Tuesday, August 30, 2016


The final few weeks of summer are sort of a shit show. Camp ends and the school year prep begins. Most of my clients' are usually crazy busy with end of summer hoopla too. My six and nine year old began school today and although a new year always marks a fresh start it also reminds me of how quickly the time goes (sniff,sniff). I am happy I spent some extra days with them this summer, but now I am looking forward to making waves this Fall with work!!! I'm kicking off the day with this BANANAS good home designed by David Netto and David Hottenroth in Southhampton. This beauty was far too large for a "cottage love" post but it's a beach house none the less. (imagine??) I thought it was a smart idea to squeeze in one last summer post. Cheers! xx

 All images via Architectural Digest, Photos by: Pieter Estersohn

Monday, August 29, 2016

Crushing on....

As we usher in Fall, I find myself drawn to updated interiors with warm, rustic elements. This blend of old and new is approachable and comforting. Want to achieve this look? Try warm wood moments, worn rugs, brass and vintage lighting. Take a peek at this of the moment look...

This island and that wall (below)! 
I adore everything about this

via Studio McGee

Get the look for yourself!



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Love the look: Back to School

Hello, hello! My kiddos head back to school next week!! Hallelujah  I mean that's too bad. I don't know about you but my kids are at each other's throats...All kidding aside, I adore them and live for the summer but this Mama is ready for the school routine and longer work days! Did I just say, longer work days? I did. Thank god I love my job.

Most of the items above are self explanatory but here are a few notes!

- My daughter informed me she wants this entire outfit, purse and all for school!!
- Those glitter sneakers are in my cart for Emmi. Mini-Boden is having a back to school sale!!
- We've had great luck around here with Pottery Barn back packs and their turn around is fast! They are on sale too!!!
- This field jacket is for all the Mommies who walk or wait in the cold getting their little ones to school. It will also keep us warm at the endless flag, soccer, lax, etc. etc. etc. games.

Best of luck with your back to school events and children!!  I will be back in full force next week...woot woot!!  xx

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jenni Kayne with OKL

With Fall quickly approaching I'm finding my thoughts shifting to cozy fires, warm neutrals and cooler, crisp mornings. I'm usually sad to see the summer go but I'm also ready for a change in pace and a routine for my children!! I'm kicking off the week with the sunny, bright, organic living room of fashion designer Jenni Kayne. She recently down sized from her Beverly Hills home (pictured below) and teamed up with One King's Lane to revamp her new living room. To purchase the look yourself visit OKL. Check out Jenni's clothing line here

 And here is a glance at Jenni's Former Home. It just sold for a mere 12.9 million - gulp.
For more photos of her Beverly Hills home visit.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shelter Loves...

Good Morning! I had a very successful trip in Chicago with Ace Hardware but after a long week, there is nothing as relaxing as a peaceful Sunday morning. I even got to sleep in, which is a rare treat around here. I was really inspired by all this goodness last week:

1. This fabulous sugar scrub is a BC BEST seller. A few of my friends have been raving about it. I desperately need to exfoliate my and soften up my skin after a long hectic summer....Order here

2. Fall fashion is my favorite and not many do it better than Giovanna Battaglia. Her style is eclectic but always classic. 

3. I usually wear one statement piece with an outfit. This chunky necklace would mix beautifully with a fall palette of caramel, cream and cocoa!

4. Fall is all about transitional pieces for warm or cool weather and layering. I would wear this classic t-shirt under a blazer. I was kicking myself for not having a sweater/jkt to wear at the convention center last week..Brrr I froze my butt off!

5. I'm crazy over black woodwork...I'd love a built in cocktail bar to store all of my glassware and dishes. This would be a dream while hosting a party.

6. Much of the architecture in Chicago is inspired by the Art Deco era. I could admire the intricate details and ornamentation found on many of the buildings all day. This included the hotel I stayed at

7. Amen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gregg Renfrew's home

Gregg Renfrew of Beautycounter not only started an amazing mission but she also has impeccable style, her home and outfits are perfectly put together. Here's a little peek at her the abode she shares with her husband and three children. Images via. The clean lines and neutral palette seen here are flawless..

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautycounter love.....

I am so excited to share this news with you all!! As you know here at Shelter I have my own interior design firm and lifestyle blog. I love, love, love sharing creative ideas, interior design moments, gardening, purchases, my own home, fashion and finally beauty products with you! My blog and reading others has not only been a huge source of inspiration for me but proved to be very therapeutic during my painful divorce and an amazing learning experience.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a very important part of my life and as most of you know, I have had some recent skin cancer scares that have resulted in surgery and now scars. Healthy skin and beauty products are a huge part of my daily routine, so I was thrilled when my dear friend Sarah introduced me to the Beautycounter brand a little over a year ago. I agree with their mission 100% and have decided to join the team as a consultant and spread the word about the importance of using healthy beauty products and makeup, not only for myself and you but for our children and environment!! I have tried a number of the products over the pass year and I am loving the way my skin looks and feels.
Today I'm sharing some information about this fast growing company and my favorite products. Everything I have used works wonderfully..I am also thrilled to make a difference and get safe products in the hands of everyone!

Gregg Renfrew is the founder of Beautycounter. Read all about their important mission here
They have a pop up shop for the rest of the summer in Nantucket. I hope to visit this September!!

 Here are some of my favorites so far and best sellers:

1. The nourishing cream cleanser. I use this in the am and pm to wash my face!
2. This wonderful charcoal mask draws out impurities and refines and smooths skin.
3. The rose water spray is so refreshing and instantly gives my tired skin a refresher. I'm packing this for my trip to Chicago this week.
4. The skin tinting foundation cream is light but has great coverage. 
6. I use the cleansing balm not only to wash my face but during the colder months I slather it on my face as a deep hydrating treatment. It's amazing!
7. Eye cream is a daily must at my age.. ;) 
8. Sun block that is free of all the harmful chemicals and hormone disruptors.
9. The oils: Something else I swear by these days. There are three available or purchase in the set here. (the newest oils have names not numbers)
10. Hair conditioner. I need a deep conditioner with my wavy, thick hair. This one does the trick!


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