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Perfect Hostess Gift

The holidays are fast approaching & I’m sure your social calendars are already lit up like a Christmas tree with events to attend & friends & family’s parties to enjoy.  Between kiddos, work & charities, this is a busy busy time of year.  Don’t show up at one of those parties empty handed!  Give the hostess with the mostest a thoughtful token of your appreciation for throwing a celebratory holiday soiree.  I have 3 “Go To” hostess gifts that I prefer to give (& receive!).

1) Fragrant candles:  My favorites are Niven Morgan, Christian Tortu & Trapp.  They are all yummy & come in pretty packaging that need very little (if any) wrapping.

2) A good bottle of wine:  Nothing says thank you like toasting a great party with a group of friends.  Or, if wine is already being served, the hostess can add it to their bar to seve at a later date.  My favorites to take along are Seghesio & Beringer Alluvium.

3)  Cocktail table books:  This is the gift that keeps on giving.  I love giving entertaining or interior design books to my friends & clients.  They will the have tons of eye candy & inspiration wrapped inside a visualicious (that’s my new word!) hardcover book.  Also, the ones with pretty bindings & covers can pull double duty as decor on cocktail tables, bookshelves, nightstands & end tables!  We just got a new shipment in at IBB (pictured left) & our patrons are eating them up!

Happy Party Hopping!

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ABC’s of Design: A is for Accessories

Accessories are like jewelry for your home.  Without them, your home will feel naked & as if something is missing.  Check out a few of my favorite budget friendly accessories that I showcased on GMT last Friday.

When setting your budget for your room design, make sure to leave ample room for the accessories.  Accessories include rugs, lamps, art & decorative items that help tie your whole look together.  A good rule of thumb is to allow 1/3 of your overall budget for accessories.  You may end up spending more if you find a few items that you just can’t live without.  Or, you may end up spending less if you take your time to find really good deals.  Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to set money aside to complete your room’s look.

A few quick pointers to help you get you started:
*Pairings &  groupings of items can help create balance & symmetry in your room.

*Remember size & scale: choose items that are in proportion with your furnishings.  Small items will quickly get lost on a larger piece & larger items will overwhelm a smaller piece.

*Vary the height of items by using books to stack accessories.  Height variations add visual interest & allow your eye to peruse the space with a steady flow.

*Make it personal:  Pick up treasures on your travels that can be used as accessories in your home.  Displaying items that are meaningful help tell a story about you & your family in your space.

Can you over do it?  Absolutely!  You don’t need to cover every inch of wall or table top space with art & other accessories.  Less really is more.

Carefully select items that help relate to the color story & style of your room.  A pair of lamps, a fabulous piece of art & some unique blown glass  may be all you need to dress up a console for your entry or family room.

*Top photo is from IBB Design Fine Furnishings & bottom photo is from the home of an IBB client.

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Bathtime Fun!

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from a super fun project I’m working on right now.  We’re converting this vintage claw foot bathtub into a fun reading area for the family’s kiddos.  The adjoining bedroom is being set up as an uber-cool playroom.   Since the bathtub will never be used for its genuine purpose, we felt conflicted to let something so fun just lie there useless.  So, I had an artist paint the exterior of the tub in a British flag motif & we’re making a huge comfy cushion to line the interior of the bathtub.  Finally, we’ll add lots of plush pillows to ensure lots of comfort for hours of lounging & reading in a totally cool space.  I can’t wait to show you the finished product!