Monday, May 30, 2011

Aqua and Coral

Scoopneck dress
235 GBP - austique.co.uk

Dorothy Perkins twisted shoes
19 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Wrap around earring
$110 - maxandchloe.com

Gold jewelry
nelly.com

FRIENDLY HUNTING square shawl
299 EUR - veryeickhoff.com

Orange hat
smallable.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011

31 Years Young

Today is my birthday! I'm 31 years young.

I lucked out this year - I get to spend today with my lovely 2 month old baby boy (Brendan) and the weather is seriously the best it has been all spring thus far.  I can't believe I only have 1 week left before heading back to the office daily grind.

I'm glad my little nugget also has a spring birthday like this mom. Spring is a time of renewal, beauty and a chance to finally get outdoors again after winter. So much to be happy for! Being on maternity leave this spring has been one of the most amazing experiences.
Source: flickr.com via

Friday, May 20, 2011

My Birthday Wishlist

This year I tried a new strategy for birthday gifts suggestions from my hubby. God knows I have lots of time to surf the internet in search of eye candy when the baby sleeps (when the baby is awake is another story)....so I have curated a little collection of  "I want" items that I sent to my husband. Now the surprise factor is...what will he decide to buy me? I can't wait to find out!

 Decorate Hardcover



Tory Burch Flower Ballet Espadrille in Pink




Emerson Made Dandy & Zebra Clutch

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Built in Bookcase Design Challenge

The space in front of our tiny built in bookcases has been a challenge for some time. As you'll remember the sofa used to live here but has since found a new home on the other side of the room. So now the big question is - what do I put here that will look inviting and functional while still showing at least some of the bookcases?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Creating a Focal Point

I am in desperate need of furniture to create a focal point in our living room - drawing attention to our fireplace. I put together a couple mood boards to help me decide with 2 different rug options. Here is my thought process - I want to draw attention to our built in bookcases.The previous owners covered them up with an over-sized loveseat and it really distracted from the character of the built ins. Instead, I am thinking a console table flanked by two cream colored leather chairs would look great. That way the chairs can be brought out in front and at an angle, exposing the bookcases. This console will fit perfectly between the bookcases.


These rugs are both fabulous - I just can't decide which I love more. I'd love to hear thoughts from my designer friends! Let me know your vote:)


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sailor Chic

I'm obsessed with horizontal stripes.
Ulla Johnson vneck sweater
$250 - calypsostbarth.com

Wrap around cardigan
$199 - calypsostbarth.com

AG Adriano goldschmied
$250 - calypsostbarth.com

Castaner platform sandal
$295 - calypsostbarth.com

Vintage tote
$275 - calypsostbarth.com

Motif 56 wrap bracelet
$45 - calypsostbarth.com

Faliero Sarti striped scarve
$195 - calypsostbarth.com

Flora Bella hat
$95 - calypsostbarth.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Re-thinking Space

For 2 years now, our Pottery Barn Square sofa has been facing the fireplace. This was nice in winter, but really I hate looking at the fireplace (yes I still have not painted the knotty pine white yet, that is on the to do list). So, when I had my recent baby shower to celebrate Brendan - I decided to move the sofa to the windows to make it earlier for guests to mull about. This was an instant improvement, but I have spent months trying to figure out how to add extra seating without making this corner crowded. Then, yesterday after watching HGTV all day, I had an epiphany! I moved the Dolce Chair from Target in front of the french doors (we never close the doors - so I felt comfortable blocking them). Next I brought the Crate and Barrel leaning shelf downstairs to flank to other side of the sofa. This corner of our living room is so much more welcoming and put together now - I couldn't be happier! Well, I could be happier if one morning I woke up to a magically painted fireplace...but you get the point:)

BEFORE

















AFTER

5 Weeks!


Navy and Yellow Bedroom

Navy and Yellow

Friday, May 6, 2011

Living Room Inspiration

Chevron Glam

I finally started using Polyvore and I am already a little (okay a lot) obsessed. It would have made my life a lot easier if I tried this handy little tool a little sooner in my blogging career! Anyways, I'm pretty darn excited about the mood board below - you all know I love chevron, but who knew it could be glam and sparkly. This is chevron meets cocktail party gorgeous.

Just Cavalli sleeveless dress
$915 - net-a-porter.com

Giuseppe Zanotti studded sandal
719 GBP - farfetch.com

Whiting Davis jelly handbag
$145 - endless.com

Snake handbag
$48 - belk.com

Grayce metal jewelry
$495 - maxandchloe.com

Giles Brother stamped jewelry
119 GBP - net-a-porter.com

Blu Bijoux metal earring
$43 - maxandchloe.com

Matthew Williamson logo scarve
$495 - net-a-porter.com