Happy Friday! I am so excited to share a summer tablescape I created for Amanda of Fashionable Hostess. For those of you who don’t know – Amanda is one of my very best friends and the visionary behind Fashionable Hostess, which features beautiful tablescapes, recipes, decor and entertaining tips. Amanda and I met over 6 years ago when we were both working in the fashion PR industry and our blogs were just a few months old. I love thinking back and remembering those early days of working full time and trying to grow my blog. I took every opportunity to network – sneaking away to meetings during my lunch break, attending events, dinners and parties after work (to subtly pass out my business card!), and then coming home and blogging until midnight. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve both grown and progressed since then. For this summer dinner tablescape, I couldn’t resist incorporating bright pink peonies since they’re currently in season. I went to The Original Los Angeles Flower Market in Downtown LA to pick up the blooms and arranged them in 3 different size vases. I used vintage blue and white china I picked up at John Derian antique shop in the West Village, and white plates and glasses from Hudson Grace. The gold flatware and cake plate are from Canvas Home and the monogram napkins are Lettermade. I always like to mix classic and traditional pieces with modern ones so the table doesn’t feel too stuffy. A great cheese plate is a must at any party – and so is a delicious crisp rosé and vodka cocktail! I picked up gluten free crackers (these are my fave) a brie, a gouda, and a parmesan cheese, dried figs and marcona almonds for the cheese plate. You can see more of my decor posts here. Have a wonderful long weekend!
Happy Friday!!! I could not be happier that it’s the weekend. I had so much fun at The Outnet breakfast and Goop x Nordstrom lunch – and secured a huge collaboration that I’ve been wanting to do for years! I’m looking forward to spending tonight on my couch – with popcorn, wine, my girlfriend and a good movie. Here are a few pieces I’ve added to my home (which I’ve been sharing on instastory.) This sheepskin rug is a total steal for $220! This TV console also comes in nightstands which I was so tempted to get. I love this chic leather chair. This frame sits on my TV console and these beads are stacked on top of coffee table books in my dining nook. I love to fill wood bowls with lemons for a pop of color on the kitchen counter – and a magnifying glass always add a bit of a luxe touch to any room. Shop more of my decor must haves below and enjoy your weekend!
It’s been so funny staying in a hotel rather than my apartment since I moved! I can’t complain about staying in the dreamy Palace hotel uptown, but a part of me does miss my cozy little abode in the West Village that I called home for 3 years ;) Here are the last and final pictures from my apartment reveal shot by the lovely Charissa Fay. You can find all furniture details here and here. You can also read about the inspiration behind the space on MyDomaine, The Every Girl, and Domino.
A few more shots of my old West Village, NYC apartment… Painting my bedroom black was a huge risk and I went back and forth about it for weeks, but luckily Becca convinced me and I ended up LOVING it! It really made the extremely small bedroom feel more luxe and sophisticated. When it came to the dining nook, I knew I didn’t want to do anything conventional so I mixed up my chairs and did a custom wingback from Society Social and wicker chairs from Williams Sonoma. I collected various sizes of blue ginger jars and placed floral arrangements from BloomBar in them. I sprinkled fashion coffee table books throughout the space along with perfume, candles and souvenirs from my travels. The artwork was a combination of magazine and coffee table book cutouts (it’s all about getting creative!), and pieces from One Kings Lane. As I mentioned in my first apartment post, I utilized every inch of the 650 square foot space with a rolling rack, baskets, and shoe boxes for storage. The apartment was a mix of classic and eclectic with a nod to the charm of the West Village. Head over to this post and this post to see more!
I’m so excited to share pictures of my old West Village, NYC apartment with you! I lived in this charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 650 sq. ft apartment for 3 years. The second bedroom became a very special closet/office space which you may remember from this post here. My apartment was located on the most incredible street in a brick building that was built in the 1920s. The fire escape overlooked townhouses that reminded me of St. Germain in Paris. In the spring, beautiful white blossoms would bloom right outside my steps and everyone was always out and about with their dogs grabbing coffee. I maximized every inch of that apartment! I made a cute dining nook which was located near the entry, and got creative with Ikea shelves, rolling racks, and under the bed storage. When it came to decor, I embraced the neighborhood charm and history of the West Village and outfitted the space with classic, cozy, sophisticated pieces. I used a ton of neutrals to make the space feel bigger than it was, and drew inspiration from my travels. The picture above my bar cart is a framed Hermes scarf that I picked up in Florence, the entry rug is from a Bazaar in Turkey, and the bone inlay dresser has a Moorish-inspired, bohemian flare. The entry mirror is Moroccan inspired and all of the artwork has some sort of meaning or significance to me. I ordered most of my pieces online (One Kings Lane, Restoration Hardware, Wisteria and Williams Sonoma), and then picked up other items at antique and specialty shops during my travels. It took me 3 years (until I moved out!) to fully decorate the place. It happened slowly, but surely. After year 2, I got “stuck” and couldn’t figure out what was missing in my apartment or what it needed to really feel 100% complete. I reached out to Becca Interiors after finding her on Instagram and she helped me add the finishing touches and swap out a few things (like my coffee table, bathroom light + wallpaper, artwork and bedroom paint.) Stay tuned for Pt. 2 and be sure to check out other photos of my apartment on MyDomaine, Domino and The Every Girl (next week!)