Cameron Diaz's NYC Pad

In need of some fabulous design eye candy today? Then you have to see Cameron Diaz's Manhattan apartment designed by Kelly Wearstler. Of course. It's sophisticated and over the top in a contained, elegant, feminine way. According to Elle Decor, the palette "landed on the hues of burnished metals and lustrous minerals: malachite, onyx, rose gold, silver, and copper."

I love how emerald green looks paired with pink and gold. (Although in this case it's brass you see here in the kitchen.)

What do you think?? Check out the rest of the apartment and read the story here.

Photos: William Abranowicz for Elle Decor

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Fall Style 2013

Fall Style 2013

J.Crew striped t shirt / Black fake leather jacket, $63 / Forever 21 lightweight cotton pants / Banana Republic leather riding boots / Banana Republic green handbag / BaubleBar midi rings / Banana Republic cz earrings

It's officially fall, so I put together a little fall outfit for you guys today. Have you seen J.Crew's new Stripe necklace tee with the stones sewn on the neckline? It comes in three colorways and I think it's such an easy way to look a bit more polished by basically throwing on a tee. I paired it with pair of cobalt blue pants from Forever 21 and some simple accessories. What trends are you into this fall?  

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A Salvation Army Makeover

Remember this post from the Summer we moved to the States? I wrote about my first visit to a Salvation Army store and mentioned that I had found a little desk in really good condition and decided to buy it. (Never mind that I was returning home in a taxi and had to wedge the desk in the backseat of the car in and out all by myself. Ahhh... the things we do for a good deal.)

I was looking for something I could use as a sort of vanity table in our bedroom and this little desk seemed perfect. Since our bedroom had a lot of neutrals (black, white, gray) I wanted to use a bright hue to add some much needed color. I looked at some paint chips, hubby sanded down the desk, and I painted my first piece of furniture. Here it is Before (in our previous home):

And here it is After the Makeover! (In our current apartment)

Two simple changes: Paint in a bright yellow called Daisy from Sherwin Williams' Interior line in a Semi-gloss finish and a clear acrylic knob to replace the original gold one. I loved how it turned out. The color was a bold choice, but I think it was perfect. It brings such a pop of color to our bedroom! What do you think?

Photos by Me

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Lovely Kitchen Nook

Anne Hepfer

What a cute little kitchen nook designed by Anne Hepfer! Perfect for prepping appetizers and drinks before guests arrive or taking photos of your latest yummy creation with the natural light streaming through the windows. And wouldn't those shelves be a good place to keep cookbooks as well?

Photo: Anne Hepfer

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Coconut Bread

Any coconut lovers out there? You have to check out this recipe for Coconut Bread which I found over at Smitten Kitchen. I made it this past weekend and we ate almost half of it for breakfast on Sunday. It's not too sweet, which made it perfect as a morning treat. I used a tiny bit less butter than the recipe calls for (I'm guessing like 1 tablespoon less), but just go ahead and do it however way you want. It's good!

Photo by me via Instagram

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Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue

GUESS double breasted military coat / 7 For All Mankind plaid jeans / L.A.M.B. high heel platform pumps / Merona blue handbag / INC International Concepts clear jewelry / Designers Guild quilted sham / Blue home decor / Nanette Lepore ikat throw pillow / Villeroy & Boch kitchenware dining / Drinkware

Cobalt blue is in! From the Fall 2013 collections to Forever 21, this lively shade of blue seems to be popular this season. A statement piece like a coat, blazer, or a pair of pants makes a big impact, but a little dash of cobalt via some pretty pumps or a handbag is an easy way of punching up dark, white, and other neutral pieces. And because trends in fashion and interior design are closely related, the same concept can be applied to our spaces. Laquered walls, a sofa, or a dresser painted in this brilliant shade make eye-catching statements, but some cushions, a lamp, or a set of glasses are an easy way of jumping on the cobalt trend without having to make a big commitment. Let's take a look at some spaces with a bit... or a LOT of this brilliant hue.

Hotel Nimb in Copenhagen via Design Boom

Via The Pink Pagoda
Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet

Of course it's no surprise that Amanda Nisbet can make it work, whether it's going all out or mixing it up in simpler ways. I love her bold use of color! What do you think of this brilliant blue? Would you use it in your spaces or would you rather wear it?

Photos credited and linked beneath each

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Contrast in Connecticut

Since I live in CT, I thought today I'd show a glimpse into this Connecticut home designed by Suzanne Kasler. I'm a big fan of mixing up styles and materials, and specially classic pieces with more contemporary art. Contrast makes things a little bit more interesting wouldn't you say?


Suzanne chose saturated colors for this home like turquoise, purple, Herm├Ęs orange, among others, taken from the colorful doors she likes to photograph in Paris. The furnishings may be on the traditional side, but these lacquered turquoise walls add a sense of fun and uniqueness. 

What do you think? Check out the rest of the feature over at Veranda.

Photos from Veranda

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