Time Away.

We are enjoying our time away on Nantucket (you can’t really call it “vacation” when you have a 21 month in tow!)  I was planning to have ample free time to blog, but that is not the case. I will be posting Friday, but until then follow on Instagram to see snaps from our trip of this charming island.







Some would consider cornflower/hydrangea blue strictly a summer color. But I love wearing this color year round, as it really brings such life to my face and I always seem to get compliments when I wear it. It’s happy and bold but still soft.

(wearing these earrings today with this cashmere ruana while looking at this hydrangea on my desk)

My friend Sarah has this stunning cornflower blue wool coat from Tibi that I have coveted for years.  So when I saw the Boden coat (#1) in the catalog recently I had to order it.   And it made me think of how great this color looks for the tricky transition between summer and fall.  Mixed with oranges, fig and olive green (a favorite- and also THE color for fall) it adds some punch and a little unexpectedly flair as the temps turn a bit chillier.  Here are some items in this shade I love, and some color pairing suggestions you may not have considered.

1. (20% off today!) // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. (cashmere for $78!)// 14.

Also, if any of you will be on Nantucket next week I’m doing a little book signing at the fab Margaux pop up shop! Please stop by and say hello (and bonus- their shoes are amazing.)

Have a happy and safe long weekend everyone.


My New Living Room Plan + The New Traditionalists

Our renovation is moving along nicely (I cannot wait- this room is going to change our lives!)  Along with the new space, I’m changing some things in the living room since we won’t need a sectional anymore (tv going into the new room which THRILLS me because now you won’t see a TV above a fireplace right when you walk into the house- a total pet peeve).  This will be more of a “formal living” space.  Although I use that term loosely because how formal can you be with a toddler running the joint?  While I’m still going to be careful of finishes and fabrics (and sharp edges) I want to make this space feel more grown up and “me”.

While pondering this change, I had decided I needed new side tables regardless.  The modern burl cube tables I had were fab, but I needed something with storage now that I have an ottoman instead of two level coffee table. You know, a spot to keep remotes, magazines and books.  So I worked with the fab peeps at The New Traditionalists (a favorite vendor with amazing traditional-with-an-edge style) to create the perfect new side tables that work great now and will be amazing in my newly decorated space too.

I chose the Side Table No. 7 for its clean lines, lower shelf and large drawer.  I specified the exact size to fit my space.  When it came to finish, I knew I wanted a slightly off white and after seeing their bevy of samples chose China White for the body.  I toyed with grasscloth drawer fronts (you can send COM goods to apply to their pieces) but instead went with their Fine Linen painted finish in Edgecomb Gray with Brown. It looks a lot like grasscloth but is wipeable! Perfect for Henry’s sticky fingerprints that seem to be on everything these days!  The interior of the drawer I had done in a sweet grey-blue (Benjamin Moore Smoke).

I also chose their brass tassel pull (LOVE).  And the details are fabulous. Everything is designed to your specifications in New York and then made and finished in Connecticut.

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An Adorable Bedroom + Awesome (Affordable) Wallpapers

Sorry this is so late you guys- between my renovation, Henry, work and LIFE I’ve been running behind on everything for the past few days. Which I hate. But at least I’m showing up, right? :)
So I saw this picture on Susanna Salk’s instagram last week (btw her new book about dogs and their designers looks so awesome)- and I just fell in love. It’s an old image from Elle Decor’s 2010 Showhouse and this space is by Suzanne Tucker….and it’s so damn charming.  Granny-chic is making a fast and furious comeback in a BIG way these days (more on that another day) and this room is a great mix of that and some more modern colors.  I’d love this kind of scheme for a tween/teen girls room. The beds are killer (probably vintage) but I found some nice alternates below.

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So, this is basically me when we get closer to September:


I have said it 600 times already but fall clothes make me so happy. Keep your sundresses and tank tops and hand over the sweaters and booties! I want turtleneck sweaters that look like they are swallowing my head and ALL THE COATS. All of them. I am a scientific study in what the threshold is for an adult human woman’s coat consumption.

That said, I have noticed in my “new arrivals” perusing lately that there is a boatload of very expensive fug available for fall. A quick scan of one site led me to these two charmers:

I’m sorry, WHAT? And this is just the tip of the fug iceberg! If wanting to look pretty and classic makes me a #basic than I shall happily embrace my basic-ness.  Because that up there is just trendy fashion nonsense. No one needs to be wearing overalls with bows. NO. ONE.

So here is an outfit (#basic) that I can’t wait to wear once the temps dip into the 60’s/50’s.  This sweater blazer is awesome (now referred to as my “business sweatshirt” because its as comfy as a sweatshirt but you look less like you’ve given up on getting dressed. (CLICK ITEM IMAGES FOR LINKS)

And then to piggy back off that, some awesome fall finds I’m hoping to pick up too.  Since my famous leather pants have a non-repairable off-seam hole int hem from wearing them so much over the last 6 years, a new pair are needed (painful investment, but worth every penny).  Unlike that leather skirt, which is faux!  Everyone will need a leopard coat this season (YAY) and adorable suede chunky heels and booties. Lots to love here. (CLICK ON ITEM IMAGES FOR LINKS)