ON TREND: Shagreen

Having just come back from High Point Market, where every big name in furniture and decor showcases their new lines, I can say with confidence that Shagreen is in, and trending in a big way.

The rough, granular skin finish is coating everything from tables, to mirrors, to trays and lamps. Some of my favorite vendors like Made Goods, Interlude Home, and even West Elm have jumped on the trend, and their applications of Shagreen do not disappoint!

The texture is most commonly seen in neutrals and cooler tones, and often paired with sleek materials like metals or acrylic which provide contemporary contrast. Shagreen is subtle enough that it works across styles, and adds just the right amount of interest to an otherwise simple piece. Check out my favorite shagreen products below, and don't hesitate to hop on this trend, which, if it were up to me, isn't going anywhere anytime soon.


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The holidays are just around the corner which means it's gift guide time! 

For those of you that want to get a head start on holiday shopping, I've rounded up my top 30 gift ideas of the season, with a heavy emphasis on black, white, marble, and brass (I can't help myself). These picks will suit all of the stylish people in your lives, whether they are looking to up their cocktail game, beautify their kitchen island, or warm up their sofa for the winter. Your friends & family will love you for these.

SHOP SPOTLIGHT: High Fashion Home


Houston-based High Fashion Home is one of my go-to vendors for unique, contemporary furniture and decor that is high quality at a decent price-point, so when they invited Havenly to design a space in their Houston showroom, I jumped at the opportunity. Their inventory is so well curated that it's never too overwhelming to browse through their catalog, and most of their upholstery comes in custom fabrics, which makes finding the perfect piece that much easier.

While a lot of their inventory can feel very glam, they have a good amount of mid-century and industrial pieces as well that lend to a more modern or masculine aesthetic. Check out the space I designed with some of my favorite staples from the shop below that make for a calm & cozy living room. 



Shop the Look here:

COLOR CRUSH: bordeaux red

I know Pantone's Marsala is now old news, but red wine is never out of style (and I personally prefer the richer tone of bordeaux to the more dusty marsala). While I'm not a fan of decorating with bright red, this deeper tone feels sophisticated and luxurious, and would be great as an accent in a more neutral room. 


Shop my favorite bordeaux red pieces below:

DIY IKEA HACK: marbled nightstands

I have a love-hate relationship with DIY projects. I love a bargain, and that strong sense of accomplishment that comes with crushing home projects, but I am impatient and a bit careless when it comes to tasks that rely on fine motor skills.

When it was time to buy nightstands, the only options I liked were upwards of $500, and I just couldn't bare to shell out that kind of cash when so many beautiful DIYs were clogging my pinterest feed. I thought, how hard can it be?


Enter IKEA, and the beautiful Paper Mojo marbled paper, which I had been eyeing at Blick Arts for quite some time. I've seen this paper used as wallpaper, and even as framed art (a much easier DIY I have also tried, I might add), but I couldn't help but wonder how it might look as a drawer finish. Here is what you'll need to DIY these marbled nightstands (plus tunes and patience). 

1. IKEA rast 3 drawer chest - I used two for a symmetrical look. Assemble and sand these before applying paint. At $35 a piece, you really can't beat this price. Also, after building these, you'll feel like an expert carpenter that knows everything about how drawers work (IKEA assembly is so rewarding).

2. High gloss white paint - Paint frame AND drawers white (the white on the drawers helps since the paper is a bit transparent when the Mod Podge goes on - having that light coat underneath makes the pattern pop). 

3. Paper Mojo marbled paper - Lots of great paper options to choose from here. I went with the black/white/gray/gold marbled paper because it was big enough to cover the width of the drawers (tucked around the edges), and I wanted a neutral, organic pattern with a hint of glam.

4. Mod Podge - I was hesitant to try this as I wasn't sure how well a craft-focused product would hold up on a heavily used piece of furniture, but I applied a few coats (to be safe) on top of the paper with a flat sponge brush, and the drawers have held up surprisingly well - no tears or scratches yet. 

5. Brass knobs - I was trying to keep this project cheap, but in retrospect, I do wish I had splurged for some brass ring pulls or something a bit more substantial. 

Overall, this was a fairly easy DIY that resulted in a high-end look at a fraction of the cost. 

ON TREND: 70s Inspired Decor

Break out your flares, the '70s are back. Fringe, bell-sleeves, and suede seem to be everywhere in fashion, while the decade's trends are popping up in the home space as well...and I'm not talking about lava lamps. When I think of the '70s, I think of highly textural pieces like rattan, macrame, and (of course) the shag rug, curvy furniture silhouettes, and lots of pattern (think missoni-esque chevron, plaids, and retro graphics). I say we jump all over this trend while it's hot, because no one is ready for '80s home decor to resurface yet.

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MIXOLOGY: The Pillow Edition

I am coping with a serious pillow addiction. I have pillows stuffed under my bed, behind my sofa, and in the darkest corners of my closet because I CANNOT stop myself from purchasing these beautiful little monsters. They are a low price for a high impact decorating statement, and are just too damn fun. As I write this I am staring at the TWELVE pillows littering my living room. 

I'm telling myself it's all for research though...so that I can give you guidance on how to mix and match pillows with confidence. Ahem. My three rules of thumb for mixing pillows are all about pattern, color, and texture. 

PATTERN: With pattern, it's all about mixing scales of pattern and using both geometric and organic shapes. The wide stripe and geometric diamond patterns below work well with the small scale chevron in front of them since the scales of the pattern are so different. The black and white solid pillows act as a bit of relief from pattern, and then the boldest, most organic pattern is placed in front. 

pillows via society social


COLOR: Similarly below, I've combined organic and geometric with large and small scale patterns to create a cohesive mix, but the star here is color. When working with a lot of color, it helps to add symmetry, and break up bold colors with solids and a bit of white. These colors work well because the teals and pink alternate, with the middle pillow unifying the colors throughout the scheme. 

pillows via arianna belle


TEXTURE: My absolute favorite way to mix pillows is to use texture. Texture here acts as a pattern itself, and my rules for mixing in solids and small and larger scale patterns still apply. I've alternated the shaggiest pillows so they are relieved with less texture in between them, and unified the scheme by keeping the color palette minimal. 

pillows via anthropologie

Happy mixing!


Fall Fashion Inspired Rooms

Fall is all about layering, mixing textures, and gettin' cozy. It's my favorite season for fashion, and I love seeing fall fashion trends influence home decor - think chunky cable knits, leathers, plaids, and lots of comfy textures. To get in the spirit, I rounded up some of my favorite designs inspired by fall fashion. These rooms make me want to curl up in a sheepskin throw with a cup of spiked apple cider and listen to records. 

fashion image: a girl and her pearls room design: Shelby Girard

fashion image: vogue news | room design: Shelby Girard for Havenly

fashion image: with love from kat | room design: Shelby Girard for Havenly

fashion image: sincerely, jules | room design: Shelby Girard for Havenly

CHEAP THRILLS: Nate Berkus for Target

Nate does it again! The new Nate Berkus for Target line is what dinner party dreams are made of. I thought I wasn't a napkin ring kinda girl, until I saw THESE Kelly Wearstler-esque beauties! Carting immediately, along with the quail candle holder and plaid ottoman. The neutral and gold collection works year-round, but feels very appropriate for holiday entertaining as well. Shop the whole line here, and see my favorites below. 

CLIENT FEATURE: Salt House Market

Today, I'm taking you through a home tour of one of my favorite projects: Salt House Market's home studio space in Williamsburg. After chatting for nearly 2 hours with the Havenly client, and drooling over her flawless insta account (aprons have never been so chic), I knew this was a woman with great style who was willing to take some risks, and that the project would be a lot of fun. 

As a chef, and creator of lifestyle brand Salt House which focuses on food, home and style, Sarah's biggest priority was creating a space to entertain and host dinner parties. In one of our initial conversations, she mentioned wanting the space to feel like a lively, crowded restaurant. She already had her mind set on a few key pieces, like a bold rug, a custom shelving unit, and a custom neon sign reading "be here now," which set the tone for the rest of the space.


The open concept of the kitchen and living room lent itself to creating one larger entertaining space that would spill over from the kitchen and bar into the dining room and lounge space.

Since the space is so small, every choice had to be highly functional, from storage ottomans that could both hold aprons and act as extra seating, to the shelves that hold glassware for dinner parties to using a barcart as the "entry console". The end result was a contemporary bohemian space that is completely unique and packed full of personality and function. 

Images via Sarah Schiear


ON TREND: Black & White Buffalo Check

It's starting to feel like fall in Chicago, which means one thing - time to break out the buffalo check! I'm not talking about your Angela Chase inspired flannel from the 90s OR your grandmother's gingham; these pieces are contemporary takes on the classic pattern. And because everything is better in black and white, I rounded up my favorite high contrast buffalo check furniture and decor that will cozy up your space in time for cider season. 

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Tips to Upgrade your Rental

Just because you rent, doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style! Upgrading your rental is all about getting creative and making small tweaks that make a big impact (but won't result in losing your security deposit). Here are my top four tips to take your rental from bad to rad.

1. Paint! So many rental units come with a sad off-white/beige paint job that is used because it can hide dirt. Painting your rental a fresh coat of bright white works with any style and is the perfect backdrop to art. It's also a color that your landlord will likely be okay with since it's a neutral that won't require you to re-paint before moving out.  

2. Replace plastic blinds with shades or curtains. Stash away those cheap plastic blinds in the back of your closet until it’s time to move out. A custom roman shade or curtains that frame your windows will make your place feel much more like home.

3. Decorate your kitchen! Rental kitchens are often out of date and in need of a major facelift. As a renter, you can’t do much in terms of remodeling work, but changing out cabinet hardware, adding art, and displaying beautiful serverware can go a long way to elevate a rental kitchen. 

4. Don’t forget about the bathroom. Like the kitchen, rental bathrooms need some love too. Opt for a more traditional rug, like a Kilim or Persian rug, in lieu of a bath mat, use decorative bowls and mugs to display q-tips, cotton balls, or for holding makeup, and don’t forget the art…I love a gallery wall in a bathroom!