Monochrome Décor

Oh how I’ve missed you, New Déjà Vu. Close to two years have gone by since my last post, so rather than fret over wasted time, let’s jump right back in the mix… first up, a glimpse of my new(ish) Brooklyn pad!

I wanted my bedroom to have a dark, moody feel, so I opted for deep gray walls (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal) with gray furniture and linens. To keep the monochromatic look from falling flat, I added plenty of sparkle with silver trays, lucite and mercury glass lamps, a homemade jewelry display and healthy dose of mirrors.

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St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

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Perhaps it’s my Boston roots (a town chock-full with Irishmen), or maybe it’s the excuse to drink multiple pints of Guinness…no matter the reason, I freaking LOVE St. Patrick’s day. So in anticipation of this weekend’s festivities, here are a few of my favorite photos featuring kelly green—plus a few tasty green treats to balance out the liquid diets that may/may not occur on Saturday!

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New Beginnings

{bunglalow 5’s langham desk, featured in Traditional Home magazine}

First and foremost, sorry for the lapse in posts…in the past 7 days, I’ve had the pleasure of going on (what felt like) 239,028,392 job interviews, and was also hit with as a slew of midterm assignments for my design courses. Now that the dust of last week has cleared, I’m happily employed at a drop-dead-gorgeous furniture showroom in chelsea, and I’m technically on spring break….wahoo!!

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Open Shelving

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Exposed cabinets have always been appealing to me, especially in small kitchens that lack a distinct focal point. By removing a few doors, your dishes and cooking accessories instantly become a collection of art. And for those who rent, creating an open shelf display is a great way to (temporarily) update your kitchen—for free!

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Statement Stairs

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Traditionally, the only accessory a staircase flaunts is a long carpet runner. Not anymore! With a bright stripe of paint, stencils, wallpaper or metallic trimmings, a standard staircase can be transformed into a bold style moment.

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Decorating with Neon

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There’s no denying that neon is back with a vengeance, both in fashion and home decorating. Although I’d never recommend investing too much into trends, you don’t need to break the bank to get on the neon décor train—a coat of paint or small throw pillow can easily make a huge impact. My favorite application of neon is paired with deep gray backdrops, since the duo is subdued and vibrant all at once (yet seems much more modern than the tacky neon of the 80’s).

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Custom Coffee Tables

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Coffee tables are a furniture staple that I’ve always bought exclusively from thrift stores. As long as the lines of the piece are attractive, you can easily refurbish a table for a fraction of the price you’d find in retail stores. For instance, I snagged this table for under $20 at Goodwill, and with some sandpaper and a few coats of paint, transformed it into a fresh white centerpiece for our living room.

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