May 30, 2012 at 9:53 am , by Ladies' Lounge
Nicole Balch, the guru behind design blog Making It Lovely, has a special treat for Journal readers. Her fresh and fun home office decor was featured in our July issue, and because she’s a cool and generous lady, she’s offering to do one of her famous inspiration boards (like her recent bathroom one, below) for a room in your house that needs a makeover. Just email a photo of the room you want to redo (it can be your home office — or any room you choose!) to yourstories@LHJ.com. Nicole will pick her favorite and make personalized recommendations for your room, which we’ll then feature right here on LHJ.com.
August 10, 2011 at 10:30 am , by Lauren Piro
There’s nothing that completes a room quite like a fabulous print to hang (what’s more depressing than bare walls?). The art world can be daunting, though, so I’ve become a fast fan of 20×200, an online art store started by Jen Bekman, a New York City gallery owner. She’s on a mission to get everyone finding and talking about art that they love—even those who think their walls are limited to finger-paint masterpieces and dorm-décor leftovers.
20×200 connects vibrant artists with potential art lovers right in their inbox, and then sells the prints at a super affordable price. Every print is a limited edition, often starting with 200 pieces sold for $20 each (get it?).
“I really love the idea of people finishing the picture of their home with art by an artist that they’re going to read about and follow,” she says. “I want people to talk about their art collections in the same way they talk about the books they’re reading or what shoes or gadget they’re going to buy.”
Today, 20×200 launches a cool collaboration with West Elm—a collection of colorful, modern prints from a variety of artists.
“West Elm has the trifecta of simple, chic, and affordable solutions,” says Jen. “And like 20×200, they have a genuine enthusiasm for presenting indie stuff that’s fresh and new.”
Nervous about incorporating art in your home? Jen shared her sage advice on why you shouldn’t be.
Collecting art and using it in your home IS for you.
“Traditionally, art is seen as something that’s only for the elite, and that’s very frustrating. I opened my gallery as an accessible and friendly place that was still serious about art, and 20×200 grew out of that. Our tag line is ‘live with art, it’s good for you,’ and I really mean it. I feel like my life is better because I have art on my walls. I love surrounding myself with things I that I like aesthetically, and it’s really gratifying to support an artist by buying their work.”
December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm , by Sue Erneta
See that beautiful piece of furniture over there? That’s the Disney Princess Musical Vanity and up until 2 days ago, it was an object of decor in my living room. That’s right – in my living room. Along with several other pinkalicious toys. You see, I was living in a townhouse and though it featured several large bathrooms and closets that dreams are made of, our girls were sharing one small bedroom and they had no playroom of their own. But now, we’re 48 hours into being homeowners where the girls have a bedroom each and a toy filled playroom. We set up the room last night while the girls are spending a few days with their grandparents. I had visions of what to do with this dark wood-paneled brown-carpeted room. Crisp white paint on the walls. Tons of bright colored picture frames with their artwork. A slipcover for our old loveseat made from this fabric. (Yes, I know it’s a duvet cover but isn’t that really just a big piece of fabric?) I was even going to take their classic letters that decorated the old nursery and hit them up with a little neon spray paint. But last night, we just unpacked the toys and put them all around the room. It looks so great – in all it’s pink glory – that I don’t think they’ll even notice the brown carpet and the wood-paneled walls. At least for now.
The room sure is a nice treat for them. (Just don’t tell them it’s really for me so I could get my living room back!)
So, tell me…do your kids have a place of their own or are their toys all over the place?
October 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm , by Sara Dayton
Out of the corner of your eye, you see it: perfection. Maybe it’s just the right shade of purple to match that new duvet cover. Or a bold pattern with a jumble of colors that magically ties your whole living room together. Whatever the style, there’s nothing quite like the perfect piece of fabric. I can relate—I stumbled across the swatch at right a few months ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how great it would look with my sofa.
But now that I’ve made enough throw pillows to last a lifetime, I’m on the hunt for new ways to incorporate fabric into my decor. Here are my three favorite ideas (so far): Read more
October 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm , by Sara Dayton
As a recent transplant to New York City, one of the most exciting things about my new apartment was deciding where to hang all of my favorite pieces of artwork. Getting everything up on the walls was the first step in making my new digs feel like me. Although my bare walls were daunting, I’m happy to report that they’re now adorned with some of my favorite things.
Here are some tips and tricks I picked up during the decorating process.
1. Bring a friend. Aside from the usefulness of a second pair of hands, a friend who can offer suggestions and unexpected ideas is a huge help. And if they happen to be a whiz at home decorating, all the better. Read more
May 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm , by cdewet
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending an event at The Collective, a new restaurant in the meat packing district of New York City. The drinks and food were good, but the intriguing design was even better! The design team from ICRAVE searched sites like Craigslist, Etsy and Ebay for the materials to fill The Collective rather than turning to their usual vendors or high-end design shops for inspiration. The results? A wall made of used Legos and casino slot machines; a ceiling composed of Styrofoam and turned into a captivating light fixture; bottle caps from restaurants around the neighborhood; a bar decorated with flying seagulls made from license plates; a host stand made from the hub of a plane and a wall decorated with butterflies made from old records. The list goes on and on. Although you may not decide to turn your entire home into an upcycled shrine, you have to admit that the concept is inspirational. Do you have any “trash to treasure” stories of your own to share?
April 27, 2010 at 10:52 am , by Jennifer Castoro
So, I am not engaged. I have a lovely boyfriend, but he hasn’t put a ring on it just yet. My friend Ella, however, is engaged, and I was lucky enough to accompany her to the Wedding Show sponsored by New York Magazine earlier this month. The event was amazing – photogs and caterers and venues galore! – but what impressed me most were the beautiful tablescapes. They were full of gorgeous blooms and really inspired by nature, with grasses and trees and other little touches brought in from the outdoors. Even the cakes were in bloom! (And, as Courtney points out, pretty buds are an easy way to add some spring to your home.)
More flower-inspired decor pics after the jump.