playing house: mad men style

I know I'm not alone when I say, "If I ever got a chance travel back in time to any era, it would no doubt be the 1950/60's". There is something awe inspiring about that period. Most often I refer to the a-line, clinched waist garments the females used to wear or the dapper suits, the gents used to don morning, noon and night. I could go on forever talking about the drool worthy era but today, I am referring to the fashion that we live in everyday, the haven we call home. This era in the home is having a huge comeback but with a modern flair.

As AMC's Mad Men series is about to come to a close, I thought it would be the perfect time to share ‘How to get your very own Mad Men inspired rooms with a 21st century twist!’



Headboards have been a tasteful addition to the bedroom boudoir since forever, so there is nothing new here, but when it comes to drawing inspiration from the 50/60's, the bolder the headboard the better. These days, we don't need to pair a bold headboard with outrageous wallpaper like they did back then. Just a few complimentary accent pillows & contrasting throw pillows will do the trick.  Checkout this amazing bedroom by Shelter Interior Design

Vintage Aqua Bed Frame louis-xv-style-French Tufted headboard

Bar carts have been all the rage these past 8 years.  Maybe we owe that to the series or maybe don't. Either way I'm definitely not complaining! Not only are they stunning to look at, they are incredibly practical. No more sifting through your liquor cabinets to see if you have all the ingredients for your favorite cocktail. Put your bottles out on display & you will always be prepared!

The recipe for the perfect bar cart requires only a few ingredients:
  1. SIMPLE IS BEST - Don't put the entire liquor store on your bar cart. Just keep the ingredients for a few of your favorite cocktails & at least one non-alcoholic cocktail for those friends who need to drive. Remember to keep your liquor bottles on the smaller side too. That big 2XL whisky bottle will drown the cart if you leave it there.
  2. DECOR ACCENTS ARE KEY - Whether it is beautifully designed straws or an arrangement of coffee table books. Make your cart stand out with a few touches of you.
  3. BRING NATURE TO YOUR COCKTAIL - This is my rule (so it doesn't apply to all), but there is nothing like a touch of nature to add life into your cart. It could be a single rose bud in a small vase or a succulent. Either way some sort of plant (or fake plant) always compliments a bart cart in my mind.

Wood-paneling... Yes I said it!
Back in the day there was nothing more classy than the wood on wood look. However, now we prefer to keep the walls light & airy, with wood accents in the furniture. This doesn't have to be the case. Keep the wood paneling I tell you... (I know for some of you that means your eyes rolled back into you head!). Trust me you can make it work!

When it comes to wood paneling my technique is simple. Keep your color palate to a minimum, 3 or 4 colors is key (wood being one of these) & only use the wood paneling as a feature wall. You can pair the paneling with some mid-century modern furniture & accents to create your Mad Men inspired room.


I hope this inspires you to bring a little Mad Men interior design in to your home. Be sure to check out Charish; an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture. I found most of the mid-century modern furniture I used in this post there. I know my good friend Mr. Bosch will be very excited for this store, not so much Mrs Bosch!

Now Mr Colorful can bring us a round of cocktails in style ;-)

Xo Carla

E-Design Mood Boards - Krista

My wonderful friend Krista recently moved from east-coast to be with he lover in the south.
Krista asked for some help on how to decorate her new apartment &  I was so honored, I thought I would make her my first e-design customer. 

If your not familiar with the term e-design. It's basically interior designing through the internet, but instead of going shopping with your client, you send them a link on where to buy the furniture. Since I'm the queen of DIY, some of my furniture links are to DIY tutorials online. So Krista can save $$$ and create the look herself!

Krista design requests where: 1) use existing furniture 2) add color to the built in bookcase 3) She can't paint the walls.

So here goes.... my first e-design boards. I hope you like them:

DIY Pallet Art | Side Table  | Couch (Existing) | Ottoman

Pillow one, two, three & four (make your own using similar fabrics)
Side-table one | Lamp one (similar) | Couch (Existing)

Lamps (pre-owned) | Side-tables  (preowned /Painted) | Bedspread (Pre owned)

Another online mag to L O V E

I love online magazines! 
Thanks to the lovely ladies at Adore Home magazine, we have a new one in the bag.
Introducing: Lovely, an online wedding magazine. The first of it's kind!
Congratulations Loni Parker & the gang! What a great job!
Enjoy reading friends! I hope you love it as much as me!

Seeing Spots

Just the other day I was browsing the web for some inspiration for an event I'm styling & this stunning polka-dot peplum dress popped up in my image search..... So I bought it!
 I can't wait to wear it to the office! Heck...I can wear it almost every where it's so versatile! ____________

I created a few styling boards for my newest wardrobe sensation - Miss Polka Dot.
Isn't it funny how the internet can take you to the strangest places!
Polka-dot Peplum Dress - Work Mood Board


Polka-dot Peplum Dress - Wedding Mood Board


PLEASE NOTE: My stunning dress is no-longer available at RIVER ISAND, please find a similar version HERE

minty yum yum!

So those of you who know me, I love making cake/cupcakes & anything sweet!
My Grandma Joy & I used to make a dessert every Sunday. Oh boy do I miss those days! 
She used to say I could be a pastry chef, because my cake designs were so unique. 
Thanks GG, you made me feel pretty special!
So this post is dedicated to you Grandma Joy, I will always think of you when I bake!
 Enjoy this Mint-White Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe from Heather at
You can get the recipe by clicking HERE

Mint-White Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe Via

Make sure you check out Heathers book:
I know it's on my to-buy list!


Earlier this week I was browsing the internet for some design inspiration, 
when I stumbled across these colourful painted sticks made by: bonjour frenchie
I'm going to call them Spirit Sticks!
 (Not the kind that bring you bad luck. These colourful sticks could only bring good luck!)

I'm thinking of painting some sticks for my place... they are just beautiful!
If you not much of a DIY person,  head to bonjour frenchie's ETSY page. 
She has stunning handmade items that are sure to make your home colourful!

DIY Painted Spirit-sticks Via