Easy Ideas: Home Design & Decor

I moved across the country one week ago today. What a whirlwind. Amidst a snowstorm and a job that will never be in slow motion, I rode the wave and I’m wilder for it. Hopelessly devoted to unpacking, decorating and nesting, these three links reveal the inside scoop. Just in case you, too, are on a rainbow of reinvention, voila!


For as long as I can remember I have known the beauty of a well-groomed closet. This One Kings Lane rundown sums it all up.


My new Los Angeles abode is ridiculously spacious (code for unheard of in New York City). Don’t get me wrong – there are pros, there are cons. Having no desire to spend tons of dough, Emily Henderson’s design wisdom gave me a good look at exactly what I was dreaming up…a well-made sofa for the right price.


Two parting words: gallery wall. I had one in college, I have one now. Switch it up, make it sing the song that hits your art heart. If you need a spark, check out Tory Daily for a crash course in “Artfully Walls.”

Living Room Decor

JBD dispatch from the heart of New York City. I’m working from a hotel this weekend, all the while stealing moments on my iPad for inspiration as I plot out a big move (read: new rooms to decorate) later this year. I keep circling back to these living spaces. The crisp white touches against a confident color really do it for me. No matter where you are reading this from, I hope you feel a bit of inspiration. Bon weekend!

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white 2Image Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 


Pink Crush

jessica durrantI’ve been collecting Jessica Durrant watercolors for a few years. A handful of her gorgeous, calming, feminine creations fill the walls of my living room and home office, many gifted by family who know they can’t go wrong at Christmas with this pretty gift. Paris is usually on my mind, more so now because I know I’ll be there this Fall…pink skies sure do delight, don’t they?

pink crush JBD

I’ve never full-on decorated my home with a big piece of pink. But this sofa has me re-thinking that rainbow tune.

Oscar-de-la-Renta-Pink-Coral-Salmon-Fig-Tropic-No matter the season, no matter the continent, as true as a heart in love, pink will never go out of style.

Images via Jessica Durrant, Kendra Scott and Pinterest.

Hot Notes

hammock room

After discovering this photograph on Pinterest, I decided I must have a hammock in my living room. I can’t stop looking at this version.

sausalito doors

While we are on the topic of decor, these garage doors caught my eye as I skipped around the streets of Sausalito.

travel yeah

This quote speaks to me. It reminds me of my first big jet-set experience as a teenager to the global trotting I head off on each week or month. Life is an adventure…

a cup of jo

…and a good recipe makes life better. I love reading the blog A Cup of Jo. Everything about it is delicious, especially the maple apple granola she just shared with the world.


What more could you possibly want after hammock lounging on a Sausalito street crunching on homemade granola? Ah, a fancy, fun manicure, of course! Paintbox offers options you won’t find anywhere else.

What are your hot notes? Send ’em on over to JBD.

Images via  Pinterest / Jenny Graham / Unknown / A Cup of Jo / Paintbox

Instant Memory

polaroid-z2300-instant-digital-camera-02By far, Instagram is my favorite form of social media sharing. There are moments captured on camera that I wish I could print in an instant. Well, the latest addition to the Polaroid instant digital camera line, the Z2300, features an integrated printer with ZINK® Technology, enabling users to instantly capture, edit and—in less than a minute—print full-color, 2″ x 3″ prints. The camera uploads images to any social media platform with no computer connection needed, and the 3″ LCD display allows you to view and crop images and apply filters or custom borders. Fun and brilliant, right?

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Barkley L. Hendricks


Brooklyn Museum has an exhibition entitled Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties open to the public right now. I wandered into the first floor exhibit on a whim, stoked to stumble upon Barkley L. Hendricks‘ work. From my point of view, his large scale paintings epitomize a deep embrace of self-respect and often embody a fancy free heart. His art is a gift and for the true beauty to be felt one must stand in front of his portraits.

Image via Nasher Museum of Art


hey honey

Brooklyn based artist, Scott Campbell (+ husband of actress Lake Bell), has an exhibition set to open on February 20th dedicated to the theme of love. J’adore the title: “The Smartest Things I Ever Did Were Foolish Things For Love.” Galerie Gmurzynska will host this body of affection which includes paintings, watercolors and sculptures. I heard there is a site-specific installation of large fuse paintings, depicting roses, which is to inhabit the entirety of the gallery’s ground floor. Now if we could only hop a jet to Switzerland