So I have this cool app on my iPhone called, appropriately, Palettes, that lets you take a photo and turn it into a color palette. Because you know how you read a magazine and (I’ve been guilty of this, I’m sure) it’s like, “get your inspiration from nature,” and you’re like, um… so my apartment should look like a blade of grass? The reason this app is so awesome is that it sees all those colors that you don’t even notice—so when I took this snap of the Statue of Liberty on a boat ride over the weekend, it caught all those greys and peaches and dusty blues that I might have overlooked. Neat, huh? (-Moe)
Mirror, Warhol Vanity Mirror, $219, Ballard Designs. Couch, English Roll Arm Upholstered Loveseat, $2,345, Restoration Hardware. Pillow, Wildflower Embroidered Double Boudoir Pillow, $75, Pine Cone Hill. Ottoman, Wooden Dhurrie Upholstered Ottoman, $549, Wisteria. Rug, American Home Rug Company Beach Collection Boardwalk Stripes Black Rug, $129.60 for 2’6″x8, RugsUSA. Floor, Loft Walnut Laminate Flooring, Pergo. Lamp, Bruno Double-Arm Adjustable Floor Lamp, $242, Rejuvenation.
Tomorrow is the first day of spring! There aren’t quite buds on the trees here, but hopefully these last few warm days will coax them out. So this palette is devoted to those wonderful greens and pinks and purples we hope to see soon. (-Moe)
White Wash Walnut flooring, Armstrong. Focal Point Grand Tuscan Frieze molding, $39.99, at Home Depot. Amagansett rug, $1,750 for 63×102-inch, Designer’s Guild. Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp, $720, Design Within Reach. Scalloped Top Slipcovered Sofa in Brown, $1,499, Wisteria. Ikat Pillow Lila, $74.99, Distant LA. Bridge Coffee Table in Natural Sungkai, $299, West Elm. Heath Ceramics Bud Vase in Avocado, $22, and Bulb Vase in Matte Brown, $60, Nest Living.
Occasionally this segment has become an outlet for me to obsess over items I know Le Boyfriend would never let me put in our apartment. Today is one such blatant occasion. This sofa is so Raggedy Anne chic, I can’t help but love it. Its hodgepodge upholstery is definitely an acquired taste, but would be so sweet if paired with some solid natural-hued arm chairs and neutral accents—with maybe an accent square painted behind the sofa (about three inches past the sofa on both sides, and from floor to ceiling in height) in that pretty deep blue to tie it all together (and make it a little less frilly). (-Allie)
Bohemian Patchwork Sofa, $1,499 at Wisteria.
One of my favorite blogs is House of Turquoise—I’m always inspired by this fresh hue. It pairs with almost any color and can work anywhere from modern to country chic interiors. So this week’s Swatchbook pays homage to the beauty of turquoise. I’m currently loving it paired with rusty orange. Paint one accent wall in a subdued turquoise, add sophisticated furnishings, dark woods and pops of orange and you’ll have a fresh, chic look that’ll stay energized for all seasons. (-Allie)
[Clockwise from top left] Floral Double Old Fashioned Glass, $1.99 and Floral Tumbler, $2.99 at Target (in stores only). Inlaid Bone Floral Mirror, $429 at Wisteria. Citrine pendant, $495 by Shine Home. Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Dinnerware Collection (4-pc), $99 at Macys. Orleans Dining Chair, $399 at High Fashion Home. Mandala Orange rug, call for pricing (8×10 is approx $800-$900) by Madeline Weinrib. Square Silhouette Table, $499 at Brocade Home. Indention Vases, $64.95 and $129.95 at High Fashion Home.
To celebrate today’s holiday, I’ll be lounging by a friend’s pool in the beautiful suburb of Scarsdale, about a half hour outside of Manhattan. The men will be bbqing steaks, and the women will be reading magazines poolside, sipping sangria and margaritas. What’s more American than that? But who wants to get up with every refill and mix a new cocktail? Not this girl. Far too busy with my latest copy of Elle Decor for that nonsense. And that’s why god (or some very ingenious individual) invented beverage dispensers. Mix a batch of your favorite celebratory cocktail and take the saved drink-mixing time to enjoy the people around you. Because that’s what the holidays are all about! In honor of such, here are the Top Ten beverage dispensers out there. Happy Holiday! (-Allie)
[Clockwise from top left] Beverage Dispenser, $149 at Wisteria. Recycled Glass Beverage Dispenser, $24.99 at Target. Hourglass Beverage Jar , $47.96 on sale at Sur la Table. Apothecary Beverage Dispenser, $49.95 at Z Gallerie. Pedestal 2-Gallon Beverage Jar, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Roost Marseilles Beverage Dispensers, $170 small, $220 large at Velocity Art & Design. Alpine Stoneware Beverage Dispenser, $59.99 at Amazon.com. 2 Gallon Glazed Ceramic Beverage Dispenser , $59.99 at WowShopper. Italian Rustic Cooler, $79.99 on sale at Chefs. Acrylic Drink Dispenser, $59 and $69 at Pottery Barn.
Aren’t these the perfect little tea party napkins? They’re sweet, classic and have just the right right amount of whimsy. (-Moe)
Butterfly Napkins, $39 for set of four, at Wisteria.
First impressions truly are the most important—so make a statement before guests even make it through the front door. Door mats are a great way to set the tone for a home’s personality, and I’ve force-fed you thirteen stylish options so you have no choice but to throw one down. (-Allie)
[Left to right, from top:] Paris Sewer Cover Rug, $23.99 at Perpetual Kid. Hessum, $3.99 at Ikea. Delightful Doormats, Crown, $34 at Wisteria. Estrella Doormat, $16.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Garden Juniper Doormat, $25.99 on sale at Wrapables. Floral Doormat, $26.99 on sale at Smith & Hawken. Tree Study Doormat, $28 at Anthropologie. Bird on a Branch Coir Doormat, $39 at Smith & Hawken. Peacock Doormat, $14.99 at World Market. Delightful Doormats, Seashells, $34 at Wisteria. Trampa, $12.99 at Ikea. Paisley Doormat, $16.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Bicycle Doormat, 18×30, $28 at Garnet Hill.