Shopping with PinkLion for the holidays…

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A while back I was introduced to PinkLion which is a company that curates products from  independent brands to bring you a seletion of modern, crafty essentials. I was gifted a print by Latte Design in my favorite theme: coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I live for my Dunkin Donuts and McCafe coffee beverages.

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At first I thought I would style it in the kitchen and create a small coffee station similar to these but all of my art in my office/den is black and white so I figured I would place it there.

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Excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my Galaxy S5 but the outdoor lighting sucked that day. It was gloomy, either snowy or rainy, for days.

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Victoria’s Secret is such a sexy store by the design alone

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I was in the Chicago area yesterday and after stopping at a mall there I went into their “Vickie’s Secret” and I could hardly contain my excitement. This particular VS looked very different from what I’m used to. The glossy black molding were the bones of the store. So very dark, moody and dramatic. Black and white stripes and damask wallpaper, the perfectly positioned gallery wall and flashes of hot pink makes it sultry.

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It’s funny because my mom heard someone on HGTV call a design sexy and she couldn’t understand how decor and a room can have that feel. Oh…but it can. Think about the colors, the texture, the glam factor and the feeling the space gives you. Going into their fitting room you had all black doors with dimmed wall sconces lighting the way. It definitely created a sexy atmosphere. In order to NOT look as if I haven’t been anywhere, I limited the amounts of pics I took because the store was crowded.

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There was a wall full of pink tufted cubes with mannequin torsos in each. They even had sequin mannequins. I really need one of those.

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Though I hate to see products cluttering a bathroom counter, I commend VS for having such pretty packaging. Who wouldn’t want these staring back at them while brushing your teeth? Their products especially the beautiful perfume bottles will look lovely styled this way.
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I am obsessed with the Vegas lighting through out the store. I want one of those too. Mine would say “Indulge”…

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In the fragrance section they had a giant screen playing the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. VS successfully lures in shoppers by their awesome interior. I wish I had a dressing room at home filled with their design elements.

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Sorry this shot is blurry but I found it funny that all the men in the store waited patiently on pink high back tufted chairs as the women shopped. Lol. I wish I knew what company designs the VS stores because the one in the Woodfield Mall is Schaumburg, Illinois is fabulous.

{All images by me}

Sometimes you don’t need anything more than a simple frame for art

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Whether framing a poster or using a mat, simple frames can often times be all you need. Create a bit of unity by using the same color frame. It really encourages focusing on the art. I love ornate frames but they aren’t always in the budget. You can buy really large poster frames for under $15 with coupons from places like Michael’s.

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Lighting is like icing on a cake…

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One thing about renting is not being allowed to swap out lighting. Usually landlords and rental companies put the most dreadful cookie cutter pendants they can find. Lighting can help transform a space like the bigger elements of the room. Here are some interiors with really cool light sources…

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Just getting some inspiration for my client’s gallery wall…

At first I was going to do a combination of both photos leaned on the wall via floating shelves and hung pictures. Then I decided for all photos to layer and lean on two rows of shelves. But last Sunday I went to Illinois’ Ikea and got a few of those picture shelves. If I end up with more pics than can fit, I will then do a gallery wall on the sides of the shelves. I love a modern picture display so just trying to get inspired…

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Do you collect comic books? Here’s how to display them as decor…

image { Architectural Digest / Photography by Roger Davies / Robert Rufino styled the Los Angeles home of architect and designer Daniel Romualdez}

When talking about collections, you can’t help of think of people who enjoy comic books. When I came across some images on Apartment Therapy, I realized the covers or super hero art can easily inspire a color scheme in a space. Not to mention it can create a great party for a kid. One of my good friend’s daughter loves Spiderman. She even had a superhero themed party so I figured I’d not only showcase interiors with a love of comics but also shindigs with that theme.

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Would you believe me when I said this is the desk of someone who works at a marketing company? They have slides, a tattoo parlour and all sorta fun stuff. Click here to see more.
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{ NY mag, Photograph by Thomas Loof/Art Department}

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If you want to have the look without actually displaying the books or pages, simply use primary colors on heavy pieces of furniture. Interior designer Miles Redd calls the above two spaces he designed “a kind of comic-book glamour.” Love what the high glossy doors does for the neutral wall palette. Especially dig the different hue on the sides as seen here.
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Iconic: Interior Design with art & photos paying homage to icons…

With the shocking death of Whitney Houston, a lot of people posed the question, ‘why dont we celebrate our icons while they’re here..why does it take for them to pass to do so’?. I’ve been trying to collect images the last several months of interiors that have Marilyn Monroe and other iconic figures. With this weekends events, I guess there is no better time to show you what I have. Whether it’s someone who is deceased or your current favorite, you can display the admiration of any iconic image in a tasteful, non cheesy way…

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{Grace Kelly by Andy Warhol (room designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard for Tamara Mellon) Via La Dolce Vita}

Beautiful herringbone floors with a technique Andy Warhol made popular. This is a great way to inject color and a little whimy pop art fun to a space…
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Just some interiors I’m loving + space saving solutions while getting more seating…

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I love the gallery wall. Just a nice cluster of mirrors and black and white photography. Even with the combination of black and bronze frames, it works. The second thing I love most is the mixture of pillows which is by far the easiest way to help inject texture and color to a space. And they’re so cost effective too that you can almost go crazy. Pillows help hide worn out sofas or stains etc. Play with the sizes and fabric. Adding a scarf is always a nice touch to keep things pulled together and not appear sloppy. Design Tip: Use branches from the outdoors to add to a vase with faux floral stems. Sometimes you can spend a pretty penny if you buy enough floral stems to get a full look especially when they go from $6 and up per stem. So adding branches (free) adds a nice effect. Spray paint them to look like these.

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I like the usage of space. If you’re dealing with a smaller scaled apartment or living room, don’t feel as though you have to have a full 3 piece set. As a matter of fact, try to avoid buying sets if you can. I know most times it’s cheaper. I know it’s easier. But if you can swap out that last chair for a different, style, color or textile, you’ll make the space more interesting. Nothing worse than a room looking as if it was all bought from (insert store catalogue here). Maybe put that extra chair in the bedroom to create a reading area. Maybe the love seat is better served elsewhere like the basement for his man cave. If you don’t have room, consider ottomons instead. They take up minimum space. Or use directors chairs as seen HERE. These are options that allows you adequate seating without the bulk….
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Love the tribal textiles and mixing of patterns

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Another space saver solution that I love is ottomons, or cushion seats tucked neatly under a coffee table. More seating, no additional square footage needed. The tiger print is fabulous but I actually like everything about Cathy Triant Buxton’s living room…

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Such a nice seating hallway area. If this is an entryway it’s definitely setting the right tone for the home. Do you play up your hallways or abandon them? What are your feelings on furniture pieces vs sets? How do you incorporate seating in a small space? I’d love to hear your thoughts :-).

{Images via Made By Girl & Focal Point Styling}