Shoshana’s Fave-O-Fave of 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last year I began an annual tradition of showcasing my favorite decor finds, trends I dig, and ideas in interior decorating that make me go ‘oh yeah!’ on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise, then blogging about them.  It was so fun for me to share these joys, and many of you seemed to like it, so here we go again!!!  Below are this years delicious goodies incorporating my motto ‘Happy Living’.  So check out where I’ve shopped, how I’ve used these items, and why I adore them so very much.

CLICK HERE to see Shosh discuss her favorites with Eve Tannery.  Watch her explain, in her own words, why she chose the decor pieces below as her Fave-O-Faves!

Did you see something you liked after watching the video?  Get the lowdown below!!!

THE MOST INTERESTING FLOOR LAMP OF THE YEAR. I bought these West Elm Branches Floor Lamps for a luxury apartment building I recently decorated, Versailles at Eighth, in downtown Allentown, and wow, they are one of my favorite accessories. Everyone who has seen them has been impressed. They are contemporary and urban, a perfect fit for these loft style hip apartments, or any home.  Totally worth the money.

For information on the Versailles at Eighth apartments, contact Ken Palumbo of Paragon Real Estate Group (610) 216-9934 or visit the WEBSITE.

MONGOLIAN LAMBSKIN OBSESSION. I have been using these furry friends as throw pillows on sofas and as fun accents on beds.  I am leaning against one right now!! You can get them from Horchow, West Elm, and Target, to name a few.  And the price varies greatly, but I have had luck with all three of these retail stores.  Tip-Avoid keeping them in direct sunlight & use a wide toothed comb to freshen the fur (think of them as a hairy pet!).

MY FAVORITE WAY TO STAY ORGANIZED IN MY OFFICE. I am ‘serving up’ organization in my design studio by using serving trays to hold my ‘to do’ items and little essentials on my desk.  I love these trays that I bought at Target because they are shiny! I used to have wooden ones, but they weren’t nearly as fun.  And these are approx 19″x14″ which works really well on my rectangular desk.  You cannot get these online but here is the LINK to get the info on it, and see if your local store has it.  It comes in other shiny colors (bling bling.  oh baby!).

I also think Everglades 30″ square tray in faux leather croc is hot from ZGallerie!  If you have a large ottoman, this could be a beautiful and functional topper!

….pssst, the mongolian pillow and the blown glass lamp shown in my office above, are on this list!!

MOST CREATIVE TABLE LAMP. Glass blown lamp bases that are fillable allow you to show off your personality, and then change it as your mood changes.  I’ve been having fun with clients, coming up with limitless possibilities of lamp filler. Fill it with love letters, heirlooms, collectibles, and change out for every season and holiday.  I love my Atrium Glass Table Lamp from Pottery Barn.  I keep it on my office desk and showcase my love for my Grandfather and his passion for painting by filling the base with his acrylic paint tubes.  Most are older than me!  The one I showed on TV is from Target.  It is the Collectible Glass Lamp Base from their ‘mix and match’ collection.

I AM MAD FOR BLUE AND ORANGE!!!  In the picture shown above, I have paired two of my fave decor items this year using the blue and orange color combo that has me dancing and singing.  This lovely modern floral blue bedding and these vibrant chic martini tables look so juicy dressed in tangy red orange and a reflective deep pool of blue.

This color combo is fresh and hip and can go with multiple decor styles!  Here is info on the decor:

THE HAPPY COMFORTER. Your bedroom is your sanctuary and tranquil bedding is essential. For me, this Target Home Modern Comforter Set is relaxing because it has two fave-o-faves of mine- modern florals and fresh glistening pool color blue. Fabrics with florals are big and bold, and fun!   You can get with this trend of very modern take on flowers, and leaves and trees, by adding this comforter, or thru throw pillows, upholstered furniture, rugs, window treatments, and even art!

THESE MARTINI TABLES HAVE  GLORIOUS CONFIDENCE!  The West Elm Martini Tables would stand out in any room although they are small, their shape and bold choice of finish makes them stars.  And of course I adore the persimmon one.  I am staring at one right now.  It is for a client, but I might pick a few up soon.  I would use two or three as a coffee table in my living room.  I have been infatuated with garden stools for years (remember the white garden stools on my very first TV appearance?).  And ust like my everlasting love of wing back chairs, the garden stool is a classic idea, but variations of them keep me wanting more!!

MY SPARKLE ‘GO-TO’ ITEM. When I want to add something shiny in a room I always think of these little Hexagon Side Tables from West Elm that you see in the photo above.  When doing glam decorating I use shiny reflective surfaces to get sparkle in rooms.  The polished geometric design allows more reflective power increasing the ‘bling’ factor.  I have used these tables in living rooms often, including this apartment shown above, to give it a ‘Mad Men of 2012′ feel, which is the perfect mood for the young fresh vibe the rest of the Versailles at Eighth apartment building exudes.

For information on the Versailles at Eighth apartments, contact Ken Palumbo of Paragon Real Estate Group (610) 216-9934 or visit the WEBSITE.

MY WINGBACK OBSESSION! Each year I seem to fall madly in love with a version of a wing back chair.  This year is no different.  This chair is an updated version of the classic wing chair with a steam bent cabriole leg and side cut outs. It’S SEXY!!  The chair I showed you on TV has a back that is upholstered in a luxurious flame stitch chenille.  The inside back and seat is covered in full top grain leather that has been embossed in a snake skin pattern and fully aniline dyed in garnet to give the hide a deep rich color that is fade and stain resistant. This chair is available in over 600 different leathers and an infinite amount of fabrics.  For more info on this chair, contact Ebert Furniture Gallery at 3602 Broadway Allentown PA 18104.

HIT THE PET STORE FOR SEASIDE DECOR.  I love incorporating sea life into my home design.  And I have found a new place to look for accents-my local pet store and aquarium!  No need to wait until summer months for stores to carry nautical decor, to pay or to pay high end prices.  You can also find drift wood there! These are great natural elements to incorporate in a bedroom or bathroom.  I just picked up the bone white coral replica shown above and is not as chalky and breakable as the real thing or other replicas I have purchased that have crumbled before I even made home with them.  This one is called Cauliflower CoralReplica from Petco.

FAVE DINNER BOWLS FOR BIG BOY & THE PRINCESS OF DARKNESS.  Treat your pets to a chic eating experience without spending a bundle.  My two cats, Big Boy and the Princess of Darkness, have used the same metal bowls forever.  Not only are they unattractive, but they slide around although they have rubber on the bottom.   I found two beautiful black and white new bowls with a decorative damask pattern at Petco called Chateaux Print Ceramic Bowls.

And to keep them from sliding around I placed a Boots&Barkley silicone small placemat underneath them.  I found the placemats at Target in the pet aisle.  They had a few colors available.  I purchased red to really pop the damask pattern, and fit in with the other red accents in the room. I like them a lot because I just wipe them down, and they clean right up.  I can’t give you a link to the placemats because I couldn’t find it online.  But the store has them.  And ever since I began using the new bowls, Big Boy has been meowing in French.

“2011 was a fearlessly fabulous year!  I can’t wait to see what finds and designs will be uncovered in 2012!” – Shosh