Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Champagne Kissed....

I'm signing off for 2009 and very much looking forward to 2010. I think it's going to be a very exciting year both personally and professionally. The Shelter design website/new identity is launching in mid- January. I'll also continue to feature fresh ideas, amazing finds and inspiration on the Shelter-Blog.
I can't wait to share my recent projects and some photos of my home with you!!
I want to send A huge thank you to each and every-one of my readers for your support + loyalty! I wish you all the best for healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!!
Now a little fashion/design bit. I predict that we're going to continue to see warm metallics; like gold and copper popping up everywhere in fashion and at home in 2010! {so I guess it's 010'}
Cheers xxoo, Julie

Images: Harper's Bazaar, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Decor Pad, Vogue (Nina Ricci), Jan Showers, Bazaar, ?, Lindsey Adelman, J. Crew, Homes and Gardens, via La Dolce Vita, Canadian House and Home


Jonathan Adler's latest furniture line...... very chic.

This piece would look great with two large lamps on either end!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

WOW - Accessory Perfection.....

While doing some quick blog cruising...I came across these "AMAZING" necklaces via Coco and Kelley. They are designed by Elva Fields!! I may just have to buy myself a pregnancy present; and since fabulous clothing is out of the question, one of these beauties may be just perfect.

A Fresh Start...

After the craziness of the holidays...I crave calmness. The limed oak floors and walls {image two} in these photos deliver just that!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wishing You a Very Merry Everything....

I apologize for being out of the loop...My computer is finally fixed!! Hooray!! I'm so happy to be back; I truly missed blogging and you all {of course}!
I'm off to Vermont tomorrow to unwind and celebrate Christmas! I'll return next week to sneak in a few posts before 2010!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday along with safe travels!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Crazy Days

I know I've been a bit out of touch. My computer has a terrible virus, so I don't have my computer at the moment {I'm loosing my mind without it}. If you don't have a recent anti-virus software on your PC - I would recommend downloading one NOW! ;)

On a positive note, I thought I'd share this pretty photograph I recently purchased for a client. It's going to be a large scale image! I love the color and graphic quality of Dahlias. For more wonderful floral images visit Flanders Field here via Etsy. The photographer has been a delight to work with...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

When all that glitters is gold...

I love the warmth of gold in the winter!

Images: Pink Wallpaper, bottomoftheironingbasket,flickr, Country Living, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bloggers come together - Pencils of Promise

Several bloggers are coming together today in a collaborative effort spearheaded by Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, in order to make a difference for a very deserving charity. Pencils of Promise is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization based in New York, that partners with local communities and organizations to build schools of early-stage education in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children. Sadly, there are more than 75 million children in this terrible situation worldwide.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00. If you are willing and able to give more (35.00 buys shelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for one year, $100 provides a teacher’s salary for three months and so on), it would be greatly appreciated. We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will find it in your heart to make a donation to this worthy cause today. You can opt to donate via PayPal if you prefer. Every little bit helps and together, we can make a difference! and click on the "Get Involved" page to donate!!

If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for supporting a wonderful cause!


Julie Richard

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Holidays to us ALL..Next Lonny Launch.

Image: Patrick Cline
Lonny's December issue is launching tomorrow !!! I love early surprises! Don't you?
xx. Julie

Oh Christmas Tree..

I'm {well really my husband is} usually schlepping home the largest tree on the lot {for me}. I love an over sized, un-groomed, natural looking tree. Our house has the ceiling height to handle it, but this year I'm feeling very preggers so I'm not sure I envision myself standing on a chair {or ladder for that matter} to decorate a 9 1/2' tree. I've been contemplating using a round zinc table in my living room to display a pretty table top tree instead! There's always next year for the 9 footer right? Then I came across this adorable table top tree on Brown Button today. This image may have sealed the deal for me. Who knows I may cave at the tree lot on Thursday and end up with a another big mama.....;) We shall see...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gift Guide - Fun Finds for under $50

Group together or purchase just one of these lovely perfume bottles..Zgallerie {they are currently 20% off}

Je t'aime Paris - for the world traveler or not. A book that will absolutely motivate one to go to Europe! Taschen

You can't go wrong with a sweet treat! From Dylan Lauren's {Ralph's daughter} candy bar in N.Y.C.

You can never own too many pretty votive holders. I scatter these all over the house when I entertain. Mothology

I adore these personalized catchalls - and look at how many monogram options you have to choose from! Dabney Lee at home

Pretty in pink - for your preppy or not so preppy friend who likes to mix things up!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in style! Ballard Designs

I am loving these Bento boxes! These are usually used for Japanese sushi, but why not tote any number of snacks to the beach or park with these cute, colorful carry - alls. Plasticashop

No explanation needed here! Every belt pictured is fabulous! J.Crew

Monday, December 7, 2009

Feeling Inspired...

I apologize for the lack of posts! I've been busy with work, teaching, motherhood etc. I have seven weeks until my baby arrives so I'm feeling a bit of pressure to WRAP things up in my life!!

I just love inspiration boards, don't you? I can't wait to have my board + office photographed in the beginning of January. It's almost finished, it's just too dark in my office for me to capture with my digital camera. I'll be back tomorrow with an "under $50" gift guide!

Image: I can't recall where I grabbed this one from - feel free to email if you know! thanks.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

White now...

You just can't go wrong with white!

Images: J.Crew,?, Canadian House and Home, Country Living, Coastal Living, This is Glamorous, Canadian House and Home {lst two images}


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