Monday, May 18, 2020

Revival Rugs!


I am typically focused on creating beautiful homes for my clients.
Lately, with all of this time sheltering in place, I have been re-shuffling my own home. One room that needed a bit of love was the living room. I aim to create timeless but fresh designs. I enjoy revamping my interiors every few years with simple updates. Purchasing a new carpet, replacing pillows, rehanging art and adding unique accessories are all wonderful ways to update your rooms. Design is an intuitive process for me but I always begin with a concept and inspiration. I live by the ocean and am drawn to the colors of nature but living sea-side also impacts our lifestyle. During the warmer months, life is fairly casual around here and involves lots of time outdoors, on the water and at the beach. My kids are young and I have a pet, nothing can feel or be too precious. Wet bathing suits and sandy feet often make their way indoors. I always mix new and vintage finds into my designs. I love handcrafted textiles and supporting small business. I was thrilled to discover the amazing online source, Revival Rugs. They have a very nice selection of handmade, natural fiber rugs in an array of styles.
I recently acquired and framed a gorgeous, oversized Gray Malin photograph. The mix of colors and textures in the photo was the starting point for my color palette. Next, I was on the hunt for a handmade, one of a kind, Turkish rug that had a soft, sophisticated feel but wasn't too fussy. I found the perfect rug at Revival Rugs! It arrived quickly, was well packaged and was a great price point. If you are in search of a new rug, be sure to check out Revival Rug's selection of lovely new and vintage rugs. I layered my vintage, Turkish rug over my existing natural fiber rug. The texture and colors beautifully ground the room and compliment the patterned French blue chairs. I am thrilled with my choice! Next up is hanging my off white linen drapes and having my sofa reupholstered.

I'll be using, Revival Rugs, again in the near future for my design projects and own home. Be sure to use the code: JULIERICHARD10, to receive 10% off of your order. Here is a peek at my living room and pretty rug. I'll will have my home professionally photographed when I can!
My Gray Malin's, La Fontelina Beach Club, photograph that inspired my color palette. Excuse the angle, I was trying to avoid window glare.  


Friday, May 15, 2020

Shelter Loves 5.15.20


I am trying my best not to grow frustrated and am holding out for a warm, sunny and fun summer. I am fortunate enough to be working on some lovely projects, they are a nice distraction! I'm looking forward to having a couple projects from 2019 photographed when this "crisis" is over and cannot wait to share some new work with you all. Today, I'm posting what I'm inspired by or have recently added to my wish list. Cheers to a weekend full of sun and good health. xx 

1. I adore white dresses with ruffles and feminine details. This one is pretty. Anthropologie and J.Crew are having dress sales this weekend. 
2. I've been making a lot of fresh salads full of fruits and veggies. I plan to plant my garden next week. Here is the recipe for the one pictured
3. I've been purging and making changes around my home. I have an urge to simplify and de-clutter more than ever! Do you? I tossed any scratched miss-matched glasses I had and am updating my glassware with a classic French bistro staple.. 
4. Very true. I am guilty of this at times. 
5. I love striped umbrellas and French blue! It's a go to color in my own home and mixes with both classic and modern furniture.
6. Woven pendants. Serena and Lily have a number of pretty ones
7. Sandal season is here! These are adorable and made in Spain. 




Friday, May 1, 2020

Love the look - White tops

HAPPY FRIDAY and the SUN is shining! I have an affinity for white tops during the warmer months. They look great on everyone and pair with virtually anything. Since cleaning out my closet and donating five large bags of clothing, I'm trying to be smart about my purchases. These tops can all be dressed up or down and are timeless, #5 is the perfect layering tank for under white tops. #2 - I am in love with just about everything from Ulla Johnson. I can justify a splurge here and there. I am all about "quality over quantity", these days.  Wishing you the best weekend possible. 
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Friday, April 24, 2020

Love the look - today's reality

Hello Friday! (in case you have lost track) I'll be sharing this week's love list over the weekend. I had mentioned last week that I would share a round up of my favorite joggers. (you know, in case you are looking for a change from yoga pants). I had a follower request this post...So here it goes, a round up of the best joggers out there! These will all look cute with a little white tee and sneakers this summer. xx 


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Monday, April 20, 2020

Cottage Love #71

I know most people appreciate a good before and after photoshoot. I'm working on a coastal home for a client and was inspired by these images. I am looking forward to sunnier, summer days! Take a peek at this beautiful seaside transformation in this month's: Southern Living. 







Friday, April 17, 2020

Shelter Loves....


I hope you're hanging in there. I've been going a little stir crazy this week but am always happy to see Friday roll around. Saturday + Sunday = no teacher duty while trying to juggle work. I also like to use my blog as an escape..It's always been a form of therapy for me. My fingers are crossed that the warm weather comes our way soon!! Wishing you a peaceful and healthy weekend. xx

1. What are you wearing post quarantine?? I'll be going for classic staples and am hopeful I can zip my jeans up. I'll take this top in both colors. I'm tiring of my yoga pants and may switch to joggers next week. Stay tuned for my favorite jogger round up!
2. Natural light indoors is much needed right now. This kitchen is a beauty with the oversized window, stove, plaster hood and mix of white counters and natural wood. 
3. I created a patio plan for a client this week. I looking forward to seeing her progress. I loved this mix of boxwoods against the black home.
4. + 5. Rattan and wicker. The ottoman is from the X Ariel Okin line for Society Social.  I'll take one ottoman and two chairs please!
6. I'm focusing on easy and fast recipes. These chicken tinga tacos are on next weeks' meal plan. 
7. It may be an uncomfortable adjustment but on the other side you'll realize letting go was the only solution. It is never selfish to focus on your well being...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Love the Look - Spring styles

I find myself focusing on the future quite a bit lately.. It will be a good day when I can go for a walk with family, see a concert and meet a friend for dinner + drinks.. Pretty floral and batik prints, crisp white tops plus cheery colors are all on my radar and filling my pin boards. I realize our actions now are not only smart but will directly impact our future and summer. I find optimism and day-dreaming are always helpful during uncertain times in life. Here are my Spring favorites. I've included great sales, when possible. Stay healthy and safe. xx


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Shelter Loves...




Hello! I missed this post on Friday, so I'm sharing it today. I hope you and your loved ones are all staying safe and healthy. Our new norm has taken some adjusting but I'm trying to focus on the good and am thankful to be busy with work and to have my children home, safe and sound. Here is what I've been up to....

EATING: 
Um, like most of you I've been cooking and cleaning non stop. I've tried a number of new recipes and lettuce cups seem to be a hit. Here is a new recipe to try

1. WEARING: 
Well in all honesty, I am wearing yoga pants and tee shirts but I do have my eye on a number of things I can't wait to wear! This jacket included. 

2. ADORING:
I love a beautiful table settings and am going to make Easter dinner for the three of us on Sunday. I hope to create a festive and Springy table.

3. THOUGHTS AND POSITIVE WORDS ARE POWERFUL

4. DESIGNING:
I am devising design boards for a beautiful home in the city. The bathroom is going to have a feminine vanity. Wouldn't that be a dream? I have one on my wish list too. 

5. DREAMING: 
I am a dreamer and have been doing my fair share of thinking about what I'll do when we are free and clear to live our lives freely again. I'd love to plan a trip, the Amalfi coast is on my bucket list. 

6. LISTENING: 
I typically listen to music all day and have been playing a very chill mix lately.... I've had this CD by the trio, Khruangbin, on repeat. It's funky and soulful. 

7. CREATING:
A calm and clean environment at home. I've been enjoying online yoga and pilates when I can..I love the ambiance a simple, fresh smelling candle brings to a room. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Patio Style

Aside from my weekly grocery shop and a daily run on nice days, I haven't left home much. I know we're all in the same boat and experiencing this together. I'm am designing a patio project "remotely" for a client and have been working on that, scheming and day-dreaming of my own outdoor projects today. I'm excited to plant and create a welcoming yard when the weather warms up in Boston! Here are five tips for creating a beautiful patio, regardless of the size or location. I hope you enjoy this escape as much I loved gathering the images. All outdoor furniture on FrontGate is 25% off today. 



1. Comfortable seating for socializing. 







2. Beautiful flowers and greenery both on around the perimeter and in planters 

Emily Henderson 

3. Warm lighting and candles - I prefer incandescent bulbs!


4. Tables large or small for placing drinks and food


 5. A mix of materials and finishes adds warmth and depth 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Shelter Loves - 3.27.20

Hello Friday! It is Friday, isn't it? 😉 I don't have my kids today or this weekend, the lack of human interaction is very real when you are home alone for days on end. I've been talking to my cat and self quite a bit. I hope you and your loved ones are all staying healthy. I keep telling myself that we'll be looking back on this historic moment someday. I've been listening to a ton of music and have been mixing up the genres. I've also been watching movies with my kids, it's amazing what I deemed inappropriate six months ago has basically gone out the window. (Ear muffs, kids). I just can't stomach too many animated movies. We've been focusing on 80's comedies. Thank god for social media and the web, can you imagine if this happened in 1985? If my grandfather was alive, I'd be interested to hear his memories of 1918. I am thankful for our health and all the people risking their own health for the well being of others. Thank you. My latest inspo:      xx



1. The concept of a flower truck is fabulous to me. If I were independently wealthy, I may need to do this. You could set up virtually anywhere and share nature, color and beauty with the world. Love it! 
2. I love discovering new creative Instagram accounts, as mentioned, listening to music is a favorite pastime, I am constantly downloading new material. I discovered Lily's account last week, she is adorable and a very talented trumpet player. 
3. Athena's Amagansett home and recent refresh is gorgeous. I adore unique furniture and her modern earthy color palette...This chair is on my radar. It looks similar to hers.
4. Pretty undergarments, they look lovely layered under sweaters and t-shirts. 
5. I'm looking forward to wearing pretty dresses this summer!!
6. YES!

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