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Home Office Inspo

Since so many of us are now working from home, I wanted to give you a little inspo on how to make your office feel both functional and cozy. These photos are from all of my home offices over the years! Which one is your favorite? :) Home Office Inspo Desks I’ve had this CB2 lucite desk for 4+ years. It’s such a great piece, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It also comes in a smaller version which I’ve used as a bar cart, console, and most recently vanity, but it would be great as a desk in a smaller space. It does scratch easily, but honestly, I don’t mind the scratches. The best thing to do to protect it from scratches, would be to put a little mat or rubber padding underneath your computer if you’re really worried about it. Other than that, I LOVE how much light it brings into a room. It’s not clunky, and it really allows for other decorative pieces in the room to shine. I also owned this white Bungalow 5 desk (pricey, but sooooo beautiful) and currently have my eye on this black desk for something different. Desk Chairs I hate the look of a conventional “office” rolling chair. Although it’s comfortable it totally ruins the vibe!!! My office chairs have all been upholstered and comfortable, but also visually appealing. My large white upholstered chair is from Ballard Designs, my beige chair was from Restoration Hardware, and my white bamboo chair was from Bungalow 5. Rugs A rug instantly warms up a space. You can never go wrong with a natural jute rug – this one is my favorite. You can layer a cool zebra rug over it, or even a shearling rug. A 100% real sheepskin rug under my desk is a MUST for me now because it actually activates your blood circulation! It’s so cozy and keeps my feet warm the entire time I’m working. Other rugs I love are vintage Turkish ones from Etsy. Storage With the lucite desk, obviously there aren’t any drawers! I’ve gotten creative with storage over the years, and kept old designer shoe boxes for papers and trinkets. I also like to utilize simple Ikea Billy bookcases (they have a model that comes with doors too, which is great!) For thicker paperwork, I use dresser drawers, or store things outside of my office if they’re not being used 24/7. Accessories I like to keep the accessories on my desk to a bare minimum now. I’ve really edited and paired down over the years and find that I work best with way less clutter and stuff around me. You can’t go wrong with this lucite tray for loose papers. I also love all of Aerin’s trays – talk about a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for someone! This one is my FAVE! In terms of planners, I now keep everything digital. I do like to write out to-do notes though, and regularly order notepads and stationary from this cute Etsy shop. A few fashion coffee table books are always fun to have out, and of course a pretty vase for flowers. I linked several other desks, chairs, and accessories below!
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DIY Hat Wall

I’ve always had an affinity for hats! Particularly wide brim straw hats. Though beautiful, they are a total b*tch to store LOL – they’re huge and take up a ton of space! So, over the years – I decided rather than storing them on a shelf somewhere, I would hang them as art around my home! Here’s exactly how to create a hat wall… DIY Hat Wall In order to create a hat wall, you need to buy these hat hooks. Do yourself a favor and do not order cheap adhesive hat hooks advertised on Amazon. I made that epic mistake in my NYC apartment and it ripped the plaster and paint off the wall when I removed them! These simple white metal hat hooks are PERFECT for any size hat and very easy to add or remove. Where to Hang Your Hats I love the look of hats in a cluster or straight line along one side of an entryway wall, bedroom wall, office, or hallway. Even in a bathroom could be fun if you have a big empty wall! I would limit hanging hats in a home to a max of 2 walls total so it doesn’t look cluttered. When you’re ready to create the layout, gently rest the hats you like together on the ground. This will give you a sense of which shapes, sizes and colors pair well, and how far you’ll need to space out your hooks. Once you’ve done this, you can start hanging the hooks one by one, adjusting as needed. TBH I’ve eye-balled every hat wall I’ve ever created and they’ve turned out just fine, but you can always use a pencil and measuring tape as well. You can absolutely overlap your hats rather than perfectly spacing them out – I think the overlapped look is really fun somewhere like a beach house. Choosing Hats While you don’t have to have all of your hats be the exact same color, I would recommend sticking to a general color scheme and overall theme. For example, I wouldn’t hang a dark winter felt hat alongside a summery straw fedora. If you’re looking for hats to wear and hang – I recommend this one for under $20 (just remove the suede cord), this one from Janessa Leone (legit all of her hats are incredible), and this one from Lovely Bird. Hats from top going clockwise: Janessa Leone c/o, Lovely Bird, Janessa Leone c/o, Janessa Leone, Rag & Bone (sold out)
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My Favorite Dishes

My Favorite Dishes I truly enjoy collecting dishes. I think it’s so fun to mix and match different colors, patterns, textures, shapes and sizes. You never know what mood or occasion will arise, and it’s nice to be able to switch things up seasonally. I dream of the day I can have a walk in pantry just for all of my dishes and platters… Rattan Glasses + Pitchers Rattan pieces are ideal for spring or summer. I’ve actually been using my rattan glasses as a simple water cup everyday because I like the way they look out on my desk or nightstand. I feel like it motivates me to drink more water! They look beautiful displayed in a glass cabinet, on a dinner table, or even on the counter filled with flowers. Gold Rimmed Teacups + Bowls + Plates Dauville gold rimmed dinnerware is so unique and can be used for special occasions or everyday. I use their gold rimmed teacups (hand wash only) when I drink tea, their gold rimmed bowls for fun brunches (fruit looks stunning in them), and their cake plate for birthdays. These ones from H&M home are a great dupe! Blue + White Spongeware Dishes Tory Burch makes the most iconic blue + white dishes. You may remember this spring tablescape I did with all of her pieces. I’m dying to get my hands on these smoke ring patterned plates to mix and match with the ones I currently have. The pitcher from this collection is a MUST HAVE for lemonade in the summer and flowers throughout the year. Everyday White Plates + Bowls My classic white plates and bowls come from Hudson Grace at the Brentwood Country Mart. They’re made in Italy and hand glazed. They are the “organic” style so they’re slightly imperfect which I love. They feel really luxe and special, but are casual enough to use everyday. Also, they are microwave safe, but I don’t recommend microwaving them for too long as they do heat up. Many of you have asked where my classic white mug is from – and it’s from the same collection. Everyday Glass Cups I have drinking glasses from Hudson Grace, but they’re pricy. I found these ones from Crate + Barrel that are basically identical and more affordable. Growing up, we had these glass tumblers which I’d buy in a heartbeat if I had the cabinet space! Wine Glasses These hand blown glasses can be used for water and wine, aren’t they elegant? These ones are super similar and 1/4 of the price! You can’t go wrong with a simple wine glass like this… If I’m being completely honest, I truly hate those wine glasses with a flat base. I don’t know why, I just find them tacky and way too modern. I also don’t like stemless glasses, again this is just personal preference. For parties, I order bulk sets of these wine glasses so that guests can drink out of a nice glass, but I also don’t have to worry if it breaks. Martini + Champagne Glasses One of the most frequently asked questions I get on IG is; Where do you get your martini coupes? They are available here! They’d also make fabulous dessert dishes if you’re having a dinner party! Italian Splatterware (Outdoor Friendly) My friend Jen got me hooked on Italian splatterware. I couldn’t resist ordering an entire set for summer. Perfect al fresco dining pieces. Speckled Ceramic Plates + Bowls For my cookbook shoot, we used a ton of Humble Ceramics plates + bowls. They’re expensive, but so worth it. Helena and Alicia recently shared these Sarah Kersten bowls that have a similar vibe and are just to die for! Shop all of my favorite dishes below!
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Decorative Kitchen Accents

I truly believe that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s always been one of my favorite rooms in a house. You want your kitchen to be warm, inviting, but also still look clean and organized. I’m going to share some of my favorite decorative kitchen pieces that will add warmth to your space, without creating a cluttered look! Decorative Kitchen Accents Soap If you’re going to have your soap out on the counter, you want it to look chic right? For hand soap I love Aesop Reverence which has a slight grain texture in it and makes your hands so soft, and then Tangent GC’s Yuzu or Oud scent. Both are clean products and smell amazing, plus the bottles are very sleek. For dish soap I swear by Murchison Hume Fig which is also a clean product. It comes in a big bottle that looks great on the counter. I just found out they have a matching hand soap so I may have to get that next! Trays This marble tray is so pretty to have underneath your soap (also really into the black.) I’d even use it to hold salt and pepper shakers, or as a decorative piece for a candle and a bowl of matches. I love the way rattan trays look out on the counter. You could put a vase of flowers in the corner of it, or even a bowl of fruit and veggies. Also really into this vintage wood board with feet for displaying kitchen accessories and this antique silver tray. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Bowls It’s perfectly fine to mix and match bowls on the counter – actually you should! Don’t be afraid to use white bowls, black bowls, wood bowls… If you’re going to use a patterned bowl – I love these from Humble Ceramics (many of you ask about these when I share them – they don’t look green in person), these Sarah Kersten speckled bowls (on my wish list!), and these enamel splatter bowls (so reasonable.) Use large bowls on the counter for fruit, veggies, or even these cool beads that I had in my LA kitchen. These beads are great for a smaller bowl and/or kitchen. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Cutting Boards I wish I had enough space to store a million wood cutting boards in my kitchen. I can’t get enough of them! They look gorgeous in various types of wood and sizes all along your kitchen backsplash. Simply lean them on the backsplash, hang them, or keep them lying out on the counter. If we are talking practical cutting boards to do actual cooking on – you can’t go wrong with the chef’s favorite; Boos board (it’s quite large FYI.) In terms of decorative cutting boards and cheese boards – you can’t go wrong with any from McGee and Co, Anecdote, or Williams Sonoma. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Dish Towels I’m a sucker for a classic dish towel and have been using these for the past decade. I do like a Turkish towel too – but they’re definitely less functional due to how thin they are. Bulletin Board Bulletin boards are great in some kitchens. I had one in my LA house and it was ideal for invitations, polaroids, memos etc. They don’t work in every kitchen or style of home though so treat this on a case by case basis! For example, a bulletin board in my NYC kitchen would just look cluttered and kind of tacky haha. So use your discerning eye when choosing one. My favorite bulletin board is from Ballard Designs – it’s burlap and super classic. Rugs My Turkish rug pictured above was from a random Etsy shop. Most of my rugs are from Etsy believe it or not. They’re so affordable and have a really authentic vintage look (because they are!) If you’ve got hardwood floors, a colorful Turkish rug looks beautiful. I also love a simple jute rug, or a black and white stripe one. Candles For the kitchen, you don’t want a super floral or sweet scent (at least I personally don’t!) A more woodsy type of scent is ideal to blend in with whatever you’re cooking. I recommend this palo santo infused candle from Goop. Vases A simple clear vase always works for the kitchen, but I am obsessed with the look of a vintage ceramic vessel. Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon (one of my design idols!) always uses this one which is incredible. Linking a few that caught my eye below. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); PS I’ll be doing a separate post with my favorite cookbooks, plates and silverware next! Shop all of my favorite kitchen decor below!
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