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Lovin' Lavender

I don't know about you, but I'm loving the pastels on the runway this year so it's no surprise to be seeing these beauties in interior design. 

I love today's photo--the medium gray walls paired with the lavender sofa is pure glamour. 
What do you think?




New York Times Bestseller: Brigid Schulte's Overwhelmed: Book Signing Party

If you are busy, you should read today's post. :) 

I say this after starting to read Brigid Schulte's brand new book OVERWHELMED (and currently #10 on the NYT Bestseller List) 

.  Today I attended her book signing party, thrown by a friend, who just so happens to be a client of mine. Lucky me that I got a signed copy today of this stellar book!

You can better believe that as a mom, entrepreneur, and wife, I feel the stresses discussed in the book on managing the work/life balance!

In her book, she speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to "tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insight, answers, and inspiration. " Schulte also traveled to Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parents--the book explains what she found out. 

Here are a few pics of the party (taken from my iphone)...


A cake made resembling the book's cover!  It was delicious too!

Brigid kindly signing my book!

A humorous toast in her honor!


Enjoying the Weekend/More Links to Love

I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled to relax with my family this weekend. 
Last night I had a fantastic meeting with my client LG--we set out some of our accessories, made a big to-do list for next purchases to finish up her glam condo, and of course dinner!

Today, it's rainy and chilly in DC so I came across this Ina Garten Grilled Cheese recipe and wanted to share. 

Also, thanks to LG , she told me about her monthly subscription to Pop Sugar's Must Have Beauty/Fashion box!  Monthly favs sent right to your door!

Enjoy your weekend!
PS-I was invited to attend a Book Signing tomorrow for a NYT Bestselling author  at a client's home ! I can't wait to share pics with you this week! 



Clever Hallway Designs

Happy Friday! 

I'm helping one of my clients with her second home plans. As we look at Houzz and Pinterest for inspiration, I came across these clever, built-in bookshelf ideas for hallways. What a great use of space. 

As a decorator, books are a great asset when designing, especially when finishing up a room. It adds warmth and a sense of home if you ask me. 

I hope you have a relaxing weekend.


View into a NYC kitchen from a hallway with built in bookshelves, herringbone wood floors and a brass pendant light
via CocoCozy

Library hallway! I love it! Soooo curved... you could never do this in a real house! :)     Please follow:

Built-in bookshelves, why waste all that space between studs! just make the walls deeper (2x6 instead of 2x4) and add shelves along hallway

Triple book shelves


Links I'm Loving (A New Fav Bar Cart Included!)

Do you ever feel like it really should be Friday??!!! 
A resounding "yes," say you?

Yes, I say! Ugh. I want this week, this month, over. 

Moving on to better things, I wanted to share some fab links with you!  
Also, I'm working with a family to create a beautiful, very modern family room. I'm loving what we have so far and can't wait to show you bits and pieces very soon. 

Links I'm Loving
1) For all of you cooks or those short on time--I LOVE Blue Apron
Thanks to my client Melissa A for referring me!
 BA delivers your fresh produce, meat, fish--all your ingredients to your doorstep with a nice glossy recipe sheet with pre-measured ingredients with colorful images.  I no longer have to stand around in the pantry wondering what to make.  I love to cook so this works for me because I can still prepare everything and everything has tasted delicious thus far. **Note, you do have to chop your produce, it is not done for you. 
I even have some winning recipes for company. 

So that you can really see what I'm talking about, here are two photos I took of meals I made using Blue Apron 
This is a Blood Orange Salmon that was great

This meal I prepared using Blue Apron was a delicious linguine with a freshly chopped bacon/onion mixture and ricotta

2) Zara Home does it again!! How can you resist this acrylic table/bar cart? Would be perfect for a small apartment. 

3)I have long wanted to go to Positano.. Perhaps our next trip?? How can you not love this. Le Sirenuse is among one of the preferred hotels in Positano. Check it out here.

Positano, Italy. Julie and I stayed in this gorgeous little town by the Med. Julie found us the most delightful hotel. I swam one day in the Med, that was one of the highlights for me.  Our room was 350 steps up from the beach; another 350 to top of the village.

4). Hands down I want this dress for Summer

My Style

Hello Lovelies!
Today I'm in a fashion mood--can't figure out to wear (good thing I don't have any meetings today which is a miracle in and of itself!) 

I came across this photo of a stellar outfit. I'd wear this in a heartbeat! 

Would you wear? 


via Christene Barbarach via Pinterest


Mixing Metals--A BIG Do!

One question I get is a lot is " Can I mix metals?"  Some people love silver, some gold, some love both.  The answer to this is question is a resounding "Yes!"  Mixing metals can definitely be done, especially when done right like in these photos I'm sharing today. 

My general rule of thumb is that even if I'm mixing metals in one room, that doesn't necessarily mean to mix them in every room. 

I believe there is no science to design--it's really what you love. 

What do you think?


Mixed metallics & blue + white

via Lonny


My New Favorite Chair

Happy Friday folks!

Seriously, these chairs pack in some major impact in any space you put them.

Check out these photos of glam interiors--from kitchens, to offices, to bedrooms where you can easily add instant glam to your space. Add a faux sheepskin rug for double duty GLAM!

I hope you have a glam weekend!


I love ghost chairs. This is pure gorgeousness. A white wedding is definitely something to consider.
via Style Me Pretty

mirror desk and ghost chair combo. This is definitely making it to my home office decor list :)

Like the modern chairs with the traditional wood table and the rustic touch of the sheepskins 

more ghost chairs



Hi Everyone,
Today I am excited to share with you an e-decor project that I recently completed. This client asked for her living room to be traditional and elegant. 

As with most of our homes, the living room tends to be the first room you see upon entering someone's home.  As you walk around her entrance , this is what you see when you first walk into her home! 

We chose a pale gray with some purple undertones to keep the space feeling modern. The Pottery Barn drapes matched perfectly to keep the space cohesive.   The sofa is from Arhaus--the fabric is a beautiful charcoal velvet. 

I hope LW you are as pleased as I am! 



A Glam Beach Retreat

So this is just an unbelievable beach house in Southampton as featured in Elle Decor.  I absolutely love the glass stairwell which allows for perfect views.  Utterly elegant.

What do you think?  


A Stylish Southampton Beach House



Hi Everyone!

I'm back from NYC and so excited to share with you the twin girls' room I recently finished! 

Here are pics and thanks to Laura over at Bright Bold & Beautiful for featuring this project! 




Mom and I are having such a good weekend in NYC.  We met with my new client, whom is so nice and has a great apartment. I'm so excited to start on her place! 

Here are some great snapshots during our stay and links to some of my favorite places! 
What are you fav NYC spots?


Getting on Train from DC to NYC

Mapping out our shopping plans at our hotel

Had Mom's birthday dinner at Coles Greenwich Village. So pretty and delicious food! 

A new bakery/eatery in the West Village, NOURISH was nothing short of fabulous. Homemade food done right. 

We tried a little of everything on the menu..all was delicious!

A Second Chance is a great high end designer consignment shop full of Chanel

West Village Street



Mid-Project Sneak Peek/NYC Bound

Happy Friday everyone! Happy BIRTHDAY to my MOM!!

I'm excited to share with you today some glimpses--mid-project --into the glam condo I've spoken of. 

This project has been a real treat as it's been the entire condo from soup to nuts. 
My client has been amazing to work with and am so thankful to have so much free reign on selecting everything.

Check out my sneak peek!

Also, I'm heading to NYC today for a new client meeting in the Village!  
Would love to get into the NYC design market as I love this city. So excited to meet my new client while spending some time with my Mom, whom is accompanying me. (She also acts as my assistant  so I'm always happy to have her extra help!)  I'll post NYC pics soon!


Shelves just arrived!!! Note the metallic wallpaper..

A glam chair!

 A SJP worthy closet!

Custom ottomans that I adore!

Dining Room chairs arrived!


Shout Outs & Links I'm Loving

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to start off with a few shouts to clients and friends!  Let's start with clients--you guys rock!! Bottom line! 

I have fabulous clients and you all know who you are--all of you !!
 You've trusted me with designing your homes and I'm truly honored.  

I just completed an entire home with a young newlywed couple whom were super nice to work with and I'm thrilled with the resulting spaces!   M & K!! 
 (Hang tight to see those photos!)

And LG, your home has been my muse.. so thankful that you've let me run the show and pick everything utterly and impossibly glam for you. 

GL--So excited to get started on your master!

LW--Your wit is amazing!.. Love ya!

KP-So excited to just begin working with you!

Finally a HUGE SHOUT to all my friends & family whom have March birthdays.  For some reason, I have or have had great relationships with people whom have birthdays in March. 
My MOM for starters, one of my best friends, a cousin, and even an old flame...

Now, Links I'm Loving!!

1. Just bought this table for my sitting room
3. Love this modern floor lamp


A Spring Room

Think Spring and this rooms says it! I love all the white with the pops of pink!

Enjoy your day!

Feminine, casual living room



Hi Everyone,
I went shopping yesterday and picked up these boyfriend Jeans and LOVE them. I plan on wearing them with my wedges and heels this spring! (As soon as this darn snow goes away!)

I love wearing bracelets more than an other accessory and I love to stack them.