Thursday, May 31, 2012


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

a pattern: white, crisp + clean

I not only love pinterest for its great boards and storage capabilities. It's also an amazing way to get a sense of a client's vision and tastes. It makes my day when my client is thrilled with a presentation and says "you nailed it", as one did last week. For my own boards, I love how a pattern emerges for my own style. It's never intentional. I have thousands of pins but when I was looking at my architectural/exterior boards, I noticed I'd pinned over a dozen all white houses. I love the clean lines and timelessness of an all white house. Here's a few from my boards. On my own house I would pop the front door with a bright color. If you have shutters they could be painted, white or black. I think both look beautiful depending on the look you are going for. 
I think this could be my dream house! I love the approach, warm lighting and the clean white lines. I would need a green flat patch of grass someplace, but this house is gorgeous.

I snapped this shot of this flag this weekend at an art's festival in my home town.
If I painted my house all white, I would add a splash of color on the front door!

This dutch door is great! Bugs might be an issue in Massachusetts!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Holiday Weekend!

Whoo hoo, we're finally kicking off the summer!! It's my favorite time of year and just perfect for bright, fun, saturated colors! I think I'll be whipping up this tasty concoction over the weekend, it's called the sunshine dazzler. How great is that?
Sunshine Dazzler

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part fresh OJ
  • 1 part fresh mango juice
  • 2 parts dry champagne
  • lots of ice
  • orange slices
Mix ingredients in a pitcher adding champagne last & give a quick stir. Immediately serve over ice. We think this one is straw worthy.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


image via Vogue: Altuzarra for J.Crew

Running out the door for a presentation! Okay, as if I need another striped top?? but I still like em' and wear them. So I might as well run to J. Crew and grab this one before it's gone. I'm also loving the red boat neck on their site right now. Striped tops and white jeans will basically be my uniform this summer! I love that I can mix in all types of jewelry with these classic staples..I hope to be return later with a longer, juicer post! xx.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Double Take - Lulu DK

via: Elle Decor
I don't know an interior designer that doesn't have an artist or designer that they admire. I have a few but one that absolutely makes the list is Lulu DK. I always love and often use her textile designs.(I just placed an order for one of her fabrics last week) Her creative collages, paintings and interiors are amazing too. I just read this morning that she was in Boston in April. I'm so sorry I missed the opportunity to meet her! Her new children's line for Schumacher looks adorable. I'll being using it as soon as I can. I never tire of looking at a good thing. Her home in California is the perfect mix of laid back luxe!! I love it and want a similar feel for my new home. California style cottages are hard to come by in Boston! Let's take another peek shall we.....
I LOVE her home. A California style cottage would be my dream home! I love everything about her digs!

 All images: Via Lonny. Photos: Patrick Cline

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Al fresco with friends

I love this time of year. The weather is finally warming up in Boston. It doesn't get be much then dining outside with amazing friends, wine and good food. My friend is coming over Thursday night with her kiddies, our children will run around the yard while we sip wine. I've decided that I'm going to make Avocado and grilled corn salad. It's delicious. I'll most likely serve it with a side salad, with some grilled chicken and a crusty french bread. Dessert is going to be ice cream sandwiches. If you're pinched for time and can't make the homemade version just purchase cookies from your local bakery and fill them with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. (I think that's what I'll be doing on Thursday)
I love the concept of this image,  delicious food displayed for all to enjoy.
There's something very romantic about dining under the stars
Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

5 Ears Corn, husk removed, brush with olive oil and grilled, remove corn with sharp knife
2 Avocado’s, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
2 C. Tomatoes, red and yellow cherry variety or equivalent
1 Small red onion, finely diced
¾ C. Feta, crumbled
1 ½ C. English cucumber, skin on and chopped small dice

Add to a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

6 T. Olive oil
2 T. Sherry vinegar
1 t. Garlic powder
2 T. Fresh cilantro, minced
½ t. Salt
10 Grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all of the above ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake really well. Taste and adjust seasoning and ratios of oil and vinegar as you desire.

peanut butter and jelly with raspberry yogurt ice cream sandwich

home made ice cream sandwiches - I have to try these this summer! Yum. Father's Day maybe?

   1. Pillow / 2. Bench / 3. Wine Glass / 4. Outdoor Globe Lights / 5. Dining Table / 6. Kate Spade 7. Pottery Barn
Bring color to the table with the food and fresh flowers!
We can't forget the wine selection, 14 Hands Red Blend,  is under $12.00 and very good!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I love a classic kitchen

I'm loving the mix of old and updated details in this clean, classic kitchen. It's timeless but not tired. I think the red lantern and brass/stainless hood make the space!  I've put together a close idea board below!
1. Knobs: Van Dykes  2. Draftsman stool:  Restoration Hardware 3. Beveled Edge subway tile 4. Carrara tile for the island, Soapstone for the other counter tops  5. Lantern: Julie Neill

Custom Brass and Stainless hood:  ttp://

Friday, May 18, 2012

casual night out!

I'm heading out tonight with a friend after a long week of work, we're going someplace casual and seaside. Here's a typical look I might put on. It gets cool in Boston at night, so the little denim jacket is a must. I also love to layer necklaces. The key is to just keep the lengths different! Happy Weekend!

casual night out!

Alice Olivia one shoulder top
$198 -

J Brand denim jean jacket
$285 -

7 for all mankind jeans
$81 -

Madison Harding platform heels
$255 -

Yves Saint Laurent fringe handbag
$659 -

Marni bracelet
$400 -

Alkemie coin jewelry
$130 -

Isharya 18k necklace
$98 -

Yellow gold jewelry

Tattoo ring
€510 -

Vivienne Westwood floral jewelry
$161 -

Ilia lip gloss
€22 -


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