A glamorous, exotic retreat


I’m going to Morocco in January, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve wanted to go ever since the first time I ate at a Moroccan restaurant in NYC. I saw a beautiful ad for this hotel in Marrakech, called “La Mamounia” in House Beautiful, and I decided to see if there were more pics online. Granted, I have a hostel budget, but I can dream!

mmm…Moroccan food….

I can’t wait to see the architecture!

Beautiful, no?

via La Mamounia

Really pretty jewelry, shoes, and sweaters on sale at ideeli – I have your membership code


I try not to post unrelated (non-home decorating) pictures, but ideeli has some really great sales going on, and with the holidays coming soon I thought I’d share!

First, if you aren’t a member use this link and sign up for free.

These are my favorite from a few of the sales:

Olia jewelry

Apepazza shoes

2b. Rych

Verigo Paris sweaters

Here’s the link again!

Got a small kitchen in which to prepare Thanksgiving? Here are some really great ideas!


I found this gallery on Better Homes and Gardens, and I wanted to share with you my favorite ideas! Hope you see something inspiring!

I always have lots of hooks on hand because they are a life saver in kitchens. NYC apartments have maybe 4 cabinets on average, though I’ve dealt with less, and having items hanging from the walls is VERY handy, and makes for a nice cottage look.

Flea market finds like the section of iron fence, or the grate as a pot rack, make for inexpensive DIY projects.

Instructions for the image above – I’m a huge fan of using jars (after all – you buy the spaghetti sauce, eat-it, and then your left with a handy organizational system)

-“Adapt an idea from the garage workbench, but instead of storing nails, nuts, and bolts, store coffee beans or other goodies. Collect identical glass jars with screw-top lids (spaghetti sauce jars, for example) and screw the lids to the underside of a wood shelf. Allow enough space between the jars for easy access.

To keep track of a variety of coffee beans, use your computer to print labels on white paper and have them laminated at a print shop. Or use purchased tags and write the variety names by hand. Tie the tags to the jars with twine.”

A great solution to a common problem, (too many cookbooks, not enough book shelves in the kitchen). Bring in a small bookshelf and top with stone (this you may need to make a trip to the hardware store to purchase and cut) – so now you have storage and more work surface.

Making a caddy (this one was a tool box given a new paint job), keeps things you use everyday handy and portable while cooking.

So, could any of these ideas work for you? Any ideas on how to adapt them for other uses around the house?

Serena & Lily Friends & Family 25% discount code


I have a really great sale code for you guys – Serena & Lily is holding a 5-day (Nov. 12-16th) 25 % off sale (bedding, fabrics, gifts, accessories). The code is FALLFRIENDS25 at checkout. Here are some of my favorites and you can see another post I did featuring them here.

I love all their mix and match patterns and colors

If you want to browse what they have go to Serena and Lily and enter FALLFRIENDS25 to get 25% off. Enjoy!

Really cute and easy DIY ideas for your Thanksgiving table


I first found this adorable pine cone turkey idea over at the Simplified Bee, and thought to myself, “that is soooo cute, and so my mom!” It’s also wonderful because we have everything except the pipe cleaners; pine cones in the woods and feathers around the chicken and turkey coups.

via Simplified Bee via Martha Stewart
Isn’t it cute?!

I love this too…all of these ideas are fast and easy but so elegant!

Click here to see all of these plus more and how-to’s

very elegant
via Simplified Bee

And just for reference – and something I am always in need of when setting a table a handy reference chart.
via Simplified Bee