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Gingham -A lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and a bold color.  This season gingham graced many of the runways, from Bottega Veneta to Michael Kors.  More importantly gingham has crossed over from runway to “realway” and is available to the average joe in many different forms.  Check out some of our favorite gingham goodies that span the gamut from clothing to couches…



Erika Cavallini Dress available at

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Gingham Ties available from Hobo Ties at

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Washcloths available at


Gingham Pillows in fabrics from Thibaut Fabric

Iconic Chuck Taylor’s in Gingham Check

gingham trays

Fog Linen Coated Trays coming soon to Design Works

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Gingham picks from



Gingham Vest available at the Pink Pineapple

Clutch available from Tokyo Manhattan on

Gingham Wallpaper via style edition blog

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Gingham Galore at

Sofas from American Country Home Store

Sugar Spoons by Sabre France


Design: Going Gaga for Graffiti – Finding beauty in unexpected places

Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. It ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

Personally, I have always been fascinated by graffiti.  Living in New York City after college I often found beauty in unexpected things, one of which was graffiti.  It’s colors, shapes, and agendas have intrigued and captivated me.  So, on a recent trip to Miami I was dying to check out Wynwood Walls, an art installation conceived by Tony Goldman in 2009.

Originally intended to transform the run down warehouse district of Wynwood, the Wynwood Walls art installation initially consisted of six buildings.  These six windowless warehouses served as giant canvases for the under-appreciated and misinterpreted street art known as graffiti.  From inception, the Wynwood Arts District has grown to become a mecca for great street artists from all over the world, and is now also home to numerous galleries, restaurants, and an unlimited amount of inspiration.

Check out some of the amazing work featured in this unique area!

For more information you can also visit www.

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Design: Styling your Bookshelves –

Bookshelf; a shelf on which books can be stored.

This generic definition doesn’t really begin to indicate all the possibilities and excitement that a bookshelf can hold.  In my eyes, a bookshelf is better defined as a work of art or perhaps a conglomerate of memories.  A big album exposing where you’ve been, who you are, and even offering a glimpse of where you may be in the future.  How can a bookshelf be all these things?  Simple, it’s all about how you style it.  The story that your bookshelf tells depends on you.  It depends on what books, keepsakes, and treasures you choose to display.  On what room it’s located in and on the magnitude and origin of it’s design.  Styling your bookshelves can do more than tell a story, it can also transform your space, or people’s perception of your space.  Below are some inspirational photos and tips on how to style your bookshelves.  Have a great idea, be sure to let us know, we always love to hear from you.


1. Space

If you are short on space try adding doors or curtains to the bottom of a built-in.  If you are looking for a freestanding unit, choose one that has open shelving as well enclosed space, the combination can practically double your storage.  Since you don’t need to be concerned with how the space behind the curtain or doors looks, you will be able to fit twice as many items.

2. Placement

Mix up your books.  Place some horizontally and some vertically. You can do this within the same shelf and also on an alternating basis.  Mixing up the placement of your books creates visual interest and keeps the eye moving.

3. Tell a Story

As I said in the introduction, a bookshelf can really offer friends and family a glimpse into who you are.  It can also be a great visual reminder of the memories you’ve made.  By displaying treasures from past trips, gifts from loved ones, decorative accessories, and photos from your travels, you can create a bookshelf that tells the story of your choosing.

4. An eye for an eye

Don’t be afraid to group similar items together.  Do it by color, theme, or event.  Do you like to cook?  Try creating a chef’s shelf.  Fill it with cookbooks, vintage cooking utensils, and photographs from some of your favorite dinner parties.  Do you live by the sea? Curate a nautical collection.  Be sure to include your favorite seashells, paintings, photos, books, and treasures from vacations gone by.  So whether you emulate a box of Crayola crayons, curate a nautical collection, or showcase your inner gourmande, grouping similar items is a fun and easy way to create an interesting ambiance within your shelves.

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Books arranged by color are visually stimulating! via style at home

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 Keepsakes, photos, and books tell a story in this well styled bookcase

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Enclosed storage provides double the space


A nice combination of horizontal and vertical books keep it interesting. via thesuitelifedesigns


Free standing bookshelves are a great alternative to built-ins. via illtaketwo

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Crayola color coding = visual delight! via



Design Inspiration: the perfect piece of Majolica

What is Majolica???  Majolica is brightly colored earthenware pottery with a clear lead glaze, and it can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to adding a little pizzaz to your decor.

Since the 14th century artisans have been making these clay treasures.  Taking care to decorate them with colorful embellishments and interesting details.   While some pieces of majolica are purpose built, a pitcher, an oyster plate, or a serving platter, others are nothing more than wonderful works of art, meant only to be displayed and admired.

Majolica (a general term) comes from all over the world in many shapes and sizes.  Being from a coastal area, my favorite majolica pieces are always those which have been inspired by the sea! Adorned with birds, fish, shells, seaweed, and coral, these sea themed wonders are the perfect touch in any coastal home! Put them on the bookshelves, use them to store treasures found on the beach, or mix them in with your everyday tableware to add a little pop of color.

For some of my favorite pieces and ideas on how to display these wonderful treasures, check out the pictures below.  To learn more on how to start your own collection, or to become the proud owner of one of these earthenware creations, check out our website at

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Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’Action de grâce ) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

This time of year it is always fun to decorate, decorate, decorate! We love the challenge of coming up with new ideas to keep the Thanksgiving celebration looking fresh and festive.  Our advice: don’t be afraid to mix in plenty of natural elements…go outside and see what you can re-purpose from your yard.  Rosemary from the garden and leftover Halloween pumpkins make charming place cards! Recently fallen leaves and garden gourds create a unique mantle presentation.  From plates to placecards, here are some of our favorite finds for this years feast!

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