Tuesday’s Trends: Task Lights

Hello Fabulistas! The industrial glam trend isn’t going anywhere and the latest must-have to get the look is the industrial task light. It’s simple, sleek, and makes quite the impact. Some call it an architect lamp, but I call it chic! There are about a million different ways to use task lights. Here are a … Continued

Tuesday’s Trends: Standout Hardware

Hello Fabulistas! Making a space your own includes finding the perfect finishing touches. Or, simply switching out details that make a room or piece feel like you. Adding decorative, unique hardware to doors and cabinetry is an easy upgrade that’s huge on personality. There’s no shortage of glam hardware to add to your space. Dainty … Continued

Tuesday’s Trends: Burl Wood

Hello Fabulistas! Design always creates wonderful opportunities to celebrate what may be perceived as imperfections. Burl wood, one of my favorite trends right now, does just that. This abnormal growth on a tree results in swirls and patterns that are simply beautiful. Pieces made of burl wood are extra special and add a unique look … Continued

Tuesday’s Trends: Wicker

Hello Fabulistas! If you’ve been keeping up with SF lately, you’ve probably noticed that I’m thinking a lot about spending time outside. The weather is just irresistible! I also have wicker on the mind because it’s a classic staple of outdoor furniture. Don’t be mistaken. Wicker isn’t boring! Here are some of my favorite wicker … Continued

Tools for a Fab Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about celebrating the fab things in life! It’s also a great excuse for pulling out your favorite entertaining pieces—or investing in a few new ones! In the spirit of a fantastic Thanksgiving, here are some inspiring pieces to go with your delicious meal. Prep work … Continued

And The Winner of My Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Pinterest Contest Is…

I asked and you answered. I had so much fun going through all your gorgeous pins for my Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Pinterest Contest! There can only be one winning board, though. Congratulations Mimi Tanaka! You can see her board, “Robin Baron Fab Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces” here. Here are some of Mimi’s stunning pins! Preppy pumpkins…love … Continued

Fall for These Colors in Your Home

Going seasonal can mean harnessing all kinds of hues, including the vibrant jewel tones of fall foliage. Autumnal shades may be fleeting, but my love for using them isn’t! Live vibrantly with these rich tones in all kinds of accents and pieces worth keeping around once the snow falls. Super-Rich Reds These aren’t your average cherry … Continued

Collar Me Fabulous!

It’s no secret…I’m obsessed with glam jewelry! My outfits never feel complete without an oversized necklace or bangle set, and I never leave home without a ring (or two, or three) on my finger! My favorite “wow” jewelry moment these days is a collar necklace. I love putting one on top of a dress and … Continued

Where Aren’t Thou, Velvet?

To a true fashionista (or a true decorista, shall we?) even the most luxurious looks can be translated into ready-to-wear. Maybe that’s why this year’s fall runway had a dare I say “Shakespearian” flair to it! Far from the days of Romeo and Juliet, though, velvet fashion has become SUPER versatile…from this menswear-inspired Ralph Lauren … Continued

Fall Decor Trends: Part 2

Welcome back from the weekend! You all had such a great response to part one of my Fall Decor Trends, and let me tell you…it was hard to wait a whole week to share part two! If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve been feeling the cold breeze in the air this past week, and walking … Continued

Fall Decor Trends: Part 1

I love fall! It’s my favorite season of the year…when notions of cookouts at Central Park and trips to Coney Island give way to thoughts of cooler weather and enjoying dinner parties inside. Best of all, new seasons mean new trends, new color palettes, new collections, and new styles to try out! I’ve seen so … Continued

Hello Indigo!

I have a new, favorite obsession: Indigo! This season, deep, saturated blues are popping up everywhere from designers’ runways to décor mags to bloggers’ Pinterest pages…and they caught my eye, too! You know I’m all about color, and indigo, with its richness and elegant appeal, is an unstoppable trend! Whether you like to color your … Continued

Wavy Wooden Wonders

Maybe it’s because of my recent trip to Hawaii, but I am seeing waves!

It all started when I was checking out Global Table (as we know, I adore this place) and saw these candlesticks. There’s something so fabulously ironic about manipulating classic materials. Don’t you love the way the smooth, rigid surface of the candlesticks is contrasted by the unexpected organic shape of the design? The wood almost looks like liquid. It got me thinking…organic wooden forms are trending like crazy in home décor!

Pillow Pop

Last week I checked out the new fall textiles lines from Donghia, Sahco, and Armani/Casa…but ever since then, I’ve just been craving more! There’s something so exciting about getting an inside peek at a product line before it is launched. It’s kind of like getting a little glimpse into the future. Of course, I don’t do well with secret-keeping…every time I see something I love, I just want to share it with YOU!

Decorating with Dragons!

You never know where you’re going to find inspiration! The other day, I was out antiquing and found this great vintage necklace. It’s such a fun example of how a traditional motif can be incorporated as a chic, modern accessory!

Raving about Rooftops

The great thing about New York is that no matter where you are, fabulous design follows…from the depths of the subway to the tip of the Empire State Building. Some of my favorites, though, are the ones that are easiest to miss when you’re strolling down a busy city street…the amazing rooftops!

An Apple a Day!

I’m having a love affair with apple green. Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away…but there’s something so especially fabulous about this color! It’s so vibrant that when I see it in a piece of artwork, a wallpaper, or a sofa, I can’t help but smile. Green is the color of healing, and I like to think that apple green has its own special way of healing the human soul.

Getting “Flocked”

Flocked wallpaper is back with a vengeance! Once favored by 16th and 17th century royals for its velvety sheen, it’s back on the scene today. They’ve shed their lavish, traditional look in favor of a hip, fashion-forward one, becoming a favorite cool room accent for those of us who love a pop of pattern, an unexpected touch of texture, or a vintage flair. (We know that I love vintage!)

Mix it Up!

Industrial glam, shabby chic, cool modern, elegant transitional…I could go on forever! There are a multitude of styles when it comes to interior design. So how do you choose just one? Here’s a clue: combine a few and create your own!

Sleek Italian Lines

Italians are famous for their good taste…good taste in clothing, in furniture, and food. (And is there anything else that matters?) The thing about Italian design is that it’s all about clean lines, the architectural feel of it, the modern sense of it. I think that’s what they’re most famous for is their modern design. And that’s true in their clothing as well as in their furniture and home décor.

Tribal Takeover

What does “tribal” say to me? It says: I’m not afraid to take chances. I’ve been around the world and back. I know how to have fun. Playing with tribal lets us unleash our inner ferocity and take risks with color, texture, and especially pattern. So it’s no surprise that it’s been a statement-making theme in both the interior design and fashion worlds.

Cinema Style: Part 2

The Hunger Games is all about drama…and so is the set design! Last week, I wrote about the penthouse dining room and living room designs in the movie’s Capitol’s Training Center, but because the movie is so chock full of inspiration, I just had to create a “sequel” post!

Aquatic Accents

Beach side cottage charm has long been inspired by the nautical creatures that it neighbors, but we’re starting to see a shift in the trend of aquatic accents. The seaside-inspired designs are being given a modern makeover, and though still channeling the ocean’s characters, are proving that aquatic can absolutely have an artistic edge, widening … Continued

Suite Style: Hotel-Inspired Home Décor

With summer travel season kicking off in a few short weeks, it’s hard not to get into a vacation state-of-mind, especially knowing hotels’ plush towels, sleek decor and decadent robes await you. But who says you have to hop on a plane to get the luxury? One of the latest trends in home décor is … Continued

London Calling: The British Invasion into Home Decor

Largely thanks to last year’s Royal Wedding and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the impending London-based summer Olympics, we’ve seen a surge of Britannia in home décor. From crowns to the iconic Union Jack, designers and anglophiles alike are jumping on the (double-decker) bandwagon. Long Live the Queen The Diamond Jubilee of … Continued

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decorating with Chalkboards Gets Creative!

Chalkboards have come a long way from the schoolhouse learning tools we grew up with. We’ve noticed that it’s now a trend to bring this childhood staple into our grown-up homes, making them look crafty-chic (did I just make that up?), as well as functional. Let’s face it: There’s something sublimely simple about writing reminders, … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translating Trends: Fall TV Homes (Part II)

We had so much fun taking a peek at the tv set décor of our favorite television shows last week, that we’re bringing you more! Today we’re going inside three homes of television’s favorite unconventional extended family, and into the apartment of one truly inspirational female character. Modern Family One family. Three very different designs. The … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange You Glad it’s a Trend?

Citrus hues are popping up everywhere in the fashion world right now, from the collections of Burberry to Dior. If you’ve developed an orange crush, why not take the trend into your home? The color palette of lemony yellows, lime greens and bold oranges is just like a fruit cocktail—fresh, fun with a splash of … 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