Friday, October 11, 2019

Shelter Loves - Friday 10.11.19

Hello Friday, so nice to see you! Also, wishing my awesome Mom a very Happy Birthday and a wonderful year!! Here is what I pinned this week or am generally loving.

1. Cuffed jeans. This entire outfit is on point. 
2. YES, to all of these tips! I actually integrated #1 into my life this year. It created a much needed and positive change.
3. I want to hang out in this room, who is with me? Design: David Netto, Image: AD.
4. I'm kind of obsessed with Cautious Clay's music lately. He is coming to Boston in December. This "album" is really good. I need to grab tickets.
5. I LOVVVE tall camel boots. These are fantastic but the price tag is not for the faint of heart. 
6. This great bag by Strathberry is back in stock and is a favorite of Meghan Markle. 
7. I'm all about quick and easy meals that are also yummy. One pot sounds perfect. Recipe here

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Lauder pied-a-terre

As of late, I'm feeling especially mesmerized with Europe. Actually, I am always impressed with Europe and the variety of architecture and number of history lessons learned. Along with the fashion, art scene, music and food, what is not to love? I discover an insane amount of design inspiration when I travel, I'm excited to sneak away to Dublin this weekend. Today, I'm sharing the Lauder family's beautiful Parisian apartment. It is located in the left bank and has breath taking views of the Eiffel tower and the ornate gold dome of Les Invalides. Their lovely home is filled with an array of art, photography and perfectly appointed furniture pieces. Enjoy! xx Images via Elle Decor

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Love the Look

I'm very much looking forward to getting away for an "extra" long birthday weekend with my good friend. I'm at the point where I can't be bothered with over packing but always want to be sure I've got everything I need! (it's not as if I can't find something I want to buy in a European city.....) With that said, I like to leave space in my suitcase for goodies to bring my children.  With the exception of toiletries, jewelry, undergarments and pajamas, here is a "pretty close" snapshot of what I'm going to pack for a four day weekend abroad! Cheers!

Row 1 - Qui, Qui tee // pink top // tank
Row 2 - cardigan // V-neck sweater // blush blouse
Row 3 - leather jacket // fleece jacket // waxed jacket
Row 4 - blue jeans // leggings // black jeans 
Row 5 - Sunnies // scarf // purse
Row 6 - booties // engineer boots // sneakers 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Copper in the Kitchen...

I grew up watching my mother cook delicious meals. I too enjoy cooking when I have the time. My dream kitchen is all planned out, but for now, I appreciate mine. I have an affinity for nice cookware and pots + pans, especially ones made from copper. There is something very special about preparing meals with a hand crafted piece of cookware, the quality is also wonderful.  Mauviel, a family run business, has been manufacturing copper pots since 1830. Learn more about the creative process, here.

I am short on storage space and love the idea of accessibility. My plan is to hang copper pots and pans above my stove using a rail and hooks. I like this brass version. I can't help but notice all the gorgeous French ranges in these photos too. Those French, they certainly know a thing or two about preparing meals...Bon Appetit. 

Martha Stewart's kitchen. I don't need a collection this large..

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Whether we like it or not, the month of October seems to deliver a shift. Crisp cool mornings, changing leaves, roaring fires and a desire for cozier moments are just a few of the simple ways to enjoy this beautiful month. Today I'm sharing a gorgeous NYC home that incorporates shades of Fall. It is sophisticated and sexy but also warm. The design and photography are by the talented, Jaimie Baird

Monday, September 30, 2019

Shelter Loves..

Hello, hello! I'm sharing last week's inspiration today! I'm just noticing I posted an array of neutrals, clearly I'm channeling a Fall color palette. I hope your week is off to a great start...

1. Classic movies. I'm a bit of a romantic at heart. 'Love Story' is on my list of movies to watch. Ali MacGraw was a natural beauty.
2. True. I think we all tend to ruminate about past misgivings and mistakes, aside from lessons learned and knowledge gained, there is no reason to ruin today by analyzing the past. Embrace the good and let go of the negative when you can. xx
3. I love cozy scarfs and pair them with just about everything in the Fall. 
4. I can envision myself cooking in this lovely space. Since recently finishing up a kitchen with black cabinets and soapstone counter tops, I've been drawn to dark, moody kitchens. Image: Architectural Digest. 
5. This multifunctional purse, by the L.A. based company Hammitt, converts from a cross body bag to a clutch. I adore this one too.
6. Plaid blazers worn with crisp, white button downs. 
7.  Kraak ware, was originally produced during China's Ming Dynasty. It was later reproduced in a number of countries, including Japan and was frequently sold to the European market. Kraak ware was most often painted in underglaze blue and white porcelain. Original pieces are quite pricey but with some research reproductions can be purchased for substantially less. Here is a modern day reproduction

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Shelter Studio Space

I'm in the process of converting my three season porch into a multi functional work studio. It gets wonderful light all day long. I will share a "before" photo at some point. I replaced the windows and added a new door, the dropped ceiling was torn out and I gained quite a bit of height and had it freshly sheetrocked. I also had the electrician put in some recessed lighting. This will be my new work space but I also want to use it as a den. I love a work space that does not feel too sterile or "office like". Here's a bit of unexpected office inspiration....A huge thank you to my father for his stellar carpentry skills on this project!

Gen Sohr's home office beautifully incorporates warm accents such a upholstered sofa and unique furniture for storage and relaxing. Images via Schumacher Bulletin. I love everything about this room!

The new Studio McGee offices are finished and they are perfect! Warm woods, area rugs and gorgeous furniture choices help to make their spaces both inviting and a wonderful work environment - peep the rest of their amazing office tour, here

Friday, September 20, 2019

Shelter Loves / 9.20.19

Wishing you a fantastic Friday!! Without a doubt my parent's are inspiration people and two of my greatest "loves". Wishing them a very happy and romantic 50th wedding Anniversary today!! I love you guys!! xoxoxo

and on the creative's what I'm ogling. 

1. Anything with a crock embossed pattern, especially in deep olive and rich browns/burgundy. These booties  are by Chloe and AMAZING but these come in a close second. 
2. Blue Jasper Wedgewood. I am pretty sure my Mom has some of this around. The  bathroom design is by Alexander Interiors is darling....
3. Milan and their fashion week. I had the wonderful opportunity to study retail design in Italy, our home base was Milan. The women were ridiculously chic and fearless with their sense of style. 
4. YES! I've been biting my tongue when I feel a bitch session coming on lately. 
5. Moody bars, with strong cocktails and live music. I am heading to Dublin in a couple of weeks, I'm excited to explore the city. 
6. Historical fiction. I just picked up this book and plan to start it next week. I have always been intrigued by Dorothea Lange's compelling photographs. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fall Trend Alert - Updated Classics

Fall is officially here next Monday and with it, a slew of fabulous styles. Updated classics and modern twists on wardrobe basics prevail. Today, I've rounded up a selection of my favorite trends to update your closet. I've thoroughly enjoyed perusing the street style photographs from Boston, London and this week, Milan. I'm feeling inspired by these trends..xx

1. SNAKESKIN - You'll find snakeskin on everything from boots to bags. 
2. CHUNKY GOLD BAUBLES - often layered, find this one here
3. PLAID AND WIDE LEG PANTS - pants pictured
4. CROSS BODY 70'S STYLE BAGS - This one is Chloe
5. JUMPSUITS - one pictured. I am going with an age appropriate style.
6. BALLOON SLEEVES - this one looks chic and cozy
7. THE UN-BUTTONED BUTTONED DOWN SHIRT (see Leandra above) find it here
8. COZY JACKETS - this faux shearling version may be joining me on an upcoming trip. 


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