Monday, April 22, 2019

J'aime La France

I've long admired the French culture and have had the city of Paris in my thoughts. I'm due for another French style post that shares key pieces that are unmistakably French. Here is a round-up of why I'm drawn to this uber-chic country and the city of Paris. 








Monday, April 15, 2019

Shelter Loves..

Hello, Hello. This is often my Friday post but because it's a holiday here in Boston, I decided to share it today. Here is what caught my eye over the past weekend.

1. I don't like my hair to feel overly "done", but I do think a simple scarf looks very pretty. I'd take her gorgeous hair too. 
2. I love traveling to Europe any chance I can get. I was very sad to hear about the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral. I hope they can save some of it. 💔
3. Simple white tees and patterned skirts
4. Black kitchen cabinetry with limed oak shelving. 
5. This ceiling mounted fixture. The price is right too. 
6. Wise words. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Love the look - Shopbop sale picks

ShopBop is hosting their seasonal Spring sale! Don't miss out on the great savings! Today I'm sharing my favorite picks from their site. These pieces will perfectly update your Spring wardrobe..Happy Shopping!

1. These white Lee jeans. I know you are thinking these conjure up memories of 1990 Mom jeans or Western cowboys but the Lee jeans is back and looking better than ever. These are in my cart, the price is right too. 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Erin Gates - Elements of Family Style (my featured projects)

Hello, hello! I am thrilled to share some exciting news today. Designer Erin Gates released her second book last week, you're going to want to pick yourself up copy. I have been friends with Erin for over fifteen years and have followed her amazing journey. She has built a very successful business, design blog and is a published author. I devoured Erin's first book and her second publication is equally great. 

Elements of Family Style shares an array of beautifully designed spaces along with honest advice, wonderful ideas and realistic tips and tricks to use while designing and creating your own beautiful and functional "family friendly" homes.  Elements of Family Style also features spaces by a slew talented designers from around the country. I am thrilled to be one of them!  (excuse my i-phone photographs) Order Elements of Family Style on Amazon, it's an inspirational read and design guide. Below are the spaces I designed! Thank you for including me, Erin! xx  Photography credit: Sarah Winchester

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kitchen backsplash inspiration

I'm working on a few beautiful kitchen designs. There are so many details that go into designing a home, especially if we have brought it back to the studs and/or are starting from scratch! Today, I'm sharing backsplash inspiration that doesn't include a 3" x 6" white subway design! (although I still like that classic style, I'm sharing some alternatives). 

Extend the counter top marble as a back splash. (I am currently doing this on a project)

Thinner counter tops are a trend!

3" x 9"or 12"
Darker tile or a chevron pattern (or both)


A different colored quartz than the counter tops


Shiplap running vertically with a backsplash detail over the stove top

A unique marble design - Find this tile here. 

 Patterned ceramic that emulates cement - it is cheaper and easier to install

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Updating your outdoor space

This year I hope to create a seating area outside to enjoy. Over the past few years I have been primarily focused on the interior and exterior of my home itself, this year I want to give a little love to a patio area. There are ways you can create a comfortable seating space with ambiance, that won't break the bank! Here are some inspirational photos and tips, most of the ideas pictured can be replicated on a smaller budget!

1. Develop an inspiration board and layout first - A plan helps with vision and function, this way you won't waste money or time on items you don't truly need. The tighter your design the better it will look in the end!
2. Spend as much money as you can afford on quality chairs and cushions. Think about your seating arrangement, shop for furniture and cushions that can withstand the weather and the sun. 
3. Inexpensive cafe lights are a great way to make the space feel welcoming and cozy at night. * Find them here
4. Splurge on spraying for bugs. I did last year and it made my yard so much more enjoyable and safe! (The mosquitos are terrible in my neighborhood) I opted for an all natural garlic spray, it worked well!
5. Pretty planters and plants add beautiful greenery and can also nicely define your seating area. 
6. Small tables serve as a place for drinks and snacks. I hope to include a round dining table with chairs on my patio. 
7. Candles in enclosed lanterns also make a beautiful, relaxing statement and provide additional light. *Pottery Barn sells pretty outdoor lanterns. 


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