It’s here! It’s here! Remember how I was all excited about Crane & Canopy‘s gorgeous and affordable duvet sets? Dreams really do come true, people.
Here’s our humble queen bed, with the Sutter duvet and shams in white on it. I feel like its so simple and understated, but the ruching somehow lends a sense of opulence too. The ruching is done with elastic, which I sense will be sturdy and will hold up well. And right out of the box this thing had like zero wrinkles — another auspicious sign! Read more…
On Sunday night, while Hannah was obsessively counting Utz potato chips and Charlie was doing the Dougie in the new offices of Forbid, something really fun was sharing the airtime on Girls.
Did you notice the statement pillows in Shoshanna’s apartment? (I totally did and drooled a little bit, though I loathe her and her maddening side braid.) Replicate the look with these cheeky versions by Alexandra Ferguson, all available right now on AllModern.com: Read more…
Squee! I just think these mason jar snow globes are the most darling things. Shout out to Michaela Noelle Designs for the fabu project idea.
Here’s what you’ll need: mason jars, masking tape, flocking or glittery spray paint, fake snow, fake trees, hot glue, and glitter if you like (I like) Read more…
Must be the California in me: I’m a super casual person. The good news is, I think it makes me look younger. Seriously. I get carded a lot because I’m usually wearing gym clothes with my hair in a giant curly bun on top of my head. Maybe the Trader Joe’s checkers figure no employed person in her thirties would jaunt around the city like that, so I’m clearly 20. Or probably it’s just because they admire my unblemished visage and taut physique. I’m going with that.
The point is, our household is an unfailingly unfussy one. We don’t entertain with china or silver (though I am lusting over this cut crystal, uncharacteristically), and we don’t mess with look-but-don’t-touch decor.
That’s probably why denim decor appeals to me overall. It’s a great way to inject style and personality — not to mention youthfulness — into your look. And blue denim is so neutral that it can go with tons of different colors and patterns. To that end, here are three great ways to get the look in your own home:
Let’s say you’re intoxicated by the concept of estate sales — obvi — but feel intimidated by the prospect of schlepping out amid the people who really know what they’re doing on the scene. Totally get that. Today I bring you guest commentary from Melissa Arnold, the owner of Succor Estate Sales in Los Angeles and all-around cool, effortlessly stylish lady. She’s here to tell you how to shop the sales like a pro. Read on…
Tip No. 1 for How to Shop Estate Sales:
“Be sure to inspect every part of the item you plan to purchase. Estate sales are usually only three days, sometimes less. And because of this short amount of time to sell every item, refunds are not accepted. Most companies that host sales try to note if that crystal vase has a chip, but they miss things too. It’s up to you to make sure you’re happy with what you’re purchasing — so plug in that Kitchen-Aid mixer and don’t take anyone’s word that it works.”
Tip No. 2 for How to Shop Estate Sales:
“If you plan to buy furniture, find a mover in advance. Estate sales are a so-called ‘cash-and-carry’ business. This usually means there will not be someone on hand to help you move things. Many companies can recommend a mover but it’s often easier and less expensive if you price one out in advance. Craig’s List has loads of people who will move stuff for you. However, if you buy something breakable or of value, you may want to go with a reputable insured mover.” Read more…
Even though I’m Jewish, I remember at least once writing a this-is-what-I-want letter to Santa. (That was every kid, regardless of denomination, right?) I remember what I asked for: a plastic candy-cane-shaped tube filled with M&Ms. Talk about squandering an opportunity.
This year, I’ve already gotten everything I wanted materially. We closed on our first home, so sweet and cozy I recall literally squealing when I first set eyes upon it. More recently, I got a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which felt downright bougie as a replacement for my Flintstones-era, employer-issued 13-inch MacBook that approximated the max productivity of an Apple IIc. On a trip last month to Las Vegas on assignment, I sat down at the bar at the end of a long work day, promptly hit four deuces on a deuces-wild video poker slot machine, and marched right into Crystals at CityCenter to parlay those winnings into my first-ever Louis Vuitton bag — something rather shockingly out of character for my death-before-retail philosophy. And then, this weekend, we sold my six-year-old Madza (still “new” according to my previous attitude toward car ownership) that had recently developed major mechanical problems, and turned it into a 2013 hybrid — a fancier car than I’ve ever had or even wanted.
All of that is to say, my material desires are more than fulfilled (to guilt-inducing excess, in fact) and I want neither M&M-filled candy cane nor anything else. Except one thing: this cut-crystal glassware from Williams-Sonoma. Read more…
Here I reveal the secret* (*totally not a secret) that I’m really not a crafty person. Not yet, anyway. Moving into our first house has been such a great source of overall inspiration and motivation to attempt some of the amazing holiday craft projects I’ve been drooling over online. And if it ever stops being 80 degrees in Los Angeles this November, mark my words: I will get to festive crafting with gusto. I feel it coming on. (Note to self for future post: “How I Became a Mad Festive Crafter in 30 Days by Starting With Really Easy Projects I Couldn’t Mess Up for Positive Reinforcement.”)
This season, I’m starting with mason jars. Here, I bring you a trio of holiday craft ideas that seem to me fool proof. And they offer a huge impact for a small craft-store investment and a few minutes worth of time. Et voila: Read more…
I’m a really big fan of Z Gallerie. In general this is because I am a more-is-more type girl, and I’m not much for subtlety. IMO, Z Gallerie is filled with things that pull off that look really stylishly and at a price point that’s accessible enough.
The retailer’s holiday products are out and they’re getting me in the mood for entertaining. In my mind, I’m going to buy all these things and set effortlessly chic tables to welcome guests while snow falls gracefully outside the window. In reality, I will probably buy the one or two items that eventually go on sale, and shower in a mild panic 15 minutes before guest arrival time after I somehow get behind on my timeline, and there will surely be no snow here in Los Angeles. But, ahem, you get the gist.
Without further ado, here are the 5 cool holiday-ish things I want from Z Gallerie right now. Read more…
Now that we have our very first home, I feel so blessed that we also have an unlimited budget to decorate it, and unlimited time and inclination to boot. Zing! That’s not true.
What we do have is a brand new, nearby West Elm, and it’s one of the chain stores where we picked up an array of great stuff. We also abused a bunch of coupons in ways like this: “Hi, I know it’s December and you’re offering this AmEx cardholder promotion, but we’ll probably move into our house in June. Can you just initial here saying you’ll give us 20 percent off everything in the store then instead? Sweet, thanks.” That kind of stuff works, people. Squeaky wheel/oil.
Anyway! Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things that are still available online. Read more…
I’m not a crafty person, generally. I’m not trying to make a statement about being too busy to D.I.M. or anything. It’s more just that I’m selectively lazy, and also until now I lived in a very hodgepodge home. Our rented condo in Westwood was beautiful, but its inherent mid-century vibe combined with our hand-me-down-furniture from various eras, combined with our just-merged-two-households miscellany was just too random to motivate me to add any clever home-made holiday decor to the mix.
But! We’re homeowners as of this year — a fact we appreciate with an extremely dorky level of enthusiasm daily. And that enthusiasm (coupled with some inspiring story assignments about D.I.Y. holiday decor lately) has lit a crafty little fire under me.
And I do mean a little fire. While I loved the five jack-o-lanterns and minimal pre-fab Target decor we have out front, I felt we need a little extra je ne sais quoi — at 3 p.m. on Halloween. And I had about five minutes of attention span for it. Read more…