1. Powder Room Wallpaper Inspiration

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    I am obsessed with the trend of funky and bright wallpapers that have been popping up in powder rooms all over the internet. From My Domain to House Beautiful, I have found myself pinning tons of cool fabrics and prints. While the rest of my house will be a sea of neutrals, I feel like a powder room is the perfect place get a little crazy and have some real fun. Here is the roundup of the pictures I sent to my interior designer so she could get a good feel for what I was envisioning… I am excited to reveal what she came up with! Stay tuned…

    Powder Room Blue Wallpaper InspirationMartha O’Hara Interiors project on HomeAdore.com.
    Powder Room Black and White Wallpaper InspirationLadylike With an Edge Story on MyDomain.com
    Powder Room Black and White Polka Dot Wallpaper InspirationThibaut, Tanzania wallpaper featured on Houzz.com
    House Beauitful Pretty BathroomHolland & Sherry wallcovering in the April issue of HouseBeautiful.com

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  2. Dream Hotel Makeover Project

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    Earlier this year, the Dream Hotel in Midtown approached me to help them with a very cool project. Their Guest House suite which is the nicest suite in the entire hotel, starting at $1500 a night needed a makeover. The goal: to brighten up the room with fun new accents and colors while keeping with it’s cool mod vibe, so I headed over to take a look and give some feedback. What I came back with is below… shots of the before and my recommendations for easy adjustments that will make a huge impact! Read on to see what I recommend per room!

    Currently the master bedroom in the Guest House suite is quite dark with deep purples and greys as the main accent colors, so I would recommend lightening the mood by swapping out some key pieces like the rug, side table lamps, and bedding. By bringing in a pale blue rug {here} with a white pattern, the room will immediately look bigger and brighter. Then I love these mirrored side tables {similar} and Abacus table lamps {here} as a compliment. Replacing bedding is an easy swap that can do wonders for a room. Since they want it to be conducive to men or women guests, I like the clean and sophisticated look of this Hudson Park bedding {here}. The finishing touches are an array of accessories to make the room seem more homey.

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    The Guest House’s main living room has a swanky Mad Men vibe with it’s funky lighting and mod bar stools, but the mish-mosh of fabrics and prints take away from how chic it should be. Immediately I recommended to remove the drapes behind the couch {which cover a blank wall} and replace with a statement art piece like this Proenza Prints piece from TheseFineWalls.com. Then I suggested re-covering the couches to all be the same color fabric {rather than mixing and matching prints} and choosing couch pillows in a range of gold textures {here}. Hard to tell in this picture but important to note, was that the kitchen and bar area were missing some swanky kitchen essentials. I recommended displaying coupe glasses {here}, a glass decanter {here}, and a stone cheese board {here} packed with cheeses and nuts when guests checked in.

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    On the opposite side of the Guest House’s living room is a dark built-in bookshelf shoved tight with old books and black accessories. I suggested to brighten up the shelves by painting them white so their current assortment of accessories would really pop. If painting seemed to be too much of a burden, then I suggested to swap their accessories for a much brighter and lighter assortment so they wouldn’t get lost. I love this Jonathan Alder horn sculpture {here}, this Jonathan Adler quartz object {here}, a vase filled with white flowers like Hydrangeas, and something with a pop of color like these patterned Missoni candles {here}.

    This was such a fun project! If you are interested in hiring me in as a design consultant for your company or home, be sure to contact me here!

    Thank you to The Dream Hotel for sponsoring this project.

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  3. Everything Pink

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    I truly love my Instagram because it’s a way for you guys to see what I am working on, what flowers I am loving, what home decor projects I have going on, and what playful moments are happening at home in between it all. Lately I have really been trying to make my Instagram super bright with this chic meets girly meets cheerful vibe {am I doing a good job?!}. From gorgeous pink roses I pick up in the Flower District, to the pretty Spring blooms popping up everywhere I turn in the city, to the pink cocktails and rosé that I just can’t get enough of, it’s been incredibly easy to keep this vibe going… ah, the perks of Spring. So I wanted to pull together a grouping of my latest and favorite pictures and tell you a little bit why I love them so much…

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    Most exciting of all… this FH Spring tabletop was just featured on Style Me Pretty {here} – yippee! So of course I couldn’t wait to show it off again on my Instagram. This picture is my ideal night in a nutshell; wine, cheese, ranunculus, and macarons, enough said.

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    People loved this DIY vase idea, as do I! I love my Diptyque candles so much I hate throwing them away after I finish burning them, so instead I clean them well and use them as little vases for roses on my bedside table!

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    I have been obsessed with Martha Stewart for as long as I can remember and her tabletop displays at the New York Table Top Show at Forty One Madison did not disappoint! She really doesn’t miss a detail… I am always in awe and taking notes!

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    The Mint Julep recipe collaboration with Hungry Girl Por Vida {find the recipe on my blog here} was perfect timing for the Kentucky Derby and don’t tell anyone that we didn’t even plan it that way! The garnish on this cocktail is seriously picture-perfect!

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    When I say the Spring blooms in New York City are out of control, I am dead serious! Everywhere I turn is more gorgeous than the next. This view of Rockefeller Center was truly a stunner, so for those of you who are shopping at Saks, make sure to take a peek across the street!

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    In prepping for my move my charge card is getting a serious workout. The first shopping list I have put together thus far has been for my office {see the post here} and I am excited to continue to sharing each room as I plan it … keep you posted!!

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    I think the thing I will miss the most about New York is living 2 blocks from the Flower District. Insanely gorgeous flowers at reasonable prices any day of the week… Does anyone know if this exists in Nashville?!

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    And lastly, the first true taste of summer took place as I previewed the new Havaianas collection at the Dream Hotel PHD Rooftop in the Meatpacking District. They served fresh coconut water in actual coconuts and had every sandal a girl could dream of {shop these striped ones here}. AND they even had ones for Reese and Brooks which are to dieeee {these and these}!! I just need a bright pedicure and layer of tan towel and I will be ready to hit the beach!

    Talk about ‘Pretty in Pink’… Hope you will stay in touch with my Insta as these bright adventures continue into the summer!

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