The Season For Outdoor Dining!

I get sooooooooo excited when it turns time to eat outside. I just adore alfresco dining- be it at home or when out to eat. Seeing as we get out a lot less than we used to now that we have Henry, entertaining on our quaint back patio will be more frequent this summer for sure.

image via Cote de Texas/ House & Garden

Melamine table wear is essential for patio dining (and also an excellent choice for indoor dining too- especially with little ones).  And the advances in melamine style-wise has been crazy amazing in the past couple years. I spotted these marble patterned ones at Pier 1 and designed this whole tablescape around them– it’s elegant, rustic and all shatterproof!  I think I need to make this whole situation happen for my own house STAT!  Using real flatware and linen napkins makes an outdoor table feel substantial even when everything else is acrylic.

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Inspiration Files: The Fox Group

I saw this kitchen on Instagram last week and absolutely loved it and needed to know more about the people behind it- turns out its from a design-build firm called The Fox Group in Salt Lake City (I feel like there is a lot of good design coming out of that area!)  I absolutely love the blend of rustic and refined here:

The inset wood cabinetry really stands out as well as the special custom details on the paitned cabinets (and cool hardware. And lights. And everything else.)

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Fashion Friday: My “Mom Style” Essentials

Motherhood brings about a lot of changes that span the width and breadth of your entire life. Personal style and care routine included. Very included.  Since becoming a mom my purchasing trends have phased out of cute, dry-clean only delicate tops and sky high heels to things I am comfortable in but look slightly polished and flats. All the flats.

So here are my favorite things (with my explanations why I love them) and I really want to hear yours as well- share away, ladies!

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Design Crush: Monique Gibson

You probably ( along with me) drooled over the spread in Arch Digest last year of Meg Ryan’s loft in Manhattan. The beautiful mix of rustic, traditional and luxurious was concocted by designer Monique Gibson, a celebrity decorator who flies a little bit under the radar (as I just discovered a bulk of her work yesterday!)  I absolutely loved her portfolio of work and wanted to share it with you in case you too had not heard of her before.

This space below is her “atelier” in NYC where she operates her business out of.  Can I please have an “atelier”? I guess thats what you get when your first big design client was Elton John!

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Shopping Vintage on Etsy (Tips & Tricks Too!)

On a whim I bought this concrete bust of David on Etsy (from this shop) without any idea where it was going to go in our new studio. He now holds a place on our front console that is getting a great linen skirt made for it.

As designers, we shop on Etsy A LOT.  Not only for newly made or custom items (as detailed in this post), but for antique and vintage items too.  Etsy has become a bit of a “normal budget” 1stDibs in that there is some high end antique dealers, but mostly its small shops with decent prices for interesting goods.  You just have to dig a bit more as it is a bit less curated, but in the best way possible! You can still find amazing deals on lots of things on Etsy, where as some other online vintage shops you cannot.

A good example of this was when we were looking for a pair of vintage x-benches for a great project below (you only get a sneak peek here as we are pitching it to magazine right now).  We found the perfect set from an expensive vendor but perused Etsy to see if anyone else had a pair we could refinish.  And we found the EXACT pair we loved for about 1/4 of the price.  We had them repainted and reupholstered and they came out perfect and added that patina we were looking for in the space.

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