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Friday Faves 9.27

Friday Faves 9.27


ONE sunburst mirror is a little more subtle with rounded edges and an antiqued gold finish.  $69 from Land of Nod. TWO bright dipped mini bowls in fun colors from Leif go well with the jewel tones that are so popular this fall, $24 for a set of 3. THREE mini teaspoon set (also from Leif) is really fun and totally reusable, which is necessary with a $38 price tag.  FOUR this is one of the most fun rugs I’ve seen in a while – It would add a gorgeous splash of color to a living room. $531 for a 5 x 7 from Rugs USA.  FIVE this marble and brass finish coffee table from West Elm is my favorite of their new arrivals.  $499. SIX a very true statement in a simple package. ‘dreams don’t work unless you do’ print from the Note to Self Print Shop.

I’m clearly smitten by all things glam this week on the faves, huh?

I’m in San Francisco this morning at the Evernote Conference learning some pretty amazing new things about the App.  I’m pretty excited to hear Brit from Brit+Co speak today about creativity and technology.

Tomorrow, I go shopping and eating around the city with a good friend and hopefully pack as much in as I can before heading home Sunday.


Custom Framing for a Vintage Look

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about kitchen storage and ever since then, I’ve been thinking back to the vintage portrait in this rustic white kitchen.  I really loved the balance between modern rustic and the classical style painting.

Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for vintage style portraits in more modern homes for inspiration for my own home. We have a commissioned painting still rolled up in a tube that I’d given Matty for his birthday two years ago, and I thought this portrait style piece of art was a good place to start.  The framing, however, boggled my mind.  Hence the 2 year wait to do something about it.

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Always a DIYer, I was super hesitant to actually have our piece framed (couldn’t I just do it?) but the rolled up canvas still had me flummoxed. Enough was enough, however, and with the walls of my entry getting a makeover soon, it was high time I bit the bullet and got this taken care of. Enter, custom framing at the Michaels down the street.  I had received so many of those mailers about whatever percent off they were offering that week, but never quite jumped.  I went in last weekend, however, and had the most amazing experience.

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I basically played with all of the stuff for a good hour.  They had a computer program which showed the art on a background of color from various paint suppliers to get a feel for what the mat and frame look like off my (soon to be) very dark walls. You can see the mess I made of the framing department.   Continue Reading…


A bohemian choice

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I’m a big fan of the boho influence in everything from interiors to fashion.  Although I definitely take more of a classic approach, there is always a little boho thrown in there.

That aspect is what initially attracted me to both of these rooms.  A mix of cool and comfortable furniture, beautifully colored rugs, and a fair bit of natural elements keeps them cohesive, but there is one very big difference.

Where does your preference lie when it comes to these two boho spaces?  Dark? or Light?


photo source: dark, light


Spiced Plums for Fall

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I love doing creative things to prolong the gorgeous fruits and veggies that are available this time of year. While jam isn’t my speed, I wanted to create something spiced that integrated all of the wonderful flavors of fall into the late summer fruits that are still available in abundance.

I thought spiced plums would make an amazing addition to a fall martini, bread, beef tenderloin, or anything really.  I found this recipe for raw fruits in simple syrup.  I wanted to take it one step further however, and add spices.

Truth be told, you can do this whole thing without actually canning anything.  You would just need to use the plums within the week as you would any fresh fruit or veggie that you keep in your fridge. Either way, you’ll get some great tasting plums, it just depends on how long you’d like to keep said plums.

spiced plum ingredients

spiced plum recipe

fall spiced plums

If you’re the kind of person who wants to keep some of the spiced goodness around until Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can go the canning route which isn’t nearly and daunting as it seems (and is even easier with the beautiful french terrines! Continue Reading…


Business, Beauty, and Blogging in NYC

NYC Recap


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As you guys know, I spent last Thursday and Friday in New York for a workshop with the Better Homes and Gardens editors.  They were nothing short of miraculous with the informative and inspirational content, speakers, panelists, and one heck of a party that they put together.  It was an amazing time and I got to re-connect with some bloggers I hadn’t seen in a while!

I spent Friday meeting with some brands regarding upcoming content for both their blogs and for mine.  I think you guys are going to flip when you hear what West Elm and I have in store for you! Get ready!

Although most of my time was consumed with meetings and business, I got to grab drinks with Clara, who I’d never met in person, but felt an instant connection with.  I also met some good friends who live in New York for drinks and meals! What a whirlwind couple of days.  I took the train out of the city to the Newark airport (which was a bit of a disaster – cue to visions of me booking it through the airport then shouting for them to hold the door for me).

Regardless of the tight ending, it was an all-over amazing weekend with even more amazing people!  I hope you guys like this little glimpse into my trip!

Happy Monday!


Friday Faves 9.20

Friday Faves 9.20


ONE discovered Koromiko this week and adore the shop.  These candles are an example of one of the offerings that I’m coveting! $34-$38 and created by Angela Hodgekinson in Oklahoma City. TWO I love copper anything at the moment and these ladles are vintage perfection.  I promise I won’t snatch them out from under you, like I did with this colander. THREE white on white queen quilt is just one gorgeous example of the plethora of beautiful things from Gypsya – my new fave shop on Etsy. FOUR Isn’t this bar cart amazing?  And at only $130 from Threshold, it’s a steal! I don’t have room in my house for another bar, but one of you needs it!! FIVE another find from Koromiko, these felt coasters are so unique, but neutral enough for any decor.  Made by Molly McGrath out of San Francisco.

It’s Friday!  I’ve had a jam packed week, starting with three days in the office, then flying to New York for a Better Homes and Gardens workshop yesterday.  Today I’m still in New York meeting with a few amazing brands with whom I have upcoming collaborations with!  You’ll be excited to see who I’m meeting (psst. follow on Instagram for sneak peeks of my day!).

I hope you have a fabulous Friday!


Black & White and a fun shop



As the fall rolls around, I cannot help but to be inspired by simple, but beautiful, black and white interior and accessories. As the outdoors start gleaming the colors of autumn, I like to keep the indoors from competing while still adding coziness through textures like wood grain and chunky knits.

While aimlessly wandering through B&W inspiration (trying, unsuccessfully, to unplug my brain from a mounting to-do list), I found a few beautiful things as well.  First is a lovely print shop by Therese Sennerholt which follows the same esthetic I’m craving with some inspirational and fun art.  Second is a killer selection of B&W rugs from House Doctor.

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house doctor rug

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Lovely, no?


In other news, I am in NYC today at the Better Homes and Gardens Style Spotters Workshop!  I am super excited to be here meeting with the BHG team as well as so many wonderful and influential bloggers from around the country! Keep up with the action on Instagram and I’ll share tidbits from the day as well as the afterparty tonight!

On another note, I’ve been obsessed with this song lately. Have a listen.



Simply Funny Halloween Decor

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Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I really cannot wait to break out the seasonal decor.  That being said, I’m a pretty big fan of Halloween decor that is understatedly scary or humorous.  Last year’s decor was simple with a lot of wood accents and some crows.

This year, I’m doing more of a spooky humor type thing, starting with these googly eyes on lots of things… including flowers.  I laugh out loud every time I walk by my googly eyed hydrangeas.

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simple funny halloween decor tutorial

ONE drop a dab of hot glue onto the back of your googly eye.  TWO stick a trimmed wooden skewer perpendicular into the dab of clue.  THREE put your googly eye skewer into your flower arrangement.

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It’s a super simple little seasonal project and would look awesome in some red roses as well – spooky!

p.s.  After I made the spooky eyed hydrangeas, Matt was cracking up at me and mentioned that this reminded him of an SNL skit with Christopher Walken (which I’d never seen), but he showed it to me  and it’s hilarious.


Weekend Presentation at the Country Living Fair

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This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to speak at a the Country Living fair.  Please excuse the iPhone photos, but I thought I’d share a few of the photos with you today and give you a little bit of information on what I spoke about.

I was asked to do a DIY and speak on a topic related to entertaining.  I chose to share with the crowd how I brainstorm and prepare for a party – one of my favorite things to do.

I’m sure you guys wouldn’t be surprised to learn that my #1 piece of advice for everyone was to have a ‘theme’.  Although I don’t like themes that scream (very obvious themes), I honestly think that having an idea of your direction is imperative for having a party with a consistent vibe.  You wouldn’t want to serve margaritas for drinks and sushi for food!  Having a ‘theme’ keeps your vision in check and helps when you’re creating a menu to make sure everything stays on the same wavelength. A theme can be as easy as ‘tuscan wine night’ or ‘tex mex’ so long as it helps you choose accessories and food that all work together.

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My number two piece of advice is to diversify your menu.  Don’t serve 5 things that have to all be baked and served warm.  If you do, chances are that one of those dishes will be cold before your guests are ready to eat.  Mix ready made goodies (cheese, cured meats, fruits, veggies) and made ahead food with the items you want to make and serve hot.

5 more quick tips: Continue Reading…


Fall’s Perfect Purples

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This weekend, I bought a beautiful succulent with just a tinge of amethyst on the tips.  It got me thinking about how I’ve seen purple everywhere this season and how many different iterations there are (all that I love).  Although I’ve completed designing my holiday collection for Grandiflora (which I’m ECSTATIC to show you) I’ve already moved to designing my spring collection as well and I’m using a ton of different levels of purple.  I’m really obsessed with all things plum, amethyst, eggplant, wine, and violet at the moment.

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What are your thoughts?  People usually have such strong feelings about purple – one way or the other way.  What’s your way?