The Weekender: The Grind Before the Calm

Lucy Williams on @SavvyHome

They say the calm comes before the storm… But around here it feels more like the storm before the calm. There’s only two weeks left of work before a long well-deserved two weeks break—which means I’m cramming four weeks of work into two. But then, I’m off to sunny Florida for a whole 13 days! First in Palm Beach for Christmas, and then a little vacay from our vacay in Miami. To say I cannot wait is an understatement—I’ve been hawking Art Basel attendees on Instagram for their best Miami recommendations and there are some great new spots to check out! In the meantime, we’re deep in the grind at the office, but I decided to break up my last two weeks with an ultra relaxing weekend in the Hudson Valley next weekend. “Work hard, play hard” is my motto this month to get through end of year. What’s yours?

 

WEEKEND SALES

Get 20% off at West Elm (30% off if you shop $3000+)! I still have my eye on this chair

Get 20% off sale items at Serena & Lily with the code EXTRATREAT. Hello, Tina Frey!

 

WEEKEND READING

Instagram’s favorite florists design a picture-perfect arrangement. —One Kings Lane

How to throw a holiday feast in a 250 sq. ft. apartment. —Impatient Foodie

I want to eat: Sqirl’s sorrel pesto rice bowl. —Jenni Kayne

What your Christmas tree says about you. —Mr. Porter

How to throw a really posh party. —Mr. Porter

 

ON MYDOMAINE

This is where all the cool kids buy their art.

These are the worst decorating mistakes you can make.

All the things we secretly want in our homes: a gift guide.

Zero-cost ways to make your home feel fresh.

The new shared workspace we all want to move into.

Stop dreaming—book your next vacation at these stunning destinations.

Don’t stress: this gift guide has something for everyone in the family.

One studio apartment 4 ways—follow our stylish guide.

24 thoughtful gifts for every zodiac sign.

Under-$50 gifts that look anything but budget.

This is how interior designers decorate a room from start to finish.

It’s official: these décor trends are out, says a million-dollar decorator.

These stunning paint colors will transform your dining room.

Décor formulas that always look expensive.

The wellness gifts successful people swear by.

24 things to do on a plane when you’re bored.

 

Photo: Lucy Williams

The Weekender: Short Week Ahead

The Weekender: The Fashion Guitar on @SavvyHome

WEEKEND SALES

Buy more, save more at West Elm—up to 30%. Their Black Friday sale kicks off now with the code SAVENOW.

Get 15% off all Herman Miller furniture at Design Within Reach.

Save up to 50% at Net-A-Porter.

 

WEEKEND READING

A Michelin-starred pastry chef just opened a Brooklyn bakeshop. —Tory Daily

How an L.A. it-girl celebrates the season—West Coast style. —One Kings Lane

How excited are you about the Beauty & the Beast remake? —Man Repeller

Elettra Wiedemann’s Entertainment Rules. —Impatient Foodie

Kara Mann on decorating and style. —One Kings Lane

Is this the best restaurant in the world? — Mr. Porter

Inside a stylist’s East Side hideaway. —Jenni Kayne

6 best new restaurants in London. —Mr. Porter

I want to do to: 108, Copenhagen. —AMM

Fear 101. —Man Repeller

 

ON MYDOMAINE

It’s official: these paint color trends are out.

What gift to buy your S.O. based on their personality.

Tell us who you are; we will tell you how to decorate.

This buzzy kitchen is taking L.A.’s food scene by storm.

PSA: Montreal is just 6 hours north of New York (and it’s pretty great).

How to tidy up your cupboards (and elevate your home).

Which Canadian city should you live in, based on your personality?

Inside a Vancouver kitchen that’s actual #lifegoals.

How to turn your home into a safe haven (when you want to escape the world).

6 Friendsgiving trends that are blowing up this year, says Pinterest.

 

Photo: The Fashion Guitar

The Weekender: Falling in Love With this City

The Weekender on @SavvyHome

Every time I think it’s finally getting colder in New York, the city surprises us with gorgeous almost-summer weather. Just today, I had brunch outside—in November! The sun was shining, the leaves were slowly changing as we watched the New York marathoners finish their race while sipping on Bloody Marys. This weekend reminded me once again how much I love this city—where there’s always something to do, people to see, and more people to meet. There’s never a dull moment around here, and staying home becomes a rare luxury to relish in once in a while—like a visit at the spa or a Michelin-starred dinner. We may be paying absurd rents to live in literal shoeboxes, but we really do have the best backyard.

 

WEEKEND SHOPPING

Shop lighting up to 25% off at Serena & Lily. Grabbing this pendant for above my bed.

Get up to 30% off everything on Horchow. Great time to pick up Matouk bedding and towels!

Get 20-30% off sofas and sectionals at West Elm! I absolutely love this sofa (and of course, my own).

Use the code 25HOURS and get 30% your entire purchase at J.Crew! I’m grabbing these pretty pumps.

 

WEEKEND READING

12 very important house rules that must never be broken (finally someone as OCD as me). —Hommemaker

Win a Gio Ponti mirror (actually don’t, because I want to win it). —Dering Hall

Text advice: how to answer all those unreads in your inbox. —Man repeller

A modern take on a mininalist Brooklyn townhouse. —One Kings Lane

This house is basically everything I’ve ever wanted. —Bloglovin Edit

Bunny Williams’ gift wrapping is everything. —One Kings Lane

The autumn guide to upstate New York. Let’s go! —EyeSwoon

Combos to instantly up your curb appeal. —Emily Henderson

I want to go to: Wyoming’s Brush Creek Ranch. —Tory Daily

How to have the best-looking fridge in town. —Apartment34

 

ICYMI: ON MYDOMAINE

This one clever trick will save you thousands on furniture.

Don’t make these mistakes when renovating your kitchen, says Nate Berkus.

Gorgeous inspiration for your Thanksgiving tablescape.

Do this one thing to clear out the bad vibes in your home.

Throw out your dirty sponge—here’s what you need instead.

Unexpected gifts your significant other will obsess over.

This is how a furniture designer and chef decorates his dining room.

 

Photo: The August Diaries

The Weekender: Goodbye October

The Weekender: Lucy Williams on @SavvyHome

Is it really already November next month? I can’t believe how fast fall has flown so far. It’s officially getting chilly in New York and we’re getting a little taste of what winter will be like. I’m bundling up and stocking up on winter clothing like a crazy person. In other uninteresting (and slightly creepy) news—it’s Halloween, after all: I had my first real New York experience this week. The kind of event that breaks you down and toughens you up, the type of experience that you see in movies and think—yeah right, New York isn’t so bad. It is. Disclaimer: don’t read this while eating.

Picture this: I was walking down my block at night, in pitch black darkness and pouring rain, trying to text a friend while holding my umbrella and trying to keep my new suede boots from getting completely soaked, when suddenly, the ground felt uneven under my foot—and it cracked and squeeled—and it ran. Away. And I screamed and jumped what felt like 4 feet high. Yep—I stepped on a rodent this week—and I’m not sure what kind. In fact, I’d rather not know. But just like getting pooped on by a bird is considered to be good luck, I’m taking this as my rite of passage to become a real New Yorker. For better, or in this case, for worse.

 

Weekend Sales

Save up to 40% off on furniture at West Elm. Want. Everything.

Shop Bloomingdales One Day Home Sale and save 20%-75%!

Serena & Lily is offering an extra 20% off sale styles with the code PLUS20.

Take 30% off all shirts and blouses at Mango. I’m getting this poplin blouse and this printed flowy shirt.

Get an extra 30% off outerwear and sale styles at J.Crew with the code SALETREAT. I’m grabbing these shoes.

 

Weekend Reading

Gel peels are the masks that you can see working—have you tried them? —Man Repeller

Tour a textile maven’s chic and airy Brooklyn townhouse. —One Kings Lane

Erin’s guest bedroom reveal is simply stunning. —Architectural Digest

What Lori Leven of Love Adorned can’t live without. —EyeSwoon

The essentials for building your first home bar. —Man Repeller

How to clean your closet in less than 30 minutes. —Bloglovin

Jacey revealed Polly’s Piano Room. —Damsel in Dior

At home with Mr. Barnaba Fornasetti. —Mr. Porter

I want to go to: Mauritzhof Münster. —AMM

 

ICYMI: On MyDomaine

Jenni Kayne throws the most stunning fall bash—step inside.

This is how you decorate a high-end home without going broke.

The brutalist trend will awaken the rebel in you.

Small-space hacks New Yorkers know (and love).

The new IKEA hacks that will change your life.

The decorating hacks every single girl should know.

9 décor mistakes you can quickly fix.

 

Photo: Lucy Williams