site 20×200 and Benjamin Moore. Twenty seven inspirational color stories were told over a week. Although the color inspiration spanned the rainbow, there were some subject matter themes that popped up… Babies & Kids Determination   Petite Pups   … Continued

Fab Fridays: Designer Albert Sultan

ABOUT Albert Sultan creates interiors that make you stop in your tracks. With an eye for the unusual, Sultan scours the globe for rare vintage pieces of sensual shape and form and refashions them into show pieces, bold accent statements that complement an overall design scheme.  “I take an existing piece that is already novel, … Continued

Vote on Your Favorite Color Stories Photo Today!

It’s time to rally your troops! Whether you submitted a photo telling your own personal color story or you have fallen in love with someone else’s, let us know which one is your favorite! Winners will receive some amazing prizes from our partners Benjamin Moore and 20×200. Simplifying Fabulous facebook fans: Vote for the photo that speaks to you! If … Continued

Affordable Art Sources

Great art is no longer just available for those with bloated bank accounts. There are plenty of wonderful, affordable art sources out there right now. One of my favorites is art dealer (and curator, writer and entrepreneur…I’m smelling a Fab Friday!) Jen Bekman’s 20×200, a company with whom we’re currently running a colorful photo contest with. … Continued

Share Your Color Story Photo Contest

EXTRA, EXTRA, Read all about it!   We’re announcing some colorful news today! Simplifying Fabulous! is partnering with Benjamin Moore and affordable art site 20×200 for an exciting Color Story Photo Contest where the winners will walk away with color coordinated prizes for their homes! Through Friday, November 11th, Simplifying Fabulous facebook fans can upload a … Continued

Fab Fridays: Artist Sam Simon

  Simplifying Fabulous! with Sam Simon ABOUT I met Sam Simon at a showroom party and  instantly knew he was fit for a Fab Friday feature. (When the conversation revolves around glitter, bling and Tokyo “everything is so designed…even cheeseball packages!”, you just know.) Sam is an artist and designer who “primarily creates magical hand painted murals, paintings … Continued

Picking a Great Neutral: Taupe

I’ve been reading a lot of paint SOS messages from our Simplifying Fabulous! readers and on Benjamin Moore’s Expert Exchange app on Facebook. Choosing bright colored paints is often more difficult than choosing a neutral, as there are sooo many types and shades. For me, one of the best neutrals is taupe. The color “taupe” … Continued

Fab Fridays: Feng Shui Expert Alex Stark, Part II

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Feng Shui Expert Alex Stark ABOUT ALEX STARK is an internationally recognized consultant, advisor, and teacher on … Continued

Fab Fridays: Feng Shui Expert Alex Stark

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Feng Shui Expert Alex Stark ABOUT ALEX STARK is an internationally recognized consultant, advisor, and teacher on … Continued

Six Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas

This time of year is full of ghoulish gimmicks, and I’m not talking about the tricks in trick or treating. Traditionally, Halloween décor is chock full of blood, guts, and gore, which may be fun for a kids party, but isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. For some frightfully fun Halloween decorating ideas, we turned to some of … Continued

Fab Fridays: Monique Neeley, the Inspired Momma

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Monique Neeley, the Inspired Momma ABOUT Monique Neeley is a Virginia-based social media strategist, military wife and … Continued

How Do I Make a Low Ceiling Seem Taller?

How high off of the dining table should a chandelier hang? How large should an area rug be? What is the best way to integrate antiques with modern furniture? Have your design questions answered…Ask Robin! Your question will be answered here on the blog, added to our Ask Robin archive, and posted on Facebook! “My master bedroom … Continued

Catch Me at the D&D Fall Market

If you’re in New York City this week, I hope that you’ll join me at the D&D Building on Thursday, October 13th when I’ll be a part of a lively discussion on design blogs. The panel, moderated by the fabulous Cynthia Bogart of TheDailyBasics.com, is part of the D&D’s Fall Market. This year the two-day market … Continued

Fab Fridays: Hannah Coleman of Dreamwall

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Hannah Coleman of Dreamwall ABOUT I met the one and only Hannah Coleman in London during Blogtour … Continued

Sports Memorabilia in Home Decor

Incorporating sports memorabilia into the home is a great way to personalize your decor while going green. While in London last week for the London Design Festival, my Blogtour group headed to the Decorex show. Here, I spent some time poking around the booth of the husband-and-wife team Antiques by Design. Based in Essex, this pair combines … Continued

Around the World at 100% Design

Day two of Blogtour 2011 found us at 100% Design where we had the chance to hear from Mix Publications on the color trends of Autumn/Winter 2012/13 as well as walk the show. Among all of the private vendors, a number of countries had large booths that displayed the products of a number of designers … Continued

Translating Trends: Autumn and Winter Color Trends

Day three of Blogtour brought our group to the 100% Design show at Earl’s Court, a great big trade show venue in London. Taking a break from walking the show, we stopped to hear from Mark Woodman, a trend consultant and the North American representative for British-based Global Color Research and Mix Publications. Mark presented a fascinating presentation on color trends for … Continued

London Design Festival: Inside Tent London

In the world of interior design and home decor, a regional “Design Week” is our equivalent to fashion week. The same cities are represented (New York, Milan, Paris and London), fab outfits are everywhere, and schedules are packed with trade shows, seminars and fun industry parties. This past September, Simplifying Fabulous! had the great honor of being … Continued

Fab Fridays: DJ Carey of Cottages & Gardens Publications

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with DJ Carey of Cottages & Gardens Publications ABOUT As editor-in-chief and editorial director of regional shelter publications … Continued

Going Green with Etsy

Love Etsy? Me too. I love browsing the site for all kinds of things from stationary to gifts, but it’s an especially great resource for finding great home decor that is also eco friendly. Here are a few of my favorite green storefronts: Colorful cloth napkins turn temporary into extraordinary! Check out Idaho-based CharlotteHandmade for her selection … Continued

Translating Trends: Man’s Best Friend

Animal imagery has always played a big role in home design (whooo can forget those years of the owl?), and I’ve  seen two new animals running wild on the US design scene: dogs and peacocks. Even here at the London Design Festival this week, dog prints, silouettes, statues and imagery has been spotted EVERYWHERE! Dogs … Continued

Sunday Morning Mantras

In the words of Robin Baron….Oh. Em. Gee. I have SO much inspiration to share from this amazing Blogtour2011 London design extravaganza that my head is just spinning! Because there is still so much more to do, see and absorb, I must get back out there! Before I go, will leave you with a few things … Continued

Antiquing Tips from Brimfield

Dealers and shoppers come from all over the world to the Brimfield Antiques Show, which, since its debut in the 1950s, has  become the largest outdoor antiques show in the U.S. Thousands of dealers show over the week, selling everything from painted furniture to antique dolls along a one-mile stretch of Route 20. The website … Continued

Travel by Design: Blogtour2011 Calling!

Today’s the day! I’m off to London for Blogtour2011,  the first of two international events designed to bring design bloggers from US and UK together, first at London Design Festival this week and then again during New York Design Festival in March of 2012! Simplifying Fabulous! is over the moon with excitement and I promise that this … Continued

Fab Fridays: Marcy Michaud of Stylesson

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Marcy Michaud of Stylesson ABOUT Marcy Michaud recently started Stylesson as a site to highlight design bloggers. … Continued

Fashion Underfoot

West Elm offers a gorgeous array of eco-friendly accessories and furnishings, and their coveted designer collaboration collections are no exception. The company’s venture with textile, clothing and interior designer Allegra Hicks resulted in this Printed Harlequin rug, made of hand-woven natural jute, a highly sustainable material. Jute is 100% bio-degradable and totally recyclable…so green and … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Follow Blogtour in London

In exactly one week I’ll be packed up, ready for my red eye to London to join a handful of other North American bloggers as we set out on Blogtour 2011. Our mission? To capture and share the inspiration, trends and buzz surrounding the London Design Festival and all of it’s surrounding satellite fairs and events! Our gracious … Continued

Translating Trends: Industrial Glam

Industrial glam. Sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it? Industrial style is sleek, clean, and minimal – how can it be paired with glamour, which is known for it’s plush materials, detailing, and over-the-top design? Even though these styles are at opposite ends of the design spectrum, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’m completely obsessed … Continued

Ask Robin Your Design Questions

How high off of the dining table should you hang your chandelier? How large should an area rug be? What is the best way to integrate antiques with modern furniture? Have your design conundrums solved…Ask Robin! Your question will be answered here on the blog, added to our Ask Robin archive, and posted on Facebook! … Continued

Fab Fridays: Mark Moussa of Mottega

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Mark Moussa of Mottega   ABOUT A veteran of the home furnishings business, Mark Moussa sharpened his … Continued

Design that Gives Back

As we’re coming out of a deep recession (we are coming out, aren’t we??) and heading into the emotional week surrounding the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we wanted to keep our eyes on the positive here at Simplifying Fabulous! There are so many companies, groups and individuals that are taking the glass-is-half-full approach … Continued

Fab Fridays: Blogtour 2011!!

In lieu of this week’s Fab Friday interview feature, we wanted to highlight the Fab sponsors of Blogtour 2011 that I’ll be covering for Simplifying Fabulous at the end of this month! What ever is Blogtour 2011, you ask? I think that they can best explain: Modenus, the online design resource, in collaboration with MMPI … Continued

Seeing Beauty in the Broken

The ability to see the potential for life and beauty in the broken is an amazing life skill. This vision is what designers channel when they approach a new project or a renovation. While at the NYIGF the other week checking out color and furnishing trends, I was introduced to 2b design, a remarkable company … Continued

Fall Furnishing Trends

Last week I reported on how the  New York design world was abuzz with the semi-annual New York International Gift Fair, a fabulous trade show showcasing what’s new and exciting in the worlds of handmade, jewelry, baby, gifts, garden accessories and, of course, home design. Located on the west side of Manhattan on Pier 94, the At Home … Continued

Fab Fridays: Doni Belau of A Girls’ Guide to Paris

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Doni Belau of Girls’ Guide to Paris   ABOUT Doni Belau is the founder of Girls’ Guide … Continued

All the Familiar (Green) Faces

In the past, environmentalists may have shunned “mass market” stores because of how products have been sourced, transported and disposed of. These days, big box stores are making a real effort to  be environmentally friendly—both in the products they offer and the way they operate. Here are some of my favorite places to shop that have … Continued

Fall Color and Pattern Trends

Last week the New York design world was abuzz with the semi-annual New York International Gift Fair, a fabulous trade show showcasing what’s new and exciting in the worlds of handmade, jewelry, baby, gifts, garden accessories and, of course, home design. Located on the west side of Manhattan on Pier 94, the At Home section features … Continued

Translating Trends: Fall TV Homes

Get your DVRs ready because it’s time to gear up for fall TV! Being reunited with characters we love (and those we love to hate) after a long, dry summer of reruns makes us welcome fall with outstretched, remote control-holding arms. If you’re like me, you find fall TV set interiors are as captivating as … Continued

Design on a Budget, Part 3: Time to Shop!

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home! Great design, and feeling great about your home isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work at any price point. My four-part Design Insider series “Design on a Budget” will help you define … Continued

Fab Fridays: Intern Rachel talks Dorm Room Decorating!

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Rachel deLacy, Robin Baron Design Intern ABOUT Rachel deLacy was our fabulous summer marketing intern here … Continued

Naturally Beautiful, Simply Fabulous!

I love the hunt! Popping in places, window shopping, searching for that one amazing item that you just can’t live without! Before heading over to the New York International Gift Fair (which was fabulous, by the way) this weekend, I was perusing a few furniture stores on the Upper West Side. I’m always on the … Continued

London Antique Markets: A Shopping Guide

There’s so much more to London than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Pippa Middleton. The numerous antique and vintage markets that sprawl across the city have made London a design aficionado’s hunting ground for fabulous vintage and antique finds. From Portobello to Brick Lane, Simplifying Fabulous! contributor Brittny Drye shares her rounds-up of London’s best antique … Continued

Design on a Budget Part 2: Creating a Budget

Everybody deserves a home that they love and feel great in. Afterall, confidence begins at home!™ Great design, and feeling great about it, isn’t a matter of budget…it’s a matter of style! You can make your style work on any budget. My four-part Design Insider series “Design on a Budget” will help you define your style, … Continued

Fab Fridays: Beth Greene of Kravet Inc. Talks Business

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Beth Greene of Kravet Inc.   ABOUT Beth Kimless Greene is the Executive Vice President, Marketing … Continued

Fab Fridays: Beth Greene of Kravet Inc. Talks Home

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Beth Greene of Kravet Inc.   ABOUT Beth Kimless Greene is the Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategic … Continued

Do-Gooder Paper Pushers

I am always jotting things down in notebooks—notes from client meetings, room and product dimensions, to-do lists, my Starbucks order… I carry notebooks with me everywhere: You never know when inspiration will strike—or when you hear a song or have a bottle of wine that you must write down so that you won’t forget!   Last … Continued

The Help Movie: Southern-Inspired Recipes

Say “Southern living” and sweet summer images fill my mind…Thoughts of muggy evenings spent on a front porch, sipping sweet tea while watching fireflies flit through the yard. But back in the 1960s, the era in which the book-turned-movie “The Help” takes place, “Southern living” conjured less idyllic sentiments. Set in Jackson, Mississippi (where author author Kathryn Stockett … Continued

Translating Trends: Sunburst Mirrors

My favorite design trends are those which can be tailored to fit an individual’s personal style, whether that be traditional, contemporary, rustic, industrial or none of the above! After all, what fun would a trend be if only fans of one style got to enjoy it? One of these versatile trends that comes to mind … Continued

Fab Fridays: Robin Horton of Urban Gardens

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Robin Horton of Urban Gardens   ABOUT Robin Horton is publisher of Urban Gardens: Unlimited Thinking for Limited … Continued

Find us on Facebook!

Like Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous!™ on Facebook to join in the conversation on design and decoration. Follow along for decorating tips, great content from our Web site, links to cool products and services for the home. We’re also planning some fun exclusive contests and give-aways for our loyal fans during the coming months! Hope to see … Continued

Translating Trends: Lovely Lace

Ever since Kate Middleton waltzed down the aisle in her show stopping lacy Alexander McQueen wedding gown, I’ve been noticing the feminine fabric everywhere! Attributed to the royal wedding or not, lace and lace-inspired designs have seen a recent resurgence in fashion and home design alike! The material is popping up in traditional applications (think lace doilies placed … Continued

Design on a Budget!

There is a statistic floating around out there (don’t quote me on this!), that something like only 1% of Americans can afford an interior decorator. My passion lays in helping others to create a home that they love and feel great about…afterall, Confidence Begins at Home™! I live to help my clients translate their personalities and … Continued

Fab Fridays: Artist Steve Alpert

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Artist Steve Alpert     ABOUT Steve Alpert has not only been painting for 40 years, (professionally … Continued

Crate and Barrel’s Eco Friendly Fiesta!

It’s summertime and the living is easy!  Bold and beautiful, Crate and Barrel’s eco friendly Jose margarita glasses and sleek Miguel pitcher (love the names!) bring a fiesta to any tabletop they land upon. I think that even ol’ Ella Fitzgerald would agree that the summer is a little sweeter with an icy cold beverage in hand! … Continued

Armchair Tourist: Travel Web Sites

When you come down with a case of wanderlust, there are two known cures: Pack your bags and hit the road, or flip on your computer and seek inspiration in your favorite travel Web sites. When the realities of life only allow for the latter, I spend hours deal hunting for future trips, researching new … Continued

Translating Trends: Mix-and-Match China

I’ve always eschewed the idea of saving china for special occasions. Everyday should be its own celebration! For practicality sake, you may not want the expensive stuff to come out to play every day, but that doesn’t mean you have to fall victim to unstylish table settings, either. You can find wonderful sets of china–ones … Continued

Fab Fridays: Nicole Dufour Durocher, the BKLYN Contessa

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Nicole Dufour DuRocher, the BKLYN contessa   ABOUT Nicole is a photographer, an artist and the editor … Continued

Breaking it Down: Green Kitchen Jargon

Let’s talk green… green kitchens that is!  Nowadays there are so many new ways to improve the sustainability of products, but it is not always easy to understand what the eco rules, regulations and certifications all mean! Green doesn’t have to be difficult! We’re here to demystify green kitchen design with a mini dictionary of … Continued

Aretha Franklin Digs House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year!

This morning, Kravet and House Beautiful invited Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous! for a breakfast in the magazine’s Kitchen of the Year, Tyler Florence‘s indoors/outdoors chef’s kitchen in Rockefeller Center. After hearing from Editor in Chief Newell Turner, Publisher Kate Smith and Cary Kravet of Kravet, Inc., the magazine staff and design industry attendees were all … Continued

Translating Trends: Color Blocking

Warm weather always inspires the confidence to be bold!  Every summer, I love to welcome bright color trends back into the world of fashion and home decor. The trend that seems to currently be leading the pack is color blocking, a pattern that consists of a solid sections of color. This look has been popping … Continued

My Fabulous: Alissa Jo Caputo

Each Monday’s Design Insider features tips of the trade, must-know interior design products, services, and the design inspiration or work of our Simplifying Fabulous! community members. Send us your fabulous submissions for the chance to be featured! This week, I’m happy to share the lovely work of decorative painter Alissa Jo Caputo of the mother/daughter business, Simply Chic Interiors. … Continued

Fab Fridays: Gia Machlin of EcoPlum

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Gia Machlin of EcoPlum About Gia is the President and CEO of EcoPlum, a green shopping rewards site. … Continued

Wood you Fake It?

I generally try to stay away from fakes, but when it comes to faux bois, it’s a whole other story. In honor of Bastille Day this week, I thought it appropriate to call attention to this current design trend…faux bois is French for “fake wood.” The design treatment that makes other materials look like wood … Continued

London Calling: Blissliving Home

With all of the hoopla surrounding the recent royal wedding, it’s no surprise that London was the destination-of-inspiration for the Blissliving Home‘s newest collection, London Calling. The globetrotting journey’s of Blissliving Home Founder/CEO Mei Xu’s are often the inspiration for the brand’s beautiful textiles, tabletop accessories, and decorative accents. Perhaps I’m so in love with the products from Blissliving Home because I … Continued

Fab Fridays: Roberta Kravette of Nieuw Amsterdam Kitchens

Each Friday Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Roberta Kravette of Nieuw Amsterdam Kitchens   About Roberta Kravette, AKBD, LEED AP ID+C, is founder and … Continued

Paint the Town Green

If your summer sprucing up plans include adding new color to your walls, I recommend taking a look at Benjamin Moore’s new Color Capture App (very cool!), which allows you to snap a picture of anything that makes you smile—a blooming flower, a sandy beach, a great dress, a scoop of ice cream—and find it’s color … Continued

Translating Trends: Candy Striping

Summer has arrived and it’s time to embrace the energy of the season! One trend exploding onto the design scene like fireworks in the July sky is the multi-colored stripe in bold, candy hues. Stripes are a classic do-it-all look that looks at home in any house. In a multi-color palette, stripe’s versatility is kicked … Continued

Fab Friday: Lauren Cherkas of Artistic Tile

Each Friday, Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. Simplifying Fabulous! with Lauren Cherkas of Artistic Tile About Lauren Cherkas, is the President, Retail of Artistic Tile, one of the … Continued

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Fab Friday: Anne Maxfield, the Accidental Locavore

Each Friday, Simplifying Fabulous! presents Fab Fridays, an up-close-and-personal look at how one of our community members simplifies fabulous in their own life. Is there someone you’d like to see featured? Email your submission to info@simplifyingfabulous.com. About Anne Maxfield, the Accidental Locavore was brought up in the early days of Julia Child. But back then, … Continued

Personalized Decor: The Silhouette

  I believe that if you fill your home with personal items that you love and cherish, when you go out into the world, that happiness will follow you wherever you go. That’s what my mantra, “Confidence Begins at Home!™” is all about. I recently found a great example of personalized decor at the Jonathan Adler store on … Continued

Translating Trends: Brass is Back

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Everything old is new again! Just like shag carpet and wallpaper, brass has gone in-and-out of style for decades. The retro metal has been making resurgence as of late thanks to celebrity designers such as Kelly Wearstler, who has been incorporating it heavily into her room … Continued

Behind the Scenes at Kravet

Back in May, Simplifying Fabulous had the immense pleasure of attending Blogfest 2011, a three day smorgasboard of exclusive interior design-related events. Over 150 interior design bloggers from all around the country descended upon NYC to rub elbows with some of the biggest editors in the shelter magazine world, and to meet fellow bloggers (in person!) and … Continued