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Simple Style: Put A Sheepskin On It

October 21st, 2013

When it gets all crisp and cold there is nothing you want to do more than make your home more cozy.  And the simplest way to do that is to just start tossing sheepskin rugs around like confetti.  Draped over a chair, sofa, on a floor, on a bench- they add fabulous texture and a high-end look while upgrading the fuzzy, awesome factor of wherever they land by like, 100 percent. Babies and dogs are BIG, BIG fans too. BIG. Bax and Ollie would fight to the death over a sheepskin rug. Or anything fuzzy really. Our West Elm faux fur blanket has somehow become a dog bed….

Just look at how all these folks used them. IKEA has tons of them for awesome prices, of course. But see the Shop The Post items at the end of this post for more sources!



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(They work great in bathrooms on cold floors!)




This might be overkill, but how cozy do these people look???





Nurseries are a perfect spot for these, big or small- babies love to snuggle on them!



I’m so feeling this faux sheepskin tree skirt for holiday decor that doesn’t scream “Christmas!!!!!!!” and make your eyes bleed. Also, these stockings.


Speaking of, during the chillier months throw a few sheepskins over outdoor furniture and get cozy!


How much do you 1) wish this was real and 2) that it wouldn’t be the biggest decor eyesore if it was? I did find a smaller one though. :)


Fashion Friday: Ideal Fall Shoe Wardrobe

October 18th, 2013

I am not exactly of the Carrie Bradshaw variety when it comes to shoes, but I do remember the first pair I ever really fell in love with. A white fringed pair of short cowboy boots. I was about 9 I was confident I would wear those things forever (or at least until my feet no longer fit in them). I’m pretty sure I wore them every day for about a year- I mean, they really made every outfit SO much better, as white fringed cowboy boots are wont to do.  As I grew up I never felt that way about a pair of shoes again, being more of a handbag kind of girl.  I never really saw the point in spending over $150 on shoes and kept my collection pretty modest.

Well, now I get it. I acquired my first pair of Louboutins two years ago and while I still think the price is ridiculous and I won’t be collecting them, I can now appreciate a good shoe. When I found a pair of perfect nude Prada peep toe pumps on sale for 50% off this year I nearly threw my body on top of them like I was taking on sniper fire.  My fancy heel collection is limited to that for now, the rest being budget friendly as I ruin the heels SO fast on Boston’s cobblestones and sidewalks.  But I do see rationale in spending more on good leather boots and flats as they last so much longer and are worn so much more often on a daily basis for actual walking.

So here are my picks for a perfect shoe wardrobe. I’m sure I’ve left out some (sneakers for one) but I feel like I could get by with this collection all fall and winter- heels, flats and boots, oh my.

** Side note- a few of these are on sale today- the gold Chloe flats are 25% off (code FRNFAM) as are the glittery Kate Spade’s (everything is 30% off with code FALL13FF)!


1. // 2. // 3. (or this closed toe version) // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. (or these!!) // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. (or these)// 16. (or these!) // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21. // 22. (*best looking rain boots ever!)

Sponsor Welcome: Circa Lighting

October 17th, 2013

There are some vendors that we use over and over again in our daily work at EGD, and Circa Lighting is certainly one of them. So when they asked to become a sponsor I could not think of anything more natural. Their massive and gorgeous collection of lighting is astounding and a designer favorite the world over.  I think it’s an invaluable resource for everyone to have in their back pocket for times of lighting need- here are some of my favorites:

Flush Mounts: An attractive flush mount fixture IS possible! I used the classic star in my entryway (but am way in love with the NEW multi-point star!) I also used the small Paris Flea Market on my closet ceiling recently and it’s so girly and charming.





(my closet ceiling)

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Chandeliers & Pendants: There are so many good ones here- from kitchen pendants to dramatic dining room chandeliers. We LOVE the classic, antique looking Paris Flea Market Chandelier at EGD, and of course the Hicks pendants (the two tone I used in my kitchen, and have since moved them into the mudroom on a short chain as a ceiling fixture!)



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Sconces:  Sconces are really important in bath lighting, but also in other areas of the house. There are SO many to love- from the classic Bryant I have in my bathroom to the Boston Library Sconce with it’s fab arched arm (and name!) Modern or traditional, there are a ton of options.

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Floor Lamps: I am still DYING DYING DYING over Aerin Lauder’s floor lamp and I will have it someday for my living room.

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Table Lamps:




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Big Shopbop Sale!

October 16th, 2013

I know it’s not Friday but I had to let you guys know about the HUGE Shopbop sale- 25% off everything!  It’s a perfect time to pick up stuff to wear for the holidays or even gifts (are we really getting into gift buying season???)  Here are a few things I am pondering- and by a few things I mean a ridiculous amount)…

Love this white and lace top under a tailored blazer and the green color with leather trim of this top at right.


An awesome leather jacket and cozy big cardigan (I need lots of these!)


Two staple items- a long tortoise link necklace and statement black tassel earrings!


Long sleeve dresses are a favorite for fall- the color block left and leather patch pocket right both are on my wishlist.


Last year this style of coat was HUGE and it will be again (I already bought one), accent it (or anything) with a bold print scarf.


I feel like this black dress is SO modern Breakfast at Tiffany’s, right??? And I of course need this leopard DVF wrap!


I need another pair of my favorite MiH jeans (so amazing with heels) and this leather dress makes me weak in the knees!!!!


Another drapey cardigan I am in love with, and this blazer is so, so chic.


A long gold horn pendant makes any outfit funky, as do snakeskin heels, of course.


ANOTHER cable knit sweater (how many is too many??) and the Rag & Bone boots everyone loves that I just need to get. Comfy for walking but with a little lift!


A cool striped baseball tee and this great top that combines leather and lace (so good with distressed denim!)


I just ordered a faux leather vest because I feel like it amps up any simple outfit and I seem to be collecting smoking slipper loafers this year. They are just so comfortable!


An adorably old school fair isle sweater and awesome rain boots (LOOOOVE).




Design Crush: Sarah Gray Miller’s Upstate NY Home

October 15th, 2013

I was getting my nails done this weekend and picked up a copy of Country Living, and what do you know, this isn’t your mom’s country decorating magazine- it’s more modern country, if you will. Most of that is thanks to the young, hip editor Sarah Gray Miller.  I fell hard for the spread on Sarah’s own upstate New York home, which fit’s perfectly into my “obsessed with fall” mental state.  It also reminds me that I MUST make a pilgrimage to Hudson, NY for some antiquing!!!!

Loving the bold, over-scale floral paper in the entry.


Loving the deep grey wall color and the mix of modern fabrics with traditional furniture frames.


“More is more- and sometimes that’s good”.


What a gorgeous detail shot of a gallery wall- mixing in objects, mirrors and art always gives such great visual texture!


A big, open kitchen outfitting from eBay and Etsy (no joke, even the stove).


Love this plate rack and collection on white platters.



The blush walls remind me of my guest room- love the gallery wall of portraits.


DIE for this room and the wall color…and the bed…and that big old painting…and the painted floor. Just so much to love here!


Feathers can be a great, long lasting alternative to flowers in the fall. Also simply love the way the white lamp and accessories pop off the dark wall and wood grain chest.


Here are some finds to get the look of Sarah’s gorgeous and warm home.