Low Rider

I always like an easy-to-duplicate look, and this one is no exception...

The low shelf makes the ceilings seem sky-high-er. I'd love to place some large framed pieces along that ledge. Photo via Coco + Kelley.

I like how the ledge is a continuation of one of the bookshelves. I'll be keeping this photo handy for the future. Photo via Apartment Therapy.
Since I'm always in favor of the DIY option, I might pick up a few shelves from IKEA and get to work! The Lack wall shelf comes in sizes from to 12" to 75", so it can fit into a wide range of spaces.

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Good Books

Apartment Therapy is holding a Design Showcase, and the above photo is the Good Books Shelf by Jason Neufeld. I really love this design. Incredibly simple, yet stunning. Another lovely item to put in my inspiration book for when the Mister and I get a house. It'll be happening sooner than I originally thought and the thought of it makes my stomach turn slightly!

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Shakespeare in Love

First there was this:

Lines from A Midsummer Night's Dream was transplanted onto wallpaper by Tracy Kendall. (P.S. It's now sold at Anthropologie for $698 per roll. Pricey, yes, but it's all handstitched.)

Then I ran into this while perusing Apartment Therapy:

The entire script to Romeo and Juliet is printed on these sheets. Unfortunately, they're no longer available as Caban, the former home division to Club Monaco (which I <3),>

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Inbox Love

I get a ton of junk mail. My morning routine includes hitting the delete button about 50 times because I HATE having mail stack up in my inbox. Something made me open this email and when I did, I was happy. Look at what I found!

It's RACHEL Rachel Roy, a bridge line of very cool, reasonably priced designer duds! I am in big trouble...

Nothing will ship until early October, but think of it this way: When it arrives, it'll feel like an unexpected present!
I think this is my favorite. It's sexy, but not grotesque. It'd be perfect for a fashionista party!

Seriously! All of the prices are SO GOOD! The most expensive thing is $249 for a leather jacket. Not. Too. Shabby.
Tres Balmain without the exorbitant price tag. Well played. Anyways, you can get your hands on this stuff at RachelRoy.com or Macy's. So, um, hop to it!

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HF Weekly Obsession: Sitting Pretty

It's been a while since I've written one of these, but for this piece it is absolutely necessary. We just got the Remington Lounge Chair in Bevan Lilac on our floor and... wow. I really like it. Like, really like it. It's so pretty! I am a happy little blogger.

Remington Leather Lounge Chair in Bevan Lilac/Polished Nickel, $1879 @ High Fashion Home.
But... during their Undeniable Value sale (going through October 12th), this chair is $1504. Not bad, eh?

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I love it when chandeliers are put in unconventional places, like hanging from a tree branch at an outdoor party or in a bathroom. It makes them that much more interesting to look at because they don't really belong, but they look good.

A giant chandelier in the middle of a small kitchen? Why not? I love the way the white pops against a black wall.

Not a chandelier, true, but the idea is fantastic.

What a cool place to stick a chandelier, and much more interesting that two lamps.

Bathing is way more fun with pretty lighting.

This one is my favorite. A green backyard, cool weather, and a shimmery chandelier. Perfection.
All photos are from Domino.

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It's Serendipity!

I love it when I stumble upon something amazing completely unexpectedly. I've always loved the work of Hella Jongerius. Every time I find something new from her, I get so ridiculously excited. Well, this is one of those times.

Layers by Hella Jongerius for Maharam

While looking for a fabric, I found that she collaborated with Maharam to create the MOST AWESOME FABRIC EVER! Yes, all of those capital letters were essential.

Layers in Ash/Quartz/Grass

Then I saw it made up in an ottoman, and I MUST HAVE IT!

Layers in Earth/Chocolate/Coral

Then, I popped over to Moss to, again, look for the fabric that brought me on this search, and what did I see?
A Nike shoe MADE FROM LAYERS!!! This day is too good to be true.

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Take Me A-Tray

I've been searching for a little tray table (amongst other things) to set up a mini-bar in a lonely nook in my apartment. I think I've found a few good options in these...

Tayloe Tray Table, $559 at High Fashion Home

George Console from Oly Studio, available at High Fashion Home for $1,914

Formosa Tray Table, $49.95 at CB2

Rectangular Directoire Table, $1,099 at High Fashion Home.

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The Galleria, Part III

It took us a while, but we finally changed out our Houston Galleria display for the first time in 4 months. We dialed it back and went for a more minimalist approach. Check out the photos below:

We got tired of showing off shades of brown. We went for the bold statement route with this modern sectional in a nice pink velvet.

Contemporary sectional design with down-blend cushions...can't beat that combination.

Our best selling Santomer Dining Table paired with the Louis Ghost Armchairs. Kind of want this combination for my own house.

The Jefferson Bed in a linen look fabric. The tufted buttons and nailhead detailing makes for a very classic, glamourous combination.

The Jefferson Chairs with the Donnabella Chest from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

I'm in love with a table!

Everyone is in love with the Peroba wood, which is 80-100 year old reclaimed wood from Brazil. The wood from old barns, houses, and bridges that have been torn down are incorporated in simple, modern designs. That combination brings a very unique flair to the furniture piece.

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Find Me Something...

It's hot outside and I feel yucky and I just want to find something pretty...


From top: Triple Threat Headband, $38; Night Out Necklace, $45; Ella Rose Belt, $35. All accessories are from Old Soul, New Heart.

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Getting Dress-ed

I'm obsessed with finding cute dresses right now. (Oddly, I wasn't obsessed with it at the beginning of the summer, which is prime dress season!) There's the "Throw-it-on-and-go" appeal, and also the "Looking-dressy-with-little-effort" aspect. My main qualifications are as follows: 1. It must be comfortable 2. It must look dressier than it is 3. It must have sleeves because with the A/C on full blast everywhere you go, it can get a bit chilly here. Here are my finds for every occasion:
For shopping in the Heights: This dress is the perfect mixture of boho and polish. Silk Paisley Dress in True Navy, $98 @ Banana Republic.
For a fancy dinner (or for one of the thousand weddings coming up!): J. Crew has the BEST chic cocktail dresses for good prices. I bought a black strapless number a few years ago and it has served me well, but I keep ogling this adorable wrap dress. Fun fact: I let my bridesmaids pick out their own J. Crew dresses for my wedding and big sis was thisclose to getting this one, but, alas, when she went to order it, they didn't have her size in stock! Boo. Okay, that was a lot of commentary for one dress, but, what can I say? I really like it. Silk Taffeta Ruffle Wrap Dress in Light Pewter, $175 @ J. Crew.

For days when I'm feeling particularly High-Fashion-y: I love mixing prints on dresses. It makes me look creative, even if I'm not. Orpheous Dress in Orange Multi, $1,395 by Duro Olowu @ Barneys Co-op.

For work: Simple is always practical for work and the sash flatters waists. Button Duo Dress in Blue, $168 @ Anthropologie.

For a party! Dare I say, this is my favorite? For one, it looks incredibly comfortable and universally flattering. Also, the chain detail is awesomely tough because I'm a closeted biker chick. Bowery Dress in Shadow, $595 by Catherine Malandrino @ ShopBop.

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Art Education: Group Therapy

If you, like me, aren't fortunate enough to be able to walk into an art gallery and purchase a large $10,000 painting for your home, then consider the inspirations below your Fairy Artmother. I have lots of little things framed all over my house- drawings by friends, wedding photos, and several attempts at needlework- but I am stumped as to how to arrange them. Now I have ideas for every room...

Going up the stairs...

Over the sofa...

In the Hallway...

Over my desk...

Around the fireplace...

In the dining room...

Over a table...

In the bedroom...

In the bathroom!

*all photos via Domino

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Hear Me Roar!

I've never been a big fan of animal prints, but when they're done in lively color, well, I can change my mind...

Studded aqua zebra at Jimmy Choo...

A sequined giraffe at Roberto Cavalli...

Pastel leopard spots at Lanvin...

A fire-engine red zebra at Elise Overland...

And a rainbow leopard at Bluemarine!

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