September 23, 2017

Fall is officially here as of yesterday! Although, it really doesn't feel like fall since it was 86 degrees in NYC today - not complaining :) How do you like to prepare your home for the fall season?? I love to swap out my candles and add small decor around our space. While searching for my favorite fall candle to share, I realized there are actually quite a lot so I've decided to dedicate this post to an assortment of deliciously scented fall candles. YOU'RE WELCOME :) 

1 / brooklyn candle company / fern + moss

2 / the white company / autumn 

3 / west elm + rewind / spiked cider

4 / anthropologie / boulangerie jar pumpkin souffle

5 / bath + body works / marshmallow fireside

6 / nest candles / pumpkin chai

7 / p.f candle co / teakwood + tobacco

8 / anthropologie / fireside + starlight candle

9 / voluspa / baltic amber

10 / williams sonoma / pumpkin spice


Trending: Geometric

September 6, 2017

The more I browse stores, online, pinterest, etc, the more I see geometric shapes in design. From a candle or vase to a rug or bed, it's becoming a trend that I'm not upset about - what about you? Plus, it's pretty Photoshop cropping friendly ;) I've put together some geometric pieces that I'm loving from a bunch of my favorite stores. They're perfect to add in a space to break up a lot of soft pieces or textures and easy to switch out (for the most part) if you decide you want to try something new. My tip is to not over do it, because it's important to think about balance when decorating with anything geometric otherwise it can begin to look too busy. Which piece is your favorite??

geo mosaic wallpaper / anthropologie / $78 
kumo wallpaper / anthropologie / $78
matte black stars / mcgee + co / $48-68
matterhorn vases / lulu + georgia / large $147
venus decorative stands - set of 3 / layla grace / $162
tufted laily rug 8x10' / anthropologie / $1,198
wire mesh form stool / layla grace / $162
faceted lacquer side table / west elm / $399
geometric media console / rh / $1,496 with $100 membership


Labor Day Deals

September 4, 2017

Hi all and Happy Labor Day! I haven't posted since July 1st - I really need to get it together. I have been so busy this summer with weddings, our engagement, working and finishing up our apartment that I often think about a blog post to write and then it never ends up happening. Some of these posts included talking about creating a space plan, common design mistakes, how to decorate empty shelving, etc. - SO many ideas. With it being LDW, it's only right to list some of my favorite Labor Day finds! I've listed a handful of items from three of my go-to stores for my own home...enjoy! In the meantime, off to brunch we go :) 

10% off $300 with code GOOD 
15% off $550 with code BETTER 
20% off $800 with code BEST 
25% off $1,500 with code BANANAS

judi armchair / $760 
lotta dining chair / $413
astern gold stool / $478
prisha rug / 8x10' $316
hello doormat / $45
certo table lamp / $158
slainie bookends / $95
laxton trays - set of 2 / $90
mahari candle holders / $60 - $83

15% off home items (additional off sale items) with code LABORDAY

decorative basket pillowfort khaki / $28.49
rodney wood arm chair / $218.49
live edge wood tray / $17.99
pendant floor lamp / $75.99
gray fringe pillow / $21.24
gray geo lumbar pillow / $16.99
framed patterned abstract art - set of 2 / $75.99
blanket marled sweater knit throw / $24.99
olsen collection two head task lamp / $28.49

buy more save more up to 30% off + free shipping with code HUGESALE

andes three piece sectional / $2,497
cotton luster velvet pillow cover - dusty blush / $29 
allover crosshatch jacquard pillow cover / $39
deco handle tray - small and large / $59-$89
minted for west elm "and the color of my eyes has gone back to the sea" / $299
spun metal standing planter - small and large / $79-$99
amytis curtain / $79-$99
roar + rabbit swivel chair / $799


TJ Maxx Home Finds

July 1, 2017

Guys, we finally got our new media console delivered! Stay tuned for photos - it's still a work in progress, but I am loving how it is coming together. Now that we have it, we still have a blank wall to the left of it that I'm figuring out what to fill with. I'm thinking two small stools/poufs with a decorative ladder, or a small accent chair with an ottoman. Still not sure, but I have to say that it's actually really hard to come across small stools/ottomans. There is a lot out there, but I'm finding it difficult to narrow down options. While browsing today, I came across SO many items at TJ Maxx that I am loving so I decided to share them all with you. You all know how TJ Maxx/Homegoods/Marshalls all have a home section, and they're all limited quantities. So if you happen to like any of these items, definitely check to see if they're still available! Many of these items are JUST like ones from retailers that are much higher in price point. Which items are your favorite?

Top to bottom: 
 mckayna flip top table / $199.99
uma mid century chest / $129.99
teak wood stool / $79.99
made in indonesia large tapered basket / $24.99
made in indonesia seagrass tote with pom poms / $16.99
bella lux made in brazil set of 2 agate bookends / $24.99
made in indonesia small sliced teak root crate / $29.99
sheffield home concrete lamp with wood accent / $59.99
sheffield home set of 2 concrete brass / $99.99
simon blake vamp table lamp / $49.99
stylescraft round tufted linen ottoman / $39.99
safavieh made in turkey persian inspired area rug 4x6' / $49.99


Easy Home Updates for Summer

June 25, 2017

Hey everyone! It's been a full month since my last post. If I really want to stay on top of this blog thing, I really should post more, huh? Well, one of THE most amazing things has happened this month - I'm engaged! So naturally I'm pretty much non-stop thinking about what our wedding plans will be and believe me, I have a lot of ideas :) I will keep you posted on that, but in the meantime I've put together ways to update your home for summer. I love introducing more greenery, lightening up my bedding, and switching out candles for more summery scents. What are your go-to summer home updates??

1 / summer candle / white company
The White Company just opened by my job, and when I checked it out I fell in love. I LOVE their candles like this summer scent one and they also have a lavender one that is amazing.

2 / organic washed linen sheet sets / west elm
I love switching out my sheet sets to something lighter and more breathable - in the summer and winter, too. Something like a washed cotton or linen will have a lighter feel and keep you cooler at night.

3 / eva tassel + kyoto pillow covers / serena + lily
One thing is for sure - I love pillows. I think it's great to use lighter or darker neutrals for your main pillows so you have more versatility to mix in others when the seasons change.

4 / white stone terrarium / west elm
I absolutely love this terrarium collection! I have one that has the natural wood as the base. Each one is handmade and the glass is actually burned and then melted onto the wood. I would recommend going to a west elm if you can to pick yours in person like I did. 

5 / multi colored dish towels / anthropologie
Switching up your dishtowels in the kitchen is a small, fun way to get in the summer spirit.

6 / striped bath mat / target 
Changing out your bath accessories like your bath mat, towels and shower curtain is also another small, fun way to bring summer into your home.

7 / favorite fruit pot / anthropologie
I love how whimsical these planters are! Perfect for summer. 


Anthropologie Sale Favorites

May 24, 2017

Hi guys! Things have been pretty busy with family birthdays and other events going on and we are still waiting on our Anthropologie media console but I am so excited to get it soon! I'm still looking for other pieces to complete our space, and I may be browsing a few places this MDW for the promotions going on. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites that are on sale right now.. of course from their home department.. from napkins to bedding to furniture. By the way, that media console is a version of the one we got but shorter and a black pattern. The all natural one is sold out but I still am loving the contrast of this one. I just love how unique they are and that they are solid wood. Also, PLEASE let me know if there are any topics that you would like to see me post about and I will plan to do so!

PS: If you're a member at Anthro, they just launched an Anthroperks for members that include free shipping on all orders $150+. I don't know if that is a huge perk but shopping there does add up so maybe it makes sense. Enjoy :) 

chair / terai folding chair / $149.95
media / sura media console / $1099.95
napkins / madras napkin set / $19.95
bowl / fox & hare serving bowl / $39.95
side table / thorntree side table / $249.95
sham / peonia shams / $69.95
pillow / guideline pillow / $29.95
bath mat / maya bath mat / $29.95
rug / marmotinto rug 8x10' / $699.95


Living Room Update

May 6, 2017

Hey all! Hope you're enjoying your weekend wherever you may be :) Today I enjoyed doing next to nothing other than much needed errands, and may or may not have included Artichoke Basille's Pizza (if you don't know this place you need to check it artichoke pizza ever!!). Other than that, I have been continuously on the hunt for a new media console. My problem is I sort of browse the same sites over again thinking something will change, or maybe a good sale will come up and I'll get a piece that is okay but totally worth the price....but nothing has stuck out to me...until today! Let's face it, Anthropologie's furniture isn't necessarily wallet friendly as it is window-shop friendly, but I came across a media console that I had seen before..loved the look but not willing to spend the money (it is solid wood and a really unique piece though). Today I was on their site and saw that the media was on sale (still not cheap but doable), but of course NOT IN THE RIGHT FINISH. Thank you Anthro for the "you may also be interested in..." tab because lucky for me it also came in a buffet version that actually worked even better, size wise, AND in the right finish. It also had the sliding door detail with shelving and cable hole which we definitely need. Long story, well, still long...I pulled the plug! My boyfriend was really not that fond over the detail on the piece (he is much more minimal/modern) but I just had to at least try it. I looked at the reviews and a few mentioned that the detailing is not as contrast in person, so I am actually thinking that may be better for us because my boyfriend didn't love that pattern anyway. I'm sure it will still be beautiful. Not sure if I like this media with the planter we already got, but I will move the planter to another side of the room so it doesn't clash next to it like I think it will. Here's a round up of the old and new items that have made and are making its way into our apartment. To the left of the media I plan to put the lucite console with two stools underneath and some art. Finally, it's starting to come together :) 

media console / sura buffet / anthropologie
rug / prisha rug 8x10 / lulu + georgia
chair / cantor lounge chair / rh teen
planter / mid-century turned wood planter / west elm
console / peek-a-boo console / cb2
stools / woven accent stool / target
art /  minted for west elm - escape route II / west elm
coffee table / box frame marble coffee table / west elm 

ps -- I may or may not paint a canvas for above the console but I chose this print by Max Borelli of a close up Italian spiral staircase. I am part Italian and love design so I thought this would be a nice personal touch. All the art in our living room is also black and white so I want to stick with that theme. Stay tuned to see how this media works out in our space!


Rug Love

April 24, 2017

Happy Monday guys! It's been a little while since I've been busy with work and family things (haven't we all) but I am back! I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments in my home currently including our new Lulu & Georgia rug that I LOVE every time I walk into our apartment. I kept telling myself I only wanted wool, handmade, etc but I couldn't resist the style, color and price point - it was part of L&G annual 25% off sale so I had to. I am still on the search for a perfect media console but I have been scoping out Stor New York on Etsy and although the price point is higher, each media is handmade in Brooklyn and I even have the option to customize it a bit so that is all in the works :) 

By the way if you are ever in Astoria and looking for a great brunch spot, check out Mom's and/or Halsey's Tavern! We originally went to Mom's but they had such a wait, but told us Halsey's Tavern next door has the same exact kitchen and brunch menu (minus iced coffee and milkshakes). So we lucked out with no wait and delicious food :) Stay tuned for more design updates and a new post on what to look for when styling your shelving!

coffee table / west elm
shelving / west elm
decor / west elm, anthropologie, lulu & georgia, etsy, target
sofa / raymour and flanigan
chair / wayfair
side table / homegoods
planter / west elm


Ready for Spring

April 3, 2017

Happy Monday (or we can at least pretend)! I'm actually pretty happy today because it's warming up in NYC and all the little spring touches around my apartment actually are starting to feel like spring :) I want to share my top tips with you that I like to do to start to get ready for spring. I'm still working on the rest of our apartment but I am loving how our bedroom is coming together! So here we go...

1) Switch up your textiles - I think it's important to keep your main furniture somewhat neutral so you are able to switch up the feel of your space with decor and textiles. The throw on my bed from Anthropologie has a darker blue stripe on one side, so to make it feel brighter I now fold it with the lighter stripe showing. I also recently purchased lighter gray pillow covers from Motif Pillows on Etsy that I am loving and work perfect with my more colorful handmade kilim pillow from Blue Salvage

2) Flip your mattress - It's not all about the way your room looks. Just like you may flip your sofa cushions for even wear, you can do the same with your mattress (if not a pillow top) to improve comfort and longevity. We've been thinking about getting a new mattress and have had our eye's on the Leesa Mattress - we've heard great things about the comfort of the memory foam which is what our current mattress is lacking. The perfect time to do this is the start of a new season!

3) Add fresh greenery - I love shopping for new succulents and plants at the farmers market in NYC, usually in Union Square. I recently just purchased this planter from West Elm for our living room and trying to figure out what type of larger plant would work best. For our bedroom, an assortment of smaller succulents is the perfect touch to make it feel more like spring. I like to place them on different areas on my desk shelving like below.  More to come! 

Those are my top 3 tips to make your bedroom get ready for the warmer spring weather. I'd love to hear what you do to get your home ready! Stay tuned for my next post on how to style your's a peek :)


Anthropologie Sale!

March 30, 2017

Another day, another sale! Many of my posts lately are around some pretty good furniture sales going on, probably because I am looking myself. If I happen to see a good blog-worthy sale going on while I am browsing I am sure to share with all of you! The latest is a 25% off sale items, and 20% off select furniture sale at Anthropologie! I wish that they had the perfect media console for me so I am still on the hunt but these are some of my favorite! I am especially loving the Terai Chair in Peach :) Enjoy!

1 / azia mirror
/ rose gold table lamp
3 / terai chair
/ mayworth sconce
5 / paillette pendant
/ panorama display coffee table
7 / lacquered regency nightstand
8 / archway end table
9 / meralda rug


AD Design Show 2017

Hey everyone! This post is overdue, but I did not forget about it. I want to share with you some highlights from the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC last week. Some of my favorites included the Prism Collection by The Principals because well, who doesn't love gorgeous greenery, Tucker Robbins one-of-a-kind woven and hand carved pieces, and Wud Furniture's gotham collection handmade in Brooklyn. There is SO much more, more than I even was able to take photos of but I hope this inspires you to dive deeper into the design world because there is much to be inspired by. Do you have a favorite?


Lulu & Georgia Friends and Family Sale

March 20, 2017

If you have been waiting for the next sale at Lulu & Georgia it's going on now and everything is 25%! (code: BESTIES) L&G is best known for their textiles and accessories but they also have lighting, furniture, art, and so much more. Here's just a handful of some of my favorite finds from all ranges but check out there site for more! I am not sure when the sale is ending but I have a a few items in my cart like this rug for my living room :) Which one if your fave?

1 / pillows / risa pillow / $150 $112.50
idalo pillow / $36 $27
2 / moriah bench / $450 $337.50
3 / tayla mirror / $218 $163.50
4 /  bed / ismo bed / $2,005 $1,503.75
5 / orine lamp / $212 $159
6 / cactus decor - set of 2 / $34 $25.50
7 / dwell studio black faceted vases / $15-$75 $11.25 - 56.25
8 / gold dipped drum table / $198 $148.50
9 / petite trou stool / $129 $96.75
10 / declan rug 5'2"x7'6" / $145 $108.75

PS: If you missed my last post on the latest Serena & Lily sale, check it out here! Their 20% off everything sale is still happening.

Serena & Lily Weekend Sale!

March 18, 2017

Serena & Lily is one of my favorite stores, and this should come as no surprise :) I've sourced there for clients and go to their site often for inspiration. This weekend they are having a 20% off friends and family event with code MUSTHAVE. Here's a space I put together with some of their most popular pieces... but their sale is certainly not just limited to these so check out their site for more! 

sofa / spruce st 3 seater sofa / $2,895 $2,316
rug / flokati rug 8x10' / $898 $718.40
coffee table / anguilla rattan coffee table / $798 $$638.40
pouf / moroccan leather pouf / $498 $398.40
ladder / teak ladder / $348 $278.40
side table / hunter side table / $498 $398.40
table lamp / halsey table lamp /   $498 $398.40
mirror / harper mirror / $598 $478.40
pillows / barcelona pillow cover / $88 $70.40
magnolia pillow cover - bark / $88 $70.40
montecito outdoor pillow cover / $78 $62.40

PS: I'm excited to share some of my favorite vendors from the Architectural Digest Design Show in the next few days. For a sneak peek check out my Instagram @laurenmaiorana.