New and Noteworthy in Design

Are you getting used to 2014 yet? Just 14 years ago, we thought everything will shut down in 2000 {We didn’t prep like crazy — oh, just got tons of cases of water}. Since it’s the New Year, I thought I’d share with you some design products that catches my eye. There is really so much beauty and creativity out there and though liking and disliking something is so personal — I thought sharing with you some of the things I see and resources I find will help you narrow down your choices for your next design and decorating project. Here are my picks for the week:

1. Kelly Wearstler‘s collection of wallcoverings and trims for Groundworks | Lee Jofa is as glamorous as her empire. In metallic hues of course and mimicking natural and urban elements, I say it will be perfect for a sophisticated uptown oasis.

2. The Campeggi sofa bed is pretty cool! So, even though I prefer cozy and quaint than trendy & flashy, I think this new take on the sofa bed is just amazing! Hello urban loft!

3. Behind every great woman is another great woman she is inspired by. This wall mural of Coco Chanel  by Pixercise is just one of many in their collection – Inspiration is a Woman.

4. What a statement these colorful fan tiles would make in a kitchen! It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but it’s fun, splashy and dazzling. By Ceramica Bardelli

5. So, I just got done watching the mini-series “Rome” and yes, I do watch Game of Thrones, so this Medieval-themed wallcovering by WallSuit really appeals to me. Very regal and barbaric at the same time? (How my mind works, always mixing & matching!}.

Off to reading more of my interior design mags! #IHaveAnAddiction

Source: Interior Design Magazine

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Cheers to 2014!

Cheers to 2014 from Maureen Stevens

Going through piles and piles of stuff…that’s what I’m doing as I ring in the New Year {writing this post the 30th of December}. Oh you know, just the usual de-cluttering and reorganizing the home office; except I’m starting a tad early to really start fresh in 2014. So they say, out with the old and in with the new. 2013 has been a great ride; I said goodbye to my online shop {The Inglenook Decor} to focus on interior design. I’ve been having a good ol’ rockin time and meeting new people, seeing different places, having new experiences and constantly getting inspired. Aside from that darn tight boots that I bought {thinking my feet were a half-size smaller}, I say life is pretty good.

If you’ve been checking out the website in the past month — you probably have seen that we changed things in here quite a bit. We have been tweaking & re-tweaking my space in online land. If you’re new here, well “hello there!” Can you please stay, linger longer & come back often? My programmer and designer have done a fabulous job if I must say so myself 🙂 I wanted a website that is seamless, cohesive, well-edited, beautiful, fresh, friendly & approachable all at the same time {I may be talking about how my design process goes here too}. And they nailed it! They were also extremely patient with me {hello — I do ask for a lot, have tons of stuff spinning in my head & then from time to time, ok, a lot, forgets things}, responsive and thorough. I couldn’t have asked for a better duo to help me with revamping the website and make something that reflects me. Charmie — old soul, true beauty, amazing kaftan model and all around creative genius {and she can be a kick ass copy writer too!} & Aaron — muscle man, brilliant coder, programmer prodigy & plug-in Ninja. I can’t thank these two enough and you, yes you…if you ever need a website, these people are the best!

I hope you can check out my “About” page although I definitely would love to know more about you by contacting me here. Spill the beans and tell me who you are and what you like, what inspires you and the travel experiences you can’t forget. Check out my Design and Styling services, images of some of my projects and a snapshot of how the process works. A little pat on the back is always rewarding, we compiled our favorite ones in the Kudos and Press pages. You can subscribe by clicking on the envelope in the top right corner or find the Subscribe box at the bottom of the pages. And connect with us by clicking on the social media icons.

2014 is shaping up to be swell already! New Year, new experiences, new people, new places and new discoveries. I wish the best for you. Cheers to new beginnings!

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Happy Holidays All!

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Well folks, it’s that time of the year again! Today, I did a few last minute shopping with my daughter {who by the way is my favorite shopping buddy}. I woke up with a mission & a checklist on hand. I think we were pretty successful, didn’t even get distracted!  All the wrapping’s done & tomorrow we’re off to go to my in-laws a few hours away. I’m looking forward to a home-cooked hearty meal & our nephew’s adorable eyes of delight as he opens his gifts. In the Philippines, we do noche buena where we wait until midnight of the 24th to have our Christmas meal & open our gifts afterwards. Just imagine the anticipation! I miss that…. As I form new traditions here in the US, I bring with me memories of Christmas past but eternally grateful for the amazing family that surrounds me now.

I hope all of you have an amazing Christmas!

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These so Horn-y

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All items from Jayson Home and Garden.

So, it’s not what you think …. I’m talking about these glamorous decor items made of horn. Although horn has been used in decorative items for a while now, I do have a new found crush in them. Sorta masculine but incredibly refined, they act as a neutral and can go with almost anything. It’s natural patterns are incredibly organic and perfect for a rustic or vintage feel. The rich hues on the other hand is all lush and elegant. Ummm, #2 & #5 is on my wishlist…my desk will totally love these!

Almost done with shopping everyone?

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The Dining Chair: Cozy them up with Fur

I truly can’t believe it folks! Is Christmas really just around the corner? I did a little Christmas decorating last week with a few wreaths and a small tree for the casa. Truth be told, I don’t do much holiday decorating. In this case, less is truly more. And that’s why I love this idea so much… fur throws on your dining chairs! It’s cozy and festive at the same time. No primping them up; just toss over your chairs. They are awesome for outdoor seating too {saw them at cafes all over Prague!}, just add fire in the middle and you’re instawarm {definitely a made up word} for this winter season.

What do you think? Any other ideas up your sleeve to add more warmth to holiday decorating?

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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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