By Rachel Freeman

Design Refresh: Contrast Trim

An easy way to refresh your home is to add color! You can add it in the typical ways: pillows, drapery, rugs, flowers, etc…but what about painting the trim or door a fabulous pop of color?! Contrast trim. JUST DO IT! It adds so much personality and will make your home like no other. It’s a new year. Do things a bit different this time around. Here is a bit of inspiration for you…


Loving the red trim on this farmhouse! Gah. I’d love to live here.


I know you all have seen Dabito’s fabulous home makeover. It’s such a dreamy space. Plants, antique rugs, and that fabulous yellow door! Yes, please!


 Aww! That blue trim against the lovely white walls and cabinetry! The pop of color works perfect with the patterned tile floor. Via domino.

wood trim

A lot of men (and some women…I can’t be sexist.) say, “DON’T PAINT THE WOOD TRIM!” Well, in this case, I’d agree. Keep it raw, ya’ll. If your trim is already painted, a little bit of paint thinner, a paint scraper, and some sand paper should do the trick. And, maybe a little wine…

Happy painting!

this & that: IKEA Lighting


I am kind of, okay, I am a WHOLE LOT obsessed with this new IKEA pendant. It’s only $49.99, folks. And, I am still obsessed with that sconce from IKEA, which is only $19.99! I do wish the sconce came in a plug-in version. They would be perfect for my bedroom, but I am renting…

Did I mention I now live less than 10 minutes from an IKEA? During non-LA traffic times of course…

Love your fellow IKEA fan,


New Product from West Elm

Hi gang! Retail is always one step ahead, and while you are still recovering from Christmas and planning for New Year’s, we are on to Spring. Yes. Spring! Valentine’s gifts and even Easter bunnies have hit our stock room, and Spring textiles have hit the sales floor! The best part – or maybe just my favorite part – is all the new furniture that has arrived with even more available online. Here are a few of my favorite new pieces from West Elm:


Shown: Lucas Wire Base Chair, Remy Side Table, Cast Pedestal Dining Table, Reclaimed Wood + Lacquer Buffet!


West Elm has collaborative with Kate Spade Saturday to bring your some HOT new pieces across the board. Check out the collaboration here, which includes furniture, fabric, bedding, lighting, art, and accessories…all available now in stores and online. Shown: Anders Chair – Kate Spade Saturday Floral Print and Kate Spade Saturday Globe Table Lamp.


West Elm has entered the Belgian Linen realm, and although the price point is a bit higher than our regular bedding, it is well worth the extra cost. Linen has a luxurious comfort about it and adds the perfect amount of texture to any space! Shown: Belgian Linen Duvet Cover + Shams – Light Amethyst and Striped Belgian Linen Duvet Cover + Shams – Pale Harbor. Lucky for you, all bedding is currently 20%! Order in store or online!

A few others to note: 1. The famous Storage Coffee Table now comes in walnut and brass! 2. The Box Frame Coffee Table now comes with a glass, marble, or concrete top (in addition to the original wood top)…AND it now comes in a narrow version (48″w x 17″d x 16.8″h). 3. The simplest, most magnificent console you’ve ever seen!

Check out ALL the new product here.

You’re welcome!