Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for the Design Junkie in your life

We thought it might be fun to compile an epic-sized gift guide for the people in your life that love home decor as much as we do. It can be tricky to pick things out when people have specific styles, but here are a few tried and true options that should be a slam dunk with any style (we hope)! Get on your cozy pants, this post is a doozy!

Without further ado, we present Ten Top Gifts for the Design Lover

1. Flamelike Candles

Have you seen these Flamelike Candles? They are faux candles, but the wick moves and flickers-- they honestly do look SO real! These are great for the holidays especially, and people are always amazed once they find out that they are fake!

 2. Also big for Christmas decorating this year? Buffalo check



This pattern goes with a variety of style types, and has a masculine feel that makes a room feel cozy and woodsy. Try either this cozy throw blanket or these fantastically priced pillow covers for a quick living room update. (You can click on any pictures in this post to be taken to the products!)



3. Not into patterns this year, but into cozy? How about a Fur Throw. This is the SOFTEST blanket we've ever felt. It's definitely a splurge, but people will fight over who gets this blanket during movie night, and it's very pretty too!


4. Another great option that you might not be able to keep secret is a RUG.

We know...it sounds a little weird. But Black Friday is absolutely the best time to buy a large-sized rug! Our favorite site is Rugs USA. Their prices are amazing, and they have a great return policy. The only thing is you have to be quick--the sizes 8x10 and larger can go quickly!

Here are some favorites we picked out--






(We spotted this rug in Nicole Schiffler's house and loved how it looked. Nicole is definitely a trend setter!)






5. What about the person who has been dying to update their kitchen, but aren't super handy? How about Peel and Stick Backsplashes!



 (No really, and they are cool!) They are heat and water resistant and antibacterial and anti-microbial! Better yet, no grouting or tile saw needed! We especially love this classic white subway tile, which shows no signs of going out of style anytime soon. The marble-inspired hex tile is a updated version of a classic motif as well!

6. Speaking of the kitchen, if the person you're buying for loves home decor, chances are they would also flip over the chance to have some pretty Kitchen Appliances.


These are definitely more splurgey, but are sure to please a wide variety of style types. Like this adorable Smeg toaster (lots of colors to pick from!) or this Kitchenaid electric kettle in Pistachio that we have a major crush on. (And of course you can't go wrong with one of their stand mixers in a million amazing colors too!) I'm partial to the Aqua Sky color found here. And if we're talking about pretty things that are also useful in the kitchen, (ok and technically NOT appliances, but we can't resist) how about a cake stand?


 They are great for so much more than cakes--we use our cake stands instead of cookie jars. They also are pretty much necessary for entertaining and parties to layer food options for a buffet or potluck. This marble and wood option suits a variety of styles, and we love the price of Pioneer Woman's retro inspired jadeite stand as well.

7. As far as we're concerned, if you want to knock it out of the park this Christmas, number 7 is a surefire winner. It's a little known fact that the way to any true design junkie's heart is gorgeous Lighting.

Good lighting is no doubt the single most overlooked item that can take a room from just "meh" to stunning. I used these lights in my school room makeover, and they were not only easy to install, but get lots of compliments. We LOVE them! Other pendant lights that I am loving these days?


seen used in this amazing edesign by our design crushes Studio McGee

Vintage Clear Glass Shade, great for kitchens


These textured glass shades have also become popular. This is a great price for a set of two!


This Kichler Lighting pendant was used by one of our favorite stylists Heather Bullard in her home. Understated but beautiful, and a good price for high style!






If you're a lighting fan, then you've no doubt seen the Darlana lantern popping up all over the place lately. This is a knock off version for MUCH cheaper!



8. Last, but not least, you can always get them some Design Books.

Pinterest is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to cozy up in bed with a book instead of your laptop. There are lots of really fun books out there that range from helping someone find their style, to helping de-clutter. Here are some of our favorites:

Emily Henderson's book Styled. Great for those that are trying to identify their style and then gives great tips on how to style bookcases and tables. Plus, she's just fun to read.

Myquillin Smith's (of Nester blog fame) book The Nesting Place is great for those with design paralysis. People who want to try things, but are scared of making holes in the wall. Her mantra of "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" reassures while giving courage. 

The rest of these are books we haven't read, but are on our wish list this year too! (They all get great reviews!) 

 Great tips on loving the home you already have. The Inspired Room
Creating a New Old House: Yesterday's Charm for Today's Home.  It gives advice on how to add details to your home to give it some charm from yesteryear. 
 Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring your Home for the Way You Really Live. These authors are known for their small house (NOT tiny house) movement. They are against Mcmansions, and tell how to make a home that works for people in a smaller size!
 Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. Simple organizing tips that take the stress out of organization (and the perfectionism).
 Patina Farm. We just want this one for the pretty pictures. :)
Last book on the list? We've heard great things about this book that teaches how to have contentment in your home. The title says it all, Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending up with More. Always a great reminder for those of us that love to change things up. :)

9. How about a gadget to round up all of these house things? On our list is this fun little contraption called the Color Muse

What does it do, you ask? It allows you to scan anything--from your existing wall color that you've forgotten, to a favorite blanket that you want to match to a paint color--and it will store that library on an app on your phone!

10. Last-- and least original perhaps--but Gift Cards to your person's favorite store are always a great idea! Here's a list of go to stores for each style--it certainly takes the guess work out of trying to find that one perfect gift, and they'll love having some mad money.

Modern: CB2, West Elm, Allmodern, Crate and Barrel, World Market, Wayfair

Farmhouse: Pottery Barn, Birchlane, Antique Farmhouse, Wayfair, Target, Joss and Main

Midcentury: CB2, West Elm, Joybird, Article, Target, Wayfair, Pier One, World Market

Cottage: Wayfair, Home Decorators, Target, Layla Grace, Serena and Lily, Ballard Designs, Joss and Main

Rustic: Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Target, Joss and Main

Contemporary: Pottery Barn, Serena and Lily, Target, Wayfair, Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs, Wayfair, Joss and Main

There are lots more styles, so if you want suggestions for one we're missing, or can recommend some more stores (or gift ideas!) comment below!

Otherwise, happy shopping!!



**In the spirit of full disclosure, we have used affiliate links in this post, which means that we may get a small commissions if you decide to purchase anything. We only recommend products & systems that we use and love ourselves, so we know you’ll be in good hands.**

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