Saturday, October 16, 2010

Nothing you can't do in New York!

So, I'm on week two in New York writing you from a suite at the Waldorf. Am I spoiled?! Last week, I attended the Food Network Food and Wine Festival and hosted a media event for Shaw called Designer Visions with three leading interior designer influencers. Another post on this event to come as I compile my notes. I learned Concord Grape is the new trendy flavor over Blood Orange. I learned black leggings and tall riding boots remain the fall staples. Scarves, scarves and more scares must invade your wardrobe. And recessionista colors prevail with hues of grey, muted white and rum pink. I notice a practical and utiliatrian asthetic where ever I go, especially in one of my favorite stores, ABC Carpet & Home.

Here are a few snapshots from ABC I wanted to share with you.

Alright, this is my dream china closet.
I loved the stacks of Juliska dinnerware in rum pink.
As part of the green movement, I'm seeing so many repurposed items like milk crates used as light fixtures. I love this industrial looking coffee table.


What a cool baby mobile made of recycled materials.




























Monday, October 4, 2010

I heart Pumpkins!!



Last night, the fall chill was in the air. It made me so happy! It’s officially October, the leaves are starting to turn and it’s finally acceptable to wear boots. I convinced Jason to run to the store with me and, two hours later, we returned home with 10 pumpkins. Too much? Nah. I love to get different shapes and sizes. I like mixing in white pumpkins too. I have to have long, curling stems and the shape that resembles Cinderella’s midnight carriage.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been slowly decorating for Halloween. Some of my favorite Halloween decorations this year are from Glitterville. I have the picture here of the spider cake stand. I had this on my Facebook page weeks ago and finally caved and bought him. He’s even cuter in person and I adore the hand-painted glass cover. I also love this Glitterville three-tiered stand. What a perfect place to display Halloween goodies or even mini pumpkins. Both are available at local boutiques or on Amazon.com.

Do you have some different shaped glass vases or those affordable glass containers in different sizes from TJ Maxx? Fill these with layers of candy corn and pumpkin candies. Tie your white napkins with black and orange bows and tuck mini spiders inside for a scary surprise. Be sure to serve your dips and soups inside pumpkins, toast the seeds and make a pie (or just buy one like me!) Halloween is so much fun!

I’m headed to New York in the morning. I’ll be sure to take notes and pics to share with y'all!