Thursday, September 10, 2020

Love the look


Have you stepped up your workout routine during Covid? I mean, we have to do something to offset the weekday wine consumption. There are so many adorable casual fitness companies and clothing popping up. Here's a round up of some of my favorites. 


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How do you stay fit? I'm going to have to rejoin the gym at some point but for now, I run, walk, do spin class, a little yoga and planks at home! I've been jogging to Samm Henshaw's song - CHURCH



Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Shelter Loves....





Hello! Thought I'd kick off the short week with last Friday's post. hehe. I hope your week is off to a great start. 

1. You have to get uncomfortable to live the life you really deserve and want! This I know.

2. I have finally gotten around to watching, Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu. It's a treat to see Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon together. I currently have my eye on Kerry's great style.

3.  I don't love the idea of summer ending but I am looking forward to wearing booties again. Also, check out Fashion Jacksons' Fall outfit lineup. I have THESE in my cart. 

4. Loving the idea of a deep green in a library or mudroom. I am loving this shade and hoping to have my client's mudroom painted a similar color. Farrow and Ball has some beautiful green shades. 

5. I planted jalapeno peppers in my garden this year. They add the perfect kick to my cooking but I need to find some new recipes. I may give this jalapeno hummus recipe a whirl this week. 

6. My dear friend gave me this journal by, Case Kenny, yesterday. I'm starting it today!

Monday, August 31, 2020

BACK to school!

Whether your kiddos are heading back to school full time, remotely or with a hybrid plan, I think MOST parents can agree, the Fall is going to be interesting!! Getting organized and motivating your children at home to enjoy school is a step in the right direction. I'm spending some time this week on setting up a "school work zone" for my two kids. There won't be any "in bed" learning around here this Fall. I've rounded up a selection of affordable and functional desks that will make any child excited to help create their own study area. I am also encouraging my children to declutter their bedrooms and make room for their new desks. My son's room may be a challenge because it's small but I am determined to make it work. Good Luck - We can do this! xx



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Friday, August 21, 2020

Shelter Loves - 8.21.20

Happy Friday! It's so beautiful out today, I hope you have a chance to enjoy some time outdoors. Here's what is on my love list:

1. Nordstrom is still having their Anniversary Sale and it's now open to everyone. I'm a big fan of cotton, knit sweaters. They can be worn over almost anything and are super comfy. Here's a similar one on sale

2. YES! Keep your standards high and your stress level low. 

3. Classic Ray-Ban sunnies never go out of style. Purchase these here. (also on sale)

4. Photographs of clouds. Kim's are very cool. 

5. French Markets. I can't wait to travel again. Where would you love to go?

6. Thank god for braids. It's been very humid in the Northeast this summer. I've been living in a braid. They are fun but sophisticated. 

7. Peaches and Burrata, when mixed together they create a divine blend of sweet and salty.

8. Unique dining chairs!! I'm over the same heavy chairs that I see over and over again. Design by Tamara Magel. 





Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Cottage Love #73

 Hello All! I've found another cottage style home to share with you. I've been drawn to clean, organic spaces as of late but I'm always up for a fun mix of unexpected textiles, furnishings, and fabrics. Matthew Carter does a beautiful job at infusing unexpected glamour into this Harbour Island cottage. Take a peek. xx Images via: Veranda
















Monday, August 10, 2020

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - 2020

 Hola! I hope you're all hanging in there and staying healthy and happy. It's actually been a pretty good summer over here. I know we are all feeling a bit of trepidation about the back to school fall schedule or lack there of....

I've been taking advantage of many sales. I see it as doing my part (at least that is my excuse) to help the economy. I've also been supporting small, local businesses. 

The Nordstrom anniversary sale is here and open to the public starting this Thursday! Card holders are able to shop with the early access option. Here is a roundup of my favorite items. I've chosen wardrobe staples this year. Cheers!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Shelter Loves....


Hello, hello....This is my typical Friday post but I missed last week. I hope you're enjoying this gorgeous weather and some normalcy this summer. The kids and I have been getting outdoors, on the water and to the beach. I also took a quick trip to Block Island. The island has a casual vintage vibe and the hospitality, location and relaxing atmosphere at the Block Island Beach House was perfect. I'll be going back next summer when we're hopefully beyond this crazy time. I hope you're staying healthy and sane. xx

1. I'm working on a lovely kitchen design, we're going with less upper cabinetry and a larger window. I love this feel.
2. These pants are the perfect summer staple. The hot pink is adorable. 
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4. I think you all know I have a love for French design and style. Leia Sfez is my latest Insta account follow...Her casual but chic style is right up my alley....
5. I'm all about having and setting goals. I've grown up by the water and love vintage boats with wood details. A 1980's 13' or 15' Boston Whaler is on my wish list. I'm fortunate that friends and family have boats but I'd love to have my kids learn to operate a boat at a young age. What's on your wish list?? Mine seems to be growing with the Covid crisis and our lack travel plans, concerts and even dancing for that matter. This company beautifully restores Whalers. 


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cottage Love #71

I spent a much needed day home gardening, cleaning and relaxing. I am also happy to have time to squeeze in a blog post on a Sunday. I came across this fabulous backyard before and after today and ended up linking to the entire home. It's adorable....

I'm in the midst of my own back yard renovation. I did not have a peaceful spot to relax or dine outdoors in my current home. I've added a new deck (thanks, Dad!) which I plan stain a driftwood color and am in the process of creating a seating area, garden, and potted floral/herb arrangements. I've also purchased outdoor furniture and am refinishing a set of vintage dining chairs I scored years ago on the side of the road. I'll be sharing some progress shots over the next month on Instagram, if you'd like to follow along. 

I truly believe that smaller homes can be just as beautiful and functional as larger homes. This was primarily the reason I began the "Cottage Love" series ten years ago. I'm thrilled to add designer, Rosa Beltran's bungalow to the collection. She beautifully mixes warm materials and finishes (like that amazing brick floor) with clean architectural lines and functional storage. See more, "before" photos in Better Homes and Gardens. Photos by: David Tsay




Monday, June 29, 2020

Love the look ....

As we head into one of my favorite weeks of the year, my goal is to enjoy some down time...This year obviously feels different but I'm hoping to relax outdoors and at the beach. I'm over the long, oversized "Little House on the Prairie" inspired dresses. Here is a round up of some pretty summer alternatives.I often belt the looser styles to add a bit more shape. 


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Shelter Loves...


Happy Summer! Life has been a little overwhelming, sad and frustrating but we certainly cannot complain about the weather. I am keeping a positive mindset and feel some good will come out of all that is going on this year. Today, I'm focusing on the love in my life and summer vibes.

1. My Dad is building me a new deck! I am thrilled. Next summer, my goal is to put in an outdoor shower. I love the idea of an exposed brass or copper faucet and shower head. Find this one here.  
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3. I love the quality of Spanish made shoes. These studded cuties are on my "to purchase" list. I also love supporting companies with a positive mission and those that reinforce the importance of sustainability. 
4. Straw bags. I use them as carry alls all summer. 
5. Anne Evans Architecture. I often work on architectural details with my projects. I am inspired by Anne's beautiful renovations, her eye and historical design references. 
6. Swimming in pools and black bathing suits.(super flattering for everyone body type) Image via Goop. I could go for a dip right now!

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