Friday, November 16, 2018

Shelter Loves

Here I am, on a Friday night, finally with a free moment. I eked out a little time and energy to finish off a blog post. It has been a good work week but a draining personal one. I know we're supposed to cruise through life with a smile on our face, pretending that all is grand. I'm going to be frank, my week sucked. I do however, find when I focus on the positive aspects, I feel better. I am not big on pity parties, especially after tuning into the News. On a career note, I am nearing completion of two beautiful projects and I am very much looking forward to having them photographed after the holiday season. Here is what is on my mind this week. Have a peaceful weekend. xx

1. I was in Nashville last weekend for a quick trip. I spent one night at the Holston and another at The Kimpton. If I go again with friends, I would like to check out Noelle. It's a chic boutique hotel. 
2. I enjoy staying in as much as I do going out - at the end of a long week, all I wish for is a peaceful night in my cozy bed. It's where I do some of my best thinking and brainstorming. 
3. This turtle neck sweater is flattering, comfortable and comes in an array of beautiful colors. 
4. This is the TRUTH. Self love, acceptance and inner security ultimately bring happiness. I am absolutely teaching my children self reliance and love. #lifelessons
5. Watching and reading about the destruction from the wild fires in California is heartbreaking. I cannot even fathom what they are going through. California desperately needs our help. No donation is too small. *Thinking of all the people in California*

- The American Red Cross - is providing Shelter, food and clothing to those forced from their homes. 
- Humane Society - HSVC, is working to rescue all the displaced animals 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Love the look - travel essentials

I took a quick trip to Nashville this weekend. It's a fun city and the locals were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. My friend and I also explored the city off of the main strip and saw some cool areas. I love to travel and hope to plan some more get aways with close friends this Winter and Spring. Here's a peek at my carry on travel staples. **My thoughts and heart** are with everyone in California. The images and destruction are heartbreaking. 

1. A cozy scarf. Planes are either too hot or too cold. I always dress in layers.
2. Hand cream to combat dry skin.
3. Lip balm. (I guess I could be addicted to worse things)
4. A phone charger with a long cord.
5. A great read.
6. A carry on tote.
7. Comfy, easy to remove shoes.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Design Crush - caned furniture

I love the look and texture of caned furniture - looking back, I wish I had grabbed a couple more of my grandmother's caned chairs. She was a creative type and tried her hand in this ancient technique. Caning dates back to the Egyptians and was later used in England, Holland and France. Caned furniture is light, durable and easy to clean. Take a peek at a few modern day examples. I especially like it mixed with black paint and dark limed wood. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Inspiration - The Modern Farmhouse

I've been following the design firm Chango and Co on Instagram for some time. Their projects are always so cohesive and well done! Just take a peek at this gorgeous modern farmhouse project...It's always fabulous when clients allow you creative freedom. Happy Monday!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shelter Loves

Happy Friday! I am staying in tonight and relaxing with my children. I can't tell you how happy that makes me! It's been a busy couple of weeks and I always appreciate some chill/snuggle time with them. I've been digging deep for some new inspiration lately. My aim is for each project I take on to have its own identity, while reflecting my client's tastes and lifestyles. Here is what I'm crushing on.... xx

1. Julia Stegner: her effortless look, has a very vintage feel. And that hair!!! I need to add more body back to my look. 
2. These earrings are a deal and would look gorgeous with an emerald velvet blazer this holiday season.
3. Pretty, compact totes in CAMEL. This rich color mixes with everything.
4. What a kick ass bar this is! I adore the brass shelving. I may need to incorporate this look into my latest project. It's a GOODIE, with some interesting and lovely clients. 
5. THIS quote is going out to each and every woman I know and all of YOU who read my blog. It is EVERYTHING!!!  YOU run your own show.. Amen. 
6. White tshirts with relaxed gauzy pants. This look embodies sexy and comfort.
7. I often design furniture for my clients. I have been inspired by Thomas Hayes Studio lately. His bar stools are cool too. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Love the look - A long weekend in Nashville

Hi y'all! I hope you had a extra spooky Halloween. I don't know about you, but I've been feasting on my children's trick or treating rejects all day! I'm excited to get away next weekend with my boyfriend and a few friends. We are heading down south to Nashville. My goal is to bring only a carry on bag, I will need to pack strategically. Here is a sampling of what I'm going to bring. I'm also packing a couple of white tees, some cool sneakers, pjs and of course my beauty products! I love how "anything goes' in Nashville, so I think the teddy coat is a good day to evening choice! I also love these boots

1//2//3//4//5//6//7//8 - this coat is fun too

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One concept, two takes - the neutral living room

I love the idea of a gorgeous neutral space, they feel fresh and sophisticated. Mostly monochromatic rooms aren't as practical with pets and children but when done with the right amount of texture, contrast and pattern, they whisper = perfection. 

The transitional version

The classic version

Monday, October 29, 2018

Cottage Love #69 - Amanda Brooks

Today, on this lovely Monday, I am sharing the charming home and farm of blogger, writer and fashion insider, Amanda Cutter Brooks. Brooks shares a bucolic home with her young family in Oxfordshire, England. Amanda has written three books and has opened an equally adorable boutique in rural England. Here is a peek at her home, see additional images here.  There are far too many perfect details to point out....I've also shared images of her Boutique.  For more gorgeous inspiration, follow Amanda on Instagram .

Amanda's most recent books, Always Pack a Party Dress, explores the correlation of personal style and identity. The latest book, Farm from Home, documents a year of her life on their family farm in England - Amanda shares stories, pictures and recipes from a city girl now living in the country. Images via One King's Lane and Architectural Digest

"An authentic voice in the world of style and how-to books, Amanda Brooks, with her unique and enviable yet accessible style, has inspired thousands of women of all ages to find their own personal look and explore their identity through the clothes they love to wear."

Amanda's Home

Amanda's Boutique - Cutter Brooks
sells clothing and table top items and smaller housewares


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