Adulting 101: How To Buy Furniture Without Losing Your Mind Or Getting Divorced

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Just like that first trip you took to Home Depot voluntarily, nothing feels quite like adulting as much as buying something with a tag that says you’ll be arrested for removing. Whether you have good taste, bad taste or no taste (or you just aren’t sure either way), buying furniture is generally expensive, time-consuming and one of life’s major annoyances if you do it wrong. So, don’t do it wrong.

Two years ago, I got rid all of 99% of my furniture. My then fiancé (now husband) and I were moving into our first place together and it was time to cleanse myself of all things bachelorette. He also got rid of all of his furniture. Not because I mostly hated it, but because we were in the process of combining things like airline miles and sock drawers.

Here are the most important things I learned throughout the process.

Measure The Room, Measure The Furniture, Measure Your Head

This might be the most important tip. Buy a tape measure and figure out the dimensions of the room you plan on putting the furniture in. If you aren’t sure if something is going to be proportional, ask for a tear sheet, go home and measure. If you still aren’t sure if something is the right size, take masking tape (string and dental floss also work) and outline the pieces on the floor.

Ask Yourself How Long You Are Going To Use The Furniture For

Because we were buying quite a bit (and by that I mean literally everything), we decided that what made the most sense was to buy furniture I’d keep for five(ish) years. That seemed like an adequate time goal. While I am not sure my bedroom set will be in my bedroom for more than five years, I love it enough and it’s good enough quality to be relegated to my future guest room. If I change my overall décor style when I move, my current bedroom set can easily work.

If you are in a place in life where you aren’t sure how permanent your current home is, it’s not necessary to invest in expensive furniture that you probably have to sell or throw out later. But if you are truly adulting, aim for the space that is between crap and heirloom. That being said, if you buy nice things, you can always have them moved, NBD. 

Consider What You Are Going To Use Most

Things like couches are really important because you sit on them and probably choose the rest of your furniture around that one large piece. You sleep on a mattress every single night. You likely pass out and possibly drool on your throw pillows. On that note, my throw pillows were expensive and all I want to do two years later is throw them out. A coffee table that is too short will annoy you on the regular. Spend your time/money/energy where it counts.

Don’t Be Afraid To Fall In Love

If there is a piece of furniture or décor you really love—think about it like an outfit. You can buy the fancy designer version or you can buy the less expensive Forever21 version. The same applies to furniture. If you have a reasonable budget, you can probably find a version of it you can afford. You might just have to search a little, but it is possible. There are even knockoffs or as they call it in Furnitureland, “replicas.”

Ask Questions

Let’s say you find a piece you LOVE, but it’s not within your budget, ask someone working at the store when they are having a sale. Stores find ANY reason to have a sale—after Christmas, Arbor Day, National Donut Day, etc. Sure you might have to wait a few weeks, but it’s totally worth it. Also, find out if there are any floor models available.

The same goes for colors. If you see something you like but the color doesn’t work—it might be available in another color, even if you don’t see it right there.

Stores Want To Give You Financing

This is not a finance blog and I’m certainly not telling you to buy something you can’t afford, but let’s say you have some cash coming in and you can’t wait for a television stand--just finance it. Pretty much every furniture store, whether it’s a local store (Stu’s Furniture) or a major like Crate and Barrel offer financing, often at a lower rate for a specific time period. Don’t deprive yourself of something you really want if you can’t afford it upfront or rack up a ton of interest on your current card.

There are also other benefits of store credit cards including discounts, events, free shipping, etc. If you aren’t sure if a store offers financing, just ask. When I was deep into my furniture hunt, I noticed some stores had signs out while others did not.  

Remember It’s Not Forever

Two years into this furniture and I’m already thinking about what I will do next go-round.  

So Last Week...I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes Edition

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What a week. Sorry if I’ve been a little MIA on the blog and social. I went to New York to see my mom for her birthday. It’s been fun, but I miss LA so much. I just want to go home and ignore everyone. But everyone knows that will most likely happen never. I've never needed a vacation so badly in my life. Does anyone want to send me on a press trip? Please? 

Here are a few links I found while 30,000(ish) above the ground or while having my patience tested completely by the TSA. Can someone please tell me why are drug sniffing dogs so darn cute?

My Domaine: IKEA Just Launched Its Most Un-IKEA Line Yet

WOW! None of these products from Ikea actually look like they are from Ikea. Get yourself to the place I have dubbed “Swedish Maze Hell” right now. Or just buy online. That’s probably easier.

The Mighty: Why I'm Coming Out About My Invisible Disability

Although my condition is far less severe, as someone with chronic debilitating lower back pain, I related a lot to this. It’s an important read.

The Village Voice: Just Say Julie

I am obsessed with Julie Klausner and her Hulu show Difficult People. She’s my redheaded spirit animal and a comedic genius. Don’t miss this interview with her and watch the show!

Architectural Digest: Carole Radziwill Gives AD A Tour Of Her SoHo Duplex

Carole Radziwill took her apartment from pad to palace. She is a Princess after all. You will want to steal her style hard. Your jaw will drop!

Bulletproof Blog: Why Coconut Oil is Better than Vegetable Oil

I feel like I’ve had this conversation with everyone I know. Can we just end this argument once and for all? Team Coconut Oil for life!

 

 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I read so many good posts online this week. From food to travel, style and beauty, if you only read five posts on the Internet today that are not on my blog, make it these. I promise you will be inspired.

Dope+Broke: 13 Top Bloggers & Podcast Hosts’ Favorite Sites To Shop Bathing Suits & Swim Cover Ups This Summer

This was one of my favorite posts of the week and not just because I was featured in it. The summer is not over and if you are still looking for the perfect bathing suit or cover up, Dope+Broke shares great style tips from bloggers and podcasters including Annabelle Desisto, Lauryn Evarts and of course me!

Fit Fab Well By Chanel: Fab Smoothie

My friend Chanel makes the most delicious and healthy smoothies. I’m obsessed with them. If you need a super healthy, quick breakfast or lunch, these smoothies are game changers. They also keep you full forever. Seriously, whenever I have one for breakfast, which is often, I’m not hungry for lunch until 3:00. 

Elle Décor: Betsey Johnson’s AIR BNB in Mexico

Are you looking for feminine décor inspo that won’t scare the dudes away? Look no further than designer Betsy Johnson’s Betsyvilla in Guerrero, Mexico. This house is so pretty but also really sophisticated. Does anyone else feel a Dresses To Décor coming on?

The Teacher Diva: How I Get My Everyday Loose Curls

I give the Teacher Diva an A+ in hair. This blogger has seriously perfect curls and shares her secrets in this super easy tutorial.

A Model Recommends: Is This My Perfect Hair?

On the other end of the spectrum, a model shares about her personal hair struggles and how her current haircut, which she doesn’t blowdry (OMG, that is my #goal in life) works well for her lifestyle. 

Dresses To Decor: Ralph Lauren (No Relation) Edition

Welcome to Dresses To Decor, the series where I discuss the decor lines of my favorite clothing designers. Ralph Lauren, who I am not related to (because I know you were wondering), is one of the greatest American designers. Known for his sophisticated cable knits, prints, and the ubiquitous polo pony logo, the brand is synonymous with classic looks that are just as stylish today as they will be in fifty years. The same applies to the label's extensive home line with things to enhance every single room. Here are a few of my favorites and must haves. 

Palmer Bath Sheets

Ralph Lauren Palmer Bath Sheets are my favorite towels of all time. At 35 X 72, they’re big, fluffy and fabulous to wrap yourself up in. These towels are kind of magical and will make you feel like a VIP at a spa every time you get out of the shower. Available in 25 different colors (I can’t even think of 25 colors off the top of my head), they will match everything. If you like your towels extra fancy, have them monogrammed. And you should because if couldn't tell from the site's logo, I so heart monograms.

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

Whitney Cashmere Throw Blanket

My personal rule for life is that friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. This applies to both sweaters and throws. There is nothing quite as lux as a cashmere throw sitting on your couch, especially the Whitney Cashmere Throw with its chic ruffled edges. With six colors available and sized at a generous 60 X 60, it’s a great way to upgrade your Netflix and Chill.

Amalfi Coast Diffuser

Designed in the style of a perfume bottle, the Amalfi Coast home fragrance diffuser is a must. With notes of fig leaf, cassis, blonde woods, and galbanum, who wouldn’t their home to smell like the Amalfi Coast of Italy? It also makes a no-brainer hostess gift.

Audrey Dinnerware Collection

If any dinnerware set deserves a #adulting label, the Audrey Collection is it. Rimmed in 24k gold, the pattern is inspired by a hand-painted silk garment. Made in Portugal of porcelain, (so that's where it actually comes from), don’t forget these delicates dishes are not dishwasher safe. But, they're so worth it for special occasions. Teacups with saucers, as well as dinner, bread, and salad plates are available. 

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Spalding Stripe Wallpaper

When wallpaper came back in style, I cheered. It’s such a pretty way to decorate a hallway, dining room or to accent just one wall of your bedroom. Ralph Lauren’s Spalding Stripe is simple, clean and works for a variety of styles.

Cantwell Ice Bucket

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The Cantwell Ice Bucket is absolutely stunning. Handmade of lead crystal in Hungary, it features a brown saddle leather cover. Embossed with a Ralph Lauren logo, it’s a truly unique piece. And yes, the leather comes off so you can wash it without needing to take a valium first.

Preston Bar Tool Set

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I've already professed my love for the Preston Bar Tool Set in my post about bar cart styling, so if you're already in the know, feel free to skip over the next sentences. Featuring an ice shovel, jigger and bottle opener, Preston is extremely modern and functional.  There’s also a matching martini shaker. And because I personally have this set, let me answer your question right now. Yes, the leather can get wet. No, it doesn’t get ruined. Just be careful and you will be fine.

Ashlyn Bedding

Ashlyn Bedding

Bold floral prints are classic Ralph Lauren style. The Ashlyn bedding line reminds me of a spring day. It also might be the perfect choice for a guest room. You could even skip the duvet or comforter (I’m a total duvet girl, but I understnad how they are completely annoying) and just use the sheets and pillowcases to break up a solid comforter. I also think your in-laws and parents would absolutely love this.

Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are an easy and affordable way to dress up your coffee table or enhance a bookshelf.  You can also leave a coffee table book out and everyone who comes over will think you actually read. Ralph Lauren has several including Speed Style and Beauty: Cars From The Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren (surprising title, I know), and Vogue On Ralph Lauren.

Big Pony Dog Polo

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Okay, so this Polo for your pooch isn’t technically decor, but I don’t care because it’s so darn cute. Perhaps they kind of are because we all know that dogs, polos and especially dogs in polos are an instant way to upgrade a room. 

My Closet Wasn't As Insta-Worthy As This Pic, So I Cleaned It Out

I have a confession to make. I’ve been in love twice in my life. The first time was with my husband (really) and the second time was with my current apartment. It’s the nicest rental I’ve ever lived in.  The living room has 25 foot high ceilings. A spiral staircase leads up to my office, which has a view of the Hollywood sign. The entire place is flooded with light. Okay, I’ll stop bragging.

But, the thing about falling in love is that it’s impossible to find someone or something that meets every single one of your wishes. I could live in a shoebox or a castle, but I’d still find something wrong with both. In the case of my current abode, it’s mostly the lack of closet space. It’s bad. Really, really, really bad. I have one closet. Technically, there are two, but the closet built into the terrace is for luggage and sports equipment, not clothing. So, I have to store the better part of my wardrobe in what I can only describe as a sort-of walk-in closet. It’s not even remotely adequate. Our dresser and built-ins help, but nothing can make up for real closet space. I have things stored under the bed, in suitcases and between the four other homes my parents and in-laws live in.  

A few weeks ago, my closet could have been declared a disaster area by some government organization that declares those things. It was embarrassingly messy. It was not blog-worthy or even remotely Pinterest perfect. Do you want to see how bad it was? TRIGGER WARNING: lack of glamour and photography skills. 

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Things were EVERYWHERE! Hangers did not match. Hangers were made of wire! 

The reason why things got this bad was because I thought I couldn’t create more closet space.  I was right. But I learned to work better with what I have. So, I’m sorry mama, I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to make you cry, but this was how I cleaned out my closet.

The Great Hanger Exchange

The unofficial rule of closet organization is that all of your hangers should match. Approximately 25% of my hangers were plastic, so I traded up for velvet. To make this project more eco-friendly, I gave my plastic hangers to a friend of mine who is a stylist and needs all the hangers she can get. I’m sure you could give yours away or donate to a thrift shop, if you don't have a chic friend who dresses celebs for a living.

However, I didn’t get rid of my padded hangers because they’re better for certain delicate items. I also kept my skirts on clip hangers. And I didn't get rid of every single wire hanger. Anything that was freshly dry cleaned on one stayed that way. 

Magic Hangers Are Actually Magic

My husband has lots of business attire, but he rarely wears any of it. And no, I don’t think the rule of “if you haven’t worn it in a year,” applies to men’s suits. The clothing he wears most frequently, like jeans and t-shirts were stored in the most inconvenient way possible, on a high shelf.  This always made it difficult for me to put away his laundry because I needed to get out a stool or just throw it up there.  And yes, I know my husband can put away his own laundry, but I can also vacuum. It doesn’t mean I do.

So, I put his suits, shirts, pants, etc on tiered hangers (sometimes called magic hangers). This created enough space to install a hanging shelf. Down went the causal clothes and away goes the laundry.

I also used magic hangers in my section of the closet. However, I ended up buying a different brand because I bought them in person, instead of ordering online. Don't make my mistake. You can never have too many magic hangers (or handbags, or diamonds!).

Just Shoe-t Me!

Shoes were all over the place. They were sort of in shoe racks on the floor, scattered underneath handbags and in a behind-the-door shoe organizer. So, I purchased a matching one and installed it on an empty wall. I used picture hooks to hang it and nailed different sections to the wall for support. In retrospect, I should have bought a rack that was designed for this purpose, but the one I choose was less than $9 and got the job done anyway.

My Clothing Got Cliquey

Lots of blogs and organizers will suggest different ways to arrange your closet, but the problem is my closet never stays that way. So this time, I decided to group intuitively. For example, I put formal dresses and coats all the way in the back (with the exception of one winter coat) because I don’t often need to get to them. But, lighter jackets, which I wear every this time of year, are in a very accessible spot. I think the key to closet organization is to arrange things in a way that probably only makes sense to you. After all, every closet and wardrobe is different, so one way cannot possibly work for everyone.

Super Bonus Shelf Space

After re-organizing everything, I created extra space on the shelf above the rod. While I keep most of my handbags in built-ins, I finally have the space to store a few on the top shelf. Larger bags and weekenders have a specific spots on the floor of the closet. 

After Thoughts

My closet still isn’t perfect. I would never put this on Pinterest and would rather die than post it on Insta. Essentially, it went from what might be mistaken for a crime scene (at least for crimes of fashion) to acceptably average. I also realize it’s an ongoing project. I should pick up another box of hangers and an additional shoe rack for the floor.  But, overall I have a better grip on my wardrobe. As a result, I'm making more stylish fashion decisions and not just grabbing whatever I can get to. While it might not look like my dream closet, I can't exactly complain about my reality. 

Dresses To Decor: Roberta Roller Rabbit Edition

Hello Bunnies! Welcome to Dresses To Décor, an ongoing series that explores labels with equally fabulous clothing and home lines. Today's post is about one of my favorite designers, Roberta Roller Rabbit. She is a D2D superstar because she uses many of the same prints for both. 

So, who is Roberta Roller Rabbit? It’s #GirlBoss Roberta Freymann, who started the company in 2003. The bunny branding was inspired by a scrap of fabric she found in India. Every single garment they make is unique because the fabric is printed from wood blocks that were hand-carved in India. It's even more artisanal than craft brewed beer. From dresses (or kurtas) to duvets and dog beds, this bunny teaches us to never underestimate the power of the print.

Naolin

The Naolin Inez dress is fabulous on its own, but can also be layered all year round. For a boho look in the winter, wear it underneath a thick white sweater. In the spring and fall, chic up your Inez with a denim jacket. It even works as a swimsuit coverup in the summer. 

Naolin also looks beautiful in any bedroom, as a focal point with this bedding set or as an accent with pillows. Just don't fall asleep in your dress. That's Naolin overload!

Jemina

Jemina is a vibrant print available in several colors including pink, blue, and red. I love the Jemina kurta! If you aren't familiar with kurtas (no judgement, I had no idea what they were until last week), they are a traditional Indian style tunic top made of a loose, breathable cotton. 

The Jemina quilt can dress up a plain couch and make those Netflix binges so comfortable, your SmartTv will probably ask if you are still watching. (On that note, does anyone else feel like they're being judged when that happens?) As with the rest of these prints, an accent pillow is available incase you don't want to go full-on Jemina. 

Monkey

Throw a jungle party and have the whole family monkey around in matching pajamas for men, women, children and even babies. A classic Roberta Roller Rabbit print, Monkey is fun and whimsical. 

For your youngest guests, the monkey sleepover bag is perfect for camping inside and an easier alternative to an air mattress (I always have a panic attack trying to seal those things up after removing the pump) or trundle bed (have you ever tried to pop up one of those things without needing to see a chiropractor the next day?).

But don't let your furry friends feel left out. Puppy or kitty will delightfully pass out on this crate liner, which you could probably use as a regular pet bed. Seriously, if my bulldog didn't have a tendency to pee on them, this picture would be of my living room.

Amanda

How could I fail to mention my namesake print? I'm all about this super stylish kimono. I also love the Bondi Beach Bag. Not just because it's cute, but because it's machine washable. If you frequently read this blog, you know anything that is machine washable gets extra bonus points.

You can also Amandafy your tabletop with these fun placemats and cloth napkins.

Chasca

Chasca feels like chevron 2.0 to me. A year-round print, you can wear the wool scarf to brighten up a winter white coat, or maximize your comfort with this fab maxi dress in the summer. 

Chasca can also transform a monochromatic bedroom with a matching duvet and pillow case set. Then you can accessorize the room in a variety of color choices. The possibilities to have lots of colorful things that will ultimately collect dust are endless. 

Furniture

Roberta Roller Rabbit has some of the most unique furniture I've ever seen. When I looked at the collection in person at their store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, my jaw literally dropped and I told my mother who was shopping with me, to take notes. 

With its eclectic style, featuring crossed stainless steel legs and a mother-of-pearl top, the writing desk is absolutely my favorite piece in the collection. Add an antique mirror and it can transform into a vanity. 

The beside table can also be a couchside table, or accent table. Don't let labels be limiting, it looks beautiful anywhere in your home.

The nesting table set is a unique addition to a traditional living room. Because it's a set of two tables, you can use them separately, making this a more cost-affective purchase (or a good way to justify buying it). 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I felt like the Internet was filled so much post-election hate last week. I desperately needed to get my mind off the negativity. And trust me, it was a challenge. Here are some posts I found that had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the superficial. Sometimes, we all need a break. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Super Warm and Stylish Cruelty Free Parkas

Because good karma never goes out of style, Vegan fashionista Miriam Porter shows you how to stay warm, stylish and cruelty-free this winter. 

Refinery29: So You Want To Shave Your Vagina

A guide for those times you can't wax and don't want to risk injuring yourself.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women On What Makes Them Feel Pretty

This collection of quotes from The Cut is a thought-provoking read.

Apartment Therapy: 19 Super Sources for Knobs & Pulls

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a room. Even if you are a renter, it might be worth the investment to change out some of the hardware in your space. Apartment Therapy lists the best sources for a variety of budgets. 

Amelia Liana: Chanel Collection Libre Review

Amelia Liana reviews the new Chanel Libre cosmetics collection with an honest evaluation and absolutely stunning photography.

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Throw Blankets Edition)

Most of us have had a really challenging week in one way or another. It’s often during these times when we want to throw in the towel, throw our electronics out of a window (but please don’t) or just throw ourselves on the couch and cry. So, for this F-It Friday post, we're going to look at some stylish throw blankets because retail therapy helps. (Oh, and if retail therapy doesn't quite do the trick, here are some other things to try.)

Lulu likes to steal my throw.

Lulu likes to steal my throw.

This Burberry throw is beyond luxurious, but in a totally subtle way. And what could be softer than cashmere?

MISSONI SIMONE THROW

Missoni’s Simone throw is one of the more reasonably priced throws made by the legendary Italian label. Fun, but sophisticated, it adds color and texture to any couch or chair. 

Fabulous, yet practical, this faux fur throw from Anthropologie is available in grey, white and navy.

NORDSTROM AT HOME GRAND CABLE THROW

No matter what style your home is, from traditional to modern, you can’t go wrong with a cable knit throw like this one from Nordstrom

THE WELL-APPOINTED HOUSE HERRINGBONE PLUSH FRINGED THROW

I love this herringbone throw from The Well-Appointed House. Available in sixteen different colors, it can be monogrammed or customized with a message. It also makes a great holiday or housewarming gift. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Here are some thought-provoking things I read online last week. Okay, so techically I did't read all of these posts because I'm including a podcast here. But this is my blog, so I get to make up the rules. #GirlBoss

The Perpetual You: How I Transformed My Heart Chakra by Dani Havasy

Dani Havasy (who is one of my IRL best friends) writes a beautiful essay about opening up her heart chakra. Even if you have no idea what a chakra is (seriously it's okay if you don't, no judgements), you will relate to her story. Dani recently launched Core Chakra, an innovative fitness program that combines yoga and pilates. 

Style Scouting Podcast With Alia Ahmed-Yahia

I really like Alia Ahmed-Yahia's Style Scouting Podcast. This episode features an eye-opening conversation with Katie Sturino and Allison Neslage about influencers and the body positivity movement. While anyone will find it interesting, bloggers will particularly enjoy the "inside baseball" aspect of this discussion. 

Lenny Letter: Untitled And That's The Point! by Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie pens a funny and fearless essay for Lena Dunham's website. Having recently turned 35, Nicole reflects on her identity at various life stages and learning from her past mistakes. So many of us, myself included, allow the labels other people give us to influence the way we perceive ourselves. Nicole candidly discuss how she overcame this problem. Bookmark this link. If you don't read it now, you will need to at some point. I've always been a fan of hers and this is just another example of why.

Who What Wear: Try Sienna Miller's Outfit When You're Over Your Skinny Jeans

I saw a link to this post on Facebook and wanted to jump for joy because I'm always trying to find new inspiration for casual looks. However, the headline is misleading because (SPOILER ALERT) Sienna isn't wearing jeans at all. Either way, you will want to copy this great idea.

My Domaine: Are You Making These Rookie Decorating Mistakes?

It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or sprawling estate, we're all trying to make the most of the space we have. This list features smart but simple ideas to instantly improve all of the rooms in our home without spending a dime. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Here are five things I read last week that aren’t over quite yet. However, there is no guarantee any of this information will still be relevant next week. Either way, at least at the moment, they’re totally worth your time.

Ali Levine: Celebrity Look for Less Thursday Olivia Palermo

My friend, celeb stylist Ali Levine demonstrates how to get socialite Olivia Palermo’s chic Fall look for a fraction of the price. Ali is just chock-full of great ideas for dressing stylishly on a budget.

The Lady Gang: Here is Why You Need to Stop "Judging" Your Friends

This essay on The Lady Gang by Keltie Knight is so relevant, especially to me. It can be super hard to stop judging the people you love (it’s so messed up, right?), but if the super-accomplished Keltie Knight can do it, then we maybe we can all give it a try.

York Avenue Blog: How To Add Color (And Pattern) Into Your Space

This post features practical tips to make your space way less blah. If you’re too lazy to read the full post (like I said above, no judgments here), just scroll through for the pictures.

MR Round Table: Are You Experiencing Political Fatigue?

If you cannot take this election anymore, you’re not alone. The staff of Man Repeller dishes on their political fatigue in this very relatable post. If you’re wondering how I personally feel, please wake me up when November ends.

Well + Good: The Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe From Lauren Conrad's Favorite Nutritionist

Pumpkin Spice season is in full affect. This paleo bread recipe looks like a great way to get your pumpkin spice fix and still stay healthy. Also, Lauren Conrad always looks amazing, so I totally trust her favorite nutritionist.

Dresses to Decor: Lilly Pulitzer Edition

Welcome to From Dresses to Décor! This is a new series exploring the home lines of my favorite designers. Today, I’m going to talk about Lilly Pulitzer.

Lilly Pulitzer famously said, “Being happy never goes out of style,” and that is exactly how I feel whenever I wear anything from this brand. I’ll never forget the moment I discovered the Lilly Pulitzer for the first time. I was at Bloomingdales on 59th street in New York with my mom when I laid my eyes on a on a pink palm tree skirt. I didn’t recognize the label because I was in middle school. As a lover of prints and bright colors, I was stopped in my tracks. I asked my mother who Lilly Pulitzer was and where this line had been for my entire life. Was she hiding it from me? She laughed and bought me a skirt (which I still have and yes, it still fits) and told me not to tell my father. Years later I’m still a Lilly lover.  It’s the label closest to my heart. And no, my father never found out about the skirt. 

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

If you didn't know, the late Lilly Pulitzer was a #GirlBoss before it was a thing. A Palm Beach socialite who opened up a juice stand, Lilly kept staining her dresses with juice, so she designed a print shift dress to hide to stains. It turned out more people wanted her dress than her juice. 

Lilly’s iconic prints translate perfectly from dresses to décor. We all know that adding a print to an outfit instantly changes the look from drab to fab. The same rule applies to decorating a room.  Adding a print can change the look and feel of an entire space. A few years ago, Lilly Pulitzer had furniture and bedding lines, but unfortunately, they’ve both been discontinued.

Currently, Lilly Pulitzer has a beautiful fabric collaboration with Lee Joffa. There are so many options and the possibilities are endless. You could have slipcovers made and revitalize a couch. Or you could do it yourself if you are crafty. (I’m not. Notice how there is no DIY whatsoever on this blog. It’s for a reason.) Or you could re-upholster a chair, which is probably an easier project. 

So many beautiful fabrics. How do you choose?
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    This  Eileen & Taylor  chair is so Palm Beach! 

This Eileen & Taylor chair is so Palm Beach! 

Lee Joffa also recently introduced thirteen Lilly wallpapers. I dream of having a beautiful dressing room with Lilly papered walls. Unfortunately, I currently rent and barely have a walk-in closet. One day...

Pillows are to couches what scarves are to outfits. If you aren’t ready to go full-on Lilly, these pillows let you incorporate just a touch of print into your space.

Even the smallest touch of Lilly can reminds me of drinking cocktails in Palm Beach, which is why I just adore these coasters. 

Speaking of cocktails, you could serve them on these lacquer trays. You can also use the trays on your coffee table to house your remotes and coasters. In the bedroom, they could make the perfect spot for perfume or pretty cosmetics.

You can bring Lilly outdoors with these cute beverage totes. They could also be kept outside as a flip-flop bucket. If you don’t have a backyard or patio, you could use one to hold magazines in your living room or bathroom. They also make a great housewarming gift

Who doesn't love candles in pretty holders? I recently learned an easy way to re-use the them. When the candle is finished burning, let it cool and then leave it in the freezer for a few minutes. The wax will spoon out easily. This is so eco-friendly and a great way to hold pens at your desk or makeup brushes at your vanity.