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Thanksgiving Table!

Thanksgiving is over [half sigh of exhaustion, half sigh of sadness]. And my first holiday cooking for five people was a success (OK, so I overcooked a couple items, but I blame my Barbie-sized kitchen for that). Before all the craze of cooking began I set my table with a festive modern feel. Knowing I couldn’t depend on my cooking skills, I wanted at least one element of my hostess duties to be perfect! I opted for an unexpected color combo of chartreuse and pumpkin orange, with mix-matched paisley prints. Then I brought in more rustic elements to balance the color — wooden candlesticks, and I made placecards out of pinecones (“salvaged” that morning from Central Park) with leaves cut from chartreuse paper for the names. I then threw a casual orange bouquet in a low glass vase to serve second fiddle to the towering candlesticks, proving that mixing seemingly random objects and colors can work! …At least I think so… thoughts?

Of course I couldn’t leave out our dog Frankie. She is part of the family, after all. And isn’t that what the holiday is all about?

Did you snap a photo of your Thanksgiving table? If so, send it to swatchbook@gmail.com — we’ll share our favorites with readers! (-Allie)

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Ikea junkie?

I’ve been an avid Ikea shopper for as long as I’ve had to foot the bill for my monthly  decorating habit (thank you affordable Swedish decor). And this Scandinavian style surplus never ceases to amaze me with their innovative range of fabulous furnishings. (Also, their quality has approved by LEAPS and BOUNDS the last couple years–the flimsy Ikea of the past is no more.) Moe and I attended a press preview of their new items a while back, and some items were held for arrival in stores now. Here are some of my favorites. (-Allie)

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From Top: Annamoa fabrics, $7.99/yard!

Gilda rug ($89.99 for 4×6) and pillows ($4 to $14.99)

Skojig Lamps, $14.99 to $24.99

Edland series of furniture, ranging from $79.99 (nightstand) to $399 (wardrobe)

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What’s Your StyleScope?

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HomeGoods—the ever-stylishly packed home furnishings store—has just taken its attainable fabulosity to the next level with its introduction of StyleScope today. The affordable home furnishings house teamed with Design Extraordinaire Deborah Needleman who created this personalized look into individual style. Simply answer 10 questions and voila, your design style is broken down before your eyes. It’s reminiscient of those personality quizes we’d pour over in the pages of Tiger Beat as a kid—but way more fun. And helpful! You even get tips on how to make it all work. And, let’s face it, even people like Moe and I need help from time to time (shocking, I know). My result (not shocking) was “bohemian classic.” Anyone who knows me knows that nails it on the head—even mentioning my need for a “little touch of quirk.” (helloooo, monkey statue, pink flamingos…need I say more?) Go see for yourself—and let us know your results! Bonus: When you’re done taking the quiz you can enter for a chance to win daily HomeGoods gift certificates and a weekly $5,000 shopping spree drawing. I wonder if they’ll catch on if I re-take the quiz 10 times/day?… (-Allie)

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A Taste of Teo Jasmin!

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I’ve long been a closet Francophile, so anything that comes out of Paris is bound to capture my heart. Meet Teo Jasmin, a Paris-based company founded by Angéline Bailly in 2001. Using cutting-edge digital printing technology, Teo Jasmin creates unique pillows, artwork and seating. New collections are launched twice a year, so there’s always something to admire and inspire. Italy, Doggy Queen and French superstar Brigitte Bardot are all highlights of their most recent collection (all featured below), though I still adore some of their previous collections, like Paris, London and (of course) New York (also below). Unfortunately Teo Jasmin isn’t yet available in the U.S., but we’ll be sure to let you know the second they are! (-Allie)

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