The Zhush




Home Tour: Charming Weekend Retreat

There's something so appealing about an all black and white decor palette, especially when its paired so perfectly with well thought out finishes and beautiful furnishings. Featured on Elle Decor, this lovely Hamptons retreat belongs to Mona Nerenberg and Lisa Bynon, owners of the chic home and garden shop, Bloom. Designer Mark Cunningham collaborated with the owners and the result here is the perfect mix of modern country charm meets relaxed elegance. The elevated details throughout this home stole my heart, but I'm especially partial to the white painted wood floors in the bedroom and exposed beams in the kitchen.

photos by Bjorn Wallander

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The Best Monogram Gift Ideas

Everyone loves gifts that are personal and practical, which is why I always like to give a little reminder that the time to order your monogram gifts for the holidays is now. Some of our most popular items at are the monogram pieces - like this necklace, these mugs, these stroller blankets and these pillow shams. (For questions regarding the order to place the recipients initials, be sure to check out this post all about monogram etiquette).

In addition to the monogram gifts we have at zhush, I've rounded up a few more fabulous finds. Some of which I already own. And a few more I'll be giving as gifts this year...

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Monogram gifts for everyone on your list. Why not tackle your gift list early this year?

1. Monogram catchall: A great gift for the hard to shop for men in your life.

2. Monogram mug: A fun idea for a teacher or co worker.

3. Monogram flannel PJ bottoms: Love these so much, thinking all three of my kids will be seeing these under the tree.

4. Monogram pom pom key chain: Perfect for your sister, sister in law or friend that's like a sister to you.

5. Monogram guest towels: Fun order ahead hostess gift idea.

6. Monogram luggage tag: Idea gift for almost anyone.

7. Monogram cosmetic case: College kids, cousins, babysitters, this gift is truly thoughtful.

8, Monogram needlepoint flask: Your brother, boyfriend, husband or best friend will thank you.

9. Monogram signet ring: Personal favorite (this one's going on my own list).

10. Monogram dog collar: Now that we're dog owners, thinking we need to include Cosmo this year-so smart to have your cell phone number stitched right on to the collar!


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Blogger Home Tours: Bright Bold and Beautiful

This month we are touring the lovely home of Laura Trevey, the talented artist behind the Bright, Bold and Beautiful blog! It's crazy that this month marks a full year of blogger home tours! Last November the series kicked off with Tina's amazing house from The Enchanted Home and it's been a full year of fabulous features since then.

I'm so happy to keep this series going into the next year, as I always love to take a peek into the homes of the creative people behind some of my favorite blogs. Laura's beautiful home is no exception and lives right up to her Bright, Bold and Beautiful moniker (as does her sparkling and warm personality). For design details on these attractive spaces, be sure to stop by Laura's blog. Thanks for sharing your home here today Laura!

Photography for by Kim Frost.


Top Five Favorite Coffee Table Books

decorating with coffee table books

There are two home decor items you can ever have enough of: candles and coffee table books. I've talked about my favorite candles before, but I've never done a whole post on coffee table books, until today.

The easiest way to add some color and personality to a room is with coffee table books. The list of options available is endless-but today I've rounded up my five go to favorites. From fashion, to art and interior design, these beautiful books not only look great, but they're full of amazing photography and fabulous inspiration. And, of course they make excellent holiday gifts!

1. Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design

I own two copies of this book! One I bought for myself a few years ago, as soon as I saw the "eye catching" cover:) The other a good friend bought for me and I'm so glad she did-I'm more than happy to display this beauty twice. The book is as fabulous on the inside as it is on the outside. An Eye For Design, offers an in depth look into the inspiration behind Allegra Hicks' stunning textiles and patterns.

 2. Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits

As America's longest running fashion magazine, Harpers Bazaar has been at the forefront of style for well over a century! This book is filled with amazing editorial fashion imagery and fabulous fashion moments in time. A must have for any fashion and style lover.

3.Vogue Living: House Gardens People

Another gift from a good friend, I can easily get lost inside the beautiful pages of this book. I always turn to it for a little uplifting inspiration and a fun peek inside the lives of some of the world's most glamorous people.

4.Tom Ford

My top personal favorite, and not just because the chic minimalist black cover is the perfect balance to all my pink and feminine fashion books (but it doesn't hurt). This book is a comprehensive catalogue of Ford's designs for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. With more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers, Tom Ford, is the perfect addition to any design lover's book collection.

5. Tom Wesselmann

As a big fan of American pop art (and contemporary art in general), I couldn't resist mentioning Tom Wesselmann's book. The striking cover adds a fun visual any where you place it, which for me is always at the top of the stack.

I have several more favorite coffee table books and the list is always growing. Scroll through below to see a few more of the books I love to decorate with.


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