Weekend Outfit

Happy Weekend! 
I'm back from spring break and happy to get back into the swing of things with all my projects!

I have some exciting things in the works so I'm hoping for a great Spring & Summer!

I found this photo from Paris Fashion Week 2014 Spring and loved it! I love this casual, yet pulled together outfit.

And, how could you resist those shoes!!???  

Would you wear them?


PS--West Elm pinned my DC condo project on Pinterest!  Thanks West Elm!

Spring '14 Paris Fashion Week #StreetStyle (Photo: Tommy Ton)
via bloglovin.com


Alicia Keys' Former NYC Penthouse--Pure Glam

Hi everyone!
While I'm catching up on a tad bit of work while away, I came across these stunning photo of Alicia Keys' former home in Soho. It is pure luxury and glamour. I love it!

What do you think?
Too much? Too over the top? Or just right?


Alicia Keys' SoHo Penthouse: Living Room

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys' SoHo PentHouse: Dining Room

Alicia Keys' SoHo PentHouse: Terrace

Alicia Keys' SoHo Penthouse: Staircase to Terrace


Spring Break/Shout Out to Apartment Therapy

Hi Everyone,
Well, I guess I broke my promise that I wouldn't write , but I had a minute while on vacation!

I'm enjoying family time ..

And, a big shout out to Apartment Therapy for featuring my DC condo project this week! 


Here's a pic of my oldest daughter's lemonade stand she puts together every year at our family lake house... 

Photo: Ava's annual summer lemonade stand  at the lake house!  Come get yours today ;)


My Fav Furniture Picks for Small Spaces

Happy Friday!

I have some small space picks for you today!

Have a great weekend!

PS--I am taking a break from blog posts this week while my kids are on spring break. Next post will be in a week. Cheerio!





Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to share with you photos of the DC Design House!

The beautiful photos were taken by Angie Seckinger.
Earlier this week they held a luncheon for press/bloggers. 

This year's house can be toured:

April 13th - May 11th 2014,
4600 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 

Folks, the designers knocked it out of the park this year! Some truly amazing rooms.  

Which room/space is your favorite??


I adore that Rill Architects chose blue for the door and outdoor accents.
D&A Dunlevy did a fantastic job of the landscaping! 

What an entrance with that floor! Camille Saum knows how to make a statement!

Love this dining room! Simple and chic!
Design by Marika Meyer

Love the use of blue cabinets! Genius!

This room is so relaxing to look at. I could easily plop down and read a book here.

I adore Kelly Proxmire's style.. She hits the mark every time ! 

Design by Katherine Vernot-Jonas
How cool is this kids space?

Design by Nestor Santa-Cruz

Another "win" by Akseizer and Brown.. This room I could live in any day. I adore!

Gorgeous pool are by Country Casual

Design by Nadia Sabaran

Look at that wallpaper!! Absolutely stunning! Design by Joanne Fitzgerald


Morning Rush/Links I'm Loving

Good morning!

Today I wanted to share with you what my morning looks like when I don't have a meeting first thing!

I love to flip through one of my favorite magazines, Elle Decor, for inspiration for the day; I have my handy notepad to write down to-dos; my favorite sweet treat--a petite almond croissant; and my new favorite candle from Jonathan Adler!

A huge shout out to Joseph at Jonathan Adler for sending me the candles !! Thank you!!

**You can buy this gorgeous Peppery candle that is not-too-sweet  HERE

**Currently reading Brigid Schulte's Overwhelmed

**Crazy cool mascara by Younique that makes my lashes really stand out! 



Styling Your Home for Magazine-Worthy Images

Today's post I wanted to focus on the finishing details and how to style your home for great picture taking.  

There is most definitely an art to styling a nightstand, coffee table, etc.  What the eye "sees" is not always what the camera sees. 

After thousands of photos I've taken of my own home over the years, only a small percentage actually come out looking magazine-worthy. Styling one vignette can sometimes take 2-3 hours just to get the shot. You have to play around with the items, snap a few shots, then look back at the images on your camera. This will help you determine if the look is good or if something needs to be moved around.

These photos today are all of my home or a client's home I designed/styled. 

Here are my tips for styling:
-Always use flowers
-Use varying heights when styling
-For a bold look, use a graphic print or colored painting
-Incorporate 5 + items--mix and match textures, colors, and old and new
-Use books--BOOKS ARE KEY!!

PS--I always use a step ladder to get the best top-down photos

PSS--Did you know JWS Interiors offers STYLING AS A SERVICE? 


My dresser

Here I styled a client's bar/buffet area
photo taken by Stacy Zarin Goldberg 

An entry I designed and styled for a client

photo taken by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

My bedroom

My living room

My nightstand


Madeline Weinrib's Loft

Happy Monday Everyone!
I hope you had a great weekend.

While it's raining here in DC, I came across this photo of Madeline Weinrib's NYC loft --a perfect antidote to this yucky weather. I love the white spiral staircase and the graphic rugs she used side by side. 

Known for her textiles and rugs, Weinrib perfectly puts together this space, incorporating a touch of blue with the glass beads in the chandelier.

What do you think?


photo via Elle Decor


A New Food Blog to Love and the BEST Blueberry Pancakes

Happy Sunday!

I am very excited to tell you about a DC-based food blog, The Sugar Muse, that is definitely on my must-read list for food blogs.  

Written by Bara Vaida, a journalist and lover of all things baking, pastries and desserts, started the blog as she began baking and experimenting with creating cakes and cookies. 
She is currently attending L'Academie de Cuisine, a DC-based culinary program. 

I tried the Blueberry Pancakes she featured and let me tell you--THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE EVER !  It was so easy to make (I doubled the recipe and came out with a ton of light and delicious pancakes). 
I will no doubt be making this for my family and overnight guests for breakfast in the morning again and again!

PS-Be sure to check out the recipe for the Maple Butter that goes with the pancakes 

Be sure to sign up to receive Sugar Muse's email newsletter, chock full of great ideas for your next baking adventure!


Sunday pancakes (1 of 1)
photo via The Sugar Muse


A Kitchen to Remember--Brass and Spots

I am in love with this cool brass island and spotted cowhide!
In fact, we just used this cowhide in a loft I just completed--you will see soon enough.
This is a fun, eclectic kitchen for sure!


PS--Up tomorrow--a new fav food blog and a recipe to die for , for breakfast! (Easy too)

via StyleMePretty

white kitchen brass island spotted cowhide