Archive for the ‘because i love it’ Category

Give Mom A Laugh.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Laughter is truly the best medicine, and a great gift.  So why not prepare yourself and order up a funny card for your Mom, wife, sister or friend this year?  As I’ve said before, a truly hilarious card is one of my favorite things (I buy them and save them for the perfect recipient/ moment- I’ve had this one in my drawer for like a year, this line always cracks me up too!) Making someone smile and laugh is so underrated. Try it.

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NYC Finds- Design, Destination & Dress

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

New York based designer Blair Harris designed this fantastic Brooklyn townhouse and I love the rustic meets modern edge it has. Especially this kitchen.
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Inspiration: The New Domino

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The spring issue of Domino is AWESOME. It saved me from losing my mind on my delayed flight back from Arizona.  There are some seriously awesome spaces in it, lots of inspiration and many reasons to go pick up a copy!

The biggest reason in my book? Lauren Liess’ new home. She’s been chronicling her reno on her blog and now we get to see the final reveal. It’s SO good. SO SO SO good.

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That ceiling???? DIE.

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This kitchen? The island? The iron racks? Yes please. With a cherry on top.

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This TV room is amazing- those shelves were made of IKEA butcher block counters. Can you say GENIUS?

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This shot wasn’t in the mag but I love it. How badly do you want to sit here and read?

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The Delightful Emily McDowell

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I still love sending people real cards, not just e-mails. It’s kind of a “thing” in my family to try to find each other the funniest cards possible, and I can spend a good hour at a card shop laughing until I cry or trying to pick out the prettiest, most amazing $7 card possible.  So when I run into a source like Emily McDowell I have to share.  She combines humor and beautiful art and her work just makes me smile.  And when it’s snowing for the 4,567,908th time this winter you need to find ways to smile (when not perusing real estate in sunnier climates as a form of self-torture).  Enjoy. And shop her Etsy site too.

This one could not be more true…

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I wish I had found this in time to give to Andrew for Valentine’s Day, because it’s SO true. Especially this year.

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TOO GOOD. Especially the one at right.

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Stacking the Deck

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday. I’ll slowly get back into the swing of things but as you suggested, am taking some time off here and there this week to relax a little bit (and plan a short getaway later in the month somewhere close but warm- suggestions welcome).

In the meantime, I was flipping through Architectural Digest while on the couch yesterday and fell pretty hard for the open, airy, sunny California home of Patrick and Jillian Dempsey.  The modern Frank Gehry house is so out of my New England colonial comfort zone, but I could SO see myself living there. Maybe it’s just the winter blues talking, as I’ve never desired to leave the northeast seriously, but man that open, sunny space sure is tempting.

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This is Jillian’s art studio. I mean…. amazing, right?

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The back yard has a large garden and Airstream trailer “getaway”.

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But my favorite aspect of the house is the architecturally stacked wood in recessed areas of the living room walls. I adore the texture, color and graphic pattern it adds but in a very natural way.

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Here are some more spaces that have used this element on a large and small scale:

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