September 20, 2019

SN x Ryan Garvin Collab!

i'm here today talking about the new collaboration between two of my favorites - scout & nimble and ryan garvin! scout & nimble is a go-to instagram account for design inspiration. they seriously have a great eye for curating the best interiors and exteriors across the design world! and if you follow me on instagram, you'll know that so many of the photos I post of other designer's work were shot by ryan garvin. it's not just a coincidence, he's really that good! so when SN asked if I wanted to partner with them on their #SNxRyanGarvin collab, I jumped at the chance. together they released a bunch of ryan's beach photography all framed up and ready to go.

I have a client who recently moved to the massachusetts area from sunny southern california and I thought one of these photos would be a perfect gift to remind them of home. it sounds pretty cliche but it's true - choosing just one wasn't easy - take a look at the entire collection here: Scout & Nimble X Ryan Garvin Photography Collection. I finally decided on the piece called The Ocean Pull. we hung it in their master closet hallway that connects the master bedroom and bath. together with roman shades and custom jute runner, the space comes alive now!




a big thank you to scout & nimble for including me in this launch of ryan's beautiful artwork! if you're interested in learning more, check out this q&a with ryan!

August 19, 2019

Client Project: Thomas Lane Breakfast Room

today i'm sharing the newest updated space in my parents' home (aka the thomas lane project)! previously i've helped them update their living room and powder room which have been great transformations. as always let's start by looking at the befores. my mom and dad know i'm going to roast them on the old space. ;) stuffy, dated window treatments, a scroll-y metal base table, and a snoozefest rug. the chairs were actually quite comfortable but that's about all I liked about them!

BEFORE:



now for the afters! I convinced them that a lighter, airier space was actually going to make it look bigger and that going for awesome window treatments on all of those windows was key. luckily they trusted the vision and we got to work. (all sources listed at the end of this post)

AFTER:


much simpler faux roman shades in a fabulous raoul textiles fabric really set the stage. when you have fabric this pretty, you don't need anything fussy! we chose faux (as in they're not operable) because the shutters provide enough privacy so that they would never be lowered. it's a great savings both in yardage and labor! the folds are soft and have a more laid back feeling and goodbye weird handkerchief tie thingys from before!


then we added color to the floor by way of an indoor/outdoor navy rug - perfect for a kitchen - and an extending pedestal table with woven chairs.


while the kitchen itself isn't ready for photos (still have some convincing left to do there 😉), we did update the counter stools and lighting. the stools are by lee industries and upholstered in kravet's angelus in pacific. the pendants are brass with white glass and add to the softness the room has now.





SOURCES:

table | chair | rug | pendants | breakfast nook fabric - raoul textiles vera in delft

August 17, 2019

Pillow Sale!

if you've been here (or followed me on instagram) for any amount of time, you know I have a pillow problem! creating pillow combinations is a favorite of mine and always an important part of any design. the good thing is that you can use all those pretty, expensive fabrics that you maybe normally wouldn't be able to use in a larger application (i.e. upholstering a whole chair) but on the other hand, pillows still aren't exactly inexpensive. sometimes it takes convincing to have clients go for it however I have never had anyone regret buying allll the pillows! (aside - the same can be said for drapery!!) so if there is a sale on well-made, well-curated pillows, count me in. everything here is 25% off through the 19th. code is PILLOWTALK.

p.s. don't forget to go 2" larger in each dimension for inserts! I like feather/down (here - and these are already sized up) but there are also some good faux down options available (here).


top row: solid | blue | stripe
middle row: print | stripe | block print
bottom row: embroidered | stripe | vintage

pillows in action! starting with the thomas lane project. here I used pillows to add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral space. varying shape and size also keeps it interesting! the blue pillow fits into so many design schemes.


in my house I have the block print pillow on my breakfast nook seat. I love this pattern so much.


the cherry brook project had a lot of shades of blue so adding a neutral to the mix was important to keep everything from feeling too matchy or expected. the embroidered pillow fit the bill perfectly!


coolidge road was all about carefully selected neutrals and textures with hints of color. I used the vintage pillow to add subtle pattern and color. this is one of my favorites!


*all photos are my own except for the last image which is by jessica delaney photography

August 4, 2019

Fall Transitioning

I know, I know, it's too early to be talking about fall clothes but i'll blame the nordstrom sale! ;) just a few pieces i've got my eye on plus one or two that are perfect for an end of summer pick me up!


1. striped pop over shirt - check out the pattern in detail, it reminds me of a favorite fabric! perfect for cooler summer nights and will look great with a denim jacket for fall!

2. cable mock neck sweater - this one is a major favorite! a lot of sizes sold out during the nordstrom sale but hopefully they restock.

3. purple flower dress - just got this last week and I LOVE! so simple and easy.

4. wooden earrings - they remind me of a a big happy sunshine!

5. olive button front jeans - perfect for fall and loving the button detail. I hope high waisted jeans never go out of style ha!

6. distressed denim - cropped, stretchy, and good for now and two months from now. ;)

7. sneaker - I bought this in a different color for when we went to NYC in april and wore them almost everyday - they really are that comfortable! I kind of wish they had this softer color back then - definitely spring, summer, and fall

8. pink sweater - I think oversized, chunky, turtleneck sweaters will be my jam for fall. (and also winter but I cringe at the thought of that word!!)

what's on your fall shopping list?

June 21, 2019

Summertime Finds!

it's officially our first day of vacation and I can not wait to relax and sleep!!! i've gathered up some things that i've purchased lately for the summer months plus a couple others that are on my wishlist and thought i'd share!


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12


2. I have used this sunscreen for years on my kids and my myself - the big pump is so handy!

3. I always get a bunch of questions on the blue lamp shade I have in my house (see here) and recently came across this one which I think is a great substitute.

4 & 5. these jeans are my new favorites. love the 9" rise and the button front. the dark ones are slightly lighter weight and stretchier than the lighter pair but I love both pairs equally! I bought a petite in the dark pair so they would hit above my ankle and sized up one size since petites run smaller. 

6. I use this sunscreen on my face every day. it's lightweight, transparent (which means I can apply it without a mirror), and matte.

7. I recently tried this sunscreen and think as long as you really rub it in, it gives a nice glow.

8. this is a purchase I haven't made but want to - these shoes are so cute and perfect for summer.

9. every time I wear these slides I get asked about them. they're the best deal going!

10. a doormat you can hose off and easily clean? yes please.

11. do you ever get suckered into those instagram ads in your feed? sometimes i do and the latest was these goop pads. you use them once a week, you wash it off the next morning, and it's really easy. i'm a sucker for easy beauty products the (hopefully) deliver big. i've only used them once but so far so good.

12. a t shirt that states the obvious 😂 but hey it's cute and inexpensive (buy this one sale)!
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