Thursday, October 8, 2015

A decorative + functional detail

 Design is ultimately all about the details, whether they are functional, aesthetic or a combo, designers are constantly trying to create functional spaces that enhance our client's life and home. (that's my goal!).

Often times I come across a design challenge based on the technicalities of the room or space. For example: heating and venting - this is a biggie. 
My goal is to blend the two challenges...In this case a wonderful solution to the venting or heating dilemma is using metal mesh or a beautiful grille. Below are some gorgeous examples. I usually find the solution enhances the design and I use it again in the future, even when I don't have an issue. The look simply becomes a part of the design experience! 

One of the best facets of my job? Devising endless design ideas and possibilities! I'm off to Boston for a couple meetings....Happy Thursday! xx

Van Dykes is a great source for mesh..


This screen is used as both a decorative and functional element. It helps contain the glassware but leaves the shelf with an open look.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hello, from my desk!!

Please....I wish I looked like this during the day! Honestly, I am so busy I don't know if I am coming or going. I have a temporary desk space set up until I find my new office...Here are two offices that don't fail to WOW! So let me ask, do you prefer a built in or non built in work space?

 I spent the past two days pulling together and designing a work space for under 5K, so I have work environments on my mind..I'll be sharing the details soon! Have a great

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Shelter Loves....

I didn't have time to end out the week with my "Shelter Loves" series, so I snuck it in today! I've been working all day so I'm excited I had time to blog. I didn't intentionally create this post to be so neutral,,,I guess that is where my head is! I had a super inspirational week. I flew to Memphis for a two day trip with Ace. I had the absolute pleasure of attending a dinner at Amy Howard's home. (It was beyond stunning) and on Wednesday I attended an all day training event in her studio. Ace hardware will now be selling Amy's amazing line of products in their paint studio!!
I CANNOT wait to fill you in on all the details next week. My head is literally spinning with ideas!!

1. Fall has officially arrived in Boston! Burrr, it's chilly. I LOVE cozy scarfs and am so happy oversized versions are so hot this season! I will be adding this one along with a couple more to my collection.
2. I love the warmth and beauty brass brings to a home. This tumbled looking shower valve and mixer are gorgeous!
3. This is the perfect Fall outfit. Jules always look adorable. I am a huge fan of her style and blog. *Jules has always been my nickname....
4. Feeling beyond excited and inspired! I am looking forward to taking my business to the next level. I will be looking for a new assistant soon too......Always chase your dreams!!!
5. I learned how to lime wood this week. I am going to be using this method on my son's soon to be new dresser. (i have an oak dresser sitting in my basement just waiting to be loved). Stay tuned for the before and afters on Shelter!

Enjoy your weekend! I am off to a movie and dinner tonight with my honey....

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rebecca Minkoff at home

I just returned from an amazing whirl wind trip to Memphis with Ace Hardware. Today I am playing catch up here at Shelter. I am also devising a post to share the fabulous details of my trip and some exciting news!

I was working away on a few designs and happened upon Rebecca Minkoff's stylish revamp of her Brooklyn apartment. Today OKL shares the updates in her home along with some items on how to create the look yourself. I LOVE mixing a few bohemian moments into my

I also adore Minkoff's fashion, bag and shoe designs! I am purchasing this bag as a b-day gift for myself!

Rebecca helping out with her apartment makeover

A gallery wall is a great way to display art in your home. It is so organic and can be re-designed anytime you are looking for a change!

Here's a peek at Rebecca's daughter's room, as Featured in InStyle magazine. 

and here is the bag on my wish list - The Regan bag!! 

RADISSON BLU® + The Egg™ Chair Design Contest!

The Egg™ Chair - One of my favorite versions is the camel with a brass base.

As most of you know I taught Interior Design on the college level for eight years. I know a great opportunity when I hear one. I was thrilled when Radisson Blu hotels contacted me to share their latest venture about a fabulous contest. Are you familiar with the iconic Egg chair?? It's a favorite in the design world. Designed in 1958 by the famed Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, (Fritz Hansen) the original chair was created and engineered for the Radisson Royal hotel in Denmark. Jacobsen designed not only The Egg Chair but also the lobby and reception areas of the hotel. The Egg chair combines his theory of integrated design and is a wonderful example of form and function working simultaneously. 

The Radisson Blu is looking to all of you creatives, design enthusiasts and guests to devise a new look for this iconic piece with their online configurator here!!

Here are the details about the global design contest:

Beginning Sept. 1, 2015 to Oct. 13, 2015 - Each week finalists will be selected to compete in a final round judged by an expert panel and the winner will receive a customized egg chair based off their design and a 3-night VIP trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally, the winning design may also become part of the brand’s new interior design scheme which will launch later this year and the top 15 final designs will be displayed at select Radisson Blu hotels as part of a 2016 miniature traveling exhibition around the world.

Radisson Blu®, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, and in cooperation with Republic of Fritz Hansen, has launched a global design contest inviting participants to customize the iconic egg chair, originally created by the legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. The hotel, now the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, is recognized as the world’s first designer hotel. 

With more than 280 Radisson Blu  hotels and resorts in operation in 62 countries, the brand provides a full range of innovative design led products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with a distinctive Yes I Can!SM philosophy. Acclaimed hotels currently in the Americas include: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago; Radisson Blu Mall of America; Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia and Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. For more information and contest rules please visit

The expert design jury is very impresses, read more about them here

Happy Designing and Good Luck!!
USE the online design tool to begin your design now.

Arne Jacobsen

I love the sculptural quality of The Egg Chair! It mixes well with both traditional and modern elements!

Monday, September 28, 2015

#ourloveforautumn and gorgeous gardens!

Hello Monday! I'm starting my week on an organized note! I am heading to Memphis for an exciting trip with Ace Hardware tomorrow and Wednesday! I'll be sure to share all the wonderful news while I am there and when I return. Follow me on Instagram for a visual journey of all the exciting deets!

Speaking of Instagram (another free form of therapy for me) I was checking out LoiThai's gorgeous garden posts! I hope to have my gardens look this amazing within a few years.  

Loi is hosting a #Our love for Autumn event. Upload your Autumn inspired table-scapes to your Instagram account; be sure to include the #hashtag phrase. Here is a peek at some of my favorites. I was especially loving the use of white pumpkins. Check out the tags here

Wishing you an inspired week! I love to greet each season as sort of a new start, with fresh inspiration and a slew of fabulous ideas!

 BUT HONESTLY, it's the gardens he posts that I OBSESS over on his Insta-account!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Shelter Loves

Hello Loves! Not sure where the day went. I think I am ready to finally embrace the Fall and all it's coziness! Here is what is on my radar...Have a fabulous weekend!

1. This white bed room with layered details looks so inviting. It has always been a favorite. Sometimes keeping things simple is the way to go. I've been tweaking and simplifying things around my own home.
2. I hope to decorate the front of my house this weekend. I love the idea of mixing white and orange pumpkins with gourds and kale!
3. I've been doing a lot of thinking this week. I am guessing most people don't complain about their everyday realities. That can lead to a false impression that everyone's life but your own is all buttoned up. I am doubting that is the case!! Most of us have stresses both big and small. I have a small issue that becomes a daily hassle. My five year old is pretty controlling about her appearance. We usually go through two outfits every morning and a battle about brushing her hair. I can only imagine what it will be like in ten years. I dream of her letting me braid her hair like this! It would look so beautiful and not hang in her face. I can't tell you how many pretty and pricey barrettes she has lost. I know in the scheme of things it's not a big deal but the mornings can be a little nuts around here, even if we do get up extra early!! 
4. Amen

- I am all about buying wardrobe staples. Basically this means pieces that last for years and are too cool and/or classic to ever really go out of style. Moto boots are on this list. Here are three looks and at all different price points!

5. Boot (far left by Jimmy Choo)
6. Center
7. Far right

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Miles Redd for Schumacher

I was thrilled to learn of the recent collaboration between design dynamo Miles Redd and F. Schumacher. This one is a no brainer. Schumacher took an iconic designer and paired it with a their classic fabric showroom. They are known for devising fabulous design connections. I shop at Schumacher often, you really can't beat their patterns and velvet selection. Here is a peek at the collection. For more fabrics see their website here

 Brighton Pavilion
Okay, so I am most excited about this fabric and wallpaper!! I have an ongoing love affair with chinoiserie.

 Tumbling Blocks

 The Wave

Deconstructed Stripe 

Glass paneling (this would look cool on a ceiling)

Let's take a look at some of Mile's best moments: He loves color! (a man after my own heart!)


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