Thursday, December 30, 2010

House Tours: Campion Platt

Campion Platt is a famous American architect living here in NYC. He just released a design book named "Made to Order" which I've heard is AH-Mazing! It's definitely at the top of my list of books I'm needing to purchase! These photos in the current NY Social Diary showcase his awesome house! He has managed to create a house with a purple sofa, a pink bedroom, and lots of purple light strips on the walls, yet it's still somehow has a masculine edge.

I'm LOVING the purple sofa! Hoping someday I can convince Mr. Williams he would like it! (I think it's starting to grow on him...)

The light installments throughout the house remind me of the post I had a few days ago about the LED light strips. The ones in this apartment are a tad different, but same concept. I love the feel it creates in the room, it definitely takes things to a whole new level!

He's done such a fantastic job mixing so many different elements and styles yet making it still feel so cohesive.

He did a great job of still bringing in some darker, more stately pieces to help balance the space, keeping it grounded. Like this great little entertainment area, as well as the fireplace.

There's only one thing that comes to mind when I see this kitchen:MODERN GLAMOUR!

I love the modern bookcases. The lighting creates such a soft feel for all the harsh straight lines.

The bedroom is so refreshing, light and airy! I'd wake up in a good mood every morning in such a happy looking bedroom!

I like how the closet is all function, it doesn't have to be style out, so long as everything has a place and is able to stay organized. (Ok, and his wife is one lucky lady! Check out that shoe rack is her closest!)

Check out more photos and the interview of Campion at NY Social

xoxo Hannah

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

DIY Feathered Headbands

These feathered headbands would be the perfect accessory to your upcoming New Year's Eve festivities!

Tools and Materials
Fabri-Tac fabric glue
Scrap of ribbon
Needle and thread
Plain headband
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Feather pad (hackle) or selection of feathers to create one

Nonstick surface, such as a hot-glue mat or leftover label-backing paper

Fashion Headband How-To
To make a feather pad (hackle)
1. Select nice-looking feathers. Snip excess fuzz from around quill with sharp scissors.

2. Place a small dab of Fabri-Tac onto a nonstick surface. Arrange feathers with quills meeting in the dab of glue. Let dry for one hour. Peel feathers from nonstick surface.

To create a ribbon flower
1. Sew a running stitch on one side of ribbon with a needle and thread.

2. Pull thread while sliding ribbon down to create flower.

3. Hot glue button to center of ribbon flower.

To Assemble Headband
1. Look in mirror with headband on to determine placement of feathers. Mount feather pad to headband with Fabri-Tac or hot glue, and secure with clothespin until dry.

2. Add ribbon flower at base of feather hackle with hot glue and secure with a clothespin until dry.

All tools and materials available at most crafts stores.

xoxo Hannah

Read more at Fashion Headband - Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Closet Organization

I don't know about you, but I L-O-V-E having an organized, color coded closet! It makes things so much easier to find and inspiration for new outfits to be created so much easier, don't you agree? Whether or not you have a large closet space, just keeping each "genre" of clothing together (i.e. short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, skirts, dresses, etc...) and each of those categories color coded from light to dark makes it refreshing to open your closet door every morning. And inspiring to try and create a different look by pairing a top with a certain skirt and tights add a pair of cute socks, fun booties, and you have an all new outfit you maybe never would've put together otherwise; and even better, it cost you no money!

(Ok, now, just because I love having an organized closet doesn't always mean I end up keeping it like that, just ask Mr. Williams!)

Another great idea to cap off the organized closet ideas would be to make a jewelry holder out of a picture frame with some wire screen (like for a screened door) to hang your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on for easy viewing, and to keep them from tangling up into one big ball of chains! *Don't worry, that will be a DIY post soon cuz I'm in dire need of jewelry storage!

Happy organizing!

xoxo Hannah

Office Inspiration

I find this "office space" so inspiring! Since moving to NYC I've grown to a new level of appreciation for people's creative space utilizing ideas. This closet turned office is just one great "small space, grand style" idea!

The creator of this office did a fabulous job of using every square inch of space for maximum storage results. I love the idea of putting the pegboard on one door back to hang things like rulers, clipboards, magazine racks and such, the calender on the other door, plenty of shelving and the darling wallpaper to top it all off! When the work day is over, just close the doors and forget all about work! Although, with an office space that cute, those doors probably never get shut!

xoxo Hannah

Monday, December 27, 2010

How cool are these indoor LED light strips? I'm love the effect these babies have in a room, creating a soft glow all over!
Available in cool white, warm white and RGB, these light strips offer an array of different ways to change the feel of a room, with just the "flip of a switch" so to speak!

These would be a great addition to any room, especially in the winter to help counter balance the lack of sunshine!
*Available at*

xoxo Hannah

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snowed In

We're getting the first snow of the season here in NYC.

Wouldn't this be a dream bedroom to fall asleep in on nights like tonight?...

Hope you are all warm and cozy on this blizzardy winter night!

xoxo Hannah

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Happy Birthday Jesus

" In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told." Luke 2:1-20

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Champagne Cocktail

This cocktail is made with icy Moscato d'Asti, which is sweeter than champagne but much lighter than the rich dessert wine also made from Italian moscato grapes. Just the right medium for this fizzy drink, it adds flavor to the silky pear and tart cranberries.

95 calories; 0 g protein; 0 g fat; 6 g carb; 0 g fiber.

2 tablespoons dry cranberries
1/2 cup organic pear nectar
32 ounces Moscato d'Asti wine
8 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Put cranberries in a small bowl; add 2 tablespoons warm water. Soak until cool, about 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and refrigerate until serving.
Divide pear nectar evenly among eight tall champagne glasses. Add cranberries, and then gently pour the Moscato d'Asti into the glasses. Garnish each with a rosemary sprig.
Happy Holiday celebrating!
xoxo Hannah

Read more at Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail Recipe - Martha Stewart Recipes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Etsy Find of the Day/ Office Space

Sooo... I found this super cute French Provincial desk on Etsy, with a fresh coat of white paint, how cute would it look!

If paired with, say, this cute modern chair,(I'm thinkin' the white one!)

and maybe, this cute rug from IKEA

and this awesome chandelier from Design Within Reach (only I want the RED one!)

and some piece art,

as well as this Ann Carrington piece that I love! (It's made out of tons of buttons!)

and maybe my dream kartell bourgie lamp of course! :)

Add say a simple white bookshelf with lots of design books and all my favorite magazines like this one

add an inspiration pinboard like so, for any ideas and photos
and I'd say we're off to a great start in creating a fabulous office for all my design ideas to stem from!

xoxo Hannah

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DIY Peony Gift Bows

Here's a great last minute gift wrapping idea from Martha Stewart that's simple, easy, but looks like you took extra time making that special someone's gift look perfect!

With a little scissor work, basic self-adhesive bows are transformed into sumptuous blooms. For each "flower," cut the loops of one small bow and one large bow at an angle. Then affix the small bow to the empty center of the large bow. Coil a short length of matching ribbon; place the coil in the center of the small bow, and secure with double-sided tape. Showcase a single bloom, or pair with more matching ribbon.

Read more at Gift-Wrapping Ideas

xoxo Hannah

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

House Tours

This home in the Eastern Columbian building in downtown LA is so fun! They have found the perfect way to bring glamour and an eclectic, vintage feel to a very modern sophisticated space. And I'm loving it!

Moose head, Mirrored chest of drawers, and a perfect grey wall, LOVE

I'm not usually a fan of dark kitchens, but I think I could handle this one!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that chandelier! I've been dreaming of one just like that for my "someday" home! And of course, LOVE the ghost chairs

What a fabulous way to do something a bit different on the kitchen counter, a little jewelry makes any area a tad more glamourous !

Those chairs are amazing!

Awesome art, amazing chair, and another fabulous chandelier!

This house has some amazing lighting fixtures in the most unexpected areas, like the guest bath, for example!

And the chandeliers for bedside lamps, ingenious!

What a great relaxing living space filled with so many fun pieces.

Some added glamour at the master tub is always needed!

An elephant in the shower never hurts either!

Have a happy Tuesday!

xoxo Hannah

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Turquoise Dining

charcoal walls + modern turquoise chairs + woven light fixture + crisp white bookshelf = dining room bliss

xoxo Hannah

Friday, December 17, 2010

Find of the Day

Today's find comes courtesy of PillowPallooza on Etsy. I adore the fun playful attitude of this pillow. It would make a great addition to a modern sofa or also to a vintage Chesterfield or french provincial style sofa!

Check out more of their adorable pillows at

xoxo Hannah

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eclectic Living Room

I'm off to KC for a weekend filled with work, friends, and family! Happy Thursday!

Gray walls + deer head + neon letters + vintage pieces = Lovely living room

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm Dreaming of...

I've been Jonesing for one of these Kartell Bourgie lamps since the first moment I laid eyes on one! It's the perfect combination of glamour with a modern material in a vintage silhouette.

I'll take one clear, one silver, and one black please!
(If only it was that easy!)

xoxo Hannah

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Find of the Day

Tom Toupin of creates these fabulous marquee style letters and signs that look vintage even though they're brand new! I've been dying for a large "W" to put up in our dining room ever since Kyle and I saw an antique one at the Olde Good Things store on the Upper West Side. However, that one was $1500! Tom's handmade letters are MUCH more affordable and just as full of character! Through a series of layers of paint he creates the distressed faux-metal rust appearance that makes these letters look like they've been freshly drug out of a salvage yard. The signs come in pink/orange, yellow/red and white/blue, however, he is open to creating custom color combinations if desired. He originally made the signs 4'x4', but has since sized them down to 2'x2'. I think this is exactly what I've been looking for!


xoxo Hannah