Got Guests?

Hi friends!  Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the bend.  I don’t know about you, but for us that means holiday guests.  We have a small home, so making room for guests is a challenge.  Being an excellent host or hostess requires providing your guests with all of the comforts of home away from home.  We do not have a designated guest room, so having guests usually means making our existing rooms that will house guests more comfortable.

Space-saving tricks such as a trundle bed or other small comforts such as a cozy throw and a candle can do the trick.  If you have the space, adding a reading nook with a chair and reading light is a definitely plus.  Another finishing touch is a bedside water carafe for your guests.  Nothing is worse being up in the middle of the night searching in someone’s kitchen for a glass of water!

Online retailer Joss and Main has everything you could possibly need for your home, including finds for the guest room.  You can shop my guest room essentials below.


Chunky Throw
This Throw
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Lap Tray
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Quilt Set
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Throw Pillow
This Throw Pillow
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Writing Desk
This Desk
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Desk Lamp
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Armchair
This Armchair
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Carafe Set
This Carafe Set
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Candle
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Daybed with Trundle
This Daybed
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Turkish Hand Towel Set
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Turkish Hand Towel
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Vanity Tray
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Luggage Rack
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Sheepskin Rug
This Sheepskin Rug
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Laundry Hamper
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Alarm Clock
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Blackout Curtains
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Personalized Soap
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Faux Floral Arrangement
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Having these essentials in place can make the holidays go much smoother.  Do you have any tips for hosting guests for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.  Happy Holidays!!

xo

Best Interior Design Sales: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Hi Friends!  Happy Thanksgiving.  Here in Northern California we have been devastated by wildfires that have caused loss of life and homes.  What I am thankful for today is my family and having a home to be cozy in and cook in.  I as well as many others are very thankful for the rain we just received that has helped clear the smoke out of our air.

That being said, I am also very thankful for the amazing sales going on right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are a few of my favorite sales.

Serena and Lily:  Take 20 percent off of everything with code: GATHER

West Elm:  Take 15 percent off $100; Take 20 percent off $500; Take 25 percent off $1,00; Take 30 percent off $3,000.  Use code: SAVEMORE

Wayfair:  Take 60 percent off kids furniture and nursery furniture; Take 70 percent off living room furniture, bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture, kitchen and dining furniture, and office furniture

Lulu & Georgia:  Take 25 percent off everything with code BESTEVER

Crane and Canopy:  Take 20 percent off everything with code: CHEER

Pottery Barn:  Take 20 percent off regular-priced orders with code HOLIDAY; Take up to 50 percent off furniture

Rejuvenation:  Take 15 percent off orders of $100 or more; Take 20 percent off orders of $500 or more; Take 25 percent off orders of $1,500 or more

Speaking of sales, I was just reading an article discussing the psychology behind email marketing campaigns and it is fascinating. These days we are bombarded with emails from companies advertising the benefits of their product and their sales.  I don’t sell products on my site, but have often thought about it, so this topic is of interest.  One strategy marketers use is called the “sunk cost effect.”  The theory is that since we have already spent time, energy or money on something, we become determined to make it work.  We have all seen those message at the bottom of an email suggesting other items we may want to complete the set or that compliment what we have purchased.

Another example is with respect to subscription-based services where you are already committed to spend a sum of money.  The article I read highlights that retailer Dollar Shave Club has done this brilliantly with their “toss more in” email campaign.  So when they present this message allowing them to “toss more in,” it can dramatically increase average order value. It does this by reminding folks they’ve already ordered and highlighting how small the extra sum required would be to “complete the set,” which plays on our inherent desire to complete collections.

Another strategy highlighted by Emma, an email marketing service, suggests creating a VIP program or widening your existing program.  Programs can be widened by asking existing VIP’s to share invitations and offers to friends.  It is called the “entourage effect” and Emma explains it as:

“In life, being a VIP is all about social recognition, right? So if no one in your social circle can participate in your VIP status, it won’t actually mean that much to you. Here’s the deal…

VIPs don’t want to be lonely.  They want public visibility of their social position.  They want to be able to share their resources with others.  They want to create a feeling of indebtedness

That’s why widening VIP treatment doesn’t dilute its value – it amplifies it. If a brand wants to make a VIP feel really special, it should adapt its existing program to let his or her peers get in on the action.”

So much psychology behind the marketing emails we receive.  I may have been bombarded with so many emails I missed some sales.  If you have others you are shopping, share away in the comments.

Until next time . . .

 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Collection for CB2

Hi friends.  Happy Monday.  I was just looking at the CB2 catalog over the weekend and apparently now Gwyneth, the actress, singer, lifestyle guru can add decorator to her repertoire.  Her popular lifestyle brand Goop now has a collection for CB2.

It had me at peacock.  I love peacocks!

The lines are a bit modern for me and some of the designs a bit impractical for living with kids, but it is all unique and feminine.  Here are a few of my favorites.

The line of accessories is very beautiful and curated.


What do you think?  Perfectly chic or too modern?  Or do you love it just because Gwyneth can do no wrong??

Until next time . . .

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Hi everyone!  Everyone in the blogosphere has been posting about their Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks.  So, I thought I would get on the bandwagon and throw my picks into the ring.

This beautiful jacket also comes in a light lavender and I bought that color to mix up my usual black coat uniform in the fall/winter.

Camo never goes out of style!

I rarely buy nice pajamas for myself, but these J. Crew jammies are a steal at the sale price.

These would be perfect for work in fall.

I am loving this mustard yellow color for fall.

These amazing Diptyque candles are a great value.  I read another blogger’s post who says they break up the set and give them as gifts.  I know I would love to be on the receiving end of that gift!

Did you order anything special?  I have to admit I broke down and placed two separate orders.  They always say to walk away from something and if you are still thinking of it a few days later, it is meant to be.  Right?  Well, that is how I am justifying it.

Until next time.

xo,

 

Lilly Pulitzer For Pottery Barn

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to tell you guys about this new collaboration.  Lilly Pulizer has a new bright and preppy line for Pottery Barn.  It includes Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen.  While there are some classic over the top prints, there are also a lot of more subdued decor, such as the bookshelf below.   Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.

Kennedy Bookcase

Polished Palm Tree Chandelier – A steal at $199

Ikat Lumbar Pillow

Big Palm Wallpaper

 

Lilly Custom Lumbar

Gold Cane Mirror

Rhodes Occasional Chair

Round Shell Mirror

I love the Palm Beach preppy vibe of Lilly Pulitzer style.  I am seriously considering ordering the rattan bookshelf for my daughter’s room.  Time to get rid of our Target bookcase that is falling apart.

Until next time.

Gift Guide For Him

Hi everyone!  How is the holiday prep and gift giving going?  I have a manageable amount of shopping left to do, but I am not stressing.  Up today, is a gift guide for him with my picks for the men in you life.

Speaker / Bag / Scarf / Harry’s Gift Set / Multi-Tool / Sneakers

Happy shopping!  Hoping to get out a gift guide for kids soon.  Stay tuned!

xo,

Going Digital with Holiday Cards

Hi everyone!  I’m thinking of taking a different approach for my holiday cards this year.  Does this scenario sound familiar?  Spend way to much money on a photographer to take your family photos.  Wait to the last minute to order the perfect holiday card that seemed reasonably priced until there were ridiculous charges for special card shapes, unique envelope liners and shimmer paper.  The cards arrive and you procrastinate addressing them.  Some never make it to their recipients by December 25th?

Despite my promises every year to, “Be more organized this year,” the same thing happens to me every year.  This year, I have decided to save myself the headache, save some trees, and go digital with a holiday card from Paperless Post.

The process could not be easier.  You simply upload your photo (if you want to use one), customize the card, enter in your recipient email addresses and hit send.  Then if you are type A like me, you add it to your to-do list and then very proudly cross holiday cards off you list.

Here is the card I opted for this year.  I love its simplicity and pop of red.  It is like a present you can’t wait to open.

 

Here are a few other options from Paperless Post I really love.

You likely know of my Greek Key obsession!

This one brings me back to the sleepless nights of having newborns that I thought would never end!

What about you?  Have you ordered your holiday cards this year?  Save yourself the headache and some trees and go digital!

**This post was in collaboration with Anagram Interactive.   All opinions, as always, are my own.

xo

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide For Her

The shopping is about to get real y’all!  I went to Trader Joes this morning when they opened to get something I needed for Thanksgiving.  The store had not even opened yet and there were people with carts lined up to get in.  The anxiety was palpable.  So, in an effort to ease your shopping woes, I have prepared serveral gift guides for the holiday season.  First up, is a gift guide for her.  I guarantee any woman on your list would be happy with one of these gifts wrapped up under the tree.

Velvet Jacket Throw / Sleep Gift Set / Clutch / Cuff / Flats

I am hoping to do some online shopping this weekend to hit some of the sales!  Have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and I will be back with more gift guides.

xo,

Fall Favorites From Target’s New Home Line

Hi friends!  I received a cataloge from Target a few weeks ago and it appears they have launched a few new brands, include a home line called Project 62.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Apparently, blush tones are very in which is good for me because I have a lot of them in my home.

Planter / Abstract Art / Pillow / Vase / Wreath / Mirror

The abstract art print is a steal at only $70 dollars given its scale.  Apparently, designer Emily Henderson has the same print in her home.  I am really tempted to get it for my bedroom.

Have you added any fall details to your home?  I seriously need to restrain myself.  I have been buying way too much home stuff lately.  Darn you Target!!

Until next time.

Miles Redd for Ballard Designs

Hi everyone!  While my last post was about calming neutrals, I am switching up gears and discussing pure glamour. Famed interior designer Miles Redd has partnered with Ballard Designs to produce a line of amazingly glamourous furniture and accessories with a distinct Hollywood Regency look.  I mean he did write a book called “The Big Book of Chic” after all.  Miles does bright, colorful, unexpected designs and no one room he does is alike.  One look at these photos and I want to ditch neutrals.  The paring of colors, patterns and textures is too much fun.

Here the white mirror, console and chair balances out the wild Chinoiserie wallpaper.  I love the shell console.  I used to collect shells growing up, so anything with a shell motif is nostalgic for me.

 

The glam factor is notched up a bit here.  The bold use of pops of green, the edgy coffee table and leopard print all work together beautifully.

Most of the funiture can be customized in any one of Ballard’s amazing fabrics, like the blue spot fabric below.

I adore this Hollywood Regency-style mirror paired with this lacquered black chest.  The possibilities for using this mirror are endless.

Pattern in the bedroom anyone?

The shape of this waterfall console and its matching bench is so unique and is a definite centerpiece.

I am afraid I would never eat again if I had this black lacquered dining table.  I find the design of the table legs to be particularly beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorite individual pieces from the 28-piece collection.

Console

 

Urn

Lacquered Riser

Mirror

Waterfall Console

The pieces are not terribly priced which makes a high-end designer look affordable to more people. I am considering getting the black lacquered riser featured above to use on my coffee table or in a multitude of spaces in my home.

Have you ever purchased from Ballard Designs?  It truly is catalog decorating at its best!

xo