GET THE LOOK: KELLY WEARSTLER’S MALIBU LIVING ROOM

posted by on 2016.11.03, under Get the Look
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Lately, I have been drooling over Kelly Wearstler’s fabulous Malibu beach house, recently published in Elle Decor. I’m sure the weather is to blame, as I’ve fantasized abandoning the long, cold winter to spend a week in a place like this.

Kelly Wearstler's Malibu Living Room, from Elle Decor

Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu Living Room, from Elle Decor

 

I have always coveted Kelly Wearstler’s dramatic style. Melding influences spanning the 60s to the 80s, she mixes modern with vintage effortlessly. When you see a Kelly Wearstler room, you KNOW it’s a Kelly Wearstler room, even when she forgoes her signature use of bold color for neutral elements. Inspired by her latest project, I designed a living room that’s easily sourced and friendlier-priced.

wearstler moodboard

 

When working with a blank slate for a living room, I find that it’s easiest to choose a sofa first – the largest piece of furniture – and design around it. The popular Piazza velvet sofa from CB2 in the perfect neutral shade of greige (i.e., beige and gray) anchors the room. Its soft and wide shape, perfect for leisurely naps, creates the laid back Malibu vibe.

Cb2 piazza storm velvet sofa, $1399

Cb2 piazza storm velvet sofa, $1399

 

Leather butterfly chairs seem to be ubiquitous as of late. I love this original take on the look – the white leather with contrast stitching somehow nails the fancy-but-casual ideal.

White Leather Butterfly Chair, $229

White Leather Butterfly Chair, $229

 

Pretty much everything in the Nate Berkus line at Target works in this room, like these understated glam studded throw pillows.

Nate Berkus Decorative Pillow with Studs, $20

Nate Berkus Decorative Pillow with Studs, $20

 

Graphic black and white prints and sculptural gold pieces on the walls play off the neutral furnishings…

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor - Gold

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor – Gold, $28

Society6 Abstract Ink (Black on White), from $15

Society6 Abstract Ink (Black on White), from $15

 

For lighting, the effortless drama of this linen pendant lamp at CB2 is a no-brainer.

Cb2 linen pendant lamp, $60

Cb2 linen pendant lamp, $60

 

These pseudo-nautical rope mirrors are reminiscent of a beach house by the water.

World Market Connor Rope Mirrors , from $30

World Market Connor Rope Mirrors , from $30

 

Matching side tables in a dark shade add symmetry and break up the lighter colors in the space.

Ennis Side Table, $140

Ennis Side Table, $140

Wearstler-ize it with sculptures in varying sizes.
Set of 2 Aragonite Obelisk Towers (Peru), $43

Set of 2 Aragonite Obelisk Towers (Peru), $43

A soft, oversized pouf in place of a hard top coffee table makes the room feel softer and more relaxed.
Safavieh Pin-Striped Large Beige Cotton Fabric Poof Ottoman, $185

Safavieh Pin-Striped Large Beige Cotton Fabric Poof Ottoman, $185

The typical Kelly Wearstler room has a graphic rug that ties it all together. There are plenty to choose from in Safavieh’s affordable line of plush rugs on Overstock. This gorgeous retro-classy square rug is a winner.

Safavieh Retro Grey/ Ivory Rug (6' Square), $135

Safavieh Retro Grey/ Ivory Rug (6′ Square), $135

 

If you love Kelly Wearstler like I do, this beachy living room captures her essence. Stay warm!

 

COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF THE WEEK: CINDY SHERMAN

posted by on 2016.10.14, under Coffee Table Book of the Week
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This week’s Coffee Table Book, Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, is a series of Cindy Sherman photographs taken between 1977-1980. A retrospective is currently on view at MoMA and the museum published its own book to complement the show, and her first groundbreaking series is where it’s at. Untitled Film Stills features Cindy’s first major series of black and white images taken in her early twenties and “is widely seen as one of the most original and influential achievements in recent art.” Ms. Sherman reinvented Photography and the self-portrait, and this book is where it all started.

Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills

Can’t make it to the retrospective? Check out the MoMA interactive exhibition online!

How to prevent puppy from biting people?

posted by on 2016.07.24, under Sponsored Post
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How to prevent puppy from biting people?

There are lots of stuff that a little puppy has to learn during its life.
One of the most important lessons is how not to bite other people and dogs. While this is a normal, animal behavior, often done in a playful manner, it can be really troublesome. As puppy’s teeth start to grow, bite becomes stronger and stronger until the dog ultimately starts hurting those around him.
Even though dog doesn’t have a bad intention, it is crucial to teach him how to stop with such behavior. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you do just that.

Training basics

When it comes to dog training, most of them are similar in their core.
First and foremost, we need to mention consistency. No matter what you’re trying to teach a dog, you have to start on time. There are no shortcuts and you need to make sure that a puppy gets what you’re trying to tell him. This is why every training needs to start from the earliest age. If you have several dogs in the house, you shouldn’t have a preferential treatment; they all have to behave in the same way.
Second, you need to avoid violence and punishment of any kind. Dog should never be hit as this can cause a gap between the two of you. Every lesson can be taught easily and calmly without ever raising your hand. Repetitiveness is the key.
These simply tricks work with every type of a training. Keep in mind that dog training is also important for developing discipline. Well-trained dog will behave appropriately and every following lesson you try to instill will be easier.

Showing emotions

So, what is the main problem with biting?
Well, it hurts a lot. But worst yet, puppy will not be aware of its jaw strength. It will not be aware that you’re getting hurt which is first and foremost barrier.
While dogs are unable to understand human tongue, they are more than capable of picking up your emotions and sensations. If you start crying or yelling or showing any type of a discomfort, puppy will likely pick up on that.
When a dog bites you, make sure to be vocal. If possible, even startle him. Go a bit overboard so it gets the message. But don’t think that this will always have a positive result.

What if dog continues biting?

Your second best bet is to remove stimuli. In other words, stop playing with it.
Dogs often bite as they get excited and become playful. You were probably caressing him beforehand or had some other physical contact. If you simply stop doing it, dog will be less inclined to bite or do anything else.
Simply ignore your puppy if it starts biting.
Later on, try playing once again. If a dog again starts biting, stop it again. It needs to learn that such behavior is intolerable and will result in you stopping the playtime.

Extreme cases

There are some extreme cases where dog will continue biting no matter what.
Even if you remove yourself from equation or show emotions, it still might continue biting. In these situations, you have to put a dog away. Find a secluded part of the room where you will put it to cool off. This way, puppy will understand it did something wrong and due to sheer isolation, it will be dissatisfied.
This is the harshest measure but sometimes it has to be enforced. Keep in mind that you still shouldn’t inflict any physical or verbal punishment; just do your best to ignore the dog and place it “outside of the pack”.

Conclusion

Biting is crucial not only for you but for other people in your vicinity as well as other dogs. If you allow your puppy to continue behaving this way, it will get burned sooner than later. Other dog might attack it or people will simply stop ignoring it.
While biting may seem important in the animal world, dog needs to understand there are limits to its behavior. You are the one that has to impose them and no matter how hard it may seem at first, you need to remain consistent in your efforts.

FREE STUFF FROM 20×200! PLUS ART TO MATCH YOUR FURNITURE

posted by on 2016.03.01, under Art, Giveaways
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We are big fans of 20×200 here at The Frugal Materialist. If you caught our post on great online art sources for cheap, you know their ‘art for everyone’ philosophy goes hand in hand with our ‘interior design for all’ schtick.

The official 20x200 Armory Art Fair Survival Kit. All this could be yours.

To celebrate their participation at the Pulse Art Fair during Armory Arts Week March 3-6 in NY, 20×200 is generously offering our lovely readers a chance to win this free goodie tote bag and a free one-day ticket to Pulse! Just tell us your favorite work of art on 20×200.com in the comment section at the end of this post or on our facebook page and we’ll choose 3 winning responses!

To get a firsthand look at the gorgeous art offered by 20×200 and Jen Bekman Gallery at Pulse NYC, visit the b-4 booth:

· Location:
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (btw. 6th and 7th avenue)
Booth #b-4
· Dates and times:
Thursday, March 3: 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, March 4 + Saturday, March 5: noon–8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6: noon–5 p.m.
· 20×200 Contact: 212-367-9745
www.20×200.com, www.jenbekman.com


So, what’s in the bag? Tons of free goodies to help you navigate the art overload that’s going to take over NYC during Armory Week, including maps, an illustrated guide to all of Armory’s satellite art fairs, Time Out magazine, tote bag, West Elm tape measure, breath fresheners for schmoozing, chips n’ coffee to hold you down during the events, and more.

We paired some of our latest 20×200 favorites with affordable furniture below…

This perfectly exposed and composed print by Bert Teunissen is reminiscent of Lee Friedlander’s “America by Car” series, except better.

BG-0004 by Bert Teunissen

Hang it above this industrial carbon desk and it’s a match made in heaven if you ask me.

CB2 go-cart carbon desk, $149.00

If you’re a fan of color and cake, this print has your name written all over it.

Confections (adorned) #14 by Amy Stevens

Paired with this glossy candy-colored office chair, the two bring out the best in each other.

Task Office Chair in Pink , $59.87

You, yes you, can own a real William Wegman for $100.

Game Board by William Wegman

Combined with this classy button tufted settee from West Elm, your new Wegman will look like you spent way more money on it.

Elton Settee, $699

Contest will end and comments will close at 11 p.m. ET, March 2, 2011. One entry per email address please.

How To Avoid Student Loans

posted by on 2016.01.10, under Giveaways
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The average college graduate is currently saddled with at least $30,000 in student loan debts and this is often accepted as unavoidable reality for many students. However, this does not mean that you need to resign yourself to this fate in your own life. The best way to avoid crushing student loans is to live frugally and save whenever you can, for instance by using coupons from Discountrue. Thanks to those you will be able to pay less at such popular stores as Kohl’s and Neiman Marcus, but not only.

Make sure to check the offer and you will be certain to find something suitable for you. Other than that, what else can a person do to avoid student loans? Read on to learn more!

1. Pick A School You Can Afford

A college degree is no longer a guarantee of immediate prosperity. So, while a college with a high tuition may seem like a great idea, picking a less expensive one will leave you with far less student loan debt over the long haul and if you really want to learn something you should be to do that no matter where you are. Before applying to a college, be sure to research how much it will cost to obtain a degree. It’s good if parents can remain involved during this part of the process to provide their child with assistance in selecting a school that works for their budget and spiritual support.

2. Develop a Four Year Plan

College expenses should be viewed as a four year plan, as opposed to assessing them annually. The plan that is developed will depend on how much you have saved. While it may make sense to split your accrued monies over all four years, this can lead to a major cost gap during the latter years of college. These gaps often cause families to turn to much pricier private loan options, which lead to much higher student loans.

3. Start With Community College

If you are willing to study at community college for your first two years of school, this can cut down on student loan costs dramatically. Research the community colleges you are considering and make sure that your credits will be able to be transfered once you have obtained an associate’s degree. However, less financial aid is available to transfer students in many instances, so this is a strategy that requires a great deal of planning.

4. Ask About Financial Aid

Students who need help paying for college should do everything in their power to find as much financial aid as possible. We’re talking about money that will not have to be paid back and these grants are a lifesaver when it comes to diminishing student loan debt. Financial aid offers are typically negotiable and additional help can also be available after enrollment has been set. Outside scholarships can provide assistance, but make sure that they won’t cut into your aid offers.

5. Accelerated Degrees

If you’re willing to put in the extra work, you can actually finish your degree ahead of schedule. While a student must take at least 12 credit hours a semester to be considered full time, the majority of colleges allow their students to take up to 18 credit hours while paying the same amount of tuition.

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