Friday, March 24, 2017

Shelter Loves...

TGIF, besides my earlier rant that I am dealing with, I can't really complain. This week, one of my fabulous clients flew me to Texas to help her with the design on her homes. We were in the city and the country, it was a great trip and the eighty degree temperatures helped to lift my spirits. Here's what is on my mind today.

1. We are stuck in a cold rut here in Boston. I'm craving warmth and color. This pretty beaded necklace would do
2. I'm adoring the feminine details and springy mix of color in this little girl's room.
3. This is true but sometimes difficult to master.
4. Spring, where are you??? I want to wear adorable, light clothing, like this TB top.
5. Okay, so about Texas....There were so many pretty homes and great restaurants there. It was really exciting to see that my client had some wonderful furniture pieces to work with and a fabulous art collection....see more on #6. She also took me to her farm house, which we have been working on remotely. The countryside and her home were gorgeous and frankly just what I needed. The world works in mysterious ways. 
6. My client had a number of these crosses in an array of sizes. They are hand made of ceramic by the artist Barbara Biel, available in an array of sizes, they can be hung on the wall or used as paper weights. I'm absolutely getting one to hang in my bedroom. I love the hearts too.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Fever!

I'd be lying if I did not say that I was having an intense and emotional week. It seems one thing is snowballing after the other. I am hanging on tight and hoping everything comes together as it is supposed to. A huge thank you and big hugs to my dear family and friends for always being there for me during the tough times (you know who you are, xo) I have so much to be thankful for! 

I don't know about you, but I need a little spring fever! This weather change can't come soon enough. Warm days, no jacket required and floral blooms are not only good for the eyes but also for the soul! xx

J. Crew's awesome mix


Monday, March 20, 2017

Cottage Love #56 - Coastal Charm

First off, Happy Spring! We've been awaiting this day for some time and now that my bracket is totally busted with the Duke loss last night, I'll be shifting my focus onto everything happy and warm weather related! I need a little cheering up and can't wait to head to one of my favorite warm weather destinations this Summer - Nantucket. Take a peek at this little Ack beauty featured in Coastal Living magazine. (design by: Lee Ann Thornton) It's warm and approachable. Have a wonderful week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shelter Loves..

Happy St. Paddy's day. Irish or not, I think we can all appreciate a little emerald green (and kisses)! It's long been a favorite shade and flattering on most. Boston is a very Irish city (obvs.) so people go a little bananas around here today. I'm running a road race tomorrow morning, so I'll be sitting on my butt, in sweats, watching March Madness basket-ball tonight. I fill out a bracket every year, it's fun to watch the games! 

Cheers, Mo chairde. 

1. I adore patterned shades and you can't go wrong with Peter Dunham's fiddle leaf iconic print. Purchase shades and sconces at Furbish
2. Sophie's whimsical art and mobiles are adorable. My daughter loves to draw butterflies, we'll have to try something like this out!
3. Floral prints and emerald suede = yes, please.
4. Lace details on tops are so feminine. Find this one here
5. 💚
6. Love me an Irish Blessing, this is a great one. 
7. I need to focus on the exterior of my house this Summer. I am toying with the idea of a white exterior and shutters with a deeper shade on the door. Someday I would love to redo the facade and incorporate a copper awning similar to this!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Love the look....

Let's just pretend it is SEVENTY-FIVE degrees out and I can wear all the pretty romantic floral dresses and tops I've been seeing around lately! Don't get me wrong, some of them would look ridiculous on me but here is a round up of a few flattering pretties that caught my eye. Enjoy! Hang in there, it's almost Spring. xx


All of these dresses would pair beautifully with a neutral heel. # 1, 4, 5 would work with a pretty gladiator sandal too. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Henri Emile Matisse

For as long as I can remember, French born Henri Matisse has been a favorite
artist/painter/sculptor of mine. His colorful forms and paintings often depicted nature,
still life and nudes. I was thrilled to read that a large collection of rarely seen works will
be on exhibition at the Boston MFA this spring from April 9th - July 9th. 
Read more about the exhibition here. You can be sure I won't be missing this one. 

"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an 
art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, 
calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."
I am pretty sure I bought "Interior with Dog" in Baltimore or Boston in my early 20's. I had the print framed back then and it is currently hanging in my hallway. 
I purchased this over sized poster, had it mounted on foam core and hung it in all of my dorm rooms and apartments for years and into my late twenties.  (Open Window - 1905)

In the 1940's and over the last fourteen years of his life Henri turned primarily to paper cut outs or as he referred to the practice: painting with scissors. After being diagnosed with cancer and in a wheel chair, Henri found it difficult to paint. He however found a creative resurgence with the paper cutting technique. His assistants painted sheets of paper with gouache and Matisse then cut them into colorful, lively compositions and collages. This period of work is one of my favorites!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cottage Love #55

Although, I am pretty sure Minnie Driver's Los Angeles home is far from a cottage, it is however a 1940's ranch style.  The approachable rooms and romantic prints make it feel every bit like one. Minnie Driver brought in fellow Brit, Peter Dunham to help her with the interior design. The results are a carefree, kid friendly home with bohemian touches and an exotic mix of textiles and fabrics. All images via Elle Decor, April 2017. 

Here are some items to bring this look to your own home:






Friday, March 10, 2017

Shelter Loves...

So I'm trying to ignore the fact that it is snowing out today, because all I really want to wear is sandals and cute tops like the one pictured above!!! My client's have been focused on redoing kitchens and bathrooms lately, which I guess is a good thing. There are so many amazing details to consider. Have a perfect weekend!! xoxo 

1. I swear by Beautycounter eye cream. It has a little boost of caffeine in it, I think that really helps with puffiness.
2. This entire outfit. That is all!!
3. I love the organic pottery light fixtures designed and made by Heather Levine. I hope I get to have one installed someday!
4. I'm using this Ann Sacks tile on a bathroom project, it's pretty fabulous!
5. Indeed!
6. I adore sandal season, these Rag and Bone beauties adorable.
7. I'm all about making fresh, extra crispy Caesar salads lately. This dressing is pretty good and does not have mayo, I added a little Worcestershire sauce for an extra kick. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Color Crush - March, Pale Sky

I have nothing but Spring on my mind lately. It's funny how with each month and season I am drawn to a different shade, each reflect my current state of mind. Lately, I've been cataloging beautiful shades of pale blue; that moody, calming hue somewhere between blue and grey. I also have an inkling you'll be seeing it used more on cabinetry and in kitchens this year! I painted my son's room this color and it's growing with him and the stylistic changes we've made in the space!


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