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Summer’s Last Days: I Scream, You Scream

One of the quintessential pieces of summer is ice cream, so why not send summer off with some of the fresh home-made treat this Labor Day weekend?  You don’t need an ice cream maker, or hours of time.  This home-made ice cream took me five minutes last night and was every bit as delicious as the stuff your grandma makes. It’s no-cook, no machine, and deceiving delicious.

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Evernote for Design Organization

As you guys know, I was in San Francisco this weekend for the Evernote Trunk Conference where I spoke on the uses of Evernote in the daily life of a design/lifestyle blogger.   It was mostly to an audience of people who had a background in development (either for this app or others) and were interested to hear of the regular users take on the application.  I also got to hear a bunch of other inspiring people (like the founder of Uppercase magazine) talk about their uses for it as well!

If you don’t know about Evernote, it is a free app (for iphone, ipad, and computer download) which allows you to save ‘notes’ that can be organized, tagged and saved on any of your devices, and then retrieved from any of your other devices.  I use it a ton because I have a terrible memory and literally have to write everything down.  The random post-it notes and emails to myself were getting a little disorganized, so I started using evernote. I wanted to give you guys some details because it’s so so helpful to collect design inspiration and sources all in one place.

Above is a screenshot of my ‘homepage’ which shows my last several saved notes.  Its laid out kind of like an email inbox, but each note shows a snippet of a photo, which is so helpful for finding something visual.  If I’m looking for GOLD things in a product round up, I can scan the thumbnails and pick out from all of the notes I’ve saved.

More than that, however, you can tag your notes (in my case they’re mostly photos) with any keywords you want.  Later, I can search by keyword to find exactly what I’m looking for.  One photo might get ten keywords, but it helps me to recover the idea later on.  Some of these things are clipped from a website (using their web clipper) and some are photos I took with my iphone in a store and saved to evernote.

Another amazing detail? The webclipper saves all of the URLs for me.  One of the hardest things for me (in life and in blogging) is remembering where I saw something.  I started clipping from the web and Evernote it stores the webpage for me.  That’s how I can recall some of the more obscure finds that I may feature.

I don’t want this to sound like a big advertisement.  I don’t work for evernote, and they don’t pay me anything, I just love it.  It’s a free app and helps me by working as an ‘external brain’.  It could definitely be helpful to anyone who is looking for a place to capture inspiration (and the sources) that can be accessed from anywhere.  If you want to know more about it, give me a shout and we can chat!

Have a wonderful Monday!


Friday Faves 8.24

ONE The Ralph Lauren Prairie Rug is $4800, which is crazy expensive, but I wanted to show it to you guys because I love how neutral it is and how the pattern has so much character.  This could really make a room. TWO Made Tripod Table £89 and has three surfaces for all of your awesome stuff. THREE the only thing better than the Staples and Sundries packaging is the soap $8. FOUR I’ve died and gone to dinnerware heaven.  These blue patterned ceramic beauties want to live in my house.  $185 for a set of four from Horchow. FIVE I’d be glad to be sickly if this were my companion.  Fine Little Day hot water bottle cover, €34.  SIX kraft paper placemats for late summer crab dinners.  Now who wants to invite me to their beach house? Nordstrom, $24 for a whole stack.


As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in San Francisco for the Evernote Trunk conference and I’m just a wee bit nervous to get up on that big stage and talk to 800 people.  That might be why I’m a little fiestier this morning than usual, but I’m going to assume this will work in my favor.

After the conference today, Matt and I are headed to Napa tomorrow for a little relaxation and a lot of wine.  I hope you all have a great weekend lined up!


East Coast, West Coast

I’m taking off this morning for San Francisco to speak on a design and lifestyle panel for the Evernote Trunk Conference.  I had a rough time packing, trying to decide which style to exude, and it got me thinking about the differences between east coast and west coast style.  Matt told me that I shouldn’t start a war (haha) and bring up the age-old conundrum, so I won’t go into much detail, but won’t you share?

What is your stylistic preference?


*east coast design photo from New England Home and west coast design photo by Emily Henderson.



DIY Paperclip Namecard Holders

It’s no secret that I love place cards for parties.  They make people feel special and help you to manage who goes where, which doesn’t seem like a large concern until you have 12 or so people standing around staring at each other and trying to figure out where to sit!

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to use these vintage wooden spools for a while now and thought they would make a rustic and unique vehicle for a wire card holder.  Making the wire coil was easy and just uses a paperclip! Continue reading for the full instructions!

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Color Story: Fall

It’s no secret that fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  I start getting excited for the clothes, the colors, and the cool nights.

Grey has been the trend for the last few years, but this year there is a change in direction.  I’m seeing browns everywhere, and I think that warm caramel will replace the greys of the previous years.  Pair it with navy for a classic preppy look, or combine it with warm burgundy and your summer pinks for a pretty autumnal flair. Greens are still going to be big, so you don’t have to get rid of the pretty mint throw you bought for summer, just pairing it with a teal or jade colored cushion is all you need to move into the fall.

It can be hard in home decor to change things out seasonally, but a new pop of art or a pretty dish will help to register change.  I’m really eyeing those pillows from West Elm and think they might be mine soon.  What do you think?

Are you ready for fall?  Or still trying to squeeze a little more sunshine out of summer?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


photo credit:  inspiration collage:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4   product collage: votive, coasters, dish, couch, art, pillows


Sunday Supper at Jorgenson’s Farm

Last night, Matt and I went to a dinner at the nearby Jorgenson Farm for a CSA Sunday Supper.  He had bought the tickets for me as a surprise, and we had the most wonderful time.  The theme of the dinner revolved around the sunflowers that were in full bloom, and the vegetables, herbs, and fruits that were at their peak for harvest.

We had a tour of the farm, saw the chickens, lambs, edible gardens, and barns. The dinner was BYOB, and they had a basket full of empty glasses and wine openers upon our arrival with the appetizers.

To start, there were multiple stations, one had canapes, marinated olives, and tomatoes; another had local honeycomb, walnuts, and cheese.  We then had carmelized onion flatbread, heirloom caprese, and a mint watermelon salad for our first course.  Roasted chicken and lamb kabobs were served as the main course (but I was already so full)!  We rounded out the night with homemade poundcake topped with blackberries.

You can tell by the photos what a beautiful place it was, and I cannot wait to head back for another dinner sometime soon.  Each month has a different ‘theme’ and I hear the fall dinners are wonderful as well.  They even have an upcoming event this weekend called “Mint Fest” that is in collaboration with Jeni’s Ice Creams.  If you’re in the Columbus area this weekend, you should look into it!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Here’s to another week!



Friday Faves 8.17

ONE this ampersand dish would make the cutest wedding or shower gift $28 from Pure Home; TWO a lamp that is both classic and sculptural.  $224 from abc carpet and home; THREE I love egg cups.  If not for an egg than for a mini scoop of ice cream or just to hold pretty little things. These are just $20 for all four at Nordstrom; FOUR cozy and colorful, my mind is already veering toward fall with this fun patterned rug from Urban Outfitters, $24; FIVE I love love this bathroom. the simplicity and style is right up my alley.  Those little marks on the wall already have my wheels turning for a DIY. Photo is from Simply Grove. SIX a gurgle pot!  So cute to use as a vase or a decorative accessory (oh, and of course as a pitcher $46 from Pure Home.

Whew… It’s really been one of those weeks.  I’ve had suppliers in town from both India and China, I’m getting into crunch time for the lifestyle session I’m doing next week at the Evernote Trunk Conference in San Francisco, and I had a meeting with a renovation design client last night.  I’m really excited to rest this weekend.  Matty bought us spots in a Sunday Supper dinner at a local farm (which is going to be awesome) and I’ll share it here on Monday!

What’s on your agenda?

Have a SPLENDID Friday and Weekend!


Color Blocked Pins

With the back-to-school season looming, I always get in the mood for new supplies that will make my work more fun (than it already is, of course).

I had a little corkboard for some real life pinning and thought that my thumbtacks could use a pick-me up.  I bought some tiny wooden squares for just two bucks and used some of the pretty paint left over from my marbled paper party goods to dress up the tacks.

The process is super quick; paint one side with quick brush strokes from the center of the cube so that the paint doesn’t get on the sides.  Wait for the paint to dry, and repeat with a contrasting color on an adjacent side.  Use a very strong glue (I used this one) to adhere the cube to the top of a plain thumb tack.

It seems so silly, but I really love the pop of color on my board.  It’s almost like inspiration within the inspiration!

I hope you’ll be motivated to glue something fun to your plain jane tacks!  Share a photo with us on Facebook if you do!


An additional note!  My Sunkissed Ombre stripe pillow made the top finalists on the Design Sponge Scotch Blue Painters Tape Contest!  GO vote for it so that I can make it to the finals.


H&M Home Launch Stateside + Exciting News!

After a long wait, word has broken that H&M home is finally launching in the US in early 2013.  This launch was initially slated for 2012, but has been pushed back a few times.  The brand is set to have a few major collections each season and is starting out with mainly textiles and accessories.  Check out the UK site here and we’ll all cross our fingers and toes for a US e-commerce launch as well!

How excited are you?

Do you know who should be REALLY excited?  Noel!  Noel, you won the Lenox Quatrefoil Dinnerware giveaway and I’ll be contacting you soon regarding the details! Congrats!

Do you want something else to be excited about? My sunkissed ombre stripe pillow was selected in the top 20 of finalists in the Design*Sponge Scotch Blue Painters tape contest!  The announcement will be up on their site at 1pm EST and voting will be open until Sunday to determine the finalists! Make sure to head over and vote for yours truly when the post goes live!



Have a FABULOUS Wednesday.