Boo! My tips for chic and trendy Halloween decor – Fall 2017 edition

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Here it comes again, that spooky, fun time of the year! What I love about this holiday is how easy it is to DYI or create decor with your partner and children and share unforgettable moments! Therefore, I have selected for you my favourite, chic, fun and a little creepy ideas for a perfect 2017 Halloween decor.

It seems that this year’s halloween will be a bit unconventional since I saw a lot a spring/summer colours rather than fall colours; as far as I’m concerned it’s been so hot in NYC that it really still feels like summer so I am very tempted to fall for the pastel palette for Halloween, at least this year!

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Amidst The Chaos

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Amidst The Chaos

 

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We Heart It

 

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We Heart It

 

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Baby blue + Glitter = ♥

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I Heart Naptime

 

Brighter colours are also so beautiful and energizing, it keeps your spirit on vacation mode

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The Sweetest Occasion

 

Living in a tropical climate or simply not in the mood for fall decor? Then pineapple carving is for you and it is definitely a thing ! (And I love it!)

 

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Of course, the unicorn trend took over Halloween as well, I mean seriously how cute is this one and how fun would it be to do it with your daughter? Who am I kidding, how fun would it be to do it by yourself for yourself 😉 ?!

 

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Another crush for me this season, the Hyde and Eek! Boutique available at Target, here is a sneak peek; I mean seriously studded pumpkins? Am I hearing all the fashionitas/Valentino fans rushing to Target?

 

 

 

 

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Nonetheless, if you’d rather embrace the more traditional, soft and warm tones of fall for Halloween, this part is for you; after all traditional and timeless doesn’t mean boring so have fun decorating!

THIS tablescape!!

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Obviously leaving in an apartment in the city has some downsides, I can’t exactly decorate my building entrance like the image below, but for those of you who have a house, one thing to say go big or go home; because this is stunning and seems so fun to do!

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Want to glam it up? Glitter. flowers and metallics are for you, here are some of my favourites

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Grandin Road

 

 

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Et Voilà, have fun decorating , partying , dressing up…

 

Happy Halloween,

Leslie

PS: See below message 😉

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My most favorite pendant lights

It’s a been a little while since I wrote! I have been a busy bee at work and at home; BUT at least through my researches for my clients I realized how difficult it was to find and choose pendants to put over your kitchen counter or bar, especially within a budget. Another thing to keep in mind, is the size of your counter, the pendants should be either small to put 3 or more; but if you like more dramatic styles two medium/large sized pendants should be more than enough! Obviously, if your countertop is wide enough you might be able to hang 3 medium to large sized pendants; it simply needs to fit within the counter edges.
Hopefully, the below selection will help you choose the perfect pendants to embellish your kitchen!

First things first: placement.

The following drawings illustrate how high you should ideally place your pendant lights. If above a kitchen sink, 36″-40″ is the maximum lengths from the tip of the light to the counter; if placed above a bar (slightly higher than regular kitchen island), then it should 20″-26″ between the bottom of the light and the top of the bar. Finally, if you intend to place pendant(s) above a kitchen island, then there should be a 30″-36″ gap between the bottom of the light and the countertop. Needless to say, that the pendants need to be placed within the counter/bar, 6″-12″ from the edges and there should be 12″-18″ between each pendant (might be less if the pendants are small and you are installing more than 3);  these measurements before purchase will also help you determine the number and size of pendants you can afford.

Side note: If you want to stand out from regular placements, you can also play with the length of each pendants and put them at different heights (some are already sold like that, refer to my selection below for more info). Of course, this works if you have 3 or more small pendants; it will look odd if you have only 2.

 

Wayfair

 

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My selection:

 

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Wayfair, $339.99

 

1-Light+Globe+PendantAll Modern, $142.99

 

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One Kings Lane, From $235

 

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All Modern, $282.99

 

 

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Hudson Valley pendant – YLighting, $684

 

 

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Shades of Light  , $279

 

 

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CB2, $299

 

 

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Circa Lighting , $1218

 

 

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Wayfair , Copper ombre pendant at $92.37; Gunmetal ombre pendant at $87.82; Gold ombre pendant at $91.36

 

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Shades of Light, $299

 

Kitchen design: focus on color

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deVOL Kitchens

We all agree a bright white kitchen is timeless and fresh, I’m the first one to jump on this wagon and  then add small details to give warmth such as copper, brass or chrome accents… However, recently we have seen more and more colorful cabinets and/or tiles, even appliances; and yet, the results are often polished and edgy. But how to get it right? How to choose a colour that keeps the kitchen elegant yet trendy and that will not bore you in a year? After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so better give it a lot of attention and character!

 

1/ The cabinetry

Personally, I prefer dark, rich hues  for a polished look. However, pastel colours have also entered the kitchen and give this delicate and romantic feel to the space… Whatever your style, I would strongly advise against any colour that look too bright, as it might look cheap, and you’ll probably be tired of it quickly. If bright colours are your thing, consider adding them as accents, like a shelf rather than going for all the cupboards. Alternatively, if you want to add colour but want to remain more “neutral”, you can always do bicolor cabinetry (shown pic 4) or just have the kitchen island done in your favorite shade. HOWEVER, if you want to go bold and add colorful cabinetry, you have to be mindful about the other parts of the kitchen. For a sophisticated, polished look, pick a more traditional and stylish countertop and backsplash; I personally favor marble-like countertop as it instantly looks more elegant and it is timeless, and I would even go for a matching backsplash; but some tiles for backsplashes work perfectly fine, as we can see in the first picture below. Another thing to pick carefully when having colourful cupboards, the handles, pulls and knobs, it is important to pick something that will complement the colour and for brass, copper and chrome will certainly do the trick; they work perfectly with deep hues, making them even more rich and they add elegance to pastels. If bright metallics are not your thing, then go for clear, crystal-like pulls, handles and knobs; it definitely completes a polished style.

To sum up:

  • Choose deep, darker shades or pastels – Bright artificial colours are an absolute no no!
  • Add a more traditional, neutral countertop and backsplash; marble-like ones are my pick for an elegant finish.
  • Elevate the design with brass, chrome or copper accents, such as door knobs, pulls and handles and even faucets etc…
  • For a more “neutral” look, consider having only the kitchen island or only the top or bottom cabinets in your favorite shade.

 

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2/ Vibrant tiles

Incorporating colour through tiles is a great way to make a statement but in a more subtle way.  I like patterns in tiles, so it gives this ethnic chic atmosphere in the kitchen, and adds colour without overwhelming the room.

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You can also create a “rug effect” with colourful tiles:

 

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3/ Appliances

If you want to add some fun to your kitchen, colorful appliances are definitely the way to go. The good thing is that it’s easy to replace when you’re tired of it, unlike changing the whole cabinetry… However, in my opinion, coloured appliances are fun and cute but if your goal is to add colour while remaining elegant and timeless, it is better to opt for more neutral coloured or dark shades appliances, as brighter colours sometimes (but not overtime, see pic.5 below), look a bit kitschy. Here are few pictures, I let you be the judge:

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My Domaine

 

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Better Homes and Gardens