Favorite Finds of the Month- Soft, Sweet and a little Exotic

I tend to vacillate between a few design moods- loving bold,dark and exotic, favoring neutral, layered, and textural, etc.  This month I’m really feeling color, but in a very soft way.  I want pale pink, coral, soft blues, grays, maybe just a touch of yellow.  I like the sweetness of pastels balanced by touch of global influence: a bench that looks like it belongs in Morocco, a gilt mirror with an Italian flair, a chandelier with an exotic shape.  Pastels can get so girly and that’s just not my thing.  You need to throw in something rough, patina, something not so perfect.  Finish off with a few modern and masculine elements and you have yourself a winner.

Here are a few pieces that I am totally crushing on this month.  They all fall into this soft, sweet spot I’m loving with interiors.

DM faves soft and sweet

pillow / chandelier / painting

rug / bench / mirror

And a few rooms I’m feelin’…

colorful melbourne home

{Miranda Skoczek’s home}

nuevo estilo space pastels

{Nuevo Estilo}

soft pink boho room skona hem

{Skona Hem}

ellen pompeo trailer

{Ellen Pompeo’s trailer}

Goes so well with my fave vintage flatweave rug we have for sale on our instagram (@designmanifest)

armenian vintage flatweave rug design manfiest

striped multi-color vintage flatweave rug- design manifest

38″ x 102″

$400 with free shipping to US

email naomi@designmanifest.com if you would like to purchase!

see more details – http://instagram.com/p/yX1hRPmHS2/?modal=true

DM Shops Emporium Home

Hey guys.  Sorry for playing hooky yesterday.  I wish I could claim I took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous day, but instead I was stuck in bed with some sort of icky stomach bug.  I couldn’t even muster the strength to give myself a much needed pedicure.  Anyone else besides me excited for sandal season?!

The good news is I feel tons better.  What’s also great is I’m over at Amber Interiors taking part in her fun little series “Babes Behind the Blog.”  Nothing like buttering a girl up by calling her a babe and then asking personal questions.  Go check it out if you want to learn a dirty little secret, or two.

Next, let’s talk shopping.  One of my favorite sources I discovered at New York International Gift Fair was Emporium Home.  They have gorgeous lighting, chic leather-embroidered pillows, a crystal encrusted end table (!), fun mirrors.  I’m in love with their style.

So without further ado, let me present you with Emporium Home.  Feel Free to thank me, if she is new to you…

They have jewelry too, Oh yes they do.  Want!

{To the Trade and sold through fine Retailers}

The large gilded mirror

Dear Antiquing Gods,

I know I’ve been lucky in the past, but I’m really going to need your help in this next venture.  I’m seeking a large rectangular French mirror.  Gold and substantial would be best, but please not too ornate, except for a little embellishment on top.  Something like below, would be perfect.

Faithfully yours,


Atlanta Homes/ Amy D Morris

Lonny Mag/ Lauren Gold

I want to place this type of mirror over my clients’ fireplace mantel.  But don’t these mirrors look equally good behind a tub or perched between two windows?  

Must find one!

New York Gift Fair Highlights

Yesterday morning I woke up early and hopped a train to the City to attend the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF.)  It’s huge event that occupies two buildings and a convention center.  With limited time (plus a cold and “weak feet”) I opted to only go to Pier 94, the Home Division.  Lucky for me it was chock full of goodies and I found a lot of good inspiration and new sources.  Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter may have caught a few of my faves as I was walking through.  Here are 12 of my favorite finds below.  

One more note about NYIGF…  Going to these types of events always makes me incredibly nervous.  Navigating the crowds and stands, asking questions, trying to look like I belong there and doing it all alone is NOT something that comes easy to me.  Sometimes I feel like I am very much a wimp.  (Like how I spied both Anna Spiro and Heather Clawson and was too hesitant to interrupt them and say hello.)  But each time I stretch myself I feel stronger and more confident.  I think we are all capable of a lot, we just have to go to that scary place in order to keep growing.  Anywho, that’s my philosophical thought of the day.  Happy Tuesday!