Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Crush

I couldn't choose between these two beauties for my Friday Crush...they served as THE MOST inspiring items of my week. Brought to me and you by Jane Scott Hodges' Instagram feed. I'm completely obsessed and enamored with these detailed monograms in such beautiful color combinations. Extraordinary. WANT.

I have been real sick...yuck. I'm so over it. Really hoping this weekend gets me back on my feet. Have a great, restful weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet Vintage Girly Shared Bedroom

I went down the Pinterest rabbit hold the other day (which, let's be honest, happens every day) and during this particular jaunt, I came across THE MOST adorable bedroom makeover to be shared by two little sisters...all thanks to their mama Cami of blog Tidbits.

Cami and her husband had the dilemma of a small, shared space that lacked sweetness and charm for their little ones. So they took matters into their hands and created what I think is a space straight from vintage fairyland and I would like to move in immediately.

That closet!!!

Let me repeat, this room was lovingly created by two parents with their own down to the beds and bedding. That is just a priceless gift for these little girls and what I think makes the room so incredibly lovely.

Here are some of the pictures during the makeover (that only took a month and half...what?) so you can see the kind of work that went into this:

And, of course, Cami did it all on a budget with thrift store finds and re-purposed items. And doesn't the 10x12 space now look large? This kind of creativity just really inspires me.

Y'all know I like my kid spaces with lots of pagodas and bright colors but this, THIS, is just beautiful as inspiration for Ana Claire's bedroom in that pretend mountain house that we don't own...where I vow that all walls will be white.

Do yourself a solid and visit Cami's blog post about this room with many more pictures of this heartwarming space.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Black Doors

Done and done.


And After!

Photos by Crystal Downs


Not only did we paint the doors black, but we also replaced what were puny, hollow doors with sturdy, solid paneled situations. This simple change made a huge impact in our little hallway. Carter and I were both patting ourselves on the back after this one. The plan is to do this to ALL doors in our house, except maybe the french doors leading into the dining room.

Yay for small, easy changes with big impact.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Crush

There is so much I love about this door which is sporting Aranami, a wallpaper from Farrow & Ball's new collection. I seriously can't get enough of a good jade green (the paint color is Arsenic No. 214) and I LOVE how the wallpaper is used on the door - a great idea for using wallpaper in small doses. I'm also pretty smitten with that duck.

Speaking of Farrow & Ball, the purveyor of high-end paints and wallpapers is opening a new DC showroom right near my office in Friendship Heights. They are having an opening soiree on September 18th to celebrate - details below. I believe its open to anyone, just RSVP.  I'm hoping to attend so maybe see you there?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Schumacher Citrus Garden

Schumacher has released their 125th Anniversary Collection - a vibrant re-imagining of some of their most iconic patterns - and let me tell you, the collection does not disappoint.

But one fabric in particular left me essentially breathless. Hello, Citrus Garden in Primary:

I just love a fabric with a zillion colors and the hues of this particular one are so fresh. That jade green! And the fruit tree (yellow oranges?) makes for such a lively motif - fun and whimsical without being too floral. It's simply divine.

Imagine it paired with this other showstopper from the collection, Zanzibar Trellis in Jade:

It's the stuff dreams are made of.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Connecticut Cottage

Summer is over. Hallelujah.

My brain is officially in its favorite autumnal mode and all I can think about is cooler temperatures, changing leaves and boots. For instance, at the moment, all I want to do is be here...Joan Osofsky's cottage in Connecticut.

All photos by John Gruen for Country Living

Serene views, white walls, warm wood...simple, gorgeous living. I'll take it!

I might be stalking Zillow these days looking for our dream Virginia mountain house. Because buying a ramshackle house in the country months before having a new baby is a fantastic idea.

But even if we don't have our own mountain house this fall, I'm certain we will spend as much time in the mountains as we possibly can. Are you as excited for this new season as I am??

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Crush

Not sure if I'm more excited about my own announcement this week or Schumacher's - Miles Redd will be debuting a fabric line with them this fall!

I'm always thrilled to hear about designer collaborations with my favorite fabric lines - though occasionally I'm left a bit underwhelmed, I know the Redd-Schumacher combo is a winner. Miles Redd is just pure decorating genius...this line will be sensational and I will be anxiously awaiting its arrival. Read more about it here...

Thank you for the warm wishes about Baby Boy Shuffler this week! I'm so happy that you are in the know. I'm also thrilled Fall has unofficially arrived, though you wouldn't know it with the 90+ degree temps we've been having here. But I'm sure the end is in sight and I can go back to my uniform of (maternity) leggings and boots all day, every day.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's a...

Break out the baby bow ties and mini seersucker blazers, we're having a boy!

Now, let me tell you I'm good at knowing these things. Or maybe I've just been on the right side of my 50% odds each time...but with Ana Claire I knew it was a girl. I didn't need any ultrasounds to confirm it - pink lamps were bought a couple weeks after I found out I was pregnant.

This little guy did have me guessing for a week or two but almost immediately, my radar flipped to boy. Carter's did too. And I'm a big believer in the universe giving you signs and, boy (no pun intended), were there signs. Like this little balloon left over from a baby shower at work that KEPT FOLLOWING ME. It would bounce around the office and always end up under my desk.

So finding out was fun for the confirmation factor...and we are just tickled that our family will now have a little boy. I'm so curious to know how Baby Boy Shuffler will be different from his sister. And how they will be alike.

This is such a lovely adventure...

Monday, September 1, 2014


I thought it would be appropriate to tell you on LABOR day that I will be going into LABOR on or about December 26, 2014.

Bring on baby #2! We are quite thrilled to be welcoming another nugget just two (swift, short, where did they go?) years after Ana Claire.

I'm going to gloss over the fact that having two December babies will be quite challenging when my obsession with Christmas already takes over my life every I'm just resigned to the fact that there will be a WHOLE LOT OF JOY in our house at the end of every year. And so many presents.

I'm happy to report that I'm feeling good and haven't lost any mojo yet. Hoping it continues through what is shaping up to be a busy fall.

Do we know the sex? Yes! Am I going to tell you? Obvi. Later this week - stay tuned!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Crush

Do y'all remember Trina and Mike Burke (and their adorable twins) who renovated this BANANAS farmhouse in Oregon? Well, the family has recently moved East (would love to know where) and Trina just blogged about their new farmhouse purchase and the renovation potential is just overwhelming. I'm literally on the edge of my seat waiting for her blog posts see what they come up with in this house. It's going to be amazing...keep up with their progress here.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!!! We're off for a final jaunt to the beach (or as Ana Claire calls it, "the pool"...probably should have corrected her by now). See you next week!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tilton Fenwick for Target

On the heels of my Tilton Fenwick + Land of Nod collaboration discovery, I have come to find out that Tilton Fenwick now has a line for Target! These savvy ladies are taking over the world.

The line has curvaceous pieces available in some of their signature fabrics and everything has a decidedly feminine flair...I love it.

I am especially fond of the first skirted chair with its dipped back, the Cecilia headboard in pink and that lovely winged velvet bed. The pieces mix, match and coordinate quite well...I could certainly fill a bedroom with many of these items.

Check out the full line here...any favorites?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pink Green Chiang Mai Table from Parker Kennedy

If you are a lover of Chinoiserie and don't follow Parker Kennedy Living on Instagram, you should remedy that. Tons of bamboo, vintage, preppy color combos and dose upon dose of inspiration.

The Atlanta-based design duo behind the firm - Lance Jackson and David Ecton - recently put together a pink and green Chiang-Mai-dragon-inspired to-die-for table setting for a charity event that was quite enjoyable to watch come together over Instagram:

Loved seeing their ideas evolve and end in such a gorgeous culmination of prep and Chinoiserie on a gorgeous table. Setting a table is an art form and these guys are masters.

Check out more of their goodies on Instagram...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Crush

A peek at Eddie Ross' apartment per his Instagram account. I seriously don't know what element I love most but that peacock fireplace, Chinoiserie screen, chartreuse chair and awesome rug are all contenders. What an amazing vignette - you know his home must be an eye-popper. I believe they are photographing it for Better Homes & Gardens...will keep my eyes peeled for that issue!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you next week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nate Berkus for Joann

In other partnership news, Nate Berkus has designed a line of fabrics for Joann. Per the usual, his neutrals are just completely on point.

That second one is incredibly charming with its understated pattern and soft color. I love it for a bedroom mixed with aloe green.

He also has some sassier numbers to choose from:

Just some of the great choices that are reasonably priced (though there are a couple of fancy options that hit the $50/yd mark). Check out the full Nate Berkus for Joann collection here...

And don't forget that Joann is a coupon retailer so you can almost always find a coupon to discount a regularly priced item and a cut of fabric counts as just that.

Another well-done collection for the masses from Mr. Berkus.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Palm Frond Wallpaper

Are you a lover of a good palm motif, especially in wallpaper? If so, you're welcome, because I found a pretty amazing palm frond wallpaper that is crazy easy on the wallet:

It's by allen + roth at Lowe's and it's pretty much a dead-ringer for some of the nicer palm papers out there. BUT, it's only $40 for a double roll!

It's also pretty convenient in that it's pre-pasted, peelable and you can clean it...meaning that it's likely not heirloom stuff you'd put up in your forever dining room but would be perfect for a powder room or kitchen where you want to have a bit of fun without committing to decades of use. And when Ana Claire your kid writes on it with a crayon, there's hope it might come out.

I'm all for it. How about you?

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