Category: Home Decor/Entertaining

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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PAJAMA PARTY! SUNDAY'S 3RD BIRTHDAY

posted by Elshane on Mar 28 2019, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

If you guys know me by now, you know that one of the biggest things I miss about living in Los Angeles is hosting parties at my house.

So when it came time this year to plan Sunday's 3rd birthday party, I looked for a space that felt open and inviting like a home-- somewhere that gave me all the tools to host a great event, but where I could also use my special party planning touches to add that Elshane sparkle.

I discovered that Kellogg's (yes, the iconic cereal brand) had just opened a concept shop in NYC that boasted wall to wall cereal dispensers, larger than life paintings of all of their famous characters (can I get a hello for Tony the Tiger, Snap Crackle Pop, and Toucan Sam?!), cereal selfie walls, Pop Tart towers, Eggo waffle stations, wait... should I go on? 

 

 

 

Kellogg's was the perfect canvas for Sunday's 3rd birthday party. But now I needed a theme...

I could be an all-star mom and go with Sunday's favorite characters like Shimmer and Shine, Frozen, Sunny Days... or I could be a hero mom and go with Sunday's favorite adornments like glitter, sparkles, pink and purple, unicorns, rainbows. 

Nah. I wanted something better. It had to go with the theme of the space, and what better theme for a cereal/breakfast bar than... A PAJAMA PARTY!!

 

 

My first call was to my dessert guru, Amy Cakes and Sweet Treats in Los Angeles. I begged her to design my cookies and overnight them to me in NYC for my party. She designed the greatest "Sunday's Sleepover" creations. She asked me to send her photos of Sunday's favorite pajamas and sleeping stuffed animals so she could design cookies around them. 

I had her send me extra cookies which I "glued" to our cakes using buttercream frosting. 

I also couldn't host a party without my favorite colorful black and white cookies (which I custom made in pink and purple, instead) by Dana's Bakery! They were a huge hit! (She does nationwide shipping, FYI.)

 

 

I called on THE ONE AND ONLY expert party and stationery megahouse Minted to create personalized decor to scatter throughout the party. We designed endless custom banners with Sunday's adorable photo memories from her lifetime, so that the guests could say "Myyyyy, Sunday, look how you've grown!!"

I designed quirky signs to hang throughout the space that said things like, "No Sleeping Allowed!", "Wake Up!", and "Eggos Have Vitamins!"

We made custom thank you hang tags with Sunday's photo that draped beautifully on the special goodie bags. 

 

 

Our pajama looks were high on the list of importance! Silly me, mom of a three year old girl, didn't realize HOW upset Sunday would get when I told her we were having a "Sunday's Sleepover" party (and not a Frozen or Princess party like her friends). 

When I told her each time that she would be wearing pajamas to her birthday party, she would melt down in tears. Finally, I realized it just wasn't going to happen. I quickly used my styling skills and sourced a custom NIGHTGOWN (it's a dress, right!?) with a beautiful chiffon robe that felt oh-so-sleepy, yet oh-so-princess-y. 

Win, Win! Also, we used Petite n' Pretty body and hair glitter for her hair, and a Made with Love and Kisses fuzzy robe for added color and fun!

For my look, I went silk pajamas with a designer handbag print from CJW, and custom eye masks made from Etsy

 

 

Entertainment and activities are key at birthday parties for every age. The second I penciled in what day I was having Sunday's party, I called Jam with Jamie to rock out with the kiddos!

They brought ALL the fun-- a singing band with full instruments, a parachute, bubbles, puppets and more! They sang all the Disney hits and even a bunch of tunes that got the adults groovin' along. We had to literally drag the kids away from them when it was time to EAT PIZZA! They didn't want to leave the corner of fun!

 

 

I also created an art table for the kiddos who wanted a more hands-on activity. My DIY of choice? Designing your own sleep masks, of course! Supplies were easy-- 50 solid colorful sleep masks from Amazon and one quick trip to Michaels to purchase a ton of felt stickers, glitter, ribbons, glue, and googily eyes!

DIY PRO TIP: When creating a DIY station at a party, it's always a great idea to design a few examples prior to the party. Scatter the examples all around the table at the party so you can entice your guests to get their creative juices flowing! Plus this allows you to problem solve in advance if the materials you envisioned aren't working well with the project!

 

 

Lastly, what party is complete without a face painting station?! The kids LOVE it. It's always a hit!!

Face Painting by Maria came highly recommended and she was so talented! Even the grandmas at the party got their arms painted. ;)

 

 

The goodie bags were important to me because I really wanted the kiddos to take home a piece of the Sunday's Sleepover theme. 

Luckily, when planning the party, I had just bought Sunday her first pair of Fuzzy Baba slippers, and thought to myself, "OK, every kid NEEDS these"! If you know how cute and cozy this brand is, you know it's a bedtime staple in any home!

I added Piggy Paint (Sunday's favorite nail polish brand), a box of Pop Tarts, and a few other trinkets to complete the sleepover theme. 

Party Success! Until next year my loves... 

 

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HOSTED BY YOURS TRULY

posted by Elshane on May 14 2018, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Well New York has been off to an exciting start! You have to remember, the last time I lived here, I was in my 20's, working a 9-7 job, single, and living in a shoe box studio.

Now, 8 years later I'm back and I'm a complete 180! I'm in my 30's, own my own business on my own time, I'm married with a daughter, and living in an apartment {and life!} of my dreams. 

So yes, New York has been fun. But... there was something missing...

 

I was invited (and honored) to host a Mother's Day event in conjuntion with Cybex (the high end stroller and car seat company) and Fashion Mamas (a members-only organization that brings together working mamas in the fashion industry). 

This event came at the perfect time for me. Amist relishing the new adventure that was New York City, came a deep loneliness -- missing my mama friends, companions, and co-workers in Los Angeles whom I had grown so close to -- sharing every silly detail about our parenting existance. 

Although relationships like that never fade, it was important that I carved new relationships with like-minded mothers in New York City, so I jumped on the opportunity to host an event that catered to ultimate boss mamas. 

The company, the decor, the florals, the food, and the laughs... it was all divine! Thank you to all who attended my Mother's Day brunch. I loved meeting each and every one of you! Until next time...

 

XO

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REFRESHING YOUR DINNERWARE

posted by Elshane on Aug 16 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

I was on the hunt for a new set of casual, everyday dinnerware. I checked out the usual suspects... won't mention any names but their initials include PB, C&B, you know the drill... Everything was expensive and unimpressive.

So I sat tight for a bit, until I stumbled upon this gem of a company, called Cheeky. I first heard of them when they sent me a set of babyware-- BPA-free plates, bowls, sippy cups. I was impressed by the quality, the design, and the cute prints. They still remain front and center in my baby feeding line-up.

Then I saw that they make porcelain dinnerware... and for every plate purchased, the company donates a meal to someone in need in the U.S.. I was sold. Great quality, great prices, great prints, great cause. Need any other reason to look any further? I would hope not!

 

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HOSTING A STUDIO 54 DISCO BASH!

posted by Elshane on Jan 10 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

When the chance presents itself, it's hard for me to turn down throwing a party. In this case, my husband was turning 35 this past weekend, and we knew we had a good throw down to give in us. 

I immediately knew I wanted a theme bash, and soon after, picked Studio 54 disco for its ultra glam, high spirited nature. I knew it would be a hit.

When you throw a theme party and require your guests to dress up, it's important to set the tone with the decor. You can't expect someone to go out of their way to find/make/source a costume, only to arrive to a party that doesn't feel 360 WOW. 

I set out to create that WOW effect with endless metallic fringe curtains, properly placed lighting, glitter, sequins, a black and white dance floor, a DJ, festive dessert, and a whooooole lotta FUNK!

 

 

Step 1: Needed a red, wavy wig. (Costume store, check.) Gold sequin turban? (Etsy, check.) DVF sequin wrap gown (how much more 70's can you go...check.) Glittery shoes (Jimmy Choo, check.) Vintage gold belt (Flea Market find, check.) Oh.... and....

Dressing my husband up as Andy Warhol, a.k.a. possibly the biggest known fixture of the Studio 54 era. (Such an easy costume, check, plus!)

And now for the decor...

I bought 100 yards of super cheap sequin fabric online and used it as drapery over all of the furniture to give an ultra sexy, nightclub 70's vibe.

Metallic fringe curtains doubled as entryway details and selfie walls all around the house.

Target sells LED balloons... yes, they literally glow in the dark.

Glitter everywhere... on every table, on the floor, on the bar, in between my toes. It's all in the details.

I rented up lights in red and pink and placed them throughout the house. The dance floor was black and white checkered and I had a disco ball and fog machine to set the mood. F-U-N-K!

All the party staff (two bartenders, two housekeepers, and DJ) were decked in 70's. I mean... if you were at Studio 54 in the 70's, wouldn't your bartender have an afro, too?

And then there's Homer, our son dog in his custom made (by meeeee) Moroccan tuxedo originally worn to our wedding. He partied until 4am, just sayin'...

I presented an endless dessert bar filled with my husband's favorites (ok, and mine, too). I hired Sweet E's Bake Shop to curate the insanely delicious selection. We feasted on double triple chocolate everything, s'mores this, cookie dough that, cookies 'n cream over here, secret peanut butter bars over there, confetti cakes, a tower of mini cupcakes, snickerdoodle blah blah blah, cookies, brownies, oh wait, and more, and more, and more!

Willy Wonka would have been IMPRESSED to say the least!

The rest is history.

I laid it on thick to the guests to give it their all with their costumes. No one disappointed. Out of all 120 guests, I counted about 30 afros, 10 ridiculous mustaches, endless polyester, sequins from head to toe, and laughs to last an entire year.

Considering throwing a theme party? Studio 54 70's Disco is a guaranteed groovy time!

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GIFT GUIDE: HOME DECOR FOR THE STYLISH SOUL

posted by Elshane on Nov 25 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Rewarding yourself or others with a gift for the home is the greatest pick me up any stylish chick can swing. Whether it's a conversation-starting new gold speckled cowhide rug (perfect for layering over other rugs by the way), a chic marble and brass cheese board practically invented for serving your girlfriends at your Thursday night hosting sesh (simultaneously, a perfect excuse TO host a sesh!), or something as small and warm (and vital) as a fresh room diffuser (a must for every home, I cannot stress this enough), my home decor gift guide has something for all of your needs! Happy shopping and enjoy all of these sales!! 

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