Friday, December 2, 2016

Love the look - holiday party

Hello, Hello birdies!! How are you?? Happy Friyay by the way! I've been working my ass off on a holiday show house room this week..hence the silence. I'm excited that it's finally almost finished. I'm leaving to grab fresh flowers in a few and put on a the finishing touches before tonight's opening night party. It is at the Daniel Webster Estate in Marshfield. If you live near by, I would love for you to come visit!! I think historic preservation is a wonderful thing and was happy to decorate a room for the holiday show house. I could not move all of the existing furniture out of the space but I moved a few of the older Victorian pieces. I did however, truck in loads of greens, bows and beautiful objects. I'll be sharing professional photos and more details later this month! I've included a peek of the tea party table below. Clearly, I designed a little girl's dream bedroom on Christmas morning. Here is what I am wearing to the gala tonight. (If my jumpsuit arrives in time)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Home for the holidays....

Here's some holiday loveliness on this dreary day in Boston. I'm a 'real greens' kind of girl but I do love a beautiful flocked tree. Even the fake ones can be gorgeous! Courtesy of Pink Peonies. I'm off to put the finishing touches on the magical room we decorated at a historic estate in town. (The Daniel Webster Estate) The gala is Friday night and the Show-house opens on Saturday, December 3rd and runs through December 11th. If you live locally, you should swing by and check us out!! More info here. I'll also be sharing sneak peeks of the room on my insta account! xx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


I know I discuss "what we all have" and "my wish lists on Shelter". I love beautiful "things" as much as anyone else but I also recognize the importance of giving back and thinking of those who are less fortunate. There are a number of organizations to help and many will match your donation today. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as "the international day of giving". I love this concept and can't think of a better way to spread cheer this holiday season than to donate to a wonderful cause. There are far too many helpful organizations to list but here are a few that I love. I feel education is a huge component in helping people. I also choose a child to give to

The Hunger Project 


I have a newly made friend (through a great friend - her venture) who is incredibly talented. She started her own business a while back, Cece DuPraz. If you're anything like me, you can appreciate the personalized touch of a monogram. Marion does a beautiful job, her designs and attention to detail speaks for itself. I'm also a firm believer in supporting small business owners. Marion is also giving back this holiday season. ( just be sure to place your orders before December 1st to guarantee delivery by Christmas.) 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gift Guide - for the young at heart

Here's a little cyber love on this beautiful Monday morning. There are still so many great buys out there today, grab them while you can! Today, I'm sharing my picks for the woman who's not faint of heart. She is daring, stylish and a trend setter. I'm about to order myself and daughter some roller skates for Christmas! 

Roller skate//Loeffler bag//pompom hat//kittyflat//ring//lip balm - addicted //the"it" bag//leopard coat - purchase provides one school uniform for a child in Africa, love this company//necklace - on my list - 40% off!

Friday, November 25, 2016

BLACK FRIDAY - Steals and Deals

IT'S HERE! Can you believe the holiday season is upon us?? I think we could all use a little cheer. 

I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous. I am grateful for so many things, including YOU, my amazing blog readers and design clients!! xx 

Now, let's get shopping, shall we?? My sis is surveying the store deets this a.m. and texting them over and I've got the www covered. 
I'm rounding up the best deals for everyone on your list. Here are my favorites today!! Eek!!


Here's a list of amazing deals .....
3.1 Phillip Lim // 60% off handbags
Ann Taylor - 50% off Entire Store - Code: Celebrate 
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide
Barneys New York // 40% off Sitewide
BaubleBar // 30% off purchases - loving statement earrings like these.
Cole Haan // 40% off Sitewide - for him, this and these
Furbish Studio // 20% off site wide
Happy Socks - 40% off entire site
Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday
Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping - they have beautiful holiday dresses 
Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off
Urban Outfitters - Apparel buy one get one 50% off 
J. Crew - 40% off entire store - The coats are fab!!
Tuckernuck: 20% off everything

Amazon: has black Friday deals
Here are some of favorites: 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Love the look - Thanksgiving day

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! This day kicks off the season of zero rules for me! I know, sounds bad, but I'm okay with dealing with the consequences later. I eat too much, drink too much, spend too much and laugh a ton for the next six weeks or so! Reality will set in mid-January but for now I'll be celebrating over here. I'll be back tomorrow with a gratitude post and on Friday with a gift guide full of spectacular deals!! Enjoy your busy day. I appreciate you all stopping by Shelter...

A fitted waist or anything tight are off limits for me tomorrow! I've already warned my brother in law and boyfriend that I'd rather skip the political banter on Thanksgiving day.
Cheers and good luck with all your Turkey day prep work. xoxo 

Here's what I'll be wearing at the dining table...Also Shopbop is having an incredible sale as is J.Crew. J.Crew is having 40% off their entire that's reason to celebrate.......


Monday, November 21, 2016

Cottage Love #51

I am drawn to homes with a sense of history. I think that's why I'm particularly fond of my "cottage love" series. Most of the abode's featured are older, have a beautiful back story and more often than not, equally fun renovation tales. Today's cottage has such a lovely, welcoming design inside and out. 

The former 1880's YWCA camp located in Northern California is owned by Blythe and Mark Harris. Blythe is the founder of the wildly successful jewlery company, Stella and Dot. The couple hired interior designer, Rita Konig along with architect, Gil Schafer to help with the project. I'm adoring the attention to detail. The more I study the spaces, the more I'm drawn in. Gil and Rita embraced the imperfections of the house and spent three years finishing the project. I thought this cottage was the perfect choice to kick off the holiday week! I'm working on a design for a farm house located in Texas, i'd be lying if I didn't say this entire home has my wheels turning with inspiration!! To read more visit Elle Decor

Friday, November 18, 2016

Shelter Loves...


Happy Friyay! I'm looking forward to a relaxing (yeah right) weekend home with my children! I have a list of tasks to accomplish, we'll see how that goes... Here's what is on the radar this week!

1. & 5.  Okay, I'm loving this long and short printed bohemian dress trend. Here's another beauty by Ulla Johnson. The one pictured is avail here.  I used to have the coolest long printed dress by Joie and then it simply disappeared?? How does that happen?? Maybe, I left it at the dry cleaner?? No idea, but it was sweet!!

2. I would love a command central in my kitch. I may devise my own with a cute little table and tack board I have.

3.  My skin gets so dry in the fall and winter. I LOVE this face oil. It's soothing and hydrating and restores my skin. I mix it with my daily skin cream, just check out the reviews and purchase here.

4. YES, YES, YES... Work, relationships, design, basically everything!!

6. Check out this stunning, naturally styled Thanksgiving table. The cool collab featured Jenni Kayne, Carly de Castro and Bash Please. See it all here!

Cheers to an uncomplicated weekend my friends! xxx

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The cheese/charcuterie breakdown...

Good afternoon loves, well the holiday season is officially here. (Thanksgiving kicks it off for me) This year I've decided to let nothing stand in the way of my family and I having a fabulous season. (not even stress!) I love to cook, eat and entertain. A beautifully assembled cheese/charcuterie board is always a hit. Bon Appetit provides a nice summary of how to get it do these gorgeous snap shots. I approach cooking in a similar fashion, as I do my designs, the key is balancing opposites and mixing an array of textures and flavors. Fix, Feast and Flair also provides a wonderful visual 101 on perfecting the cheese/meat platter.

Via: Fix, Feast, Flair - a wonderful site if you are a foodie!
An olive oil and bread bar is also a great idea!

A few small plates, the items below, and a shopping list of delicious cheese options, fruit, spreads, olives and meats are all you will need to design your own beautiful cheese/charcuterie board! Bon Appetit!

1//2 - I am a big fan of these handmade boards//3//4//5//6//

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shelter Loves

Last Friday got away from me and I ran out of daylight yesterday. (Did you catch the super moon?)

Today I'm sharing last week's LOVES. I've been pinning and tagging like crazy lately. My gift guides begin next week, so be on the look out for an array of goodies and beautiful ideas!!

Here's what recently caught my eye:

1. It's no secret that I love and collect jewelry. I too, use bowls and hooks to keep most of my pieces exposed but I think I need to up my game! I have some favorites that need more attention but they are not on display. Gen from Pencil and Paper Co.'s closet is impressive. I adore her (their) style.

2. These booties by M. Gemi! They are disappearing. The velvet is precious, I would live in the them, the block heel is perfect. Super high heels are not practical for me everyday.

3. Exposed brass zippers on pillows. (because good design is all about the details)

4. We miss you Maya.

5. Hayley Mitchell's face paintings are so fun and colorful, no two are the same. Purchase one at Jamie's pop-up shop. 

6. Lizzie Fortunado fringe earrings - The  black and blush are adorable.

7. Sometimes a simple delicate piece of jewelry is all you need. This bracelet by is a great everyday staple. From Moonstone Magic

8. Grace Kelly - need I say more?


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