Friday, April 4, 2014

Oh Summer, Where Art Thou?

After a long, cold, dreary winter, I am happy to have all things summer on my brain. We have a couple of beach trips planned and I am longing for days with nothing to do but sit in a chair and drink a margarita (or three). I'm also trying to get the hubs on board with a quick trip to Mexico again.

But for now, I'll leave you with a few summer items I am dying to get in my closet. That caftan is on the top of my list. It's so 1970s that I can't even handle it. With sandals and big, chunky earrings? Yes. Yes I think I will.

Monday, March 24, 2014


I've kept this under my hat for a while because, well, I don't know why. I guess it felt weird to call myself an "artist". But my art is now, in fact, being sold by a lovely gallery that focuses on emerging artists around the world. It was a pinch-me moment for sure and very flattering and exciting ("Someone other than me and my mom likes my paintings!") A few have sold (say whaaaa!) and a few are still for sale on the website. Go and check it out, he has got some fantastic artists. 

In A Mood
In A Mood 

And also, I am always painting new things so if you are interested, send me an email!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday Shopping

Shop Bop has a pretty major sale going on now. Lots of great stuff at up to 70% off! I just scored this Lizzie Fortunato clutch that I have been stalking forever.

Lizzie Fortunato Safari Clutch

I also love this one, but I figured for the summer, the one above is a better option…

Front Row clutch

And don't think I'm not stalking this one until it goes on sale. 

Buzz Clutch

There are way too many deals for me to post here, so just go to already!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, February 28, 2014

New House Files: Vol 1. (yes, already)….

I've already made 2 major scores on items for the new house. The first came a while ago when I was messing around on the internet and found these Shades of Light sconces at a major discount. So naturally I bought them without thinking twice.

Shades of Light Star Sconce

I'm thinking they will go in the powder room, which I am envisioning to look a lot like this guy…

Full disclosure: We've known we would we building this house for about a year now, which is why I've started buying hoarding things. I also have 2 french style bergere chairs that are headed to the reupholsterer later. Which, since I'm sharing, will be upholstered in Schumacher's Plaisirs de la Chine on the back..which is a crazy large scale pattern, but this is a small excerpt….

And pink velvet on the front. You heard me. 

The other "so crazy it would be ridiculous not to do it" score came yesterday when I came across this Schumacher linen wallpaper for $40 A ROLL. This stuff retails for $350 a roll. I ordered 10 rolls about as fast as you could say Mastercard. It will either go in the master bedroom or the dining room. I am so excited about this I could die. I mean, seriously, its gorgeous. The texture of this wallpaper is something that paint could never replicate. It looks just like grasscloth, but it's linen so the texture is soft and cozy. Like a wall blanket. New term? I think so.

Schumacher Kohana Linen weave in flax

Oh man, this is going to be fun.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big News!

Sorry for the silence around here. To say things have been crazy is an understatement. I've been super busy with clients and jobs (which is wonderful, don't get me wrong) and we put our house on the market 2 weeks ago. And we got a contract in 24 hours. Which is also wonderful, but now has me scrambling to find out where we are going to live.

The fun and exciting news is that we are building again and I plan to post lots of updates on this here blog about what's gonna be happening…ideas, design boards, photos, etc. The not-so-exciting news is that we are renting for a year or so while we build. I'm not super stoked about this, but it's what was best for us to do in this situation. Finding a rental home is….interesting. That's an adventure all in itself. Decorating a rental home poses its own set of challenges. Do I store most of our stuff and just go bare minimum? Do I just decorate it as I would any other house? Decisions. Most likely, that house won't be making any appearances on this blog. I have a feeling we will be using the hubby's brown leather reclining sofa and our pots and pans and call it a day.

I have all kinds of emotions about this process. Leaving this house is sad. We built it from nothing, we brought our daughter home to it, she's crawled, walked, and run in it. It's the only home she's known. But I also want her to realize that change is a part of life. Even big, scary changes. And knowing her, these next 2 houses will be home to her as well.

So now that I've made myself cry at 9 am, here are a few photos I've gathered as a little inspiration. I'm calling it Modern European. A little French, a little English, a little farmhouse, a little American (as in huge closets). Hold on to your hats folks…building a house is a bumpy ride.

Lori Tippins Interiors
Lake House Living Room     @TheDailyBasics ♥♥♥Before and After: Remodeled Houston Home - Traditional Home exterior painted a suble "chameleon" (green brown gray) hue that compliments the new slate roof in a blend of color tones.
Built-ins make beautiful solutions for any space and ensure that there is a place for everything. This dreamy china cabinet features antique French windows as doors, plenty of space for china, and a base outfitted with Pacific Silvercloth for storing silver.not so sure about the spikey thing but loving french doors and full-length windows <3
white on white with a La Canche gas range
Yep. This range is happening.

French bathroom
black and white

white subway tile, white vintage hex tile, dark grout, brass fixtures
moody black dining room
You get it, right?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thawing Out

It's like a cruel joke when stores start releasing their spring and summer wares when we are still dead in the middle of winter. We just finished with a major snow situation here in the South and I am looking at bathing suits online (for the little one, not me, I choose to endure that torture closer to summer about 12 hours before I actually have to wear said bathing suit). Needless to say, I am loving everything that J Crew in putting out for the season. The good news is most of these things will be on sale by the time you or I can actually wear them.

Mara Hoffman released a collection for Crewcuts and it is beyond. I am obsessed with it all.

Girls' Mara Hoffman® Ananda rash guard
Ananda Rash Guard

Girls' Mara Hoffman® ganesh bikini set
Ganesh Bikini

Mara Hoffman® tiger romper
Tiger Romper

See the whole collection here.

There are also some pretty awesome selections for the ladies as well.

Crepe shift dress
Crepe Shift Dress

Lightweight merino tunic sweater
I actually may have to go ahead and buy this.
Merino Tunic Sweater

Maxi tank dress in stripe
Tank Dress

Lace-stripe tunic
Lace Stripe Tunic
Linen baseball tee in l'amour triomphe
Linen Baseball Tee
Stone burst necklace
Stoneburst Necklace

Who else is totally psyched for spring?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Who else is ready for winter to hurry up and be on its merry way? I have been wistfully staring at the sandals in my closet. I'm also digging these spring-ey interior spaces. Which all noticeably have one thing in common: pink. It's my new favorite color to decorate with. It just seems to work everywhere with any color.

Now, while I would probably never suggest anyone paint their kitchen cabinets hot pink…here it just works. These folks are ballsy…and I dig it….I dig it hard.

Now go get a pink pillow or something. It will work. I promise.