This season, skip the bottle of wine and give your new home-owning friends one of these thoughtful gifts instead. Convenience is key — especially around the holidays — so whether they love to cook, entertain, or decorate, we've found stylish but functional must-have items for anyone with a new address. From a cozy home fragrance to a new addition to their bar cart, these 10 household essentials are sure to impress.
When it comes to handbags in Hollywood, one day you're in, and the next day you're out. Still, a few bag brands have been able to hold the attention of some pretty fickle celebs month after month, putting them in the running for bag brand of the year. With Michelle Williams as its campaign model and the new Capucine and W bags seen on the arms of celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Louis Vuitton has, it's safe to say, had something of a comeback this year. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent debuted its Sac du Jour bag — and style-setters like Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie quickly picked it up. But we couldn't forget Coach's big year: the brand's been basking in the glow of celebrity affection, with Lea Michele and Sarah Jessica Parker making the designer's new Borough bag a full-fledged hit. Lastly, if you're talking about bags with big celebrity followings, you can't ignore the pack of models (Alessandra Ambrosio, anyone?) and trendsetters with Givenchy on their arms, making it an ever-popular bag in the celebrity world.
We can safely say each one of these labels made a big impression this year — but it's up to you to decide which brand had 2013 in the bag. Cast your vote by Dec. 16!
If you've tuned in for Bravo's Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis or Flipping Out shows, you already know two things about Jeff Lewis: the man has style — and jokes. Whether he's transforming a home or pumping out a new paint line, he doesn't disappoint. Style knowledge aside, Jeff's perfectionist tendencies and knack for telling it like it is are traits every clueless gift giver needs this time of year. Check out his sleek holiday-shopping list that makes everything from dog walking to cocktail swizzling feel GQ-worthy.
What's on His Wish List:
"This is a stylish set of tools ($99) for concocting cocktails."
"A little bit of sticker shock, but these three gold vases ($850) paired together add glam to your room."
"This Bottega Veneta cologne ($80-$110) is a fresh, universally masculine fragrance."
What He's Dying to Give:
"This candy jar display ($498) is a great accessory. Put it on a countertop or coffee-table book for an added pop of color (and sugar). It's a gift that keeps giving all year long."
"Shupaca throws ($115) are incredibly soft and add pattern to any space, whether you're using one at the foot of your bed or over the back of a sofa."
"Sonos speakers ($199) allow you to install an entire home audio system in an instant — wirelessly. They're perfect for holiday dance parties."
"Presentation is everything. This modern and stylish wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. ($9) is perfect for wrapping regifts. I buy it in bulk."
"Not only is this vintage cocktail book ($50) a great accessory, but it also holds many recipes to cope with the holidays."
If your gift list has a person with cool, effortless style, impress her with modern design. Between the geographic lines and clean finishes, these minimalist accents are anything but boring. Whether you opt for a polished vase or a contemporary ornament, these affordable picks are sure to impress the design-lover on your shopping list!Shop the entire gift list after the break!
There's a reason why kilim rugs are becoming a favorite among interior designers; they're old but modern, eclectic yet trendy, and bold but somehow astonishingly adaptable. Hailing from a region that spans from the Balkans to Pakistan, these tapestry-woven carpets were traditionally used as prayer rugs. While some smaller versions still serve that purpose, secular design buffs are scooping them up for their striking color and pattern combinations.
Above, designer Amber Lewis uses a rainbow-hued kilim to anchor the dining section in her LA home — a smart tip for defining separate spaces in an open layout. She balances the rug's busy design with a streamlined dining table and modern dining chairs but uses pillows to pull in the rug's palette.
In this bedroom by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, the bright rug balances the moodiness of the charcoal-painted wall and ceiling. Just like in Amber's dining room, sleek, midcentury pieces prove to be the perfect counterpoint.
Updating your home can be a huge undertaking and cost a lot of money, but it doesn't have to be! For under $100, simple updates like a coat of paint, cabinet hardware, or even a new rug can make a big impact without a big budget. Whether you're looking to update your kitchen or outdoor space, consider these affordable essentials — no contractor or plumber needed!
Whether you're shopping for an avid gamer, bike lover, or tech junkie, these pieces prove that even the most practical items can have design appeal! Capturing some of our favorite trends in the tech and interiors world, these gifts are sure to please any style-savvy geek.
We're ready to face Winter — in the comfort of our homes, that is. Whether your idea of keeping cozy includes festive decorating or finding the perfect travel mug for sipping hot cocoa on the go, we've got just the thing! Keep reading to discover the chic home finds we're adding to our holiday wish list.
We'd happily serve as the third wheel in a weekend of vintage shopping with husband-and-wife team Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham — especially if it meant riding along in their 1963 Chevy truck! The couple's LA-based design firm and newly opened interiors store, Hammer and Spear, demonstrates their knack for nailing effortlessly cool interiors.
Whether you're exploring their brick-and-mortar store or trolling the ecommerce site, you're bound to end up with something in your cart. Since they're pros at sniffing out the best vintage finds and artisanal treasures, we decided to find out which items are topping their gift and wish lists. Take a look at the things they're dying to get and give this holiday season!
What's on Their Wish List:
Kristan: I'm not super girlie, in the sense that I don't have a ton of bags, and the ones I do have I keep for years. There's absolutely nothing that this Clare Vivier clutch ($210) won't go with — from jeans and a white t-shirt to a little black dress, so it makes for a great staple. And it can hold so much!
Scott: The whole Triumph & Disaster line of products are must haves, but the Stash Box ($150) packages them all nice and tidy, with beautiful imagery — it even comes with a shaving brush!
Scott: When a product is well-designed, made with quality materials, and expertly crafted, there’s no need for a bunch of bells and whistles. Mifland’s bags are simple and timeless, and the two-tone on this one ($415) is a simple detail that provides tons of impact. These guys nailed it.
Kristan: Vanja Bazdulj is a crazy talented London-based designer, making handcrafted tableware out of slab-built clay. Her shapes are simple and raw, and the drawings are childlike, but the pieces are remarkably sophisticated. I have a feeling that coffee would taste better out of one of her mugs ($41).
Keep reading to see what they're planning on giving this year!