If you're running around today to get some last minute shopping done whether it's for gifts or to get your home in order for guests, it's not REALLY last minute as this is the day before Christmas Eve and the last Sunday prior to Christmas Day. The Kitten Lounge has been remote working on a number of fab updates that will take affect in the new year but we're definitely in holiday mode! Today, we're inspired by green and how this can be in your home as guests come over! As there is nothing wrong with a little sparkle, we had to share this show stopping dress that's perfect during the holiday season and is very regal by Alice + Olivia. This is perfect whether you're planning for a New Year's Eve party, an innauguration or another special event in your life.
Bring in some pop of this color as well as other hues of green with this vase by Crate and Barrel and an open mouthed container that's colorblocked at Anthropologie to add some decor options into your space. As you may be spending some hours cooking a fabulous meal or having others assist, ensure that you're in the holiday season with Staub's cooking set essentials (available at Williams Sonoma cooking) which is perfect for what you'll be having. Finally, sit down at your dinner table with plates by L'Objet Fortuny. From now until the end of year, we'll bringing some fun lists of things that we love, recapping over the following year and spending a bit of time down memory lane!
You never know where inspiration for your decor strikes but when it comes to my accessories, I let that take the lead! I'm obsessed with Ramiro Encizo who has this fab back that's blue and black! What I love is that if you look carefully. there are a blend of hues in blue which is perfect to dress up an outfit or to ensure that your living and dining rooms are set! I am a huge fan of Moroccan vibes and infusing other motifs within them. I'm loving this Knoll couch which reminds me a bit of the 60's parties and is perfect to catch a snoozy with the perfect throw. Enjoy nibbles dipped in various flavors by DVF. For a bigger spread, this Ethan Allen tray is decorative and can hold anything you have been whipping up in the kitchen. Keep the lighting intimate with this pendant light from Ylighting. Keep the theme coming with these fab shakers that continue the Moroccan theme at Macy's. Pillows add an extra layer of texture and are perfect with the theme and we're huge Horchow fans!
Now that I am back from New Orleans, I am so excited that I am back to one of the many projects I work on, decorating the house and Kitten Lounge Lofts! With that being said, I was looking through previous years' Elle Decor and found this room that has white and lime colored accents! A great way to infuse an amazing color, is always through glassware! I'm loving these Bormioli Rocco sets that include tall and short glasses. I love how easy they fit within your hands. When it comes to snacking on items, Marimekko has an amazing platter that will be the perfect place for pita chips. Bring aromatic smells in your home with this Kosta Boda lime votive. Continue to nibble with Anthropologie's soft focus plates. The good times wil continue with Bormiolo Rocco's pitcher which is perfect for champagne infused drinks!
We love prepping for the 4th of July, it's the middle summer holiday that we all enjoy. It reminds us that we need to make sure we make the most out of the rest of the summer! Today's pieces are inspired by this glitzy Vineet Bahl sequin knotted chiffon dress! We love that you can pop red into your home even beyond party times with this fab cabinett by Pottery Barn whether it's for kitchen items or to store your shoes! Serve everything on this Ikat blue and white platter from Mikasa and allow your guests to lounge in this Jennifer Delonge chair!
My inspirations reach far and wide when it comes to putting a room together. The other week, I had the opportunity to try Rhuby, a liqueur that has rhubarb in it! Without a doubt I had to try it in at least 2 of the favorite ways that I like to have a beverage at home! My first choice was mixing it in tea. Thanks to my boyfriend's mom she has made me obsessed with the Breville (available at Williams - Sonoma which brews teas. Simply select your favorite then highlight the button that corresponds with your tea and you have the perfect cup. I have also been making iced tea by basically brewing it and then putting it over ice and making it in large pitchers. So after brewing some Jasmine Tea, I included some Rhuby which had a very nice flavor to it - super light and I didn't need sugar as the liqueur was all that I needed in it to make it sweet! She also got us the Penguin which turns water into seltzer (also available at Williams - Sonoma). I love this as I mix a lot of my drinks with seltzer and so I simply put in the Rhuby which allowed me to enjoy the full sweet and slightly tart taste of this drink! Although this is a beverage that comes out of Sweden, it just became available in NYC on June 1st so I will have to try other ways of having this drink and I can't wait to see the bottle which reminds me of perfume!
With such a fab pink hue, I thought of ways to bring this color into your home. Obviously in drinkware, I'm loving Anthropologie who has an Aldo pitcher perfect for making a number of drinks at one time and then these interestingly shaped glasses as well. When it comes to popping color on your couch, with the Monumento pillow. Fill this Kosta Boda bowl with some treats for a get together and even light a candle by one of my favorite brands, Vouspa in this pink citron scent!
Whether you're on Tumblr or Pinterest, you know that people are obsessing over the crisp and summer hue known as Mint! I love it too and had to share fabulous finds. Inspired by this fab dress on eDress Me.com, I have paired it with a number of pieces thaty you can bring into your home in order to enjoy this color as everyone else has! Neiman Marcus which is another favorite of mine, this distressed side cabinet is perfect for the living room, office or other spaces that need a cute cabinet that can also be additional storage. Another fave is Horchow which has this fabulously decadent lamp in mint with pops of gold. It's all about scents and the diffuser by Makenzie-Childs is bound to visually transport you to this hue while also doing so as you smell it throughout your home! Finally, I love this globe which makes geography uber chic done in mint via Design Within Reach!
Kitten Lounge's signature color is bright pink! Interestingly enough, I was never a pink girl but slowly but surely, I am loving this hot hue and finding ways to pop it into my wardrobe and sprinkle it through my decor whenever possible! It's even (when done correctly) can be included in your home even if you're living with your boyfriend! Paul suggests that the way to sneak in pink hues is to understand that guys within the last 10 years have become more open to color. So start with a neutral canvas in a spare room, and had in a red or blue accent color. Once he's ok with that, you can take out the hues that are not meant to bein the room and find ways to bring in pink as the grounding color!
Today's inspiration came from Kitten Lounge's signature color and Maria Grachvogel's (I totally drool for this piece) gorgeous bold maxi dress embodies this aesthetic without a doubt! I'm loving Jonathan Adler's Southampton Candle which mixes in this fab hot pink color, brown and white colors within its packaging. Horchow is one of my favorite places to go for decor so of course, we include it on the site quite a bit! I'm loving not only this fabulously crisp white couch as well as the pops of color which has white and brown pillows and the pops of the bright pink. Of course, Anthropologie is another fave of mine as well. I love this Smoldering Shower Curatin which has gradiant of colors in it with a frilly look that is super femme as well as one of my favorite glasses known as the Helianthus Goblet in a nice pink pop.
Merry Christmas everyone and to those that don't celebrate this day, Happy Holidays for whatever it is that you do enjoy! With only a week left, it's all about being happy and enjoying your surroundings while thinking of how you are going to take everything to the next level next year! With that said, I thought about the warm hues that he holidays in general bring your mind to. I love amber as it's a warm color and since I am all about lights, everything in today's spread supports the amazing bird cage that is the perfect item to include in your living room and is accessorized by my top 5 choices. We kick it off with Restoration Hardware.
First, warm lights are only amplified by amazing aromatics such as those that are created by D.L. & Co. which sits in an amber jar. These Hungarian Jars which are also available at Restoration Hardware are a fab hue and look amazing when the light passes through them. I love glass even when there is nothing in it. Because I am constantly hydrating, you can never go wrong when you bring in a little DVF into your decor with this twirl pitcher which has a fab aesthetic. When it comes to giving our bookshelves a little love, this Daum figurine is super graceful with a ballerina which adds a bit of zen and class to your space. Finally, I'm loving seating options and this Rhys Ottoman available at Anthropologie has rich leather that gives off that fab sunburst hue that has been dominant within this post!
I love that coral can either be that chic lighter tone that makes you think of the Hamptons and subtle spring hues or the rich deep hues that invoke notions of Morocco! The entire look was created from a fabulous Missoni dress that has shades of coral, light mauve and white. This look made me think of all the ways that this color can work within my living space. I am obsessed with Anthropologie's small market basket that you can imagine placing fruit in and other tasties. Continuing into the kitchen, the rich tones is the Noritake Coral Soup Bowl. When it comes to your living room this bench by Ballard Designs is apart of a much larger collection but is a great way to bring in that sense or old world or you can place it in your bedroom to add a bit of edge to your sheets that are available at Williams Sonoma. Finally, add a touch by bringing in a fun bauble which is available at Gump's.
Earlier in the week, my sister and I were walking around the home department of a store and of course we were bombarded by holiday sets everywhere balanced pretty evenly between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. When you're in the last few months of the year, you literally move from one event to the next only to be planning the next dinner, party or social soiree. With that said Oct and Nov are dominated by orange! It's the harvest season and although we identify this with the time of year since it happens on our trees, it can sometimes seem daunting to accent our home in this hue as well as to keep it there throughout the year. Orange is a fab color that works throughout the calendar season and shouldn't be relegated to pumpkins only (although how cute is this Sur La Table pumpkin candle).
Jessica Simpson's Princess pump pointed me in the appropriate orange direction by thinking outside of the hue box by taking the shade as we know it while also playing with the mixing of hues to create a look that is uniquely our own. I'm loving the bright orange that is found in the Orange Moroccan Pouf by Posh Tots (they also have this in other colors) and obviously, each week I pull something from Horchow that is a must - this week it's all about the poppy bowl - I do love a nice glass piece. Horchow comes to your bedroom, where it can be a harvest to citrus oasis depending on the season.The kitchen becomes fun thanks to the conical bowls from Cooking.com. Continue spreading the love with pops of pillows by Design Public and infuse this fab scent by Archipelago Botanicals.
My style is definitely super easy. I need clothes that I can move in, run around and can cover a number of things as who knows how my day will end up? I am known for having great core basics and then amping it up with accessories. It's a signature and one I continue to perfect over the years! Especially when the weather is so back and forth, it's all about layers and with me, many of my looks in this season and the summer begin with Gap's essential or 'My Favorite Tee/Tank'. Simple colors that can be paired with a number of looks and pieces to ensure that people will ask where you got it from. Throwing a super cute jacket or shrug completes the look and on a day like today, wearing a pair of cute flared pants is a great way to complete the look. Philip Lim's shrug is perfect so that if the weather warms up, you won't be too warm and yet there is a pop of dressiness to this that makes it look like you put thought into your look.
Apart is a brand that you will see a lot of around here and they love Kitten Lounge and its readers so enjoy 10% off of your purchases by using the code - KittenApril as you shop! In fact, for those in NYC, they will have an amazing Hamptons style shopping event next month that I am co-hosting with them and of course, I will share some styling tips with you as well! Finally, a fun piece changes the dynamic of the entire look so Kitten Couture (yes my collection) has created this fun safari/tribal piece that you can wear super long OR that you can wrap. It is inspired by this whole Hamptons theme that will be kicked off on the site in May and is made of shells, wooden beads, snail shell, botswana agate and glass beads - but it's super light! This is definitely going back to basics for Spring.
Even though we're not even half way through to the end of the month, there are lots of great things going on at Kitten Lounge, Kitten Couture and our partners. For those that were participating in our Exhale events for this week, due to some switches, we are now doing this April 26th (with a fun event on this date) - May 3rd. We will also share with you our Hamptons Guide which launches the first of the month, our 4 Hamptons Totes that we are giving way (the value is over $500 per tote), our Hamptons Baby Shower baskets, our Hamptons event with Apart and so much more - there's lots going on so you'll definitely want to make sure that you're signed up for our newsletters and tweets to stay in the know!
It's all about the home - we spent many moments there and the dynamic of it changes as we take on new projects. It's essential to maintain this space much like we would our closets. Whether you do it little by little or take a room by room approach, here are some ideas that I have! I love the rustic chic look that Pottery Barn has right now! With us living on the beach, we also like to add these elements too. The Wine Bar Treasure Trunk is perfect for a coffee table and also to stow some of your wine as well. With a focus on the living room or a sitting area, my goal is to have an inviting space that's perfect for large and small gatherings. I love the idea of adding various baskets as it adds elements of styles that you're trying to bring together.
In addition to baskets, I have gotten into glass as well! I love natural stones and shells so adding this is a way to present ornate objects into a room and to balance it with the rustic feel. A throw blanket is a great way to add a cozy element as well! By putting everything together, you're home doesn't have the look of being an exact replica of a showroom or your favorite home store! Think about how your room will reflect all your styles in one place
I think that when it comes time to work whether you do it from home or just from time to time, you need the perfect space. I am a huge fan of this style of table! Available at West Elm, the Sawhorse Work Table has a glass top and sits on steel plated legs. This table is perfect to place within a studio, guest room or more. In addition, having a nice lamp on it which is also apart of the minimalist aesthetic as well. To add a bit of texture to the room, having a cubed bookcase which is accented with wicker baskets is a perfect touch and allows you to keep unnecessary clutter off of your desk as well.
No matter the season or the style of your apartment/home, having blue in your home is definitely therapeutic and should be used even if it is only a pop of color! These glass vases which are perfect to fill with liquid, flowers, marbles, etc are available in a variety of sizes at Pottery Barn and yes they can be monogrammed as well. This is such a great housewarming gift, graduation or something for you to get yourself whether you line them up in various heights, place it in your kitchen or within your bedroom. You can make your own seascape in whatever way best fits your mood or style. Of course, this will ensure that you'll either visit the store, catalog or site in order to find other items that would work as well! I love summer and a great idea!
I love these Short Teardrop Jars by More Fire Glass Studio, available at one of my favorite sites - Vivre.com, that are perfect for popping summer elements into your home. It's almost like having a little bit of MoMA in your home. Whether you live in a studio or a large home, this definitely steps it up. Of course this fits perfectly into our THINK CITRUS campaign which will continue to bring all things citrus like to each and every post within the month of March!
I love that these jars are handcrafted and I love that they have little stoppers as well. This is perfect if you just want them empty or if you want to have them filled with your favorite beverage. You can't lose when it comes to which one you wish to bring home - is it going to be the lovely lime or the amazing amber?
First - Happy Valentine's Day! No matter what you're doing today, it should be full of fun and spent with those that give you that! Today I am spending my last night here in Vegas and will be having dinner at David + Burke's which is super exciting. I ate there earlier this week so I will have to try something new. I think that this will be a lot of fun - I can't wait to share a lot of the fun things that went on this week. I must say that with coming off of Fashion Week, meeting many of the good people of Coutorture and now being in Vegas with not only my best friends but friends that I know even better - this is definitely a great way to spend the week. That being said, I wanted to end the series of Valentine's beverages with one of my favorite drinks that I tried as soon as I got these recipes. I will also be having this tonight as I think of one of my new friends who is always down with giving me the recipes that I send out to you - so I am raising a virtual glass to her, my best friend who without him - the trip would not have been possible, my dancing friend and of course the amazing people that I got to know so much better during my trip here: Cupid’s Cherry Jubilee 1 ounce Appleton VX Jamaican Rum 1.5 ounces Cherry Juice 4 ounces Korbel Champagne Fresh coconut shreds Honey Cherry for garnish
Rim a wine glass with honey and roll on coconut shreds. Pour in Appleton, Cherry Juice and then fill with Korbel. Add cherry for garnish.
Last night, my friend and I went out to Black Duck yesterday since it was one of the restaurants that is currently participating in Restaurant Week. I think the best thing about last night's dinner beyond having a great meal (meaning experience due to great conversation) with one of my best friends is my drink. I haven't had Maker's Mark in awhile so it was nice to have in a martini. I can't say that I know the exact ingredients as far as the amounts that need to go in the glass; however, I know the elements that went into this drink. I love the interesting flavors and of course you can definitely taste the Maker's Mark in this beverage. It's such a great sweet taste and was perfect to drink in this rustic style restaurant (which also has jazz on the weekends). If you're in Grammercy, make sure you visit the Black Duck at 112 E 28th St.
My entire department is not decked out in Ikea; however, there are certain elements that I am a fan of. This table top with legs isapart o f the Vika collection. My favorite element of this table top is the clear glass! This so essential for me as a designer when I am tracing. I can place light under the glass and trace my items easily. There is a bit of a ledge across the top that you can use to keep your utensils and other instruments in their place and still accessible!This table is perfect since it can remain flat;moreover, you can also tilt and adjust this as necessary. Growing up, I had a drafting table and this is something that could come in handy for architects and designers alike. The wooden legs are perfect for extra storage as well. What a great way to add this in to your home office!
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