Cool Product: ZooKshop

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As I am writing this post I am thinking of childhood memories at my family cabin in Irons, Michigan.  To say the least it was rustic having several deer heads mounted on the walls…cowhide on the floor and the smell of pine trees instantly comes to mind.  I would spend my days painting rocks or trees anything that I saw due to boredom.. but this idea never occurred to me!   Growing up in Michigan and having a brother and father who are serious hunters, these deer horn art pieces are TOO COOL to add a diva touch to a rustic cabin.  ZooKshop changes these rustic animal horns into s modern colorful masterpieces.

Inspiration: Statement Bathroom

diva on a dime interiors statement bathroom marissa iacovoni I am all about a good STATEMENT bathroom when it comes to residentail interior design.  In most cases homes have one main floor bathroom for their guests.  Great ways to bring a statement is through interesting mirrors, wallcovering, and paint colors that really bring a small room to life.  In most cases you will want the towels, and bathroom accessories to be sleek and clean in order to balance the space and not compete with other textures and shapes within statement pieces.  I always try to concentrate on key design rules : emphasis( statement piece), color, texture (shower curtain), balance, and ambiance.  As a designer there is always reasoning to how or why I pair certain items together to create a well designed space.  To get the look or for more information on product email me

towels: West Elm

Shower Curtain: Horchow

Wallcovering: Designed custom by ME

Paint: Sherwinn Williams

Storage Glass Jars: West Elm

Mirror: Horchow

Marissa Iacovoni

What defines the Perfect Home Office for you?

Everyone has their own vision of what the PERFECT OFFICE means to them.  The color scheme, design style, and organization are all things that are brought into account when trying to plan out the perfect working space.  I have moved around a few times the past 5 years living in high rise apartments downtown Chicago to moving down south to Texas.  Each space I have lived in had a unique room or area perfect to make of my design magic happen.  I still need to upload pictures of my own home but have pulled together some inspiration boards with unique color schemes and furniture selections.   For further information on product please email me

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Industrial Chic

The design trend “Industrial chic” combines elements from as early at the 1990’s incorporated with modern pieces from the now.  Some may say this design style feels sterile, yet combining soft elements such as a sheepskin rug and touches of creams and whites can soften up the hardness of a space that evokes exposed brick or steel columns.  Metal plays a big part of the style with machined iron and steel paired with unfinished wood for a look that is delightfully nostalgic. Currently in the hospitality design world industrial design is hotter than ever. I have been seeing more and more projects incorporating industrial elements to their overall concept creating a more edgy appeal to a upscale hotel or restaurant.   In order to make this look work it is important to concentrate on adding one or two key pieces that are transitional yet traditional in form, giving rooms an injection of the unexpected. When shopping for this look think “old factory” with dynamic shapes.  I have found one of the biggest resources for a more industrial look would be Restoration Hardware, High Fashion Home, and West Elm.  All these suppliers have elements that are are in the direction of this design style, especially restoration Hardware.  For more information on how to get the look email me at

Happy Shopping Design Divas!


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The Modern Play Room

Play rooms have really broke out into the architecture scene ever since modern design arose.  Clean lines and sleek finishes bring these spaces together to create a harmonious simple yet fun space for kids. I pulled a few inspirational photos of some of my favorite modern playroom looks.  Email me if you would like to get the look for your childrens playroom:

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DIY: Chalkboard Paint Labels

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This is a very easy DIY project! I have found these to be a great addition to my kitchen by being able to label what I put in these jars.  You can buy anytime of container you would like from a wide variety at the Container Store.  If you do not have a Container Store near you Target or Walmart will have some options to look at.  Follow my easy steps below to get the look:

What you need:
1.  Q Tips
2.  Acetone Nail Polish Remover: Found at CVS or Walgreens (put a tiny amount the the q tip to remove excess chalk spray paint from the jar, it also helps you smooth out the shape of the label to look very sleek and clean.)
3.  Small Paint Brushes
4.  Scissors
5.  Chalkboard Spray Paint: found at Hobby Lobby
6.   Large piece of paper
7.   Sponge
8.   Pencil
9.   Chalk Markers: Found at Hobby Lobby


Back to Blogging!

Dear Design Divas,

I have taken a few months off from blogging, but I am BACK!  I feel as women we all go through a periods of soul searching trying to find our perfect fit in this world. I have worked for design firms the past six years and feel its time for CHANGE.   I have made a list of promises every woman should obey by:

1. BE strong so nothing can disturb your peace of mind
2. Make your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them
3. Look at the sunny-side of everything and make your optimism come true.
4.Be enthusiastic about your success of other as your are about your own.
5. Forget the mistakes you have made in the past and press on greater achievements for the future.
6. Give so much time on improving yourself that you have no time or need to criticize others
7. Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
8. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
9. Live the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in YOU!

Have a wonderful Friday full of wine ,chocolates and laughs! Diet always starts tomorrow ;)..


Living IN STYLE like Carrie Bradshaw on 245 E 73rd Street, between Park and Madison

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Every girl I know watches Sex and The city in hope of one day living in the stylish world of Carrie Bradshaw with insight on life and love as she has experienced through out the episodes.  I do have to say my guilty pleasure is laying in bed with a face mask and good tea watching re runs of probably the best made show for woman in our generation.  Living in downtown Chicago for 7 years, I completely could relate to her life and the things she went through.  I swear every episode I would text my Chicago pals to inform them our lives are a sex and the city episode.  From the designer goods, to the ever ending dating stories I feel we all can relate in some way or form.  Due to my love for interior design, I would always observe the sets of the show, especially the ever so famous Carrie Bradshaw apartment.  We saw her transition from her old apartment to a fresh bright new look in the movie.  I wanted to inspire all of you who dream of a city apartment, you too can have this fabulous look! We all know Carrie spent way more on her clothes, shoes, and handbags rather than her apartment and so are you! With my diva on a dime budget yet savvy stylish decor picks, you will be living in Style and the City Luxury!
1. White Frames, IKEA
2. White Lamp, World Market
3. Black Side Table
4.Silver Candle, Z Gallerie
5. white Entertainment Wall System, IKEA
6. White Desk, IKEA
7. Mirrored Vanity, Pier 1
8. Purple rug, The Rug Company
9. Sofa, SPLURGE! Anthropologie
10. White Drapes, World Market
11.Sherwin-Williams 6794 flyaway
12.Sherwin-Williams 7103Whitetail
13.Sherwin-Williams 6523 Denim

The items above are my picks that still resemble luxury yet are more budget friendly than the actual pieces used in Carries Apartment.  Ikea has many items that resemble very closely to the pieces in her bedroom such as: the frames, her desk, and the wall system.  They have many different types of wall systems to choose from if you want a different look than the one pictured. The paint colors are all interior paint swatches found at Sherwin Willliams.  The redone apartment is stylish and extremely neat and decked to the nines.

Carries Closet:

The only world I can think of when I think of the ever so famous Carrie Bradshaw closet is FABULOUS! Carrie Bradshaw has been described as a modern-day Cinderella, the girl next door, and the best friend we all wish we had on multiple occasions.  Her famous line, “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet” has been on the minds of woman all over the globe.   The closet is where Carrie’s collateral can be found in piles of designer clothing, shoes, and handbags. With an enviable list of names that would make any fashionista salivate, Carrie is an ideal candidate to work at Vogue and write about Marc Jacobs accessories.  To get this closet look you will have to have many areas for all of your favorite pieces.  Ikea has great on a budget closet organizing systems great for any space.  To put all of your favorite shoes you can use an old bookcase, by painting it to make it look vintage. You could also find one at Ikea where they come in 3 different colors at many different heights.  I currently have 3 of them and they work great for my shoes and keep me organized.

Today’s post may be one of my favorites..I am a dreamer and quite often dream about having that special place between Park and Madison with a closet full of shoes.  I hope I inspired you to depict a Sex and The City Pad in your own home that depicts your style from floor to ceiling.

Designer Marissa Iacovoni

Credits for floorplan: Artists Brandi Roberts and  Inaki Aliste Lizarralde draw the floor plans of TV homes.

Make A Statement in Black & White

Gallery Walls are a fancy way to describe a collage or collection of art and or photos you enjoy to decorate your walls. I know in a previous post I said there is no”right way” to do a frame wall, and I still stand strong to that statement.   I like them neat and tidy. I like them fresh and modern or old and traditional.  There are endless opportunities to make your wall look spectacular.

Today’s post is all about Black and white photos and how to depict a certain mood from these photos.  I chose “Old Hollywood” as my main focus for all of my pictures chosen for my frame wall.  As you can see I found pictures of many old school Hollywood actors and actresses that I have found I could most relate to them personally and their films.  I have always had a huge passion for Jackie Kennedy and her personal style so I added her into the collection as well.

I have also done black and white photo walls with old pictures of family members for clients.  One of my most favorite projects was taking each family member: great grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter, and her daughters wedding photographs and framing them in beautiful gold and black frames like pictured above.

As far as the back drop or color of the frame wall itself I would go with a neutral color or a bold pattern like the one above.  I would only do a bold pattern with 2 colors max and something pretty linear to the frames.  I would also only do a bold pattern if all the pictures are black and white because the pattern will make more of a bold statement that way.

I hope this helps all of my design divas this holiday season on preparing your home for guests and making it as beautiful as you are 😉