A Great New Book & Entry Inspiration

I was so drawn to the cover of Susanna Salk’s new book It’s the Little Things over the weekend while shopping in a small bookshop.  The interesting, layered shot is everything I hope to create in a home and so I bought it and poured over it during Henry’s nap.   I love the concept of creating little “moments” in your home using unique and storied items.  These details truly do MAKE a home.  I highly recommend this book for those of you who just love the details aspect of decorating!

I loved this entry- the combination of funky wallpaper with a more traditional, antique dresser is such a great example of mixing textures, time periods and styles.


I decided to interpret it into an easy to re-create version.


wallpaper // sconce // mirror // shell planter // sculpture // bird prints // dresser // wire basket // rug

Dream Life on Patina Farm

I have long been following Velvet & Linen,  the blog of designers Brooke and Steve Gianetti, and marveled at the process of building  their incredible home in Ojai, California called Patina Farm.  And now it’s  complete and a book!   One that may lead you to dream, like I have,  of a beautiful alternate life full of vintage French wood doors, elegant chicken coops, glass walled showers and baby goats.  Oh, so many baby goats. Let’s go visit the farm….


Great Children’s Books to Give


My sweet and wonderful friend Sarah (mother of two) compiled a list of her favorite children’s books for me to share with you as it’s one of the best gifts to give a child this holiday! My baby shower was a book theme so I added a couple others here I like (and received for Henry).  I can’t wait until he’s old enough to read with!  If you have a favorite please leave the title in comments so we can gather a great knowledge base for everyone to access! :)


Age 0+

Polar Bear What Do You Hear

Dear Zoo

Each Peach Pear Plum

The Goodnight Train

Goodnight Moon

I Took the Moon For a Walk

Goodnight Gorilla

One Gorilla

Your Baby’s First Words will Be Dada

Naptime with Theo and Beau

Age 2+

The Circus Ship

Sleep Like a Tiger

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This is Not a Box

Officer Buckles and Gloria

Snowy Day

Counting Lions

Paris: A Book of Shapes

Press Here

Age 3 -5


Rosie Revere Engineer

Iggy Peck Architect

What Do You Do With An Idea?


Counting Lions

Secret Pizza Party

Dragons Love Tacos


Blueberries for Sal




Count the Monkeys

The Jolly Postman

And here are some bookcases and wall storage to help display all these great titles in your child’s room!

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Book Review: Gracious Rooms

My dad picked this book, Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook up for me last week and I was so glad he did. It isn’t one that I would have necessarily bought myself but I LOVED it. Barbara Westbrook is one classy lady with a very specific and refined sense of style. Very grown up, traditional and yet interesting and luxurious. The images really spoke to me- so if you have anyone on your holiday gift list that likes design (and specifically this style) this book would be a great gift.

Here are some amazing spaces by Barbara to whet your appetite…



The Blogger Book Club: Emily Henderson

I’ll admit that I don’t read many blog anymore due to my insane schedule- and like a lot of you probably do- when my work day is over I want to something not work related. But when I do find time, I go right to the long-time partners in the blog trenches whose work I really admire. Emily Henderson is one of those people. I LOVE her. Her sunny smile, disposition, funny voice and amazing talent are what makes her the superstar she is. So I was not surprised when I heard she was doing a book and knew it would be just as awesome as she is. (And she managed not only to release Styled, her fun, fab new book but also give birth to her daughter all in the same time frame!

What I love about design is how different we all do it.  Emily’s colorful, California cool vibe is so different from what I do day-to-day but I adore it.  You know when you look at images of spaces so different from your own and think “Man, I want to live like THAT! I would be so much cooler if my house was like that one!” :)  That’s how I feel about the spaces in Emily’s book.


And it’s a mix of spaces by different designers that look cohesive due to Emily’s ninja styling skills.  This book is more about styling your space, not top to bottom design.  Basically, how to get your space to look as “done” as those you see in magazines.  I think that last 10% of design (the styling) tends to be the hardest for people to do- which is what makes this book handy!

Having been through the book process I know what it’s like to have to pick certain images to use and others that you have to trash.  It’s painful!  You have all these fantastic shots but for one reason or another some end up on the cutting room floor.  Emily sent over these exclusive outtakes from her book editing process- ones that didn’t make it in but that she still loves.

This one is SO good- can you imagine sitting her with a glass of wine after a long day and looking at a magazine or chatting with friends? DIE.