Category: living rooms

December 21, 2012

A Home in Goa

Vacationing in India for a month was an adventure to say the least. We visited many family homes in different states with different cultures and the homes were all decorated with traditional Indian items like paintings and colorful fabrics.  This home is located in Goa, India and is available for rent. Casa Tota is a 150 year old Portuguese house, carefully and lovingly restored. I decided to share this home, because it has all the elements of homes I visited there.  The canopy beds are quite common and the urns for fresh flowers is just gorgeous!  Interiors in India is known for it’s rich use of color and beautiful wood carved furniture passed down from generations. I just love how they used old Bollywood movie posters as art – I couldn’t find it in India this time around, but I’m sure I can find similar posters on line. Have a great Holiday weekend- enjoy it with your loved ones. -ijin

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October 12, 2012

Modern Downton Abbey

I’m sure everyone has heard of Downton Abbey by now.  I just finished watching the first season and am definitely hooked! The costumes, the language, and especially the home decor.  I love how fancy it is with rich draperies and chandeliers.  I was pondering what would a modern era abbey-esq home would look like and this space seems to be the perfect combo of glamour and modern.  This is exactly what I want my first home to look like!  All white walls with splashes of color and chandelier glamour.  On another note, I’m off to Puerto Rico!  I’m hoping to take a few snaps of interiors from the island and will share it with you next week.  Have a great weekend. xo -ijin


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October 5, 2012

allen + roth Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Light

We changed the ceiling lights this morning. I think the new light looks pretty good for only $23! The sale runs through Dec 31, 2012. allen + roth Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Light.

See the look I was trying to acheive HERE
Other flush mount ceiling light options I considered HERE

September 27, 2012

Modern Decor in a Vintage Flat

Some fabulous decor inspiration via Nuevo Estilo today. The dining & living rooms are my favorite. Especially that antique magenta love seat and dining room chandelier. I also love that they’ve accessorized with bright PURPLE tulips.


September 18, 2012

Bold Living Room Art

I’ve started a Pinterest board to bookmark some of my favorite living rooms. Interestingly, what draws me to these rooms is the large, abstract artwork. The orange piece above is my absolute favorite. They also seem to all have really high ceilings!

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August 31, 2012


I was browsing through stylist, Rita Konig’s portfolio and found some of her work to have one thing in common, groupings of pictures.  I’ve seen this trend getting really popular lately too.  I like all the collections of small photos grouped together to make one big art piece.  It’s less costly than a large painting and so much more interesting to me.  Each picture tells a story and can go on for hours as conversation piece at a house party.  And, how about those shoes coming out of the fireplace! Definitely a stylist thing, but I can see it working at a cool girl’s pad.

I saw this image from a house tour on apartment therapy.  I thought the idea was so cool! A collection of Polaroids and small photos in a bowl on the coolest side table I’ve ever seen! I’m definitely doing this for my eclectic home.  It’s effortlessly chic!  -ijin

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August 3, 2012

Texas Home with a Pink Living Room

Last night while browsing pink rooms & louis chairs I came across this stunning Texas home. The pink chandelier and pink inside of the china cabinets are such fun ideas. Definitely pinterest-worthy! Another thing that stood out to me was the gun design on the louis chairs. It was a really charming/unexpected detail in an otherwise very feminine living room.

My absolute FAVORITE thing in this home is the wallpapered powder room. I am already working on my husband to copy that doggy wallpaper. How quirky!


July 12, 2012

Colorful Dining Room Chairs

The bright upholstery on these dining room chairs caught my attention! What do you think? Would you try something like this in your dining room? I love how she matched them perfectly to the art work.

& I love the chandelier in her kitchen. (I have the same Jupiter Chandelier in my dining room. (more…)

June 23, 2012

Apartment Staging

Staging has become such an important part of selling a home. I guess most people cannot see through crap & clutter, & they don’t want to have to visualize what “could be!” Here is a beautiful (& SMALL) NYC apartment that has been staged so beautifully! Seriously gorgeous. I love that they used a HUGE dining room table- room to seat 10! It really shows the length of the room. & those caribbean blue chairs in the living room are just stunning! To view the entire property visit

May 29, 2012


Decor inspiration today via Nuevo Estilo. I love this home (location = Spain) The colors in the living/dining rooms are so vibrant! My favorite accents are the bright yellow rug and purple lampshade in the living room.

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April 28, 2012

Elements Grey Sofa Table

My console table from Overstock came this morning. It is the Elements Grey Sofa Table with Shelf. (I got it for $150 with my coupon!)

Anyway, it became a disaster when I tried to involve my kids. The had fun, but it took me about 2 hours to clean up the mess! You can still see that there are little white styrofoam dots that will be in my house for months!

This photo below was my inspiration photo, but I couldn’t afford the over $1000 price tag!

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April 25, 2012

New Throw Pillows & Famille Rose Garden Stool

My new throw pillows just arrived. They are from Designers Guild – the royal collection oriel ebony silk cushion in 11 X 17. I got them on clearance for $27 each. (normally $90) This includes the duck feather insert. In addition, if you spend $50 it is free shipping!

Other new thing… the Famille Rose Garden Stool I purchased from One Kings Lane. It is a bit different than the one pictured, but I actually like it better than the original one with red dots all over!

I moved my $49.99 gold garden stool from Homegoods to the dining room for now…not sure where it’s new place should be.

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April 23, 2012

Decorating with gold & brass

Over the weekend I purchased a few new decorating magazines. Living Etc. (published in the UK) is one of my faves. This month there is a really amazing photo spread about decorating with gold & brass. I loved the inspiration since I am trying to incorporate a lot of gold accent pieces into my living room.

A few gold accented pieces in my home:
brass coffee table (craigslist), gold garden stool, gold painted trinket box ($9.99 from Homegoods), gold/black bowl $15 (One Kings Lane)

vintage mirrors $125/each

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April 19, 2012

Gold Chinese Garden Stool for $49.99

This GOLD CHINESE GARDEN STOOL is $129.99 plus shipping at Wisteria….

& I just purchased for $49.99 at HOMEGOODS. so exciting!

April 17, 2012

Chic Decor for your Small Sitting Room

I’ve started working with Houzz on I’ve put together this Ideabook for a smallish living room/sitting room. The room is too small for a sofa, so I picked out a beautiful settee that I’m pretty much obsessed with! The painting is the inspiration for the room. The room is also somewhat budget friendly, with furniture & accessories from places like Overstock, West Elm, and Etsy!

To learn about all of the details visit

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April 17, 2012

Purple Living Room

A traditional living room filled with antiques plus a modern shade of purple on the walls in this late-19th-century Beirut villa. Lovely! via

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April 5, 2012

Living Room Pastels

If you like soft colors you will love Ana Antunes’s living room as much as I do! She has so many cute, colorful accessories- & did you see the cute purple lamp? So much inspiration!

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March 29, 2012

Lamps for Living Room

I purchased these end tables for my living room and am trying to decide on a lamp style. I originally thought I wanted something that was glossy & white, but I’m having second thoughts! Which one do you like best? (they are all from West Elm!)

P.S. the table hardware will most likely be changed if that makes any difference.

March 23, 2012

Color Coordinate Your Books

One of my favorite new discoveries on Etsy! Sorry Thank You 79 sells color coordinated books for an instant vintage library. What a great way to add a little color to your living room!

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March 20, 2012

Living Room Ideas

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Speaking of my living room…I want sooo many things. Where to start? What is your favorite piece in your living room? Did you purchase everything at once, or slowly accumulate pieces over time?

These are just a few things I’d love in my space. I should probably come up with a budget first!

P.S. #6 is actually the chair I’d love for the heads of my DINING ROOM

March 12, 2012

Mix & Match Side Tables

Side tables are on my mind! I’ve been browsing for inspiration for my new living room. A cool trend I’ve noticed…you can mix and match different styles and heights for each side of the sofa. What do you think about this?

What kind of end tables do you have?

images via Lonny Mag

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