My Quest for the Fake Furry Stool

I’ve been meaning to tell you about this forever.  Did you happen to see the incredible living room redo in O Magazine about a month ago?  (Emily Henderson redid this living room.  Isn’t it great?)





Out of the whole room, the thing that really grabbed my attention was that fake furry stool.  What a FIND!!  A great little accessory that  adds some whimsy and design presence.

Imagine my joy when I learned it was from Target.  Brought to us by none other than one of my decorating heroes, Nate Berkus.

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Faux Fur Stool

Well, I’ll tell you, this Fake Furry Stool is not easy to find.  I mean, I scoured every Target, I looked online every day.  NADA.  But then my friend Megan found it.  Score!  Megan you are the best!

It’s living in my son’s room (for now!).


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The moral of this story is…well, there really is no moral of the story except that Target is truly amazing for inexpensive decorative accessories, and if you happen to be at Target and you see this fake furry stool, TAKE IT.


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A Perfect Console Table in Four Easy Steps

When I posted this photo a few weeks back, I got so much love on Twitter and FB it was a bit staggering (of course, this isn’t even my photo!  My friend Jen took it!).

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Okay, for the record, I can’t blame you for going crazy over this vignette.  It really sings, doesn’t it?

But then it occurred to me – hello, people, ALL of us can re-create this console table look!   Decorating doesn’t always have to be a MYSTERY.  I’m happy to report that there is a formula for a perfect entry or hallway console table…

and here it is, in 4 Easy Steps:

1) Pick a simple Console Table.

2) Put something big on the wall and center it (like a mirror).

3) Add two tall, sculptural lamps.

4)  Put something cool underneath (like cubes, benches, or baskets!). 


That’s it!  Four easy steps and you have design genius.

I just got so excited, I quickly drew what I’m talking about:

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Now let’s see this “Four Step Formula” in action.   Ready?


This one is straight forward.   Console table – Mirror – Lamps – Benches!  Next!



See?  Here it is again – Console table – Mirror – Lamps – Benches. Check!






Once you have the formula down you can, of course, start to riff.

No tall lamps around?  These guys used sconces to compensate and add some height to the vignette.  Brilliant.



No lamps, period?  No problem.  Achieving height with orchids and art, leaning big mirror on wall, and placing two stools underneath the table makes the formula complete.




More improvisation below.  Majorly beautiful.




So, are you inspired enough to try it?   Do you have a hallway, entry way or dead wall space that is begging for some furniture?  I swear, if you pulled together a console table vignette using the “Four Step Formula”, people will think you hired a professional designer.  

See more Console Table Magic here.

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Girl’s Bedroom: A Navy and Pink Re-do

I just love this re-do I’m about to share with you.  This is successful e-decorating* in action!

*What is e-decorating?  Well, it’s long-distance decorating with a heavy use of photos, Pinterest boards and marathon emails.

My California clients Will and Jen wanted to freshen up their daughter’s room but they didn’t want to break the bank.


Here’s the room before.  It’s cute!  But their daughter wanted a more pulled together “big girl” look.




I suggested this fabulous Navy Fleur Chinoise pattern scheme from Caitlin Wilson Textiles:

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How great is that navy and pink for a little girl’s room?!


Once Jen and her daughter approved, we were off and running.   With my direction (Jen, paint the wall this color!  Buy two of these pillows, one of these pillows!  Get this rug in a 8×10!), and Jen’s amazing task-master abilities, the room now looks like this:


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Here’s the window seat. Those window treatments are from Etsy.


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Here’s a glimpse of the window seat before…




A close up shot where you can see the gray chevron rug we chose.

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Here’s another shot (apologies for my lame iPhone filters!).  Jen in her brilliance kept the “C” on the wall and painted it pink.  Her daughters each painted a DIY picture to hang on the wall.  She also repainted the furniture white with silver trim – wow, new paint can really make a difference.


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Also!  Jen kept the existing chandelier but updated it with new navy-trimmed shades from Pottery Barn.  No decorating detail escapes this woman, I tell you!


Jen and Will ended up spending less than $2,000 on this entire room re-do which you may know for an entire room is a pretty good price tag!  We shopped sales, we tried to use discounts, and did as much DIY as possible.


Well done, Jen!  I hope your daughter loves her new room as much as I do.

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Small details = wow! impact

Okay, yes, I know summer is officially over.  But I just wanted to squeeze in one more summer piece of happiness before we give ourselves completely over to Fall.

My friend Jen took this photo at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse a few weeks ago, and I just had to share it with you:


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Seriously, I want this to be my house.

My favorite part has to be that one little strip of pink / lavender ribbon that is running along the middle of the wall.  Do you see it?  I can’t say for sure, but it looks like grosgrain ribbon.

I swear, it can often be the little ideas that take a room from “pretty” to “ooooohh sublime!”


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