February 28, 2012

Gotta have these...

I have been so busy at work that I didn't even do a post last week of my picks for the week.  So far, so good today, though, it was hectic. We are really busy which is a good thing and hopefully a sign that the economy is starting to move, if just a little.  I love looking at lamps and rugs and have my eyes peeled for a cute bistro set for the summer.

Castleberry Rug 5x8 SALE $159.00

Palm Desert Bistro Set $129.00

Owl Lamp SALE $35.99

I really LOVE this lamp - the black + white is perfect, I love owls and the touch of 'animal' for a room other than zebra or leopard.  The rug would be a gorgeous graphic addition to a room (and the lamp would go perfectly with it!) and how sweet is the bistro set (which also comes in a sunny yellow)?  I would love to sit there reading a good design mag with a cup of tea wouldn't you? Have a great week!

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February 26, 2012

Ocean mood board...

I put together a little mood board of a simple, soothing bathroom design with turquoise, greens, blues, silvers and creamy paint with natural wood to inspire you on a Sunday morning. I love the artwork I found as it perfectly fits the outdoorsy aesthetic of this room. What do you think? Would you love to live in it?

Seaside inspiration...

(design by Monaco Interiors)

Have a great Sunday!

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February 25, 2012

Saturday in the kitchen...

Before going to work, I thought I would post an image of a sleek kitchen that caught my eye. I love the white floors with the black cabinets.  The lighting is pretty too. Would you design your kitchen with this modern aesthetic?


Have a great weekend!

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February 19, 2012

5 Design Solutions for a Small Bath Remodel...

Many of my customers come to my showroom struggling with what to do with a smaller than normal bathroom. They live in very old homes where the bathroom was an afterthought, so they are faced with how to update and modernize the space, while still keeping it respectful to the age of the house.

Here are my top five (5) design solutions that I have found not only work to make the space look and feel larger, but, also to update it with a fresh, modern aesthetic:

1. Make use of the natural light with a window - if there isn't one, can you add a window? If not, mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Use them to reflect as much light as possible from the windows and apply lots of white paint adding chrome or brushed nickel accessories. Add bold color with towels, accent paint and accessories -

2.  If you don't need storage in a vanity, then a pedestal sink is a must-have OR even a petite wall-hung sink that will not take up much room and will make the space LOOK larger:

Wall hung sink: note the bold orange wall color...

3.  Using glass for a shower surround instead of a curtain or sliding doors on a tub unit will also give the illusion of a larger space:

Wall hung with mirrors:

4.  Making storage go 'up' the wall and ideally, if you have no room, consider floating wood or glass shelves to keep soaps, towels and essentials displayed within easy reach (but NOT over the toilet):

5. I always advise clients to consider using a single hole faucet for a granite vanity top OR on a pedestal. It makes cleaning easy and gives you a lot more counter space!

Kohler's Forte Single Control Lavatory faucet is just one of the many popular choices for a bathroom sink. Depending on your style, chrome or brushed nickel will always look stylish. (Image)

If you are considering a bath remodel, I hope these solutions have answered some of your questions.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend! I will be back tomorrow - 

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February 14, 2012

Maine Cottage = gorgeous fabrics

Maine Cottage has the most gorgeous fabric and their colorful furniture is a perfect match for their fabrics. I received this in my inbox today and wanted to share.  The company is bringing back these classic fabrics to put on their different loveseats.  Take a gander:

Alex Loveseat in Ann's Labyrinth/Sun

Audrey Loveseat in Lotsadots/Mixed Berry

 Venus Loveseat in Grand Mum/Sprout

Lena Loveseat in Mayflower/Marine

(images maine cottage)

Do you love these fabrics and sofas? Would you use them to decorate your home?

Hope you are all having a Happy Valentine's Day! I have already eaten a delicious dinner out at an Indian restaurant - I LOVE Indian food -

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February 12, 2012

Gotta have these...fashion edition...

There is so much going on right now in the world of fashion, not least of which is New York Fashion Week which, has put me in the mood for all things style + fashion.  Magazines, Pinterest, blogs or any other medium to view what is fabulous right now. Here are my picks from two of the most stylish websites:

ModCloth Polka Dot Dress $54.99

H&M imitation leather handbag $24.95

H&M imported leather handbag $99.00

H&M Blazer $59.95, Blouse + Skirt $39.95 each

H&M Cardigan $19.95

ModCloth 50's style dress $97.99

ModCloth Vintage style LBD $99.99

Hope you love these as much as I do! I noticed I didn't include any trousers...I must be in a more 'dressy' mood. I'm also loving the green everywhere and polka dots never go out of style!

Happy Sunday!

(images via modcloth and H&M)

February 11, 2012

February 7, 2012

Gotta have these...

Check out these items on my list this week - a kitchen faucet, a beautiful watercolor and a very stylish handbag. Have a great week!

The Gerber Daylene kitchen faucet: stunning in person - I LOVE it!  It is $263.34-

I fell in love with this artist's fabulous watercolors of cities, fashion and actors - visit here for Jessica Durrant's Etsy shop -this painting is just $25.00 -

This is a mint green doctor's bag from Topshop and I love its stylish shape and color - it is $76.00 and you can find it here

(images gerberonline.com, etsy.com, topshop.com)

Thank you for stopping by! See you soon!

February 6, 2012

Have you seen the NUMI?...

Kohler's new toilet that has more features than any other toilet - the NUMI, is spectacular and I should know, since I use it every day at work.  The Granite Group is the only location with a working NUMI toilet in New England. Here is a rundown of the features that are programmable with an 'IPAD' type of gadget to go with it: Heated seat, front and rear bidet, blow dryer, music, self-cleaning, automatic eco-flush, motion-activated seat, feet warming and a deodorizer. Whew! Is that all??? Oh, did I forget night-light function?  So behold, and if you are in the Boston area, take a short trip over the New Hampshire border to see and use the NUMI! Please contact me here -

(images by me)

Local Massachusetts and New Hampshire designers, please consider bringing your clients to see me and our showroom in Manchester to experience this unique and sensational new toilet!!

Email me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com for more information. 
Looking forward to meeting you!

For more information about the NUMI, go here and visit my company website here -

Have a great day!!

February 4, 2012

Saturday in the kitchen...

Sorry I have been missing this week...my co-worker was out of the showroom and I was alone with our part-time girl, so it was beyond busy and I didn't have any energy left by the time I got home to post anything.  This kitchen is so fresh, clean and just plain cool...I want mine to look like it! I especially love the metal details on the door and the Ghost Chairs...enjoy the day!

So cool...image

I'll be back tomorrow - will you be rooting for the Giants or the New England Patriots???

I can help you design and decorate your kitchen, bathroom, living room, den, bedroom or any space in your home - please email me for rates and information at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.