Steal That Style: Bienvenido a Miami!

I love Miami. And there’s a ton of inspiration there that’s hot and cool and ready for you to bring into your own home and life. Check out my latest clip filled with fashion, home and other items that’ll have you doing a happy dance. And by happy dance I mean salsa and mojitos.

XO, Courtney

Why Four Seasons Miami Is THE Saturday Haute Spot This Summer!

New Yorkers have The Hamptons. Bostonians have Martha’s Vineyard. And starting this weekend Miami has SPF Saturdays! I’ll be there and this is why you’ll want to, too..

This Saturday, July 18, marks the launch of SPF Saturdays: Seafood + Pool + Four Seasons

SPF Saturdays!

SPF Saturdays!

at Bahía, the Hotel’s poolside bar and grill. Attendees are invited to spend an afternoon on the 7th floor tropical pool deck for fresh coastal cuisine, with the launch of The RAWBar and a southern-style Seafood Boil – perfect for celebrating summer in this oasis in the city!
The weekly event will take place every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.through Labor Day weekend. During the eight-week series, The RAWBar opens to the public with á la carte offerings of Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters and Florida Clams, peel-and-eat Key West Pink Shrimp, Corvina Crudo, Lobster and Shrimp Ceviche and an East Coast Mussel Salad.
Prices are pretty reasonable considering the upscale venue and will range from $2.50 per clam to $18 for a half-pound-serving of shrimp. The featured wine-by-the-glass, a crisp Muscadet Sèvre pairs perfectly with the light (and delish!) shellfish menu.
At 1:30 p.m. the southern style Seafood Boil will start with a light salad, followed by family-style servings of Lobster, Pink Shrimp, Florida Clams, Mussels and Crawfish simmered in Cajun-style spices, and accompanied by Sweet Corn-On-The-Cob, Golden Potatoes and Housemade Smoked Sausage.
Tickets for The Seafood Boil can be purchased on http://www.SPFSaturdays-FourSeasonsMiami.eventbrite.com for $65 per person, plus tax/tip and include access to the two fabulous resort style pools. The two-acre terrace at Four Seasons have a resort-style pool, Bahia, a poolside bar and grill offering all kinds of yummy delights and my personal favorite..The private cabanas you can rent for the day starting at $150. The separate Palm Grove Pool is only a foot deep and is shaded by 28 towering Royal Palms with a view of the city and the bay unlike any other hotel pool on Brickell Avenue. If you haven’t been to this chic and luxury hotel, now is the time to check it out. You’ll become an overnight devotee, just like me!
XO, Courtney

April Showers + Fabulous Flowers

This morning I appeared on WPIX TV in New York with some stylish and pretty affordable finds for your home. Whether you live in a sprawling suburban home or an itsy bitsy apartment in the city, I got you covered.

Here’s the video and see below for my shopping list!

http://pix11.com/2015/04/10/april-showers-bring-beautiful-flowers/

Large plants, indoor plants, large planters ($79.99): Lowe’s
All other plants:Burpee Home Gardens
Gnomes, birdfeeder: Big Mouth
Brass planter: kaufman mercantile
Candles: Yankee Candle
Pagoda Umbrella and table: Pier One Imports
Firehose planters and decor: Oxgut
Hoses: Bed Bath & Beyond
Organic Soil: Miracle Grow

How To Freshen Up Your Home For Spring And Not Be A Hot Mess

Spring Home

I don’t know about you, but I am over the warm and cozy look I’ve been living with since October. I’m yearning for some springtime vibes and I bet you are, too! Not to fret, there are a few fabulous-and surprisingly affordable moves you can make in your home that can easily transition it to spring. The key is to do one simple thing in every room.

The Kitchen: Paint

The kitchen is the room in the house that needs to be painted the most often. It gets a lot of use and traffic and a fresh coat of paint works wonders in there! Why not go for something cool and current? Last week, I painted the upper half of one of my kitchen walls with Sherwin-Williams Chalkboard Paint. I’m adding a chair rail and lots of empty white frames for a chic add-on. This way, I can write messages inside the frames and also adding a little color to a black wall. The chalkboard paint looks cool, while the white frames look fresh.
http://www.sherwinwilliams.com
Cost: Under $100
Skill Level: You can totally do this

Foyer: Lighting

Whether you live in an apartment or a grand home, we all have something that qualifies as an entryway. Usually, there is some sort of overhead light and it’s usually awful. If you rent, it’s almost always some $20 horror. For under $100, you can change it to something fabulous and chic and won’t make anyone feel like they’re at the doctor’s office upon entering your abode. If you rent, just put the old one away in a closet and switch it back before you move. Stay away from super bright lights and check the clearance on your door. For example, in my home I had to get a flush mount or the door would hit it. Lamps Plus has a ton of options that are affordable and come in every possible design style. Added bonus, they have a ton of home decor, too! Who new?
http://www.lampsplus.com
Cost: Varies, but under $100 is very doable
Skill Level: Get someone to do this for you unless you’re an electrician

Living Room: Modular Carpeting

Living Rooms are where you almost always need to drop the most cash, that’s a fact. Your biggest pieces are there… sofas, tables, electronics, etc. Most of us don’t change sofas yearly, but how can you get a fresh look without cashing out your 401K? Easy, carpeting. Area rugs are one of my favorite ways to do quick change ups, but Flor carpet tiles have some fashion forward designs that are well priced and a cinch to use. The real kicker is the replaceability factor. They come in “tiles” that you piece together so when you drop a glass of Brunello, it’s not disastrous. You just replace that one tile. For me, with two kids under the age of six, it’s the answer to my Type A prayers! Also great for anyone with pets or just a high traffic household. Check out my faves, Mod Cow and Hey Jack for big punches of style.
http://www.Flor.com
Cost: Varies
Skill Level: Everyone, including a 12-year-old

Bedroom & Bathroom: Linens

In the winter, we tend to bust out the down comforter or over-stuffed duvet. They keep us toasty, but become unnecessary in spring and summer and just look a little out of place. I like to switch them out with lighter coverlets and cotton blankets for a fresh look. This also gives you the opportunity to change up the style a bit. Tired of that Chevron look yet? I hear you! Why not try a bright floral or fun color block look? New towels and shower curtains are also super easy ways to update a bathroom in a minute. Besides, old towels are kind of gross and nobody wants to use your eye makeup or bleach stained linens when they use your bathroom. Keep your eyes peeled for a good white sale and always check online at places like HSN, Horchow and One Kings Lane for high end items at discounted prices.
Cost: $200 and up
No skills necessary

Anywhere: Statement Mirror

I love mirrors for several reasons. First, they are a stylish answer for awkward wall space. Plus, they come in a gazillion design styles and are super affordable. Additionally, when hung adjacent to a window, they reflect the light and scenery of the view. Your room will feel instantly bigger and brighter. I do this in almost every NYC apartment I decorate. You can find mirrors everywhere from Home Goods to flea markets and everywhere in between. If you want to isolate a specific design, go online and you are sure to find everything from chic chinoiserie to grand Venetian mirrors at large sites like Wayfair.com. They enable you to carve out your style, budget and color very easily and there’s often free shipping. Make sure to check weights of mirrors. A lot of walls can’t hold up some mega-weighty mirrors and then it starts getting complicated. Go for the lighter options whenever possible.
http://www.wayfair.com
Cost: $50 and up
Skill Level: Can you hammer a nail?

I can almost smell the freshly cut grass already.

Check your local TV listings for more of celebrity designer, Courtney Cachet’s gift guides, style ideas and tips. You can catch her frequent appearances nationwide on TV and online, where she dishes out all the latest in all things fab for your home and lifestyle! Keep up with her on http://www.courtneycachet.com or Facebook and join the conversation!

How To Turn Your Garage Into A Chic Home Office..(seriously, you totally could)

Chic Garage Space

Chic Garage Space

If you ask me, most garages look like the opening shots of a Hoarders episode. They are the unspoken catch-alls for things we’re not quite ready to part with..tricycles, rusty tools and holiday decor way past their prime, right? Gross.
On the postive side, technological advances have allowed more poeple than ever the option of working from home.In fact, it’s become kind of fabulous and chic. Another trend we’ve been seeing are homeowners making better use of garage spaces..Perhaps you have an additional garage you dont need? Maybe you just prefer to park in your driveway? Either way, if any of these speak to you, here are some tips to help you get that space feeling like a workspace and no longer a parking spot/storage room.

(1) Get Creative: To allow your garage to a full office turnaround, look into changing your garage floors to something more appealing than your normal rusty and soiled garage floors. For instance, Global Garage Flooring and Design has a Solid system that is designed to provide a seamless solid color finish to any concrete surface and a Concrete Dye system that incorporates High quality Concrete dyes. Also, painting it in light colors or applying a quick coat paint on your garage’s door will create a professional look that is also cool.

(2) Create Open Space: Bottom line..clear the clutter!Nobody wantsto lookat Halloween decor while working in an office. Doing so ensures you won’t even feel like your office used to be a garage. Tis is kind of a big deal.

(3) Temperature: If you’re going to use your garage as your home office for a long time, you should wire your home to enable the temperature of your garage, and even your driveway, to perfectly match that of the rest of your home.Freezing and sweating does not make one feel fabulous in an office environment!

(4) Lighting: A dark or dim room of any kind can (and will)cause you to be counterproductive. Get the right lighting.

(5) Viewing is Everything – Incorporate great landscaping around your garage. It will allow for a desirable connection from the street to your office.

If I didn’t have a room already for my home office, I would totally do this. Would love to hear from anyone who has one, as well. XO, Courtney

5 Reasons You Hate Your Space And How To Fix It

Courtney Cachet

Courtney Cachet

Whenever I get talking to someone not in the design world, they always tell me some form of “I’m clueless when it comes to decorating.” Almost always, I follow this up with an exasperated sigh and a smile. One part “here we go again” and one part “no, you’re really not.”

Let me explain. Everyone, at some point or another, was clueless in decorating or styling or anything, for that matter. Experts are not born, they are made. I find it very annoying when the design snobs act like they were born knowing everything. Give me a break. In this day and age, anyone can become an expert in pretty much anything. You just have to do the work. What if you don’t want to be a design expert but you just want to get a few tips from someone who is? Great, that’s what I do! I’ve earned it and I am happy to share. After all, what good is knowledge if you don’t share it, right?

Let me show you where you’re royally screwing up and how you can fix it in a hot minute.

You Buy Too Much Stuff

It’s a room, not a turkey on Thanksgiving. Do not stuff the room with tons of crap. Just because it’s 80 percent off at Home Goods doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If you invest in a few good pieces, you can work around them gently. A well-decorated room is often misconstrued to one which has the most “things” in it. Um, wrong! Learn to edit. You will be happier and your home will look better. Home feels good, you feel good. It’s very simple.

You Use Too Many Color Combos

OK, while all the colors in the rainbow are lovely, they are not meant to always be together except, well, in a rainbow. Pick three colors in a similar family. For example… white, beige, chocolate. For the record, I’m not a beige person, but it’s a neutral palette to get you started on the right foot. After you have your three basic colors, then you can add a pop here and there of something else. Maybe some turquoise pillows, a silver mirror, a Persian rug with bold reds. Try and tie in a little bit of your original three colors and see if it feels right. If it feels weird, it is weird. Start over.

You Have No Balls

Yep, I went there… and don’t get me wrong, I mean this in the most endearing way! You need to take some risks on your quest of home decor fabulosity. “No risk, no reward” is the most underestimated cliche of all time. Every great designer, chef, artist, entrepreneur or performer has had to throw it all out there at one point to see what happens. What are you afraid of? It’s home decor, people, we’re not saving the world. If you are afraid to take risks, hire a designer and tell him or her you love beige. If not, you’re going to have to just go for it one of these days. You won’t fall and break your neck, I swear!

You’re Too Wrapped Up In What’s “IN”

Style slaves are really meant for fashion. Fashion goes in and out season after season. Last season’s Prada is just that. Last year’s couch? Really? This does not exist. Those of us in the media world talk about yearly trends and styles in home design partly because what the fuck else are we going to talk about? Ha! I’m only partly kidding.

OK, this is important, so please listen to this part. Trends should be for accessories. Pillows, mirrors, rugs, paint colors, tabletop, wall decor… got it? Start with quality and classically designed pieces. They will be with you forever. Change up the other items year after year or whenever you get the itch!

You Think You Don’t Know What You Like

Oh Honey, you do. Any time someone tells me this, I ask them to tell me what they don’t like. And like music to my ears, they start telling me all the things they hate. “I hate yellow!”, “”I hate cherry wood!”, “I hate that shiny chrome!” The point is, once you get closer to what you don’t like, you will have a clearer idea of what you do like. The best way to find this out is to spend an afternoon in the bookstore with a cup of coffee and buy a stack of home decor magazines. You need to buy them because I want you to tear out all the pictures of whatever you see that you absolutely love. Depending on how crafty you are, put them in a file or some kind of notebook and study it, take notes. This inexpensive exercise will cost you under $50 and a few hours and will save you time, aggravation and money.

People who live in spaces they love wake up happier and more relaxed. Isn’t that how you want to start your day? Me, too.

I didn’t say it was going to be easy, I said it was going to be fabulous.

XO
Courtney

Check your local TV listings for more of Celeb Designer, Courtney Cachet’s style ideas and tips! You can catch her frequent appearances nationwide on TV, where she dishes out all the latest in home and lifestyle! Keep up with her on Facebook and join the conversation!

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