G-d Bless Zara….

One of the things I promised myself when I started this blog was that my posts would never, ever be boring. Rambling, maybe, but boring, never. So, I cracked the screen on my 3 month old IPhone and had time to kill in the mall while my phone was being repaired in the Apple store. (By the way, it was like free therapy! Actually not free; $149+ tax. 45 minutes alone in a shopping mall with no phone. You should try it!) I was browsing the Crewcuts section in J.Crew and spotted a sweet white summer top for my munchkins. I hadn’t noticed it online, so I asked the woman working there if it was available on the website.

crewcuts

Here’s where things got interesting. She got a little intense and asked me why I would want to purchase it online instead of in the store. Ok, people, really? Do we not all know the obvious answer to this question? So I told her the truth. I don’t need it for at least two months. In that time it will inevitably be part of an online promotion. I get free shipping and returns, so if it doesn’t work I can save myself a trip to the store. Well, she got so upset and started venting about how the store needs sales, blah, blah. When I apologized and asked, “Doesn’t everyone do that?”, she said, and here’s the kicker, “Not really, mostly the Lakewood people.” It took time for her words to sink in and for me to realize how extremely offensive that was!

 

So now that I’m done venting, on to a chain store that is making me happier today. Zara! My go-to shopping addiction. The queen of fast fashion at affordable prices; where you can buy runwayish looks a few weeks after they debut at normal people prices. They have a home website! I feel like I discovered America. They carried over their amazing chic aesthetic to a fab home collection. Their stuff is not just modern, they have so many different styles! Some items are priced better than others, but there are some true gems. A few of my faves:

 

Pink Bamboo Towel Rack

$49.90

towel rack

I am in love with this. It also comes in an awesome emerald green and natural wood. An affordable way to add so much character to a basic bathroom!

 

Terrycloth Kitchen Towel (Set of 2)

$14.90

towels

Finally, chic kitchen towels that you can actually use! Love the French country vibe. I would gladly display these in my kitchen.

 

Multicolor Parrot Cushion

$29.90

parrot pillow

This fabric is everything! It has such a high-end, designer feel. There are tons of other amazing floral prints; must-see.

Blue Design Vase

$59.90

blue design vase

A bit pricey, but I couldn’t help myself. I am and always have been obsessed with blue and white. This is a classic, forever purchase that will never go out of style. Seriously, people. Get over the modern obsession!

 

Mirror with Leather Strap

$69.90

leather mirror

How chic is this for a boy’s bedroom or bath?

 

And of course, Zara’s famous free shipping and returns! Just ask your local Fed Ex driver about it……

Disclaimer: I’m realizing this post is actually misleading about customer service. 99% of the time J.Crew has impeccable customer service and Zara…..well just try calling them with a problem. Best shopping experience as long as nothing goes wrong. I’m thinking, how about a J.Crew home collection? I, for one, would not be opposed to that mod preppy J.Crew vibe in home furnishings. Hhmmm.

 

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First Blog Post (Yay!)

I must confess my love for instagram.

It’s so great for a quick burst of social media, and as an interior designer, it provides me with daily, (and hourly) inspiration. One problem, though. I detest long, rambling text under posts. I mean, come on! It’s called INSTAgram! My coffee break should be over, and I’m stuck in my chair reading your deepest thoughts!

Which brings me to my inner rants every time I post a picture on my account. But no, I don’t want to hold my loyal instagram followers hostage to their feed (though they probably are already…) And thus the birth of my blog!

Let the rant begin. As an avid follower of way too many interior designers, I definitely read my share of design blogs and tips. Which always leaves me wondering as to the state of the American economy. If most Americans are able to spend $9.95 a square foot on bathroom tile while on a tight budget, we must not be doing as bad as everyone thinks we are! (Trust me, it adds up oh so quickly!) I believe that good design should be attainable for everyone! I would love to share shopping sources and tips to help everyone live beautifully, whatever their budget may be. ( And yes, i really do mean budget for regular folks.)

One more bone to pick. My dear Jewish readers in the tri-state area: You are decorating with total tunnel vision. There are more styles of design than traditional and modern. There is an entire world of lovely and diverse styles of interior design out there. And, oh, don’t even mention the word ‘trend’. Trends are wonderful for a top from Zara that you can enjoy for one season and then toss. As far as I know, most people do not redecorate their homes yearly.

windsor smith kitchen
Windsor Smith

“Good design is timeless”

 

With this blog, I will be sharing examples of all different styles of design, and hopefully educating you and broadening your horizons. Please feel free to comment and let me know what design questions you have and what you’d love to see!