Drab or Fab: Animal Print

Animal prints are becoming very popular again and I am loving the bold ways designers are using them in their interiors. I think we can all admit that animal print decor can be a tacky disaster, but I think it can also be fabulous when implemented just right.  Here are several interiors that I think pull off the animal print.  What are your thoughts.....is animal print drab or fab?

Animal Print 1
House and Home
Animal Print 2
Decor Pad
Animal Print 3
Elle Decor
Animal Print 4
Elle Decor
Animal Print 5
House and Home
Animal Print 6
Animal Print 7
Architectural Digest
Animal Print 8
Elle Decor
Animal Print 9
Jonathan Adler
Animal Print 10
House Beautiful
Animal Print 11
Simply Smitten
Animal Print 12
Decor Pad
Animal Print 13
Belle Maison
Animal Print 14
Animal Print 15
Design Public
Animal Print 16
Decor Pad
Animal Print 17
House Beautiful
Animal Print 18
House and Home

Wild About Wing Chairs 6

Wild About Wing Chairs

I absolutely love wingback chairs.  Maybe it’s the bookworm in me that leads me to imagine the decadence of curling up with a good book in a grand wingback chair pulled up before a softly crackling fire.  It could be my love of dining that forms the mental picture of a long table adorned with a sumptuous meal, fine wine and friends gathered in the elegant chairs flanking the table as well as the wing chairs set at each end.  There are so many spaces in which I could easily imagine placing a wing chair or two.  In my opinion they add a sense of drama and elegance; I do love design with a bit of dramatic flair.

Here are 25 wingback chairs that inspire my imagination:

Wild About Wing Chairs 1
Rand Wing Chair from Ethan Allen
Wild About Wing Chairs 2
Donovan Wing Chair from Horchow
Wild About Wing Chairs 3
Louis Chair from Room & Board
Wild About Wing Chairs 4
The Wainscott Wing Chair by Victoria Hagan Home
Wild About Wing Chairs 5
Casablanca Wing Chair from Room Service Store
Wild About Wing Chairs 6
French Upholstered Wing Chair from Restoration Hardware
Wild About Wing Chairs 7
Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair from Hive Modern
Wild About Wing Chairs 8
Sunflower Zebra Chair from Horchow
Wild About Wing Chairs 9
Fanback Wing Chair from EFLM
Wild About Wing Chairs 10
Kelso Chair from Julian Chichester
Wild About Wing Chairs 11
Moderne Wing Chair by Thomas Pheasant for Baker
Wild About Wing Chairs 12
Blakely Wing Chair from Horchow
Wild About Wing Chairs 13
Ellery Chair from West Elm
Wild About Wing Chairs 14
Dylan Leather Chair from Crate and Barrel
Wild About Wing Chairs 15
Manor Wing Chair from Baker Furniture
Wild About Wing Chairs 16
Monroe Wing Chair from Ethan Allen
Wild About Wing Chairs 17
Wingchair from Hans J. Wegner
Wild About Wing Chairs 18
Belfort Wingback Upholstered Dining Chair from Restoration Hardware
Wild About Wing Chairs 19
Sally Wing Chair from Horchow
Wild About Wing Chairs 20
Howell Wingback, Linen from Anthropologie
Wild About Wing Chairs 21
Barons Court Wing Chair from Baker Furniture
Wild About Wing Chairs 22
Tondo from Suite New York
Wild About Wing Chairs 23
Soren Chair, Linen from Anthropologie
Wild About Wing Chairs 24
Gramercy Wingback Chair from Pottery Barn
Wild About Wing Chairs 25
Thurston Wing Chair from Ballard Designs

History and Fun Facts:

The wingback chair was introduced sometime during the 1700’s.  Characteristics include a higher back with wings rising up from the arm and joining the back at a wide angle.  The wings were meant to prevent chilly drafts from reaching the backs and torsos of the person sitting in the chair as well as prevent the heat from the fireplace from affecting the delicate skin of ladies.  For these reasons, the wingback chair was also commonly referred to as the fireside chair.

Cavallo Point

A Room With A View

A room with a view... there's just something extra special about it.  I love to travel, but throw in a great view at a stylish hotel and I'm in Utopia.

Recently I went on a last minute trip with my sisters as part of our new annual tradition.  We decided to visit San Francisco, but had trouble finding a two queen bed room with enough wiggle room for the four of us to "hang out".  After hours of research and calling hotels, good ol' Google led us to a place called Cavallo Point, in Sausalito California.

Cavallo Point

Situated at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point boasts views of the famous bridge, the bay, and San Francisco city, all framed by lush green surroundings.

Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point

The lodging choices of Contemporary or Historic rooms will appease the aesthetic desires of just about anyone.  We chose a Contemporary 2 queen room with a view and just loved it.  The Golden Gate bridge was framed perfectly in our window, green mountainside on the right and the bay with San Francisco on the left.  The bed was quite comfortable and the decor of the room was tastefully Contemporary.  Our room featured 450 square feet of wiggle room and a fireplace that we immediately put to good use.  We spent lots of time in our room catching up with wine, appetizers and a fantastic view.  Who wouldn't love that?

Contemporary Room With A View at Cavallo Point
Contemporary Room With A View at Cavallo Point
Historic Room at Cavallo Point
Historic Room at Cavallo Point

The next day we ventured out and found more delightful sights to discover.  All the buildings of Cavallo Point are spaced well apart and nestled in with nature so nothing feels overly obtrusive to the beauty of the landscape.  I've found a new favorite California getaway , complete with amazing spa facilities, a restaurant and bar, art gallery, cooking school, surprisingly unique gift shop and more.  I'm eager to return and have been pestering my husband to take me back ever since.

Check out the pictures of the lovely Cavallo Point Lodge.

Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point
Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point
Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point
Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point
Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point
Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point


Navy and White Chain Link

Pillow Talk

Style Confession: I absolutely adore pillows; my husband Ben might even say too much so.  They are such an easy way to change up the look or color scheme of a room which I like to do often.  Pattern or texture, bold or subtle, shiny or matte; pillows come in so many fun fabrics and styles.  Today's post is going to explore some colorful patterns I found recently that I thought were fun and inspiring. So scoot up to your computer screens and join me in a little pillow talk....

Garden Gate Kelly Green
Katherine Rally
Roman Castle Grey
Katherine Rally
Sassa Pink Coral
Katherine Rally

The above patterns from Katherine Rally are so bold and fun.  Each color comes in a variety of print options.  Her pillow designs would fit in perfectly with my Modern Glam style, but I could see these patterns and colors working really well for several different design styles.

Global Turquoise Geometric
Martha and Ash
Red Geometric
Martha And Ash
Orange Ikat
Martha And Ash
Geometric Ivory
Martha And Ash

Martha and Ash has some great pillow designs (above) and I love the brick background they take their product photos against.  Who wouldn't? These pillows and the others on their store are all great options to add some color pop to your room. I imagine a Modern Urban Casual design setting for these pillows (inspired by the brick wall as well? definitely).

Bukhara Pillow Aubergine
Z Gallerie
Geo Pillow Citrus
Z Gallerie
Linx Pillow Pewter
Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie is one of our favorite sources for home decor; they have beautiful things that fit a variety of budgets and, of course, they have pillows galore! I am really liking purple lately and the Aubergine pillow is a nice dark purple and the pattern feels fun and feminine.  However, my husband Ben, would definitely not go for that so the Geo Pillow in Citrius or the Linx pillow in pewter and yellow (ab0ve) would be a better option for those of us with opinionated husbands ;)

Navy and White Chain Link
Festive Home Decor on Etsy
Yellow and Grey Chevron
Festive Home Decor on Etsy
Floral with Birdie Accent
Festive Home Decor on Etsy

Julie sent me the link to this store on Etsy and I have to say the designs are great!  Even better is the fact that they carry pillow covers which I like because you can switch up your pillow covers when you want a new look (hmmm...spring, summer, fall, winter? I can just see Ben rolling his eyes but suffering through the design changes like a champ).  Also, they well priced which is awesome because pillows can sometimes be expensive.  Check out the pillow covers at Festive Home Decor

Well, that's probably enough pillow talk for now, but if any of you are pillow fans like me, let me know and I'll do another post soon.  Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend.

Last Minute Easy Christmas Decor

Ho ho ho! Santa will soon be shimmying down our chimney's and relatives will be coming to town.  Christmas is days away and today's post is all about last minute, easy Christmas decor for anyone who might need a bit of inspiration.  Here are some ideas that you can incorporate in your home to pump up the holiday cheer.

Ornaments Look Great on More Than Just Your Tree.

Natural Christmas
Better Homes and Gardens


Sparkling Tower
Country Living

I love to use ornaments around my house during the holidays. It's quick, easy, inexpensive and can be reused in different ways each year.  As in these examples, you can simply fill a vase with ornaments or arrange them in a bowl for some extra holiday sparkle.

Christmas Cloche
Martha Stewart
Ornament Jar
Country Living
Decorate with extra ornaments
Southern Living

Tip: If you don't have left over ornaments, pick up a few packs of cheap ones from Target.  If your budget can afford it, purchase a few select ornaments that are more expensive or have some special sparkle.  By mixing them in you can achieve a classier look that doesn't break your wallet.

Ornament Napkin Ring
Better Homes and Gardens
Classic Christmas
Better Homes and Gardens

I adore the idea of using ornaments in the table setting.  Incorporate your holiday color scheme with ribbon and ornaments or upcycle using unexpected household items as in the following charming example from makeandtakes.com

Upcycled Christmas Napkin Ring
Make and Takes
Hanging Ornaments
Real Simple

Decorate With Candy For Decor That Looks As Good As It Tastes

Christmas Candy Vases
DIY Crafts
Christmas Candy Buffet
A Spoon Full Of Sugar Designs
Brownie Bow
Martha Stewart
Candied Light Catchers
Better Homes and Gardens

Light Up Your Home With Candles

Lighting can make such a difference in any home. When doing any last minute holiday decorating don't forget to use lighting to set the stage. Line your walkway with lanterns or other lights.  Inside, if you have dimmers turn your lights down a couple of notches and incorporate christmas lights and/or candles to create more light in the room.

Walkway Lanterns
Rajee Sood
Snow Lanterns
Martha Stewart
Mason Jar Walkway
Emmaline Bride

This is an easy favorite: Grab a mason jar, vase, or clear bowl.  Fill it with water, greenery (such as mistletoe), and cranberries. Then place a floating candle on top, light it and voila!

Cranberry Mistletoe Candles
Blog Grandparko
String Light Wall
Martha Stewart
Christmas Tree Candle

Well, I hope that these ideas gave you a bit of inspiration for your last minute Holiday decor.

Here is a quick family-favorite recipe to make your home smell extra festive: Pour apple juice into a sauce or soup pot, add some cinnamon and cloves, turn the heat on low and stir occasionally. Your house will smell amazing in no time. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)