Tuesday, February 21, 2017

in the kitch

I am heading out of town with my kids for a few days (although, I feel like I shouldn't) for a little R and R. Spring is going to be bananas busy so I am gearing up. I've had kitchens' on my mind for days, so I'll leave you all with this beauty to consider! xx



Monday, February 20, 2017

Shelter loves...


Happy Monday! I am sneaking this typical Friday post in today. Hopefully you have the day off! I am working a half day and meeting a friend at Eataly in Boston this afternoon. Clearly, I have some pretty in pink moments on my mind this week! With spring right around the corner, I am giddy for pretty florals, tulle and the sophistication that brushed brass lends to a room. Cheers! xx

1. Wisteria is having 20% off their entire site today. This bed comes in two shades and would look amazing in a guest bedroom!
2. Wide plank white oak floors are what I'm currently loving. They look equally fresh with light and dark colors.
3. I saw this GORGEOUS rug via Lauren Conrad. It's from this site. I also find a number of amazing rugs on Etsy for great prices!
4. This stool would look so glamorous in the right spot. 
5. I have a fascination with art and history, so I was thrilled to come across and learn more about the stunning art-work by Kerry James Marshall. The often large-scale narrative history paintings by Kerry James Marshall are influenced and inspired by his life as a young man growing up in Alabama and South Central Los Angeles. Kerry most often paints about African-American life, history, pop culture and the effects of the Civil Rights movement. 
6. Across all facets of life!!
7. J.Crew does it again! I love everything about these looks! I have a tough time wearing yellow but these feminine frocks are divine. I secretly want to borrow my daughter's tulle skirts (but clearly I can't). This pink beauty may need to come and live with me!



http://rstyle.me/n/cfs739pwjn - 20% off of everything on the site.
http://rstyle.me/n/cftaxzpwjn - stool

Kerry James Marshall

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love the look - work uniform pieces

Happy Friday pretty peeps!! I've been designing like a fool around here and taking in all sorts of inspo! Today, I'm sharing my daily uniform, two ways. One is when I'm out and about on client meetings, site visits and shopping trips. The other, is when I am working from my office or running to get my cherubs. Here are the deets. Have a fabulous weekend and if you're heading on vacation, Bon Voyage, wish I could join you. I'll be heading up North next week, but in all honesty, I would love to be jetting to a warm, sunny island.

Dressy days:

1. Pearls
2. Drake bell sleeve blouse for J.Crew - I own this, and it's adorable. It isn't too big looking like a number of the bell sleeve tops.
3. Cartier Tank watch 
4. white jeans
5. sandal

Office days:

1. Earrings
2. Casual top (slighting different from photo)
3. Alo leggings
4. Vans with gold zipper



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I wanted to wind down my evening by wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you had some time to enjoy the people you love in your life today! I had a fun meal with my children. They requested breakfast for dinner, so I cooked up some waffles, made fresh whipped cream and sprinkled raspberries on top! Dinner was a hit and to top it off, they both went to sleep for me!! That in itself was a gift.

There is something about a splash of cherry red that warms my heart. Miles Redd certainly pulls off this cheery hue better than most!! He has a knack for choosing the perfect shade. Peace and good night. xoxoxo 



Monday, February 13, 2017

Cottage Love #54

Afternoon, lovies!! I'm taking a much needed break from a kitchen design I'm working on. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the process but needed a little breather from computer drawing.

Today, I'm sharing the Better Homes and Garden feature of Julianne Hough's adorable home (a.k.a Jules - my nickname too). This incredibly cozy nest is just what the doctor ordered on this frigid snowy day! It doesn't get much more inviting. And that kitchen??? GAH! If I did not have so many friends and family in New England, I'd move to southern California in a heartbeat!! 
















Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shelter Loves

Hi all! It's 11:30 am and I've gone to breakfast and snuck in a full workout! I'm keeping the pace up and finally have ten minutes to sit down and finish this post that I started on Friday. My kids missed three days of school last week (2 due to snow) and I'm praying they have school tomorrow! I've got things all bright and sunny on my mind today! (and in general)

1. Zanna Roberts Rassi's layered, textural play room is sophisticated and fun. I am definitely getting those pillow cases for my bedroom! I recently changed the color palette to pink, cocoa, white and coral with hints of gold and I'm liking it! Now to narrow down the wallpaper choice! I'm thinking something organic and cool for the little bathroom. I love most of the One King's Lane home tours and room redo's!
2. Audrey was fabulous and so are most of her quotes.
3. Charlotte Rampling's carefree, natural style is a favorite. My daughter prefers to wear her hair tousled too.
4. I've been eyeing Teil Duncan's oversized figure studies.
5. Not sure I'll ever tire of stripes...Every season I find a new version to purchase! I love how this dress is a bit more fitted. I am all for a long maxi dresses but some of them aren't very flattering unless you're tiny!
6. I could collect sunglasses...haha. I think I need this pink pair for Florida!
7. Okay, so I've been obsessed with Cassie De Pecol's amazing stories and her mission to visit every country around the world. Her Instagram account and drive are fabulous!! Read more about her journey and goal here.  She has a passion for "women's achievement while promoting peace". (insert 10,000 likes!!!) Read more about Cassie's - Expedition 196 here.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Love the look - Spring forward

A whopping Nor'easter is hitting us hard but I'm choosing to ignore the high winds and flickering lights. Instead, I'm sipping hot tea (soon to be wine) and dreaming of what's around the corner. Here's a sampling of some Spring trends and goodies that may make their way into my closet. Cheers! Stay safe! xx

1. ballet flat
2. neck scarf
3. statement necklace
4. fatigue shirt - this looks adorbs on
5. ruffle sleeve shirt
6. cropped, frayed white jeans
7. saddle bag
8. Slides!! The shoe of the moment


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cocktails anyone?

Hola! I've spent the better part of my day working on a kitchen design for a fabulous client! (Project: Wildwood) I'll be sharing the play by play via insta and the final images on Shelter's blog. They, much like myself, love to entertain friends and family and have requested a beautiful bar area! For me, design is all about the details. I'm thrilled to put my ideas into motion on this one! Here's a collection of built-in bars I've been inspired by lately!
Bailey McCarthy 
Via Bailey McCarthy 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cottage (row house) Love #54 -


Pardon me, I am a bit fuzzy on this beautiful Monday morning. I along with my kiddos, Matty and friends stayed up way too late cheering on the Patriots. I'll admit, I don't watch much football but I do love myself a good super bowl with lots of yummy food. Last night did not disappoint, it was the best football game I have ever seen! I always enjoy kicking off the week with some serious inspo, so I was delighted to come across Jennifer Langston's Charleston row house this am on Instagram. It is not a cottage per se, but it is a smaller home filled with character and beauty. I also throughly appreciate classic architecture with a modern twist. Charleston is on my "must visit" soon bucket list.
My aim with the "Cottage" series is to capture and share homes that have unique characteristics, are not overbearing and have plenty of charm. Read the full story here



This high gloss eggplant door is everything! 












Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shelter Loves...


The week ended on a super busy note, so here's the Saturday edition! I have a number of exciting opportunities going on at Shelter, I am wide eyed and searching for fresh inspiration! Here what's on my radar. Have a fabulous weekend! I use the Super bowl as an excuse to stuff my face with chips, dip, wings and chili! Go Pats! xx


1. Stripes are still abound for the Spring. I'm loving this little off the shoulder number. I may have a long, warm, sun filled weekend in my near future. This top may need to travel with me!
2. I am always in search of a gorgeous colorful lantern that doesn't break the bank. I recently found this one!
3. This purse does break the bank but it's so damn cute. I definitely have a side that appreciates the prep factor!
4. My friend had these adorable leather earrings on the other day! 
5. Anemone's are a favorite! I love to keep fresh flowers in vase on my counter, especially in the winter. 
6. Word. 
7. These chairs. I am also designing a custom banquette (but think a recessed kick base would be more practical) for a client! I dream of windows like this.


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