Saturday, July 14, 2018

Shelter Loves

I was up with the birds to get my son off to a soccer tourney today! He was thrilled, nothing makes me happier than to share in my kid's excitement when they find something they are passionate about. I figured while I was at it, I may as well write up Friday's missed blog post. I've been off the charts busy but only with GREAT things! I have a number of projects under way and luckily, I am LOVING all of them. Here is what I have up my sleeve and in my "love" folder this week! Have a fabulous weekend!! xx

1. I've been all about chic but easy, comfortable dresses this fall! (and lovely shades of blue)
2. YES, YES, YES!!! Insecurity is the root of most negativity, become more aware of what is really worth your energy. 
3. It seems I'm drawn to either large statement earrings or tiny sophisticated ones. I wear both! These are adorable and on sale. Don't miss Nordstrom's Anniversary sale! 
4. I love vintage, classic cars with beautiful lines.
5. I've been designing mudrooms lately, these shoe bins are great for smaller, clean shoes. I also suggest for a boot tray for muddy and wet shoes. I'm also a big proponent of book storage!!
6. Interesting hardware can make a huge impact!
7. The summer slide. Find these here

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Shelter's picks

I can't believe it's already that time again. Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is one of the best of the season. Don't miss the early access sale, open to all Nordstrom card holders only. Early access begins today and runs through July 19. The sale is open to the public on July 20th. Scoop up your favorite transitional and fall looks at great prices. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite looks with you all. I think I need that cozy fleece and green Tibi sweater. 


Monday, July 9, 2018

Jump in!

Hello, hello! I'm back from my mini-vacay. July always goes too fast. The warm weather is here to stay (for now) and it has me thinking about dreamy pools and lazy days by the sea. I hope to have a pool someday and if I do, I'll be sure it blends beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Cheers to a great week. 

Monday, July 2, 2018


Laura Gabe's Rowayton home has the perfect mix of art, antiques and a casual coastal vibe. Together with friend, Laura Jayson they started El Co a design, consulting and development business. They also rent out their vintage caravan bar (see photo below) for parties and weddings. Here are their tips for entertaining, just in time for summer. Happy July! Read more details about this beautiful home here. Images via Domino. 

Entertaining, El Co–Style 
Craft a Signature Cocktail
“Coming up with the names is half the fun,” says Grabe, who dubbed one jalapeño tequila concoction Endless Bummer to toast the end of the season at a Labor Day block party. 
Music, Music, Music
“A mix of current hits and classics—anything from Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ to Taylor Swift. Rihanna is always a good idea, too,” suggests Grabe.
Set the Mood 
Style the area accordingly—threading firefly lights between the trees to give off a summer holiday glow or serving Rhubarb Fizz in vintage boat barware. “Use seasonal flowers and greenery to bring it all home,” says Grabe. 
Hire Funny Bartenders
“They can keep the party going,” Grabe notes. Mise en place is also essential, so do all the prep work for garnishes beforehand—infuse the tequila, squeeze the limes, stack the glasses. 

The playroom has a bohemian look, with layered mudcloth pillows and washed out wood work. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Shelter Loves

Hello lovies!! We're about to kick off one of my FAVORITE weekends and weeks! I'm looking forward to logging a few days at the beach and enjoying good food & time with friends. I will be blogging next Monday and Tuesday, check back for my July 4th outfit ideas on Monday and a beautiful summer inspired home on Tuesday! Here is what's on my mind today.

1. The 4th and all it's glory!!
2. Anything French, including Sezane dresses. They are perfect for all of those cookouts.
3. and 6. THIS!!!! I am pretty guilty of not only coveting the perfect size "2" bodies on the beach but obsessing over the areas of mine that I don't like. As I get older, I am trying to embrace my curves and the areas that I'd like to look a bit different. I realize I am not going to look 23 again - Two C-sections later and a love of food and wine, I am focusing on what I like about me. I am also thankful for my health. Sophia is beautiful and always seemed confident with her curves.
4. Now onto the food,,,lol. I like to cook and especially love putting together crudite boards. I will be creating one in the morning. 
5. Cozy and inviting moments, this bedroom is precious. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Country Home

I am heading up to Vermont for a very quick trip but I am in need of some strawberry picking and fresh air. Things are simpler in the country and sometimes that is a great thing. I'll be back tomorrow, refreshed and ready to tackle more projects! This beautiful home located in New York, is updated just enough, the classic bones and beautiful finishes give just the right nod to the past without feeling stale and predictable. Images via Elle Decor.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Love the look - Top twelve beach bag essentials

School is out and summer has ARRIVED!! I'm as giddy as a school child about the fun my family has planned, some of it is as simple as heading to the beach. Today, I'm sharing my "beach bag" essentials. I can't leave out one that won't fit in my bag -  a comfy chair. Enjoy, be safe and cheers to a wonderful summer! xx

1 - an easy read, I do have to watch my children//2//3//4 - sunscreen without harmful chemicals/5 - spray conditioner//6//7//8//9//10//11//12//

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cedar Shakes

Cedar Shingles are my first choice of siding for a house! They look as beautiful weathered as they do new! Dip them in stain or leave them to weather naturally, you can't go wrong with this classic look on the exterior of your home. 

They even look fabulous inside!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coastal Living

Lazy days at the beach, dining al fresco, warm sunny days, outdoor showers, picking flowers, lemonade stands, dips in the pool, these are just a few of the things I am looking forward to this summer. Spending my days by the ocean is truly a blessing. Here's a peek at two seaside homes, one large and one small, but both lovely! Enjoy the escape. xx


 Images via: Elle Decor


Interior Design by: Chango and Co. 


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