Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Maximum Beauty

The details are not the details.  They make the design.
Charles Eames

I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw Kourtney Kardashian's new home.  The sophisticated, modern space is the stuff of dreams - my dreams, that is.  I didn't understand why there was so much Instagram negativity toward AD for the feature.  To me, architectural and interior beauty is about the structure itself, not the level of celebrity of the owner. Beauty is beauty, plain and simple.

The home was decorated by the charming Martyn Lawrence Bullard which I never would have guessed.  This shows his great talent and versatility as a designer.  This home is completely different from the dramatic, well-wallpapered house she previously owned.  I love that she completely changed up her style for the two different spaces.  That is the fun of design, after all.  This fresh, light home brimming with mid-century French pieces and bold art is a spectacular source of inspiration Thanks for the peek, AD!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Working Edge

Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.
Shawn Ashmore

I have always felt there is a fine line between interior and fashion design.  Interior design being my first love, fashion definitely is a close second.  As I am becoming bolder in my design projects with mixing patterns and color, my fashion taste is changing as well.  I guess I would call it a timeless foundation with a little lighthearted personality thrown in.  I think the outfit below is edgy and polished. Pairing a high power pencil skirt and heels with a fun tee is unexpected.  And this super fem leather jacket is my most desired piece.  It could be worn with absolutely anything!

Pencil | Ears | Luscious Jacket
Pumps | Lips | Tee

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

And Just Like That...

And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.
Rainer Maria Rilke

It really is true.  With each passing year, time seems to be picking up speed.  Gone are the days of looking out the window at my boring desk job, day dreaming of more exciting ways to spend my day. Fast forward a decade with one husband, three kids, one dog and a growing business and I am lucky to know what day it is.


Thank you for all the lessons.


I am ready now.

I transferred everything from my 2015 planner to my new, and there it was.  A complete year of meeting wonderful clients, continuing my education, meeting new friends and losing some.  A year can become a blur when you chunk it down like that!  It also reminded me that in each new year, we have good and bad and that it's best to focus on the good.  I am ready for 2015 to sail off into the sunset and welcome the energy and prospects of 2016.

I don't know about you but there are times, I have so many thoughts|ideas|plans swimming around in my melon that I can barely focus!  One tool that has really helped me exhale and concentrate on my goals for the coming year is Shay Cochrane's , The Smart Girl's Reset for Success Survey.   Having these exact questions to reflect and thoughtfully answer have given me direction and strength to be improve and grow.  Thanks Shay!

As we look to a new beginning, I wish all your hopes and dreams come true in 2016.  I hope you have more love, pleasure, adventure, growth and happiness than you know what to do with.  I hope you take all that warmth and pass it on to someone else who needs it.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Items of Interest

...our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks - say the most about who we are.  
They are as honest as a diary.
Charlotte Moss

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Simply Chic

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci

I love a neutral space with a well-placed bit of color.  When you work with color all day, calm colors really bring much needed clarity.  I remember my sister-in-law explaining this to me when I first began designing.  I equated white walls with apartment living back then and didn't understand.

I have been drinking in every detail of this spectacular Paris apartment which is located across from the Louvre.  Can you imagine?!  The clean, sophisticated design allow the art and sculptural pieces, such as the entry console, to shine.

I put together an outfit inspired by this lovely abode.  Simple lines, a soft color palette and pop of brightness create a chic, elegant look perfect for a stroll along the Seine.

lipstick found at Sephora
all other fashion found through The Outnet
Marni clutch | $250
Alice & Olivia top | $81.40
J.W. Anderson midi | $415.80
Marni pumps | $410
Bounkit earrings | $195
Noir bracelet | $62.50

Friday, August 7, 2015


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