Thursday, January 17, 2019

A much needed refresh

Whether you're stuck in a rut, want to clean house, get down in the winter or are just looking to "refresh"  and brighten your home (and life) a bit, I hope to have an idea to kick start your year.  Today, I'm sharing a few ways to initiate simple changes with your home, health and routine. Most of these ideas won't cost much and I can bet you'll feel happier and more at ease when you're done. 

Change can be uncomfortable but often, a necessity for true growth, peace and happiness in life. I too am starting at home with an updated and clean perspective for an array of reasons.

Here are my thoughts, I hope they help! xx


No. 1 - Rearrange your furniture

No. 2 - Donate tired, broken lamps and move the lamps you're keeping to new spaces or areas. Adding a light to a dark corner can make a huge difference in the feel of the room. 

No. 3 - Relocate your art and hang paintings and photos in different rooms or in unexpected arrangements. 

No 4. - When I got divorced years ago I remember I felt the need to toss all of my bedding (yes for that terrible reason) and buy new everything! Purchasing and sleeping on fresh, comfortable bedding can work wonders for the soul! I actually own these bed side tables and had them painted in a beautiful blue shade!

No. 5 - Are you embracing the Marie Kondo method?? I've been doing some serious editing around my home and in the closets lately! It feels good to declutter and keep only what I need and love. 

 No.6 - Organize! When I finish donating and decluttering, I plan to organize and maintain my home. I am tight on space, so I need to take advantage of every area.


No. 1 - Discover different music and start a new playlist! I've added a "chill list" and have downloaded a number of new alternative songs to my current "alternative mix". I currently am loving, Maggie Rogers.  She is on tour and her new album was released yesterday. 

No. 2 - Drink decaf green tea at least once day 

No. 3 - Try a new workout routine! I am embracing more yoga and need to add a different class to my workout. I am growing tired of running on the treadmill. 

No. 4 - Book a trip, it is so fun to have a get away to look forward to. Even if it's exploring an unfamiliar town near by and checking out a different restaurant or coffee shop.

No. 5 - Re-shop your closet and wear an outfit you have never put together before. We are all in the habit of throwing on the same pieces. Be on the look out for my wardrobe staples post early next week! The French have this technique mastered.

No. 6 - Take the scenic route when you have time!

No. 7 - Sheet pan cooking - I don't have a ton of time to cook or clean up at night and on top of that my kids always want something different for dinner. I try to add at least one item they like to the sheet pan. The clean up is faster too.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shelter Loves 1.11.19

Hello loves! I hope you're all doing well on this bitterly cold day. I've been entrenched in design projects this week so my brain has been mainly focusing on work. Here's a peek at what's on my mind. Cheers to a fabulous weekend! I've also posted an article of a recent interview I did with Boston Voyager Magazine, it's posted below. 

1. I'm currently working on six children's spaces and a playroom. I love creating environments that will grow with the child. I stay away from overly babyish themes, objects and stick with fun, functional designs that incorporate organization. Here's an adorable playroom, with bright pops of color and an iconic mid-century twist. 
2. Very true! Although, I tend to remember words, both uplifting and hurtful. I always tell my children to think twice before speaking. 
3. I tend to focus on my client's homes more than mine. I promised my daughter I would finish her room this winter. I am thinking of having my grandmother's bed painted but this Deco inspired bed is beautiful too. It is also on sale.
4. I often travel to client meetings, so besides music (very into 80's alternative lately) I have also been enjoying podcasts!!
5. I'm always searching for pretty clothing that is flattering but also warm enough to wear during the colder months. I adore this sweater. I actually love almost everything from Sezane. I'm a huge fan of how most European shoppes put so much thought into their packaging.
6. I need some more "cooking" time with Emerson but I also love clean white kitchens with natural wood shelving and ceilings. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Freshen up - Designer Barrie Benson transforms a family home

I appreciate a mix of old + new and many of the projects I work on, do just that. I am often faced with an older home that has great bones but needs not only a fresh design update but a revamp of the electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. When we dig deeper we also often find structural issues. I've long been a fan of designer Barrie Benson's young, modern approach to creating. I was instantly drawn to the sculptural quality of furniture and lighting along with the springy, clean color palette. It's a beautiful home - I'm working on a similar style project myself. Happy "hump day". Images via: House Beautiful, Photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Friday, January 4, 2019

Shelter Loves

Happy New Year! Are you ready to create change in your life? I am making some much needed decisions - some big, some small. When things don't feel quite right, I think it is important to listen to your inner voice and make the adjustments that are right for you. I will also be refreshing my home!

I'll be sharing a list of ways to rework your home + life and a few of the ideas don't cost a dime! A new perspective prevents falling into a rut (both creatively and personally). Here is what I'm thinking about/doing/pinning/loving etc. Let's make the first weekend of 2019 a great one! xx

ONE. We are faced with one life lesson after the other, always choose hope. No state is permanent.

TWO. This emerald bar is stunning. 

THREE. Music provides a great escape. This week I've been listening to old school alternative music. (which was a favorite in high school) The Cure, Psychedelic Furs etc. are on my play list. 

FOUR. I adore pretty feminine flats and could use a new pair to update my closet. My new philosophy is when something comes into my home, something leaves and is either donated or recycled. 

FIVE. Bailey McCarthy of Biscuit Home has the most beautiful homes. Yes, please to this kitchen pantry area. I think making more bold choices in 19', is a MUST. See her charming vacation farmhouse in the latest edition of AD 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year - my life lessons learned and intentions for 2019.

My apologies for the radio silence, the end of 2018 was very busy with work, holiday craziness and my children. I would never miss the opportunity to wish you all peace, love, new adventures, health and prosperity in 2019. I usually sum up my previous year by reflecting on what I have learned and what goals I intend to focus on. 

I always try gain to something from the good and the bad in life.  Here is my list of 2018's "life lessons" and a few intentions for 2019. Overall, I focus on the good. I don't want my list to come across as negative at all!!  Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate you all very much!! I hope to post more often this year! xoxo 

No 1. Practice gratitude daily. I am actually going to begin January 1st by writing down three positive things that happened each day. (Even on my shitty days) I have a new journal and it's ready to go. I truly believe what you put out there, comes back.

No 2. Pause before reacting. Some comments and texts do not warrant a response! Disengage when it is healthy for you.

No 3. I ONLY have control over my actions, I want to focus on making them meaningful and thoughtful.

No 4. Let go of what I (you) cannot control.

No 5. Practice more mindfulness. I would like to live for today and try not to worry about the future as much.

No 6. Save money when I can. There are lots of websites and tips online to help better budget your money.

No 7. Sit with and walk toward my fears. 

No 8. People only change when they want to. It is not my job (or yours) to fix anyone. I will continue to focus on raising kind little people. 

No 9. To continue to CHERISH my health and the health of those I love. I am beyond thankful for my healthy children. This tops the list for me. 

No 10. Real friends are like family. I always aim to be a kind, loyal and loving friend.

No 11. I like to be informed on what is going on in the world but I also have learned that tuning out and turning off the news and noise is well worth the mental break.

No 12. YOU are in charge of your life and the decisions you make. Practicing SELF LOVE and CARE is not selfish!!

No. 13. I plan to practice more meditation, yoga and travel more. (even on short, local trips)

No 14. Most problems are solvable, even if the thought of change is very uncomfortable.

No 15.  I plan to read more books and use less social media!!

No 16.  It is OK to say, NO. We all take on too much sometimes. I will say no more in 2019.

No 17. I hope to cook more yummy, unique meals that I have never made.  

NO. 18. I say this every year, but I would like to get more organized around my house. 

and finally I am looking forward to continuing to grow my business and brand. I also want to make some changes around my home. I need to de-clutter and refresh on a budget! 

Cheers and much peace to you in 2019!!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Deck the halls

I find the week leading up to Christmas a magical one. My children and I have been decorating and watching Christmas movies. I hope to finish my shopping and some of my wrapping this week. The weather is a little grim today so I'm escaping with an array of beautifully decorated moments for the holiday. I hope these homes and ideas bring a little Christmas spirit your way.. Enjoy, xx. 


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