Travel Thursday with Shannon: Viva Las Vegas!

August 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ok, so its still unbearably hot here in Dallas and I just don’t think we are going to be getting any relief from this heat for a while.  As we were sitting in our hot studio, I think the heat got to my head a little to much and I started daydreaming about a cool beach vacation (especially after talking about Cabo last week ).  Then I remembered I will be going somewhere next weekend where the heat might be just as bad as Dallas or worse, but I will be able to enjoy a cocktail (or 2…3…maybe 4 depending on how hot) as I lay in a pool or even walk around on the street…

VIVA LAS VEGAS….

I know your thinking, really Vegas for Travel Thursday but, I promise there is so much to be inspired from in Las Vegas! 

Las Vegas literally has something for everyone no matter what your taste or style is.  They are known for their famous casinos, theatric “ Vegas style” shows, and buffets but there is so much more to Vegas then what the stereotype is.  Vegas is really becoming a vacation destination with famous 5 star dining restaurants (Wolfgang Puck anyone?), luxurious hotels (The Wynn, Palazzo… just to name a few) and some of the best shopping around (hello 8 Chanel boutiques on one street, heaven)!

Whatever your design style is, Vegas has it for you.  From Contemporary to Italian Renaissance, even Hollywood glam, the décor in Vegas is to die for!  At night, the whole strip literally lights up with giant neon signs (in no way tacky though, ok maybe a few are) and they just glitter under the moonlight.  Many of the Casinos/Hotels are 5 star luxury at its finest, the décor in these casinos are something to stop and admire.  They are dressy and elegant but there is still an approachable feel (duh because they want you to feel comfortable loosing all your money there), but isn’t that always the solution we are trying to find when decorating a space?  Balancing elegance with comfort? The Wynn, The Encore, Bellagio, Venetian, Palazzo and The Cosmopolitan solve this ancient problem with such ease and elegance by combining rich color, lux fabrics and patterns and really embracing their design style.

One of the many reasons I enjoy vacationing in Vegas, is the fact that people still dress up to go out at night.  I know here in Dallas, places are pretty casual and I have so many nice heels and outfits that do not get nearly enough wear out of them.  The fall trends are coming out (can you imagine buying a sweater right now… gross) but the new trend is dressing up to go out!  Retro is back! Gone are the days of dressing up jeans and flip-flops being ok to wear to dinner… YAY (I literally scream for happiness).  In Vegas, You can see women in cocktail dresses just to go to a show or dinner, anything with sequins is acceptable and they bust out the “big guns” with the most gorgeous stiletto heels.  Men bring the style as well, and many actually have on suites with ties or some variation of a suite… hey at least they are finally out of their jeans and flip-flops.

Why not take a few design styles that Las Vegas has to offer and fuse them together to create the ultimate chic room!  I recently (yes this next trip wont be my first time to Vegas this summer) stayed at a new hotel on the strip that seemed to fuse Modern-Contemporary with hints of Hollywood glam and it is gorgeous!!!!  I personally am a sucker for anything Hollywood Glam, I just love sparkle whether it comes from mirrored accents like a table or from actual crystal accents like maybe candle holders or lamps.  I feel it brings some understated glam into your life, I mean why not right?

 

Accent your room with subtle hints of sequins, maybe through a small kidney size pillow thrown in a accent chair to dress up the space quickly and affordably.  A nice way to dress up a room but still make it livable is with fabrics.  Switching out an old cotton pillow for a velvet or silk retro pattern can make a space feel new again.  Hit up flea markets and estate sales to find affordable retro furniture or gold accents, you can always upholster anything and make it new again, just look for furniture with great lines to it.  Using deep, rich colors like an eggplant purple, burgundy reds, and even the ever-chic black and white combo can also make a space feel a little more dressy without breaking the bank.  Incorporate, modern stream line tables and chairs into the room and you will have a room that all your guest will be jealous of and it will leave them with the feeling of, “lets go to Las Vegas”.

Until next Thursday,

Xoxo

Shann

Fashion Friday: Orange

August 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome to our second edition of Fashion Friday! This week we are exploring the fabulous color that is ORANGE!

Orange is such a fun, bright, zesty color! Now many people shy away from orange because of those characteristics, but if done tastefully there is nothing to be afraid of.  In fact adding orange to your house in a correct way it can show off your bold, creative and stylish side.  

Here’s how orange can brighten up your wardrobe and make even the gloomiest day happy!

The bright orange wall mixed with the clean whites and colorful painting give this dining room a fresh and fun look.f

I love orange and gray together.  Such a chic and classic look!

The fun patterns and bright colors give this room a more oriental vibe.  Don’t you just love the pop of turquoise?

I LOVE how orange is used with cream in this room. It just looks so soft and elegant. Like you’re livin the California dream!

Below are some fun orange accessories from Jonathan Adler. Any one of these can brighten up a room in a snap!

At 4 Love we pulled together some fabulous orange fabric swatches. If you are interested in reupholstering an old couch or making some new orange pillows to spice up your home please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Now orange ya glad you checked out our blog today? :)

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