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A Diva's Year: Best of 2013 Part I


As we look forward to a new year at The Diva Design Diaries, let's take time and reflect on how far we've come…To that end, we've compiled a "best of" compilation of Designer Profiles, Interior Inspirations, Design & Shopping Guides, Dear Diva, Design Show Alerts, and Entertaining and DIY Ideas to highlight the path travelled and look forward to the journey ahead!</p> <p>
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Need a pick me up from life’s humbugs or the drab weather that’s caught somewhere between Spring’s rain and Summer’s sweltering heat? Then head right over to your nearest Home Goods and find a little happiness in a store! That’s just how I spent a recent weekend, with my sister, and my mother (a Home Goods newbie). The three of us oohed and ahhed over the lamps, furniture, mirrors, bath goods, kitchen finds, glass vases, etc. One hour and two over – flowing baskets later we emerged with goodies to outfit our dens, kitchens, and entire homes. P.S. Thank God for the bottom rack of those baskets, they definitely came in handy ;-)  Continue reading here...</p>
Sophisticated, Aspirational, Glamorous, Legendary, Sexy, Entertaining… Sex and the City!! The ground-breaking, colossally chic, cultural phenomenon that introduced us all to Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha, and Manolo Blahnik, celebrated its 15th Anniversary on June 6th. June 6, 1998 also introduced us to the 5thmain character of the dynamic series, New York City! From Charlotte’s Upper East Side Apartment and Carrie’s Brownstone in Manhattan to Miranda’s Townhouse in Brooklyn and Samantha’s Sexy Apartment in the Meat Packing District, SATC introduced us to love, life, and real estate in the Big Apple.  Continue reading here...

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Quirky, Eclectic, Whimsical, Pop, and Colorful are just a few words that can be used to describe Jonathan Adler. As a longtime fan of his design aesthetic, products, and décor books, Jonathan Adler is Creative, Energetic – Happiness on display. From his fantastic ceramic pottery and namesake line of home décor products, to authoring several décor books and his memorable time on Reality TV, Jonathan Adler is a major force is the design world.  Continue reading here...</p>


How to Create a Fabulous Door Wreath Spring - Summer Edition
 

Nothing makes me happier than creating a new wreath for my front door. It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home and boost your curb appeal. Having previously shared with you my Fall/Autumn Wreath, below is how I created my Spring/Summer Wreath. Made with easy to find materials that won’t break your décor budget, this wreath will make your front door stand out from your neighbors, create a welcoming display for your guest, and hopefully, relax your nerves as you create something fabulous for your home.  Continue reading here...

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Reusable wall decals, once a figment of all wallpaper phobic imaginations (mine included) are now a reality. Combine that with my love of peacocks and unique wall art and this Décor Diva was hooked. While researching wall decals, removable wallpaper, and interesting 3-D Wall Art, I was introduced to Dezign With A Z. This fabulous Home & Wall Décor site offers wall art, wall stickers, and wall decals that will please every member of your family in multiple categories including: Floral Wall Decals, Nursery Wall Decals, Sports Wall Decals, Tree Wall Decals, Reusable Wall Murals, Wall Mirrors, Decal Coat Racks, Wall Clock Stickers, Glow in the Dark Decals, and Writable Decals. The expansive product line also offers customizable wall decals for a totally unique piece of art. Available in a range of sizes, colors, and textures, the products at Dezign With A Z are my new favorite things. Best yet, the products are reasonably priced, easy to install, and beautiful. Continue reading here for details on how I installed my Turquoise Peacock Acrylic Mirror Wall Decal.  </p> <p>
Open, inviting, yet empty, my dining room was in serious need of furniture and furnishings. First step, in the journey of transforming this space was to find a great area rug that sticks to my design mantra of being fabulous and functional. Finding a fabulous rug is easy. Finding a functional one, well that’s a matter of defining what function, other than lying on the floor, you want it to serve. A functional rug for me is one that’s soft enough to walk on barefoot without feeling any course fibers. It should also be well suited for sitting chairs or a table on it so that if you need to drag a chair across it, there will not be any ripping or damage to the rug. A functional rug should also be the right size for the room, especially when it’s for a dining room. Unless you want a wall-to-wall rug, then make sure you measure the area in the room where you want to rug to lay and buy a rug according to that.  Continue reading here...</p> <p></p>

Until Next Time...

<p>Ready, Set, Reflect!!!
Posted by cristialyse on January 02, 2014 at 9:44PM | Permalink | 0 Comments


How I Got Home Goods Happy


Need a pick me up from life’s humbugs or the drab weather that’s caught somewhere between Spring’s rain and Summer’s sweltering heat?  Then head right over to your nearest Home Goods and find a little happiness in a store!  That’s just how I spent a recent weekend, with my sister, and my mother (a Home Goods newbie).  The three of us oohed and ahhed over the lamps, furniture, mirrors, bath goods, kitchen finds, glass vases, etc.  One hour and two over – flowing baskets later we emerged with goodies to outfit our dens, kitchens, and entire homes.  P.S.  Thank God for the bottom rack of those baskets, they definitely came in handy ;-)

The find of the day goes to my sister for scooping up a fabulous framed mirror for only $22.  This framed mirror measures in at 36” and would look perfect in her den hanging horizontally over her sofa.  Talk about a deal?!?



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Posted by cristialyse on June 03, 2013 at 10:55PM | Permalink | 0 Comments