November 24, 2018

Thanksgiving Sales!!

happy thanksgiving!!! so many sales and deals to be had out there so let's get right to the point!

1. serena & lily (link): 25% off with code CELEBRATE

2. mcgee & co (link): 20% off with code THANKYOU

3. one kings lane (link): 30% off with code OKLCYBER18

4. brooke & lou (link): 20% (items depend on the day!)

5. dear keaton (link): 20% off with code DKCYBERWKND

6. west elm (link): up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE

and soooo many more!!

and now for specifics... i know it’s annoying when i say that i can’t share sources for client’s project (although ethically, for me, it’s the right choice) BUT today i have rounded up a whole slew of client favorites and they're ALL on sale!!!!



also leather sofas that i love because i've had a bunch of questions on those too!


top row: left | right
middle row: left | right
bottom row: left | right

and one more bonus sofa!


November 16, 2018

Beauty Wish List

well it's been a little while since i've hopped on here but it's that time of year when wishlists start piling up and this is a good place to discuss them! i wouldn't call this a gift guide but definitely a beauty wishlist that i've compiled from my own research and trials and from what my friends love. as much as it pains me to say it, i'm facing the big 4-0 next year and it's shining a big ol' light on something i've been fixated lately - on improving my skin! there are definitely things that i can't "round up" here that would help - more sleep, drinking more water, retin A, and some might say botox and/or filler (i know i'd like to see less of my uneven laugh lines). of these, retin A is the only one i'm doing. ;)

but here are twelve products that i can round up that can hopefully make some improvements!


top row:
1. a peel that you leave on overnight. the overnight part alone sells me because it's one less step before bed!

2. face oil. my sister in law recommended this brand and i'm excited to try it.

3. color corrector. a few people on instagram recommended this when i was whining about the dark circles under my eyes. i loooove it!

4. protein cream. this brand is a favorite and i'm pretty sure i can use more polypeptides in my life.

middle row:
1. overnight mask. another overnight product 🙌 and my skin feels so hydrated in the morning.

2. at-home facial. i have this and need to use it more but i think my favorite part is the little tube of face oil that comes with it that you apply at the end. it's like silk!

3. peel pads. more peptides and peels. i'm seeing a theme.

4. sunscreen, as we all know, is a must. i love this one and use it on my kids and myself. i usually buy a giant pump size every year. (p.s. have you heard this "song"? it's old but for some reason it was on the radio yesterday and is a good reminder of what's important - like not beauty products 😂.)

bottom row:
1. cleanser. inexpensive and effective - not much better than that.

2. pimple patch. a friend of mine swears by these. i haven't tried it yet but i'd like to.

3. skin drink. i'm a big fan and use it when my skin is really dry. they say it's like drinking 8oz of water in one application.

4. instant facial. haven't used it but hear good things.

what would you add to this list?

October 15, 2018

Faux Greenery Roundup

happy monday! fall is in full force here in new england and i'm embracing the sweater weather. just ignoring the season that follows. 😜 the foliage is starting to really shine and i'm excited to take a few photos of the colors. speaking of foliage, actually speaking of faux foliage, i've had several requests to do a roundup of faux greenery. plants, stems, and trees. so today is your lucky day!

i'll start it off with stems. when you don't have a bush or field nearby that's all lush and green, it's nice to have a few faux stems to bring in the look of nature. tip - make sure the stems are long enough for your vase. you can also trim them with a wire cutter. also make sure to order enough so the arrangement looks full! i've used these in the #plainrdproject and the #thomaslaneproject. here are my picks:


clockwise from top left: olive* | belle | eucalyptus | green petal | laurel
*curently sold out but often comes back in stock

next up are plants! i always like to have fresh, living plants around the house but there are places where i want some greenery that don't get much light. i have some faux favorites for this reason!


clockwise from top left: variegated | lavender | fern | succulent

and last but definitely not least - trees! faux trees are so great if only for the simple fact that keeping a living tree inside is HARD! especially in a climate that isn't always sunny and warm. so here are a whole bunch of ideas including many fiddle leaf figs that i've used in projects and have at my house. :)


clockwise from double topiary: double ball topiary* | fiddle leaf fig | olive | fiddle leaf fig
*i envision this outside under a covered porch

October 8, 2018

Fresh Styling with Brooke & Lou!

my friend bria hammel of bria hammel interiors started a new line of furniture, accessories, pillows, artwork, and wallpaper called brooke & lou after her two kiddos! when she asked me if i wanted to join her in supporting the launch of the brand, it took me maybe .5 seconds to say yes. i love seeing other woman succeed and it is so empowering to watch (and even help!) someone grow.


as soon as i saw the email, i knew exactly which pieces i wanted to use and where i wanted to put them. the new build i had worked on over the summer has this great built in nook upstairs with two bookcases and a bench seat. it was still empty! i chose the between the lines artwork in pink in the 30x40 size as well as two 20" pillows in lyla stripe in blue. the photo online does not do this fabric justice. it's so pretty!!


i paired the two lyla pillows with a bungalo lumbar pillow that i already had and the colors worked really well with the artwork. the art was all created by artist abbey holden and framed in a soft gold frame. it comes in a bunch of other colors too!


that took care of the bench seat and the wall but the bookcases needed some major accessorizing. i shopped at west elm and target (it doesn't need to be fancy!) to make the shelves come to life. i wanted the overall feel to be fresh, light, and feminine.



styling isn't a perfect science - at least for me! but there are some tricks i use to get it just right.

1. lay everything out in one spot so you can see everything you have to work with.

2. work with odd numbers. stacks of books, vases, or even just one larger item feel better when there is 1, 3, or 5.

3. pay attention to height of the items and vary it left to right and up and down. for example, three times i used one accessory by itself but i made sure not to place them both on the highest shelves, especially since they weren't a pair.

4. find a color palette and stick to it. here i did a lot of pastels but also included some darker accessories to ground everything.

5. proof of life (to steal a phrase from alyssa rosenheck!). greenery is a must and always makes whatever you're looking at feel alive - pun intended ;)


i always tweak and tweak some more. it's never right the first time! what other tips do you have for styling a space? thank you to bria for the beautiful art and pillows and to my client for letting me invade her space!

ACCESSORIES LIST

left bookcase, top to bottom: cement box | marble planter | white round vase (homegoods)
right bookcase, top to bottom: plaid vase | rattan basket | white dipped vase | blue marble planter |
plant | topiary | pink vase | bowl | inspired home book

October 3, 2018

Fall Home: Textures and Neutrals

i'm really feeling lots of warm neutrals and textures for fall this year and there is really no better place to find both of those things than at serena & lily. they're having a friends and family sale where everything is 20% off (with code HOMELOVE) so i'm sharing my picks! plus a few people on instagram asked - ask and you shall receive. :)



i've used the side table on the bottom right and the raffia is beautiful. i'm also using the solid pillow and the sham coming up and have the coffee table on order for another client. just can't go wrong here. happy hump day and happy shopping!
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