Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Insta-peek

We've been busy busy over here at Shelter and at home with my kiddies! I'm working away on a great project today. (I love kitchen and bath remodels!) Anyway, here's a sneak peek of what's happening through the insta-lens. Follow me here. I hope to ramp it up in 2016 with project shots and gorgeous inspo!

- Top image is a peek of a foyer I just finished up! I often source wonderful artwork at reasonable prices from Serena and Lily
Winner, winner. How beautiful is this Khotan rug we chose for my client's dining room?
Pretty much. I've also been instilling this message into my children's minds.
Picked this pretty lamp up. I think I'll be keeping the pair for my new office!
And here is a little corner shot of my new office. It's a work in process....I need pillows, artwork, another desk and will add some pretty accessories.. Stay tuned to for the finished shots in a month or two!
I've been working on this project with my fabulous client for some time now. This beauty was installed in her dining room over the weekend. Wow, just wow, I love it! Next up is a light grass cloth on the walls to balance out the masculine wood finishes. 
We have been getting some wild weather and super high tides here on the South Shore. I was in my friends car when this wave crashed over the sea wall. I snapped a shot at just the right moment! Sadly, parts of my town end up under water when the tide is too high but they usually weather the storms and dry out!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love the look

I'm sitting here typing this post on another school cancellation day (grrr)! There's a blizzard going on but I can't help but pin away and dream about Spring and Summer clothing! I hope to sneak away this weekend for a bit and reorganize my closet for the Spring. I donate items, every season, that I have not worn in at least two years....I tend to invest in classic pieces and layer in less expensive trendy looks. I'll be adding a slip on espadrille this Spring and that bar necklace has been on my radar for some time. For a casual, comfortable look pair espadrilles with a light sweater, tee or cotton long sleeve top. Have you checked out J.Crew's new signature sunglasses? They have some goodies, along with this great Ray Ban shape!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Shelter Loves

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to finally moving into my new office and working from a fresh space!!  I'll be sure to share the before and after pictures! I have lots going on here at Shelter, hoping 2016 is a great one. February is already a lot better than January was. I'm looking forward and focusing on Spring. Here is what's on my radar this week! Read on for the deets and goodies...xo
1. This Kitchen is pretty amazing. Two toned kitchens will remain a big trend in 16! via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. I also still love grey.
2. Who wouldn't love a heart locket??  Keeping a photo of your favorite people (person) close to your heart would bring me peace. 
3. It's a snow day here in Boston, so my kiddies are home. I'm thinking it is more of a cupcake day then a gym day. (the gym was my original plan but now that's out)
4. and 5. First off, how does someone always looks so perfect?? I know an unlimited budget would help but seriously I can't find many outfits I don't like Olivia in.
The lace up flat is still a huge YES for Spring. Purchase yours here, (pictured pair), here (lower budget pair) or here. (Aquazzura pair) 
6. House painted entirely white are so chic looking! (especially when they have good lines) I'm contemplating that look for my own lil ranchola.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Office Design





Hola! Ahhh, I finally had a chance to sit down and finish up my blog post. It's been a great week full of design meetings and office moving (thanks Matty) ! I'm setting up my office this..... Here is a peek at some design inspo. I had the intention from the start to have the walls painted white, the trim grey and the doors black. I'm loving it. The other day I came across this top left image of a great home (via Domaine), they had done the same thing, it is the perfect feeling shot for the paint choices! I have a simple white IKEA desk and I need to order another. Most of the other items are in place. I just need to add some finishing touches such a great pillow, feminine desk accessories and some sort of blown up "ocean" photography. If I'm not working, I am usually relaxing at beach during the summer, so a beautiful seaside image was a no brainer! Happy Thursday...Off to pour myself a glass of vino before the crazy bedtime routine with my little ones.. xx(the sheep skin throws will go over the "Wegner" like chairs I have)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pink power

With Valentine's Day (for me it isn't just about "romantic love" but a day to celebrate all the love in my life) right around the corner and it being the first day of February, I thought we could use a shot of vibrant pink 'round here. This nursery surely isn't for the faint of heart but it's cheery and not overly babyish, which I love! I bet the grass cloth walls look fabulous in person. Shannon Wollack's daughter Poppy (also my kitty's name) will grow with this nursery. The light fixture and bathroom wall covering is pretty glamorous too. Check out the rest of the details on this nursery via Domaine.
The designer used Kelly Wearstler's crescent wallpaper in the bathroom.
Now if I could only keep my daughter's clothing this organized!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shelter Loves


Thank god for Saturdays! I actually need to sneak in some paper work today but it is nice to wake up and not have to get the kiddies off to school or be on a tight schedule. Here's what's going down at Shelter....xoxo

1. I'm still liking the tassel trend and may need one of these to compliment my spring looks!
2.  Ummm, I could use a little palm beach right about now! This cheery upbeat style when not "over done" is classically fun!
3. I've been doing a ton of rug shopping with and for my clients lately and although we tend to choose the perfect rug for their homes I always come across new styles that I love. I have a number of pretty Khotan's (the pictured type of rug) being dropped at a client's today. The soft but modern graphics designs are gorgeous. I'm hoping they choose a similar style for their dining room. We did a beautiful grass cloth on the walls!! 
4. Yes, please to black cabinets in the kitch!  Gen and Ben Sohr of Pencil and Paper Co. never disappoint with their impeccable taste and cohesive designs. Photography: Leslee Mitchell. This La Cornue range is on my wish list too.
5. I think I need a pair of cropped kick flare jeans! There are a number of great designs available but these are cute!!
6.  True, true.
7. I've been noticing simple fur embellishments on sandals for the Spring!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Love the look - Resort


Ahhhhh. I'd LOVE to sneak away this winter or even early Spring. The thought of sitting on a beach with a book and a fruity cocktail sounds pretty perfect right about now.....I'll keep you posted on that! In the mean time here are some resort finds that I'd be sure to pack away with me! Are you going any place fun this winter? If so, please do share!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The modern barn (style)

I dream of someday taking all of my cataloged creative ideas and either revamping or building a new home. My personal style is sort of a conglomeration of parts. I love the coolness of an open floor plan Southern California beach home style but admire the well proportioned quaint details and charm of the homes of New England. I would most likely marry the two. A third style I am also drawn to for the clean lines, high ceilings and unique possibilities is the modern barn/farm house look. 
This addition by Amber Interiors borrows from and is inspired by the "barn vernacular".

The possibilities of what can be accomplished on the inside of a barn inspired home are endless. I thought the home of 
The Executive Vice President of Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma brands, Monica Bhargava, was a layered and interesting home. The vaulted ceilings and mix of old and new works well here. She terms it "globally-inspired", because she keeps the palette tight it all really works! Images via: House Beautiful

I am sure you have already seen Joanna and Chip's latest barn reconversion on Fixer Upper here.
Although their tight budgets would never stretch quite as far in the Northeast!













Monday, January 25, 2016

Shelter Loves - Monday edition...


Hi loves, I ran out of time for this post on Friday! So here is a collection of what I am currently admiring!! I'm so excited my new office is being painted today. Stayed tuned for the palette and look this week! Woot woot.

1.  I am a huge fan of Marlien Rentmeester and all things fashion she does. Her updated office is featured on One King's Lane this month. It is perfectly imperfect. If anyone has worked with me they know I love a cohesive design but I always throw it off with unexpected details.  Perfectly matched is so predictable isn't it??
I follow this philosophy in fashion too. Marlien's posts and outfits are always so interesting, layered etc.etc.!

Here is another peek at her office...


2.  I basically adore everything on Julie Vos's site. I am buying one of these cuffs! I'm a jewelry collector big time..My daughter will be so lucky as a teen, of course I'll share my baubles with her. (if she wants to wear them, that is)
3.  I may steel away this winter for a long weekend. Tulum is calling my name. Check out Style Me Pretty's mini guide to this beautiful place..
4. In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday this month, I thought I'd share one of his fabulous quotes.
5.  Sort of think I need one of these for my new office!
6. Look at these Loeffler Randall sandals??? Gah.
7. She looks flawless....I am a HUGE fan of winter white. I need to hunt down this top - perfection!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Love the look - the bootie

You really can't go wrong with a little "bootie". They're comfy, stylish and practical. It's tough to navigate the snow or job sites in a super high heel. Shorter booties can be dressed up or down. I've rounded up some of my favorites..Booties also transition well from the winter into the Spring. I love wearing them with shorts and dresses too! Added details like buckles and pierced looks are huge for 2016!! Scoop these beauties up while you can! Now, hmmm choices, choices, I need to decide which ones to buy!
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