Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Got The Blues?

When you want to transform a room into an entirely different animal, change the color.
Billy Baldwin

Have you heard?  Blue is in this season, whether it's called indigo, cobalt, greek or french blue.   I know this because all my favorite shelter and online magazines told me. ;)  However, I don't feel blue is ever really out.  We have had it in our home for years and while I crush on other colors, I always come back to blue.  I love it's moody personality. You get the saturation and drama of black without the bad attitude.  

Last year, we painted our game room a deep shade of peacock and I am wild about it.  It is sophisticated and cozy.  I added navy velvet drapes to further create add to the cocoon-like feel. We now snuggle up in that fancy room and watch movies like it's our job.

I am dying to paint cabinetry in a high gloss rich blue tone.  Isn't this butler's pantry just too much? I wonder if I can find a client willing.  Hmmm....

Here are some juicy blue items that have been on my radar lately.

Whatever you do today, make it great!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hi, Style || Graphic Tee

Personality begins where comparison begins.
Karl Lagerfeld

I have a fickle relationship with graphic tees.  I have bought some in the past, but they usually hang in my closet and gather dust.  Right now, there are a plethora of adorable graphic tees to choose from, certain to find their rightful place in my fall wardrobe.  Paired with skinny jeans and sneakers, they are the perfect weekend outfit.  You could also throw on a blazer, chunky jewelry and heels for an edgy evening look.  I definitely will be buying the La Mer tee.  I love the deep color and relaxed fit.

Happy Memorial Day, friends!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.
Dr. Seuss

Well, we survived the first week back to school. It is always busy|exciting|crazy|stressful|exhausting and excruciatingly hot!  By this time, the kids are ready to go back but it takes time to get our routine running smoothly, so we are all looking forward to this weekend.

Shop || Charity and I did lunch and shopping on Wednesday.  It has been so nice catching up with girlfriends this week.  I picked up this book and cannot wait to read.  Written by Pierre Bergé, it recounts his time in Morocco with longtime partner, Yves St. Laurent, in 1966.  I LOVE a true love story and this is one for the ages.

Relax || Getting up at 6 a.m. is for the birds [literally!].  We have no real plans for this long weekend, so you can find me parked on the sofa lounging in these.  Roomy and warm with no judgement if I eat one too many cookies - just like good sweatpants should be.

Yum || Even though the chill of autumn will not reach us for months, we are still craving those comforting elements of a new season.  This delicious soup is a family favorite.  My little Sofie requested a warm bowl with french bread.  Sounds perfect.  

Fitness || I picked this DVD up many months ago and, honestly, forgot I had it.  I gave it a whirl yesterday and it means business!  I can barely move today.  I am not sure what that says about me but I am definitely going to continue using it between treadmill action.  I will let you know in 30 days....

Blog || I loved Nancy's recent post about the pull between light and dark decor.  It seems I change my desire for each with the seasons.  Light, airy rooms are made better with sunshine and darker walls seem to comfort in the chill of winter.

Have the best weekend,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Wardrobe

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

I have been thinking about adding some pieces to my fall wardrobe lately.  As I've gotten older, I try to buy a few high quality, classic items each season.  I used to be such an impulse buyer which would inevitably lead my guilty ass back to the mall to return said purchase.  I now try to think about the items I buy and how they can best be worn. I like a good mix of high and low to get me through the fall|winter months.

I have compiled some basic pieces that can be worn over and over in a variety of ways.  If you are going to throw out some coin, it should be wearable for years, right? The pieces I am swooning over are the asymmetrical top [because I am loving anything asymmetrical right now] and this Raymond Weil beauty.  I remember while living in Boston visiting the store each day on my lunch hour to drool over the watch case.  Here we are, thirteen years later [oh my gosh, could that be right?] and I am still hooked.  Dear Andrew, Christmas is coming and I have been a very good girl. [cue the eyelash batting....] ;)

Have the most beautiful day,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hi, Style! || Wide Leg Trousers

Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.
Marc Jacobs

This week I want to talk about the allure of wide leg trousers.  This handsome style evolved in the 1940's once women started wearing men's pants while working in factories during the war.  Paired with high heels and a fitted top, they are the epitome of chic.  They have definitely found a place on my fall must-have list.  Here are some elegant options. 


Have a beautiful day,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Weekend!

How you make others feel says a lot about you.

Well, it's here.  The last bittersweet weekend before school begins.  My design business follows the girls schedule right now, so I have had a three month break as well.  I will miss spending so much time with my little sweeties but am excited to get back to work.  It is nice to be able to take a mental break to refresh and bring new inspiration to my clients.

What are your plans for this late summer weekend?

I have been wanting a camel bag for so long.  This delicious hobo with the faux horn handle is classic, elegant and [most importantly] on sale right now.

Since summer t.v. is filled with re-runs, I have started watching this funny show.  I think Wendy McLendon-Covey is absolutely hilarious and deserves an Emmy for the loving, over-bearing mother.  It is eerie how much it looks like my own childhood.

What is better than cheesecake?  Chocolate covered cheesecake.  I found Roxana's yummy recipe this week and can't wait to gain a few pounds from it.  Yum!

I was perusing the fall 2014 collection from Mitchell God + Bob Williams and there are several must have pieces for the new season.  Three tempting tables I can't get over are this, this and this.

I have picked up a few fall pieces lately and Piperlime is just hitting it out of park.  I ordered this adorable top to wear with skinnies or pencil skirts, but I also love this and this.

I LOVE finding new inspiration on Instagram.  It is like crack for the creative!  This beauty's chic feed if filled with great fashion and one beyond adorable baby.

Whatever you do this weekend, make it great!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Light and Airy Nest

An interior is the natural projection of the soul.
Coco Chanel

I am not sure how I missed this light filled beauty featured in Domino.  I have been obsessing over the brilliance of combining three hides to create this one spectacular runner for months, but had no idea the rest of the house was just as magical.  The home belongs to designer Lisa Sherry and her husband, Ron who purchased it once their nest was empty.  I love that!

Clever and chic.  Every house needs a touch of animal print.

The 6,000 square foot home sat on the market for almost four years.  Can you believe it?!  I cannot believe it wasn't snatched up immediately.  It has such character and eclectic charm.  I love how bright and open it is.  

This dining room is the perfect mix of modern, vintage and rustic. 

The all white bedroom is a fresh, peaceful place of leisure. The Louvre photograph taken by Ron adds graphic interest to the room.

 What a dream to have a vintage wall bar.  I love how Lisa surrounded it with various pieces of art.

 The pink tufted headboard adds the right amount of femininity to the guest room.

How fun is this ping pong table?!  This room has party written all over it.

all fabulousness via Domino

Have the most beautiful day,

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