Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Calling all Decor8 fans!

I imagine most of you are familiar with Holly Becker's amazing Decor8. Well if you're a fan (and really, how couldn't you be?), you will be excited to hear about her new book Decorate Workshop!
I am happy to be a part of the Decorate Workshop Blog Tour, which will feature reviews of Holly's Decorate Workshop by several different bloggers.

Monday, November 26 – Poppytalk 
Tuesday, November 27 – Sacramento Street and A Creative Mint
Wednesday, November 28 – Hooray and Design For Mankind
Thursday, November 29 – Decorology and Bloesem
Friday, November 30 – The Curated House and Design Muse

Monday, December 3 – Simply Grove and In Honor of Design
Tuesday, December 4 – In My Own Style and This is Love Forever
Wednesday, December 5 – Mom Inc. Daily and Knack Studios and This is Glamorous
Thursday, December 6 – Justina Blakeney and Mint
Friday, December 7 – The TomKat Studio and Down and Out Chic

  "In Decorate Workshop, Holly Becker shares all of the design secrets that have made her one of the most beloved bloggers and stylists today. A companion to the international bestseller Decorate, this interactive guide takes readers step by step through her unique eight-step process. She shares her personal design philosophy and explains how to carry a vision into a finished room, from the early paint swatches to the final accents. Readers will learn how to identify their style, create mood boards, outline a schedule and budget, source materials, and start decorating! Filled with expert tips, important checklists, blank space for making lists and plans, and 250 photographs of gorgeous interiors, this is an essential planner for home decorators, whatever their budget."

- via Chronicle Books

Holly will also be doing a blog tour in 2013, so make sure you check in at Decor8 to learn more.  You can read all about it here.

I've included a small sampling of some of the great tips and eye candy that you will see in the book...
(Click on each image for a LARGER view)

This would definitely make a great gift for any design lovers on your Christmas list...including yourself!

Let the Christmas decorating begin!

So maybe some of you have already started your Christmas decorating, but if you are like me, you might still be looking for some inspiration. Here's what I've gathered for some ideas this year.

 Silver and mercury glass accents are definitely a sophisticated, polished look.

So cozy! The garland over the mantle is cute and something I haven't seen before.

I am always drawn to ornaments and decorations in non-traditional colors, so I was instantly drawn to the purple in this room.

LOVE this room!

1-2. Ideal Home, 3-6. Country Living

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another great giveaway for art lovers! The unique illustrations of Claire Heffer

Gotta love a giveaway! I was lucky enough to be introduced to the intricate pen and ink illustrations of Claire Heffer just a little while ago. I don't get to draw a lot anymore, but my bachelor's degree is in illustration, and I will always appreciate art. You should also think of it as the jewelry of any room - and we all know it's in the details!!

One lucky winner will win an animal, leaf, or initial print of his/her choosing.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment sharing which print you plan on picking if your name is drawn.  Go to Claire Heffer Design on Etsy to see her work and pick out your favorite.

To comment on this post (scroll to the bottom of this post and right above "Labels" you will see a number followed by the word "comments." Click on the word "Comments." Or, you will see a link, "Post a Comment," which you click on to comment.

Or, you can email me at ashley [at] decorologyblog [dot] com to enter and with your favorite.

The contest closes next Tuesday, December 5th at  12 AM EST. I will announce the lucky winner, chosen by random draw. Good luck!

The little pouncing fox is my favorite - so cute!!!

A custom initial would make a great gift for a new baby, or newlyweds.

Announcing the lucky winners of the Affichionado art posters!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to Elizabeth Gonzalez, who will get the Pride and Prejudice poster, and to Olga McDowall, who will get the Alice's Adventure in Wonderland poster! I will be announcing another fab giveaway for art lovers this afternoon, so stay tuned!

Monday, November 26, 2012

For a beautiful christmas in white and gold....

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Now it's time to get started on finding gifts to delight.  Here are some items I'd be proud to give....and THRILLED to receive!!

 A stunning and cozy throw for curling up by the fire (with some yummy wine)
Get at Joss and Main for $46.95

Simply stunning. Captured dream earrings from Spool 72, $28.00

I didn't think a lazy susan could look chic...but this one also doubles as a striking objet d'art! Get it at Joss and Main for $21.95 in the "Jenertaining" sale.

Sweet paper ornaments.  Get it at Joss and Main in the "All I Want for Christmas" sale.

Simple. stunning. From One Kings Lane

I really want 4 new gorgeous cream upholstered chairs for the antique table I found on Craigslist...
You can get these on One Kings Lane

Just the right amount of pop and protection for my iPhone 5 - which I've been waiting to ship since the end of October! Agent18 SlimShield Lux Hard Shell Case for iPhone 5, Limited Gold Chevron from Day Deal

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Last day to enter to win one of two beautiful art posters, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Don't forget that today is the LAST day to enter to win either the Pride and Prejudice poster or the Alice's Adventure in Wonderland posters.  If you like design you will definitely appreciate how Affichionado's posters are both modern and timeless.

Click here for more information and to enter.

The Pride and Prejudice poster on the left.

The adorable Alice poster

A sneak peek of my home office.


Chic and unique gifts from some of my fav. online sources

I'm sure by now most of you have heard of flash sale sites.  I hate to admit that they consume about 15 of my precious minutes almost everyday.  The deals are too good to resist, especially if there is something you've been "needing," or if you have some gifts to check off your list.  Here are finds that would make great gifts this holiday season.
Adorable vases perfect for the person who loves nature but also a bit of the glamorous.
$19.99 at Ideeli

These hanging terrarium are too cute!
$21.99 at Ideeli

This beautiful watch from La Mer would delight young ladies in body and young ladies at heart.

How could a pair of ivory sequined pillows go unappreciated? So glam!
$85.90 at Joss and Main

Chic and unique - a croc embossed silver tray

These vintage Stangl Pottery vases are authentic and would fit in seamlessly with today's love of metallic and metal decor. 

I know that if I bought this pouch for someone I'd end up keeping it for myself ;)

How cool are these stone magnets?!
$25 at One Kings Lane
Festive for the holidays, but this damask plate and bowl set would look fabulous all year long.
$29.90 at Rue La La
This cocktail ring is so stunning - love the colors!
$59.90 at Rue La La

Last but not least...cute and comfy slipper socks!

Where are your favorite places to find great holiday gifts?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving decorating with candles and objects in nature

Just a bit more inspiration before my favorite holiday...yum!

Love this combo of different leaves, seeds, and pumpkins.

Branches are always dramatic - in a good way

I also love white pumpkins.  Thanksgiving suffers from orange and brown overload sometimes

Everything home decor is warm mixed metals these days, so simply silver, copper, or gold leafing some stones, or painting pumpkins with a glitzy paint will add a lot of glam to your decor.

All images via BHG