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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Project Update | Modern Rustic in Tarrytown

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! I’ve been a little under the weather and have been just having Skype meetings and web conferences; the beauty of technology! I have a few projects ongoing right now. Beautiful and well-edited spaces take time but progress, big or small makes me so happy. Here’s what’s going on in one of them; a gorgeous home owned by a young, adorable couple in Tarrytown, Austin.

It all started with the consult of course, lots of inspiration then a design board. This is what I came up with for the foyer, living and dining area:

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And here’s what has happened so far:

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Clockwise from Top Left: X-based Dining Table via Restoration Hardware, The Clarissa Dining chairs from Anthropologie came with gorgeous leg & hue; identical Penelope settees from Jayson Home & Garden, we covered a wall with Rosey Posey Trellis in Vintage linen by Anna Spiro and after much hunting for the perfect Antelope carpet, we went with Helios.

We’re still waiting for other furniture pieces but slowly accessorizing the areas {honestly my favorite part}. The console styling in the foyer area has begun!

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The console is by Horchow. The Moroccan pouf is the couple’s, a gift to them and came straight from the souks!

More stuff to do! Hope to have final photos soon.

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Designer Tag Sale at Red Chair Market

How about a marble top table with turquoise legs.

I am such a sucker for sales and put the word “Designer” in front of it? Ahhh, a match made in word heaven! If you haven’t heard about Red Chair Market yet then you’re in for an amazing discovery. Red Chair Market is a portal that connects buyers and sellers of design and decor items in Austin. This is not your average Craigslist everybody. We’re talking about quality items and fabulous pieces you’ll cherish for years to come. I caught up with the owner, Anita and chatted about the company and their first Designer Tag Sale.

1.From an advertising & marketing gal to a lover of design, what prompted you to open Red Chair Market?
I had always wanted to be an interior designer, but somehow ended up spending 20 years in marketing.  I have also always wanted to own my own company and have been the first employee at three local startups.  One day I was looking on Craigslist for a bench for the front hallway, and I kept coming up with trucks with bench seats! I knew there had to be a way to improve on it.  With this idea, my design, marketing and entrepreneurial stars finally aligned and with the help of a very fortunate marriage (to a software engineer) I was able to start Red Chair Market.  I think the best businesses are the ones started from a personal passion; I’m in heaven working on Red Chair every day – finding gorgeous, unique things right here in Austin! Now I just need a bigger house.

2.     As a designer, I’m always curious about new products and items and especially local vendors {support local, right?}; what would visitors and guests expect at Red Chair’s first Designer Tag Sale?

Red Chair Market is all about finding something unique and local, and we’re really excited to introduce Austin to some of our designers and craftspeople; many of whom have never showcased their products before.  We’ve got custom-made pillows from Room Fu Designs, discontinued samples of gorgeous furniture from the Treasury, unique vintage items from Retrospectives and handmade iron-and-glass furniture pieces from Happy Twigs designs, among many others.  They’ll also find a few of our own pieces at the Red Chair Market booth!  Those who want the first shot at some of these items can attend the VIP Preview and Brunch; sipping champagne while they shop.

Retrospectives Mid Century Modern Vintage Nightstands photo by Eclectic Images Photography

Or how about some Midcentury Modern Nightstands

3. You do not have to convince me of course but since you have an inside look in the wold of design, why do you think it’s important to hire an interior designer when getting a home or room/space together? 

With decorating, just like owning a business, it is really easy to get too close to the project to really see the potential.  I have a pretty good sense of style (I think!) and access to a lot of specialty items, but I still bring in a designer to help me pull it all together, especially since I have pretty eclectic taste.  There is a very fine line between “eclectic” and “messy”.  Even if someone has a more specific style in mind, the fine line also exists between a set of things that complement each other, and “matchy-matchy” (shudder).   In many cases a designer can also save money, knowing where to source less-expensive items and what elements can be economized without sacrificing style.  Finally, they do all the coordinating! As much as I love doing some things myself, having someone who can schedule the painter, tile installer and furniture delivery – AND know the quality, reliable resources – is worth its weight in gold.

Retrospectives Gold Gilt Hollywood Regency Side Table photo by Eclectic Images Photography

Or go for a table with gilted legs.

Here’s the details on the event:

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Preservation Austin and Habitat for Humanity’s Woman Build Project.

WHAT:            Red Chair Market’s Designer Tag Sale

WHEN:            Sunday, October 27, 2013
10:30am – 12:00pm VIP Brunch and Preview Sale
12:00pm – 5:00pm General Admission Shopping

WHERE:         Shoal Crossing Event Center
8611 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78759

TICKETS:       Early Bird $25 (Available until October 5, 2013)
General Admission $30
Day of $35
VIP Preview and Brunch $75
https://rcmtagsale.eventbrite.com/    

PARKING:       Free parking available at event space

WEBSITE:       https://www.redchairmarket.com/info/tag-sale

I hope to see you there everybody! All of us needs help finding the finds, there’s going to be lots in this event!

Items by Retrospectives. Images by Eclectic Images.

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My Vid at YNN’s House Proud

Happy hump day everybody! A month back, I had my first vid at YNN’s House Proud with the adorable Amy Hadley. She by the way is cute as a button and a breath of fresh air. Me on the other hand looks tired and had raccoon eyes. Le sigh. Hmmm, I think I just got back in town the night before and obviously hasn’t slept well. Note to self…rest and have a good night’s sleep before a vid is filmed. How come those news anchors always looks refreshed even at 4 in the morning! Ok…stop talking, critical me 🙂

Here’s the vid. It’s quite quirky and I think you’ll learn a thing or two.

Brass is Back | House Proud from maureen stevens on Vimeo.

Cobwebs are totally part of the wonderful video. So folks, brass is not just your Grandma’s metal anymore. Glamorous is definitely back and brass is the metal of the moment!

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Autumn Walls

How was your weekend everyone? We had torrential rain here in Austin and though, it still gets pretty warm during the day; it is most certainly the Fall season. Perhaps you’re already enjoying pumpkin lattes, go easy on it though.

Today, let’s talk about the hues of Autumn in wall color. It’s warmth and spice all in one gorgeous tint. From vivid and vibrant oranges, pumpkin, amber, rust, gamboge {a dark mustard yellow}…such a wide array of lovely hues to choose from. Here’s a few inspiration for you! all

Just add texture and you’ve got a cozy room to love! Now, I just might enjoy a pumpkin latte soon…or some cider maybe? Cinnamon layer cake sounds good. Have a great week!

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