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  • Design with Succulents

    June 24, 2014

    Why frame a picture when you can frame a garden? It is summertime and if you're looking for an unconventional way to add design and style to your home this DIY you could be for you. All you need is a preassembled frame, soil, and of course the succulents. Read this article for the full directions. Happy framing! http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/diy-vertical-succulent-garden-project succulent-art-0210-l

  • diy: at-home spa day

    June 13, 2014

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    Ahhhhh, spa days. Summer is nearly here which means we should all take a little extra time to relax and reflect - the perfect way to do this? A do-it-yourself spa day at home! So light some candles, stock up on fluffy towels, and get to pampering.

    Here's how:

    1. Make time. This doesn't only mean clearing your schedule from other appointments, meetings, and work commitments - it also means leaving your email inbox for a while and turning off your phone.

    2. Get organized. Pull together everything that will help you in your spa relaxation time: robe, slippers, candles, a calming playlist, facial scrub, comfy clothing, whatever you'll need for maximum chill time.

    3. Eat (and drink) well. While some spa days might include a tasty box of bath-side chocolates or some elegant French macarons, your body will probably thank you for generally eating on the healthy side for the day. Indulge in fresh fruit, roasted veggies and chicken, a refreshing smoothie, or some comforting soup.

    4. Quiet time. Whether this time takes place in a cozy bubble bath or simply perched on a cushion, we could all use a little more quiet moments in life. Use earplugs if needed to get true silence but the general point here is to pay attention to your breathing and take some time to meditate.

    5. Read and write. If you're feeling particularly stressed about something - write it down! It might seem counter-intuitive to acknowledge these things but getting them out and down on paper helps you release the stress from your body. Pull out a good book you've been meaning to read - there's no better time to start than now!

    Go fourth and pamper!

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  • design around town: nyc type

    June 13, 2014

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  • colors of the summer: 2014

    May 25, 2014

    Hues of grays and whites of the past, be gone! Summer's officially on it's way and we can't wait to bring pops of color back into our homes. Here are some of the colors we've felt particularly inspired by as of late:

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    Who knew a color could be so bold yet so soothing at the same time?

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    Light-hearted and subtly feminine, violet looks perfect against neutral tones.

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    Bright and cheerful, celosia orange looks great against darker tones which will bring out the "pop"!

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    Cayenne speaks volume, bringing in pleasant dashes of spice and heat.

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    Muted and easy on the eyes, hemlock green is perfect for those who want smaller hints of color.

    Photo Credits: grahambrown.hardpin.com, http://le-sojorner.tumblr.com, http://www.brightbazaarblog.com, www.ruthburts.comwww.californiahomedesign.com

  • inspired details: by the sea

    May 25, 2014

    You don't have to live by the sea to be inspired by the nautical lifestyle! Bring the outdoors in with sailing decor hints, cobalt blue tones, and beachy decor details.

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    We love this nautical shower curtain from Anthropologie!

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    Vintage glass bottles bring in some whimsicality to your dining room table or bedside desk.

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    Incorporate rustic knots in subtle spots like around the base of a lamp or to tie off curtains.

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    Use natural drift wood textures in unexpected places like mounted on the wall or repurposed into a unique coffee table.

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    Pick artwork that is consistent with the nautical theme but still resonates with your personal style and taste.

     

     

  • inspiration: textiles at home

    May 25, 2014

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    A good textile fabric is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring color into a room, totally refreshing the overall look of a space. Whether you've just come back from Morocco with a textile-loaded suitcase or have just stopped by a local home decor shop, there's someplace perfect in your own home for those fun, patterned finds.

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  • we love nyc

    May 2, 2014

    We've been in New York City for a couple of years now and are still smitten. The sights, the sounds, the people; it all adds up to be our very favorite place in the world. Whether we're lounging on the lawn of Central Park or perusing a vintage shop in Williamsburg, we couldn't be happier to be here.

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  • small spaces, big ideas

    April 27, 2014

    Here in New York City, it's not uncommon to see entire studio apartments the size of a coat closet. While this means stuffy and sometimes cluttered spaces, it can also call for intense creativity and innovative spaces that look downright comfy.

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    Photo credit: http://inthralld.comhttp://www.forbes.com, messynessychic.com

  • inspired by: travel

    April 27, 2014

    We're on a bit of a travel stint lately. Maybe it's the less than ideal Spring weather we've got coming up in the city, maybe it's just a simple case of Spring Fever. While many of us have travel plans coming up this summer, a stay-cation will have to suffice for now which is why we're bringing you five of our favorite travel inspired home decor tips in today's blog post!

    1. Decorate walls with photos of your favorite cities.

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    2. Repurpose fabrics and textiles from your travels. 

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    3. Stock up on travel inspired coffee table books. 

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    4. Fly vintage flags. 

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    5. Decorate with pieces from international artists.

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  • tips on furniture arranging: living room

    April 23, 2014

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    Arranging furniture may seem simple on the surface. But when it comes down to the point where you've moved your sofa from one side of the room to the other 10+ times, you come to realize that planning ahead would save you the time, energy, and stress of filling empty space.

    Here are some of our go-to guidelines depending on which type of room you're furnishing:

    If it's a: Long room

    Pair armchairs, facing each other, with the sofa to balance the weight and provide extra seating. Place side tables on both sides on the sofa, and create a "landing" area towards the entrance of the room for coats, shoes, keys, etc.

    If it's a: Centered fireplace

    Fireplaces, while cozy and charming, can cause an extra troubleshooting spot in the room. Place all seating (sofas and armchairs) in a "floating" position - meaning, not against the walls but rather, in front of the fireplace, facing at a 90 degree angle from it. Use a coffee table and rug centered in the middle of the seating area and fill the perimeter of the walls with storage cabinets and additional seating.

    If it's a: Small room

    Focus on one key piece of furniture such as small sofa (like our Jethou Sofa) and "accessorize" liberally with plenty of pillows and a throw blanket. Use geometric textiles and clear, glass surfaces in the room to provide depth and reflection.

    Give sofas breathing room. 

    Placing larger furniture, like your sofa, even a couple of inches off the wall, will actually make the room feel more spacious or airy.

    Keep it bright. 

    Lighting is vital - spread different lighting sources out across the room evenly and keep it balanced by focusing on all corners of the room.

    Mix and match

    Don't worry too much about symmetry and think instead about balance. Balance can mean one large sofa balanced by two armchairs across a coffee table or an incorporation of varied textures and fabrics.

  • get packing: our favorite travel pins

    April 18, 2014

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    Summer is fast approaching and we are dreaming up vacations. Head on over to our travel Pinterest page for a serious case of the travel bug!

     

  • how to: spend spring in nyc

    April 11, 2014

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    We know that everyone loves Paris in the Springtime but what about New York City? It just so happens to be one of our favorite places to be during our favorite time of the year!

    Here's what we'll be up to in the next sunny months to come:

    Take in the outdoor art and scenery

    Central Park is a piece of art all on it's own but once the weather starts to turn, you'll see various forms of artwork emerge in this iconic spot to soak in the sun.

    Dine, Euro-style

    Once the winter has passed, many restaurants and cafes open up their outdoor seating. It can be an extra wait for one of these alfresco tables but it's well worth it to lounge and people-watch in the Spring warmth.

    Check out the flea markets 

    In May, the Lower East Side will start bustling with markets that stretch as far as the eye can see. Enjoy an ice cream cone while you search for antique artwork, indie clothing, or the perfect piece of jewelry.

    Play ball at Central Park 

    Head over to the baseball fields in Central Park where there's always bound to be something exciting happening. Our favorite time to check it out is when the Broadway league is playing; spot your favorite Broadway and Off-Broadway stars scoring home runs!

    Explore the chilled out food scene 

    New York City is a mecca for all sorts of sweet, icy treats. Find everything from authentic Italian gelato, mint ice cream sandwiches, and homemade popsicles to Spanish gazpacho, iced cafe lattes, and picnic-perfect meats and cheeses. Hungry yet?

  • 5 tips on trend: pastels

    April 8, 2014

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    Pastels made a huge splash at Spring Fashion Week with pleasant shades of pinks, greens, and yellows making their way down the catwalk all week and straight into retail clothing stores. That being said, the pastel trend shouldn’t be limited to our closets. Here are some ways you can bring the color trend into your home in a way that will stay fresh way past Easter Sunday.

    1. Go vintage

    We’re big fans of the 50’s inspired retro look. In small doses, vintage-y pieces like a mint fridge or light pink armchair brighten up the room with a splash of color that is still easy on the eyes.

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    2. Pair with muted neutrals

    Don’t feel comfortable committing to a bright purple living room? We don’t really blame you. To keep things looking cool and collected, pair pastels with muted neutrals like gray, cream, or white.

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    3. Think geometrics

    Choose throw pillows, rugs, or seat cushions that have strong geometric patterns to make the softness of the pastels stand out with simple juxtaposition, also breaking up the smooth consistency of sherbet pastels.

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    4. Use multiple shades

    Incorporate multiple shades of a single pastel color to add dimension and depth to the room. Mix textures and shapes across shades as well to keep the space dynamic.

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    5. Compliment with wood accents

    Pastel blends beautifully with natural materials like wood paneling, wood floors, or wood furniture. Go for lighter shades like white oak, bamboo, or even a cherry wood to compliment pink and peach pastel shades.

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  • Pin Party and Giveaway with Dream Green DIY!

    April 1, 2014

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    We loved having Brittany of The House that Lars Built join us for last Saturday's Pinterest Happy Hour so much that we're hosting another one, this time with blogger, Carrie of Dream Green DIY!

    This Saturday, April 5th, at noon EST, Carrie will be joining us on our Pinterest board, "Design, Decor, DIY Happy Hour" to pin some of her favorite home and DIY goodies. Keep an eye out for the pin of our Scarlett throw pillow in Citrine with the hashtag #pillowpinittowinit and repin it for a chance to win the pillow for your own home!

    Hope to see your lovely repins this Saturday at noon!

    http://www.pinterest.com/nysofadotcom/design-decor-diy-happy-hour/

  • Pinterest Happy Hour + Giveaway!

    March 27, 2014

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    We’re excited to announce our first ever Pinterest Happy Hour event coming up this Saturday! Lifestyle blogger and pinning extraordinaire, Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built is joining as our special guest and between noon and 1 pm, she’ll be pinning her favorite design, décor, and d.i.y images to our Pinterest board.

    Make yourself a nice lunch and hunker down with us on Pinterest this weekend!

    Here are your need-to-know details:

     What: Design, Décor, & D.I.Y Happy Hour with Brittany J.

    Where: Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/nysofadotcom/

    Who: Brittany of The House that Lars Built and all of you Pinterest fanatics

    When: Saturday, March 29th at noon EST

    How: Be sure you’re following us on Pinterest and log on around noon on Saturday. See what Brittany pins and repin to your heart’s content!

    *Be on the lookout for the image captioned with #PillowPin2Win. Repin this image and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a snazzy pillow from us at Sofa.com!

    See you on Saturday!

  • Color Inspiration: Radiant Orchid

    March 26, 2014

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    As you may well know by now, this year’s color as declared by Pantone is Radiant Orchid- a bold, yet comforting shade of purple that makes us think of luxury in the Springtime. There’s been no better time to bring this gorgeous hue into your home!

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