CAT | Home Sweet Home
I’ve got redecorating on the brain. Again. Right now I am obsessed with blues and rich deep color combinations of all sorts.
Hot Pink + Navy
Black + White
Orange + Navy
Green + Blue
Barbie Townhouse, move over. Dollhouse style has come to town. Also includes an option to buy kick ass modern furnishings.
If you’re in the design business, this is old news, but I am always surprised at how many people have not heard of Lonny. Much like the beloved and now defunct Domino, Lonny is a chic home design magazine. Unlike Domino it is exclusively on the web, with a layout like a traditional magazine that you can “flip” through. Bonus you can turn on links and click on the items you like to be taken directly to online retailers where you can purchase them. Check it out!
So if you’re like me and you love food and love TV (I hate to admit it, but it’s true), you possibly watched the Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star.” And if you have a soul you’ve probably fallen in love with Aarti. But! What you probably didn’t know is that she has had a You Tube cooking show for three “seasons” that is awesome. What the buck? Who knew? I am sure the Food Network will produce some cookie cutter crap, so watch her on You Tube, because she is freaking adorable.
PS – Wait for it. The best part is after the cooking demo.
Sigh. I would like to be here right now. This picture was posted by colorTheory, a Boston based interior styling firm I’ve been following on Facebook. Check ‘em out.
Just in case you aren’t on Gwyneth Paltrow’s short list of friends she emails about things that interest her, like I am, I thought I’d post these photos of a renovation of a loft space in Nashville she lived in while filming a movie. Say what you will about her – the girl’s got taste (in picking a good decorator, anyway).
By the way, the email she sent refers to this place being done on the cheap – complete with a new gas stove (as GP loves to cook, which you would know if you were on her personal email list, like I am), $3100 bed-frame, and $1200 claw-footed tub.
Here’s the thing – lately I’ve been on a non-consumption kick. I’ve been trying to refrain from buying new things I don’t need, getting rid of things I don’t use and generally reducing the physical clutter (which I truly believe reduces the mental clutter). I recently did a huge purge and streamlined my closets and it feels great! True to what I tell my clients when I do this in their homes, I feel like I have more clothes and am wearing different things a lot more often. Here’s some before, during and after pictures.
Before – Yikes! This is embarrassing.
Just a small sampling of what I gave away:
Lately, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of ways to update my living room. I have to be creative because my husband has given me a budget of $500 (I think he’s kidding, but the general point is noted) and told me that painting is tantamount to appearing on “The Real Housewives of Boston” (ie grounds for divorce). Because the walls are this very unusual yellowish/neutral color I’ve been searching for ways to incorporate stuff I like without breaking the bank. Here’s what I am thinking:
I am obsessed with gray right now and think it the perfect color for a couch. Here’s one I love.
But how to tie it in with that yellow?? I am thinking these pillows will do the trick.
Of course we need some accent chairs. I love these choices from Target and they are very budget minded.
I think I’d like to hang this on the wall:
I think this rug is pretty nice.
And I am fond of this one, too.
Or maybe this one.
I’d like to arrange our bookshelves so they look a bit more like this:
And we need a few decorative touches to round things out. I’d l like to pepper the bookshelves with these little bookends.
I love these little candles. Save the bees! (Proceeds donated to research on honeybee crisis.)
So what do you think? I am just getting rolling here. Stayed tuned for an update on the dining area.
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