Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Tips: how to transition your patio for fall

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It’s starting to become crisp at night and you may be more inclined to stay inside once the sun starts to set. Well here are a few ways to get more use out of your patio for the fall months.

Texture
Adding a few cable knit or plaid throws are great to keep warm when it gets a bit chilly. Plus they are perfect for cozying up to take in an outdoor movie…

Firepit
They are good in the summer to create ambience but even better in the fall when you can roast smores on the fire…

Lighting
As the days grow shorter and shorter you will rely more and more on lighting. String lights will still look cool at all times of the year but heat lamps create light and keep you toasty…

Decor
Swap out any bright summary hues for muted, rustic, & jeweled tones.  Also replace floral blooms for branches and autumn leafy garland…

In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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I’m going to Arizona and obsessed with their architecture…

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It will be my first time in Arizona and a girls trip and I’m excited to hang by a pool in hot temps with magazines galore, a cocktail, and beautiful picturesque scenery. We don’t have cacti or palm trees here in Milwaukee so know that I will take tons of instagram pictures. (It isn’t my first time seeing palms though).

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What an incredibly designed contemporary courtyard area…

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Uplights at night will really make a home and its landscaping stand out…

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It’s June!

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I am so excited for the summer months and any sort of travel I do. At the end of the summer I’m going to Arizona and cannot wait…

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June is definitely the kick off for a lot of things like ice cream sundaes…

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Dining outdoors…

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Outdoor weddings and showers…

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Hanging out on someone’s patio…

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Cooling off at the pool…

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Outdoor spaces and inspiring places

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It finally felt like Spring this weekend here in Milwaukee with Easter reaching 75 degrees (77 according to my phone). I was a happy camper and it made me think of how I need to get my patio life together. Browsing stores like Target and Pier 1 can really make you want to buy-every-dog-on-thing. However a few bright items can jazz up any blah outdoor space.

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Fabric Walls
This makes me want to buy a funky pattern and hang it on the walls of my patio with velcro. Actually, I may just do that. It can also hide unsightly areas. Just make sure you use outdoor fabric.

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Sun Shelter
Scalloped umbrella tables are pretty much everything. They aren’t cheap but worth the splurge if you live in a climate that utilizes outdoor areas more than 4 months out of the year…

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David Jimenez Palm Springs home plus the perfect gift for mid-century design enthusiasts

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Jimenez is VP at Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home. His role as a visual merchandiser includes creating inspiring displays, theatrical settings and creating a great visual shopping experience (sounds like a dream job). One of the challenges in his mid-century bungalow was replacing dated tiles and creating unified flooring throughout the space. I think the poured concrete is a great pick and has an industrial feel when you combine the ceiling beams and exposed brick walls. The furnishings produced in different eras keeps the living room retro chic, from a 60’s Regency French chair, an 80’s tan chesterfield sofa to a 70’s canary yellow velvet sofa.
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I think what’s funny is he rented a truck and went vintage shopping in different Palm Springs antique and thrift stores. Whenever I read blogs and see someone who bought a large piece of furniture, I always wondered if they just happened to be in a large pick up truck or what. It just seems a bit out of reach at times to get such cool pieces ALL OF THEE TIME. I know I personally would have to check with my father or brother and see if they were available to pick up something and I don’t see that working out all the time. Renting a truck to scour is pretty doggone genius especially if you are going to places that ALWAYS have cool things. Read more and see other areas of his fab home in Adore Home‘s latest issue.

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Speaking of mid-century architecture, I was gifted the release of Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Postcard Book By Dolly Faibyshev from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.  You will find beautiful 30 perforated postcards of some of Palm Springs landmarks and landscaping and even Elvis’ Honeymoon House. If you know someone who is a lover of palm trees and mid-century curb appeal, then this book is for them.

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See this Palm Springs Moroccan influenced hotel and how I’d design a So Cal outdoor space here.

{Images via Adore Home & Schiffer Books}

I received this book free for review but views are my honest opinions.

A Brooklyn home tour

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Sofia Berger’s Brooklyn home is full of old charm and architecture. The bathroom is like a spa. It’s totally not something you would expect from the rest of the house. It’s perfectly decorated with carefully organized jars to see things you need at a glance (qtips, cotton swabs, etc). It’s all so beautifully arranged that it feels like……a spa. I love that and the raw edging of the granite stone.

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Lots of molding and woodwork are left original and some of her furniture has a vintage vibe mixed in with some modern elements like the capiz shell chandelier and some of the mirrored dressers. I especially love the modern fireplace.

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I also love the outdoor space but you will have to go here to see the actual fireplace mantle she has outside. Perfect for afternoon and nightly parties.

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I also like the shelves with the exposed brick as a backing to highlight all of the stainless steel appliances and culinary tools. For me, some of the wood is a bit much for my taste. I’m that girl that would paint it all white or high lacquered black. But other than that it’s a great place to highlight what she can do in interior design. You can see before pics on her facebook. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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Sofia is a banker by day and an aspiring interior designer. Something tells me she will do well.

{Images on Apartment Therapy with photos by Andrea Sparacio and Sekiya Dorsett}