TJ Maxx Home Finds

July 1, 2017

Guys, we finally got our new media console delivered! Stay tuned for photos - it's still a work in progress, but I am loving how it is coming together. Now that we have it, we still have a blank wall to the left of it that I'm figuring out what to fill with. I'm thinking two small stools/poufs with a decorative ladder, or a small accent chair with an ottoman. Still not sure, but I have to say that it's actually really hard to come across small stools/ottomans. There is a lot out there, but I'm finding it difficult to narrow down options. While browsing today, I came across SO many items at TJ Maxx that I am loving so I decided to share them all with you. You all know how TJ Maxx/Homegoods/Marshalls all have a home section, and they're all limited quantities. So if you happen to like any of these items, definitely check to see if they're still available! Many of these items are JUST like ones from retailers that are much higher in price point. Which items are your favorite?

Top to bottom: 
 mckayna flip top table / $199.99
uma mid century chest / $129.99
teak wood stool / $79.99
made in indonesia large tapered basket / $24.99
made in indonesia seagrass tote with pom poms / $16.99
bella lux made in brazil set of 2 agate bookends / $24.99
made in indonesia small sliced teak root crate / $29.99
sheffield home concrete lamp with wood accent / $59.99
sheffield home set of 2 concrete brass / $99.99
simon blake vamp table lamp / $49.99
stylescraft round tufted linen ottoman / $39.99
safavieh made in turkey persian inspired area rug 4x6' / $49.99


Easy Home Updates for Summer

June 25, 2017

Hey everyone! It's been a full month since my last post. If I really want to stay on top of this blog thing, I really should post more, huh? Well, one of THE most amazing things has happened this month - I'm engaged! So naturally I'm pretty much non-stop thinking about what our wedding plans will be and believe me, I have a lot of ideas :) I will keep you posted on that, but in the meantime I've put together ways to update your home for summer. I love introducing more greenery, lightening up my bedding, and switching out candles for more summery scents. What are your go-to summer home updates??

1 / summer candle / white company
The White Company just opened by my job, and when I checked it out I fell in love. I LOVE their candles like this summer scent one and they also have a lavender one that is amazing.

2 / organic washed linen sheet sets / west elm
I love switching out my sheet sets to something lighter and more breathable - in the summer and winter, too. Something like a washed cotton or linen will have a lighter feel and keep you cooler at night.

3 / eva tassel + kyoto pillow covers / serena + lily
One thing is for sure - I love pillows. I think it's great to use lighter or darker neutrals for your main pillows so you have more versatility to mix in others when the seasons change.

4 / white stone terrarium / west elm
I absolutely love this terrarium collection! I have one that has the natural wood as the base. Each one is handmade and the glass is actually burned and then melted onto the wood. I would recommend going to a west elm if you can to pick yours in person like I did. 

5 / multi colored dish towels / anthropologie
Switching up your dishtowels in the kitchen is a small, fun way to get in the summer spirit.

6 / striped bath mat / target 
Changing out your bath accessories like your bath mat, towels and shower curtain is also another small, fun way to bring summer into your home.

7 / favorite fruit pot / anthropologie
I love how whimsical these planters are! Perfect for summer. 


Anthropologie Sale Favorites

May 24, 2017

Hi guys! Things have been pretty busy with family birthdays and other events going on and we are still waiting on our Anthropologie media console but I am so excited to get it soon! I'm still looking for other pieces to complete our space, and I may be browsing a few places this MDW for the promotions going on. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites that are on sale right now.. of course from their home department.. from napkins to bedding to furniture. By the way, that media console is a version of the one we got but shorter and a black pattern. The all natural one is sold out but I still am loving the contrast of this one. I just love how unique they are and that they are solid wood. Also, PLEASE let me know if there are any topics that you would like to see me post about and I will plan to do so!

PS: If you're a member at Anthro, they just launched an Anthroperks for members that include free shipping on all orders $150+. I don't know if that is a huge perk but shopping there does add up so maybe it makes sense. Enjoy :) 

chair / terai folding chair / $149.95
media / sura media console / $1099.95
napkins / madras napkin set / $19.95
bowl / fox & hare serving bowl / $39.95
side table / thorntree side table / $249.95
sham / peonia shams / $69.95
pillow / guideline pillow / $29.95
bath mat / maya bath mat / $29.95
rug / marmotinto rug 8x10' / $699.95


Living Room Update

May 6, 2017

Hey all! Hope you're enjoying your weekend wherever you may be :) Today I enjoyed doing next to nothing other than much needed errands, and may or may not have included Artichoke Basille's Pizza (if you don't know this place you need to check it artichoke pizza ever!!). Other than that, I have been continuously on the hunt for a new media console. My problem is I sort of browse the same sites over again thinking something will change, or maybe a good sale will come up and I'll get a piece that is okay but totally worth the price....but nothing has stuck out to me...until today! Let's face it, Anthropologie's furniture isn't necessarily wallet friendly as it is window-shop friendly, but I came across a media console that I had seen before..loved the look but not willing to spend the money (it is solid wood and a really unique piece though). Today I was on their site and saw that the media was on sale (still not cheap but doable), but of course NOT IN THE RIGHT FINISH. Thank you Anthro for the "you may also be interested in..." tab because lucky for me it also came in a buffet version that actually worked even better, size wise, AND in the right finish. It also had the sliding door detail with shelving and cable hole which we definitely need. Long story, well, still long...I pulled the plug! My boyfriend was really not that fond over the detail on the piece (he is much more minimal/modern) but I just had to at least try it. I looked at the reviews and a few mentioned that the detailing is not as contrast in person, so I am actually thinking that may be better for us because my boyfriend didn't love that pattern anyway. I'm sure it will still be beautiful. Not sure if I like this media with the planter we already got, but I will move the planter to another side of the room so it doesn't clash next to it like I think it will. Here's a round up of the old and new items that have made and are making its way into our apartment. To the left of the media I plan to put the lucite console with two stools underneath and some art. Finally, it's starting to come together :) 

media console / sura buffet / anthropologie
rug / prisha rug 8x10 / lulu + georgia
chair / cantor lounge chair / rh teen
planter / mid-century turned wood planter / west elm
console / peek-a-boo console / cb2
stools / woven accent stool / target
art /  minted for west elm - escape route II / west elm
coffee table / box frame marble coffee table / west elm 

ps -- I may or may not paint a canvas for above the console but I chose this print by Max Borelli of a close up Italian spiral staircase. I am part Italian and love design so I thought this would be a nice personal touch. All the art in our living room is also black and white so I want to stick with that theme. Stay tuned to see how this media works out in our space!


Rug Love

April 24, 2017

Happy Monday guys! It's been a little while since I've been busy with work and family things (haven't we all) but I am back! I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments in my home currently including our new Lulu & Georgia rug that I LOVE every time I walk into our apartment. I kept telling myself I only wanted wool, handmade, etc but I couldn't resist the style, color and price point - it was part of L&G annual 25% off sale so I had to. I am still on the search for a perfect media console but I have been scoping out Stor New York on Etsy and although the price point is higher, each media is handmade in Brooklyn and I even have the option to customize it a bit so that is all in the works :) 

By the way if you are ever in Astoria and looking for a great brunch spot, check out Mom's and/or Halsey's Tavern! We originally went to Mom's but they had such a wait, but told us Halsey's Tavern next door has the same exact kitchen and brunch menu (minus iced coffee and milkshakes). So we lucked out with no wait and delicious food :) Stay tuned for more design updates and a new post on what to look for when styling your shelving!

coffee table / west elm
shelving / west elm
decor / west elm, anthropologie, lulu & georgia, etsy, target
sofa / raymour and flanigan
chair / wayfair
side table / homegoods
planter / west elm


Ready for Spring

April 3, 2017

Happy Monday (or we can at least pretend)! I'm actually pretty happy today because it's warming up in NYC and all the little spring touches around my apartment actually are starting to feel like spring :) I want to share my top tips with you that I like to do to start to get ready for spring. I'm still working on the rest of our apartment but I am loving how our bedroom is coming together! So here we go...

1) Switch up your textiles - I think it's important to keep your main furniture somewhat neutral so you are able to switch up the feel of your space with decor and textiles. The throw on my bed from Anthropologie has a darker blue stripe on one side, so to make it feel brighter I now fold it with the lighter stripe showing. I also recently purchased lighter gray pillow covers from Motif Pillows on Etsy that I am loving and work perfect with my more colorful handmade kilim pillow from Blue Salvage

2) Flip your mattress - It's not all about the way your room looks. Just like you may flip your sofa cushions for even wear, you can do the same with your mattress (if not a pillow top) to improve comfort and longevity. We've been thinking about getting a new mattress and have had our eye's on the Leesa Mattress - we've heard great things about the comfort of the memory foam which is what our current mattress is lacking. The perfect time to do this is the start of a new season!

3) Add fresh greenery - I love shopping for new succulents and plants at the farmers market in NYC, usually in Union Square. I recently just purchased this planter from West Elm for our living room and trying to figure out what type of larger plant would work best. For our bedroom, an assortment of smaller succulents is the perfect touch to make it feel more like spring. I like to place them on different areas on my desk shelving like below.  More to come! 

Those are my top 3 tips to make your bedroom get ready for the warmer spring weather. I'd love to hear what you do to get your home ready! Stay tuned for my next post on how to style your's a peek :)


Anthropologie Sale!

March 30, 2017

Another day, another sale! Many of my posts lately are around some pretty good furniture sales going on, probably because I am looking myself. If I happen to see a good blog-worthy sale going on while I am browsing I am sure to share with all of you! The latest is a 25% off sale items, and 20% off select furniture sale at Anthropologie! I wish that they had the perfect media console for me so I am still on the hunt but these are some of my favorite! I am especially loving the Terai Chair in Peach :) Enjoy!

1 / azia mirror
/ rose gold table lamp
3 / terai chair
/ mayworth sconce
5 / paillette pendant
/ panorama display coffee table
7 / lacquered regency nightstand
8 / archway end table
9 / meralda rug


AD Design Show 2017

Hey everyone! This post is overdue, but I did not forget about it. I want to share with you some highlights from the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC last week. Some of my favorites included the Prism Collection by The Principals because well, who doesn't love gorgeous greenery, Tucker Robbins one-of-a-kind woven and hand carved pieces, and Wud Furniture's gotham collection handmade in Brooklyn. There is SO much more, more than I even was able to take photos of but I hope this inspires you to dive deeper into the design world because there is much to be inspired by. Do you have a favorite?


Lulu & Georgia Friends and Family Sale

March 20, 2017

If you have been waiting for the next sale at Lulu & Georgia it's going on now and everything is 25%! (code: BESTIES) L&G is best known for their textiles and accessories but they also have lighting, furniture, art, and so much more. Here's just a handful of some of my favorite finds from all ranges but check out there site for more! I am not sure when the sale is ending but I have a a few items in my cart like this rug for my living room :) Which one if your fave?

1 / pillows / risa pillow / $150 $112.50
idalo pillow / $36 $27
2 / moriah bench / $450 $337.50
3 / tayla mirror / $218 $163.50
4 /  bed / ismo bed / $2,005 $1,503.75
5 / orine lamp / $212 $159
6 / cactus decor - set of 2 / $34 $25.50
7 / dwell studio black faceted vases / $15-$75 $11.25 - 56.25
8 / gold dipped drum table / $198 $148.50
9 / petite trou stool / $129 $96.75
10 / declan rug 5'2"x7'6" / $145 $108.75

PS: If you missed my last post on the latest Serena & Lily sale, check it out here! Their 20% off everything sale is still happening.

Serena & Lily Weekend Sale!

March 18, 2017

Serena & Lily is one of my favorite stores, and this should come as no surprise :) I've sourced there for clients and go to their site often for inspiration. This weekend they are having a 20% off friends and family event with code MUSTHAVE. Here's a space I put together with some of their most popular pieces... but their sale is certainly not just limited to these so check out their site for more! 

sofa / spruce st 3 seater sofa / $2,895 $2,316
rug / flokati rug 8x10' / $898 $718.40
coffee table / anguilla rattan coffee table / $798 $$638.40
pouf / moroccan leather pouf / $498 $398.40
ladder / teak ladder / $348 $278.40
side table / hunter side table / $498 $398.40
table lamp / halsey table lamp /   $498 $398.40
mirror / harper mirror / $598 $478.40
pillows / barcelona pillow cover / $88 $70.40
magnolia pillow cover - bark / $88 $70.40
montecito outdoor pillow cover / $78 $62.40

PS: I'm excited to share some of my favorite vendors from the Architectural Digest Design Show in the next few days. For a sneak peek check out my Instagram @laurenmaiorana. 


Welcome Spring!

March 14, 2017

Spring is here! Well, sort of.  As some of you may have heard or experienced, NYC and surrounding areas got hit with blizzard Stella today (snow day!) but that didn't stop me from looking into what new spring lines are out for some of my favorite stores! I'm thinking we will see even more mix of materials, texture and soft geometric patterns this spring. There's a lot more to come but here are a bunch of my favorite new spring items... I am seriously loving the Anthropologie Live-Edge Oakwood Bed with visible butterfly joinery...which one is your favorite?? 

bed / prana live-edge bed / anthropologie
dresser / odetta 9-drawer dresser / anthropologie
baskets / cheyenne baskets set of 2 / lulu & georgia
rug / stone tile rug / west elm
media / pictograph media console / west elm
pillows / jo and ramona pillow / mc gee & co
dining table / circuit dining table / cb2
chair / antonio acrylic chair with pillow / cb2


Happy Sunday

March 12, 2017

Happy Sunday everyone! Mine consisted of getting over a cold and headache but I am feeling better and ready to start my week. My swatches from MotifPillows on Etsy came the other day and I finally placed my order! I ordered two of these handmade shibori inspired pillows for our bedroom and another swatch to be delivered. You may be thinking, "What the heck is shibori and who puts that much thought into just pillows??" Well to answer part one, shibori is a type of Japanese handmade dying technique dating back to the 8th century so each pillow made with this technique is a meticulous one-of-a-kind piece. To answer part two, me! and I am not the only one. Pillows are just one simple way to make a huge impact and quick change to a space which is why I love pillows and all textiles so much. I don't mind spending a little more for a handmade pillow and supporting small businesses! Excited for my new pillows to come in... once I can find a new rug for our living room, I'll be looking into new pillows in that space, too. Oh, and here's a sneak peak of my newest painting's palette I recently finished :) Stay tuned for the next post on my new piece!


Apartment Revamp 3.0

March 11, 2017

Happy weekend everyone! I am still on the hunt for new pieces for our space without breaking the bank. I definitely am on a budget but willing to spend a little more if we really find something that works best for us (now I know how most of my own client's feel). Function for us is key - it has to be 60-80" max length, around 25" high and have some type of open storage or option for it for sensors (like sliding doors that expose shelving, etc). I've put together a handful of options in the running one of them (#6) not having an option for open storage however it does have doors and pull down drawers on the side. It's also important that it's mostly wood (I'm open to reclaimed or a smooth mid-century style wood). Since our coffee table is marble top with a bronze metal frame, this helps to balance the finishes in our space. Which piece is your favorite??

1 / how-down media console / one kings lane
2 / staggered wood media console / west elm
3 / russian reclaimed oak media console / rh
4 / angelo media console / lulu & georgia
5 / lewis media console / gingko furniture
6 / reclaimed wood + lacquer media console / west elm


New Obsession: MotifPillows

March 5, 2017

I have to say I love a good pillow situation. What I love the most is that pillows are so versatile, and can change the look of a space entirely. I am in the middle of doing some apartment refreshing so switching up my pillows is definitely on my list. I consistently browse stores online and in person (when I can) and lately have been drawn the most to pillows on Serena & Lily and Lulu & Georgia. Every now and then I browse Etsy for some unique, handmade options. I came across Motif Pillows and I looove the color palettes and how many options they have. They also use a variety of designer fabrics and are all handmade. What's also great is that you can order swatches first before ordering which is what I did. I plan on getting new ones for our bedroom and living room. Stay tuned to see which ones I went with! Below are some of my faves - check out their Etsy shop for more!


Dream Bedroom Mood Board

March 1, 2017

Hi there! If you have read any of my recent posts, you know I'm currently in the process of finding new pieces to refresh our apartment. So far, we were able to swap out our coffee table with something that fits our space better and is more functional for us. Finding a rug and media console that also fits our needs and wants is actually much harder than expected - especially since my job is interior designing! Go figure. In the meantime, I came across some mood boards for my dream apartment that I created a few months ago if I really was going to start from scratch and stay within some budget. I wanted to share my dream bedroom because, well, I just love it and thought if I could inspire others with this post than it's worth sharing! I would definitely add additional pieces like an accent chair with a side table, leaner mirror, dresser, etc but this would be the overall look I would go off of that I just love. See below for all the sources! Enjoy :) 

Bed / Slub Velvet Edlyn Bed / Anthropologie
Nightstands / Alexa Nightstand / West Elm
Rug / Elo Rug - Ivory / RH 
Lamps / Colton Table Lamp / RH Baby + Child
Stools / Cooper Leather Stools / Serena + Lily 
Art / Maria V Cano - Malibu / RH 
Pillows / Black Hawthorne Stripe Pillow / Caitlyn Wilson Textiles
Lumbar Pillow / Elizbeita Pillow - Violet / Lulu + Georgia


Apartment Revamp 2.0

February 21, 2017

I've decided to start purchasing things for our new place because there are a list of items I've been wanting to replace for quite some time. If you haven't checked out my first post about our apartment revamp..check it out here! I decided to focus on our living room first and if I see things along the way for other spaces then so be it :) For our living room I would love to swap our our rug and media console first. I would like a light gray and cream rug that has some variation in it for a monochromatic look with our sofa. Our sofa, although I would replace, is staying since it's rather new and my boyfriend loves it. We got that from Raymour & Flanigan when we needed a new sofa for when we moved in and they delivered it within a few days! It's gray and comfy so it works for now. I'd love to change our coffee table to something that is not wood since we have a lot of wood already. Currently we have a bone inlay coffee table from west elm that I love but it's too small. I think marble, although porous, will do the trick. We just have to be a bit careful with it but we already are with the one we have. For our media console, I would like something wood again and something that looks somewhat found. It has to have some open storage and long enough to fit our speaker on top. Something solid wood with a mid-century feel would work best with the rest of our apartment. As for pillows and decor, those are a quick fix and will complete the overall look. Here are my ideas so far for this space!

Box Frame Marble and Bronze Coffee Table / West Elm (currently on a great sale!)
Safavieh Restoration Vintage Rug / Target
Angelo Media Console / Lulu & Georgia
Pendant Floor Lamp / Target 
Mid Century Planter / West Elm
Throw Pillows / Serena & Lily
Kupio Handpainted Vase Set / Anthropologie


Lulu & Georgia Rug Sale!

February 17, 2017

Guys! Lulu & Georgia is having a rug sale - 20% off all rugs! Here is a group of some of my favorite deals below - which one is your favorite? 

Sources from counter clockwise:
1 / Halette Rug / 8x10' / Machine made / $410 $328
2 / Sanaz Rug - Blush / 2x3' / Machine made / $37  $29.60
3 / Emile Rug / 8x10' / Hand made / $1096  $876.80
4 / Mirabelle Rug / 8x10' / Hand made / $2050 $1640
5 / Mina Rug / 8x10' / Machine Made / $989 $791.20
6 / Belen Rug / 8x10' / $426 $340.80
7 / Don't Worry Be Yonce / 2x3' / $45 $36


Apartment Revamp 1.0

February 16, 2017

Finally! It's about time I start to focus on our own space and invest in pieces we plan on keeping for the long run. We do live in a rental but it is rather large and I've been dying to get my hands on some new pieces to create a space I really boyfriend on the other hand could really care less ;) but he always loves the end result. Main focus would be:

- new 4x6' rug that's great for traffic and hiding dirt 
- some new decor to freshen up our built in shelves 
- new knobs for console to create found look

- new art for wall 
- possibly some type of storage shelving for the empty wall next to our table

Living Room
- new 8x10' rug, something definitely soft and durable since now living with a flat weave I am not loving how rough it can be
- media console, has to be open (this is where my boyfriends opinion really comes into play)
- something to fill up empty wall and corner left of media 
- definitely new coffee table, ours has been too small for our space even though we love it
- new throw pillows mixed in with some of our current ones

- leaner mirror
- more art or larger piece of art to feel more proportionate over bed, I may even create this myself
- some new bedding
- ottoman/chair for empty corner next to bed

Stay tuned on pieces I am peeking at for each space on my upcoming posts!


**Disclaimer - Inspiration photos in this post sourced from Anthropologie and Pinterest**