4.17.2015

If I had a dining room like this....



If I had a dining room like this I would throw dinner parties left and right.  I would use these plates, these glasses, and this ice bucket.  A girl can dream, right?  But seriously, these more affordable options would do the trick for me as well- these plates, these glasses (they are just so good....the drama!), and this copper flatware.  It's so fun to see that there are amazing choices pretty much for anything at any given price point.  Do you love gathering people around your dinner table?

4.16.2015

One Room Challenge || Mudroom - My Snake Skin Table



So happy it's Thursday again as I get to fill you in on the progress I have made in my mudroom for the One Room Challenge Linking Participants.  The One Room Challenge was started by Linda from Calling it Home some years ago where she lines up twenty very talented professional bloggers and designers to redo a room in just six weeks.  They share their progress every Wednesday (see my past projects here and here).  And the Linking Participants (anyone can join!) report their progress on Thursdays.  If you are just tuning in for the first time you can see week 1 and week 2.  In this week 3 I have something phenomenal to share with you!!  My NEW and AMAZING upholstered snakeskin waterfall table!!!  Dying yet???!!!  I can't even contain my excitement. Let me tell you all about it-

4.15.2015

On My Mind || A Purple Clutch



I need to introduce you to MTA Bags the maker of that fun and chic purple clutch. They also make a  kelly green and a sunrise version.  I love the oversized cubes at the top.  What a standout right?!  I saw an amazing fringed bag on their instagram feed that is ready for pre-order and I'm kind of curious about it.  I am also dying for Carlos Mota's latest book about some of the homes he has photographed during his career.  It is supposed to be really beautiful.

4.14.2015

Store Scoop || Suite One Studio



It's so good to have friends with a fabulous eye that easily spot a gem.  Because of my artist friend Stephanie I was introduced to Suite One Studio and their dreamy and casual ceramic plates.  The pastel watercolor hues, gold rims and organic shapes are inviting and whimsical.  You all know I love a beautiful table setting and ever since discovering Suite One Studio, now all I can think about is creating a romantic tablescape with them.  But really, even a small ring dish by my bedside table would prove to be just as exciting as a whole dining set.  

The talented ceramist behind Suite One Studio is Lindsay Emery. Her pieces are produced in short runs in her cozy studio in North Carolina.  Since she makes small batches, her limited editions are highly coveted and it seems her online shop is restocked every Tuesday evening. Can you envision the Spring and Summer parties in your patio with these?  You have to see more-

4.13.2015

Designer Spotlight || Stella Jean



I am currently crazy in love with anything and everything by Stella Jean.  Her mixing of colors and patterns in such bold and happy combinations have an island-like allure, while at the same time, keeping very sophisticated silhouettes.  Through her designs, Stella Jean aims to combine her tribal prints and patterns from her Haitian heritage with her paternal Italian heritage of ultra classic and feminine tailoring.  In Jean's words-"I want to communicate through clothes a concept of opposite worlds and traditions fusing together in a sophisticated way and standing side by side with equal importance, not covering the other up".  And she achieves this beautifully.  Each piece is exciting, fun, sophisticated, and seem to elevate wardrobe to a celebration of life.  Take a look at more-

4.10.2015

Store Spotlight || ChildrenChic




One thing that I love is a beautifully dressed child.  I cherish the European style children's clothes that are simple and elegant.  Growing up, my mom dressed me in the most beautiful dresses and blouses, all of which she saved for her granddaughter.  And lucky for her (and me!) I did have a girl. So, from even before she was born she had a full closet sized 0 months to 10 years old!!  Little Miss A is only 7, so we are still discovering pretty pieces. She wears them with such pride too knowing they belonged to me. 

We are lucky that since my husband is from Spain we get to go every summer and delight in their beautiful children's shops and we always end up with some special pieces.  But now, we no longer have to wait 'till our next trip because of ChildrenChic.  They offer a collection of cleverly styled, exceptional-quality  ensembles  for babies and children, hand-selected from independent European designers.  You will fall in love with everything.  And I love that if you have several kids you can coordinate all of them.  And their shoes!!  They have the prettiest, most comfortable shoes for kids (and they are nor necessarily sneakers!). Here are some of my favorite ChildrenChic items-

4.09.2015

One Room Challenge || Mudroom- Inspiration




I'm so excited because I'm participating in the One Room Challenge Linking Participants!!  The One Room Challenge was started by Linda from Calling it Home some years ago where she lines up twenty very talented professional bloggers and designers to redo a room in just six weeks.  They share their progress every Wednesday (see my past projects here and here).  And the Linking Participants (anyone can join!) report their progress on Thursdays.  And I'm proud to be a linking participant this time around.  And today I will be sharing with you some photos which are inspiring me for my mudroom. (To see Week 1 go here).

To recap, my mudroom is actually tiny.  It's more an entrance hall than anything else and it has 4 doors (one to the family room/kitchen area, one to a bathroom, one to the garage, and one to the laundry room) so I don't have much wall space to work with.  Here is what I need: a table to house a tray for keys and a large box to keep receipts and other unsightly things, a bench to remove or put on shoes, a storage bin for shoes, and hooks for coats and bags.  It's dark in there so I will need to lighten up the space a bit.  I'm thinking a mirror or two would do the trick.
So, if I could merge all these images into one idea I would!  I will tell you what I like about each one. From the photo above I love the waterfall table and the sconces. from the photo below-
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