New Year's Eve Glam

December 30, 2012

I can't believe that tomorrow is NYE, and then we will be well on our way into 2013. Twenty-twelve was a fun year, and for some reason I have a really good feeling about 2013. So far, what I know about 2013 is that it's the year I will become an aunt! I could not be more excited (friends who know me and how awkward I am with children, this is your cue to laugh). But really I'm very excited for my sister, her husband, and my mom and dad who are about to become parents and grandparents! So in the spirit of thanking 2012 for the great year with a good send off and welcoming 2013 with a bang - I'm thinking this is the New Year's Eve for sequins especially for the people who never don a sequin dress - this is your year. 

I'm signing off for 2012 and heading to Charleston, SC. Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's, and thanks for following decor-eat! 


textile mix / vintage floral tapestry + faux fur

December 29, 2012

The Fashionista has a great post about this campaign - you should check it out - plus it has more pictures
Since I've started doing DIY, I've compiled a list of projects that I want to complete. So far, it's made up of tufting headboard (check), reupholstering a chair and revamping vintage clothes. Since sewing is a big part of the two items still on my list, I have been dying to learn how to sew. I got a sewing machine for Christmas and after seeing this outfit from Rag & Bone's FW 2012 campaign of Kate Moss by photographer, Craig McDean, the revamping vintage clothes has jumped up to the top spot on my DIY to do list.

I love the mix of faux fur with the vintage floral sleeves, and its got me excited to go thrifting once I'm back in New York. If anyone has any recommendations on great thrifting shops - please comment them below!

1. Sparkle and Fade Silky Printed Bomber Jacket - **SAVE** - $29.99 at urban outfitters
2. Satin Trimmed Faux Fur Vest - Forever 21
3. Taryn by Ivanka Trump - piperlime
4. Faux Leather Short - urban outfitters
5. Striped Faux Fur Vest - Forever 21
6. Dart Jacket - rag & bone

Fuel Your New Year's Resolution // Greek Salad with Shrimp and Chorizo

December 28, 2012

Hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays! I'm sure we have all spent the past week indulging in some pretty amazing holiday goodies. After spending Christmas night with long-time friends indulging in Smithfield ham biscuits, a goose meal, and champagne and wine tastings - I am ready for a salad. Today’s recipe kicks off a fun new health centric series: Fuel Your New Year's Resolution that will feature new recipe ideas for healthy eating.

2.5 oz mixed baby greens (about 2 handfuls on each plate)
1 cucumber
2 limes
2 vine ripened tomatoes
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 pound shrimp
5 slices of chorizo cut quarterly

Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
2 small slices of lime squeezed
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper

Place desired amount of lettuce, sliced cucumbers and sliced tomatoes on a plate a set aside. Mix olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper in a small dished and whisk together.

Peel and devein shrimp. Heat stove top to medium heat and add olive oil to the pan. Sear shrimp for about 3 minutes a side. Add chorizo during last 3 minutes. Add cooked shrimp and chorizo to the salad. Drizzle desired dressing and serve with lime wedges.

Enjoy :)

Gifts For Him

December 23, 2012

1. Shaving Kit - The Art of Shaving
2. Wine Glasses - Riedel Vivant Pinot Noir Tumblers - Target
3. Pajama Gift Set - Polo Ralph Lauren
4. Sports Watch - Nike Sportswatch + GPS
5. Grill - Big Green Egg
6. Headphones - Quiet Comfort Bose Headphones
7. Dop Kit - Bullhide Travel Kit - Orvis

Is it just me or are guys the hardest people on your list to shop for? We are now down to 2 days until Christmas and let's be honest, we could all use a bit of help brainstorming presents for the guys in our lives. Here are some of my gift for guys from year's past that have gone over well and a few gifts on my guys' wish lists for this year. What are you getting the men in your life this Christmas?

So this is Christmas...// Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 20, 2012

Holy crap. We are only 6 days away from Christmas, which means we are pretty much down to the wire on online shopping. So if you haven't bought your best friend, sister, mom, girlfriend, wife a gift - this is is last chance for online shopping. Check out my list of recommended holiday goodies whether you're looking for gifts under $100 or ideas on what to splurge on - or if you're still crafting your own wish list.

Happy shopping :)
Under $100
7. Decorate - 1,000 Design Ideas For Every Room In Your  Home - Anthropologie ($35)


Most of the stores above have a time cut off of tomorrow to ship your gift in time for Christmas, but some are already requiring you pay for expedited shipping to make the big day. For smaller stores like - Furbish - I'd recommend calling before ordering to make sure it will make it in time.

Antique Picture Frame To Vanity Tray

December 18, 2012

This past weekend, I finally made a trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market. I've had a vanity tray on my room wish list for a while, and was able to find a antique wedding picture frame at the flea market that could do the trick. It's so easy to do I'm not even sure I can call it DIY, but it's the thought that counts, right? Most vanity trays have mirrors on the bottom, so I'm still deciding between a mirror base or patterned base.

For now, I've styled my new vanity tray with one of my favorite Leigh Viner's prints.

Here's some of my inspiration:

Winter Flea Market - Brooklyn, NY

December 16, 2012

When I first got into antiquing I had no idea what I was doing. I was in DC for the weekend and was wondering around Georgetown window shopping, and got pulled into a few antique shops. At this point, I didn't even know I liked antiquing. Flash forward a year or so, and I'm hooked.

Since I've been in NY for 6 months now, I can't believe that this weekend was my first trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market. It has been on my to-do list for a while after seeing it on CNN's list of America's Best Flea Markets. It's still on my list for the summer time, but it's cool place to visit during the winter as well. From now until March, the flea market moves inside of the old Williamsburg Savings Bank. The building itself really is beautiful with detailed ceilings and the old bank vault. See for yourself...

 The market is full of vintage clothes, jewelry, art and more, and I finally picked up a vanity tray! Post coming soon, but until then - these pictures will have to due for those of you not in NYC or willing to go to Brooklyn ;) 

I loved this because it reminds me of fashion photographer's, Guy Bourdin's work I saw the summer I lived in Paris. It's all fashion and scandal = LOVE.
I loved the cute polka dot glasses and the gold tray. Is it just me or does gold look fantastic with everything?

I love the idea of bringing an atler into interior design. Plus it helps that my boyfriend is an avid hunter. We made a deal last hunting season that he could go hunting 3 weekends in a row as long as he brought me back an antler. My antler at home moves from framing my lamp to my candles, but I loved the girly touch this one brings to the design.
Alright, so for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love Suzanis. Or as I've joked, "caught Suzani fever" (and the travel bug to get to Istanbul's Grand Bazaar) after reading Justina Blakeney's blog. These patterns are amazing and fun.

Alright, not going to lie, I am definitely experiencing buyer's remorse that I didn't bring this beautiful tray and glasses set home with me. And one up, regretting that I didn't even ask how much the set cost so I could justify once I got home that it's out of my budget. I love the green tray (plus emerald is pantone color of the year for 2013)  and the glasses are vintage and so elegant. 

Trend Spot: Emeralds, Gold & Glitter

December 13, 2012

You know it's going to be a good year in the world of fashion and design when Pantone dubs your favorite color (and birthstone) the color of the new year.

It may not be 2013 yet, but this jewel toned color is popping up already for the holidays in Christmas trees and garland decorations. It's a good thing it pairs beautifully with gold and glitter for the holidays.

Here's Proof That Shopping Isn't Always Bad For Your Wallet

December 11, 2012

As you may remember, my friend came to visit from San Francisco back in November, and we spent a day shopping around Soho. We popped into Piperlime's new Soho flagship store (which is awesome btw), and lucked into a store event that asked shoppers to take pictures of items in-store and upload them to mobile fashion app, Snapette, to be entered for a chance to win a $500 Piperlime giftcard. Can you see where this is going? A week later, I found out I had won the gift card!! 

Which means I need your help! Seriously, please help. There are so many things to choose from at Piperlime. Do I splurge for NYE?

Or spend wisely for work?

If you have anything you either own or have seen from Piperlime that you love - please comment below and include a link! 

And if you haven’t heard of Snapette, you should check it out! It’s an awesome location-based fashion app that lets you check out what’s in stores nearby through your phone's GPS. I love it because I now don’t have to feel bad about flooding my Instagram stream with fashion photos while shopping (seriously I uploaded about 16 items from my recent shopping trip to Bergdorfs and by shopping I mean browsing), and it’s a much better mobile tool to use for inspiration when shopping than Pinterest.

Follow decor-eat on Snapette

Decor-Eat on Snapette

December 07, 2012

I am so excited to be featured on Snapette's blog today! Hop on over and check it out here.

Bedroom Makeover - Boho Rug

December 05, 2012

My room is coming along although it looks absolutely nothing like my original plans. Turns out I gravitate towards boho items. I have finally purchased a new ikat, bohemian rug from Lulu & Georgia. I love the color it brings to my room, and it was affordable! I was a little worried because it's an indoor/outdoor rug made from woven straw and recyclable plastic, but it's actually perfect. And, I won't have to vacuum it a lot which is a huge plus!

I am still working on my bedding, curtains and artwork (don't judge me), but here's a full look at the rug.

And some more rugs I love for different rooms in your house:

Winter Lust

December 03, 2012

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I'm dying for this outfit & accessories. 

I love the casual tribal sweater and Hudson (they are SUPER comfortable) jeans with a little edge from the biker boots and snake ring. I also found this watch today at Vince Camuto. I love their shoes, and had no idea the brand sells watches too. I like this one because it's traditional with a twist.

Cyber Monday - Wishlist

November 26, 2012

This year I heard that people were camping out outside of stores as early as Monday for Black Friday. I don't know about you, but there is no deal worth 5 days of my Thanksgiving vacation. Needless to say, I am not a Black Friday shopper. I get my fix of pushy crowds in the morning on the subway.

Cyber Monday on the other hand - I LOVE. What's better than a day of online shopping with 20% off + deals from the comfort of your own home?!? Here are my Cyber Monday picks: 

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I found Lulu & Georgia on the blog Schue Love, and am really glad she blogged about it! The design shop has a bunch of really cute home decor items that are actually pretty affordable. Plus, today they are 26% off! I've been able to hold off on buying all of the items on my wishlist, but couldn't avoid buying the Tangiers Kelim Reversible rug. I've been really needing a colorful rug for my apartment, and love the bohemian style and affordable price (about $70 for a 5x8 patterned rug!)

My next pick is Trish McEvoy. I had a gift card from a great boutique beauty shop in Atlanta, Woo Skincare and Spa, that I needed to use and was introduced to her line.  I've definitely heard of Trish McEvoy before, but had never looked into her products. I can't believe after all these years of makeup it took me this long to find her! She has a great makeup "planner" that makes it easy to organize and travel with your makeup. Since I travel back and forth between Atlanta and New York often, this is the perfect solution for me. Her products aren't cheap, so this Cyber Monday deal really is a great one!

Would love to hear what great deals you've found this Monday!

Trend Spot - Deep Blues and Tribal

November 19, 2012

Tribal has been a hot topic for a while now since it's reinvention this Spring, but I am loving how it's being brought into people's homes and winter wardrobes. Mixing gray tribal patterns and deep blues are my favorite look right now for winter and decor. I love this top image from Lonny's November magazine. I think you could add a few pumpkins and a turkey and it'd be a perfect look for your Thanksgiving table this year.

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LES Brunch Spot - New York

November 17, 2012

Macondo - This latino eatery is quickly becoming my favorite spot for Sunday brunch on the lower east side. I've now tried out a variety of things on the brunch menu now and have quickly found my favorites. I highly recommend the polenta con chorizo, huevos rancheros and the patatas bravos side if you like spicy, and the blueberry pancakes for something savory and sweet.

This is also a great place for a group. They have a deal where the table can get all-you-can-drink-mimosas for 2 hrs for $11, and you get to choose from three flavors - elberberry, orange-vanilla and blueberry mint. Keep in mind that your two hours start for the whole table when the first person sits down at the table, so they normally suggest you wait until your whole party is there.


Thanksgiving Table Necessities

November 15, 2012

There's a week until Thanksgiving, which means it's time to get your holiday table decorations under control. Since I'll be spending the holiday at my parent's house, I'll be giving up my right to decorate the table (although I'm determined to sneak metallic pumpkins into the mix - seriously, it will happen).

But in the meantime, here's how I'd decorate my Thanksgiving table this year with golds, oranges, blues and greens. 

My top must-have item from this list are the twisted gold tumblers from Anthropologie. The gold makes them perfect for the holidays, but they could totally double year-round on a bar cart.

What color scheme are you choosing for your holiday decorations?

Hump Day Home Makoever - Lonny Living Room

November 14, 2012

I am a huge Restoration Hardware fan and a current resident of an "intimate" New York apartment, so this month's Lonny Magazine that featured an apartment makeover with Restoration Hardware's Big Style Small Spaces was clearly made for me.

I love the white and black contrast with floral and leather accents and white space that make the room feel bigger.

What you need to get Lonny Magazine's editor, Michelle Adam's, makeover look.

While the living room is my favorite, she really did a great job with the entire apartment. A lot of white spaces with space saving tricks throughout the entire apartment.

See the rest of Lonny's November magazine here.


November 08, 2012

As a result of my current Bohemian Chic obsession, I stumbled upon Justina Blakeney's blog, and it is fantastic!! She blogged about her trip to Istanbul last year, and her pictures from the Grand Bazaar are colorful and inspiring. 

photo credit - Justina Blakeney
In her posts she talks about "catching Suzani fever," in Istanbul, and I completely agree. I'm hooked. I love the bright colors, intricate details and geometric shapes of these vintage textiles and need one for my room.

photo credit - Justina Blakeney
photo credit - Justina Blakeney
So far my favorite Suzanis are the ones that mix navy and pink/coral. Here are a few I've found that I love.



As you can imagine finding handmade, vintage textiles that really look authentic are hard to find. From what I've seen, it looks like ebay is actually a better place than etsy (surprised? me too). The Loaded Trunk also has one that I really like (check out that pop of color), and I found a store in Charleston with one that I like as well.
Yes, I was only able to find two for sale right now that are the right size and color for my bed, which further supports my dream job. There is obviously a need for unique, worldly textiles for those of us in the states, and I am more to get out there and travel to get them for us.

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