I love shopping for clothes, but lately the thing I'm most excited to shop for is home decor. Maybe this means I'm getting old, but anything design related just gets me excited. The thought of spending a day at a unique San Francisco design shop or the three-story Crate & Barrel on Union Square sounds like heaven to me.
I always love browsing the pages of interior design magazines, and have been especially loving Rue—a local San Francisco-based digital magazine. I enjoy reading the magazine on my iPad, which allows me to click on products I might be interested in purchasing. Another recent discovery of mine is a small neighborhood boutique called Timeless Treasures. Only a few blocks from my apartment, this vintage shop has an amazing variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, most of which originated in France. It's a shabby chic Parisian heaven.
Here are a few small touches that when added to your space can make such a difference.
Chalk art: I just purchased a great chalkboard for my kitchen from Marshall's. I love the chalkboard trend, it's such a fun way to write down a grocery list or a note for someone else.
Coffee table organization: I've long admired pretty coffee tables stacked high with fashion books and silver trays filled with candles and other pretty details. I just purchased this West Elm tray for my mini coffee table.
Inspirational pages: I love having stacks of Vogue (or other fashion + decor magazines) around for a good read or a quick fix of inspiration.
Pop of color: There really is nothing better than fresh flowers.
Minimal clutter: There's hardly anything I hate more than clutter. I love baskets such as this wire one, for storing rolled towels in the bathroom, cleaning supplies in the kitchen or magazines in the living room, for a clutter-free environment.
Playing with pattern: I usually gravitate toward a solid color over patterns, but lately I've been loving stripes, especially in this chevron print.