Top Picks: Unusual Chandeliers

Hello Fabulistas! I love searching for unusual chandeliers for my clients. A chandelier is a statement piece. It can speak volumes about you, your personality and your home! A well-lit room feels happier, and a room lit by a gorgeous chandelier feels FAB! I like to find the most unique chandeliers around. Here are a few of … Continued

Fab Friday: Jessica Marx

Hello Fabulistas and happy Friday! Today I’m putting the spotlight on a fab interior designer who not only has a thriving career, but also a great blog, Jessica Marx! Robin Baron: Welcome, Jessica. Tell us a bit about what you do. Jessica Marx: I’m a Los Angeles based interior designer and business owner. I graduated from … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: August

Hello Fabulistas! The end of summer is within site, so that means that it’s time to get in lots of fun before it cools down. H&M Home online! I’ve heard rants and raves about H&M home goods available in other countries, but we unfortunately haven’t had access to these things until now! H&M e-commerce went … Continued

Top Picks: Sophisticated Wall Decals

Hello Fabulistas! Have you tried decorating with wall decals yet? I’m really interested in them because it’s a quick way to fab up your space. You can easily apply them and change the look of your room in seconds! The trick is finding the right decals for your space. I found some fabulous sophisticated wall … Continued

Product of the Week: Circles of Life 1

Hello Fabulistas! Need an interior designer’s touch? Be sure to check out Shop Robin for my hand-selected interior goods and do your place a favor! Breathe life into tired walls with organic shapes of Kelly Ingram’s beautiful “Circles of Life 1”. How would you hang this in your space?

Product of The Week: Lime Cubby Vase

Hello Fabulistas! There’s great things going on in the Shop Robin section of my website and here’s just one of my current faves! Check out this fab piece and get the shopping info below! Highlight the vibrancy of your favorite summer garden pickings with this zingy lime-accented vase. It’s sure to become your new classic! … Continued

Product of The Week: Floral Bouquet Table Lamp

Hello Fabulistas! I’m excited to share a new feature on Simplifying Fabulous, the Product of The Week! Sometimes you just need that one accent to complete a room’s look. Shop Robin is filled to the brim with just those accents! So I’m going to highlight a fab piece from my shop each week. Bring a … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: July

Hello Fabulistas! We’re in the full swing of summer and I’m fully embracing this heat and humidity. (My hair is another story, though.) In the nature of that, so many of the things I’m loving right now have to do with the outdoors and seasonably warm weather. from Pinterest Mother of Pearl What’s old is … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: All About Avocados

Hello Fabulistas! Do you love avocados as much as I do? I recently realized that I look for avocados on menus whenever I eat out, they’re constantly on my grocery list, and I try to use them in every meal! While overeating is never good, avocados have so many health benefits, including containing Omega 3. … Continued

Design Insider: Fabulous Moldings

Hello Fabulistas! I adore traditional details in homes, especially if they are paired with other styles, creating a more personal space. Many new construction projects don’t have the traditional feel I like, so I add my own details! One way to add character to a home is to add molding. Clever, right?! Here are a … Continued

Fab Friday: The Kissters

Happy Friday, Fabulistas! This week I chatted with a pair of lifestyle bloggers, The Kissters, who are making a mark in all corners of the Internet! You know that I’m all about simplifying your life and these ladies are all about lessening the impact on your wallet. Who doesn’t love that? Read on for to … Continued

Top Picks: Fab Summer Place Settings

Hello Fabulistas! We’ve been talking a lot about bright, summer colors, which can be used throughout your home. You can use them not only to decorate your interiors but also in your summer place settings. A well decorated table makes food taste better, don’t you think? Summer is a great time to play around with … Continued

Simplifying NYC: Best Rooftop Bars

Hello Fabulistas! Summer is one of my favorite times of year! I love being outside, hanging out in the warm weather. Winters are very long here in New York, so we have to embrace the warmth while we can! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is visit rooftops. On NYC rooftops … 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

Fab Friday Icons: Liberace

Hello Fabulistas! To kick off the beautiful (and hot) weekend, I wanted to highlight the style of someone who’s very popular right now, Liberace. The new HBO movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon called Behind The Candelabra has lots of people reexamining the legend’s over-the-top style. You know I can appreciate some fab style! … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Summer-y Sangrias

Hello Fabulistas! Spring (and summer) are in the air, and that means it’s time to put away the winter drinks! When the weather is this nice and the breeze is warm I like to sip on something cool and refreshing. There’s nothing like a nice, cool sangria to get me in the summer-y mood. Do … Continued

Top Picks: Hot Beach Reads

Hello Fabulistas! I’m SO excited for beach season! It’s finally getting warm here in New York City and I’m ready to hit the beach with my new tote, flip flops and a pile of HOT beach reads! Like you, I need a vacation. I can’t wait to get some sun, sip on a mojito and … Continued

Top Picks: Outdoor Furniture Suppliers

Hello, Fabulistas! Last week I shared a few tips on how you can create your own outdoor room. Today I’m focusing on the outdoor furniture. If you’re not in the design business, you may not know where to turn when shopping for furniture. Outdoor furniture is even more difficult to find because it’s seasonal. Here … Continued

Simplifying NYC: Great Gatsby Style Hangouts

Hello Fabulistas! I’m just dying to The Great Gatsby! The scenes and outfits look so extravagant and elegant. When I see period films I leave the theater wanting to live in that time period and visit the places the characters visited. Does that happen to you to? I’m prepping for the movie by listing NYC’s Great Gatsby … Continued

Design Focus: How To Create An Outdoor Room

Hello Fabulistas! If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, you’ve probably thought about creating an outdoor room. I love being able to sit outdoors to read, enjoy a meal, or entertain friends. Outdoor spaces allow you to enjoy the beautiful weather in a fabulously designed room! I’ve put together a few tips to help … Continued

Simplifying Life: Organize Your Beauty Products

Hello Fabulistas! While spring cleaning this season, I thought I’d tackle my beauty products. I have so many lipsticks, eye shadows and creams that I don’t use, I’m overwhelmed every morning! Last weekend I finally sat down and sorted through everything and finally got organized. I feel so much better and my mornings are going by much … Continued

What’s Hot This Month: May

Hello Fabulistas and happy May! It’s finally feeling like spring here in New York and I’m so excited for everything this month has in store. There are so many fabulous things going on as a warm-up to this summer! Runway-worthy bicycles You can buy just about anything from your fashion designer nowadays, even down to … Continued

Design on a Dime: Recap

Hello Fabulistas! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I used mine to recover from the whirlwind that was Housing Works Design on a Dime 2013! I had a fabulous time, met some great designers and took in all kinds of amazing design displays! Here’s mine before the big event right after I finished setting … Continued

Design Focus: How To Decorate A Coffee Table

Hello Fabulistas! When I walk into a space I always check out the accessories. How you accessorize your home represents you. It’s what separates your home and your personalities from any other home on the block. A coffee table can be the most difficult thing to decorate, because you have SO many options! Here are … Continued

Earth Day Decor: Organic Furniture

Happy Earth Day Fabulistas! I’m a huge fan of Earth Day, are you? I’m constantly looking for ways to save energy, checking that everything around me is being recycled, just trying to be a good global citizen. It doesn’t take much time to be sure we are taking care of this precious Earth, does it? … Continued

Fab Friday: Yetta Banks

Happy Friday, fabulistas. Just in time for Housing Work’s Design on a Dime benefit next week, I sat down with the uber-talented Yetta Banks to discuss trends, design inspiration and life in its general fabulousness. Even though I couldn’t get Yetta to reveal her design theme for this year’s Viacom vignette (I can’t wait to … Continued

Design Access: My Favorite Pieces from Ankasa

Hello Fabulistas! The thing I love most about being an interior designer is the hunt! I LOVE shopping for my clients and finding all of these amazing products in New York’s showrooms. One of my favorites is ANKASA. No shopping spree is complete without stopping by their showroom to check out the newest collection of pillows, bedding, … Continued

Urban Gardening: Get your Green On!

Spring is in the air, everyone! It’s the most natural time of year to think about awakening your spirit and reconnecting with nature so let’s talk about urban gardening, shall we? Beautify your surroundings with colorful plants and add some energy and air improvement to your home and workspace. You can start small with houseplants … Continued

Fab Friday: Courtney Price

Drumroll please…it’s time for another Fab Friday!! Before you start getting ready for all of your fabulous weekend plans, I want to share with you all the spectacular details of my chat with Courtney Price, who not only owns a Dallas-based interior design firm, but also amazes the social media world on a daily basis … Continued

April: What’s Hot This Month

Hello Fabulistas! It’s April and New Yorkers are getting restless for spring. It seems like this month is dedicated to grumbling about still having to bundle up in the mornings. However, there are many exciting things happening right now! Here are just a few of them: Mad Men Any “what’s hot right now” list wouldn’t … Continued

Simplifying Life: Easy Tips for Spring Cleaning

Hello Fabulistas! Finally, we were able to enjoy some warmer weather here in NYC over the weekend! It’s time to refresh the home, toss out the old, and get ready for spring. I enjoy spring cleaning very much, it allows me to get a fresh start. Confidence starts at home. When you feel great in … Continued

Design Insider: Top 10 Interior Design Books

Hello Fabulistas! I’ve been working on updating my library, and looking for fab design books to have on hand. Books are a great source of inspiration for me, especially design books. What do you do when you have an inspiration block? I turn to books that show fabulous settings and sometimes tell me how to achieve those … Continued

Rockin’ Rugs: Decorating with Patterned Rugs

Hello Fabulistas! Many of you have asked me about decorating with pattern lately. It can be difficult to use pattern in your space and make it look like it belongs. Sometimes I use patterns in upholstery or accessories, and sometimes in wallpaper. Today I want to discuss using patterned rugs. They make a great impact. … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Fab Spring Cocktails

I love using seasonal ingredients in my cooking, and especially in my cocktails! I’m a huge fan of cocktails with fresh fruits and bright colors. They make my parties so much better and they photograph so well! I have a few girlfriends coming over this weekend and I’ll be putting together a cheese plate and … Continued

March: What’s Hot This Month

Hello fabulistas! I’m ready to step into spring, although in New York City we’re a little ways from spring-worthy weather. However, I’m still excited about a lot of new things this month. Here’s what’s on my radar: Oz the Great and Powerful The Wizard of Oz is a classic with saturated color, amazing costuming and … Continued

Fab Friday: Tina of Life in Sketch

Happy Friday, everyone. This week I met up for coffee, tea and yummy sweets with fellow blogger and good friend, Tina, in Soho. We finally caught up on her amazing trip to Europe for BlogTour and everything that’s happened in the new year! When Tina is not designing for uber-talented Vicente Wolf, she takes her creative vision online to … Continued

Nerdy Chic: Organizing & Decorating Your Bookcase

Hello Fabulistas! I thought we’d get a little nerdy today. I always notice how bookcases are decorated and organized. I notice them everywhere—at bars and restaurants, in homes and even on displays. Even though bookcases are made for storage, they’re also built-in artwork! We can store our things and make the bookcase look fabulous at … Continued

Let There Be Light: Top 10 Floor Lamps

Hello Fabulistas! I always use floor lamps in my designs. Floor lamps are a FAB way to light specific parts of the room! I love to place floor lamps at the ends of sofas or in corners with reading chairs. As I always say, well-lit rooms feel happier! My favorite thing about floor lamps is … Continued

Oscars 2013 – Red Carpet Fashion

The 85th Academy Awards concluded in a star-studded night with unexpected winners, emotional speeches and, of course, beautiful red carpet gowns. On the most glamorous night of the year, Hollywood’s leading ladies donned big fashion such as Armani, Dior and Versace. It was a tough decision this time, but I’ve picked my five favorite dresses from this … Continued

Fab Friday Icons: Elizabeth Taylor

Happy (almost) weekend! It’s the last Friday of the month already (February flew by, didn’t it?), which means it’s time for another Fab Friday Icons post. Today I’d like to share my admiration for the glamorous and talented Elizabeth Taylor. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous actresses of our time. She … Continued

Spotted: Top 5 Fab Celebrity Homes

Hello Lovelies! I was catching up on my magazine reading this weekend and came across the latest issue of Architectural Digest. Have you flipped through yet? I love Architectural Digest because not only does it share new trends, it also let’s us look inside celebrity homes. I love seeing how the celebs live! Today I’ve … Continued

Fab Friday: Bunny Williams

Round of applause, please…it’s time for another Fab Friday! This week, I have a very special treat for you: the fabulous and talented Bunny Williams. This brilliant interior designer has lots of exciting things coming up in 2013 and I’m honored to share them with you today! Robin Baron: Welcome, Bunny! Tell us what you … Continued

Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! Today is the day of RED. You know I love color, so I couldn’t let go of this opportunity to share some red eye-candy with you. Red is the color of LOVE. There’s something about this color… it’s deep tones… it’s many shades… the emotion you feel when you see it. Whether … Continued

Homemade Hosting: DIY Place Cards

Hello lovelies! I love hosting parties and events for my friends. When I’m short on time, I make a few quick appetizers, a batch of cocktails, and let my friends mingle. (See my easy appetizer ideas I talked about in January!) When I have a little more time to plan, I like to take care … Continued

Simplifying NYC: Top 20 NYC Thrift Stores

Hello Fabulistas! Today’s finds are specifically for my fellow New Yorkers, but it really is something everyone should think about it. Thrift shopping. It gets a bad rap! Yes, some things can be kind of…gross…but some finds are fantastic! If you look in the right places, at the right time, you can get one-of-a-kind pieces, … Continued

Europe Roundup: Top 10 Cities in Europe

Hello lovelies! When it’s this cold out all I can think about is vacation! I adore Europe…the architecture, the culture, the food! I just can’t get enough! There are so many fabulous cities in Europe, I want to go everywhere and see everything! It’s hard for me to narrow down my top 10, let alone … Continued

Apartment Therapy’s Homie Award!

  Hi lovelies, The voting for Apartment Therapy’s Homie is still on and I would love if you voted for me! Here’s the link: The voting ends on Friday at 11:59pm…so hurry over to Apartment Therapy’s website and leave your vote! Thank you, guys!! xoxo, Robin 🙂  

February: What’s Hot This Month

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe that we’re already in February! January went by so fast! I’m looking forward to all the FAB things coming up this month. Are you?! All About The Stairs So many of my clients and readers overlook their stairways as a place to really express their style. I’ve seen so many … Continued

Help me win a Homie!

Help me win a Homie! Apartment Therapy is celebrating their fifth annual Homie Awards, which consist of six categories that highlight the best Design, DIY, Recipe and Inspiration blogs. Simplifying Fabulous! is nominated under the Best Home Design and Inspiration category, and I would love your support! Please head over to Apartment Therapy’s website and … Continued

Color Me Excited: My Fave Spring Colors

Believe it or not, spring it right around the corner. I know, it’s hard to believe that here in New York – it’s freezing! Before you know it the sun will be out and it’ll be time for some spring cleaning and my fave…redecorating! I always say, surround yourself with colors that make you look … Continued

Jewelry for the Home: Top 10 Chandeliers You Can Afford

Chandeliers are jewelry for the home. They add a nice little bling to your space, similar to how earrings add a little sparkle to your outfit! Lighting is very important. I always like to light all four corners of every room. Well-lit rooms feel happier. And chandeliers add more than just sparkle, they add a nice light … Continued

70th Golden Globe Awards: My Favorite Red Carpet Looks

Yesterday’s Golden Globes officially kicked off 2013’s awards season. The crème de la crème of Hollywood came together to celebrate some of cinema’s most noteworthy work, and filled the red carpet with glamorous gowns and fashionable frocks. Check out my favorite looks of last night below. Jessica Alba donned a coral Oscar de la Renta gown…but her $5.8 … Continued

Fab Friday: Kimberly Friedmutter

Happy Friday, everyone. Before you start planning your weekend, I want to share with you all the deets from my phone interview with the fabulous Kimberly Friedmutter. The reality TV star, interior design enthusiast and celebrity hypnotist shares her thoughts about launching her home collection and starring on TLC’s hit series “Sin City Rules.” Robin … Continued

Double Dose of Fab: Dual Purpose Furniture

I LOVE when things have more than one purpose. It saves space, time and energy! This is especially important in interiors, and very important in New York City! If you live in a small space like many of my fellow New Yorkers you MUST come up with creative ways to stay comfortable. Even many with … Continued

January: What’s Hot This Month

January is one of my favorite months of the year. (No, I’m not just really into blistering winds and bundling up.) I love all of the new things going on in the world. It’s AMAZING what a new calendar year will make people create! There are lots of things that have grabbed my attention this … Continued

Office Chic: Top 10 Fab Office Spaces

It’s the beginning of a New Year and you know what that means…time to freshen up our spaces! I adore my home office but I think it’s time for a new look. Whenever I start to design a new space, I look for inspiration. I try to pinpoint what I love, and what I don’t! … Continued

Perfect Pairings: Patterns and Colors

Hello Lovelies! Many of my clients and friends are scared of too many patterns and colors in one space. Do you feel the same way? Many designers tell us to only use one type of pattern or one color in a room…but I say, take a chance, step outside the box! Today I’m going to … Continued

Design Insider: Last Minute DIY Decor Ideas for the Perfect Christmas Dinner

If you’re like me, you’ve been running around nonstop these last few weeks! This wonderful season can also be so CRAZY! Luckily, there are lots of little tips and tricks that use all the fab things you already own to throw together the perfect tablescape for tonight’s Christmas Eve dinner. Sparkly Ornament Centerpiece The first … Continued

Simplifying Delicious: Fab Christmas Cookies

It’s time to start planning the Christmas menus. I love to eat something sweet at the end of a meal…or the beginning of a meal…or anytime, really! When it comes to fabulous Christmas cookies, I adore Martha Stewart‘s recipes. Martha is not just a fab entrepreneur and woman extraordinaire, she’s also a fab designer and chef! Every … Continued

Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 Last Minute Gifts

If you haven’t bought all of your holiday gifts yet, don’t worry! I know a lot of you are panicking right now, but I’ve put together a fabulous list of 10 last minute gifts. So take a deep breathe, grab a martini, and start reading! If your loved one is a design lover like you, … Continued

Holiday Special: Deck the Halls

Hello lovelies! It’s time to start decorating for the holidays! Are you ready? Decorating your home is so important this time of year. We all get so busy shopping, wrapping, planning, and cooking! It’s nice to come home to a festive environment. As I say, confidence starts at home…holiday spirit starts at home too! Stockings … Continued

I’m featured in New York Magazine!

I’m so excited to share this with all of you…I’m featured in this month’s New York Magazine issue! See my Robinisms in print and pick up a copy form your local newsstand to get my tips on how to brighten your apartment! “You can take a dark floor in a dark room and light the … Continued

Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For Him

It’s already December, so we need to get shopping for holiday gifts! As much as I love shopping for myself, I love shopping for others even more. There’s something rewarding about finding gifts for people you love… and knowing they’ll love what you’re picking out for them! Men are the hardest to shop for. They … Continued

Fab Friday Icons: Dorothy Draper

What can I say…Dorothy Draper is not only synonymous for interior design, she is also one of my absolute faves! Her use of oversized prints mixed with eye-popping colors and extravagant floor patterns has influenced many interior designers today, including me! When I first started out, I remember flipping through the pages of “Decorating is … Continued

How-To: Choose the Perfect Vacation Spot

If you’ve been shopping and gifting like me, you could use a vacation right about…well…now! Sometimes the stress of planning a trip can be so overwhelming. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Today, I’m sharing my vacay planning tips in 5 quick and easy steps…are you ready to get packing? Source: via 1. Where do you want … Continued

Top 10 Home Essentials

Whatever your decor style is, there are some things every home must have…so I put together a list of my top 10 home essentials! These are the things I try to achieve for my clients, to make their houses really feel like homes. When I design spaces, I try to incorporate everything on this list to really bring out … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving!

The entire Robin Baron Design team wishes you and your family a fabulous Thanksgiving! May your holidays be filled with love, harmony, and happiness!

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

How-To: Decorate for Thanksgiving

The crisp fall weather is here, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner because, well, I get to decorate! Orange and brown are traditional holiday colors, but I like to mix it up and add a modern twist. This year, I’m thinking of going all white with splashes of … Continued

Eco Friendly Furniture Ideas

With more people becoming aware of the importance of lessening their carbon footprint, the interest in eco friendly lifestyles is rising. Now, we have eco friendly building materials and designs, eco friendly vehicles…so why not eco friendly furniture as well? Whether you’re planning a major redecoration of your home or you’re looking to make a few … Continued

Fab Friday: Ghislaine Viñas from Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Welcome to the (almost) weekend! Today, I’m chatting with interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who was also a fellow panel speaker at the Benjamin Moore event two weeks ago. Her designs are edgy and cool, and she has so much expertise to share…so let’s get to it! Robin Baron: Welcome Ghislaine! Tell us what you do at Ghislaine Viñas Interior … Continued

How-To: Create a Thanksgiving Vignette

Vignettes are a fantastic way to create little bursts of holiday love in your home. A vignette can be placed anywhere… a side table, fireplace mantle, window sill, so use your imagination! source: via The easiest and most elegant way to create a vignette is to use candles. Candles are timeless and look very luxe. source: via … Continued

Shop My Picks on Decorator’s Tag Sale!

I love sharing my design expertise with others! I’ve done just that by selecting some of my best vintage and antique finds for Decorator’s Tag Sale. However, these items are hand-picked, so get them before they’re gone! Read on to see some of my favorite pieces: Transform a room with these distinguished floral focal points. … Continued

My Favorite Balenciaga Moments

Balenciaga has been on the lips this past week of even those unfamiliar with the Spanish fashion house that was founded almost a century ago. If you keep tabs on fashion like I do, you’ll already know that Nicolas Ghesquière, a sparkling example of a Creative Director-driven reinvention, is leaving the brand after working in … 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

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

Fab Friday with David Moser

On a rainy day in Manhattan last month, designers and the like came together to enjoy a design discussion between Dwell’s Editor In Chief, Amanda Dameron, and Thos. Moser’s Creative and Design Director, David Moser. I was one of the many amazed listeners in the audience, and simply HAD TO interview this inspiring man! So … Continued