Shopping Lists

Best Kids Toys for Any Room

Who hates asking their children to pick up their toys as much as we do?! We found the cutest unisex goodies for all ages that don't look terrible when left out. Like us, we know all of you work hard to make your rooms pretty, so we wanted you to have the skinny on toys that blend into any design. Best, loads of these toys are on SALE for the holidays!

Holy Smoke!

We are currently gaga for all things smoky - maybe it is all the rainy weather we are having that is making us feel moody! From modern to industrial to vintage-inspired, here are a few of our favorite smoky items that will give depth to any room.

Best Kitchen Lantern Lighting

At Hanover Avenue, we love the look of lanterns in kitchens, especially now that they are available in so many different shapes, finishes and styles. There is definitely a lantern out there to fit any kitchen. Check out a quick list of some of our favorites!

A Neutral Sofa Six Ways

A neutral slipcovered sofa is your little black dress! It goes with anything and works anywhere, so check out the one we love most lately and the pillows we found to go with it for every season and vibe....

Cozy Reading Corner

The chicest parings to created a reading nook that will work in any room of your house! Find out why winter whites and mid-century look fab no matter what.... Best: We have something for every price point! Splurge & Save!

Animal Heads

So many still love to display their sport, and c'est la vie, but if you are not a hunter, these heads will add dimension and texture to any wall. Mixed in with framed art or simply hung alone - they liven up any room.

Modern Nursery Design Inspired by Ashley Freeman

A unisex nursery as fabulous as Ashley Freeman's turned us all into mush as we imagined "dream babies" (you know, the kind that never cry or poop).... Our whole team (even the dudes!) started creating nurseries in our mind's eye and imagining perfect days and nights spent with cooing tots! One guy on our team actually said, "Ashley's nursery is so cute, my ovaries hurt!" Soooo, we simply HAD to put all of this creative energy to good use!

Fairy Notes

My eldest daughter wrote this note to the tooth fairy, and I still laugh when I read it. There is so much that’s funny about this little letter, but what I love the most is her deep belief in magic. What a fun age! So in honor of magic, tooth fairy notes, pixie dust and little girls everywhere, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite sparkly things to make her bedroom special.

Gray Hairs

No one told me that gray hair is wild and wiry and unruly. And if they did tell me, my then-twenty-something brain rightly chose to delete the information. I don’t know how I’m already getting gray hair?! Actually my “gray hair” is snow white, which seems far worse…. Here are a few things that I recently found on a buying trip to Dallas that remind me of the crazy new addition to my mane. I think this stuff looks fab!

A Blue Pillow Story

On this sofa, we really "went for it" with blue both in color, pattern, and texture, and the result is so pretty! These pillows look like a collection that could have evolved over the years - an effect that we love so much - we can't stand the look of a paint by number, "insta-room", and this space is definitely not contrived!

Boob Lights

A raw bulb dangling from the ceiling is better than a boob light, but in the spirit of avoiding electrocution, here are a few of my favorite flush mount fixtures in a variety of styles and price points.

Make Art Your Own

Fine art is expensive. We want an original Helen Frankenthaller over the mantle in our office, and guess what? That's not happening . . . ((pitiful sniff)) But luckily, there are loads of resources for "off the rack art" in stores and on the internet. And because we cringe at the thought of everyone having the exact same things hanging on their walls, we wanted to show you how we like to take mass-produced art and make it unique!

Dots and Texture

Every teenage girl thinks that she will be a pretty young thing forever. I actually remember thinking, "Who cares what I look like at 40?! By 36, a woman is a corpse!" Well, now I’m 38, and my skin might as well be on a corpse. Oh, the sun damage! Brown blotches are appearing everywhere and I have freckles galore - and not the cute freckles of youth - the gnarly freckles of time! So in an effort to make myself feel better about my spots, we’ve found a fabulous selection of things with dot patterns for any room in your house!

A Designer for Marge

We’ve curated a blue collection inspired by our favorite cartoon mom, Marge Simpson - line drawings, watercolor inspired fabrics, and traditional profiles simplified to their most basic essence which is both modern and what one might expect to see in animation. We've even found art and a mirror that echo Marge's gravity defying beehive hairdo!

Runners for Spring

I don't know why, but hall runners remind me of summer houses and floppy weekend retreats. I just love the look of them laid in a row down rambling halls. They feel so casual, and give narrow spaces a crisp hit of color and texture in the most relaxed way.

Bada$$ Brass

I guess you've heard? Brass is "back". Was it ever really out? Maybe a better way to say it is: Shiny, lacquered, flimsy, Miami Vice style brass was never a good idea so it thankfully fell out of fashion. But luminous, unlacquered, solid, handsome brass has always been a classic, and thankfully the world remembered that fact, so it's everywhere again! Whoop!! The beauty of brass is that is has strong cool notes compared to gold, goldleaf, or copper. This allows it to play well with almost every other metal, so use it like the phenomenal team player that it is. Here are three of my brass canons.

Sterling Frames

Sterling frames do not have to be the annoying things found in the flat boxes of upper school graduation presents! A hint of sterling is one of my go-to design tips. It doesn't matter if the room is very modern or quite traditional - sterling frames add subtle sparkle and refinement to every space, so it's no surprise that I've used them in several Big Reveals.

Vessel Sinks

I’m probably going to be tarred and feathered for admitting this, but I really don’t like vessel sinks. There I said it. They are all the rage and I can’t understand how they ever became a trend? Instead, try one of these little gems pictured above. Even the most high-end vessel sinks look clunky to me. To use a descriptor my six-year-old loves to abuse, I think they are “awkward” . . . but more than that, they are hard to use. Water splashes out of them, making a mess all over the counter, and they require specific (and inconvenient) faucets. Call me high maintenance - it won’t be the first time. *wink!*

Neon Screamed At Me

Isn’t it funny how small things can trigger a memory? Every time I see neon, I’m reminded of a time I used all capslock incorrectly with a client. Hint: USING ALL CAPS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO RESPOND TO YOUR CLIENT WHEN SHE IS UPSET. Unfortunately, just like capslock, NEON JUST FEELS LIKE IT’S SCREAMING. But I still like to use it! So, it became my mission to find neon that can sit appropriately and not call complete attention to itself.

Umbrella Stands

“Granddanny had an umbrella with a hidden gun in it! Or was it in his cane?” No one knows the truth anymore. All I know is my grandfather had a wicked collection of umbrellas and they all lived in a brass urn by the door.