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Inspired By: The Marlton Hotel

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One of the hottest new hotels in Manhattan right now has to be The Marlton.  I love the style of the hotel which proudly announced that it’s rooms are small but their ideas are big. The blend of modern and traditional is totally my personal style, and I think a lot of inspiration can be gleaned from these spaces.

Small IS the new big after all! :)



This is reinforcing my choice to do brass in my new bathroom- I was up in the middle of the night questioning my decision but now, not so much.




Best Thing I’ve Seen This Week…

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

I about keeled over when I saw this little living room/entry set up A House in the Hills just installed in her home. That. mirror. is. everything.







Ok, I will stop cracking myself up now. But for serious, let’s talk about this. I love the floating shelf with storage that she sketched up and had her carpenter build. It’s fantastic and was only $350.  The mirror, which I assumed was some vintage marvel, is actually from Restoration Hardware (P.S. here’s another big round mirror I am obsessed with)! Since that is her front door right there it helps define an “entry” area without taking up too much room. Genius.


But let’s back up again and discuss the fact that she made a leather sectional look super chic.  The clean lines and bench seat help a lot, so if you’re looking for one take a cue from this. Her fab pillows are from Amber Interiors and help funk things up. All in all, I am loving this bohemian/modern look!


Taking Inspiration to Execution

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I always ask my clients to provide me with as many inspiration photos as possible before we start pulling together ideas for their space.  I find that most of the time people limit their inspiration photos to only photos of the exact room type we’re working on.  But you can find inspiration anywhere- a bathroom concept could turn into a kitchen scheme and a living room look can work for a bedroom.  Take this AMAZING room for example. I adore everything about it (how I wish I could have a black room again…) but wanted to show how this look can easily become a master bedroom suite:


I took the sofa linen color and clean lines and found a headboard with the same look.  A pair of natural wood  side tables are reminiscent of the coffee table. The walls would be painted my favorite Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball. The hint of orangey-coral translates to some coral border bedding (similar to my old bedding featured in Better Homes & Gardens that everyone and their mother emailed me about!) Take a peek at the overall scheme and start looking for inspiration in all sorts of rooms!


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Making Your Guest Room Hotel-Like

Monday, June 17th, 2013


With summer comes GUESTS and I for one am typically an unprepared guest. It’s inevitable that I’ve either forgotten my toothbrush or been cleaned out of products by TSA due to absentminded carry-on packing.  So I very much appreciate a well stocked guest room.  It’s nice to offer your guests a space of their own that is complete with every little thing they might need without having to ask for it.


It’s not hard to set up an impressive guest room- comfy sheets, space for luggage and good lighting.  In addition, setting up a little basket or tray of goodies and useful items that your guests may have forgotten or need makes a HUGELY good impression.  Here are my must haves for a guest room- travel sized items feel individual and special and can be picked up at Sephora, a drugstore or swiped from a hotel room! I have a drawer full of fancy travel size shampoos and lotions I like to set out for guests!


1. Hair elastics 2.Travel size of my fave facewash 3. Travel size body lotion 4. I feel like a jerk getting mascara on guest towels- place a black makeup towel with a fresh bath towel for them 5. An interesting read 6. I love these adorable kits for sleep trouble, headaches and cuts 7. Mini shaving cream for him or her 8. A razor (also for him or her) 9. A fancy travel size toothpaste 10. Great shampoo and conditioner 11. Mini Tide stick 12. Disposable wooden tootbrushes labeled “guest” 13. Travel dry shampoo and hairspray 14. Sewing kit with safety pin and button 15. Tiny bottle of Crease Release spray for wrinkled clothes 16. Travel candle in a clean scent 17. Mini relaxation balm for unwinding after stressful travel 18. A welcome gift like these tiny chocolate mice with silk tails 19. A big tray to keep everything on (easy to hide under the bed when guests are not coming!) 20. Nail scissors 21. A carafe filled with ice water (add lemon and fresh mint to take it over the top).

Another really nice offering is a mini Keurig on the dresser and coffee, tea and mugs so that they can make a fresh cup of coffee in the morning without having to get dressed and bother you for it (or a lesson in how to use whatever machine you have).  A happy guest is a good guest!


1. Assortment of sweetners and individual creamers  2. Mini- Keurig  3. Mugs  4. Coffee pods  5. Assorted teas


Currently Loving: Director’s Chairs

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

I’ve found myself completely drawn to rooms using variations of the classic director’s chair lately.  Either in a casual canvas and wood or a more studious leather and metal.  There is something so comfortable and whimsical in the style as well as a great combination of angles to play off any decor style.  I particularly am fond of this look in beach houses…. Take a look at some examples and some you can buy yourself!










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