Traditional Silhouettes in Modern Environments

Sofa........The heart of the living/family room..........A place of peace and comfort.....And now a reflection of the past in a modern home

Bring Zara Home to the US!

For the past few years, I've been a big fan of Zara, a Spanish based store that sells clothing similar in design to top brands, but priced extremely well!  I love the unique clothing I can find in there without paying a high price, and there stuff lasts.  What I didn't know until recently, is that Zara also has a home collection which also has incredible products, only problem is that they don't yet sell to the US...... you've got to be kidding me!  I don't understand, and so I ask you Zara Home, please sell your amazing products here in the USA too!!

The Catalog Look is so OUT!

There is nothing I dislike more in design than someone who took a look at a catalog or a display in a store and bought everything to match what they saw.  Trust me, when you do that, it looks just like a store display, and nothing feels less like home.  A great home design is a group of treasures collected over time that show character.  Check out some recent designs that really showcase the feel of great design!

KitchenLab traditional dining room

Eclectic Modern Tudor Family Room eclectic family room

blue with black/white accents eclectic living room

West Chelsea Loft modern home office

dominomag- eclectic blue bedroom eclectic bedroom

Recycled Holiday Ornaments Now Available

Here is the start to my new line of holiday ornaments, all made from repurposed wool sweaters.  All are available for sale on my Etsy site ( and I am currently taking custom orders.  For more information, you can email me at

One of a Kind

I know how tough it can be to resist the urge to go to Homegoods and re-accessorize your entire home with great discounted products.  Trust me, I too often find myself there resisting the urge to splurge and instead have remember why I don't do it.  Yes, most of the time I'm remembering the impact on the environment in creating these fun pieces, but also the waste knowing that for each new piece, an existing piece will no longer have a home.  What I really think about though, is that there are thousands of people who shop at these stores every day, so how is my personal space going to be any different if we're all buying the same stuff!  And that's where my desire to be unique and different appears so that I can put down that candlestick and walk away with pride!
Instead I focus my attention on the vintage sellers on Etsy, realizing that I'm not only going to get a great unique product, but I'm supporting a fellow seller who is not part of some large corporation.  As a vintage seller on Etsy myself ( I like to know I'm supporting someone just like me.  And besides, where else can you get some of the best finds without spending hours and hours searching your Saturday morning yard sales or local vintage/antique shops.
This week I wanted to focus on a seller that I've been following for some time,  Just looking at their site shows you how much thought and effort they put into each of their selections, really focusing on the savvy vintage buyers looking for that perfect showpiece.  I especially am attracted to their selection of simple, yet colorful items that really make a statement, seeing that nothing would just blend into the background.  What a perfect way to decorate your house than to pick a few key items that make a bold statement, rather than an excess of typical items!
In my own home, there are a few pieces that I found and couldn't resist.  Now they are the featured items in my home, and I don't need to overdo it with knick knacks and other dust collection items.  So today's lesson encompasses a few things.......
1. Purchase unique items that tell a story, rather than typical pieces that may be in your neighbors house too.
2. Don't be afraid to spend a little more on one bold statement piece instead of multiple average pieces.
3. Less is more!

Green Products Part 1

This week I've been researching the various design product companies who have made the choice to design and produce in a green manor.  I found a lot of great new lines that I'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks, but today I had to share Mod Green Pod.  As a manufacturer of fabrics and wallpaper, Mod Green Pod is using organic cotton as the base for their fabrics and all organic dyes, while their wallpaper is still a vinyl base, yet it is coated in a water based glaze and only uses water based dyes.  By using these natural products in your home, you'll be creating a healthier environment for your family!

And now for one of my favorite parts of the Mod Green Pod website.... they're room creator!  Take their designs out of those small boxes and create a fabulous space using all of their products.  What a fun way to better visualize the beauty of their products!