Posts Tagged ‘Courtney Cachet’

You Can Have A Fab Dorm Room For $1200 Without Leaving Your Home!

FABDORMROOM

I spend a lot of time making over homes on camera. It’s all very fast and furious and edited down to a five minute whirlwind of “drab to fab” miracles. I realize, more often than not, viewers are totally missing the meat and potatoes on how to really do it themselves.  Additionally, I know most of you are not designers. That said, you mightn’t be able to look at something for a nano-second and know exactly where to buy it, in what size and how much it’ll cost you. But, I do. And I can help.

As we near the fall season (um, how’d that happen?), many of us are thinking about a new space. Whether your college days are long gone or not, September always has the underlying vibe of the “new school year”, getting back to business, and a time for  fresh starts. So whether you’re looking to have the most fabulous dorm room or just a bangin’ new room anywhere for that matter, I put all the accessories together for you for about $1200. Not bad, right?  Well, to make it even easier I bought everything online from one website-Overstock.com. Memba them? Yeah well, they’re kind of fabulous now.

They have thousands and thousands of options from almost as many vendors suitable for every budget. But I wanted to show you exactly how to do it, down to the shopping list.  All you need to do is start with white bedding. I couldn’t have made it any easier. So, here you go!

 SHOPPING LIST

Hand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool RugHand-hooked Alexa Moroccan Trellis Wool Rug 

The pattern is chic but still kind of rustic feeling since it’s hand hooked and wool..and it can stand up to lots of wear and tear! $311

Pink Gradient Square Oversized Gallery Wrapped Canvas

This “artist unknown” Gallery-wrapped canvas is large, so it’ll cover a lot of awkward wall space. But, it’s modern and has a more grown up vibe than a lot of canvases out there in the same price range. Love the ombre vibe, too!

$127

Altra Parsons White Laptop/ Writing Desk

I actually have this same exact desk in my own home! Why? It’s the perfect size (39” W x 20” D) for when you don’t need a ginormous executive desk, it’s clean, modern and hello, $69! #nobrainer $69

Powder Coated Steel Arm Chairs (Set Of 2)

These 100-percent steel arm chairs will be with you for a long time! They’re sold in sets of two and have a scratch-resistant powder coat finish. The perfect combo of vintage and modern. When you get tired of them, they could easily be painted. High gloss red, anyone?? $99

Maya 6-arm Ceramic Chandelier

I’m a sucker for vintage items, but sometimes I want exactly what I’m looking for! This 6-arm chandelier is hand-painted ceramic and you won’t have to troll through a smelly thrift shop to score it. The delicate look adds a slightly feminine and classic touch that will play off the other modern pieces in the space perfectly. That’s a great deal at under eighty bucks. $78

WallPops Flirt Stripe Decal Pack

 These chic pink stripe decals will give you a pop of design that is really hard to do on your own! This set includes four adhesive stripes that are easily removable-perfect for anyone in a starter pad! $52

Safavieh Treasures Dermot Silver/Glass Top Accent Table

Everyone should have some faux bamboo in their home. It adds instant old school glamour. This accent table is sophisticated and cool with classic Chinoiserie faux bamboo in silver-leafed forged iron. $178

Moroccan Triple Gourd 1-light Navy Table Lamps (Set of 2)

Graphic and stylish, these triple gourd lamps with a Moroccan pattern work well with everything else in the room. $209

 Jiti Pillow Rebel Window Yellow Pillow

Add this as your primary accent pillow on simple white bedding and you’re done. $59

You’re done and you’re fabulous.

 XO, Courtney

Why You Need To Visit The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Now!

Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Pool 

I make no secret I am huge fan of The Ritz-Carlton brand. Once you get used to their level of hospitality, it’s very hard to go elsewhere. Now, there’s even more reason to visit them this summer. For starters, can you say family friendly pool parties, specialty priced spa treatments, hotel credits? The Grove is also one of my favorite areas in town and to be honest, all the other hotels in that area are not for you. Trust me, those online photos are    as doctored up as the Real Housewives of Miami!

And after 11 years, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami remains one of only two boutique Ritz-Carlton hotels, offering a bird’s eye view of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. With the summer winding down, you can plan a last minute getaway or enjoy fab  events featuring $50 daily hotel credit, $99 spa treatments and more.

Here are a few of the deals going on right now!

Yumm!

Family Package, Kids Dine on Us: Overnight accommodations, breakfast for two daily, complimentary kids’ meal with purchase of adult entrée. Available through September 30, 2013. Rates starting from $279 USD per night. Because nothing is more annoying than your kid eating two bites of the $25 chicken fingers. Ha!

 Discover with You: Overnight accommodations, daily $50 hotel credit, daily American breakfast for two, and admission to Vizcaya House and Gardens for two. Available through December 31, 2013. Rates starting from $369 USD per night. Very romantic..my husband proposed to me there, I might add. Aww!

 Miami Spa Month: Relax and rejuvenate at The Boutique Spa, Coconut Grove. With personalized service and uber-chill environment, you will leave the world’s worries behind during local’s favorite time of year, Miami Spa Month. Choose from a choice of 80-minute treatments including the Ayurvedic Detoxifying Wrap, Ayurvedic Firming Wrap, Citrus Mimosa Body Treatment, Local Love Massage (sounds sexy!) and Intense Hydrating Facial, each experience for only $99. After 80-minutes of complete bliss and pampering, bask in the Miami sun with complimentary access to the elevated pool terrace and fitness center. Planning a getaway? Enjoy overnight accommodations and daily $100 spa credit with the hotel’s SpaCation package. Rates starting from $249 USD per night. Available through September 30, 2013. Total score. Anything Ayurvedic and I’m so in!

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 Miami Spice: Lazuli Lounge welcomes guests to indulge with an internationally inspired, three course menu created by the hotel’s executive chef, Ramesh Kaduru. From Spiced-Cured Seared Pork Belly to Boule Seafood Cioppino, the three-course Miami Spice menu offers a variety of vegetarian selections, as well as dishes from the land and sea. Lunch: $19 plus tax and gratuity. Dinner: $33 plus tax and gratuity. Available Monday through Friday from August 1st through September 30th. You can’t even get a Cuban sandwichito in Little havana for that these days! Rezzies strongly recommended Call (305) 644-4675.

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Garden Cooking Class: Located on the courtyard terrace, Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru’s garden of bright greens and herbs are abundant and invites guests of all ages to a very cool, outdoor cooking experience. Fresh ingredients are handpicked from the garden and used to create a three course menu, with the assistance of the chefs-whew! Afterwards, you eat the three course creation. Interactive, baby. August 10th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $85 per person. All ages welcome. I so think you should get a sitter, though..

 Splish-Splash Pool Party: Soak up the weekend with a fun-filled, themed family pool party on the hotel’s elevated pool deck featuring pool games, activities and afternoon barbeque. Just so you know,Miami Mommies are hot, toned and tanned. Skip breakfast that day. Just saying.. Sundays: August 4th and September 1st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Mad Hatter Tea:  Inspired by the tales of Alice in Wonderland (ooh, trippy?), guests are invited to experience a whimsical afternoon tea experience in Lazuli Lounge. Nosh on a selection of tea sandwiches and pastries as the perfect complement. All ages welcome and big hats are encouraged. $35 per person. Totally cute to do with your daughter. I’m going! Sunday, August 11th. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required by calling (305) 644-4675.

I love Miami. And this place is one of my faves.

XO

Courtney

GTL..Not THAT GTL..Get The Look! Selena Gomez Rocks Camo And I Don’t Hate It!

The camo look is a tough look to pull off. You wither look, tacky, butch or like a tacky butch. And most of you know, I am no fan of beige in the home or in fashion but, this is decidedly NOT that look.

Whether you’re 20 or 40, you can pull this off..and it’s all totally affordable. Shopping List Below. No boot camp necessary, just a little ‘tude.

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Paul Frank Sunglasses

AMI Clubwear Pumps

ShopSosie Jeans

ShopLately.com Cuff

Hearts.com Bag

Bella Dahl Shirt

My Latest Home Makeover on NBC’s Open House NY: My Shopping List!

This morning, hopefully you caught my latest home makeover on NBC’s Open House NY.  This was one of my favorites in the past year! I bet you were swooning over some of that stuff, right? Ha, I know my people! No worries, my lovelies..Also, I am double excited since my Courtney Cachet pillows made their first national TV appearance today with two more coming this week!!

This week, I’ll go into more depth of exactly how I did it in my other outlets, but for now I wanted to provide you with the coveted shopping list! Even though things come together “In just one day!”, I take a lot of time selecting just the right pieces when decorating each room. I work with great companies and always look for a mix of vintage, quality, high end and toss in electronics and a few trendy/budget pieces that won’t break my heart when they break or go out of style like last year’s Prada..

If you want to score some of those fab pieces from the show, here you go!

FURNITURE:

Sofa and chair are the Reid Sofa and chair from American Leather

Loloi Rug is the Charlotte  in Peridot (softest rug I ever felt under my feet!)

Bar cart, side table and vintage Murano and brass decor are all from One Kings Lane

Side Tables are from Ikea

Ottoman is from Home Goods

TV Console is vintage

DECOR:

Pillows are all Courtney Cachet for Peking Handicraft (of course!) They are available nationwide. The complete line is available on the Designer Pillow Shop

TV Picture Frame is from Media Decor

Wallpaper is from Brewster Home

 Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®: Pink Ethnic Stripe  and the Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®: Arboretum Gold Geometric Trees Both are available at Jankovic in NY and Brewster Wall Coverings

Overlay fretwork are all from Overlays

Remote Shades are all from Lutron. They are the Serena Shades in Monaco. I SWEAR by these!! You should have them in every room..

Lamps are vintage from One Kings Lane

Bamboo bench is vintage

Spray Paint is Rustoleum-the only true gold spray paint I will use

HP Touchsmart Computer (this was way cool!)

Sonos Paly 5 Music System

Touchscreen Universal Universal Remote is by Logitech

 

On this gorgeous Sunday in New York-or wherever in the world you are-I hope you enjoy your day with whomever brings you joy and and a few good laughs. I’m off to take Brooke to her first lacrosse game!

Thank you and God bless.

XOXOXO

Courtney

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Fall Entertaining Countdown: #50 Bailey’s Caramel Appletini (OMG!)

For the next several weeks, I will be bringing you fast, easy and always fabulous ideas you can use throughout the fall season.

CARAMEL APPLETINI

Cocktails with friends and family on crisp evenings are always fun. Here’s a delicious recipe I tried this weekend. Enjoy and take 2 Advil before you begin, trust me…

XO

Courtney

BAILEY’S CARAMEL APPLETINI RECIPE:

  • 1 ounce(s) Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka
  • 1 slice(s) apple
  • 1 teaspoon(s) caramel

Directions

  1. Add Baileys Caramel Irish Cream and Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a prechilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice and caramel.

Fashion, Art & Fabulosity Around The World

This month, Cachet Inc. has revved it’s fashion and design engines to include several new additions to my daily activities..You know, because I’m not busy enough! My passion for design, fashion and travel are always connected and I am always seeking out ways to showcase that because FYI-they’re connected for you, too. J

My team and I have really stepped up my game as far as global reach-which has always been a main focus of the Courtney Cachet brand, so I am (even more) happy and excited about each coming day. I’ll tell you about all of the cool stuff going on another day. Let’s talk clothing and jewelry now, shall we?

I found a bunch of very cool Art/Fashion events around the world I want to tell you about. So kick off your Loubis, get out your passport and LV weekender and save the dates…XO

MASTER OF COUTURE: LONDON

Master of Couture London

The British capital plunges into Valentino’s heritage this fall with an exhibition hosted by Somerset House. The show will be divided into three sections; History of Valentino, The Catwalk and The Atelier, and reveal 130 of the labels rare designs that have been worn by celebrities and legendary icons spanning the designer’s 50-year career. Interactive multimedia and previously unseen videos will provide visitors with a complete visual panorama of the legendary Italian fashion house, and also an educational window into the craftspeople and techniques behind the couture label.

Valentino: Master of Couture at Somersethouse in London, UK. November 29, 2012 until March 3, 2013.http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/valentino

IVY STYLE: NEW YORK

Beyond the Preppy Handbook (remember that??)..The Ivy Style exhibition  at the Fashion Insitute of Technology F.I.T in New York. I’m a closet prepster at heart and adore these looks for men and women. Also, fall looks are screaming this with layers and blazers.

The exhibit will be set in a university campus setting with one part of the gallery space will featuring a grass-covered square positioned in front of a Gothic-style building covered with ivy vines. Very cool, can’t wait to see it. It will feature the designs of Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Fitting, since they are the designers featuring those looks I just told you about. Love, cannot wait.

Ivy Style at the FITMuseum, New York City. Starting September 14, 2012.http://fitnyc.edu

Van Cleef And Arpels

VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS: PARIS

Van Cleef & Arpels is studded has a long and fabulous history of being worn by some of the most stylish women in the world with iconic looks, including the Alahambra four-leaf clover motif. This fall, Van Cleef & Arpels will show 400 pieces of jewelry dating back to 1906 through today. Looks Like I may need an excuse to hightail it over to Paris. Better put a call into my friend, Chris Norton at the Georges V…

‘Van Cleef & Arpels.L’art de la haute joaillerie’ at Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris. September 20, 2012–February, 10, 2013 http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

ALICE SPRINGS: PARIS

The Aussie wife of Helmut Newton, Alice Springs, stepped into her own career as a photographer in Paris in the early 70′s when she replaced her sick husband on an ad shoot. Gotta love that. Haha. By the way, I love photos like the one above. Hot.

In this Alice Springs retrospective, there is 40 years of work covering photographs of advertising, fashion, nudes and portraits. Her signature style – black and white, intimate, sensual and close to her subjects, including numerous celebrities – characterizes her great work that is on show at the moment at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Alice Springs, at la Maison Européenne de la Photographie,Paris. Until November 4, 2012. http://www.mep-fr.org

HOLLYWOOD COSTUMES: LONDON

Sponsored by Harry Winston, this will to be one of the major events of the fall.

Movie buffs and fashionistas alike will dig this..Dorothy’s dress from The Wizard Of Oz, Scarlett O’Hara’s green curtain dress from Gone With The Wind and Holly Go Lightley’s dress from Breakfast At Tiffany’s are among some of the costumes as famous as their movies that make up the Hollywood Costume exhibition set to run at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from October 20 until January 27, 2013.

The retrospective is about the roles of costumes in movie scripts will spotlight the costumer’s creative process which begins with the script and ends on the screen.

MADAME GRES: ANTWERP

Madame Grès in Antwerp

I’ve been to Belgium a few times, but never to Antwerp. This an overview of the work of the Parisian couturiere Madame Grès (1903-1993) is set to open September 12.

The timeless and ridiculously feminine designer created seamless garments by draping and pleating fabric directly onto her model, without using scissors and needles. The couturière to the names like the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo was quoted as saying: “For me, working with stone or fabrics is the same thing.”- Madame Grès. There you go. Love her, no?

‘Madame Grès -Sculptural Fashion’ at MoMu in Antwerp, Belgium. September 12th, 2012 – February 10th, 2013 http://www.momu.be


Enjoy your weekend.

XO

Courtney

 


 

London 2012 Olympic Village Decor..ROYAL FAIL!

Out of idle curiosity, I did a search on “Olympic Village Accommodations” and was floored by what I found. The photos of London 2012 Olympic Village are beyond what I would have ever thought. I guess London decided to keep with an Olympic theme of sorts because the decor is, shall we say, Spartan-at best.

Here is a bedroom. Let’s take a look..

Wow, where do we begin? It feels like a nurse’s office at a Swedish grammar school. Honey, Ikea would’ve given you better stuff than this. Don’t you guys have Home Goods? You should. So, clearly Benjamin Moore’s PR peeps were NOT given a call. My son’s toddler bed from Pottery Barn blew this out of the box (no pun intended). The end tables look like something in a clearance aisle at Big Lots and that reading lamp..Really? Seriously? Those pillows are not conducive to an Olympian getting a restful night’s sleep. Taking these pillows into consideration, Ambien, Nyquil and Xanax should all be on the list of permissive meds for athletes.

Lastly, let us address the bedding. I’m thinking 200 thread count-tops. Would the Queen sleep on those sheets? The mattress looks like a cot from a Hampton Inn and we really need to find out who made that Bed In A Bag disguised as a quilt thing. I understand there are thousands of beds to dress, but they could’ve done a lot better. I’m not able to make out what it says,  but I’m assuming some Olympic slogan or tag line. Dude, what are you smiling about?

16,00 of these beauties exist in the world,what are you smiling about sir?Now, I love me some turquoise/orange and pink but this is not what I had in mind. Something a little cooler..It feels like child bedding and not the good kind.

Let’s look at another room now. This is a good time to go get a warm beer. Trust me.

Spartan seems to be a recurring theme

“Athletes are at the heart of the London 2012 Games and our plans for the Olympic Village will provide them with a home-from-home as they prepare for one of the biggest sporting moments of their lives,” said London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

Mr. Coe, MDF coffee tables and scratch and dent seconds are not a good look for that Home Away From Home feeling. More turquoise and pink. At least they’re consistent. The strategic placement of the pillows is freaking hilarious. it was like, “Wait! Let’s pretty up the pillows befahw they take the picshuh!”. Dying..Um, you guys really need to get a little wall decor. Also, that coffee table horror is not conducive to Olympic Village hookups. Now we all know it’s a big ol’ shag fest in every Olympic Village. That said, did you not take into consideration the cuts, bruises and possible concussions our gold medal hopefuls might incur while bouncing around the room? A tufted ottoman would’ve been a much wiser choice.

Was Day Care Center the look they were shooting for?

This is a photo of the Resident Centre, I believe-pretty sure that’s Brit speak for lounge. The most styled room I could find which is not saying much. That 5×8 rug is like $199 at Marshall’s. Maybe less. The faux Adirondack chairs are an odd choice but the seat covers really take this to whole other level of WTF??? More particle board furnishings and for the love of Jesus, what are those blue things? Really weird stuff, guys.

Here’s where things get really interesting..

Before the majority of the almost 17,000 athletes and officials have even slept in these beds,  London 2012 organizers began selling them off, along with  tens of thousands of other pieces of furniture, fixtures and “accessories” from the Olympic Village.

The not much talked about fire sale includes more than 11,000 beds from athletes’ quarters, thousands of chairs from the over 5.000-capacity main dining hall, as well as everything from clothes drying racks to cushions. Just so we’re clear, they’re not selling athletes dirty sheets, underwear or leftover soap on Ebay. Bummer.

The company behind the sale is Ramler Furniture, which has the contract for sourcing more than 1,poo,poo products for the Village and assembling the-surpise!-flat pack furniture, have created a dedicated website to handle the sale –remainsofthegames.co.uk

Now I love my friends across the pond, don’t get me wrong. It’s nothing personal, but  London 2012 Olympic Village decor is well..bloody dreadful.

 

 

Hope my friends in Sochi add a little of that signature Russian bling in 2014. We’ll be watching..

XO

Last Minute Olympic Viewing Party Ideas And The Gold Medal Winner In All Of Us

If you’re thinking about hosting a last minute Olympic get together..where do you begin??

If you’re planning your soiree at this late hour, then it’s more like a “Hey, wanna come over and watch the Olympics?” then a legit Olympic Viewing Party. And that’s totally cool, my best fetes have taken place like that.

So, you could do TWO things at this point. Freak out and try to be The Best Hostess Ever and make everything all perfect and Stepford-ish. OR, just order some food and add a few little touches-or just one that will make it feel a little more special.

I’m all about chic and easy. Frazzled is not fabulous. So, I was wondering what could you do to make the sushi/pizza/sandwiches/chinese takeout feel more special. Honestly, the easiest way is to add a little party decor, one dessert or themed drink and that’s all. In the photo below, I picked out a few things I found through a Google search that are cute and easy (except the Olympic swimming pool thing which is totally cool if you have the time and baking skill set). I have neither, but hey!

Keep in mind, Olympic Themes can be really easy if you remember one thing: The Olympic Rings and the hallmark of al things Olympics are 

BLUE, GREEN, RED, YELLOW AND BLACK

So, at the end of the day, if you want to keep it super simple just do something around those colors. Party City, Target or really any supermarket will have little plastic plates and cups in all these colors. Balloons, napkins, straws, M&M’s, anything really. Then add your own little twist and sit back and cheer on your favorite athletes.

I love the Olympics. I love the cheers, the tears, the back stories, the podium moments and the overall patriotic camaraderie it evokes. But most of all, it is a reminder that we are all capable of greatness. That if we choose to, if we re fully dedicated, we can too achieve whatever greatness we so desire. It is a reminder we should heed more often.

When we see our country’s athletes get that medal placed around their neck, looking to the sky with that look in their eyes as the tears stream down their face, it is something we should all experience in a lifetime, don’t you think? After all, it is the ultimate in goal achievement. I read a quote last night that really resonated with me.

“..Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is only for the chosen few, for the superstars. The truth is, greatness is for us all. This is not about lowering expectations; it’s about raising them for every last one of us. Greatness is not in one special place, and it’s not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it. Find your greatness..”

Tonight, just enjoy your Olympic cake pops.

XO

Courtney