I've fallen in love with green, urban venue SmogShoppe in LA. But for those of you not planning on celebrating any events at the refurbished smog check center, there's still much to glean from this hidden gem. Take a cue in your own home from SmogShoppe's blend of vintage furniture and modern design with both industrial homages to the spot's past life and a smattering of desert-plant greenery. And with all its eco-friendly features, it'll have you seeing green in more ways than one. Check out my slideshow to be inspired.
When it comes to wedding decor trends, I keep seeing some recurring themes: DIY, paper, rustic, fun, nostalgic, circus- and fair-related, and preferably something that can be hung, strung as a garland, or floats. So now that we have oversized paper flowers, felt garlands, kite and hot air balloon motifs, and balloons big and small, meet the wedding and engagement session prop du jour: pinwheels! Check out 10 ways to incorporate these flyers in your big day decor!
Maybe I'm slightly biased because I'm having my wedding at a renovated smog check center, but I was so happy to read on Style Me Pretty that "brick is the new backyard." Glitz and glam ballrooms and rustic, country fields can be beautiful wedding settings, but I'm all about the less-obvious, rough-around-the-edges venues. If you're with me, I've rounded up my favorite chic industrial weddings to illustrate some tips on going a little bit gritty with your big day locale.
The thought of filling my home with run-of-the-mill wedding registry gifts leaves me less than thrilled. I'd much rather go the nontraditional route, handpicking items that fit my personality and eclectic taste. Enter, Antiquaria, a sweet new online shop full of unique, vintage glassware, china, home goods, and even "save the date" stamps for transforming antique postcards into wedding reminders! See some of my favorites, now!
If you have a balcony or other outdoor living space, Spring weather means it's time to dress it up and prep it for sunbathing and socializing. Inspired by this chic vintage love seat, I've gathered up my Etsy picks for creating an inviting outdoor nook, complete with greenery, evening ambiance, and cushy seating. Check 'em out!
I've always had a thing for mixing patterns. I especially love layering blankets and quilts handmade by my grandmother and mismatching floral, striped, and dotted accent pillows and throws. Currently the floral and stripes combo has caught my eye with its nontraditional look that can either be sweet or energetic, depending on the colors and decorating style. See how this eclectic geometric-meets-organic pairing is inspiring me!
If you're a DIY bride without enough hours in the day for time-consuming craft projects and antique store shopping, Ruffled's Recycle Your Wedding may be able to help you out! It's sort of an Etsy-meets-Craigslist site, with everything from handmade decorations to antique tableware to used wedding gowns and shoes. You can post a wanted listing if you're looking for something specific or sell your own goods — for free! For sellers, this is a cool way for you to share your big day's DIY projects and carefully collected antiques with future bride-to-bes. Check out the slideshow for my favorites! And please share in the comments if you know of other sites for sharing wedding decor.
Photo by Matthew Morgan
It's our lucky day! Jonathan Adler's Annual Upholstery Event is going on through Feb. 28, so there's still time to nab the designer's custom and in-stock upholstered furniture at 20 percent off. I picked some of my cool blue, white, and gray faves above, like the Lampert Sofa, now starting at $2,360, and the Mrs. Godfrey Chair in Cashin Ocean, now $1,356. To shop the rest of my picks, click on the images above.
Perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across this vintage tablescape from Oh So Beautiful Paper that had an unusual, whimsical table runner made from old black and white photos. I love how the photos cascade onto the floor! Not only is this a practical and creative way to incorporate vintage pics, but it's also easy to re-create and can be adapted for different themes.
Flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops always have boxes of old postcards, photos, and other paper goods, so gathering the supplies is affordable and relatively simple. I'd take a narrow strip of butcher paper and start affixing the photos from the center out. Use double-sided tape and be sure to completely cover the paper so that it looks like the photos are just scattered on the tabletop. Depending on how dramatic you want to go (and how many pics you have), you may want to keep it on the table vs. piling the photos on the ground. For a bon voyage soiree you could use postcards from tropical locales, for a bridal shower old wedding pics, or for a game night it could even be crafted from playing cards (a little Alice in Wonderland, don't you think?).
Anthropologie debuted its new bridal line BHLDN today, and it has me dreaming of all things lacy, eyelet-edged, butterfly-topped, and sequined. If you're not in the market for wedding gowns and accessories, fret not. I've pulled some of my favorite head-to-toe pieces from the ethereal line to show you how they can inspire your living spaces.
If you saw the animated take on Shakespeare's classic love story Gnomeo & Juliet this weekend, you may be feelin' the gnome love. We over here at Casa are fans of the plump garden residents, whether they are transformed into stools, rugs, figurines, or wall decals. Well I've rounded up even more goods to give you a gnome sweet gnome, including a table lamp ($45), soap on a rope ($13), and sweet little art print ($10). Shop the rest of the look by clicking on the images above!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but if you haven't gotten around to mailing a paper love note yet, fret not. There are plenty of fab online cards to choose from. I'm positively swooning over Kate Spade's B Mine ecards, which include a whimsical selection of artist-designed static and animated cards ranging from sweet and pretty to funny and quirky. See some of my fave picks above, and for even more e-valentines, don't miss the pretties below!
In last week and this week's Gossip Girl episodes, we've been following along the ups and downs of Blair's new internship at W, but I've been more distracted by the mag's office organization than the drama. If you've got a home office and are looking for some decorating and organizing tips for your work space, read on! I've gleaned some ideas for you from the show.
Whenever I face a color selection, nine times out of 10 I choose gray. I love the relaxing, mellow tone on pretty much everything, and I'm especially smitten with it in stripes. So when I saw the Ikea Bärbar tray ($4) in this glittering tablescape, I couldn't get it out of my mind; I had to have it! It's simple and functional and pretty enough to be on display, holding shiny odds and ends, like how Rebecca of Loving Living Small styled hers. Inspired by my new tray and this perfectly crisp room I stumbled upon by Dutch stylist Anoukb, I've rounded up my favorite gray and white striped pieces for the home. From paper straws to sheets, click on the images above to shop the look!
You may know Miguel Nelson and Sherry Walsh for their urban gardening solution, Woolly Pockets, but maybe you haven't heard of their other brainchildren, refurbished LA event spaces Marvimon House and SmogShoppe. While both indoor/outdoor spots can be used as a wedding venue, SmogShoppe is larger, with 6,500 square feet of succulent-outfitted space, complete with vertical gardens, vintage furnishings, and a medley of recycled and eco-friendly features. The Culver City hot spot had a past life as an '80s smog-check center, hence the name, but now it's been transformed into an über-popular venue for eco-minded couples looking for out-of-the-chapel-box nuptials.The mix of industrial details, vintage chairs, and desert greenery in the space's every nook and cranny make for delicious wedding photos. It also means you can spend less time and money on decorations, since the beauty is in the space, as opposed to a big blank hotel reception hall.
To see more gorgeous pics of this smog-shop-turned-oasis, read on!
Happy Chinese New Year! One way to decorate for the Year of the Rabbit is to draw inspiration from its traits; another way is to take a more literal interpretation by decorating with rabbit motifs. The furry animal was in the running for our guess at trendy animal of 2011, so maybe with all the attention it's receiving of late, it will come from behind as the winner!
It's almost Valentine's Day, and love is in the air. And while I adore the romantic vibe that comes along with decorating with hearts, not all of you may feel as festive. If you'd like to go red and pink, minus the holiday's iconic shape, I've rounded up some accents for the home that take advantage of this seasonal color pairing but can be left up year-round. Inspired by this bedroom in Rue Magazine (and my own boudoir's color scheme!), I've handpicked red and pink pieces both big, like the Francine Sofa ($1,500), and small, such as this too-cute ceramic dish ($20), perfect for holding tiny trinkets. Click on the above images to shop the rest of the look!
Earlier I gave you my architecture picks from the Design Museum's 2011 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year nominees. But now I want to share with you my favorite nominated furniture pieces! From imaginative shapes and materials to unorthodox concepts like Thomas Heatherwick Studio's Spun chair for Magis (pictured), a rotation-molded plastic chair you can actually sit and spin around in, see what furniture tickled my fancy in this slideshow!
The Design Museum announced the shortlist for its 2011 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards, which includes 90 nominated projects in architecture, product, furniture, fashion, graphic, interactive, and transport categories. Perusing the nominees, I am reminded yet again how many impressive, talented designers there are! I'm positively mesmerized by the UK Pavilion, pictured, designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio for the Shanghai 2010 Expo. The glimmering building is aptly named the Seed Cathedral and is made up of 60,000 transparent optical strands, each of which has a seed embedded within its tip. I've selected five more of my favorites from the architecture category, so keep reading to see the innovative projects. And check back for my favorite furniture picks from the nominee pool!
In my living room, the roommates and I keep the coffee table pretty scarce and use the side tables for storing necessities such as magazines, remotes, flowers, and drink coasters. This way it's free of clutter when we need it as a foot rest, impromptu dining table, or for party snacks and drinks when we have guests over. While I like the practicality of its decor-less state, we could probably dress it up just a smidgen without losing its versatility. If you, too, are looking for inspiration and tips on how to top your coffee table, click through my slideshow.