Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Clark Griswold

When you live in a milder climate, there is a struggle for Christmas to really feel like Christmas. Right now, it's 65 and raining here feels more like spring.  I am not complaining, just explaining. I have done frigid cold and am alright with leaving it behind. But when seeing breathtaking photos like this, it is a touch sad.  As if we didn't miss family back home already, knowing that it is supposed to snow on Christmas Eve might produce a tear or two.  Hold your loved ones a little closer this holiday season.

Family, if you are reading this - we miss you terribly and love you immensely.

Style || I told Santa I have been a very good girl this year and I {oh - I mean, he} ordered these fun shoes that are on major sale right now.  An early Christmas gift for me?!  Oh, you shouldn't have! I might even wear them to my birthday dinner. ;)

Travel || I have always wished to go to NYC during the holiday season.  We would take the girls ice skating, window shopping and to a Broadway show.  It sounds so fun.  I would also add a visit to this spectacular eatery.  The interior is perfection!

Art || I LOVE  a great art source but this one has me hooked.  I visit almost every day swooning over each piece.  I am especially drawn to the work of Ulrich Knoblauch and Rebecca Litchfield. Check it out!

Blog || I admire everything Kristin puts out there, but this beautiful outdoor tablescape really blew me away.  Everything from the tree hung chandelier to the crimson and gold settings creates a magical holiday atmosphere.

Tunes || I have been paying Beyonce's new song all week.  It is super cool just like her.

Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Brilliance of Benjamin Vandiver

Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality.
Albert Hadley

I have been following Benjamin Vandiver on Instagram for a while.  His snapshots, as well as his designs, are masculine chic.  I admire that his projects are clean and well-edited but also have a bold, dramatic flair.  Named in Architectural Digest's Ones to Watch, Benjamin is a rising presence in the design world.  I am positive we will be seeing a lot more amazing work from him. You can see more of his swank profile, here.

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Luxury Under $100

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 
Norman Vincent Peale

I know, I know - yet another gift guide.  I am sure you have been inundated with them the last few weeks, so I am going to give you one more for that last minute present. 

Right about now is when my spending hangover begins.  It always starts with great hopes of buying the exact right thing for my loved ones.  Then a sick rhythm of cash begins flying out the door and I lose all track of what I have.  In taking stock of my purchases, I find I have waaay too much and still need a little something for someone.   The last thing I can bear is to spend one more dollar, but I inevitably have to rush back to the hot, crowded mall {ugh!} to buy that one last item. So, I am giving you a nugget of ideas for this time when your brain cannot think of one more thoughtful gift.

ladies « gloves « earrings « clutch  ||  men « sunglasses « cologne « cuff links

Have a festive day!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

So Much Better

I owe my color sense to crayons.
Angelo Rafael Donghia

While I love the delicious taste of Marsala, the new Pantone Color of the Year has left me underwhelmed.  It lacks the vibrancy and liveliness of choices past.  In fact, it is the exact same hue as our countertops in my childhood the 80's.  

Perhaps Sherwin Williams heard the collected crickets from designers and bloggers alike and decided to go a different route.  Their choice for Color of the Year 2015, Coral Reef, is a happy, blush shade that inspires me to create color boards and pull fabrics.  Now this is a color I can get with!

It creates a warm, glowing atmosphere and pairs well with strong colors like deep reds.

I love the unexpected addition of green.  It adds depth to the space.

It looks great as an accent to crisp white bedding.

It makes a statement in a monochrome study with matching chairs.  I would normally think this would not work, but it totally does!

It would make an gorgeous addition in any space in the form of an accent piece.

Have a delicious day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Weekend!

To live will be an awfully big adventure.
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Yum! || I love a good homemade cookie.  Lately, I have been just buying the pre-made Toll house cookies for a quick treat, but it's just not the same.  These cookies have it all - chocolate, oatmeal and a little sea salt on top for good measure.  Of course, it has to be a Barefoot Contessa recipe because all things delicious usually are!

Textiles || I found yet another vintage chair a few weeks ago {I know, I have a problem} for a song and need to have it reupholstered.  I originally thought a camel leather would be beautiful, but now I am focusing on this fun spot.

Shoes || I have been looking for black classic pointed-toe pumps  I finally found the perfect pair and plan on wearing the stuff out of them!  I also love these and these similar styles.

Find! || I have a mad design crush on Kelly from Frances loom.  Her IG photos are magazine worthy and the rugs - oh, the rugs! I swear I would walk around naked wrapped up in these vintage beauties if I could. {once they were cleaned, of course.}

Stocking || We are in the final mile to Christmas.  You're almost there - you can do this!  You just need a few small items for the stockings and you've made it to the finish line.  These little gems are perfect for the job and {if you are like me} they are mandatory for long trips with kids.  Have you ever tried driving with three different types of music playing?

Have a relaxing weekend!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cool Gifts Your Home Will Love

Christmas isn't a season.  It's a feeling.
Edna Ferber

Ahh....beautiful accessories.  My home and I had a chat a while back and she informed me she can't get enough, so keep 'em coming.  They are the easiest (and most economical) way to spruce up a room.  I put together a gift guide of cool accents the decor freaks in your life will surely love.  I love adding something quirky to even the most traditional space.

mohawk «  art «  fur «  dope « jimmy « shotglass

Have a chill day!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Let's do what we love and do a lot of it.
Marc Jacobs

Beauty || I have found the ultimate dream nail polish.  It is long wearing, almost completely chip-proof {which is outstanding with the ways I use my nails} and comes in a multitude of shiny, delicious colors.  My current obsession is this rich, saturated garnet|oxblood|scarlet color.  It is the perfect holiday shade!

Yum! || I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  Tyler Florence is a culinary genius.  His recipes are so good and the flavors are so layered, you just might become dehydrated from all the mouth watering.  Last night, we made these scrumptious tacos and I am still weak in the knees.

Read || While on holiday break last week, I made a wrong turn {and in made a wrong turn, I mean I neglected to tell the girls beforehand} into the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Monet exhibit.  Claude Monet was the first artist I took a shine to in my teens.  The paintings were as dreamy in person as you would think.  While there, I picked up this gem,  It is 1)all things Parisian which is the best and 2) pretty damn funny.

Fashion || The problem with online shopping is I "accidentally stumble upon" SO many things that I love but am supposed to be buying for others.  Ugh!  I "accidentally" found this cozy sweater the other day.  I would wear the goodness right out of it in no time.

Home || Tortoise shell print adds richness to any space. This gorgeous tray has been added to my wishlist.  It would be perfect on a coffee table layered with books, flowers and candles...but no remotes.  :|

Have a fun and relaxing weekend!


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