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The Great Gatsby Inspiration and Movie Trailers

Hello everyone, hope you are having an amazing day.  Is anyone just as excited as I am for the new The Great Gatsby movie to premiere on May 10th?  I sincerely cannot wait till I see this movie.  The trailer looks simply enticing with the beautiful set design, costumes, music and a wonderful cast… a recipe for an epic movie.  The movie is the adaptation of a 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher located in the time of the roaring 1920′s and the age of Art Deco… which has had a nice revival… I’m loving all the gold, brass, the glitter sprinkled in the era of art deco.

Check out this trailer, it’s certainly a visual masterpiece.  There are many more trailers here if you wish to peruse and get lost in the movie magic of it all (I did).

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of Art Deco inspired home decor pieces. All with all the likes of gold, brass, silver and the feel of art deco.


Here are some amazing wallpapers that are truly inspired by the Art Deco age but fit with today’s style and trends.



Add sparkle to your decor with these lighting options.



Add luxe to your walls with an amazing mirror with geometric lines.



Check out these amazing invitations I found on Pinterest, shop at Invitations by Ajalon!

Invitations by Ajalon Chicago

I absolutely love these chairs, I can envision the lower chairs side by side in a living room opposite a couch.  The dining chairs are a showstopper and conversation starter.

Arteriors Calvin Black Barstool Arteriors Calvin Black Chair
Worlds Away David Silver Leafed Dining Chair Beige Velvet Worlds Away David Silver Leafed Dining Chair Black Velvet
Worlds Away Cameron Gold Leafed Chair Black Velvet Worlds Away Cameron Nickel Plated Chair Black Velvet

Side Tables

I truly don’t know which one I would pick, these are all amazing.

Worlds Away Warner Open Ended Chocolate Side Table Worlds Away Warner Open Ended White Side Table
Worlds Away X Gold Side Table Worlds Away X Nickel Side Table
Crossings Accent Table Worlds Away James White Powder Coated Side Table
Worlds Away Willa Gold Leafed Oval Side Table Worlds Away Willa Hammered Champagne Silver Leaf Oval Side Table
Worlds Away Zack Gold Leafed Nesting Tables Set of 2 Worlds Away Zack Polished Stainless Steel Nesting Tables Set of 2
Worlds Away Colin Gold Leafed Side Table Black Marble Tops Worlds Away Colin Gold Leafed Side Table Mirrored Tops
Worlds Away Nikko Gold Leafed Square Oriental Iron Side Table Worlds Away Nikko Silver Leafed Square Oriental Iron Side Table
Worlds Away Olivia Gold Leafed Oval Side Table with Mirror Top

Bar Carts

Well you go without a bar cart during this era, here are some options to add that hit of glam to your dining room or living room (or even in a hallway, why not!).

Worlds Away Vince Gold Leafed Bar Cart

Worlds Away Vince Polished Stainless Steel Bar Cart

Worlds Away Carr Gold Leafed Bar Cart

Worlds Away Carr Silver Leafed Bar Cart

Worlds Away Gerard Gold Leafed Bar Cart

Book Covers

Here is a book cover that I found that I really like.

Great Gatsby Book Cover

And now a collage I made on Pinterest of everything inspired by this wonderful book.

There are so many more furniture and decor options, check out Zinc Door.

Let me know what you think of the movie when it comes out.  I can’t wait myself!


Ginnifer Goodwin – LA Home Featured in Elle Magazine

I don’t know about you but I think Ginnifer Goodwin is absolutely adorable.  She is currently living a true-life fairytale playing Snow White on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.  It’s a wonderful show, I watched all last season and need to start watching this season’s episodes that are piling up on my PVR.  Also an extra treat for me, the show is filmed locally, it’s always nice to see familiar surroundings on TV.  I especially love Ginnifer Goodwin in Something Borrowed the movie (which I’m now currently reading the novel) and of course in the romantic comedy He’s Just Not that Into You.

Her home will be featured in the February 2013 issue of Elle magazine.  Goodwin bought the house in 2007 from Busy Philipps, and previous tenants include Rachel Bilson and Rose McGowan… pretty neat I think.  With the help of  Amy Kehoe of design firm Nickey Kehoe finding just the right tone to make the home warm and cozy sprinkled with personal touches all over.

“Just like in fashion, it’s all about balance,” says Goodwin. “I pick one thing to feature. That’s translated to the house, like in the kitchen table’s bright yellow pop.”

It surprised me the different layers and pops of unexpected color.  I especially like the 2nd photo with Ginnifer sitting on an ottoman surround by black and white portraits.  Have a read-through the Elle magazine article, it gives a witty insight to her decorating personality.

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{Photo Credit: Hilary Walsh / ELLE}


How to Master the Mixing of Objects

Well in my opinion, I personally mix the pieces I like and are attracted to right away and put them together… and it’s one of my favorite things to do.  I do find some people have a hard time putting items together but really it’s your home and you can layer pieces the way you want.  There are a few simple rules that I do take into consideration such as group items in three when possible, but it depends on the item.  Also experiment, who says you have to stick with what you  have.  I’ll put a display or vignette together, step back, change things around and so on.  Sometimes when it just doesn’t feel right, leave it for a day or two, come back to it and try again.  Search the web or Pinterest for inspiration too.  Get an idea of what appeals to you.  Another tip is to take a photo, you never know, you might like what you see.

It’s a good time to shop right now too!  One of my favorite online flash-sale sites One Kings Lane is showcasing a large selection of beautiful objects that will appeal to everyone called Master the Mix.  I’m actually quite impressed with the selection too.  That’s one of my particular likings towards One Kings Lane as they have such a wide range of products to choose from.

Here is a wonderful depiction of mixing.  How was it done you ask?  Well simple:

  • Books are a staple in any vignette.  As you can see flat on the table are three books on their side.  Then between a lovely pair of book ends are more books.
    • Tip: I tend to pair up books of the same color to keep it consistent.
  • Objects are then sprinkled around the books, you have a vase, a candle, a miniature figurine and so on.

As you can also see, there all the different items are in different heights, sizes etc.  This gives your space fluidity.

The surfaces in your home are blank canvases for you to decorate with as little or as much as you please. Here’s how to master the mix:

  • Play with Scale: Pair larger objects with smaller ones to bring new depth and dimension to a flat surface like a coffee table or bookshelf.
  • Embrace Color: Pick a color scheme and go with it. Some combinations we love are pastels and metallics, high-contrast brights and neutrals, and classics like blue and white.
  • Get a Feel for Things: Variations in texture bring visual interest to a room. Outfit your space with ceramics, glassware, or antique books for plenty of tactile charm.

Where Art Thou?

One of my favorite subjects these days is art.  I’m obsessed with art, especially abstract art and black and white photography.  Within mixing your objects around the house, it’s also a good idea to back it up with art behind a sidebar, end table, dressing table etc.

  • When displaying art, experiment with groupings and frame styles. After all, as Diana Vreeland famously said, “The eye has to travel.”
  • Try Symmetry: Hang works of the same width vertically. This works particularly well for identical pieces, or pieces of the same color. The eye moves up, giving a room the illusion of height.
  • Start a Group: Pick one focal piece and create a cluster of other works around it. This is a chic look for art with unifying traits–green tones, for example–but also gives focus to a more disparate mix.

Here are my personal art picks that I love and would buy for my own home.


What is One Kings Lane?

One Kings Lane is an online marketplace for the home that brings members exceptional value on a spectacular collection of top-brand, vintage and designer items. One Kings Lane was the first in the home industry to introduce Flash Sales (in 2009), Tastemaker Tag Sales (in 2010) and Movie Set Sales and Estate Sales (in 2011) – all of which bring unique, exceptional items that are hand-selected and deliver tremendous value for their customers.

One Kings Lane was founded by long-time apparel industry executive, Susan Feldman and seasoned digital media executive Alison Pincus, and launched in March 2009.  The idea of One Kings Lane came about because of a void that Susan and Alison recognized that needed to be filled: there was no single exciting, curated destination online where consumers could shop, find their favorite home and lifestyle brands, discover new ones and get inspired.

How Does One Kings Lane Work?

Sales on One Kings Lane launch at 8am PT/11 am ET and typically last 72 hours. Quantities are limited – shop early so you won’t miss out! Each day, you will find a mix of:

  • Daily Sales – Top-brand and beautifully merchandised assortments from top home decor and lifestyle brands. Shop categories that range from furniture and lighting to rugs, art, accessories, tabletop, bed and bath, travel, kids, pets, stationery, gifts, and much more.
  • Tastemaker Tag Sales – These popular events bring members one-of-a-kind furniture, accessories, antiques and more, personally hand-picked by today’s leading design visionaries from their own collections—at well below estimated value.
  • Vintage and Market Finds – The industry’s first curated marketplace brings One Kings Lane members an even broader selection of unique collectables and timeless pieces from the country’s top designers and antiques dealers. Vintage & Market Finds also allows members to shop by nine categories including: Art, Books, Decorative Accessories, Floor Coverings, Furniture, Lighting, Tabletop, Textiles and Wall Decor. New products are added daily and are sold on Vintage & Market Finds for five days, or until sold out.


Thanks to the kind folks at One Kings Lane for sponsoring this post. 


Top tips: How to bring nature into your home

Summer’s officially here! And many of us waste no time in moving our lives outdoors, enjoying strawberries and cream on lazy summer days, dining al fresco on warm summer nights. Connecting with nature has a calming effect and keeps us balanced – body and soul.

Loose Fit chair covers from Bemz

With the summer house feel in mind, we thought these five easy steps to help you welcome summer and bring nature into your home very timely. Follow them to cultivate the power of nature indoors – all year long!

Collage of nature-inspired art work and other interesting finds

Step one: Working with nature is a simple as showcasing cherished mementos like old black and white photos, a collection of ceramic pots or found treasures, such as shells, fossils and stones.

Step two: Generate good green energy by adding lots of plants and foliage, which are a must for bringing interiors to life. A bunch of wild summer flowers adds a pretty splash of colour to any room. Incorporate natural designs such as decorative leaves and twigs.

Unbleached Belgian Linen Blend Nikkala sofa cover and cushion in True Blue Panama Cotton from Bemz

Step three: Use a natural palette for a calming effect when it comes to your home’s colour scheme: Wind swept whites, stone, washed beiges and sea worn greys - with a touch of ocean-inspired blue.

Step four: Revel in the textures and patinas of natural materials to add depth, interest and richness. Mix rough-hewn woods, bare stone, leather, sheepskin and metal worn by the elements.

Pillow shams in Rosendal Pure Wash Linen from Bemz

Step five: Layering fabrics is one of the easiest ways to introduce a variety of textures into an interior. Use natural textiles such as on-trend whites in pure linen and cotton to add softness and warmth in every room. Summery loose fit covers on chairs and sofas piled high with cushions, cosy woollen blankets and faded washed denim. Stick to neutral colours such as Sand Beige, mixed with with darker shades like Zinc GreyMocha Brown and faded Ink Blue.

Daybed covers in Unbleached Linen and A Paler Shade of Grey and cushions in Zinc Grey, Caffe Latte, Bolster Stripe, Soft White and Sage Brown all from Bemz

Casual yet elegant linen slipcovers for your sofas, armchairs, dining room chairs and daybeds are a clever and inexpensive solution for an instant summery look.

If you like what you see check out Bemz wide selection of covers as well as our Simple Life lifestyle and Industrial Vintage trend for more inspiration.

{Credit: Elle Decoration, May 2012; Photos: All from Bemz}


Art Wall Inspiration

I’m currently obsessed with finding art for my walls… I’m in redecorating mode on the cheap at the moment (well actually always) but I’m always looking for inspiration. 

I found this photo below on a newly discovered blog Bazaar of Serendipity and I instantly was attracted to the colors and layout of this wall (Image from Southern Living).  According to La Dolce Vita blog, the images are all from Etsy… my favorite is the fashion profile in the middle in orange.  I especially like the dear heads (I think that’s what they are) placed in and around the art, giving it some visual interest.  In addition, notice how there are different colored frames adding texture and depth.

I found this beauty over at luxe + lillies blog, I wouldn’t use these particular photos but I like the general idea.  A black wall littered with white frame and continued with black and white photography, super slick.  I’ve always wanted to have a black wall but I live in a rental… one day for sure! 

(If you know the source of this image please leave me a comment so I can leave a proper credit, thx).


Amy Lau Design – Simply Gorgeous!

I was perusing a website called Krate for website design inspirations (I’m currently working on restyling luxxury livving at the moment) and came across an amazing interior designer by the name of Amy Lau.  From the first image I was intrigued.  She’s been featured in Elle Decor, The New York Times, House & Garden just to name a few.

Here are my favorites from her portfolio, I’m sure there is a bit of everything for every decor style and taste.  A lovely hit of color intermixed with mid-century modern pieces = amazing design.


Commercial- Ellie Tahari East Hampton Store

Check out her portfolio on her website: Amy Lau, it’s worth it!

{Image Credits: Amy Lau website}