Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Patio Style

Aside from my weekly grocery shop and a daily run on nice days, I haven't left home much. I know we're all in the same boat and experiencing this together. I'm am designing a patio project "remotely" for a client and have been working on that, scheming and day-dreaming of my own outdoor projects today. I'm excited to plant and create a welcoming yard when the weather warms up in Boston! Here are five tips for creating a beautiful patio, regardless of the size or location. I hope you enjoy this escape as much I loved gathering the images. All outdoor furniture on FrontGate is 25% off today. 



1. Comfortable seating for socializing. 







2. Beautiful flowers and greenery both on around the perimeter and in planters 

Emily Henderson 

3. Warm lighting and candles - I prefer incandescent bulbs!


4. Tables large or small for placing drinks and food


 5. A mix of materials and finishes adds warmth and depth 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Shelter Loves - 3.27.20

Hello Friday! It is Friday, isn't it? 😉 I don't have my kids today or this weekend, the lack of human interaction is very real when you are home alone for days on end. I've been talking to my cat and self quite a bit. I hope you and your loved ones are all staying healthy. I keep telling myself that we'll be looking back on this historic moment someday. I've been listening to a ton of music and have been mixing up the genres. I've also been watching movies with my kids, it's amazing what I deemed inappropriate six months ago has basically gone out the window. (Ear muffs, kids). I just can't stomach too many animated movies. We've been focusing on 80's comedies. Thank god for social media and the web, can you imagine if this happened in 1985? If my grandfather was alive, I'd be interested to hear his memories of 1918. I am thankful for our health and all the people risking their own health for the well being of others. Thank you. My latest inspo:      xx



1. The concept of a flower truck is fabulous to me. If I were independently wealthy, I may need to do this. You could set up virtually anywhere and share nature, color and beauty with the world. Love it! 
2. I love discovering new creative Instagram accounts, as mentioned, listening to music is a favorite pastime, I am constantly downloading new material. I discovered Lily's account last week, she is adorable and a very talented trumpet player. 
3. Athena's Amagansett home and recent refresh is gorgeous. I adore unique furniture and her modern earthy color palette...This chair is on my radar. It looks similar to hers.
4. Pretty undergarments, they look lovely layered under sweaters and t-shirts. 
5. I'm looking forward to wearing pretty dresses this summer!!
6. YES!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Love the look - while at home workout


I hope you're all staying healthy and sane. I'm working as much as I can, blogging and exercising. Exercise has always kept me grounded, healthy and now with the peanut-butter M&M and nightly wine consumption, I'm trying not to miss a day. I've been doing yoga and have been running outside. My daughter loves to ride her scooter in front of me, while I jog. It's as if I have my own personal trainer! I'm not going to pretend that I've put jeans on once since our "stay home" orders. I have however, been exhausting my workout gear. Here are some of my favorite looks, pieces to wear at home or out for a daily run. A number of these items are on-sale.. Every time I start to feel stressed about our current health crisis and situation, I think of Anne Frank and her family, then I feel grateful for our health. We'll get through this. I've included my latest running playlist below! xx

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coming home.

Since 80% of the world is currently waiting out this pandemic in their house, I thought it would be nice to share a lovely and calming home with you all. I've been doing quite a bit of contemplating about what defines and creates comfortable environments. Although, everyone has their own aesthetic and taste, I continually hear from clients that they desire a cozy, inviting space to come home to at the end of a hectic day. I've long followed Amber Lewis' design journey; her laid back, Southern California inspired designs are always organic, unique and cohesive. Each detail is carefully considered and beautifully contributes a calming quality. I've been spending some much needed time organizing, refining and decluttering my own home. I love spaces that feel beautiful and interesting but also peaceful. 

I thought you'd enjoy seeing one of Amber's latest designs, the brushed metals, window selections, mix of textiles/textures and warm wood tones are gorgeous. I'd be fine with sheltering in place here for a while. Stay safe and healthy. xx Photos: Tessa Neustadt




These windows are fabulous.






Saturday, March 21, 2020

Shelter Loves


I'm trying to find a balance between staying informed and keeping calm. I've taken a much needed break from the news today and have been enjoying getting some work done in my sun-filled office. I am very thankful to have this new space now that I am mainly working from home. It does feel better that we're in this together. I truly hope you, your family members and friends are staying healthy. That's the most important goal right now. 

My design work and blogging have been a wonderful distraction along with getting outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. Besides the obvious, here is what is on my mind. I believe when we conquer this health crisis (many of you may have been doing this already) we'll hit the reset button on our lives with a fresh approach to our thinking and a focus on what is truly important. I know I'll be thrilled to spend time with my family and friends. Stay healthy and safe ....xx

1. Some of the best days of our lives have yet to happen. Carry that thought with you.
2. Think of how gorgeous all of our yards will be when the weather warms up. I know I plan to get out and do some yard work in the upcoming weeks. 
3. We could all use a pair of rose colored glasses right about now. 
4. I adore Jane Winchester's jewelry and will be buying myself this pendant and chain at some point. 
5. Gauzy white tops and comfortable pants are going to be my "go to" this summer. I'm nervous to try my jeans on after all the extra snacking and wine consumption I've experienced these past two weeks. 
6. Are you over cooking yet? I need some new dinner ideas and bought the ingredients for this sheet pan recipe. The less clean up the better. The New York Times cooking section has shared a number of recipes....check them out. 



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Love the look - lounge wear


Happy First Day of Spring! I'm typically sharing my favorite Spring fashions to wear to work or out and about, but sadly we're in a place that none of us could have ever imagined. I hope you are all keeping your sanity (for the most part) and staying healthy! The news is certainly upsetting, as is being in social isolation, especially on the rainy days. However, there have been some bright spots... For one, the photographs of the Venice canals showing the clearest water the Italians have seen in decades.  I, like most of you, am working from home with kids running around (or unfortunately, glued to their devices). I've been doing my best to motivate my children in the morning. We all wash up and get dressed, even if it's in comfy, lounge wear. I find it pretty deflating hanging out in pajamas all day. I have no choice but to keep up a daily routine and I think it's important for my children to do this too. I've pulled together some ideas for you that are both comfortable and practical for your days at home and (hopefully) outdoors!! I've been sneaking in a walk and run when I can. Stay sane and safe! xx 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reading Hour.

Since we're all "mostly" stuck in the same boat (so to speak), why not spend some time reading? I enjoy escaping with a book but sometimes can't find an hour to sit down and read, now there's no excuse. I have been more diligent about reading in 2020 and am currently on this one. Today, I'm suggesting some great reads along with some inspiration on creating a cozy reading corner in your own home. 

I also want to take this time to extend a special thank you to those who have to report to work...doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery store workers and those that are keeping our world running. We are both thankful and appreciative of you. I am also going to do my part and best to support small, local and business in general. We're all going to feel the economic stress of this. I am staying positive and I believe if we are smart today, we can hopefully slow down and eventually stop this virus. Stay well. xx






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Monday, March 16, 2020

Refresh

Aside from a design site visit here and there during these uneasy times, I feel fortunate that I can work remotely in my new home office. Spending all this time at home is certainly making me want to hit the refresh button around here. I'm cleaning like a crazy person, picking up after my kids and plan on making some design changes very soon. Here are a few ways to refresh your home while you're stuck inside. I'm also taking my workout routine outdoors as much as possible! Why not start Spring training?! We all need to keep our sanity and health. 


 I hope you're all staying safe and healthy. We're all in this together. xx 


1. Declutter and dust your bedroom and purchase new bedding! I've been drawn to light, clean looking sheets and bedding. New bedding and re -arranging bedside tables, dresser and console tables can make your room feel new again. A simple bedroom is a peaceful one. 



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2. Rehang or finally hang your artwork 





3. Arrange flowers indoors - nothing lifts the spirits like fresh flowers. (Images via)





4. Clear counters and rearrange shelves, drawers and storage in kitchen. 

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5. Create your own artwork. The kids would love this too! I have done this several times and am ready to create a new piece. 




6. Donate, consign and re-organize the closets in your home. 






7. Move accessories, artwork + furniture to different rooms and create new furniture layouts in your home. It is also a great time to edit. 



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