Friday, August 31, 2012


David Jimenez is an impressive and inspirational designer of our day. He currently lives in Kansas City while acting as the VP of visual merchandising for Hallmark Inc. However, he has helped develop big time home decor brands such as Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Of course I noticed his work through Pinterest and I had to share some of his portfolio with you. I think he has a really great range, yet I love everything he does. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012


My friend Kelly is the ultimate DIYer. Seriously, the girl sees anything and thinks "I can make that." And the crazy part is, she usually does. Luckily, she has an amazing family thats always willing to help when it comes to a project, and this time it would be no easy feat.

It started with the inspiration...

Step 1: GENIUS IDEA, are you ready for this. Kelly traced the design of the headboard on a white piece of paper and then they used a projector machine from her father's office to trace the outline on to the wood before cutting it with a jigsaw. 

Step 2: Kelly and her mother took two large pieces of foam and glued the foam to the back of the headboard with Elmer's wood glue. It is is important to note the Elmer's wood Glue because it doesn't have as many toxins than spray adhesives. 

Step 3: Kelly and Elaine (aka Lainey Bops/Kelly's mom) then cut the excess foam to form the shape of the headboard.

It looks as though she did this with an electric kitchen knife! LOL

Step 4: The upholstering. Not so easy with this shape my friends. 

Kelly used a staple gun to wrap the fabric around the wood frame. However, because the shape was so elaborate she had to make slits along the edges so that there was no puckering. 

Sidenote: With professionally made headboards the fabric would be cut in patterns so that there would be seams at the edges of the headboard for a fluid line without any folds.

Step 5: Kelly bought 2 large picture hangers from Lowe's and mounted them to the wall. 

Step 6: Hang!!! 

Well done Kelly, Elaine and Jack. Well done.
Truly one of the most impressive DIY's I have ever seen. Thank you for documenting it for me Kelly!! :)


Lowes heavy duty picture hangers (holds up to 200 lbs)
Elmers nontoxic wood glue
4 yards Fabric (Kelly chose a cream faux suede by Robert Allen)
Foam 2x3x54
MDX wood 

COST: ONLY $238!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello bargain!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I showed a co-worker a photo of an item I was bidding on.. and she almost fell off her chair. The item I was bidding on was a bright pink/purple overdyed rug. Yes, it is a bold move and most people can't handle color, let alone bright pink, but it is the perfect layer of color for my bedroom. It is 100% wool pile and retails for $7500! Thank goodness for my designer discount.


Check out these over dyes at West of Hudson.

Monday, August 27, 2012

NAILHEADS: The Jewelry of Upholstery

Adding nail trim to your upholstery is like adding a great pair of earrings to your already put together outfit. Nailheads come in all types of shapes, finishes, and sizes. You can do a continuos single row of nailheads or you can space them out. Sometimes they are used to keep the fabric in place and sometimes they are added to jazz up your upholstery piece. A great example below is the Hickory Chair Eton Chair, shown with and without the optional nailtrim. See the difference?

Eton Chair without Nailheads.

Eton Chair with nailheads.

Nailhead patterns take these Michael Berman ottomans to a whole new level

We're loving the great new trend of upholstery tables,
also notice the great  pattern in front of the banding of  the sofa base. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


A zebra top that doesn't look like it was purchased at BeBe or Forever 21
Left: J. Crew Scoopneck silk top in zebra
Right: DSquared 

A classic colored striped sweater. 
J. Crew Tippi sweater in colorblock stripe

Any slouchy sweater I can find under $100. They are just so comfy cozy with a bit of sexy worn off the shoulder. 

Okay by now you have realized that I have a slight obsession with J. Crew's School Boy velvet blazers, considering last spring I bought them in poppy and bristol blue. I just feel the need to have them in every single color! And this year its going to have to be Emerald green!

And my bohemian/Almost Famous side is needing this Free People faux shearling cascading jacket. I have been hunting it down on eBay for about 5 months now and Im thinking it might be time to purchase. But then again I have wayyyy to much outerwear, I'm not sure if I can justify it haha.