Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cottage Love #15



Hello, hello....You know I adore a beautiful cottage. Today I'm sharing a fabulous renovation by designer Benjamin Dhong. I'm loving his take on mixing classic and modern elements seamlessly. Enjoy!
One of our favorite projects has always been our dramatic transformation of a rundown hippy house into a classic Marin cottage.
We tore it down to the studs and added clean classical lines.
The result: a fresh take for a young family moving from Shelter Island, NY to California.
Proudly featured in this month's San Francisco Cottages & Gardens.
— Ben



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shelter Loves....


I've been trying to squeeze in a bit more time to be inspired online and by other blogs lately. I've also decided to start reading again. It is so hard to fit everything in but sitting and reading a good novel is the ultimate escape. I used to read at the beach but now my eyes are on my little ones...Do you have a favorite novel? If so, please do share.... :)

Here is what caught my eye this week:

1. I love these booties and would live in them this Fall. Nordstrom's sale is in full swing!
2. I adore an array of small necklaces. I wear two all the time and one has my children's initials on it. This one is precious.
3. Different is refreshing....Blue cabinets would make quite a splash in small quarters.
4. Capri - it's on my "bucket list".
5. I received this adorable Mimi and Muff beach tote a few weeks ago as a gift, I've been enjoying it ever since.
6. I hope my kitchen tack board looks something like this! I'm hanging it today.
7. I wish this world were full of more men like Martin! The news is so sad lately. I feel blessed to live such a safe and secure environment.
8. How cute is this anchor door mat? Switching out a door mat seasonally is a great way to update your entry way.

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http://rstyle.me/n/mtrgnpwjn - doormat

Monday, July 21, 2014

Command Central

We all know how crazy life can get, throw a few kids into the mix and it is pure insanity. The appointments, games, parties and paper work alone can make your head spin.
If you don't have the space to create a super organized desk area in the kitchen similar to the three pictured here, you will need to carve out a smaller (or tiny) area in your kitchen to house all this "stuff" neatly. 
Here I've shared some inspiration and below is my little area that I plan to transform. My words of advice would be to keep it as simple as possible. Often when an area is over designed and too complicated it tends to get disorganized quickly. A tack board, message area, calendar, some pins and possibly an "in box" for mail should do the trick! I also like to keep items and a place to store push pins, staples, pens and paper clips close by.

Here is a picture of the sad little corner in my kitchen that I am going to turn into an area to organize my children's monthly calendar of events, appointments, artwork, invites, recipes, etc. I'll be sure to show the after photo. Below are some ideas and thoughts of where to purchase what you need.  I also like See Jane Work for items.

I find Pottery Barn has a good selection of wall organizers and pin boards. Purchase this here

This is similar to mine in the image above.
Purchase here

Framed cork board. (one piece)
Purchase here


Love the look - sale!

I live for this time of year, so it's tough for me to think about Fall...but I DO LOVE a huge sale and believe the early bird does get the worm. Nordstrom is having their huge semi annual sale and it starts today!! Take advantage of an amazing savings on designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Here are my "favorite" picks from the sale. The Chloe Marcie bag is even on sale. As you all know, that has been on my wish list for a while. It's also available in black!! And this oversized watch is def. on my hit list!! Shop the post below! Have a fabulous weekend. xx


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty Beat - Tata Harper


I always say that if I wasn't an interior designer I would have "tried" to have been a dermatologist with my own skin care line. I'd like to think it would be along the lines of Tata Harper's fabulous product but maybe with a seaside concept. Tata is the engineer and creator of this 100% natural, organic skin care brand that grows 12% of the ingredients on her farm in Vermont. I'm in need of some new facial products so I'm going to try the resurfacing face mask first.  Tata lives on her farm in Vermont with her family and array of rescue animals. Love it!







               click links or images below to order: lip balm, cleanser, eye cream, mask   








Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All aboard....



Weather permitting I hope to venture out on my parent's new little whaler tomorrow afternoon.
We'll take it over to an area called the spit behind their home for some fun in the sun and hopefully an early dinner. I cherish the summertime and steal away every chance I get. (even if it is for a couple of hours). Here I've shared some boating essentials. (not included is a cooler full of goodies, water, beer and wine)

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** J. Crew is having a sale!

*** Florence Broadhurst towel On Sale with word sunswept



Monday, July 14, 2014

Bahama Style


Ever since I've returned from Bermuda I've had "island style" on my mind....I shared a peek of Alessandra Branca's Bahamas home with you in my Shelter Loves series last Friday. I decided I couldn't resist sharing this entire amazing home with you today! Those washed, pickled walls and shots of color are fabulous! All images via AD.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shelter Loves...

Wow! Friday already?? Have a fabulous weekend....here is what I'm loving, adoring and drooling over this week!

1. How fun would this buoy pendant be in a beach home??
2. I absolutely LOVE Allesandra Branca's Harbour Island beach home! via AD
3. These are on my wish list! I'm a sucker for monograms...
4. Yum. Recipe here. Via Martha, of course.
5. How great is this home designed by Amber Interiors 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tips and Tricks - interview with Ace Hardware's Homeplace Magazine





I was thrilled to share my thoughts with Ace Hardware's Homeplace magazine on how to bring a space to life with your personal style. All the Clark+Kensington colors used in my designs are noted above. (click to enlarge image) Please feel free to comment with any questions! For the entire article and more design information click here.

I used Clark+Kensington's OPI nail lacquer shade - Don't Touch My Tutu in the pop-up room I designed in NYC. This shade is a beautiful warm white that literally glows. Check out the room I designed here.

Photography: Ann-Marie Rollo

Love the look


Ahh, summer days, when carefree dressing is the norm. Luckily cutoff shorts are still considered hot! In fact, I'm wearing a pair right now. Purchase Alessandra's look below, unfortunately this Victoria Secret's perfectly sculpted legs aren't available!

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