Throw pillow roundup from Etsy

My 20 Favorite Etsy Pillows  (NOT a sponsored post, by the way)

I don’t splurge on throw pillows. Now and again, I’ll see one that I love love love, but I think buying a $300 throw pillow is never where I’m going to want to spend my money. Especially when Etsy has a ton of sellers that have pillows that are more interesting, less seen (therefore I’m less likely to get sick of them), and more affordable than the big box stores. I was shopping for a few clients, so I decided to turn it into a post.   


Happy and graphic: 

 1. vintage kilim chevron pillow $50

2. heart pillow, $50 

3. cross pillow: $42

4. multi-color felt pillow, $150 



1. Striped kilim pillow:  $59

2. red kilim pillow: $69

3. Pink kilim pillow: $129

4. Kaza Kilim Pillow $63

Blue and graphic


1. blue damask;  $9.09

2. native quilt pillow:  $40

3. anchor pillow $22

4. scallop pillow:  $16 you can customize any color. 


Vintage: *hop on these, there is only one each

1. vintage floral pillow:  $24

2. woman needlepoint $24.99

3. blue silk vintage pillow:  $55

4. bird needlpoint:   $28.00

kids/young at heart:

1. Hooked horse pillow:  $48 

2. elephant pillow:  $49

3. whale pillow:  $49

4. mother and child pillow  $45

Support these businesses, my friends.  They are making my job easier, even though it took hours to scour through and i’m sure i’m missing a ton of great ones.  Do you guys like these roundups? I know i don’t do them often but i could start doing more if you are into it……

Happy Monday, friends. 

Americasmart picks and my new coffee table

I went to my first big furniture market a couple weeks ago.  Thats not true, I went to one when i was 22 in New York and was totally totally enamored and completely bummed that i couldn’t actually buy anything.  Well now, i have my resellers and this stuff is awesome, so here are my faves:

This piece was the one i was going to buy for myself except shipping it to LA was going to be $200 and the piece itself was $250 so i didn’t. Its a vintage English brass and tufted leather stool, otherwise known as ‘that piece that will take a room from cool to amazing, the piece that will undeniably set a room apart from other rooms’.  I wouldn’t sit on it so much, just look at it, spoon it, take photos of it.  But alas. 

Pretty coffee table – how glamorous indeed.  

Awesome English club chair in the most perfect worn leather.  I have the matching sofa to this that i got at a vintage store here in LA, but almost all of my clients want this right now.

Extremely great stools.  I’m getting over industrial REALLY REALLY fast, but when its combined with warm brown leather and its special, then i can still do it.

The ‘it’ sofa of the year.  I only wish it was vintage and it would be perfect.  And cognac leather instead of black, you know i don’t do black so well. 

I love these, but I hope they don’t start turning up EVERYWHERE.  Instead i bought 6 of these for a client:

They are for a dude, with pretty leather and stitching.  And the price (which will go nameless out of respect for other designers) was amazing.  

Pretty pretty vintage fans.  I’m sad i didn’t buy one of these, but maybe they’ll be at the NYIGF next week.  

Then i popped over to Scott’s flea market – a once a month affair in Atlanta.  It was great, but there are no steals happening here – they know what they have and what they should charge so by the time i factored in shipping and my markup, everything got to be very expensive for me and my clients.  But these captured my heart for a couple hours and i was EXTREMELY tempted:

They are 1950’s Italian rosewood campaign side tables and a matching coffee table. The wood is insanely beautiful – its a mosaic on top, all hand done and absolutely breathtaking. The scale is perfect, but the price was hard to swallow.  $1500 for the set – not a fortune and totally worth it to be honest.  But since we are saving for a house, i just couldn’t do it.  Shipping would be $300-400 and i’ve never spent so much money on anything before.  I thought about them for days and was seriously worried that i would regret it forever.  

The thing is, i don’t really want the set so much as just the coffee table (not pictured).  I wouldn’t put them all in the same room anyway and the vendor refused to break them up.  

Luckily i didn’t pull the trigger because last week i found my coffee table soul mate at a vintage store for $350. It was like in the fairy tale cartoons when the princess sees her prince and everything else goes blurry except him.  It’s love at first sight, they run to eachother and embrace and twirl and kiss.  It was just like that only the R rated version.  

I started freaking out that someone might beat me to it, even though no one else was in the store, so i panicked and walked briskly (without looking desperate) and stood next to it and then called for help to find the price (which wouldn’t matter, i was buying it no matter what…well as long as it was under $500 which i knew it would be) and then when he came over i acted cool and was all ‘hey papi, how much is this piece?’ and it was $400 and i offered $300 and he said $350 and i pulled the trigger.  It’s mine.  And i’m so happy.  

It has copper nails, beautiful hardware and its vintage but it in pretty great condition.  I need to move that other gold side trunk into another room, but first i need to have another room.  

That awesome rug is from Rugs USA and i love it.  And that animal in the background is my cat, General Meow, which is constantly looking like she is laying eggs – i swear her head gets smaller and her body gets bigger each day.  So we call her General Hen and she rolls her eyes at us.  Stupid humans.  

Who is all going to the NYIGF? i’ll be there next wednesday and thursday. Yes, my third trip this month, but what can you do.  

Off to boxing, that’s what you can do.  





Duck Fat Tater Tots and some pretty photos of Big Sur

I promised myself i’d give you original content. But then i also promised my body that i wouldn’t force Duck Fat Tater Tots into it.  Unfortuntely that was before I met Nashville:

Indeed.  Tater tots, fried in Duck Fat, as if there is any other way.  Otherwise known ‘my appetizer before i got a wedge salad drowning in blue cheese dressing and pork loin drenched in bourbon syrup’.  And there wasn’t one, not two but THREE dipping sauces – we all know that my ketchup owns my condiment heart, but i can dabble in bernaise and anything with mayo as well.

I’m flexible like that.

I’m in Nashville, hanging out with HGTV’s Taniya Nayek and 6500 men (and 500 women) from Sherwin Williams.  And I’m having fun, yes i am. 

This guys name is Phillip Morris.  

I mean, PHILIP MORRIS!!!! I’m sure he gets good tables at restaurants, but unfortunate letters in the mail. P.S. he’s not THE Philip Morris, in case you didn’t figure that out.  I guess there is also a guy on twitter who’s name is ‘SherwinWilliams’ and under his bio it says ‘i’m not the paint company. i am a man’.  And this makes me laugh. 

Behind me in that pic you can see the new line of paint palettes from the Sherwin Williams/HGTV partnership. And the color palettes are awesome.  More info on them later – stay tuned.

Meanwhile i thought i’d show you some old work of mine – to keep it original, but still design oriented while i’m away. These were all shot by David Tsay for Coastal Living, and to be clear, i didn’t design the rooms – just styled them.


This was in Big Sur, but i forget the name of the design firm.  I just put the stuff on the bench and made the bed etc.  I’m very good at putting stuff on benches and am strangely bad at making beds – which is why i’m not a bed stylist. And in case you think i’m kidding, yes there are bed stylists out there (Official shout out to Steven Whitehead, the best and chicest best stylist in the world).  

Pretty bathroom, with awesome herringbone painted tiles.  I want to ask the designer if they were painted and fired before installation or if they are painted afterwards because if the second option is possible, then i’m dying to know what kind of paint can possibly stick to tile in a bathroom. And if you know this answer, please give it to me and then i will give you a digital kiss, without tongue, of course.

And lastly an extremely pretty house, designed NOT by me, but yes styled by me.  All for Coastal living.  All in Big Sur, all shots taken by the amazing David Tsay. 

Off to Honky Tonk bars.  Last night we ate at the Patterson House (awesome, soooo pretty, too, thank you all for the suggestion) and the night before at Merchants on broadway.  Tonight we are headed downtown to the honky tonk bars to line dance, scoot my bootie and pretend to drink malt liquor, otherwise known as ‘hair spray that you put down your throat instead of on your head’.  I prefer the latter. 

My new leather chairs, and off to Nashville

I went to Alt Summit last week in Salt Lake which was pretty awesome.  I’ll spare you all the ‘i met so many incredible people’ and ‘hung out with people who i have been following for years’, and ‘spent quality time with blog pioneers’ – just trust me that that is all true and it was 100% worth it.  HIGHLY recommended.  And the Grand America hotel was great.  Thanks HGTV for asking me to go, oh and thank you HGTV and Sherwyn Williams for bringing me to Nashville this week.  Ridiculously fun.   


But for now, i’ll show you the chairs (yes! A PAIR!!) that i scored on sunday whilst shopping at the Green Ant in Salt Lake.  They are the perfect color of worn caramel leather.  They are made of rosewood, they are incredibly comfortable and while they weren’t a steal ($950 for both, plus shipping to LA) they are exactly what i’ve been looking for and would be around $2500 for the pair in Los Angeles.  


Beautiful safari style leather straps, and the joinery is perfect. Morgan bought the sofa that matched that you can see in the background. Ultimately the week was so fun, and while i do want to post about it and give shout outs to all my new friends, i’m on a plane to Nashville for the week for some HGTV events and i only have 1/2 hour of free internet before i get kicked off, so this post will have to do.

Bring on the Nashville suggestions.  I’ve never been here (but you know i love me some South) and Brian came with me this time (YEAH!!!) so we have our nights to scoot our bootie.  But to where shall we scoot it? Think old school – there are good restaurants and good food in LA, we want the SOUTH.  

Sneak Peek into a new house

I’m at Alt Summit, about to speak in 1/2 hour now with some awesome chicks for some awesome chicks.  I have no idea why more single men don’t come to Salt Lake for the same weekend as Alt Summit. I mean, the amount of super stylish, pretty, chicks that are here is INSANE.  

But for now check out a work in progress:

What i’m speaking about is styling your own work, etc, and i actually didn’t really style this – just snapped some pics with my new camera.  But i wanted to give you something fun to look at while i’m gone.  So look away.