Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Silver Holly Garland


For some silver pop on my holiday mantle, I've created a modern twist on the green garland. This silver holly garland is the perfect compliment to my antique mercury glass

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paper Mache Mushrooms

Paper Mache Mushrooms in Moss
After a recent stroll through a California forest, I was inspired to create faux mushrooms and nestle them into moss for autumnal house decor. I remembered doing paper mache

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Spooky-Glam Halloween

Mantle for a Spooky-Glam Halloween
Dress up your home’s focal point in a glamorous fashion this Halloween. On this mantle, I’ve kept the color palette fairly simple: to black and white. A collection of white pumpkins,

Friday, October 3, 2014

Catalabras for Halloween

Wine Bottles become Candelabras; Catalabras for Halloween: Nora's Nest
It's officially the month of Halloween, and I couldn't be more thrilled! After spotting these adorable black cat wine bottles at World Market, I knew they had to become something for this year's spooky-glam festivities. Their shape and color seemed purrfect for candelabras, so "cat"alabras is what I made!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Fall State of Mind

Antique Glass Compotes for Fall
Fall is officially here! To get yourself into a fall state of mind, choose foods and objects with autumnal colors, such as plum purples, vibrant oranges, rich browns, and muted greens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Chandelier for the Master Bedroom

A Chandelier for the Master Bedroom; White Palette in Home Decor; Nora's Nest
It was love at first sight when I found this gorgeous gilt gold chandelier dripping with crystals, and I knew it had to be mine. A relic of a french chateau, it now adorns our master bedroom, its curled structure giving it a sweet whimsical quality.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Summer Fruit Bowl

Simple Summer Fruit Bowl; Nora's Nest
There is perhaps nothing more gratifying than enjoying the bounties of a backyard or garden in summer. With lemon, orange, and pineapple guava trees in their ripened conditions, I decided to create a simple summer fruit bowl and use it as a centerpiece on the

Monday, August 4, 2014

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor

Transforming an Urn for Home Decor; Nora's Nest
After
Before and After; Transforming an Urn for Home Decor
Before
When a sweet friend gave me this urn last Friday and said, "Maybe you can do something with it!", all I could think of was how lovely it could be once painted and refreshed. Although its color was austere, I loved its simplicity and thought it could be perfect for displaying a house plant or (my favorite) coral. And so the painting adventure began!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dining Al Fresco

                      outdoor dining under the shade of trees 
What could be more wonderful than dining al fresco under the trees? This photo, 
found on Domaine.com, has been so inspiring as I work on transforming my backyard 
this summer. The fresh and simple palette, lines of shade trees, gravel floor surface, and 
rustic table remind me of being in a lovely Parisian park. 

Visually, the linear trees create the sense of a dining room without walls, which is 
not only a clever way to define the space, but it also provides dappled shade for the table.
I imagine that the gravel underfoot makes that terrific crunchy sound, and I can also smell 
the lemony sole meuniere being prepared in the kitchen, can't you?

Enjoy the beautiful summer, and I hope you enjoy my inspirational photo find!


Love,





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fairytale Chandeliers and Sconces

Inspirational Chandeliers and Sconces; Nora's Nest

While visiting one of my favorite home decor stores in Dallas called Vintage Living, I was floored by these exquisite crystal chandeliers and sconces and was delighted to be able to photograph them for Nora's Nest. These one-of-a-kind pieces usually come from French chateaus, their rarity and beauty making them pieces fairytales are made of!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Stars for the 4th of July!

Starfish Arrangement; Stars for the 4th of July; Nora's Nest

Hope everyone is having a lovely 4th of July!! When planning decor for this fun summer holiday, images of stars and the beach came to my mind. Combine those two images, and I got starfish!!

Fourth of July Decor

Fourth of July Mantle Decor; American Flags; Nora's Nest

Happy Fourth of July!!! This holiday, I decorated my mantle with traditional flags, yellow flowers fresh from my garden, and of course, blue coral.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Transform a Frame from New to Antique

Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
When my darling bride-to-be friend asked if I could help her antique her large, new silver mirror for her wedding, I was thrilled to take on the challenge! She needed the mirror frame to look gold and aged -- its purpose to provide the reception's seating chart via beautiful calligraphy and compliment the gold, neutral, and blush pink tones of her wedding. In under two hours, we transformed her mirror from new to antique. So let's begin!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Designing Our Home Office

Designing Our Home Office; Nora's Nest
As promised from my last post, Creating Our Home Office, here is how we designed our home office from scratch. It all began with a custom-made desk that my husband built and I painted!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Creating Our Home Office


Just like a nest, our house is "perched" atop a hill and often feels like a treehouse. The height gives it a beautiful view, and the bonus room at the top front of the house has one of the best views of all. For this reason, I thought it was imperative that this view be enjoyed and admired every day. And so, a home office was born!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Liebster Award for Nora's Nest


I'm honored and thrilled to announce Nora's Nest's nomination for the Liebster Award! The talented and sweet Julie Reinwald, creator of the blog Renaissance Mermaidhas nominated my blog. In receiving the nomination, I was asked to answer eleven of Julie's questions and give eleven random facts about Nora's Nest and myself. Here they are!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Backyard Celebration!

Backyard Dinner Party and Table Decor; Cinco de Mayo Celebration -- Nora's NestIt's nearly time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This year, due to the perfectly warm weather, I've decided to have a small celebration in our backyard. These bold colors are festive and fun, giving a glimpse of the bright summer to come.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Mantle Decor

Mexican Crepe-Paper Flowers; Cinco De Mayo Mantle Decor -- Nora's Nest
My favorite thing about Cinco de Mayo decorations is the boldness and richness of the colors. From hot pink to bright blue and every color in between, a few pops of florescent color can turn a neutral space into a festive one!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Eggstravaganza!

Natural Eggs blue and brown; Easter Eggstravaganza; Nora's Nest

Good morning, and Happy Easter Day! Looking for a last minute centerpiece, but one that's edible, too? Look no further than this naturally beautiful Eggstravaganza!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lemons for Spring

"Branch of Lemons" by Claude Monet

I can't help but smile when admiring this still life, "Branch of Lemons", by Claude Monet. Its vibrant yellows and weightless quality says it all for spring. Whenever I find something so inspiring, it makes me think about how to incorporate the theme into my home. Planting lemon trees in old terra cotta pots, giving pops of yellow to my decor (via pillows, throws, flowers), or even attempting my own oil painting of a lemon branch are a few ideas this masterpiece creates. What a way to be inspired :)

http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/claude-monet/branch-of-lemons

Love,




Friday, March 28, 2014

Springtime Inspiration

Springtime Mantle with Cherry Blossoms, Sunburst Mirror, and Quartz Crystal

While searching for inspirational, springtime decor ideas, I hit the jackpot! Not only does this photograph serve as the perfect segue from my last post on Sunburst Mirrors, but its fresh, bright, and natural look is exactly what I needed to be inspired. The detailed mantle is complete with sky high cherry blossoms, a large specimen of quartz crystal, and a gold sunburst mirror (of course). Time to find my own cherry blossoms and attempt to emulate this beautiful scene. Hope you enjoy :)

thelennoxx.com
BENJAMIN DHONG INTERIOR DESIGN / JOSE PICAYO PHOTOGRAPHS

Love,
 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Here Comes the Sunburst Mirror

Sunburst Mirror for Home Decor with antique horse

Trendy, sophisticated, antique, modern...the Sunburst Mirror has it all, and it looks as though this trend will be burning bright for quite some time. The sunburst instantly captures your attention and has proved to be an ultimate focal point. Here are some beautiful examples of the Sunburst Mirror in all its blazing glory!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bring in the Shamrocks

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day in Home Decor


Happy St. Patrick's Day! The day isn't complete without a few lucky shamrocks, so I searched for and found these gorgeous plants at a local garden nursery and fell in love with

Friday, February 28, 2014

Garden Pop

Garden Planters and Pots
Springtime is around the corner. Want to add some pop to your garden? Nestle pots and planters made of different colors, shapes, and materials throughout your outdoor space. You

Friday, February 21, 2014

Nature's Sculptures: Coral

Clam Shell with Coral: Nature's Sculptures
To me, a piece of coral is nature's most beautiful sculpture, which might explain my obsession with and the abundance of coral in my home. I began collecting specimens about

Friday, February 14, 2014

Romantic Balconies

Romantic and Beautiful Balcony
Of all the architectural features in the world, methinks none are as gloriously romantic as the balcony. In honor of Valentine's Day, enjoy these beautiful images of balconies from

Monday, February 10, 2014

Making Valentine Heart Ornaments: DIY

Heart Ornaments for Valentine's Day Home Decor: DIY
Happy Valentine's Week! To prepare our home for the special day, I created heart ornaments to hang in my trees and chandeliers (as seen in the last post, Valentine Trees). These heart ornaments are wonderfully fun to make, last forever, and don't even require

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine Bouquets

Valentine Bouquets I love
It isn't just Valentine's Day that I love creating (or receiving :)) a bountiful bouquet of flowers, but there's something about this time of year that makes a floral arrangement even

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine Tea for Two

Valentine Tea for Two

Whenever Valentine's Day rolls around, it's impossible to know what to give my husband. But I know that the true way to his heart is with sweets! Therefore, I've decorated for an

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Fantasy Home in Pink


If I could dream of a pink house, it would probably look something like this. In honor of Valentine's Day, allow me to take you on a tour of my fantasy home in pink!  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine Vignette

Pink Valentine Vignette

Okay, truth. Pink is my favorite color. And I know I should be over it -- after all, I'm not a little girl anymore. But when decorating my home for Valentine's Day, I get a few weeks

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Linen Cloud Bedding

White-Bedding-by-Bella-Notte-and-Restoration-Hardware
I've always thought that a bed should resemble a cloud -- soft, fluffy, and floating on air. When it came time to choose bedding for our home, the bedding I found that most

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hawaiian Pillows

Hawaiian-Pillow
Aloha from Hawaii! My husband and I are living it up in Kauai right now, drinking pina-coladas and getting caught in the rain. The last time we were on the island, it was our honeymoon, and we (ahem…I) purchased a few things for our new home that we could treasure from our blissful trip. Among those home goods were these delightfully

Monday, January 6, 2014

Out with the New, In with the Old

White Italian Bead Mirror; White vignette
Happy New Year 2014! Out with the new, and in with the old, I say -- with gorgeous
antiques, that is!

I recently discovered this white Italian bead mirror (above) at one of my favorite antique stores in Los Angeles, The Mart Collective. This mirror is one of the many treasures I've
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