Thursday, February 25, 2016


You can't wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

I have been recovering from surgery the last two weeks which has me boringly bedridden.  There are only so many movies you can watch.  I love Instagram for the constant stream of original creativity.  I found these few accounts are some that I am constantly checking for new inspiration.

I am constantly floored by Nam's beautifully elegant designs.  Her modern, ultra-glamorous rooms show that high quality architecture is just as important as the decoration.  I cannot get enough of her feed!

This account has it all.  It is all positive vibes, breathtaking art with some health/life wisdom thrown in for good measure.  I cannot wait to get back into the world and the my own yoga mat!

Shalice's simple sexy, edgy cool style has me taking a second look into my own closet.  She is the epitome of California cool which is always appealing!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tropical Paradise

The dance of the palm trees, the oceans calling, the first rays of sun and heaven is here.
Michael Dolan

When we first talked about moving to Texas, I must admit I was not thrilled.  Cowboy boots and giant pick-up trucks are not really my jam.  However, once here I realized Houston is more tropical than country.  Waking each morning to palm trees in my backyard is such a gift.  They give the feel of a luxurious resort year round - even when the temps aren't the warmest.

That being said, I am a sucker for a cool tropical print.  It reminds me that summer will soon be here which is always welcome.

This bag is amazing! | St. Laurent
Shades of sherbet wedge | Sophia Webster
Palm pillow | Williams-Sonoma
G-money necklace | Net-A-Porter
Vintage painting | mkmack

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