Get the look for less on Khloe’s home…

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When I posted a few favorite rooms from Khloe and Kourtney’s homes yesterday, I immediately thought of some of my favorite stores (Pier 1 and World Market) and how they have merchandise full of global and cultural furniture and décor. You can create a similar look with exotic finds by shopping the links below. I sourced other affordable items from AtHome, ZGallerie, High Fashion Home, Lamps Plus, Rugs USA, & Kirklands as well. Purchase vases with metallic sheens, mother-of-pearl and mosaic details. This will add some oomph to a white room…

{Sources: 95″ sheer curtains, tufted ottoman, white lanterns, ivory wall mirror, flower lanterns, lattice aluminum garden stool, chrome and crystal lantern, crystal light pendant}

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Create a neutral color scheme by making it interesting with different textures like faux furs, tweed, velvet, plush microfibers in the pillows and throws…

{Sources: timber end table, hide pillow, corseca pillow, chaise, metallic pouf, crystal sconce, white throw}

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Use patterns like ikat in fabric choices and rugs. Also incorporate high piled shag rugs for a luxe feel…

{Sources: rug, nesting tables, moroccan coffee table, velvet pillow, leather pillow, nailhead ottoman, pattern ottoman, carved wall plaques, hurricane pendant light, carved floor vase, urn vase, mosaic platter}


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Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian’s homes in Architectural Digest…

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I always say Khloe is my favorite and her new home shows some of the reasons why. I’ve blogged about her gym closet recently here. However this new home of hers has some rooms I don’t ever get a glimpse of on KUWTK. I love Moroccan architecture with the ornate details and arches galore and designer to the stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard gave her home a contemporary spin on that…

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It’s more airy and neutral versus being rich in jeweled toned colors but the Turkish, Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences are there in the mirrors, lanterns, and side tables. The room I love the most is this tented living room that feels like a lounge area of an over the top wedding reception. I love that look because it’s definitely dramatic but airy and light. I created a GET THE LOOK that I will post tomorrow on achieving the same style for a budget with some of my favorite stores.

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Martyn included a lot of his collaborations like some fabric selections. He is very known for eclectic and bold room designs with a lot of pattern. He used his Schumacher wallpaper that covered the 5th wall of Khloe’s family room, creating more visual interest to play along with the ceiling beams. I love the rug and how it ties in the cream and white palate. Speaking of, using cream and off whites create more of a cozy feeling than the contrast of bright whites and black. I find this color combination more attainable to live with than bright whites, especially for a sofa.

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Love the outdoor lounge space…

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This is Kourtney’s living room which is vast different from her colorful bold last home. It’s modern but comfortable for the kids…

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I am actually looking to create this same look behind my bedroom nightstand and side table. Placing mirrors behind lamps helps to bounce light around so a room can feel brighter…

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You can see the rest of their home over on Architectural Digest or in store by picking up their Celeb Home Edition.

{Photos beautiful captured by Roger Davies Photography}


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After moving into a new home…

Interior design doesn’t require you to be a professional or have any previous experience. Anyone can design a home well if they put their minds to it. But you have to remember to go about it the right way to limit the amount of work you have to do.

Professional Movers and Telling Them What to Do

To start with, decide whether you will redecorate your new home before you arrive. There’s little point in hiring professional local movers and telling them to move the heavy furniture into place when you’re going to pull it away again to redecorate. This is why it’s important to make the decision before moving.

Start with the Bedroom
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Begin with the rooms where you’ll be spending the most time. The bedroom will take up about a third of your time, so it makes sense to start with this. One good tip on interior design is the simplest things can make the biggest difference. In the bedroom, go out of your way to buy the best bedding you can. This is the biggest focal point of any bedroom, so go all out on it.

Take Time

When moving in, it’s easy to get carried away with renovating this and redecorating that. You make the best decisions after you’ve lived in a location for a certain length of time. Spend at least a month living in your new home before deciding on any big purchases. You may well notice areas that are in need of urgent renovation. For example, you may estimate $5,000 for the bathroom, but after a month you discover that it would be better spent on the kitchen.

Don’t Match
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The showroom down at your local furniture store would have you believe that everything has to match up. This is exactly the wrong way to go about it. It only makes your home look generic, lifeless, and boring. Instead, you have to consider how you’re going to stand out from the crowd. You do this by going in the exact opposite direction. It’s okay to match some items, but go out of your way to create contrasts.

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Can we give a round of applause for this home?

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This is very similar to my bedroom inspiration. A bedroom that has so many textures and creates a moody, modern, relaxing atmosphere with some glam and edge. Velvet, Moroccan wedding blankets, a plush rug, mirrored and chrome details are all elements I have and want for my bedroom retreat. It’s monochromatic but isn’t boring because it’s layered with textures to keep it interesting.

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That’s not where it ends. Check out this living room space. The coffee table is a piece of art and the palette is calming and warm.

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Although I hate the infamous hand chair, this room reminds me of something Kelly Wearstler would approve of.  I wish I had another angle of the banquette because it looks beautiful. I especially like how gold plays off the grays and the gunmetal chain drapes gives it edge. You can see the rest here.

{Photography: Tony Soluri
Architect: Patrick Fortelka, Charles Vincent George Architects
Interior Designer: Aimee Wertepny and Lauren Warnock, Project Interiors
Home Builder: Dave Knecht and Mike Zalud, Northridge Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Eric A. Tharp, Premier}


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Ever mentally have a To Buy Item and then…

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You score a great deal on one when you weren’t looking? Funny how that works. I went into TJMaxx to get 2 bar stools for my basement when I spotted it. Before me was a plush, deep tufted  chair with curvy lines. It stopped short of being the chaise I always wanted but for $149, I knew I couldn’t beat the price.

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I have always loved this chair so I immediately decided against the bar stools and purchased that instead. It barely fit in my car…

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Above is my gray chair. It’s nice to have a different outdoor view and room perspective.

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I also bought Straight Outta Compton, the director’s cut.

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I rounded up a few options from various stores  in case you’re looking for one too..

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The fact that I had to come to work in -8 degree temps is just…

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…Disrespectful. Happy MLK Day. Are you at home, volunteering or working today? The temperatures have me wanting to do nothing else other than lounge on the couch watching tv & curling in bed reading magazines. Today is the kind of day you go all out cooking a huge breakfast, because you can…

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Chocolate chip pancakes sounds good right about now…

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Last week my furnace went out. My condo was so cold smoke was coming out of my mouth. The furnace people came around 10 am and fixed it but that was a miserable night for me. All I could think of is that $179 modern electric fireplace I plan on getting from Big Lots that has LED lighting on the sides. Had I bought it when I said I was, I would have at least had a warm toasty living room. It’s on the list on things to buy…
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I think I selected the hotel I want to stay in…

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Annually my bestie and I travel somewhere for our bdays. We go either around hers or mine or somewhere in between as our birthdays fall within a month of one another. This year, we’re heading to New Orleans. I have only been once and that was as a kid. I don’t remember much so I can’t wait to go back…

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The Saint Hotel is located blocks away from Bourban Street and has a really funky design. I can’t stay somewhere that doesn’t have a nice designed interior. We won’t be staying in the Presidential suite but the Lucifer room (red) is gorgeous and is my favorite…

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Tuesday’s Tips: one way to spice up a room

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Stunning work by Spruce Interior Design over on Apartment Therapy. I like the symmetry by the fireplace. I also like the modern way of furnishing a conversation area. Let’s get outside of thinking about furniture sets and create more interesting spaces mixing styles and pieces. If that isn’t in the budget then think about incorporating different tables. Swap out side tables between rooms in your home to avoid everything being too matchy.

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Beautiful stairwell. Head over to Apt Therapy to see more of the home.


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Operation masculine rustic sexiness for my rec room…

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I know. That’s a lot of styles for one area but I have made up my mind and I want the basement area to have all of that. I want to stir away from any girly items that you will find elsewhere in my home. I want it to feel moody and regal, sexy like a cocktail lounge, but edited and purposeful like a modern bachelor pad. I want there to be rustic elements and raw materials like wood and metal. I want pieces I would put in a loft present. Again, that’s a lot but that’s what I want.

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I have black leather sofas in the living room that’ll eventually make their way to the rec room…

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I have recessed lighting down there but I do like the caged pendant look. You can never have too many light sources…

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This is really the only area I want wood items in my home. I bought a studded wood framed mirror from AtHome that I will eventually hang. The wood matches perfectly with a floating ledge I bought at Menards. I also will keep an eye out for some metal and wood bar stools for bar.

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I have a trunk that I was going to paint and place in my office but have decided to use it in the rec room as a side table…

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One wall is a deeper blue hue which will likely get changed. I haven’t given much thought about paint. I know I want it to feel modern but not too dark. Gray is always a good choice for that…

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Have you priced pool tables lately? I didn’t realize how expensive the are. I want one but no time soon.. .

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I like decorating in 3s for a really modern look….

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I know I used this image before but I have been keeping eyes open for cushions. I flipped two bookstands on their sides to use as seating in the mean time. I just want to place some long cushions on top. I would love some camel hued seating somewhere down there.

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As far as rugs, apart of me wants something very plush and another part of me wants a faux cowhide like the ones at Z Gallerie but I’m undecided.


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My Christmas Home Tour…

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This is overdue and please bare with the semi fuzzy images but here is a bit of how I decorated for the holidays. My tree is gaining more of a peacock theme each year. This year I added peacock feathers from Pier 1 which I love. I prefer over the top trees like department stores. That’s just my preference when it comes to Christmas trees….

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I have been collecting my same colors for about 11 years now. I have always wanted cobalt and royal blue trees but people would gift me the wrong colors, so the last few years I incorporated more turquoise and teal…

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These are some of my favorite ornmaments…

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These were the new ornaments I picked from AtHome. I love these so much. It’s weird but I find myself staring at them especially at night when the blue lights are shining down. The jewels remind me of the type of jewelry I wear. I like it big!

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The actual peacocks came from Michael’s some years ago…

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I also bought a few new disco ball ornaments from AtHome as well…

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The tree skirt is also from AtHome. Sorry the weather has been bad the last couple weekends where I couldn’t take pictures in natural lighting for the best shots. When it was sunny, I wasn’t home. I will take more pics of the skirt later….

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If you saw the post the other day, this is my console table which I left simple. I just added the wooden skis from Target.

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I only added a small glittered tree cande on my side table from AtHome…

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If you follow along on instagram, here are a few glimpses of my bar cart. The candycane straws came from Target, ornaments from AtHome…

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I bought a glittered reindeer from Michael’s to adorn the coffee table….

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I outfitted some wine bottles with furry shrugs and bottle toppers from Pier 1. I decided to use this tree topper from AtHome on top of another wine bottle (hidden in an adorable bag). It makes everything a bit more festive…
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Please excuse this awful photo but the wreath is from AtHome and it’s gorgeous in person. Super sparkly and I hung it with glittered ribbon. When the drapery panels is opened on the sides, it looks the best it just doesn’t translate that way on camera. I still have a couple other places to show you this week, like my ornate framed chalkboard and bathroom. Stay tuned!


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