Blog Posts - Decor Thoughts



Decor Thoughts: Monique Lhuillier and Pottery Barn Kids

 *This post may contain affiliate links or products for review. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.* I don’t mind professing my love for Monique Lhuillier (or at least her designs!) She designed my wedding gown which I w...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Mar 29, 2016

Decor Thoughts: Posh Patios

What are the best things about living in a house? Space of course is the biggest feature that comes to mind.  There is finally ample space for one to display his or her various collections (we have a friend with a sealed off room filled to the brim...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Jul 21, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Beloved Backyards

Do you have a backyard? I live in an apartment now, but always lived in a home with a backyard when I was growing up.  We actually held a little party for my daughter in my parent’s backyard when we all visited New York a few weeks ago.  Afte...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Jun 24, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Spring touched via Jenni Kayne for Pottery Barn Kids

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.* Have you incorporated touches of the warmer weather in your home? The most obvious signs of spring in my home are apparent in the more abundant bou...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Jun 16, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Dutch or half Doors

What design elements have you ever envisioned for your home? For some reason, I’ve been thinking about Dutch doors a lot lately.  Dutch or stable or half doors are doors that are horizontally split in half.  This allows one to open up the top...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on May 14, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Erin Fetherston’s romantic Tribeca NY home

What homes do you remember? I remember homes that have unique personal touches (Gwyneth Paltrow’s swing!) and those whose decor matches closely with my own tastes.  I was reminded of Erin Fetherston’s home as featured in Vogue and keep c...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Apr 2, 2015

Decor Thoughts: 5 unexpected places for great decor

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.* Are you drawn to certain pieces of decor? I completely love trays and platters.  I have everything from a vintage Lanvin mirrored tray for beauty p...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Mar 17, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Zara Home (on sale!) for intimate dinners

by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Feb 25, 2015

Savvy Tips/Decor Thoughts: How to decorate your home on a budget

I came to a sad and stunning realization when I started decorating my own home: home decor is expensive (and there is a reason why IKEA is SO popular). But I have also luckily developed a few tips and tricks for decorating my home while not spendin...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Feb 19, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Olive wood serving ware pieces via Lauren Conrad at the Little Market

What are your favorite pieces for entertaining? I have a mild obsession with bowls, tiered trays, and platters (I really love trays of any kind!)  I don’t throw a lot of parties, but have slowly started to sneak in a fete or two as an excuse...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Feb 10, 2015

Decor Thoughts: Burl Wood or the coolest wood pieces for your home

What types of unique home decor do you like in your home? Burl wood certainly ensures a piece of furniture will be a statement piece.  What is burl wood? I certainly didn’t know the name, though I definitely remember seeing it in a few places...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Nov 12, 2014

Decor Thoughts: Madrid Caramel toned bachelor pad

I have never thought of decorating my home in shades of brown. Actually, we barely have any brown here, unless you count the varying shades of gold from our vintage looking side table. I saw this home of Madrid based painter Santiago Castillo on Doma...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Mar 4, 2014

Decor Thoughts: Mirrors

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.* How many mirrors do you have in your home? Oddly enough, I don’t have any besides the ones in our bathrooms.  A few friends that have stayed...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Feb 4, 2014

Decor Thoughts: A Splash of color via Leah Durner for West Elm

Does your design style include psychedelic poured enamels and postmodern abstractions? Well then you should definitely check out artist Leah Turner’s fabulous collaboration with West Elm.  While I may have scratched my head and though, “...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Feb 26, 2013

Decor Thoughts: A settee worth sitting on

One of my decor musts remains a beautiful settee. I first proclaimed my love for settees here but really got inspired all over again when I saw this settee in the home of Gerard Tremolet.  The settee is actually the most understated piece of decor...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Jan 3, 2013

Artisan Highlight/Decor Thoughts: Area Designed Environments Artist Designed Walls

What defines a room? The decor and furniture of the room are the obvious answers, but the walls of a room or rather what adorns them are also key to a feel or mood of a room.  One may not notice the walls when there is nothing on them, but the walls...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Nov 13, 2012

Decor Thoughts: Nate Berkus for Target

 “telling a story in your home starts with things that have meaning to you.” — Nate Berkus The easy part to building a home with meaningful objects is assembling pictures that have meaning – pictures of loved ones and special moments.  ...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Oct 24, 2012

Decor Thoughts: Unique lighting for the home

When you walk into a room, what do you notice? One of the things that strike me most about a room is the lighting - it can be the amount of light or type  of lighting in a room.  Our new apartment has several groups of interesting pendant...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on May 9, 2012

Decor Thoughts: Too much?

{Source} Can you have too much of a good thing? I loved the explosion of colors and patterns in these pictures, but have to admit that there may be a little bit too many things going on in the pictures!  But they still make for some fun...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Apr 24, 2012

Hot under {$100}/Decor Thoughts: Vases for Showcasing Spring

Nothing says spring time like fresh flowers. I love how a bouquet of flowers can brighten up a room.  I'm looking for a new vase or two so our home is always ready to receive fresh flowers.  True story - my vase broke and I was holding fre...
by Chic 'n Cheap Living on Apr 17, 2012


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