New + Improved + Thank You

Over at, I'm always looking for ways to improve the store and the site.  Whether it be adding a look book to help customers envision how to style our products or sourcing great new inventory, we are always trying to keep things fresh and inspiring.  Today, I'm thrilled to announce that after many months, our site finally has some great social buttons and tools. We love it when you pin, tweet and like us, it was our goal to make this experience even easier.  Check out all our new bells and whistles and tell us what you think!  And to all the amazing and talented blogs that mentioned us in the past few weeks, THANKS so much, we never tire of seeing this!


Random Chanel Item No. 118

It's Friday!  Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire. We can burn brighter. Than the sun!  Any hot plans of your own? Wishing you all a very fun and fabulous weekend!


400 Fifth Avenue

Heading into NYC today with plans to visit a couple of showrooms and also, most importantly, get my hair zhushed.  Before I head out the door, I thought I'd share these lovely pics of 400 Fifth Avenue, the residential portion of the Setai, a fabulous boutique hotel.  Given the amount of traffic I'm likely to endure in the next few hours, today has me staring at these photos even more longingly than usual!


Real Ways To Wear Run Way

Today you are in for a "real" treat. I've asked Lauren from Where The Style Things Are, to give us all some insider dish.  Lauren is not only a fashion and style blogger, but she's also a New York City freelance fashion editor that has worked for some major mags. (The girl is bonafide.)  Here's her spin on the latest and greatest trends in fashion.

Hi there! I'm so thrilled to be on The Zhush, one of my personal favorites! As a freelance fashion editor and blogger I see all the shows and clothes and am excited to share the best of the runway to real way for Spring 2012.

PEPLUM: Everyone thinks peplum is such a hard look, but it's not. Keep the peplum in the top, not in a skirt, which could make you look heavier, and pair with a skinny bottom. Asos, $39.39
MINIMALIST BAG: Bags are finally going back to basics! You can get the simple shape almost anywhere, but be sure it has a long strap for double the look - cross-body or over the shoulder. Dooney & Bourke, $365 
COLORED LACE: Have fun with it! Black lace is great, but can get a bit boring. Be like Kate Middleton and go for navy or turn it all the way up in a bright. Ann Taylor, $198
CAP TOE SHOE: I love, love, love this look - so Parisian, so chic. White is too hard to wear for most, so go with classic black here. You'll get the same impact. Mango, $99
TIE DIE JEAN: How fun, right? But a little too hardcore with the sporty tops. You can never, ever go wrong with a simple, stark white top. AG Adriano Goldschmied, $176
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday Wants

It's time.  I've managed to neglect my poor little feet almost all winter.  Today, I've decided my sad little toes are going to be cute as a button, with this darling new color from essie.  And, with any luck, open toe shoe weather soon will follow!


A Fabulous New Hardware Line

Through blogging, I've had the opportunity to "meet" so many amazing people, all doing so many really creative things.  Today I would like to introduce you to one of them.  Meet Jess from The Eagle's Nest design blog.  Jess has a new line of beautiful hardware that she has designed.  I'm so blown away by each and every piece.  Designing a home decor line is such a total dream of mine, that I thought it would be great to conduct a short interview about Jess' experience...thankfully Jess agreed to it.
What is your background? Is it in design?  I majored in art history in college and realized fairly soon after that I'd rather be doing design than just studying it. So I went back to school for a masters in interior design. For the past 8 years I've been working for Wilson Associates designing hospitality projects - everything from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods to small bars and restaurants in New York City to model homes in China.  It's been a great experience and one thing I've noticed is the lack of really cool hardware on the market both for commercial and residential projects.

Have you ever had a line before?  If you count my attempt to create a line of bedding that I sell on Etsy, then yes. But this is my first real foray into launching a product line.  I've done plenty of project-specific custom furniture and lighting design in my day job but never designed a line from scratch. It's been quite the process!  It's definitely my baby (well, next to my son Bryan).What inspired you to start a hardware line?  Did you see a need in this market?  After dabbling in bedding I realized that there are so many great soft goods out there, and like fashion it's something that changes from season to season. It would be really hard to design custom soft goods and keep up with the big shots like Dwell Studio and West Elm.  Since I understand the process of designing in metal from my work with lighting and furniture, and since I saw a need for unique hardware, it seemed like a natural direction to take.  My friend who owns a lighting factory was willing to partner with me to produce the first line.What was the inspiration behind your actual designs for this line?  I'm a big fan of art deco so I took a lot of queues from the angles and lines that were indicative of that time.  I also just thought about what I would love to see in my own home on furniture and cabinets and went from there.  What style would you characterize this line of hardware?  Definitely classic and also modern. I think the exposed screwheads on the transparencies line gives them a classic bent that allows them to be paired with more traditional looks as well as modern spaces.  The facets line is also modern but clean and classic as well. My hope is to create items that are timeless and versatile.
Finally, where do you see these pieces being used best?  Well, currently, in my own bathroom renovation that is under way!  And hopefully in my kitchen that will be phase 2.  But in all seriousness, I can see these on a great chest of drawers, a fabulous desk and on cabinets in a fancy butler's pantry or open kitchen. They're like jewelry for your furniture and millwork.

You can learn more about this line, by checking out Jess' full post on it here.
Thanks so much Jess!  I think my Florida project needs some jewelry for sure!


I'm Back + A Sneak Peek!

Hi there!  I know I never mentioned a word about it...but I've been away in South Florida with my family on a two week vacation.  Since it concerns some of my extended family members (on a safety level) if I blog our travel plans, I thought I'd honor their wishes and not write about it until after we returned.  So here we are...exhausted and slightly sunburned under piles of mail. The exciting part is that we are now official home owners in Florida!  For years we've been vacationing in the same spot, and a few months ago decided to take the big step of buying.  We found a "fixer upper" for an incredible price, and the best's walking distance from our dear friends!  As you might guess, decorating this new blank canvas has been a lot of fun for me so far.  Every idea and inspiration that caught my eye while penning this blog is now coming to fruition.  I even have an incredibly helpful pin board known as "project" for this house.  It has a long way to go, but here is a sneak peek of how my beach inspired Florida home, is slowly shaping up...

Monday's P.O.P.

purple pizazz

Image via: Schulyer Samperton via DerringHall


Random Chanel Item No. 117

It's Friday! Admission is free so pay at the door~pull up a chair and sit on the floor! Clearly I've stopped making any sense at all...time to pack it in and call it a week! Have a great one!
Image via: Wanelo


Welcoming Spring With Winters

Here at the very start of spring all I want is some bright and vibrant inspiration.  Even though we didn't have much of a winter (thankfully!) in the North East, I'm still craving some color both outside my window and inside as well... Ironically, this quest led me right over to Winter's stunning atelier (don't you love that word?).  Do you know the work of Megan Winters?  Relatively new to me (thank you Pinterest!) I really admire this designer's bold spin on home design.


Door Details

I'd really love to zhush up a couple of the generic white paneled interior doors in our house.  One of them is the door to my husband's office and the other is the dining room door to the kitchen.  How great would a nail head tricked out door with a round porthole window be for the dining room?!  I've been all over the internet trying to come up with some ideas. These two examples (both via Martha Stewart) are not exactly what I had in mind, but they're both so clever and pretty that I decided to post them here.  Have you gotten fancy with any of the doors in your space?
bottom image via Abbey Goes Design Scouting

Wednesday Wants

On a recent trip to a local bookstore with a good friend, we picked up this charming little book and started flipping through the pages.  I've read about the author online and seen his addictive blog before, so now I'm wondering how it was that I left this shop without actually buying this sweet book? I need to go back there, today!


Gearing Up Again

It's hard to believe, but my middle child/younger daughter will be turning 10 this Spring! As I start to plan her birthday party, I've been given some not-so-subtle reminders that "we need to start thinking about her bedroom re-do." If you're new here, when my oldest daughter turned eleven she was given a room make-over, turning her very young girl's room into a sophisticated pre-teen room.  Apparently, this is now a right of passage in our home, and I've been reminded that it's time to look for the inspiration for her room's decor.  After scouring Pinterest and even creating a board for this project, I eventually turned to what should've been an obvious source...Teen Vogue! Thankfully, "my client" thinks we are on the right track...


Girly Mod

I was already familiar with the beautiful interiors of talented designer, Melanie Coddington.  However, it wasn't until I started following Ms. Coddington on twitter, that I got to know the extent of her designs or the fact that Ms. Coddington writes a lovely blog, Girly Modern: Glam Is Good. I love it when social media leads to fun new online finds.
PS: My Joss & Main sale is now live! You can check it out here.
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