Hamlet’s Personal Home Stylist Service Will Change The Way You Shop For Home Decor

When I started redecorating my living room I had no idea that a new rug would be one of the most difficult things for me to find and decide on. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t narrow down and pinpoint what I wanted. I think it’s because there is just SO MUCH variety out on the market, sifting through rug after rug got overwhelming and I kept putting it off and getting cold feet about my contenders. I kept wishing I could just tell someone what I had in mind and have them do the leg work. Well, my wish was granted! Hamlet does exactly that. Better yet, it’s all through text message and the service is free!

All you have to do is text 646-586-2260 and you’re connected with a personal stylist that is ready and willing to help you find everything you need to decorate your home, from rugs to accent pillows to sofas.

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After a few quick questions my Hamlet stylist, Cyrus, sent me 4 amazing rug options based on my needs, and helped me choose and purchase the perfect one in less than 20 minutes all through my SMS screen. It was so much easier than the hours I’d spent in stores and online trying to make a decision.

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Everything went seamlessly! My new rug arrived and was exactly how it was described by the stylist. Perfect size, color, style, everything. I’m SO happy.

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Thanks, Hamlet!

Sofa Shopping: Mid-Century Styles Under $2000

Now that I’m redecorating my apartment I have to find new furniture that not only fits my space but also fits my budget. Since I tend to redecorate a lot I don’t usually like to spend too much money on pieces that I know I may change out in a year or two, but sofas tend to be expensive. Up until now I’d been using a KARLSTAD loveseat from IKEA (now discontinued) as my main seating area. 

 At first it was meant to be a place holder until I found something else, but after I changed the legs and accessorized it a bit, it fit in perfectly and served its purpose without any problems. 

 I’m rearranging my furniture placement and plan to put a sofa against a larger wall in the room. The KARLSTAD loveseat looked tiny and awkward against the new wall so I figured it’s time to upgrade and get a new sofa. 

I’m all about mid-century styles, and luckily I’ve found some good sources that have several great options. Here are some of my current favorites. All under $2,000. 

Joybird– Joybird obviously has a love for design from the 50s and 60s. They have a large selection of sofas from straight and modern, to tufted traditional, to the wacky lines of the atomic era. Not only do they have a large selection of styles, but the selection of fabrics they’re available in is incomparable. They send you FREE swatches at the click of a button, and in my opinion their upholstery options are the most authentically vintage available. 

Some of my favorites:

  Eliot Sofa – $1699

 Howard Sofa – $1499 

  Roddy Sofa – $1749

  
Braxton Sofa – $1799

Bryght– Bryght is a new on my radar but I like what I see. They provide high-end style at a decent price. Although they don’t have a large selection of bright, colorful fabric options, they do have velvet options which is nice. 

  
Sven Sofa – $1299

  
Celosia – $1199

Wayfair– Wayfair doesn’t exclusively offer mid-century inspired styles like the sources mentioned above, but they do have a great selection of passable high-end designer styles and colors at deeply discounted prices. 

  
Corrigan Studio Kilroot Sofa – $1123

  
Segis US Cosy Sofa – $1870

  Gus Modern Switch Sofa – $1999
  
Moe’s Home Selection Rosilini Sofa – $1288

West Elm– West Elm has a couple of styles with a vintage vibe I like. The first has the modern, shelter frame, and the second has boomerang shaped legs that can give off an atomic vibe in the right color. 

  

Monroe Mid-Century Sofa – $1299-$1699

  
Brooklyn Upholstered Sofa – $1299

IKEA– Good old IKEA! Like I mentioned above, I’m upgrading from a KARLSTAD loveseat. I’m no stranger to an IKEA Hack and I’m confident that with a little effort and changes I could save a lot of money and turn this option into something more stylish. At only $400 it’s very tempting. Even as something temporary until I find a true vintage option. 

  
IKEA KARLSTAD Sofa – $399

Thrift Stores/Flea Markets/Craigslist- Another option is finding a second-hand, true vintage piece. I live in an area where vintage is a hot commodity and the good deals get swooped up pretty quickly. Often times between the cost of the couch and the cost to reupholster, it ends up way out of my budget anyway. I’m always lookout for an insane deal though! 

Here’s a couple that I missed out on this week

  $200

 $100
Which is your fave? Updates soon with the one I pick! 

Home Decor: Mid-Century Design Inspo from Chairish

Whenever I’m thinking about a new design concept for a room, I always make an inspiration board. I go online and save images of pieces I like, and then I see how I can put them together in a room. I do this either by using Pinterest or collage tools like Polyvore. Once I have an initial concept, I can go back and see where my favorite items are from, or I can keep a look out for similar pieces at thrift stores and flea markets.

One of my new favorite decor websites is Chairish. It’s a site where you can buy and sell all kinds of furniture and decor. They have a huge selection of unique vintage and mid-century modern items, from sofas to barware. This makes it easy to go through and pick and piece your favorite items. Then you can mix and match and see what sticks. Here are a few room concepts that I’ve been playing around with.

Hollywood Regency Midcentury Style – This is my kind of style. Mixing clean modern lines with opulent pieces is my favorite. Pops of color with gold, always! I’d put a fur rug down under that amazing table and immediately invite my friends over for cocktails and fondue.

Midcentury inspired living roomEntry Way Decor – Entry ways need to have welcoming style and function. It’s also the first impression you get when entering your home. Here you see I added good storage with this green cabinet, a nice lamp for light, a comfortable chair to sit and put shoes on, and a lucite coat hanger.

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Colorful Eclectic Living Room – With a great rug and some cool tchotchkes to pull it together, this would make a super fun and comfortable room to hang out in. Mis-matching color is the perfect way to add a lot of style in a small room and on a small budget. This color palette has super retro vibes.

Colorful Apartment

All of these items are available from Chairish. I want them allllll, especially those green chairs. See! Told you they have some good stuff. Hope this helps with your vision board needs like it has with mine!

20 Lilly Pulitzer for Target Home Decor and Clothing Picks

You guys, Lilly Pulitzer for Target is hitting stores on Sunday, April 19th. This is the first time I’ve been really excited for a Target designer collab. A lot of people have been buzzing about this collection with mixed emotions.  Some are raging mad that strangers will think their Lillys are from Target, and this is somehow going to, like, ruin their lives. Others are excited because it’s all just more cute stuff for us to buy, and more importantly, because life really isn’t that serious.

Lilly PulitzerIf you don’t know who Lilly Pulitzer is, here’s a little background. Lilly was a fashion designer from Palm Beach who got her start making dresses that would camouflage the juice stains that she would get on her clothes while working at her juice stand. Costumers loved her creations so much that she started selling them, and by 1959 she was the president of her own company. Lilly Pulitzer’s signature style is colorful, preppy, resort wear. Because of a dress she made for Jackie Kennedy, the shift dress became one of her most popular and timeless designs. Aside from fashion designing, she apparently threw some pretty legendary parties.

The Target collection is set to have 250 pieces including housewares, accessories, and 15 designs created specifically for Target.

Here are my top 20 (yes, 20) picks from the collection.

Let’s start with home decor.

Lilly Pulitzer Top 201. REVERSIBLE DECORATIVE PILLOW – NOSIE POSEY AND BOARDWALK CAFÉ – $25.00
2. COCKTAIL GLASSES WITH GOLD RIM – SET OF 4 – $30.00
3. GLASS CARAFE – $15.00
4. FLOOR CUSHION – NOSIE POSEY – $40.00
This is going to make a perfect dog bed in my living room.
Lilly Pulitzer Top 205. PORCELAIN PINEAPPLE JUICER – $15.00
6. GARDEN STOOL WHITE – $80.00
7. TEAK BEACH CHAIR – BOOM BOOM – $60.00
8. PORCELAIN PINEAPPLE SERVING BOWL – $30.00
It says serving bowl, but get serious it’s a chip n’ dip and I want it.

These are two things that I totally don’t need or have a place for, but totally want.
Lilly Pulitzer Top 209. PATIO UMBRELLA – BOOM BOOM – $100.00
10. HAMMOCK – NOSIE POSEY – $150.00

The home decor is so good I almost forgot there’s clothes in the collection.

Lilly Pulitzer Top 20 Picks11. NOSIE POSEY TURBAN HEADWRAP W/ ELASTIC BACK – $8.00
12. SATIN JUMPSUIT – BOOM BOOM – $44.00
13. GOLD SANDALS – PINEAPPLE – $30.00
14. RAFFIA TOTE BAG – BOOM BOOM – $30.00
Lilly Pulitzer Top 20 Picks15. SATIN DRESS – NOSIE POSEY – $38.00 (online only)
16. SATIN DRESS – BOOM BOOM – $38.00
17. SHIFT DRESS – FAN DANCE – $38.00
18. STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS – NOSIE POSEY – $34.00
Lilly Pulitzer Top 20 Picks19. FRINGE KIMONO JACKET – WHITE – $30.00 (online only)
20. SATIN KIMONO – PINEAPPLE PUNCH – $34.00 (online only)

The collection hits the market on April 29th and you can bet your ass I’m going to try to score that pineapple chip n’ dip.

A Gift Guide For Crafters and DIY Lovers

Christmas time is upon us! If you’re scrambling for gift ideas for your crafty friends and fam I have got the list for you. Here are my favorite gifts for DIYers this year. Please be warned that you may end up wanting these for yourself.
Crafter Gift Guide
Gam Hammer from Restoration Hardware
This is nifty little gam hammer from RH is my go-to tool for small jobs and crafts. But it’s not just a regular hammer. It has four built-in screwdrivers that fit perfectly together inside the handle like a set of handy Russian dolls. Plus it’s gold so it’s totally fancy and gift worthy. More like GLAM Hammer AMIRITE?

Screen Printing Kits from Speedball
Do you know someone who really wants to get into screen printing? Maybe that friend who always has an idea for a t-shirt or tote? Well then here is an all-in-one starter kit for the budding screen printer. Or maybe that person is you and you should get it for yourself so you can DIY all your gifts.

Perfume Kit from MarkersKit
This is for the beauty inspired DIYer or even just someone who likes to smell pretty. This perfume kit has everything you need to mix your own signature fragrance. Or, again, it’s one of those gifts you can totally get for yourself and then give away your scented concoctions as gifts. Win-win!

Martha Stewart Crafts Paints
This gift probably seems really basic to some, but in the eyes of a crafty person it is more than just paint. It is a necessity. An addition to a collection, even. It is hours of DIY beheld in little jars. It’s always needed and always appreciated. Put together of a few colors or pick one of the monthly paint sets.

Gold craft scissors
Every crafter and DIYer needs scissors, obviously. Multiple pairs even. But let’s get real, regular scissors are boring and not gift worthy. These however, are particularly adorable and useful. Besides their obvious aesthetic appeal, their smaller size makes them perfect for sewing and intricate cutting projects. They make a great stocking stuffer, too.

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
If you know a really intense crafter and you want to spend the money, you need to get them a Dremel Rotary Tool. These compact rotary tools can do amazing things from glass cutting to stone polishing to leather burnishing, and all with the quick change of the attachment head.

Go forth and give, my friends. Happy Christmas.

A Gift Guide For The Cooks And Food Lovers In Your Life

It should be no surprise that we love food around here, so when the holidays roll around I often find myself discovering a lot of food related gifts. Luckily most of the people in my life enjoy being in the kitchen too. I give them gifts like this and then they cook for me. It works out for all of us.

If you’re looking for a gift that’s under $60 for the cooks and food lovers in your life, here are my top picks that will get you an “OOH THANKS!” instead of an “Oh. Thanks…”. You’re welcome!
Melodrama Food Lover Gift Guide 2014

1. Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker –
I own and regularly use this ice cream maker. Every ice cream recipe you’ve seen here has been made with this baby. For $60 it’s a steal. It only has 3 pieces and is pretty compact compared to other models, so it’s easy to store in any size kitchen. The ice cream freezes in 20 minutes and produces a smooth, creamy texture. It also comes with a recipe booklet to get you started.

2. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Boxes and Cards
When you cook a lot you end up developing your own recipes. Obviously you need a place to store those recipes for ever and ever. These recipe boxes are the perfect solution and refill cards are available so you can trade hand written recipes with your friends.

3. Butter My Biscuit Kitchen Towel
Kitchens need towels and this one made me laugh. They’re hand screen printed, 100% cotton, and durable for heavy kitchen use.

4. Foodie Dice
I LOVE THESE. I was tired of living in perpetual “What’s for dinner?” hell and Foodie Dice came to the rescue. If you’re stumped by what to cook, roll the dice and get the answer. It’s like magic. Each dice has ingredients and cooking methods to get the ball rolling.

5. Lodge Cast Iron Combo Dutch Oven
We’re huge fans of cast iron cooking in our house. Our dutch oven combo gets the most use. It’s 3 kitchen staples in one: a pot, a skillet, and a dutch oven. You’ve probably seen it make a cameo or two in past recipes. Highly recommended.

6. Groceries & Shit Tote Bag
If you love to cook you obviously have to shop for ingredients and whatever. I particularly love this tote because it’s exactly what my answer would be if someone asked me what was in my tote.

Clever Gifts for Clever People – 2013

This is it! My last (minute) gift guide for 2013. Every man, woman, and child will want these things. Ok maybe not children but what do they know anyway?

clever gifts for clever peopleAre you ready to be inspired? I’m a really good gift giver so you should trust me. Today’s gift guide is all about <Oprah voice> CLEVER GIFTS FOR CLEVER PEOPLE!!!!!</Oprah voice>

GFDA1. GFDA Mug and Espresso Blend – The good people at Good Fucking Design Advice give good advice. Share that good advice with the ones you love. Maybe they need to remember to believe in them-fucking-selves while they drink their delicious and very bold fucking espresso roast. Sometimes nothing gets the message across better than the using F word. You all know it. By the way, all the GFDA merch is proudly designed and made in the USFA.

izola2. Toiletries from Izola – I LOVE Izola. They make really good quality, masculine products with a vintage utilitarian style. This is where you need to get those last minute practical gifts for your man. They have everything from toiletries to accessories. We really like this apothecary soap set and the brass comb makes an awesome stocking stuffer, but it’s ALL good stuff over at Izola.

zombie tarot3. The Zombie Tarot – I have a thing for tarot sets and this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. The cards have amazing vintage style zombie themed art and the accompanying instruction book has  silly but fitting descriptions of each card’s meaning. Also in the booklet you’ll fine fake 1950s ads for weapons and anti-zombie products. Perfect for your creepy, zombie loving friends and family.

bkr4. bkr Water Bottle – bkr water bottles are the trendiest reusable glass water bottles on earth right now. With their modern look and adorable colors, they’re almost like a fashion accessory. Each glass bottle is covered in a colorful silicone sleeve that provides great grip and protects the glass. You can pick from over 20 different adorable colors to suit your style. The bottle has a one inch opening for no-spill sipping and they’re BPA-free and phthalate free. A portion of all proceeds goes to clean water and cancer foundations.

spices5. The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit – This stackable spice stick is brought to us from the fine people at PLANT. This is a smart gift for that food snob friend (or husband…) who’s always like “This could use some more oregano. This needs a dash more of salt. I would really like to see how dill would affect this.”. The stackable pots of seasonings can be mixed and matched to your own preference and easily thrown in a bag for on the go food snobbery. Each set includes 13 pocket-size pots of organic herbs and spices—including basil, cayenne, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, onion, sea salt, black pepper, and rosemary. You smell the quality as soon as you open the package. This is also a socially responsible company you can feel good about purchasing from. Try their toiletries too!

TravelHoodiePillow6. The Travel HoodiePillow – It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a travel pillow WITH A HOOD. Nothing makes me happier than this pillow. If you’re as socially awkward on airplanes as I am, then this is the thing for you. I would always made sure to wear a hoodie during flights so I could hide in my own little cottony cocoon but then my neck pillow wouldn’t stay on because of the hood being in the way and then I’d get hot and UGH. Now I have my hood and pillow together in one harmonious nap accessory. It comes in 5 colors of sweat shirt material and is genius.

anything is possible7. quotable Scented Candle – quotable cards is a shop for the word lover. Their accessories all have inspirational quotes that are meant to motivate and inspire. This candle says “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” (because it’s true), it’s 100% palm wax, a 40 hour burn time, and has a wild currant scent.

powercup for charging everything!8. The Powercup – The Powercup is awesome and so very clever. It fits right in your cup holder and can power almost anything. It has 1 usb port for charging cellphones and the sort, but it also has 2 regular sockets so you can power up anything you want. Flat irons, laptops, your coffee maker, whatever! It’s great for road trips!

That’s it for 2013’s gift guides! I hope you choose to support small and local businesses this year. Also, if you feel like being less of an asshole this holiday season, please give whatever time and money you can to charities and foundations that give back to people, animals, and our communities.