5 Shops to Love at Blue Genie Art Bazaar

I am officially in chaos mode! For some or perhaps most of you, you may already have had your shop on, oh well since before Thanksgiving. Not me! So, I’ve been checking out all of the shopping events in and Around Austin. Come to find out the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is ongoing until December 24th…wee! If you’re like me, I avoid the too-busy and crazy roads that lead to the shopping malls. I also try to look for something unique. For some of you not familiar with the Bazaar; it features thousands of handmade artworks, jewelry, clothing and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. You are shopping and helping local artists and not only that, aside from a selection of juried artists, fun events happen throughout the show.

After stalking their exhibitors, here are my favorites so far:

1. South Austin Gallery: Pop style Art with the influence of Austin surroundings.

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2. Jennifer Hill Ceramics: tableware and sculptures with cue from the luscious flora of the sea.

3. The Plaid Pigeon : We’re not tired of succulents yet…why not plant them in these quirky neon creatures that ruled the Earth eons ago?

4. Old is the New: Oh because vintage camera nightlights is just oh-so-cool.

5. Fair Morning Blue: Your table service will be amazing with hand-stamped flour sack tea towels.

Here are the deets:

Where: Marchesa Hall

When: Nov. 29th to Dec 4th; 10 am to 10 pm

Parking: Free! Seriously!

You must,you just have to visit and check out all the swoon-worthy goodies!

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Fun and Function | The Kid’s Room

Out of any room in a house, when it comes to interior design, it’s children’s bedrooms that are most difficult to get right. Finding a balance between a space they love and a space you love is no easy task, and knowing where to draw the line can be really difficult. The trick is to make them feel like they’ve got the bedroom of their dreams whilst maintaining the vision you have for your home’s interiors. Basically, it’s all about compromise. Fun Features, Neutral Décor.

Kids generally love anything new or unusual, and creating clever space-saving solutions in their bedroom will no doubt excite them. How about building a mezzanine level for their bed to leave them with more floor space, or fitting a chalk board that turns into a desk? Any furniture or space-saving solution that’s out of the ordinary will seem fun and exciting to them, leaving you to decorate the room according to your own tastes. How’s that for an easy way to compromise? Avoiding Themes Just don’t do it! Whilst your child might be desperate for a Batman-themed bedroom, dedicating a whole room of your house to a fictional superhero is probably not what you had in mind. Plus, children go through phases very quickly, and before you know it they’ll hate Batman and will have now developed an obsession with your local football team. For that reason, it’s best to stay away from branded themes. A jungle theme or a floral theme will stay relevant for longer, but make sure you’re prepared to change it once they get a little older. These kinds of themes can be incorporated as subtly or as overtly as you like, with sophisticated animal lamp-stands like the ones from The French Bedroom Company, or with huge cuddly toy snakes and monkeys.

If your children share a bedroom, decorating it can be difficult. You could give them the option of each choosing their favorite color, and allowing them to have one wall painted in that shade. Think of it as two accent walls and add a neural colored paint in between. Keep everything else in the room minimal, and complement their chosen colors with bright accessories like scatter cushions, storage boxes and lampshades. You’ll be left with a space that’s simple, yet vibrant, and your kids are sure to love having their own personal stamp on a room, even if they do have to share it.

 

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Kids know what’s up when it comes to design, it has to be fun and it has to work for them!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers in Style

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on a rustic fall elements which transitions easily from a Halloween dinner party to a Thanksgiving feast! But if you really want to outdo yourself this year, why not have a stylish “Thanksgiving leftover station” to match your dinner setting aesthetic? Yes, of course we have enough on our plates when hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, but a stylish leftover station is actually much easier than it seems, and fun for the guests too! Some colorful twine and washi tape can turn a regular to-go box into a fun “gift-like” presentation. So go ahead you, hostess with the mostest. Set up a small station of boxes, washi tape and twine. Who knew gobbling up left-overs can look so good?!

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Cashmere Wish List

When pondering what makes a perfect Christmas gift, it’s hard to pass over cashmere.  Soft, luxurious, chic and functional – what more could a girl want?  Well, with the exception of loads of candy.  Here’s a round up of a few of our favorite throws, you can thank us for the gift idea later…or just write our name on the card too!

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1. Restoration Hardware | 2. One Kings Lane | 3. Ralph Lauren | 4. Williams-Sonoma | 5. Horchow

Personally I’ll take all the lovely neutrals from Horchow with just a pop of emerald from One Kings Lane. Or all of them, either way is fine.

Happy gift giving 😉

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Help Rescue Yolanda Survivors

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typhoon-5 An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province.

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Residents seek refuge inside a Catholic church which was converted into an evacuation center after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city. As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones.

As we flip through the news and watch in horror as typhoon Yolanda ravishes through cities and provinces in the Philippines, killing over 10,000 residents and thousands more displaced, hungry with no food, no clean water, electricity or medical attention, we stand heartbroken. As some of you may know, I am Filipino and call Philippines my homeland and such tragic news hits close to home (literally). Filipinos are resilient, and to fathom the fact that survivors who’ve lost all their family but not hope may not live due to starvation or the lack of clean water is too much for me to take. I am grateful to see all the help pouring in from different nations, but I, along with many others know the importance of what each individual can give and the significance of something as small as $25 can amount to when we all lend a hand.

So I feel it from head down to the end of my tippy toes, how fortunate we are to be able to help, to have something to give and not only that, to encourage others to do the same. So I ask for you to consider giving or helping in the best way you know how. Many of us may not have the time to volunteer, or know who to donate to, so here are some organizations organized by the Huffington Post:

World Food Programme The UN’s hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here. Red Cross The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

AmeriCares The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.

World Vision The Christian humanitarian organization that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month’s earthquake in Bohol, which fortunately was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.

ShelterBox ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.

UNICEF Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.

Salvation Army The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organization is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Save The Children The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.

Operation USA The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee The humanitarian assistance organization, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Learn more here.

The Lutheran World Relief LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. Learn more here.

Catholic Relief Services CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.

Team Rubicon The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Learn more here.

International Medical Corps The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems. Learn more here.

Action Against Hunger The international poverty-fighting nonprofit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It’s also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases. Learn more here.

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Coveted: Fur Stools

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Lately I’ve been coveting the chic versatility of fur stools and the element of surprise they can add to a room. Anytime you can put warm and fuzzy in the same sentence as glamor, count me in. I rounded up three different fur stools that can enhance a bohemian abode, tickle the fancy of a modernistic heart, and stools that can add a touch of elegance to your living room. The top stools with the wooden legs gives the fur stool an earthy component, while the second stool’s clear, angular glass gives it a modern flair. Last but not least, is this set of perfectly shaped poufs sitting on gold and silver accents conveying dignified, poised, and beautiful! Which one fits your living room’s personality?

Fur Stools: 1 Wooden-legged fur stool//Clear-legged fur stool//Gold & silver accent stool

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Happy Halloween!

It’s finally here! An excuse for all us grown ups to dress up and be kids again. Or just an excuse to eat lots of yummy candy…but really, who needs an excuse for that??

We thought we’d do a round up of some of our favorite looks inspired by today’s lovely holiday. Try not to get too terrified of how amazing these rooms look!

 

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A great collage of frames paired with pretty white pumpkins looks just lovely.

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Simple and effective cut outs and moody accessories.

 

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We are in love with this wall art!

 

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A little understated was never a bad thing in our book.

 

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And we leave you with the most beautiful Halloween mirror ever *swoon*

So there are just a few of our favorites.  We almost wish Halloween would come again next week, we’ve got some new ideas we’re dying to try out now!

Happy Halloween!

 

Tips for a Stylish Home Library

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This drop in temperature has me craving quiet time with a cup of a coffee and a good book. As you might already know, I not only have a weakness for good design books, but also for arranging them, and re-arranging them some more. Books on the shelf, on the coffee table, and on the office armoire, you can find them in almost every room of my house. I always like to think that you can get a good sense of who someone is by the books they keep. I find myself daydreaming up home libraries for me and my clients. From traditional home office libraries for some inspiration or mid-day distraction (great for creative blocks!), to non-traditional home libraries under staircases or in patio areas. In this day and age where almost everything is digital, I can’t help but fall in love with the tangible charm found in books. They are ideal for big and small spaces, creating an organized, yet spontaneous focal point in a room.  Interested in dreaming up a home library for your home? Let’s chat over coffee!

Designer tips for styling a bookshelf:

1. Mix it up: A mix of vertical and horizontal books can add an unexpected element creating a more visually interesting bookshelf.

2. Personalize it: Books can tell someone a lot about you, but it’s even better when it’s combined with photos or personal art work.

3. Play with color: Try color coding your books, painting the inside of your bookshelf, or adding simple touches of color that ties in the contents of your bookshelf. (Ex. A blue trinket box to highlight all the beautiful details of blue throughout your bookshelf.)

4. Decorate with shapes: Books for the most part are rectangular, so adding decorative items of different shapes can add a playful flair to your arrangement.

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4 Pinterest Inspired-Design Trends

It used to be the case that interior design inspiration for those redecorating their homes came straight from the pages of magazines like Elle Décor, but these days, there’s a new source of inspiration, and the best part is that it’s free.

Pinterest is an online pin board that allows users to collate inspirational images of just about anything. The home décor section is always brimming with clever ideas and tutorials, but it seems that Pinterest is starting to develop some interior design trends of its own. The term Pinterest-worthy has become synonymous with something that’s ideal or perfect, so we’ve rounded up some of Pinterest’s most covetable interior design trends.

1. 50 Shades of Grey

Perhaps last summer’s literary craze has subconsciously affected interior design preferences of Pinterest users, or maybe grey is simply the new magnolia. Either way, grey color schemes seem to be a firm favorite amongst pinners. In the bedroom, soft greys are paired with crisp white bed linen and light fabrics, whilst in the entryway, grey walls work amazingly well alongside glossy black interior doors.
2. Pops of Neon Pastels

White, stark rooms with pops of bright color are also a huge Pinterest-inspired interior design trend at the moment. Turquoise, pink and yellow in almost-neon tones are all particularly popular, and can look really effective when incorporated into a room’s design with lampshades, storage boxes, rugs or scatter cushions.

3. Well-Dressed Beds

The idea of having the bed as the focal point in a bedroom is really nothing new, but it seems Pinterest has popularised the well-dressed bed lately. Think mountains of precisely positioned scatter cushions and a perfectly coordinated color palette all arranged on a huge, bespoke bed like the ones from And So To Bed.

4. The Many Uses of Mason Jars

The humble Mason jar has become a cult household must-have for Pinterest enthusiasts, and on a daily basis a new and innovative way of using these little glass jars pops up on the home décor feed. From tea light holders to decorative vases to something to serve up your sundaes in, the uses of the Mason jar are endless. If you don’t understand what all the fuss is about, then check out these 22 innovative uses. From the looks of pinned images, Mason jar mania is not dead.

When incorporated subtly, all of these trends work particularly well in the home. However, having too many Pinterest-inspired trends present in your décor could result in your house looking like a Pinterest cliché, so be careful not to overdo it.

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Rustic Fall Elements

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Fall is in full swing! Which means switching from summer barbeques to gatherings around the table for some spiced apple cider and a taste of Autumn harvest. When I think of Autumn, I immediately gravitate towards rustic elements with an organic touch. I love creating a table scape with items of form and function, as well as items that easily transition into the next season. Here are some ideas:

1. Neutral colored pumpkins translate the aesthetic of fall without being “too” focused on Halloween.

2. Leafy herbs are aromatic and make for beautiful centerpieces that never go to waste. The beauty of such tasty and organic centerpieces not only bring life to a table, but also brings flavor to our plates. I like it when decor can later end up potted in a garden versus stashed in my storage closet.

3. Wooden blocks add a great rustic element and can be used for anything, from staging a beautiful cheese plate to being used as a cutting board. Lastly, re-cycling wine bottles into candle holders creates an intimate ambiance while bringing out the beautiful, rich colors of fall.

So whether you’re gathering ideas for a pumpkin carving party or a Thanksgiving dinner, consider the rustic elements of what we love so much about this time of year.

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