hosting thanksgiving dinner? take your thanksgiving decor to the next level

 

monochrome black and white thanksgiving decor table scape with chic wheat centerpieces
image via neelam interiors

 

thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. a day to celebrate family, friends, food, and to give thanks for all the beautiful blessings in our lives. it also marks the official kickoff of the holiday decorating season. yes, nothing creates a cozy atmosphere like a stunning seasonal display, especially a well-set table. 

 

if you were carefully selected to be the gracious hostess, then your to-do list is already jam-packed since thanksgiving is right around the corner. but don’t stress, that’s my job. read on for my inspirational guide to help you create a thanksgiving decor scheme sure to impress your guests even after turkey day.

 

thanksgiving tablescape with white pumpkins and clear glassware and wicker chargers.
image via familyholiday.net

decor

the entryway is the first thing your guests will see…so why not make a great first impression? for the harvest season, nothing says “happy fall” like an inviting front door wreath. a wreath is a simple way to make a statement and so easy to change out. after all, you will blink, and it will be time to decorate for christmas. 

thanksgiving is a season of harvest, but no rule says that thanksgiving decor has to be all golden yellow or burnt orange. i prefer to keep things simple, crisp, and chic by incorporating colors of white, cream, and grey (yes, grey!) along with mixing in fresh or preserved greenery. think tightly gathered wheat bunches, mini white pumpkins, potted topiaries, and the natural textures of rattan or seagrass.

 

shopping guide for fall decor items

a. aerin wicker hurricane williams sonoma //  b. corn husk and pheasant feather wreath williams sonoma // c. jaguar faux fur pillow cover williams sonoma

table settings

now it is time to set the table- a carefully curated place setting is the main attraction of any holiday gathering. before you set out creating an instagram worthy tablescape, pick one element, and go with it. choose one color to focus on and let that be the shining star of your table planning. lately, i am crushing on monochromatic magic, classic black and white color schemes that can work for any holiday gathering. for a touch of glamour, brighten up your table with pops of metallic (silverware, glasses, napkin holders, etc.) mixed with your monochromatic flatware and white pumpkins, you will have a sophisticated, chic setting.  

 

in the center of it all is the centerpiece-a simple conversation starter. i lean towards a low, lush, simple floral arrangement. be mindful to not go overboard on the height. tall centerpieces block your guests’ view and make it hard to carry on conversations. (even when we wish we could hide behind a floral stand)

darci recommendation: farmgirl flowers (deliverable to anywhere in the U.S.)

 

a. handcrafted wooden bowls food 52 // b. pewter charger sur la table // c. handmade ceramic vase and dried floral arrangement food 52 // d. figural acorn sur la table // e. william mason ceramic dinnerware 12 piece set food 52 // f. stacked bone napkin rings, set of 4 sur la table // g. emma light gray pitcher unison // h. linhol napkins, set of 4 sur la table // i. rose gold flatware west elm   

table settings should be about two things-combination and groups. if your guests outnumber matching place settings, then don’t worry, you are allowed to mix and match. try to mix colors and patterns with different color plates and glassware. by blending traditional and modern (your grandma’s gravy boat with your sleek place setting), you will create a relaxed setting that makes everyone feel more like they can dig in and feel comfortable-what thanksgiving is all about. 

 

thanksgiving feast featuring simple white pumpkin centerpiece display
image via holidayfamily.net

 

dinner is served

when it comes to food preparation, i have a hard and fast rule for any meal where I am the hostess- pick one dish that you already know you can master and order the rest. this eliminates all the stress of preparing the perfect meal and trying new recipes that you may not be 100% confident in executing. (hehe at least when it comes to dinner) 

darci recommendation: poppy’s in brooklyn, ny (deliverable anywhere in the U.S.)

 

and with that, i wish you all a thanksgiving filled with joy and cocktails. delicious, abundant cocktails...

 

cheers~

darci


how to style your bookcase like a pro

book case from midtown apartment designed by darci hether.

 

do you love reading as much as i do?  i read on the subway during my commute to work, and while i'm waiting to pick up my daughter from school.  with the abundance of paperbacks in our lives, a common question i encounter is, "how do i style a bookcase to be both chic and functional?"  luckily, it's quite easy to meld storage with style. here are a few of my top tips for creating a bookshelf display that is ready for the ultimate #shelfie.

 

blank bookcase from bookcase styling tutorial by darci hether from a modern midtown apartment in new york city

 

  1. start with a clean slate.

the first step in getting your bookcase camera ready is to clear the clutter. out with the old, in with the new. by removing all of the objects from your bookcase, you have just created a blank canvas for making magic. simultaneously you can now decide which items are essential. time to discard any items that do not #sparkjoy, a win-win.

 

the foundation of a book styling tutorial given by darci hether at a midtown apartment in new york city.

 

  1. create a foundation.  

start with books. also, try mixing horizontal and vertical arrangements on the same shelf. the difference in placement will create a visual variety to make the books look like they are dancing along the shelf.  bringing in pops of color through your book choices will make your shelves lively and inviting.

if you have a particular favorite cover, don't be afraid to display that one on a stand front and center. hint: if you are facing your books backward, you can make a list of all of your volumes.  trust me you will be glad you did when you are trying to locate your favorite jane austen.

 

final stages of bookcase styling tutorial given by designer darci hether. session takes place in a midtown apartment in new york city.

 

  1. make it personal.

who says that bookshelves are just for housing rows and rows of paperbacks? displaying souvenirs from your travels or items that hold significant meaning in your life lets your bookcase reflect your personality!

helpful tip: when adding trinkets and treasures, be sure to create a balance by choosing items of differing heights. the variety of different shapes and sizes, you will keep your display exciting. you will notice that i have included a globe as a juxtaposition against the square shapes of the books.

 

 

  1. give it some life with greenery. 

we have already discussed the essential health benefits of including plants in the home.  why not add them to your bookcase styling session?

 

i love adding fresh-cut flowers to my bookcases, the perfect elegant touch.  however, a few succulents in chic containers can be the low maintenance option your shelf needs to go from drab to fab.   

 

 

remember there is beauty in simplicity. i suggest putting a few things on the shelf, step back to take a look, edit, and repeat. ask yourself, is it too busy or bland? take away, add, and voila, you have the perfect stylish bookcase.

 

 

 


lately loving: lucite

chic 5th avenue apartment with views of central park. the acrylic pendant lighting and silver metallic accents create an elevated dining experience.

 

are we clear?

call it lucite, plexiglass or acrylic composite, the transparent material has had my heart for a while. acrylic has been one of my favorite design items to work with this year — the perfect way to add a structural element without compromising the visual space.

 

chic 5th avenue apartment with acrylic table designed by darci hether.

 

light and airy

acrylic has been used for years to create a bright, airy, and spacious feeling. the acrylic craze is by no means a new concept. the sleek retro material was developed in the '30s and became a popular home decor choice in the '60s and '70s. the futuristic yet vintage appeal is a retro nod to the past and present. acrylic closely resembles glass but is about half the weight and seventeen times stronger, making it a great alternative to heavy, bulkier home furnishings.

furthermore, it's easy to clean and low maintenance. the durability of acrylic makes it a firm but glam contrast to traditional materials such as wood and metal. not to mention, it holds up against fading and discoloration. talk about standing the test of time.

here are a few of the ways you can start seeing things clearly by embracing the translucent.

 

acrylic fashion accessories and home decor items selected by the team at darci hether new york.

necklace / sunglasses / umbrella / cosmetics purse / bracelet / hardware / sandals

 

the best part about acrylic is its versatility. the material is easy to incorporate into any decor scheme. Although the appeal of acrylic leans toward a modern aesthetic, it can fit into any design. for example, don't be afraid to mix this sleek material into a traditional decor scheme.  when done well, it doesn't feel dated. when layered with other design elements, acrylic can be timeless and not overly trendy. a stylish way of adding an eclectic flair to your decor.

go big or go home

keep in mind, as with all materials lucite should be used in moderation. pick a coffee table, an accent chair or a desk but not everything all at once. when you have too much of a good thing the trend goes wrong...think ice castle. a fun and bold way to bring a playful mod vibe into your dwelling is by using a show-stopping statement piece. think regency style glam with a side of modern-day functionality. how swoon-worthy would you feel sipping a cocktail in the kagen chaise shown below? and bonus, the visual lightness of acrylic is perfect for smaller dwellings.

 

acrylic home decor items hand selected by darci hether. swivel chair from mitchell gold furnishings, chaise from holly hunt.

chair / table / bench / chaise

 

keeping it transparent

sleek acrylic accent pieces are a great way to add a little fashionable element to your space. try an acrylic serving tray or decorative box to bring on the glam. what could be sexier than a chic pair of acrylic and brass candlestick holders? a perfect way to bring some airiness into your space!

acrylic accessories selected by darci hether. bowl is from barneys new york. candle holders are from williams sonoma.

tray / box / bowl / candle holders

it's easy to see acrylic is making a statement in the world of interiors and fashion.  are you ready to create a barely-there aesthetic? #plasticmakesperfect

 

let's be clear... we're here to help.  check out our previous uses of acrylic for serious inspiration or give us a call!

 


a day at the beach house: welcome to 30A

exterior of new home beach house at watersound 30A florida. design by darci hether new york for empty nester clients.

a trip to the beach is my version of the perfect retreat.  the salty sea air, miles of sandy coastline, and tranquil water!  what’s not to love?  all of these elements conjure up feelings of peaceful relaxation and the ultimate form of decompression.  and bonus, what about the excitement of visiting some truly stunning vacation beach houses?

outdoor dining area with double sided fireplace of new beach house build at watersound florida 30A.

alas, a beach vacation is usually not a regular occurrence for me personally. so, imagine how excited me and my team are when we get to kick-off the design process for a new vacation beach house project.  we’ve had the distinct pleasure of designing several beach houses in one of our favorite vacation destinations in the u.s., alongside scenic highway 30a along florida’s gulf coast.  the 24 miles of coastline boasts of gorgeous beach communities such as watersound, alys and rosemary.  these picturesque coastline communities are a haven for second homes with a beautiful range of architectural styles.  

outdoor living room with tv above fireplace of new beach house build in watersound florida 30A. design by darci hether new york.

a long-distance relationship: working successfully in 30a

we strongly rely on utilizing our buttoned-up processes and detailed project management prowess. in doing so we have provided not only our clients but our local trades with an exceptionally favorable design and construction process.  we feel it is hugely important to foster relationships with local architects, contractors, material showrooms and area workrooms.  over the past several years we have aligned our firm with amazing local trades on 30a and this has greatly added to our success in being able to work remotely.  and of course, technology has also played an important role in all of our long-distance projects. 

communication is king!  while we rely heavily on capturing important information and documentation through email, we are always happy to jump on a facetime call.  it’s our own version of being a modern-day “i dream of jeannie” - transporting our team with eyes on the screen when we can’t be boots on the ground.  speaking of boots on the ground, we make it a point to be on site - live and in person - during critical phases of construction.  the electrical and plumbing walk-through is so important - as is tiling layout and installation - and these in-person meetings are crucial to the outcome of a beautifully designed beach house.  we strongly believe that thoughtful attention to detail matters and these few areas of a project are where we feel the ultimate success of a design can either soar or take a nosedive.  

colorful beach house loft living room at 30A florida property designed by darci hether.

keeping it coastal: not your average beach house

so, what makes a dhny beach house design different from a typical beach house stereotype?  we all have seen the classic nautical blue and white striped color scheme or the artwork with pastel colored images of coral and seashells.  while this design style might work for some, here at dhny we want to offer something different than the typical coastal color palette or scheme.  we like to infuse one part urban flair, two parts beach living.  drawing inspiration from our go-to citified color palette, we warm it up and soften it out to achieve an overall tranquil and soothing design.  and of course we like to add in a few carefully selected accessories and accents to layer in a tastefully inspired beach house feel. 

great room with beach tones and a gold metal fireplace surround and blush accents of watersound florida beach house designed by darci hether new york.

shopping local: beach house, seaside style

 my favorite way to sprinkle in that beach house vibe is through locally sourced artwork and small accessories. shopping local gives us the opportunity to support community artisans and craftsmen, an important facet of the dhny philosophy, and bring that local flavor to our clients home. one of my new favorite go-to sourcing spots on 30a is the mary hong studio.  my clients introduced me to mary and i'm so glad that they did. she has such a unique array of mixed media pieces - from colorful to subdued - and all of them are one of a kind. i love the stunning piece that my clients purchased as the focal point in their watersound great room shown above.  for fun and unique accessories, i love beau interiors.  they always have the perfect sea-glass tinted vase or yummy textured throw pillow to add the perfect touch.  

sea blue bathroom with free standing tub and decorative inset tile inside shower. bedside table vignette in florida beach house property.
all photos by jean allsopp photography

 

on 30a, each home is a celebration of the passion for the locale and the traditions of the coast.  at dhny, we are thankful to have the opportunity to design beach houses in such a vibrant community.  share your own dream beach house destinations below!

cheers~

darci

 


shedding light: five ways to achieve great bathroom lighting

contemporary bachelor pad bathroom designed by darci hether new york located in upper east side. the bathroom has marble features.
photography by emily gilbert photography

choosing the right lighting is an essential step in designing any room in your home.  the bathroom may not be the space that comes to mind first when people consider their lighting plan.  however, your bathroom is one of the essential places to focus your illuminating (pun intended) attention.

 

illuminate the bathroom lighting design possibilities.

one of my main tasks as a designer is to inform my clients how important lighting is in the function and allure of their bathroom design. most clients are unaware of what constitutes a well-lit space, and this is where my guidance kicks in. my first goal when considering the design of a bathroom is to express the correct amount of lumens (the amount of light) needed to light a bathroom properly.  afterward, i explain the different light sources i plan to layer into their space.

 

photography by emily gilbert photography

balance function and style with your lighting design.

choose fixtures that suit your design style.  if you have a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic then i suggest a sleek vertical strip on both sides of the mirror.  for a more traditional vibe, select a brass sconce or glitzy chandelier.

tip: do not be afraid to mix metals. the mixed metal trend is in full effect. be wary of picking metals that complement each other instead of clash. for example, you can pair a nickel faucet and a soft brass fixture to create a surprising yet stylish balance. matte and shiny finishes can live together to create a textured juxtaposition.

 

contemporary bathroom design by darci hether located on the upper east side in new york city.
photography by will ellis photography

 

spread light around with recessed features.

when considering a general bathroom lighting plan i suggest starting with the first layer of light - the ceiling fixture.  surface mounted or recessed cans are ideal for overhead and general illumination. strategically placed recessed lighting can also be used to highlight the unique features of your bathroom.

tip: a small recessed spotlight directed at a piece of decorative art or other focal points will create another layer of light in your bathroom.

 

don’t forget the bathtub and shower light.

you will want a seperate light for the shower or tub area.  as a safety precaution, the light should be placed over where you stand in the shower or sit in the tub.  alas, the lighting fixture in the shower cannot be overly decorative. remember: the light fixture should be wet zone approved.

tip: your shower or bathtub light fixtures should ideally be installed on a seperate switch from the vanity lighting with a dimmer. (only if possible)

 

contemporary marble bathroom with pedestal sink designed by darci hether new york on the upper east side in new york city.
photography by emily gilbert photography

mirror..mirror on the wall.  lighting the mirror is essential.

the mirror is where you see yourself first thing in the morning, so you will want the lighting to be as flattering as possible. we have all had the cringe-worthy dressing room experience. the one where the harsh light makes us second guess ever entering a fitting room again.  thankfully, this horror episode can be avoided in your bathroom by illumination at the mirror - a light source located in front of you. this will prevent a forehead highlight and pesky vanity shadows. a pleasing reflection will set the mood for the beginning and end of each day.

tip: i favor side-mounted sconces, they look so chic and work well with any sink or vanity design.

 

be mindful of color temperature when choosing bulbs for fixtures.

color temperature plays an often overlooked but critical role in bathroom lighting.  note: all wattages aren't created equal. daylight is around 5000 kelvin, incandescent is 2700 and dimmed incandescent is 2400 kelvin.  i suggest shooting for 1,100 lumens or a 75w incandescent bulb from each fixture.

tip: you can dial back on the lumens in the powder room.  around 60w per fixture is the sweet spot since guests will likely just be checking their hairdo and making sure they do not have food in their teeth.

bonus tip: set the mood with dimmers.

i suggest installing dimmers for all of your lighting fixtures no matter if they are for task or mood lighting.  dimmers allow your eyes to adjust first thing in the morning and wind down at night. dimmers will also allow you to set an ambient tone and save energy by extending the life of your bulbs.

tip: take the ambiance to the next level with a few scented candles to accompany your bubble bath after a long hard work week.

hopefully, these tips will inspire you to illuminate your bathroom's true potential.  shine on and share your lighting adventures in the comments below!


how to throw the perfect summer dinner party

 

summer dinner party place setting from a hamptons soiree

 

summer is just around the corner which means sandal weather and my favorite part of the season, hosting summer dinner parties. throwing an informal yet impressive summer dinner party is easier than you think, i promise.  here are a few of my tips for creating a relaxed yet thoughtful summer soiree that you will actually enjoy (and so will your friends).

 

don't attempt a maiden voyage.

my cardinal rule of planning a dinner party is to pick one or two standout dishes (or appetizers) and order the rest.  select one or two dishes that you have previously mastered and always shop the day before to leave the day of for emergencies only.  trying to do everything is a recipe (pun intended) for disaster. you want to impress your guests with your menu, not stress yourself out by overestimating your culinary skills on a tight schedule.  keeping your menu simple will allow dishes to be prepared ahead of time to avoid last-minute blunders.

 

 

image via salty lashes

do focus on the main event

my go-to entree is homemade pizza!  yes, beautiful, glorious, and delicious pizza.  i make my special dough recipe and homemade toppings ahead of time. on the evening of my dinner party, i assemble all of the toppings on my countertop, roll out the dough and then play around with different combinations of toppings.  while the pizzas are baking, i enjoy some yummy wine, a beautiful charcuterie board (super easy to assemble with store-bought sliced meats and fabulous cheeses) and engaging conversations with friends.  curious about my special pizza dough recipe? wonder no more!.

 

 

summer dinner party pizza specialty recipe baked by darci hether

summer dinner party pizza dough recipe courtesy of darci hether

do set a beautiful table.

when i say, beautiful i also mean simple.  let’s face it; there is so much beauty in simplicity!  a couple of low vases with billowy greenery or tightly arranged (unscented) flowers along with a few votive candles in clear glass candle holders on a white linen tablecloth can go a long way!  i like to add a little personality to my tablescapes by mixing my dinnerware colors and patterns and layering in another color with my linen napkins.

 

 

shelves of white dishes from darci hether's receent trip to astier de villatte in paris
lovely dishes i found at astier de villatte on my trip to paris

 

do add floral notes.

 

the aroma from the delicious food is usually enough to scent the room with tasty goodness.  although i love my beautifully scented signature candles or the glorious smell of lilies, i go for unscented tea light and white pillar candles and fragrance-free blooms for my dinner parties. i never want the scent of a candle or flower to take away from the yummy culinary aroma that is wafting through the air!

 

 

summer dinner party place setting created by darci hether
simple place setting from a summer soiree i hosted in new york city

 

do set the mood with music.

once you have the food situation under control and your table beautifully set, put on one of your signature playlists.  don't have one?  don't worry! if there is a particular musician or genre of music you like there is sure to be a pandora station that will be the perfect fit.  i like the upbeat, jazzy type of music to keep the evening festive.  i would like to believe that (musically) i host the celebratory kind of party that frank sinatra and etta james would have attended.

don't be afraid to ask for help!

planning a dinner party should never be stressful.  your guests would be more than willing to chip in a side dish or let you borrow the good flatware.  having your friends help will take your party from good to great.

let’s all lift our glass of rosé in celebration of summer entertaining!  share some of your own tips for throwing the perfect dinner party in the comments below!


to all the inspiring women we should celebrate on mothers day...

darci hether sitting on a stoop with her mother and daughter.
three generations of funny women - me, my mother and my daughter.

 

the month of may is finally here!!  for me, may means spring blooms and long scenic walks through my beloved central park.  may also means mother’s day, a chance to celebrate ALL the fantastically strong, loving and supportive women out there - not just those who have given birth.  look around and i’m sure you’ll be able to name more than a few remarkable women that have left an immeasurable mark on your life.  women who have inspired you and spread their kindness around like confetti.  these are all traits i hope i exemplify and wish to pass on to my daughter.

 

she is thankfully in the season of life where i am still one of her favorite people and i savor every second of it.  simple pleasures such as baking cupcakes with my little ladybug and helping her pick out her colorful outfits (can we say pippi longstocking?) make me so happy.  when she asks me for snuggle time or to come to play with her, i jump at the chance since i know these requests will most likely come to a screeching halt once tween-dom starts (help us all!).  but for now, from the looks of little treasures like these love notes from her, she seems to think i am doing a reasonably good job.

 

 

a collage of darci hether's daughter and a sweet note she wrote describing all of the things she loves about darci with a drawing of her sticking her tongue out.
a recent photo of my daughter having fun in the sun and a handwritten note explaining all the things she loves about me.

 

to all the nurturing, fierce women of the world, i thank you and salute you!  whether you’re a "mom" to a kiddo, bestie, or furry friend, i hope you are ready to celebrate all of the awesomeness that you are!  on that note, are you ready to gift the remarkable women in your life with a treat or two (ok, maybe three!).  how about treating yourself for all the support and joy you share with others?!?  here are a few of my favorite mother’s day gifts ideas to delight every kind of mother.

 

 

 

a. proseco sleep mask - dream sweet dreams of delicious cocktails with this luxurious sleep mask for her peepers.

b. the white company natural sleep candle  - we all need a little help falling asleep and who doesn't love the clean packaging design of this candle?

c. jo malone london cologne collection - the perfect companion to any woman's dressing table.  

d. k+m dark chocolate, madagasgar - happiness is an unexpected piece of chocolate.

e. regina andrew multicolor bone and brass tray - the perfect tray to host a mother's day breakfast in bed.

f. mom manual pouch - a clever change purse she can use to save money for the cocktail savings account.

g. aromasource mysto diffuser - upgrade from the old plugin scents and spread good (smelling) vibes with this diffuser.

h. skin gym clear quartz facial roller - help her roll away the stress with this trendy face roller. 

i. porto linen pajamas from serena & lily - is there anything more luxurious than a yummy pair of comfortable pajamas?

 

enjoy!  share what mother’s day means to you in the comments below!  

 

 


spring color obsession: blushing over pink

modern kitchen with marble counter tops and hanging glass lights. blush upholstered chairs are seated around a circular bronze table.
photo via nama interior design

 

pink isn't just a color it's an attitude

confession: i can be anti-pink.  i’ve long associated the color with a bubblegum sweetness reserved for barbie and her pals.  despite your stance on the romantic color, pink has always made a statement.  remember jackie o's chanel suit?  any outfit worn by elle woods in legally blonde?  timeless right?  the subdued version of the candy color, blush, is the new "it" shade of the home decor world.  the swoon-worthy pink brings color while balancing existing neutral undertones like my old faithful, gray.  whether you want to add a blush touch or order a pink sofa, one thing’s for sure…people will be blushing for dusty pink.

 

blush interior featuring valspar blushing bride color and an intricate wallpaper design in the center
photo via lowes/trevor tondro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

make it pop like pink champagne

blush pairs beautifully with other colors.  a soothing blush paves the way for a bold color to be the star of your palette.  a pop of navy or citrine is the perfect companion to the reigning champ of the neutral world.  the versatility of the soft pastel makes the color seamless to integrate into any design.  think pink with some of my favorite blush accents to incorporate into your own design scheme.

 

pillow // mirror // side table // throw

always look on the pink side

tip: a rosy toss pillow is the perfect touch of pink without having to transform your whole palette.  try adding a rosy throw blanket to add a dash of romance.  if you are feeling glamorous, mix your rosy hues with metallics.  gold, silver, and copper will stand out when paired with blush pink and create a luxurious look.  i suggest a pink boucle fabric.  the boucle will add an alluring texture to make a statement in any space.

pink and black spiraal staircase in hotel lobby with hardwood floors
photo via domino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

not just for barbie girls

you may be wondering, "can i incorporate blush into a bachelor pad?!?"  rest easy, pink can be styled for a masculine vibe.  imagine how handsome pink can be when paired with dark grey or black.  you can make a vibrant statement in an entryway or your dressing room. pink will flatter every skin tone (or shoe collection).

 

a modern living room with black painted stairs and white and black striped hexagon table. Beside the table is a modern blush chair with a gold frame.
photo via mydomaine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

you're making me blush!

the rosé love extends beyond the interiors world.  the fashion world is tickled pink.  marc jacob's spring collection brought the pastel power.  this year the oscars red carpet became a celebration of demure gowns and romantic suiting, see jason momoa and lisa bonet.  the pink movement has hit the high streets with ultra-feminine dresses and sporty-chic athleisure wear.  here are a few items i am blushing over this season.

 

suitcase // sneakers // ring // nail polish // rose // scarf // soak // sandals

 

christian dior once said, “the tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail." whether you’re interested in a blush accent or looking to refresh a tired room, DHNY can help you start seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.  share your flushed moments in the comments below.  


at home gym featuring peloton bike

how to create an at-home gym you will actually use

a chic modern at home apartment gym featuring the peloton indoor bicycle. the at home gym overlooks a large metropolis city.
photo via peloton

 

does anyone absolutely love going to the gym?  don’t all raise your hands at once.

i confess i broke up with my gym a few years ago (gasp!).  going to the gym had become an unpleasurable experience for me.  the classes were overcrowded and always at times that were inconvenient for my schedule.  i decided there had to be a better way to achieve my fitness goals.  hence my at home gym was born (and my obsession with dailyburn).  the at home gym is experiencing a true renaissance in today’s fitness-crazed world.  as a busy business owner and mom, nothing beats being able to exercise at your convenience.  i can stay healthy and spend more quality time binging on netfilx with my family.  not to mention, the money i save on a membership that i can now spend on endless cocktails.  priorities right?

 

now is the time to get active and enhance your home (or office) gym so that you will actually want to tone that bod (and in time for summer).  here are a few of my top tips to turn that drab corner space into a fierce fitness facility.

 

work that wall.

 

if you favor high-intensity workouts then i suggest selecting a bold vibrant wallpaper.  the energetic pattern will get your heart pumping.

if you favor calming exercises such as yoga or pilates then select a tranquil tone to bring peace to your mind, body, and soul.  also, think about adding a dimmable light switch for any overhead lighting to help set the tone.

speaking of paint, you do not have to paint the whole room.  an accent wall or a strip of inspiring color will do wonders for your workout flow.  if you are lucky enough to have a room dedicated to working out, hanging some motivational artwork graphics or wording can be the change you need to take your home gym from drab to butt-kicking inspiring.  will sweat for champagne poster anyone?

for those city dwellers with small spaces, adding mirrors can transform a dark claustrophobic space into a bright airy studio.  a luminous space will make you feel less like you are pumping iron in a mechanic’s shop.  a well-placed mirror will also allow yourself to correct your form so you are working out correctly and doing what you can to minimize injury.

 

get the right tools.

 

when you think of modern at-home workout equipment, do you think of peloton as i do?  i am a huge fan and the bike is an indoor cyclist’s dream.  why pay for a spin class when you can spin at home with robin arzon #sweatwithswagger

when our client asked us to create the perfect space for his peloton bike we wanted to take cues from the design of the room to incorporate the sleek indoor bicycle into his decor scheme.  

 

details of client's at home gym featuring the peloton bicycle.
photos via darcihether.com

 

as you can tell the mighty peloton is not killing the feng shui in this bedroom.  we did not want to simply hide the bike away like an embarrassing photo album.  the rug and basket full of rolled towels add the perfect decorative touches to bring the look of the room together.  i love that the bike is placed in front of the windows.  the view will surely get your heart pumping.

 

equipment in client's at home gym
photo via darcihether.com

 

our client’s home gym setup is #fitnessmotivation.  however, you don’t need fancy equipment to get fit.  there is a stigma that you have to go out and buy a treadmill, or a stationary bike to have a true home gym.  not the case!  a yoga mat, some hand weights, a medicine ball, and a small stair step is all you need to get your sweat on.  be sure that your physical equipment is stored in sight. If you buy all of this functional equipment and place it in a closet you are way less likely to feel motivated to break it out and use it.  as the old saying goes “out of sight, out of mind” and you want to feel motivated to move, not marinate.  speaking of motivation….

 

bring your a+ game....fashion game that is.

 

nothing will motivate you to sweat it out more than stylish workout gear.  a satisfying workout isn’t necessarily dependent on having the right clothing.  however, it will make you more excited to get off the sofa and lace up those sneakers.  don’t always use your activewear to workout?  yeah, me either.

 

i love the takara leggings from carbon38.  the glossy liquid finish is one part functional and two parts sexy. these babies can take you from your downtown gym to your uptown cocktail hour with the girls.  nail athleisure chic with this fun tank from etsy i recently purchased.  p.s. if you are opposed to champagne there are plenty of other witty quotes.  the pizza queen shirt is my next purchase.

 

swell water bottle (top left), lulu lemon yoga mat (bottom left), apple watch (top right), under armour headphones (bottom right)

here are few of my other favorite gym products to make cardio less hardio.  

a.  milky way insulated stainless water bottle.  stay hydrated with a pretty way to get your recommended eight glasses a day.  

b. apple watch series 4 44mm silver aluminum case.  nothing better than wearing your motivation on your wrist.

c. lululemon reversible mat 5mm with loop it up mat strap eyelet.  namaste all day with this chic yoga mat and carrier.

d. under armour - sport wireless train on-ear headphones - project rock edition.  drain out all the distractions and pump along with headphones that will stay put.

 

#treatyourself

 

make your at home gym feel like a luxurious locker room.  adding a mini fridge to your workout space can take your home gym to the luxury level of equinox.  keep it stocked with chilled water bottles and eucalyptus-infused cool towels for a lush spa vibe.  i like to keep a few snacks handy to fuel my workout.  i may put a bar cart in mine so i can treat myself to a few cocktails after a grueling workout. clink. clink.

a home gym rids you of any excuse to not work up a sweat.  go on and achieve those fitness goals you lean mean fitness machine!  here's to creating a space that is conducive to working out.  share your own tips below and drop it like a squat.  

 

cheers~

darci


bathroom decor refresh

photo courtesy of emily gilbert photography

 

can you believe we are already into the second month of 2019?  where does the time go?  have you kept all of your resolutions thus far? (psst I won't tell).  one of my new year's resolutions is to refresh my bathroom, the one place where i truly get to unwind and enjoy a little me-time.  despite being the center of rejuvenation, the bathroom is often the most neglected room in the house.  the bathroom is also one of the most accessible places to improve upon with simple fixes.  whether you need to get rid of those old towels or want to prepare for hosting season, roll up your sleeves and get ready to refresh that bathroom!  here are a few of my top tips for a quick and easy bath revamp.

ready. set. refresh.

 

 

upgrade your towel situation

if you are going to splurge anywhere in your bathroom decor, update your towels.  a soft fluffy white cloth will do wonders for the overall look of your powder room.  do not make the mistake of trying to jazz up the loo party with a funky, vibrant towel.  the vibrantly colored sheet will result in a discolored mess of cloth after a few washes.  white will resist fading, will never go out of style and pairs with any bathroom decor color scheme.  white is the only option when you are trying to achieve the classic five-star hotel bathroom ambiance.  have you ever been to a hotel that did not have freshly stocked winter white towels?  my point exactly.  

i suggest having a charcoal washcloth reserved for your beauty needs.  the darker shade will help to mask the product residue that ruins a crisp white cloth.  i learned this trick from one of my favorite commute podcasts, the sheri + nancy show.  the ladies were spot on as i noticed the trend during a trip to one of my favorite hotels in the city, the ace.  among the stack of fresh white towels in my room, was a black face towel neatly embroidered with the marker “makeup.” swoon.

 

seriously, ditch the ugly bath mat!

the overlooked bathroom staple can become pretty dingy over time.  be sure to pick a rug style that is complementary to your towels.  select a mat with a luxurious, shaggy pile if you prefer thick and fluffy towels.  if you favor a thin bath sheet a la european hotels, follow suit with a slim bath rug style.  remember, a thicker pile will have your tootsies dry in no time.  consider using a warm, organic textured rug for a spa vibe.  a bamboo mat is a sustainable savior that is durable and easy to clean. 

 

accessorize darling

one of the simplest ways to refresh your bathroom decor without spending mad money is the addition of new accessories.  accessories will keep your bathroom looking nice and tidy (anyone else feeling inspired after reading spark joy?).  the items lining your sink shouldn't be a mishmash.  choose a similar shade and finish for all of your items to bring the look of the room together.  i love this modern collection from fellow new yorkers,kassatex.  the white resin design detail is delicious and sleek.

 

clear the clutter

clutter control is vital when it comes to creating a calming bathing space.  i love this jar from the white company to store band-aids.  always keep band-aids on hand to help soothe pesky blisters that pop up after dancing all night at a cocktail party.  for those lotions and potions, you can't live without; a sturdy caddy can help keep your product army organized and accessible.  i recommend a clever catch-all, a place to put jewelry, eyeglasses and other items that we do not want to risk losing.

 

here a few of my favorite bath and body products that i am going gah-gah over in 2019.

stimulate your senses

one of the most significant events to happen in the world of skincare is the removal of parabens from the kiehl's product line.  meet my new and improved skin savior, kiehl's ultra facial cream.  my favorite magic potion still retains all of its glory without the pesky parabens.  rejoice, it is also arriving at major beauty retailer, ulta in 2019.  i use the universal cream every morning and night to keep my combination skin hydrated.  to see more of my favorite kiehl's products, check out winter skin must-haves.

i love to stimulate my senses during my morning routine.  nothing sets the mood like a beguiling scent.  my signature spritz is diptyque olene eau de toilette.  i spray on a little bit right after i get out of the shower, so the perfume soaks into my skin to last from morning to night.  diptyque has a wide range of fragrances to suit every taste and you can't go wrong with any of their scented candles.  fun fact: prince harry and meghan markle chose the luxury fragrance brand to scent the royal wedding!

while we daydream of glorious bathtubs, the self love bath + body ritual kit from herbivore is the perfect bubble bath companion.  no wonder the set appeared on several best gift sets lists for 2018.  the self-love gift set includes everything you need for a full diy spa session: bath soak, body scrub, and a heavenly oil to moisturize after the chicest bath ever.

 

tlc

i recommend a gentle dry brush session to prep your skin for your bubble bath ritual.  admittedly, i was skeptical upon first hearing of the trend.  i jumped on board to remedy my dull winter skin in preparation for a spring vacation.  this brush from goop is perfect for getting rid of those pesky dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin.  full disclosure - i recommend dedicating at least four weeks of solid scrubbing before you can fully reap the benefits of the dry brushing process.  disclaimer: if you have sensitive skin beware as there is such a thing as too much exfoliation.  you can do more harm than good by going overboard with rigorous scrubbing (guilty).  i stumbled across the perfect remedy for over scrubbing from aveda.  you can use the shampure oil as a cuticle oil, massage oil or you can pour it into your bath.

 

 

wrap it up, with a robe

is there anything cozier than wrapping up in a soft robe after you hop out of the shower?  ok, maybe a glass of champagne and an episode of mad men.  to achieve five-star hotel powder room status, place a robe on a wall hook outside of the shower.  helpful tip: think seasonally when making your robe selection.  select a thin cotton robe for summer months and a thicker one for winter.  

 

 

get some green

embrace your inner mother earth.  plants bring life to a room.  succulents are practically indestructible for those of you not blessed with a green thumb.  i even have an aloe vera plant nestling on my sink.  a helpful tip: place your plants near your shower to turn over a new leaf.  the once thirsty plants began to thrive in the hot and steamy environment.  my bathroom is now a calming jungle oasis. live plants not your jam?  you can go artificial if needed.  no one will know.  

 

 

give it a deep clean

a good old fashioned scrub down can do wonders for your bathroom.  get rid of that grout line grime!

 

hopefully, these tips will help you create the bathroom oasis of your dreams.  remember, you spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so make sure it makes you feel happy!  what changes have you made to your bathroom recently?  share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

 

do you want to make significant changes but need help getting started?  the dhny team is here to help you with all of your bathroom decor needs. give us a call!  

 

cheers~

darci