Thom Filicia’s New Take on Traditional Style

Being dull and boring is far more tragic than being tacky.- Thom Filicia
My mom and I have been watching Bravo's new show Get a Room, starring designers Thom Filicia and Carson Cressley, and can't get enough of it.  The entire Bravo network has always been a guilty pleasure for us (umm....did anyone say Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?) but now that they have launched home and design shows we are even more hooked.  And to top it all off Carson...
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10 Goals for 2019

Cheers to a new year & another chance to get it right.- Oprah Winfrey
With 2018 coming to an end quickly, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish in 2019.  This past year went by so quickly that I can't even believe it's almost over.  Life just seems to be rushing by at lightning speed and I need to slow things down.

Image via Vogue.

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5 Tips for Downsizing with Style

Less is more.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
My mom and I recently moved out of our large family home and downsized to a much smaller space.  We went from nearly 4,500 square feet to 1,800!  What an undertaking it was- you never realize how much you have until you begin to put it in boxes.  I'll have to admit, that at first, I was less than enthusiastic about the move.  We loved our home and had so many memories which...
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3 Ways to Use Bold Wallpaper

An interior is the natural projection of the soul.- Coco Chanel
One of the hottest design trends, for 2019, is big bold wallpaper.  Papered walls are finally back and the bolder the better.  As a true wallpaper lover, I couldn't be happier about this.  There is nothing like a bold patterned wall to give a room interest and an instant sense of architecture.  Wallpaper also gives a room a feeling of warmth and texture.  All of my bedrooms growing up were...
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What to Wear: A Cozy New Years Eve at Home

There's no thing as too much sparkle on New Year's Eve.
After the Christmas rush, there's nothing I like better than getting cozy and staying in to watch the ball drop.  It's so relaxing to stay at home and I love the idea of making the night extra special by dressing up a bit.  I'll be ordering in my favorite Chinese takeout and serving it off of vintage china dishes to make it a bit more festive. Just because you're staying in...
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Chic & Easy Holiday Appetizers

A party without cake is just a meeting.- Julia Child
My mom's family has a wonderful tradition of having a party every year on Christmas Eve.  It's such a fun time and I always love seeing everyone.  The party is actually a tradition that my great grandfather started, years ago, when my mom and all of her cousins were little.  I love hearing her tell stories of the excitement she felt as she anticipated Santa's arrival and looked wide-eyed at the ...
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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for the Interior Design Lover

Life should be chic, glamorous and colorful- and so should your home.- Jonathan Adler
By now, the holiday shopping crunch is officially on and if you haven't started your shopping yet there's no need to panic.  The last day for most major online retailers for shipping in time for Christmas is Tuesday, December 18.  So that gives you two solid days of browsing and shopping.  If you have an interior design lover in your life, I've assembled a gift guide of...
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Sporty Chic Tartan

Tartan has been so popular this fall that it's becoming nearly impossible to find any left in stores- much to my frustration.  I really wanted a pair of slim tartan pants from J.Crew but they're all gone- so sad I know.  Luckily, I found a substitute pair while desperately browsing the inter-webs.  They’re by Tommy Hilfiger and I think they're just as cute as the J.Crew pair. I love the idea of taking a traditional tartan pant and dressing it down by adding...
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Holiday Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

At Christmas, all roads lead home.- Marjorie Holmes

Since we've moved to a smaller space, my mom and I have had to get creative with our Christmas decor.  This is the first year that we haven't put up a large tree and instead went with a tabletop one.  We have a new puppy, Gigi, and she is into everything so we thought it would be best to have the tree off of the floor.  I'll have to admit that at...

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Leopard-Print Coats Under $200

My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.- Jackie Collins
From reading this blog, I guess it's obvious that I love anything leopard print- (I think I could have a room covered in leopard!). And fortunately, this season, leopard print faux fur coats are making a comeback.  They are chic and easy to wear and look great with everything from jeans to leggings. I love the idea of pairing one with these pants  and a super glam sneaker with metallic...
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