Renovation Update: The Finish Line (Almost)

So like with most projects, there was a little delay in finishing up our addition, but this is the week. We are so close! Things are looking amazing, if I do say so myself!  Already our house functions SO MUCH BETTER, even with just the extra 600 square feet. In smaller homes (with our addition our house is 1900 square feet) you have to make every square foot count, and I think we did a great job of that.

One thing I enjoy about smaller homes is that you can spend a little more on specific things because there isn’t a ton of space you have to dress up.  One area I spent a lot on are the master suite entry closet built ins.  Made by a cabinet company here in MA (TaylorMade Cabinets) we needed this space to function as Andrew’s clothing storage and book/ additional bathroom storage.  I added the detailed X mullions on the mirrored doors last minute and am SO glad I did. This might be one of my favorite areas of the new space.  The master bath is almost done too- it also is very small, so I went ALL OUT on flooring and a custom vanity.  Although spatially lighting above the mirrors would have been better, it’s so much nicer to have lighting on the sides for makeup application.  So while it looks a little tight, it’s going to function better for me.  Also, the medicine cabinet doors are not on in this picture, and clearly not enough hardware arrived!

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SOURCES: Closet built ins- custom // Closet hardware // Bathroom hardware // Bathroom floor // Bathroom vanity- custom, in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray // Faucet- Kohler // Medicine cabinets // Lights- Circa Graydon Sconce // Wall color- Sherwin Williams Eider White (gorgeous light grey- love it).

The walk in shower is missing it’s frameless glass door, but the 4″ x 8″ subway makes it look bigger and the grey grout gives it a throwback look.  The brass fixtures really pop off this.  In the picture on the right you can see the hall in relation to the bathroom- since there isn’t much bathroom storage we’ll probably use one drawer in the hall for overflow/ towels, etc. Also, Baxter decided to follow me around as I was snapping pictures.

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Blog Favorites: DVF on Life and Wrap Dresses

A lot of fashion posts are timely- with items in style in the moment- and in looking back I see that while I still like a lot of the items I’ve posted over the past seven years, there are only a handful of posts that stand the test of time. Such as this 2011 one about Diane Von Furstenberg and her famous wrap dress. I still adore wrap dresses TO DEATH, and I still wear the first one I ever bought over 8 years ago. There’s something to be said about an item of clothing THAT classic and timeless. But also timeless, are these life tips from Diane- just what I need tore-read today! Thanks for letting me take the week off, new posts resume on Tuesday! :)

On Tuesday night I had the extraordinary pleasure of hearing the one and only (and my personal favorite designer) Diane Von Furstenberg speak at the Harris Center’s Public Forum at Harvard Business School. While the Harris Center Forum is typically a discussion about the fashion industry, body image and the resulting eating disorders it can produce, Diane’s speech was more about female empowerment rather than the shrinking waist sizes of runway models. While at first this bothered me, with eating disorders being a very personal cause for me, once she started speaking about her life and career I was completely enraptured. And empowered. And that sense of empowerment is one of the best ways to begin mitigating the self-mutilating thoughts and behaviors of an eating disorder. I had to share with you the experience of hearing Diane speak in person!

Blog Favorites: On Beauty

This post was one of the most commented on of my career- in fact, it was purchased to run in Ladies Home Journal and is actually in my upcoming book because it was so loved (the rest of the essays- there is one in every chapter- are brand new). So when thinking of favorite posts over the past seven years, this one HAS to be included.

As I stood in the horrific light of the Gap dressing room yesterday trying on several bikinis I had a bit of a meltdown. After spotting one of them on a lithe, tan model in one of my many, many magazines I devour monthly (and being fresh off a sweat inducing yoga class and self-tanned to a decent color) I felt like I was ready for a little bikini try on time. You have to be “ready” to try on bathing suits, not in a “post-cheeseburger-pasty-white-and-pissed-off” mood. Like many women, I struggle fiercely with self-esteem. I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a very long time, but always feared what people would think (hello-self esteem 101, Erin) and if I could possibly put into words the incredibly complex emotions I feel about the importance placed on beauty these days and my personal relationship with my looks. If I keep waiting for the perfect sentence and the perfect time, I will never write it. So here we are and here I go. No little outfits for you today, just deep thoughts….

I was not a cute adolescent. People who did not know me then like to argue with me on this. Let me assure you I was not. Let me assure you even further still with this assault on your eyeballs:

Me in fifth grade, I believe.

Blog Favorites: Fashion vs. Interiors Series

I really, REALLY love doing these posts! Here is a link to all of the ones I’ve done in the past, but this one has to be a favorite, from February 2013:

Typically when I have some extra money to buy myself something nice I have to chose between something for the home or something for my closet. But sometimes these desires relate… fashion and interiors continuously influence each other. See what I mean?

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Katie Ridder wallpaper/ Isabel Marant dress (covet)

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