I’ve never been to Austin, TX and I’m thinking that I need to go! My husband has been there many times on business and I think the next time he heads that way he may find his wife sneaking in his suitcase. One of the many reasons for this would be the incredibly designed restaurants I’ve been noticing in the southern city. I’m all about delicious food, but it’s best when served amongst a visual feast as well as a literal one. Case in point, LaV. I FREAKING DIE, Y’ALL. DIE. This place is heaven! Designed by McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier (whose portfolio makes me sweat it’s so good) the space is like a modern farmhouse in Provence. I love it.
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Last October I made the hard decision to move out of my old office downtown. I loved the space and the friends I had in the building but a few factors outweighed how great it was: expensive parking, productivity issues and no air- conditioning. I was hard-pressed to leave the city as I held onto my office location downtown as the one thing that didn’t make me completely suburban. But as we looked around there just wasn’t anything affordable enough to make it worth it- so off to the suburbs we went. I found this little space in rough shape ( I can’t believe I can’t find my before shots) about two miles from my house in Waban Village. It had nice windows, wood floors, free parking and across the street from Starbucks, a bank and a post office. Kinda all we needed. So we took it. And while I miss the city, we are so much more productive here!
We’ve made it as cheery and happy as we could so far. Here is a peek into our little space.
Yes, the walls are BRIGHT. :) Benjamin Moore’s All-A-Blaze is on the walls and set the tone for the space (see end of post for the inspiration…) This gallery wall of some of my favorite press pieces are in various frames. I love American Accents spray paint in Metallic Gold to spray frames.
Lindsey and I sit here and love the bright windows and fresh air we get. I found the chairs on Etsy and reupholsted them in black Sunbrella. I actually have TWO MORE I’m not using if anyone wants them (they are not re-upholstered yet)- e-mail me at email@example.com for info! The woven wood shades are from Select Blinds (Katsura) and were a bargain for custom sized!
Details: The perfect peony and our press wall. Hi Oprah.
I bought these chairs for next to nothing from a thirft shop about 6 years ago. I STILL have not gotten them re-upholstered! Someday- either in natural or black linen. I swear! Above is our little inspiration board.
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I don’t know about you, but as a lady whose been married going on 9 years, I typically sleep in an old college t-shirt and a pair of rather ratty pj pants. I admit it, I try very little when it comes to my sleepwear wardrobe. But you know what, there is something so luxurious and relaxing about treating yourself right and wearing proper pajamas. No need for uncomfortable see-through jobs with trap-doors and hinges and the like- but just straight up pretty things that make you feel nice. Why not? We deserve it. Here are some finds to help upgrade your nighttime duds-
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Simple. black and with a hint of lace but not Pam Anderson-ish. Totally my bag.
Adorable short pajama sets. I want BOTH!
A cute print romper and tank/shorts set that probably feels like sleeping in nothing.
Zebra jammies. DUH. And a more feminine print floral slip nightie. So pretty.
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I have this strange obsession with eating outside. I am happier eating a nondescript burrito on a patio on a warm spring night that I am eating a fancy meal inside. Which makes me a big fan of picnics! I’ve reminded Andrew over and over that nothing is more romantic that a husband who packs a picnic as a surprise after a long week. Even if it’s just to be eaten in your backyard. But men can be dense when it comes to blatant requests for romance, so I will be packing my own picnics this season most likely, which is okay because then I know they’ll be pretty :) When it comes to packing up a basket there are a few essentials- great wine, real wine glasses (stemless for lawn-balancing), disposable plates for less messy clean up, cheese and crackers and a great blanket!
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Over the past couple years we seem to be doing more and more design work for clients who don’t live anywhere near Boston. It’s opened up the possibilities of being able to work with a wide variety of people and in different parts of the country (and therefore different aesthetics than that of New England!) And while it certainly is easier to be in a space and see it in person, that doesn’t make it impossible or even terribly difficult. Case in point, we are helping to design the new, amazing showroom for Two Penny Blue in Chicago. While I was able to see the space in person pre-renovation, most of the work is being done remotely. I’m over on the Two Penny Blue blog today talking about the concept for the adorable powder room within the studio…. check it out and check back in later next week for some more e-design goodies! And if you are interested in our e-design rates, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
I’ll be sharing more on the store’s progress here and over on their blog too- stay tuned!