HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE (WAY)

posted by Elshane on Jun 10 2021, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

If you've been following along on Elshane's World for awhile by now, it's safe to say you know how much I love to...

MAKE AN ENTRANCE

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A REFLECTION OF HOME

posted by Elshane on Apr 6 2021, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

Furnishing a home from near scratch is equal parts exciting and daunting. I can't deny that I've lost some sleep over my vision boards piling up while making big budget decisions on classics vs. trends vs. gut instincts.

 

So I sat down with Wayfair last week and chatted all things home decor to give you a little insight into what goes through my brain during the decision-making process. Enjoy! 

 

Wayfair Q & A with Elshane of Elshane’s World

 

Wayfair: You’re a celebrity fashion stylist, blogger, and mom with some serious personal style. Would you say that your fashion style affects your interior design style, or vice versa? How are they similar or different?

 

Elshane: I have a very confident eye for fashion and style. Over the years, I have tried to integrate that eye into interior design when it comes to my homes. I’ve lived in ten homes in the last four years, so you can imagine how many times I’ve been able to test my limits! My go-to strategy? Mixing unexpected elements-- in interiors that would be the juxtaposition of contemporary design, vintage finds, and a bit of East Asian and glam influence.

 

Wayfair: We love seeing your creative, vibrant posts that simultaneously highlight your professional fashion and interior design style and your mom and home life. Your personal stories and authentic voice lend so much to everything you share. Has it been a fun ride blending all the parts of yourself and sharing your life through your blog? 

 

Elshane: I learned at a very early age to hone in on my self confidence. I do believe that confidence drives your inner ability to identify your own sense of style. Without the fear of a judging eye, you can really dig into what, aesthetically, makes you most happy. I enjoy sharing my colorful world with my followers!

 

Wayfair: Have you made any changes to your home design or function over the past year on account of lifestyle changes due to the global pandemic? How have you and your family adapted?

 

Elshane: I have always enjoyed being a host at home. Obviously, over the past year, hosting has come nearly to a halt. However, maybe the inner desire in me to host again one day soon has lent itself to me starting a collection of playful hosting decor, like tie dye table settings, acrylic napkin rings, and kid and outdoor-friendly melamine serving platters. 

 

Wayfair: Where do you find inspiration for the design projects you’ve done for your kids? Also, do your kids engage in the design process with you?

 

Elshane: My favorite rooms to design are always the kid spaces-- be it my daughters’ bedrooms, their playrooms, and their outdoor creative spaces. Color is everything to me, so I can’t shy away from rainbows, wallpaper, and FUN. But, if I let my daughters in on my design process, we’d have too much glitter and unicorns everywhere. Instead, I pick my favorite options, show them, and slyly skew them in the right direction for them to “choose” their favorites. A classic mom move...

 

 

Featured: Isabelle & Max Eyler Kids Table and Chair Set from Wayfair

 

Wayfair: Your home design style is so chic and elevated and expresses so much personality. Can you offer us a few room-by-room design style tips? Let’s start with your kitchen style. What advice do you have for people who would like to define their kitchen space in such a high-end, yet very real and livable way?

Elshane on Her Kitchen Style (and How You Can Find Yours!): I can drool for days over any room published in Architectural Digest, but if the space doesn’t feel realistic-- as in, if the children in the home can’t freely roam the rooms as the mini tornados they are destined to be-- then is it really a realistic dream? 

 

I want my home to be beautiful but also to be real, downright comfortable for my kids. The Wayfair kitchen table I placed aside my kitchen island offers just that for our family. Comfort, accessibility for the kids, and still a super chic sense of style.

 

Shop Wayfair for Kitchen: French door refrigerators | retro refrigerators | microwaveswine refrigerators | and more

 

 

Featured: Darrius Low Profile Platform Bed from Wayfair

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Wayfair: What is your number one style MUST for a bedroom space that makes a statement but also feels like the most comfortable spot in the world?

 

Elshane on Bedroom Style: A cozy, yet stylish rug for you to land your feet at the start of each day is exactly what we need every morning.


 

Shop Wayfair for Bedroom: Bed in a bag | Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases | mattresses from full size to king size (on sale!) | full-length mirrors | area rugs | and more

 

 

 

 

Wayfair: Can you share your take on powder room vs. full bath style? 

 

Elshane on Powder Room & Full Bathroom Style: A powder room is synonymous for… make your wildest fantasies come true! Slap on the dreamiest wallpaper and be sure to offer perfect lighting for your guests-- it’s the first place they’ll visit in your home, and the last they’ll see before they leave. If they look in the mirror and are well-lit and feel glamorous in your space, they’ll beg to come back for more.

Wayfair: You have created some seriously cool spaces for your kids. What inspires and guides you most as you design these beautiful spaces?

 

Elshane on Kids’ Spaces: I love to break all the rules and have all the fun. A playroom with A, B, C wallpaper? No thank you! A playroom with wild and trippy outer space wallpaper that allows my childrens’ imaginations to enter a new universe? Sign us up.

 

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Wayfair: Thank you for sharing a bit more about your life and style with us, Elshane!


Elshane: Thank you Wayfair! Can you send a contractor to my home to build me a new wing? I need any excuse to keep browsing your site for more furniture shopping!

 

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SoCal Outdoor Living

posted by Elshane on Feb 19 2021, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

Having a fabulous and functional outdoor living space in Southern California is par for the course, of course.

As a frequent host, but also a serious Virgo (ultra-organized, clean freak, perfectionist), I never in the past had a good relationship with outdoor furniture. The process of constantly covering everything, then uncovering (and where to even put the covers when not in use is a whole other conversation), was all too much work and dust for my practical brain. 

 

 

I discovered Outer recently after noticing their unparalleled technology with their patented OuterShell, which is a cover that is actually attached to the sofa cushion and rolls over the sofa when not in use, and rolls and tucks back behind the cushion when in use. See for yourself in my image above! 

 

Aside from its extreme comfort and excellent, top top top tier quality, the company prides itself on sustainability. Each chair is made of approximately 100 plastic bottles! And the furniture is 100% recyclable.

 

 

I infused Moroccan outdoor pillows and floor pillows from Society6 to enhance the colors of our outdoor space. The color explosion feels natural for our family-- as we always associate bright colors with happiness!

 

The white sturdy plastic rocking horses are from the Amazon Basics collection and they stack and store easily when not in use by the kiddos!

 

 

 

I finished the space with an outdoor washable rug from Ruggable and stackable tables from NewMade LA. The stackable tables are perfect for hosting because they can be easily moved to accommodate a guest sitting anywhere on the Outer sofa. 

 

 

 
Our 7-piece sectional is ideal for hosting a few friends over with their kids... we sit comfortably and watch as the kids run in the backyard. Although we're on pause with entertaining right now as we respect the need for social distancing, staying safer at home, and keeping to ourselves while we stop the spread of the virus, we really look forward to a lifetime ahead of entertaining on our Outer sofa!
 
Check out my full outdoor exclusive feature on Outer's website here!
 
 
Photographs taken in Los Angeles by Sabrina Hill
 
 
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THE FURNITURE HUNT

posted by Elshane on Feb 10 2021, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

It's one of those things where... if you know, you know.

 

What is? Oh, furniture shopping on Wayfair! Some might endlessly scroll on food blogs, or fashion websites, but for me, the endless scroll of gorgeous, attainable furniture on Wayfair is my daily passion!

 

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.

 

That's why I knew, when shopping for a perfect entryway console table, that Wayfair would be my go-to. I was in between the modern look, rustic, and vintage, and I was having trouble finding the exact piece I wanted anywhere else. When I found this beautiful console table on Wayfair, I immediately messaged them asking for more details about the piece, and they got back to me within a day. I purchased the item, and just one week later it was delivered with a contact-less, safe delivery to my doorstep!

 

 

Now my next step is figuring out how I want to style the console table. Stacks of books, photo frames, flowers.... every single day I find myself re-arranging the look. I've never had a console table before (the downfall of a small NYC apartment, it seems!), so the luxury of being able to style an empty tabletop in my new Los Angeles home is extremely exciting!

I guess my next step is to head back onto Wayfair to pick out some new tabletop accessories....

 

Photography taken at home in LA by Sabrina Hill

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VEGA'S FIRST BIRTHDAY {IN QUARANTINE}

posted by Elshane on Jul 8 2020, under Baby/Motherhood

 

At this point (summer 2020), I think it's safe to say that nearly everyone will experience a "quarantine birthday" this year. The question is, how will you choose to celebrate yours? 

For Vega, I wanted to give her that special first birthday to look back on for years to come. After a first birthday party like her older sister had (check out our party, here), it was important for me to give Vega that same warm, loving backyard party experience.

But how does that go down in quarantine mode?

First Step: Cut that guest list down to.... five... five very close friends who we've been having trusted play dates with over the past few weeks. A "quaran-team" as some may put it. The truth is, with such a small guest list, you're no longer playing host, so you can spend more time celebrating your little love!

 

 

Step Two: Don't skimp on that styled dessert table. Even though the guest count may be down, an amp'd up dessert table can really be the excitement and celebration behind the special day. For us in LA, it's a no-brainer to call Amy's Cakes and Sweet Treats, a small, female-owned in-home bakeshop that pumps out the most decadent party treats in LA. 

Hosting Tip: Having extra party desserts hang around the house for days is also a great way to keep the celebration going, long after the party ends. In our house, we celebrate "birthday week" or "birthday month" to prolong the celebration, anyway... ;)

 

 

Step Three: A little music and entertainment goes a long way.

Jam with Jamie came to play kid-friendly tunes and read stories to the kiddos. They set up their blanket ten feet away from us and kindly asked that I provided my own musical instruments for all the kids, so that nothing was shared between parties. It felt comfortable and safe!

 

 

 

I treated this party like an exaggerated play date-- no frills, just fun!

I decorated the yard with a select few of Sunday and Vega's favorite toys, including their Wiwiurka Double Rocker Balance Board, which can function as a climbing arch, as seen above, or can be flipped over and serve as a rocking see-saw for kids to crawl, sit, stand, and swing on!

I also layered the grass with scattered outdoor rugs, blankets, and chairs that I found on Wayfair. Wayfair has proven time and time again to be my go-to destination for all of my home essentials!

 

 

 

I believe these past four months have tested our ability to rise up and grab onto life in every way we can. I'm thankful we were able to celebrate our shining star despite the circumstances of the pandemic. We will never get her first birthday back, and I won't look back and regret that we celebrated the best way we could.

Vega Vann, you are mesmerizing! Sweet, intuitive, cuddly and loyal-- you are the greatest gift to our family and we celebrate you today and every single day.

 

 

Photographs were taken on a warm, beautiful sunny day on June 30, 2020 in Los Angeles by Alyson Aliano. Photopgraher wore a mask and captured the moments from a safe distance. 

 

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CAMP SUNDAY: Sunday's 4th birthday!

posted by Elshane on Mar 20 2020, under Baby/Motherhood

 

Sunday turned 4 and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by hosting a GLAMPING party for all of her friends! Living in LA the past 10 years, glamping has always been a thing. Glamping is, of course, Glam Camping! 

 

...and CAMP SUNDAY was born...

 

We hosted the event at CAMP STORES, an experience store that is exactly what you dream up creating as a child, if you were anything like me... "I want to build a store that is a rotating theme experience store-- blending a magical toy store, with interactive experiences inside, including rotating art rooms, climbing apparatuses, and a theater to do arts and crafts, music, and more." Well, dream no more! Yes.... that now exists, thanks to CAMP!

 

Can you think of a better birthday party destination? :)

 

 

First "to do" when creating a theme party experience is the dessert table, of course. The dessert table is always a blank canvas to really amp up your theme and provide the full party experience for your guests. Plus, in the age of social media, it also serves as the perfect backdrop for family photos-- so the more effort you put into it, the better your photos will look! And you know what they say... if you didn't get a photo, it didn't happen.

 

Cakester created the most mind-blowing double layer CAMP SUNDAY cake -- equipped with real functioning electric camping lights that strung around the trees at the top of the cake, a canoe hanging across the side, a CAMP SUNDAY sign, toasted marshmallows, and a pink glitter tent to heighten the glamping theme! 

 

We scattered personalized camp-esque cookies from Amy's Cakes around the table as an added layer of delight! I can't seem to host a party without Amy's cookies. They are a conversation starter, a great take-away gift, they taste even better than they look, and they last well over a week so you can order them well in advanced and save your last minute errands for other party needs.

 

We finished the tablescape with personalized photos and signage from Minted-- my go-to resource for personalized party goods, stationery, and invitations. The CAMP SUNDAY signs, photos, and disposable table signs from Minted proved to be the perfect way to complete the CAMP SUNDAY theme.

 

 

 

A glamping party isn't complete without a GLAMPING STATION! And for 4 year olds, that means one thing, and one thing only... spa day! Manicures! Makeup! The works!

 

Sassy Princess Spa set up a glam manicure station and DIY sparkle lip balm station for the little ones who wanted an escape to the glamping spa. They even brought white silk robes for the kids to wear while they were getting their services done. 

 

And yes, the kids nails dried quick enough to jump in to their next activity of the party... DIY Lava Lamp making with the CAMP SUNDAY counselors. 

 

 

When I look back at my memories from camp as a child, I distinctly remember my Caboodle, personalized with my name in bubble letters, filled to the brim with my kiddie makeup and jewelry. How about you? (Spoiler: I might still own mine....ok, yes, I definitely still do!)

 

I wanted to recreate that memory for the kids, so I used my art skills and handmade personalized Caboodles for the girls' goodie bags! Then, I stickered them up using these vinyl travel stickers to make the Caboodles feel vintage and unique. 

I filled the Caboodles with a few of our favorite GLAM items, including some of the latest products from Petite & Pretty -- our go-to kids makeup brand that makes the most incredible glitter hair spray, lip gloss, eye shadows, and more! We also included a few nail polish colors from our favorite kids non-toxic nail polish company, Piggy Paint!

 

 

The boys walked away with personalized Nature Explorer Kits, which is perfect for any gender, of course. The box is stuffed with all kid-friendly camping essentials, like binoculars, a flashlight, fan, compass, and more!

 

 

What camp experience would be complete without a show or performance of sorts, am I right? Unfortunately, Beyoncé wasn't availalbe, soooooo we went in another direction. ;)

 

We had a Magic Show at CAMP SUNDAY and when Sunday pulled a live bunny rabbit out of a box, the kids went wild! Note to parents: bunny rabbits at birthday parties are a hit. Sunday won't stop talking about her special guest at her party. ;)

 

We had pizza, cake, a dance party and endless laughs. 

 

We thank CAMP Stores for providing such a dream party venue for our special day! If you live anywhere near a CAMP location, I absolutely recommend it as your first choice party destination!

 

 

Photography by Karya Schanilec

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SUNDAY'S BIG GIRL BED

posted by Elshane on Sep 23 2019, under Baby/Motherhood

 

Some dream of their wedding dress, some dream of their baby’s first nursery. I always dreamed of an epic fantasy room for my toddler. And today, my dreams came true!

I discovered the Tiny House White Twin Bed from Crate and Kids in August, one month after I delivered baby Vega, and one month before Sunday started at an intimidating new school. 

It was the perfect storm…

I decided it was time to surprise Sunday with this monumental gift of all gifts-- the ultimate princess castle house bed-- something to signify her journey into becoming an incredibly kind and gentle big sister, and a brave, strong, smart student.

 

 

 

The Tiny House White Twin Bed fit perfectly in our modest NYC apartment. Since all of the walls of the bed are open, it welcomed an airy feel to the bedroom.

 

 

 

I chose the…. brace yourself… SUN PINK bedding set. Yes, you read that correctly. It seems, ironically enough, that Crate and Kids named an entire bedding collection after my daughter! (Sun, being Sunday’s #1 nickname, and Pink, being her favorite color, of course.)

Hi, I’m just kidding everyone! The set wasn’t named after Sunday, but it sure was the perfect fit for her, regardless.

 

 

 

Our entire family has been enjoying the comfort of Sunday’s new bed. Whether we’re all playing “house” and entering the bed through our imaginary windows and doors, or we’re all cuddled up at night, reading stories and sharing moments from our day, this bed has left a perma-grin on our entire family since the moment it arrived.

 

FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Crate and Kids. All opinions are my own.

 

Photographs taken in NYC by Chiara Mescozzi
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GALAXY GIRL NURSERY

posted by Elshane on Jul 9 2019, under Baby/Motherhood

 

And here she is… introducing GALAXY GIRL and she’s OUT OF THIS WORLD! It took making a second baby for me to finally grab a hold of this whole “nursery” concept, pushing past the Pinterest norms of baby pink bows and chevron grey drapes that I (very naively) thought ALL nurseries HAD to be. No, really… for my first baby, I didn’t even know it was feasible to find crib bedding, decor, and vibes that spanned beyond that classic Pottery Barn/ Restoration Hardware look that is so extremely NOT me!

 

This nursery proved to surpass my expectations in so many ways.

 

First, take a 50 square foot room. Yes, 50 square feet! Roughly the size of small master bathroom, a large kitchen pantry, a laundry room. You get the idea. 50 square feet of pure love, made possible by a room dividing custom bookshelf that sections this space off of the living room. Gotta love the craftiness of tight NYC living! Here’s how it all went down…

 

 

I met well-known nursery interior designer Lisa Janvrin from @youthfulnest right when I found out I was pregnant. I reluctantly enlisted her help after I realized I was in way over my head trying to design a feel-good nursery in such a tight space. {I say reluctant because I had never worked with an interior designer in my life before, and as a super type-A Virgo, it was hard for me to accept another’s opinion about decor.} Well, let’s just say that Lisa is an angel sent from above, because I could have never done this without her!

I selected Lisa's Premium Package which comes with a floor plan, color consultation, room installation guide, and personal shopper! The process was flawless from start to finish!

We designed the room around our @rebelwalls space-themed wallpaper. The theme was a no-brainer for me. I knew I wanted a Galaxy theme since I was naming my daughter Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky! The rest started falling into place…

 

 

 

Lisa pushed me to choose black furniture, which was a homerun for the space (again, took some convincing-- thanks Lisa)! The mellow black allows the wallpaper, rug, and small decor pieces to shine front and center, without the eyesore of any bulky furniture in its way. This mini crib from @projectnursery with @rookiehumans galaxy sheets was a natural fit for the space!

 

 

For a small space, each decor item has to make a statement in order for the room to feel just right. @paynesgreyhome was my go-to for this gorgeous plush rug, swooooonworthy end table, and pop of color throw blanket that I put over the glider. I’m so relieved to have finally picked furniture that’s innately ME, instead of pieces that look “quintessentially nursery” …. SNOOOOZE! 

 

And then my heart skipped a beat when this burgundy pouf arrived from @burkedecor. Are you sensing a theme here? Theme: No need to stick to children-like furniture in a nursery! This pouf can translate from nursery to living room to foyer in the blink of an eye. Regal realness!

 

 

 

Let me put a little PSA out there. It really helps to have a baby daughter if you already have an older one! Vega’s closet filled up FAST with all of Sunday’s favorite old clothing. That was certainly a stress-reliever-- no need to shop. Um.... ok, ok, ok, don’t worry… I’ll still shop plenty!

 

 

 

We hired @Wall2WallNY to build a custom bookshelf room divider to make this nursery as space efficient as possible. Wall 2 Wall was able to build a realistic space around my exact needs, and it’s all temporary! When we move in a few months, the bookshelf will come down without a trace. They can build temporary walls, doors, bookshelves, and more. They were a dream to work with in NYC. Mention ELSHANE to them for 10% off your installation.

 

 

I did call on the classic nursery gods for one thing… my @PehrDesigns bins! Because, let’s be honest, what nursery is complete without them? These canvas bins are the perfect organizational tool for any nursery-- providing toy storage, diapering storage, and a cute laundry situation, in a plethora of color options. I went with navy and blush pom poms, a little yin and yang!

 

 

Styling the built-in bookshelf gave me all the mama bear vibes. A nursery can never have enough books, special plush stuffed animals, and @venusetfleur flowers. Also, I found these milestone blocks on @etsy and plan to use them for weekly/monthly baby photos!

 

And can you even spy my @googlenest camera? It blends in perfectly on the bookshelf…

 

 

 

Selecting art for the walls was fun… well, let’s be honest… this was all Lisa, too! These whimsical prints from @kiscoprintshop were the perfect addition to the space, and I framed them in these affordable gold frames from @target, then wove the colorful @shopleokids tassel garland in between the art. 

 

Of course, the V baseball cap from @reytoz gives the room a personal touch, and the @babyjives moon and star mobile is another nod to her special name.

 

 

 

Throughout our few months of decorating, Lisa and I joked that we belong in an episode of HGTV’s Small Rooms show (if that show even exists yet). Every inch of this space was precisely measured, built and executed around the most practical furniture that would fit. I’ll always look back on this nursery design and be proud of the larger than life feel of the very small space.

It’s a super small room, with a whole lotta LOVE.

 

Photographed in NYC by Chiara Mecozzi

 
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