Jorey Hurley’s Gorgeous Prints

I figured something light and bright was needed today and so I wanted to share the work of Jorey Hurley that I found on Etsy who does the best prints for kids rooms (and some for any kind of room). I love the style, the modern edge and the bold color. Available from 8″ x 10″ to 30″ x 40″, these would look great in groupings or on their own. I have my eye on some for Henry’s eventual big boy room.

I’d LOVE to do a whole wall of her alphabet prints in a playroom. Would be stunning and huge. :)

There are also some cool prints for grown ups too.

Have a sunny day everyone.

An Ugly World.

Waking up to the news that our country suffered the worst mass shooting in history feels like a kick in the gut when you’re already writhing on the ground from various other devastating blows.  The world feels like a very ugly place right now, with disaster and doom lurking around every corner and on every news website- natural disasters, ineffective and rude government officials, terrorism….  It’s hard to feel positive during dark times like these, and blogging about pillows and pretty paint color doesn’t feel right today. It feels like a day to be quiet and contemplative.  And also to think about what positive action one can take to perhaps, just maybe, change some the things that make this day in age so anxiety riddled.

Yup, I know, this is a design blog. I get that. But I am also a person, a citizen of this country and a mother and while many have said I should not to get “political” on here (“bad for business” they say, although I’ve never seen much collateral damage aside from a few unfollows) I am going to take a minute to remind everyone about the stalled, ridiculously messed up gun control debate we have in this country.  Our government has managed to STILL not take a stand on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, which actually helps shooters like the one last night do what they do with few hurdles to even slow them down.

According to the BBC, Nevada has some of the most lax gun laws of any state in the country. Open carry is allowed, even for assault rifles. There is no limit to the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at a time, which may have helped the shooter harm more people during the attack. Gun owners also don’t have to be licensed with the government, meaning there was no way to potentially track the shooter’s movements before the attack and prevent his actions.  I mean, it’s harder to get a license to drive a CAR than it is to get a freaking assault rifle in Nevada. HELLO? HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE?

I’m not here to say no one should have a gun.  If you want to abide by a set of rules and background checks to have a handgun or hunting rifle- fine. That is your right. But no civilian, and I mean NO ONE, needs to have an automatic assault rifle.  These should be banned completely. And it’s proven that in doing so it STOPS mass shootings (look at the statistics from Australia who bravely and rightfully made huge gun law changes after a mass shooting).

I myself have been a member of Everytown for Gun Safety since the Newtown shootings  and now have joined Moms Demand Action and am donating today to support their fight against these stupid, outdated laws that keep getting innocent Americans killed.  I think  about my sweet boy playing on tractors and eating apples this weekend happy as a clam and then think about the possibility of a gunman taking his life because we allowed them to have access to ridiculous weapons and I want to flip a dumpster in rage.

There is so much that happens that we cannot do anything to prevent, but we can with this.  I have to believe we can demand action from our elected officials.  So my call to action today is if you feel like I do, join a group like the above that are working to make change or write your Senators and Congressmen to tell them what you want from them. Lets fight for them to take at least ONE step towards reasonable gun laws.

It’s time.

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Fashion Friday: Stocking up on Staples!

Right now Shopbop is having an awesome sale on almost everything on their site- 20% off your $500 or under purchase and 25% off your purchase of $500 and up! Now is the time to get those pricier staples you’ve been needing- a well made cashmere sweater, a beautiful fall/winter coat, another pair of your fave jeans, thos eleather pants you’ve always wanted or a classic bag you’ve been eying. Sales like this are the PERFECT time to stock your closet with staples that you will wear forever (sine most of the time these things are not on sale!) Here are my picks for essentials for your closet that are still in stock on the site. The sale ends tonight at midnight so hurry! :)

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Sourcing Secrets: Secondhand Scores!

I have been really excited by all the more accessible alternatives to 1st Dibs that have popped up online these days. Especially those that not only offer vintage and antique goods but also showroom floor samples as well. It’s a BRILLIANT was to score designer goods in awesome condition for a fraction of the price. All three of these sources have been go-to’s for us in my office and I wanted to share them in case you guys weren’t aware of the killer wares you can score with a little digging!

Viyet is the most high end, specializing in showroom samples but also selling some vintage goods as well.  The selection is amazing, and if you are lusting after a specific designer item I would check here before splurging to see if they have a sample that is for sale for much less than brand new.

Bungalow 5 panels // Stanley dining chairs // Visual Comfort chandelier //  Madeline Weinrib rug // Oly Studio bench // vintage leopard chair // antique sideboard

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Get Your Home Cozy For Fall

I got a little rage-y this weekend with it being late September and yet 87 degrees and humid out. But I know one of these days fall will come, and when it does I will be ready. The change of seasons always inspired me to freshen things up a bit and swap some things out that feel more seasonally appropriate (although you will never find any season-themed pillows on my sofa!) You can update your spaces for fall without going all “pumpkin spice latte explosion”. Here are some items that add texture and richness without color (and really- most work any time of year!)  I also like to go around and freshen up any dingy paint and get my rugs and upholstery cleaned.  It makes the house feel SO much nicer!

  1. I love the rough texture of this pot. Great with a fern or other simple plant in it–or empty!
  2.  I think we can all agree that the reign of the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is coming to an end.  Which I am thrilled about because I cannot keep one alive and the fake ones all look pretty fake. This tree is faux, but looks very natural (and is very tall) and I love the lighter feel of it.  Buy a very high quality faux tree once and save yourself the headache of the buy/kill/buy/kill cycle of real trees.  Just be sure to dust them. :)
  3. Adore the brass metal wheat wreath concept.  Fab indoors or on a bold colored front door.
  4. Buffalo check cozy blankets are a must.
  5. These simple black and white botanical drawings are SO pretty and modern, but with roots in traditional decor.
  6. Wood and brass napkin rings are great for fall holiday entertaining.
  7. Splattered enamelware fells more crisp and hip in black and white– and looks stunning filled with bright colored blooms.
  8. Adding texture (and insulating against drafts) is a must– cordless woven wood shades are something we use in almost every project for these reasons! Layered under drapes they add so much to a room.
  9. & 10.  New pillows help your space feel fresh for a new season. This modern leopard and linen/velvet stripe are great choices.
  10. See above.
  11. If you really want to make a change in your bedroom or living areas, swap out lighter drapes for velvet ones.  They really amp up the cozy mood (and also add a lot of light blocking and insulation!)
  12. Get ready for red wine season with new glassware– I adore these stemless ones.
  13. This broken stripe rug is awesome for adding some graphic pattern to your home– and the flatweave indoor/outdoor texture is hard wearing.
  14. Preserved moss in a modern vessel is PERFECT for a long-lasting touch of green on a dining table or coffee table (I’m all about low maintenance  greenery, can you tell?)
  15. My Sweet Smoke candle just SMELLS like fall.
  16. I love this big wood cheeseboard (and cheese for that matter)– it also adds a farmhouse touch to your kitchen when leaned up against your backsplash.
  17. A MUST for big fall gatherings– a big, but pretty, tub to fill with ice and beverages.  So glad I have one of these on hand!

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