Decorating | SIMA

The end of August is finally here! Yippee! Woot Woot!!

Can you tell I’m excited about the September? Why wouldn’t I be? So many exciting things are happening: a visit to NJ, the birth of my friend’s baby, J’s homecoming.

Plus, I’m dying to get a jump start on Fall trends, from menswear for women and military-inspired fashion (Did anybody catch last night’s “Project Runway?” Isn’t Gretchen just awful?) to purple makeup and “greige” nails. What are you looking forward to next season?

Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web this week. If you like them too, please comment below!

I need an intervention: I am addicted to paper planners.

Must have this green apple box for the kitchen. (via Design*Sponge)

Kimberly Ayers‘s style is so me.

Just say no to receipts: There’s BPA on heat-activated paper. (via Design Scouting)

Did Cynthia Rowley sell out?

Bookshelf Porn. Enough said. (via Paper Tastebuds)

Brilliant use of a chalkboard door.

Lox Papers creates amazing collages for each blog post. (via Creature Comforts)

And speaking of “Project Runway”… I already have Tim Gunn’s book; now I need Nina Garcia’s Look Book.

Hope you have a blissful weekend!

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On Sunday’s episode of “Design Star,” the challenge was to design a room in a glass house based off the type of show the contestants would like to host on HGTV. Prop stylist Emily Henderson, a fan favorite, explained that her show would take a client’s personal fashion style and translate it into a room. She wants us to dress our rooms like we dress ourselves. Sounds awfully similar to Thom Filicia’s “Dress My Nest…”

But that’s not the point. The point is that Emily has a great sense of personal style (see below). She described her look as “untamed, bohemian and effortless “  and threw around words like natural and organic, all of which were reflected in the sophisticated yet playful living room she designed (see above).

In my dreams I dress “untamed, bohemian and effortless” like Emily (although I sort of see her as trendy/preppy/hippie… or whatever style Anthropologie is).  In real life I dress… well, I’m not sure. I feel like my style changes on a daily basis. Some days I dress more on the conservative side. Sometimes I play with color and prints. Most days I wear my hair straight, but sometimes I leave it wavy/curly. And on certain occasions I use my full name rather than my nickname, PJ. It’s like I haven’t decided who I am.

I would love to work with a stylist to help me define who I am on the outside (I’m still working on the inside part) like Abbey did earlier this year.  She hired Stephanie Madewell to rebuild her wardrobe post-baby, as she was adjusting to her new role as mommy. I would love to find somebody who can transform me into my most authentic — and stylish — self. Know anybody?

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I’m not typically drawn to the masculine color scheme of this room at the Chancellor Hotel in San Francisco, but I rather like it. I’d even consider redecorating my bedroom one day in a similar fashion. The pattern on the valance and the stark white bedding add to the room’s preppy charm.

PS – I heart San Francisco.

(image via Jagger Photography)

This textile canvas by Laura Amiss is absolutely darling – though perhaps a bit seasonal. Fall decor, anyone? Still, I’m sure I can find a year-round spot on my wall for it.

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I adore this painting by Emiliano Ponzi, which I found via treasuring. I wish it were available for purchase. I’d hang it in my living room above my couch to replace my red Keep Calm And Carry On print for a couple of months during the year. For some reason I feel like red is a winter color and that for summer I should hang teal or turquoise art.

Does anybody else change up their home accessories seasonally?