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I don’t think this post even needs an introduction, but some of my favorite gals have something to say on the topic:

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” — Mae West

“Big girls need big diamonds.” — Elizabeth Taylor

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” — Dolly Parton

I know we’re not looking at true diamonds here, but these modern diamond graphics are still just as chic.

Mood Board Monday: DiamondsDress | Vignette | Texture Graphic | Diamond Light | Diamond Tank | Cat Diamond | Shine Bright | Necklace

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Imagine strolling into work everyday in a castle-like building with history at every turn. Los Angeles-based bridal designer Claire Pettibone recently moved her flagship salon and atelier to an historic West Hollywood monument that’s a perfect location for her vintage-inspired bridal brand. After some TLC and restorations, the space truly echoes a romantic design aesthetic.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Designer Claire Pettibone with husband Guy Toley.

What makes this location so special to Claire? “I have always loved this building since living in LA, and when it became available, I felt it was meant to be, given my devotion to history and appreciation for this period, but I am still pinching myself that we have moved into a castle!” she says. “It really is a dream come true, and the details of the building could not set a more perfect stage for our brides to experience the collection.”

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon

The Romanesque and Late Gothic Revival-style monument was built in 1928 for muralist Anthony Heinsbergen by West Coast architects Curlett and Beelman. Some of the building’s most notable features include the cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the stone arch and a hand-painted, wood-beamed ceiling inside.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

STEP INSIDE CLAIRE’S BRIDAL SALON

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I’ve never been a girly-girl, but I recently bought some white sheets to go with my all-white seersucker duvet and they have some sweet hot pink accents. It’s just the perfect amount of pink to add some femininity to the space without being like pink overload. But, I’ll admit, I’m on a pink kick. I swiped my card to SEVEN throw pillows the other night and three were pink. Eeep! What’s your take on this luscious hue? Use it in abundance, or steer clear completely?

Mood Board Monday: Hot PinkGraffiti Print | Beads | Runway | Flowers | Living Room | Print | Chair | Dining Room | Clutch

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Have you ever found yourself with a collection of clothing or knickknacks that you can’t throw away but have absolutely no use for? For me, that collection (one of many, actually) is a colorful assortment of men’s ties given to me by my grandfather. I couldn’t stand to see them go, but since you can only dress up as Avril Lavigne (circa 2002) for so many Halloweens, I was desperate to find a new use for them. Thanks to a brilliant reader suggestion, I began searching for new ways to use old ties. And man, did I find some goodies!

tie wreath

Most of my finds dealt with repurposing ties for jewelry or other accessories, but this imaginative tie wreath from Good Housekeeping would be the perfect craft for anyone (and any season!).

tie clutch

This useful tie clutch would be an ideal project for someone with a few extra ties and some skill with the sewing machine. What a great way to add a masculine print to a feminine look!

More Men’s Tie Crafts

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Does anyone remember the scene in 13 Going on 30 when Jennifer Garner’s character steps into her shoe closet for the first time? It wasn’t exactly a pivotal moment in the movie, but it might be my favorite part. The shoes are beautifully lined up from floor to ceiling. But one thing I was more impressed with even than the amount of shoes was the amount of shoe storage. Unfortunately, shoe storage can be hard to come by in real life. For this reason, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite shoe storage solutions, and now I’m going to share them with all of you.

This fashionable ottoman does double duty as shoe storage!
shoe ottoman

Use chair railing or elegant crown molding for useful and pretty display.
shoe on molding

Lazy Susans aren’t just for the kitchen! Try one for your shoe collection.
lazy susan shoes

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To me, there’s nothing like a nice, cloudy day in the summer. I love having an excuse to stay inside and be a little lazy, or just hide away from the sun for a few hours on a scorching day. Sometimes you just need some cloud cover to bring down the temperature. And there’s nothing like a good afternoon rain shower to force a nap.

If you happen to have today off, then step outside and soak up the fresh air. Happy Monday!

Mood Board Monday: CloudsHangers | Collar Clips | Embroidery Hoop | Cloud Shirt | Wall Decor | Mobile | Cookies | Window Decor

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Cloudy finds on Design Happens:

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This lovely bag from Better Life Bags is not only gorgeous, it also changes lives. The bags are customizable, and a portion of the proceeds goes to help low income entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. The company also hires women who would otherwise not be able to get a job. Pretty cool, right? I’m loving this striped laptop sleeve bag.

Better Life Bags

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Clearly, great minds think alike here at Design Happens! Last week, Allie showed us five crafty and delectable ways to use watermelon, and this week, I’m in a sea of watermelon myself. Fourth of July weekend (although rainy over here) was a beautiful summer salute. For many summer is just starting, so let’s keep the seasonal fruits, hues and landscapes coming.

Mood Board Monday: Watermelon PinkAdd a Pinch | Pearl Kinda Girl | Hemlangtan | Huffpost Taste | EclecChic | Miishka | Whale You Be My Friend | Etsy | Shades of Light

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I don’t know if you remember, but way back in January I went to the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market to spot design trends and meet with industry insiders. I mentioned the flamingo trend popping up (and not just in coastal-inspired interiors). Honestly, I forgot about this vibrant bird until just recently when warm weather and thoughts of the beach started infecting my mind. Now, I can’t help but think how cool one of these hot-pink creatures would look on a plain white canvas on my gray walls (inspiration, top-left). What do you think? Leave flamingos at the beach, or try them out indoors?

Mood Board Monday: FlamingosDining Room | Living Room | Fabric | Wall Art | Kitchen | Shirt | Dress | Sweater | Figurine | Pattern | Straws

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