2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

I'm sort of in a state of shock that Thanksgiving is next week, and even though we're literally still moving in here...we're hosting! Before we know it, the Holidays will be in full swing! It's times like this I'm so grateful for the internet (how did we even manage before?)

Hostess gifts are some of my favorites to shop and give, it's why I've stocked my own store with so many options. I hope you enjoy this selection of favorites-happy holidays!

one- Miles Redd's book is a personal fave, I think coffee table books are the perfect "any occasion gift"! // two- a celebratory tray //  three- these candles are the best, they have a great post use container and come already wrapped and ready complete with a bow on top! // four- handsome anchor bottle openers // five- an adorably chic matchstick holder // six- beautiful soaps in a lovely rose scent, another personal fave // seven- a sexy new candle // eight- darling pagoda brass salt and pepper shakers // nine- festive cocktail shakers // ten- bright and glittery drink coasters // eleven- a modern twist on the traditional bud vase // twelve- lemon verbena room diffusers (these smell amazing!)


Obsession Du Jour: Amanda Lindroth Design

This spectacular home in the Bahamas designed by Amanda Lindroth and featured in House Beautiful is so fresh and inspiring that I feel compelled to share it.  The bright colors and beautiful spaces grabbed my attention at first glance. But what really drew me in, are all the little elements that I'm looking to implement into my own new home: leopard rugs, hurricane candles, bold lanterns, grass cloth, Lutyens benches, graphic art walls, the list goes on and on!


VIntage Fashion Accessories : Chairish

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I'm very excited to talk about the beautiful selection of vintage jewelry and fashion accessories recently added to the fabulous Chairish site.  Maybe you've heard of Chairish already?  Making a big splash in the home decor world, Chairish is an online market place where design lovers can buy and sell vintage furnishings and art.  There's even an app where you can buy and sell right from your phone! (If you're already reading this on a mobile device - here's the direct app link). The whole concept is brilliant and the selection is amazing.

With Holiday soirees and gift giving right around the corner, the new vintage fashion department at Chairish couldn't have come at a better time! To say I'm obsessed with this idea would be an understatement. There are so many amazing pieces guaranteed to up the chic level on any outfit, it was hard for me to narrow it down to these twelve here...I'd love for you to head on over to Chairish and see the full curated collection that I was thrilled to put together for this fun and addictive site!

This post has been sponsored by Chairish . As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


New House, New Needs

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Today I'm taking a quick break from unpacking to do a little online shopping.  I knew our move to Connecticut would be an ordeal, I just didn't realize how time consuming it would really end up being. I also knew that we were going to need a few new things to round out some rooms, I just didn't really know what...

Now that we've lived here in the new house for a little over one week, I'm getting a better sense of what our new needs are going to be.  For starters, we're really short on storage...the old house had a lot of built in book cases and secret little nooks and benches with pull out drawers. It's going to take some time to replace that custom look, until then, I'll be relying on these fun little drawers from Poppin in my daughters' rooms and these fab Sapien bookcases in my son's room.

Some of the closets have a bit of a musty odor (the house sat empty for some time) in addition to a lot of open windows, I'm investing in a few of these Diptyque scented closet ovals.

My home office is darker than I had originally thought, but it's fun to think about new lighting options. Right now I'm loving this sweet little pagoda themed lamp for my desk.  

Finally, this bench is from Target- it looks so good, the price is right and there's NO assembly required.  I might just need to think up a reason to buy it!  Maybe for my new closet?

Scroll through to see all the other little things I'm contemplating this week...


Divine Details: Patterned Stair Runners

Hello Zhush readers! It's Katy Byrne from Designs By Katy, back with another stint of Divine Details. I don't know about you, but I'm loving seeing Sue's Instagram posts of their new home. The latest showed their antelope stair carpet. Adding a patterned carpet to your busy stairwell is not only brilliant but extremely functional. Having a pretty pattern will prevent stains and further the life of your stairs.

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