Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cottage Love #5

I'm back on track with my cottage posts. I've found yet another stunner. It's not overly modest in size but the photos shown are certainly not over the top (especially for a famous actress who obviously makes gobs of money, well relatively speaking). I'm obsessed with California, bungalow style (almost) everything. I love the ease of the rooms and the large windows, the wood ceilings and the casually chic details. I also envy the fact that the sun seems to shine for most of the year. I can't move to L.A. for a slew of reasons but I can dream and infuse a bit of southern California cool into my own house. (plus I'm sure I'd miss the charm of New England if I left) These are updated shots of Amanda Peet's home, it was recently featured in Vogue. I know all my equally design crazed readers remember the pics. in Domino Magazine. Enjoy! I'm actually off to AZ for a few days. Happy Weekend! Cheers till Monday.
A great little back yard = check
wild flowers = check
gorgeous pool = check
Multi-paned windows = check
Built in seating, crisp white walls = check
0 overly matched spaces = check
Vintage Rugs = check
Black and white photos on clean white/bright walls = check (got to love her smile and laugh)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

love the look

I hope you're enjoying my new series "love the look" as much as I'm enjoying devising them for you!! I'm basically drawn to just about anything that's classic with an edge. Rooms, outfits, Men (ha) etc. etc.
I was inspired by the street scene picture, I love how the outfit is thrown off by the leopard. Below is a day and night version. (minus the leopard at night - if you're up for it, a small leopard clutch could work, but I envision it having a bit of a beaded detail)

Day : 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 * pixie or minnie pant from J.Crew pant are fab!


Evening: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 * the pant looks much cuter on the model shot, check it out!

Bubbly Bar

Okay, stop me in my tracks! This styled bubbly bar was far too swoon worthy not to repost! It's over the top gorgeous and beautifully styled! And honesty right up my alley. (champagne, gold, sparkles and all) Pop over to 100 Layer cake blog for more yummy eye candy and the deets on the photo shoot, including all involved!! Damn I need to find a house so I can have a party!!!
 ALSO ... came across this site I love their vintage and new bar accessories! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Erin Gates for Jill Rosenwald Collection

My good friend and fellow design blogger Erin Gates has collaborated with the talented ceramicist Jill Rosenwald on a stunning new collection. Erin was inspired by a pattern on a basket she owns of African origin. I love how graphic the print is! All the pieces, except for the lamps have a glamorous gold rim and are available in two different color ways, black/peony + j.crew/mint. Another benefit besides owning a beautiful piece of functional art? 15% of all the proceeds is going to be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief! Gorgeous work ladies!   Please e-mail erin at: to place your order - they hope to have the collection up on Jill's e-commerce site very soon! 


#6 Vase- $78
6.25″ H X 3.25″ W

Ritz Tray- $92
14″L x 3.5″ W

Olive Tray- $152
9″ W X 12″L
Mug- $65

Oval Lamp- $430
6.5″ W X 24.5″ H

#6 Vase- $78
6.25″ H X 3.25″ W

Ritz Tray- $92
14″L x 3.5″ W

Olive Tray- $152
9″ W X 12″L

Mug- $65
Oval Lamp- $4306.5″ W X 24.5″ H

GIVEAWAY - Oughton Limited, Phony Pony Field Tote

I love Oughton Limited and the company's equestrian inspired story! Daphne, the visionary behind the brand was both kind and generous to offer a beautiful Phony Pony Field Tote for this exclusive give-away. Simply pop over and visit their company website, then leave me a comment telling me why you'd love to own this gorgeous bag! Good Luck, I'll randomly select and announce the winner here next Monday, December 3rd. (retail value: $350.00)

Here are some details on the design:

The Italian milled faux fur fabric, inspired by the classic bay hunter. Developed and fabricated by one of the most renowned fabric mills in the world who produces signature fabrics for many leading brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Mulberry and others. Luxuriously soft yet wipes clean. Animal-friendly for the conservation minded fashionista."

Image via: Oughton Limited.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Inspired: Street Style to dining

Happy Almost December. 'Tis the season for entertaining so I thought an inspired dining post would be appropriate. When working with client's I'm inspired by both their lifestyle and the world around me. I love this "street style" photo. Her entire look is fabulous as is the architecture, the color palette and the array of textures and light. The furniture boards below show two versions of dining room ideas based on this image. I've come up with two visions, when you switch a few items out, the room can take on a new life. In option one the light fixture and rug are the dramatic features, in option two it's the deep smokey wall color that's moody and eye catching. I LOVE emerald green and those leather covered chairs are to die for! I always try to incorporate one of a kind objects into my designs. It is the key to devising rooms with depth and interest. I've linked all the items below each design. Cheers, I'm excited to kick off the holiday season this year!
1= paint color match, Inspire Awe - 3058, by Clark+Kensington

1 = Paint color match, Colonial Shades - 5066 by Clark+Kensington
* 6 is the knock-off version of the Eero Saarinen table

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Baubles

Here's a selection of beautiful baubles that won't break the bank, treat yourself to a pretty new piece or purchase one as a gift because can you really go wrong with jewels? All these pretties are available for under $90.00 each! I think I'll be doing my shopping from home today. Hope you're holiday was great!


Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Random Happiness + Giving Thanks!

I'm thankful for so much and so many people in my life. Here's a round up and a few of my thoughts!

I'm thankful for working in such a creative field, I spend my days trying my best to devise unique concepts and designs for my clients and ideas for my little blog. The people I work with and all the gorgeous images I peruse are truly an inspiration! I presented a nursery/children's design this past week. It's a pleasure working with my clients to create environments that better their lives! Kids spaces are always a favorite! These are currently two of my favorite kids spaces (found via Pinterest -  is it okay to say i'm thankful for that too, work wise, it's a designer's dream) image 1. via

This image falls into the random happiness category of this post! I love dressing up this time of year!
Earrings: Lulu Frost (LOVE her jewels) via J.Crew
I'm thankful for all my amazing clients (you know who you are!!), you're a pleasure to work with and that my interior design business continues to thrive!! Above is a sneak peek of a project I'm about to have photographed. Image: Shelter
I'm thankful for the upcoming holiday season and enjoy gathering with my family and friends. I adore you all, thanks for all your love and support this year!! This image is magical isn't it?? I'll be lucky to purchase a house a 1/4 of this size, but I can appreciate a show stopper when I see one!
 I love to try to new recipes..this one looks delectable.

I'm thankful for my little ones, they force me to stop, breathe and appreciate the simple pleasures in life, like our nightly reading hour. My five year son has asked me to read this book all week. The message is so inspirational and spot on! If you're feeling frustrated, lost or even a bit overwhelmed with life, sit and read this Dr. Seuss classic! Everything usually turns out okay, even better then okay!

I'm of course thankful for my health. (that sort of goes without saying but I feel I need to mention this)

And finally, I'm thankful for you, my wonderful readers. Your support of my growing blog is very, very much appreciated!! If there's any type of post you'd like to see or if you just have a random question, never hesitate to drop me a note!!! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!! - xx, Julie


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