Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Love the look

Hello lady friends! 'Tis the season for sandals....that makes me giddy and so do all of these choices! Here is a round up of some of my favorites that cover casual to dressy looks!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cottage Love #39 (well not so much a cottage today)

We are all anxiously awaiting some warm weather here in the Northeast. I won't use my blog to bitch complain about the cold, wet, windy weather going on here all Spring but I will say this: I hope May brings some sunny warmth our way!! I still have my heat on! I CANNOT wait to head to the beach and am already planning out my summer. (Wishful thinking).. My desire for days at the beach and evenings on the porch inspired today's postBetsy Burnham is one of my favorites when it comes to residential interior design work! She's got a great eye for mixing detail, textiles and pattern. Here's a peek at 2014's Coastal Living showhouse she designed in collaboration with her partner, Max Humphrey. It's all sorts of good!! Just look at the California location....(I do envy most of their weather) Enjoy!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Shelter Project Photos!

I wanted to start off the week sharing a recent project I finished up in the South End of Boston. This was in a great condo overlooking looking the park. The issue was the kitchen and living area needed an overhaul! The client is from Texas and this is a second property she owns. She requested an open shelving concept with a touch of farm house appeal. I gutted the entire kitchen and removed a large wall.. The result was an open and airy kitchen that provided the client with as much storage and function as possible. I was thrilled with the result...and she was too!! We also didn't break the bank on this one! Shelter specializes not only on beautiful but livable interior design + decoration but space planning too. All photography: Sarah Winchester. I have lots more photo shoots lined up for the Summer/Fall...I looking forward to sharing more goodies with you soon. I'm also in the process of a blog and website revamp..whoo hoo..
The entry




 THE BEFORE SHOTS: NOT PRETTY!!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Shelter Loves....

Hola!! I'm getting back on track with my Friday "loves" post. I've been feeling pretty inspired lately. In the past three weeks I've traveled to The Bahamas, NYC and VT! I've been taking in the sites, sketching, working with fabulous clients and perusing my favorites, such as Insta and Pinterest.
Here is what has been motivating me lately!!

1. House Beautiful looks sooooo good this month!! My favorite project was by Summer Thornton. It's pure perfection. And blue!! I love blue and my client's seem to as well!
Speaking of blue, my bathroom is almost done and it's a yummy mix of deep royal, black, pink, marble and white!! I honestly CANNOT even wait to have my house shot! I hope my photographer is ready...It's going to be a long day...full of styling! eek!!

2. The off the shoulder dress or top is a "must have" this summer. I am waiting for a fabulous dress to arrive at my house! I ordered it a couple of weeks ago. I'll share the link asap!!

3. Day beds! I adore day beds. This one from Serena and Lily is sculpture at it's best.

4. Quote: ummm read and re-read. This is spot on. Life never turns out the way you imagined but it's still great! (at least mine did not). I am thankful for all I have.... One of my dear friends has been in my thoughts daily.....she lost her sister just recently...these terrible and heartbreaking tragedies put everything else in perspective. Love you, S. xo

5. Mark D. Sikes has incredible style. This ring is on my wish list.

6. I love to cook but often don't have tons of time to do it. I like simple, fresh recipes..I'll be adding peaches to my caprese salads this summer! 

7. I've painted a few large canvases for my own home. I'm going to attempt a larger one like this with my kids!! Looks fun, minus the paint in the hair!!!! Maybe I'll even have my good friend photograph us in action...love this idea.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Love the look



I often say good bye to the cooler weather by welcoming the summer with a splash of color! I especially adore embroidered frocks and tops! Here's a look I can't wait to wear!! I don't own much red but this dress gets the stamp of approval from me. It's adorable!!


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beach house chic


My tastes change with the tide, well not really, but I am always inspired by something new, fresh and unexpected. I can appreciate styles that range from modern to classic and my favorite interiors usually combine both.

Organic textiles and natural woods are becoming a part of our lives again.. this trend has caught on with most. The natural beauty of wood, linen, cotton and sea grass not only look appealing but feel wonderful to the touch. I came across Michael Kors' Long Island beach home today. The interior is directly inspired by the surrounding landscape. 

To add a touch of Michael's organic look to your own home mix natural textiles, fabrics and woven rugs to the mix. Here are some pieces to get you inspired:

Anthro's day bed
Patch's natural fiber rug

Monday, April 25, 2016

Shelter Loves

Last week was school vacation for my kiddos. In all honesty the past three weeks have been a blur but I did take the time to head to Vermont late Thursday-Sunday. It is amazing how much children appreciate your undivided attention. I put down the phone and lap top and we went hiking, played soccer and snuggled up to a movie together. Those moments do wonders for their attitude and mine. We had a wonderful time and today they are back at school! I am feeling uber focused on work!  (hence this week's quote).  Here's to a productive week all around!! This is Friday's edition of Shelter Loves. I have zero wi-fi in VT.





1. I am pretty into my skin! I wash my face every night and am always trying new skin and body lotions. I figure I'll do anything to avoid more sun cancer surgery, wrinkles and dry skin. I will be using this Beauty Counter sugar body scrub to get my skin bathing suit and beach ready.

2. I am a dreamer by nature...Since my house is almost done (they are putting up hardy board in the bathroom as I type) I am envisioning my next steps. A second floor or pool perhaps?? This smaller pool and pool house would work just perfectly in my yard! I even had a new fence installed last week!

3. I have been tying scarfs in my daughter's hair lately. I'll be doing the same for myself all summer. I love this look! You'll be seeing more scarves all summer long!

4. This week's motto!! "Get it, girl".

5.  I was very saddened to hear of Prince's passing last Thursday. I have always LOVED music and grew up listening to much of his. I'd be lying if I said I did not know every word to every song on Purple Rain. RIP Prince.

6. Two words: This bag. (It converts to a backpack or shoulder bag too)

7. I came across Twine and Twigs nature inspired, handmade jewelry a few weeks ago. I scooped up a trio of bracelets right away. I love them and plan to order one of these fabulous necklaces soon. Read more about this company and see their great pieces here.

xo


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cottage Love #38

With beach season (let's hope) just around the corner I thought it appropriate to share Art Luna and Tim Clarke's "hip and homey" surfer's haven. Nestled between Malibu mansions in Paradise Cove, this cottage has a vintage, bohemian vibe. I'm loving the mix off blue, sand and one of a kind furniture. Grass cloth covers the walls throughout as does art collected from California and Hawaii. They entertain weekly and head to the beach to unwind and dine on lobster..Sounds like heaven to this beach bum! See more here





Monday, April 18, 2016

Talking grout....

I am working from home today for two reasons! My bathroom tub and tile circa 1972 is being torn out. Good bye harvest gold! This is the last major reno for my home. (Until I add a second floor). Whoo hoo. I am so excited. I went with a clean subway tile and I spent some time deciding on the grout color. The floor is a black hex tile and the vanity has Carrara marble. I am painting the wood work glossy black next week and am going with wallpaper on the walls! I also have a mirror I am going to lacquer in a splash of color. So here are the images I perused for my color selections. Do you have a favorite? Scroll down to see what I color I chose and for some inspiration!!

The first idea was black. The contrast is nice and it certainly makes a graphic statement.


The second choice is pale grey. These bathrooms are both beautiful.

These tiles look a bit smaller than your standard subway tile but medium grey is another pretty choice! This look feels updated to me and pairs beautifully with this concrete tile floor.

Finally, you can't really go wrong with white grout. It is a classic choice that will never go out of style.
My choice?? I went with a soft medium grey colored grout! I can't wait to finish up this project!


On a side note: A huge good luck to everyone running today's Boston marathon!! #Bostonstrong

Friday, April 15, 2016

Love the look



Hello, hello! I hope you excused my radio silence. I was in New York all week with Ace Hardware and DBCpr... I usually visit once a year for Ace and meet with the editors of some of the biggest and best Fashion and Interior design magazines in NY.  I shared some easy d.i.y tips and the latest Ace collaboration with Amy Howard's chalk paint line.  I promise you won't be disappointed with Amy's amazing selection of chalk paint and finishes now available at your neighborhood Ace store. The liming wax and lacquer are my favorite!!

The few hours of down time I did have were spent catching up on work emails and doing a little shopping. How can I not visit a few stores in Manhattan??
I LOVE N.Y. and most of what goes along with it!! It's funny cause most of us have a few facets of ourselves that are opposite. For instance, I am equally happy staying in with a cup of tea on the sofa as I am going out and sitting at a bar with a salted, cold margarita. I was a city mouse all week and have returned to my quieter beach side life this weekend. I adore each lifestyle and fully appreciate both. The same notion goes for my wardrobe. I enjoy dressing up and down! My outfits often piece together the best of both worlds...a little glamour with something classic and casual. One of my favorite times of year in N.Y. is the Spring. I was hoping for warmer temps so that I could wear a skirt but it was only 45 degrees most days. Today I've pulled together two looks with the same crisp white cotton shirt. (A wardrobe staple for sure). One is a bit preppier, the other a little edgier. I usually bridge both concepts when dressing for work and play! These outfits would both have been a perfect look for me this week.

Happy Weekend!! Wishing you a great one. xoxoxo

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