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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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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So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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Camel hued sofas and chairs…

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Camel hued sofas and chairs are the perfect neutral color that isn’t too dark or light. The color adds warmth and pairs well as a backdrop for a multitude of color schemes.

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{Images via Erin Hiemstra, hgtv, here & The Casapino}


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Parade of Homes Tour 2015

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Last week I went to one of the subdivisions for the Metropolitan Parade of Homes which is a showcase of furnishings and trends in tile and interior design. These are real homes on the market and the builders really have some cool ideas. I’m finishing two more subdivisions today so there will hopefully be lots more pictures.

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This above was a rec room’s kitchen…

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Tuesday’s Tips: keep living furniture interesting and avoid buying sets

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I know it’s more cost effective to buy a set of furniture as they tend to have better deals. However if you want to have a super interesting space, try to avoid sets. You can still have a cohesive look by keeping with the same design style or color scheme. You can also do a monochromatic palette and have slight variations of hues for the furniture. This living room above is fun even though the sofas are two completely different styles. They work because they bring out the burnt orange and ivory tones from the artwork and rug…

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These half donut shaped sofas and chairs are a good pairing even though they are different…

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The beige and camel sofas look wonderful together and really bring out the bronze and gold accents of the room. You have two different styles of seating with one armless and the other with armrests so they can appeal to all guests. You can always buy the same type of throw pillows to place on the different seating options as well to unify the look…

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If you stick with a neutral sofa that can transition over time with different color schemes, maybe select a bold hue for the chairs. I actually like when there are two matching chairs in replace of a loveseat. Using the same color as the accent chairs,  place a throw and pillows on the sofa to tie it all in…

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I love the look of the matching chairs…

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Consider using ottomans and benches for smaller scale conversation areas…

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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history.  They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

 


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Beverly Hills Interior Designer Roxy Sowlaty

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Roxy Sowlaty is an interior designer who shares beautiful snippets of her home on instagram as well as modern designs on her website. She opened her own firm after getting her masters in interior design specializing in high end residential projects. Then she launched an online do-it-yourself interior design website and home goods product line. Here are my favs of her work.

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