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Home is where the HEART is

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches! We at Posh believe that this heartfelt holiday should be celebrated in the home all year round. Whether you keep fresh roses in the living room or accent with heart-inspired pieces, there are plenty of ways to keep love a theme in your home décor.

PoshLiving Valentine's Day Designs

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PoshLiving has many beautiful furnishings that will keep romance alive on a daily basis. If you’re looking to send more love to your little ones, PoshTots has pieces with a more playful spin!

PoshTots Valentine's Day Designs

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Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids? This adorable V-Day DIY and scrumptious recipe will have them loving the holiday!

Let Friendship Ring Valentines

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Comfort Sacrifice is Over!

Being brought up in Brazil by a mother with an inclination for English furniture, I did not encounter the recliner until Archie Bunker made me aware of it. Years later when setting up a media room in our country home, I went in search of a comfy recliner and only then I understood its magic – it is beyond comfortable! Unfortunately it was also beyond ugly.

Women are willing to sacrifice comfort for beauty (our penchant for stilettos is proof), but men see it as priority. As a designer trying to deliver the best of both worlds to my clients, I have been in constant search for a  recliner that would not be an eyesore.  I finally found it! Our Delano Recliner is the perfect marriage of style and comfort.

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With the open concept living space being embraced more and more, we want furniture that is practical, comfortable, AND stylish. The sectional sofa has made its way into many of our living spaces in sophisticated designs that do not scream ‘kids at play.’ I especially love our Wynne Sectional! Its elegant style and intricate details are sure to make a statement in any space.

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With these two wonderful pieces carefully placed in our spaces, we are ready for a movie night at home. Forget the popcorn and indulge in one of my favorite ice cream sundaes ever:  The Halvah Sundae

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  • One scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Two tablespoons of tahini
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • Some pistachios sprinkles

You will be surprised by the scrumptious flavor of this Middle Eastern dessert. Try it. You will love it!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Tomato Soup Time!

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The minute the temperature cools down it’s comfort food time.  What’s better than a creamy tomato soup with a luscious and decadent grilled cheese to say hello to winter? We all grew up with the uber-famous and cherished Campbell’s Tomato Soup, but now that we are grown up and our taste buds are more sophisticated, our tomato soup needs to reach new levels and leave the can behind.

The irony is that by this time of the year tomatoes are not at their best so I suggest you to run to the store and buy them a few days in advance so they ripen fully. Tip: Never ever store the tomatoes in the fridge.

This is my modern take on Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, which is fancy enough to be a dinner menu when you expect company:

Ingredients for the soup

12 large ripe tomatoes (about 4 pounds) quartered

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of the best quality balsamic vinegar you can buy

4 large garlic cloves not peeled

½  cup of chopped yellow onions

Salt and pepper

2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

1 spoon of sugar

1 spoon of ketchup

1 cup of fresh bay leaves (loosely packed)

Cooking Instructions

Place the first six ingredients in a non-reactive baking dish. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes until the tomatoes are charred. Let them cool a bit.

Squeeze the garlic out of its peel. Place all the contents in a blender with the chicken or vegetable stock. Add the spoon of sugar if needed, the spoon of ketchup, and the fresh bay leaves.  Turn on your trusted blender (or Vitamix) and blend until very smooth.

You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. If you are not afraid of fat or cream, add a couple spoons when warming it up. Be careful not to get carried away with too much cream or you will lose the wonderful tanginess of the roasted tomatoes.

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Use two thick slices of a wonderful whole grain bread. Spread some Dijon mustard on one side (if you ever go to France bring back a couple jars of their supermarket brand-Amora. It’s divine!) and honey on the other.  Add one mozzarella slice (or two) and one slice of Havarti cheese (or two) topped with a couple of basil leaves.

Bring out your Panini press or a heavy skillet and some melted butter.  Press down your sandwich until the scrumptious cheeses melt.

Such a light meal leaves plenty of room for dessert. Reach out to your recipe box and bake a scrumptious apple pie (or buy one if you are feeling lazy). It will be the perfect ending for this all American menu.

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Pretty china enhances any food, so look for a lovely soup bowl and coordinating plate for the warm cheese bite.  This black and white china designed by Christian Lacroix would be perfect. Can’t you picture those bold stripes against the bright red of the tomatoes? This design can be appropriate for dinner or lunch. It gives a punch of style with presentation. Isn’t that what this meal is all about? (See this Copacabana Bowl and others here.)

Share your recipe experience with me: [email protected]

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

What we can do for YOU!

In this world of point-and-click, sometimes pressing enter just isn’t enough.  Thankfully, we aim to give you more!

At PoshTots and PoshLiving, we aren’t just here to furnish your home. We want you to fall in love with it! Your wants and needs are important to us. That’s why we offer complimentary, in-house designer services that range from what upholstery to choose for a chair to helping you with the right floor plan.

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Small Spaces Design Board by PoshTots

Send us the dimensions of a room or pictures of pieces you already have and we can help you with a design that is perfect for you. The possibilities are endless! All it takes is a phone call to one of our designers and you will have your virtual experience taken to a personal level with excellent results.

Browse through our sites! Get inspiration from our many designer rooms!  Take note of what you love and how you want your space to feel! It is important to us that we know a little bit about you. After all, we want to create your dream home.

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Maybe you aren’t looking to design a whole room. Even if you are just looking for one specific piece, let us know and we will bring the best options right to you! Our free personal shopper experience can make your search so much easier.

Remember, “Posh” doesn’t have to mean expensive. You can be posh with any budget! Our job is to get creative. And even if you don’t find what you are looking for on our sites, we will make sure we to find it for you—we love researching different styles!

So give us a call! You won’t regret it.

1-866-POSHTOT (866-767-4868), 1-866-POSHLVG (866-767-4584), or email [email protected]

The Western Vintage Way

Whether you’re decorating a nursery, living room, or the whole house, designing with the Western Vintage way will bring a warm feeling to your space. Mix weathered and vintage looking furnishings with earthy tones, Aztec-inspired patterns, and a touch of western décor to achieve this rising style trend in interior design.

Our designers have put together Western Vintage looks for both you and baby, so you can be at home on the range no matter where you live. Are you a fan of this style or do you think it should stay in the “Old West?”

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Add eclectic flare to your home with these Western Vintage inspired favorites from PoshLiving. Using a geometric designed rug with bold bright colors brings visual interest to this living space.

Mixing in soft fabrics with the leather sofa softens the room, while the weathered case pieces make the room feel rustic.  Unique lighting and traditional art are the finishing touches needed to make this room complete.

 Western Vintage Nursery by PoshTots

We adopted this version of the typical kid-inspired cowboy themed room and gave it a little bit of sophistication.

Starting with a palette of neutral earthy shades, subtle hints of the Wild West adorn this nursery. Accents of vintage-inspired furnishings and accessories are just enough to create this eclectic mix.

Posh Pantone Pick: Koi Designs

Fall is here and we’re feeling inspired! The Pantone Color Report for Fall 2013 has some beautiful selections that have every interior designer and fashion stylist buzzing with ideas. Our favorite Fall color is currently Koi!

Koi, “a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up.” We’ve taken it in both directions: a brighter pop for an exciting gender neutral nursery and a soft serene bedroom for you.

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{Get the look} – Tribecca Tangerine Baby Bedding – Fair Isle Rug – Austin Crib – Salerno Savannah Dresser – Madeline Window Panel – Ferris Wallpaper – Aqua Pendant Lamp – Bailey Rocker – Mercury Glass Table Lamp – Brigitte Side Table – Seabreeze Aqua Band Pillow – Grid Personalized Canvas

In this gender neutral nursery, Koi takes center stage in bold dots and stripes, while accents with pale aqua and a hint of chocolate make for a chic color story. We selected Benjamin Moore’s Tamarind to be used as an accent color in this room with our hot air balloon wall covering.

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{Get the look} – Bukhara Bedding – Serpentine Rug – Moroccan Leather Pouf – Elemental Night Stand – Cabinetmaker’s Telephone Table – Bellini Twilight Sphere Chandelier – Corolla Mirror – Besler Aqua Aubusson Textiles – Bukhara Olive Pillow – Bukhara Rust Pillow – Patricia Lamp – Vanderbilt Chair – White Peony Bouquet

As fall approaches, inspiration for the home can be found all around us, especially in nature.  Koi is the focal color for this sophisticated autumn-inspired bedroom. It’s then paired with leaf green and neutral beiges are used as coordinating accent colors to tie the whole room together.  Dark wood pieces and gold light fixtures add elegant contrast to this neutral palette.

A Colorful Case of the Blues!

To my amazement, this summer my hydrangeas bloomed with full force. I wasn’t feeling very confident since I had just planted them at the end of last fall, but they looked healthy and the flowers had the most intense blue.

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There is something to be said about Hydrangea blue: it is not uniform but it runs the gamut from the pale to the almost purple. I love the medium blue and find it very inviting. Apparently, Designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz is also a fan. The Mondrian Hotel in NYC, which he designed, makes use of that beautiful blue to create a magic atmosphere.

If you happen to be planning a trip to the Big Apple, make sure you sneak in for a drink and soak in this magic blue that does wonders for the hotel’s ambiance.  Not only you will be surrounded by this sophisticated shade of blue; you will marvel at every small detail of its décor.

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I especially thought the bookcase display at the café was quite clever with its books grouped by the color of their jackets. This is something one can do at home and reap the rewards of a carefully staged bookcase.

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Another unusual feature was the use of many chandeliers to make a gigantic light fixture that sparkles above the bar area.

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At Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar, their main eatery, suspended glass shelves make the perfect display venue for glasses and jars. This is another wonderful idea that we can translate to home décor.

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A great way to make your home a step above the ordinary: Be bold and infuse unusual touches in your spaces. The world around us is a great laboratory of ideas. Make sure you take advantage of it by letting yourself be inspired wherever you go.  I will be on the look out for tips and ideas to share with you.

Here are some of our “blues” to enjoy:

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If interested in the above wallcovering, fabrics, or our other blue options, please contact a design consultant: 866-767-4868 or [email protected].

– Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane

Butterfly Home Beauty

This trend just in: butterfly designs are all around us!

From our gardens to Nature Centers, they have invaded our homes in the form of dishes, fabrics, and other accessories. What a beautiful way to make spring linger longer and have summer stay…

I for one could not resist and added two silk embroidered butterfly pillows to my dining room banquette.

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Christian Lacroix, the former designer for Dior, directed his talent to creating whimsical designs for the home and showered plates and fabrics with butterflies.

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I marveled at the beautiful butterfly kissing my hydrangea trees and vowed to visit the garden center and pick some more butterfly loving plants.

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Botanical gardens all over the country are celebrating butterflies by showering visitors with them at their greenhouses.  The beauty and lightness of butterflies bring grace and color into our homes.

During the colder months when grey is all around us, a splash of color can do wonders to uplift our moods. Think of the whimsical patterns of the butterfly fabrics in a throw pillow, a chair or cool art work on the wall.

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Run to your craft store and stock up on decorative butterflies.  Have them make a surprise appearance on your tablescape. They make a great place card!

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If you are looking for more ideas to brighten your space, send me an email at [email protected]. I will love to share my design tips with you.

Cheers,

Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane

A Match Made in Posh Heaven

You’ve been shopping all day long for that perfect style and finally you’ve found it! …if only it was your size. Or maybe you’ve been shopping for a friend and you can’t help but pull things that you like too. (Hey! Put that dress back. You’re shopping for a friend, remember?)

When you purchase new décor for your kiddo’s space, why not find something similar that is suitable for your own? PoshTots and PoshLiving are a luxury match made in heaven!

beds

Upholstered Nob Hill Bed                                           Regal Bed

Your little princess does not have to be the only one sleeping like royalty. You too can sleep peacefully like a queen.

bedding

Silvermist Linen Baby Bedding                          Daphne Bedding Collection

This neutral bedding is perfect for both a baby girl and boy’s room and the soft gray and off white colors are calming, great for baby naps and mommy naps.

 

dressers

Brady Boy Dresser                                         myHaven Double Dresser

Why not throw a pop of color in the mix? The darker, rustic red of the double dresser from PoshLiving adds a more sophisticated touch of red to your décor.

 

sofas

Parker Child Sofa                                       Romeo Settee

This child sofa is simply too adorable to not have one for yourself. So, here’s one for you too! Add a bit of classic charm to your interior!

 

canvases

Zebra Chandelier Canvas Mural                  Elegant Chandelier I Canvas

If zebra print wall art is a bit too loud for your taste, tone it down with our chandelier canvas from PoshLiving. Elegant, yet simple.

 

 flowers

Bouquet of Flowers Sconce                        Calantha Crystal Chandelier

Who says you can’t have flowers that stay in bloom year round? We say you can! This lighting is perfect if you and your tot share a love for all things flowery.

Now your room can be just as posh as your tot’s. After all, they’ll inherit their good taste from you!

Accessories with a Statement

Some furnishings may be labeled as accessories, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make a statement! The right lighting in a room should be like eye-catching jewelry that completes an outfit. It artistically draws everything together and a look is too plain without it.

Make the lighting in your home stand out as the focal point of a room with these fabulous new designs offered by PoshLiving.

Vibrant Cool

This blue hue adds vibrancy and life while giving you a calming sense of the ocean or sky. The beauty is in simplicity with this look.

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Bubbly Bright

Give your look a little extra personality with a fun popping color all over. Beading adds a sense of playfulness!

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Classic Luster

A sleek gold is just enough to spice up a space, without over doing it. You can pair an array of colors with it, but a classic look will always catch an eye.

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Ocean Luxury

Take the wondrous beauty of the ocean to create a luxurious look filled with serenity. The blush pinks and off whites go perfectly with a set of pearls, transforming neutrals into elegance.

Cockle Shell Chandelier

Carolee Pearl Cluster Necklace

Neutral Pop

You may think that neutral and pop are contradictory when referring to color, but orange is an exception! Keep an earthy palette while adding orange as your neutral pop. It isn’t gender or age specific and fits beautifully with warm browns.

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Rugged Art

The look of a brightly colored stone gives an artistic feel to any piece. A natural looking finish or stone has its own elegance and vibrancy that you can’t find anywhere else.

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Industrial Chic

Metallic finishes and clean cuts take a neutral modern look to a whole new level. Spruce up your industrial style pieces to stand out from the simplicity.

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anthro crescent bib