We think there is a better way. Your home can look nice without having to spend a lot of money. Here is a list of what we would skip/splurge on.
-New furniture that is not well-made or well-constructed.
-Cheap home accessories-plastic flowers, pink flamingos, gaudy fabrics fall into this category.
-Expensive remodeling jobs that are hard to change, like built-ins, hardscaping and the likes...
-A good house cleaner-a clean house is a relaxing house.
-Quality pieces that don't go out of style and will last for life. Focus on quality and not quantity.
-Luxury things that don't cost a lot but make you happy-like fresh flowers, scented candles and bubble baths...
Just like everything in life, there are many choices when it comes to your money. Spend it wisely...
While we don't deny that the economy is terrible--believe us, being in the luxury industry that is absolutely dependent on extra disposable income, we feel it. But here's the thing, is it all that bad? We can all eat a bit less, spend a bit less, drive a bit less, no?
We can't really do anything about the big issues, such as the budget deficit and the national debt and the housing crisis, but you can make your home life more comfortable without spending tons of money. You can, and you must--because a comfortable home life will protect you from all the craziness that' s going on.
1) Keep the house clean. A clean house makes you more relaxed, keep you organized, and just makes you feel better.
2) Plant a garden. Yes, grow something. Anything. Plant flowers so you can have fresh flowers in the house, keep an herb garden. You'll be amazed on how therapeutic it is...
3) Learn how to cook. Cooking is a creative process and it can be a lot of fun. It is also a lot healthier and more cost-effective.
4) Spend less. You'll be amazed of what you can find on Craigslist, the local consignment stores and the local classifieds. It's a great feeling to get something at a fraction of its original cost while saving the environment at the same time.
5) Be creative. Take some time to explore the inner creativity in you, and yes, everyone is creative in some ways. Sometimes just re-arranging the furniture can give a room a whole new look. Move your artwork to a different room. Group your accessories differently. Get a fresh coat of paint. You'll be amazed on how little things like this can change how you feel.
Vellum New York products fit into the Hollywood Regency look perfectly. Here are a few examples:
This elephant status is large in size and looks very pretty in person...
We love these ginger jars...
This greyhound statue is our best seller. It's very Kelly Wearstler-ish...
All of Vellum products are made in Italy.
At the New York show a couple of months ago, we found a great vendor that does this look wonderfully. They are so pricey, oh my god! But their products are very pretty...
Here are some of our favorites:
This pair of foo dogs, which supposed to bring you luck, is pretty large in size and come in white, blue and orange. It's just fun to look at...
We love this pair of hand-painted silk. Can you just see them in Elle Decor?
This is a nice new twist for an Asian stool. It also comes in a variety of colors..
You can see most of these products on the Jardins En Fleur web site. They are available for purchase through our home accessories store.
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Here are some of our favorite upholstery fabric. All are from Highland Court fabric, a division of Duralee. We like this line because it's very boutique-ish, and the patterns/colors are just sublime.
We are picking bright colors today because we want something cheerful to look at. Times like this, we can all use some pick-me-up, don't you think?
We love this one for either a small chair or a small day bed. This pattern is called Cheaza, the pattern numberis 180512H Color 586.
This pattern is called Heirloom, pattern number 180860H Color Tangerine
This pattern number is 180830H color 707 Tomato. We can just see it on a decorative pillow, or a pair of occasional chair.
We love, love Greek key...it's so modern and clean. This pattern number is 180826H and the color is Tangerine.
All of these fabrics are from the Philip Gorrivan collection (Philip who?) We don't know much about him, to be honest. But judging from the collection, we think it's better than Kelly Wearstler's, truthfully. She's a bit over-extended and over-exposed.