Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Guide - Lindsey's favorites

Hey all! TGIF. I hope you had a great week! Mine was productive on the work and holiday shopping front. I'm trying to be super organized this year and so far it's working and reducing my holiday stress! I even sent my Christmas cards out already..woot woot.
Today my design associate Lindsey is sharing her wonderful holiday gift picks! Lindsey joined Shelter back in May and has been an amazing addition to the firm! Thanks for all your hard work and positive energy Lindsey! xx

Hi, Lindsey here. I'm so excited to share my holiday wish list on Shelter today.
It’s that time of the year again! I must say I have a huge soft spot for Christmas and with two little ones it makes it even more magical. Here are some of my favorites for this season….

I love to entertain and seem to host most of the holidays for the families (which is great!) these candle sticks are a must for my dining room table! See them here.  How gorgeous are these fringe cocktail napkins? They pair perfectly with a festive cocktail!
You can never have too many thank you cards, especially during the holidays. I always grab extras when I see  unique styles. These, from Tiny Prints are very witty! 
Between indulging on treats and the holiday stress, yoga is a must! This mint color Mala of amazonite beads, will help you find inner calm and peace (which we all know is totally needed!)   And the Alo Yoga bomber jacket will keep you cozy on your way to class.  
You can never have too many accessories (my husband may beg to differ!)  this clutch would look perfect with any outfit, and its color “Ibiza Sunset” couldn’t be any cuter.  June & Juniper has the most gorgeous jewelry. I love, adore and drool over their pieces. They are unique and classic wrapped in a little package.  Any of these earrings are a must! 
During a trip to Charleston last spring I stumbled upon Teil Duncan, her art work is amazing, and full of color and interesting designs.  She recently teamed up with Crate and Barrel which is even more convenient if you’re looking for a framed piece to spruce up your space.  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

In the kitch.

I was searching the House Beautiful website (and the entire web) because I wanted to share Catherine Olasky's (her firm pays great attention to design details, something I aim to achieve in my work) daughter's precious bedroom with you all. I will snap it and share myself if need be. It's in this month's issue of House Beautiful. Her entire home is traditional with a modern twist and is gorgeous. Here is the cover shot. How adorable is her daughter, Louisa?

Instead I stumbled across this very "holiday" appropriate kitchen design. The deep black cabinets are both stunning and a bit daring but it all just works so well, especially with the unexpected deep red cabinet color in the pantry. I love a bit of a risk in design, it usually pays off and sets your home and design apart from the rest!
This range and hood are gorgeous and black pair beautifully with large brass pulls! The kitchen is by designer, Jim Dove. 

 Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo was used on the counter - it has the look of natural marble with less maintenance.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide for little girlies

So I can't lie, having a six year old daughter is usually pretty fun. (yes, there are moments when she makes me want to pull my hair out) but Christmas shopping? FUN! I am holding onto these years, still sleepless at times, but I know how quickly they pass. Here are my selections for little girls. I'll be buying a number of these for Emerson and my niece!

Down coat
These prints by Kelli Murray are precious
Slippers - Emmi asked for slippers
Tea Shirt - THIS is adorable and unique
Bunny doll 
Bean Bag
Art kit - my children love to create art
Ferdinand - Classic books make a wonderful gift
Princess wand
Unicorn tape dispenser - No idea if your kids are obsessed with tape (and bandaids) but mine are.

'Tis the Season...

for this warm, cheery, cherry hue......


Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Guide - My wishes

I'm excited to get back to my gift guides! Today, I'm sharing my "wishes". It goes without saying that I'm thankful for all I have, but we all have a few santa wishes right? (well maybe not my Dad ;) ) Here's my list:

- These slippers. I basically live in slippers around the house. They are a luxury really - little things like comfy feet keep me happy and warm.
- I enjoy collecting art. Angela Moulton's little bird and flower paintings are precious. I would love a collection.
- Twine and Twig is a favorite company of mine. I would wear every piece on their site but want to add this cuff to my collection of their jewelry. I make it a point to support small businesses all year long but especially during the holiday season. Sister's Elizabeth and Jacquelyn design and create these amazing pieces; they are inspired by nature and world travels.
- I feel the same about gloves and mittens as I do slippers, these are on my list!
- Wellies with style = yes, please! Our winter and spring (if you can even call it that) are LONG! I wear wellies a lot.
- This poncho is L.L.Bean, pretty damn hip...and ummm, I need it! wink wink.
- Personalized stationery is a wonderful gift and there are some great options on sale through Minted right now.
- This bag?? Is your own or one for that special someone here.
- I also collect design books, go figure. Mark D. Sike's book, Beautiful, is on my Christmas list.
- Addison Weeks has a slew of gorgeous jewelry on her site. These cuffs are fabulous.
- Suede Vans...very cool kicks. I'd love to get my kid's each a pair too. - book

Friday, December 2, 2016

Love the look - holiday party

Hello, Hello birdies!! How are you?? Happy Friyay by the way! I've been working my ass off on a holiday show house room this week..hence the silence. I'm excited that it's finally almost finished. I'm leaving to grab fresh flowers in a few and put on a the finishing touches before tonight's opening night party. It is at the Daniel Webster Estate in Marshfield. If you live near by, I would love for you to come visit!! I think historic preservation is a wonderful thing and was happy to decorate a room for the holiday show house. I could not move all of the existing furniture out of the space but I moved a few of the older Victorian pieces. I did however, truck in loads of greens, bows and beautiful objects. I'll be sharing professional photos and more details later this month! I've included a peek of the tea party table below. Clearly, I designed a little girl's dream bedroom on Christmas morning. Here is what I am wearing to the gala tonight. (If my jumpsuit arrives in time)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Home for the holidays....

Here's some holiday loveliness on this dreary day in Boston. I'm a 'real greens' kind of girl but I do love a beautiful flocked tree. Even the fake ones can be gorgeous! Courtesy of Pink Peonies. I'm off to put the finishing touches on the magical room we decorated at a historic estate in town. (The Daniel Webster Estate) The gala is Friday night and the Show-house opens on Saturday, December 3rd and runs through December 11th. If you live locally, you should swing by and check us out!! More info here. I'll also be sharing sneak peeks of the room on my insta account! xx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


I know I discuss "what we all have" and "my wish lists on Shelter". I love beautiful "things" as much as anyone else but I also recognize the importance of giving back and thinking of those who are less fortunate. There are a number of organizations to help and many will match your donation today. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as "the international day of giving". I love this concept and can't think of a better way to spread cheer this holiday season than to donate to a wonderful cause. There are far too many helpful organizations to list but here are a few that I love. I feel education is a huge component in helping people. I also choose a child to give to

The Hunger Project 


I have a newly made friend (through a great friend - her venture) who is incredibly talented. She started her own business a while back, Cece DuPraz. If you're anything like me, you can appreciate the personalized touch of a monogram. Marion does a beautiful job, her designs and attention to detail speaks for itself. I'm also a firm believer in supporting small business owners. Marion is also giving back this holiday season. ( just be sure to place your orders before December 1st to guarantee delivery by Christmas.) 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gift Guide - for the young at heart

Here's a little cyber love on this beautiful Monday morning. There are still so many great buys out there today, grab them while you can! Today, I'm sharing my picks for the woman who's not faint of heart. She is daring, stylish and a trend setter. I'm about to order myself and daughter some roller skates for Christmas! 

Roller skate//Loeffler bag//pompom hat//kittyflat//ring//lip balm - addicted //the"it" bag//leopard coat - purchase provides one school uniform for a child in Africa, love this company//necklace - on my list - 40% off!

Friday, November 25, 2016

BLACK FRIDAY - Steals and Deals

IT'S HERE! Can you believe the holiday season is upon us?? I think we could all use a little cheer. 

I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous. I am grateful for so many things, including YOU, my amazing blog readers and design clients!! xx 

Now, let's get shopping, shall we?? My sis is surveying the store deets this a.m. and texting them over and I've got the www covered. 
I'm rounding up the best deals for everyone on your list. Here are my favorites today!! Eek!!


Here's a list of amazing deals .....
3.1 Phillip Lim // 60% off handbags
Ann Taylor - 50% off Entire Store - Code: Celebrate 
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide
Barneys New York // 40% off Sitewide
BaubleBar // 30% off purchases - loving statement earrings like these.
Cole Haan // 40% off Sitewide - for him, this and these
Furbish Studio // 20% off site wide
Happy Socks - 40% off entire site
Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday
Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping - they have beautiful holiday dresses 
Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off
Urban Outfitters - Apparel buy one get one 50% off 
J. Crew - 40% off entire store - The coats are fab!!
Tuckernuck: 20% off everything

Amazon: has black Friday deals
Here are some of favorites: 


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