Sunday, February 17, 2019

Shelter Loves

Happy Sunday! I did not have time to squeeze in this post on Friday but I did today!! Here's a peek at what's on my design radar. 

1. A simple sentiment but so very true! Fear holds us back more than we realize. If you learn from your mistakes then it's a lesson not a regret! None of us can undo the past, we can only try to be the best version of ourselves today.
2. Sadly, Lee Radziwill passed away on Friday. She was a radiant woman and a fierce fashion icon. I may have to designate an entire post to her this week.
3. Wallpaper on doors!
4. I swear by Glossier Boy Brow, it plumps and straightens my light brows right up! I swear they are thinning as I get older. 
5. I may need a pink hose! (the little moments make me happy)
6. This chocolate vest looks pretty amazing with these white jeans. If real fur isn't your thing, there are knock offs available. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

By the Sea

I appreciate homes that are unpredictable. Designer Barrie Benson could have chosen a typical "sea" inspired design for this gorgeous ocean side home but she created a home infused with unique colors combos and off beat furniture styles. It's refreshing and but still blends beautifully with the gorgeous surroundings. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Love the look - snow bound

I am OFF for a much needed girl's weekend tomorrow. We are headed to Vermont to snowshoe, shop and relax by the fire. The plan was to SKI, but we decided to snowshoe instead! I'm packing lightly, it has been frigid here. I'll be bringing my favorite warm snow and comfy gear. The hat in image #4 is from a company called: House of Fluff, besides adorable, who can resist ordering from a company named House of Fluff??? 😉


Monday, January 28, 2019

Black + Brass

I'm working on so many exciting projects! I'm looking forward to sharing the updates with you. A few are classic homes where we are playing with the juxtaposition of old and new. For a memorable look, you can't go wrong with mixing strong contrast. Black + brass are still a Shelter "go to" for a timeless look and appeal.  
Christopher Peacock kitchen 
Black + natural wood tones are gorgeous too

Friday, January 25, 2019

Shelter Loves

Hello Friday - so nice to see you!! It's been a busy week with very exciting meetings. I truly feel blessed to work in a field and with clients that inspire me daily! I often have to switch visual design gears from one project to the next but this week I feel overwhelmingly drawn to classic interiors with an update and soft color palettes. Here are the details/words that I love today! Have a wonderful weekend! xx 

1. Pretty bathrooms with feminine details. I am designing a number of spaces for children! It's not only fun but up-lifting.
2. Cozy, soft sweaters. This is a pretty option
3. Always remember the discouraging days pass. Follow your inner compass. 
4. I adore this wallpaper. I hope to find a home for it soon!!

I ran out of room but I also love these earrings for resort season!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Love the look

Hello, hello and happy Thursday. I've missed doing my "love the look" posts lately and need to get back at it. I tend to wear more of a uniform look during the cold winter months. I mean some mornings it takes everything I have not to throw yoga pants and a hoodie on! Are you with me? I don't think it is a "laziness" thing but more of a comfort and cozy issue. I mean who wants to put on heels and a dress when it is 5 degrees out? 

For work meetings, I often reach for a cute t-shirt, pretty necklaces, a blazer, jeans and a low bootie. By the way, Madewell jeans are currently my favorite! See the links below for all the pieces above. Cheers! xx


Thursday, January 17, 2019

A much needed refresh

Whether you're stuck in a rut, want to clean house, get down in the winter or are just looking to "refresh"  and brighten your home (and life) a bit, I hope to have an idea to kick start your year.  Today, I'm sharing a few ways to initiate simple changes with your home, health and routine. Most of these ideas won't cost much and I can bet you'll feel happier and more at ease when you're done. 

Change can be uncomfortable but often, a necessity for true growth, peace and happiness in life. I too am starting at home with an updated and clean perspective for an array of reasons.

Here are my thoughts, I hope they help! xx


No. 1 - Rearrange your furniture

No. 2 - Donate tired, broken lamps and move the lamps you're keeping to new spaces or areas. Adding a light to a dark corner can make a huge difference in the feel of the room. 

No. 3 - Relocate your art and hang paintings and photos in different rooms or in unexpected arrangements. 

No 4. - When I got divorced years ago I remember I felt the need to toss all of my bedding (yes for that terrible reason) and buy new everything! Purchasing and sleeping on fresh, comfortable bedding can work wonders for the soul! I actually own these bed side tables and had them painted in a beautiful blue shade!

No. 5 - Are you embracing the Marie Kondo method?? I've been doing some serious editing around my home and in the closets lately! It feels good to declutter and keep only what I need and love. 

 No.6 - Organize! When I finish donating and decluttering, I plan to organize and maintain my home. I am tight on space, so I need to take advantage of every area.


No. 1 - Discover different music and start a new playlist! I've added a "chill list" and have downloaded a number of new alternative songs to my current "alternative mix". I currently am loving, Maggie Rogers.  She is on tour and her new album was released yesterday. 

No. 2 - Drink decaf green tea at least once day 

No. 3 - Try a new workout routine! I am embracing more yoga and need to add a different class to my workout. I am growing tired of running on the treadmill. 

No. 4 - Book a trip, it is so fun to have a get away to look forward to. Even if it's exploring an unfamiliar town near by and checking out a different restaurant or coffee shop.

No. 5 - Re-shop your closet and wear an outfit you have never put together before. We are all in the habit of throwing on the same pieces. Be on the look out for my wardrobe staples post early next week! The French have this technique mastered.

No. 6 - Take the scenic route when you have time!

No. 7 - Sheet pan cooking - I don't have a ton of time to cook or clean up at night and on top of that my kids always want something different for dinner. I try to add at least one item they like to the sheet pan. The clean up is faster too.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shelter Loves 1.11.19

Hello loves! I hope you're all doing well on this bitterly cold day. I've been entrenched in design projects this week so my brain has been mainly focusing on work. Here's a peek at what's on my mind. Cheers to a fabulous weekend! I've also posted an article of a recent interview I did with Boston Voyager Magazine, it's posted below. 

1. I'm currently working on six children's spaces and a playroom. I love creating environments that will grow with the child. I stay away from overly babyish themes, objects and stick with fun, functional designs that incorporate organization. Here's an adorable playroom, with bright pops of color and an iconic mid-century twist. 
2. Very true! Although, I tend to remember words, both uplifting and hurtful. I always tell my children to think twice before speaking. 
3. I tend to focus on my client's homes more than mine. I promised my daughter I would finish her room this winter. I am thinking of having my grandmother's bed painted but this Deco inspired bed is beautiful too. It is also on sale.
4. I often travel to client meetings, so besides music (very into 80's alternative lately) I have also been enjoying podcasts!!
5. I'm always searching for pretty clothing that is flattering but also warm enough to wear during the colder months. I adore this sweater. I actually love almost everything from Sezane. I'm a huge fan of how most European shoppes put so much thought into their packaging.
6. I need some more "cooking" time with Emerson but I also love clean white kitchens with natural wood shelving and ceilings. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Freshen up - Designer Barrie Benson transforms a family home

I appreciate a mix of old + new and many of the projects I work on, do just that. I am often faced with an older home that has great bones but needs not only a fresh design update but a revamp of the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. When we dig deeper we also often find structural issues. I've long been a fan of designer Barrie Benson's young, modern approach to creating. I was instantly drawn to the sculptural quality of furniture and lighting along with the springy, clean color palette. It's a beautiful home - I'm working on a similar style project myself. Happy "hump day". Images via: House Beautiful, Photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo


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