Thursday, September 11, 2014

KITCHEN TALK.....


I'm not going to lie. I'm so happy it is Thursday. This has been a challenging week on so many levels. I'm blaming the Harvest Moon and the kids back to school transitional time. (among a few other things). I'll share my love list tomorrow but as I was searching for product for a client today I came across this beautiful kitchen. via 


ANOTHER COOL KITCHEN IDEA FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH SMALLER KITCHENS LIKE MINE! ( A TABLE/WORK AREA ON CASTERS)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cottage Love #17


Ever since I came across Chloe Warner's work about 6-7 years ago I have been a fan. She worked with Kelly Wearstler (another risk taker) before striking out on her own. I think the reason why I enjoy her designs so much is that they aren't overly formulaic looking. Chloe's spaces flow seamlessly and look as if they have evolved over time. 

These images are of her own home she shares with her husband and two children.  

read more and source - via Lonny

Monday, September 8, 2014

Love the look


Dare I say I'm ready for a little change? Transitioning from summer clothing into Fall looks always makes me happy. There is something very comforting about layering on booties, scarfs and light jackets. Today my "love the look" post combines fall and summer staples! 

Speaking of transition, this time of year is always a little tough with the kiddies. It seems just when you have your summer routine down it is time to mix their schedule up again. My four year old daughter was out of sorts today and couldn't understand why "mommy" had to work and why she had to go back to pre-school! I felt for her..... Hope your week is off to a better start than mine...(all sources below) - rag and bone bootie - is on my must have list.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shelter Loves....

1. Phew, it's been a long week... I love a great cocktail and bar set up much like Bunny Williams.
2. Preppy pink and navy? I love this timeless pair.
3.  A classic PeaCoat like this one from J. Crew is on my short Fall wish list.
4. Calm down, I needed to remind myself of this this week.
5. Serena and Lily's newest wallpaper. I love the blue!
6. Thinking this moon cycle bracelet is fun




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sweet as pie....

Hello Tuesday! My weekend was fabulous, I hope yours was too!!
I needed a pick me up post today. I'm missing my son's first day of first grade tomorrow so I am feeling a bit weepy about that. (I have to jet off for a quick business trip today).

How precious is this nursery?? I love that it is a room to grow into....... Design by Carla Lane.  at the Santa Barbara Designer Showhouse. Lulu Dk wallpaper and fabrics

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shelter Loves....



Happy Friday, this week seemed to drag on for me! I got quite a bit accomplished but Thursday felt like Friday and Monday like Tuesday, etc. etc. Here are this week's picks on Shelter!! Enjoy the last "official" weekend of summer. My kids are off to school next week. This is both a happy and sad time for me, it symbolizes the end of summer but also a bit less chaos. Have you seen this video? Most mothers can relate, it's classic!!  xo

1. + 2. Jennifer Blecher's Star Sister Books are a wonderful chapter style format to read with your little ones. There is also a necklace available for purchase. They make a wonderful gift set!! Learn more here.
3. Loving this bear area rug from Pottery Barn Kids! Wrapping up my kiddo's rooms this Fall!!
4. Got to love the classic Aero Saarinen dining table, and seats with sheep skin throws...!
5. Adorable printed pant look!
6. I've always loved wrap bracelets, the more the better. This one and this one are from Tory Burch are fab!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Love the look....


 Today, I'm all about casual luxury......a soft t-shirt, comfy suede shoes, a vintage designer watch, a personalized touch, feminine lace details...I think you get the picture....A pair of jeans or fitted black or white pants would work perfectly with this look!

I'm convinced it doesn't take a tons of money to create something fantastic that is entirely yours. This can be done with both your wardrobe and home. (or any creative venture for that matter). If you're feeling stuck, take a break for a few days and try again from a different approach. Sometimes starting from scratch is the best answer. ;) Bonsoir!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thoughts on home...

With Fall approaching, I'm looking forward to focusing some of my energy and time on the inside of my home. Much like the cobbler anecdote, my projects tend to come last. I can't really bare to spend the gorgeous weekends indoors on "home" projects during the summer months. When the weather turns raw and chilly I enjoy focusing on my house!!

This top image shows what I have done so far on my daughter Emerson's room. I had custom pillows made along with Pottery Barn Kids bedding.(PB Kids is having a 60% off  Labor Day Sale) The walls are painted light pink in Clark+Kensington's : Cherry Blossom 03D-1. It is a beautiful pale pink shade. The two images below are of my grandmother's (we called her Memere) bed. She was a very special person and I'm looking forward to using her bed in my daughter's room. Emmi and I chatted about her room this morning and we've decided to paint the bed a pretty yellow shade. I think the rug will be pink and white. Then all I have left to finish up is the artwork framing and selections. I am also adding two display shelves for her favorite books and accessories. I've also relocated an antique pine armoire to her room that didn't work in mine. 


Inspiration photos
I've always had this image in my head. I'll most likely use a yellow shade much like this! I think it will mix well with the bedding but also work with other shades should we (she) decide to change the color scheme later on. (Funny this picture is from Emerson Fry's house. I love her clothing and this sweater for the Fall!)

This bed style is similar. I like the pineapple detail on my Memere's bed though!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fleur.....

Off and running today...I am visiting a custom furniture maker (one of my favorite things to design) to check in on the progress of two amazing pieces, then to another appointment and finally trying to squeeze in a little back to school shopping with my seven year old son (who is becoming very opinionated about his clothing choices, are you finding this??) before having to race to pick up my daughter at child care.

One element that separates a strong designer from the rest is being able to pull together a cohesive story, this is especially true with marketing and graphic designers. I came across these collateral images today. They tie in beautifully with the store front and all facets of this floral business. Well done!

Have a great one! xx
images via 





and the store front!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cottage love #16

Hello, hello...I'm back with another beautiful home on this gorgeous Monday ;)... I am always so excited to come across an inspiring home to share with you all. This week's beauty is Kathryn Stockett's (the author of the book, The Help) fabulous abode. It is located in a suburb of Atlanta and it does not disappoint.

I will be forever drawn to white bungalows and this version with the addition of large iron windows is a stunner! I honestly can say I would take the outside view of this house in a second, just add a pool and I'd be in heaven. All images courtesy of Atlanta Homes + Lifestyles magzine.
Those doors!




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