Friday, April 24, 2015

Shelter Loves...

I've had a very productive week but I am always happy to see Friday. Thank you to my parents for helping out with the kiddies during this vacation week! I have been designing like crazy, so I'm feeling pretty inspired. I have a number of amazing projects at all different stages. I'll be sure to share a "happenings" post soon! Here is what is on my radar.

1. Okay, I'll come clean. My heat is still on 70. It's very chilly here today and I refuse to sit around and freeze. This will basically be my attire when we take the kids out for pizza tonight. I also must be getting old because if I'm not going to a client meeting I'm a pretty casual dresser. Luckily it's a trend! I am buying these espadrilles today. (another trend I love) I am on the fence as to which color

2. I never tire of stripes. I just started a design project with a client I worked for in the past. She has fabulous taste and also loves stripes. She used stripes in her the hallway of her brownstone and now we need to find a place to incorporate them into her new home. Stripes in a hallway add interest to what is often just circulation space. Why not make it beautiful? Image: Elle Decor

3. Matty cleared out the side yard at my home.(Thanks baby!!) It looks great. Now it is my turn to start planting. I'm going to devise a plan and have decided to incorporate pale pink Poppies. I love the warm pink contrasted with the black center. (side note: Poppy is also our cat's name)

4. I adore chinoiserie. This fabric would be a great starting point for a  little girl's room.

5.  I love the idea of using a fretwork pattern on a porch or as a stair baluster.

6.  I've been looking for an inexpensive mirror for my daughter's room. (I'll do anything to try and get her to brush her hair!!!!! ) This one is a great deal.

7. I'm getting good at this!! I credit my divorce. See, something good always comes from something bad!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I finished up a nursery design yesterday..children's spaces are so fun to create.
We are using a day bed in the room. I love to devise not only gorgeous spaces but flexible and functional environments too. Every child needs a crib but investing in pieces that can grow with your child is always a smart idea!

The room design got me thinking about day beds.... They are the perfect spot for lounging but also function well as a guest bed and/or a bed for your babe in the future. There are versions for almost any style preference. Here is a peek at some of my favorite uses!

 In an office that doubles as a guest room:

I am using a day bed similar to this one in the nursery design.
If you're up for the challenge, construct your own

On a sun porch:

In a bedroom:

A build in version creates a beautiful nook under a bank of windows

Image via Helen Davis

They are unexpected in a living room:


Day Bed Options:
Pottery Barn Kids (technically not a day bed but this cutie could work well as a built in  version.)
Pottery Barn
Serena and Lily
Pottery Barn Kids

Sea grass day bed

Monday, April 20, 2015

Love the look for running....

This post is in support of everyone running the Boston marathon today...My brother in law is going to be running so we are heading into Boston to cheer him on in a few minutes!! I do a little running myself, nothing crazy, but I do enjoy an occasional 5K and run about four days a week! Running keeps me sane and in pretty good shape. It's also efficient when you are tight on time.
Here is a peek at my typical gear for a race. Good Luck to all the runners!! Go Jonnie go!!

1. I start with a warm layering piece before I start a run.
2. Wireless headphones. I am investing in these!! The less cords the better!
3. A tank
4. Sports watch. I love to keep track of my mileage and pace.
5. Water bottle. It's tough to run with water but I once got heat exhaustion and dehyration. I feel panicky if I don't have at least a little water with me. This bottle should clip to a running belt. I may have to try it! I ran a 5K last week with a bottle in hand. It's a pain!
6.  A colorful sports bra for extra support!
7. Fitted lulu lemon running tights.
8. An armband and a great music play list for my phone!
9. I have had good luck with Adidas running sneakers. They seem to be a little wider. I try to replace them every eight months or so! I'm in need of a pair now.

I've also recently downloaded this running Nike.  I love the larger font!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shelter Loves....

Happy Fri-yay!! I had a great design meeting today with a client I have worked with in the past! A big part of my business involves building relationships. I love watching my clients lives evolve and their families grow. The personal connections I make through my job is one of the most rewarding aspects!
I was working away on quite a few projects this week so my brain is in need of a day off.. Here is what caught my eye in the process! Peace out, have a relaxing weekend!

1. I designed a nursery yesterday. I love creating spaces for children that they can grow into. Designer, Nick Olsen did just that with this beautiful nursery design. Image via Veranda.
2. I'm kinda digging the platform wedge shoes that are out right now. They are stylish and comfy..A win, win in my book!
3. God, don't we all know this!! I've got to learn to move on a bit better.
4. I've decided to finally finish my personal photo wall in my home. I loved this mix of images and the simple framing used here.
5. + 6. My wonderful client and I walked through her new home today. It is a beautiful house with so much opportunity. We talked about injecting her home with moments of black and white stripes. The classic combo is perfect when done right! This Dorothy Draper designed floor is a great example of the look I adore! I'm also loving this moto jacket layered over a summery striped dress. Find a similar dress here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So darn cute

Have I mentioned that I love before and afters? I've been working on a nursery project today. I'm actually lucky enough to have two pregnant clients right now!! I love designing children's spaces and could not help but share this adorable transformation. Oh and I HAVE to use Osborne and Little's Coronata wallpaper on one of my projects! :)
See the rest of the deets on this attic space here

One Boston Day...

(John Lennon + Robert Fulghum have both been given credit for this quote. I am not sure who actually said it first but I like the message)

Today marks the two year anniversary of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. I wanted to take the time this morning to remember the survivors, those who lost their lives and their families. My thoughts are with them all.

Martin Richard, was an eight year old boy who lost his life that day. His message of spreading peace resonates with me. His family has started a wonderful foundation in his name. I made a donation this morning to this cause. I truly believe we all have the ability to make this world a better place. Wishing you a wonderful day...

Here is the information on Martin's foundation.

The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the April 15, 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon.
In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin loved learning, sports and the world around him. He participated in the BAA Children’s Relay on Marathon weekend for three consecutive years, was a school "peacemaker," and recognized at a young age that while we are all different, we are all the same. The way Martin saw the world, anything was possible.
His parents, Bill and Denise determined it was fitting that the foundation should honor Martin’s message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community.
The mission of Martin’s foundation is simple: The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation honors Martin's message of "No more hurting people. Peace" by investing in education, athletics and community. To donate, click here."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Seaside (P-town get away)

 The weather is finally warming up here in Boston! It's a whopping 70 degrees today! It hasn't been this warm in six months, so needless to say, I'm a happy girl!! The screens are down and I am working away! Matty and I were talking a bit about our summer plans this morning. I've mentioned our annual Provincetown trip in the past but this year we are also going to plan a short romantic get away to the Cape at the end of June. I'm not entirely sure where we are going to stay but I'd like to sit by a pool and the beach and just relax. I came across this adorable little water side shack in my searches. There's something so comforting about the thought of switching to a more casual way of life during the warmer months. (Just putting away the layers of boots, gloves and snow pants for the kids is freeing) I can imagine a weekend away spent in this little home. Images and more information on the house and pier via New York Magazine

I also came across Map and Menu today. It's a wonderful site full of beautiful photography and tons of travel destination tips. I'll be adding this one to my list of favorite travel sites. I think I need to visit all of their Provincetown recommendations. 

Get the look: Switching out the lighting, rugs and accessories in your home with seaside inspired ones will give it a quick summery update. 

Get the look:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cottage Love #24

So... Most of you have seen my little ranch. (We have done quite a bit of work since this photo - I will share an update soon)  After my divorce, my goal was to buy a small home near the beach for my kids and I. I've been slowly (as I can) fixing it up!! It is pretty close to finally being finished. I need to add some finishing touches, purchase a few pieces of furniture, revamp a bathroom shower, rework a three season room, paint the exterior. I basically re-did the entire home. This list may seem long, but to me, the end is in sight!

I'm always excited when I come across another small"ish" home. I love larger, beautiful homes but I couldn't buy one for a number of reasons, plus the upkeep would have killed me. I also find smaller homes cozy and inviting.

This month's Better Homes and Gardens shares an adorable cottage bungalow in California. ( you know how I feel about Cali and right about now I wish I lived there!)

Chelsea and Greg Shukov own this adorable home. Chelsea also co-owns the fabulous stationery shop, Sugar Paper  - Los Angeles.  The interior designer that helped with the project was: Leslie Hunt.

The article specifically highlights a "live-in" kitchen area. The square footage shown encompasses a kitchen, family room and eating area. When living in a smaller home, each zone needs to be well planned out. I think they have done a beautiful job! The white washed vaulted ceilings really help this home feel more spacious.

Here is the "before shot" of my unfinished three season porch. All winter it ended up being more of a dumping ground since it was far too cold to sit out there. I plan to paint the room (if it ever warms up) and all of the woodwork a warm white color. I'll add more pillows and a new light fixture too. I would like to eventually winter-ize the room by adding heat, all new windows, a new wall to wall seagrass rug and french doors. I will probably try to raise the ceiling too. After those design changes it will be used as a small family room. I certainly could use the extra living space! 

** I'll be sure to share the updates. (I can't convert the entire room yet) ;)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Here are couple of shots of my son's room. It is almost finished! I moved it all around and am just waiting on one more item. I can't wait to have it professionally shot, along with my entire house! Eek!
Colby is sort of a history fanatic so I am going to add an over sized map of the world or a wall mural similar to this to an entire wall! Purchase this one shown, here

I've got a number of fabulous projects with some pretty amazing peeps! Here's a peek at a guest room design. The red velvet fabric is actually a bright cherry red. (loving a little cherry red lately) We are also mixing a beautiful quilt into the room along with furniture and a pair of great emerald lamps! I'm so happy to see some color after a long, drab winter!

I am far from a food photographer! I did however make the seared tuna nicoise salad the other night! (See Monday's post). It was delicious! I've been cooking quite a bit lately!

This is my daughter on Easter. She felt short changed on the egg hunt!! She did however let me dress her and brush her hair...which around here is a rarity!! #powerstruggleoveroutfits Find this precious dress here.
The egg decorating went really well!! We even gilded a few eggs!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Love the look

As you may have heard the Coachella festival begins this weekend. I can't even begin to blog about it because I have never been but you can be sure if I lived in the California area, I would be going. It looks pretty amazing! I love music and enjoy hearing new bands: so let's just say it's on my bucket list, plus visiting california is always a good idea. From what I have seen it has a pretty casual vibe..So I put together a typical "music festival" look for today's love the look post......

Here's the look:


#1 - top, see below. I actually love the custom ordered ones.


#2. and #5. Are available at ShopBop, they are having a 25% off of the entire site sale!! Use code: Spring25 at checkout.

#6 - More on this fabulous skin care line to come!!! ( I am going to do a entire blog post on it - I have a slew of samples coming in the mail. I am excited to try them out) And you know how neurotic I am about wearing sunscreen on my face!

#7 - I own a pair of Frye boots.  A splurge, yes, but worth every dime!! They are super comfy and only get better with age. I prefer to wear booties to concerts because your feet tend to get dusty or even worse.....If you are camping at Coachella you can bring both!! This is the Paige bootie- purchase it here.

#8 - I am loving the tiny stud trend! These star earrings are adorable!! 

And the background on the fabulous Oaxacan tops:

Bradley's top via Luella & June
Hand embroidered 
Mi Golondria owned by Cristina Lynch sells these beautiful, custom, hand embroidered tops. They are made in the villages outside of Oaxaca, Mexico. Read the story here. Each top is custom made for you.

Aidacoronado is another shop that sells Mexican embroidered tops and dresses.

Oaxaca, Mexico (It's always nice to have a visual location)


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