May 28, 2015

Remembering Lily

today marks a year since our lily girl passed away. i still think about her on a daily basis. one of my very first posts on this blog was about an overnight stay at the liberty hotel in boston with who else but lily. she was just the best. and while we now have stanley to cuddle with (sometimes - mostly he's given us a run for our money!), nothing, no dog ever, will replace our wonderful lily.


#loveyoumissyoulily

May 26, 2015

Reese's Lifestyle Brand

how was your long weekend? we had it pretty good - to the cape for a couple days and then home for a dip in the pool and some outdoor eating (as you maybe saw on IG!). i looove warm weather :) and friday we'll be back at the cape for a wedding so it's a super short week for us!

i'm pretty sure i'm the last to know but reese witherspoon has a lifestyle brand called draper james and it's pretty freakin cute! lots of monograms and florals and southern inspired items. it will be interesting to see how it does!




p.s. did you take advantage of any of the sales?!

May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Sales Round Up

quick - someone please hide all my credit cards. actually that wouldn't even work since i have both committed to memory!! there are lots and lots of great memorial day sales going on already. this doesn't even scratch the surface but will get you started!

serena & lily 20% everything. seriously give me a lobotomy because i want it ALL. what do you think of this wallpaper? i have a sample and love it and think it would be super cool in a basement.


also loving this whole bedroom situation.


west elm up to 25%. i am so tempted to get this white linen bedding. i'm really starting to come around to the rumpled look. or some would say that i've embraced it at this point. ;)


wisteria 20% off everything. and these nightstands are everything.


pottery barn up to 20% off. i have been eyeing these leather barstools. love love love the shape. (no, i'm not buying them but i can still eye them!)


restoration hardware up to 20% off. i need this bed in my life. one day!


birch lane up to 20% off. this rug is perfection.


and these chairs (sold in a set of 2) come in 12 different finishes.


i do realize however that memorial day is not at all about shopping and frivolous things. thank you to  all of those incredibly brave souls who have given their lives in honor of our great country.

May 21, 2015

Real Estate: Classic Colonial

sorry i've been mia! busy busy here and one of things i'm busy with is a client project!! i'm helping a family with their entry and living room and it's the first time it's a client who i didn't know personally before working with them on a project which has been really fun. i hope i can keep building this through word of mouth and of course e-design is always a possibility too!

today i'm doing more real estate stalking...this one is a 7 bedroom, 5.5 bath colonial on 1 acre built in 1826 and is actually a historic home. it's 6,200 sf and on the market for $3.6M. do you have your check book ready? ;)



pretty cool mural walls in the entry. likely what things looked like in the early 1800s!


love the beams and those floors...


this open floor plan is certainly not original to the house but it's so pretty!


and a separate guest cottage that is, of course, adorable.


it's so lush looking too now that spring is in full swing here but i bet it would be really pretty all decorated for christmas too. classic new england with this one!

May 18, 2015

Reveal: Charlie's Big Boy Room

happy monday! how was your weekend? next up in the project reveal category - charlie's big boy room! i'm excited to show you all the full details of this room too (finn's room is here). it's pretty cute :) lots and lots of pattern in this space but i think it works for a little boy. photography once again courtesy of KER photography and all photos are copyrighted. you might remember the room before when it was a playroom and also when it had a crib. oh and here was the design board from way back!

the ceiling in this room is the same blue that's on finn's walls. it's amazing how different it looks when it's on the ceiling. if i did it over again, i would have chose a slightly bluer blue because this can end up looking pretty gray. also please ignore the nipple light (told ya this house is full of them!) - i haven't ever found something i like with enough wattage. putting the bed on the window really made the most sense especially since we went with a full size bed.



one day this reading nook might turn into a desk area but for now it's good for cuddling :)



some detail shots... one thing i'm annoyed at myself about is the placement of curious george by the lamp. i find it totally distracting but what's done is done. oh well!






thanks for coming along on this journey with me; i feel like it's been a long time coming. and charlie loves his room so much and always says his bed is "so comfy" which makes it all worth it! source list for this room...again feel free to ask any questions!

bed: pottery barn kids raleigh
duvet: border from serena & lily
euro pillow: toile from serena & lily
gingham pillowcases: serena & lily
navy chevron pillow: etsy (schumacher fabric)
zig zag pillow: etsy (quadrille fabric)
curtains: etsy with premier prints fabric
apple print: minted
red gingham floor cushions: etsy with premier prints fabric
toy basket: nate berkus for target (old)
bench at end of bed: ballard designs with diy upholstery
dresser: crate and barrel
mirror: serena & lily
red lamp: land of nod (old)
table next to chair: cb2
pouf: target
chevron rug: old calypso st. barths
roman shade: etsy from this post
white lamp: one kings lane
mod bookshelf and basket: land of nod which i shared on instagram

May 14, 2015

Small Change, Big Impact

first i would like to publicly thank my husband who is my hero for going to the verizon store and staying for over 2 hours while they switched over my phone to an old one. i dropped mine on monday and smashed the front. glass was literally coming off on my fingers every time i used it. i actually tried going to the store myself and they ended up giving me back both phones, neither working. i was freaking out just a teeny tiny bit.

anyway! i posted a pic on instagram last week of the new lantern on our side porch as they were all going up. i can not tell you how happy i am with these lights. the pictures honestly don't do them justice - they look a little small in the pics but in real life the scale is just right. they make the whole house seem more finished, cozier, and cuter. now all we need are the shutters and we'll be in good shape!

how sweet is this pic - finn saw me taking it and wandered up there and took a closer look at the light. it looks totally staged but it isn't!!



the front porch looking pretty good too. we also updated the house numbers and again, a small change but it looks way better.



i also had the electricians swap out the doorbells while we were at it. you can see the old one in the first pic with finn. the new ones are from rejuvenation and are very simple but the details matter!


the landscapers are supposed to be coming today or tomorrow to start removing some dead bushes, adding some sod, and reworking the garden bed with some new plants. once the shutters are up it will be fun to see a before and after i think!

May 13, 2015

Reveal: Finn's Big Boy Room

hello! i had totally planned to blog yesterday but ended up falling asleep while putting my boys to bed. sometimes my busy life catches up with me! hope all the mothers out there had a fantastic momma's day! i got to shower and dry my hair which is a true luxury, especially on a sunday! thanks to my hubby for taking the boys out of the house! and as you may have seen on instagram, i have a bunch of projects going on with exterior and interior lights! it all looks so good i'm so excited! i'll try to post the outside lights this week too!

but first in honor of mother's day, i thought i would do a "reveal" of finn's completed big boy room. or mostly completed, things are always subject to change! ;) all photography by KER photography and are copyrighted. a big thanks to kate as always!! here is the link to the design boards i put together last summer (yikes! can't believe it took me that long!).

the big focal point in his room is obviously the ceiling. i really messed up and didn't look at the bedding until the morning we did the shoot so the duvet is all wrinkled. ugh! he doesn't sleep with it normally because it's a lot for a 3 year old.




a few detail shots.







i hope you like the room but one thing i know for sure is that my little boy loves it which is what it's all about. :) now for the sources...below are the big items but if you have any questions about specific items, feel free to ask!

bed: fillmore from serena & lily
duvet: color frame from serena & lily
euro pillows: tattersall from biscuit home
blue pillow: john robshaw
initial pillow: jonathan adler
chair pillow: john robshaw
rhino head: homegoods
toy crate: serena & lily
leather pouf: overstock
orange lamp: robert abbey from this post
gray bookcase: land of nod
blue and orange baskets: serena & lily
abc print: rh baby & child
black and brass lamp: west elm
dresser: west elm
roman shades: the shade store (same as the ones in this post)
panels: pottery barn kids from this post
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