Shopping Bags Wall Art

Am I the only one that has a stack of shopping bags in the top of their closet? I haven’t made many designer purchases over the years, but the ones I have, well there was no way I was going to throw away the bag! I spent way to much on the purchase to just discard the evidence. 🙂 Plus, designer shopping bags are fabulously designed. They’re incredibly cute!

Thanks to Pinterest, here’s a great idea for that lonely stack of shopping bags. Transform them into instant art!

Fall Decor: Crate & Barrel is Bringin’ Sexy Back


When I think of Crate and Barrel, I don’t necessarily think sexy. That is, until last week. Have you been to one of the stores lately? I was glad to find the perfect vessel for my current project, but was thrilled to find a lot of dark stained woods, leather, brass (polished and brushed), and a lot of unexpected luxe.

The Zander 8-Drawer Dresser
A dresser that could be used as a media console or credenza as well. Brushed brass hardware, a little Gaudí, some mid-century, this one is a ‘contemporary stunner’ indeed.

Milo Classic Lounge Chair

Originally designed by Milo Baughman in 1966.  Amazing, chic, manly, comfy. This chair even smells good. (One would hope, at nearly $3000 each.)
Tip: The guys at Fresh Kills in Williamsburg, Brooklyn are huge fans of the designer and occasionally have originals on hand, direct from Thayer Coggin.
Lucida Side Table
I love the dodecahedronic shape of this side table, but even more, I love the brushed brass. It’s a great accent table, or perhaps, an extra thing-to-sit-on when entertaining. In NYC, where square footage is sacred, some pieces need to serve not one, but two (or more) purposes. This would be one of those pieces.

Libations Bar Cart
I’ve had my eye on this since it was introduced a couple of years ago. If you like Paul McCobb’s style, you’ll love this. Kevin Sharkey received this cart as a birthday gift from Alexis Stewart, which seals the deal as far as taste-worthiness. And nothing says sexy like a great bar cart! I just hope it’s still available when I find the perfect spot for it. Cheers!

Transitioning to Fall with a Few Storage Upgrades


The Bedroom: California Closet

When sweater weather sets in, I’m a bit torn. On one hand, I am very excited to bust out my mom’s handmade knits, my Fiorentini + Bakers, and my amazing, huge down comforter. On the other hand, I know I will be lacking the space for all this cozy stuff, once I start unloading it.

A few months, ago I had a consultation with California Closets. I am so ready for this closet makeover, and I should just make it happen before the holidays. I will finally have room for every thing, every season !

photo via my dream. also on Pinterest

The Dining Room: Dinnerware & Wine Storage

Cooler weather, to me, also means comfort food & holiday dinners at home. I absolutely adore the fall and winter holidays, and I love cooking and entertaining. My tiny little dining room is slowly starting to show that. Just a few additions will bring it to the level I need for the upcoming seasons.

Acrylic wine holder via Gus* Modern

Since it is a small room, no console or buffet tables (that I like) will fit in the space I have. But I still want one, which is why I’ll be turning a tall / skinny shelf into a console / buffet. (More details on this DIY to come.) It’s finished size will be typical buffet height at 36″, by 10″deep & 72″ wide. Occasional glassware, ice buckets and cloth napkins will fit perfectly in those 5 little nooks! 

The Kitchen / Living Room: Built-In Shelving
This idea is more of a custom millwork job, and less likely to happen quickly. But I can still collect inspiration, right? This would be great, since I have many cookbooks and more than a few countertop appliances. And kids toys? Lots of those too, and I’d rather put them behind closed doors. But with easy access for the tot, of course.
Now I just have to design this multi-purpose-storage-dream, and hire someone to build it (oh, and come up with a couple grand, I assume). Realistically, this one might be more of a “Spring to Summer ’14 Transition”.

so, for now, let’s just enjoy the fall… 
A few of my favorites: 
photos: 1 / 2 / 3

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