Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shop Small Saturday

Happy Saturday. I love supporting small and local businesses with my holiday shopping...Here is a round up of some amazing small shops and nine great gift ideas!!

1. and 2. Frame + Necklace.  Furbish Studio is having 20% off their entire site through 11/29. 
3. and 5. Planner and pillow - Lulu and Georgia are having a great sale.
4. Coaster
6.    Clutch Two Penny Blue is having 25% off site wide with Code: 2PBFriends (love this company's mission)   
7.  Tray - Erins Gates for Jill Rosenwald.
8. His and Her glasses - Waiting on Martha is offering 20% off entire site. Code: Shopsmall
9. The Southener's Cookbook Peppermint Bliss is offering 20% off their entire site. Code: Holiday20. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday for the kiddies...

Here are my daughter's picks for kid clothing deals! (the fleece of course is for her brother)

Mini Boden is having 30% ofF! Hurry, their things fly out the door

30% off Crew Cuts

Black Friday Steals + Deals!!

Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving... Black Friday is here!! I wanted to share some of my favorite sales with you all! If you're going to buy gifts you might as well save some cashola while you're at it! I've shared some great deals from each site mentioned.

SHOP BOP - This site is full of goodies and this is a great sale. Take spend $250+ take15%, spend $500+ take 20%, spend $100+ take25% off your entire order with the code: GOBIG15

Scarf, watch (50% off) and Tod shoes here

Star Wars remote control ship

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter and good food. I'm thankful for too many things to list but I will add that I am trying to start each day with a thankful heart! Also, thank you, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.  I am very thankful for each and every one of you. Your comments, emails and visits have gotten me through some tough times. I am truly blessed..... xo

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Welcome Home - 7 steps to creating a cozy home

'Tis the season for entertaining and keeping warm! There isn't much better than visiting a welcoming home or relaxing in your own. Whether you are hosting for twenty or enjoying a night alone, a cozy home is the perfect place to gather or rest. A home should be a refuge (cause isn't the world crazy enough?)...Everyone has their own ideal. I am constantly striving to make my home more welcoming. 

Today I am sharing a designer's perspective on creating a cozier home. Be safe if you are traveling today. xxx

1. Fresh Flowers
When I can, I purchase fresh flowers for my home. I love displaying them in small vases around the house. This is a great idea if you are entertaining.
Kate Spade
My bedroom
See the tutorial on this arrangement here

 2. Rugs 
Carpets and rugs can make a room. They beautifully warm up the space and are a great way to add color and texture. I love both new and vintage rugs and try to mix in each type on my projects. Always ensure it is the proper size. Postage stamp rugs in a large room don't work nor do rugs that don't fit properly.

3. A fireplace
I have a small house for my kids and on my wish list when I was looking was a fireplace! I light mine as much as I can....A warm fire cozies up a home in an instant. I love to arrange and rearrange the mantel top too.

Aerin Lauder

 4. A well stocked bar 
I love displaying vintage glasses and decanters. It's far from this elaborate but you get the idea!

5. Delicious homemade food (this is for entertaining of course but even when I cook soups on Sundays for just myself my home feels more inviting)

See this story on Waiting on Martha, she also has a cool shop here!!
6. Candles and layered lighting
I am not a fan of overly fragrant candles but something about the warm glow of a candle is both flattering and relaxing. I light them on my kitchen counter, in the bathroom and on my mantel.
A well lit house is the key to a beautiful space. I put as many lights on dimmers as I can and I always, always layer my lighting sources and types!
Who styles a table better than Tory Burch!????? Gah, her tables settings are perfection.
**Tory is having a great sale, Code: Thanks. Take 30% of when you spend $250+

7. Textiles
Blankets, crisp white towels in the bathroom, clean window treatments. The soft goods in your home will work wonders for making it more welcoming!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide.....for the home

Today kicks off the beginning of Shelter's gift guides...I'm hoping these come in handy and make your life easier this holiday season. I'll share any great deals and steals when I can! I won't be posting one every day but will be sharing as much holiday inspo as possible with your fabulous selves!!  

Here are my favorite gifts for the home. I often purchase goodies for my house, but that kind of goes with the territory. (most designers and creative types never stop thinking about how to beautify the world around them)...I find my friends and family much appreciate being given gifts for the their homes. 

Happy Monday! Cheers to a short and grateful week!!


#6 - a set of these salad plates are on my wish list!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shelter Loves

Thank god for Fridays! (insert prayer emoji).  In keeping with my life, my week was a little cray but I am thankful for that. Busy weeks mean more fabulous clients and healthy kids, all good things in my book. Here is what has been on my radar.....I LOVE finding inspiration in everyday life, so if you see something you are dying to share never hesitate to drop me a line or an email with something great!
Wishing you a fabulous and peaceful weekend...

Here we go....

1. Hand woven tapestries like this one from India will infuse your interior with depth and interest. What is really better than something hand made?? I would hang this on a dark wall for contrast.
2. This image resonated with me..First off, I wear my hair like this all  most of the time and her outfit looks like something I would wear to hang out on the weekend. Oh and I start every morning with a hot cup of green tea...
3.  How fun are these??? Resort wear anyone?? Find them here.
4. A simple thought with powerful results!!
5. Okay, I need to google research to see if magnolia leaves would actually survive two weeks in New England but I love the idea of having these beautiful greens woven into my wreath. (have I mentioned I love natural holiday decor?) Purchase this wreath on Etsy here.
6. This stewart plaid shirt is pretty cute, love the way they have it styled here!! (not sure I am the bow tie type though)
7. A bank of windows above a sink opens up a kitchen beautifully. If I get the chance to build or rehab a larger someday, this is something I will do!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Love the look - holiday style

I'm beginning to feel festive and think everyone could use a little cheer this year....Today's "love the look" post shares my favorite holiday fashion finds. Mix or match any one of these or do as we do at my house on Christmas day: choose a dressy item and mix it with a casual one. Snap up these goodies soon, because they are selling out quickly!! And like last year I already missed out on the black watch plaid pants at J. Crew, I just received the catalog yesterday!! 


 J.Crew has a slew of items on sale for 30%-40% off with CODE: ShopNow

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cali Casa

My design tastes really run the gamut: New England prep, California bohemian, Parisian chic, the textiles of Spain, Middle Eastern and African cultures are just a few styles I am inspired and intrigued by..... You name it, I can find something I love in each! When I read about this home in House Beautiful by California designer Erin Martin I was drawn to the rich layering and off beat mix of materials and furniture.....It is far from the norm and I am loving that!! Natural woods and ethnic graphics will continue to inspire in 2016. And that kitchen? Every detail is perfect,,,, right down to those fabulous stools and pendants. Eek..and the best part? All these groovy elements and unexpected colors come together to form one uber cool, cohesive Spanish casa.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Giving thanks - table top

Thanksgiving kicks off one of my favorite times of year. I think we will all be taking the time to focus on the good in our lives next Thursday! I have so much to be thankful for. My five year old daughter has been begging me to decorate the house for the holidays. I promised her that tonight we could put the little white candles in the windows around our home. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy, for me coming home to illuminated windows on a chilly, dark night makes my children and I a little happier. ( I think Matty will appreciate it too) I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year but I will be helping my Mom with as much as I can. These holiday table ideas each looked fairly easy to pull together but are impactful. I LOVE LOVE the idea of the top left-hand image. How ingenious is this? Simply display fruit, cheese and charcuterie selections along a piece of pine. Most hardware/building supply stores can cut a board to the exact length you need. 
 The items I shared layered with flowers, a slew of candles and some natural mixed    greens would create the perfect table for your delicious Thanksgiving meal. 

1. Votive
2. I want to invest in a set of cabbage plates. I love the green too but I think food always looks best on white plates.
3. Serve sides or nuts in a few tortoise dishes. I love the depth tortoise brings to design.
4. I love sipping wine and water out of a large goblet.
5. I usually prefer cloth napkins but these were too fun not to post! Furbish always does a fabulous job sourcing their goodies. Purchase napkins here!
6. Pretty bamboo flatware is always a hit


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