Hot, Hot, Hot

Hot Pink Ballgown

Hot Pink.

It’s the latest color I am obessessing over.

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I am super excited that one of my favorite clients ‘N” approved hot pink curtains with her Hague Blue Walls.

It is going to be divine.

My client “E” let me sneak some in her living room which made me super happy.

Hoping to do more.

In the meantime

Here are some of my favorite images featuring my color crush.

Hot Pink Sofas
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Photo: Emily Henderson

hart pink couch for CUE

Photos: Pinterest

Hot Pink Chairs

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Photo: House & Home

Chantal Thomass

Photo: janellemccullochlibraryofdesign.blogspot.com

You’ll always be in the “hot” seat in this chair.

Great price too!

Hot Pink Thornet Chair

Photo: Keep.Com

Pink dining Chair

Photo: House Beautiful

The pop of hot pink on the chair cushions make this room.

And no wonder the room is so chic, it belongs to one of my style crushes, Minnie Mortimer and her husband Stephen Gaghan.

Hot Pink Chairs, Blue Book Cases

Photo: Pinterest

Hot Pink Entry Way

Mary McDonald Pink Entry

Photo: Mary McDonald

Typically not a fan of the hot pink/black combo.

It tends to look at little  too “Gallery Z”  for me, but this entry works.

Jonathan Berger Entry

Photo: Jonathan Berger

Throw some hot pink into your tablescape for a chic summer look.

Hot Pink Table Scape

Photo: Pinterest

Throw some hot pink into some of your accessories.

The hot pink pillows on the blue gray sofa gives the room pizazz.

Kishani Perera Hot Pink Pillows

Photo: Kishani Perera

I love the navy and hot pink on this throw and the serape vibe makes this a winner.

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Buy It Here: www.biscuit-home.com

The hot pink color jumps out in these wallpapers.

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Photo: hdwallpapers4desktop.com

 I love this Elizabeth 2 Grey and Pink wallpaper  by  “Madison & Grow” .

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Photo: www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com

I love this shot and her outfit.

If only I could walk in heels.

I haven’t done that in 10 years.

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Photo: www.pinterest.com

xoxo Carrie

Top two photos: Pinterest

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Falling in Love Again

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When you are with your mate for a long time, you get used to them. You love them without doubt, but life, kids, etc. takes a toll on a relationship.  You know what I’m talking about….It’s just not sexy time as much as it once was.

And then one ordinary day you take a second look and realize why you fell in love in the first place. And bam… all the fun, goodness and sexiness comes roaring back .

Just like when you  were falling in love.

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Well I have always loved Jonathan Adler. His quirky goodness. His campy style.

It was love at first site.

I have some his earliest pieces of pottery. They’re classics. But then, I took him for granted and started driving by his store.

 Occasionally, popping in for a gift,  a decorative pillow, some bookends.  But I wasn’t coveting any furniture.  I kind of just got used to his designs being around and started to ignore what was going on in his stores.

And then one ordinary day, I took a second look and realized why I fell for him and his work.

Now, I’m in love all over again.

Here are some of the things that are rocking my world and must have!

Rio Pendant

The Rio 

$394

This is a great pendant light. I think it could work in a multitude of rooms.

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Maxime Chair

$2,250

Spring is certainly coming in more like a Lamb than a Lion.

I am mad for shearling and fluffy lamb decor.

It’s catching on!

Mongolian Lamb Stool

Mongolian Lamb Stool

$1,445

My friend Monica was just coveting some lucite and shearling stools on Ebay.

Wait till she sees this number.

Pagoda Umbrella

Pagoda Umbrella

$495

This outdoor umbrella has great big style!

It makes me want to re-think all my outdoor decor.

Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy

The Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy

$42

No germs around here with the adorable needle point hand sanitizer cozy.

Who really wants to look at that unpleasant plastic bottle on a counter?

Sun Jute Pouch

Sun Jute Pouch

$78

The perfect little pouch to throw in your beach bag!

Money, keys, lip balm, i-phone, ponytail holders, sun screen, done.

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Brass Peacock Table

$3,695.00

I sure would be proud to own this Peacock table!

I’m so glad I fell in love again.

I hope you can too.

It’s fun.

xoxo Carrie

The 2013 Modernism Show

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Calling all Angeleno’s!

It’s that time again….

The Modernism Show

It’s kicking off this week

 Thursday, April 25th

With a fancy pants and super fun opening night cocktail party.

My husband attends every year with me without any arm twisting!

It’s a great date night.

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And here’s the bonus and it’s a big one!

Proceeds from Opening Night Ticket purchases benefits  PS Arts.

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PS Arts is an organization near and dear to my heart.

They restore Arts Education in Public Schools.

Schools need it now more than ever.

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I love the Modernism Show for one simple reason.

Reform Gallery

Reform Gallery

They have good stuff.

I can shop for my clients and for myself all in one space.

Atomic Bazar

Atomic Bazaar

They have some great vendors and I have my hit list ready with the booths I am going to shop in.

Prints and Pauper

The Prints and the Pauper

So why wouldn’t you want to go to an amazing party, where your attendance benefits a great cause, you can shop for amazing things and have fun?

That my friends is a

Win/Win

Go buy some  tickets!

xoxo Carrie

P.S. If you buy tickets to the opening night party, you can get in all weekend long!

I’d rather call it Pistachio

I am obsessing over pistachio.

Prom Date

Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny

It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time.  It  pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape.   It was also the color of  my  circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.

But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.

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I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.

I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.

Here are some of my purchases.

(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)

The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.

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Carnation Silk Top

Buy It Here: J Crew

The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.

My new favorite spring shoe.

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Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps

Buy them here: J Crew

I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.

I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.

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 Gilded Brocade Pant and Top

Buy them here: J Crew

 Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.

I just won’t go back to the 1980’s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.

Pistachio Walls

Photo: Pinterest

 Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room

Lizzie Dinkle Dining Room

Photo: www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com

Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room

Pistachio & Raspberry Living Room

Photo: Pinterest

The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.

Pistachio Kitchen

Photo: Pinterest

I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.

Pistachio Green Pops of Colors

Photo: www.laylagrayce.com

Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.

Here’s a great cookie recipe

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Brown Butter Pistachio Cookies

 Photo: www.lawyerloveslunch.com

And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?

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Photo: www.wherecanifindtheperfect.com

 Pistachio Perfection.

xoxo Carrie

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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I love to decorate for Christmas.

Pulling out the boxes each year and rediscovering the decor is so fun.

I have been  accumulating my little goodies since I have owned a home and collecting Christopher Radko ornaments for 20 years.

As a result, I have an awesome (if I do say so myself) ornament collection and I get get joy out of unwrapping each little box.

 We all remember our favorite Christmas decorations from childhood.

I always loved the Nativity Scene my parents had.

Staring at all the animals, checking out the Wiseman and deciding which of their outfits I liked best, the wax choir boy and girl candles, the dough ornaments my Mom made.

I love having a tradition and things that Caroline will associate with the holiday when she grown.

IMG_3039“Eddie” our resident Elf on A Shelf hangs out on the mantle.
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Basquiat and Tree

Caroline has a knack for picking out the best tree.

I have officially handed off the “Tree Picking Crown” to her.

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The Angel Choir

These little angels used to be in my Grandmother’s home and I loved them so.

My sister found them when cleaning out my Grandfather’s place when he passed away and saved them for me.

I plan on passing them down to Caroline.

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Dining Table

Flowers By KrislynA nice surprise from our neighbor Krislyn.

An amazing artist, florist, stylist, designer.

Boxwood Wreath In Dining Room

I have hung Boxwood Wreaths on all the Dining Room windows with a Peacock Blue Ribbon.

So cute!

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Pablo Hanging out front “helping”.

Off to hang some lights.

Happy Holiday Decorating!

xoxo Carrie

A Little Updating with Big Results

I just made some changes to my Family Room.

I was bored with the room and our cowhide rug was looking a little rough.

I didn’t have a ton of money so I had to choose wisely.

First up was the rug and we all know how budget busting rugs can be.

I happened to find a rug at Pottery Barn.  It was perfect both in looks and price.

I really wanted to get new side tables.  The tables I currently own are from Ikea and I painted them Robin’s Egg Blue.  They were meant to be temporary.

 That was 8 years ago.

 I still can’t find the perfect solution so they have remained.

Not such a bad deal because they are beaten up on a daily basis by my 5 year old.

So instead of new tables I decided to concentrate on the lamps that were currently on the tables.

 I lucked out again at Pottery Barn and found two adorable lamp shades on super sale, and for less than $50 my lamps got a whole new look.

I still thought they needed a little more pizazz, so I took decided to take them up a notch by purchasing some finals from Chic Shop & Hillary Thomas.  I was in purchasing some finials for a client and was seduced by these beauties. They are from her line Rock ‘n Rolla and named “Careless Whisper”.

 Finials really make a lamp.

Without them in my opinion it’s like going out with a full face of make up and forgetting the lipstick.

Hillary’s finials add a” wow” factor to any lamp.

The thing about decorating is that most of us don’t have unlimited funds.  So make purchases that are small but have a big impact.  Accessories such as a new piece of pottery,  plant in a new vessel, or throw pillows which can breath some life into a tired couch and can really make a difference.

So one weekend, a little $ and my Family Room has a new look.

Even Pablo likes it!

xoxo Carrie & Mr. P

The Fabulous Fig

Photo: www.botanicalfeast.com

It’s that time of year.

Fig Season!

Stuffed with blue Cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, roasted and served on top of arugula with a crunchy bread.

Or

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Plopped onto a tart, bread or made into jam.

How about the Fig Newton?

Figs are fabulous.

My friend Kate Paul (of Foodink and Basil Limeade Fame) even has a Fig Fest (which I will report on later) to celebrate the magical fruit.

Here are some photos from years past.

The love affair with the fig doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen.

You can live with a tree year round.

No fruit, but the glorious big leaves are just as good.

This Marion Fig is one of my favorites for the home.

I think that everyone should have a tree and plants of some sort in their home.

Photo: Elle Decor

If you have a black thumb you can always use Peter Dunham’s fabulous fig fabric

Photos: Peter Dunham Interior Design

Here’s another way to get a little Fig into your life.

The Fig Diptyque smells divine!

All your undies in the dirty clothes hamper?

Just grab a fig leaf.

xoxo Carrie