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Design Crush: Nina Farmer Interiors

February 24th, 2014

When I quickly perused the new House Beautiful I stopped when I saw one particular spread. I looked closer and found out that the home I was admiring was not only in Boston’s Beacon Hill but the designer was too!  Nina Farmer’s own home is a really interesting mix of modern, traditional and personal. And when I went on her site to peruse her portfolio I found many, many more examples of her amazing work!

Parts of the HB spread (isn’t this first image arresting?)

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Ahh, the amazing interior architecture of historic Boston brownstones- such an fabulous canvas on which to work! How I crave high ceilings like this!

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I ADORE ADORE this office space in her kitchen- particularly that rug and those coral peonies! Oh my!

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I mean…this kitchen. With those windows. And that stove? Can you even?

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BAM- yup, that’s a skylight with a vintage sputnik light fixture hanging from it.

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A closer look. My my my.

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Her dramatic and moody bedroom swathed in grasscloth with a Room & Board four poster bed.

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See more of her portfolio after the jump!

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Fashion Friday: Party Pants

February 21st, 2014

I saw this picture on Pinterest yesterday and just about died. I ADORE this look- it’s so perfect for a night out, dinner with your love, a party or a special event (say, a book signing party??) Party pants are the best and easiest was to look great AND be comfortable (no Spanx required!)

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Alas, I cannot find these pants ANYWHERE.  However, I can recreate a similar look and feel with some easier to find options. Here is one outfit I pulled together using a patterned wider leg trouser pant and simple peplum top.  Paired with nude nails and lips (and a slightly smokey eye in my mind) this outfit looks modern and sleek yet fun.

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Here are some other options too!

Let’s Look At: The Windsor Chair

February 20th, 2014

Windsor chairs are a historic style (first made in the 1700′s) that still are popular today.  But not just in country style homes, there are so many modern interpretations not only from current furniture makers but also from the 50′s and 60′s. These chairs offer clean lines and work with a variety of dining tables and decor.  Let’s take a look at some room utilizing this long-standing style:

Modern meets traditional:

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I love this traditional country room because it has such simplicity that it sneaks into modern territory:

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Light grey painted chairs are subtle and classic:

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I love these two rooms- one employing more classic chairs within a modern room and another (right) with more modern lines all around.

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I love the spindles of these modern Windsor chairs with a sleek Parson’s table and patterned rug.

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The Delightful Emily McDowell

February 19th, 2014

I still love sending people real cards, not just e-mails. It’s kind of a “thing” in my family to try to find each other the funniest cards possible, and I can spend a good hour at a card shop laughing until I cry or trying to pick out the prettiest, most amazing $7 card possible.  So when I run into a source like Emily McDowell I have to share.  She combines humor and beautiful art and her work just makes me smile.  And when it’s snowing for the 4,567,908th time this winter you need to find ways to smile (when not perusing real estate in sunnier climates as a form of self-torture).  Enjoy. And shop her Etsy site too.

This one could not be more true…

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I wish I had found this in time to give to Andrew for Valentine’s Day, because it’s SO true. Especially this year.

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TOO GOOD. Especially the one at right.

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SoulCycle Boston Giveaway!

February 18th, 2014

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Yep, the craze that’s probably consumed your New York City and California friends is making it’s way to Beantown- actually, my neck of the woods,  in Chestnut Hill Square come March! And they have asked me to host an opening weekend class to give a bunch of you the chance to try it out for free!  We’ll be riding Saturday March 8th at 9:30 a.m. so if you want to come and watch me pant (and perhaps pass out) on a bike, leave a comment below (please input your email address where it asks) and the first 30 of you to post will join me for a FREE Soul Cycle class!

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Here’s a little spin class outfit and beauty board inspired by SoulCycle:

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