Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What's cooking: In the kitchen

Every year ushers in new concepts and design trends for your home. One I've had my eye on for a while is painted green cabinetry. We've all seen grey, white and blue accents in the kitch but this year I predict that we're going to see more green and more of this cheery shade in general in home decor. Below I've included a few of my favorite green colors for kitchen cabinets! If covering all of your cabinets in green feels a bit risky try it as an accent on lower cabinets or an island. I opted to use it on the interior of my glass cabinet. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Shelter Loves...

It's amazing what a 45 degree Friday can do for your state of mind! We're cooking with ideas over here at Shelter....Here's what I've had my eye on this week. If you're looking for more inspo and you don't follow me on Pinterest, find me here

1. I have naturally wavy hair and may try to embrace the curl more. I'm going to try this with my barrel roller iron. Her hair is fabulous!!
2. + 4. I have been obsessed with Pyne Hollyhock fabric for some time and need to find a project for it! It was originally used by the great Albert Hadley in the early 1960's on his client Nancy "Princess" Pyne's home in New Jersey. It still feels fresh today.
3. AMEN.
5. Yes, ruffles are still hot for Spring! I've been eyeing this sweater for a while. It may need to come and live in my closet. 
6. I don't think I'm a candidate for a capsule wardrobe but I do need to refine my closet and purge anything I haven't worn in two years! I want to organize my things so I can ACTUALLY see my clothing....Image via
7. Jules always looks adorable. I love how a casual outfit can still feel uber chic.
8. Okay, so my parent's got these wonderfully yummy caramels as a gift. (I would know, I ate about four) They are hand crafted using the milk from 40 of the most adorable goats (I have a soft spot for goats) in southern Vermont. Their branding, the couple's concept and the farm all look perfect. I plan to visit "Big Picture Farm" with my children on one of my trips up North this Summer!! (more photos of the farm below)

People and places like are what make Vermont feel like my home away from home!! (insert heart and prayer hands)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love the look

I mentioned that I'm seeking a little more calm this year, so I've decided to add more yoga to my life. I've always done a class here and there but I'm aiming to visit the mat at least once a week. (or whatever that saying is) ;) Even if I'm not heading to yoga, I often look like I am. I mean how do I squeeze into jeans everyday when I can dress in super comfy, flattering clothing. Here are some of my favorites and everything you need for a class at the yoga studio.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

in the kitch

Hello, hello! As you know, I'm always tweaking my little ranchola. I finish a room and then decide to change up another. My goal is to have it photographed this Summer so you can see what's been going on around here for the past three years!! I started with a home frozen in time (1972 to be exact), it has taken me a while to transform the spaces. I have, of course been on the single Mama budget but have NO shortage of ideas!! A few weeks before Christmas I had the opportunity to collaborate with Ace Hardware and OPI on my kitchen cabinet interior. I'm always amazed by the magic of a fresh coat of paint. I transformed the inside of my glass cabinet with a lovely shade of green, named Jade is the new black. It is an OPI nail lacquer shade available in Clark+Kensington paint. I'm loving how it looks with my white + gold dish-ware! Splashes of fresh color make this girl happy. Read all about it on OPI's blog here.


Monday, January 9, 2017

January - Color Crush - canary yellow

Yellow has never been my go to color but I have always enjoyed it as a fun, bright vibrant and
often unexpected accent!! And if last night was any indication of Spring trends, I would
bet yellow is going to be a go to accent this Spring. Gucci even created a yellow loafer this winter. 

Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of Jackie O's death. As I've mentioned before she has 
long been a fashion icon I've admired. I love everything about this photo of her. Including the pink
and yellow together!!

Natalie Portman looked radiant and sophisticated in her yellow gown, 
which was clearly inspired by Jackie and most likely the anniversary of her passing. Have a 
fabulous week. I don't tend to discuss politics on my blog but Meryl's acceptance speech made my day
for sure!! xx

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Shelter Loves....

Happy Saturday!! I love how a New Year ushers in the concept of fresh starts and new beginnings.  We are bracing for a 
Nor-Easter in Boston so I am in a cozy down, nesting mode. In fact I nest all winter. Hehe.

Here is what I'm loving this morning! Keep warm and stay safe. xoxo

1. & 5. For those of you lucky enough to be jetting off on a warm vacation this winter, I am adoring
this woven clutch and this fabulous tortoise necklace as take alongs. 
2. Bows + velvet, please.
3. Half the battle is your mindset!
4. One 2017 goal is to start to read more again. I used to read a ton before I had children.
I would love a room with built in bookshelves someday. My books are packed away and
scattered in random places. To house them in the same area would be divine!!
6. Julia always looks so perfect, it kills me. This was a beautiful shoot and home with Lela Rose
7. I love the idea of displaying coral in a non-functioning fireplace or during the summer months. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Love the look - classics to keep you cozy.

With the thermometer barely creeping over 30 degrees today, January has surely arrived!
It feels even colder to me, so I'm loving the look of closet classics that not only look
good but keep you cozy and warm! We work hard, during the winter months, to stay
toasty here in Boston. It's a bonus if your wardrobe is also comfortable. I have to admit,
since having two kids and being in the design field, where I visit projects under construction, 
I don't wear too many high heels anymore. Luckily low booties and sneakers are very hip these
days. Here are the deets on a look I am loving with cropped, step hemmed jeans - two ways. 

Black fur hood jacket//black quilted sleeve coat//tortoise earrings//classic white shirt
//bootie//jean//lip balm//pig earring (the little girl in me loves these)//
waffle knit sweater (super comfy)//Stan Smith sneakers.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Refresh, Revamp, Reshuffle

With a new year comes the urge for some change. Winter is blah enough around here so a little re-shuffle at home can work wonders for the soul! You all know I love rooms with some personality so I was instantly drawn to the airy Brooklyn town home of textile designer Jenni Li. It's family friendly and very inviting. I also love that it doesn't have elements that I've seen over and over... Find her collection here and here. I'm excited to make some switch-a-roos around my own place. A few Peruvian pillows may be in order.  

Happy 2017!

Happiness, is a very personal term and means something entirely different to each of us. With a New Year, I always like to reflect on the past year and what I learned. A goal is to grow, mature (in only the best way), and hopefully look forward. It is amazing how much can change in a year, while other things feel very comfortable and the same. A few people very close to me (including a dear family member) lost a relative far too young this past year. My heart breaks for them, it really put things in perspective. 
Webster's Dictionary had a number of definitions of happiness but the one below resonated with me. I have always used blogging as a source of both inspiration and as an escape. It is one of the only moments during the day that I am thinking only of what is in front of me. My mind is usually racing with a number of thoughts and ideas, but thankfully this does not happen when I am blogging.(I am not neurotic I swear, just busy and a thinker) It is in a sense like meditation (more on this below). Besides to continue to grow ALL aspects of my interior design business and be the best Mom I possibly can, a third goal is to find a bit more peace. For me, Peace = Happiness. I know this is only something I can do. Wishing my family, friends and all my readers a year full of happiness (whatever that means for you). You may want to check out last year's post about what I learned in 2015, so much of it still applies for me!
Webster's Dictionary: Happiness defined a :  enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment.

1. To be thankful for all I have. It is easy to get caught up in the "I need this", "I want that syndrome".  Hell, I blog about the subject and Iove to make changes to my home and wardrobe but I also need to focus a bit more on what I have and how fortunate I am. I am teaching my kids to do the same. Will I still buy shoes? Hells yes, but I will donate a pair that I no longer wear. Will I still aim to put an addition on my little house? Yes, but I am also going to appreciate it as is EVERY, SINGLE, DAY.2. Do not compare yourself or your journey to others. This is counterproductive. Plus, we never truly know another person's struggles. Things may seem perfect from the outside, but chances are they're not.3. Analyze less, I am getting better at this. 4. Go easy on yourselves. Make you a priority, self love is a wonderful thing. Sometimes I find myself trying to make everyone happy and it can get stressful.Those that are supposed to be in your life will understand how busy you are and love you the same.5. Adjust how I speak to my children at times.(a.k.a. lose my patience less) My kids are my world, being divorced can get a bit sticky and stressful. I am trying to create the most well adjusted life for them that I can!6. De-clutter! Ugh, clutter brings me down and stresses me out. I need to toss half of my basement/playroom and donate a slew of toys that my children have outgrown. (when they are not looking).7. Stop procrastinating and focus more on the not so glamorous aspects of interior design, like filing paper work.8. Stop talking about shiz and just do it. I hope to cross a ton off my wish list this year!!9. Live for today. I think about the future too much. Am I doing the right thing? etc. etc. All we can really do is take life day by day. Imagining the future and stressing about it is a waste of time. I am not saying don't plan for tomorrow, but be sure to appreciate the here and now. 10. Fresh flowers and a new shade of paint work wonders!!12. Carbs really do weigh me down. I feel better when I eat protein, fruits and veggies. I do however chow down on anything I please during the weekends.13. Look at the bright side of the situation. When one door closes another usually opens. I have been getting better at not dwelling.14. Most things happen for a reason. We grow and learn from challenges. Trust me.15. I do yoga once in a while and I have been trying a little meditation. They seem to calm me. I need to do more of both!!16. Think before you speak or react. Practicing the pause can save a lot of drama and pain.16. Let go of anger, this can be difficult, but it is freeing. I have a favorite quote: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
PEACE OUT 2016! Looking forward to a fabulous 2017!! xoxoxoxo

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The best is yet to come..

I had every intention of a post today but I ran out of time..Packing my kid's gear to go skiing is a feat in itself! We are heading up North and trying to avoid driving into a Nor'easter so I've got to scoot. I'll be back to share the lessons I learned in 2016 early next week. I think we are all looking forward to a bright and cheerful 2017! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! I'm looking forward to sharing the year ahead with you! Keep shining and stay safe. Thank you for all your support and for continually reading my blog! I appreciate each and every one of you.....xoxo

I believe this! We have to....


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