Decor

Curtain Buying Guide

Curtains absolutely complete a room. They are essential in my opinion. They draw your eye UP, which makes the ceilings look taller, they bring warmth to a space and add sophistication. I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about buying curtains over the years, and where I recommend getting them from! *These are all curtains from my past and current homes. From top to bottom: my West Village living room, my LA dining room, my LA bedroom, my LA living room (all RH curtains), and our Connecticut home (Amazon curtains.) Curtain Buying Guide Custom Curtains I remember how expensive custom curtains were from my interior design internship days. We are talking about $1500-$2500 per window! Pretty crazy for just curtains, buttttt when you think about how much fabric it takes to make a single panel, the labor, and the cost of something like real Belgian linen, then it makes sense. In the past, I was never willing to invest in custom curtains because I was only renting my homes. But, now that we own our home, I have definitely started to reconsider. I wanted to share an alternative to custom curtains that I’ve used and that has been really beautiful and luxe! Restoration Hardware Curtains I’ve been so impressed with Restoration Hardware curtains. They look custom because they’re such incredible quality. The style I have always gotten is called the: Belgian Heavyweight Textured Linen – French Pleat – in shade white. These curtains are lined and very, very thick. The thickness creates a really rich, more formal look, which I love, BUT if you’re going for a more casual/light look I’d recommend the non heavyweight style over the ones I have. The RH shade of white is more of a creamy white, which looks perfect with any decor style. The width of these curtains is 46″ and then they offer 4 different ceiling heights. For a 46″ x 96″ panel, as an RH member (highly recommend signing up for their membership because you save so much $), you’re looking at $494 per panel, or about $988/window. I 100% feel this is worth it after purchasing and seeing several other curtains from various brands in person. For a super wide window that takes up almost the entire wall, 1 panel on each side would be plenty (as you can see here in old my LA living room.) For a more narrow window, honestly you could probably get away with having a tailor cut just 1 panel in half, and hang a 1/2 panel on each side of the window because they’re so thick! So then you’re looking at $494 + tailoring (which I don’t think would be a whole lot, since it’s just sewing a straight line!) Something to think about… Amazon Curtain Review After seeing several photos online of the Amazon “custom” curtains in other people’s homes, I was very intrigued. We have SO many windows in our home (5 in our living room/front entry alone) so I really didn’t want to spend almost $5000 on new curtains just for that part of our home. (Sadly the RH curtains from my past rental places were too short since the ceilings were lower, so I couldn’t reuse them like I had in the past.) I decided to take a risk, and ordered 10 panels of these curtains. Spending $150/panel vs almost $500/panel was enticing ($1500 total vs $5000 total for all of my windows.) The reason I ordered all 10 panels at once, is because I’d heard from other people who had ordered them, that the colors can vary – even if you’re ordering them in the same color – due to the different batches of fabric they receive at the factory in China. Color Discrepancies When I ordered them I opted for the snow white color which appeared to be a true white online, but it happens to be a pretty stark white color in person (it’s so white, that it almost has a tint of blue to it…) To be completely honest, it looks kind of cheap on a gloomy day because the starkness is more apparent (versus on a sunny day), and I find that it clashes with our warm, creamy white walls. For reference, our walls are Benjamin Moore Simply White in Aura Matte (not a true cream color by any means, but also not super white.) I did notice they had a beige white color option, but it looked too muddy online for my taste (although not sure what it looks like in real life!) If you have a more relaxed, beachy vibe or if a beige curtain would work in your home, then you could absolutely do the beige with no lining for an airy, light, ethereal look. Customize Option On the right side of the Amazon page, you’ll see the customize option. I did the pinch pleat with a 46″ width (same as my RH curtains.) The odd thing is that the Amazon 46″ width is a lot more narrow than the RH 46″ curtains, SO if you have a super wide window in your home, you’ll definitely need to at least double this width for each panel (going up to 100″ in width would probably even be better.) I also got my curtains lined with white since I wanted that thicker, slightly more formal look. Pros Such a bargain for custom curtains – I mean, you cannot beat this price! Great option if you’re on a tight budget, in a rental space, or staging a house to sell it and need curtains in the photos. They actually look great in photos after you brighten the exposure, and you can’t really tell they’re a stark white. If you want a lightweight curtain that’s ethereal and casual (less structured than my RH ones.) If you have a big piece of furniture going in front of the curtains and just need a curtain peaking out, these are ideal since the tops are really decent. Cons The material is a faux linen, which may not bother some, but it does bother me since I have real linen chairs in our room, and the RH curtains to compare to. Up close they look and feel a bit cheap, but it really depends on what you’re used to in terms of materials. They’re not the worst faux linen I’ve ever seen though. The stark white against the warmer white wall bothers me, but again, this is something that may not bother you! And if your wall is a cooler white, then these would be perfectly fine. On a sunny day, you can’t really tell the harsh contrast, it’s just when it’s gloomy and there’s not a lot of light pouring in that my discerning eye picks up on it and cringes haha. The beige white, or beige color of these curtains obviously wouldn’t clash the same way the white would, so if beige works in your home, go for it. Beware if you have other white/off white linen furniture in the same room. I have 2 warm white linen chairs situated close to the Amazon stark white curtains and the contrast between the two objects irks me. It’s not that I don’t like mixing different shades of white – I do, it’s just the blue-ish white in the Amazon curtains looks more obvious when you’re looking at our chairs. To preface, this is something that I notice because I’m picky, but Thomas doesn’t notice at all…. Since they’re not heavy, they don’t hang quite the way I’d want them to – they slightly bow out/flare at the bottom and the sides. This is partially due to the fact that I have very tall ceilings and did a more narrow width to fit my windows. If you have a lower ceiling and do a 100″ width for a wide window that spans the whole wall, you probably won’t notice it as much since it will be a thicker cluster of fabric. Also, if you place furniture in front the curtains (like a sofa or bed) this won’t be noticeable at all! Overall I wouldn’t rebuy these at this point in my life, because I’d rather splurge on curtains I’ll have forever, vs curtains that I’ll probably want to change in 6 months to a year…BUT if I was still renting, then I’d definitely consider these. What I will say is this – I think whether you like these curtains or not, will really depend on your wall color, decor style, room layout, furniture, amount of windows, and window size. For a super wide window that spans the entire wall – the unlined beige in 100″+ width is a great option for a room with a ton of white furniture. If you just need a pair of curtains for a guest room you barely look at, these could work well. Again it all depends on your preferences! Other Options I have heard from several readers that they like their Pottery Barn and Ikea curtains. I can’t speak to these at all because I’ve never seen them, but wanted to share in case you wanted to test out a few other options! The Pottery Barn real Belgian linen curtains are only $129 for a standard 50″ x 96″ panel which isn’t bad – and it’s actually cheaper than the custom Amazon option!!! The only thing is you’re not getting that same pinch pleat detail on the top. Curtain Rods While I’m sure you can find cheaper curtain rods elsewhere, I’ve always used these ones from Restoration Hardware. I love the thickness, and am so impressed with the quality. The exact style is called the: Dakota in soft iron. I have the thickest bar with the biggest finial and large loop rings. The gold brass rods they have are beautiful as well! Summary I’d love to know about your curtain experience, and if you’ve gone the custom route as I am considering it now! Hopefully you found this very long winded, in depth review helpful ;) I always like to be thorough and super honest when it comes to home decor!
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Our First Home

Our First HomeI’m so excited to share more about the home we bought in Fairfield County! We bought a charming modern farmhouse in the cutest town just an hour outside NYC. The second we walked into this house, we just knew it was “the one.” It instantly felt like home. The previous owners had decorated it impeccably, and picked beautiful fixtures throughout the home. The home buying process was stressful no doubt (will share more on that later along with tips!), but it was all worth it in the end. From NYC to CTWe loved living in NYC, but after a series of events (the last straw was our apartment building getting broken into by someone who had robbed the surrounding buildings multiple times), we made the decision to leave. This wasn’t an easy decision at all, since we both not only loved the city, but loved our apartment, our doormen, and our neighbors. Everyone’s experience in the city will be different based on their own circumstances. So I can only speak to and share what ours was like during this time. Ultimately, I feel that for our family, we made the right decision, and I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how much I love it here. I say surprised, because I didn’t envision myself “moving to the ‘burbs” for many, many years. I love big cities and need a sense of culture/liveliness wherever I am. Luckily our neighborhood has a great downtown with a nice vibe/buzz to it (even during the pandemic.) While we aren’t sharing exactly what town we moved to for our privacy, I will say, you can’t go wrong with any of the towns in Fairfield County area – they’re all beautiful. I included a ton of my favorite shops, restaurants and sites in each town on my Travel App in case you’re ever interested in visiting. Modern FarmhouseIn the coming months I can’t wait to share more photos inside our home, fun DIY projects (I’ve gotten hooked on refurbishing estate sale finds), and our kitchen renovation which is hopefully happening this spring! Our home is new-ish, but doesn’t look or feel “too new” if you know what I mean? It still has a real sense of charm and coziness to it. For our kitchen reno, I’m swapping out the more traditional elements like the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, for slightly more modern/unique elements like mushroom/taupe colored cabinets, gold hardware, a plaster hood, and cool veiny marble countertops. My design inspo for the process is Eye Swoon; her kitchen is to die for! And this black La Cornue oven is at the top of my wish list! Year of ChangeWhile 2020, was certainly a year of change for all of us, I’m personally really grateful and happy about where I’ve landed. I’m so looking forward to sharing more tidbits of our home and life here in Connecticut! If you’re contemplating a move or just in need of a little bit of guidance right now… I highly recommend reading these posts; Life On Your Own Timeline, Advice On Moving And Changes, Dealing With Uncertainty.
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Holidays At Home

This year we are so excited to spend Christmas in our new home. I’ve had so much fun decorating every space for the holidays! I’m thrilled to be partnering with one of my favorite brands; Pottery Barn, to share cozy holiday pieces for your home, as well as a few beautiful gift ideas for loved ones! Holidays At Home Holiday Bar One of the first furniture pieces I ordered for our home was actually this stunning vintage looking trunk which acts as our bar in the living room. It’s so well made and I know I will have it forever! If you’re looking to accessorize your bar or give the man in your life some new bar tools, this dark bar tool set is really fun, as well as this ice bucket, and shaker to match. I also love this silver bar tool set and ice bucket – so elegant! You also can’t go wrong with these thick, hammered glass stemless wine glasses or white marble coasters. And how nice is this decanter that you can personalize with a monogram? Cozy Essentials For cozy nights in, give someone you love a plush Pottery Barn blanket or robe. Their faux fur blanket is the best, and this short plush robe is great for chilly mornings. I’ve been obsessed with these super oversized mugs for hot cocoa and soup (would make a great gift) and slippers to wear around the house. Gifts For Everyone A few other gift ideas that anyone in your life would love… I can never have enough coffee table books, and Pottery Barn carries so many wonderful ones, including this Architectural Digest book, this Louis Vuitton book (have this in my office!), and this Tom Ford book. You can’t go wrong gifting a deluxe Scrabble board, and how chic is this terra cotta bowl for fruit on the counter? This whiskey set would be great for the man in your life! Decor For Your Home While you’re buying gifts for everyone else, why not pick up a few things for yourself and your home? ;) I’m buying this faux olive tree for when we take our Christmas tree down. This gold picture frame will be perfect to put on my nightstand with a special engagement photo. I love displaying a coffee table book on this simple display. And many of you have been asking about my fireplace screen – this one is identical! I just ordered this fireplace tool set to match. Shop more of my favorite gifts from Pottery Barn below!
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Best Last Minute Gifts

Christmas is 2 weeks away and I don’t know about you, but I still have a few last minute gifts to pick up for loved ones. Nordstrom always carries the best gifts for everyone, so I’ve rounded up my top picks below! Many of them are from Diptyque which is always a no-fail beauty brand that literally every woman loves. I wear their Eau Duelle perfume, burn their Vanille candle, have their extra large candle in my entry, and keep this Baies room spray in my bathroom. They also have the cutest gift sets this year, that are selling out fast – so if you see one you like, definitely scoop it up now! Best Last Minute Gifts 2020Nordstrom Spend + SaveIt’s the ideal time to shop because Nordstrom is offering $50 off when you spend $250, $100 off when you spend $400, $200 off when you spend $800, and $300 off when you spend $1200. Under $25Silk scrunchies $20Black and white polaroid film $19Gold ornament $12Rabbit wine tool kit $25Necessaire hand cream $20Cowshed travel set $25 Under $50Oribe mini travel set $28Silk face mask $39Crystal glasses (for him!) $49Stoneware mug $36 Under $100Diptyque baies black candle $98Diptyque eau duelle perfume $98Diptyque 34 candle $85Diptyque vanille candle $68Skin Gym rose quartz set $59Marble + glass dome $68 Under $250Smeg electric kettle $230Diptyque Baies gift set $135Diptyque fragrance discovery set $110Diptyque fragrance holiday gift set $155Dr. Barbara Sturm discovery set $110Boots (for him!) $210 Under $500Baies large candle $340Vince cashmere sweater $295Barbour jacket (for him!) $300 SplurgeStuart Weitzman over the knee bootsAquazzura embellished sandals
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