January 31, 2013

This and That...


I wanted to share two things I featured on my blog this month that were big hits.

This cotton stripe pull-over top and that elegant beach house living room... I think they're my favorites, too!


January 29, 2013

Spring Forward...




ETOILE ISABEL MARANT Daryl Embroidered Dress, here, here | TORY BURCH Gold Rim Sunglasses | J.CREW Farmer's Market Tote | J.CREW Leather Capri Sandals | J.CREW 4" Chino Short | J.CREW 3" Chino Short | STELLA & DOT Suzanne Cocktail Ring | STELLA & DOT Christina Link Bracelet | WARBY PARKER OPTICALS Sims, Ainsworth | ESTEE LAUDER NAIL POLISH Love Bites | WILLIAMS SONOMA Capristrano Coral Seaweed Prints (on sale) | WILLIAMS SONOMA HOME Troy Coffee Table (on sale) | WILLIAMS SONOMA HOME Recycled Yarn Nautical Stripe Rug | SERENA & LILY  Malibu Chandelier 


Set Sail Finds & A HomeGoods Happy Party

Good morning and thank you for the sweet comments on my room make-over for HomeGoods yesterday! Today, I wanted to share a few photos with you of some Set Sail items that I loved on my many shopping trips to the stores. I bought some of the pieces for the room and others I just admired and knew that they would make a great statement in someone's home.   

Now here's the great news!

SAVE THE DATE :: HomeGoods Happy Party

HomeGoods has chosen ME to be a hostess for a HomeGoods shopping party right here in Miami!  That means I'll be inviting YOU to join me. Calling all bloggers and readers alike who want to be introduced to the HomeGoods shopping experience.  If you'd like to join me on Saturday, February 16th at the Midtown HomeGoods, please leave a comment here as an RSVP. 

The shopping times will be early morning, before the store opens, with freshly restocked merchandise from 8 to 9:30 A.M.

Let me know if you live nearby and can be there bright and early for morning refreshments and a little fun. Everyone that attends will get a giftcard from HomeGoods and there will be other opportunities to win another giftcard  to shop! You can also bring a friend!

Click here to see my HomeGoods Room Make-over...




























January 28, 2013

A HomeGoods Happy Room Make-Over


Happy Monday! I am so thrilled to show you my HomeGoods room makeover! It's been about four months in the making and it finally happened this past Saturday when I wrapped up my first photoshoot! If you are hearing for the first time about my collaboration with HomeGoods, let me give you some history. In early September, I received a message from a PR person respresenting HomeGoods telling me that HomeGoods was a big fan of my blog and that I was chosen to be a featured blogger for their new online quiz, Stylescope, designed by interior designer and TV host, Taniya Nayak. I re-read the message about 10 more times until it sunk in.... What? HomeGoods, one of my favorite stores in the whole wide world wants to put my blog link on their site? I was so excited and jumped around the kitchen and into my husband's arms!  I feel humbled and honored to have been contacted by them and have enjoyed my many chats with my new PR friend. Along with adding my link to the Set Sail page of the Stylescope Quiz, they wanted to give me $1000 to re-do a room of my choosing with a Set Sail theme. With many trips to HomeGoods and a pumpkin latte in hand each time, I found gorgeous pieces to create a beach theme in my family room. This has truly been one of the most exciting projects I've ever done! I lost count how many times I visited the two stores in my town (I know! I'm blessed to have two stores nearby), but each time there were new things in their great assortment of coastal accessories and furniture. Here are a few photos...okay MANY photos I took of the room. 





The wicker side chair ($99) is from HomeGoods and I thought it would be perfect to use as a desk chair, as well.  I'm on a HomeGoods lookout for a narrow desk to put in this room on the side wall near the armoire.

...all of the accessories on my Williams Sonoma Home coffee table are from HomeGoods, except the tray and books (and the fresh hydrangeas are from Whole Foods).

I am so happy with the way this family photo wall turned out! The frames, basket, floor candle vase, large candle, seahorse, mermaid and all of the beautiful faux coral are from HomeGoods!

The pom pom throw is c/o Serena and Lily.

All of these accessories are from HomeGoods. I love the blue frame! It reminds me of something Tory Burch would have in her Southampton home. So glad I picked it up right away! The ship wheel frame was perfect to house a beach picture of my hubby and I. I'm loving the blue coral and buoy...all HomeGoods! 



The Ralph Lauren hurricane, candle and shells are all from HomeGoods!

This coral collection is from HomeGoods! Just some of the many pieces of coral I purchased from there! I couldn't get enough of them! Some are even on glass bases! Those were $34.99 and would have cost me $150 in higher end stores! Same exact look, but much lower price...thanks to HomeGoods!


This corner is my favorite! I bought that lamp about three years ago and did not have anywhere to put it, so when I saw this side table ($150) I hauled it to the register and paid for it right away! The new gray look that's so stylish now is exactly what I was looking for in a side table.

I bought a bag of sand from Home Depot for $4 and filled this Ralph Lauren hurricane and the standing vase near the wall of frames. Hurricane, candle and shells are from HomeGoods.

Love this angle...and those hydrangeas were perfect for this room. Flower vase is actually an ice bucket from HomeGoods, but I used it here as a vase.

I love blue and it was nice to incorporate many shades in this room by using fresh flowers and different colored accessories. 

This is the view of my family room looking in from the living room...

The living room is another story, I really need to work on that next.









...all of the accessories on the end table are from HomeGoods! The lamp is old and those clam shells I found in the Hamptons this past summer.


I ended up using an old nautical tray of mine.  When I was done with this room last Saturday, I saw some great trays that I could have used instead at HomeGoods...but I ran out of money by that time. I did take some photos of them and will share them with you in another post. The trays at HomeGoods were the same color as the hydrangeas...

These navy and white nautical pillows really set the tone for this room! They were $16.99 each, which was a steal! I, of course put all the navy ones I could find in my cart right away! Since my slipcover sleeper sofa is an off-white color and the coffee table cover is bright white, these bright white pillows tied them together perfectly. 


It's so nice to watch TV and see some of my favorite family photos. It's exactly what I envisioned when I started this room...

I took the top doors off of the armoire to make the illusion of a built in.  It actually really opened up the room and made it look bigger.  If I kept the doors on, the frames would have been obstructed. I thought the turquoise seahorse would compliment my framed seahorses.

Here I am, making last minute touches to my Set Sail room...



Here are some before pictures:

Many of my readers, friends and family know that I love white, but this room was way too boring...

The gray wicker side table is from HomeGoods! Yeah, I was so happy to incorporate some gray wicker in this room!

My sofa. The two lamps, seahorse prints, drapes and curtain rods were purchased from Williams Sonoma Home a few years ago.  

I added an 8x10 natural fiber rug that I purchased from West Elm. HomeGoods had one that I missed out on... When you see something you like at HomeGoods, my advice is to put it in your cart right away! These rugs are very popular, especially this time of the year!

...getting my frames ready to hang.

Originally, I was able to find nine of these matching frames from different HomeGood stores that I visited. The good news is, last Saturday I said to myself..."Desiree, take one more trip for this room and see what you can find", and I found 3 more frames and was able to put six on either side of the armoire!! Yippee!! Each  frame cost $12.99!! 



...by the way this armoire was a hand-me-down from a friend.

Love my seahorse platter from HomeGoods! Another perfect compliment to my seahorse prints...

There is it! What do you think? I would love to know...

THANK YOU HOMEGOODS!!!

I'll have another post with some finds at HomeGoods that you will love...stay tuned!




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