Boo! My tips for chic and trendy Halloween decor – Fall 2017 edition

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Here it comes again, that spooky, fun time of the year! What I love about this holiday is how easy it is to DYI or create decor with your partner and children and share unforgettable moments! Therefore, I have selected for you my favourite, chic, fun and a little creepy ideas for a perfect 2017 Halloween decor.

It seems that this year’s halloween will be a bit unconventional since I saw a lot a spring/summer colours rather than fall colours; as far as I’m concerned it’s been so hot in NYC that it really still feels like summer so I am very tempted to fall for the pastel palette for Halloween, at least this year!

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Baby blue + Glitter = ♥

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Brighter colours are also so beautiful and energizing, it keeps your spirit on vacation mode

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Living in a tropical climate or simply not in the mood for fall decor? Then pineapple carving is for you and it is definitely a thing ! (And I love it!)

 

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Of course, the unicorn trend took over Halloween as well, I mean seriously how cute is this one and how fun would it be to do it with your daughter? Who am I kidding, how fun would it be to do it by yourself for yourself 😉 ?!

 

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Another crush for me this season, the Hyde and Eek! Boutique available at Target, here is a sneak peek; I mean seriously studded pumpkins? Am I hearing all the fashionitas/Valentino fans rushing to Target?

 

 

 

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Nonetheless, if you’d rather embrace the more traditional, soft and warm tones of fall for Halloween, this part is for you; after all traditional and timeless doesn’t mean boring so have fun decorating!

THIS tablescape!!

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Obviously leaving in an apartment in the city has some downsides, I can’t exactly decorate my building entrance like the image below, but for those of you who have a house, one thing to say go big or go home; because this is stunning and seems so fun to do!

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Want to glam it up? Glitter. flowers and metallics are for you, here are some of my favourites

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Et Voilà, have fun decorating , partying , dressing up…

 

Happy Halloween,

Leslie

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My most favorite pendant lights

It’s a been a little while since I wrote! I have been a busy bee at work and at home; BUT at least through my researches for my clients I realized how difficult it was to find and choose pendants to put over your kitchen counter or bar, especially within a budget. Another thing to keep in mind, is the size of your counter, the pendants should be either small to put 3 or more; but if you like more dramatic styles two medium/large sized pendants should be more than enough! Obviously, if your countertop is wide enough you might be able to hang 3 medium to large sized pendants; it simply needs to fit within the counter edges.
Hopefully, the below selection will help you choose the perfect pendants to embellish your kitchen!

First things first: placement.

The following drawings illustrate how high you should ideally place your pendant lights. If above a kitchen sink, 36″-40″ is the maximum lengths from the tip of the light to the counter; if placed above a bar (slightly higher than regular kitchen island), then it should 20″-26″ between the bottom of the light and the top of the bar. Finally, if you intend to place pendant(s) above a kitchen island, then there should be a 30″-36″ gap between the bottom of the light and the countertop. Needless to say, that the pendants need to be placed within the counter/bar, 6″-12″ from the edges and there should be 12″-18″ between each pendant (might be less if the pendants are small and you are installing more than 3);  these measurements before purchase will also help you determine the number and size of pendants you can afford.

Side note: If you want to stand out from regular placements, you can also play with the length of each pendants and put them at different heights (some are already sold like that, refer to my selection below for more info). Of course, this works if you have 3 or more small pendants; it will look odd if you have only 2.

 

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My selection:

 

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Wayfair, $339.99

 

1-Light+Globe+PendantAll Modern, $142.99

 

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One Kings Lane, From $235

 

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All Modern, $282.99

 

 

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Hudson Valley pendant – YLighting, $684

 

 

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Shades of Light  , $279

 

 

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CB2, $299

 

 

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Circa Lighting , $1218

 

 

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Wayfair , Copper ombre pendant at $92.37; Gunmetal ombre pendant at $87.82; Gold ombre pendant at $91.36

 

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Shades of Light, $299

 

Three outdoor design ideas for less than $5000

Summer is fast approaching (although, I can tell you in NYC I still haven’t seen spring settled), and it will be time for those late night alfresco dinners, or breakfasts on your outdoor deck with the not too warm morning sun on your face…  Basically it is the time, NOW, to revamp your outdoor!

I have prepared for you three moodboards that include no less than a dining table, six dining chairs, a sofa, coffee table and other accents; all of this for less than $5000, available online and stylish! Hope they will inspire you 😉

 

 

OB-outdoor in orange1.Wayfair, $499.70; 2.Pottery Barn, $27; 3.Pottery Barn, $31; 4.Restoration Hardware, $195 (starting at $79); 5. Acapulco Chair, Wayfair, $416.84; 6.CB2, $499; 7.All Modern, $259; 8. CB2, $619; 9.CB2, $240; 10. CB2, $99.95; 11. Pottery Barn, $20

 

OB-Outdoor greenery1.Wayfair, Conversation set (Sofa+coffee table); $1298.99; 2.One Kings Lane, $179; 3.CB2, $354; 4. Serena and Lily, $78; 5. Joss and Main, $29.99; 6. Restoration Hardware, $1540; 7.AllModern, $298; 8.One Kings Lane, $42 9. One Kings Lane (vase and flowers only decorative and not accounted for in budget)

 

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1.Wayfair, Conversation set (six seats + coffee table), $1899.99; 2. Serena and Lily, Starting at $498; 3. Pottery Barn, $20; 4. Land of Pilows, $21.99; 5.Joss and Main, $29.99; 6. Restoration Hardware, starting at 35$; 7. Hayneedle, $696.61; 8. Wayfair, blue and white chair, $182.99; 9. Wayfair, grey & white chair, $182.99; 10. One Kings Lane ( Vase and flower are only decorative and not accounted for in budget)

Creating your home sweet home in a rental

 

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There are two different kinds of rentals, the furnished and the unfurnished. Of course, it’s always easier to create a space that resembles you in the latter case… In the first case, it really starts with a good negotiation with your landlord about what you have to keep and what he is willing to remove/change. I remember when I used to live in London, the owner was so terrible it was a hard negotiation just to remove cutlery, pans and dishes!
Before I start sharing tips, there is something that is true for both kind of rentals; choose the most neutral space possible, white walls, nice wooden floors or very well maintained floors in neutral tones. Basically avoid renting apartments that reflects the owner’s style too much (unless you share the same style), so try and avoid places with odd colors, overwhelming wallpapers, old fashioned furniture and dirty!

The Unfurnished rental (AKA the flexible space)

1/  First of all, discuss with your landlord, whether he would agree to upgrade/change some features (paint the walls and/or the cabinetry, upgrading appliances, bathroom fixtures, etc…).  It is ESSENTIAL to discuss this BEFORE you sign the lease, as landlords who want to secure their rent might be willing to approve some minor cosmetic changes either by raising the rent a little or allowing you to pay for it or sometimes they will just do it as it was much needed anyway. Once I visited an apartment and the owner was willing to go down on the rent price; then I saw the terrible, old and dirty appliances (dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine) so I told her I was happy to pay for the asking price for the rent if she changed the appliances.

2/   Please do not overspend on furniture, unless you know you’re renting the space for at least  5years+  or unless it is a timeless, designer small piece ( chaise lounge, stools, coffee table, lighting fixture etc…). The reason behind this, is simple, if you spend a lot of money on a sofa or a dining table set and you move into a bigger rentals 2years later or plan on buying very soon, you do not know if its going to fit, and don’t fool yourself,  it’s very likely that you’ll have to resell it at a much lower price than the purchase price!  But don’t worry with all the resources there are nowadays, you can definitely create a polished space without breaking the bank (those who tell you otherwise are just snobs ;))

 

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The furnished space (AKA the less flexible space)

1/  Choose the most neutral space possible. I know we all love charming little places, but it’s ok with neutral spaces it will be way easier to add your own little charming details that will make a house your home .

2/ Cleanliness, I cannot stress this enough! You are going to live with someone else’s furniture, so better check that it is pristine! Try to negotiate a mattress change, even at your own cost. Also check grouts in kitchen and bathrooms ( that goes also for the unfurnished rental).

3/ What if the landlord is a pain and wants to basically use his rental home as a storage for currently unwanted things? You love the space but it’s not so neutral and owner doesn’t want to remove accessories and/or some pieces of furniture? Don’t panic! Frames and art can be removed and placed in cupboards, under beds or  behind the sofa; a sofa can be covered with a nice throw and accessorized with cute pillows (just buy new pillow covers and cover the ones you don’t like for the time of the rental), lighting fixtures might be easily disassembled and hidden in your storage space, same goes for some window treatments. However, keep your lifestyle in mind if you cannot change a single thing; i.e.: I used to live in a furnished rental in London, very neutral, modern so the perfect set to add my personal touch! However, the owner didn’t want us to remove the furniture in the second bedroom, I didn’t mind at the time because it was fine with my family status; but now I’m thinking, what if I wanted/needed to have a baby’s room rather than a guest room?! Same goes if you love entertaining and you end up with a table with 4 seating maximum (definitely a deal breaker for me)! In which case, it might be better to keep looking for something that suits your needs better!

 

Now here are the few things that you can do in both kind of rentals to create your home sweet home:

It’s all about the details and as much as I said  you can’t overspend on furniture, you CAN splurge in home decor; because a nice vase or that tableware you always dreamt of entertaining with, will fit anywhere…  These little details will definitely help elevate and  customize the space, however difficult your landlord is! Also use your passion and incorporate in your decor as much as possible, you love horses, add pictures or art depicting it; you enjoy fine wines, add a nice wine cooler; you are passionate about fashion add books about your favorite designers on your coffee table…

1/ Let there be light! 

Hate that old fashioned ceiling light? No table lamp on the nightstands ? Adding and changing lights with something that is more to your taste will definitely redefine the “ambiance” of the of every room… However do not invest too much in a chandelier or pendant ceiling light, because again it might not be big enough or small enough in your next home; and it is not that easy to place in a different room.

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2/ Plants and flowers

I love to decorate with my favourite flowers and plants. It always makes a space more cosy by bringing colour and texture; it is also a good way to reflect your personality, as people often have a favorite flower and a favorite colour. Plants can also have a soothing effect, which is a good thing when you call a place “home”.

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3/ Window treatment

       It is such a great way to personalize your space by picking your favourite shades and/or patterns, especially if your landlord was not so flexible on paint or if you couldn’t change some pieces of furniture. It will definitely elevate the space. Again do not go and buy the most expensive custom window treatment if you know you are not going to rent for a long time (unless your landlord agrees to pay you back), windows are so different from one house to another and you might not be able to reuse it. In some cases, you might have to take down the current window treatment to replace with the one you like at your own cost AND might have to put back the old one  or something similar before you leave. Nevertheless, if there already are window treatments such as curtains, it’s really easy to remove and replace them with ones more to your taste.

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4/ Accent furniture and other styling accessories

It is an amazing way to add little things that will make your surroundings more “you”. Adding accent pillows to a neutral sofa or a nice, cosy and luxurious throw on your bed, placing that cute little side table,for your favorite books, next to your sofa. You might also be able to add some rugs, such as bedside shag rugs.  The owner might not have thought of installing a console in the entryway or cute little hooks for your coats. Same goes for the bathroom, where you can add nice towel hangers, hampers and other baskets and stylish storage solutions. Buy nice things to create your perfect tablescape and cover this otherwise basic dining table.

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5/ Changing the cupboards and closet knobs

This is is such an easy and quick fix. It’s a detail but we both know it’s also the little things that make a difference.

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6/ A defining scent and your favourite books

In my opinion, this is the epitome of a cosy home, a scent that you love and that defines you; a few good books and you feel at home, anywhere really! Try it even when you’re away from home for a vacation;  place your current reading on the nightstand and light your favorite candle, and you’ll instantly feel relaxed! So do not hesitate to style your shelves, coffee table, bathrooms with candles (even if its more for the look of it than the smell), and beautiful books… Also a good idea if you have a fireplace, fill it with candles! (also refer to my previous post about decorating your fireplace, it is such a lovely way to personalize a space 😉 ).

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6/ Art and photography

There is nothing more personal than family and friends pictures and art. Art is a great medium to reflect your soul and personality; and photos, well, a house filled with memories is “home”… You can create a little gallery wall to make the space more artsy and intimate.

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Unexpected places to put art

Here is a selection of pictures to give ideas on where to install your art in places you didn’t think of. You can also play with the definition of art to do this; for instance an object of design that is both a piece of art and a useful piece of furniture. The good thing is that you could go for more personal art when it comes to more personal spaces; such as a very girly painting or fashion photography in a woman’s closet.

 

In the closet  

 

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In the garden

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In the bathroom

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In the kitchen – A print on the fridge and a painting instead of a backsplash

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Art or Bar?

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Huge Old Master painting in the kitchen

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In the laundry room

 

Above an entrance

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By the pool (Indoor) – Karl Lagerfeld photographies and created a constellation of lights on the bottom of a pool at Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo in Monaco

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Inside a pool – Pablo Picasso in a pool in Marbella, Spain

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Street art in the bathroom

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By the pool (Outdoor) – An Alexander Calder piece at the hotel Colombe d’Or, in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

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Trend forecast 2016

 

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1/ Pastels
Since the colour of the year is Pantone Rose pink 13-1520;  a wave a pastel colours popped out in the decoration sphere. We see them in dinnerware collections, cookware, paint, curtains, bedding etc… I think the most surprising use of pastels I saw was by Bluestar appliances; you can customize your stoves and other appliances in the colour you like or even just the buttons; if you’d rather to go softer on the trend. Personally, I love these refreshing and tender colours. They instantly add softness and romanticism to a room. If used subtly, it should not look to girly or childish; if that is your concern. Of course, they will add colour and softness to any baby room, where it is also easier to make bold colour choices; pink armchair anyone?

 

2/ Hotel-like styled bedrooms
If your space allows it;  try adding a small table and chairs or an armchair in the bedroom, it makes for a cosier and sophisticated space. Again, if the space allows it you can also add a vanity table or a chaise lounge. A small tray on the table with a glass carafe and two nice matching glasses and flowers on the nightstands.

 

3/ Scandinavian furniture

In terms of interior design, Scandinavian have always been very innovative. They manage to create sleek, contemporary and sophisticated pieces. With their straight, light and angular lines, they add modernism and avant-garde to a space or unclutter an otherwise overwhelming room by just switching one or few items. Think pairing a velour chesterfield-like sofa with scandinavian style armchairs . So far, I have been a bit reluctant to use Scandinavian furniture; first they are not always affordable, but it also gave a “cold” look that I wasn’t really fond of; however, the new designs have a little more depths, volume and colour, which add warmth to the design and can be paired with different styles!

 
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4/ Stylish appliances
After going to various design shows, I really felt like my kitchen was boring (although  it has brand new stainless steel appliances). I realized then, that now, more than ever before, kitchen appliances should be part of the decoration process. There are so much options to choose from; colourful ones, matte, white, black, vintage , contemporary etc… Details should be carefully picked, the buttons, the burners, the handles. This year at the various shows I went to I did see very colourful appliances, and a lot of black stainless steel ones; which is a good option if you want a change from the common silver. Personally, I’ve always had a crush for a French brand, La Cornue; the style is definitely different but it is definitely state of the art appliances.

5/ Mixed materials and patterns in the kitchen
Still in the kitchen department; I saw more and more surprising decor ideas for the kitchen. Mirrors, books, persian rugs, works of art, eclectic floors and backsplashes.  While I may not follow all the above trends, for personal taste, I look forward to incorporating some of these ideas in my future projects; a still life in the kitchen or a mirror, carefully selected books, and why not use two or more different materials or patterns.

 

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6/ Bathroom with a boudoir
As for the bedroom, we take the bathroom the next level of grandeur and  comfort by adding a boudoir like area. Again the space has to allow it, but if you have a big bathroom, then try adding a chaise lounge, an ottoman or armchairs, plants and flowers, lamps, art, anything that will make your bathroom feel like your own little peaceful sanctuary away from the craziness.

 

7/ Hide your TVs
Whether you’d rather use the space for something else, like a work of art or a mirror; or  because you just don’t like having a black empty screen in your room; hiding your tv has never been so easy and stylish. So many makers and retailers offer sophisticated tv storage solutions. In the picture above I found on Houzz.com, we can see a stunning woodwork by Belak Woodworking LLC.; who would think this gorgeous buffet hides a tv?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 tips to instantly brighten up a space

 

1/ Less is more

I don’t know if it’s because i’m French that I value simplicity so much but it really bothers me when there are too many things everywhere. When there are too many pillows and blankets on a bed, too much decor accessories on a buffet or a shelf, too many appliances on a countertop, too many accent walls… you get the idea, right? Indeed, too much often equals too stuffy, borderline messy and outdated; and to be frank can even be stressful! Have you ever noticed how peaceful, an uncluttered room is ? At least that is how it makes me feel. As much as I value cosiness and colour, I strongly believe that less decor is more sophisticated. So start storing away BUT do not throw away, just keep swapping your items so you can “renew” your room every time you feel like it.

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2/ White paint BUT not white everything

Obviously, painting your walls in white instantly give this clean and ethereal feel to a room. I recently read somewhere that one shouldn’t paint the ceiling in flat white because it has some gray in it and it will darken the space and instead use a creamier shade. While it is true in some instances, I do believe that a flat white ceiling is one way to go, especially if you have greyish walls; indeed a cream ceiling might come out yellowish… I would also consider choosing a slightly shiny finish if your room has poor natural light, so it will reflect the light onto the room. If you have white walls, make sure the ceiling either matches the colour of the other walls or a shade lighter. Having said that, I also love an all white space, it looks fresh and modern; but if there is not even the slightest touch of colour, it can be boring and cold. Finally, if colour is really not your thing, try to add some metallics or use different shades of neutral; I am personally really into adding gold and copper to white spaces

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         3/ The floor

Do not underestimate the potential those floors have to transform your space.  There are pros and cons to both dark and light floors (please refer to my other article Dark floors VS light floors). But in this case, if you want to brighten up the room and give it a crisp, contemporary or even a casual or shabby chic look, depending on the material; I believe lighter shades are the way to go. Light floors are perfect if you do not have a lot of natural sunlight and they make a room appear larger. Furthermore, in a bathroom, I would strongly advise for light colour floors, the lighter the floor, the cleaner it will look and that’s exactly the feeling you want to have when entering a bathroom. At last but not least, if you do not have the time or budget to change the floor; or simply if you are renting a space; then use rugs, they can make a huge impact on the space. Light colour rugs look great on darker floors and will make a room look more spacious, as well. In any case and  as if I hadn’t said this enough, make sure there are some contrasts with the rest of the apartment (furniture, walls, appliances…);  the last thing you want is a mono-chromatic apartment (Point developed further in paragraph 5).

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4/ Use colourful accents

Further to my point above bout adding colour to an all-white room; I believe colour can brighten both the space and the mood; which is rather essential in a living space. As a decorator, I personally like neutrals when it comes to walls, big furniture, countertops etc… But when it comes to adding colours in small touches here and there I am all in! In the picture above, I am totally crazy about those electric blue counter-height chairs; which certainly transforms the room into a brighter and cosier kitchen; still it remains sophisticated! You can also mix and match colours, as long as it remains in subtle touches.

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5/ Fresh flowers and plants

There is nothing like fresh flowers and plants to freshen up and instantly give a pop of colour to a room. The good thing with flowers is that you can change the atmosphere of the whole room every week as they come in different shapes, sizes, colours; there are truly endless possibilities with flowers and plants. I personally love them either huge to give a dramatic effect or small just to add charm to an area of the room (like the nightstands, coffee tables etc…).