CLEVER: Faux fireplace mantle

I am a supporter of the faux fireplace mantle! A lot of small space dwellings don't have a fireplace or a working one and a faux gas fireplace and mantle is a fabulous addition to any small space. It creates a true focal point and can really anchor a room. Plus it allows for extra heat and the mantle calls for a wonderful gallery space.

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Domino Magazine's before & after gallery featuring the addition of this faux mantle really creates the illusion of depth and sparks architectural interest in the space.

I also love this post from Becoming Home and how happy this couple was by creating a faux fireplace in their bedroom. It anchored their floorplan and created ambiance.

Also, check out sites where you can can buy your own faux fireplace for a reasonable price. Like this Heritage White Gel fireplace.


Room Service Home is a fabulous online catalog featuring home decor, furniture and little gems. I love their 3-in-1 Folding Step Chair. Perfect for a a small space, this lovely chair covertly converts into a sturdy step stool. (before & after pictured above)



I love canvas artwork and silk screening so when I came across Rodney White's artwork, I was instantly a fan! I love his color choices and kitschy designs that offer an interesting - and sometimes profound - thought. Plus canvas offers a textural element that plays off of color beautifully. Rodney's pieces look sophisticated yet rustic and comfortable in any small space. (via


MATCH SIDE A TO SIDE B: Marmol Radziner Prefab homes

I am a big fan of prefab homes - love them!

Long gone are the days of the boring aesthetic, today's prefab homes are stunning, modern and can be custom-made to your taste.

I love Marmol Radizner Prefab homes - amazing, well-built AND green. They build the prefab modules in their own factory and ship them complete with your choice of pre-installed interior and exterior finishes, flooring, appliances, and more. One of my favorite small homes they have created is the California House 12 (840 sq ft/1 + 1). Simply special!



Boy, do I have Spring fever!! I am all about colors colors colors flowers colors plants, did I say colors?

We have a back entrance and landing right outside our little abode. I had been wanting to put something there for a while now since we have floor to ceiling windows and get awesome morning sunshine. I found these beautifully simple redwood planters at Home Depot and got some pretty plants. I feel content.


CLOTHES OFFER COLOR INSPIRATION: Turning an outfit into a room

Home design and fashion design both offer an inspiring balance of colors and harmony. I love the idea of turning an outfit into a room! Here are a few links that showcase how this works. Any space - big or small - will benefit from this fun idea! I am inspired by the diamond shaker posted on my sidebar as Inspiring Pic of the Moment. Now that would be a pretty room!

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Coffee table books add color and interest to your small space. Stack them on your actual table or even on the floor to be used as a base for a plant or on your buffet to be used for giving height to a lamp.

Here are some of my favorite books (pictured top : bottom)
30,000 years of Art, Vanity Fair's HOLLYWOOD, Modern Glamour, The PHOTO Book


CUTE: Pop Ink's Decor-a-boards

Check out these artistic plaques made out of birch veneer. These cute boards great for decorating your small space. (via Pop Ink)


Vintage VOGUE - a colorful brick wall mural in Rockville, MD.


USING YOUR WALLS: Hanging vases

As I flipped through CB2's Spring catalog, I was thrilled to see hanging vases. I had spotted these glass baubles in a shoe store in LA just a month ago and was happy to see them featured at CB2. Very affordable and beautiful, the teardrop diamond vases would look great in any small space.

Hang a rod on your ceiling w hooks about 4 inches from your wall, use your favorite string and hang your vases - say 6 to 10 - and create art!


CUTE: Tool box planter

While at the Cedros Arts District in San Diego a few weeks ago, I came across a wonderful plant and flower nursery. I found this little toolbox of cactus plants - how cute! Check out your local home store - Home Depot or Lowes - to customize your own plant box - it's easy and affordable.

SMALL SPACE ACCENTS: Jonathan Adler's fruit pillows

Now that it's lighter longer in the evening and Spring is just around the corner, some of my favorite things are coming back in season - especially fresh fruit! Sunny LA has amazing local produce farmers and tons of Sunday morning farmer's markets to browse and buy sweet goodies. Thus has inspired my post for Jonathan Adler's fruit pillows. I love these whimsical and stylish pillows that are a wonderful accent to any small space.



Stylish and hip, bar carts are small enough to be an accent piece in your small space. They can be used as storage, displaying a collection and, of course, for housing your favorite spirits!

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Anders Bar Cart, Target's Espresso Bar Cart, Painted Dapple Grey Horse Stable Work Cart and the Adesso Cosmopolitan Bar Cart.


DESIGN INSPIRATION: MoMA's "Color Chart" Exhibition

Museum of Modern Art's "Color Chart" exhibition draws together 90 of the museum's most vibrant work by such artists as Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Jim Lambie (bottom pic).

True inspiration!



Sometimes thought of as art deco, mirrored buffets have evolved quite a bit and are now designed for various styles - modern, classic, rustic, baroque.

We bought our mirrored buffet from Z Gallerie a year ago and couldn't be happier! (pictured top) A classic staple - mirrored sideboards are perfect in your dining space. Of course, since our dining space is also in our main room, our piece is equal buffet as it is a bookcase. And the mirrors give more depth to our room.



This post is inspired by my favorite delicious treat - 'ino's Egg Truffle Toast (as seen framed in the previous post about the herb trio)

The cafe and wine bar located in the West Village in Manhattan is utterly cute yet quite small. Check out their cutest bathroom sink too! Just a handful of tables, a bar that sits 6 and tiny kitchen reside in this sidewalk gem that serves amazing panini sandwiches paired with fantastic wine.

Go to NYC and enjoy!


I love how this bedroom features two large leaning mirrors on adjoining walls. (via Desire to Inspire) It simply works!



Ahhh, a day relaxing at the beach!

Check out the top pic I took today showing the quiet sandy beach on one side and the bustling Venice boardwalk on the other.

Venice is full of funky, eclectic people and shops. One of my favorite streets in Venice is Abbott Kinney. This hip street is full of amazing boutiques, restaurants, bars, art galleries - you name it! One store I love is PATIO CULTURE. A store dedicated to outdoor & entertaining. The bright colors and smartly designed outdoor accessories make this store a lovely destination.


DESIGN JUMP START: Inspiration Notebooks

For years, I would tear out anything and everything from magazines that I loved, felt inspired by or coveted. I soon realized my box of inspirational scraps needed an organized home that I could easily access. I finally sat down one day with a sketch spiral notebook and, thus, began my Inspiration Notebooks. Now, I can simply flip through my books whenever I am looking for a design jump start. I still tear out from my mags and sit down once a month to update my current book. I keep the "waiting" scraps in this cute Emma Woodgrain folder (via Delight).