Category Archives: Entertaining

Clapton-Inspired Design

Recently, I went to see Eric Clapton in concert.  My penchant for Clapton-inspired design began once I saw the stage hands rolling out a large Oriental rug.

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk rug

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk Rug

Clapton Live

Live Performance

Eric Clapton Live

The performance was amazing; Clapton’s moody rock and blues ballads are so heartfelt.  Many of the songs are deeply personal and about his personal struggles with love, loss, addiction and life.  It’s always amazing to witness an artist transforming their emotions into art.

Live Performance

Live music is good for the soul.

Before Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., another favorite musical artist of mine, performed.  As the stage hands were clearing sound equipment and instruments from Gary Clark Jr.’s set, I noticed a man carrying a large rug out.  The man proceeded to spread the large Oriental rug onto the stage.  This piqued my interest immediately, and questions began running through my head.

Live Performance

The concert was an amazing experience!

Why an Oriental Rug?  Was it a way of feeling home?  He was pretty far from England.  Did the rug feel comforting?  Did it remind him of home? Was it reminiscent of the bohemian mania of the 60’s?  Were the colors a source of inspiration for him; the patterns?  Did the huge Oriental rug help to absorb sound?  For the rest of the night I kept wondering about the rug and what it meant to him.

Classic Oriental & Persian Rugs

Classic Oriental and Persian rugs having been out of the design limelight for a while,  but they remain timeless.  Ornate with beautiful colors and patterns, Oriental and Persian rugs are a fabulous investment.

Persian Oriental Rugs

PersianRug via Oldcarpet

Infuse your interior with elements of bohemian chic by adding (or layering) these ornate rugs.  These rugs will definitely make a comeback.  They remain as iconic to decorating as Eric Clapton is to music.  I selected these beautiful pieces for decor inspiration; throw your favorite Clapton on, and start pinning your favorites here.

Persian Oriental Rugs

The kind of boho vibes I’m channeling right now.

Desk Obsession

Like a bed is the basis of a bedroom, a great desk is necessary for a chic work space!  Whether you’re outfitting your office or adding a home office, it’s time to invest in a desk.  Indulge in my desk obsession with these five gorgeous desks from 1st Dibs!

American Antiques

19th Century Oak Partners Desk

19th Century Oak Partners Desk, 1st Dibs

An antique desks speaks volumes.  This Oak Partners Desk features an unusual amount of drawers, while staying in the realm of traditional.  This desk would work perfectly in a home library as well!

A Touch of Arts Décoratifs

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942, 1st Dibs

Art Deco design first appeared in Brussels and Paris before WW1.  Short for “Arts Décoratifs”, Art Deco is characterized by rectangular, often blocky forms and curved ornamental elements.  I love the drawer hardware on this walnut Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde!

Bauhaus Furniture

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red, 1st Dibs

If you’re looking for something less traditional, opt for a clean, bold approach.  This 1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk in purple red is still a fashion forward piece.

Mid Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman, 1st Dibs

Structure and 1950’s aesthetic are some characteristics of mid century modern design.  I love mid century modern furniture for it’s ability to integrate itself into almost any design!  How gorgeous is this Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman?

A Modern Take

Modern Desk with Marble Top

Modern Desk with Marble Top, 1st Dibs

Lucite, brass and a marble top make for the perfect modern desk.  This Modern Desk with Marble Top features lucite and brass pulls.  Lucite and brass have been designer favorites this past year!

Check out my Desk and Desk Accessories Pinterest board and re-pin your favorites!

Desk Accents

Stay inspired with a curated desk.  Who says a beautiful desk doesn’t increase productivity?  Give your workspace a personal touch with desk accents!

Desk Accents Decorista

A trendy and chic home office via Decorista

Necessary Accessories

You’re chic, and your desk should be too!  Combine function and aesthetic when shopping for desk details to stay on trend and on point.

Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York



Purchasing a set of desk accessories is a great way to keep your desk uniform and organized.  Kate Spade’s acrylic desk accessories follow the recent trend with acrylic furniture, while Poppin allows you to stay monotone and classy.

Stay Organized

Nagwa Seif Interior Design

via Nagwa Seif Interior Design

Casimira Desk Accessories Anthropologie

Casimira Desk Accessories, Anthropologie

My desk is an array of textile samples, paint swatches and paperwork.  If you’re anything like me, you know that organization is key!  It’s easy to stay organized when everything has a place.  I love the idea of keeping your desk accessories on a tray, and a paper organizer is a must-have!

Desk Details

via Etsy

via Etsy

Snail Letter Opener Anthropologie

Snail Mail Letter Opener, Anthropologie

Once you have a uniform base for your desk design, it’s easy to see what you need!  I love unique pieces like this Cat Head Mouse Pad made of 100% virgin merino wool, or Anthropologie’s Snail Mail Letter Opener.  Items that are made-to-order, like this Agate Clock help to make a work space stay inspiring.

Go Green

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal, Etsy

A pop of green is exactly what your desk needs!  Succulents are great, low-maintenance desk plants.  These Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal Desk Accessories are so pretty, and would also make for a cute co-worker gift!

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Check out more desk accents and work space inspiration here.

Winter Antiques Show

The Winter Antiques Show was held at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory from January 20th – January 29th.  A vast display of exemplary art, rare antiques and innovative designs, The Winter Antiques Show always leaves me inspired.  This year’s exhibit was extraordinarily stunning.

Winter Antiques Show 2017

Winter Antiques Show 2017

About The Winter Antiques Show


The Winter Antiques Show is held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, NY.  This show is an excellent way for new and established collectors, curators, dealers and design professionals to connect and share inspiration.  While one third of the show’s exhibitors specialize in Americana, the rest feature English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts.  Each item displayed is available for purchase, making the experience all the more worthwhile, as I can shop for my clients while I browse!  

Sculptural Lighting


Winter Antiques Show 2017

Sculptural lighting is a win-win!  This bold piece’s functionality creates adds to the concrete element of aestheticism while setting an ambiance.  I would love to feature this piece in a client’s home library or study; it would work fabulously in a modern living room as well!

Transitional Elegance

Winter Antiques Show 2017

Winter Antiques Show 2017

One of my favorite elements of The Winter Antiques Show is the stark contrast of items which are displayed.  The Winter Antiques Show is proud to feature everything from “Egyptian antiquities to American folk art to postwar Italian art glass”.  The juxtaposition of available inspiration leaves much to the imagination.

Winter Antiques Design Show 2017

Winter Antiques Design Show 2017

The detailing on this wrought iron piece is beautiful!  


Winter Antiques Show 2017

I could admire this intricate sculpture forever.  After browsing the selection, I am left brimming with ideas and inspiration.  If you attended this show, what which were your favorite pieces?  Tweet your thoughts at me “@camidesigns”


Wallpaper Trends

If you’re looking for a new way to decorate, step away from the paint and let’s talk wallpaper samples!  These wallpaper trends range from whimsical to bold and beautiful.


Map Wallpaper via Murals Wallpaper

Polka Dot Pop

This children’s room is fun and fresh!  A black and white palette may seem less than traditional for a children’s room, but it leaves space for fun accents.


Polka Dot Wallpaper via Etsy


via Apartment Therapy

This room’s built-in-bookshelf is transformed with a lining of polka dot wallpaper.  Lining bookshelves with wallpaper is one of my favorite go-to’s.

Geometric Perspective


via Jaimee Rose

This contemporary bathroom design stays cool with geometric wallpaper and brass accents.  I also love how the copper metallic lines on Erica Wakerly’s wallpaper (below) reflects light.


Erica Wakerly Wallpaper via Monument Interiors

Classic Chinoiserie


Chinoiserie Wallpaper via Murals Wallpaper

Chinoiserie is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, and makes for a chic wallpaper design for a dining room.

Art in Interiors

Integrating pieces of art into your interior defines your space as your own.  Art in interiors speaks volumes about the home owner and helps to set the tone for your entire design.  Here are some smart ways to style art in interiors.

Color My World


Mick Jagger by Andy Warhol print via Pinterest


This eclectic living room features a Warhol print and Jonathan Adler details via Zillow

Add a pop art print for a modern splash of color.  Bold vases, one-of-a-kind decoupaged pieces of furniture and modern light fixtures will compliment your print perfectly.

The Feature Presentation


via Indulgy

Transform an awkward space with wall art.  This large-scale print provides the perfect pink color palette to accessorize with.

Abstract Expressionism



I would like everything in this photo, please: giant painting, velvet laid-back arm chairs, 3-sided coffee table, grey tufted chaise.  The icing on the cake is definitely the grandiose abstract expressionist piece on the wall, though!

The Gallery Wall


Gallery Wall Display via Style Blueprint


Gallery Wall featuring Hugo Guinness art works via instagram

An eclectic collection of collected paintings and prints makes for a chic wall display.  Gallery walls are very trendy right now and can take a blank wall from plain to posh instantly.


Gallery Wall Layout via RStyle

Try your hand at the gallery wall with this easy-to-use guide!

View my “Art In Interiors” Pinterest board to pin your favorite ideas.

Holiday Trends

Are you looking for a new way to decorate?  Celebrate in style this year with these holiday trends.


via Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Nutcracker Sweet


via Laura Trevey

A pretty pink ribbon on a fresh evergreen wreath is festive in an non-traditional fashion; I love that the wreath is hung over the mirror.  Does anyone else get a sweet sugarplum fairy-vibe from this?

Traditional Christmas




Lennox Dinnerware via Macy’s

Spode Christmas china is the ideal traditional Christmas detail.  This Spode or Lennox china would also makes for a wonderful hostess gift!

Blue & Gold Glamour


via The Pink Pagoda

How does your dinnerware stack up?  If you are hosting a Hanukkah or New Year’s party, blue and gold makes for a glamorous color palette.

Mix & Match


via Traditional Home

Create a unique assemblage by mixing your crystal and pressed-glass vintage stemware!  Gold always exudes elegance and the vignette will definitely be a discussion piece.

Specialty Crystal


via Tumblr

Make each holiday’s tablescape unique with specialty crystal.  How nice would it be to have beautiful stemware reserved specifically for Christmas or Valentine’s Day?

Plaid Perfection


via Romancing the Home LTD

These Scottish napkins are gorgeous!  I will be thrilled when I find a similar material to decorate my table with.

Holiday Party Prep

Are you planning to host a festive soiree for the holidays?  A little bit of holiday party prep can go a long way to ensure less stress and more cheer.  Here are a few fabulous and festive recipes, DIYs and design ideas!


via IBTblog



10 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas via The Kitchn

Create the perfect cozy atmosphere to set the mood for your holiday.  The Kitchn’s list 10 Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas features a variety of ways to set the tone.

Appetizers & The Menu


Prosciutto-Wrapped Arugula via The Kitchn (Image credit: Anjali Prasertong)

Planning which appetizers you’re going to serve ahead of time will allow you to focus on the main menu.  Once again The Kitchn comes to the rescue with 20 Fast and Fancy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party.  Plenty of these savory, delectable apps are easy to make; simply bookmark your favorites!


Traditional Home (image credit: Werner Straube)

If this is your first time hosting your own holiday party, or you are looking to mix things up, try Chef Mary Payne Moran of Hail Mary, Food of Grace’s menu for a festive feast.

Cocktail Hour


via stylecaster


Bon Appetit (Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott)

Now is the time to adorn your barcart with your best crystal for cocktail hour.   This year I definitely want to try Bon Appetit’s Under-the-Mistletoe Punch, which can be made ahead of time!  This Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail is also a tasty option to serve.

The Centerpiece


via Pinterest


via Pinterest


via Pinterest

Create a notable tablescape with fresh flowers!  An original, hand-assembled bouquet adds a personal touch and is a wonderful conversation piece.


via Traditional Home

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Have you started unboxing your favorite Christmas keepsakes?  Christmas decorating is a great way to get into the spirit of the holidays; here are some of my favorite traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas decorating ideas.


via The Creativity Exchange

Welcome Home for Christmas


via Homespun Christmas in a Cozy Connecticut Cottage

Step away from the tangled Christmas lights!  Taking a more rustic, traditional approach to your outdoor decor will bring a cozy Connecticut feel to your home before you even step inside.

The Entryway


This New York home’s traditional touch is fun and refreshing; via Pinterest

Being selective with your holiday decor is a refreshing approach.  One swathe of fresh garland can be just as beautiful as the usual tinsel and barrage of lights.  If you need a touch of glimmer, ornaments are a fabulous way to add an ornate touch.


Festive Lights via Martha Stewart

Christmas in the Kitchen


via Country Living


Gold accents are always key; via Elle Decor

A vignette of candles or glimmering ornaments makes for a pretty display.  I love fresh evergreen elements for a touch of Christmas fragrance as well!  Incorporate your holiday heirlooms by featuring them in an assemblage on your baker’s rack!


via Nicole Gibbons

Living Room Details


via Pinterest

Nothing says “holiday season” more than a cozy fire!  This traditional living room design features a gorgeous festive mantle piece.


Rustic Christmas Decor via Martha Stewart

There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays; I try to mix up my interior’s theme every year.  This rustic, cottage-inspired decor beckons you to grab a mug of hot cocoa and start wrapping gifts.


via Martha Stewart

Black and White Kitchen Design

Who says monochromatic has to be monotone?  There are so many ways to interpret black and white kitchen design for your home; share your favorite interior with me by tagging “@camidesigns” on Instagram!


via New England Home

To Tile or Not to Tile


via elledecor

Giving your kitchen a much needed renovation?  Black and white tile is a versatile option for your kitchen flooring, and suits all interior styles from classic to contemporary!


via minimalisti

I also love opting for a unique and visually-appealing backsplash for added drama.

The Kitchen Island




via Stay at Home Mum

Kitchen islands are where food is prepped, and coffee and conversation combine.  Selecting family-friendly details for your black and white kitchen design is simple; personally I opt for a white stone countertop and black chairs for a chic, no-stress space.

Details, Details, Details



Once you have your flooring, walls and furniture selected, it’s all about the details.  The versatility of a black and white kitchen design really shines when you open your mind to the amount of possibilities.  Add bold red details for a dash of color one season, let fresh flowers and copper cookware take center stage the next season, and so on!  If you are looking for a significant change, swapping out light fixtures change the tone of a room completely.



Discover more design ideas on my Pinterest board here.