Monday, March 2, 2015

The Blues

Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.
Moncy Barbour

pumps » pillow » polish » blouse » lamp

Have a bright day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bring on the Sunshine

Yellow is a color that is easier to use as a textile than a paint.
Steven Gambrel

This photograph from the upcoming J.Crew FALL|WINTER 2015 collection has me completely mesmerized.  Perhaps it's my desperate longing for sunshine that happens each year around this time. I have to admit yellow has never been my jam, whether in fashion or interiors.  However, this neutral outfit paired with a bright pop of happiness is so spectacular, it has me thinking.  Have I been ignoring a powerful player on the color wheel?  

Neon yellow faux fur is so special.

Have a happy day!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Weekend!

Just play. Have fun.  Enjoy the game.
Michael Jordan

Happy Weekend!  The weather has been especially bad for most of the country this week.  Hold your breath - it should be changing soon.  I spoke with my mom yesterday.  She had been snowed in all week and all she wanted was a Coke.  Isn't that the cutest?

Wherever you are, I hope you are warm and comfy and have something fun planned.

Tunes » Honestly, most of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack is amazing, but this one by the Weeknd has been on repeat lately.  His voice is like a velvet clad angel.

Comfort » This unpredictable weather has me scrambling for something comfortable and warm to wear around the house.  These babies are amazing and adding pockets to anything is always a great idea.  

Fashion » Adding a tassel to anything makes it more special.  These fun, chic earrings from the Crew make me giddy for warm evenings and cocktails.  I have my eye on these, these and these.  What's even better is they are all on sale!

Yum! »  My favorite dessert in the whole world is chocolate mousse.  It is creamy, decadent and oh so sweet.  I will be making this recipe this weekend for my special loved ones...and in loved ones, I mean myself.

Wishful Thinking »  I know summer is months away.  Sometimes you need to look at a little warm weather action to get yourself through February and March.  I love the adorable retro vibe of this swimsuit.  It screams weekend in Palm Springs.

Have a blast of a weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

View From Above

An interior designer must be able to clarify his intent keeping ever in mind that decorating is not a look, it's a point of view.
Albert Hadley

Wouldn't it be a dream to wake each morning high above Central Park taking in the changing seasons?  This dream actually belongs to Kara and Stephen Ross.  Their chic penthouse is perched above the park like a glamorous tree house.  My design style varies but my go-to is what I call 'sophisticated ease' meaning the space has good bones filled with unique pieces and art.  Feast your eyes...

Would you care for a croissant with your view?  Yes, please.
 An airy bedroom with a neutral palette create a calming retreat.  Get a load out of the magnificently unique bench!
This 1920's French lacquer cocktail table has me thinking I need a round table in my life.
I could move into this room and never change a thing.  So fine!
all beauty courtesy of Architectural Digest

Have a magical day,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Weekend!

Today was good.  Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
Dr. Seuss

Tune of the Week »» Music is so powerful.  It can instantly take you to a memory, making you feel all sorts of emotions.  I like most genres but dance music is my go to.  This week was gray and cold in Houston.  The lack of sunshine can get to a girl, so I brought out my secret weapon song.  I dare you to play this and not smile.  It is a pure vacation|drink in hand|smell of coconut|warm sunshine on your face|glistening skin|not a care in the world song!

Jewels »» I have been loving the play between delicate and bold jewelry pieces lately.  Aren't these simple earrings awesomely awesome?  

Skincare »»  All the indoor heat and outside chill make my skin crazy.  I found this amazing all natural line and ordered the super duper hydrating mask. tight, itchy skin thanks you.

Fashion »» I received these jeans for Christmas and, let me tell you, they are the best thing I have ever put on my body.  They have an amazing fit, look great with heels and feel as comfy as sweats. What more do you need?!

Home »» I'll admit I am a bit of a lighting harlot.  I have a weakness for beautiful lighting that cannot be tamed.  This beauty had me under it's spell immediately.  I also love this and that.

And, finally.  This made my laugh so hard because it epitomizes my relationship with Andrew.  "Hey, look over here!  Aren't I cute?!  

Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Enchanting Art

Art is the lie that can enables us to realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso

Sourcing art is the most interesting and time consuming thing I do for clients.  One client recently purchased the most incredible piece of abstract art that I cannot wait to see in the space.  I am pretty envious because it is so special.  Art gives soul and personality to a space that nothing else can.

While hanging out on Pinterest last week, I came across a haunting image from talented photographer Robby Cavanaugh, which led me to his amazing portfolio.  I am crazy for his ethereal work.  His photographs are magical and thought provoking.  I will certainly be incorporating them into my design work as well as my own home.  Feast your imagination on this......

all beauty via Robby Cavanaugh

Have an inspiring day,

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy Weekend!

Most folks are as happy as they make up their mind to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Happiness » Do you live for laughter and goosebumps?  I know I do.  If  I am moved, inspired or tickled - then that is a good day.  This article gives you 101 common sense ways to uplift your joy.

Fashion » I know some of you are in the tight grasp of winter's fist right now.  We just had a short, beautiful burst of good weather in Houston that reminded me spring isn't far away.  I love that feeling when the clothing options change from black|gray to bright, happy hues.  I have my eye on this, this and that for the coming season.

Health » Speaking of spring, the panic of wearing shorts again always pushes me to work out harder and eat better.  These detox waters are the best for clearing away toxins and jump starting your routine to a healthier you.  I have been making the cucumber, mint and lemon water and it is 

Movies » If you are looking for a powerful film to see this weekend, go see Selma.  It is the best movie I have seen in a long time.  While it is based on a single event involving Martin Luther King Jr., {I understand there is a movie about his entire life being made} it shows just a glimpse of the struggle African Americans went through to obtain the goal to vote.  It is an important part of history we should all know.  John Legend and Common sing the title track which is incredibly moving.

Yum! »  I was scrolling through the channels on Sirius the other day and Martha Stewart was describing an amazing birthday cake she had last year.  The recipe looks fairly easy and it sounds so delicious! 

Love » I found this article through Joanna's wonderful blog and decided to give it a try with my husband even though we are far from strangers. Andrew and I poured a cocktail and began answering these 36 questions.  We have been married for 16 years which, at times, can be like strangers passing one another.  He isn't a big talker, so having this guide as an emotional conversation starter was amazing.  I learned so much about him and instantly felt closer which is exactly the point of being married, isn't it?  You should give it a try. 

Have a beautiful weekend,


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