Archive for May, 2014

Would You Rather: All White or Black Nursery?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Since I’ve had two babies in two years, I’ve done my fair share of designing the decor of my daughters’ nurseries.  Before kids, I imagined having an all white nursery–serene and ethereal.  But when it came down to it, I couldn’t imagine not having a little color.  So, I thought I would see what you all would rather have: an all white, calming nursery or one with dramatic black walls and pops of color? I love both nursuries below.

All White Nursery


Source unknown – image via Pinterest

Black Nursery


Image via Decor Pad

So which would you choose?  I think I would choose the black-walled nursery with pops of color!  I planned my daughter’s room around a painting that I found at Blue Print, here in Dallas.  The artist is Michele Armas and I think she’s a brilliant painter.  This piece could go in my daughter’s room as a teenager and even in her first apartment after college.  I love the colors and the fact that it’s not too baby-ish!



I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Project Update: Cape Cod Traditional Home

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I started working with a couple on their traditional, Cape Cod-style home.  Things are moving along and I’m really excited about what will unfold in this great home.  We’ve found most of the fabric choices and are doing more shopping for furniture and accessories.  In my search for the perfect kitchen chairs, I came across some great deals that are worth sharing.  Take a look and let me know your favs!


Crate and Barrel Chairs | Vienna | Neils | Willa | Kipling

Serena and Lily | Riviera Bistro Chair

Wisteria | Louis XVI Chair

Here are some of my chair inspiration photos that I have been drawn for this project!







All images via my Pinterest

We are most likely going to be using a round raw wood table with a pedestal base.  Stay tuned for final picks and after shots!


Mary Kate and Ashley’s New Store: The Row

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I have to admit I’m a huge fan of the Olsen twins.  Not because I grew up watching Full House, but because they’ve  launched stylish fashion brands from the ground up–and they’ve done it quietly in their own way.  Recently I came across a  Vanity Fair article that featured the twins and their store The Row.  From their initial launch, they’ve had clear goals on how to build their brands, and they’ve stuck to it.  This quote in Vanity Fair says it all:  ”It was important to us to open up our doors quietly,” said Ashley. “We’re not going to have a party or anything; we want to make sure it’s set up properly, merchandised properly, that things are working. Maybe in a month or so we’ll do a dinner. For now, we just want to be open and get feedback from people close to us. We’ve always been one T-shirt at a time, one hire at a time. We still run our business that way. We take on what the company can handle, when it can handle it. This is not a fast-fashion brand, and I think it’s important to allow time to exist and grow the way it grows naturally.”  You have to admire their approach and of course their beautiful, glamorous store, The Row, which is simply perfection.








 Images via

The Row is on Melrose Place in L.A. if you want to check it out in person.  The sisters even thought to place towels next to the pool for customers that want to take a break from shopping to take a dip!





Tuesday’s Treasure: Grab and Go Gingham!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Lately, every time I see the gingham pattern on something, whether it’s an article of clothing or an item for the home, I want to grab it!  I love this look even though in the past I’ve considered gingham too traditional and a tad bit “country”–well, so long country and hello hip!  I adore this pattern paired with other prints and love seeing gingham in unusual colors.  I’ve pulled together a list of items that I am currently loving!

gingham settee sofa oval mirror drapes drapery cococozy blue white check seating andrew maler

Gingham upholstered love seat via cococozy


Hot pink gingham on Louis style chairs via the decorista


gingham walls via house and home


gingham button-up top styled with cardigan via Pinterst


red and white gingham midi skirt via Atlantic Pacific


pink and white styled with flowers – source unknown


Loving Katie Armour’s apartment via The Neo-Trad


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Home Accents | Plates | Towels | Mitt | Stationary | Liners | Dog Collar | Utensils | Bedding

Interiors | Wallpaper | Rug | Upholstered Chair | Pouf | Upholstered Bench | Fabric

Wardrobe | Dress | Scarf | Swimsuit | Shoes | Bag | Bow tie | Button-up | Skirt | Men’s dress shirt


Would You Rather: A Home On The Beach Or In the Mountains?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Once again, if money were no object, would you rather have your second home be on the beach or on the slopes?  I’ve played around with this thought a few times, and have to say I have found two picturesque homes to give this question some deep thought– one a mountain home and the other a beach house.

Mountain Home






This home is designed by Jan Showers–one of my favorite designers (we’ll save that for another post;). It truly encompasses the feeling of being in the mountains away from all city life.  I can see myself unplugging from the computer, phone, and all work to unwind and breath in the mountain air.  This home definitely boasts some Colorado architecture, but with a cleaner look.  “We chose pieces that would be comfortable and appropriate for Colorado, yet would still be unexpected there,” Showers explains.  See the rest of the home via Traditional Home.

Beach Home






Designed by Betsy Speert, this color happy beach home brings a smile to my face and I’m immediately charmed.  This home is situated on prime ocean-front property on Florida’s Atlantic coast.   With pops of color, crisp white furniture, and bamboo wallpaper, the designer has made this home the perfect get-away.  You can check out more of this home also at Traditional Home.

So, which one would you choose: A house in the mountains or a home on the beach?  After much thought, I think I would pick the mountain home.  It would be great to escape the summer heat here in Dallas and opt for skiing and celebrating holidays there in the winter months.  Please share your thoughts!