My Valentine Winter Market Event

I hope everybody had a fabulous time celebrating Valentine’s day over the weekend. I missed all the blogs about heart day. Mine was definitely eventful, I wish I could say, romantically…

I spent it in Vegas for an alma mater reunion. Had a blast catching up, eating heartily (and I always regret it), sniffed second hand smoke, played the tables attempting to look like a pro and what else? I went to the Las Vegas Market Winter Show. My very first time. The place is huge! Furniture & Decor Mecca!

I came in on a Thursday & knew that I won’t have enough time to scope everything so I did come in somewhat prepared just focusing on the vendors I’ve been dying to see. I did see some showrooms that were new to me, some were inspiring & some not. Here’s a photo collage of the trip. It’s a little dizzying as there’s so much to see!

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I still heart Anthropologie

I almost forgot how I love Anthropologie. I’ve been trying to consciously veer away from predictable choices when it comes to home decor & support independent retailers ( I emphatize fully with their predicament…). So although, the Anthropologie in Austin is only a couple of blocks away from our condo, I haven’t visited it since recently. This one is a huge store & much nicer than the ones I’ve visited. More space for awe-inspiring decor.

Lots of romantic & cottage style decor but they make it so chic. My favorites ones during the visit are these distressed mirrors. Not sure if the mirrors were distressed by time (doubt it!) but these mirrors are amazing decorative accessories (not much for checking out your reflection) & mirrored furniture is a trend. Check out the bedside table below.

See my reflection?

These tarnished objects are so beautiful!

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Ciao Domino…

I’m sure all you home decorating enthusiasts out there has heard the sad news. Domino Magazine is bidding farewell & March of this year will be their last issue. Although Conde Nast Publications, their publishing company, has a vast array of magazines from fashion, food fitness & of course home design & decor, Domino has been one of my favorites. Their “guide to living with style” tenet is approachable & makes high style for the home reachable for anybody & everybody.

I will miss the editor’s cravings, their own insights on themes & trends in home decorating, domino deals & their “10 Things that makes me happy” page featuring successful women & well, what makes them happy, whether it’s their favorite place, a great book or their impeccable tableware. I’ll miss learning about new products, designers, and decor bloggers.

Their farewell letter states that their premise is that “Home should make you happy.” I couldn’t agree more! Ciao Domino….
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Found: Chic Heat

I love fireplaces! That’s why I named my site the inglenook, reminiscent of the warmth & coziness a home should exude. I would love to have them everywhere, not just in the living room but I’ve dreamt of having one in the bedroom & bathroom (maybe the see-thru fireplace?!).

I stumbled upon these bio-ethanol fuel fireplaces at Unicahome. They are so cool! Smokeless, odorless & eco-friendly plus I can bring these ultra-chic fireplaces anywhere.

This is a tabletop one.

Their travelmate portable version.

What do you think? Time to get warm & cozy, anytime & anywhere this winter.

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Ah-mazing Hues for 2009!

I might be a tad late on blogging about color trends for 2009. Cocokelley has been reporting about it for two week’s now and Sarah Klassen’s take on it is very interesting. But what the heck, another one won’t hurt.

Here are Design & Decor’s (a resource magazine for independent retailers & interior designers) picks. Drumroll…..

Sunny Hues:

The economy has probably been downright gloomy but there’s nothing more cheery than the vibrant yellow. Pantone calls it Mimosa, their 2009 color of the year.

I seriously thought, mellow yellow was 2008’s color. Remember my canary birdcage & table?
True Blue:

From dark to bright, the experts states expect this color to be include in any pallete. They name a striking hue”Dignity” dubbed as an all American blue.

Purple Royal:

Eggplants & plums. This color has never been a personal favorite but this rich hue is amazing in this purple-lacquered wood chair by Deluxe.

Flamingo Pink:

From fashion to interior design, all style predictions point to this bright & lovely color.


In celebration of the most important renewable resource, aquamarine, soft blues with hints of green are going to be everywhere. Restoration hardware has loved this color for soooo long.

In 2009, it seems like brights are in and drab colors are out. There’s no sense getting gloomy with the economic downtrend. I love the color predictions this year. Uptrend!
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My Living Room

House Beautiful’s February 2009 issue showcases the living rooms of several designer bloggers. Ok, I’m not an interior designer, architect or decorator but I still think I did pretty good with my living room . There’s no designer wallpaper or a vintage artifact from interesting travels or an heirloom from a great Aunt. Just beautiful, certainly not-pricey pieces that just go together. I just couldn’t find myself buying thousand dollar pieces no matter how chic and cool that would be. I wanted to during my first (and only one so far…hopefully not the last) visit at the Les Puces in Paris, I was overwhelmed by beautiful authentic pieces but just the freight charges itself almost gave me a heart attack .I was able to afford their old postcards though. Those are the ones featured in the wrought iron dress form. Now the dress form, I got for a steal at a local Mexican garden shop selling patio furniture and chimaneas. Also the dwarf ferns in moss-covered pots. I love my white tufted salon chair from Ethan Allen as well as the white starfishes and coral tree my sister-in-law (would be) got from her Florida trip. The distressed, architectural-looking mirror is from a small, furniture store in my old town. Chic books courtesy of Amazon; Living Yoga by Christy Turlington, So Chic from Margaret Russel , Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler and Design Alchemy by Ashley & Allegra Hicks.
Ahh, I can only dream of $3400 Helena Rubenstein’s Lucite chairs right now or flea market trips in Europe. Maybe next time, I can afford accent and even furniture pieces and not be afraid of the freight charges…

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Have a blast in the Coming Year!

I’m currently nursing a nasty congestion. Maybe it’s the awful Texas weather, one day it’s in the 40’s, the next it’s in the 70’s, yes all in December. Or the lack of activity, I’ve been off since Wednesday & my lungs are not getting enough aeration. I do feel somewhat productive though, I finished two books & wrote down my goals for the coming year (what most people know as “resolutions”). Sorry, this is not a blog on decorating for the New Year & pictures are going to be very few.

As far as the books, I finished a book about running a PT private practice (Keys to Private Practice Success) & “Know Your Own Mind” by James Greene & David Lewis. The latter is a must-read for all introspective people out there (please tell me I’m not the only one). It’s essentially a workbook & has enlightened me so much.I’ve read a lot of books this year & so far I liked this one a lot, as well as “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur” by Mike Michalowicz.

As far as my goals, I’ve included the usual. Keeping a healthy weight, exercising at least 200 minutes a week (not a fitness buff but this is attainable & enough), eating less sugar & complex carbs. Of course, I have my career & financial goals, relationship goals & even personality goals (it’s not too late to change or better my core personality). I’ve even gone so far as planning to put myself in a monthly allowance. We’ll finish furnishing & decorating our Austin pad & watching how much we spend. Even though we love this media center from Crate & Barrel (ringing in at $1699),

We’ll settle for this one from West Elm (ringing in at $399) without sacrificing the style & feel we want to achieve. The other goals are pretty personal so I’ll stop here.

I am often delighted to know how a lot of my friends & acquaintances read my blog (I even have followers!) & I am very grateful. Please check out my other blogs at Smarter which I contribute to twice a month and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to my Monthly newsletter & my blog (found at the top of my blog page).

I wish all of you an amazing 2009!

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Decorating your Tree with Your Favorite Things

My wish list this Christmas is not that long. A Kooba black purse, French Rosetta stone, a new luggage set, paloma picasso bezel cut earrings, stacked heel j. crew brown boots, a cartier watch, a new linen & comforter set (better yet if it comes with a bed for our place in Austin), any unique Williams-Sonoma kitchen gadget (even if I don’t cook, they are just so cool). So, did I mention it’s not long? I’ve never been an impulsive buyer & believes in delayed gratification (not too delayed though) & although my fiancee thinks I shop too much (oh gosh, he should have seen those women with 10 bags at Barton Creek yesterday), I’ll have to wait until I can fulfill my wish list.

At least I can decorate our Christmas tree with my favorite things. Now, these things I can afford… right away:

From Urban Outfitters & at $4.99 each. Reeses peanut butter cup…yum, my thirst quencher, a Diet coke & colorful & cutesy cupcakes.

I love yellow & I love bird themes, this yellow bird from Anthropologie is just right. It’s pretty pricey though at $18.

I haven’t mentioned that I would like a Vespa, too. Bu this one would do for now.

I still love those adorable traditional trees with gorgeous ornaments, whether they’re traditional keepsakes or vintage finds. But I think decorating your Christmas tree with ornamnets of your favorite things showcases your quirky side & makes the holidays more warm & cozy.

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Of Orange & Spice and Everything Nice

Orange is everywhere in my neighborhood. Harvest wreaths with autumn leaves, pumpkins of different shapes & sizes and the occassional scarecrow with the orange hat. But of course, orange starts sprouting everywhere around fall, halloween and thanksgiving. In feng-shui, it is also known as the “social color” suppose to spark lively conversations & good times. In interior decorating, it is considered a warm color closely related to browns, yellows & reds.

Room with analogous colors orange, red and brown.

Blue is its direct opposite considered to be its complementary color.

Can you see a hint of orange in your home? Consider the following ideas.

Orange sofa. (

Accent table from Shine.

Even an orange refrigerator. (

And throw pillows with hints of pumpkin, tumeric and saffron at Bliss Studio.

Or find fabulous stationery & cards at a letterpress boutique appropriately called, Orange Beautiful.

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It’s finally up again!

Whew! That took a while. I had to reupload the content of my blog. I was only able to retrieve three of them. I lost all my profile views and I had thousands already! (ok, just about 230). But here it is… Oh and another thing, my site’s server is down, some kind of “denial of service” attack from China, Russia & England. Don’t really understand all the computer linggo but it’s being worked on at this moment.

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