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Gift Guides 2013: For Home & Cyber Monday Sales

December 2nd, 2013

Now that we are past Thanksgiving it’s time to get serious about shopping for Christmas! Here is my “For Home” gift guide as well as a few sales of note today! Most end tonight so get clicking!


1. & 2.- Shameless plug, but I DO happen to think a piece from my Bateau collection with Jill Rosenwald is perfection. :)

3. Coolest block of knives ever (and on sale today with code EVENMORE!)

4.  Expanding stars are great tabletop decor and entertainment.

5. The PRETTIEST candle I’ve ever seen in my favorite malachite pattern!

6. Everyone wants a Vitamix (including ME!)

7. Love the cover of this book in one of my most beloved wallaper prints!

8. A pretty bay leaf wreath for anyone’s home!

9. Andrew & I use our melamine plates ALL the time- a new set is in order, like these with a monogram (you pick the colors to match their decor!) 20% off with code THANKFUL.

10. Isn’t this the prettiest plaid blanket you’ve ever seen??? 20% off with code THANKS20!

11. My favorite little modern vase by Jonathan Adler.

12. Adore this lemon crate complete with a tiny Myer Lemon tree to keep by a sunny kitchen window!

13. Monogrammed linen napkins are always perfect- especially when 25% off!

14. Fill this GORGEOUS glass and gold vase with flowers to make the complete gift (and it’s 25% off today with code THANKS20!)

15. LOVE LOVE LOVE this marble and brass tray.

16. A personalized address stamp- need one of these!!! (20% off with code THANKFUL)

17.  A pretty rock crystal votive (or two or three) for a chic friend.

18. I have this gorgeous candle in my own home (and have put it in a few clients too). It’s a mix of sculpture and scent- and 30% off today!

19. Everyone needs a dash of leopard. EVERYONE.

20. A gold salad server set for the gilt obsessed hostess.


* West Elm- Up to 25% off your entire purchase with code EVENMORE.

* Zinc Door- 20% off sitewide with code THXGIVING.

* Serena & Lily- 20% off sitewide with code THANKS20.

* Layla Grace- 20% off sitewide with code THANKFUL.

* Furbish Studio- 25% off your purchase of $100 or more with code MONDAYMADNESS

* Cost Plus World Market- 20% off sitewide with code CYBERSAVE.

Gift Guide: For Her (& Black Friday Guide)

November 29th, 2013

Ok, shoppers, on your mark, get set….

While Monday tend to be the best online shopping day, today has some crazy deals too. So here is my gift guide for her, along with some notes on sales happening today!


1. Monogrammed jammies are luxurious yet under $100.

2. & 3.  Lacquered jewelry boxes for her dresser that are kind of reminiscent of Tiffany & Hermes boxes. Such great accents!

4. A beyond cool lucite cuff (30% off)

5. The most chic monogrammed clutch (I have it and get endless compliments).

6. What girl wouldn’t want a collection of Diptique candles? GENIUS. Someone buy this for me please.

7. The perfect little date night makeup kit from Bobbi Brown.

8. A ladylike print for her bathroom- super affordable and awesome.

9. A monogrammed cell phone case is the perfect gift always.

10. The perfect horn chain link necklace (goes with everything, totally dying for one myself).

11. & 12. Aren’t these the most gorgeous aprons you’ve ever seen? Monogrammed too. The full one looks like a gorgeous dress and half one has a monogram front and center! I think this is the BEST gift for a cook! (20% off)

13. A tweedy/ stripey infinity scarf is just right and matches any coat. (20% off)

14. A gold monogrammed mug for $10 pairs great with their favorite beverage.

15. I swear, every girl who has tried this face wash LOVES it. I am totally hooked.

16. My signature scent- it’s SO lovely.

17. HELLO leopard armed trench. I believe I will be ordering you today (40% off).

18. A gorgeous gold tassel keychain.

19. A little clutch that CHARGES YOUR PHONE! Tuck it into a bigger purse or carry on it’s own. Amazing.

Revisit my other gift guides as a bunch of things are likely on sale now!





Some sales to note:

J. Crew is 30% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY.

Banana Republic is 40% off sitewide with code BRGIVING.

Gap is 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY

Ann Taylor is 40% off sitewide with code GET40.

Anthropologie is 20% off

Shopbop is 15% off 250+, 20% off 500+ and 30% off $1,000+ with code BIGEVENT.

Piperlime is 25% off sitewide with code GIFT.

West Elm has tiered discounts with code STOCKUP.

Layla Grace is 20% off sitewide with code THANKFUL.

My Christmas List

November 27th, 2013

As I was putting these together I realized that my Christmas list is kind of color coordinated (minus the china). Seriously, this was not intentional. Apparently 2014 is the year of pink, black, tan and leopard (duh). I am so grateful for such an amazing year, and even more grateful that my book manuscript is DONE as of today (champagne for EVERYONE!!!!) but that doesn’t mean I can’t ask Santa for a thing or two…. or fifteen.


1. I still want a light pink coat.  I have this one in emerald and I wear it a lot.

2. I need shoes somethin’ fierce. Seriously, I’m not one of those girls that buys shoes all the time. These black and white cheetah Loubs are TO DIE FOR.

3. Ditto to these cool strappy, paneled black suede numbers.

4. I managed to lose one of my small diamond studs down a sink drain years ago. I really need a new pair,  like these gold bezel set Elsa Peretti ones.

5. I also need HOT DAMN earrings. Like these tassels I blogged about last week that I love.

6. This black cashmere/wool sweater is a MUST. Winter uniform.

7. My current black leather coat is a $27 number from Forever 21. I think it’s time for an upgrade.

8. I quite like this scent. I like the bottle even more.

9. Leopard and leather. My jam. (And a great gift for girlfriends).

10. We need some new towels quite badly. These Julia B. ones with custom monograms are amaze. But I would be happy with these Pottery Barn ones with black monograms.

11. A nice jar of La Mer. My winter saviour!

12. I would do “naughty list” things for this Adler bookshelf for my bedroom.

13. I have the Joan of Arctic boots, but the new wedge version of them are PERFECT for New England winters. Paired with skinny jeans or leggings you can look hip and still be warm with some snow traction!

14. Oh hey two tone Miu Miu bag, how ya doin’?

15. I will keep asking for this Tank watch until I get it. Hear that Santa? I was SO good this year! I WROTE A FRIGGIN’ BOOK!

16. This Julie Voss horn pendant

17. HYSTERICAL phone case. I mean, it’s true, but holy hell this made me laugh!!!

18. I am still in love with Juliska’s Country Estate in blue. LOVE.

19. Looking forward to reading this new book about fashion designers homes.

OK, I’m signing off until Friday (look for my For Her Gift Guide).  I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving!


Boston Globe Magazine Christmas Feature!

November 26th, 2013

I was delighted to be asked to be featured in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine again, this time for tips on decorating for Christmas!  My guy Michael J. Lee shot the pictures (and most of my book) and since only two of them were in the article I wanted to share the rest with you (and get a little glimpse at my house in it’s final stages!)

And look little Oliver had his 15 minutes of fame! GO OLLIE!


I seriously LOVE this shot. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It warms my little, black Ebeneezer Scrooge heart. That eBay chair and re-upholstery job was so very much worth it. The greek key drapes are custom made by my main man, Manny Makkas but you can get similar ones here too.  The brass rods are from West Elm!


We got to show up a piece from my line with Jill Rosenwald in this shot, the monogrammed Ritz Tray- a PERFECT gift if I do say so myself!


I delight in my bar bust, and I got her ALL gussied up for the holiday in black and white plaid ribbon and a strand of my pearls! The star ornaments are from Crate & Barrel and I luuuurve them.  (P.S. Find a Rosemary Cranberry Sparkler recipe like in these glasses at the end of the post!)


My wrapping scheme for the year matches the house with black, white, gold and green…. and even leopard! The malachite paper is left over from the wallpaper job I did on the interior cabinets of the bar, but I found another version that IS wrapping paper on Spoonflower!   The stripe paper reverses to the gold dot for double the wrapping fun!


And would you believe it- a reader (and the owner of Pecan Pie Puppies) posting this stack of dog collars inspired by my gift wrap on Instagram?! To say I died is a complete understatement! MALACHITE DOG COLLARS!?!?!? Also bow ties? Ones that match Andrew’s party pants for Xmas? I’m far too excited about this!!!


But for you, a fun cocktail to serve your family and friends:

Rosemary Cranberry Sparkler

1 Cup Cranberry Juice

½ Cup Vodka

2 Tablespoons of Rosemary Simple Syrup


** Combine cranberry juice, vodka and syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and pour into desired glasses. Fill each glass about half full and then top with Champagne. Add desired garnish.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

I cup water

1 cup sugar

few rosemary springs

** Combine water and sugar in a pot and put on medium heat. Once the sugar is partly dissolved put the fresh rosemary sprigs into the mixture. Bring mixture up to a soft simmer and reduce heat to low to allow the rosemary flavor to infuse into the syrup. Let mixture cool after steeping in syrup for 5-10 minutes, depending on the strength you prefer. Strain the rosemary from the syrup and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Office Library Makeover with Target

November 25th, 2013

We moved into our new Newton office space a couple moths ago and despite my nerves about becoming wholly suburban, I have to admit, I seriously love it. I am so much less stressed, more productive and it’s quite cheery and home-y.  We’ll do the big reveal once this book is done and I have time to put finishing touches on the space, but we did re-do the back library space thanks to a partnership with Target and their School Library Makeover Campaign!   Launched in 2007 in partnership with the Heart of America Foundation, the Target School Library Makeover program breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country.  Each remodeled library gets 2,000 new books and a complete technology upgrade including iPads, interactive white boards and seven new books for each student to take home. As a result of programs like this Target is on track to give $1 billion to  education by the end of 2015. Just one more reason to be addicted to shopping at good ol’ Tar-jay!

In the spirit of this great program, our little library got a facelift from this sad, depressing “before” picture, to something fun, functional and pretty!

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Before we could outfit the space to be functional, we needed to rip out the dirty old carpet and paint.  We replaced the flooring with Flor’s Jimdandy carpet tiles to make a but of a statement.  Then we painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Space Black (left over from my bathroom at home).  The rest of the office is a bold, bright coral also by Ben Moore called All A Blaze.


What a DIFFERENCE, huh?  We stocked the room with two Threshold wood and metal bookcases that happened to fit perfectly and filled them with linen covered storage boxes for samples. We hung a little gold and white antler plaque on the wall for a little pizzazz!


We store some of our favorite design books in there like At Home with Town & Country, Jeffrey Allan Marks’ new book, Thom Filicia’s tome and of course, the Domino book!  We topped it with a great, heavy agate bookend and also picked up this awesome snake handled wooden box to hols small things like picture hangers, nails and screws.


We fitted the adjacent wall with hooks to hold sample rings and book and even blueprints! And I cannot even TELL you how obsessed I am with these Nate Berkus baskets. I have one at home too with my fiddle leaf fig tree in it!


Love the label spaces on these boxes! Everything in it’s place!


We have a little min-kitchen in there too for coffee and snacks. Leopard mugs too, of course.


A cute little feather and glass paperweight/object and another close up of those beloved baskets!


Here are some great books to grab for yourself or others for the holiday season as well as all the items shown in our makeover.

*This post was sponsored in part by Target.  Rug tiles c/o FLOR.