Friday, May 29, 2015

Shelter Loves...

As promised, here is my post! Better late than never. There was lots of Friday afternoon traffic on my way home but I am here, wine in hand typing away. Take a peek at what's been inspiring me today! 

Summer is in full swing in Boston! My mind is filled with all things "summer" related!!

1. I LOVE the lace and pom pom trend. If you know where this dress is from, please feel free to inbox me. Here is a similar lace version!
2. I love the femininity of these pretty stud earrings. A daily "go to" for me.
3. I've been really into rose wine lately. I have yet to find anything about the South of France that I don't like.
4. Serena and Lily is killing it! I adore this swing for a sun porch.
5. These gorgeous pulls would add the perfect finishing touch to a piece of furniture! Love!
6. Words to live by!!!
7. As I mentioned, we have been working on the yard! I am going to add an outdoor shower to my home as soon as I can!
8. Watermelon, mint, feta and cucumber...a lovely combination. via: recipe below

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Cucumber and Mint
Serves 2
1/4 watermelon, diced into bite-sized chunks
1/2 cucumber, diced into bite-sized chunks
2 ounces feta, crumbled
1 lime
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonnade
freshly ground black pepper
Toss the watermelon and cucumber together in a large bowl. Sprinkle the cheese on top and season with olive oil, lime juice and black pepper. Sprinkle the chiffonnade of mint leaves over the top of the salad as a garnish.
The colors of the salad look best before tossing, so if you're making this for company, I recommend serving like this and tossing at the table. Alternatively, you can toss the watermelon and cucumber with the oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and then add the cheese and mint at the end.
Image: Emily Monaco


Hello and HAPPY Friday! I am off to a client job to do some styling but I promise to pour myself a big glass of rose and pen a "Shelter Loves" post when I return around 4. Enjoy this gorgeous day!!! xxx

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Designer updates....

Being a designer is a pretty great job but designers tend to get obsessive and perplexed about their own home.. (important note: no job is without stresses)

I can read clients pretty well and enjoy the art of tapping into personal style to create a home that reflects their tastes and lifestyle. When it comes to my own home I'm always thinking of ways I'd like to change or refresh it all while being on a budget!
I enjoyed coming across Kristi Bender of Cuffhome updates to her home. Slight changes can make a big difference. I especially like the exterior transformation! And am contemplating all white with a hint of black for my own home's facade!



BEFORE - I like this as much as the after (I would straighten the lamp)
The scale of this lamp would bother me.
 Find the entire article on Kristi's home here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

al fresco + ginger jars

One of my favorite pleasures is dining outdoors. The weather has been perfect this month so we have been working outdoors and prepping the yard for entertaining. An easy way to add dimension and beauty to your outdoor table is to fill an array of blueware vases and ginger jars with gorgeous blooms. You can easily change the mood by adding subtle or brightly colored flowers. For a dramatic look, choose larger ginger jars and tall arrangements, for more intimate settings a selection (in an odd number) of small ginger jars would look beautiful and function well. This idea is simple but one of my favorites. 

* If you are opting for larger arrangements, limit the number. It's always nice for guests to be able to see one another across the table. 

This is a sun porch but Ruthie is too good not to post! (Ruthie Sommers)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day...

This moving tribute of 37,000 flags on The Boston Common is in memory of all those who lost their lives while serving our country. The 37,000 flags represent the Massachusetts natives who have lost their lives in the armed services since The Revolutionary War.

To all of those currently serving, Thank you.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Schumacher 125th Anniversary collection

I'll start by saying this. I'm a sucker for almost anything deemed "iconic", pulled from the past and at the time fabulous!!! Albert Hadley designs, Jackie O, David Hicks, Jane Birkin, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt...are just a few people who inspire me. 

I've been on the hunt for "great finds" lately. So I was thrilled to see Schumacher's 125th Anniversary collection at their show room last week.. Hanging was row after row of amazing fabrics that not only had a beautiful hand but also rich prints. I'm sharing a selection of my favorites! Head over to the Schumacher site to see the rest!

Okay, which client of mine wants to use that fabulous leopard??...hmmm I think I have one in mind. ;)

"To celebrate Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary, we’ve mined our archives to pull together a best hits collection of the house’s most iconic fabrics—updated for rooms that draw on the past to redefine the way we live today."

Citrus Garden

Shock Wave
Shengyou Toile

Serengeti - Tigre Blanc

Iconic leopard - returns from the 70's

Zanzibar Trellis

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Emma Jane Pilkington

I've long admired the refined, chic style of Emma Jane Pilkington. Her rooms have a European, layered air with an updated twist. Emma's Greenwich, CT. home, she shares with her family, is featured in Elle Decor's June issue. (I was not able to find any of those images on the web yet). Her designs are beautiful but she also has an impeccable, creative sense of personal style. Read her interview with Vaunte for a peek.

Today I have rounded up some of my favorite rooms that she has designed over the years! Enjoy!

These closet doors are fabulous!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shelter Loves

There is lots going on here at Shelter and on the home front!!! I've been cranking on a number of projects at home and for my fabulous clients! A big thank you to Matty for being my own personal landscaper. (Dad thank you for your hard work too) We've been making some big changes around here. I've been working on the inside of the house while he's been working on the outside. I do love to plant so that's my domain. Matty ripped out the walkway he made last year (It was bothering him) and I've been devising my garden ideas. We're going with a sea side cottage feel but with a fun twist (of course). ( I am focusing on one section of the yard this summer)

On a work note, I've been as busy as can be. I'm at various stages within each project but I do plan on wrapping up a couple this summer! I'm hoping to finally get them photographed along with my own home!! (beyond excited for that). Our office furniture etc. should be arriving soon too. Yay!

Here is what I have been inspired by lately:

1. Aging can be a strange journey. I feel great about what I've accomplished and thankful for another year but am seeing a few more life lines and seem to need to run harder to stay as fit lately! (more to come on my new beauty regime) I think when it comes down to it, we all need to embrace the here and now and follow Brigitte's advice.

2. I'm working with one client who is pretty sure she wants to use black painted frames and panes in her home. I've been pulling all sorts of images and inspiration for her. If you follow my Pinterest boards you can usually get a sense as to what we are working on here at Shelter. #Pickwick project

3. I've been loving refined but interesting jewelry lately. 

4. Lemon yellow and navy have been on my radar this Spring.

5. I find it hard to find cute sundresses but I live in them when the weather gets hot here. When I find a cute one, I scoop it up.

6. I am all about stripes during the summer! I never regret purchasing classics.

Hope your week is off to a great start!! xx

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love the look - the white button down

If you bump into me on the street chances are I will have my hair tied back in a pony or bun and (when I had children my hair prep time flew out the window) I'll be wearing a layered outfit with a dash of color. This classic white button down is a wardrobe must have. It will mix with virtually anything. I love it this example but white button downs look equally as cool with white jeans or black pants. Stay tuned for my "french dressing" post part deux - summer staples. See part une here. I think in today's hectic world women are looking to simplify their lives now more than ever, why not start with refining your wardrobe? It makes getting ready in the am a snap!

This outfit is a no brainer but still chic as ever.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cottage Love #27

Have I mentioned my love affair with the Island of Nantucket? Located roughly 26 miles off the coast of Hyannis, Ma., I try to escape to this summer paradise when I can! This weekend is the annual wine festival. I'm missing it this year but a number of my friends are going! Cheers girls, I will miss you! xx

This adorable cottage has been flawlessly decorated by Jeffery Alan Marks. It has a bit of a masculine vibe to it but that could be easily adjusted...none the less, it's as pretty as a picture. 


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